Politically Incorrect Monday

I probably shouldn’t post some of these links, but somehow I am compelled to. Be warned, as they are all NSFW to some degree because of their extreme political incorrectness, language, and/or disturbing imagery:

“We Will Still Manage To Screw This Up”

The Borowitz Report once again breaks the story:

Given a Republican president with plummeting approval ratings and a Republican congressional leadership that is being investigated, indicted, and in at least one case fingerprinted, Democratic party leaders said today that they are “actively seeking” ways to squander their historic opportunity.

“People look at the mess the Republicans find themselves in and ask, ‘How could the Democrats possibly screw this up?’” [Democratic National Committee chairman Howard] Dean said. “I am here to say, don’t worry, we will find a way.”

Not funny. ;-P

Transparent Aluminum!

Although it’s nine years later than Star Trek IV predicted, a “transparent aluminum” has finally been synthesized. The new material is being developed as a supplement to current transparent armor:

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride (ALON™) as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles.

Very cool…

Clock Of The Long Now

Discover Magazine reports on a remarkable new timekeeping device known as the Clock Of The Long Now, which has been designed to keep accurate time for 10,000 years:

Everything about this clock is deeply unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment in 3.65 million days. Like other clocks, this one can track seconds, hours, days, and years. Unlike any other clock, this one is being constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of Earth’s axis.

The article goes into a lot more detail and also explains some of the astronomical and mechanical phenomena influencing the design.