Beauty and the Beak, How an American Bald Eagle’s Life was Saved

It is one of those stomach turning stories showing the ignorance of mankind that turns into a heartwarming story showing the best of mankind. Meet Beauty, pictured below, an American Bald Eagle who was the unfortunate victim of the cruelty of man. She was rescued in Alaska by Janie Fink of the Raptor Chapter located in St. Maries, Idaho. Someone had shot the top part of her beak off and left her to die. The damage was so extensive that officials gave her no chance of survival. However, Ms. Fink refused to give up on her and the story that follows is amazing.

Beauty,an American Bald Eagle, pictured with her damaged beak (Courtesy of Kinetic Engineering Group Portfolio)

Beauty’s damage basically crippled her. Her beak was broken all the way back to her sinus cavity. She was emaciated and couldn’t drink or eat on her own. In fact, the Raptor Chapter folks had to feed her with liquefied food through tubes in order to get her strong enough to eat more solid food. Her injury was so debilitating, they described it as trying to eat food with a single chopstick. Beauty’s luck however, was about to change. On a fateful day when Janie Fink was making a raptor presentation, she ended with the riveting story of Beauty. This story fell on the ear of Nate Calvin, a Mechanical Engineer and founder of Kinetic Engineering Group. It just so happened he had brought his daughters to see the raptors that day and he was compelled to help Beauty get a new chance at life. Against all odds, and many naysayers, Nate and his team used highly advanced CAD software, typically used for aerospace engineering, to develop a prosthetic beak. This was a very complicated design that was a first of its kind. With the help of Nate’s personal dentist, he was able to fit Beauty with a prosthetic beak that actually permitted her to drink water on her own again. See the embedded video below for more details.

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[Beauty and the Beak from Keith Bubach on Vimeo.

Beauty will probably never be able to live in the wild, but hopefully this prosthesis will allow her a second chance at life. If you would like to contribute to Beauty’s cause, you can make donations to the following:

The Raptor Chapter
PO Box 585 St. Maries, Idaho 83861

Email: [email protected]


Make checks out to “Birds of Prey NW” and mail to:

Birds of Prey NW
PO Box 3507
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816

You may also make donations online using PayPal or VISA/MC, click here.

For more information, visit Kinetic Engineering Group’s website or Birds of Prey Northwest’s website.

CM7 Boots On The Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was one of the most hotly anticipated phones of 2011. Announced at CES, the Bionic was going to be the first phone to support Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and sport a dual-core processor. However, due to some unknown reasons, the phone was delayed indefinitely.

Motorola got back to the drawing board, and finally released a new re-designed Bionic around a week ago. However, the major problem with the Bionic, like all other recently announced Motorola phones, the Bionic also came with an encrypted boot loader.

Nevertheless, this has not stopped one of the members of CyanogenMod to port CM7 to the Bionic. cvpcs got the Bionic, thanks to the donations from the community, and in less than 48hours booted a CM7 build on the handset.

Below is a video of CM7 in action on the Bionic-

This not only proves how much the community as a whole appreciates the work of the developers, but also how much the developers work hard.

Since CM7 on the Bionic is still on the early stages, there are still some major issues with it. Most of the stuff including audio, camera/camcorder, and radio issues are among the most prevalent ones. Looking at the way things are going, Bionic users should get a stable build of CM7 pretty soon.

[Rant] Motorola Created Hype For a Disappointing Product – The Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was announced 7 months ago, at the CES 2011. At that time, the Droid Bionic was going to be the first 4G LTE phone with a dual-core processor to hit Verizon’s network. However, for some unknown reason Moto shelved the original Bionic, and announced that it will release a new version of Bionic with an improved form-factor.

Over the last few weeks, many rumors about the Droid Bionic leaked on the Internet. Some rumors stated that the handset will have a 4.5-inch screen, while other suggest that the phone will have a 1.5GHz OMAP processor. Now, thanks to Motorola’s Developer website and Droid-Life, the specs of Droid Bionic have leaked online.


The internals of Droid Bionic are similar to the recently launched Droid 3, except that it has more RAM. The Bionic will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4430 processor, and pack 1GB of RAM. The most disappointing part is that the Bionic will have the same pixelated screen as found on the Droid X2 and the Droid 3.

Here are the full specs of the Bionic :

  • 1GHz OMAP dual-core 4430 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) screen PenTile display
  • 8MP camera with full-HD recording capability
  • mini-HDMI port
  • Front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Webtop capabilities similar to the Atrix 4G

Motorola created a lot of hype around the Droid Bionic, and if this what the final Droid Bionic packs, then I am disappointed. If Verizon’s version of Samsung Galaxy S II features 4G LTE, then I doubt anyone will buy the Droid Bionic. The screen might be of a higher resolution, but it looks pixelated, and is no Super-AMOLED (+) or IPS LCD. Motorola phones are known to come with pathetic camera’s, and the Bionic will be no different.

Basically, Moto created hype around a product which is similar to the Droid 3 minus the keyboard, with extra RAM and a 4G LTE chip. Hopefully, Motorola will be sane enough not to lock down the boot loader on the handset. If they do so, then I guess they should get ready to suffer more losses during the next quarter.

If the next generation Apple iPhone for Verizon also sports 4G LTE compatibility, then I will suggest Motorola to not even bother releasing the Bionic to the general public. Had the phone been released sometime in the first half of this year, it would have been a worthy buy. Sadly, the device is still a month away from its official release and will offer too little, when launched.

P.S. – No, I am not even going to talk about disaster that is the Moto’s BLUR UI. The Bionic will come with a new version of Blur, which has some nice improvements. This does not make the new version less suck-y than the old version, though.