French Society of Automobive Engineers

3AF Midi-Pyrénées: the French Society of Aeronautic and Aerospace,
SEE: the French Society for Electricity, Electronics, and Information & Communication Technologies,
SIA: the French Society of Automobive Engineers.
ERTS2 is:

A well established European Congress created in 2002, held on a biennial basis,
A unique European cross sector event on Embedded Software and System,
A conference with high level scientific and technical presentations , and panel discussions,
An exhibition covering a wide range of products and services in the field of embedded software and system,
A unique platform for top-level scientists with representatives from universities, research centers, industries represented by directors, managers, department leaders, engineers and technicians, as well as journalists,
Located in the well-known city of Toulouse, in “Midi-Pyrénées” region, in the heart of the famous Aerospace Valley where the main priority is given to “Embedded Electronic Systems for Intelligent Transportation”,
Characterized by the strong involvement of the main industrial companies (OEM’s, system software services and tools suppliers, and many others) and the R&D Centers in Aeronautic, Aerospace, Automotive and Railways,
An unique community spirit: knowledge sharing, unforgettable moments and networking opportunities.
From ERTS to this ERTS2 2010 event:

A scope enlarged in two dimensions:

SYSTEM aspects will be explicitly addressed as many of topics flagged as “software” related would be better addressed with a broader system view. Embedded Systems are not limited to transports and ERTS2 2010 wants to recognize this in welcoming presentations and exhibitors coming from all the industry sectors involving Embedded Systems: Healthcare and home appliance, Energy management, Telecommunications including wireless connectivity, Industrial control, Defense.
An exhibitors forum is organized simultaneously for improving direct relationship and wide communication between providers and users of innovative commercial products and services.
In January 2008, this successful conference brought together more than 500 active participants and has established itself as the reference European event on Embedded Real Time Software issues.

Attendees appreciated the relevance of the topics covered, the high quality of the well-focused presentations on real-time and embedded technologies trends, challenges, and best practices cross-fertilization needed to maintain leadership of our industries.

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February 26, 2013 Weddings
Scouting Out Wedding Venues

images (1)A big wedding night is always associated with the chapel and the wedding venue. Two people, who are deeply in love, will walk down the aisle and become one in the unity of marriage. This day will just begin when they say “I do” as the night will be filled with festivities before the couple goes off on their honeymoon. The biggest error that a couple can make is not ensuring that their venue chosen meets their standards before signing the final contract. While a date can be changed or a venue can be unbooked, it will normally cost the person money and they will lose their down payment. Avoiding this is a simple matter of not rushing into the decision and really ensuring that the venue will be perfect.

While there are wedding venues in Essex that are perfect for weddings of all sizes, there are many that are less than accommodating. This is not something that is unique to the area, but exists all around the world. Some venues just happen to be better than others and knowing this is much harder than a person will think. When a person first steps foot into a venue, they will be shocked to see that they have found the perfect place right away. This is because every venue knows that a person will walk through the door and make an immediate judgment on the venue. It is much easier to bring the “wow” factor to a person once they walk in the door.

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February 18, 2013 Cooking
The Best Breakfast Foods To Eat

images (3)Breakfast is often said to be the essential meal of the day. When the body wakes up, it needs food to help it through the rest of the day. Since breakfast is eaten first thing in the morning, a person should ensure that they have all of the essential vitamins and minerals to start their day off right. It is really easy for a person to think that their day will be fine if they have a big bowel of sugary cereal because it will give them an instant boost. The problem is that this boost is only temporary and will go away once all of the sugar is absorbed. Unfortunately, once this occurs, a person’s body will essentially crash. An immense feeling of exhaustion will likely hit a person and they will either have to push through the day or find something else to eat.

Most people will know how to make French toast, but if a person does not add the right ingredients or a variety of extras, they will be left with a sub par meal. The body is truly all about balance. This does not mean that tasty foods are not eaten because a balanced meal can be both nutritious and delicious all at the same time. Protein, fiber and carbohydrates will be the fuel that every body needs in the morning. These three nutrients will ensure that the body is in top shape throughout the day or until the next time a person eats.

