Week 14 of 213: I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.

Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 14 of 213. This week I debut my new format. For the next 199 weeks, I will cite one quote to summarize my week, then break down the blog into subsections related to food (food-spotting), cybersecurity (computer geek stuff), Florida Gator football (self explanatory), taekwondo (the kids’ martial arts), and cubicle engineering (work).

I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
— Robert E. Lee.

Food

Cherry Blossom Roll, The Boat Sushi & Thai Cuisine, El Segundo, CA

The Boat Sushi and Thai Cuisine of El Segundo is my favorite sushi place in the LA area. They also have great Thai food. I used to come here all the time when I was TDY to the area. Be sure to have the Thai iced tea.

Spumoni Italian Restaurant of Stevenson Ranch is not impressive. The pizza was good, but I could have cooked my own pizza in the time we waited, and the service was slow.

Thai iced tea gelato, Pazzo Gelato

It’s better than ice cream…it’s gelato! Pazzo Gelato is a nice little place not far from the Griffith Observatory. See my review from earlier in the week.

Cybersecurity

The Department of Cyber Defense? A law to strengthen our cyber-defense? [LINK]. Is it the government’s job to protect citizens electing to use the Internet? Can the government manage any program without driving it to the ground? I would prefer to let the commercial sector compete for this effort, mainly so I can get a job and make lots of money in 199 weeks or so. The way the law is being pushed forward now, it really is a way to latch on riders to a large bill and get pet funding for other legislature seeking to strip citizens of 2nd Amendment rights and whatnot.

Cubicle Engineering

NROL-36, Atlas V 401/411. Launch delayed to no earlier than August 14, 2012. Primary payload: classified, 6500 kg into 1100 x 1100 km @ 63 degree orbit. Secondary payload: 13 CubeSats, 470 km by 770 km @ 63 degree orbit. Amateurs rocket watchers believe that the configuration has changed from Atlas V 401 to Atlas V 411 [reference 1].

The Air Force watched the movie, Wall-E, and decided to do something about all that space junk this week [LINK]. In case you did not know, the Air Force already tracks space junk, and they share their data with NASA and anyone else with assets in space. The junk belt is growing, and more commercial entities are going to need data on what is up there.

Verizon has cut the leash on its tethering restrictions [LINK]. Maybe soon I will be able to tether off my piece of crap iPhone! The iPhone 4 is limited to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA (“D” for downlink) and 5.76 HSUPA (“U” for uplink). Look at the bright side, if you have an iPhone 4S, you can theoretically downlink faster than an iPhone 4 or a Verizon phone on CDMA 3G EVDO. In reality, the infrastructure around you will limit you to 7.2 Mbps.

Work is still the same. I cannot say much about it without giving away classified, or saying something to get in trouble otherwise. Here is a nice cartoon and some discussion based on this Family Guy video instead.

I am facing somewhat of a moral crisis at work, hence the overarching quote for the week from Robert E. Lee. Simply put, I was set up for a trap, and then chewed out. My recommendation was to help out the Death Star by funneling some portion of its 15.6 septillion dollar budget into a smaller, more portable, more capable Death Comet prototype until the Death Star could be completed and reinforced from those pesky Rebel fighters’ X-wing fighters. It looks like the Death Star construction will carry on. I will continue to suffer as I make recommendations to patch that hole in the Death Star…because it is the right thing to do.

Taekwondo

Be sure to check out the latest videos [LINK].

Miscellaneous

Audrey Smith Kilar died on August 3, 2007, just shy of her 81st birthday on August 25th. She taught me the joys of reading, and along with Grandpa K, she was always a great role model. I could definitely use some of Grandma and Grandpa’s wisdom right now at work.

Olympics 2012. Redeem Team beats up juggernaut Nigeria, 156-73. USA gymnastics, beach volleyball, judo, indoor volleyball, and swimming have been fun to watch. UFC is investing in making MMA an Olympic event by 2020.

The Griffith Observatory is a science nerd’s dream. It has everything a budding astronomer would want, and it has a nice set of trails nearby. I could spend an entire day at the observatory and on the trails. There is a also a nice view of the Hollywood sign. I learned that some of the trails will lead to the Hollywood sign, so that will be next on my list of things to do.

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6 thoughts on “Week 14 of 213: I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.

  1. “We could fix it tomorrow if price is no object…”
    “….uh….”
    “We’ll get estimates….”
    “Yeah, get estimates.”
    ……………
    Instaclassic! I always loved how the original Death Star had a weakness that was only 2m wide, but when they built the New and Improved Death Star, they widened the exhaust port so that the Millennium Falcon could fly inside. Uh…. ohhhhhh-kay?!?! Seriously, what genius thought up that design modification?

  2. Lt Col Dan Ward, SAF/AQRT, wrote a very good article explaining the acquisition of the Death Star in terms that us DoD acquisition types can relate to. In short, the Death Star was a bad weapon system for the Republic–poorly designed, poorly managed, poorly secured, and not needed. I can relate to this in my little job.

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