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Coming into Los Angeles   Leave a comment


Fast speed, 30 minutes into 4 minutes.  Turn up the volume on this one.


Posted October 30, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Dogmen have been sighted!   Leave a comment



The latest cryptozoological sightings from around North America. A dogman encounter in Maine, where a couple renting a farmhouse witnessed several 7-foot tall wolf-like creatures walking upright on their hind legs advancing toward them. They took refuge in their house, peering from a window on the second floor, and watched in amazement as the creatures stared up at them.  Another related  dogman sighting took place at Mount Baldy in Alberta, where a hiker claimed to have come face to face with an upright walking dogman. The creature appeared to recognize the hiker’s camera and ran off.

Multiple Bigfoot sightings in Wisconsin were reported .  Between 1964 through 2011 there have been 14 well-documented sightings in a small region of the state. Two sightings have been reported at the Lima Marsh, a student as well as two restaurant owners have claimed to encounter a bigfoot-like creature in the area. In another report, a woman digging in her garden heard a growl and turned to find an 8-foot tall bigfoot-like creature standing in the weeds. She took castings of footprints that measured 20 inches long by 13 inches wide.


Some of the beasts look like they are trying to fit in.

Posted October 23, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Still waiting for the Winnipeg Jets to take-off   Leave a comment




The NHL is a very tough league and the Jets are struggling early in their inaugural season.  The Jets have won 1 game out of their first 6.  They aren’t getting blown out, but they are not showing enough pizzaz to win games.  They get chances to score goals, but they just can’t finish the plays.  They don’t appear to have any natural goal scorers, or snipers.  Captain Andrew Ladd hasn’t done a thing, and talented Evander Kane seems invisible.  Only the Buff, Dustin Byfuglien is making an impact.  But it is early, and things do go in cycles in hockey, and the wins will happen, lets just hope soon.



Lets get airborne Jets


Posted October 22, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Middle East Hellhounds meeting violent ends   Leave a comment

For decades two dictators in the Middle East caused much trouble and despair.  Saddam Hussein in Iraq invaded neighbouring countries and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya funded and supported various terrorist groups.  They both terrorized their own people.  They considered themselves to be secular Arab nationalists and revolutionaries.  But what they really did was cause much pain and grief.

Saddam was captured by U.S. military forces and subsequently hung by an Iraqi tribunal.  Gaddafi was captured and executed in Libya near his hometown of Sirte.  Both of these rabble rousers are now out of the scene for good.  And the world is better off for it.

A more recent agitator to the scene, Osama Bin Laden, was taken out by U.S. Navy Seals earlier this year.  This persona non grata didn’t rule a country, but he commanded radical Islamic suicide terrorists.  With his demise his movement seems to be faltering.

So three very bad apples are no more.  Lets celebrate this moment while we can, as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, there will be more evil egotistical hellions to take their places.


Saddam Hussein (Dust to Dust)


Osama Bin Laden (Dust to Fish Food)


Muammar Gaddafi (Dust to Sand)

Next in Line, the Assad regime in Syria?

Posted October 21, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Who really invented the Smart Communicator?   Leave a comment




Even though they had an extremely advanced communicator from the far future, that would have had way more features and apps than todays Smart phones, people were not addicted to the contraptions.  They did not text every free moment they had.


However, when the need arose, Kirk could download sites featuring green Orion beauties.


Those Orions are something else.

Posted October 19, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Pet Polar Bear   2 comments

Animal trainer Mark Dumas plays with a polar
bear named Agee


Mark Dumas plays with a 16-year-old polar bear named Agee at his home in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.


Mark has an intimate bond with Agee, and wrestles on the grass with her, kissing
her, and putting his head in her huge jaws.


The fearless 60-year-old bear handler even goes for dip in his swimming pool
where he and Agee enjoy a watery cuddle together.


Mark and his wife Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old and the
colossal mammal even lived in their home as a cub where she played with the
family dogs and was bottle fed.


Mark and Dawn train the 800lb friendly beast – the world’s largest
land predator – to star in TV adverts. She has even performed in movies like
‘Alaska’ in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old.


Mark said: “If anyone else tried this they’d end up as Agee’s dinner. The only
people she likes are me and my wife Dawn.”


Mark has trained various animals for many films, including Best in Show, Alien
vs. Predator: Requiem and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.







