Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Heard this week on Lex and Terry:
How do you get an old lady to say the 'F' word? Have the old lady next to her yell "BINGO".

  • Anti-gun lawmaker wanted gun when almost mugged.
    It's funny how a gun can in stantly change your perspec tive on things, make you wish you could rewrite history.

    State Rep. Michael DeBose, a southside Cleveland Democrat, discovered this lesson the night of May 1, when he thought he was going to die. That's the night he wished he had that gun vote back.

    It was late, but DeBose, 51, was restless. The ordained Baptist minister knew his Lee-Harvard neighborhood was changing, but he wasn't scared. The idle, young men who sometimes hang out on his and adjacent streets didn't threaten him.

    The loud muffler on a car that slowly passed as he was finishing the walk caught his attention, though. When the car stopped directly in front of his house - three houses from where he stood - he knew there was going to be a problem.

    "When I started running, the short boy stopped chasing and went back to the car. But the tall boy with the gun kept following me. I ran to the corner house and started banging on Mrs. Jones' door."

    It was at that point that the would-be robbers realized that their prey wasn't worth the trouble. Besides, Cheryl, DeBose's wife, and a daughter had heard his screams and had raced out to investigate. Other porch lights began to flicker on.

    The loud muffler sped off, and DeBose started rethinking his gun vote.

    DeBose twice voted against a measure to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons. It became law in 2004.

    DeBose voted his conscience. He feared that CCW permits would lead to a massive influx of new guns in the streets and a jump in gun violence. He feared that Cleveland would become the O.K. Corral, patrolled by legions of freshly minted permit holders.

    "I was wrong," he said Friday.

    "I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife.

    "I've changed my mind. You need a way to protect yourself and your family.

    "I don't want to hurt anyone. But I never again want to be in the position where I'm approached by someone with a gun and I don't have one."

    DeBose said he knows that a gun doesn't solve Cleveland's violence problem; it's merely a street equalizer.

    "There are too many people who are just evil and mean-spirited. They will hurt you for no reason. If more people were packing guns, it might serve as a deterrent.

    Funny how those that judge from on-high change their tune when they are transformed into nothing but a common-man's victim.

  • VSI's Helmet Mounted Display System flies on Joint Strike Fighter
    A Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) made by Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI) recently flew for the first time on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It was worn by Lockheed Martin's Jon Beesley, who piloted the advanced fighter.

    The HMDS provides critical flight information to the pilot throughout the entire mission. In addition to standard HMD capabilities, such as extreme off-axis targeting and cueing offered on VSI's other HMDs, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and Display & Sight Helmet (DASH), this system fully utilizes the advanced avionics architecture of the F-35.

    The HMDS provides the pilot video with imagery in day or night conditions combined with precision symbology to give the pilot unprecedented situational awareness and tactical capability. Also, by virtue of precise head tracking capability and low latency graphics processing, it provides the pilot with a virtual heads-up display (HUD). As a result, the F-35 is the first tactical fighter jet in 50 years to fly without a HUD.

    "Since the F-35 has no HUD, providing virtual HUD capability has become a mandatory requirement, entailing precise head tracking and display operation near zero latency. We are proud to be a key partner to the F-35 industrial and government team," said VSI President Drew Brugal.

    No HUD? Who the hell designed that fighter, Stevie Wonder? However, the helmet looks cool as hell. Someone must be a Halo fan.

  • Good link from Tamara about a new Oleg wallpaper.