Wednesday, December 3, 2008

AS 300 Final


So...
Maybe I'm the slow guy,
That never noticed this before.
But we're in the AS 300 class.
I defiantly did not make the connection before.

I wonder,
Is Capt Cook gonna kick me into the pit of death for posting these?
They don't "own" me,
As the Colonel is so fond of saying,

Regardless,
Take one for the team and all that...

Lesson 1: Intro to leadership
Lesson 2: Air Force Leadership
Lesson 3: The Profession of Arms
Lesson 5: Assessing Leaders
Lesson 6: Managing Stress
Lesson 7: Sexual Assault Prevention
Lesson 8: Critical Thinking
Lesson 10: Writing Strategies
Lesson 11: The Basics of Briefing

Lesson 12: Team Building
Lesson 13: Problem Solving
Lesson 15: Followership
Lesson 16: Motivation
Lesson 17: Situational Leadership
Lesson 18: Change Management
Lesson 19 Management Function
Lesson 20: Editing Your Draft
Lesson 21: Conflict Management

Midterm Study Guide


I might put up a study guide,
I don't know yet.
I don't think it would be worth the effort.
We'll see.
If someone else beats me too it,
Let me know and I'll host it on my server at Google

Because I Am That Complicated...


6 In 1 Utility Key
I Void Warenties

Network Security Staff


Also,
"Stand Back (Science)"
And "Compiling"

From the xkcd Store

And mom,
My neck size is between 15 1/2 and 16.
Depending on the manufacturer.
Not 18.
It was a nice shirt,
Just way too big.
And no,
I am not hard to shop for.
When in doubt.
Tools

Laptops are sooo 1990s

Introducing the latest in mobile computing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Give One For the Team

Well...
Mon AM UTA PT was fun today.
We did the usual routine,
But I was really dragging for some reason today.
I wasn't feeling like my usual energetic self.
It was really obvious when we started playing basketball.
For those of you that have seen me play,
You know that I tend to get a tad aggressive.
Not today.
It was really bothering me too.
At first I thought it was the ice cream I ate yesterday.
But then I remembered,
I donated blood yesterday after noon.
That would explain why I felt exhausted.

Note Too Self:
They really mean it when they say no strenuous activity for 24 hours.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

AS 300 Study Guide

Since I've had to remove the slides,
I made this study guide.
I hope it helps.

Study Guide

Monday, October 20, 2008

AS 300 Midterm

Since Capt Cook has declined to provide us with the slides he uses in class,
I have decided to use alternate means to acquire them
Sorry,
The list isn't 100% complete,
But it's better than nothing.

Lesson 1: Intro to leadership
Lesson 2: Air Force Leadership
Lesson 3: The Profession of Arms
Lesson 4:
Lesson 5: Assessing Leaders
Lesson 6: Managing Stress
Lesson 7: Sexual Assault Prevention
Lesson 8: Critical Thinking
Lesson 9: Air Force Writing
Lesson 10: Writing Strategies
Lesson 11: The Basics of Briefing
Lesson 12: Team Building
Lesson 13: Problem Solving
Lesson 14: Problem Solving Exercise
Lesson 15: Followership
Lesson 16: Motivation

Hope this helps someone

Capt Cook has requested that I take these down.
Sorry,
Hope you got to these before I had to get rid of them.

AF vs. TCU

In about a month,
22-NOV,
The Air Force Falcons will be coming to Texas to play TCU.
Falcons are 5-2 this season while TCU is 7-1.
Should be an interesting game.
I'll be there.
Guess which side I'll be on.
Be there.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body

I'm pretty sure I injured myself with a balloon.
That's right,
A balloon.
I was helping out with the kids at church,
And decided it'd be a good time for balloon art.
Except for the fact that I didn't have my pump.
No problem, right?
I'll just blow them up myself.
I know they're long skinny balloons,
but it'll work out, Right?
WRONG!!!
I pushed so hard with my lungs,
I heard the left joint in my jaw start tearing.
not cool.
So I finish off one balloon and move on to something else.
It hurt a little,
But eh,
It's just pain, right?
I'll get over it.
Wrong again.
I tried to eat a banana this morning,
And that joint is now on fire.

That's right folks,
I hurt myself on a balloon.

Friday, September 12, 2008

All Your LHC Are Belong To Us

Ladies and Gentleman,
The word is out.
Osama Bin Laden is no longer trying to obtain access to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD),
Such as nukes and warfare agents,
He is trying to access Weapons of Total Annihilation(WTA).
That's right,
Osama and his Henchmen are trying to take over the CERN Particle Accelerator.
Terrorists are trying to hack into the LHC and intentionally create a micro black hole that will send all of humanity to allah's doorstep wear the infidels will be judged accordingly.

