Scans of Western Electric Telephones and Equipment manuals and policies. Some of these originally ran 10,000+ pages and were vital to making the telephone system work.
I've been fishing with my son more and have found that I do best, and as well as anyone around me at the time, with just a piece of cane, a little line, and a hook with some foil tied to it.  
 
That got me to wondering if anyone had made something along the lines of a cane pole I could keep in my pocket. Turns out the have. So began my journey into reading about Tenkara fishing.  
 
This to me is the culmination of what I want to carry...as little as possible in a wee package.
I was a kid of the 1980s. I was a SF/Fantasy loving kid who ate up movies and books with the full glee of a kid creating their pop culture references for the first time. I was there to watch Elliot lay a trail of Reeses Pieces for E.T. I was there to sob as Artax was swallowed in the pits of Despair. It was Inigo Montoya I invoked whenever I picked up a toy sword. I watched The Navigator, Explorers, Legend, the Dark Crystal, Ghostbusters . . . the list goes on. And then there was Labyrinth (1986).
Retro Junk
Posted by beaglebot in vices 9 years ago
A retro collection of TV commercials, movie trailers and theme songs - all from the 1980s.
Dedicated to creating an awareness of old, obscure, and perhaps outlandish words that are really quite tame once you make their acquaintance!  
 
[WTF Theme Day]
The Blob(fish)
Posted by beaglebot in strangely funny 10 years ago
The Blobfish, nicknamed the Ziggy fish, lives so deep in the ocean that rather than expending energy on swimming in the immense pressure, its body is made of a gelatinous mass slightly less dense than water, allowing it to simply float slightly above the floor. The fish eats whatever food happens to be in front of it at the moment, proving that a creature with an utter lack of ambition still has a niche somewhere.  
 
[WTF Theme Day]
EDuke32
Posted by beaglebot in fun & games 10 years ago
EDuke32 is a port of the classic 3D Realms game Duke Nukem 3D (or Duke3D for short) to Windows, Linux and OSX. EDuke32 adds many new convenient features and modernizations for casual players and many editing features and scripting extensions for mod authors.  
 
EDuke32 screams cool so loud you'll think Bruce Dickinson got uppercut in the balls by Freddy Krueger. It even comes with Mapster32, an enhanced version of that good ol' Build editor you remember messing around with when you were a kid.
Duke Plus
Posted by beaglebot in fun & games 10 years ago
DukePlus is a game-enhancer and customizer for the EDuke32 port of Duke Nukem 3D. Written by Dan Gaskill (a.k.a. “DeeperThought”), the DukePlus mod provides optional enhancements to the original game as well as giving level-designers a vast selection of new options and effects to utilize in their maps.  
 
Highlights:  
 
* Enemy customization  
* Translucent Water  
* Ladders  
* Grabbable and pushable objects  
* Optional weapon replacements and alternate fire modes  
* Player ally AI  
* Sector based dynamic lighting system  
* Gore and weapon damage effects  
* In-game options menu  
 
I've been playing with this and it really is new life in a 10+ year old game  
 
Remember "Duke Nukem 3D", the great first-person shooter 3D Realms released back in 1996? Its cool protagonist, ingame atmosphere, original weaponry and many other features make it worth playing even today.  
 
For all Duke fans who want to play the game again in a modern Windows environment with 3D accelerated graphics, the Duke3D community has created the High Resolution Pack (HRP). Utilizing the amazing skills of various texturing and modelling artists, the project´s goal is to replace all textures and sprites with high-res versions, optimizing it for latest OpenGL ports.  
 
All you need is the "duke3d.grp" file from your original Duke3D v1.3d or Atomic (v1.5) CD-ROM. You can also play with the Duke3D Shareware Episode.  
 
