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    19 Hours Ago
    I kept that feed running in the background all day at work, listening to the radio chatter between Mission Control and the crew of Apollo 11. After they began the burn of the main engine in order to decelerate for lunar orbital insertion they passed around the far side of the moon, initiating LOS (Loss Of Signal), during which the spacecraft was cut off from radio communication with Earth. I was surprised when this triggered a memory of the tension that ensued as Mission Control and the world had to wait for Apollo 11 to complete that initial pass around the far side of the moon and emerge on the other side, resulting in AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) and confirmation that the burn had been executed successfully, and that the astronauts were successfully in lunar orbit...rather than having crashed into the moon or slingshot past it toward the sun. I was too young to really understand it, but my father...and Walter Cronkite...explained it to me well enough that I got that it was a critical moment. I was surprised at how viscerally the memory of those minutes of collective breath-holding, and the sigh of relief after hearing the crew finally responding to MC's hails came back while listening to it replayed a half century later.
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    1 Day Ago
    We should send all of the Kardashians to the moon...one-way.
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    1 Day Ago
    This might be fun to start watching (or in my case, re-watching) later tonight when they get closer to the landing: I was 8 years old at the time and was glued to the TV every second that I could be for the entire mission. I don't think I averaged more than 4 hours of sleep per day.
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    2 Days Ago
    You never saw Donald in Mathemagic Land? It's the only reason I know anything about math at all. They covered geometry by calculating the angles of bank shots on a pool table. But it was released in 1959, and math is racist, sexist and homophobic...so I probably require some time in a reeducation camp.
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    2 Days Ago
    How soon you forget...
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    2 Days Ago
    Every time I think I've read the most stupid thing a "news" organization could possible put out, the WaPo and NYT step up with a hearty, "Hold our beers..." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it. <a href="https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf">https://t.co/Mt7rVLgAaf</a></p>&mdash; The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1151494027809886213?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 17, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit <a href="https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7">https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7</a></p>&mdash; The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1151854186386153473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male <a href="https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN">https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN</a></p>&mdash; The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) <a href="https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1151170151427006464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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    3 Days Ago
    My Sharona. Please tell me you pronounced it "jī-rō", just to screw with them. Seriously though, that looks like it was a fun trip.
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    3 Days Ago
    Gas, grass or ass...nobody rides for free.
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    4 Days Ago
    Oops...I thought that was a really big mermaid. You know that raises some questions you probably don't want to answer...right?
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    4 Days Ago
    That's exactly how I imagined the view from a cruise ship would look. It's uncanny.
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    5 Days Ago
    Good move. You're not half as dumb as I look. It pairs well with grilled octopus though. All the Italian you need to know (once you get past the French). Sono affamato!!
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    1 Week Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    +7.5
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    1 Week Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    Speaking of being menaced by local wildlife....sorta'....not really... This is an area on the outskirts of San Antonio. Hikers hid from "wild pigs" in Government Canyon tree, but there were no pigs It sounds like they might have been playing a bit fast and loose with the word "man" in this context.
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    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    You know...in my younger days I probably would have wanted to party with these two. Oklahoma couple allegedly driving stolen vehicle filled with uranium, a rattlesnake, and Kentucky Deluxe That sounds like the basis for a Hunter S. Thompson novel.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread Run, Daniel, Run! in Fishing Chat
    Australia: "Run, bro!" America: "Choot 'im!"
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread For Bluecat.... in Podunk Corner
    +3.1415926
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Good news, everyone! Joe Biden just declared that Russia did not "interfere" in the 2016 presidential election. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">VIDEO - Biden: Russia Election Interference Wouldn’t Have Happened ‘On My Watch and Barack’s Watch’ <a href="https://t.co/rk0yY9tbkc">https://t.co/rk0yY9tbkc</a></p>&mdash; Grabien (@GrabienMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/GrabienMedia/status/1147103888392249344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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    2 Weeks Ago
    DParker replied to a thread For Bluecat.... in Podunk Corner
    While you're doing that important cultural research, given the economic difficulties the country has been experience the past few years, see if you can't answer that age old question: "What's a Grecian Urn?" Oh, and...don't pick up the soap.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    RIP Arte Johnson. He was a veeeery interesting guy. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/arte-johnson-master-of-hilarious-characters-on-laugh-in-dies-at-90/ar-AADOeIv?ocid=spartandhp
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    2 Weeks Ago
    I felt a great disturbance in the Force... 45,000 Barrels of Bourbon Destroyed in Jim Beam Warehouse Fire
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Dick Tator, eh?
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Florida says, "Hold my beer..." Twitter: Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL) says that people who are “making fun of members of Congress” online “should be prosecuted”
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Her district map:
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    2 Weeks Ago
    That is lie of imperialist stooge dogs!
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Well, those *exact* types have been pretty much phased out, yeah. But they've been replaced by improved versions that are still stove-top models, but with enhanced safety versions (better pressure valves, locks that prevent you from opening while they're under pressure, etc.).
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    2 Weeks Ago
    Quite the opposite. They're more popular now than ever, owing mostly to the Instant Pot (and other makes that basically do the same thing). Between greatly enhanced safety features and the "set and forget" functionality provided by the built-in electronics they're so much easier...and safer...to use now that they're even trendier than sous vide cookers. I use the hell out of mine.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    The total cooking time is actually slightly more than 10 minutes, as it takes a few minutes to come up to pressure...which is when the timer starts.
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    2 Weeks Ago
    ...the tally is now: Little brown girl dog - 2 Squirrels - 0 Despite her clear desire for me to smoke this one (that's where she left it) I decided to give the Instant Pot a shot at it instead. After a little salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and 10 minutes at high pressure in a cup of chicken stock this full-grown fox squirrel was as fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious as after 16 hours of sous vide. This is now my favorite small game cooking method. (Full size: https://i.imgur.com/osTf465.jpg)
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    3 Weeks Ago
    Ouch. You can get all those for about 30% less from Amazon...and that's with Jeff Bezos getting his piece of the action.
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