Boeing Surplus to Close

The Seattle Times reports that Boeing Surplus is going to be closing their doors come December 21st:

From seattletimes.nwsource.com:

Boeing instead plans to sell its surplus items in bulk to wholesale buyers over the Internet and through a more traditional contracting process with business partners, said spokesman Dean Tougas. Boeing will develop a Web site over the next few months to support its online plans, he said.

The store’s final day will be Dec. 21.

For 35 years it has sold just about anything that Boeing no longer uses, except aircraft parts. Boeing employees and retirees enjoy discounts of up to 20 percent.

Seeing that I worked at the Kent Space Center the last two summers, it was really just a short 8 minute drive to the surplus store. I’d sometimes stop by on my way home, seeing that I’m already down there and such.

It was really just fun to walk around. It would take me at least an hour, and that was if I was going fast.

Bruce Lane has started a website, SaveBoeingSurplus.com, to try and save the surplus store.

Photo Credit: The Boeing Surplus website

My Freedom of Information Act Request

I filled my first ever FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request today. Technically, it was a Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (PA) requests related to the Office of Border Patrol.

From www.customs.gov:

The Freedom of Information Act generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions (special categories of law enforcement-related records that have been entirely excluded from the coverage of the FOIA).

I’m basically requesting the dossier that the Department of Homeland security has compiled on me…at least the unclassified parts.

From www.unsecureflight.com:

The Department of Homeland Security already knows everything about your travel. Now, for the first time, The Identity Project makes it easy for you to request the unclassified parts of the dossier that the DHS has complied on you.

I’ll be interesting to see what, if anything they send me. Here’s basically what I’m requesting:

“copies of all information relating to myself contained in the system of records established for the Automated Targeting System (“ATS”). Notice of this system of records (“SORN”) was made in the Federal Register on November 2, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 212, pages 64543-64546). This request letter is accompanied by a completed Request for Records/Privacy Act Release Form.

My request is for all information relating to myself referenced in the Categories of Records in the System section of the SORN. Specifically, I am asking for any PNR information obtained from commercial air carriers, any records relating to any risk assessments, the rules used for determining the assessments, any pointer or reference to the underlying records from other systems that resulted in the assessments, any APIS information, and any secondary inspection records. I am requesting these records as is my right under 5 U.S.C. § 552a(d)(1). (See also OMB Guidelines (40 Fed. Reg. 28948, 28957) as well as a 2004 U.S. Department of Justice overview of the Privacy Act, “a requestor need not state his reason for seeking access to records under the Privacy Act…” )

Should CBP provide less than a complete copy of all records relating to myself contained in this system of records, I request a detailed explanation as to the reasons for denying or not fully complying with my request.”

via BoingBoing

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is pretty much just a great movie. The story is great and despite the fact that it’s 195 minutes long (3 hours, 15 minutes), you really become attached to the characters.

If you liked Hotel Rwanda, you should like this movie.

Almost all of the film is in Black and White, and its cinematography is very reminiscent of documentary filming techniques.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any good bonus features.

I give it 5/5.

Updates to AFdN

WordPress 2.3 was released earlier today (i.e Monday) and I spent some quality time backing up and then upgrading to that. I also upgraded and purged a bunch of the plugins and upgraded the theme to it’s latest version (which now supports widgets).

The biggest thing is the addition of Tags, which are kind of like keywords. It’s going to be interesting to get used to them, but it should be fun.

On Display for the Fall 2007 Art Show

Of the seven photos I inducted into my portfolio and submitted to the Fall Art Show, they accepted three of them:

We are happy to inform you that your work has been accepted for the
Fall 2007 Art show! Due to the amount of entries, we were able to
accept no more than five works per artist.

We would like to show your pieces:

  1. Bottom Side Pyramid Formation
  2. Pyramid Formation Turn
  3. United States Navy: 1 to 4

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s which ones they are:

Bottom Side Pyramid Formation
Bottom Side Pyramid Formation

Pyramid Formation Turn
Pyramid Formation Turn

United States Navy: 1 to 4
United States Navy: 1 to 4

The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th from 4 pm to 6 pm, in the Boettcher Room of the Arthur Lakes Library.