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How To Use BellGab / Employer blocked access to Bellgab today
« on: March 24, 2017, 06:33:12 PM »
Guess someone in Net Ops checked out the Falkie thread. ;D

Random Topics / Coursera
« on: February 19, 2017, 08:52:22 PM »
A couple of years ago I signed up for the Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies class over on Coursera.   It was purported to cover "the topic of the use of Images, Film, and their use in historical interpretation in the 20th century. It is primarily provided for those who have a general interest in history that draws on photojournalism as primary evidence, and films based on historical events."

It seemed interesting and the courses are free on Coursera if you do not want a certificate so I signed on up.  The class was taught by a guy named Emmett Sullivan out of the University of London.  It was clear from the get go that he had not put in the work up front that was necessary.  While the topic was interesting the lectures were more like a Falkie haul video then anything - he just kind of winged it said whatever came to mind.  His conclusions seemed dubious and it was evident that the class was a royal goat screw.

Things got even more Falkie-like on the forum associated with the class.   The instructor obviously had never spent much time in online forums as he seemed oblivious to trolling and he would swallow the most outrageous statements made by the students hook, line and sinker.   After about two weeks into the class it was touch and go as to whether it would continue or not.  The instructor indicated that the schools Administration was looking on and were none to pleased. 

Then the instructors account got hacked and the forum entered a surreal state where you never knew who was who.   I was real busy with work and life and couldn't justify the time sink.   

I've noticed that the instructor must have persevered as there is a new section of Film, Images & Historical Interpretation in the 20th Century: The Camera Never Lies starting up in early March so I am going to give it another go.

Radio and Podcasts / Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Collossal Podcast!
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:11:22 PM »
I have really enjoyed a number of the episodes of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Collossal Podcast!

Gottfried's voice and laugh is indeed horrid but he has had some wonderful guests from the entertainment world on.  A number of them are getting up there in years but have some great stories to tell.

A few of my favorite episodes are Rich Little, Hal Linden, Bob Einstein and Burt Ward

Random Topics / Going to snow here in Raleigh
« on: January 06, 2017, 10:57:52 PM »
Looking at perhaps 8 to 12 inches.  Last time Raleigh got a little snow, the city didn't handle it well

Random Topics / Interesting Used Cars
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:24:04 PM »
Willy's interest in a red Pontiac Fiero lead to this find:

31,000 original miles.    $6,500

So any other interesting Used Cars out there?

Random Topics / Fire in Gatlinburg
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:14:46 PM »
View from inside a hotel in Gatlinburg, TN - looks horrible

Random Topics / New Guinea Singing Dogs
« on: November 26, 2016, 09:55:34 PM »
Mrs. Walks and I visited this little ramshackle "Zoo" today.

They had a little bit of this and that, most of it was pretty standard fare - Racoons, Porcupines, Emus, snakes
and what not.  They also had some New Guinea Singing Dogs.  I had never heard of them before but
they fired up for us and gave us a neat chorus.   Sounded just like this:

How To Use BellGab / Bellgab comes alive - Part Deux
« on: November 05, 2016, 09:47:29 PM »
Good to see the forum alive again!

How To Use BellGab / Bellgab comes alive
« on: October 07, 2016, 12:35:15 PM »
Good to see the forum somewhat healthy again!

Looks like the former US Navy  HSV-2 Swift was zapped overnight by Houthi rebels in the narrow
Bab al-Mandab strait off of the coast of Yemen.  The Swift was hit with a Chinese  Yingji-82 anti-ship
missile - reports are mixed.  Some claim the vessel has sunk, some say it was damaged, some say no
sailors were hurt and others say 100 were killed on board.   The video below doesn't look good for the Swift.

The Swift was in US service from 2003 to 2013 and is/was now being used by the United Arab Emirates
and was supposedly was carrying medical supplies to Aden in Yemen.

Here is the video of the Swift being struck - plenty of Admiral Ackbar's after the missile hit pay dirt:

The HSV-2 Swift in happier times:

Chinese  Yingji-82 Eagle Strike Anti-Ship Missile:

Random Topics / War Birds
« on: September 19, 2016, 07:59:24 PM »
One of the other threads wandered off topic into this area and it seemed as if there was
enough interest to warrant a thread of its own.

Random Topics / Krass and Bernie
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:52:34 PM »
Any K & B fans out there?

Found a few episodes here on
Hopefully there is no issue linking to 'em

Politics / Gov. Gary Johnson
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:10:31 PM »
Looks like Johnson has just thrown his hat in the ring.   Looks like he'll be up against John McAfee for the LP nomination.   
To me the third party presidential debates are the only fun part of the presidential election process.  I never miss 'em.

Radio and Podcasts / Solaris Blueraven - Hyperspace
« on: December 22, 2015, 08:02:34 PM »
Anyone listening to the network right now?   

What the devil is going on with Solaris' show?  There is some dude talking about busting in Vietcong skulls over in Cambodia during the war and all kinds of things along those lines and she keeps going "uh huh.....   right......."

She is usually so new agey........    Wondering if her guest just went rogue on her and she doesn't know how to deal with it. 

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