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Louder than a Havoc daisy cutter

Posted October 2, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Great little essay at the Nautilus blog about just how loud the eruption of Karakatoa was. Hint: louder than the loudest, most bottled up planet cracking fart from Havoc.

On 27 August 1883, the Earth let out a noise louder than any it has made since.

It was 10:02 AM local time when the sound emerged from the island of Krakatoa, which sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was heard 1,300 miles away in the Andaman and Nicobar islands (“extraordinary sounds were heard, as of guns firing”); 2,000 miles away in New Guinea and Western Australia (“a series of loud reports, resembling those of artillery in a north-westerly direction”); and even 3,000 miles away in the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues, near Mauritius* (“coming from the eastward, like the distant roar of heavy guns.”1) In all, it was heard by people in over 50 different geographical locations, together spanning an area covering a thirteenth of the globe.

Think, for a moment, just how crazy this is. If you’re in Boston and someone tells you that they heard a sound coming from New York City, you’re probably going to give them a funny look. But Boston is a mere 200 miles from New York. What we’re talking about here is like being in Boston and clearly hearing a noise coming from Dublin, Ireland. Travelling at the speed of sound (766 miles or 1,233 kilometers per hour), it takes a noise about 4 hours to cover that distance. This is the most distant sound that has ever been heard in recorded history.

Whole thing's here.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted October 2, 2014
Makes me glad I wasn't anywhere near there when it happened.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted October 2, 2014
and you have someone who can confirm you were no where near the Volcano when it erupted?

Lulu reckons...

Posted October 2, 2014
"makes me glad I wasn't anywhere near there when it happened."

The noise or the fart?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted October 2, 2014
I was referring to the volcano. But I am also pleased to have avoided any proximity to the fart.

Which reminds me of a true story.

Sometime in the Spring of 1979 I was in the Rub al Khali desert sitting around a fire with a bunch of Bedu finishing a meal when one of my hosts belches really really loud. Everyone looks at me, expecting me to react negatively. I didn't react. The man who belched says to me "this is good; it is for the health" referring to his belch. I tell him I know. They all laugh. Another says "no, no, Americans think this is bad. The other thing is bad" and he points to his rear end, makes a noise with his lips and then disapproving look of disgust washes over his face as he gently shakes his head.
"Not good," he says.

I again agree. After a few moments of silence, one of them asks "what is this called in English?"

It was one of those golden moments when you can say anything at all. I could have called it a "super nova" or "kippered herring" and they would have believed me. But I decided to play it straight.

"It is called a 'fart'," I said, with careful pronunciation.

My hosts did what they always do when they learned something new - they repeated it to each other rapidly a thousand times, with everyone trying it out, until they were certain they were saying it correctly.

Some time later I learned that the American hostages in Iran learned that their captors really hated flatulence. The hostages exploited this small tactical advantage by loudly breaking wind every time their captors were present.

One day the door to the room where the hostages were being kept burst open and a group of armed men ran in. Their spokesperson said - with cold determination - "we know about the fart. We want it to stop."

I am fairly confident that my teaching moment in the Rub al Khali eventually drifted over to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and that I am responsible for their enlightenment. I have always believed that, if we could trace the pathway of the knowledge of "the fart" from my campfire to that room in Iran, then we would know far more about that part of the world than we do at present.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 2, 2014
Why wasn't this in Argo?

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted October 2, 2014
PNB, you remind of an anecdote in the book 'Half past ten in the afternoon'. James Budd's memoir of his time in Unaizah in Saudi Arabia during the 1960’s. The town had a Bedu quarter which included a primary school. The headmaster of the school was non-Bedu. The locals agreed he was a perfectly decent fellow, nothing overt you could criticise, but there was still something unpleasant and unlikeable about the bloke that you couldn't quite put your finger on.
For this reason he was locally known as "Fusaa' al-Jinn" which translates as "Silent Farts of the Jinn”.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted October 2, 2014
That's hilarious. Once they give you a name like that, you can never get rid of it. They called me Abu il Codeeb Eleela (at least that's the way it sounded). They never told me what it meant.

Therbs puts forth...

Posted October 2, 2014

Da na na na na na na na


Da na na na na na na na


Fartman

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted October 2, 2014
I think I speak for everyone of any consequence who frequents this place: I expect better than that from you.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted October 2, 2014
Pfft

NBlob reckons...

Posted October 2, 2014
Rub al Khali desert is > 2000 km from Tehran. Persians have been farting since Greybeard was less old. They probably have odes rejoicing in the <font color="#333333" style="font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.5em;">sybaritic pleasures of a nice pulse or bean based fart. To suggest that one may have influenced the IRG in such a way is a rich full bodied delusion with a hint of self aggrandisement and notes of unresolved identity issues and blackberry.</font>

PNB, tell them why you're not welcome back in the ???? coffee shop near where the 5030 meets route 10 in Layla.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted October 3, 2014
You're the kind of bloke who sits in the audience watching a magician and tells everyone how the trick is performed. Of course my post hoc argument is delusional and touched with more than a hint of hubris. That's the point.

