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  1. Nice shot, and I get the reference to Alice in Wonderland!

  2. I just now rolled some aluminum foil into my Smith-Corona, trying not to wrinkle the foil. Experimentation showed that it helps to use two or three sheets of backing paper as a cushion to make the impression deeper. Interesting and artistic effect! Here's a photo of the results:

  3. Power came back 8:20 AM in my neighborhood

  4. Nice frame. I admire this. Congrats on your work.

  5. Local typewriter shop (in refurbished condition): Three [Royal Quiet De Lux, Underwood Universal, Remington Silent]

  6. I'm trying to make postcards by printing my own photographs on the glossy side of inkjet printer paper, cutting to size, then rolling them into my Smith Corona to type the message and address on the other side. Trouble is, the other side of my inkjet paper is kinda plasticy, kinda waterproof (it's not just paper matte), and the typewriter ink smudges pretty bad. Maybe I could find different inkjet paper, but also I'd like to thank RickBuxton for suggesting the Avery label idea -- I'll try that. Also, the "magic fingers" on my Smith Corona are pretty good at holding postcards; I can just roll them in, set margins, and type to nearly the last line.

  7. I graduated USU years ago ('86). We used to shoot at Newton Reservoir. A road drives across the dam itself; the shooting site is on the east side of the dam. Looking at it now in Street View, I see a concrete bunker to house a clay pigeon thrower, and metal poles with trays on top to hold ammo or use as platforms. Can't believe that infrastructure is still there 37 years later. I wonder whether it's still legal to shoot there. Had a nice safe hillside as a backstop; seemed safe. Half-hour drive from USU. We were shootin' there once and a Smithfield cop pulled up. He eyed us for awhile, then drove off.

  8. Oh, that is sweet! I love Zion in the winter. Makes me want to go on a road trip there right now. Good composition in this frame. Hats off to you!

  9. Large and strong, truncated snout, small ears, tight-short hair, conspicuous crease down center of skull -- you can bet I'll stay far away from any dog having such a frightening appearance.

  10. Dude, you don't have to do shit. If you see the dog, just call the number. ffs, why do you have to be weird about this? Just be a good neighbor.

  11. Ah, you people down-votin' me -- never got terrorized by dogs lookin' just like that, did you now? Huh? At a young formative age? Six years old didn't have to walk aside this house alone on the way to kindergarten. The bastard'd see me and throw a fit; come runnin' full tilt and smash into the fence bayin' and barkin' and screamin' his head off. Hadn't been for the fence he'd've torn me limb from limb -- all 'cause I committed the inexcusable offense of walking the sidewalk front of his house.

  12. Different. One is a database (cobalt) and the other is a language (COBOL)

  13. Incorrect. There is no enterprise-capable database named "cobalt". 1Steelghost1 misspelled COBOL when he/she wrote "cobalt". And 1Steelghost1 was merely speculating; he/she does not actually know how much COBOL is used inside Southwest's software stack.

  14. If a plane breaks into pieces at high altitude (from an explosion, mid-air collision, or exceeding maximum speed), it's no longer an airplane, it's a shower of parts and debris. There is no "landing" because a "landing" would require an airplane. A shower of parts and debris has thousands of separate landings. And the fall kills you -- you're dead before your mortal remains hit the ground.

  15. Actually I'm exaggerating; many passengers could survive the fall (to die on impact with the ground) if they're protected inside chunks of fuselage. But passengers ejected during or immediately after the break-up get hit by 500 mph cruising-speed winds ... this tumbles them like rag dolls and rips their cloths off; they die of blunt force or hypothermia. Almost all passengers lose consciousness from hypoxia. Some die of hypoxia or hypothermia during the fall, while others remain alive but don't regain consciousness before impact with the ground. Passengers deepest in protected areas of fuselage-chucks can be conscious on impact.

  16. HEY LET'S HAVE A CONTEST: name plants that get eaten (or ingested) because they evolved to avoid being eaten:

  17. On Bilbo's door he scratched a sign meaning "burglar". But Gandalf's "mark" is shown in the chapter Strider in his signature on the letter he wrote at the Prancing Pony:

  18. Most stars are created in open clusters. Open clusters are created from the collapse of molecular clouds. But what creates molecular clouds? Why are molecular clouds often hanging around ready for collapse? Are they just relatively dense parts of the interstellar medium? If so, what makes those parts dense?

  19. Molecular clouds are thought to be made from overdensities, or filamentary structures, in the interstellar medium where lots of atomic hydrogen is collected. We don't know precisely how these filamentary structures themselves are created, but the leading theory includes contributions from:

  20. Thanks, DoctorWho984! As an amateur astronomer, I am fond of observing open clusters. I haven't found comprehensive answers to this question before -- I learned a lot. And thanks for the Star Formation link.

  21. Most of the cast of M*A*S*H. Hawkeye, Trapper John, and Colonel Potter in particular.

  22. Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951). Creative visual treat all the way. "What we need is ... a lizard with a ladder!"

  23. Reo Speedwagon- Live: You Get What You Play For. It's from before the ballads and basically any major hit most people know. They were a rock band and prove it on this album

  24. Good all the way through. Like You do, Son of a Poor Man, Summer Love, Flying Turkey Trot, 157 Riverside Ave, Ridin' the Storm Out ... so many greats. Special shout out to the bass player; wish they'd placed him higher in the original mix.

  25. Slide rule. Sits at the side of my desk. I often reach for it, just for fun, when I need a quick product or quotient.

  26. I read it as “Mitchell”, mainly because went to university near to Micheldever - the supposed inspiration for Michel Delving - and that’s pronounced “Mitchell-dever”.

  27. Find a different reason to take an enjoyable drive. Go for birding, photography, sightseeing, hiking, camping, restaurants, etc, instead of contributing to lotteries' profits. If someone placed US dimes end to end 3100 miles from San Francisco to Boston, it would take 278 million dimes. Picture those dimes stretching across California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, etc. You would have a better chance of picking the right dime than the right Powerball numbers.

  28. 'Comfort me not with wizards!' said Denethor. 'The fool's hope has failed. The Enemy has found it, and now his power waxes; he sees our very thoughts, and all we do is ruinous.

  29. In which case, ironically it would have been Sauron showing him something that Sauron himself misunderstood. Sauron never thought that the halfing "spies" might have had the Ring until Frodo claimed it at the Sammath Naur. So if Sauron did show Frodo captive to Denethor he must have thought it just showing him that his spies had been caught.

  30. I speculate Denethor had enough Númenórean authority, and his mind was strong enough, to cast his gaze where he wanted with the stone (wasn't limited to only what Sauron allowed him to see, though Sauron could still cause him to misinterpret), so Denethor could have been manually checking the ring-bearer's progress and witnessed Frodo's captivity in real time.

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