Posted October 17, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Top 15 Movie Flops of all time   1 comment



The phrase box office bomb (also referred to as a flop) refers to a film for which the production and marketing costs greatly exceeded the revenue regained by the movie studio.  A film’s financial success is often measured by its gross revenue. Studios expect that a film’s “domestic” (which the American film industry defines as the United States and Canada, and other film industries define as their home country) box office gross revenue will exceed production costs.  This does not make the film profitable; typically, the exhibiting theater keeps 45% of the gross, with the remainder paid to the studio as the rental fee.




Inchon (also called Inchon!) is a 1982 drama film about the Battle of Inchon during the Korean War. The protagonist of the film is General Douglas MacArthur (Laurence Olivier), who led the United States surprise amphibious landing at Incheon, South Korea in 1950. The film is a fictional re-telling of the historical events.

Total cost (production + marketing) $46 million.  Worldwide theater gross $50 million.  Net losses $40.8 million.





Battlefield Earth (also referred to as Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000) is a 2000 American science fiction film adapted from L. Ron Hubbard’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Roger Christian, and stars John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, and Barry Pepper. The film depicts an Earth that has been under the rule of the alien Psychlos for 1,000 years and tells the story of the rebellion that develops when the Psychlos attempt to use the surviving humans as gold miners.

Total cost (production + marketing) $103 million.  Worldwide theater gross $29.7 million.  Net losses $73.3 million.




Supernova is a 2000 science fiction horror film, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists.  Originally developed in 1988 by director William Malone as “Dead Star” with paintings by H. R. Giger and a plot that had been called “Hellraiser in outer space.” Jack Sholder was hired for substantial uncredited reshoots, and Francis Ford Coppola brought in for editing purposes.  The film shares several plot similarities with the film Event Horizon released in 1997.

Total cost (production + marketing) $90 million.  Worldwide theater gross $14.8 million.  Net losses $75.2 million.




Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within is a 2001 Japanese-American computer animated science fiction film directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series of role-playing video games. It was the first photorealistic computer animated feature film and also holds the record for the most expensive video game-inspired film ever made.  It features the voices of Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin and Steve Buscemi. The Spirits Within follows scientists Aki Ross and Doctor Sid in their efforts to free a post-apocalyptic Earth from a mysterious and deadly alien race known as the Phantoms, which has driven the remnants of humanity into “barrier cities”. They must compete against General Hein, who wishes to use more violent means to end the conflict.

Total cost (production + marketing) $167 million.  Worldwide theater gross $85.1 million.  Net losses $81.8 million.




Green Lantern is a 2011 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett and Tim Robbins, with Martin Campbell directing a script by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg.  Green Lantern tells the story of Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is selected to become the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps and given a ring that grants him superpowers after a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe.

Total cost (production + marketing) $325 million.  Worldwide theater gross $219.8 million.  Net losses $105.1 million.




Stealth is a 2005 American science fiction action film starring Jessica Biel, Josh Lucas, Jamie Foxx, and Sam Shepard. The film was directed by Rob Cohen, director of The Fast and the Furious and xXx.

The film follows three top fighter pilots as they join a project to develop an automated robotic stealth aircraft.

Released on July 29, 2005 by Columbia Pictures, the film cost $135 million to make, but was panned by critics, and was a colossal box office bomb making only $76,932,872 worldwide, one of the biggest losses in cinematic history.

Total cost (production + marketing) $170 million.  Worldwide theater gross $77 million.  Net losses $93.8 million.




Heaven’s Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film based on the Johnson County War, a dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. The cast included Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken (credited as Chris Walken), Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, Richard Masur, Terry O’Quinn, Mickey Rourke, and Willem Dafoe, in his first film role.

The film’s production was plagued by cost and time overruns, negative press, and rumors about director Michael Cimino’s allegedly overbearing directorial style. It is generally considered one of the biggest box office bombs and worst films of all-time. It opened to poor reviews and earned less than $3 million domestically (from an estimated budget of $44 million), eventually contributing to the collapse of its studio, United Artists, and effectively destroying the reputation of Cimino, previously one of the ascendant directors of Hollywood owing to his celebrated 1978 film The Deer Hunter, which had won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director in 1979.

Total cost (production + marketing) $44 million.  Worldwide theater gross $3.5 million.  Net losses $40.5 million.




Speed Racer is a 2008 American live action film adaptation of Tatsuo Yoshida’s 1960s Japanese anime series of the same name, produced by Tatsunoko Productions. The film, an Anglo-German co-production, made by a partnership between Velocity Productions Limited and Sechste Babelsberg Filmgesellschaft mbH, is written and directed by the Wachowski brothers.

