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June 27, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

The Year Is 1985


Ronald Reagan is president, a gallon of gas is just $1.09, inflation is only 3.5%, Gorbachev is the new leader of the USSR, New Coke is unveiled, the top rated TV program is The Cosby Show, Madonna is still new, TWA Flight 847 and the Italian Cruise Liner "Achille Lauro" are hijacked, Windows 1.0. is released, Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's career base hit record, Super Mario Brothers appearst, and the first WrestleMania takes place in New York, and much much more.

So here are a few commercials blocks to transport you back to those days of yore:

and more here, here, here, and here.

This Weekend is ARRL Field Day 2010
Oh yeah I forgot to mention this yesterday but this weekend is this year's Field Day where amateur radio operators take to the outdoors and practice operating in emergency conditions. It's also a chance to show off their equipment and show people what ham radio is all about. If the apocalypse comes, odds are that amateur radio operators will be the only civilians with a reliable means of communication. Which is why I maintain my Extra class license and keep a HT and solar charger at hand.


Jordan IS Palestine
After WWI Palestine consisted of present-day Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Today the Arab world and the Left are obsessed with three of these but not the fourth, Jordan.


Time To Cash Out of the Euro?
All indicators point to a sudden collapse of the euro since Greece and Portugal are almost certain to abandon the it sometime this summer. Meanwhile the political classes seem to be in denial about it. So if you have any euros, I'd convert them to a more stable currency.


Remembering Reagan's "A Time For Choosing" Speech
This is the famous speech that made Reagan a national political figure. He gave it in October 1964 in support of Barry Goldwater's campaign and it became so famous that many refer to it as simply "the Speech". Here you can see the angry, determined Reagan behind the avuncular image. And if you haven't ever watched the entire speech, I advise you to do so right now. You won't regret it and the ONT will still be here when you're done.

Graduation Ceremonies Around The World


And here an Englishman has a thoughtful essay on the differences between American 'commencements' and British 'graduations' and why class reunions are so important to Americans. Definitely worth a listen.

First Look At The Shire
Some pics from the upcoming The Hobbit movie slated for release in 2012.


Alt '77
What 1977 technology would look like in an alternate universe.


Best Acceptance Speech Ever! (NSFW)

Are Orangutans People?
Well they use do tools to solve problems, communicate with sign language in zoos, and seem to have a sense of humor. So I'd say at a minimum they're on the edge of personhood if not already on the same side as humans.


10 Weird Sleeping Bags


Weekly AoSHQ Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [528 comments] 'Kratos (missing from the side of Mt Olympus)' [74.11 posts/day]
2 [419 comments] 'Miss'80sBaby'
3 [357 comments] 'Delta Smelt'
4 [334 comments] 'stuiec'
5 [274 comments] 'The Dread Pirate No Beard'
6 [268 comments] 'runningrn'
7 [262 comments] 'The War Between the Undead States'
8 [249 comments] 'Blazer'
9 [237 comments] 'buzzion'
10 [231 comments] 'CDR M'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [97 names] 'Delta Smelt' [13.62 unique names/day]
2 [81 names] 'kbdabear'
3 [46 names] 'George Orwell'
4 [43 names] 'runningrn'
5 [43 names] '18-1'
6 [41 names] 'The Scarlet Pimperal'
7 [40 names] 'The Dread Pirate No Beard'
8 [40 names] 'Blue Hen'
9 [40 names] 'A Balrog of Morgoth'
10 [36 names] 'Ricky Henderson'

The group. Yeah.

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