Archive for November, 2008

Fun in the Big 12

Posted in General on November 30, 2008 by camarojones

ncf_a_eldridge_412Well…OU is in it for the Big 12 Championship. They are #2 in the BCS rankings under Alamaba. As far as the Big 12 championship, they are playing Missouri.

What? Missouri? They are 20th in the BCS rankings, and Texas is 3rd. Missouri is 4th in the Big 12 and Texas is 2nd (under OU). Why isn’t Texas playing OU for the championship? Just like the Civil War…it’s a North vs. South issue.

In the Big 12 south, which includes, OU, OSU, Texas, A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor, OU and Texas are 1st and 2nd. They can’t play one another. The north has Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State. Missouri won that division of the Big 12, so they play the leader of the south…Oklahoma.

Personally, I don’t agree with the north vs south. Its the Big 12…let it be a free for all. Let #1 and #2 play it out, or just let #1 be the Champion.

So…now that OU is playing Missouri for the Big 12…A win would put them in the BCS championship game…the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. But against who is the question. It’s looking to be Alabama at the moment.

Mmmmm…sounds like a good game around the corner, but we’ll see…

ʇxǝʇ dıןɟ oʇ ʍoɥ

Posted in General on November 29, 2008 by camarojones

ʇno ʇı ʞɔǝɥɔ ǝʇıs sıɥʇ uǝǝs ʇ,uǝʌɐɥ noʎ ɟı

dɥd˙xǝpuı/ɯoɔ˙ʇxǝʇɐdıןɟ˙ʍʍʍ//:dʇʇɥ

ǝɥǝɥǝɥ ˙pɐǝɹ oʇ pɹɐɥ ǝq ʎɐɯ ʇɹod ʇxǝu ʎɯ˙˙˙pǝuɹɐʍ ǝq

The move

Posted in General on November 25, 2008 by camarojones

moving_girlWell, I finished getting all the moving junk done. I actually left Abilene just shy of a week ago, and I’m already missing the place.

I’m not sure if I miss the house, the job, the area, or the friends. The only problem I’m having is finding a job. I’ve got my resume in at several places, and I’m looking at http://www.usajobs.gov daily, and yesterday I found a listing for SEVERAL open aircraft electricians at Tinker. One application later and now I’m waiting on the call. I also found out that the VA has their disability application online now, so I went ahead and got it in. Hopefully they will have more luck in getting my medical records than I did. I went to pick them up/make copies, but they already put it into storage…or so they say.

Living with the in-laws isn’t so bad. Plenty of room, time and space to ourselves, and all they ask is helping around the house. Easy enough. With a little luck, I should have a job and new home by the new year.

Nuff said!

Posted in General on November 22, 2008 by camarojones

ou-glossy

Necessity

Posted in General on November 18, 2008 by camarojones

Every once in a while, a new idea rears its head; a new product comes about that has the potential to change the way things are seen or used.

I came across a story on the CNET news about a new tire developed for the military HumVees.

humvee_tire_270x269Here is a link to the full story: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13639_3-10098240-42.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Supposedly these tires run and feel just like standard pneumatic tires, and cost the same. Where can I get them for MY truck?

Last flight

Posted in Radio Control on November 16, 2008 by camarojones

windsockWell, today was the date of my last flight. More precisely, the last flight at my home airfield.

I learned how to fly at this airfield. Starting with helis, I really only brought it to the field on the weekends, but flew everyday behind my house so I never really got to meet most folks. Only when I got the trainer from Jason did I really start learning the names of everyone.

After learning to fly with the help of Jason and Dale, I eventually pushed the trainer to its limits. Jason offered to take the trainer back and give me his soon-to-be-retired Big Stik. I took him up on it and now I’m flying like everyone else.

I learned to fly at this field. It’s my home field. It will always be my home field.

Good thing it’s only 5 hours away. 3-day weekends and IMAC will be fun next year.

Word of the day…

Posted in General on November 10, 2008 by camarojones

plutoPlutoed

Definition: to pluto, as in to demote or devalue someone or something

In other words, Pluto was demoted from a planet to a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO). Instead of actually announcing new planets, such as 2003 UB313 “Eris” as planet 10 (it’s larger than Pluto), they decided to remove Pluto from the list.

I grew up knowing the 9 planets. From Mercury to Pluto, we had 9 planets. Every Solar System chart had Pluto on it. All of my books had Pluto in them. Television had history on Pluto. Why demote it?

For that, we have to look at the new 2006 definition of planet.

1.) The object must orbit the Sun. Check!
2.) The object must have enough gravity to have formed into a sphere…hydrostatic equilibrium. Check!
3.) The object must have cleared foreign objects from around its orbit. Here’s the problem.

With Pluto being in the Kuiper Belt, there are comets, asteroids and other “minor planets.” There is interstellar debris, and its orbit even goes inside of Neptune’s orbit for decades. It acts more like a KBO rather than a planet, but do these changes warrant a demotion? Did Pluto really need to be plutoed? No. It may be a minor planet, but as far as history is concerned, it’s still a planet.

It’s still a planet to me, my family, my friends…and it will be a planet to my son when he learns the Solar System.