BoxTurtle

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  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 07:21:45View | Delete

    He may not come out so clean as the end of his term comes about

    *BLAAAAAAAATTTTT* Whitewater, Whitewater, Whitewater. Foster, Foster, Foster. BENGHAZI!!!!!!!! *BLLLLAAATTTTT*

    Boxturtle (There’s Perry’s campaign plan. Complete with the last Trumpet playing!)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 07:03:23View | Delete

    I thought the Chamber was Money and the RNC was the war on women?

    Boxturtle (can’t tell the players apart without a program)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:59:26View | Delete

    Well, why should I even vote?

    because if you don’t vote, you can’t bitch.

    Boxturtle (And I like to bitch about politicians, so I have to vote every time)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:53:08View | Delete

    Two years until the election. Hillary isn’t popular, even with her base. Perry is less of an idiot than most, and if the Jersey Whale crashes and burns he’ll be one of the next tier. Has an billionaire adopted him yet?

    Boxturtle (I don’t think Perry would make a very good pet, but tastes differ)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:50:59View | Delete

    In Texas, anti-abortion is enough to get you elected if your opponent is pro-choice. Even if your opponent advocates eating family pets.

    Boxturtle (I’m more pro-life than most of the Republicans running in Texas and I’m pro-choice!)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:47:14View | Delete

    Techdirt is okay, but they use single source information too often. I’m like you, I gotta verify everything I use from them with another source. But, generally speaking, most of their stories check out.

    Boxturtle (I’d love to say check out better than the NYT, but I’ve never actually checked the NYT)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:17:48View | Delete

    I probably wouldn’t do scientific research using it,

    I’d start there. The citations at the bottom of the articles are where I’d probably end up.

    Boxturtle (really, for science, Wiki is pretty good. Just a tendency to oversimplify)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post The Roundup for September 29th, 2014

    2014-09-30 06:11:21View | Delete

    You’ll never know. It will be the first presidential to be completely redacted.

    Boxturtle (At least at the Bush Library, we can look at his paintings)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 06:03:03View | Delete

    In defense of the internet, Wikipedia is more accurate than Brittanica. WAY more accurate if you exclude articles of religious/political contention.

    And the library still considers the NYT and WaPo to be legitimate newspapers, rather than mouth organs for the Government.

    Boxturtle (That said, I wouldn’t trust a Wiki article that referenced Palin)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:41:58View | Delete

    Pandora is your friend! All you need is an internet connection. And they’ve got a hell of a classical library.

    Boxturtle (They cover a lot of the new composers, who are every bit as good as the classics)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:40:17View | Delete

    There are many things where tubes work better than IC’s and amps are one of them. You can get a much cleaner signal and more of the signal via a tube. Squelch control is a key example, MUCH better under a tube.

    Boxturtle (Tubes can also handle high power better)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:33:37View | Delete

    Ham radio is more reliable that satellites and cannot be easily shut off at a governments whim. It takes quite a setup to broadcast over a satellite, and even more to reach the comsats in geosynchronous orbit. Try to get an uplink transmitter (very tightly controlled since Capt Midnight) or even the parts to build [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:25:54View | Delete

    Any kind of talk radio is a turn off for me, not just hate radio. My mom used to listen to talk stations and you never heard such nonsense in your life as was spewed by the call in listeners.

    Boxturtle (Anybody from the Dayton area remember “Kirk’s Kooks”?)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:23:59View | Delete

    Rain would be nice here, but there’s no chance of anything before Friday. The farmers are gathering their crops in nice dry fields and putting up huge clouds of dust. Old Boy Scout trick: if you see a purple sunset, it means the farmers have been out raising dust in your area. Boxturtle (Dreading when [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Shortwave Radio by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-30 05:18:13View | Delete

    If you don’t stop providing such interesting material, we’ll start expecting it of you and abuse you when you don’t meet your own standard. :-) Ham radio is still very much alive, even if official broadcasting isn’t really happening anymore. During disasters, the best information is coming from Ham radios hooked up to car batteries. [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-29 10:07:05View | Delete

    No, I’m VERY pessimistic. I think they’ll start operating WIPP as soon as they can regardless of if it leaks or is risky or is just plain broken. I think they’ll fill those panels with really nasty stuff not covered under the operating guidelines, drop the roof on it and say it’s too dangerous to [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-29 09:54:46View | Delete

    OK, we effed up with reactor design.

    At the time, those were the best designs we could come up with and a large portion of the design was based on ignorance. We know a lot more now, enough to know that there is really no safe reactor design and there’s no way to dispose of the [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-29 09:49:24View | Delete

    Don’t assume that. The plan may just have been delayed. The USG is under a court order to clean up LLNL and WIPP was the key part of the plan. And it’s obvious they intended much more from WIPP. WIPP is a large precentage of the jobs available in that area and it supports indirectly [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-29 09:30:06View | Delete

    On another note, is this weird or what? At dinner last night we had a discussion with a fellow at the adjoining table, who flew commercial (and I suspect, military as well though he didn’t state it) about “Chemtrails” and he blew it out of the water.

    I can’t watch youtube here and I must confess [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-29 09:27:51View | Delete

    To me, there is greater danger in burning it than there is in storing it. MOX makes a reactor run hotter (and thus reach its end of life sooner), makes for a slightly nastier set of wastes and increases the probability of an incursion in the case of a meltdown. Right now, with our limited [...]

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