Here's what the Duke3D HRP has to offer:  
 
* EDuke32 port for Duke Nukem 3D (by TerminX and Plagman), based on JFDuke3D by Jonathon Fowler. For more info about these ports, check out JonoF's JFDuke3D and the EDuke32 site.  
* 32-bit high resolution textures with 4 times the detail of the original textures.  
* Models instead of the old sprites.  
* Optional: OGG soundtrack (by MusicallyInspired) and DukePlus mod (by DeeperThought)  
 
While the HRP is still "work in progress" and missing quite a few textures and models, you can check the Duke Nukem 3D source code forums for additional content or - even better - contributing something of your own.
Oscar Mayer Dead
Posted by beaglebot in vices 10 years ago
Oscar Mayer dead at 95. There will be no Weiner Mobile at the funeral.
Justine Lai
Posted by beaglebot in it's the arts 10 years ago
In Join Or Die, I paint myself having sex with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order. I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public legacies and private lives. The presidency itself is a seemingly immortal and impenetrable institution; by inserting myself in its timeline, I attempt to locate something intimate and mortal. I use this intimacy to subvert authority, but it demands that I make myself vulnerable along with the Presidents. A power lies in rendering these patriarchal figures the possible object of shame, ridicule and desire, but it is a power that is constantly negotiated.  
 
I approach the spectacle of sex and politics with a certain playfulness. It would be easy to let the images slide into territory that's strictly pornographic—the lurid and hardcore, the predictably "controversial." One could also imagine a series preoccupied with wearing its "Fuck the Man" symbolism on its sleeve. But I wish to move beyond these things and make something playful and tender and maybe a little ambiguous, but exuberantly so. This, I feel, is the most humanizing act I can do.
The Guild of Professional English Butlers is based in London and provides an international butler training services to:  
 
* Individuals who require professional butler training  
* Hotels who wish to improve their guest service or introduce a butler service  
* Individuals who wish to employ the services of a butler  
* Trained butlers who are looking for career advice and International job placement opportunitites
Purple Day
Posted by beaglebot in health 10 years ago
Founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.
Southwest Script
Posted by beaglebot in it's the arts 10 years ago
A slate tablet bearing the longest inscription yet found in the enigmatic Southwest Script has been found in southern Portugal, as reported by the Associated Press today. Although it’s only 86 characters long, it represents a major expansion in the corpus of Southwest Script inscriptions, which all come from southwestern Iberia (hence the name) and date from the 7th-5th centuries BCE. Southwest Script is one of the world’s more obscure semi-deciphered scripts; one can get a sense of this by the fact that about half of the top 20 hits on Google are to today’s news article (although the label ‘Tartessian’ is somewhat more common).  
 
The Southwest Script is typologically complex. As discussed in the article, some of the signs are alphabetic (roughly, one sign = one phoneme, either a consonant or vowel), others are syllabic (one sign = one consonant + vowel combination), and others are of unknown signification - possibly representing whole words (logograms) or something else entirely. The sound-symbol correspondences can be established because the signs are related to several other Iberian scripts and ultimately to a Phoenician ancestor - so it is possible to read some parts of some of the inscriptions phonetically. But this is far outweighed by what we don’t know (yet).  
Dumb Otaku
Posted by beaglebot in some dude/some chick 11 years ago
This is my blog for learning Japanese and posting about my thoughts on anime and Japanese culture in general. The name tends to throw people off when I tell them the name I came up with. So we are going to break it down a tad bit.  
 
Dumb:  
I chose this because I wanted to choose ignorant in the sense I don’t know a lot and have a lot to learn, but I can’t spell ignorant correctly half the time so I wont be able to visit my own site so I chose a funny synonym. About learning I specifically have a lot to learn about Japan, Japanese, and Anime. Mostly just want to learn more and more about Japanese culture. I also want to share the info I come up with with the world so others can learn or tell me how wrong I am, thus the blog.  
 
Otaku:  
I chose this word for the more original form of the word and not the negative all anime form. I am a very intense person when I want to learn something and tend to really really get into it. Which probably means I might be posting a lot or at least consistently over a period of time as I learn more and more and more. I will probably post a lot about anime, but it won’t be just about anime.  
 
A friend's blog about his interest in things Japanese