Friday, September 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
When it comes to serious hiking > 5 miles for multiple days (section vs thru-hiking), enjoyment is inversely related to the weight of your pack. You also want to eat well, stay warm, dry, and get some sleep. However. you don't want to add too many lbs to accomplish these goals. Tents and Sleeping bags, sleep pads, cooking utensils can add alot of weight if not careful. Researching and experimenting with gear is part of the fun of the hobby. Serious thru-hikers of the AT, CDT, and PCT (Triple Crown) aim for a pack with only a 15 lbs base weight which excludes water, fuel, food.
If you just go out to Walmart or Academy and buy a standard backpack, tent, sleeping bag, pad, and cooking stove; you will soon be hating life on the trail. If you save weight in certain areas, you may cheat in other area with so-called "luxury items" involving food, an inflatable pillow, bulkier sleeping pad, or even a micro camp chair.
Interesting gear options include:
Hammock (Hennessy) vs Tent (Big Agnes)
Jetboil vs pocket rocket* vs sodacan/alcohol
Sleeping bag vs down quilt*
Ripstop Nylon vs Cuban fiber*
Hiking boots vs trail runners*
Leukotape* vs moleskin
Friday, September 15, 2017
Kodak- snubbed digital
AOL- snubbed broadband
Kmart- snubbed store modernization, internet
Blackberry- snubbed Android, snubbed iPhone
MySpace- snubbed Facebook, snubbed Apps, snubbed safety
Yahoo- snubbed Google/algorithm
Sony- snubbed price, snubbed mp3/ipod
Nokia- snubbed Android
Radio Shack- snubbed products (cells). snubbed price
Blockbuster- snubbed Netflix
Xerox- gave away Mac/Windows GUI
Rubbermaid- killed by Walmart
Sega- snubbed Sony/Microsoft, hard to program for, Nintendo exclusive titles.
Atari- snubbed quality, PC games, new consoles without better games
Online Content- once you buy a movie title, that content should be automatically streamed to all devices and updated free to new resolution standards. Customers tired of rebuying same movies when resolution/video standards change: VHS, DVD, Blue-Ray, UHD, etc.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Irwan, Alvi Awan, another brother and two of their wives who managed information technology for some 80 Democratic lawmakers, including former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., were relieved of their duties and barred from House computer network.
Now-indicted former congressional IT aide Imran Awan allegedly secretly routed data from numerous House Democrats to a central server. Police grew suspicious and requested a copy of the server early this year, but they were provided with an elaborate falsified image designed to hide the massive violations. The secret server was connected to the House Democratic Caucus, an organization chaired by then-Rep. Xavier Becerra who vacated his seat and is now Attorney General of California.
Parade of new Toyotas headed toward Mosul. Iraq escorted by US Apache helicopter.
US Counterterrorism asks Toyota how ISIS got Toyotas.
PRI on 4/1/14 reported that State Department sent the Free Syria Army a fleet of Toyota Hilux and other supplies which all fell into use by ISIS. (Taliban used them also).
FOIA Documents show arms shipped from Benghazi to Syria.
Bherlin Gildo details how MI6/CIA transferred arms from Lybia to Syria.
DOD intelligence document demonstrates understanding that support of moderate rebels would lead to rise of ISIS.
Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters. The Iraqi Security Forces leaft all weapons, munitiins, and vehicles behind for ISIS to take.
Iraqi Security Forces retreat allowing US arms, armored vehicles to fall into hands of ISIS at Ramadi and Mosul (4 cites total, Qaim).
Russian-style arms shipped from Bulgaria to Syria via Saudi Arabia.
Dutch ships Marianne Danica and Hanne Danica shipping arms and armoured vehicles to Syria via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dilyana Gaytandzhiev discovered that Bulgarian and Serbian arms shipped to Syria and Africa terrorist groups via Silk Airway.