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December 18, 2012 Life Insurance
Life Insurance: The Essentials

Life insurance is one of the areas that people have a tendency to ignore. The thought of a person dying is sometimes too much to handle. This can lead to a disaster if the person is the primary caregiver of a household. When this person passes away, what will their dependents do to pay the bills and survive? Without life insurance, this is the question that many families are faced with. Even if a person is not the primary caregiver or the one paying the bills, they still can get life insurance to reduce the burden on their families if they so happen to die.

Each and every policy will require a different amount of insurance. When a person fills out life insurance quotes, it is highly recommended that they get coverage of at least ten times their annual income. This will be more than enough to cover upcoming bills and any other sort of expenses incurred through funerals and tying up lose ends that a person may not have taken care of when they were alive. With the higher coverage will come higher costs. Keep this in mind as you look through all of the quotes. The more a person can afford to pay, the better as it will ensure their loved ones will be okay with them gone.

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November 10, 2012 Health Insurance
Tips On How To Obtain Medical Insurance Quotes

Medical Insurance QuotesIt is an unfortunate fact that many families today are trying to live without medical insurance. This is not necessarily because they do not want it, but because they are no longer able to get it through their employer. Some people may have lost their jobs, while others have decided to begin working on their own. No matter the case, many individuals are unsure of how to purchase insurance on their own. Medical insurance quotes are a great place to start. There is a great deal of focus today being put on the fact that so many people are struggling to obtain and keep their insurance. If you do not already have medical insurance, it is imperative that you begin taking steps towards purchasing a policy and jotting down questions that you have about different policies.

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September 30, 2012 Asset Tracking
The Advantages of Asset Tracking Software

Technological advancements in the workplace have allowed businesses to improve efficiency in their day-to-day operations. When a business uses asset tracking software, they automate many important business processes. This includes the ability to import asset data at any time. This allows a business owner to use the data to account for asset deprecation.

Fortunately, there are software companies that offer asset tracking solutions for businesses of all sizes. Being able to capture and transfer data into the chosen software program is extremely important. Barcode labels and scanners are used to complete the system and eliminate the need for manual data entry. Here are some advantages to using asset tracking software:

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September 25, 2012 Life Insurance
Term life insurance is a relatively inexpensive way of protecting your family from financial disaster.

People often ask what company should they get life insurance from and what type of insurance should they get? The answer depends on your unique circumstances. For instance, if you are young and have three young children, you will want to make sure you buy plenty of life insurance to protect your family.

Generally, it is always cheaper to buy term life insurance versus whole life insurance. It benefits you to get a few different term life insurance quotes. Term life insurance brokers will usually have 20 plus A-rated life insurance carriers. It is important to only deal with best life insurance companies. Make sure to ask your agent what the company rating is.

You can buy term life insurance in increments. For instance, you can pick a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 year time period. For example, if you pick the 20 year term period, you pay premiums for 20 years and if you have not used the life insurance, the policy ends. You do not get your premiums back.

Some people do not like this. However, if you pick a whole life insurance policy, the premium is much more expensive. It might cost a 30 year old male 20 dollars a month for a 20 year term life policy. For a whole life insurance policy you would pay 100 dollars plus for the same coverage amount.

The difference is that as long as you pay your premiums, a whole life insurance policy will never “end”. In 50 years, if you are still paying, the policy is still “active” and the premiums will not have changed.

With a term policy, the policy expires at the end of your coverage time frame. This is like renting insurance versus owning insurance. The theory behind term life insurance is that you can leverage your money and buy more insurance to protect your family while they are young. Be smart and make sure to compare rates and analyze your needs before buying!

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September 19, 2012 Health Insurance
Helpful Tips For Your Health Insurance To Make It Work

Health insurance takes many forms and may be bought from many companies. Do your research and record your findings in an organized way. First, do your homework on the company. Use the tips contained within the following sections in your search for health insurance that works for you.

