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Wed Feb 16, 2022 12:29 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: V3 super-cannon in WW2
Replies: 0
Views: 693

V3 super-cannon in WW2

Funny how the territorial disputes of the early 1900's eventually led to this stuff. Technology on the scale of the pyramids! Like the original jet engine, it seems to be based, at least in part, on English research. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Sprenggranate4481.jpg https://e...
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Sat Jan 29, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Assorted topics
Topic: (Aging society and death) excellent item about death doulas in TIME magazine
Replies: 0
Views: 823

(Aging society and death) excellent item about death doulas in TIME magazine

I was very impressed with this item which was highlighted for me by "Pocket".

https://time.com/6128469/death-doulas-c ... ket-newtab

Roman Kowalczuk - SYSOP
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Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Computers
Topic: Oldest computer?
Replies: 1
Views: 2564

Re: Oldest computer?

I had never heard of this guy prior to the summer of 2021!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse
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Sat May 29, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: R.I.P. Eric Carle
Replies: 0
Views: 1915

R.I.P. Eric Carle

"As It Happens" had a poignant send-off for Eric Carle this week. The author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar apparently passed away in Massachusetts, where a number of authors of children's books live? The much-celebrated Carle was 91. https://www.cbc.ca/aih . eric carle hungry caterpillar....
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Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: "Forbidden Area"
Replies: 0
Views: 1446

"Forbidden Area"

Just finished Pat Frank's 1956 "Forbidden Area" . Woah, scary. Way ahead of its time! I thought it was better in many ways than "Red Alert" by Peter Bryant - which spawned the movies Fail Safe and Dr. Strangelove Quibbles: my copy from Google Books (in the Play Store) was badly s...
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Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: California Dreaming
Topic: California wildfires
Replies: 0
Views: 2102

California wildfires

The last few weeks saw tremendous damage from fires in California and further up the coast in the U.S. northwest.

I think I read somewhere that the largest "forest" of Joshua Trees took a hit.
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Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: Computer graphics and photography
Topic: Rare mention of 70mm as "a vanishing film format"
Replies: 0
Views: 2080

Rare mention of 70mm as "a vanishing film format"

You don't see too much about photo and film preservation in the mainstream media... this item from 2018 is about a guy who bumped into a film preservation executive in a lab, and from there he ended up working on archival copies of "2001: A Space Odyssey" to bring the film up to speed for ...
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Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: "The Rock From Mars"
Replies: 1
Views: 1773

Re: "The Rock From Mars"

Minor update, mid-October 2019: I noticed that the rock from Mars was covered in several articles in the New York Times. However casual browsers will not see this material as only subscribers get to see the "Times Machine" digital archives.
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Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Computers
Topic: Oldest computer?
Replies: 1
Views: 2564

Oldest computer?

Wow, I came across this link while looking at web pages about British tech companies that were active in the early 1950's: English Electric and Marconi, that sort of thing. This one has got to be a keeper! https://www.leo-computers.org.uk/reports.html They also link to newer stuff like the Pinkerton...
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Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: "The Rock From Mars"
Replies: 1
Views: 1773

"The Rock From Mars"

I'm currently reading "The Rock From Mars" by Kathy Sawyer. Wow. One of the guys involved was a senior geologist during NASA's Apollo program; he spent time with Neil Armstrong before the first moon landing, coaching Armstrong on what to pick up. The book also touches on the problem of the...
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Social justice issues
Topic: Marc: category links?
Replies: 3
Views: 3327

Re: Marc: category links?

Riiiighhht... and maybe the HTML could force a smaller font, like perhaps a " RELATED LINKS " sort of thing. So it would almost be like a little icon or sticky note.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Social justice issues
Topic: Marc: category links?
Replies: 3
Views: 3327

Marc: category links?

I wonder if a static page of related links, or a similar device, might make a good adjunct or accessory for each forum. For example I believe I deleted the "Water issues" forum but then I came across URLs like Waterkeeper and The Thirst Project . The latter's logo needs work but anyway.
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: California Dreaming
Topic: Olivera St.
Replies: 0
Views: 1476

Olivera St.

I've been to this "famous" restaurant near the souvenir shops... I was amazed that you could find the exact place in Google by searching for "Olvera Street", "Union Station" and other keywords. Also, a stock photo site offers pictures of the market! I have never been ab...
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Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Computer graphics and photography
Topic: Remote controls - cheap?!
Replies: 3
Views: 2544

Re: Remote controls - cheap?!

