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"Once the turtle has finished a regiment of antibiotics and done healing, it can return to the ocean and chomp on whatever its little heart desires."

That could be bad if it actually survives for long in the wild. Turtles don't "grow up", they just keep growing. The titanium parts, however, won't grow with it.
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I'm recalling the episode of "Mythbusters" where they did myths about jumping to survive a plunging elevator, and how they described the dust and gunk at the bottom of the abandoned elevator they were using as some of the nastiest stuff they'd ever encountered.

#mythbusters   #retrotech   #urbanexplorers  
 
So this guy likes exploring old elevators and elevator motor rooms. Some of these lifts look like deathtraps from an old Bond movie. But this particular video, which explores the motor room of a hotel in Saudi Arabia, reminds me of the sci-fi meme of the travelers who discover long abandoned machinery that was left operating and has been deteriorating over time. I mean, really. Part one of this video, where he explores a nasty service lift, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BulhNT1RUQ
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Didn't they once find a working mainframe server in a walled up room? Some US university, I think.
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As I keep saying about the Moon, we really haven't been there OR done that. Our explorations of the surface, manned and unmanned, are very limited.

#space   #exploration  
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There needs to be a global mandate from the world's leaders that they have to play Pink Floyd the whole way there and back.
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Okay, the guy in this video is clearly struggling to articulate the concept, but he's hit on something important. There's a mechanical aesthetic to design that we've lost in the digital age. We have things that sound pretty and look good, but they lack the heft, the feel, the...

He's right. I don't have the word either, and I'm not actually sure it exists in English, but it should. The fact that we can't readily say it is perhaps why we've lost it. What I'm talking about is the feel of mechanical operation, often taking the superficial form of a click or tick or buzz as something mechanical is moved or operates. It isn't JUST a sound though, as it's usually a combination of both sound and tactile feel, with sometimes a visual element as well.

But I think the tactile part is the most important. You feel it when you wind a good watch, or extend the legs of an old camera tripod and have them click-lock into place, or turn the volume control of an old stereo with detents, or pull back the lever of a good socket wrench, or -- yeah -- play with an old toy robot.

Anybody got a word? If not, we need to make one. 
 
Nostalgia maybe? I totally get where you're coming from and feel much the same; for both the G1 cars as well as clicky-whirry machines from the past...
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Good word, but not specific enough. In fact, to me, while it works on the evocative level, it makes me think the very opposite of
"mechanical."
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SpaceX Missions with Patches to Date
Falcon 1
24 Mar 06 - Flight 1 - FalconSAT-2 - Failure
21 Mar 07 - Flight 2 - DemoSat - Failure
03 Aug 08 - Flight 3 - Trailblazer, PRESat, NanoSail, Explorers - Failure
28 Sep 08 - Flight 4 - RatSat (dummy payload) - Success
14 Jul 09 - Flight 5 - RazakSAT
Falcon 9
04 Jun 10 – Flight 1 – Demo Flight - F9 v1.0
08 Dec 10 – Flight 2 – COTS 1
22 May 12 – Flight 3 – COTS 2
07 Oct 12 – Flight 4 – CRS-1
01 Mar 13 – Flight 5 – CRS-2
29 Sep 13 – Flight 6 – CASSIOPE - F9 v1.1
03 Dec 13 – Flight 7 – SES 8
06 Jan 14 – Flight 8 – Thaicom 6
18 Apr 14 – Flight 9 – CRS-3
14 Jul 14  – Flight 10 – Orbcomm OG2
05 Aug 14 – Flight 11 – AsiaSat
07 Sep 14 – Flight 12 – AsiaSat 6
21 Sep 14 – Flight 13 – CRS-4
10 Jan 15 – Flight 14 – CRS-5
11 Feb 15  - Flight 15  -  DSCOVR
01 Mar 15 – Flight 16 – Eutelsat 115W B & ABS-3A
14 Apr 15 – Flight 17 – CRS-6
27 Apr 15 – Flight 18 – TurkmenSat
06 May 15 - Dragon 2 Pad Abort
http://www.spacex.com/missions
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It's charming and quirky that they have a patch for "we're training how to fail".
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Build your own skyscraper and elevator system. Just stumbled into this. Linux versions too. Looks like a serious potential time sink.
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We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos would be spl... by Liam Spradlin in Exclusives, Google, Leaks, News
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The evolution of the Bikini from the 1890s to 2015.