You need to make sure you know exactly what is included in the health insurance policy. Make sure you know what is and isn’t covered. It can easily cost you hundreds of dollars if you obtain a service or visit a doctor that is not covered by your insurance policy.

Remember that the costs of your health insurance are more than just the monthly premium. On most insurance plans, there is a fixed amount that you are responsible for paying every time you visit a hospital or doctor. Learn what that co-pay would be, and decide whether or not the insurance plan you have is worth its costs.

How do your doctors fit into your health insurance options? If your doctor is not in their network, you may have to pay for the visits, and this may make you switch to another insurance company.

If you are a member of a group, it is possible to obtain less expensive health insurance. That is how most employers can offer inexpensive insurance. But, if you’re self-employed, what can you do? There are associations and groups you can join. One of them is the Freelancer’s Union. In addition to their other benefits, they offer quality group-rate health insurance.

If you are a senior citizen you should look at a medigap policy which is otherwise known as a medicare supplemental insurance plan, for more information go here. These plans will pick up what medicare does not cover. You will not want to get an “under age” health insurance policy if you are on medicare. Make sure you search many different brokers for multiple medicare supplement quotes.

Source: http://comparemedigapplans.com

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May 30, 2013 Business
What It Means To Have A Strategy

images (2)A strategy is something that people and businesses will always need. While a business might not be alive, there is always going to need to be a strategy that is used so that it can stay in business. This is something that no business owner wants to face, but they must to see profits. The unfortunate reality is that a business has to follow a proven strategy to meet its goals and this must be done from the very first day.

So, what is strategy and what does it look like? This is a question that every smart business owner will be asking themselves at this point. A strategy will have the following:

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May 30, 2013 Personal Care
The Difference Between Circle Lenses And Traditional Contacts

images (5)When many people hear the term “circle lens,” they become confused. What exactly is the difference between a circle lens and a contact lens? The answer is actually quite simple. A circle lens is creates a much different look than a regular contact lens. Of course, there are other differences as well. The availability of the lenses, their price, comfort level and style all differ.

The biggest and most obvious difference you will see when wearing a circle lens is that it makes the eyes appear larger. Normal contacts cannot do this. Why does this happen? The design of the lens creates this illusion. They have a dark tinted ring that surrounds the area around the iris. Regular contacts do not have this. This is why the eyes appear much larger than they actually are. These lenses are the ideal choice for those who want to make their eyes look brighter and bigger. They can also make your eyes more colorful. Circle lenses offer a great deal more color choices and designs for each eye than traditional contacts do. The color choices are also much bolder than colored contacts.

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May 28, 2013 Home Services
A Simple Guide To Basic Locksmith Tools

images (2)Just like any other trade, a locksmith has an arsenal of tools that help them get the job done right. Those without any locksmithing experience may scratch their heads when looking at each tool. Locksmiths also have special tools for specific jobs. A good locksmith will have a good eye for detail and will be skilled in their profession. While there are many different Locksmiths Winchester, they all pretty much use the same tools.

Picking locks is probably the most common task for a locksmith. This is the least expensive and simplest way to open a locked door. Rather than having to replace the lock, the locksmith can unlock the lock without having to pry on the door. There are many different tools that locksmiths can use for this purpose.

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May 28, 2013 Lifestyle
Men: Staying Healthy With Age

21Qog3WkVzLMost men have the luxury of aging at a much slower rate than women. This will not be enough, however, for a person to live a life without problems. The problem is that age happens internally as well as externally. A person will find that there is much more to health than beauty as they grow older. For men, they will have to worry about a lot of different ailments. This is something that has to worry every man and something that should be taken on in a proactive manner. If a person is proactive, they will save themselves from a lot of future discomfort and health issues.

Prostate

While there is no substitute to having a prostate exam, many men have found that prosvent has helped them drastically. This pill has been shown to greatly increase the functioning of the prostate and to do so in a natural manner. In some cases, people have claimed that it has been able to rid them of cancer. This is definitely not the normal response, but it is something to think about when trying to maintain the best health possible.

