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by Wind_Borne
Sun Feb 22, 2004 2:03 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Really got it going on!
Replies: 216
Views: 60405

After all he is an engineer and voices of dissent create more obstacles for him to work around. ??? Finding an optimal solution to a problem in the face of multiple, contrary constraints is the essence of engineering. May we avoid denegrating whole groups of people, put aside the ad hominem attacks...
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:03 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Really got it going on!
Replies: 216
Views: 60405

Tancorix, thanks for that link. If anyone decides to take up the powered parachute, please get professional instruction. Remember, you don't ever want to fall from more than 15 feet, hit the ground hard, or get run over by a 200 mph plane! I say this as a professional pilot and 'cause I like you guys.
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:46 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tensegrity Bicycle?
Replies: 11
Views: 3357

cabiria, I appreciate the asthetics behind your quest. The problem is that towers are essentially resisting compression from gravity, and not tension as would a suspended foot bridge. Tension in a tower arises mostly from wind or siesmic loads. The loads can be directed downward through the tower by...
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 20, 2004 1:32 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Does Gay marriage=Bush reelection?
Replies: 74
Views: 13804

Stuart, I may be taking rhetorical license with the phrase "about to go bankrupt," but I wouldn't trust it to last 70 years either. It's my life, and my old age -- I have no intention of depending on a Social Security check! You? Taking control of one's own health & financial future is daunting to m...
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:24 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Something for Allanon to REALLY get upset about
Replies: 39
Views: 9593

I think it would be very easy for Americans to use less energy, and if the need is pointed out, it's not that hard to convince them to.
Oh, if it were only so. Yet SUVs grow in number and size; and people spend C-notes to fuel them!
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:19 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tensegrity Bicycle?
Replies: 11
Views: 3357

Here is guy a has been thinking about Tensegrity Bicycles (from http://lists.canonical.org/pipermail/kragen-tol/2002-April/000704.html ) : I want a tensegrity bicycle Kragen Sitaker [email protected].com Sat, 13 Apr 2002 03:24:36 -0400 (EDT) * Previous message: cult software * Next message: Lisp syntax c...
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 17, 2004 7:49 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Does Gay marriage=Bush reelection?
Replies: 74
Views: 13804

May I throw a wrench in the works, please? Perhaps we should just do away with civil-law marriage altogether. The marriage concept that some people worry about protecting is the religious insitution of marriage, not the special case of partnership law that civil marriages represent. How about this: ...
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:38 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tensegrity Bicycle?
Replies: 11
Views: 3357

I have nothing about an actual bicycle, but here some background on the concept: Spoked bicycle wheels are an everyday example of tensegrity structures -- the strength of the wheel comes from the opposing tensions of each spoke working against the others (spokes have almost no compressive strength)....
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Party Loyalty: The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

OK, here's what we need, cynical, intelligent, and politically savvy little marmosets that perch on the shoulder of every candidate, attentively listen to their comments, and interupt their bullshit with pithy retorts like: That's not what you voted for on March 16th, 2003. Yeah? And how are we goin...
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 17, 2004 5:58 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Angry Butterfly
Replies: 5
Views: 1190

Happy Birthday, AB!
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:27 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: are artists born or are they grown?
Replies: 32
Views: 6845

So many good thoughts on this thread! The skillful execution of a creative idea in order to communicate. That's a decent definition. The word skillful culls those that have not mastered the craft aspect of their medium. Communicate conveys the role of art in society: to inform, elucidate, inspire,.....
by Wind_Borne
Sun Feb 08, 2004 7:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Iraq War explained
Replies: 135
Views: 35543

And thanks for your feedback, LaChatNoir.
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:54 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Is Eplaya just an insiders club for 5 people?
Replies: 258
Views: 57354

Oh and a sort of a program from one of the old timers to let the rest of us in on who are the primary personalities and who are there socks so we can know the players would be helpful. Would it matter, really? Would you change your opinions or what you had to say? If your chat partners pass the Tur...
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:47 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Iraq War explained
Replies: 135
Views: 35543

LaChatNoir -- well said. I hope my remarks were taken as a statement of compassion and not emotional flame throwing. I think we went into Iraq too quickly; but Iraq's future will be better for it. I think the Europeans refused to see the genocide in Bosnia; and we were slow push the point. I think w...
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 07, 2004 2:53 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Iraq War explained
Replies: 135
Views: 35543

I would endeavor to kill none. I would endeavor to save those by my action that would have been lost by my inaction. I would pray for the wisdom to see clearly, and the courage to act accordingly. I would accept that I might fail. Your question stirs me to pull Beowulf of the shelf and read it again.
by Wind_Borne
Sat Feb 07, 2004 12:57 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Iraq War explained
Replies: 135
Views: 35543

News today from Iraq: another mass grave uncovered. I'm sure the formerly oppressed ethnic groups in Iraq rejoice in the end of Saddam's horror. They probably care little about WMDs, oil, or Howard Dean's rhetoric. If my neighbor was a cheat and a thief, I would despise him. If my neighbor kept a ca...
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:13 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Idle Chat Thread
Replies: 817
Views: 109649

Those Pebbles, as they're called, are sex toys -- and they vibrate!

