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User Input: Needy Appliances

You don’t appreciate them until they’re gone.

Good morning everyone.

About a month ago, I went to warm up a cup of coffee in our new-ish (about 6 months old) microwave, and after pressing the “start” button, instead of the hum of RF radiation being emitted, there was a sudden loud buzzing sound, [...]

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The Most Versatile Tool?

This is some handy stuff.

Good morning everyone.

As most of you are well aware, I’m something of a tool enthusiast. I’m always looking for something to make my tasks easier or give me better results, preferably both. I’ve also been known to buy tools just because they look particularly enchanting, but we [...]

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User Input: It’s Getting Colder

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Most of the readers here I feel are probably fairly up on current events, so you have probably seen where there is a country that rhymes with Prussia that has (finger quotes) invaded (finger quotes) a country that rhymes with Brukraine. This particular event has gotten more than a few folks considering the possibility of a return to the Cold War that we knew and loved, and I don’t use the word love entirely with sarcasm–there does seem to be a certain excitement about for a nostalgic return to the heady days of living free and hating on Commies. I came across this question on Motherboard the other day, and they were coming at the situation from an angle that I hadn’t thought of, but I found quite interesting. Does a new Cold War mean a new Space Race?
 
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User Input: A Modest Proposal for the Winter Olympics

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The 1936 Italian bobsleigh team engages in hijinks.

Good morning everyone. The quadriannual Winter Olympics are well under way, and I for one have been watching far too much of them. I especially enjoy the biathlons, as I enjoy target shooting and detest skiing when it involves me. One can only marvel at the marksmanship of the athletes after they ski a couple of miles around a mountain (up and down hill) then stop and try to shoot 5 small targets at 100 yards (or so), all while breathing like a bellows and their hearts racing, then getting up and doing it again (and again and again sometimes). Good stuff.

Watching the other events, however, I couldn’t help but notice that there are long, boring intervals during the competitions (sometimes the entire competition) that could benefit from something being added. The obvious answer to that is: firearms and/or projectile devices ala the biathlon.

I put the question to the AT staff that aren’t in hiding (something to do with the mayor of Toronto as I understand it) and we worked up a few ideas, which are after the jump.

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User Input: The Annual New Year’s Resolution Post

It’s January. The start of a new year and a time when we humans look out before us with hope that maybe this year will be different than the previous years and that goal we set for ourselves will actually be met. Gyms and churches will be filled with people. Rosetta Stone software [...]

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User Input: Holiday Chaos

“Corporate has targeted an 18.4% improvement in holiday cheer vs. last year’s numbers. To that end, we’ve brought in professional models to stand around the office in silly hats and look cheerful.”

You may have perceived a marked decline in the frequency of posts here on AtomicToasters. Unfortunately, that’s another classic case of [...]

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User Input: Good Lord, That’s Ugly…

A pickle for Xmas? Oh please…

Good morning everyone, it’s been a while.

This morning, as I was chipping the ice off of my legs (it’s been rather chilly here in the lower 48, hasn’t it? I’m sure that it’s another heinous Canadian plot), I got thinking about Xmas tree decorations. In my [...]

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User Input: Repeated Requests

I collect hand-made items, specifically hand-made coffee cups, but also just about anything one-of-a-kind or made by an artisan. If I can get a handmade desk, or chair, or shoes, or whatever, if it’s within my budget, I will always choose that option.

You would think, then, that I should be pretty easy [...]

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User Input: Horrible Excess

It’s that time of year again, and the Christmas and miscellaneous-other-holiday decorations are springing up everywhere like sick children in flu season. Now, this is not the bah-humbug post you might expect it to be, because I actually love the holidays.  People keep trying to make it a religious festival, and that bothers [...]

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User Input: Armchair Directing

Utah Valley University, which apparently has an aviation sciences department, put together this fantastic little video of the history of aviation. Well, mostly fantastic. They seem to have skipped a few things in post-war era. If you were making a similar video, what would you include that wasn’t included in UVU’s [...]

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