Considering the complexity of the transformation mechanisms of my childhood Transformers toys, the Transformer in the above cartoon may be done transforming before I get Bumblebee’s legs folded up.
[Image Credit xkcd...who else?]
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?
You Fry Neutrinos! Bounce Positron Clusters!
Image via the Flickr of paxtonholley.
Keep things working smooth!
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Seeing Orion safely nestled away in the well deck of USS Arlington almost makes me feel like the US has a space program again…
What you see before you comes courtesy of our own B72! He was kind enough to not just send these images my way (there are more after the jump), but to send them again since the initial email got disappeared into internet spam filter nothingness. Thanks man! He declined to send any sort of expounding information along, so I am just as in the dark as you all. But I have faith that it won’t take you all long to solve this mystery!
Have you ever had that feeling, likely when you were a youngster, that there was some sort of vast conspiracy of life going on, adult secrets that no one would tell you? Well, a fellow that goes by the youtube handle Spats Bear, who must have had quite the fortuitous and lucky upbringing to have been exposed to both the high tech Speak and Spell and the exquisite Chrysler New Yorker, has discovered the truth that eluded him so! The voice behind both the Speaking machine and the Bitching Brad in the car is, gasp, the same!
Yesterday I took the kids into a small local thrift store, just killing time mostly, and so then I of course walked out 30 minutes or so later with two large bags full of stuff. This particular store is one I haven’t been into in about a year, and last time we were in there the nice old lady working the counter gave my kids free stuffed toys. This time, the nice old lady working the counter really wanted to give the kids some VHS tapes, and they mentioned to her that we no longer had a VCR. (It was in the, giant finger quotes here, “high value box” along with our probably just as old DVD player, neither of which would have been worth $5 at a yard sale, but since they were the highlight of our audiovisual set-up they got labeled high value. And then stolen, although probably the thief was instantly regretful when he opened up the box. The only thing I was sad to lose out of the box was the remote to the tv, which is really a sad thing! My kids happen to be just the right age bracket to tell this story to any stranger that might bring up a semi-related topic.) So the kids told the nice old lady they didn’t have a VCR, but that we did have some tapes we couldn’t watch, so of course she mentions she has a VCR for sale, which also of course I had seen already and thought about purchasing for the low price of $5, and then the nice old lady walks over and says, would you buy it for a dollar, to which I could only reply yes! And that’s how I ended up with a new VCR and 4 ‘new’ tapes for the kids to watch.
Congratulations goes to NotJustDucky, the grand supreme champion for last week! He showed us a wicked awesome snow blower that just needed a little work, and hopefully he was able to go and claim! How could you not!? Now get out into the wonderful world of the wide web, and see what sort of free technology-ish stuff you can dig up on your favourite online classifieds!
Perhaps some of you out there had a bit more cultured upbringings than I, but I was quite grown before I ever was aware of the existence of portable dishwashers. When my wife and I were but just dating, we went to lunch at her grandparents house after church one Sunday. After lunch, when all the dishes and food were being cleaned and put away, I see this cabinet that I hadn’t really noticed being rolled from its position off to the side over to the sink. Turns out, the cabinet was a dishwasher, and was quickly filled and attached to the sink and washing and clinking away.