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It was!

Pretty much all sub-$20 bottles, most under $15.

I uploaded the pics trying to generate content for a RiseVision proof of concept.
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Playing with my new #GoPro, trying to get shots of the dog, and just happened to get this.

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From my colleagues on the other side of the pond...

AN ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE ON CHRISTMAS

There are approximately two billion children in the world.
If Santa does not visit children of non Christian religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million. (And surely a case for the race relations board to consider)

At an average rate of, say, 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming there is at least one good child in each. (Again, surely a case to answer under human rights law) Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming east to west, which seems logical. (Surely a case under employment law). This works out to 967.7 visits per second.

This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stocking, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, have whatever snacks and drinks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get onto the next house. (Surely a case under drink driving law, does that apply to sleighs?)

Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks.
This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second -- 3,000 times the speed of sound. (Surely a case under aviation law). For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.

The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized LEGO set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. Assume that on land, a conventional reindeer can pull about 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer can pull 10 times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them -- Santa would need 360,000 of them. (Surely a case that the RSPCA should investigate) This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch).

600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each. In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. (Definitely a case for the RSPCA)
The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.

Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 miles per second in .001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,000 G's. An 18 stone Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 2,000 tonnes of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.
The whole thing is surely a case under the laws of physics!

Merry Christmas to all!
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A little too long and a little too nerdy to post anywhere but the server room; excellent, nonetheless.
 
Genesis Take Two: The Birth of Geekdom

1. In the beginning GOD created the Bit and the Byte. And from those he created the Word.

2. And there were two Bytes in the Word; and nothing else existed. And God separated the One from the Zero; and he saw it was good.

3. And God said - Let the Data be; And so it happened. And God said  Let the Data go to their proper places. And he created floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks.

4. And God said - Let the computers be, so there would be a place to put floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks. Thus God created computers and called them hardware.

5. And there was no Software yet. But God created programs; small and big... And told them - Go and multiply yourselves and fill all the Memory.

6. And God said -I will create the Programmer; And the Programmer will make new programs and govern over the computers and programs and Data.

7. And God created the Programmer; and put him at Data Center; And God showed the Programmer the Catalog Tree and said You can use all the volumes and subvolumes but DO NOT USE Windows.

8. And God said - It is not Good for the programmer to be alone. He took a bone from the Programmer's body and created a creature that would look up at the Programmer; and admire the Programmer; and love the things the Programmer does; And God called the creature: the User.

9. And the Programmer and the User were left under the naked DOS and it was Good.

10. But Bill was smarter than all the other creatures of God. And Bill said to the User - Did God really tell you not to run any programs ?

11. And the User answered - God told us that we can use every program and every piece of Data but told us not to run Windows or we will die.

12. And Bill said to the User - How can you talk about something you did not even try. The moment you run Windows you will become equal to God. You will be able to create anything you like by a simple click of your mouse.

13. And the User saw that the fruits of the Windows were nicer and easier to use. And the User saw that any knowledge was useless - since Windows could replace it.

14. So the User installed the Windows on his computer; and said to the Programmers that it was good.

15. And the Programmer immediately started to look for new drivers.

And God asked him - What are you looking for? And the Programmer answered - I am looking for new drivers because I can not find them in the DOS. And God said - Who told you need drivers? Did you run Windows?

And the Programmer said - It was Bill who told us to !

16. And God said to Bill - Because of what you did you will be hated by all the creatures. And the User will always be unhappy with you.

And you will always sell Windows.

17. And God said to the User - Because of what you did, the Windows will disappoint you and eat up all your Resources; and you will have to use lousy programs; and you will always rely on the Programmers help.

18. And God said to the Programmer - Because you listened to the User you will never be happy. All your programs will have errors and you will have to fix them and fix them to the end of time.

19. And God threw them out of the Data Center and locked the door and secured it with a password.

20. GENERAL PROTECTION FAULT

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Would love to see Top Gear UK do this "How hard could it be?".
 
