FA-18 vs. Mig-29

Long Saturday

This training episode pits pilots flying American FA-18 fighter jets against Russian Mig-29s flown by German pilots.

[20:59]

YouTube link.

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Photoshop Phonies

The Friday fakes! They’re here! They’re fun! They’re totally fake! Except for that one that’s merely phony.

Hit it.

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Quickies

Shorts and briefs show up for this end of the week. There’s a few extra faves in there too.

SUV at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state

Mig-29 low pass

Coffee in a flash

Faves —

Timo’s ass

1970 Dodge Charger 500

Man fights bear

Winter blues

Allan, Allan!

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Turbo Lincoln

Take a ’98 Lincoln Mark VIII, throw a turbo in it, and go racing.

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Remembering John Glenn – 1921-2016

In 1962 astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. The feat paved the way to US dominance in the space race and the mission to the moon. Glenn, ever a champion of human exploration, died December 8, 2016.

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Baywatch teaser trailer

BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Dwayne Johnson and Zach Efron. Coming in May of next year.

Just don’t know about this one. Looks like a lot of CGI and not ta lot of the plot is revealed in the trailer. The Rock shows his chops as an actor but his sidekick is a douche. Also not a lot of bouncing boobies like there should be in the Baywatch tradition..

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AxiDraw V3

The AxiDraw is a simple and modern pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with fountain pens, permanent markers, and a variety of other writing implements to handle an endless number of applications.

$475. Excellent stocking stuffer!

More info.

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Subtitles – fave

The battlefield is already tough enough without having to worry about the quality of your English skills.

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VHS tape gets mowed

That guy with the upside down electric lawnmower destroys a plastic video tape. Looks like he hasn’t yet cleaned up from his last destruction.

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Small robots fight

These Japanese hobbyists take their robots and their fighting skills seriously.

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Ratchet belts

A gift idea from me to youse guys. Give a good friend or family member a ratchet belt. No holes, quarter inch increments, easy release. It’s a zip-tie for your pants.

I got one for myself and bought four more for my sons last Christmas. The boys and I have been wearing them ever since.

More at Amazon.

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Jiffs

Thursday means Jiffs. Rather short repeating video file things that are videos and files and they repeat. Over and over. Like a computer video file echo for your eyes.

Hit it.

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Harvesting Christmas trees

Helicopters and their pilots make the job look easy. But the pilots have to be fast and they compete with other pilots’ times for their jobs.

In the Pacific Northwest, lots of helicopter pilots work in the timber industry. The pilot is usually on contract. There’s a guy on the ground timing every pick and drop. When they’re using a larger aircraft, they can run in the $3000-5000+/hr range. If a pilot is slower than the next guy by a few seconds, over a several-day job, that can mean you’re out of work. I worked with a bunch of pilots who couldn’t cut it doing the timber work (either burned out, didn’t have what it takes, or just didn’t like the intensity). You can tell right away which guys did a lot of long lining, and those who just sucked at it. And It’s not necessarily the safest job.

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Winning the highest IIHS safety awards

ARLINGTON, Va. — Consumers who choose a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award winner shouldn’t have trouble seeing
the road on nighttime drives. Good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new headlight
evaluations set the latest crop of qualifiers apart. Thirty-­eight models earn the “plus” accolade, and 44 earn TOP
SAFETY PICK.

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News in the post-election world

The state of the media as it is today, explained by Clarke and Dawe from “The Front Fell Off” fame.

The front fell off.

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Dam removal time lapse – fave

October 28, 2011 — The White Salmon River in Washington state is flowing again as the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam was disabled with explosives Wednesday. The reservoir draining took about 2 hours. Further demolition is scheduled in 2012. The event is a significant milestone for river restoration and dam removal nationwide.

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