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October 17, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (17 Oct 2015)

So here's your latest funny for the day. Obama ready to negotiate with N. Korea on nukes if they're serious. Lil' Kim must be licking his chops with this offer. He's watching Iran get what it wants and still violate the agreement with no fear of reprisal. You know Obama would love to be able to say he got a nuclear deal done with the NORKS in addition to Iran.


Football physics: the forces behind those big hits.

A-10 Northern Lights Gallery

Beautiful pics of A-10's under the northern lights in Estonia.

Instrumental Core Cover

This is actually better than the original. His Game Of Thrones cover is outstanding too.

Clothing Dangers

The crazy ways your clothes can kill you.


Illinois Army vet, 75, saves 16 kids from knife-wielding teen. If this vet hadn't stopped this teen, I'm willing to bet quite a few of those kids would've been seriously injured or dead. Another failure of a "weapon free" zone.

Migrant Tsunami

You're screwing yourselves Germany as small German towns are washed away in tsunami of third world immigrants. This won't end well.

D20 & Voyager

What links Voyager to the D20?

This code was actually used in early space telescopes to transmit images and cope with errors. However, it wasn't efficient enough to cope with color images. Fortunately there's one more 'perfect' code that again derives from a geometric shape, namely the regular icosahedron - aka a D20.

To be strictly fair, this technique doesn't involve numbered faces but rather the 12 points (vertices). In a similar way to with the fanoplane, we can construct a matrix based on whether a particular pair of points are connected by a single line. Even without adding any new techniques, that gives us 26 possible message options (12 rows in the matrix, another 12 by reversing each digit, and the strings of all 0s and all 1s).

Rita Hayworth

They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Today is the anniversary of the birth of superstar American movie actress and dancer Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) in Brooklyn.

Liquor Store Incident

Alright, which one of you morons participated in this? Liquor store ransacked after vehicles crash into it.

Cat Video

Tonight's ONT brought to you by demon cat:

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