March 2nd, 2003


More views from above...

Awhile back, I had a weather balloon view of my neighborhood at 43,076 feet... but thanks to (Bay Area Shared Information Consortium) and their freely available satellite imagery, I can get an even better look at my house.

Latitude 37.361015 N., longitude 121.949570 W.

Also figured I would put up other satellite pictures from around the bay area:

Moffett Field. Site of the huge Hangar One, the former home of the Macon, sistership to the Akron.

The U.S.S. Hornet, on permanent display at the Alameda Naval Shipyards.

The Transamerica building makes a surprisingly good sundial. The shadow indicates it's sometime around 4:00 pm.

A large vessel passes under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Since we're on the subject...

In the last post, I showed an exterior picture of Moffett Field. Yes, it indicates that the main hangar at Moffett Field is big, but not really how big. Specifically, it is 1,133 feet long and 308 feet wide. It contains whole buildings, and even a few buildings underground.

The Navy pulled out of Moffett a few years back, so now the facility will be used partially by NASA and partially as home for the future California Air and Space Center, which will be located inside the hangar.

They're adding two IMAX theatres, lots of huge, interactive exhibits, teaching facilities, an aerospace training center -- it will be something akin to visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Should be fun...


According to a leaked memo and an investigation from The Observer, it appears that the US has been intercepting calls and emails made to or from the UN security council delegates in New York whose votes are undecided on the Iraq situation.

The memo is directed at senior NSA officials and advises them that the agency is 'mounting a surge' aimed at gleaning information not only on how delegations on the Security Council will vote on any second resolution on Iraq, but also 'policies', 'negotiating positions', 'alliances' and 'dependencies' - the 'whole gamut of information that could give US policymakers an edge in obtaining results favourable to US goals or to head off surprises.'

Apparently, the surveillance operation is believed to have been requested by President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice.

The memo itself was composed by Frank Koza, a senior staffmember at the NSA. Incidentally, there is a Frank Koza who lives in Columbia, MD, just 12.2 miles away from NSA headquarters.

Frank Koza
11808 Blue February Way
Columbia, MD
(410) 964-3814

I wonder when he gets home from work. I'd like to talk to him about that memo, or have my political representatives do so. A full senate investigation would be nice...