Started by Kate the Bionic Uterus, December 20, 2013, 11:35:32 PM
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Quote from: Camazotz Automat on July 10, 2014, 05:07:05 AMoff topic...This.Shatner's ego in the flesh/stone. Eerily foreshadowing GWAR's front man, recently deceased:The giant android you see in back ground of the b_dubb/Kirk picture is Ted Cassidy, better known as "Lurch" in the Addams family. In the beginning, he worked as a disc jockey in my neck of the woods, WFAA-AM Dallas. And he was one of the first newsmen of WFAA-TV to interview W.E. Newman, Jr. and Gayle Newman on the day of the Kennedy assassination.On Star Trek he voiced both the Gorn commander as well as the aggressive voice of Baylok. Easily two of my favorite fun episodes.He also played Bigfoot on the Six Million Dollar Man. (the later Bigfoot episodes... the first two-parter being played by Andre the Giant.)Just scanning the wik, I was stunned by all the things to which he was connected. Even his cremated remains leave on a high note (shades of Crowley and Castaneda) and play a mysterious role... "buried in the backyard of his Woodland Hills home. The exact location of his remains is unknown."One hell of an interesting person whose acting career began in Dallas, with AM radio being a seed to his great success.Six Foot.Nine Inches.He died the same year Phantasm came out. One Tall Man leaves, another enters...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_CassidyHere's a coincidence to hurt your head: I'm thinking of Cassidy and wondering, in the back of my mind, if he somehow influenced Coscarelli's Phantasm in some subtle way.So I googled "Don Coscarelli" and "Ted Cassidy" and found gold.Flash forward to 2005 when Cosacrelli directed a Masters of Horror episode called Incident On and Off a Mountain Road.In that flick, the serial killer, "Moonface" is played by John DeSantis. (Tall Man Agnust Scrimm also appears in this MOH episode.)John DeSantis played LURCH in The New Addams Family series 1998-1999.How TALL is John DeSantis?YES.Six Foot.Nine Inches.BAM!Proof Coscarelli's Tall Man was influenced by Cassidy? Hardly.Just fucking weird, man.
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on July 10, 2014, 09:37:53 AMI've read a little about him, and he was definitely a fascinating person. I really enjoy the scenes where he plays harpsichord in the Addams Family, with his expression of of utter rapture and the graceful hand flourishes. Speaking of which, he also lent his hand to the portrayal of Thing in most of the scenes in which it appeared. And he played Harvey Logan, the guy who challenges Paul Newman to the knife fight in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Quote from: Camazotz Automat on July 10, 2014, 09:59:28 AM(and then, I admit it, Trelane from Star Trek came to mind.)
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on July 10, 2014, 10:46:43 AMYes, the good Squire, played by William Campbell, who also appeared as the Klingon Captain Koloth in "The Trouble With Tribbles." Another fun fact: his ex-wife, Judith Campbell Exner, was the mistress of Mafia kingpin Sam Giancana and also had a fling with JFK. Some assassination theorists believe that was one of the reasons JFK was killed.
Quote from: wotr1 on July 09, 2014, 11:26:13 PMNo, no... I must have mistyped that. What I meant was that the general layman believes would be the most important piece of equipment in your field only uses twice as much energy as a completely useless process called "bitcoin mining." What produces only heat is a bitcoin miner. Feed 1000 megawatt hours into it each day and come away with a few "newly minted" bitcoins.I was simply meaning that you may find it particularly depressing to think that people spend 50% of the energy necessary to run such an amazing piece of technology that really does teach us something to product bitcoins (and heat...) As a matter of fact, add in all of the other cryptocurrencies and the air conditioner (many large "farms" are hosted in data centers) and I bet the energy used to mine for virtual coins is more than that used to power the collider. Hell, I find that thought depressing (and I run a miner in the corner...)Can you imagine if people actually spent some of the time, effort, money an energy that is wasted on bitcoin to produce something useful. (As mentioned, there is talkcoin and curecoin that seem to suggest that at least there are a few people asking if the hundreds of PH could be used to produce something useful...)I really did not mean to suggest that the Hadron collider only produced heat- and I only brought the collider up because the comparison between it and bitcoin was used as example of the massive waste of energy and was quoted in Forbes and Bloomberg awhile back. I found it an interesting comparison between energy used for a purpose and energy wasted. There was also a comparison to how many homes it would power... but that is useless as many people waste huge amounts of energy and it does not drive home the point nearly as well. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-12/virtual-bitcoin-mining-is-a-real-world-environmental-disaster.html ***Edit: is the Hadron collider really the most important thing in your field of work... or are there things that are not as discussed or hyped in the media that are more important?***
Quote from: Agent : Orange on July 10, 2014, 05:52:42 PMThose are some terrifying statistics. The LHC is pretty much the cutting edge right now. My specific field is astronomy related so the Hubble, Chandra and other space-based observatories are most important to me personally.Sorry, I must have missed what Curecoin and Talkcoin are? And how many coins have you mined up personally?
Quote from: wotr1 on July 10, 2014, 10:40:06 PMHowever, the smile that it affords me every time I look at the miner is worth it to me.
Quote from: Camazotz Automat on July 10, 2014, 11:56:40 PMI get a kick out of sometimes allowing a randomizer to run when I am not at the computer. It's nothing to do with mining, but is some abandonware that Art used to talk about, called Shape Changer. It tracks "hits" over time and provides a detailed, chronological report for experiments similar to the famous "Princeton Eggs." I don't know why I like it so much, but I do.
Quote from: Mind Flayer Monk on July 11, 2014, 12:43:06 AMI am very interested in this. Do you know how I can get it/learn more about it?
