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[#] Wed Dec 30 2015 09:18:59 EST from wizard of aahz

Subject: Re: Winter Solstice

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sent you a candygram.  :)


I want a candygram

[#] Wed Dec 30 2015 11:42:06 EST from "John Goerzen" <jgoerzen@uncensored.citadel.org> to zooer <zooer@uncensored.citadel.org>

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Vile things, those.  Growing reports of them causing trouble for planes on final approach.  I hope to never encounter one.

Source: am a pilot

On 12/28/2015 02:39 PM, zooer wrote:

You know they have those projection lights that seemed to be popular this year.  

For the really lazy and really cheap.  http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Star-Shower-Laser-Light-Projector-As-Seen-on-TV-9400-6/206109339
(anything that has "As Seen On TV" is..... ummmm)

 

Many buildings and businesses are using the built in LED lights for colorful decorations, they are getting popular as well.  It isn't just the Empire State Building.

 

 




[#] Thu Dec 31 2015 12:28:51 EST from zooer

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I think they are horrible and cheap looking.  Doesn't look Christmas, it looks like you spent no effort in decorating your house.  People who use them should be publicly shamed. (unless of course they use them in addition to other lights)



[#] Thu Dec 31 2015 12:54:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm not sure what to make of them. It's kind of a neat effect, but it doesn't look like a matrix of Christmas lights, if that's what they were trying for.
*Maybe* if you could install a cookie that kept the light away from anything other than the main surface of the house, avoiding windows, trim, not-the-house areas, etc. But I doubt that would happen.

I mean really ... if you can be bothered to buy a $30 laser projector and stick it in the lawn, you can be bothered to buy a real laser and a mirror actuator, and spend a month programming an intricate light show set to seasonally appropriate music.

(Maybe by next year I'll have thinned out the trees in front of my house a bit more ... as it is now, you can't really see the house from the street.)

[#] Thu Dec 31 2015 14:45:06 EST from wizard of aahz

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Leave rthe trees. THey help hide the gun towers and snipers nests.

[#] Thu Dec 31 2015 16:53:27 EST from zooer

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Thu Dec 31 2015 12:54:55 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar Subject: Re: (no subject)
*Maybe* if you could install a cookie that kept the light away from anything other than the main surface of the house, avoiding windows, trim, not-the-house areas, etc. But I doubt that would happen.

Or you know.... move the damn thing closer to the house so all the light stays ON the house.



[#] Thu Dec 31 2015 19:09:33 EST from dothebart

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Happy new year from Europe 



[#] Fri Jan 01 2016 01:18:42 EST from wizard of aahz

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And Happy New Year from the east coast of the US

[#] Fri Jan 01 2016 02:16:28 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Happy Gnu Ears from all of us over there to all of you over here. Find your sweetie and give them a big kiss. Find a social justice warrior and stab them in the face with a Buick. Find a Raspberry Pi and build a nuclear toaster.
Find your inner child and change its diaper. It's 2016, get going already.

[#] Fri Jan 01 2016 06:43:21 EST from mo

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And another Happy New Year from Europe!

 



[#] Fri Jan 01 2016 10:33:17 EST from zooer

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Damn it, I keep writing 1984 on all my checks.



[#] Sat Jan 02 2016 04:06:42 EST from ryan42

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Vile things, those.  Growing reports of them
causing trouble for planes on final approach.  I hope to never
encounter one.

I have often wondered how shining hessentially hundreds of laser pointers into the sky would affect aircraft but assumed they must just be very low power laseres that only travel a few hundred feet. You'd still see it to some extent I'm sure, if you were lined up just right.

[#] Sat Jan 02 2016 11:00:29 EST from zooer

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A house I lived in was *directly* under the airspace for the alternative runway at a major airport. Every now and again it would be non-stop low flying planes going over the house.  The planes came in south-south east to north-north west, and the front of the house faced north.  If we had these lights on the house I could see a problem.

 

The house was a straight line three miles from the start of the runway (according to Google maps) If you looked up as the plane passed over you didn't see the windows of the plane you saw inside the landing gear compartments.  



[#] Mon Jan 04 2016 10:52:27 EST from John Goerzen

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Yep, I'd totally believe it.  Approach procedures vary by airport, but a rule-of-thumb standard glideslope on final approach is 3 degrees, or a 5.24% grade.  A large aircraft on long final (meaning they line up with the runway several miles out) would be only 276 feet above ground level at 1 mile from the touchdown point.  (1 * .0524 * 5280)

Many airports have homes to within a half mile or less the touchdown point, so you can see the reason for concern.

These devices are pretty new, but many pilots are already concerned about "lasing" from handheld battery-operated lasers shown at aircraft.  It is a particular problem on final approach at night, when the aircraft is in a nose-down attitude, and vision is critical.  Those lasers can refract across the windshield (basically making the entire windshield or cockpit look green) or cause momentary blindness (or simply eyes adjusting for bright instead of dim light).  Any of those can be a big problem.



[#] Wed Jan 06 2016 09:40:44 EST from lysdexia

Subject: Almost a decade . . .

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I come here looking for schmeeptech and it's gone. 

No one can truly know the pain I feel inside.



[#] Wed Jan 06 2016 10:31:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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See More (Blaine F) was the world leader in Schmeeptek ... I wonder where he is nowadays.

But it's good to see you here anyway! Welcome back!

[#] Wed Jan 06 2016 12:01:51 EST from LoanShark

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*squashes cigarette before it ignites lysdexia's Ronco(TM) Personal Support Dirigible*

Why DID they fill those things with hydrogen?

[#] Thu Jan 14 2016 10:31:08 EST from ax25

Subject: Re: Command line sending, receiving and management of users

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Where is the door command, so I can play "Global Thermonuclear War"?



[#] Thu Jan 14 2016 10:48:10 EST from zooer

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ALT-F4 will open the doors command to play games.



[#] Thu Jan 14 2016 11:52:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I don't want to play ALT-F4. I want to play Global Thermonuclear War.

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