But I digress. For reasons based on a chain of events similar to the ones I described above wherein I taught the Muslim world a choice bit of Western slang, I also take full credit for the ISIS leadership's passion for Beach Boys music - Help me Ronda in particular.

Good times in the deep desert, let me tell you. You haven't really lived until you've tasted fresh camel milk and had some guy try to tell you all of the Arabic names for the North Star based on the context in which you are referring to it (an effort I suspect now was part of an elaborate practical joke at my expense).

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted October 3, 2014
And, as for the incident at the coffee shop you reference, it is entirely ungentlemanly for you to bring that up. We all make mistakes.

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted October 3, 2014

Fart jokes are fkn aces

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted October 2, 2014
Great piece, I've really been enjoying some of the writing on <font color="#333333">Nautilus especially the long form science stuff.</font>

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted October 2, 2014
Fkn EPIC. Loved the pressure wave. Thats shits never gunna get fkn boring. My Daisy cutters come from FKN ORBIT! I'll have ya know.

Good piece, really puts in it perspective, now toss in a chain of the going fkn beserk! that pressure wave is enough to drop a plane at the right distance, imagine the big one. FK ME!....YEAH BABY!

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Peter Bradley reckons...

Posted October 2, 2014
For more in depth discussion I can heartily recommend "Krakatoa The day the world exploded" by Simon Winchester. The scale of the whole thing is amazing in the true sense of the word.

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The Borg are toast

Posted September 25, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

This starship comparison chart has been doing the rounds of the net this week. You can't get any sense of its awesomeness from the little jpeg I have here. You really need to follow the link back to the artist's page and click to enlarge the image. Then enjoy.

I'm thinking about buying a paper copy for... er, Thomas. Yes. That sounds right. For Thomas.

A couple of things struck me, as I spiralled into the supermassive black hole class time sink of this thing. One, just how big the Galactic Empire is in Star Wars. And two, what a sad little lunch bag of soggy munters the Borg are compared with some real space faring heavy weights.

They might think they're tough when they're assimiliating pissweak pretenders like the Federation but half of the space faring civs in this poster wouldn't even need to spool up their weapon mounts. They could just go to ramming speed and mow down a whole fleet of Borg cubes.

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Hooper reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
I'm a big fan of that chart, are you going to get it printed locally JB?

I'm an Eve Online...player? I guess its a game...anyway, for those interested in some of the Titans on that chart - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodbath_of_B-R5RB

ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
I'm an Eve player too. There have been Eve only ship comparison charts created before ( I printed and framed one for my wall). The guy who created them uses the Eiffel tower as a size comparison. Google "Eve ship chart".

Hooper is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
Oh nice one! I'm looking at taking Greybeard's suggestion (below) and ringing Office Works.

Are you coming to Eve Down Under? I went the last two years and it was pretty good.

ShaneAlpha puts forth...

Posted September 25, 2014
Just finished study and am looking for a job at the moment, so probably no Eve Down Under for me.

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pitpat puts forth...

Posted September 25, 2014
The death star would need a couple of A0 sheets I reckon

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014

So the artist allows downloads and cops stuff all for his trouble. I guess it'd be pirated anyway, but still its a pretty awesome work of art.


A2 poster size, 250 gsm paper would probably do the trick.

ShaneAlpha is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
Finding a good framer at a non-extortionate price is the hard part.

NBlob reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
@SA
"You get what you pay for." / TANSTAFL
A professional job with Acid-Free backing, proper block-mounting, a aesthetically complimentary frame & custom cut non-reflective glass is a beautiful thing that will last a lifetime. That said I wouldn't / haven't cough up for the extortionate $ charged by most framers, but #awkward as I have a mate with a framing shop.
There are some excellent stock frames available from 1kea & similar big box stores.

ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
Luckily I found a local framer that does excellent work for a reasonable price. I've had them do 5 largeish pieces (on the order of 1 m x 80 cm) for me over the last 5 years.

Rob puts forth...

Posted September 25, 2014
considering it takes about an hour to frame something well. and the materials are usually locally made. Framing is quite cheap. (used to be a framer...a terrible one)

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Lulu reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
"I'm thinking about buying a paper copy for... er, Thomas."

And if he's lucky, you might even let him look at it.

