Mr. X
2 years ago
THE IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) reports that Iran
by mike (Mike Macgirvin)
in Diary and Other Rantings
Nov 19, 2005

THE IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) reports that Iran just might know how to make an atomic bomb. They apparently learned how to do it from a bomb maker in Pakistan. The only surprise is that they didn't just get it off the web like everybody else. Unfortunately it isn't rocket science. How do they (try to) prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology? They regulate three things. 1. Uranium and 2. Really fast centrifuges, and 3. Collimators.


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Here's a centrifuge. Here's what you do with it:


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Next we look for an ignition source. From the diagram:


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It looks like we need neutrons. In fact what we need is a neutron gun. Here's one -



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Attached to the neutron gun is the collimator. Think of it as a focusing lens for neutrons. It looks like this:


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Your finished bomb:



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Adam King
2 years ago
:-D yes :-( Australia is source of Uranium but let's it go to all and sundry, especially all those who actually HAVE the big bombs and have used them. Not a safe place the world, which is why Red taking back the web off the worst culprit in dumbing down worldwide web -- Facebook -- just may save us all.
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Adam King
2 years ago from Friendica mobile web
Can a fix be made ever so slightly to the amount shown before there isa show more link because for standard photos including this one there is always the show more linkbut clickingit reveals nothing more in each and every case other than perhaps an extra millimeter?
Mr. X
2 years ago
What theme are you using? I seem to recall doing this not very long ago for the zeros.
Mr. X
2 years ago
fuck me - this thing still compiles...

This is the utility I got shit for because I included "gigabytes" as a unit and "who would ever have that much disk space?"  Now even terabytes seems short-sighted.


/* ds.c */
/*
*   ds - disk space
*   usage:
*          ds [-gmkv]
[path]*                 -g   - Report size in gigabytes
*                 -m   - Report size in megabytes
*                 -k   - Report size in kilobytes
*                 -v   - Show label (bytes,kilobytes,or megabytes)
*                 path - Directory or file designating the partition
*                        to be reported. Default is current directory.
*
*          The report is displayed in integer units, unless the result is
*  less than 1.0, in which case the report is extended to one decimal point.
*  Divisors are decimal, not binary; i.e. 1 'kilobyte' is equal to 1000 bytes,
*  not 1024 bytes.
*/

/*
*
* Copyright (C) 1990 by Mike Macgirvin. All Rights Reserved.
*
* Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its
* documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided
* that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that
* copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting
* documentation.  This software is provided "as is" without express or
* implied warranty.
*
*/

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/param.h>
#ifdef SVR4
#include <sys/statvfs.h>
#define STATFS statvfs
#else
#include <sys/vfs.h>
#define STATFS statfs
#endif
#define K_BYTES 1.0E+3
#define M_BYTES 1.0E+6
#define G_BYTES 1.0E+9

#define STRCPY (void)strcpy

extern int optind;
extern char *optarg;

struct STATFS stats;

char path[MAXPATHLEN];
char label[32];
char fmt[32];

main(argc,argv)
int argc;
char **argv;
{
int c;
int sflag = 0;
int vflag = 0;
double space;
if((strcmp(argv[0],"free")) == 0) {
sflag = 2;
vflag ++;
}
while((c = getopt(argc,argv,"gmkv")) != EOF) {
switch(c) {
case 'g':
sflag = 3;
break;
case 'm':
sflag = 2;
break;
case 'k':
sflag = 1;
break;
case 'v':
vflag ++;
break;
}
}
if(optind < argc)
STRCPY(path,argv[optind]);
else
STRCPY(path,".");

if(STATFS(path,&stats)) {
perror("statfs");
exit(1);
}
space = (double) (stats.f_bavail * stats.f_bsize);
switch(sflag) {
case 1:
space = space / K_BYTES;
STRCPY(label," Kilobytes");
break;
case 2:
space = space / M_BYTES;
STRCPY(label," Megabytes");
break;
case 3:
space = space / G_BYTES;
STRCPY(label," Gigabytes");
break;
default:
STRCPY(label," Bytes");
break;
}
if(space < 1.0)
STRCPY(fmt,"%-.1f%s\n");
else
STRCPY(fmt,"%-.0f%s\n");

(void) printf(fmt,space,(vflag) ? label : "");

}

 
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Adam King
2 years ago
Are you implying that he has only ONE boob? :-D
Michael MD
2 years ago
works too
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Mr. X
2 years ago
Just pulled in one of my old archive disks - copying it now onto a fresh disk on a fresh operating system. I've got old projects and email archives going back to the mid 1980s. Whenever I got a new computer I saved the old disks. Every few years I take all the old files and put them on modern disks. Will have to go through and re-publish some of the old stuff because there's shit here that's part of internet history.
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Michael MD
2 years ago
boxes of floppies here .. there might be still a floppy drive *somewhere* in all that stuff lying around ...
Fabio
2 years ago
I have some of my first attempt to programming in BASIC on an MSX in some tape somewere... but I don't think could be interesting for anyone...
Mr. X
2 years ago
Red
I've been working on Red for three months (off and on, there are lots of demands on my time). Here is an update.