...

Ok,
That was only half true.
And the previous statement was also only half true.
Which makes the above story about %25 true.
And if you divide that by Pi squared,
That's about how much actually happened.

A group called "Greek Security Team" did it.
That's right, Greek.
Like Sparta.
CERN scientists suspect rival teams from other particle accelerators.
apparently, GST was only one level of networking away from the actually computer that controls the 17 mile proton smasher.
CERN says this whole thing is a "scary experience"
I tend to agree.
While I highly doubt that machine will create a black hole,
It will pump out substantial amounts off radiation.
And if not controlled properly,
The people that live above it could get cooked.
(Yes, there are residential areas above the LHC)

The GST timed their attack to go just as CERN powered up their 424.3 million Dollar behemoth.
They left several files on CERNs computers,
But only alter one original.
Damage appears to be minimal.
They also defaced CERN web page.
I would have put something a bit different.

Gates and Seinfeld

In case you have heard...
Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld are teaming up to combat the Mac adds staring PC and Mac.
(Which in my opinion are funny)
Supposedly,
Bill and Jerry are trying to show that Windows Vista is in fact usable.
So far,
All they've shown is that Bill can't dance.
Big Surprise there...

For those of you that missed it,
Here's a link to their first add.


Add 2

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

We will always remember the the victims of 9-11 and their families.

To the ones that were are responsible,
We will always remember you too.
But for other reasons.


Taliban Bodies

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Homosapian Parasite Transformation

I'm convinced,
Welfare is making society stupid.
Seriously,
If people would take the energy they invest in getting something for free,
And use it in a more traditional productive way,
Maybe America's average IQ wouldn't be 98.

Take this person for example,
Instead of buying gas,
Or even bumming rides from friends,
This rather creative individual has made a device that will allow himself to use suction cups to literally "hitch" a ride on a random vehicle.
This person obviously does not spend much time on the roads himself.
Even if this is just designed for local traveling,
I wouldn't trust my life to a total stranger like that.

And safety concerns aside,
I'm self conscious enough without wearing an article of apperal that makes me look like the space shuttle.

CERN's LHC Particle Accelerator

Yup,
They turned it on today.
And we're all still here.
That's ok though,
They're still not at full power,
And they didn't even collide the particles.
They just turned on the beam.
When they do start colliding protons,
They still might make that black hole that will kill us all.

But until then,
Here's a copy of the first image they've generated for you to enjoy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The CERN Particle Accelerator

As I'm sure most of you have heard,
CERN is scheduled to start powering up that shiny new particle accelerator on 10-SEP-2008.
As I'm sure you've also heard,
There is a teeny Tiny percentage of a chance that it'll create a micro black hole.
The scientists assure us that if that were to happen,
according to Hawkins theories,
It would evaporate nearly instantaneously.
So there's absolutely nothing to worry about.
Except for the fact that all that is based on an unproven and unobserved theory.
...
So,
Here's a preview of what's going to happen on Wednesday

Video

BTW: I don't actually believe that,
I already know how the world is going to end,
That's right,
I cheated,
I read the last chapter of the book.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Citation Needed


The world would be such a simpler place if there were more individuals like this one.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Orion ReEntry Vehicle Test

Nasa tested the Apollo style chutes on the Orion ReEntry Vehicle.
This is the thing that's supposed to take us back to the moon.

Video
I feel really confident.
And all Nasa had to say after this was,
"Good thing we tested it"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

And For My next Vanishing Act....

So...
I was helping some friends move some furniture into an apartment last night,
And when I went back to my car,
There was a something in my seat.
It looked disturbingly like my AC control panel.
It was.
Except usually,
My stero system was sitting in the middle of that unit.It wasn't there.
On the plus side,
Since Force equals mass times acceleration,
I calculate that I'll be using only 99% of the amount of fuel as before.
That means I'll be able to save enough to replace it in about 8 years.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lt Gen Lorenz on Leadership

While cleaning my room,
I cam across what was left of the ragged notebook I used to take notes at Field Training.
After leafing through it,
I realized the vast majority of the pages were useless.
Not only because they were so dirty and smudged you could barely read them,
But what little was readable,
Was just basic daily todo lists.
Nothing very useful outside of that environment.
But then,
I cam across one page,
With the big title "Lt Gen Lorenz on Leadership".
While we were there,
Gen Lorenz came to speak to us.
(Apparently He was promoted to General just a few weeks afterwards)
Now,
I've seen a handful of general speak before,
Probably a good deal more than most people in my position,
And this had to be one of the best I've seen.
Now,
This may be because they had me so brainwashed by that time,
But after looking over my notes,
I don't think that was the case.
He had what he called "Lorenz's 13 points of Leadership"
I thought they were useful,
Maybe someone else out there will too.

