Monday, September 21, 2020

What a Difference 22 Years Makes

 1942: XB-29 first flight.  Maximum speed: 357 mph.  Service ceiling: 32,000 ft.

 1964: XB-70 first flight.  Maximum speed: 2056 mph.  Service ceiling: 77,000 ft.

Compare and contrast.  That is all for today.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

As the World B^HTurns...

 ... and as 2020 grows even more 2020-ish, it's good to see some good things still around:

A London coffee shop is charging $64 for its premium brew -- here's what it tastes like

Rainy Saturday here, with a storm still milling around in the Gulf.  Don't think I'll be taking down the window board just yet.  Time to go brew a very-much-not-$64 cup of coffee and fiddle with this newly-mandatory Blogger interface.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Slight Change in the Weather


What a difference a week makes.  Water should be back down in a day or two.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lillies for Hurricanes

They always pop up in the yard this time of year.  I'll probably plant a few more for luck in the coming year.  As always, click to embiggen.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Coffeeneuring Returns for 2020

A tad busy watching this year's "S" storm (can't remember the name...  why not "2020-S" etc. for a new naming convention?), so here's a quick bite of good news: 
Coffeeneuring returns for 2020!

Read all about it here.  And expect maybe something more creative in a post later in the week.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Something Bright and Colorful


Also, Blogger's gone back to breaking the interface.  Let's see how much longer this whole blogging thing lasts.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Pre-History of MFJ

MFJ is a medium-sized electronics manufacturer in upstate Mississippi, making products primarily geared toward ham operators and shortwave listening enthusiasts.  Started by a graduate student making filter boards in his spare time, it has become a remarkable success story.  It could well be the only sizable U.S. consumer electronics manufacturer that has thrived since the 70's.  

Read about it here at the SWLing Post.

I use their gear on a daily basis, primarily antennas, RF switches, tuners, meters, and the like.  (Strangely, the make very few actual radios.)  They're not built to absurdly high standards, but they do the job and the price is always right.  We need more companies like this one.