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Cubicle Warrior Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″

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Quick review: Hold onto your mockingjay pins! If you recall, the mockingjay pin is supposed to be a sign of hope, but it turns out to be a lightning rod for bad things to happen. The point of this movie is to build up to the grand finale that will occur in the final installment, assuming more actors do not kill themselves off. The movie is a bit long in the tooth, but is put together well and adequately inserts funny or romantic moments in between scenes of dystopian despair and moral depravity. Despite everything I just said, I highly recommend you go watch this movie. 4/5 stars.

Not-so-quick review: Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, who grew even stronger as a heroine in the the past few movies is suddenly reduced to a blubbering bystander with boobs (which you can inspect for yourself on 4chan.com and TheFappening.com…the boobs, not the movie character) as she goes into hiding in an underground fortress in District 13. Her home, District 12 has been reduced a pile of rubble that looks only slightly worse than downtown Detroit. Barely. For those of you who have spent more time at TheFappening.com than at the movie theater, remember that in “Catching Fire”, Katniss Everdeen turned the Quarter Quell upside down by destroying the Hunger Games arena with a well placed arrow, and now the only semblance of order in the dystopian society has been removed and the Capital is firebombing any district that rebels. Even displaying the mockingjay symbol is considered a firebombing offense. Katniss and District 12 engage in a propaganda war over the airwaves of mandatory viewing television, with a captured and brainwashed Peeta countering Katniss over the airwaves until the big battle before the cliffhanger tease for part 2.

As a military guy, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the accurate employment of electronic warfare, military deception (MILDEC), psychological operations, signals intelligence (SIGINT), cyber network attack (CNA), counter integrated air defense (C-IADS), special operations forces (SOF), and, the most important part, a military dining facility (DFAC). Not only do I give this movie a 4/5, I would also rank this as a top 50 movie for the decade. “Catching Fire” was probably better, but this installment is a must-see.

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Week 131 of 178: The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.

Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 131 of 178 (326 more days until military retirement). This may be my last Veterans Day as an active duty military member. I have been in uniform now for two decades, and it is about time to hang up my combat boots. The term “veteran” will take on a new meaning for me in a year. Eventually I will be one of those old guys telling war stories that nobody really cares about unless they involve gunfights and explosions, so I will have to embellish my stories a bit.

vet·er·an
ˈvedərən,ˈvetrən/
noun
  1. a person who has had long experience in a particular field.
    synonyms: old hand, past master, doyen, vet; More

    Example:  “a veteran of two world wars”

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. — Thomas Campbell

 

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The Batman’s Version of the Airman’s Creed

Fun fact: the Airman’s Creed makes more sense when “an American Airman” is replaced with “the Batman” (idea courtesy of John Q. Public). Try reciting Batman’s Airman’s Creed using your best Dark Knight voice.

Cubicle Warrior Movie Review: John Wick

The movie’s relentless razzle-dazzle and its anything-for-an-adrenaline-rush spirit infuse this action flick with a winking suggestion: If you can’t afford a professional screenwriter, just throw Keanu Reeves into a revenge plot with a puppy!

While it doesn’t rival the imagination or innovation of ‘The Matrix’, the movie’s ebullient shoot’em-up-revenge-plot-Russian-mafia spirit should make it a popular hit with all five of Keanu Reeve’s fans. Not to give away the plot… Oh…I just did…

3/5 stars. Be sure to go potty before the movie starts. You. Will. Not. Want. To. Leave. Your. Seat.

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So you want to be an Air Force engineer?

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15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children

These dream homes would be dangerous for families with kids in the home, but would be great for empty nesters! Grandkids beware: mom and dad are getting a child death trap in order to discourage using empty nesters as cheap babysitting.

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Apfelpfannkuchen, Honey Bunny Cafe, Los Angeles, CA

Bacon and Egg Pizza, Ugly Pie Company, El Segundo, CA 
 

Dessert trio (Ghirardelli cheesecake, cannoli, and tiramasu) at Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria, El Segundo, CA

Baked brie, Second City Bistro, El Segundo, CA

Naan-chos, iPic Movie Theater, Westwood, CA.

