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Standingstones

Celestial
It amazes me that with all the money the government wastes that we actually have something that was worth spending money on. The Hubble Space Telescope has been around since 1990. We have been able to look at deep space photos for thirty years. Thank God someone did something smart for a change.

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wwkirk

Celestial
It amazes me that with all the money the government wastes that we actually have something that was worth spending money on. The Hubble Space Telescope has been around since 1990. We have been able to look at deep space photos for thirty years. Thank God someone did something smart for a change.

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It's also impressive that it has lasted as long as it has. A few years ago they talked about retiring it.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
Saturn, the Moon, Jupiter and it's Moons all in 1 capture! A “Once in a lifetime photo” by Scott Wilson.

 

wwkirk

Celestial
Someone bought Annette Funicello's 1957 Ford Thunderbird and didn't even know it
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pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
I hadn’t realized it was Bring a Trailer. Jeez. Like George Washington’s axe, eh? The head and handle have been replaced but it’s the same axe
 

wwkirk

Celestial
I hadn’t realized it was Bring a Trailer. Jeez. Like George Washington’s axe, eh? The head and handle have been replaced but it’s the same axe
An earlier name to that conundrum is The Ship of Theseus, a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. It's one of the oldest problems in the history of philosophy. From Wikipedia:

The particular "ship of Theseus" version of the thought puzzle was first introduced in Greek legend as reported by the historian, biographer, and essayist Plutarch:
The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned from Crete had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their places, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.
— Plutarch, Theseus

Here's a recent pop culture reference to it.


 
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The shadow

The shadow knows!
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Samantha will stay at our in laws over the weekend to learn what's it's like to have a few chickens. Yes that's a chicken in the crate.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
Got the old Sun 1020 machine that's been in my brother's dungeon-like basement for decades. He used the cabinet at work for years - it's actually for a different, slightly smaller machine. We have it securely bolted down now and the thing fired right up. Cooling fans set your teeth on edge for a bit but it settles down - the scope works, the vacuum gauge works. It has all it's test leads and dial back timing gun but they are old and brittle and delicate so this thing's just for show. The big cabinet is very useful because I have a small garage. Even put the same SnapOn pinup girl mugs from '91 back on it.
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The shadow

The shadow knows!
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I visited the VFW for my dad's Vietnam unit.
I had more than one man say "your Bob's son. Let me tell you about your old man.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
More show & tell. This is a modern reproduction of an 1858 Remington. Originally a black powder cap and ball revolver - meaning you remove the cylinder, stoke each chamber with FFFg black powder and jam a round lead .44 caliber ball down on top of it. That’s what the lever under the barrel is for. Then stick a little percussion cap on the corresponding nipple sticking out the back of the cylinder. One for each chamber. Shot it that way a fair amount and it was fun but really messy.

After the Civil War but not too long, self contained cartridges started coming into general use. The powder, projectile and percussion cap - now called a primer - is all in one nifty package. Since the cylinder can be removed a different one was developed that holds the cartridges. When the hammer drops it no longer strikes a percussion cap, rather it hits a firing pin in the cap that ignites the primer - each cylinder has one. Modern revolvers are different but for a generation or more these things were the technology of the era. I put a modern Howell 5-shot conversion cylinder in it and hand loaded some very, very mild .45 Colt loads with smokeless powder to approximate the originals. Eventually I'll work up a black powder cartridge load for it. This thing shoots like a dream - very accurate at 25 yards offhand and very little recoil. As deadly as a phaser at close range.
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Looks cooler when he does it:
 
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Dejan Corovic

Celestial
More show & tell. This is a modern reproduction of an 1858 Remington. Originally a black powder cap and ball revolver - meaning you remove the cylinder, stoke each chamber with FFFg black powder and jam a round lead .44 caliber ball down on top of it. That’s what the lever under the barrel is for. Then stick a little percussion cap on the corresponding nipple sticking out the back of the cylinder. One for each chamber. Shot it that way a fair amount and it was fun but really messy.

After the Civil War but not too long, self contained cartridges started coming into general use. The powder, projectile and percussion cap - now called a primer - is all in one nifty package. Since the cylinder can be removed a different one was developed that holds the cartridges. When the hammer drops it no longer strikes a percussion cap, rather it hits a firing pin in the cap that ignites the primer - each cylinder has one. Modern revolvers are different but for a generation or more these things were the technology of the era. I put a modern Howell 5-shot conversion cylinder in it and hand loaded some very, very mild .45 Colt loads with smokeless powder to approximate the originals. Eventually I'll work up a black powder cartridge load for it. This thing shoots like a dream - very accurate at 25 yards offhand and very little recoil. As deadly as a phaser at close range.
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Looks cooler when he does it:


:) Them guns look so skinny.

What about something like this:



apparently it can stop a bear :)
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
:) Them guns look so skinny.

What about something like this:



apparently it can stop a bear :)



Ahhhh. Just what I have been waiting for, more on that tomorrow!

They come in different sizes you know. J, K,L,N. Smith & Wesson revolvers that is. Dirty Harry's .44 was an N frame Model 29. That's an S&W X frame apparently in 50 caliber.
 
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