Preparing the "SPLODY!"
These three videoes of nuclear tests are pretty dry, as they deal mainly with the preparations for the tests, but they are also facinating as they give a detailed oveview of how these test were conducted and how scientists were able to get a detailed picture of the progress of these horriffic explosions at intervals measured in millionths of a second.
The first video (Tumbbler/Snapper) gives a very neat overview of the gadgets involved in monitoring these tests. It seems that a previous test had demonstrated vastly lower blast effects than predicted, indicating that their computer models, and more importantly their field manuals on how to use these weapons were completely wromg. The film goes into surprising detail about how they went about testing various theories on the cause of the anomaly and the mechanics of the devices used. Those smoke trails one sees in test footage...they were smoke rockets intended to give a visual reference for the blast wave...also the trees one sees getting all abused in test foottage are not native to the Nevada test site, but a transplanted forest.
Two of these tests were very small (1 killoton) and aren't particularly impressive visually, but there is a satisfying 30 killoton blast at the end, so our tax dollars weren't completely wasted. Amusingly, there is a bit of audio censorship at 24:10 and 26:20. "We used a normal casing because of its...."
The second test, Teapot, three years later elaborates a bit on the techniques used to gather the data with 1950's technology and is also interesting because it is the test that involved the metal sphere experiment that ended up inspiring Project Orion. (Stanislaw's Balls can be seen at 19:07) At the time the film was made no one knew the significance of this test and it's presented as a curiosity.
The final test lacks the engineering detail of the first two, but is also quite interesting, being a VERY elaborate civillian nuclear test by the civil defense authorities. Operation Cue was nominally one of the operation Teapot series of tests, but this particular test was administered by civil defense authorities and was intended to observe the effects of a nuclear bomb on civillian structures, provide a civil defense rescue and response drill under realistc conditions, and evaluate construction techniques to mitigate blast and radiation. Various civillian contractors were invited to test out their ideas. Operation Cue involved building a suburb and industrial park, populating it with manequins and dropping a 30 killoton bomb on it. Cue followed on the heels of several military tests that investigated such effects as an aside and made use of lessons learned in those.
One sobering detail is the somewhat more elaborate nature of the PPE in the Teapot tests.
One unrelated, but still interesting thing I noted thanks to Epic's tracking monitor is that when one looks at nuclear test footage on you tube one is beset by about an order of magnitude more trackers than is normal for a you tube video.
The increased number of trackers is somewhat disturbing, as I cannot think of a reason for private companies to be interested in this data. It's not as though a marketing department would want to know who's interested in nuclear tests. I mean, there's no commercial market for nuclear weapons, is there?
Posted by: Siergen at Thu May 1 06:48:38 2014 (WVGDf)
Well, I'd buy one!
4th of July would be AWESOME!
Posted by: Mauser at Wed Apr 30 05:37:30 2014 (TJ7ih)
I think I read where this was thirty years after Return? That makes sense age-wise, I guess. Maybe actually a bit kind, but man do you miss a lot in canon. Will we see all three of Han and Leia's kids? How about Mara Jade?
Posted by: topmaker at Wed Apr 30 19:41:55 2014 (2yZsg)
All that's gone--it's part of Expanded Universe and Disney officially announced this week VII won't follow EU.
Posted by: RickC at Wed Apr 30 21:07:30 2014 (0a7VZ)
Don has one of the two blogs
whose embeds are invisible to me on Epic, so I very nearly missed his latest post, which
I had initially taken to be a formatting error. That would have been tragic as
I would have missed this
gem, which shows that these kids today still have an appreciation of the
classics. (There is a side by side comparison here.)
I've been using the Epic web broswer for 20 days and have gotten
a feel for it.
One of its features is a little pop up window
that tells what trackers it is blocking.
To the right is the NY Daily News. Interestingly
4-chan of all places had only one, and that’s only on certain boards. I probably
need to stay away from those boards anyway...I already wear glasses.
Of course the browser’s extreme focus on privacy
comes with a few quirks, with a lack of
spewlchek being the most keenly felt. Since it carries no cache data it
is a bit slower to load. Occasionally one finds a site that reacts badly to anything
that doesn't let it track its viewers and demands that you its their
cookies like some rabid girl scout. I haven’t been blocked from any site
Aside from the slightly
slower loading, the only functionality quirks I’ve found so far are as
follows. Occasionally embedded videos on some Wordpress blogs do not show up.
