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#21 M.E.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:25 PM



#22 Sci-Fi Girl

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:24 AM

How to wear clothing while still somehow managing to appear naked (link is safe to click) :

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"A song is like a picture of a bird in flight; the bird was moving before the picture was taken, and no doubt continued after."   - Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger's life was a picture of an idea in flight, and the idea will continue long after.  As long as there are people with goodness and courage in their hearts, the idea will continue forever.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:27 AM

It's a nice outfit, I like it.  Suppose that's my age talking? :lol

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:35 AM

But the best part is the author's commentary.  :D  For example:

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One of my favorite things about crocheters is the way they play fast and loose with the concept of “dressed” vs. “naked as a jaybird”. I’m all for running naked and free, but it shouldn’t require four skeins of Red Heart and a size 7 hook to get there.
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But I do wish they’d shown us a photo of the reverse grill marks she got after a day of cheerless frolicking in the sun.
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Edited by Sci-Fi Girl, 19 February 2011 - 12:38 AM.

"A song is like a picture of a bird in flight; the bird was moving before the picture was taken, and no doubt continued after."   - Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger's life was a picture of an idea in flight, and the idea will continue long after.  As long as there are people with goodness and courage in their hearts, the idea will continue forever.

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Beautiful Music: Folk, Acoustic, Traditional, and World

A Celebration of Song Lyrics, New and Old: Just the poetry  (to include those with different musical tastes than me)

When Sci Fi Actors Sing

#25 Orpheus

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 03:07 PM

View Postmichael elizabeth, on 18 February 2011 - 11:25 PM, said:

You lookin' at me?

I'm a haloperidol man, myself.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:14 AM

This thread is brilliant. Fun and scary at the same time :)
Please don't spoil future episodes, even if they've been previewed.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:36 PM



The irony of this? James Dean filmed this safety spot towards the end of the production of "Giant". When filming ended, he got in his new low-slung Porsche 550, and headed off to participate in a race at Salinas. He was given a ticket for speeding at around 3:30pm, and a few hours later, he was dead, hit by a 23-year old Cal Poly student who, apparently intent on making a turn-off, didn't notice his low-slung silvery-grey oncoming sportscar car against the road glare of the gray asphalt. According to accident reconstruction, The other car was traveling at a safe speed (but should have yielded to the oncoming traffic), while Dean was again speeding at the time of the accident.

Lord knows I'm not smart enough to follow *my* own advice, either, half the time.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:06 AM



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Posted 21 February 2011 - 03:09 AM

^ Yeah -- mostly to get your license plate number/home address for the "assault with secondhand smoke" lawsuit.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 03:19 AM

Plus the ad is deceiving because ti makes them sound less harmful because you're not inhaling

#31 Orpheus

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 03:35 AM

Well, strictly because this is a science forum, I feel obligated to note that I feel that the extent of the danger of "second-hand smoke" is confounded by secondary factors. One, which I noted above, was that some cigarette filters used asbestos, which is *extremely* prone to cause second hand cancer (e.g. just washing their clothes, or being in the laundry room can be enough) for decades after the initial (primary or secondhand exposure). I'm not saying that secondhand smoke is harmless, respectful or anything else.

Another factor that weighs in here is that the studies were done on cigarette smoking and cigar smoking [as pictured] is a different issue. The particle size and composition is different; the types of cancers involved are different (e.g. cigar smokers themselves have little added risk of lung cancer, but mostly have increased oropharyngeal cancers, and even then, less than cigarette smokers, and affecting former cigarette smokers more than pure cigar smokers). Heck, the larger particle size was known to make cigar smoke a potent killer of floppy disk drives. I won't speculate on the actual effects; I'm just noting that they are different enough that we can't truly generalize, and those studies haven't been done.

I'll admit that the line between "small cigars" and ciarettes can get vague sometimes -- some very cheap small cigar brands were created explicitly to get around cigarette taxes, even 50 years ago. However, any small cigar I've seen has been very different from any cigarette I've seen, in construction and smoking experience, and I don't know of any cigar maker that has used the tricks and adulterants that were standard in the cigarette industry to enhance addiction (e.g. the addition of ammonia compounds so the cigarette smoker was effectively "free-basing" nicotine for a faster, stronger, more addictive pharmacological impact (which was much worse for the cardiovascular system)

I'd still advise against smoking and smoke exposure, regardless of type.