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on July 11, 2014, 12:30:56 AMToo bad that technology wasn't around in the seventies, because that would have been an immensely popular dorm room poster. It would also make a hell of a challenging jigsaw puzzle. Hope you're just getting started, because the possibilities for making cool stuff with that are endless.
Quote from: Camazotz Automat on July 11, 2014, 03:00:38 AMThe selection is limited to the 48 images in the program, but that's enough for a large variety of results. Eight of those are straight out block colors, no image.But I wanted to see if it would allow me to modify. I substituted some of the native files with my own images and it would not recognize my images. I am assuming this is because any two images have to have exact specs to qualify as farm-ready random input and that what I switched in was incompatible to the math used. This only lends credence to it being a legitimate randomizer, and not just some "digital blending" of any two images. It's really checking each pixel for the images used and documenting a true comparison.The program can also be used as a glorified coin flip, as it also allows two people to log on and pick targets for a specified round and it keeps separate records to compare as to who scored the highest during a defined run/race.If it accepted custom images, I think the famous Farrah Fawcett poster juxtaposed to Boris Karloff as The Monster would be an iconic method to detect a quantum disturbance. "Feed my.... Frankenstein........." - Alice Cooper
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on July 11, 2014, 06:08:43 PMCam, I know what Fawrloff looks like. It was right there in front of us the whole time.
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Quote from: Camazotz Automat on July 10, 2014, 11:56:40 PMI get a kick out of sometimes allowing a randomizer to run when I am not at the computer. It's nothing to do with mining, but is some abandonware that Art used to talk about, called Shape Changer. It tracks "hits" over time and provides a detailed, chronological report for experiments similar to the famous "Princeton Eggs."
Quote from: wotr1 on July 15, 2014, 04:20:53 AMI honestly love this site. Nowhere else will I ever run across somebody running this software.I had never heard of abandonware until a few weeks ago when I read a journalists attempt to use DOS for a day on his computer with netscape? and he talked about abandonware. It brought me back to a strange time before icons and when even microsoft used DOS as a base...
Quote from: Agent : Orange on July 15, 2014, 05:38:05 AMhahaI'm guessing it was this one http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/07/dos-boot-ars-spends-a-day-working-in-freedos/
Quote from: Kate the Bionic Uterus on September 12, 2014, 01:07:20 PM As I have predicted; U.S. federal trade commission watchdogs approve trading Bitcoinhttp://online.wsj.com/articles/teraexchange-launches-bitcoin-derivatives-exchange-1410543989This news was just posted online only 30 minutes ago. I can hear the foreheads dropping onto the desks as I type this with groans of, "I should of listed to that bitch." Well you should of. Instead you chose to the predictable path of negativity and you got exactly what you deserved... nothing. While 99.9% of the membership of Bellgab dismissed cryptocurrencies and one member even declaring that this was the year it would jump the shark (still laughing at that one), what you missed out on was the crime of the decade. While everyone thought that all the problems with exchanges over seas and with the fbi silk road busts that the value of bitcoin would keep falling to zero, you missed out on the incredible buying opportunity that revealed itself right in front of your eyes.As I yelled and screamed for everyone to wake the fuck up you were just too dumb to listen and recognize the greatest financial opportunity since the dot com craze of the 90's. So who was listening? Post after post I link articles of investors and financial groups investing billions of dollars into the framework and structure but the regular old man's brigade kept drinking and dribbling their regular bullshit. There was only ONE man who stepped up and said maybe she knows what she is talking about. Don't worry about it guys. There will be another outstanding and even more financially fluid opportunity coming around in about 30 years. So you'll all have the chance to repeat your brilliance and do the exact same thing. At that time I'll be retiring off of the profits from the investments I have made into the capital management companies (some of which I listed in this thread) that have been major players. So how many of you even own any bit coins? Oh well then. Keep drinking and smoking weed. The aliens will be landing soon
Quote from: Kate the Bionic Uterus on September 12, 2014, 01:07:20 PM As I have predicted; U.S. federal trade commission watchdogs approve trading Bitcoin
Quote from: zeebo on September 12, 2014, 09:54:55 PMI honestly thought about buying a bitcoin or two, just on a lark. But I really couldn't figure out how to do it. One guy wanted you to send him something weird like a deposit slip from your bank filled out by hand as part of some five step process. I gave up and decided to stockpile Carnivora & Dinovite instead.
Quote from: onan on September 12, 2014, 02:02:06 PMI told ya so!would have been more efficient.
Quote from: Georgie For President 2216 on September 12, 2014, 04:30:06 PMMmm.. still only at $470 -- about as low as it's been since May. Unfortunately I could only afford half a bitcoin back in January or February when it was still over valued, but I have confidence they will someday be the dominant internet currency and worth up to $100 000 each. That's based on an internet economy of two trillion dollars. Most will think my confidence is misplaced, but I was actually trying to conceive of an internet currency before I learned of bitcoin so I see the beauty in it. Unfortunately I waited a year to act.Bitcoin's not perfect and may fail in favour of another one, but it's gained so much traction I'm not willing to bet on the other cryptocurrencies like litecoin.
Quote from: area51drone on September 14, 2014, 05:17:44 AMThanks but no thanks. I'm putting my money into something real, a new house. Sure, there might be some people using bitcoins and making money off of it. But in the end, like any currency, it will come crashing down. Good luck Bionic.
Quote from: Kate the Bionic Uterus on September 14, 2014, 08:56:39 AMWhat, you mean like the housing market? :
Quote from: Kate the Bionic Uterus on September 14, 2014, 08:56:39 AM...Not many people can afford to buy Bitcoins. Bitcoin is divisible to up to 8 decimals so really anyone can afford them ...