Completely OT: having looked at the SMH this morning, I think Paul Sheehan must have seen an entirely different Cronulla, in some kind of alternate universe.

insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 25, 2014
From New Scientist
<a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329880.400-multiverse-me-should-i-care-about-my-other-selves.html">Every decision you make may spawn parallel universes where people are
suffering because of your choice. Welcome to the quantum moral maze</a>

FormerlyKnownAsSimon mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
I don't subscribe so couldn't read the full article. I don't suppose it mentions a multiverse police force travelling through L space* arresting people for decisions they made in their own universe that directly resulted in high crimes (mass extinction etc) in a branching universe?

If it didn't and this doesn't sound like anything anyone else has written i claim dibs! (highly unlikely as the older i get the more i seem to find someone has already thought of what i thought was a brilliant idea. All the good riffs are taken)

Actually who am i kidding? I can't write for shit. Anyone can have the idea, just call the offending 'versecriminal character Simon as a tribute.

*tip of the hat to Mr Pratchett

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
I don't know either as I am also too cheap to subscribe.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Wow. That was fun.

But I couldn't find Serenity.

insomniac reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
Couldn't you? Were you really looking?

Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Paul, in our busy world Serenity can be very hard to find. Perhaps I can interest you in one of our courses in self-actualisation through meditation?

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
That chart.
It keeps me searching for a Heart of Gold.

Found it.

Therbs reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
Just go to fkn Bonnie Doon and do some fishing. There's ya fkn serenity.

NBlob asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
Greybeard's Self-help course: I'll help myself to one of those, two of those and all of those.

BigWillieStyle ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014

@Therbs

Yup. Nothing like a 2-stroke boat engine at full throttle.

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Darth Greybeard asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
Just checked Officeworks. They'll do it on 160 gsm A0, 841mm x 1189mm for $33 + $22.75 for drool-proof laminating.

BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
Including GST?

Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
Sounds like a good idea.

Bangar swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 26, 2014
And ordered, in B0.

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our man in Canberra would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
Dude also has a sense of humour. From his FAQs:

Q: And where's TARDIS?
A: It's both too large and too small for the chart.

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DNABeast mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Ha! The heart of gold is 150 meters long (most probably)

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pi reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
So many ships from Warhammer. It's something I know nothing about.

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yankeedog mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Smeg! Is that the greatest ship in Sci-Fi history-namely, Red Dwarf, on the left side, right below the big barbell-shaped ship?

Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014
It's gotta be. If not, there's something wrong with this guy.

insomniac reckons...

Posted September 25, 2014
Or you could just read the label at the nose of the ship to confirm

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Shifty Tourist mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014

Awesome chart..... hmmmm .... this may sound somewhat, sacreligious, but do you really need a city sized ship? Is bigger better. I bet there is a
lot wasted space inside some of them. This is the future, after all... how many engineers to you need to reverse the polarity of the warp coil... or some such. Surely you don't need that many people to plot FTL jumps.... NASA has been doing astro-navigation with a handfull of nerds and a sliderule since the 60s.... so I'm doubting you need all that room for the navigation mainframe.

Power maybe? is all the size given over to the reactor.... FTL/warp/hyperspace may take alot of power to pull off.... but many of the small ships in these storys can do it without towing a suburb sized reactor behind them.

Maybe its not FTL, but the power is needed to create the artifical gravity.... which makes sense, it would seem logical that enormouse effort would be required to artificially create the mass of earth underneath the floor boards.... seems a bit extravagent though.

Maybe they are troop transports.... that is slightly more plausible, you could move galactic sized armies from place to place certainly... essentially this makes the bulk of what your seeing just one huge barracks.... but are ground troops really going to be that vital in a spacefaring future. Isn't all the best stuff (resource wise) in bobbing around in asteroid belts

If they are carriers, then I suppose you can launch alot of fighter craft from the big ones.

Whatever the purpose.... some of those a so large, I just wonder how many people are actuallly needed to run it, and how many people are engaged in spacefaring busywork.... which I assume is walking around with a futuristic tablet, playing future-solitare when the captain isn't around.

Dave W mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Too. Much. Thought.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
Good line of thinking Mr Tourist, but I think you may be underestimating the staffing requirements.
Each position needs at least 5 crew; rolling 8 hours duty shifts so 3 / day, + someone to cover for sick leave, + a couple of spares for after an engagement + trainees.
Also things scale up in unexpected ways; one nurse may be able to care for 20 (low demand) patients, but to care for 100 you need a team of 10+.
This is of course ignores automation & droid labour.
Perhaps they need that much cubic to store raw materials for the replicator to make a new swimsuit models daily.

Shifty Tourist ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2014

Good point, NBlob. Also I suppose they also need the space for all the people who need to write consolation letters to the robotic centrifuge that conceives the cloned storm troopers.

