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March 17th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-17 00:18
  Subject:   Pneumatic shock end-cap.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-17 10:51
  Subject:   Now, I'm not claiming Mythbusters is GOOD science...
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http://www.xkcd.com/397/

Pretty much says it all. They take a hypothesis (myth), they perform experiments to test it (the fun part), and then they publish their conclusions for everyone to see (the show). If "form hypothesis - conduct experiment - publish results" isn't science, then I don't know what is.

Mind you, MythBusters isn't always good science. It's not usually rigorous science. But it IS science, any way you cut it. (It's also often engineering, and almost always entertainment. Hardly a bad combination.)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-17 11:17
  Subject:   New BigDog video.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Included: Carrying a 340 lb load, sliding on ice, walking over a big pile of cinder blocks, and galloping/jumping.

(via science_porn.)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-17 12:13
  Subject:   Pilot admits to shooting down Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in '44.
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The 63-year-old mystery surrounding the death of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the celebrated French aviator and author of the beloved book Le Petit Prince, has finally been solved. An 88-year-old Luftwaffe veteran has confessed to shooting down the writer's plane over the Mediterranean on 31 July, 1944.

"If I had known, I wouldn't have fired," lamented the former Luftwaffe pilot, Horst Rippert, who greatly admired the author and kept the secret of how he died until he was tracked down by a German historian. Saint-Exupéry was last seen alive when he took off in his Lockheed Lightning P-38 from Borgo air base in Corsica at around 14:30. He was 44 when he died and his body has never been found. "I did not target a man I knew. I fired at an enemy aircraft which was shot down. There it is," said Mr Rippert, who appeared inconsolable at having killed Saint-Exupéry. "His works inspired many among us to become aviators," he added.


http://news.scotsman.com/world/39I-shot-French-literary-hero.3883493.jp
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-17 21:46
  Subject:   "Blog about something I find beautiful"
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Remember that you asked for another post full of Jennifer Connelly links. Your fault. ;]


An oldie but a goodie. No longer the little girl of Labrinth, but still young.


The biggest "duh!" in history - has someone told Joss?


And we'll throw in Melissa Theuriau while we're at it. (I love the soothing background music in this one, it cracks me up.)
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