Homemade sushi and musubi, Honey Bunny Cafe, Los Angeles, CA

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Scientists Discover what is Really Inside Chicken Nuggets

I am sure many of you already knew this, but chicken nuggets barely count as chicken, unless you are okay with any part of the chicken being labeled as chicken. The good news is that chicken fat, skin, sinew, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments taste just like chicken when fried in corn oil. and it counts towards the 40% to 60% chicken content in a chicken nugget. What is the other 60% to 40%? I hope you are a fan of chemistry. The answer, in no particular order is in the article.

Kosmos-2499: Is it a spy or an assassin… or both? [RussianSpaceWeb.com]

Radar data and historical data indicate the object is probably a 100 kg object with an RCS of 0.3 m and significant delta-V/ specific impulse (probably around 800 m/s delta-V with 200 Ns/kg Isp)

The Trapper Keeper is back, but it carries tablets instead of homework | The Verge

#sports

Florida Gators 34, Vanderbilt Commodores 10

The Florida Gators ran a very balanced offense, racking up 215 yards through the air, and 214 on the ground. The Gators were even in turnover margin before this game, but are now +4 after turning all four Vanderbilt turnovers into points.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT | SAT. NOV. 8, 2014 | SHOGUN VS. SAINT PREUX

  • Ovince Saint Preux def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by KO in 4:26 of Round 1.
  • Warrley Alves def. Alan Jouban by decision
  • Claudio Silva def. Leon Edwards by decision
  • Dhiego Lima def. Jorge De Oliveira by decision
  • Juliana Lima def. Nina Ansaroff by decision

UFC FIGHT NIGHT | FRI. NOV. 7, 2014 | ROCKHOLD VS. BISPING

  • Luke Rockhold def. Michael Bisping by submission in 4:01 of Round 2
  • Al Iaquinta def. Ross Pearson by KO in 3:20 of Round 2
  • Robert Whittaker def. Clint Hester by KO in 2:15 of Round 2
  • Soa Paleilei def. Walt Harris by KO in 0:12 of Round 2

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Scientists Discover what is Really Inside Chicken Nuggets

Fortune cookie say” “That wasn’t chicken”

I am sure many of you already knew this, but chicken nuggets barely count as chicken, unless you are okay with any part of the chicken being labeled as chicken. The good news is that chicken fat, skin, sinew, blood vessels, nerves and bone fragments taste just like chicken when fried in corn oil. and it counts towards the 40% to 60% chicken content in a chicken nugget. What is the other 60% to 40%? I hope you are a fan of chemistry. The answer, in no particular order:

  • L-Cysteine, an amino acid, which can be found in duck and chicken feathers and cow horns. This is primarily used in the breading part of the chicken nugget, but may also be found in other Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s and Burger King products. From Wikipedia:

    The majority of L-cysteine is obtained industrially by hydrolysis of poultry feathers or human hair.[7]Synthetically produced L-cysteine, compliant with Jewish Kosher and Muslim Halal laws, is also available, albeit at a higher price.

    For the science nerds, note that this can be synthesized by fermenting a mutant strain of E. coli! E. coli! Seriously? Seriously.

  • Propylene glycol. This is that liquid you pour into your engine radiator to prevent freezing and overheating. It is anti-freeze. Yum! To be fair, propylene glycol has been declared safe in small doses for dogs, but dogs do have stronger stomachs…and they lick one another in the rear end for fun. In humans, 4 g/L can be fatal. In smaller doses accrued over time, this has been linked to heart attacks and neurological disorders. For the science nerds: 
  • Sodium benzoate is a friend to all of you soda drinkers. This chemical is used as a preservative, but you Coke(tm) addicts may be happy to know that this gives soda its ability to survive a zombie apocalypse. The catch is that sodium benzoate may combine with other acids, such as ascorbic acid, in the soda beverage over time and create harmful benzene–a known carcinogen. Continuing the theme for the science nerds: 
  • Ammonia and ammonia-treated meat. Perhaps you have heard of “pink slime”? Pink slime is in a family of ammonia-treated meat products. Thanks to some publicity, fast food restaurants are moving away from mechanically separated meat/ poultry (MSM/MSP) soaked in ammonia, but may still use meat/poultry treated with ammonium hydroxide. For you furniture makers, you may recognize this as the chemical used to darken or stain wood. This could also be used to clean kitchen floors, or to add flavor to cigarettes. If it is good enough for cigarettes, I suppose it is good enough for me! One more for the science nerds: 

In summary, eating fast food may be a quick, convenient, and cheap way to satisfy your hunger, but buyer beware–you are subjecting yourself to a chemistry experiment.