Dear RoboFuge T100 Genosi facility,

I am sorry to inform you that your sons TK421 - TK10523, TK5011 - TK80013 have been killed in Action. They died bravely, defending one of our spacestations when a terrorist group took advantage of an unexpected design fault in the facility.

Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

D. Vader

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ShaneAlpha ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014
The 4 Eve Titan class ships on the chart are generally used for logistics or force movement purposes. Due to game rebalancing they have evolved since their introduction, when they could use a Area-of-Effect Super Weapon from a remote location, to their current status, where their weapons can only be used on Capital class ships (excepting AoE Smartbombs).
It is their ability to move fleets of subcaptial ships across several light years (3.5) that is their current major use.
A not bad youtube about titans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2R8DSLvEW4

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Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted September 25, 2014

Off topic but if anyone wants a great laugh then type "hot crazy matrix" into Youtube

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Spanner asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
Now that I've spent a while* looking at the poster I've decided that I need to reorganise the whole thing. I'd use the principles of the Top Gear "Cool Wall" to classify the ships from seriously uncool, I'm lookin at you Borg cube, up to the DB9 Fridge where the Heart of Gold and the Space Battleship Yamato would reside.

The rest of you can commence arguing in 3..2..1...

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Spanner is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
*buy a while I mean I got sucked into a time sucking vortex of wasterization.

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014
The Collective is pleased you imperfect humanoids disregard the Cubes. We infiltrate and assimilate. We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.

Bangar mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Admiral Janeway to the bridge!

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
There are some questionable inclusions (some of the Star Trek ones are from fan films rather than ships that appeared onscreen) and some notable exclusions (on the basis that if you can purchase a model of it, and I have it on one of my shelves, it isn't that obscure).

Having said that, it's a pretty valiant effort and missing stuff is more of the "this article isn't in wikipedia" variety.

Shifty Tourist ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2014
I personally disregard anything from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I understand people love them, but some of the narratives are just plain wacky. I mean, clone emperors, Luke turning to the Darkside, more planet destroying weapons, the Imperial forces still being a thing, tendency towards "buffy syndrome" (where heros continually defeat the big bad guy, only to find out, they now need to defeat a BIGGER bad guy behind that bad guy all along. Also known as Star Gate disfunction, or the Feists).

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TheWah asserts...

Posted September 27, 2014
Is the LEXX in there? I couldn't find it.

Barnesm would have you know...

Posted September 27, 2014
It's there, hard to miss a big long bug eyed dragonfly ship.

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Jason Snell's new gig

Posted September 17, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Some of the more refined souls around these parts mourned the passing of Macworld magazine last week. The masthead survives in online form, if survival you can call it, but the print issue is a dead parrot. It's a shame. Some great journo's worked at that mag, and a suprising amount of podcast talent came out of it, not always to talk about Apple.

Jason Snell, who runs my favorite fun-media* podcast The Incomparable, wrote for Macword for a couple of decades. He's become something of a podcast mogul on the side, and now has a shiny new blog as well.

Six Colors, which looks way more colorful than Daring Fireball.

If you have a round of blogs you like to take in before the working day, and you tend to end up at the same sites as me – looking at you, Beeso – it's worth bookmarking.

People still bookmark, right?

He started with a piece about the comparative sizes of the new iPhones. (He got both early to review). I was happy to see the entry because I confess myself vexed on this matter. To the point of possibly waiting for the S variants of the 6 to arrive and the Watch to mature before I step up from my 5S.

A lot of my 'phone' use is for reading, which argues for a larger screen, but then I also listen to a shitload of podcasts, audiobooks and music on it – which is better with a smaller model. Hence my decision to wait for the watch to mature. I'm hoping to be able to hand off a lot of the audio features to the wearable, freeing me up to get the Plus.

Anyway, Six Colors, check it out. And his podcasts are the bomb too.

The Incomparable. More of a network than a single poddy. (And they have a Weapons of Choice episode!)

And the newly minted Upgrade, which is much more techy.

*Fun-Media. It's totally a category.

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beeso mutters...

Posted September 18, 2014
Already in my 'daily' folder.

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NBlob reckons...

Posted September 18, 2014
I've subscribed, but so far not capturing me. Will give it another couple of eps.
I pimped on twitter & will re pimp: Hardcore History 6 hours across 3 eps of WWI with heaps of Splodey, but with extra context. Excellent delivery.
Best pod cast I've come across yet.
No disrespect to SE2KB, I subscribe & dig it, but HH is Teh Shiznit.

Bangar would have you know...

Posted September 19, 2014
Motion seconded!

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted September 21, 2014
I too am a fan of Hardcore Histories, the_weapon worked his way through the whole lot listening to it when he would go to bed at night.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted September 22, 2014
Holy ShitBallz Brigadier, that's a hard core little dude you've growed there. While the other wee barns are banging on about Yugi Oh, he's riffing on the Punic Wars.

