Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Interstellar Warfare Wednesday: Banner for the Stars

So apparently some Swede drew up a flag that's supposed to represent all of Earth, and it's taken off like mad because it pushes all kinds of hope'n'change peace and togetherness motifs.
Bullshit. Representing humanity with a flag preaching togetherness? Blatant misrepresentation of the species. We're warlike assholes, and without a good bit of genetic engineering or a LOT of time, that's not going to change. As we advance unto the stars, we can at least be honest about our nature. Any interactions with humanity if we can get to the stars on a reliable basis will give up the ruse anyway, might as well be up front about it. "Hey, we're kinda jerks, but we've managed to work together enough to get THIS far, so, uh, just be aware alright? We're trying, but we're kind of evolved angry apes, so there's only so far we can go with it..."

Thankfully, there are plenty of examples I've seen that serve much better as a representation of humanity.
The Halo series provides the space command branch logo of a future UN that's actually halfway useful.

The Terran Dominion, while rather dystopian on founding as with most of the governments of  Humanity, both on earth or in the Coprulu Sector, has a sweet logo that leaves no questions about the species militaristic nature.
The United Earth Directorate is the Starcraft world's current gov of Earth. Rather dystopian, but the flag is remarkably similar to that of the UNSC
And finally, the Aquila of the Imperium of Man. Makes the dystopias of other settings look darn Utopian.
The only thing they're missing is the Pale Blue Dot. A friendquantaince mentioned that he thought the Mexican flag would serve as a reasonable base for a space-flag. I'd say something like the Flag of Mozambique would also serve adequately as a basis.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial day

A day for honoring the fallen. I'm blessed to say that despite knowing an immense number of people who are serving or have served, all of them save a few who passed peacefully after a long, good life are still with me. Many aren't so lucky.

To those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service; your sacrifice will be remembered.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Motor Monday: Planes have motors too

Hey look, I'm not dead! I've just been busy and a bit under the weather.

This seems a much more cost effective way for most people to get the view from inside a P-51D, even if it's not quite the same experience. Imagine what it'd be like with an Oculus/etc, though.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Motor Monday: Finally Gave In

Bought a bike.

Honda NC700X, in red, the exact one I said I'd buy if I bought one.

Here's a picture of the bike but not mine, I got a few from right after I bought it but I was missing gloves and it's really glaring and annoying (I rode back across the street to the shop and bought some really sweet gloves that are almost armored enough to potentially be brass knuckles), so I'll have some of those after I've finished collecting the last of my heavy duty armor suit that I'll use when I actually do more than tool around in the apartment complex to remember how to use one of these things.

Things to do/get yet:
Knee Braces, which are traditionally motocross armor, but I like the look and the improved protection (I like my knees to only bend in the one direction they're supposed to).
Hip/butt armor that works with concealed carry. So far all i've found that doesn't have issues with that is motorcycle pants or various types of armored underwear that's way pricy if I want to ride on anything resembling a regular basis.
New boots. My boots are heavy duty leather enough to ride with anyway, but they're old and worn and starting to fall apart and due for replacement regardless of bike-havingness. I'll see if I can't find some nice steel toe combat boot style ones.

Yes, yes, this thread is worthless without pics, I know, I'll remedy it when I have some decent ones. It's like shooting pics without proper safety stuff or weapons handling, just cringeworthy, which is why you don't get to see.