Out of the Blue

Anyone around these parts who went out in the wee hours to see the meteor shower was disappointed, unless they regard a rain shower as an adequate substitute. That's okay, I'm pretty sure they'll have figured out how to overcome the climate in time for the next shower of such noteworthy intensity, which may be several hundred years off (though it may be as early as 2099). Of course I'll be a Futurama-style brain in a jar by that time at best, so I guess I'd better start regarding the rain shower as an adequate substitute, too....

R.I.P.: Oscar-Winning Actor James Coburn Dead at 74.

Links of the Day: Custom Spinning of Dog Hair. Thanks WarPig[doh].
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New encryption methods
Nov 19, 2002, 22:14
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New encryption methods Nov 19, 2002, 22:14
Nov 19, 2002, 22:14
 
In the article about the new quantum cryptography method, they say that "the largest prime number" was found last year in a distributed computing project. They should have said that the largest known prime number to date was found, for, as we all know, there is no largest prime number!

Other than that, it was a good article.

-JR

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Re: Weekly MJ update
Nov 19, 2002, 19:02
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Re: Weekly MJ update Nov 19, 2002, 19:02
Nov 19, 2002, 19:02
 
Another weird Jacko thing: I just saw on the news that the MJ seen in Berlin was apparently a double:

- he had a completely healthy nose
- his hands were a lot less skinny than they used to be
- he hugged a fan (!)
- he walked right through a crowd in front of his hotel all by himself. Without a mask.

And another thing: I have no idea wether the guy on the balcony of the hotel was the real MJ or not, but that baby stunt was scary as hell. He held the baby with only one hand for a second and it began to slip... scared the shit out of me for a moment. Who would endanger his child like that?

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Re: Weekly MJ update
Nov 19, 2002, 18:48
Bronco
 
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Nov 19, 2002, 18:48
 Bronco
 
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Reel Truth
Nov 19, 2002, 16:41
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Reel Truth Nov 19, 2002, 16:41
Nov 19, 2002, 16:41
 
That was hilarious. The end was great with the enthusiastic "I don't care!".

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Re: Weekly MJ update
Nov 19, 2002, 15:40
nin
 
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Re: Weekly MJ update Nov 19, 2002, 15:40
Nov 19, 2002, 15:40
 nin
 
Bronco, here's one for ya...

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1458735/20021115/jackson_michael.jhtml?headlines=true

Begin quote:
Jackson also disputed Miller's suggestion that he never intended to perform the concerts, saying he had started rehearsals, of a sort. "I [would] stand in front of the mirror in my bathroom and try out the dance moves," Jackson said. "It's hard work. I don't do it in my bedroom because there are lots of games in there and they are noisy. It is a lot quieter in the bathroom. I visualize what I want the concert to look like. I conceptualize everything."

Miller then asked if "all the choreographers, technicians, backing singers and band" were in the bathroom for the rehearsal.

"I'm not sure," Jackson said. "I don't want to guess."

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Weekly MJ update
Nov 19, 2002, 15:27
Bronco
 
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Weekly MJ update Nov 19, 2002, 15:27
Nov 19, 2002, 15:27
 Bronco
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Ohh segway
Nov 19, 2002, 14:37
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Ohh segway Nov 19, 2002, 14:37
Nov 19, 2002, 14:37
 
Hrm, they are now available. Anyone think itd be funny to see one in the next GTA game? Drive bye's on a segway, hehe. Or see cops on them cruising around... be amusing to say the least.

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leonid
Nov 19, 2002, 13:05
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leonid Nov 19, 2002, 13:05
Nov 19, 2002, 13:05
 
al and i leaned out of our window at three in the morning and saw streaks of light through the thin and patchy clouds. we only saw a few but it was wonderful.

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Another one of the greats...
Nov 19, 2002, 12:55
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Another one of the greats... Nov 19, 2002, 12:55
Nov 19, 2002, 12:55
 
Man I loved James Coburn! Great goddamned actor! A mans man. He hung out with Steve McQueen, Bruce Lee, etc. Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint, The Great Escape, Payback, etc.
Such a cool voice.

Need to toss in a Coburn quote. This is him-Sedgewick-and Chuck Bronson-Danny-in the Great Escape.

Sedgwick: Danny, you speak Russian?
Danny: A little, but only one sentence.
Sedgwick: Well, let me have it, mate!
Danny: Ia vas liubliu.
Sedgwick: Ia vas liubliu. Ia vas liubliu. What's it mean?
Danny: I love you.
Sedgwick: I love you! What bloody good is that?
Danny: I don't know, I wasn't going to use it, myself

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2001 Leonids was the show to see
Nov 19, 2002, 12:22
Jim
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2001 Leonids was the show to see Nov 19, 2002, 12:22
Nov 19, 2002, 12:22
Jim
 
I didn't bother going outside- it was too windy in Providence last night, but a few gazes out the window between 3 and 6am revealed nothing. Although I did manage to catch my first view or Mars this season.

BTW, the Leonids meteor shower is every year around Nov 17-19, and the peaks are every 33 years with the return of the parent comet (Tempel-Tuttle I think). Where this "several hundred years" thing came from all of a sudden I'm not sure, but it seems to be new to this years shower.

Jim
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Meteor shower
Nov 19, 2002, 10:45
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Meteor shower Nov 19, 2002, 10:45
Nov 19, 2002, 10:45
 
Hey, Blue, I did get to see some in my neck of the woods this morning as I emabarked for work (I leave at 4:50AM). Not a lot of them, but enough to keep me looking up as I headed down the driveway to my garage. I live in rural Mass. by the way.

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Shower
Nov 19, 2002, 10:30
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Shower Nov 19, 2002, 10:30
Nov 19, 2002, 10:30
 
I watched for a few hours, I go to college in DC. It had it's moments, but I saw nothing spectacular. Pretty slow, but when it picked up for a few seconds here or there it wasn't bad. In fact it rivaled a few I saw in rural(Zero light)Pennsylvania years ago before I started school.

-Heatwave
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-Heatwave
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OMG it's a small world
Nov 19, 2002, 09:37
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OMG it's a small world Nov 19, 2002, 09:37
Nov 19, 2002, 09:37
 
The Buzz Lightyear story - that's my home town. When I read gaming sites in the US I don't expect to get the same stories that I hear from my Mum (Mom) out of the local weekly paper

And yes, Woolworths is still going strong in the UK (are there any left in the US?)

p.s. It was cloudy here too - did anyone see anything?

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Wasn't much to see here
Nov 19, 2002, 08:43
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Wasn't much to see here Nov 19, 2002, 08:43
Nov 19, 2002, 08:43
 
There weren't any clouds in the sky, but at best around here there would have been about 2 every minute or so around 4:30 in the morning. DFW area.

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