Archive for January 23rd, 2008

23
Jan
08

A Man’s Gun

The radar-guided, rapid-firing Mk. 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles and other targets. Phalanx uses closed-loop spotting with advanced radar and computer technology to locate, identify and direct a stream of armor piercing projectiles toward the target (see video: MPEG | AVI, with hat tips to the good folks at Digg.com). I want one for my front yard. If only to pester the kids rolling through the neighborhood at 3:00am with the thump-thump stereo blastin’ or the hoodlums trying to vandalize my car. Overkill? Nah, this is Texas. Read more.

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23
Jan
08

The Offal Truth

Let’s start with the premise that haggis is an “aquired” taste. It’s sheep’s others (heart, liver, lungs), onion, oatmeal, fat, salt, spices, etc., stuffed into the stomach lining and boiled. The U.S. banned imports of Scottish haggis after Britain’s outbreak of mad cow disease, which is linked to the human brain illness Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. I’m sure that the economic impact was mind-boggling. That said, Scotland is considering lobbying the United States to lift a ban on haggis, hoping to boost sales of the sheep-stomach-based national dish. Why? Because January 25th is when the traditional Burns supper occurs that celebrates Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Apparently, there are 116 people that want to buy one of these gut bombs in the U.S.