There are a few quirks with the Dashboard in Minx (The Mee’n You blog engine) but
said quirks are present in Safari and Opera as well.
On the plus side, it
seems to have the amazing ability to disable only the bad pop-up windows.
Let me explain.
ODU’s website opens
certain features in pop-up windows and pop up blockers (like the ones ion the
ODU learning commons computers…) generally disable that functionality. However,
they work fine in Epic. On the other hand, I have not seen a pop-up AD since I
started using the browser. I have had no issues with Paypal, which surprised
me. I understand that Epic allows people to view HULU from outside the US and
while I cannot confirm that, I can say that I was able to access one Japanese
site that normally blocks US access…and
I was thoroughly scarred by the experience.
One's mileage may vary, but I
think the slightly slow loading is a small price to pay for the added privacy.
This of course is assuming that
the whole thing isn’t an NSA honey pot to snare us paranoids .
Posted by: ReallyBored at Sat Apr 26 13:17:23 2014 (n3V1X)
This is Sure to Calm Things Down
While everyone was looking at Ukraine, the Chinese siezed a Japanese merchant ship on Monday. MV Baosteel Emotion was imponded as per orders from a Chinese court that declared the bulk carrier a war reparation. It was released yesterday only after the company paid about 28 million in fines.
This one issue seems to be resolved, but the precedent has the potential to open a huge can of worms in the future. Given the ammount of Japanese investment in China, if they start calling in reparations from a war 70 years ago it's going to be a huge mess.
It may not be entirely coincidental that the Chinese real estate bubble has shown signs of popping over the last few weeks, though the opacity of the the Chinese market makes it hard to be sure exactly what is going on. Thr large Japanese holdings in China are probably seen as a ready supply of cash, from a particularly hated creditor.
Far less likely, but still within the realm of possibility is the potential for rthe US backing of Chiang Kai Shek to result in unwelcopme surprises for American companies.
My oral Japanese exams were 100% of my grade (And I really bombed them once or twice) but the worst thing is, they were administered by a guy from Cornell (not my college) who was not a native speaker, and whose pronunciation was abominable.
(For contrast, my tutors were native speakers, who told me I spoke with no accent.)
Unfortunately, I remember almost none of it. It's been over 20 years.
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Apr 26 04:30:36 2014 (TJ7ih)
Anyone can send mail using anyone's From address, and spammers did it for years. If you are sure that your account is secure, there's nothing for you to worry about.
"Working on a patch" may mean them turning DMARC on. Haha.
Best of all, find someone who received one of those "spoofed" mails and who knows how Internet works (tough condition to satisfy, but try). Ask him to save the mail with headers and then ask someone else, or him actually, to look at Received: chain. See if it was sent by AOL or not.
It sounds like AOL's address book thing might have been hacked, but not the email service itself. Which sucks (if true) because now the spammers have your address book, and changing your password doesn't help.
ANY E-MAILS YOU HAVE RECIEVED FROM MY AOL ACCOUNT BETWEEN 01:00 AM SAT APRIL 19th AND AN ALL CLEAR SIGNAL TO COME LATER IS NOT FROM ME IF IT DOES NOT CARRY THE SUBJECT LINE " I'VE BEEN HACKED". ASSUME MALICIOUS CONTENT.
Apologies to everyone affected.
I've been buried in the Library studying for exams with the phone
off so I was oblivious until I went out to eat last night and noted several
E-mails. I immediately changed my password but another fusillade of electronic
mischief went out this morning around 08:00. AOL tech support is closed for the
holiday so I'm unsure if the issue is resolved. I have shut down all external
I was surprised that I HAD permissions enabled for other sites to access
One was Facebook (which I’ve been banned from for two years) and the
other was some sketchy thing that was an E-Mail addy for a "uis.coveritlive”. I
have NO idea what that was but it’s blocked.
I note I’m not the only AOL user this has happened to in the last few
days. This is the second time this has happened to me and I don’t think it was
a PEBKAC error (unlike the last time where I accessed the AOL account from the
school computer system).
Does anyone have any suggestions
for alternatives that aren't GOOGLE?