Most of us think of "online networking" and think only in terms of "social networking" because of all the influence that Facebook has had in that realm. It has become apparent that the abuse of privacy has only one solution - take the private information out of the hands of outsiders and keep it under the control of those who are communicating. This means that a future which involves "privacy" belongs to decentralised communications, not to centralised data silos. We knew that already and was the basis for Friendica.

But also we've come to accept that the "social" part of networking is the only thing that matters. That everything on the modern web is all about friends.

It's not.

Red is an attempt to look at all of this from a higher level and see where we've been and where we're going. The whole "social" bit came about because email couldn't protect us from spam. So we started only accepting messages from "friends". And so now we have these huge corporations which are geared around the concept of communicating with friends.

Facebook is merely a communications system with web accessible resources, all focused on the concept of "friends". There is also inherent censorship and blockage of people with non-mainstream beliefs.  Filtering is performed which uses Facebook algorithms to decide which content by which friends you can see at any one time. What you see in your stream isn't under your control.

Now let's look at Red. Red is simply a network. It has attached web resources. It is decentralised. It isn't concerned with the "social" bit, because "social" just means a granting of permissions to do stuff. Red has a permissions system which can emulate "social networking", and much more.

But Red isn't about people. It's about thought streams.  We call them "channels". You can create any number of channels, and some of these can represent people - like you for instance. And they can interact just like in a social network. But channels can represent any thought stream, hobby, interest, person,  discussion topic, anything. They can be about your music. They can be scientific discussions on a particular topic or range of topics. They can be a personal blog or a marketing site for a new product. You can attach web resources to channels such as  photo albums and event listings and static web pages. And you can create rules on how other channels or collections of channels can interact with each of them - or not. 

So each channel is essentially a content management system attached to a communications system and a set of rules about what interactions are allowed - and what content is visible to any or all other channels. And since it is decentralised, private information is only shared with the hubs of other channels that are involved.

Important: There isn't any central repository anywhere which has access to *all* private information.

You also have an analogue dial representing the "affinity" between this channel and any other specific channel. If you're "channel surfing" you can look at specific other channels, or mixtures of other channels, or those with a specific range of affinity. And if those channels permit you to do so, you can interact with them. You can also interact with specific subsets of channels. In a social network context you might call this a "private group".

And you can change channels. They are all separate entities, so things can't leak between your channels. So not only does each channel have privacy controls for the other channels it interacts with, different channels can interact with completely different sets of permissions.

In Friendica for instance you can create private profiles and photos that can only be seen by co-workers, and another which can only be seen by potential girlfriends. In Red, you can do exactly the same. But you can also interact with co-workers on a completely different channel and share work related stuff without having to worry about what permissions you might need to set on each thing you post or share. One is a different thought stream entirely from the other.   

The other big thing we're doing in Red is taking the internet domain name system out of the equation. You need this to visit web resources, but you don't need it for basic communications. You can move around and interact from other places. So if your channel doesn't require web resources, you can communicate from anywhere. We hope to build desktop and mobile communication clients which can operate independently of the content management web servers, and allow you to stay in communication even if those go down - (which happens). 

So in summary, Red isn't a social network in any classical sense, though it contains all the same components as a classical social network and has better privacy controls. So one could use it in that manner.

Red is a matrix of interacting thought streams.

Want to connect to the grid? We're still several months away from a solid prototype. This is a lot more complicated than a decentralised social network and it's taking some time to develop because nobody has ever done anything quite like this before.

Stay tuned.
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Mr. X
2 years ago
He's mostly talking about links with no referrers, so the connection is a bit strained.

But I think you haven't quite had the "AHA!" moment when you understood Red, and others may be in that category as well.

If you follow the history of communications - and with it the modern web, we basically got side-tracked with this Facebook phenomenon. We had blogs and forums and corporate websites and special interest websites. These were all thriving. What they lacked was global communications. One had to register on each site to communicate with it.

