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Check this out. Ex Columbian AF helicopter pilot gets shot and paralyzed, then makes a living inventing ways to make coffee out of random junk and parts.

http://jalopnik.com/...out-of-old-junk

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César, who goes by El Capi (short for capitano) began his career a Colombian Air Force chopper pilot and then an airline pilot. When a man who was jealous of his girlfriend shot him in the back, he lost use of his legs, but that didn't stop him from working as an airline safety official and a television journalist.

Now, using what he's leaned in his various other lives, he runs a coffee tourism business in Alto de la Mina, a town his grandfather established as a hub of Colombia's coffee trade in the 1880s. Using old beer kegs and washing machine parts, he makes his own coffee, drawing tourism and business to the secluded town.

As a young pilot in the Colombian Air Force, César said he "dropped a lot of bombs" on guerrillas from the Vietnam-era UH-1 Iroquois helicopters he flew. His military service got him a job as a pilot with Avianca, Colombia's top carrier.

Life was pretty sweet as a dashing young airline captain, but that all came screeching to a halt 17 years ago. As César tells it, his wife's jealous ex-boyfriend, another Air Force guy, decided that he wanted César out of the picture. So he shot César in Cali one night, hitting him in the spine and the lungs. Luckily, the bullet didn't kill him, but one of them severed his spinal cord and he became a paraplegic.

Along with a small team of workers, he processes coffee onsite, using old machines and contraptions he's built out of old beer kegs, washing machine parts, and anything else laying around that comes in handy. His coffee bean toaster is perhaps the most spectacular of these, looking like something from Doc Brown's laboratory. He pours the beans into an old beer keg, where they rotate as they're heated by burners that look like they came from a buffet table. Using a custom fabricated metal widget that slides into a bolt hole welded onto the front of the barrel, he checks the beans periodically. When they're ready, he opens a hatch and the beans pour into an old washing machine barrel, where they spin beneath an old bathroom fan to cool off. A network of PVC pipe sucks smoke and dust out of the room to keep the air clear.

Also,

Too fat to be executed? Poor guy is all depressed sitting on death row. I feel bad for him.

http://news.yahoo.co...-062549672.html

LOL this is maybe the most pathetic thing ever. If they really are worried about troubles with lethal injection, this should still work at least:

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A new heat exchanger design allows air to be cooled from 1,000 deg C to -150 deg C in 1/100 of a second; has the potential to give passenger aircraft cruise speed of mach 5.

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A new heat exchanger design allows air to be cooled from 1,000 deg C to -150 deg C in 1/100 of a second; has the potential to give passenger aircraft cruise speed of mach 5.

Wow that is very cool (hardy har har). I'll have to look these guys up when I'm not at work. I'm a heat transfer engineer so this is sorta interesting to me.

For reference, 400 megawatts of heat transfer is quite a bit! One of my recent projects was a radiator for a 600hp fire truck, and this is about 1500 times more heat than that radiator dissipated.

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Wow that is very cool (hardy har har). I'll have to look these guys up when I'm not at work. I'm a heat transfer engineer so this is sorta interesting to me.

For reference, 400 megawatts of heat transfer is quite a bit! One of my recent projects was a radiator for a 600hp fire truck, and this is about 1500 times more heat than that radiator dissipated.

Spaceman: Check out the story on "Secret Pete" in the last Smithsonian "Air & Space" mag. and his thermo cooling efforts for the Unlimited Race Airplanes for the Reno Air Races....Up your alley!

Cheers

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It's refreshing that Fox News is willing to publish holiday greetings during commercial breaks; they just had one for Rosh Hashanah and Labor Day. However, if they are going to air one for the USAF's 65th birthday by showing different aircraft during the spot (presumably in homage to the AF's heritage), someone should tell them we do not fly the SU-27.

http://youtu.be/jTgc7D_RjOo

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It's refreshing that Fox News is willing to publish holiday greetings during commercial breaks; they just had one for Rosh Hashanah and Labor Day. However, if they are going to air one for the USAF's 65th birthday by showing different aircraft during the spot (presumably in homage to the AF's heritage), someone should tell them we do not fly the SU-27.

http://youtu.be/jTgc7D_RjOo

Smash SU-27!!!!

