The loops below them look like FM antenna elements. Climbing up through the full power RF field is not good for ones cancer risk outlook. While climbing and working on a tower 100' away from an active antenna we were required to wear RF detectors and protective suits. While on a tower with a reduced power antenna, we couldn't get closer than 20' without setting off the detectors. If that is an FM, these three are essentially sitting in a big RF oven.
Oh man! Stockpiled a bunch of catnip, and assigned kittens appropriate gathering jobs, went for a nap, and came back to find I'd gotten the Winter is coming achievement. So sad. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 6:07 PM on August 26, 2014
Unicorn on the cob: "Seriously, anyone know the pay/union dues/benefits for gigs like these?
And of course one guy is smoking."
Not sure for a unionized iron worker, which I would expect these guys are given that they're working on a building. Broadcast and cellular telecom tower hands can make as little as $10/hr for the same kind of work.
I was pretty fortunate with the outfits I worked... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 2:08 AM on August 13, 2014
N'thing FB Purity and AdBlock to get it to do what you want. I also avoid the default news feed like the plague and have the folks I'm interested in keeping up with in a custom list, which is pretty much the only page I check on other than a few group pages I'm a member of. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 1:27 AM on August 12, 2014
Their Israeli Paratrooper briefcase served me well through college and beyond. Like zombiedance, their military surplus of the world vibe fit in well with my punk aesthetic. The sense of betrayal when they got bought out and watered down was strong. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:04 AM on August 8, 2014
"I saw this a few days ago, and ever since then I've been trying to figure out what the opening notes to the music are reminding me of. I think it might be the theme song to some Japanese or American cartoon show, where those opening notes accompany the name of the show or something. Argh!"
I was spinning my wheels trying to figure out where I'd heard this before and finally recalled that it's the theme music from "My Name is Nobody" Not sure if... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:58 AM on August 3, 2014
I thought the tricky bit of shooting down missiles with previous systems was hitting the, relatively, small and fast moving target. Has that been overcome? posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 5:45 PM on July 10, 2014
Oh god, Donny and the purple socks. My grade-school self was locked to the TV every week when they came on. My jr-high school self, was less impressed when we got to tour the Osmond studio at a summer theater camp, because by then I had moved on to Devo, The Ramones, etc. Donny regained his cool in my esteem with his dancing appearance in White and Nerdy. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 7:53 PM on June 20, 2014
Oh man, this song has been my ringtone as long as I've had phones that I could make my own ringtone for. It's always been fun to get the raised eyebrow and knowing nod of recognition from complete strangers, perhaps sparking a bit of conversation. I suppose people are going to want to talk about OitNB now. I really don't want to have to change my ringtone. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 1:33 AM on June 20, 2014
Here in Washington state we've got the Uncle Sam billboard along I-5 near Chehalis that regularly bears messages of right wing crankiness, which is always a high point of the long drive between Seattle and Portland. Being two sided, you get the pleasure of a different message coming and going (no cheating with the rear view mirror). Though the cleverness and clarity of intent significantly dropped off after the original sign came down and the new one went up, I... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:58 AM on June 17, 2014
I about choked when I saw the hand drill mill setup, guy really knows his tools and how to get the most out of them. I'm really humbled considering the clunky bits and bobs I came up with when I had access to a full machine shop. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 7:03 PM on June 15, 2014
Oh man. Seems like there was a time in my youth when The Wiz was on some high numbered cable channel every other Sunday afternoon. The creepy bouncy subway creatures, bleahgh. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 12:52 PM on June 9, 2014
rtha: "What boo_radley said. This is a tu quoque fallacy.
Apologies for making my shorthand too short.
How's this, then: So what? So what if marijuana [product] doesn't come with dosage labeling on it? This is flung like a criticism but people who make it never establish that it needs one, and why, and what other similar substances do or don't have that labeling, and why. So okay, your bag of legal weed or your... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 6:08 PM on June 4, 2014
Disagree. Too much of the bud burns away as second hand smoke. The best investment is some sort of pipe or bong, preferably one with a glass bowl. And I've not smoked in a while, but in the past decade vaporizers seem to be all the rage; I wonder if they are more efficient than pipes."
Considerably more so in my experience. Also a much more pleasant experience, lacking the harshness of smoking.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 7:35 AM on June 6, 2014
Whenever these come up I just can't resist the urge to look at all the pretty spiders, and then follow up reading about their fascinating behavior, and find out what it takes to care for them, and the handling, while slowly building up to a big ol' crawly skin NOPE! at the end. I wonder if this is somehow related to the impulse of the perverse? posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 6:24 PM on May 24, 2014
Fbpurity is a nice tool for controlling what shows up on your feed. It allows you to block all sorts of content, and can filter based on keywords.
The most useful strategy I've found for limiting the noise factor has bee to create a custom "inner circle" list of folks I'm really interested in following. Whenever FB is open, that's what I look at. I only check the main news feed once every other week or so, and then only briefly.
ikahime: "Galileo's telescope gave me chills (in a good way). Thanks for the post!"
We got to see it in person at the Museo Galileo in Florence. Chilling in a different way, they also have his finger.
Really a cool museum to visit. It used to be the Museum of the History of Science, and had all kinds of interesting devices and displays from science history. One room had wax sculptures all along the upper walls... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 7:41 PM on April 27, 2014
backseatpilot: "My basic workflow is intense frustration, followed by the pleasing feel of seeing an elegantly completed design/analysis... followed by despair after realizing that no one but me cares how cleverly I pulled everything off."