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May 26, 2013 Home Services
How To Find A Reputable Appliance Repair Company

images (1)Finding an appliance repair company that is reputable and affordable is not as difficult of a task as you might think. You just need to know what to look for when shopping around. If you find that one of your home’s appliances have stopped working properly, there is no need to panic. You can use the following guide to find a credible appliance repair memphis service for your needs.

References From Trusted Friends

Word of mouth is often the best way to find reputable service professionals. You are sure to have neighbors, friends or family members that have had to deal with this type of issue before. Ask them for some recommendations on whom to call.

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May 26, 2013 Lifestyle
How Light Therapy Can Provide Immediate Pain Relief

images (1)There are few things worse than having to deal with aches and pains associated with arthritis or overexertion of your muscles. There a number of people who spend years searching far and wide for an effective solution. They try different medications and deal with the negative side effects all for the sake of experiencing a life that is pain free. These people are always on the lookout for a new method that will help them eliminate their pain without any negative side effects. Today, research is indicating that light therapy can offer amazing pain relief for many people. You can even purchase light relief and experience these benefits right from the comfort of your own home.

Light therapy involves the use of different forms of infrared lighting. LED lights are used with the vast majority of these products. This allows you send a stream of light to the exact location that you are experiencing pain in. In addition to pain relief, you will also improve circulation to the area. This helps to make the muscles more flexible and can relieve sore muscles.

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May 23, 2013 Lifestyle
Panic Attacks: Seeing The Bright Light

anxiety2.s600x600Panic attacks seem to be on the rise. Regardless of where a person is located in the world, they may find that they are starting to get anxiety whenever they walk out of the house. This is something that will start off slowly and will seem quite silly at first. A person may shrug it off the first time and when it happens again, they may notice that there is something amiss. This is only a concern because it progressively gets worse. Being afraid to leave the house once is not much of a concern, but when it starts taking over a person’s life, it can be a horrible experience.

The truth is that people enhance their panikattacken without even realizing it. Just think about the first time that an attack occurred. Perhaps this was a time that you felt stressed. Once it happened, you have start to engrave the fear in your own mind. This will start off slowly and suddenly you realize that the next time you remembered that fear you had. This just gets worse and worse. A person may completely change their lives around from just one panic attack.

Moderator: Jean-Luc Maté – Continental Engineering Services, France

How we can start to manage efficiently electrical energy in Europe thanks to
the smart grid architecture concept approach. How this complex network of
connected energy source will include intelligent electrical meters and virtual
power plant as your own electric car in the city.
Embedded system and software will control those ubiquitous networks.
This panel will deliver the position from head of energy providers, private research
of large industry player including electric car OEM and innovative european SME
preparing intelligent meters and charging station.

11:45 – Session 8A Requirements Management
13:00 Chairperson: Patrick Cormery – Astrium Space Transportation, France

11:45 – 8A-1 A RIF/SysML Profile Example – Requirements Exchange and Roundtrip
12:10 Olivier Casse, Manuel Reis Monteiro – Atego, United Kingdom

12:10 – 8A-2 Requirement management from System modeling to
12:35 AUTOSAR SW Components
Arnaud Albinet, Bernard Sanchez – Continental Automotive, France
Loïc Quéran – Geensoft, France
Yann Tanguy – CEA – LIST, France

12:35 – 8A-3 Topcased Requirement: a Model Driven, Open-Source and Generic
13:00 Solution to Manage Requirement Traceability
Raphaël Faudou, Tristan Faure – ATOS ORIGIN INTEGRATION, France
Sébastien Gabel, Christophe Mertz – CS Systèmes d’Information, France
Top

11:45 – Session 8B Migration to Multi-Core
13:00 Chairperson: Denis Claraz – Continental, France

11:45 – 8B-1 Predictability Considerations in the Design of Multi-Core Embedded
12:10 Systems
Claire Burguiere, Daniel Grund, Jan Reineke, Reinhard Wilhelm –
Saarland University, Germany
Christoph Cullmann, Christian Ferdinand, Gernot Gebhard – AbsInt, Germany
Benoit Triquet – EADS Airbus, France

