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July 11th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 11:00
  Subject:   The Berkeley mine pit in Butte, Montana.
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  Music:Devo - Working in the Coal Mine (Heavy Metal OST)
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Just outside Butte, Montana lies a pit of greenish poison a mile and a half wide and over a third of a mile deep. It hasn't always been so - it was once a thriving copper mine appropriately dubbed "The Richest Hill in the World." Over a billion tons of copper ore, silver, gold, and other metals were extracted from the rock to satisfy the growing demand for radios, televisions, telephones, automobiles, computers, and all the other equipment of America’s post-war boom.

But by 1983, the hill was so exhausted that the Anaconda Mining Company was no longer able to extract minerals in profitable amounts. They packed up all the equipment that they could move, shut down the water pumps, and moved on to more lucrative scraps of Earth. Without the pumps, rain and groundwater gradually began to collect in the pit, leaching out the metals and minerals in the surrounding rock. The water became as acidic as lemon juice, creating a toxic brew of heavy metal poisons including arsenic, lead, and zinc. No fish live there, and no plants line the shores. There aren’t even any insects buzzing about. The Berkeley Pit had become one of the deadliest places on earth, too toxic even for microorganisms. Or so it was thought...


http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=961/foo
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 11:28
  Subject:   ATMZ - YUR USING 'EM RONG. BANKZ - YUR BUILDING 'EM RONG.
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  Mood:DAR-WIN!
  Music:Accept - Bound To Fail
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At approximately 3 PM, Tuesday, July 2, a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500, pulling a new travel trailer, hit the corner of the Texas State Bank Drive-In on Tenaha Street, causing the whole awning to come crashing to the ground.

http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/bank.php

http://wtfurls.com/videos/488/how-not-to-use-the-drive-through-atm - Funniest video you'll see today.


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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 13:56
  Subject:   Iran releases new missle test photo.
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  Music:http://laughingsquid.com/you-suck-at-photoshop-by-donnie-hoyle/
  Tags:  humor, reddit


Z0MG HAX!!1!

As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo was used on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/in-an-iranian-image-a-missile-too-many/index.html?hp
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 14:44
  Subject:   It's time for a new Democratic party mascot.
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  Tags:  politics, reddit, usa not worth saving

Let’s make it official.

It is time to change the Democratic Party mascot from a donkey, to a weasel. I propose a weasel holding a white flag, and wearing knee pads.

July 9, 2008 will go down as the day in history that the Democratic Party, on bended-knee, raised the white flag and capitulated to the most fervent desire of George Bush and Dick Cheney: to immunize the giant phone corporations and the Bush administration itself from any legal liability for their unconstitutional, criminal spying on ordinary American citizens.

This vote will be seen as the moment when all pretense of an opposition party in America dissolved.


http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/07/swap-the-donkey-for-a-weasel/
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 15:45
  Subject:   New Mirror's Edge screenshots.
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http://kotaku.com/5023717/mirrors-edge-impressions-new-screens-and-trailer

Edit: New gameplay video.

(Previously.)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-07-11 23:59
  Subject:   Laptop-controlled paintball gun sentry.
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  Music:Plastic Assault - !Splat!
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VERSION 5: Laptop is moved all the way forward, right support arm was found to be unnecessary and removed, 2:1 servo gear reduction improved response time and torque & a Ion paintball gun replaces the Airsoft pistol. Watch the video.

http://willysm38.home.comcast.net/~willysm38/projecthistory.htm
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