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JamesPadraicR

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Kinda/sorta writer, mediocre guitar player.
Librarian for Temple Shalom, Colorado Springs, CO

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cstross, to random
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Given the Trumpenführer's reported incontinence and burger-heavy diet, I'd hate to be the prison officer tapped to give him an intimate body search. They'd probably end up drawing lots then issuing the loser with rubber gloves, waders, and a gas mask.

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@cstross This reinforces my earlier comment about him being under solitary confinement in his gilded bathroom; four years of only seeing his distorted reflection, listening to his own voice reverberating.

gutenberg_org, to books
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American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau died in 1862.

In addition to "Walden," Thoreau is well-known for his essay "Civil Disobedience," which was inspired by his 1846 arrest for refusing to pay poll taxes as a protest against slavery and the Mexican-American War. His political writings later influenced many political leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Books by Henry David Thoreau at PG:
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/54

Original title page of Walden, with an illustration from a drawing by Thoreau's sister Sophia. Title page of the book "Walden; or, Life in the Woods" by Henry D. Thoreau, featuring an illustration of a small cabin surrounded by trees. The page includes a quotation and the publication details, "Boston: Ticknor and Fields. MDCCCLIV (1854)."

JamesPadraicR,
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@gutenberg_org Kinda lost respect for Thoreau when I learned his cabin at the pond was walking distance from Emerson’s home, where he frequently had dinner, and his mother did his laundry.

historyofpunkrock, to random
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Favourite 4 album run by a band or artist?
Challenge accepted

Btw the intended artist should be clear 🙂

JamesPadraicR,
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@historyofpunkrock Okay, here’s mine
Alternatively:
Hunky Dory
Ziggy Starsust
Alladin Sane
Diamond Dogs
(skipping Pin Ups since it’s a covers album)
Really any 4 Bowie albums, minus a couple from the 80s.

Album cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.
Album cover of David Bowie’s Lodger.
Album cover of David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).

cstross, (edited ) to random
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I have seen part of, one, or both of the Doctor Phibes movies (The Abominable Dr Phibes, and Doctor Phibes Rises Again):

JamesPadraicR,
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@cstross Pretty sure I’ve seen both, many years ago. Definitely remember the 2nd one, and parts of the 1st. I’ve always liked campy Vincent Price films. Still remember being a surprised 12yo (early 80s) when the local Jacksonville FL TV station didn’t edit out the nudity in Scream And Scream Again.

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@cstross Last night I found that the 1st Phibes film is on the Internet Archive, so I’ll be rewatching that this weekend.

https://archive.org/details/the-abominable-dr.-phibes

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@cstross Watched it last night; definitely had seen it decades ago, remembered a few things differently.
I have questions. Firstly, how’d the key get implanted in the son without leaving a fresh incision? Must have been put there some time earlier. What’s with the Brussels Sprouts? And so on.

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@cstross Just found it on youtube, so that’s tonight’s viewing sorted. Have to keep an eye out for that.
I also had a question about the alternate version of the 10 plagues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OiExTyoQdc

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@cstross With a sandblaster!
Considering they had a couple of the same actors in different roles, I wouldn’t be surprised if they used the same prop.

coreyspowell, to science
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To your eye, Betelgeuse is the bright "shoulder" star in Orion. A new simulation shows what it would look like if you could get up close: an enormous, boiling cauldron of gas.

If Betelgeuse were placed where the Sun is, Earth's orbit (blue circle) would be deep inside. That's how big it is!

https://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/1094283/hl202403

Simulation of Betelgeuse’s boiling surface: This animation shows a simulation of how convection dominates the surface of a Betelgeuse-like star. (MPA)

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@coreyspowell Reminds me of the high-speed photos of atomic bomb tests.

JamesPadraicR,
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@coreyspowell Yes! This video, at 1:40 is what I was thinking of. Should have guessed it was a hydrogen bomb.

https://youtu.be/lOqDkhekLks?t=103

GreatDismal, to random
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JamesPadraicR,
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@GreatDismal Good. I hate it when they adapt books to shows, and leave them open-ended so they can keep having new seasons and milk it dry.

historyofpunkrock, to punk
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45 years ago today
Wendy O Williams of the group the Plasmatics, puts her fingers in the mouth of a fan at CBGB during a concert, New York, March 1, 1979.

Photo by Allan Tannenbaum

JamesPadraicR,
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@historyofpunkrock I’m tempted to say the fan is Bowie.

