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    I had the same effect...
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2011
    @Vornaskotti thanks for that, I actually really needed to read that today.
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    The Luncheon of Champions?

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    @Vornaskotti...sweet...I've been plodding along for yonks with that sort of belief although I wasn't aware of it. Nice to know someone else manage to put into proper wording. Fight through shit-loads of crap to get that one gem...
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    That Ira Glass quote comes from an interview in 2007 about How To Be A Good Storyteller. I believe it was specifically targeted at videobloggers (Ira hesitantly calls them "video-pods"), which you may remember were a "thing" in 2007.

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    The quote via Vornaskotti is good, but the video interview is even better. Thanks!
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    Perfect response...

    A real estate company painted over a wall of art in Sydney, Australia, prompting this follow-up response.

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    Some of the more interesting retro-computing stuff I've been researching recently.

    Atomic Energy Authority WITCH (1948)
    - best acronym ever? beautiful looking machine

    MIT Whirlwind (1951) - not nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the WITCH (although the name's not bad), but what a beast of a machine. "Processor speed was initially 20 KIPS (Thousands of Instructions Per Second)... The original MIT Whirlwind filled four floors of a two-story building, counting the megawatt power substation in the basement and the HVAC system on the roof that had to extract all of that heat. The processor was built from 18,000 vacuum tubes drawing about 50 watts each. When the tube racks were fully powered up, it was not safe to walk between them due to the heat they gave off. " By way of comparison the ARM7-TDMI core (used in, amongst other things, most Nokia handsets and the iPod) is capable of 130MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second). Living in the future is neat.
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    Euthanasia Coaster

    John Allen, who served as president of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, inspired Urbonas with his description of the ideal roller coaster as one that "sends out 24 people and they all come back dead."
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    Pop history #12.

    Clutch Cargo was an ultra-low-budget animated cartoon created in the early 1960's. To save on production costs, the producers used the creepy syncro-vox process (superimposing a live actor's lips over a cartoon still instead of animating the mouth during speech) and jiggled the camera around to simulate motion. Clutch himself appears to be a direct inspiration for Race Bannon.

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    I'm not a very nationalistic person, but I have to say I'm kind of proud about our school system - although it didn't feel that special when going through it.

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    For some reason it wasn't enough to have one "ghost" break through the walls but two! Now that is cruel!

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    How much would you pay to see this movie?

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