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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-05-18 05:37
Subject: [links] Link salad watches the sun come up on a sleepy little town down around San Antone
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Wax Bullets: 1909 — A peculiar, steampunkish image from Shorpy.

History's first prank phone call was way back in ... 1884? — (Via [info]danjite.)

How Facebook Saved Us from SuburbiaResearch suggests social networks remedy the isolation of modern life.

Columbus' arrival linked to carbon dioxide drop By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and other explorers who followed him may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate.

Tiny deep-sea life eats meals from dinosaur eraPopulations of incredibly slow-living microbes live and feed in depths of Pacific.

Discovered: The turtle the size of a SmartCar - which would have hunted crocodiles in prehistoric lakes

?otd: What town are you talking about?

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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-05-18 17:54 (UTC)
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I first heard about using wax bullets from a shooter, who said he did target shooting in his basement with a .45 pistol. His handloads involved seating a primer in the casing, then pressing the open end into a warm block of paraffin. Claimed the primer alone was enough to send the small plug of paraffin into a paper target at 10-12 feet.

Never tried it. Partly because I've never owned a .45. Partly because I guess cleaning it is a pain.

More recently I saw a duel on TV done with vintage single shot black powder guns where they aimed at each other -- using mirrors. I vaguely recall hearing about wax bullet duels, but this was before paintball, so I never made the Paintball 1.0 connection.

Dr. Phil
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2012-05-18 20:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I will never be lonely enough to use Facebook.

This, of course, is why I have steadily been losing touch with my friends, as they all put their life updates solely on Facebook where I can't read them. I have the stupidest friends in the world.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-05-18 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
First. That is one of my alltime favorite songs. The world needs more of that song.

Second. Not that this won't be a comment by the mistress of the obvious (that would be me), but the best thing about the internet is no longer being limited to the social circle that happens to live within driving radius. It's so wonderful to find people who are actually interested in the same things I am. Even if one of them is in Australia, another in Scotland, and yet another in North Carolina, while I sit here in Washington state.
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