Nonilex, to Russia
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JamesPadraicR,
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@Nonilex So, by their ‘reasoning’ Putin should invade us to reclaim Alaska and other spots along the west coast?

historyofpunkrock, to random
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The inaugural No Values Festival is bringing legendary punk bands together for a single-day event at the Pomona Fairplex on Saturday, June 8, 2024

😱 what a bill ‼️⬇️

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historyofpunkrock, to punk
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22 years ago today
'Don't Worry About Me' is the first album released by Joey Ramone as a solo artist, released posthumously on this day in 2002, less than a year after his death.

JamesPadraicR,
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@historyofpunkrock Good album, though I think Joey would be disappointed with what right-wing nut Bartiromo has turned out to be.
The second ‘solo’ album that came out a few years later was terrible.

georgetakei, to random
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@georgetakei No wonder Angelina doesn’t have anything to do with him.

gutenberg_org, to science
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How Einstein built on the past to make his breakthroughs

The iconic physicist’s theories of relativity and atomic motions were not so revolutionary, a penetrating history argues.

By Helge Kragh via @Nature

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00171-z

JamesPadraicR, (edited )
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@gutenberg_org @Nature That Einstein built on ideas from others isn’t new, see David Bodanis’ book E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation. And it doesn’t tale anything away from his achievement bringing the concepts together into something greater, and seeing the consequences.

georgetakei, to random

Bundle up!

JamesPadraicR,
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@georgetakei Or stay inside.

gutenberg_org, (edited ) to physics
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Isidor Isaac Rabi, physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944 died in 1988.

He eventually took on the problem of determining the nuclear spin and associated magnetic moment of sodium. Throughout the 1930s, Rabi improved the molecular beam method and used it to gather increasingly accurate values for the nuclear spin of atoms, including hydrogen and deuterium. The work culminated in the magnetic resonance method, which is the basis for magnetic resonance imaging.


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JamesPadraicR,
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@gutenberg_org An old Jewish joke: A little boy comes home from his first day at school. His grandmother greets him and asks “So, bubbele what did you learn in school today?”
He answers “I learned my name is Irving.”

Green_Footballs, to random
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One might be tempted to conclude that the swatting of Judge Chutkan and this earlier one targeted at Jack Smith might be connected. Somehow. In some way. To some person we all might know. Is what I’m thinking.

https://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/53318_Tonights_Holy_Shit_News-_Speci/comments

JamesPadraicR,
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@Green_Footballs “It’s a complete mystery.”

RickiTarr, to random
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Today's theme is Normal!

You can take this test to see how "Normal" you are, and also how radically left wing you are! LOL Please share the results if you feel like it, or do nothing at all, because it really doesn't matter!

https://www.idrlabs.com/4-axes/test.php

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@RickiTarr Okay, here’s mine.
Have to say I’m rather annoyed with using the Statue of Liberty for right-wing. A statue of a woman, a gift from another country, with a pro-immigrant poem written by a Jewish woman. Seems anathema to the right o me.

cstross, to random
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Thought for the day: Air Fryers are obviously the next instar (larval stage) of the venerable Instant Pot. They seem to have hatched from the 1980s Food Processor and they're on an ontological road to somewhere ... so what do they mature into next? Microwave ovens? Or something new and terrifying?

JamesPadraicR,
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@cstross Nah, air fryers are an offshoot of convection ovens that evolved with limited resources, so they are small enough to fit on a kitchen counter.

stevesilberman, to random
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"My only regret is that I shot myself before I could sign a copy of this thrilling book for Herr Trump's bedside table." - Adolf Hitler

Jacket copy for the special "Never Surrender!" MAGA edition of "Mein Kampf."

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@timswan @stevesilberman In Ivana’s memoir, she said he kept the Collected Speeches of AH on the night stand.

JamesPadraicR,
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@timswan @stevesilberman Ivana, I was going by my memory of a review I’d read when the book came out. Couldn’t find the review, but here’s another article, and there’s more recent stories out now about an interview she gave.

https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-ex-wife-once-said-he-kept-a-book-of-hitlers-speeches-by-his-bed-2015-8?op=1

shaknais, to random
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"... one of the astronauts who went to the moon said one of the best parts about landing on the moon was that he could actually take a shit. Being in zero gravity fucks with your digestive system so he said he hadnt taken a proper shit for the whole ride there."

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