Check out this link for more info: http://www.myla.com
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:45 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Idle Chat Thread
Replies: 817
Views: 109649

Mmmm... What an exquisite little toy.
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by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:06 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Party Loyalty: The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
Replies: 4
Views: 1337

Party Loyalty: The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Watching the news and the pundits talk about the election it strikes me that we as a nation have confused politics for sports. Or maybe it's just that we have become so obsessed with sports that we cannot see the world in any other way. Election coverage focuses on who leads, and who trails, on stra...
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:27 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Idle Chat Thread
Replies: 817
Views: 109649

That's the second time that same guy has modified a car into a boat to cross the straights to Florida. Second time he was caught, too. But, hey, it's a cool machine. I think we should let this guy in. Ingenuity like that is just what we need. Some company in Britain is selling an amphibious car for ...
by Wind_Borne
Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:17 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Janet's Superbowl Gag Gone Awrye...
Replies: 50
Views: 9297

Out of proportion? Yes: We don't need to waste a lot of taxpayer money on a big investigation of the affair. Just apply the codified fines and move on. No: The simple fact that parents with kids from all over the country are ticked off is proof of that. Remember that we burners are not representitiv...
by Wind_Borne
Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:51 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How can you jam a GPS device and cell phones!
Replies: 61
Views: 10711

I can assure you, DF, that I have revealed nothing but published FCC regs. and prior art commonly known to radio hams throughout the world. You may be interested to know that PMs do not escape notice. After 9/11 the government implemented a system, which I seem to recall is named Carnivore, that sna...
by Wind_Borne
Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:27 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Janet's Superbowl Gag Gone Awrye...
Replies: 50
Views: 9297

Back on Monday, when everyone was still denying the stunt was part of the planned show, I read an editorial that asked why Timberlake hadn't been arrested for assault. It's good for him that Jackson came forward.

Regardless, Bob's point is well taken -- not something to be teaching the kids.
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:40 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How can you jam a GPS device and cell phones!
Replies: 61
Views: 10711

A couple of decades ago someone published the steps of how to build a nuclear bomb; and the Supreme Court upheld the right to do so under the First Amendment. My earlier post is intended to elucidate. Please note that while a low power transmitter may not need to be licensed, it does not necessarily...
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:28 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Mars- The forbidden Planet!
Replies: 47
Views: 7411

"I've got your 512 MB right here" he says scornfully, reaching for the change pocket of his levis.
by Wind_Borne
Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:23 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How can you jam a GPS device and cell phones!
Replies: 61
Views: 10711

Re: Jamming GPS

I seem to recall that a transmitter of upto 100 milliwatts does not require licensing. So I'm thinking that any such unit transmitting random noise on the frequency that AuldAne identifies below would block the GPS signal locally -- and that's all you need or want. Just enough power to jam the signa...
by Wind_Borne
Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:31 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Mars- The forbidden Planet!
Replies: 47
Views: 7411

I don't know if this is correct, but I read somewhere that the rover has just 128 MB of flash. 128 MB! I have more flash in that little USB memory stick that I stuff into the change pocket of my levis. Now of course the rover was designed and built quite a few years ago, and weight is a constant con...
by Wind_Borne
Mon Feb 02, 2004 1:47 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Janet's Superbowl Gag Gone Awrye...
Replies: 50
Views: 9297

If it wasn't a planned gag, then it was fortunate for Janet's modesty that she was wearing that nipple brooch, or whatever it was.

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But her expression tells me she was not pleased!
by Wind_Borne
Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:58 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: what would be the proper plural of "Burning Man"?
Replies: 28
Views: 9226

Severian wrote:the term for more than one computer mouse is mouses...
Oh. I always thought the term that was hopeless tangle of wires.
by Wind_Borne
Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:26 pm
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: This is for all threads to goto about www.stopburningman.org
Replies: 495
Views: 107176

Now and then I have cause to quote Shakespeare, paraphrase Aristotle, or cite Twain; but I can not recall ever borrowing from Spiro Agnew before. But reading the posts of stopbmorg, Allanon[0-n] and Sparks one phrase comes to mind: What a bunch of Nattering Nabobs of Negativity! Ahhh. Thanks for let...

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