Saturday, March 29, 2003

Wow! Here's a great link to a Java applet that shows just how small we are in the universe (as we know it):
Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics and You - Powers Of 10: Interactive Java Tutorial

Friday, March 28, 2003

The image below looks like it's taken on Mars, not right here on Earth. It's amazing to think it's US solders fighting in Iraq in a dust storm.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Another one of my favourite space related websites is The Nine Planets. Well worth taking a look at for an educational glimpse of our solar system.


While I'm thinking nuclear, try the NuclearSpace website out. They promote the use of nuclear power in space (and sometimes to get to space). I like their arguments, as they show how knee-jerk people's media-saturated negativity is towards nuclear power. Yes, the by-products are nasty, no you don't need to keep them around - just shoot them into the Sun!
If you want a funny website about really, REALLY BIG guns, then try Welcome to Birdman Weapons Systems, Inc.
If you wanted to know how to contact me, then try sending an email to falkayn(at) ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

OK, I'm editing this template, trying to get something more to my style and a little more readable ... of course the layout of my posts influences that.
Recently checked out Pravda.RU News in English, I've gotta recommend this one for a laugh.

Their reporting is probably no more biased than most western journalists, but it does point out some interesting differences in the way Russians think. Some of their headlines:

* "Main Objective of War - New Weapon Tests" - sure, they would have been closer to have said disposal of old weapons! :-)

* "Will American Administration Declare War on Russia?" - ummm, no?

* "Call Bush For Free!" - why not?

* "Pentagon totally unreliable as news source" - duh, quick studies eh?
Back Again Checked out the Where Is Raed? site today ... it's interesting getting a civilian bloggers viewpoint of the war in Iraq.

I guess I should state my position on the war in Iraq ...

In my opinion, given what I currently know about the war, the current Iraqi regime and politics:

* The war is just, if only because it was previously found to be so, and this is a logical continuation of the previous war (with appropriate time and grace given to the Iraqi regime to "do the right thing" with regards to WMD and weapons inspections).

* France and Russia have many oil related reasons to want to prevent the war (not to mention possible illegal supply of Russian military technology/engineers?). Therefore, I find myself personally discounting their vetoes as politicking in order to further their economic ties with Iraq.

* The US, Britain and Australia all seem to have good reasons for going to war, and few (if any!) reasons for doing so, other than that it is a just war.

* If the war must be fought, then it must be fought properly - and not by pandering to the needs of the international media for a good story to justify their 24 hour "rolling news feeds". I can stand not hearing about it for a week if it helps the military do their job right.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

G'day Hmmm ... my first post. What should I say, what do you care? My, how narcissistic this seems!

OK, let me start with some great* links:
Tip: Did you know that Google is a great spell-checker? Just search for the word you are trying to check, and Google will prompt you with alternativs if it does not make sense.
Tip: Never trust someone that links to themselves :->

* "great" may be too strong a term ... "the only ones I could be bothered typing" would be a better one, but far too unwieldy.