I care! I love examining and taking things apart to figure out how they work. Particularly clever designs to fit awkward spaces are a special joy. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:49 AM on April 23, 2014
I think they got it backwards with the Santorini pictures. If anything it's more impressive when you realize it's perched on the inner rim of a giant volcanic caldera, nearly 1000 ft above the sea below. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 3:29 PM on April 19, 2014
Cools stuff. I've always been super intrigued by cave exploration, and would love to do a multi-day spelunking trip. I just dunno if I could overcome my mild claustrophobia. The thought of crawling through a space too small to take a full breath makes me involuntarily take the deepest breath I can. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 8:34 PM on April 18, 2014
Ah, memories. All of the extra dollars spent on fancy FeCr tapes for my mixes that my cheapo knockoff walkman couldn't give a f**k about. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:31 AM on April 16, 2014
Some of this works nicely, Pepe's Dream, Simon Zealotes, and Herod's Song are all fun. But yeah, would enjoy it much more with some real punch from Kermit and Gonzo. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:40 AM on April 15, 2014
If that 30 second charger can be scaled to electric car sized use, that's a pretty big deal. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:29 AM on April 14, 2014
rough ashlar: "
If one uses a 5KWh = 1 gal of gasoline rate for a calculation base, the big deal is sourcing the energy to the place where such batteries can get charged. For a 10 gal tank, that is 50KW over an hour. Rounding down, 100 amps at 480 volts. Now fill the batteries in 1/100th of an hour - 36 seconds and you need 10,000 amps at 480 volts.
Rule of thumb - the current capacity of copper is 4X the cross sectional area. Now add... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:04 AM on April 14, 2014
yoink: "We're kinda hitting that weird boundary zone where the prosthetic starts becoming not so much a substitute for the "real thing" as an upgrade to it. Human 2.0. Luckily years of childhood study of The Six Million Dollar Man has prepared me and my age-cohort for the coming new reality."
Were I to find myself in need of leg/foot prosthetic, I would insist that it include a chip that makes this sound when I... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 7:54 PM on April 10, 2014
Nthing Dead Man as a particularly worthy piece to check out. I burned through two copies on VHS, one on laser disk, one on DVD, and it now has permanent residence on my Netflix queue. The Neil Young soundtrack also gets heavy rotation on the iPod.
It's interesting that his pacing gets criticized, as it's one of the things I love about his movies. I find it allows me time to really savor the tone and mood. There's an element that is felt, without... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:24 AM on April 7, 2014
CBrachyrhynchos: "I don't find the pacing of Dead Man to be that far off of some of the Eastwood directed westerns..."
I hadn't thought of that before, but I agree. I wonder how much of that is influenced by his work with Sergio Leone. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 2:39 PM on April 7, 2014
I've got a couple that continue the themes of motorcycles and beverages.
In the first, a big fat lazy bumblebee lodged itself in-between my helmet liner and face, right next to my left temple. I could feel it struggling to free itself, and could see it's flailing legs just out of the corner of my eye. Sure I was going to catch one in the eyeball, I navigated with surprising calm to the side of the road, but was unable to avoid a poke in the temple.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:06 AM on April 4, 2014
So, what I hear you all saying is that I should give this another shot. I only made it through the first five episodes before I dropped it from my Netflix instant queue. I didn't mind the Muppets and such, I actually prefer practical to digital effects. It just felt inconsistent, and I didn't feel enough of a spark to push through the early bits and get to the gold you all are seeing. All right, back on the queue, and I promise to at least complete the first season. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:59 AM on March 22, 2014
svenni: "Yeah, that part of his life story is perplexing. I'd be interesting what happened that turned him to the dark side."
He was a product of abuse who managed to take the cycle to a whole new level. (Read Addicted to Hate, if you haven't already) Here's to hoping his victims within his own family can find a way to break that cycle in their lives. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 10:47 AM on March 20, 2014
When I was a wee sprout I would always ask my dad if he was getting gas when he went out. Didn't want to miss out on adding to my Arco animals collection. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 12:05 PM on March 13, 2014
Most excellent, thanks hippybear! When this episode was recently mentioned in another thread, I made a note to look it up when I got a chance. Metafilter comes through again. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 11:11 PM on March 6, 2014
five fresh fish: "Question: does GoPro hold some sort of inviolable patent on matchbox-sized cameras? Why aren't there a million competing devices?"
There are a number of competitors out there, they just did it better early on. I've got a first gen that I use on my moto. Weather proofness, ease of use, battery life, image quality, and so forth were all superior at the time. They also seem to have done an excellent job getting them into... [more] posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 3:17 PM on March 4, 2014
Old'n'Busted: "Why is there a Tardis outside the frozen yogurt place?"
For a moment I thought there might be a tardis at every location. Sad this isn't the case, but fun nonetheless. Also, you can tour the inside of it through street view. I had to bump back and forth on the street a couple times to get the arrow pointing towards it that clicks through to the inside tour.
So sad. Duty Now was the first album I bought with my own money. Their '81 show in Seattle was my first live rock show. I was psyched when I recently found the recording of that show. I've caught their shows in recent years and been blown away by the energy they still bring to the stage.
Since Green Arrow has come up, I'll take the opportunity to recommend Arrow on CW. Good stuff for comic based tv. Waaaayyyyy better than Agents of Shield. And a minimum of implausible trick arrows. First season is on Netflix streaming. posted to MetaFilter by calamari kidat 2:04 PM on January 9, 2014