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Pilot Reveals Walk-Through Server Room Underneath Airbus 350 Cockpit

If you assumed that, like a small single-propeller plane, the electronics and computers that power an Airbus 350 are all hidden behind the cockpit’s instrument panel and walls of the aircraft, you’re underestimating just how much computing power is needed to operate a modern airliner. Inside the cockpit is a trapdoor on the floor that leads to the plane’s avionics compartment beneath, which can really only be described as a full-on server room with floor-to-ceiling racks of computers and other electronics and enough room for someone to actually stand down there.

F-bomb warning.

JFK rips into an Air Force general after it becomes public the military spent money on expensive furniture in case Jacqueline Kennedy went into labor.

A recording of a phone call between President Kennedy and General Godfrey McHugh, the Air Force aide to the President. Ever sensitive to public opinion, President Kennedy was horrified to open the paper one day and see a photograph of a navy aide standing next to an expensive new naval project — a hospital bedroom that had been built at a base on Cape Cod, to be ready in case Jacqueline Kennedy went into labor with their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. Such an expenditure seems modest today, but Kennedy was irate at the cost and, even worse, the publicity involved. This recording is a part of “Listening In, The Secret White House Recordings of President Kennedy,” available in stores now.

New under-the-radar Texas law gives beer, wine purchases an earlier start on Sundays

In May, the Texas legislature approved House Bill 1518, which allows for sales of beer and wine to start at 10 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. Under current law, beer and wine cannot be purchased until noon in stores. That all changes on September 1.

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People mention reoccurring dreams all the time, but you don’t hear people say they have reoccurring day dreams. Well, I’m one of those folks, and one reoccurring day dream I have is what it would be like to be a kid or teen again but with my current consciousness and knowledge and experience. I imagine how much less stressed I’d be about the unknown future and the confidence I’d have interacting with people and doing things. I’d also be able to take any feedback or criticism in stride and not let every negative thing make me question everything. I hope I wouldn’t make the same stupid choices with more knowledge and experience and I hope I’d be able to not really care what others think of me. My relationship with my parents and sibling would certainly be a lot better. Biff Tannen wise, I’d buy up a lot of domain names. For sure I’d take better care of my back.

Yes, it’s a week or so old, but I find this astonishing. I rarely complain about the Texas heat because I’ve learned to accept it’s just part of my life I have no control over. But hitting 100 degrees before a quarter after 8:00 AM is crazy.

Twitter mic drop.

Australian news – School asked boys to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity

The science of soap. We sample the fluids coming out of a car wash sprayer and look at how it sticks or doesn’t stick to your car. Is it there to clean or is it there to protect? Today on B2B, we’re going to run a couple experiments to find out the truth for you.

In case you ever wondered why you had to turn your old CRT television to channel 3 to play video games or use the VCR, here’s an insightful answer I found on Reddit.

Channels on old CRTVs that had TV tuners are basically different frequencies that you tune your TV to, like how you turn your radio to a specific frequency to pick up a channel you wanted to listen to.

Back in that day we had no way of transmitting the image and sound from the game console or VCR directly to the TV like we do today with S-video, component, HDMI, Display port, etc. So the simple solution was to turn the image and sound into radio waves frequencies and transmit it to the TV like a TV station. To comply with Federal regulations this TV signal from the console would have to be very weak so that it wouldn’t interfere with any other signal. This means that the console could only transmit the signal a few millimeters to centimeters. To get around this limitation they used coaxial cable to carry the signal but you still had to tune the TV into the frequency the console/VCR was transmitting at.

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One day, I’ll be back in full force and posting consistently. I’m looking forward to that day and appreciate your patience.

A friend mentioned this in a conversation the other day and it just kinda stuck with me, “It’s not about proving them wrong, it’s about proving ME right.”

It’s like a Pixar movie come to life.

Dog ejected from car during Sunday crash found on sheep farm, herding sheep

Old article but the photo is still cool.

Lightning Strikes Plane in a Rainbow in Amazing Viral Image

Just a squirrel eating a steak ontop of a roof.

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I’m slowly tipping my toe back into the water, but not sure how often I’ll be blogging. So, that’s why the title of my posts have changed and don’t include the date.

The most annoying feature on YouTube is “Auto Play”. What really grinds my gears is that even though I turn it off, every now and then it’s turned back on. I just want to “set it and forget it.”

Losing the Concorde jets felt like taking a step back from the future, so it’s neat seeing a story like this and feel like we are advancing again. Believe it or not, the Concorde was retired 18-years ago in 2003.

The new Concorde! United announces deal to buy 15 supersonic planes capable of 1,300mph and flying from NYC to London in just 3.5 hours

LiberallyLean recently posted a link to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website. I visited the site and an icon or graphic caught my interest. It took me to a Facebook page to help identify unidentified deceased children. Yup, talk about a downer.

For you TICKET fans, I really miss BaD Radio. I also find the intro to the Hang Zone annoying.

I give HBO’s Hacks with Jean Smart two thumbs up. It referenced this old video which I totally forgot about. And, I agree, it’s weird that the capitol of NY is Albany and not New York and the capitol of California is Sacramento and not Los Angeles. It’s like someone made a mistake a long time ago and can’t admit it.

I guess I just don’t really understand and appreciate music, but I’m not all that impressed.

Joy Chapman Breaks Guinness World Record Female Lowest Note

Woman Discovers A Secret Attic In A House She Just Bought

You deserve some calm.


7 Misconceptions About the Civil War

I really enjoyed reading misconception six, Abraham Lincoln Was The Keynote Speaker On The Day Of The Gettysburg Address, but there were Civil War battles fought outside of the U.S.

One naval battle is noteworthy because it didn’t take place in the waters of America at all. In June 1864, the North and South came to blows in the waters off Cherbourg, France, in the English Channel. The battle began brewing when the Confederate ship, the CSS Alabama, was docked at Cherbourg Harbor hoping for some repairs. For years, this ship had been wreaking havoc on U.S. vessels, resulting in the plunder of more than 64 ships and causing millions of dollars in damages.

The USS Kearsarge, helmed by John A. Winslow, had been pursuing the Alabama for months, and once Winslow got word from the U.S. minister in Paris that the ship was docked and prone, he moved in for the kill. Upon hearing that the Kearsarge was ready for a battle, Alabama captain Raphael Semmes prepped his ship and met his Union foe nine miles off the coast of Cherbourg. The Alabama was the first to fire—but there was just one problem: The Kearsarge was draped in a thick anchor chain that protected it from enemy artillery.

Soon, the Alabama was taking on water, the white flag was up, and Semmes was all but defeated. Instead of capture, though, Semmes and some of his surviving men were saved by a nearby British ship. In all, around 20 Confederate troops died, compared to just one Union soldier.


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