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#11756 Books and Educational Links

Posted by Digger on 04 October 2017 - 12:35 PM

The Entire Run Of Omni Magazine Is Available Online For Free
 
The age of the internet has been rough on traditional printed publications. Even major magazines such as People and Time have occasionally struggled as they adapted to the digital age that has more and more people absorbing most of their content digitally. While that ongoing transition has seen the demise of many smaller publications, the magazines that have adapted well, like Wired, are better than ever. There’s another nice perk of the online era when it comes to the magazine world: you can preserve publications and make them available to more people with a scanner and some patience. Case in point: the entire run of Omni magazine is online and readable for free.
 
Focusing on both science and science fiction, Omni enjoyed a long and venerable run, first published in October 1978. The print version lasted until Winter 1995, and while a digital version continued through 1997, eventually that, too, folded. That’s a damn shame, but what an amazingly cool treat that the entire run of the magazine is available for our perusal at the Internet Archive. Some days I really love the internet.
 
 
 
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#11401 SNAPSHOTS OF PUBLIC SANITATION

Posted by Digger on 04 September 2017 - 03:11 PM

Chemical Waste Spilling from Harvey's Wake

 

http://forum.chicken...m-harveys-wake/


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#11396 Incredible Archaeological Discoveries

Posted by Digger on 04 September 2017 - 02:13 PM

Scientists and archaeologists are making new, incredible discoveries all the time about the history of Earth’s civilizations. Here are some of the most important--and the most bizarre--findings.
 
 
The Copper Scrolls
 
Between 1946-1956 the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of 981 texts in the caves of Qumran. The copper scroll, in particular, is said to describe copious amounts of gold and silver–yet no one knows where it may be. There is some confusion about the date of the scroll, but multiple archaeologists agree on around 70 CE. It’s pretty fascinating that there might be a lost treasure hidden in the world.
 
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Piles of hands
 
While excavating a 3,600-year-old palace in the once-great city of Avaris, Egypt, a team of archaeologists (after, presumably, fending off no fewer than three vengeful mummies and losing half their team to flesh-hungry scarabs) unearthed four pits. Now, we've already established in previous articles that ancient pits are often wells of unspeakable stuff best left to fade into history with their abominations unmined, but luckily (for the purposes of this article), the researchers decided to keep right on a-diggin' anyway.
 
"What's in the pits?" you're probably saying right now, in your best angsty Brad Pitt impression. And that's somewhat appropriate, because it's hands. No bodies -- just a bunch of dismembered hands.
 
These ancient hand recycling bins were found in the palace of King Khayan of the Hyksos, a West Asian people who once ruled over part of Northern Egypt. While two of the pits were located in an outer portion of the palace, the other two were right smack dab outside the throne room, indicating some ceremonial importance. According to Manfred Bietak, the leader of the excavations, "Most of the hands are quite large and some of them are very large," further signifying that they were all taken from adult males, and possibly that ancient Egypt was plagued by giants. Also, they're all righties, because even way back then no one wanted anything to do with the freak devil-hand.
 
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Ancient animal traps
 
Low stone walls crisscrossing the deserts of Israel, Egypt and Jordan have puzzled archaeologists since their discovery by pilots in the early 20th century.
 
The chain of lines some up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) long and nicknamed "kites" by scientists for their appearance from the air date to 300 B.C., but were abandoned long ago.
 
The mystery might be somewhat clearer thanks to a recent study claiming that the purpose of the kites was to funnel wild animals toward a small pit, where they could easily be killed in large numbers. This efficient system suggests that local hunters knew more about the behavior of local fauna than previously thought.
 
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Ancient Scrolls Reveal That Budget Cuts, Not Fire, Destroyed The Library of Alexandria
 
The Royal Library of Alexandria was one of the largest scholarly institutions ever built, containing thousands of scrolls and texts from the greatest thinkers of ancient times. However, its quick disappearance from history has led many to believe that it was destroyed in a fire, possibly at the orders of Julius Caesar when he attacked Egypt. Recent evidence uncovered by Luciano Canfora, in the form of scrolls written by people working in the library, reveal that it was actually brought down due to budget cuts from the government rather than a dramatic event. Texts gradually fell apart or were given to other institutions, and what was left of the Library's collection was likely destroyed in 642.
 
