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In the late 1930s Harold Edgerton, a professor of engineering at MIT, pioneered techniques of ultra-high-speed stroboscopic photography to reveal aspects of the moving world previously invisible to the naked eye-a speeding bullet eviscerating an apple, the graceful spiral of a golf stroke, the coronet formed by a falling drop of milk.
During World War II, Edgerton worked with the Atomic Energy Commission to develop a camera, the Rapatronic, capable of capturing the fleeting incandescent flash of a nuclear explosion. Edgerton and his assistants set up their equipment on a tower seven miles from a nuclear test site and, using exposures as short as one-billionth of a second, recorded this ominous glowing shape hovering like an alien life-form or a colossal balloon. Made when the dream of technology threatened to turn into a nightmare, Edgerton's haunting images of nuclear explosions help us visualize the inconceivable.
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Re: Abdul's official "The past is a foreign country" thread.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:38 am

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:53 pm

Museum?
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A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Post by Witness » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:38 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:53 pm
Museum?
"Salle des maquettes, École des Ponts & Chaussées, 1924". Which I translate as: "Models hall, School of Roads & Bridges (Paris), 1924". One of the big French engineering schools.



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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:35 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:27 pm
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I don't know who he is, but he'd look a lot better with a cute little mustache. :)
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:40 am

There's a story (probably an urban legend) that he once entered a Charlie Chaplain lookalike contest, but didn't win.
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Post by xouper » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:01 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:40 am
There's a story (probably an urban legend) that he once entered a Charlie Chaplain lookalike contest, but didn't win.
Did Charlie Chaplin lose a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest?

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Post by shemp » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:33 am

Bob Dylan.
"It is not I who is mad! It is I who is crazy!" -- Ren Hoek

Freedom of choice
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:29 am

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Longacre Square: 1911
Shorpy
New York, 1911. "Longacre Square south." Times Square to you and me, with the Rector and Astor hotels flanking the New York Times building, now almost completely encased in electronic signage and launch pad for the New Year's "ball drop." Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill.
To someone who grew up in New York City, this is still immediately recognizable by the street configuration and some of the buildings.

But the real past-is-a-foreign-country aspect of the view is not the buildings that aren't there yet nor lack of flashy signage.

It's the lack of traffic.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:50 pm

Only 99 bucks for the wooden Indian. What is that in today's dollars? :lmao:

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Post by robinson » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:39 am

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You never know what's going to happen, then some shit happens nobody saw coming, then later somebody says they knew it was coming, then some new shit happens nobody saw coming, rinse and repeat

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Post by Witness » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:49 am

Nice carnival, 1933:

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Stereographic:

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Post by Grammatron » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:27 am

People had different nightmares in the past.

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Post by Pyrrho » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:36 am


The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

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Post by sparks » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:42 am

Isn't that Admiral Blandy cutting the nuke cake in the comments section?
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:51 am

I had to know, so here's the rest of the story.

The Atomic Cake Controversy of 1946
http://conelrad.blogspot.com/2010/09/at ... -1946.html
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THE PARTY AND THE SERMON

The celebratory event took place on Tuesday evening, November 5, 1946 at the Officers’ Club of the Army War College in Washington, D.C. The occasion was to mark the disbanding of Joint Army-Navy Task Force Number One, the body that organized and oversaw the first post-war atomic tests in the Pacific. These highly publicized detonations on Bikini Atoll are remembered today, if at all, for displacing an entire indigenous population of islanders, for inspiring a revealing line of swimwear for women and for unleashing the myth that movie star Rita Hayworth’s image was once affixed to an A-bomb.

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Whole thing at link
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