Actor Emile Hirsch was cast as Speed, the hero of the animated series, and Christina Ricci portrays Speed’s girlfriend, Trixie. Speed Racer was shot between early June and late August 2007, at Studios Babelsberg in Potsdam, and in and around Potsdam and Berlin, Germany at an estimated budget of $120,000,000.  Speed Racer premiered on May 3, 2008 as the closing film at the Tribeca Film Festival,  and was released on May 9, 2008. The film has earned $17,968,063 in DVD sales making $114,997,404 in its total film gross.  In September 2011, TIME magazine included the film on its list of The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies.

Total cost (production + marketing) $200 million.  Worldwide theater gross $94 million.  Net losses $106 million.




Town & Country is a 2001 film starring Goldie Hawn, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Garry Shandling and directed by Peter Chelsom. It is a romantic comedy in which Beatty plays New York City architect Porter Stoddard, with Keaton as his wife and Hawn and Shandling as their best friends. It holds the distinction of being one of the biggest money-losing films in American film history.  This is Beatty and Keaton’s second film since 1981’s Reds. As well, this is Beatty’s third film with Hawn since 1971’s $ and 1975’s Shampoo.

Total cost (production + marketing) $105 million.  Worldwide theater gross $10.4 million.  Net losses $94.6 million.




The 13th Warrior is a 1999 historical fiction action film starring Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan and Vladimir Kulich as Buliwyf; it is based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton.  It was directed by John McTiernan and an uncredited Crichton.

The 13th Warrior is regarded as a financial failure. Production and marketing costs totalled $160 million, but it only grossed $61,698,899 at the box office.

Total cost (production + marketing) $160 million.  Worldwide theater gross $61.7 million.  Net losses $98.3 million.




Mars Needs Moms is an animated sci-fi adventure film directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same title. The film is centered around a nine-year-old boy who after being grounded, realizes he was wrong to be rude to his mother, and has to rescue her after she is abducted by Martians. It was released on March 11, 2011 by Walt Disney Pictures.  The film stars both Seth Green (performance capture) and newcomer Seth Dusky (voice) as the main character Milo, and was the final product of Robert Zemeckis’ studio ImageMovers Digital as the film was both a critical and commercial failure. The title is a twist on the title  of American international Pictures’ Mars Needs Women (1966).

Total cost (production + marketing) $175 million.  Worldwide theater gross $39 million.  Net losses $136 million.




Sahara is a 2005 action-comedy adventure film directed by Breck Eisner and based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz.

Though it opened at number one in the US box office, grossing $18 million on its first weekend, Sahara is considered to be one of the biggest financial failures in Hollywood history since Ishtar. From a financial perspective, Sahara was unusual because it performed reasonably well, generating $122 million in gross box-office sales.  However, due to its huge budget–including $160 million in production costs and $81.1 million in distribution expenses–its box-office take amounted to barely half of its expenses.  The film lost approximately $105 million according to a financial executive assigned to the movie; however, Hollywood accounting methods assign losses at $78.3 million, taking into account projected revenue.  According to Hollywood accounting, the film has a projected revenue of $202.9 million against expenses of $281.2 million.

Total cost (production + marketing) $241 million.  Worldwide theater gross $119 million.  Net losses $121.7 million.




The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy as the owner of a lunar nightclub investigating who was behind the arson that destroyed his club. The film is considered to be one of the worst box office flops of all time, grossing only around $7.1 million on its reported $100 million budget.

Total cost (production + marketing) $120 million.  Worldwide theater gross $7.1 million.  Net losses $112.9 million.




The Alamo is a 2004 American war film about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. The film was directed by Texan John Lee Hancock, produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Mark Johnson, and distributed by Touchstone Pictures.

The screenplay is credited to Hancock, John Sayles, Stephen Gaghan, and Leslie Bohem. In contrast to the earlier 1960 film, the 2004 film attempts to depict the political points of view of both the Mexican and Texan sides; Santa Anna is a more prominent character.

The film received mixed to negative reviews by critics and was extremely unsuccessful commercially. It is officially the second biggest box office ‘bomb’ in cinema history, after Cutthroat Island.

Total cost (production + marketing) $145 million.  Worldwide theater gross $25.8 million.  Net losses $119.2 million.