Facebook changed that because they came along and put together a platform for global communications, albeit a creepy one. This is spreading back to the rest of the web via the Graph API and "like us on Facebook".

We're approaching this from a different angle - the free web fighting back. We're allowing the blogs and forums and corporate websites to have global communications directly and without the creepy middle man.

But it isn't just one direction. We not only bring global communications to your blogs, forums and corporate websites, but we also bring these back to the global community as channels that others can attach to and create an affinity with. You don't need to create a Facebook page for your brand or blog, you just create your page on your server where it's under your control and it becomes part of the global grid.

The other thing that's different is that we're removing all the complexity of these different page types. If you create a group on Facebook, it gets a special page type, and nobody can see it in their stream. If you create a "page" it likewise has special rules which affect its ability to be social - as it isn't a "person".

There's nothing inherently different or special about these, they're just streams of messages. So that is Red's focus - it's a collection of message streams. If you create a new type of message stream - say a "private photo forum", we don't treat it any differently than a page or profile or blog or public forum.

Just like Friendica is agnostic about message types and destinations, we're just taking the abstraction a bit higher and saying we don't care what kind of stream it is. It's just a collection of messages to us, and you either have permission to interact with it, or you don't.

Simplify.
Mike Goldman
2 years ago
Very excited about Red and looking forward to opportunity to see and work with it in action, by the way. :)
Mr. X
2 years ago
For anybody thinking I was open to chat earlier this evening - I was just seeing if Thunderbird's chat works now (it didn't previously). I've exhausted my monthly internet quota, so don't feel snubbed if I didn't respond. I can't even read my email without a half hour delay. Friendica pages take about 45 minutes to load.
Adam King doesn't like this.
Adam King
2 years ago
Since Canberra Gov't is not in the hands of, nor service of the Aussie people, and their "NBN" is all about getting people into further slavery and off the real net and distracted by yet more wastage of GB, you're not being given the free unlimited connection you should have as an Aussie pioneer leading the way to net FREEDOM of communication.
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Mr. X
2 years ago
This is the best inlay work I've ever seen - hands down. Every swirl (including the detail on the rosette and the edging trim) is hand cut and hand shaped (interlocked from several types of shell), and is flawless. I've seen American manufacturers do inlays which are not nearly as ornate and they have to fill the gaps with black epoxy. On this guitar each is hand cut to perfection. There is no epoxy fill.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Restructuring the item table - oh joy.
Mr. X
2 years ago
I think I once described Red as a "social network" as opposed to Friendica which I described more as a communications "Swiss army knife".

As the work has progressed and all the ideas start to gel into structures, I'm not sure I'd call Red a "social network" either.

It's turning into something completely different. Social networks are about people and their relationships. Red doesn't actually have a concept of "people", nor of "relationships/friends".

Don't know what to call it really.
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Bruce Bane
2 years ago from The Free Web
I just tried to connect & had no luck.

Yep, Mathaba's locked down pretty good. :-)
Thomas Willingham
2 years ago from The Free Web
We have no SSL policy (tried strict for a while, but people complained because they wanted to connect to self-signed certs), but we do have a browser valid cert. This shouldn't be problem.

Could you try from the other end? Most of the time that's the easiest solution.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Eros
2 years ago
what a lovely babe
Mr. X
2 years ago
I love all my guitars - but gaining a new found respect for "the Goddess". 

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@Guitar Group
Giaco el vecio
2 years ago from freedom land
the old guitar group died...the new is here @Guitar Group ;-)
Mr. X
2 years ago
Thanks - updated.

Edits can't change the distribution list so it probably won't make it there. Oh well, next time.
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Torsten Schilinsky
2 years ago
Wish I was there. Here, of course as it's autumn now, it's grey, cool and raining. :-(
Mr. X
2 years ago
Yeah, and let's all wear grey uniforms and march in unison.

0000489: Wrong theme when visiting an other persons/forum profile

What ever theme I use, it changes to the user's or forum's theme of choice when visiting that person's/forum's profile page.


:facepalm
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Tobias
2 years ago
maybe a new tag is in order to get the mobile theme into the stable zip file so we can point the admins to this update and everyone can set a global mobile theme?
Mr. X
2 years ago
I still don't know how I'm going to get my Wordpress contacts to use the same theme as me. And CNN, and XKCD, and ...
Mr. X
2 years ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Mike Goldman


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Mr. X
2 years ago
Remembering seeing these guys at the Longbranch on Bezerkeley in the 70s - I think there might have been ten people in the bar. Nobody had ever heard of them, and it's not like I went out specially to see them - I lived a few doors down from the bar (above a "massage parlor") and was just looking for something to do on Friday night.


The Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (soundstage) by exumedcat on YouTube
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Domovoy
2 years ago
Lol, that must be it :)
Harry
2 years ago from My Beautiful Friendica Node
1992 I saw them briefly at the #Bizarre Festival when it took place close to Aachen. The Ramones were the main act and - well - there were really many with Ramones t-shirt's. And, yeah, everybody was actually waiting for the Ramones.

Then finally, in the evening, they came on stage and started playing a few accords and stopped again. They explained that the drummer had a broken arm and he still was having pain in it so he could not play. And they were gone again.

Puh, can you imagine the atmosphere then?

Thank god did The Pogues take over stage then. They really did turn it around again.
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Giaco el vecio
2 years ago from freedom land
YouTube on Youtube
Torsten Schilinsky
2 years ago
Looks quite appealing. Reminds me of German "Raumpatrouille Orion" - with a not that sophisticated design. ;-)
But I never saw UFO on German television.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Nepesh Hacker


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Mr. X
2 years ago
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Mr. X
2 years ago
That's the old Anglican church in Exeter. Was looking at property out there today. The other photos in the album are from the property in question. It's a lovely part of the world - but way the heck out there.
Mr. X
2 years ago
exeter nsw - Google Maps on Google Maps
Mr. X
2 years ago
Thinking about how we might provide better image handling for stuff like the Sunday Breakfast cartoons - and also be adaptable to the currently trendy 'magazine blog' formats.

I think the key is that we want to prefer scaling in the horizontal dimension, to fit a certain width, and let the height go. But we also don't want to have radically different size photos if they're just portrait vs. landscape mode.

So the key is probably to check the ratio - and use bidirectional scaling if it's less than or equal to 16:9, and then just use a horizontal constraint if it's higher than that. So long horizontal strips will get squashed, but long vertical strips should come out all right. There's no easy way to do both - but our constraints are almost always going to be horizontal.

Then we probably need to have a way to allow themes to prefer a certain scaling for any images we have locally. That's harder because we have to process each message and match against all possible local photo resources.

And I think it's time to add in our 200-225px scaling, which I reserved a spot for but held off on because it makes pretty small photos. We need that to fully support photo-mag layouts.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Just tested the scaling part of this and it works well so checked it in. Normal photos get scaled as before. Very tall photos only get scaled horizontally and the vertical size is allowed to float proportionally.

Need somebody with imagick to review and fix the imagick resize function appropriately. I've left notes in the source.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Comments on photos are totally messed up (if you view them on the photo page), since they use a lot of the same structures as "threaded conversations", but haven't kept up to date with the changes to how conversations are displayed.

This needs some love. Basically we want to send photo commenting and display through "conversation()" just like everything else.

The only difference is that the "top-level" item in this case is a photo and not the post attached to it. Everything else should work exactly the same, including adding likes/dislikes/comments on and resharing the top level item - even though you can't see this item directly on the photo/view page. You see the photo instead (along with the rest of the conversation stream).
Mr. X
2 years ago
Time to post this once again.


Amazing Sand Art on Ukraine's Got talent - Kseniya Simonova by cybervanig2000 on YouTube
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Matthias Moritz
2 years ago
Wow, this Sand Art is just awesome.
Mr. X
2 years ago
And then a little stopover in another dimension...


[HD] David Gilmour - Pink Floyd - Marooned (The Strat Pack) by w0lfield on YouTube


Hope you've enjoyed the trip.
Mr. X
2 years ago
mozillanews
Announcing the First Beta Release of Persona http://dlvr.it/2DXcXP
link
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Michael MD
2 years ago
Re: Persona ... does a site need a CA certificate to support it?
Olivier M.
2 years ago
It's rather sad, but yes : browser-accepted CA is a requirement.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Some cool stuff coming... If there's something a theme designer or plugin designer can't do in Red, it's probably because it can't be done - and not because we don't provide a way to do it.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Meet the new boss
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again

Change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fall that's all
But the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
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Harry
2 years ago from My Beautiful Friendica Node

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again by sicilian803 on YouTube
Mr. X
2 years ago
Then I discover it's the theme song for an American crime show. Ironic. The revolution was all about big business and war.

