March 27th, 2008

scotto monkeypulse

9213 - Thursday

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness You've got to dig proper arrow placement.

Where did all the daffodils come from? One minute, it's all brown grass and stick trees, the next... *DAFFODIL CENTRAL* - and tons o' ducks. Geese before, but now there are mallards en masse.

So, there's a new B-52s record out? Are they still called records, even on CDs and mp3 players? I guess they're all recordings. I'm looking forward to hearing it. They're going to be at the 930 club in April, and DAR in June... I'll have to see who the openers are... Cyndi Lauper is opening for 'em in June.

Per Ze's Request in colorwars (i'm still teamorange!)

A picture of when I was a little Scotto - Age 9 -

scotto and derek - 1978

I'm on the right, Bro on the left at about age 7. Even then, I didn't like to wear ties. To keep in that vein, I'll mention something about that age in the meme below.

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50 things you've done meme continues at 43 - I...

43.'was a sergeant in the safety patrol in elementary school. The big trip to Washington DC was no big whoop to me back then, as I was living in Richmond or Alexandria, VA at the time. I'm back in that boat now that I'm living in Maryland... but I don't have the cool reflective orange belt and shoulder sash with a badge anymore.. I had to turn it in at the end of the school year. My duties were to assist the crossing guard with kids in front of the school.. .holding the stop sign and making sure that everyone made it over OK. The guard was a soccer mom, and gave me my first taste of coffee that I liked. I think that she put 3x sugar and 3x cream in it. I got her a Santa coffee mug for Christmas that year, and she gave me some cupcakes with red and green sprinkles on 'em. I don't remember her name, but she had a cool van... all earth tones of brown and tan... could probably tote 12 people comfortably. I can proudly say that there were no accidents on my watch, despite some nutty drivers.

The Miami-Dade police department will begin experimenting with high-tech drones as law enforcement tools beginning next year.

Although the military has been using unmanned aircraft systems for years, this will be the first time they are used in law enforcement.

"We are aware it is a great responsibility. The FAA is looking at us to see if we can professionally manage this program," said Lt. Cliff Nelson of the police department's aviation unit.The flying camera is called a Micro Air Vehicle made by Honeywell. The MAV is remote controlled, unarmed and unmanned and can soar over 10,000 feet. (See the Micro Air Vehicle here.)

Miami-Dade police said only licensed pilots with the aviation unit will operate the devices because the airspace in the county is so busy. Only the Miami-Dade police department and the Houston police department were given permission by the FAA to experiment with the drones. "The capability of the unit is phenomenal," said Miami-Dade Detective Juan Villalba.

The unmanned aircraft will be used during SWAT team and tactical operations, especially when officers need video of a heavily armed suspect.

The Miami-Dade police department has not yet taken possession on its drone, but the Houston police department has and is already conducting tests. Miami-Dade hopes to use grant money to pay for the MAV. Officials said the units are pricey. Depending on the complexity of the system, they can cost several thousand dollars to more than a million.

I can easily see a well-placed weapon mount on that thing. My first thought was of those flying combine drones in HL2, taking your picture, and later attacking you with saw blades. See: Scanner / Manhack. The video link above is very cool... I'd be interested in seeing how long it would take to automate.

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