Monday, November 26, 2007

Clearance Jobs Spam

Read this spam I got from someone purporting to be using to find employees. Keep in mind that is for folks with US security clearances.

Good day,

Let me introduce myself. I am the Head Hiring Manager of Condor Company Viktor Horoshavin. At this moment we are seeking a new employee for the constant position in our Structure. In our search we addressed to Clearancejobs Administration like to one of the most professional and respectable organization helping to find employees who answer to all necessary requirements. It is not the first time when we resort to this organization during our work in the world market since the year 2004.
Your profile in answers to all criteria, needed to be embodied. If you are ready for responsible, professional and honest work then you can become a member of our Staff.
Our Company is specialized in producing and selling different kinds of office and home furniture answering to all requirements of taste, fashion and price. Condor Company was based in 2004. Since that time we have proved high quality and modern technologies of our goods and achieved world popularity in furniture industry. Our production is well-known among our customers in France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands and Sweden. At this stage we are interested in widening our market and now represent our Product in the United States of America. We need a Professional who will be our Official representative in the USA and serve our financial interests.

Our requirements: USA citizenship. Responsibility, diligence and honesty.

Job description: Financial operations with our company�s wholesale lots. Reception of payments for wholesale lots. Preparation of monthly reports.
Conditions: Beginning salary $ 2500, 00. After probation period 15 % salary raise. Possibility of career growth.
Our job proposal can be taken as a part time position and will not give any negative effect to your present job status.

Please feel free to ask any questions. Our managers will be glad to give you more information if you are interested. Contact us by e-mail:

Thank you. Best regards,
Condor Company.

Should I gamble on that juicy 15% salary raise? I wonder what kind of clearance I need to make furniture?

Israeli Air Strike on Syria Update

This story won't go away. Here are some more tidbits:

  • Wired (and others) offer speculation that the target was a nuclear bomb factory and not a reactor. I don't know if this is a case of making the story match the facts rather that the other way around.

  • Aviation Week has some more info on Israel's EW capabilities. Nothing shocking, since the IDF has always had the technological edge on its opponents. Of course the US will be eavesdropping; we do lots of SIGINT in the region.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Washington D.C. Trip

Went to Washington D.C. for a week to see the sites.

  • Washington Monument - always awesome. We didn't have trouble getting tickets since we stopped by early in the day. Apparently there is a walking tour that shows off some of the interior; I will give that shot next time.

  • World War II Memorial - a bit underwhelming; it seems as though the designers went for quantity over quality. While deserving of a memorial, this detracts from the view from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.

  • Lincoln Memorial - a classic.

  • Korean War Memorial - having never seen this, I really liked it. The statues were impressive.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial - goes without saying.

  • Capitol Building - very worthwhile. Since we had to go through our Representative's office, we also got to visit his staff (although he was not there). Found out there is a staircase that leads up to the top of the Rotunda but is not open to the public. Make sure you find out about John Adams and how we use the acoustics in the original House chamber.

  • National Mall - must have walked the Mall several times getting to all the places.
  • White House - a difficult ticket to get and probably not worth taking little kids.

  • National Gallery - didn't even get to a quarter of it; plan on spending days to see everything.

  • National Portrait Gallery - unexpectedly nice.

  • American Art Museum - ditto.

  • Air and Space Museum - gets better all the time.

  • Hazy Air and Space Museum - still a work in progress, but the sheer volume of historic aircraft make it a winner; the SR-71 is worth the trip just by itself.

  • International Spy Museum - if you are interested in espionage, you can miss this. Don't expect much James Bond stuff, there is just a small homage to 007. The kids enjoyed it even though they didn't understand it.

  • National Archives - first time here. They are trying to make it more than just the Charters of Freedom by adding some additional exhibits. Well worth it even thought the Magna Carta is no longer there.

  • Natural History Museum - ours kids get to the San Diego version of this so this wasn't as big a deal to them.

  • Marine Corps War Memorial - much more impressive in person.

  • Flew in a helicopter (an R-22) with my uncle.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Fantasy Football Updated

My teams suck. I will be lucky to have a single one make the playoffs.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Honda Passport Rocker Arms

Here are some pics of an exhaust rocker arm and the hydraulic lash adjuster from a 1995 Honda Passport 3.2L V6.