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Shootin' the Breeze / Dog Collar injures pet!
« on: November 22, 2008, 10:48:08 PM »
About 3 or 4 days ago my dog was making more of a fuss than usual. He's a Siberian Husky, so we only worry about the weather bothering him when it's raining or snowing. 2 days ago he smelled awful, and I noticed his collar was a lot lower than usual. When we checked to see what the smell was, and I noticed the prongs to his shock collar had dug into his neck. I was worried enough when he tripped on the ice real bad a few years back, and his leg is only fully recovered now. He must have squeezed his way through a tight place, and forced the prongs down his neck. It was infected but with some ointment it will be fine now. The shock collar is needed for my Invisible fence which keeps the dog from running off, but what can I do to prevent this from happening again?

News & Not News / Sci-Fi Ray Gun Debuts in Iraq
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:54:22 PM »

The ray gun has finally become a reality.

At least that’s what the Economist reports. It says a “directed-energy weapon” named Zeus (presumably because of his fondness for hurling lightning bolts) has been deployed in the back of a Humvee in Iraq. It’s being tested by soldiers who are using its laser beam to detonate roadside bombs from a safe distance of 300 meters.

Yet now, if the Zeus prototype works in Iraq, a dozen more will introduced within a year, according to the Economist, and bigger versions of the ray gun are in development. There’s the Laser Area Defence System (LADS — for once, a good military acronym) for blowing up incoming shells and rockets with laser beams. Boeing is working on a similar weapon, and a consortium of companies is developing an airborne laser strong enough to disable missiles from several hundred kilometers away.

And there’s also been testing of a smaller, non-lethal weapon using a “a focused beam of millimeter waves to induce an intolerable heating sensation on an adversary’s skin,” as my colleague Tom Zeller Jr. reported in The Lede.

The U.S. version seems to be called HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System) and the Israeli version is called THEL (Tactical High Energy Laser).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Vril
« on: November 02, 2008, 05:12:52 PM »

Has anyone read this? It sounds really interesting, and I'm thinking of getting a copy.

News & Not News / Croc victim gets arm back
« on: November 02, 2008, 04:17:16 PM »

Surgeons reattached a Taiwanese veterinarian's forearm today after a 200-kilogram Nile crocodile chomped it off and colleagues recovered the limb from the reptile's mouth.

The male crocodile severed Chang Po-yu's forearm at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung yesterday when the veterinarian tried to retrieve a tranquiliser dart from the reptile's hide so he could give it medication, zoo officials said.

The forearm was reattached following seven hours of surgery today.

Shootin' the Breeze / Halloween is for kids?
« on: November 01, 2008, 04:59:11 PM »
This is my senior year, and I really don't want to stop even though I'm going to college next year. I need some advice.

I saw the trailer awhile ago, just remembered it due to a Marvel Entertainment newsletter.

Seems like more degenerating of an old 80-90s masterpiece. Apparently its a re-telling of the original storyline but with as many references to teenage life as possible, strong Christian overtones; drug awareness episodes. Worst of all they're going to ruin Spidey's famous one-liners and comebacks, you can tell in the trailer! Also, NEW LOW BUDGET ANIMATION STYLE! Never again will Spider-man look remotely human, masculine, or mature!

To me the best version of Spider-man outside of the original comics was the 1994 animated series. Of course even that was censored: No guns, Spidey never punched anyone on screen, no blood either.

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