Open Thread

Let’s start to move conversations you monkeys are having forward a bit in time. Here is a post from Roachman to get you started:

Here is a video of the converted DC-10 in use for firefighting in California. It was used last week at the Gap Fire in Goleta/Santa Barbara. This video is from 2007

Water Bombing

Scroll down to the second photo for the video. Its damn Cool!!!

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This post is now dedicated to that Nietsche thing Dave and the rest of you monkeys had going on before. I’m cutting comments on that thread. Nudge got her due. If you keep posting there, I will have to hide the comments there, don’t make me do that, please help me and follow my instructions.

14 Replies to “Open Thread”

  1. They had wind-up “motors” as in pocket watches and kids’ toys. Hell, I used to own lots of them. They often had keys that you would insert for winding. I guess motors could “grind”, but that verb implies trouble to a machinist and mechanical engineer.

  2. People have their heads stuck so deed in the sand they might as well be sniffing for tar sands.

  3. theroachman, on July 11th, 2008 at 11:07 am Said:

    “People have their heads stuck so deed in the sand they might as well be sniffing for tar sands.”

    Thats it. Simple and adaptable

  4. JR, one of the first electrochemical drive motors was on some single-celled dinoflagellete. You can view them in action somewhere on the net.

    Good question when the first true motor arrived. They had various steam-powered motors in the 1800s. I guess it was when someone found out that they could turn some magnets in a coil of copper wire and get electricity out (e.g., wind turbine). Reverse the process and the “motor” turns the rod. Voila!, an electric motor.

    I think Diesel came up with the ICE motor in the 1880s. It was just one of many options, steam, electric, but it was powerful.

  5. It’s not about calming the monkey so much as being more than a monkey or our constituent components. It is sad that we can never get past our immediate desires, as the situation with oil represents well.

    The Buddhism stuff is simply one of many methods for getting outside the box so to speak. Again ymmv…

  6. Hi JR,

    Beer is another solution! Pop!

    I try not to do that before the end of the day however… And, liquor’s quicker.

  7. It’s not about calming the monkey so much as being more than a monkey or our constituent components. It is sad that we can never get past our immediate desires, as the situation with oil represents well.

    The Buddhism stuff is simply one of many methods for getting outside the box so to speak. Again ymmv…

    why we should get past our desires is kind of beyond me. recognising and choosing maybe?

    anyhoo, and i’m not putting it down or anything, but the buddist stuff is just another method of conciousness altering. such things have been going for as long there has been such a thing as a frontal lobe, i guess.

    my only point, really, is that the buddist methods are particularly well suited to the domesticated variety of the human animal; ie, those born bred raised and trained into passivity.

  8. the percentage of people who can think is less than minute. it’s very easy to get swept away with the tide. eh.

  9. Right, right, I do have to agree. Indubitably so. You can even check my grammar on that.

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