1. Learn to balance shortfalls, because you will never have enough time, money, or manpower.
2. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
3. Keep your eye on the ball.
4. The toughest word to say is "Yes".
5. Always make you decisions in the light of day.
6. Don't lose your temper unless you plan too.
7. You have to be able to lead your people, get along with your peers, and manage your bosses.
8. Ego is the number one facilitator, and at the same time detriment, to mission accomplishment.
9. Never develop a sense of entitlement.
10.Apply overwhelming combat power at the point which it will have the most effect.
11. Everything about leadership is grounded in Integrity.
12. You never know when you're going to make a difference.
13. Being in the military is about service to others.

He ended with this quote.
"My deepest fear is that I'll look back on my life,
And wonder what I did with it."

Here are some links to articles he published on leadership in the Air & Space Power Journel
Summer 2005 Lorenz on Leadership
Spring 2008 Lorenz on Leadership Part 2

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fire

So what I want to know,
Is When the Google people were driving around recording all this,
Did they Stop to help?
Link

Friday, August 8, 2008

Physics is Cool

Doc would be so proud,
Maybe now Marty will think physics is cool.
Just incase the Flux Capacitor wasn't enough to convince him.

Particle Accelerator Rap

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Designer Clothing for the Warfighter

Have you ever looked at an article of clothing and thought,
"I wouldn't be caught dead in that!"
Have you ever looked at a standard military gas mask and thought these very words?
Well now...
You don't have to.
Introducing a brand new line of designer gas masks.
With the different models to choose from,
you can guarantee you'll go out in style.
Link

Monday, August 4, 2008

Over Clocking Gone Over Board

This is pretty cool.
Not sure I'd want one though.
I can Imagine this would get pretty annoying after a short period of time.

Link

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fuel Efficiency

With gas prices these days,
Every one seems to be talking about alternate fuel sources.
Some (like my dad and I) are too impatient to wait for new cars that will implement these new energy sources to be developed.
And others (also like my dad and I again) are too cheap to buy those new vehicles when they come out.
(Did you know a brand new car looses 25% of it's value the moment you drive it off the lot?)

For those of us that are either to cheap or impatient,
There are some things you can do to increase your current vehicle's gas millage.
Here are some things that I've found that work.

I own a 2001 Honda Civic EX.
I picked this car for several reasons.
First it had a manual transition.
Sticks are known for having better gas millage than an identical model with an automatic transition.
Second, Honda is known for it's durability.
As much as I like working on mechanical things, I honestly don't have time to get elbow deep in it every weekend just to keep it running.
And finally, it was the best option in the area that was in my budget.

The first thing I did when I got my car was go to Walmart and get a small notebook.
In this notebook,
I write everything that has to do with that car.
Every time I fill up the tank,
I put in the date, current mileage, miles since the last fill up, number of gallons I put in, and the total cost.
I then use this data to calculate miles per gallon and cost per mile.
This gives me a pretty good idea of my efficiency.
A typical entry looks like this.
26-JUN-2008
98587 mi
354.4 mi 10.149 gl $38.86
34.9 mi/gl .110 $/mi

Kelley Blue Book says my car should get 32 mpg city and 37 highway.
And most of my driveling is city,
So this is about right.

every time I change a part,
It gets logged.
Every time I try a new fuel additive,
It gets logged.

This is the first and most important step in increasing your efficiency.
You can't know if you've improved if you don't keep a record.

I've noticed that the more moderate your speed,
The better you gas mileage.
So yeah,
I know the speed limit on that interstate is 70 mph,
And everyone else is doing 75,
And it'd be very easy for you to do 80 and get away with it,
But this will kill you efficiency.
(and yes, I have documented this fact)
Most cars are designed to be most efficient at 55 mph.
Unless you drive a corvette or a lamborghini,
In which case you probably don't care about efficiency.
During Vietnam the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act was signed into law.
It set a national speed limit of 55 mph across the entire country.
The idea was if we could force everyone to be more efficient,
It would keep gas prices down.
(Some are considering bringing back a national speed limit given the current situation)

The next thing I did,
Was add a fuel additive to clean my fuel line and fuel injectors.
I used two different kinds.
the first one I used was "RXP Engine De-Carbonizer"
I got this at Auto Zone.
The second one I used was "Lucas Upper Cylinder Lubricant"
Found at Auto Zone and O'Reilly Auto Parts.
This gave the car a noticeable kick in preformance and a documented bump in efficiency.
You can ask the mechanics at your local auto parts store for recommendations as well.

