Martin Jetpack–finally for sale $100,000

The long-awaited Martin Jetpack has finally been made available for civilian purchase.  The ducted fan “backpack” has a running time of 30 minutes, and can reach heights of 5,000 feet.  They also have an unmanned version for $180,000 which is useful for search and rescue applications among other things. Click picture below for full story:

The Martin Jetpack, developed with UAE institutions, at Idex yesterday. It can travel at 100kph and reach heights of 1,500 metres. Sammy Dallal / The National

Trending – completely inane, even in windows 8

Trend is a noun.  It means “A general direction in which something is developing or changing”.  You can’t add “ing” to the end of a noun and pretend it’s a verb.  So the non-word “trending” is just that; a non-word.  Now Microsoft is computering this in Windows 8, with a “trending” tile on the start screen (see how stupid it is adding “ing” to a noun?)

Rudy Lopez on Christopher Dorner

On ABC news, I ran across this quote from Rudy Lopez, of the Los Angeles police department:

"[This is an] extremely tense situation," Lopez said. "We call this a manhunt. We approach it cautiously because of the propensity of what has already happened."

Propensity?  Really, Rudy? Propensity?  In the words of Inigo Montoya: “I don’t think that word means what you think it means” – LMAO!

How to change the default image editor in windows 8

I sometimes need to edit image files, and usually I use GIMP (a really wonderful free editor).  However, as I don’t do this very often, I invariably right-click on the image and pick “edit”, forgetting that all that will do is launch the crusty old Microsoft Paint program Sad smile  So, I did some web-digging this afternoon and came across a very simple article detailing the procedure.  Here’s a link to the original, and below is an excerpt for those of you who don’t need the video demonstration and so forth:

You need to go to the registry editor to make the changes. It is always a good idea to make a backup of your registry before continuing. Modifying the registry can be tricky if you don’t know what you are doing, and you can do major damage to your system if you aren’t careful

  1. Press the start menu key and type “regedit” and locate the key:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\edit\command
  2. Locate the string value in the right windows called (default). The value will be“%systemroot%\system32\mspaint.exe” “%1″
  3. Change the value to point to the program you want to use instead. E.g. C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.8.exe" “%1″ (This will set GIMP as default editor)

Don’t delete the “%1″ part at the end of the string. This is a variable that holds the name of the picture you are clicking on. You might also find that your path to the program might be different from mine.

If you want to set some other program as the default edit (or if your path is different), find it in C:\Program Files and when you have the correct “.exe” file in your sights, SHIFT-right-click and pick “Copy as path”.  That will put the full path and file name onto the clipboard so you can just paste it into RegEdit (above).

It’s cold here! (sort of)

Californians crack me up. After living in Canada and New Jersey, I got used to snow and cold.  So when I see people wandering around newport beach in Parkas with mittens, I can’t help smiling.  Jimmy Kimmel assembled this bit which is painfully true:

Jimmy Kimmel on LA cold

Stainless is DEAD–whoooohooooo!

I ran across this article today, which talks about Whirlpool’s introduction of a new finish for kitchen appliances:


This is great news, as far as I’m concerned.  Personally, I’ve been bored with stainless finishes since a couple of months after their introduction.  I just have never liked them, and I don’t understand the fascination with them in the market.  I believe that a lot of this has been driven by “Makeover” shows.  Those people crack me up.  They’ll walk into a house that has a kitchen which looks about the same as my current kitchen.  They’ll stylishly wrinkle their collective noses and say “well, this is clearly unusable – a ‘gut job’ for sure”.  Unusable eh?  Seems to work fine for me, but then I’m more about function than form.  Then, of course, they re-do the kitchen in a questionable color scheme, but almost always with granite counter tops and innovative cutting-edge stainless steel appliances – like nobody has done THAT before.