Saturday, April 30, 2011

Iron Dome (Kippat Barzel)

Iron Dome or Kippat Barzel-(IPA-/kipat barzel/ כיפת ברזל)  in Hebrew, is a mobile anti-air system used to intercept rockets and artillery fire. It was publicly anounced that it was being developed at around 2008 (Although research begun in 2005) by RAFAEL, Armament Developement Authority.

Picture of a unit:

Now, this thing is incredibly awesome. It has a computer system and it is networked.
Now how does it work?
A unit has lots of sensors and is connected to a military network which tracks rockets being launched (Mainly from the Gaza Strip), it then calculates its trajectory and depending on the location of theapproximate point of impact, it decided whether to intercept it or not. This is important as every rocket costs between 35K-40K USD and every unit costs 50M USD so you don't want to spend the tax-payers' money on it if it's not something absolutely necessary.
Most of Southern Israel is just desert and agriculture. Southern Israel is referred to as the Negev which basically is "South" in biblical language.
In the Negev there are some big cities and lots of small settlements (legal ones ;P).

Anyway, back to Kippat Barzel. This things shoots rockets down, costs shitloads of money and most importantly saves lives.

PS. When we learned about this at school it was hilarious as everyone had recently watched the Simpson's movie and we thought they were talking about a big metal dome.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Quick Snack

1.Cottage Cheese.
2.One or two tomatoes.

You're also going to need a spoon, a bowl and a knife.

I made this and ate it before I took pictures, so no pictures. Trust me, it's tasty.

1. Open cottage cheese and put in bowl.
2. Cut tomato(es) into small pieces (1cm^3).
3. Put tomatoes in bowl with cottage cheese.
4. Use spoon to mix.
5. Eat.
6. Burp.

If it tastes like feces you probably did something wrong, like using an onion or something instead of the tomato(es).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Hobby - Papercrafting

Today (First real blog post!), I will write about a hobby of mine - Papercrafting.

What's papercrafting?
Papercraft is basicly a different name for paper models.
From Wikipedia-"Card modeling is making scale models from sheets of cardstock on which the parts were printed, usually in full color. These pieces would be cut out, folded, scored and glued together."

I love papercraft because of it's variety in models, difficulties and types. I spent a lot of time on papercraft forums looking for things I like and want to make. Out of all types of papercraft I absolutely love the ones with moving parts in them (especially gears and other engineer-y things) such as the Gear Cube, the Gear Heart, The Pendulum Clock. Currently I am working on The Gear Cube (replica) by Billybob884 (or is it 844?) on DeviantArt. An other thing I like about it, which is actually kind of silly, is the patience it takes to papercraft many of the models available, on the gear cube I've already spent around 12 hours and it will take a few more to complete it.

How I stumbled upon papercrafting
I've always loved making things out of paper, ever since I was around 9 or 10 I experimented with origami.
At the age of around 11, I found Canon's papercrafting site and I was amazed. Never before had I seen anything like it, and I immediately became crazy about papercraft.
And I've been papercrafting ever since :)

Any other papercrafters out there? Share some models with me if you like :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Starting a blog!

Never had a blog, never thought I'd have one, but here I am!

I'm going to be talking about school, new videogames, computers in general and additionally complaining about my life. Hopefully I'll keep up with it and this will one day be a bit more popular ;)

See you in my next post!

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