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Ernie's House of Whoopass! July 8, 2011
July 8, 2011

Wow. The Last One. Ever. Wow.

Okay I have to be honest, I was hoping for bad weather so the launch would get delayed and I'd have a chance of making it to back up to Titusville to see the final shuttle launch. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was watch the weather reports. Okay, I watched the weather report girls, but then I watched the weather reports. As of 6am, there was a 70% chance of thunderstorms forecast all day for Titusville, Florida. I was hopeful. But in no short order, I watched the countdown tick away -- I got kind of excited when they held the countdown at 0:31 -- but before I knew it, it was Main Engine Start. And I guess its somewhat fitting that a program that started with me huddled around a television, should end with me doing the same.

Only in a hat tip to Moore's law, I didn't watch this launch on a grainy 19" tv. No, I watched this very last shuttle launch stream to me live over my computer in full 1080 high definition video. And as the shuttle was hauling 176,413 pounds of ass at around 15,000 miles an hour -- a hair over 4 miles per second -- I was able to watch live camera feeds as Atlantis achieved its very last orbit orbit, completed its very last roll over in preparation for its very last fuel tank seperation. Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?

The Shuttles were originally equipped with five parallel redundant IBM AP-101 computers. Each of those was equipped with a mighty 1,310,720 bits -- not BYTES, but BITS -- of ferrite core memory and was good for a neck-snapping 0.48 MIPS and 0.325 MFLOPS. After an update of the shuttle fleet to Intel 8080 processors, running .75 MIPS? The current shuttle fleet's 64lb computers have the computational power of an IBM 5150, that ’80s icon that goes for $20 at yard sales. To put that last part into perspective, my new cellphone is being delivered today -- and I'm going to run my fucking droid over with my truck -- thank you very much. But my new phone, an HTC Incredible 2, will run 31 MFLOPS. Kind of makes you wonder how far we've come as a society, eh?

E man. I hate to say it but maybe I'm out of touch? Who is this Larisa Riguel? i can't find her on the web. Derek

Jesus Christ man, what have you been living off the grid for the last two years? You can't find her because you're butchering her name -- it's Larissa Riquelme. She's the Paraguayan model who geared down naked after Paraguay (almost) won the World Cup back last year.

Operation Entebbe was a hostage-rescue mission carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on 4 July 1976. A week earlier, on 27 June, an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and supporters and flown to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Shortly after landing, all non-Jewish passengers were released. The IDF acted on intelligence provided by the Israeli secret agency Mossad. In the wake of the hijacking by members of the militant organizations Revolutionary Cells and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, along with the hijackers' threats to kill the hostages if their prisoner release demands were not met, the rescue operation was planned. These plans included preparation for armed resistance from Ugandan military troops. The operation took place at night, as Israeli transport planes carried 100 commandos over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes and 103 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the commander, Lt Col Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed, and 11 Soviet-built MiG-17s of Uganda's air force were destroyed. A fourth hostage was murdered by Ugandan army officers at a nearby hospital. The rescue, named Operation Thunderbolt, is sometimes referred to as Operation Jonathan in memory of the unit's leader, Netanyahu. He was the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, who served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999, as well as currently since 2009.

Also I did find a nice putter for sale. Can anyone spot me $180?

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