By far,
The one thing I did that increased my efficiency the most,
Was to change my spark plugs.
I'm not even sure what the car originally came with,
But when I took them out,
They were most disgusting looking.
(In retrospect, I should have taken a picture for comparison)
I replaced them with Bosch Platinum Spark Plugs.
I got four at Auto Zone for $12.99.
This has to be the single best investment I've made in my car.
I changed them out when I had a half a tank left.
And when I went to fill up the tank,
This is the entry that went in my book.
27-JULY-2008
100721 mi
451.7 mi 11.528 gl $42.98
39.2 mi/gl .095 $/mi
First of all,
That's the first time I've ever gotten more than 420 mi on one tank of gas,
And the gas light on my dashboard usually comes on.
And my fuel gauge still showed at least a gallon left in the tank.
Second, that's a 4.3 mpg increase in just a day over a month.
That's a 12.3% increase in fuel efficiency.
Third, this is the first time I've been under .10$/mi since 02-APR-2008.
Seeing as how I have a 25 mi trip to school one way,
That means I'm finally paying less that 5$ daily just for gas.
I don't know about all of you,
But $5 is alot of money for a college student.
That's like 2-3 meals if spent properly.

In summary,
Things you can do to increase your fuel efficiency.

1. Keep a log
2. Get some fuel additives
3. change you spark plugs.

Unless you've already tweaked your vehicle to be more efficient,
These three things should give you a noted increase in your gas mileage.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

What You Really Need Is Some Organic Fuel

My dad owns a Turbo Diesel Injection 2003 Volks Wagon Jeta.
He's been wanting to convert it to run on Bio Diesel.
And with gas prices these days,
I don't blame him.
He's bee working on it for a few months now,
But things are just starting to pick up.
We managed to find the right ratios of chemicals.

We made a small batch,
And it seems to work,
But it wasn't any where near enough to run the car on.
It made about one pint.

We're started making our first large batch tonight.
Should be about five gallons when it finishes.
After the machine finishes mixing it,
We'll have to wash it and filter it.
It'll be another few days before we find out if it worked.

Here's a Link to the photo album so far.

AHH!!! The Iranians have learned how to use Photoshop!!!

As I'm sure most of you have heard,
Iran "tested" several medium and long range missiles over the course of last night.
the barrage consisted of several classes of weapon systems.
Mainly surface to surface,
But a few surface to air as well.
These included the Shahab-3, capable of striking Israel and several of our bases in that region.
It's all part of a big military maneuver called "Great Prophet III" that's been going on for three days now.



Too bad it wasn't all real
That would have been a nice excuse for that missile shield.
Eh...
I guess it still is.

I say we "test" a MOAB in international waters outside one of their ports.
See how they like it when we test our toys.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

{Current Project} STATUS: Fail

Well...
I'm trying to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
This may sound trivial to alot of you,
But I'm trying to make it in larger volumes than your typical 9v battery can make.
(we'll discuss the purpose later)
The device I've built is too big.
I am unable to (safely) get the power I need to run it.
I'm going to try again.
I plan to make it smaller.
If it works,
I'll make several and connect them all

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rampenfest

So...
The people of Oberpfaffelbachen,
Decided to make a name for themsleves.

By launching a BMW,
Off a ramp,
From Germany to the United States


Link

Here's the actual documentary
Rampenfest

Too bad it's all a hoax.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Back

I'm back.
Woo hoo...
I earned my Prop and Wings for a second time.
That's an interesting feeling.

It's defiantly good to be home again.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Field Training

Well...
ROTC is sending me off to Field Training.
Pretty much their version of Basic.
I really don't want to do this again,
but at the same time,
I don't want to be "That Guy" that didn't go.
Even if they transfered my Academy Basic over.
Which I doubt they would.
I leave on 20-May and get back on 18-June.
For those of you that care to write me,
My address will be:

Cadet Koller, Jason R
Maxwell 2, Flt ___ (Unknown)
501 Lemay Place N.
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

My flight letter is supposed to go in the blank,
but they haven't told me which flight I'm in yet.
So...
We'll just go with that.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Proposal

So...
Jenna Bush got married last weekend.
That must have been a very interesting meeting when Henry Hager ask her dad.
Seriously,
How does a young man go about asking the President of the United States if he can marry his daughter?
That must have been incredibly intimidating.
Kudos to the guy for being able to go through with it.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Doolittle Raiders' 66th Reunion

The Doolittle Raiders had their 66th annual reunion here in Dallas yesterday.
That was amazing.
I got to present the colors on two different days at their 66th reunion here in Dallas.
General Moseley was there too.
He was the guest speaker.
He was alot funnier than I remembered
The General said he was going to start off with a few Aggie jokes,
And by that,
He meant UT jokes,
But the last time he did that,
He had people coming up to him for the next two days telling him other jokes.

