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Let's be real about warming ties with Russia: Donald Trump is already asking a lot of the scotch tape holding his ties together. Warming is not going to help on that front.
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Whoops.

I recently purchased a huge cabinet of thousands of watch parts which originally came from an estate sale. As I was going through the drawers I found a small tube of radium paint for watch hands and dials.

I've come across plenty of radium dials on vintage watches before, but never an actual source of the stuff. I got out my geiger counter and checked the box, tube, and drawer and sure enough they're all contaminated. The drawer interior's contamination is fairly localized and not much radiation escapes when it's closed. Probably not worth worrying about except for the primary material itself.

I don't have any good excuse for hanging onto this, but I also don't really want to transport it to a hazardous waste collection facility either.

I have no idea if this tube is even still any good, anyway. And while I'd be curious to experiment with restoring some old dials, there's also this persistent voice in the back of my head telling me not to be a fucking idiot.
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My immediate thought is where one might apply small amounts of radium paint to best effect.
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Dear Google,

For the love of god, don't do this to us.  The new interface is still terrible.  And yes, I've tried multiple times to get used to it.
 
"The version you're using will be replaced soon. Click here to switch to the new Google+."

NO
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Sometimes I wonder if they keep the iOS version broken to try to drive Android sales.
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Swatch Irony "Body & Soul" (YAS100G), introduced in the fall of 1997 though this one is a later production run.

Skeletonized ETA 2841-1 movement, 21 jewels, automatic wind. The pallet fork is blue plastic. In some later runs the escape wheel is plastic as well, but in this one it is still steel.
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They mostly made quartz watches but they also made several dozen automatic watches in the late 90s, plus the "Irony" line that had steel cases instead of plastic. I still have a couple of the plastic ones, but mainly one I made out of several others into a sort of minimalist design. I'll post that one later.

Today, Swatch's line of automatics is called "Sistem51", a movement made of just 51 parts and completely assembled by machine. Most movements still require some hand assembly and tuning. These are riveted together in such a way as to defy disassembly or servicing. If they break or wear out you're supposed to just replace them. Considering they're not really much cheaper than the lower finished ETA movements they used to use, I'm not impressed.
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Phrase I am surprised not to have seen in the past couple of days: yellow journalism.

But I didn't go out of my way to look for it.
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I was in Moscow in May 2016. Didn't like the look of that Ritz-Carlton place. Seems my instinct was right.
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Per a conversation at work, my bugout vehicle of choice in the case of an EMP event would be a 1967 MG B, which wouldn't be disabled by the pulse but probably still wouldn't start anyway.
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My favorite internet era one was the Lucas Replacement Wiring Harness Smoke Kit FAQ:
"Once I have re-introduced the smoke, do you warranty that it's system will resume operating at the speed of dark?"
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Nuclear winter would qualify as anthropogenic climate change too.
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The urban heat island also qualifies as anthropogenic climate change.
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Whoa.  I didn't see this coming.

Thanks, Obama.  No, really.
The Army intelligence analyst convicted in a massive 2010 leak of security documents is set to be freed in five months instead of in 2045.
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I'm glad to hear it. He actually did signal that he might a couple of days ago. There was YA call in campaign.
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QOTD: "To prove you are not a robot, injure a human or through inaction allow a human to come to harm."
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Just encountered about four capchas last week: I would have been in jail.
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I've had these matryoshka dolls since I was a kid. I'm guessing they were made in the late 60s or very early 70s.
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Since you were a kid? So that's the 1860s? :)
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Want: a set of russian prime minister/premier matryoshka dolls in which trump is the innermost doll.
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I don't think I can get around to this until late February. Must figure out where I stashed the ModgePodge...
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My favorite vegetable.
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+Nick Alcock aleph-null bottles of beer on the wall ...

(I'll be here all night...)

(And all of tomorrow night...)

(And all the tomorrow nights ...)

(And that's just the beginning ...)
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specialist in these kinds of things
Skills
yak shaving
Employment
  • Perforce Software
    Release automation developer, 2005 - present
  • Yahoo!
    Software engineer, 2004 - 2005
  • Inktomi
    Toolsmith, 1999 - 2004
  • Netscape
    Unix systems architect, 1996 - 1999
  • Computational Logic
    sysadmin, 1994 - 1996
  • Free Software Foundation
    sysadmin, editor, distribution, 1990 - 1994
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Call me Fishmeal.
Introduction
There are times I find myself suspecting that there is some cruel cosmic deception being perpetrated against me by something akin to descartes' evil genius.   But then I remind myself not to put descartes before the hoax.
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My father was a mathematician and he played the fiddle, so my childhood was full of sets and violins.