12:10 – 8B-2 Multicore Scheduling in Automotive ECUs
12:35 Aurélien Monot, Bernard Bavoux – PSA Peugeot Citroën, France
Françoise Simonot – INRIA-Nancy Université, France
Nicolas Navet – RealTime-At-Work, France

12:35 – 8B-3 Partly Proportionate Fair MultiprocessorScheduling of Heterogeneous
13:00 Task Systems
Michael Deubzer, Jürgen Motto – University of Applied Sciences Regensburg,
Germany
Ulrich Margull – 1 mal 1 Software, Germany
Michael Niemetz, Gerhard Wirrer – Continental Automotive, Germany
Top

11:45 – Session 8C Java for Safety-Critical Systems
13:00 Chairperson: Agusti Canals – Communication et Systems, France

11:45 – 8C-1 Towards Certification of Java Applications for Safety Critical Projects
12:10 Andy Walter – Aicas, Germany

12:10 – 8C-2 Use of PERC Pico for Safety Critical Java
12:35 Marc Richard-Foy, Ludovic Gauthier – Aonix, France
Tobias Schoofs – SkySoft Portugal, Portugal
Eric Jenn – Thales, France
Kelvin Nilsen – Aonix, United States

12:35 – 8C-3 Dynamic Memory Management in High-Integrity Java Systems
13:00 Kelvin Nilsen – Aonix, United States

Top

14:00 – Session 9A Programme Formal Verification
15:40 Chairperson: Philippe Beaufreton – Sagem Défense Sécurité, France

14:00 – 9A-1 Formal Verification of SAM State Machine Implementation
14:25 Stephane Duprat, Victoria Moya Lamiel, Frédéric Passarello –
Atos Origin, France
Pierre Gaufillet – Airbus Operations, France

14:25 – 9A-2 Partial Order application for Formal Software Verification
14:50 Xavier Dumas, Eric Bonnafous – CS-SI, France
Frédéric Boniol – IRIT-ONERA, France
Philippe Dhaussy – ENSIETA, France

14:50 – 9A-3 Astrée: Proving the Absence of Runtime Errors
15:15 Daniel Kästner, Stefana Nenova, Stephan Wilhelm – AbsInt GmbH,
Germany
Patrick Cousot, Radhia Cousot, Jérôme Feret, Laurent Mauborgne,
Antoine Miné, Xavier Rival – Ecole Normale Supérieure, France

15:15 – 9A-4 Tokeneer: Beyond Formal ProgramVerification
15:40 Yannick Moy – AdaCore, France
Angela Wallenburg – Praxis, United Kingdom
Top

14:00 – Session 9B Testing
15:40 Chairperson: Zoubir Mammeri – IRIT-UPS, France

14:00 – 9B-1 Matlab/Simulink Functional Tests with STB/AGATHA Tool
14:25 Jean-Yves Pierron, Jean-Pierre Gallois, Arnault Lapitre – CEA LIST,
France
Thierry Gueguen, Samuel Devulder – Geensys, France
Pascal Le Corre – Johnson-Controls, France

14:25 – 9B-2 UML for Validation: Experimenting Automatic Test Generation
14:50 for Flight Software Validation
Philippe Hyounet, Jeremie Pouly – Astrium, France

14:50 – 9B-3 How to Reduce Qualification Time for New Safety Automated
15:15 Systems on Rail Infrastructure
Claire Gueguan – RATP, France
Franck Corbier – Geensys, France
Vincent Bregeon – CSSI, France

15:15 – 9B-4 Object and Source Coverage for Critical Applications with the
15:40 COUVERTURE Open Analysis Framework
Matteo Bordin, Cyrille Comar, Tristan Gingold, Jérôme Guitton,
Olivier Hainque, Thomas Quinot – AdaCore, France
Top

14:00 – Session 9C Software Architectures
15:40 Chairperson: Steve Miller – Rockwell-Collins, USA