You do raise an issue I hadn't considered. I'm only vaguely aware (brief scenes in some old movies?) that deliberate secondhand smoking was practiced in some circles. Is that what that ad was about? Boy! Did I misread it! I thought it implied "be dominant and disrespectful and women will go weak in the knees". O tempore! O mores!

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 10:44 AM

That's twice you have mentioned going weak in the knees. :lol:

I don't think you read the ad wrong.  I think that's exactly what was intended.  I honestly don't know that much about the dangers of second hand smoke.  

When we were kids and smoking was the cool thing to do. :wacko:  I remember a number of adults telling us "If you're going to smoke, try not to inhale.  That way, there is less chance of becoming addicted."   I even had one person (who I am still very close with and recently reminded her of this conversation) tell me to only smoke the cigarette half way and then put it out because all the tar and nicotine is in the bottom half. :Oo:

A few years back, a friend of mine started smoking and when I tried to warn her of the addiction, she said she would be alright because she doesn't inhale.  I talked to a few doctors about this and they said that even if you do not inhale, you can become addicted within as little as two weeks.

I may have misunderstood the reasoning behind your topic, Orpheus.  I thought it was about how gullible and or trusting we were back then.  We believed that they knew more than us and if we were told it was harmless or even good for us, it must be true?  I do also admit to submitting a few old advertisements just because I thought they were pretty funny.  Like the clothing and the mullets. :blush: Sorry.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 03:00 PM

Yeah, well, I guess I'm just a Weak-kneed Willy

You've got my intention exactly right. And I'm sorry if I seemed to rant on the epidemiology of secondhand smoke. Epidemiology is an interest of mine (and quite poorly understood by most physicians). Its history has shown time and again that the "obvious" very often isn't true, unless born out by specific studies (and sometimes even then). Yah, smoking is bad. Beyond that -- well, how many people really care about the details? As I said, I only mention it because this is a science forum

However, when I snicker at the foolish things we used to believe, I'm REALLY snickering that we believe an equal amount of foolishness today. Most people seem to think that we've got it almost entirely right, and are just mopping up the last 1% of our ignorance, esp. in science. The evidence shows that that history has a long way to run, and we're going to look as quaint or primitive 100 years from now, as Einstein's generation -or Doc Holliday's- do today. We're not mopping up the last 1% -- or 10%. Not even close

And of course any good chuckle at human foibles or incongruous juxtaposition is always worthwhile for its own sake.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 04:23 PM

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

This device landed on Radar Magazine's "Most Dangerous Toys" list.   "This was the most elaborate Atomic Energy educational set ever  produced, but it was only only available from 1951 to 1952," according  to ORAU.org.  The toy, which retailed for $49.50 (in today's dollars  that's more than $300), contained actual uranium ore.  It is now a  highly prized collector's item.



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Posted 25 February 2011 - 06:00 PM

Aw -- that one's not real. What's the fun in that?

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 06:12 PM

I didn't know that.  Honest. :angel:

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:56 PM

A date once blew smoke in my face.  I decked him.    :glare:

The nonsmoker who escorted me back to the dorm, after explaining to the friends of the decked guy why they were going to leave me alone, turned out to be much better boyfriend material anyway.    :lol:
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:18 PM




In the past, the average five-year-old girl was more of a man than  most modern men will ever be. Apparently, little girls took revolvers to  bed just in case they needed to kill a dude during their nap. This ad appeared in Harpers in 1904,  in case any time travelers are wondering what era to avoid if they  don't like playing the most permanent game of freeze tag possible. We're thinking that generation's whole mindset can be summed up by  this ad's two warnings: "Absolutely Safe" and "they shoot straight and  kill." These were a people who saw no contradiction in those two  statements. If you got shot, it was your own damned fault for getting in  front of the gun.





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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:33 AM

Ah, the old Amish burglar warning "I mean you no harm, friend, but thou'rt standing where I mean to shoot!"


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