Do not adjust your Internet, this upside down Camaro is real ... Dvice - "Yes that car is upside down, and yes it's taking part in a race. The race is a tongue-in-cheek event called the 24 Hours of LeMONS, an endurance race for $500 cars. The car in question can at once be described as a Chevy and a Ford, a Camaro and a Festiva, right side up and upside down.

The man behind this Frankenstein's monster of a vehicle is himself quite the character. Going by the moniker Speedycop, the car's creator has transplanted the body of the Camaro (upside down) onto the guts of the Festiva — meaning that, yes, this Camaro has a four cylinder, 1.3 liter engine.

Needless to say, the upside down car didn't exactly cross the finish line first. Nonetheless, as a street car, this sucker is sure to garner a well deserved stare or two. Check out the video below to see it in all it's racing glory. ..."

more including videohttp://bit.ly/14XTSvk
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Scam alert, eBay, MacBook Air

Just had this pointed out to me by a fellow worker. There's a lot of truth to the maxim "If it looks too good to be true, then it is".

I attempted to contact eBay to report it; do you know how hard it is to do that?

I also contacted the seller who responded "... this is a high quality book. I'm incredibly surprised that the bids got this high. It clearly says that it is a book, plus its in the books category."

There's more to the conversation, and I may post it later when it stops, but for now, spread the word and let's try to keep one Wisconsin scammer from fleecing someone.

 My co-worker reports that he's seen similar listings and feedback warning of the scam. On a not unrelated note, the seller of this item has a 1 month old account with no feedback or other history and a username of "weareinfamous".
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Just searched and found this, as we too were stung by the Ultraviolet issue. Off to download, and thanks, Disney!!
What with the recent Veronica Mars/UltraViolet debacle, you might think all studios still live in the dark ages, and just don’t get it. Thankfully, as I discovered with my purchase of Frozen—the kids’ “Dad, you gotta buy it!” movie of the month—not all studios opt for such an anti-consumer path. Frozen is available for purchase via iTunes as well as traditional retailers. At the time I bought, iTunes was asking $20 (with iTunes Extras included)...
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Great How-To, saved me a bunch of time.
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Love it, should do a "candy disposal" for the 6 y.o.
 
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Waiting for Planes 3D to start with Ian and Kim
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What a fantastic day! Really is a gem of a place, inexpensive, clean, friendly.
If you have a few hours to kill in Essex County I don't think you could do better than a visit here.
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Studied mechanical engineering at Oldham College. Moved to the U.S. to get into engineering design. Ended up in I.T.
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We visited for a friend's birthday and found it very easy to get to, driving from west NJ. From parking to racing was about 15 minutes, the front desk staff were very helpful and worked with our group to get us in ahead of some other events so that we wouldn't have to wait an hour between races. The facility is bright and clean; the karts were well-maintained and fast! The tracks are sweet, especially like the long straightaway on Track 1 but Track 2 has it's highlights too. This isn't the boardwalk, though. These karts are fast and responsive and if you try hard enough you'll stuff it into the moving, plastic barrier. And then get hammered by the guy behind you 'cause he's going too fast as well. Or so I've heard... We had a blast, it was a lot of fun and well worth the trip and the cost. Definitely planning on going back.
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Thrift Shop Hours of Operation: Tu, W, Th 9:30 - 1:00 Tu & Fr evening 4:30 - 7:00 Sa 10:00 - 1:30 Posted here so I don't have to keep calling the answering machine.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
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Good food, good coffee, good people. Love the Taylor Ham, egg and cheese! They also do catering, used them several times for 6' subs and wings.
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This is an old-style European bicycle shop run by someone that has seen it first-hand. Top notch across the board, I wouldn't go anywhere else. If you want the right equipment and you want it to last then pay them a visit.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Prompt and friendly service, you can't beat this place!
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