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 2007/2/14 [Consumer/Camera] UID:45736 Activity:high 2/14 http://www.harpers.org/TheSecretMainstream.html Yet Herzog continued working with Kinski--they eventually made five films together--and in this, one can detect something of the perversity that impelled the director to drag a boat across a mountain in the first place. Herzog has never really been able to fully account for his and Kinski's twisted reliance upon each other. He did pull from Kinski some astonishing performances--particularly in Woyzeck, a film basically composed of several long one-take sequences--but their working relationship involved serial pledges to kill each other. Kinski, who died in 1991, wrote in his autobiography that "I absolutely despise this murderous Herzog. . . . Huge red ants should piss into his lying eyes, gobble up his balls, penetrate his asshole, and eat his guts!" [16][4]
 2007/2/14-17 [Recreation/Dating] UID:45737 Activity:nil 2/14 Valentine's Day special: http://www.csua.org/u/i1i Do Silicon Valley geeks really want to date over the hill Marina chicks? \_ Holy crap! In that fashion pic. Marv Su is wearing almost the exact button up shirt my wife got me, and I refused to wear! \_ Why the hell would you refuse to wear that, especially when it was a gift? \_ It wasn't exactly a gift, she generally buys clothes for me when she goes shopping, and returns the ones I don't like. It's hard to see in the photo, but on mine the grid pattern was barbie-purple. It looked like something the nerd from a bad 80's teen movie would wear. Apparently it's now in fashion. \_ "barbie-purple". :-)
 2007/2/14-17 [Consumer/Camera] UID:45738 Activity:low 2/14 Amazing photo (Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning) http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070205.html \_ Lightnings are just fractions of a second. How do photographers capture them? \_ It's pretty clear that's a longer exposure. But I've seen some equipment that actually detects flashes. Also, in a good thunderstorm, if you just click a bunch of exposures as fast as the camera will go over a few seconds, you'll get some lightning. \- er how is that supposed to work? lighting happens at t0, reaches "flash detector" at t0+\episilon, shutter opens at t0+\epsilon+\shutter_lag ... with no AF, the shutter lag on expensive professional bodies [Canon 1D, Nikon D2] is in 10s of miliseconds (there are a couple of consumer camera that are faster, but not in the "couple of ms" range.) How long does a lightning bolt last, do you think? Anyway, you would normally do this with a bulb setting and a pretty decent aperture ... note also on a digital it might be kinda noisy. Shooting lightning at night and day as as different as night and day ... so to speak. i havent personally shot any lightning but have done some night long exposure stuff [ymte valley ... came out ok] and some fireworks [didnt come out well]. \_ You do know that lightning is not an instantaneous phenomenon, right? \- i've given you some numbers on shutter lag. where are yours? photo flashes are not instantaneous either but from the point of view of the shutter flash-flash syncing basically occurs at the same time. flash->flash (slave) syncing basically occurs at the same time. BTW, I am not saying this wont work any way any how ... i am just curious how it would given the numbers i am aware of.
 2007/2/14-15 [Recreation/Dating] UID:45739 Activity:nil 2/14 I always thought the boobs on the female Autobots in the Transformers movie were totally hot. \_ I found hotter boobs. http://flickr.com/photos/oliviamiao
 2007/2/14-15 [Uncategorized] UID:45740 Activity:nil 2/14 http://geekz.co.uk/schneierfacts In Soviet Russia, Bruce Schneier considers Edsger Dijkstra harmful.
 2007/2/14-17 [Health/Disease/General, ERROR, uid:45741, category id '18005#12.0059' has no name! , ] UID:45741 Activity:high 2/14 A few days ago there was a brief discussion about socialized health care. Walter Williams has a column today that addresses existing problems of Canada and UK health care. -emarkp http://csua.org/u/i1p \_ The Canadian statistics there are interesting. They give numbers like "the median wait for a CT scan across Canada was 4.3 weeks, but in Prince Edward Island, it's 9 weeks". PEI is the smallest and poorest province in Canada, though, so that's not really surprising. All the above-the-median examples they give are from the small, poor provinces -- this suggests that wait times in the major provinces (Ontario, Quebec, BC) are significantly lower than the numbers in the article, which fits with what my friends and relatives have experienced. --mconst \_ Wrong--not "significantly lower" than the median. A little googling turned up the publication: http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/shared/readmore.asp?sNav=pb&id=863 "Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia had the shortest wait for computed tomography (4.0 weeks)" -emarkp \_ Oh, and here's the Observer article from 2002: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/nhs/story/0,,661090,00.html "The number waiting a dangerously long time has doubled in two years, says a devastating official study obtained by The Observer." -emarkp \_ BORRRRRING \_ Not necessarily. If the population on PEI and other poor regions is low than their numbers won't have a dramatic impact on the average across the country. I don't have numbers for these places and honestly don't care enough to look them up but your basic logic is flawed. \_ I'd rather wait 9 weeks for a govt paid CT scan than 2 days for one that costs \$15,000 out of pocket. \_ What if your condition becomes terminal in that 9 weeks? \_ There's no question that there's a trade off. But in the end I believe that more people would benefit from the service who don't have healthcare than those who would suffer because of wait times. \_ So, it seems like the obvious solution here would be to allow people to pay for fast service if they wish. (I haven't read the article yet.) -jrleek \_ Which is explicitly disallowed, at least in Canada. -emarkp \_ There is a lot of room for debate on whether we should move to socialized medicine. However, I find http://TownHall.com to be distress- ingly partisan. Thank you for the article; please let us know if a more reliable source has something to say. --erikred \_ You attack the messenger because you don't like the message? How about we examine the message itself. Is there a flaw in their data or reporting? \_ http://TownHall.com is a collection for opinions on the right. If you reject a source of debate that you don't like, how can you have a debate? Williams is an economist and from reading his columns, I think he's clearly libertarian (in philosophy if not in party registration). I'm perfectly happy reading opinions from the left on (say) http://moveon.org, etc. and opinions from the right on a different site. Why do you object to that? -emarkp \_ Of course, anytime you ration the use of something, you are going to cause a wait for it. In the US, we just ration by ability to pay, in Canada they do it by the severity of your problem. People die all the time in the US because they can't afford treatment, and Dr. Williams is being disingenuous to pretend otherwise. \_ Ah, but the difference is that when people bid up the cost of something, there is financial incentive to bring more players into the market. The US system, while deeply flawed, does allow government (or charities) to subsidize the cost of care for people who can't afford it, and those who can afford it can get it by paying cash. -emarkp \_ Where do the blood sucking parasites, I mean, insurance companies fit into this equation? \_ Insurance simply spreads risk. We pay them to manage risk for us. However, the current insurance/medical regime is the problem with the system. To some extent we *do* have socialized care, since medical essentially determines reimbursment amounts, and mandates care at emergency rooms. -emarkp \_ Tell me again how "no one dies" due to lack of medical care in America: http://www.csua.org/u/i26 But yes, in many ways we have both the worst of socialism and the worst of capitalism all rolled up in our terrible medical delivery system. \_ I never said it in the first place. Can't you read? -emarkp \_ "I challenge anyone to show me people dying on the streets because they don't have health insurance." So you didn't say it, but your source did.
 2007/2/14 [Uncategorized] UID:45742 Activity:nil 2/14 http://lil-markie.livejournal.com
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