Thursday, March 31, 2005

Just a nother day......

The clouds are lingering, the sun is obscured by the clouds, wind is developing, and.....well.....I guess that is all. Nothing special is happening in the world of Radar. Nothing to talk about...Nothing to complain about (not that anyone would listen)....Just nothing. I am not even ready for class. I love to come to my Thurs night class, just would rather not be here tonight. Oh well, no intelligent thoughts tonight, sorry.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Snow, Snow, Beautiful snow!

Well as most of us in the Fairbanks area know, spring has shown us that it is not just let us easily leave winter behind. With the National Weather Service forcasting less than 1/2 inch of snow, we have gotten about 2 in of snow in places. I am almost ready to put my plow back on. The Fairbanks National Weather Service has posted a total of 3 updates on todays snow fall...each one forcasting for the snow to stop 3 hours after the post. If you have been around for any amount of time, you will know that the weather just does not follow the forcasters instructions.
On a side note, Please be careful. The roads are becoming slick, and there are idiot drivers who don't know how to slow down. The last thing anybody needs is to get into a wreck. Please drive safely.


Thursday, March 24, 2005

RE: Shooter in Minn. school case chatted, blogged frequently

Post Requarding Shooter in Minn. school case chatted, blogged frequently Posted by Chris.

Rather than posting a comment I decided to make it a regular post.

In 1942, Spike Jones created a wartime propaganda to stregnthin the spirit of the listeners of radio. In his own creative way, Spike bashed 'Der Fuhrer' Here are the lyrics:

Der Fuehrer's Face

Spike Jones and the City Slickers

When Der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! HEIL! Right in Der Fuehrer's face
Not to love Der Fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we HEIL! HEIL! Right in Der Fuehrer's face
When Herr Gobbels says, "We own der world und space"
We HEIL! HEIL! Right in Herr Goring's face
When Herr Goring says they'll never bomb this place
We HEIL! HEIL! Right in Herr Goring's face

Are we not the supermen
Aryan pure supermen
Ja we ist der supermen
Super-duper supermen
Ist this Nutzi land not good?
Would you leave it if you could?
Ja this Nutzi land is good!
Vee would leave it if we could

We bring the world to order
Heil Hitler's world New Order
Everyone of foreign race will love Der Fuehrer's face
When we bring to der world disorder

When Der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! HEIL! Right in Der Fuehrer's face
When Der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! HEIL! Right in Der Fuhrer's face

No matter what happened, Spike continued to warm the hearts of americans and others with is murder of music..especially during the war time of his day.


Monday, March 21, 2005

Gone with the wind

Well, here we are on another beautiful day! The sun is shining, the snow is glistening, and the wind...well it still blows. The good news is I finally am ready to resume classes at the U. It was rather a drag breaking the schedule of the week....Not that I had much of a routine to work with.
At any rate, I should be able to post more now that I will be able to be at the university more as the semester progresses. That's all for now...Have a calm day :)

Friday, March 18, 2005

Todays boring post is:

Nuts. I dont know what I should even talk about. Here I am....Late on my homework...Fighting the DIAL UP from GCI... and still nothing to say. One would think that I would talk about my spring my brake only missed 2 events from my busy schedule, school. Well maybe as work progresses today, I will find something of intrest. Untill then...well....I guess you will just have to find some other blog to read. Have a good day, looks like it will be another beautiful spring day.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

baby bunny - day 5

A touching image from Flickr, Found during class. Enjoy

'I work for a living...Don't call me Sir'

I have to admit, I am quite puzzled at this phrase. What does it mean? Why do people take offence to the answer of sir? Any help would be appreciated.
It has once again come to my attention that sir is (or should be) a dirty 3 letter word. WHY?!?! I understand you work for a living....I never implied you did not. I don't understand why people tend to become irritated when I answer them by using the word Sir. In my up-bringing, Sir is a sign of respect. It has been bred into my person. I use the word with out even thinking on almost a daily basis. Is it because now to be a Sir, you have to be given a job...and not had to work for the position one currently holds?? I do not intend any disrespect when I use the word sir in a respectful manner. It agitates me when I am jumped on for having called someone sir. Most of the time I surprise most people with my age, especially when they have been around me for a few days to observe my behavior. Out of will just have to bear with my manners and my upbringing, for as long as I am around, the word Sir will still be used as a sign of respect to all who I come in contact with.
Well I guess most of the steam is gone. Ladies and Gentlemen, Have a good evening.

Alaska Radar in 20 words (or so :D )

Well here goes nothing:
1. An invisible person...Outside of the classroom.
2. A Amateur radio operator by night, a radio mechanic by day
3. A quiet person who is most likely to sit at the back of a room
4. Someone who finds it almost impossible to post to the class blog, much less my own
5. An invisible worker who does not like to be in the spotlight
6. The student who always arrives early, maybe a little to early
7. A scanner bum (I like to hear the Fire Department)
8. Fire truck admirer (I like the Flashy lights.)
9. A computer Geek
10. A big brother
11. One who has never described himself in 20 words and now has a mental block
12. A long time Alaskan (+19 years)
13. A close Neighbor to Santa Clause (Ok I live in the North Pole.)
14. Someone who is always willing to help when I can.
15. Your Typical Alaskan dumpster diver (I still think it should be a sport)
16. A man who possess the rare skill of knowing when to keep his mouth shut.(Ok so it sometimes seems rare)
17. One who was brought up watching Red Skelton, and listening to Spike Jones.
18. A collector of the Mannheim Steamrollers (or American Gramophone)
19. A Windows user
20. Glad that this is over.

Ok I admit...I do not like to talk about my self much. I tend to be a quiet person who chooses not to toot my own horn. I would rather you decide the 20 words which describe me so I may see what others see me as vs trying to maintain a false image of my self. It is my personality. It is my character. I agree with the following saying from
I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
Nor will I ever be.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The one...The ONLY....TOWER OF...Ice?

Thats right. The community of Fairbanks has it's very own ice tower.
(Thanks to the Alaskan Alpine club for the photo)

This majestic tower is the crazy creation of a local who (believe it or not) does not like winter. John Reeves is a resident in the Fox area who is the curator of this curious pice of art which is in his front yard. Feeding this creation with water pumped thourgh a 1In tube, it grows daily. Fairbanks Daily News Miner reported " With a flow rate of 100 gallons a minute, Reeves figures he's pumping 6,000 gallons of water an hour into the tower." (Fox Icescraper' grows along with popularity: The 'Icescraper' is located near the Steese Highway just feet from the pipeline viewpoint turnoff. Whith warm days approaching, it is really recommended that if there is a hour to spend, and you can make the drive, go see this curious tower... the piller of one who hates winter. Maybe next year he will hate winter even more, and build some ice creation even more exotic.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Automatic Packet Reporting System (A.P.R.S)

APRS is one of the many ways that Ham operators can digitally communicate over the radio. Similar to Traditional Packet Radio, APRS uses the same equipment to interface the PC with the radio... a TNC, a PC, and the radio. Unlike Packet radio, APRS does not need to connect to the other TNC. Instead, the transmissions are sent in a Unproto frame to the receiving station. The receiving station then sends a Unproto frame back. This method of data transfer does not need to send frames verifying the correctness of the content. Either you get it or not. In addition to messageing, APRS also automatically brodcasts your position if you so choose. This allows the use of a GPS to be implemented. These brodcasts allow other ham operators to view your location in reference to their locations. This digital network is used all over the world. To see some hams in the Fairbanks Area, please visit this link----- it will take you to This site can explane more on how this system is used. Enjoy and 73!