Though performers were ultimately pawns of big business.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Chris Winstead


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Mr. X
2 years ago
If any of you have Twitter access - could you please forward a happy birthday to @annewalk from all of us at Friendica? (it's midnight there about 14 hours from now).
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Adam King
2 years ago
Happy Birthday @annewalk from all at Friendica :)
Oliver
2 years ago from Friendica mobile web
Done.
"Happy birthday from the citizens of friendicaland"
Mr. X
2 years ago
YouTube on Youtube
Haakon Meland Eriksen
2 years ago
Ha!I broke mine easily walking on a wire over a ravine. ;-)
Mr. X
2 years ago
Can Ben Silbermann Turn Pinterest Into The World's Greatest Shopfront? on Fastcodesign



For a guy running such a beautiful website, Ben Silbermann looks like hell: He has prominent bags under tired, watery eyes; his shoulders hang heavy; his shirt is wrinkled; and his dark hair is uncombed. When he speaks--with the open-vowel inflections of his Iowa upbringing--his voice is so slight that it often gets lost beneath the din of other conversations.
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Bruce Bane
2 years ago from The Free Web
I'm always amused when people can't (or won't) see things as they actually are...

- Many iPhone 5 Components Change, But Most Suppliers Remain the Same, Teardown Reveals

 Pay particular attention to the markup/margins. :-O
Michael MD
2 years ago
there is no way I'd pay over $600 for any phone (never have, probably never will) ... I wouldn't even pay even a third of that for a device that doesn't come with root access! .. If nobody can offer that then i'll just stick with what i already have
(and the next upgrade will probably be something recycled or second-hand like it normally is).

I really can't justify wasting my money if I am not in control of what data and software is the device and little annoys me more than being locked out of my own data!
Mr. X
2 years ago
Facebook and the Vegas-ization of the Internet on Bigthink



What happens in Vegas, no longer stays in Vegas - soon it will be all over the Internet. The 24/7 casino mentality that you only used to find along the Vegas Strip is coming to a social network near you. Within the UK, Facebook is already hard at work, making sure that online gambling will become a staple of your online social networking experie...
Michael MD
2 years ago
as if losing all those venues to pokies wasn't bad enough!
Mr. X
2 years ago
Mr. X
2 years ago
mozillanews
Firefox Tip – Do Not Track on Android http://dlvr.it/2BNT11
link
Michael MD
2 years ago
new header? .. what should a site do it it sees that header?
what at about cookies? (eg session cookies are needed to know if someone is logged in)
Mr. X
2 years ago
Clever - watch it full screen if you can.


Pilobolus Dance Theatre "Shadowland" by MoinIhrNasen on YouTube
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Torsten Schilinsky
2 years ago
Thank you/ Danke schön.
Amazing, what can be done with bodies and light. But shows now are not for people with little money.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Nuclear explosion in Kangaroo Valley. Film at 11.

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Australia tends to have some very unusual cloud formations. This one was definitely out of the ordinary.
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Arto
2 years ago
I would have hit the deck if I saw that mushroom in the sky.
Oliver
2 years ago
Epic!
Mr. X
2 years ago
Time to get back to Red - as I've spent the last several days tying up a lot of loose ends on the main project.
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Erkan Yılmaz
2 years ago
yes, I had a fresh install of RED

there was a column missing (1), which I added + now I got my invitation email also

(1)
2012-09-28 12:07:20:s60toqgh1imthrd5fi4643chk0 dba: Unknown column 'net-publish' in 'field list'
2012-09-28 12:07:20:s60toqgh1imthrd5fi4643chk0 dba: INSERT INTO `profile` ( `uid`, `profile_name`, `is_default`, `name`, `photo`, `thumb`, `publish`, `net-publish` )
VALUES ( 6, &#039;default&#039;, 1, &#039;Erkan the kid&#039;, &#039;http://localhost/photo/profile/6&#039;, &#039;http://localhost/photo/avatar/6&#039;, 0, 0 ) returned false.
Unknown column 'net-publish' in 'field list'
Mr. X
2 years ago
Ah, the install is probably still pointing to the old 'register' link.

Skip that part and register from the login/home page once the DB is installed.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Mike the Friendican is now friends with Davide Pesenti


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Mr. X
2 years ago
Mike the Friendican is now friends with Dezett Meow


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Mr. X
2 years ago
This snap was taken on a magical day long ago - a Sunday afternoon in 1989.

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So was this:

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Mr. X
2 years ago
@Eros - yeah the entire band (that would've been me) was in a great mood.


@Bruce Bane Easter 2007
Eros
2 years ago
one man band, just like me :-)
Mr. X
2 years ago
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Mr. X
2 years ago
Camels have severe attitude issues. This one sounded a lot like a choking calf, and they love to spit on you.

Don't ask.
Mr. X
2 years ago
Defiance.

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