Trance to the Sun

These guys sounded exactly like the last time I saw them, at House of Usher in.. 1991?

Goth shoegaze. Shoegoth.

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Strong letter to follow.

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Buck buck number three

This is the volume that the entire human population would take if you put everyone on a pile in the Grand Canyon.

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Radium Mask

Used in the 1920s to treat cancer of the face and neck.

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Kundt’s tube

Sealed Tube Speaker System Shows off Standing Waves sans Fire, Mess

Kundt's tube is one of several classic acoustics instruments used originally to measure, and now mostly to demonstrate, phenomena related to standing waves. Unlike Ruben's tube (which uses open flame and requires a source of combustible fuel) or a Chladni plate (which uses loose fine powder) to create similar effects, Kundt's tube is both completely safe and completely clean.

The example shown here was built by San Luis Obispo resident and nuclear engineer Mike Sullivan. It consists of a clear tube with a speaker at each end containing hundreds of fluorescent plastic beads. The speakers produce two different pitches -- one (to left) fixed at A220, and one (to right) that can be varied over a range of about a half-step up or down from A220 by turning the single knob.


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Hurf durf "push in your stool"

Woman suing hotel for $1 million after falling off one of their bar stools

Antoinette Allison of Reynoldsburg, Ohio was staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Syracuse, New York back in April 2011 when she went to the hotel's Library Lounge bar. reports that Ms. Allison claims that while waiting for food in the Library Lounge, she fell off of a "wooden, high-back bar stool," and landed on her wrist, causing multiple fractures that required surgery. She is now suing the hotel for $1 million.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Allison claims that the bar stool was too high off the ground, and that, "hotel management knew of other problems with the height of the stools." Her lawyer, Mark Ventrone, wrote in a 2012 complaint that, "Said bar stools were more dangerous than patrons would expect and safer designs are on the marketplace."



The awful thing about getting it right the first time is that nobody realizes how hard it was.

Ubuntu security problem in the lock screen

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with all the packages updated. When the screen is locked with password, if I hold ENTER after some seconds the screen freezes and the lock screen crashes. After that I have the computer fully unlocked.

You're using gnome-screensaver? Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants.

I told you so, 2004 edition.

I told you so, 2005 edition.

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I've seen a few comments elsewhere about this saying things like, "So what, it was a bug, they've fixed it." That's really missing the point. The point is not that such a bug existed, but that such a bug was even possible. The real bug here is that the design of the system even permits this class of bug. It is unconscionable that someone designing a critical piece of security infrastructure would design the system in such a way that it does not fail safe.

Especially when I have given them 2+ decades of prior art demonstrating how to do it right, and a decade-old document clearly explaining What Not To Do that coincidentally used this very bug as it's illustrative strawman!

You must be this tall to work on security infrastructure. If you don't think this bug was a shameful embarrassment of design -- as opposed to merely bad code -- then please get out of the software industry.

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"But for real though. You tryna get the pipe?"


Objectifying men who objectify women in 3 easy steps:
  1. Man sends crude opening line via internet.
  2. Draw him naked.
  3. Send portrait to lucky man and enjoy results.

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Kentucky meat shower

"Cosmic meat" was floating around in space that would drop through our atmosphere similarly to meteorites. [verification needed]

The Kentucky meat shower was an incident where large chunks of red meat fell from the sky in a 100 by 50 yard area near Olympia Springs, Bath County, Kentucky, for a period of several minutes on March 3, 1876. [...] The meat appeared to be beef, but two locals who tasted it stated that it tasted like mutton, venison, or lamb. [...]

Dr. Allan McLane Hamilton stated that the meat had been identified as lung tissue from either a horse or a human infant ("the structure of the organ in these two cases being very similar.")[3] The makeup of this sample was backed up by further analysis, with two samples of the meat being identified as lung tissue, three samples were of muscle tissue, and two of cartilage.

Out of the many theories for an explanation of this phenomenon, the most likely appears to be that a large pack of buzzards flew over the area after having eaten a couple of freshly dead horses, and when one of them spontaneously disgorged itself, all the others (as apparently is customary amongst buzzards) followed suit.[2][3]

Other less-conventional explanations were put forward, including author William Livingston Alden stating that "cosmic meat" was floating around in space that would drop through our atmosphere similarly to meteorites.[4][verification needed]


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recent movies

CQ: How did I not know about this?? If Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik are among your favorite movies of all time, you need to see this immediately. (If Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik are not among your favorite movies of all time, then we can't be friends.)

It's about people making a movie, Secret Agent Codename Dragonfly, loaded with homages to the above, which looks amazing, so there's that, but the framing story itself is also great. Lunar Marxists! John Phillip Law! Billy Zane!

Veronica Mars: I kinda loved this, and I'm kinda shocked by that, because there is not a history of movie-sequels-to-tv-shows being any good. The X Files movies sucked. The Farscape movies sucked. The Dead Like Me movie sucked. The Firefly movie was mediocre at best.

Anyway, this one is great! It captured all the bad decision-making and class-war fun of the series, with a dose of high-school-reunion hell on top. The fan service feels more satisfying than pandering.

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