Rax Dakkar Is Now A Real Website

I’ve taken the leap and made transformed my website from a free wordpress blog to a full blown wordpress website.  I’m still working out a lot of kinks in the move, so please bear with me.

Memorial Day

I Think This Guy Could Teach “L337 Halo Players” A Thing Or Two

Now that’s how you sell a product.  And I’ll echo many of the videos commentors and just say, I wish I knew this guy in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

(Via Boing Boing)

Alka-Seltzer… IN SPACE

See, this is why we really need a space station hotel: so we can waste time doing pointless (but awesome) things while real astronauts study medicines and biology.  This also just convinces me that astroauts have the coolest job possible.

Wiki-Find: Skylon Spaceplane

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Getting into space has always been an expensive, risky proposition.  Multi-stage rockets are utilitarian, but wasteful and a little expensive.  Reusable space craft like the Space Shuttle can be used for multiple purposes and are of course reusable, but being so complicated, their a bit dangerous and don’t really excel at being either a heavy hauler or simpler than a rocket.

Enter the fully reusable Skylon Spaceplane.  Using special SABRE engines that combine Scramjet engines and liquid fuel rockets.  The craft would fly to the upper atmosphere at speeds of around Mach 5.5 and then use the rockets to make it into space.  The design was fully reusable and could hold payloads 1/3 that of the Space Shuttle.  Other facts about the Skylon Spaceplane

– The design uses about a fifth of the fuel required by current space launches, meaning a lighter take off and landing weight.

– The lighter landing weight is especially important because that makes reentering the atmosphere a safer maneuver to execute.  Less weight means less super hot friction and that means the ship can use a heat resistant ceramic belly instead of the fragile tiles the Space Shuttle uses.

– The craft wasn’t getting much funding in Britain until very recently when the European Union and Britain pledged 1 Million Euros for development of the critical SABRE engines.

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– The reason these pictures don’t show a cockpit is because the current designs are for a pilot-less craft.

– Some estimate that he craft could be refueled, inspected and get a new payload within two days of a launch.

Skylon Spaceplane

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Time Travel

Confederate Secret Service

Where’s Santa at? Ask NORAD

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A tradition built on a 1955 misprinted Sears ad back before NORAD even existed, NORAD Tracks Santa gives children around the world the chance to talk to Santa and find his whereabouts on Christmas Eve.  From their website:

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s Christmas Eve flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born. To listen to Colonel Shoup talk about the experience, click here.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. NORAD inherited the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people who wanted to know Santa’s whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Also, thats probably the most bad ass Christmas logo I’ve ever seen.

Invent Destiny!

Unfortunately, this isn’t a real audition tape.  Instead, and perhaps even better, it’s a trailer to a hilarious looking mocumentary about a hapless inventor attempting to beat a local techno wiz.  Comes out in 2009.

Here’s another fantastic “audition” tape.