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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Interesting how many people believe... (54 comments)

Did he have you set up camp on the wrong side of a mountain? I live on the outskirts of an urban area with a population of over 2 million, with all its attendant light pollution, and have watched meteor showers from my back porch before.


Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Awesome idea (797 comments)

You can still buy car PA systems, even Radio Shack has them. Amusingly enough the first Google hit for a discussion of their legality I came across was at AR15.com...

4 days ago

Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

Ol Biscuitbarrel Temba, at rest (122 comments)

Uzani, his army with fists closed.

about two weeks ago

In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (490 comments)

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Complaining about the irrelevance of stories is a time honored tradition here, along with grammar nazis and tired memes.

about two weeks ago

What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:One thing for certain (628 comments)

We could always keep busy for one welcoming them.

about a month ago

The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Life form? (391 comments)

Sure robots are life forms, like us they think, feel, have an uncontrollable urge to sing folk songs when magnets are attached to them, etc.

about a month ago

Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Or, just read a book. (448 comments)

Let's not overlook Eddie Murphy's courageous journey in the other direction, White Like Me.

Years ago I heard about how a journalist actually followed up on Griffin and spoke with some of the people he lived among in his new racial identity; apparently the common reaction was to laugh uproariously behind his back at this crazy honky. Can't find anything about this now though. Maybe it's an urban legend?

about a month ago

Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:So ... (52 comments)

They can't do stairs so they can't work to well as one.

Hi, Welcome to Beam! Can I help you find something? Or, perhaps...EXTERMINATE!

about a month and a half ago

Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

Out of interest, how well is the speed limit in somewhere like Montana policed? Do the cops actually pull people for doing 1mph over the current limit?

I tried to get an answer to that question and was met with the usual barrage of answers...it seems to be handled on a state-by-state basis but there isn't a resource I could find that laid things out in a simple manner. Here in Oregon I've always understood that there's a 7 MPH margin of error, from inaccuracies in both the radar units and cars' speedometers; not sure where I picked that up from though...don't think it was in the driver's handbook.

Anyway my SOP is to chance about 5 MPH over the posted limit; it's worked for me for 25 years, and I'm certainly going a heckuva lot slower than the army of maniacs out on the road. But then I don't do much in the way of traveling so perhaps there are states where the limits are enforced for real.

about 2 months ago

Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Reminds me of Tuvan throat singing (51 comments)

Cowboy singer Arthur Miles cut a record in the 1930s using overtone singing. It seems to be something people inevitably develop from just messing around with the possibilities of the human voice.

about 2 months ago

Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:second picture (188 comments)

The main thing that puzzled me were what look like numbers along the body of the solar panels on Rosetta - are those computer artifacts too?

about 2 months ago

Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Almost nobody likes exercise for exercise sake (297 comments)

My problem is I find exercise boring. I never get the rush after exercise.

I have a SurfShelf attached to my Schwinn eliptical trainer, an HDMI monitor in front of it plugged into my laptop, a G700 mouse with the buttons mapped to various important functions, and a presentation clicker with Page Up and Page Down buttons strapped to one of the elliptical's handlebars, so I can navigate through web pages while I work out. Pretty much covers everything; I also installed a program called Click-N-Type which is a big improvement on the usual Windows onscreen keyboard, so I can even do a bit of typing away from the laptop. I find exercise of any kind brutally tedious. Don't really have an excuse for still being a bit overweight of course...but there are ways to make solo workouts less dull.

about 3 months ago

6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:Burned after abandoment? (109 comments)

Triumph: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.


about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Run fast, for 2 fucking hours and over 26 mile (254 comments)

Bill died from cancer of the pancreas that spread to his liver, pancreatic cancer is strongly associated with smoking, true, but 80% of victims are above the age of 60, note: What Causes Pancreatic Cancer? Perhaps he just drew a bad set of cards, a bit of irony which would be very apropos.

His routine contrasting the fates of Fixx and Yul Brynner is, hands down, the funniest bit of stand up comedy I've ever heard.

about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Run fast, for 2 fucking hours and over 26 mile (254 comments)

"Bill Hicks: Remember Jim Fix, that health-nut who died while jogging? Used to write BOOKS about joggingwhat do you jot down about jogging? “Left foot, right foot, hemorrhage."

about 3 months ago

Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re: Paint Drying (137 comments)

Andy Warhol already went down the road in the 60s with films such as the 8 hour long Empire, which consisted of a single shot of the Empire State Building. Neat, eh?

I see Warhol also threw together a flick with the alarming title Tub Girls. Although some of his films depicted graphic sexual acts this one apparently doesn't go further than showing one of his Superstars in the nude chatting with friends.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Ol Biscuitbarrel Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

I suggest "Windows: Nemesis."

about 4 months ago


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