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Homepage http://www.theskyscrapers.org
Signed On Mar 7, 2001, 16:59
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Comet Holmes Oct 30, 2007, 10:45 Jim
 
So, has anyone seen the comet yet? Surprisingly it hasn't been link/photo of the day here, but then again, I haven't submitted any, so here are a couple:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/10862521.html

Here are some pictures we've been taking:
http://www.theskyscrapers.org/content4472.html

Its very bright, and most of us observed it under full moon and even some high thin clouds last week, so even though dark skies are helpful, you can see this under light pollution as well. We're going to be looking at it from Ladd Observatory tonight.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. weather Oct 30, 2007, 10:17 Jim
 
Yup, last night I finally crossed that seasonal milestone, being the first time since May that I fully closed and latched the windows (I've had them open just a crack for a week or so now). Unfortunately the heat is not too far away.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
9. Re: The ultimate Guitar Hero case mod. Oct 16, 2007, 07:52 Jim
 
I'm amazed that the best spot he could think of for the ps2 was on top the sub woofer. Although it does say it would run from hard disk.

Maybe I'm an old-timer, but whenever I see the term "case mod" I think PC case.

 
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News Comments > Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Demo Released
11. No subject Oct 12, 2007, 13:04 Jim
 
Let the download trickle begin.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. day off Oct 8, 2007, 19:04 Jim
 
I had the day off. Not really much going on, but its nice to have Sunday feel like a Saturday.

Patriots are 5-0, Red Sox are going to the ALCS, and I got in all of about 10 minutes of observing in across 3 nights (set up the scope under clear skies last night, 5 minutes later, complete overcast!). All in all not a bad weekend.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Mr. Potato Head in ecstasy bust Oct 5, 2007, 10:18 Jim
 
Of course with Hasbro being a local company, anytime something happens involving Mr. Potato Head its big news.

"You'll never guess what they found inside Mr. Potato Head! Details coming up next!" Of course I had to guess during the commercial break. I guessed marijuana, but I guessed wrong.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. NASA dammit! Sep 27, 2007, 12:37 Jim
 
Yeah, you gotta wonder about BBC News. Most of their headlines that put those silly quotes around random words and phrases, but for something like this they don't?

Successful launch for 'Nasa' probe


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: No subject Sep 24, 2007, 12:41 Jim
 
I've about heard ENOUGH about Halo. Gods let the game come out so I can stop hearing about it, drives me nuts. I turn on the TV, Halo, I go to any game news website, Halo, I go take a shit and read a magazine, Halo.

Driving me INSANE!

Well if you don't want to hear about Halo, Blue's is the last place you should come. I haven't heard a whole lot about it except here, and last night I saw an add for something called "game fuel" which I thought was a bit odd. Other than that, I guess I haven't reached saturation point with the game (which I am not a fan of, played H1 once and throught eh...)

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: 6 'Things' Sep 20, 2007, 11:02 Jim
 
Couldn't they have just said 6 clocks you can make with your hard drive?

Yeah the clocks are cool and stuff, but I'd rather do this with them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISqCAnROh8

 
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News Comments > Wing Commander Soundtrack
2. No subject Aug 28, 2007, 11:53 Jim
 
Is it interspersed with all the Kilrathi taunts one typically faced during battle?

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Crushed Glass to Be Spread on Beach Aug 28, 2007, 08:46 Jim
 
I am sorry. But for a state with as many people living in it (4th largest population in the US), and being one of the most popular states to vacation/be a tourists in. Does $80 million a year not seem, I dunno, kinda cheap? The main attraction of Florida is the beaches after all.

Are they really complaining about spending $80 million a year on beach restoration? Really?

Washington state can probably afford to spend that much its self on beach restoration...

Come to the Ocean State, we got all your beaches right here. And there are no crowds after Labor Day!

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Flashterbation Aug 28, 2007, 08:45 Jim
 

Follow up. I'm not against Flash. It serves its purpose. I'm just against those that don't know how to use it properly and pass themselves off as professionals.

Speaking of web development in general (I'm not a Flash developer, although its soon becoming a requirement), its NOT just the developers who are to blame here. I can't recall how many times clients WANTED all that crap in their sites, depsite trying to convnce them otherwise that most users will be turned off by it. Not just flash but anything. For example, they may say "I saw this cool DHTML widget on so-and-so's site and I gotta have it on mine." You try to convince them that it will make the site more difficult to navigate, and that it doesn't fit their particular applicaction or solve a legitimate problem (aka solution looking for a problem), but they still want it because its "cool."

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Evidence for unified theory ... Aug 28, 2007, 08:36 Jim
 
To continue reading this article, subscribe to New Scientist. Get 4 issues of New Scientist magazine and instant access to all online content for only USD $4.95

Can I make a request that articles that require a paid subscription either not be linked, or at least indicate that its just a teaser?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. new labeling for sunscreen Aug 24, 2007, 11:58 Jim
 
The new labels would also require manufactures to warn that, in addition to sunscreen, people should wear protective clothing and limit their sun exposure to avoid skin damage.

Why don't they just say stay the fuck indoors? I'm waiting for them to come out with moonscreen. The Moon does reflect 11% of the sunlight that hits it, and that can most certainly kill you also.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. China airlines repaints 737 Aug 24, 2007, 11:50 Jim
 
They even painted over the registration number. That can't be legal.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: No subject Aug 23, 2007, 12:56 Jim
 
Yeah I went to check the scores right after the Red Sox fell to the D-Rays last night and MLB.com had a picture of the scoreboard for that game on the home page. WOW!

That's better than one run per out, averaged over 9 innings!

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Google Sky Aug 23, 2007, 08:22 Jim
 
I have found this program:
http://www.stellarium.org/
Is great for beginners, and even advanced amateurs.

Thanks for the link.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
10. aerogel article Aug 23, 2007, 08:19 Jim
 
In 2002 Aspen Aerogel, a company created by Nasa, produced a stronger and more flexible version of the gel. It is now being used to develop an insulated lining in space suits for the first manned mission to Mars, scheduled for 2018.

Wow!

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Google Sky Aug 22, 2007, 19:28 Jim
 
Well... I played with it for about 10 minutes this morning at work, and I can say that while I was excited to see a sky map with Google's ease of navigability, I wasn't terribly impressed with the data it provided. I was expecting something that would be either a neat tool for beginners to get into stargazing, or something that more advanced amateurs could use to plan an observing session. I found neither. All the DSOs were WAY too bright and colorful, possibly causing beginners to get a false impression of what they can see in the sky with a telescope. Sure its nice to have a Hubble Space Telescope image library as a layer that you can toggle, but when you turn off everything but the stars, it still looked too "photographic". I was hoping for something that more closely resembled what the sky really looks like.

I also noticed that many of the DSOs were mislabeled. Even more well-known ones like the Ring Nebula were listed as the wrong type of object.

Well I guess its still new, and as new datasets become available in this format, we will likely see some improvement, but until then, your desktop planetarium will do a better job demonstrating the night sky (I currently don't use one, but I do have an older copy of Earth Centered Universe http://www.nova-astro.com/).

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Rare dead star near earth Aug 21, 2007, 10:57 Jim
 
Quick send the Space Shuttle!

Really, I just read this last night on S&T, and it being descibed as possibly the closest neutron star to our solar system, I would hardly classify it as being "near earth", especially on a mainstream media site. And with the BBC News' obsession with quoting random words and phrases in nearly all their headlines, wouldn't it have made sense to title it:

Rare dead star found 'near' earth.

 
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