Cheers,

Cap-10

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This is very wrong.

David Viens said he packed his wife's 105-pound body into a heavy container and used weights to keep it submerged in the bubbling water.

"I just slowly cooked it, and I ended up cooking her for four days," he said.

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Saw this in the Stars and Stripes today.

The nation’s largest gay-rights group has chosen South Florida to launch a program making emergency management workers more sensitive to the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender disaster victims.

http://miamiherald.t...l#storylink=cpy

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This is very wrong.

How did he "accidentally" kill his wife anyway? The article isn't real clear.

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http://www.af.mil/ne...sp?id=123317364

So $18.3 million price tag for install....projected savings were $550K/yr...array has 30 yr life span:

18,300,000 / 550,000 = 33 yr break even point.

So instead of paying $16.5M over 30 years (550,000/yr) we (government) decided to pay (spend out tax money) $18.3M right meow (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) for a project that was destined to fail unless better than expected results were obtained?

WOW!

Cheers,

Cap-10

Or you could use several hundred thousand dollars a year with no return on investment

30 years * $500K = $15M in losses

so which is really worse? spending $600K over 30 years or $15M?

I don't like a lot of these "green" projects, but this makes economic sense

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Wow that is very cool (hardy har har). I'll have to look these guys up when I'm not at work. I'm a heat transfer engineer so this is sorta interesting to me.

For reference, 400 megawatts of heat transfer is quite a bit! One of my recent projects was a radiator for a 600hp fire truck, and this is about 1500 times more heat than that radiator dissipated.

Is the goal to cool the air before it enters the compressor to increase the density of the air itself for the fuel/air mixture? From the picture, it looked like there was an intake fan, then the air got cooled by the heat exchanger, then it went into the engine.

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Or you could use several hundred thousand dollars a year with no return on investment

30 years * $500K = $15M in losses

so which is really worse? spending $600K over 30 years or $15M?

I don't like a lot of these "green" projects, but this makes economic sense

Or... You could spend $550k for the next 5 years and buy the next generation of solar panels that would actually make economic sense.

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Or you could use several hundred thousand dollars a year with no return on investment

30 years * $500K = $15M in losses

so which is really worse? spending $600K over 30 years or $15M?

I don't like a lot of these "green" projects, but this makes economic sense

Except that $15 million in losses over 30 years is a smaller loss than the $18.3 invested right now. Money in the future is generally worth less than money spent right now.

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Call me crazy, but this just seems like a bad idea.

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I think he is wearing Bad Idea Jeans.

Holy shit nostalgia reference of the day winner

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Call me crazy, but this just seems like a bad idea.

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I can't put my finger on it but there is something about this guy that reminds me of BQZip's mom.

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While I was waiting to complete a PDHA at our local med group (a story in itself), I passed the time reading an old AFRC magazine (no other mags around) and to my disbelief, I found this article. Here is an excerpt below:

"Leadership examined the needs of the wing, called Air Force Personnel Center to ask a few questions and then established a benchmark that allowed a select group of 911th ARS captains to serve as executive officers at the wing and group levels...Because of the limited leadership positions within the 911th, it is more difficult for them to compete well with their active-duty peers at the 6th Air Mobility Wing. This opportunity is impressive. You should want to come here. "

Basically, a "select" group of KC-135 pilots can work with the reserves at Seymour Johnson and fill executive officer jobs to further their careers. The kicker is AFRC is touting this as a good deal. As an exec, and one that can't wait to get out of the job, I see this as a means of catering to the careerists while alleviating the need to fill positions within the 916th. Am I off kilter here or am I just jaded? What do y'all think?

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AD Captains may be less than enthusiastic about going to an associate unit due to a lack of career progressing jobs being available at said locations. Want to get passed over for Major? Don't show "progression". Many of us believe the AF's version of progression is bullshit, however most will still check their boxes so they can make rank.

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