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  • // For $100 an hour, I'll just live with the clutter.
  • Quote:"For the past 17 years, Gustin has been making the annual spring trek up narrow steel ladders and into fire towers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. For years, fire towers dotted much of Minnesota's forests but have largely since been abandoned. Most fire spotting is done from the seat of an airplane or helicopter which allows crews to cover more territory.

    Are there many spotters like Gustin remaining?

    "As far as I know, I'm the only tower that still has fire detection out of it," answered Gustin.

    // What a great job.

    (tags: ludditism)
  • Quote:"That clunky, old 35-millimeter actually saved you time. Each roll of film contained no more than 36 photos, which meant that when you ran out, you put the camera down and enjoyed yourself. You were living, not simply photographing living. Sure, it’s great you can now take a picture and e-mail it to a friend. But don’t you get overwhelmed by having to sort (and remove red eyes from) 2,132 photos after every trip? Maybe dropping film off at the drugstore wasn’t such a bad gig after all.

    // I was just thinking, despite the fact our "generational GDP" (as Captain Capitalism would put it) is going down, and we are less productive, the more in a hurry we are. Why?

  • // Interesting; but man I hate slideshows. Who the hell started the Slideshow fad? Enough. Put this crap on one page so I can get on with my life please.
  • // Why isn't Mitch a history prof somewhere?
    (tags: MOB history WWII)
  • Quote:"Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor."

    // Don't mess wit da Union.

  • Quote:"Cummins, the now-retired bishop, told the AP during an interview at his Oakland home that he "didn't really care for" Kiesle, but he didn't recall writing to Ratzinger concerning the case.

    "I wish I did write to Cardinal Ratzinger. I don't think I was that smart," Cummins, now 82, told AP.

    // The actions and internal politics of the Vatican aside, its clear the local Arch-Diocese in these cases were trying to make the right call to remove these people from among the priesthood.

    (tags: catholic)
  • Quote:"And it's all because of a tiny bit of metal — a "paddle" about the width of a human hair, an item that is incredibly small but still something you can see with the naked eye.

    UC Santa Barbara's Andrew Cleland cooled that paddle in a refrigerator, dimmed the lights and, under a special bell jar, sucked out all the air to eliminate vibrations. He then plucked it like a tuning fork and noted that it moved and stood still at the same time.

    // This is both awesome and frightening at the same time. It gives credence to the quantum state multiverse (versus the other multiverse theories) and has real consequencs including communication between universes and time travel (or more accurately, travel between parallel universes that are really similar). For Thomistic philosophers, the teleological (or anthropic) argument is preserved with this particular multiverse theory, just FYI. Michael Crichton's "Timeline" deals with this interesting idea.

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    // Man, if I ever own a house, or have a job that requires thought, I'm using IdeaPaint. Via AG.com