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Arizona Hot

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1375 on: December 26, 2016, 11:05:15 AM »
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 11:30:51 AM by Arizona Hot »

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1376 on: December 26, 2016, 07:36:38 PM »
@Arizona Hot:
Thanks for the clip to that children's choir. That girl soloist certainly seems to have perfect (or near-perfect) pitch and a beautiful voice. I love the rest of the choir - they are doing a great job.

I'm 110 some days, so I looked at those "pictures for old people" and bugger me if I couldn't remember any of them! Oh, wait...

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1377 on: December 26, 2016, 08:53:50 PM »
A lot of great pics, brought back memories. How old would you need to be to remember the 45 rpm adapters, the fuses, the full service gas? Do they even still sell caps these days or is it too dangerous? Whatever happened to mucilage, anyway?  ;D

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1378 on: December 27, 2016, 12:29:26 AM »
...Whatever happened to mucilage, anyway?
Well, I don't know whether it is still used in glues, but, since it is organic and edible and it has medicinal applications, I gather that it still has uses in some dairy products and in medicines - refer Mucilage - Wikipedia.  Mmm, mucilage, nom, nom, nom...

Maybe it has been largely replaced by synthetic forms of the mucilage now.
From my school science days, I seem to recall that mucilage used to be used to stick paper labels onto glass bottles holding chemicals, but over time the mucilage would tun into a hardened varnish which stuck OK to the bottles and was difficult to remove, but not to the back of the labels, so there were all these old bottles of chemicals in the chem lab that couldn't be so easily identified because their labels would have fallen off. Ruddy nuisance. Some of those bottles had potentially deadly contents too, so taste or sniff was out.    :o

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Vera Rubin (dark matter) dies 2016-12-25, at the age of 88.
« Reply #1379 on: December 28, 2016, 01:06:26 AM »
I have just read that on Sunday 2016-12-25, at the age of 88, Vera Rubin passed away.
She was a rather special discoverer.
She was the astronomer-scientist and later a women's advocate, whose 1970 published research observations identified, quite by chance (i.e., it was not central to the research project), that there was a minor and inexplicable anomaly in the orbital velocities of stars about a galactic centre - their orbital velocities were not quite what was mathematically predictable according to known laws of physics.

Her further research observations published in 1980 pinpointed the likely cause as being an unknown - some kind of matter was postulated - that interacted via gravity but not via the spectrum of electro-magnetic forces - - it was "invisible" across the spectrum, and cast no electro-magnetic shadow.)

So, though it had previously been thought a set of cardinal rules in physics that:
  • Everything interacts via gravity.
  • Everything interacts via electromagnetic forces.
- here was something unknown that did not seem to obey the latter rule.

The name eventually given to this unknown was "dark matter" (arguably a bit of a misnomer), but it is still theoretical and an unknown. However, what subsequent research has established is that, theoretically, the universe is (must be) filled with this matter, with a ratio of 5-10 times more of it than the ordinary and more sparsely distributed matter. Ordinary matter is what makes up stars, planets, gas and the flora and fauna of earth, for example.

Good write-ups:

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1381 on: January 02, 2017, 09:04:07 PM »

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1382 on: January 02, 2017, 09:12:32 PM »

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1383 on: January 07, 2017, 04:25:37 AM »
It's not April Fools' Day, so I took a serious look at this ARStechnica post: Chilean officials can’t identify a strange IR signal seen by its Navy



That seems inexplicable - and very interesting.
The video was apparently taken by Chilean Navy pilot(s) on November 14, 2014, but the Chilean Navy are apparently only releasing the information this week (Jan. 2017)?
Interesting that the helocopter crew were testing out a new thermal imaging camera ,,, when they spotted a ready-made thermal imaging anomaly...

In NZ, there are 12 bottles of beer in a crate of beer. There are 12 daylight hours in a day. Coincidence? I think not.
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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1385 on: January 07, 2017, 09:45:05 AM »
« Last Edit: January 09, 2017, 01:34:46 AM by Arizona Hot »


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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1387 on: January 09, 2017, 01:17:48 AM »
Harvard discovers a few of its library books are bound in human flesh.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Harvard discovers a few of its library books are bound in human flesh

As it turns out, the practice of using human skin to bind books was actually pretty popular during the
17th century. It's referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to
anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they'd dissected
during their research. Waste not, want not, I suppose.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1388 on: January 12, 2017, 09:53:19 PM »
Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas

Pixie.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Pixie Home - Pixie

A new system for finding lost things.

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Opera Neon: New 'Concept' Browser
« Reply #1389 on: January 13, 2017, 06:01:32 AM »
EDIT// really weird:
I tried to start a thread in General Software Discussions board and when I posted, it posted here -- tried again & each time made a new post in this thread :tellme:


Opera Neon: New 'Concept' Browser

Opera Neon launched for Win and Mac -- described as a concept browser -- “the way it could be”.
They dont plan extensions (so not sure what they plan really)

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas

Promotional Video:


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Opera Neon: New 'Concept' Browser
« Reply #1390 on: January 13, 2017, 06:07:00 AM »
EDIT//
Okay: there's a bug here mouser --
it must be to do with me quoting Arizona's post (from here) in a new thread, causes the new thread to be demoted to just being a new post on this thread.
Or something :-/

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Re: [New Thread] not being created if dc quote included
« Reply #1391 on: January 13, 2017, 06:24:22 AM »
New Thread is not being created if I quote another dc thread (with link), but is being added as new post to quoted thread:

Was attempting to create this new thread:
http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=43394.0

Originally,
I quoted this post 'normally' (i.e. quoted it in own thread, then copied pasted):

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas

I added my own spiel, when I click post, instead of creating a new topic, it got added as a new post to the quoted thread.
It's one of thouse thing I thought it must be my mistake somehow -- but it happened multiple times -- each time a new post in quoted thread. I deleted most of them, but you can see one here:
http://www.donationc....msg405636#msg405636

I was only able to make my new thread when I stripped the link out of the quote.
So, seem to be related to that.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1392 on: January 13, 2017, 06:35:12 AM »
Apologies to Arizona Hot for the plague of posts here:
most of the above posts were meant to be new threads -- see this thread
[New Thread] not being created if dc quote included

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« Last Edit: January 16, 2017, 04:58:54 PM by Arizona Hot »

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1394 on: January 16, 2017, 05:04:11 PM »
« Last Edit: January 16, 2017, 06:24:49 PM by Arizona Hot »

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Interesting Stuff
« Reply #1395 on: January 22, 2017, 03:19:44 PM »
Fatherboard.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Fatherboard

Motherboard.jpgInteresting "stuff"

Motherboard

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Re: Interesting Stuff
« Reply #1396 on: January 22, 2017, 04:22:45 PM »
^ reply #368 -- wrong thread I think :-)

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1397 on: January 23, 2017, 08:06:08 PM »
^ reply #368 -- wrong thread I think :-)

Your post and the one it refers to have been moved to this thread, which is a better fit than where they first appeared.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #1398 on: January 24, 2017, 04:03:50 PM »