MM> Like this? Hard to say... it was a two part, techie or "transistor radio" looking deal. I went by the screenshot just now on my cell phone but it got away from me. Anyway the price was something like $27. I have never really had anything other than a cable release for my Pentax, and a ...
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Computer graphics and photography
Topic: Remote controls - cheap?!
Replies: 3
Views: 2544

Remote controls - cheap?!

I saw a remote control on Amazon for like $30! Supposedly fits many different cameras so definitely a good sign.

I'm still glowing from that little tripod/selfie stick that I scored, that has a Bluetooth remote.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Assorted topics
Topic: Computer history on video
Replies: 0
Views: 2081

Computer history on video

A sysop's diary: I streamed a fascinating documentary over the weekend. " 8-bit Generation " is currently available on Kanopy. This one has actual video of Jack Tramiel reminiscing about the U.S. army, calculators, MOS Tech and the early days of Commodore. Steve Wozniak and Chuck Peddle pr...
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Assorted topics
Topic: Here kitty... POUNCE!
Replies: 0
Views: 1517

Here kitty... POUNCE!

Feral cats item in PEOPLE magazine the other day.
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Thu May 23, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Other Boards Section
Topic: Remember Seth Hamilton?
Replies: 0
Views: 2137

Remember Seth Hamilton?

One of the last BBS's we looked at, RoboBOARD by Seth Hamilton still has a couple of mentions in "informercial" style web pages it seems. One of these is stored at the Presidio in northern California. Not sure what sort of attempt at "branding" this is; the spotty nature of the I...
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Tue May 21, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Animation
Topic: Related links
Replies: 0
Views: 2081

Related links

Of possible interest. Most of these are taken from a tutorial book that I picked up at the library. They were discarding it! https://www.animationmagazine.net/ https://www.toonboom.com/products/harmony http://animex.tees.ac.uk/ http://hiroanim.org/index_en.php https://www.siggraph.org https://www.re...
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Tue May 21, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Social justice issues
Topic: Child labour
Replies: 0
Views: 1429

Child labour

My friend was watching Youtube videos about cosmetics and she quickly came across what appears to be the dark side of mica. Apparently, hardscrabble entrepreneurs who don't have the skills or capital to build proper mines instead employ children to dig small holes in the reddish ground. The kids hau...
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Tue May 21, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Assorted topics
Topic: Space... the final frontier
Replies: 0
Views: 1481

Space... the final frontier

Nicely written <hack, cough> item from Down Under in WIRED mag about an elderly Australian scientist -- a guy who taught the Apollo astronauts -- about the dust (known as "regolith") that covers the surface of the moon. Item includes a picture of Aldrin's famous lunar footprint which, yup,...
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Sat May 18, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Environment
Topic: Former Obama nuclear watchdog calls for total ban
Replies: 0
Views: 2073

Former Obama nuclear watchdog calls for total ban

The CBC interviewed Gregory Jaczko on Friday; he is a former U.S. gov't official who is now calling for a complete ban on nuclear power, eg. end construction of new power plants and close the ones that are still operating. Apparently Jaczko's point of view changed after the Fukushima disaster in Jap...
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Sat May 18, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Computer graphics and photography
Topic: HDR plug-in, for PS?
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

HDR plug-in, for PS?

The woman with the acquarium animation in the DAZ posted a link to this guy's page. Hmmm!!
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Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Animation
Topic: Animation getting better in 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 1434

Animation getting better in 2019

An artist in the Digital Art Zone posted this desktop animation demo clip. Wow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9OuUvcGJ8M The "game changer" (as she called it - her words exactly) here in early 2019 was some sort of plugin for DAZ Studio called Fluidos. Funny thing, I had seen this adver...
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Thu May 09, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: Books about Commodore
Replies: 0
Views: 1476

Books about Commodore

I was looking through Amazon for the Online Guide to the Commodore Computers by Cane and the Canadian site didn't have it! Wonder what's up with that... anyway they did display this related item, the third book in the Commodore trilogy apparently: https://www.amazon.ca/Commodore-Final-Years-Brian-Ba...
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Thu May 09, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Book club / reading list
Topic: What's on your reading list?
Replies: 0
Views: 1890

What's on your reading list?

New at this end, the anniversary edition of Blade Runner and a book called Lili Marlene about the cabaret scene in Berlin in the 1930's especially, and the song made famous by Lale Andersen. I am a big fan of the Rainer Fassbinder movie starring Hanna Schygula and Giancarlo Gianninni. I also picked ...