On another note,
I was there really early on Thur,
While they were testing the sound system.
They were using Frank Sinatra to make sure it was all working
So...
There I was...
In a hanger full of airplanes,
with Frank Sinatra playing in the background.
I was defiantly in my element.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Vista Service Pack One

For those that care.
And for those that don't,
Don't watch this.
I'll make you want to hurt somone.
Link
The sad part about this whole thing?
It was actually made by Microsoft.
I've not actually used Vista,
I've heard to many horror stories about it.
But from the other stuff I've heard...
This video is better than the Operating System it promotes.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

My New Car

So...
Apparently the previous owner invested alot of money in the sound system in my car.
I didn't notice until I had gotten it home.
The bass was really strong.
I was playing around with it the other day,
Trying to turn it down.
Apparently,
It was already on the lowest setting.
I found that out when I accidentally turned it up.
...
Yeah,
I'm pretty sure I'll have to get this measure on the Richter scale.
These speakers definitely don't go with my music.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Guess Who Finally Got a Car

It's a 2001 Honda Civic.
I picked it because it's a good dependable car that gets good gas mileage.
I got it from the Sewell dealership in Plano.
While they were working on the paperwork,
My dad and I went to get some lunch.
And then we went to Walmart to get some thingsfor it.
Routine stuff like an air filter and fluids.
Usually the dealership takes car of those things,
But they were trying to keep the cost low,
So it was an "As Is" car.
When we got back,
The sales man was changing the plates.
We decided this was a good time to do our stuff.
So we popped the hood and got to work.
When the sales man came around and saw us,
He wasn't sure what to do.
Sewell's little slogan is "obsessed with service",
And the type of people that normally got there are the kind that are afraid to get their hands dirty.
So he was abit taken back by us elbow deep in the car.
While it was still on the show room floor.
He wasn't quiet sure what to do.
We found out afterwards that the CEO for all the Sewell dealerships was walking around that day.
So...
That was entertaining watching him squirm.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Starbucks Drivethrough

Today was my first day working Drive Through Register during the morning rush.
It was great.
We had a two whole hours where the window was never empty.
They were recording our times.
We provided "legendary service" to 44 people in 30 minutes.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day

I have been informed that it is also Sadie Hawkins Day.
Apparently that means this is the one day out of four years when the ladies can propose to the guys.
...
Scary thought.
And right after Singles Awareness Day.
Who's brilliant idea was that?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar Looniness

Tonight is a full Lunar Eclipse.
Supposedly,
This is the last one until 2010.
21-Dec-2010 to be precise.
And yes...
For my freinds up at USAFA in the Class of 2010...
The moon will turn red then too.
(Yeah, I know that's after graduation)
For those of you long term planners that are marking the next one on your calenders,
There will be a total Solar Eclipse visible from the U.S. on 21-Aug-2017.
Yeah...
Really long term.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Kitten

My siblings got kitten.
They were getting a tour of the police department for scouts,
And decided to finish it off with a tour of the animal shelter.

I am not a cat person.
I am a dog person.
Especially big dogs,
Like German Shepards, and Huskies, and Collies.

I don't like cats.
I don't dislike them,
They're just not my most favorite animal in the world.

This cat is either really stupid,
Or really smart.
It either doesn't realize that I don't like cats,
Or it's figured out that I'm too much of a softy to be mean to it.

Every time I sit down,
It jumps in my lap and goes to sleep.
Why doesn't it do this to anyone else?

Link

Friday, February 15, 2008

Guess What!?!?

Walmart is havening a sale on chocolate.
It's right next to the flowers,
weird...

In other news,
My sister got her Drivers License.
I'd warn you all to stay off the roads,
but she's actually a better driver than I am.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

GIANTS!!!

I said it was going to happen,
and it did.
The only reason I care is because it goes well with this video clip.
(Honestly, I only watched the last 5 min)

Link

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just for Robert

C++

I program I wrote that calculates prime numbers.
This may have a use in some of my future cryptography projects.


Note: I take no responsibility for any damage this code may cause.
Use at you own risk.
Source Code
Program

Thursday, January 17, 2008