Origins of the RQ-170 Sentinel

Wonderful post on about the history of the US’ newest spyplane, the RQ-170 Sentinel which was used in the Osama Bin Laden raid and most famously was forced to land in Iran.  The post traces the origin of the airplane from early technology demonstrators.  I love reading about the covert programs of the US military […]

Tracing Jersey’s Matchers

Finally found the answer to what I looking for: How to figure out what the heck Jersey was doing when matching resources.  This answers it nicely:   Jersey now supports the same feature implemented in 1.1.5-ea-SNAPSHOT. Adding the following servlet/filter initialization parameter enables tracing: <init-param>     <param-name>com.sun.jersey.config.feature.Trace</param-name>     <param-value>true</param-value> </init-param>   Easy Peasy: Permalink […]

Juno Photographs Earth-Moon System

I’ve posted about this in the past, but this type of photograph is my favorite.  Juno, the recently launched probe to Jupiter, recently captured a single frame in which the Earth and the Moon were both visible. I love this because it gives you a radically different perpective on the moon when you look up […]

The Perils of Allowing Your Kids to Grow Up

As parents, we often look to certain growth milestones with longing.  Asking ourselves “When will my son start walking?” or thinking out load “Boy, it would be nice if my daughter could talk” — unknowing to the fact that once a child starts talking they never, ever, ever stop. It’s this latest milestone that my […]

First Solo Cross-Country Flight, Complete.

(First a note: for anyone not familiar a cross-country flight is anything where the straight line distance between the landing point and the point of departure is 50 nautical miles or more) I had been trying to find good enough weather to fly to Marshall (KRMY) for some time — it had been a very […]