You can’t make this up. At San Fransisco State University (ah San Fran, that bastion of conservative staunchness) all Black Dorms are now the thing. Yeah, imagine the WASP contingency trying that. They claim that anyone can live in the Dorms. But they want a Afro themed “safe space” Maybe they need to chug over to mamby pamby land.
Maybe the entire delegation of Bubbas need to apply for a room. As usual the comments on the attached article are the best part.
Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Head on over to the Talk Like a Pirate website to see what the hub bub is all about. Then go to Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Long John Silvers for free stuff. (See websites for details)
Leslie Shook, the voice of the F-18 cockpit warning system, retires after 20 years. She is affectionately know by pilots and aviators as Bitchin Betty. If you’re flying and she talks to you, you’re a second away from a very bad day. Better do as she tells you.
From the Boeing site:
“I have loved these planes for a lot of years,” said Boeing employee Leslie Shook as she gazed up at the cockpit of an F/A-18 Super Hornet. Leslie’s special connection with the jet spans 20 years. She is the voice of the cockpit warning system. Every technician and every pilot who has trained on or flown in an F-18 has heard Leslie’s stern commands. Her voice is affectionately known in the fighter jet world as ‘Bitchin’ Betty.’
“You hear this voice every day telling you things are okay or that you need to take action,” said Dana Perkins, Boeing Flight Operations, Weapons Systems Operator. “You start trusting this person’s voice. If she said ‘stand up straight,’ everyone would stand up straight!”
Leslie’s run as the voice behind the F-18 started as a happy accident. The F-15 contained the voice of the original ‘Bitchin’ Betty.’ Crews imported that voice into the F-18; but, additional calls were needed. Leslie was a media producer filling in as a sound engineer on the recording sessions. But, the talent couldn’t quite capture the sense of urgency needed for the job. “Betty’s got a cadence and a sharpness to it,” said Leslie. The program manager heard her directions and decided she was fit for the role—a role that has endured for the last two decades.
As the expression goes, all good things must come to an end. Boeing employees and Navy pilots recently gathered in St. Louis, Mo. to meet the woman behind the voice on her last day. “As soon as she started talking, we all grinned and said ‘oh yeah, that’s her!'” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Crane, a DCMA Weapons Systems Officer on EA-18G and F/A-18F aircraft.
Leslie’s distinct voice cracked slightly as she said goodbye to ‘her plane.’ Watch the video to hear Leslie’s story in her own words and how her sharp command at the right moment saved one pilot’s life.
I was getting tired of my hosting site. Their platforms were constantly getting hit. I was always receiving brute strength password hack attempt alerts. Coupled that with30 minute waits just to talk to a person, and every issue being “elevated” to the technicians with a day or two turn around just to put the next fire out.
I took the advice of my brother Rob, who jumped ship to GoDaddy a couple of years ago. I migrated over the July 4 weekend. I was talking to a real person located in the US within three to five minutes. They were very helpful. One guy Michael stayed on the line for hours until we got the problem resolved. To be fair, I FTP’ed a whole site over breaking a lot of links and pointers for the new site. If I was doing this from a new website it would have been instant. Heck I even learned a few tricks during the last day. The stuff they wasn’t allowed to do because it was on my end, they walked me through it. Every time issues has to elevated the original rep would stay on the phone with me until it was resolved. And right now I saved 50% by signing up for three years at $3.99 a month. I defiantly recommend these guys.
It’s springtime again. That means it’s time for the Mrs. to haul me, my pickup and my money to the lawn and garden stops. First stop today was Lowes. Apparently everybody had the same ideal. There was a long line waiting just to drive up to the mulch pallets. So off to Bloomers we go. For another post, see April 22, 2012. As Benie was spending my bucks, I sat on a stuffed porch swing on the wrap around wooden porch. There were a dozen of the large low pitched wind chimes and the breeze was making them resonate in a low lulling sound. Check it out
I picked up some seedling plants. Cherokee tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers.
Oh, and they still have this. And yes it still screams Rob.
Enjoy the pictures and video that I took this afternoon. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
Nothing makes a movie a timeless classic like a orchestral movie theme. There’s nothing like Kenny Loggins’ “I’m All Right”, or “Danger Zone” to anchor a movie in a set period of time. I prefer large orchestras over the latest top 40 flavor of the month as background music for movies. For this exercise I’m going to limit themes to the last forty years or so. Here are some notable examples. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.
First of all there is the Legendary John Williams. If you haven’t heard this, crawl back under your rock.
Then there’s Hans Zimmer. His works include Red Tide, The Last Samurai, Interstellar and one of my all time favorite movies;
And another of my all time favorite movies obtains it’s soundtrack from Trevor Jones.
Then there is Michael Kamen (yes of S&M, Symphony and Metallica), Who has done so many soundtracks Wikipedia breaks it down by year.
And finally Michael Giachinno. I didn’t know this until I started research for this blog, he is credited for 31 soundtracks starting in 1977.
And for more music head over toÂ Western Hero on Saturdays for “Saturday Sessions”
Christmas 2014 is almost upon us. Nothing like settling down and watching some Christmas movies. Sure there are the classics like It”s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. But here are some from the last 30 years or so.
Yes Die Hard. It and Die Hard 2 is set during Christmas.
Only one thing in the world could”ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.
Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man.
Type in the address in Google casino pa natet Maps for the Christmas Story house and then go to Street View.
3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH
Then walk inside
Here”s a little gem, Unaccompanied Minors.
Here is one of my favorites.
And finally there is Rare Exports. Different.
This is just a few of the offbeat ones. There are plenty more. What”s some of yours?
Wendy Davis (D) is running against Greg Abbott (R) for the seat of Governor in Texas. During a recent debate she ask Greg if in his role as State Attorney general would he have defended a ban on interracial marriage if it existed? Not that it ever did. She also attacked him claiming by supporting punitive judgment limits he was against people in wheelchairs. Now are you ready for this? Greg Abbott is a paraplegics who is confined to a wheelchair and is inter racially married to a Latina for 33 years. If he is elected she will be the first LatinaTexas First Lady.
Oh, and one last thing.
I pointed out during my last post that my brother was lagging behind in posts about his car purchases. I can now report that the situation has been rectified. Flying Old Glory I see. Nice!