The US Navy Has Frickin’ Laser Beams!

This summer, the US Navy will deploy its latest weapon system :  a laser beam ! While only to be used for “asymmetric” threats, it’s still pretty cool that the military believes such a weapon is deployment-ready!  The article indicates that the weapon’s not so good in bad weather, but for small potential threats in a calm environment it’s good to go. In two years, an EM rail gun may begin to replace the conventional big-guns on other ships.  The issue with the rail gun is that it requires tons of electricity — probably not a problem on a nuclear carrier or sub. It’s unusual these days to see the US occasionally act like an old Cold War superpower — spending billions on weapons we’ll likely never have to use against a near-peer power, but still making and deploying them anyway!  If we’re going to have wasteful government spending , at least make frickin’ laser beams with it!

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Super Slaughter

Outside of the Pacific Northwest, last night’s Super Bowl XLVIII was not very exciting.  I predicted a 27-24 Broncos victory , contingent upon whether or not Seattle could produce a pass rush against Peyton Manning.  Well, no pass rush was necessary for the kind of beat-down we haven’t seen in a Super Bowl since 1993:  Seattle 43, Denver 8 .

It was clear from last night’s “game” (using the term lightly) that Seattle came to play; Denver didn’t know what hit them. So, given how awful the game turned out to be, how were the commercials? See for yourself .  I liked the Hero’s Welcome, Radio Shack’s 1980s homage , and Turbo Tax prom ad the most. 

To paraphrase Jimmy Kimmel , these Super Bowl commercials are getting too commercial.  Because they try to be so outrageous, they’re getting predictable (if that makes any sense).  That’s why I shined the spotlight on the three ads above — I love soldier-coming-home stories, as a Gen Xer I love 1980s nostalgia, and I thought the prom analogy for the Super Bowl was really clever.  All that, plus 24 is coming back .  Sweetness.

The evening was also darkened by news of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 46.  Great talent and personal demons have long been tied to one another in the entertainment industry.   Hoffman was incredibly talented and perhaps his story will stir our consciousness on the issues which underlie people’s use of heavy drugs.

 

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The Kronies

Upon hearing about this on The Blaze this evening, I had to add it to the echo chamber. Satire, beautiful satire!

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An Obama, Not a King

Today marks America’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the life of the 20th Century’s most important civil rights leader.


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Happy 2014!

May your 2014 be a great one!

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