NBlob mutters...

Posted September 22, 2014


Are you aware of Mark Steel ?


strongly reccomended.


<A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mark_Steel_Revolution">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mark_Steel_Revolution</A>

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 22, 2014
Will check it out, looks engaging

damian reckons...

Posted September 24, 2014
Damn good call about Carlin. It's got me listening to podcasts in the car again, or more to the point it got me arsed enough to make that work. So thanks for that. Wish I'd done it before the stretch when I was doing a lot of country driving, but never mind all good now.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted September 20, 2014
Hypothetically, how would one tell a troll to fuck off & stop ruining a nice thing we had going on, without engaging with said troll?

Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 21, 2014
I've had plenty of luck with a spoon lately. Mackerel mostly but a few coral trout. Lost my best mack magnet last week to a giant that I got right up to the boat but failed dismally to land. Whatever you're catching with 1/0 hooks and 50 metres off shore wouldn't be worth having.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted September 21, 2014
Its indeed a challenge Nbob, one I have not yet worked out. It certainly leads to me being reluctant to follow an active post or even click on the topic if I see the last half dozen recent comments are from the same person.

damian ducks in to say...

Posted September 21, 2014
Birmo's already hinted at an upcoming kerplonkishness upgrade. Sad, in the days of scorefiles there'd be the option to have your software use multiple criteria (including modestly advanced analysis of the text of the post) toward hiding a post from you. For here it'd be poster plus keywords for sure, though I imagine we'll only get poster.

Have I mentioned I have always and still think web forums are a kind of technical dumbing-down?

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 21, 2014
Should have mentioned: some days I may not be that keen on posts about capping muppets either. But on had days I suspect that maybe I'm the troll, and just don't post.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted September 21, 2014
Damian,
I have never in the two or three years I have been here ever considered your posts other than enlightening.
Keep up the good work.

Bangar swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 21, 2014
Meds to aisle 5

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NBlob mutters...

Posted September 21, 2014

Way T F OT, but interesting:


Space Elevator
<A href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-21/japanese-construction-giants-promise-space-elevator-by-2050/5756206">http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-21/japanese-construction-giants-promise-space-elevator-by-2050/5756206</A>

NBlob mutters...

Posted September 21, 2014


Sorry I should have said


<A href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-21/japanese-construction-giants-promise-space-elevator-by-2050/5756206">Space Elevator</A>!

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted September 21, 2014

Nope. I give up, you'll work it out

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 22, 2014
And the Ban Hammer was swift, mighty, righteous & good.

Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 22, 2014
You commies always want to ban something !

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted September 22, 2014
Yes. And then we'll take all your stuff.

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted September 22, 2014
None of the proletariat should have or want any "stuff" comrade.

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The things they carried

Posted August 20, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Been meaning to link to this one for a while. A really fascinating photo study of the gear carried by infantrymen through the ages.

The whole series is here and worth a look.

From the Battle of Hastings...

...To Helmand Province.

Wired have a nice write up and interview with the photographer.

In totally unrelated news, I am in the last few chapters of Hooper 3.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted August 20, 2014
No quiver for the archer?

Interesting though to see progression in some elements of kit, as well as the seemingly non progression of others

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John Birmingham asserts...

Posted August 20, 2014
Dino. Less crazy and offensive + more relevant = not getting deleted.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 20, 2014
OK Captain

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted August 20, 2014
But if you add up 1066 and 9/11 and divide by WTC 7.
You know RememberBuilding7.org. ?????????
You get the number you started with.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 20, 2014
Sigh.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 20, 2014
I thought if you're sirius about that stuff the answer is 23. Because everyone is 23 on the internet, or something,

MickH would have you know...

Posted August 20, 2014
John, just ban his arse ok?
You've given the fucktard enough chances

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted August 21, 2014
Caveat: IT skills @ numpty level.
I think it would be Tres difficult to Ban anyone per se. All you'd need would be a new outlook / Gmail free email address & one could hypomatheticly sign up again & again & again. It'd probably take JB longer to ban someone that it'd take that person to invent & sign up with a new persona.
And the corollarys of "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" is X 10 for a maddy & to the power of N for a mad woman.

MickH is gonna tell you...

Posted August 23, 2014
Dino
This probably is a waste of time, but I don't don't read your shit anymore, including the stuff above, so there is not much point in replying. Save your garbled efforts.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted August 23, 2014
I'm talking to Dan about tweaking the code so that registered Burgers can opt not to see comments from nominated posters.

MickH is gonna tell you...

Posted August 24, 2014
That's great news JB, that would solve the problem nicely

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted August 25, 2014
It doesn't work for me, unfortunately. I have to be able to see everything to check for defamatory comments. But it should cut down on the noise for the rest of you.

