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Why a turkey is called a turkey or why you should not houldn’t just call birds by the name of whatever-the-fuck-country you thought they got shipped from

by on Nov.28, 2011, under Musings

I was reading up on the etymology of turkey on reddit and found out that

  • Americans and other English speakers call turkey “turkey” because they thought it came from Turkey. There’s a chance they actually didn’t know where Turkey was, it just had this “far east” exotic appeal…
  • Turks don’t have any Turkey, obviously, but they have the guinea fowl (“angolan chicken in portuguese”) which I godamn hope it comes from Guine because I don’t want to start this all over again.
  • The turks call turkey “hindi” because they thought it came from India (so did the french – “Dinde”, hebrews and russians “indük” or “индейка”). And because everyone had no idea where India actually was, since they still believed it to be the same place as america.
  • The Swedes, Dutch and Norwegian call it, respectively, “kalkun”/”kalkon”/”kalkoen” because they were smartasses that thought they were better than their other european friends and it did not come from just India, it came specifically from Calcutta.
  • The greek called them Galopoula meaning French Bird, partly because they mistook it for the domesticated Guineafowl in southern france, but mostly I guess because they were really trolling the language at this point to see what other bullshit they could get in there. (continue reading…)
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Mars Bitches!!

by on Nov.28, 2011, under Uncategorized

This a picture of Delta IV havey rocket that launched mars science laboratory (curiosity rovers)  to mars. On its back is a microchip with my name etched on to it. The official certification from NASA can be on viewed here.  Here is a picture of curiosity (continue reading…)

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Bella’s first handjob

by on Nov.25, 2011, under Uncategorized

This is probably how Bella‘s hand looked after giving Sparkles the vampire a hand job. And since Hollywood has apparently taken my advice on why the breaking dawn must be made into a  movie [click here to read the post]   this really seems appropriate


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How to list cron jobs of all the users

by on Nov.18, 2011, under cool, Programing

while I was doing some server maintenance for a customer last night it required that i find out what cron jobs were in the cron tabs of all the users  on the machine. I found this handy script that will list out all the cron jobs for all the users

for user in $(cut -f1 -d: /etc/passwd)
do echo $user && crontab -u $user -l
echo " "
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Testament to Russian Engineering

by on Nov.18, 2011, under Uncategorized

Rocket Launch

Soyuz 141 Ready for Launch in a blizzard

The R-7 rocket was originally designed as an ICBM. When America unexpectedly invites you to a friendly game of global thermonuclear war, it’s not acceptable to say “Not today thank you, it’s cold outside.” So they built a rocket with enough margins that it could launch in all weather conditions.

Ultimately the R-7 was a military failure since it required a day of prep on the pad before launch (compare with one month for the shuttle). So it was replaced in its ICBM duties with instant-launch rockets like the R-36 (known to the West as “Satan”).

The shuttle had so many moving parts/components that it was frail. It required ideal weather conditions. Even a slight wind would cause delays and God help you if it drizzled or a little rain — grounded for a week.The fact Soyuz launch regardless of weather conditions tells of unglamorous, pragmatic Soviet approach is the clear winner when it comes to space programs. As demonstrated with their ability constantly and reliably loft humans to LEO which Americans have lost


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