DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

Source: DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

I would love to get my own drone with my motivation being sheer curiosity & because I will likely never pilot a manned / crewed aircraft, small OR large. I can thank a National Geographic segment about British expat Reginald Denny  for fanning the flames as well as a YouTube short 2 – minute movie showing an aerial view of the Swiss countryside & a small feature about single – use cardboard ( YES, cardboard….. ) supply drones.

A camera with HD  capabilities thereon would make things really interesting…..

There Is Always One. (Bullies in the workplace)

I can identify. I wasn’t necessarily bullied on my last job, but I was nitpicked almost to the breaking point. So I, in turn, turned into something of a petty tyrant who sought to quash dissent. I worked in giving on – the – job training, or OJT, young adults with disabilities, so I’m not really proud of my petty dictatorial actions.

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THERE IS ALWAYS ONE

A GUIDE TO PREVENTING STRESS FROM BULLYING AT WORK.

“What are the people like at your work?”

Pick an answer from the following replies.

(a) They are a great team. It’s great to be working with such an enthusiastic, motivated and happy set of people.

(b) Well, There’s always one.

I wish that I could say, that throughout my career, my answer would have been most often (a). Unfortunately, more often than not, it has definitely been (b). Usually followed by a wry smile and a nod that infers….”You know what I mean.”

If your answer to this question is (b), then this guide is for you.

Over a number of years, I have closely studied management and management techniques in a retail environment. I am not a psychiatrist nor do I have any qualifications in this area other than my experience.

At the heart of…

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DC vs. Marvel: Aquaman vs. Namor The Sub-Mariner

I always thought that Namor was more calculating & rational ( not unlike a certain other pointy – eared pop culture associated with a certain starship ), even though he has a chronic distrust of surface – dwellers, whereas Arthur Curry is generally a straight – up hero, even though his effectiveness is limited. I haven’t really read a comic book / graphic novel in a while, so this observer is somewhat out of the loop.

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For as long as there have been comic books, there has been the feud between DC and Marvel. Both are heavy-hitting comic companies that continue to gain legions of fans every year. The purpose of this column is to take one DC persona and one Marvel persona of equal measure and popularity and pit them against each other to see who would  come out on top.

Background: 

Arthur Curry (also called Orin) was born to a human father (Tom Curry) and Atlantean mother. One backstory says that as a young boy growing up in Maine, Arthur’s powers began to develop and on his mother’s deathbed he discovered his true heritage. In another version of his backstory, Arthur was raised by dolphins and later adopted by Tom. After adventures with Greek Gods and Atlantean prisons, Arthur eventually claimed his birthright as the King of Atlantis. Aquaman has a rich backstory including…

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Making Humans Interplanetary – SpaceX

Elon Musk seems to be reasonably well – versed in how to explore & settle Mars, but has he any plans for the beginning of an infrastructure ? & what of the Moon ? I think the Lunar environment would be nearly ideal as a construction yard for spacecraft to Mars & beyond. Baby steps….. Then we jump.

Rationalising The Universe

This week I have had the privilege to attend the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is by far the biggest annual meeting of all those involved in the Space Industry, with attendance from all the major Space Agencies across the world. Now, the most anticipated talk of the week was Elon Musk’s from SpaceX and his vision to make humans an interplanetary species and take us to Mars. The excitement around this talk was palpable with queues (which slowly descended into chaotic crowds) forming outside the main hall. The Rock Star of the Space Industry was coming.

Musk opened with the statement of how humanity faces two fundamental paths, ‘one is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event’ and the alternative ‘to become a spacefaring civilisation, and a multi planetary species.’ And under SpaceX, this interplanetary opportunity would open to…

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The Donald Trump Trainwreck

21 November – I thought that The Donald didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in a volcano in Hell of winning the Presidency, especially after the revelation of his creepy conduct towards women in general, ogling underage beauty pageant contestants, his tantrums when someone says or does something earning his wrath, & many other things. Never underestimate the power of the gullible. America will survive a term of Trump, AKA Caligula mark II. What shape will it be in, though ?

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Well.  I must’ve been mistaken. Or half – awake. Or BOTH. I thought I read a Beliefnet piece taking up for The Donald being persecuted for his faith ( although I think that he believes that he’s God. 🙂 ). Personally I think his whole campaign has been a multi – gazillion dollar publicity stunt.

Hey – if he wants he can move Trump Towers, Trump Plaza AND his casinos airlifted & shipped a section at a time to an island in the Pacific ( he could do Nauru Island a WORLD of good. Look up Nauru to see what I mean. Or Pitcairn. ) or someplace in the Caribbean.

His ego would take up 2 / 3rds of the space.

I also believe that Ann Coulter is a secret liberal who fakes being a raging hyper – conservative. 🙂

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10 most ridiculous death scenes in the ‘Final Destination’ franchise

# 9 – OK, I laughed when the jock bought it. Sue me. It came out of left field. The message inscribed in the gym ” What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger ” reeked of irony .
# 6 – The 2 spoiled, presumably well – to do air – heads had it coming. KARMA !
# 5 – Holy Malcolm McDowell in ” A Clockwork Orange “. Many of these deaths would win Darwin Awards. Their victims’ DNA would be, presumably, removed from the gene pool. Sorry, your ticket to Valhalla is void. I’ve never done activities that risky, not even when I tried to open a wine bottle with my Swiss Army pocket knife & punctured my thumb, striking a gusher. Being inept takes talent. 🙂

The Gore Gaze

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in horror sequel Final Destination 3 Final Destination 3 (2006)
Dir: James Wong / Studio: New Line Cinema

The Final Destination franchise has been a huge part of post-Millennium horror cinema since the first film was released in 2000.

Each film in the franchise follows a series of, often photogenic, teens as they are slowly picked off by Death after escaping their original fate by virtue of a fortunate premonition. The premise is simple ? no one can cheat death.

Increasingly, it is the elaborate death sequences that have come to define the franchise. For many fans, the plot is nothing more than a sideshow as it is the highly choreographed and stylised flourishes of violence that keep audiences coming to the cinema. The five films have made in excess of $600m at the global box office* and another sequel seems almost inevitable.

So, in celebration of one of cinema’s splatteriest series, here are the ten…

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I Believe in God, but I’m Not Christian

I’m not conventionally religious. I am ” spiritually independent ” or whatever nebulous term they’re using this week / month / season. I think of myself as a Deist in the tradition of our Founding Fathers in the U.S.
I live in the Bible Belt where independent thought not linked to the Good Book or Christian theologians is disparaged or dissed, but I haven’t been really been given a lot of static for my rebellious ( ? ) ways. I believe that concepts like ” The Kingdom of God ” & ” Second Coming ” could be figurative / metaphorical rather than literal & I have no problem with secular humanism, the practitioners of the GLBTQ lifestyle, unlike, say, my relatives. Freedom from from religion is healthier than addiction to doctrine & dogma, just IMHO.

Reaching for The Sky

churchToday is Thursday, July 25, 2013.

This quote is going around Facebook:

If one person were to say to another, “I love you.  You will love me, too, and do what I say, without ever questioning me, or I will punish you with the worst torture you can imagine for the rest of your existence,” we would, as a society, cry out loudly, “That’s not love, that’s abuse!”   But apparently, it’s okay if it’s coming from a Deity.  – Unknown

I am not an atheist.  I do believe in God.  I’m just not Christian, and this is one of the reasons why.  I don’t really think God says this.  I think the Christian church says this – Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant denominations.  Some Protestant churches seem to allow a bit more questioning, but basically, there is a belief in heaven and hell, and if you don’t “believe…

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