Halwes puts forth...

Posted August 25, 2014

I hope no one gets banned. That would be just too Christopher Pineish !

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted August 20, 2014
yeah. Gotta love the SLR / Falklands era, nothing like a 7.62,

Tell you what would be interesting is to have a comparo of current kit for the Infantry.

Eg
US Marine
US Army
US Ranger
Aus Digger
Aus Commando
Brit Infantry ( Para )
Brit Commando
Canadian Inf
frog Infantry.


what perked this is how much ammo does each in standard battle rattle carry / yomp about etc.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted August 21, 2014
Surely the Frogs just carry evian, galoise cigarettes, a baguette & a large white flag?
Sorry, obvious and a tad racist, but I couldn't resist.

Darth Greybeard mumbles...

Posted August 21, 2014
Typical. The French army has actually won a higher proportion of its battles than the Brits. And I know that's true because I read it on the internet.

Lulu mutters...

Posted August 21, 2014
I know it's true because I heard it on QI.

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted August 22, 2014
You win!

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damian ducks in to say...

Posted August 20, 2014
Saw this a few weeks ago, very cool series. It's the socks that get you...

Sudragon mumbles...

Posted August 21, 2014
An army marches on its feet as well as its stomach. Hence,
always a spoon as well.

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yankeedog mutters...

Posted August 21, 2014
Pffft. That's nothing. The Better Half takes more stuff than that to a swimming meet! I know this because I know the guy who lugs it...me!

insomniac would have you know...

Posted August 21, 2014
or along similar lines - anyone with a couple of small children going out anywhere

Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted August 22, 2014
How true! I used to joke that when the little bloke was much smaller that we carried more gear than the fleet heading to the Normandy Landings on D Day!

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Therbs mutters...

Posted August 22, 2014

Pointed sticks ftw.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted August 22, 2014
I just fkn carry ME!....Offensive / defensive fkn gear flat fkn out!

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Moko would have you know...

Posted August 23, 2014
It seems a pointy stick and being mobile will get your head popped due to an excessive amount of arrogance. Game Of Thrones reference.

Always wonder what would be better to take a knight on with. Couple of short swords and being mobile, or an edged bat like he carries.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 23, 2014
A P90 and a 5-7?

Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted August 23, 2014
Taser + chain mail = a knight to forget?

Moko swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 23, 2014
Yeah, I was leaning towards a shotty with slugs.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted August 24, 2014
I was thinking he still has his plate, so thingies with some armor piercing mojo are in order. But I guess that is also relative.

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Dino's thread

Posted June 13, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Because I spend a lot of time digging offtopic Dino-comments out of the other threads.

So here you go, son. A whole thread, just for you.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted June 13, 2014
Excellent,

Wobbles Fingers.
Firstly 9/11 and WTC 7.
Kindergarten Stuff.
Secondly Paranormal Shit.
I knew it was gonna happen in 1996.
Yep.
1st grade shit.
History. Written neither by the victors or the losers. Written by the Commercial Interests. You work it out. 85% Bullshit. Everything you have been taught. Maybe 95%.
Money is Everything.
That is all you need to know.
That's me.
There's other shit but Official Secrets Act D Notice and the NSW Police etc etc etc.
Send me a cake with a file in it will ya...

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 13, 2014
I should mention JB the times I have met you or someone very like you.
Nelson St Annandale 1985 'Bugs Bunny' Broach.
Centro with the ChickyBabe from Battleship 2004(?)
Shangri La Horizon Club with Isabel 2006(?)
There are others I am sure.
Feel free to add to my meeting with the 'Club'...

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 13, 2014
Actually the Battleship ChickyBabe was also at the National Press Club in 1996 and she wanted a chicken burrito.
I left her there.
If Rio Tinto are reading this can you please look up the cable breaking at Wallarah Colliery in 1983. It was bizarre.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2014
One of the things I can't work out is who were the two Brown suits who pulled me out of Kindergarden at Girraween Primary School in 1970.
I was placed in a room and shown photos from a book and told that Treshams House was very important.
Were they from Macquarie Uni like the dipsticks in 1973 at Parramatta West Primary School doing the whole Gauss and Malta thang. Did they get qualifications and income from fucking me up?
Just Asking...

Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted June 13, 2014
Then there's the 'medication' they gave me at primary school.
Did anyone else ever have medication?
Fuzzy Logic?

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 13, 2014
Thank Fuck i didn't grow up in China or Iran or North Korea or the USA where the 'Education' Department does experiments on kids.
I could be totally fucked up by now.

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 13, 2014
Then there's the whole genetic bullshit.
It Representation.
That's all.

Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted June 13, 2014
And I will go to Gaol before I use "Legal Aid".
"Legal Lesbian Aid".
I don't qualify cause of the testes.