 
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#11381 Humanity Wake Up Call From An Icon Of The Past

Posted by Digger on 02 September 2017 - 01:07 PM

oooh, look!

 

Another magic light box.

 

IBM Software Commercial with Charlie Chaplin
 
 
 
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Looks like his image is still being used in a big way.
 
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#9647 Space Stations Orbiting the Moon?

Posted by Digger on 20 May 2017 - 12:27 PM

Out of control? China’s Tiangong 1 space station will fall to Earth — somewhere — in 2017
 
Tiangong 1, China’s first space laboratory, will come to a fiery end in late 2017. The average decommissioned satellite either burns up over a specific ocean region or is ejected to a far-off orbital graveyard. But Tiangong 1’s demise is shaping up to be something different.
 
Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell agreed that China’s announcement on Wednesday indicated the spacecraft will fall where it may.
 
“You really can’t steer these things,” McDowell told the Guardian. “Even a couple of days before it re-enters we probably won’t know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it’s going to come down. Not knowing when it’s going to come down translates as not knowing where it’s going to come down.”
 
Even though China may not be able to steer Tiangong 1’s flaming corpse into a specific spot, humans will likely be unharmed. The odds are very low it will fall in an inhabited area: Roughly speaking, half of the world’s population lives on just 10 percent of the land, which translates to only 2.9 percent of Earth’s surface. (By way of context, going back the last 1,000 years, no meteorite has killed a person.)
 

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#9592 blacklisted has arrived

Posted by Digger on 17 May 2017 - 01:23 PM

Welcome. I like pasta too.


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#9591 Regarding Copy Pasta

Posted by Digger on 17 May 2017 - 01:18 PM

All that wonderful pasta. All shapes and sizes. Some of it cooked to perfection. Al dente is best I think. Although my old granny used to love it over cooked. It's easier to chew when you have no teeth. Don't forget the cheese and sauce.

 

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#9590 how trump became a tv star before the apprentice

Posted by Digger on 17 May 2017 - 01:11 PM

All that goes hand in hand with his casinos and hotels. Building the brand name takes a lot of dazzle and glitz. The Donald sure can provide that.

 

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But what many have forgotten is that Trump once made cameos in a string of 90s TV shows and movies, from “Sex and the City” to “Home Alone 2.”
 

 

 


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#8383 Coffee: The Irresistible Bean

Posted by Digger on 05 December 2016 - 07:35 PM

Double brewed exresso, please!

 

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#6891 Chicken-Based Image Stabilizer

Posted by Digger on 04 September 2016 - 10:27 AM

Million dollar idea: instead of spending thousands of dollars on steady-cam equipment, filmmakers should just attach a camera to the head of a chicken and carry the chicken around as you film.
 

 

 

 
Chicken-Based Image Stabilizing Rig Delivers Super-Steady Results
 
Optical image stabilization is all about keeping the camera still even as the housing shakes or otherwise moves around. And when it comes to stabilization in nature, few creatures are as good at keeping their camera (read: head) perfectly still as the chicken.
 
So why not strap a camera onto a chicken’s head and turn the guy (or gal) into a fowl-stabilized action cam!? Why, no reason at all! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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#6769 Can a chicken change the world?

Posted by Digger on 29 August 2016 - 05:07 PM

Can Bill Gates' donation of 100,000 chickens help Africa's poorest?

Families that keep chickens can use them either for their own meat or sell them. Gates also wrote that eating more eggs, rich in protein and other nutrients, can help fight malnutrition, and many farmers with small flocks find that it's more economical to let the eggs hatch, sell the chicks, and use the money to buy nutritious food.

