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  1. No caption. There are a list of credits in the back and they give Jerry Irwin as the photographer.
  2. Sort of edit: I think the thing I really like about the article is that while it is about a growing gun problem they're talking about ways to fix it now, while they still have a shot at it. It's a nice change over most gun stories and I'm hoping they really do work it out.
  3. I copy and pasted this from another list so I hope it's not too screwed up. Personally, I think we're in trouble when Black Mirror gets too close for comfort. They can unload the dishwasher, deliver packages to your home and open doors. Their thin, metallic legs are able to traverse a steep flight of stairs — or crawl straight into your worst nightmares.[1] Now Boston Dynamics’ awkward, four-legged, doglike robot, SpotMini, is evolving from a YouTube sensation to a purchasable pet of sorts, according to the company’s founder, Marc Raibert [1] "Metalhead" is the fifth episode of the fourth series of anthology series Black Mirror. It was written by Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade. The episode first aired on Netflix, along with the rest of series four, on 29 December 2017. "Metalhead" is the only Black Mirror episode filmed entirely in black and white, and follows the plight of Bella (Maxine Peake) trying to flee from robotic "dogs" after the unexplained collapse of human society. The "dogs" were influenced by Boston Dynamics' robotic dogs. Brooker came up with the episode's central idea by watching videos of Boston Dynamics' robotics products such as BigDog. He found that there was something "creepy" in how the products, if knocked over, would look helpless as they worked to regain their stance.
  4. You left it extremely vague. Canada seems mostly in line with most of the rest of the developed world so for me it's not 'more than I'd think'. What number do you think 'many' people think it would be? And what do you mean by 'many'? No offense, but what would that accomplish? I'll pass. But I think the article is interesting. Give it a read.
  5. I'm pretty sure there is a typo there. That's NOT the part that confirms what I said.
  6. I posted that it's far less than the US but more than many people think, so I'm not sure what all of this is supposed to signify. It seems to confirm what I said.
  7. rec.skydiving's glory days were also a time of users with dialups and Ohio University had very limited storage. So every time someone would post a photo two things would happen. Those of us on dialup using newsreader would find out that instead of reading rec.skydiving before we go to work in the morning we'd be lucky if it finishes downloading before we get home that evening. The software we had then didn't let you see the individual posts on the server side, it just downloaded everything. Then I'd get to work and the phone would be ringing. IT was threatening to stop accepting rec.skydiving because of the amount of storage. These were the days when the zip drive and its 100meg storage disks was a mammoth breakthrough in storage. So I got a reputation with OU IT for being a wasteful jerk and on rec.skydiving for being a complaining jerk for nagging people not to post pictures. Oh, and the endless crap because I don't wear a helmet. But I really really miss it. I think it's like when we get nostalgic for rounds. We don't really miss those canopies, we miss being 25.
  8. Suspect in killing of Black Lives Matter spokesperson arrested.
  9. Canada is nowhere near the US in shooting numbers but not as low as many people would like to think either.
  10. The Daily Show (are we still allowed to reference that show in a positive light?) had a great segment on poor bastards who have the same name as other more well known people. Or maybe not even the same name, but what the heck, you've got to vent all that hatred on someone, eh? Oh, and it's a bipartisan screw up.
  11. It looks nice but since this is a boogie a room is just someplace I can crash then have a shower when I get up. A couple hundred a night for stuff that seems nice, but I'll never use, is a little steep for what I need. Bob Ach, didn't check the prices. They've come up quite a bit since my day. There's a few trucker motels in Taylorville, and a chain place (Days Inn, maybe) we nicknamed the 'red eye.'. A couple of Indians ran it and the place always smelled like curry. Springfield would be your next choice, about 30 minutes. My primary demand is no bedbugs. And I want A/C. After that I'm pretty flexible. I'm wondering about the Gaslight Motel. It's close enough to walk to the dz (though maybe not with gear). Anyone familar with it, or have any other recommendations. I'm hoping to arrive late Thursday, check out of the motel Sunday morning and head back to Ohio late that day or night.
  12. Joe Kittinger is 90 today. His "big" jump was over 58 years ago. I was unaware he spent 11 months as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton. " I didn't know about that either until I read his book "Come up and get me." It was a surprise. And his explanation of the Roswell incident explains a lot.
  13. How long have you been in this Sport?
  14. "But I do not understand how someone can be so unprincipled as to support Trump. No objective look at his behavior can possibly lead to that. The ends do not justify the means in this case. To think otherwise is.....deplorable. " But that has nothing to do with the way people just attach whatever descriptions they want to. I think most Trump opponents don't even want to know, it's easier to just say "they're obviously low intelligence" when, if they knew a few, they'd know isn't the case. And then there's the Nazi thing. That really bugs me. I won't argue with the sentiment but the term. The only people I've ever known to use Nazi as a slur was petulant teenagers and people off their meds. It's right out of a Cheech and Chong album. Someday Trump will just be an ugly grease stained memory, but will all the vulgarity and viciousness that some people now feel free to express ever go away? And it's not limited to Trump opponents yelling at Trump supporters, it's become a standard thing "I hate Trump so fuck you, and fuck you and you. Because I hate Trump!"
  15. Relaxing is probably the most important and hardest thing to learn. But it comes. Just keep jumping and you'll find yourself relaxing more and more.
  16. I don't know where you're at but in Ohio Steve Alexander used to specialize in big guy tandems. When Taylor Skydiving in Lancaster would get a request from someone too heavy they'd refer them to him. He'd then come to Lancaster and take them up, and sometimes he'd have been approached by someone and would bring them to the DZ. So it can be done, it's just that you won't find it listed on most DZ's websites, if any. But ask around.
  17. "Thanks for demonstrating so eloquently the arrogant and elitist attitude of many on the left. It's one of the main reasons we have Trump as POTUS. " I don't agree with them, I'm not sure I even understand them, but I know a lot of Trump supporters and people who write things like that about them have no idea what they're talking about. They don't like Trump supporters so they just pull whatever they want out of their ass and say it. Then wonder why nobody pays much attention to them except of course for those who already think the same way. They're just jerking each other off.
  18. It looks nice but since this is a boogie a room is just someplace I can crash then have a shower when I get up. A couple hundred a night for stuff that seems nice, but I'll never use, is a little steep for what I need. Bob
  19. It's really surprising how much our memory of these things can change. Glad it was the correct shot.
  20. "In the meantime, google weak AI and strong AI for an overview of both. " I don't need to google it, I'm quite aware of the terms and how they're used. I just find it amusing to watch so many people realize that they can't provide what they said they could so they just rename what they can do. There was a dog shelter in Marietta that always had whatever dog a caller wanted. Even if they only had one dog, it was whatever breed you were looking for.
  21. "So when I disagree with you I am "twisting words." When I agree with you I am "twisting words." " If I told you it was pouring the rain down you'd find a way to skip the umbrella then explain that water isn't really dripping from you. That's what I mean by you twisting words.
  22. And the latest oppressive strongman who has a central american country under his thumb? "The envelope please" It's Nicaragua's very own Daniel Ortego.
  23. It sounds like this shot from Skies Call 2. This is just a scan from my copy. I have no idea how you'd go about getting permission to use it or a good copy. I'm sure I could scan a better copy for you, it's two pages so it's a little rough, but please don't take that as me saying it's ok to use it, I just have the book. I leave that call to you. If it's even the right photo, that is. Bob