14:00 – 9C-1 Augmenting Software Architectures with Physical Components
14:25 Ajinkya Bhave, David Garlan, Bruce Krogh, Akshay Rajhans,
Bradley Schmerl – Carnegie Mellon University, United States

14:25 – 9C-2 Modeling and Validation of ARINC653 Architectures
14:50 Julien Delange, Laurent Pautet – TELECOM ParisTech, France
Fabrice Kordon – LIP6, France

14:50 – 9C-3 Binary Replacement Technique for Application Programming
15:15 Interface Level Simulation
Junghee Lee, Jongman Kim – Georgia Institute of Technology,
United States
Denis Paterson, ScottO’Neill – Synopsys, United Kingdom
Hongchul Kim, Sangjun Nam – Samsung Electronics, Korea

15:15 – 9C-4 Faster, Later, Softer: COrDeT, a Reference On-Board Software Architecture
15:40 for Spacecrafts (paper non available)
Jean-Loup Terraillon, Andreas Jung – European Space Agency, Netherlands
Top

14:00 – Session 9D Engineering Frameworks 2
15:40 Chairperson: François Terrier – CEA List, France

14:00 – 9D-1 How the Concepts of the Automotive Standard «AUTOSAR»
14:25 Are Realized in New Seamless Tool- Chains
Stefan Voget – Continental Engineering Services, Germany
Philippe Favrais – Continental Automotive, France

14:25 – 9D-2 Integrating the AUTOSAR Tool Chain with Eclipse Based Model
14:50 Transformations
Andreas Graf, Markus Voelter – Itemis, Germany

14:50 – 9D-3 A Component-Based Framework for Space Domain Software
15:15 Applications
Thomas Vergnaud – Thales Communications, France
Mathieu Le Coroller, Guillaume Véran – Thales Alenia Space, France

15:15 – 9D-4 Advanced modeling with a Symbolic based approach, Application to
15:40 the modeling, control design and real-time control and HIL Simulation of
a Quadrotor Helicopter
Nicolas Gachadoit, Benoit Vidalie – Maplesoft, France
El Hadri, A. Benallegue – LISV, France
A. Seba – ISEP, France

15:40 – Closing Session
16:00 Gérard Ladier – Congress Co Chairman
Jean Luc Maté – Congress Co Chairman
Jean-Claude Laprie – Programme Committee Chairman

Out of Pocket

I will be out of pocket for a few weeks. I am headed to an NCOES school and don’t know what internet access will be. Interestingly enough, this course is a special one designed for people fresh off deployments in BCTs. That means I get to stay in a hotel and eat on the economy instead of staying in Basic Training like billets. I also get Per Diem! Woo Hoo! LOL

Off and Running Again
15:52 Sunday, April 27, 2008
Army
I made it home Friday night. After a couple of weeks of 12 hour days, needles, trauma lanes, and applied tourniquets, I am a little battered but the better for it. Although ours was a shortened version of the course designed for soldiers fresh off deployment, all the good stuff was there. I got lots of great new information on medical equipment and training, as well as lots of practice on using it. Combat Medic training doesn’t pull punches. Yes, we use dummies and lots of fake blood, but every IV is placed on fellow soldiers, Tourniquets are applied for real on classmates, and we play for real. The culmination being a series of “lanes” where we have to treat patients under duress and combat simulation. The only things we “missed out” on were classes on stuff we already knew from having used it daily in Iraq.
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A Wonderful Surprise
20:10 Friday, April 18, 2008
Personal
So I have been in class all week and we are getting ready to move to our new class location. Its been a rather uneventful week, at least until today. I had gotten back from class and was down the street at a laundromat when I received a call from my wife.

