Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Linkage

Random Linkage - July 30, 2008


(Because sometimes there’s not time for a complete post!)

Little Windmills department

The song of the seagull is different these days
    Its cry has turned into a sneer
But no one has noticed the change in the air
    Since all of those turbines came here...
C.G. Hill notes a disadvantage of “renewable energy”

It’s Only a Bailout When You’ve Got a Bucket department

We’re All Gonna Die! department


Al-ee-gators! Read My Lips! department

Canoeists find 3-foot alligator in White River (via Shomes)
(Fortunately it was in Anderson, not Indianapolis.)

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Monday, 28 July 2008

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Not just smoke...


The Schumer letter may have precipitated the death of IndyMac, but even before he wrote it, things weren’t going well in the bank.

Howard found another piece of the puzzle.

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Shiny! Shiny!


Somehow or another I’d missed linking this one.

(In the comments, Turk notes that it’s “an iambic keyer, which means that if both paddles are held down simultaneously it will produce a series of ‘dah-dit.’ So for example, you could send the letter ‘C’ by simply holding down both paddles for two ‘cycles.’”
If you don’t understand that, don’t be surprised.)


Previously:

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Saturday, 26 July 2008

Linkage

Some Cat Tales


Too busy to write right now- so how about some links?


“Just becuz,” a couple of old favorites:

And finally, some Kitty zen

(Sorta) related (in an Edward-Learish way):

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Thursday, 24 July 2008

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Scum

Reviving the casual cruelty of 200 years ago.
An image of three teenagers wanted in connection with the drowning of a cat from Battersea Dogs and Cats home which belonged to HMS Belfast has been released.

Police believe Kilo the cat, which had been adopted by the ship's crew... was thrown from the gang plank connecting HMS Belfast to the dock in London Bridge on February 9 this year.

His body has not been found.

The CCTV image of a boy and two girls was taken from a street camera at the time of the incident. - This is Local London, July 10, 2008: “Teens hunted over drowned ship cat”


Somebody out there knows them.


Elsewhere:
The Sun: Kilo’s Killers Caught on CCTV
Fergus Shanahan:
Sailors, Marines, & Warriors League: Ship’s Cat Thrown in River

Via: “Waterhouse,” commenting at Diamond Geezer

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Monday, 14 July 2008

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Whack! Whack! Whack!


Bill Quick gives Charlie Schumer the William Cowper Brann treatment (so I don’t have to!).

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There are not enough hours, not enough days


...and stuff that deserves a post gets pushed back by the Thing Of The Moment.  So, before this one gets away...

Mark Philip Alger’s blog already has a link in the sidebar, but his series on global warming merits it’s own shout-out before it scrolls too far down his homepage.  If your circumstances require arguing with the Believers, you should make these four (so far) posts a part of your ammo box.

Gentlemen, set your bookmarks:

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We let them take it away


Tam mourns a loss:

I used to go to the airport for fun.  I’d drive down to Hartsfield, ride the train between the concourses for a bit.  Pick a concourse at random and wander down to one of the gates and press my nose against the glass to watch the dance on the ramp and the plane get pushed back...

Damn the bastards who’ve taken that from me.  And don't tell me it was Achmed and Mohammed who took it away; it was the spineless politicians, career-minded bureaucrats and craven voters who immediately went into SNiVeL mode.
I can remember when Weir Cook had an open-air observation deck.


Read the whole thread:

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Saturday, 12 July 2008

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More on the DTV transition


C.G. Hill links to a post by Doc Searls:

If you have an HDTV and live within sight of New York TV station transmitters on the Empire State Building, you can probably pick them up over an antenna on your set or your roof.   In fact, a loop or bowtie antenna will do.  So will length of wire about 5 inches long, attached to the center conductor of your coaxial connection on the back of your set.

But if you live farther away, good luck.  Your old VHF TV station not only won’t have the range it did on VHF, but will probably not have the same range as an old analog signal on the same UHF frequency. It certainly won’t have the same behavior.  The signals tend to be either there or not-there.  They don’t degrade gracefully with increasing “snow,” as analog signals did.  They break up into a plaid-like pattern, or disappear entirely.
Doc believes the advent of digital, and its associated reception problems, will have the unintended consequence of driving even more people away from broadcast television to other forms of delivery.  That concern is shared by people in the broadcast industry.
Speaking on the phone with RF Update..., [Barry] Goodstadt [vice president, Centris] said that... he was surprised by the massive scale of the potential OTA household decline.  Regardless of DTV’s better picture, elimination of multipath ghosting and higher resolution in the case of HD, the digital television transition will significantly decrease the number of OTA households, he said. - Broadcast Engineering: Will DTV Kill Over-the-Air Television?
And if nobody’s using the broadcasts, who needs the broadcasters?

Related (added 080717 22:00):

Previously:

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Category: Movies, Ewwwww


“I don’t know.  Maybe I’m just being overly petulant that what could have been a wonderfully stylish late-Victorian piece is actually going to be full of people going ‘Duuuuuude!’

Via:  C.G. Hill

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