Model Amanda Cerny showcases the popular female bathing suit styes of every decade from the 1890s to 2015. http://goo.gl/wFY3zn
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I haven't seen the movie yet, but my sense here is that, just like "John Carter," Disney has no idea how to market its own movies, at least if they don't fit neatly into category.

#tomorrowland   #disney  

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Brad Bird's tentpole Tomorrowland has narrowly pulled ahead of blockbuster Pitch Perfect 2 at the Memorial Day box office with an estimated three-day debut of $32.
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I liked it, but it is too optimistic for most.
It seems that most prefer Mad Max.
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Hey cows are famous for having gas.

Enough said about how she got lift. 
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Author of Mystery, Steampunk, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
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  • National best-selling Writer
    1975 - present
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I think, I dream, sometimes I write it down. People seem to enjoy it when I do. www.YorkWriters.com
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(Check out my "Panorama Beach" Florida mystery series, and my "Clockwork Cowboy" steampunk western series, plus other work, at your favorite book or ebook vendor...)

I tell stories.  I'm not a writer.  That's secondary.  I tell stories, and I can tell them in may forms.  Sure, mainly I write prose fiction, novels and short stories, but I could have made movies, or computer games, or shoot photo-cartoons using action figures (and in fact, I've done all those things too.)  It's all storytelling to me.

I am fascinated by the world around me.  I love science, technology, and the way they fit in with the world of people and emotions,

In particular, I have, since I was in infant, been fascinated by space exploration, and I'm a keen observer and commentator of those efforts to this day.  I hoped I'd live to see us land on Mars.  Now I'm just hoping my grand-kids might see it, or something as profound.  

But I see signs of the long log-jam breaking, of new light that might get us off this lovely little ball of rock that we take for granted as our eternal home, and that excites me.

Science, tech, and the human equation, those things are frequently the subjects of my stories, but not always.  I love characters: the quirky, twisted, fascinating possibilities of human existence.  Give me a couple good characters in an interesting setting, and I can run all day without a Big Idea in sight. 

I can be cynical, and I am always sarcastic, but I still believe in the future.  I still believe in truth, justice, and the American ideal.  I believe we can be better than we are.  I believe someday we will be.  I believe in heroes, because they remind us what we could be, if we only tried a little harder.

My wife, Christina F. York tells stories too.  She's written science fiction, fantasy, and romance, but these days she mostly writes mysteries under the names Christy Evans and Christy Fifield, with the second book in her cozy mystery novel series about to hit print.

Two writers, several cats, and a house by the sea.  Now that's an adventure.  Let me tell you the story...

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National-best-selling author of over a dozen published books and many short stories.
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Coastal Oregon
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Chancellor, Alabama - Eugene, Oregon - Seattle, WA - Los Angeles, CA - Vista, CA - Escondido, CA - Hurst, TX - Pensacola, FL - Radcliffe, Kentucky - Renton, WA - Des Moines, WA - Kirkland, WA - Redmond, WA - Seattle, WA
Everything is good and prices are reasonable. Run by a professional diver who knows where the good local fish is (though quality and selection will depend on what is available). Check the specials white-board, as there may be something fresher and tastier than the standard cod and halibut available (fresh rock-fish is my favorite). Recommended for take-out as the dining room is small and not especially comfortable. Food is cooked to order and the kitchen is small, so service can be slow when they're backed up, but generally worth the wait. Definitely the best take-out fish on this part of the coast (tourist favorite Mo's is vastly over-rated). Only the lack of better indoor dining prevents me from giving this five stars.
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