The Sound of Freedom

The Sound of Freedom

There’s only one thing wrong with this image….it has USAF jets in it¬† ūüôā¬† .

But seriously….when I grew up, USN jet noise was called the sound of freedom.¬† Even today, when I hear that distinctive sound, I think freedom.

Original image from xraydeltaone via flickr.  But, I mirrored it on our flickr account so I could keep a copy.

IRIS Scheme Going Away?

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I’ve read in several newspapers that the IRIS Scheme will soon be going away. ¬†The government here has already closed the terminals at 2 airports….leaving only the terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick open. ¬†From the Register:

Travellers apparently had a lot of trouble lining up their eyes with the iris recognition camera, resulting in the identification taking a lot longer than it was supposed to. Other passengers wouldn’t be recognised at all by the computer system and ended up having to be manually checked anyway.

I for one have never had those problems. ¬†Every time I re-enter the UK, I head straight for the IRIS queue. ¬†There’s usually 3 to 4 people waiting, I line my eyes up, and go through…. Less than 1 minute. ¬†I don’t even have to remove my glasses. ¬†I think it is an awesome scheme. ¬†Oh well….they told me when I registered that the scheme would be going away and replaced by one that uses biometric passports. ¬†We’ll see…..

Image from ahmed via flickr



Cyndi got me a SodaStream Genesis for Valentine’s day. ¬†I’ve been wanting one ever since we left the states. ¬†This thing is awesome….now, I don’t have to make my own CO2 for root beer. ¬†I can just mix it up, push a button a few times, and BAM…I’ve got carbonated rootbeer.

I’ve got some videos I’ll upload and link to of the unboxing and making my first root beer. ¬†

[Update 2012-04-06 16:12:59] Haven’t done the making my first root beer yet. ¬†Well, I’ve made it but I didn’t do pictures. ¬†Sorry. ¬†But, today, I did carbonate some green kool aid.

[Update 2013-02-02¬†15:48:45] Here’s a write up on making root beer in my soda stream.

Image by greychr via flickr