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coota has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2014
Thread worthy.....I think so. Just imagine yourself thinking like that....now smash a pie in your face

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted June 13, 2014
So, this is going well.

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Quokka reckons...

Posted June 13, 2014
Couldn't you just give him a ball of string, or a mouse?

NBlob mutters...

Posted June 13, 2014
It would seem Dino has one. I'm good with that, it seems a largely harmless outlet, you know, compared to bombing airline execs, gassing subways &/ or popping up a convenient bell-tower with a rifle.

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Anthony would have you know...

Posted June 13, 2014
Perhaps he could share it with Havock?

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MickH puts forth...

Posted June 13, 2014
Hahahaha!
snort!

Oh this is gold!

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted June 13, 2014
I think we just hit peak Cheeseburger Gothic

Therbs mumbles...

Posted June 14, 2014
Certainly not Dante's peak.

Quokka is gonna tell you...

Posted June 14, 2014
Birmingham's pique is the next in that row.

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Halwes mumbles...

Posted June 14, 2014

Gees Dino, you ran out of steam pretty quickly. Are you a bit unfit or did your boyfriend come around for a cosy night in ?

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted June 14, 2014
Halwes,
Yes and No.
Actually a big yes and a very sad no.
I feel surprisingly OK this morning considering dinner was a bowl of popcorn and 'some' Shiraz.
I do want to add to 'my' story at The Solar Project.
If you haven't worked it out yet I am having some 'personal' issues at the moment.
I in no way want to take away from Greybeard's stupendous and succint modern version of Heart of Darkness. That hirsute author deserves more study. I give that post a strong 'A'.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted June 15, 2014
A for ...

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted June 15, 2014
Data Compression NBlob.
A heroic effort, as much as it pains you for me to state it.
Be assured, I take no sides in the battle.
I simply remark on the allusions to Joseph Conrad.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted June 14, 2014
Oh and Halwes,
If you can find the data on the Melbourne sci-op in 1968 and compare with the 1995 data I would appreciate it. 27 years with no change. That's freaky.

Halwes reckons...

Posted June 14, 2014

I'm still trying to track down the colliery incident. I remember something about it at the time. Have you got any links or search terms that I could use? "Dino's thread" has been a bit of a fizzer so far. I recommend a lot of shiraz and no food for the next 48 hours to see if you can get it back on track. This is your chance at the big time. Don't blow it.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 14, 2014
Halwes,
I doubt there is any paperwork about the cable.
I was on of four looking at a newly completed vertical air shaft.
A pilot hole was drilled and a tunnel borer (3 metres diameter)pulled upwards by steel cable.
I was a newbie and there for the unofficial inspection/ceremony.
The cable look fine but a little on the 'thin' side for my liking. As I looked at the cable and calculated the greatest stress point I remarked- "You wouldn't want the cable to break now", (Since the very expensive machine was hanging/perched above a few score metres of 'nothing'.
Well there was an immediate 'Bang'(the cable snapped on cue) the tunnel borer dropped to the hole, paused, then flew sparks all the way down the rock hole in a spiral pattern reminiscant of a double helix. I reckon it took a good 20 seconds or more. After the final thump of 2 or three tonnes of machinery hitting the seam the ashen faced staff all gave me a startling stare, as if I had made they cable snap. I always suspected lasers or something.
And too late, I had a great Hamburger up the road, A friggin' CHEESEBURGER and it was GOTHIC!
But I am back on the turps. I reckon the way I am going I should be sober by Monday.
As for big time?
Ima hasabeen.
I can live with it.

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Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted June 14, 2014
What was the name of that raving troll that inhabited the old Burger? Papier Jonquils? I forgot...anyway I'm having fruitbat flashbacks to those times.

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MickH asserts...

Posted June 14, 2014
yeah Bondi, um, American chick, used to drive us nuts. oh what is her name again

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Bangar would have you know...

Posted June 15, 2014
Mick and Bondi, She Who'll Not Be Named

Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted June 15, 2014
Careful. Like Beetlejuice & Rumpelstiltskin, if you say her name 3 times, she'll appear.
SJS.
I hear she's taken up scrapbooking & retreated to the lush trolling fields of facebook, if you want to visit & take her flowers, or meds.

Bangar mumbles...

Posted June 15, 2014
Now you've done it Aunty Q!

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted June 15, 2014
Bangar,
I note the registration now required on so many blogs...

Bangar has opinions thus...

Posted June 15, 2014
Just can't imagine why?

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted June 15, 2014
Bangar,
All my Internet is open.
I have no 'Tor' or hidden persona's.
Except the one time at ABC comments.
And that was just fun.

Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted June 16, 2014
Thanks for that folks *shudders at the memory*

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 15, 2014
They say the last 10% is the hardest JB.
I am at 94 but will shut down for maintenance.
Effectively I am back at 85/94.
For the time being...

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 15, 2014
Parting Shot?
First lesson in Delta-
"There is no 'Backup'.

MickH asserts...

Posted June 15, 2014
ricochet!
2nd lesson?
Duck!!

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted June 16, 2014
I'm gonna need a bigger computer MickH.

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MickH reckons...

Posted June 15, 2014
the last 10% takes 90% more effort
But the steam modules arn't working
So I'll vent till I'm 40/33
but the crank handles broken and hidden on Andromeda

See i can do it too
:D

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted June 15, 2014
Excellent MickH!

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted June 15, 2014
Wobbly knees
balanced on a board in a surf of green goo
drowning captain!
free falling to oblivion
pulsing to 30/44 not 99!
never 99!
event horizon surfing!

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Brother PorkChop mutters...

Posted June 17, 2014
Sort of like slightly disturbed haiku. Thought provoking but a little odd in a nice way.

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I'm going back to uni... to kill zombies

Posted April 10, 2014 into Awesome by John Birmingham

Get tickets on the last plane out and grab your machete because Michigan State University is offering an online course in zombie preparedness from May 12 this year. Of course, they're saying publicly it's only for MSU students, but anyone who can't get past some old Registrar when armed with a blood drenched machete doesn't deserve to survive the end of the world.

Open Culture says MSU “brings together the latest thinking on how and why humans behave during disasters and catastrophes. Why do some survive and others don’t? What are the implications for planning, preparedness, and disaster management?” Along the way, students will form survival groups whose goal is to escape death, endure catastrophic events, and preserve the future of civilization."

I'll be doubling up on the practical classes in converting common garden tools into zombie killing threshing machines, and skipping most of the sociology lectures.

Do please join me. My undying (geddit?) thanks to Kym Charlton and Sue Lappeman for bringing this to my attention.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

I'd like to see the field work.

In other news from the twitterz.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/04/fineberg-5-years-after-h1n1-world-still-not-ready-pandemic

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ShaneAlpha puts forth...

Posted April 10, 2014

But...where's the module on the pros and cons of cannibalism in the post-apocalypitic world.

Or, in the Australian version, how to eat without tomato sauce.

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tygertim asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

Some time back JB you had a link to a zombie survival test. VERY COOL I remember it well, as I scored a resounding 98% survival rate. Also Very Cool. Time to rack it up again, JB, it's veryed ucational. . .

Tygertim

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DrYobbo ducks in to say...

Posted April 10, 2014

MSU are advocate killing zombies? Could start with the shamblers who replaced their basketball team in the NCAA tournament?

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Murphy asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

What is going to be on the test? And can't I read it out of the book?

Oh, will there be any group work?

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted April 10, 2014

Bought the '9/11 and Academia' video last year.

15 dollars.

Dropped it off to the last Maths Department I studied under.

Left my email and phone number.

Not a fkn word.

Remember when Mathematicians had balls?

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

Oh and Alanis Morrisett.

Fuck yeah I wrote some of those songs.

Gave the Soundtrack/Demo to the Canadian Consulate in Sydney in 90/91.

Shoe

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted April 10, 2014

Not one fucking penny.

Who was the Producer?

"Kabbala protect me in this world cause in the next ..."

Ugly as all ****

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted April 10, 2014

Captain,

Engaging Temporal Bollaro.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Vectors authenticated.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

Initiating Sequence.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

http://hypster.com/playlists/song/9_hKXk2qSuw?Toni+Braxton+-+He+Wasn%27t+Man+Enough

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Sequencing complete.

Initiating retaliatory strike.

Captain I believe the Dresden Bombing was coordinated between the Allies and Germany. The Ghetto was fire bombed.

Hate for it to happen again.

Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted April 10, 2014

^ Million?

Who gives a fuck about my Family?

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Apparently the threat of Gaol or being shot has been canvassed on Lateline ABC.

Cretins.

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted April 10, 2014

Cause my Family is 7 Billion less 4.5 Million.

As for the Diaspora.

Cheap tactic.

Drones have evolved.

Abe Foxman is in Melbourne?

No fking way!

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted April 10, 2014

Captain,

Permission to engange the Media Network...

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S.M. Stirling mumbles...

Posted April 10, 2014

Then they get surprised when their funding is cut...

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted April 10, 2014

They are possibly running courses like this because their funding has been cut.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted April 10, 2014

I seem to bne late to this little shindig, if it is anything like the Zombie course I did last year with the Canvas Network with the University of California ''Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead' you may be suprised at the amount of work you are expected to complete.

Its no small achievement to complete it while working full time and solo dading if I do say so myself

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