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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:03 pm 
 

Just watching pictures of this on the evening news.  Terrifying.  I hope that no-one you know has been cought up in this.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:44 am 
 

Reminds me of the Silver Bridge collapse here in WV years ago. It crossed the Ohio River at Point Pleasant.  Some might now that story.

Things like this should never happen when it comes down to maintenance and inspection.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:19 pm 
 

Guido-the-Gypsy wrote:Good news.   Everyone is accounted for.   Whew!!!  Scary.   They were caught in traffic and could not make any calls out because cell phone networks were bogged down with all the activity.

Six confirmed dead now.   I suspect that it will only get worse.


Hey Paul, good to hear that your freinds are all okay.  

It also seems this is turning out to be not as bad as originally feared:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_ ... e_collapse

It really is a miracle that this didn't turn out to as bad as it could have and thank God for that. :)  Watching the footage of the actual collapse is both scary and crazy.  How exactly does the whole bridge just freaking give out  :? :

http://www.break.com/index/security-tap ... lapse.html

Seriously, some people need to spend long some years in jail over this kind of irresponsible BS that led up to this. This kind stuff should not be happening in any country in the west.  I mean its not like we live in the freaking Congo or something where they can't afford to fix it or that we don't have the man power or know how how to prevent this kind of stuff from happening. There is no excuses on this one...


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:21 pm 
 

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Hey Paul, good tyo hear that your freinds are okay.  

It also seems this is turning out to be not as bad as originally feared:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070803/ap_ ... e_collapse

It really is a miracle that this didn't turn out to as bad as it could have and thank God for that. :)  Watching the footage of the actual collapse is both scary and crazy.  How exactly does the whole bridge just freaking giove out  :? :

http://www.break.com/index/security-tap ... lapse.html

Seriously, some people need to spend some years in jail over this kind of irresponsible BS that led up to this. This kind stuff should not be happening in any country in the west.


well considering how important the motor industry is to the american way of life, including politics, its amazing things like this happen! i would have though these kinda things would be obscenely high on any governmental list of priorities?

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:21 pm 
 

If it could be shown that there was criminal negligence, people would indeed go to jail for this, as well as possibly conspiracy to commit a felony or whatever the hell its called (I dunno all the legal jumbo...) and I think that would be good. "Infrastructure" is supposed to work, that's why it is what it is... and for too long have some said "We've got the best in the world." Yep... I bet we do.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:24 pm 
 

Cattledog wrote:Reminds me of the Silver Bridge collapse here in WV years ago. It crossed the Ohio River at Point Pleasant.  Some might now that story.

Things like this should never happen when it comes down to maintenance and inspection.


I thought I recognized the name.  I remember it from watching the movie The Mothman Prophecies.  Very strange movie if I recall.  Richard Gere...boring as ever.  :P


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:00 pm 
 

Yep, The movie is based on the actual events that took place around Point Pleasant, WV in 68'
That bridge had been inspected a year before the accident iirc.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:34 pm 
 



Another video on that site, highly relevant to the topics discussed on this forum:
http://www.break.com/index/abigal_and_b ... twins.html

  


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:03 pm 
 

I hang out a bit on yog-sothoth.com - which is a great site.  But even for their high standards, this is an absolutely fascinating thread...

It is on whether you can survive in space without a spacesuit.  And since I know that you are all geeks at heart - here it is.


http://www.yog-sothoth.com/modules.php? ... 658#108658


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:06 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:I hang out a bit on yog-sothoth.com - which is a great site.  But even for their high standards, this is an absolutely fascinating thread...

It is on whether you can survive in space without a spacesuit.  And since I know that you are all geeks at heart - here it is.


http://www.yog-sothoth.com/modules.php? ... 658#108658


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:15 pm 
 

...moved from 'items thread'

Sadly, my dissertation has to be in by the 30th.  That is why I am wasting so much time here.  Displacement activity I believe it is called.  :D

Hopefully off to gencon Next Year


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:18 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:...moved from 'items thread'

Sadly, my dissertation has to be in by the 30th.  That is why I am wasting so much time here.  Displacement activity I believe it is called.  :D

Hopefully off to gencon Next Year


well i always said i would go one time, so there we go. always like the new experience and its high time i caught up with some of my real good friends anyway.

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:24 pm 
 

Take your credit card - you never know, perhaps your good intentions, the auction will throw up something interesting...

Has there been a 'preview' of stuff for sale - like last year?


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:31 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:Take your credit card - you never know, perhaps your good intentions, the auction will throw up something interesting...

Has there been a 'preview' of stuff for sale - like last year?


bah you know me i will just sit there and suddenly i will feel i want something and thats that :)



  


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:35 pm 
 

Oh, be sure to take loads of pics - be interesting to see the Acaeum lot all crowded together.  Perhaps of the dinner (although at that time frankly it is more of a late lunch  :wink: ) or the auction.  Hell, even at a game  :D


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:36 pm 
 

red_bus wrote:Oh, be sure to take loads of pics - be interesting to see the Acaeum lot all crowded together.  Perhaps of the dinner (although at that time frankly it is more of a late lunch  :wink: ) or the auction.  Hell, even at a game  :D


good thinking batman! will take my camera and get a load of shots. assuming its still working after being int he sahara :)

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:32 pm 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:
I thought I recognized the name.  I remember it from watching the movie The Mothman Prophecies.  Very strange movie if I recall.  Richard Gere...boring as ever.  :P


I was wondering when someone was going to mention the Mothman!  I was deliberately not bringing him up.

I saw The Mothman Prophecies a few years ago.

I thought it was a scary film...psychological drama.

When you watch with Tivo, you can go back to see the many frames in which the director hides scary images...barely on screen for a second, yet you say, "Did I see that?"

Scariest moment in the movie:

Richard Gere is standing at the mirror in his hotel room.  He is looking at a picture of his dead wife, taped to the mirror.  Gere stops....looks in the mirror...turns and looks behind him....clearly searching for the presence he has sensed in the room with him.

No, it was not a moment that included severed heads or a dumbass skeleton or yet another psycho killer or any of the other crap that scares teenage girls.  :pukel:  It was just a common experience of feeling frightened for no apparent reason...and we know exactly what Gere is feeling.  Gave me the creeps.

I've replayed it with Tivo a few times...there is nothing hidden in the frame.  It's just that sense....that there's someone there.  Brilliant.

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:09 am 
 

Just to Digress a little bit :wink:   I am in Tripoli at a internet cafe.  It is very 3rd world here (hot and smelly).  No malls and no diet coke :?

Hope my plane makes it in time for Gencon :)


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:21 am 
 

Blackmoor wrote:I am in Tripoli at a internet cafe.


Sure, if archeologists can lead lives of danger & adventure, why not game collectors? Apparently you've been pursuing tales of a rare orange B3 hidden in a desert tomb guarded by efreets.

Blackmoor wrote:Hope my plane makes it in time for Gencon


Try using one of the experimental Nazi flying-wing planes, just watch out for the propellers [& rival collectors].

  


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:34 am 
 

sauromatian wrote:Try using one of the experimental Nazi flying-wing planes, just watch out for the propellers [& rival collectors].


[bad accent]Mr. Blackmoor, again we see there is nothing you can bid on which I cannot snipe.[/bad accent]  :lol:

  
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