Link: http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/what-is-really-inside-chicken-nuggets.html

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15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE):

These dream homes would be dangerous for families with kids in the home, but would be great for empty nesters! Grandkids beware: mom and dad are getting a child death trap in order to discourage using empty nesters as cheap babysitting.

Originally posted on projectophile:

The clean lines, the geometric decorative elements, the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor space… I sure do love mid-century modern architecture.

Do you know what I love more? My children. And that is why I will never live in my MCM dream home. Because mid-century modern architecture is designed to KILL YOUR CHILDREN. (Also, moderately clumsy or drunk adults).

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We can be reasonably certain that none of these children reached adulthood.

As a public service, Projectophile is alerting its readers to the dangers posed by key elements of mid-century modern residential design.

1.  OPEN LEDGES:

I love open, flowing space as much as the next modern girl. But I know it would only be a matter of minutes before my kid flings himself off one of these deadly ledges…

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Red arrows show the direction of travel of children’s bodies

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What four-year-old can resist that hidden nook?

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SEC Football Week 11: Florida Gators 34, Vanderbilt Commodores 10

 

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The Florida Gators ran a very balanced offense, racking up 215 yards through the air, and 214 on the ground. The Gators were even in turnover margin before this game, but are now +4 after turning all four Vanderbilt turnovers into points.

The following has to happen in order for Muschamp to get the Gators to Atlanta (note that this is not likely):

  • Florida (4-3, 3-3) defeats Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-5) and South Carolina (4-5, 2-5) to end up 5-3 in the SEC
    • If Florida loses another SEC game, it is out of the running in the SEC East.
  • Missouri (7-2, 4-1) loses to Texas A&M (6-3, 2-3), Tennessee (4-5, 1-4), and Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) and ends up 4-4 in the SEC.
    • If Missouri, Georgia and Florida end up 5-3, Missouri gets the tiebreaker over both unless Georgia still retains a high poll ranking.
  • Georgia (6-2, 4-2) loses to Kentucky (5-4, 2-4) and Auburn (7-1, 4-1) and ends up 4-4 in the SEC
    • If Georgia can get past Auburn, it can steal the SEC East from Missouri with a higher poll ranking, assuming Missouri also ends up 5-3 in the SEC.

Team Stat Comparison

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VAN

1st Downs 19 17
3rd down efficiency
6-15 4-16
4th down efficiency
1-2 3-4
Total Yards 429 308
Passing 215 225
Comp-Att
13-22 21-45
Yards per pass
9.8 5.0
Rushing 214 83
Rushing Attempts
50 24
Yards per rush
4.3 3.5
Penalties 10-82 6-49
Turnovers 0 4
Fumbles lost
0 2
Interceptions thrown
0 2
Possession 35:01 24:59

Related:

  • Week 1, Florida Gators 0, Idaho Vandals 0 (0-0, 0-0)
  • Week 2, Florida Gators 65, Eastern Michigan Eagles 0 (1-0, 0-0)
  • Week 3, Florida Gators 36, Kentucky Wildcats 30 (2-0, 1-0)
  • Week 4, Alabama Crimson Tide 42, Florida Gators 14 (2-1, 1-1)
  • Week 5, bye week
  • Week 6, Florida Gators 10, Tennessee Volunteers 9 (3-1, 2-1)
  • Week 7, LSU Tigers 27, Florida Gators 30 (3-2, 2-2)
  • Week 8, Missouri Tigers 42, Florida Gators 13 (3-3, 2-3)
  • Week 9, bye week
  • Week 10, Florida Gators 38, #11 Georgia Bulldogs 20 (4-3, 3-3)
  • Week 11, Florida Gators 34, Vanderbilt Commodores (5-3, 4-3)