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How True
20:47 Sunday, April 13, 2008
Personal
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I discovered a new little web comic today: Delta Bravo Sierra.
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No Wonder He Has That Grin!
18:25 Friday, April 11, 2008
Misc
Too Funny! It certainly looks like a naked woman, but really, c’mon! It did make me break out in a laugh though.
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This two-picture combination photo provided by the White House shows Vice President Cheney, and a close-up of his sunglasses during a fishing trip on the Snake River in Idaho. That is not a naked woman reflected in Vice President Dick Cheney’s sunglasses. Although it kind of appears to be. It you blow up the picture, you can see it is Cheney’s hand gripping the handle of a fishing rod. The picture was posted on the White House Web site as one in a series of photos of Cheney outdoors. It created a buzz on the Internet on Friday and some cable television shows. (AP Photo/White House, David Bohrer)
– boston.com

P.S. I know I am a bit late, but I am kinda busy during the day.. smile

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The New Crutch
17:48 Saturday, April 05, 2008
Perspective
The other day I had to go to the hospital to check on a soldier. He had gotten in a serious accident related to his drinking, driving, then wrapping his car around a tree at a high rate of speed. When I saw him, he was in relatively serious condition with a spinal fracture and a long road of therapy ahead. He is now unsure about his future, but it probably involves some UCMJ, jail time, and possibly a less the honorable discharge. I spoke to his parents afterward as they were concerned about his treatment and they brought up that he had been complaining of PTSD symptoms. The thing is this particular soldier had never left the FOB, and our FOB never had a rocket or mortar land close to populated areas. His job didn’t even require him to leave the TOC.

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Aid Bags
20:09 Thursday, April 03, 2008
Perspective
I spent my tour in Iraq with a STOMP II Aid Bag. This is a very nice and large Aid Bag. However, there are several problems with it in my eyes that made it a less than perfect bag. First of all, I am not a fan of the “one big pouch” design. Granted inside the big center pouch is some zippered pouches and the large outside pouch has loops and zippered pouches, its just not configurable enough for me. Secondly, its a big square without any real internal frame. It has a soft padded foam back, and the straps are not big enough to shoulder the bag comfortably over an IBA. My Aid Bag generally weighed about 60 -70 pounds. I carried everything but the kitchen sink on my back, whether the particular mission called for it or not. Sometimes I could get away with leaving it in the hummer while I carried a smaller homemade “leg rig” I designed from a SAW pouch and a couple of utility pouches. The thing is the STOMP II ended up making my back ache terribly after a short time since the frame was soft and the bag didn’t sit right on my back due to the frame and straps.

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New Theme
22:28 Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Misc
As I am sure you have noticed, the theme has changed. Everything should work, including the new Portal Page. The RSS Feed has moved though so the new link is here. It shouldn’t change again, which is why I moved its location now. The old link will still work until I dump the old template set.

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BSG Season 4 and Another Reason Deployment Sucks
13:08 Saturday, March 29, 2008
Geekness
I have been a Battlestar Galactica fan since the beginning, much to my wife’s shagrin. I even own all of the DVDs through season 2.5. I bought them while in Iraq and was looking forward to catching up with season 3 before I came home. Alas those DVDs have just been released in the US, a week before the final season! I caught a couple of “behind the scenes” shows for BSG last night and now I am chomping at the bit to catch up on season 3. I missed the entire season while deployed and there are a lot of important plot points I need to catch up to follow the storyline. It wasn’t until last night that I even found out about the “5 Cylons” that have been hidden and the “final cylon” to be revealed! The best show on TV and I am going to have to try to play catch up after I can afford to get the season 3 DVDs off Amazon!

Ugh, such a geeky thing to be writing about!

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On Popularity, Readership, Publishing, and Big Brother
19:35 Thursday, March 27, 2008
Personal • Perspective
Since my return from Iraq, my posting has sort of tanked into the black hole of nothingness. It seems my readership has as well. Things just aren’t as interesting in the good ol’ US of A as they are on the “front lines.”

I would love for my blog to become one of those milblogs that has a large daily readership and active discussions and forums. The site is ready to go for that never-coming day. I would love to discuss the interesting points in my life; military, EMS, or otherwise, and have a general readership that interacts. It would be nice if I had “guest posters” and the perspectives of others on this site as well, although this place is more of a real-time memoir for me. Heck, I would just like to have a readership large enough to cover the costs of my web hosting (which my ability to pay for this time is questionable).