On her blog, Melinda Gates added that chickens are a good source of income, known in international development circles as "the ATM of the poor," because they are easy to sell on short notice to cover day-to-day expenses.

http://www.cnn.com/2...s-africa-gates/

 

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#6013 The Atomic Bomb Didn't End the War

Posted by Digger on 14 June 2016 - 02:10 PM

Americans have consumed to many lies from the mythical history books!
 
It was Soviet intervention, not the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that caused Japan to surrender.
 
Most Americans cling to the myth that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, by forcing Japan's surrender without a U.S. invasion, saved the lives of a half million or more American boys. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.
 
As the National Museum of the U.S. Navy makes clear, the atomic bombs had little to do with the end of the war. The museum's display on the bombings unambiguously states that the atomic bombings "made little impact on the Japanese military. However, the Soviet invasion of Manchuria … changed their minds." As shocking as this may be to Americans today, it was well known to military leaders at the time. In fact, seven of America's eight five-star officers in 1945 said that the bombs were either militarily unnecessary, morally reprehensible or both.
 
 
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Would Japan have surrendered without the atomic bombings?
 
 “True defeat and surrender are two different things,” Hasegawa said in a phone interview with Stars and Stripes. “Surrender is a political decision, requiring political will.”
 
The atomic bombs’ impact can’t be discounted when discussing Japan’s reasons for surrender, Hasegawa said.
 
However, the Soviet Union’s entry into the war, and the realization that Japanese forces would have to fight the Soviets in the north and the U.S. in the south, constituted “the greater shock,” Hasegawa said.
 
 

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#5879 I, Robot - MERGED

Posted by Digger on 10 June 2016 - 07:49 PM

Ever wonder what the natural ingredients are in a Big Mac?

 

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#5472 Magical Lantern Lights

Posted by Digger on 21 May 2016 - 07:56 PM

Historical Periods in Television Technology
 
The first element in the FCC History Project was focused on the technological history of television. During the summer of 2003, the FCC recognized some of television's key inventions and inventors. Through a small exhibit and display in its Washington, D.C. headquarters, the FCC hoped to inform and, possibly, inspire with a few reminders of the great achievements that make television as we know it today possible. Information and links on this web page are designed to provide a fuller understanding of television's technology.
 
 
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History of Television
 
From Grolier Encyclopedia
 
Article by Mitchell Stephens
 
Few inventions have had as much effect on contemporary American society as television. Before 1947 the number of U.S. homes with television sets could be measured in the thousands. By the late 1990s, 98 percent of U.S. homes had at least one television set, and those sets were on for an average of more than seven hours a day. The typical American spends (depending on the survey and the time of year) from two-and-a-half to almost five hours a day watching television. It is significant not only that this time is being spent with television but that it is not being spent engaging in other activities, such as reading or going out or socializing.
 
 
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Thus, the "Visionary Period" of television ended with two competing methods of broadcasting having been developed and some broadcasts having taken place. But the American public, except for a few electronic and radio hobbyists, remained largely unaware of and completely untouched by television.
 
 
 
Origins of Marathon TV
 
But how does Marathon TV work? It is a continuous broadcast of a single show with multiple episodes or perhaps a single artist’s work in cinema. It originally started with cable TV distribution replicating the idea of radio show marathons.
 
Marathon TV is the next step in consuming media. The customer has the choice and they can indulge in having the media work around their schedule instead of being tied to a network schedule. Therefore, broadcast licensing will be changing and channel value will no longer hold the premium it did in the past.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 7 Stages of a Netflix-Watching Binge
 
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#5123 How to make sense of conspiracy theories

Posted by Digger on 29 April 2016 - 01:30 AM

Both conspiracy theories and the attempts to debunk them are a minefield of complex ideas that are affected by poor research, personal bias, denial, deliberate disinformation and cherry picking of information. This video offers a detailed study of the subject matter, based on extensive exploration of available documentation. Enjoy. Written, edited and narrated by Rob Ager.

 

 
https://youtu.be/6OkpkBoGGx4
 
More here: http://www.collative....com/index.html
 
What do you believe in? 

 

Do you like large, ripe, and tasty cherries?

 

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