Cutthroat Island is a 1995 action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin. The film stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Frank Langella.  The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a major box office bomb: listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest box office flop of all time, it bankrupted Carolco Pictures. It was the last film the company produced before it was closed.

Total cost (production + marketing) $115 million.  Worldwide theater gross $18.5 million.  Net losses $96.5 million.



Posted October 16, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Little Honda   Leave a comment


Honda has always had a reputation of building vehicles that the average person could afford.  They started off building smaller cars, trucks and motorcycles.  And these vehicles were extremely reliable and durable.  Honda is continuing the tradition, but this time in the aviation side of things.  The HondaJet.

The HondaJet is the smallest corporate jet ever built.  It seats 4 passengers only, but that should be sufficient to fly around the top dogs in the company.  And this jet is very impressive to look at.





The Honda HA-420 HondaJet is the first general aviation aircraft developed by the Honda Motor Company.

Honda began to study small sized business jets in the late 1980s, using engines from other manufacturers. The Honda MH02 was fabricated and assembled at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The MH02 was a prototype using composites with an organic matrix.

The HondaJet made its maiden flight in December 2003. It debuted to the public at the EAA AirVenture air show  in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July 2005. On July 25, 2006, Honda returned to Oshkosh to announce it would commercialize the HondaJet. Honda established the Honda Aircraft Company to seek both type and production certification of the HondaJet. Production is to take place in the United States. The company began taking customer orders in the fall of 2006. The price was about $3.65 million US. The plan is to build 70 jets per year.

In August 2006 Honda and Piper Aircraft announced a partnership to market the HondaJet.

The aircraft will be made at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The plant for making the aircraft was started in 2007 and will be completed by the end of 2011.  In July 2011 the Honda Company allowed members of the media to tour the facility, which was still under construction. At that time company representatives announced that certification was expected, and production of the airplane would begin late in 2012.




General characteristics

  • Crew: 1-2 crew members
  • Capacity: 5 passengers (6 Passengers for AirTaxi)
  • Length: 41.70 ft (12.71 m)
  • Wingspan: 39.87 ft (12.15 m)
  • Height: 13.21 ft (4.03 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,200 lb (4,173 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines, 1,880lbf each (Bypass Ratio= 2.9) (8.04kN) each


  • Maximum speed: 420 KTAS (778 km/h, 483 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 420 KTAS (FL300)
  • Range: 1400 nm (1611 mi, 2,593 km) (VFR Range)
  • Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,107 m)
  • Rate of climb: 3990 ft/min (20.27 m/s)

Garmin G3000 glass cockpit




Posted October 14, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Blackberry people   Leave a comment


Blackberrians across North America were in panic mode yesterday as the Blackberry system crashed.  There was no way to get that Blackberry addiction fix.  No way to watch the latest Big Bang Theory episode on the bus, or phone the wife to see how many apples the husband should pick up from the grocery store, as if the husband could not have grabbed the bull by the horns and made the decision to buy 8 apples.  No way to watch Oprah as you stroll down the path at the park.  Appless, the horror!


Posted October 14, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Siege Engine   Leave a comment


A few weeks ago I watched the epic war movie Kingdom Of Heaven.  It is a Ridley Scott directed film set during the Crusades of the 12th century.  A French village blacksmith goes to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim leader Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians leading to the Battle of Hattin.






The battle scenes are mesmerizing and extremely powerful.  One major aspect of the battle scenes are the giant Siege Engines used by the Muslims to breach the walls of Jerusalem.  These are audacious engineering devices that make the battlefield appear to have crawling giants edging towards the massive walls of the city.



Siege Engines inching towards the walls to the left.


A siege engine was designed to break or circumvent city walls and other fortifications in siege warfare.  The first two rulers to make use of siege engines to a large extent were Philip II of Macedonia and Alexander the Great. Their large engines spurred an evolution that led to impressive machines, like the Demetrius Poliorcetes’ Helepolis (or “Taker of Cities”) of 304 BCE: nine storeys high and plated with iron, it stood 40 m (125 ft) tall and 21 m (60 ft) wide, weighing 180 t (360,000 lb).


In the film Kingdom Of Heaven the Crusaders bring down the siege engines by firing massive catapult powered spears into the sides of the engines.  Very thick rope is attached to the spears.  When the spears are embedded in the side of the engine they are pulled back by a sophisticated pulley system.  This topples the siege engines as shown below.




Other examples of Siege Engines






Giant catapults firing incendiary bombs was also a major weapon system used during a siege.




Posted October 13, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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