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Seems I missed milestone: On December 20th, 1993, I made a Usenet post in alt.vampyres about a book I was reading, which means that I have been using the internet for over fifteen years. There are kids in driver's ed who weren't born yet when I had my first email address dahlsad@plains.nodak.edu. Note for nosy people: there are posts clearly misindexed with me as the writer, so don't trust that the bad poetry and comments on videogames are me. #

While renovating his home, an Indiana man noticed pipes running through a wall which shouldn't have had anything on the other side. Pried up floorboards revealed a staircase, which led to a hidden tile-walled secret room. These sort of events bring out the 12-year-old in everybody; who doesn't want to find a mysterious secret room in their house? Theories range from a private sauna to a prohibition-era still; the owner either needs to call the Hardy Boys, or hit his local historical society for more info. #

Low Earth Orbit objects are moving very, very fast, but they're quite tiny - relatively - given the enormous size of their orbits, so two satellites running into each other is highly unlikely. While highly improbable, it isn't impossible, as this week proved: An Iridium sattelite-phone relay collided with a non-operational Russian satellite earlier this week at around 15,000 mph (over Mach 20 at sealevel), creating two belts of debris that will continually circle the earth until other objects cross their orbit (possibly causing damage that creates more shrapnel debris) or they fall into the atmosphere. #

Today's Lincoln's birthday (get your new pennies!), and a new discovery in Lincolnania has been made: on some original correspondence written by Lincoln, a Florida college student has discovered one of the few Lincoln fingerprints known to be in existence. #

In Kill Bill, the Bride takes a shotgun load of rock salt as a means of slowing her down — but dows it work? One gun afficianado tries it out, happily not on any living things. #

A high-school english teacher gets dosed with LSD by a student. A fun short read, but the story, its structure, its tone, (and according to MeFi experts) seems to sound more like the fiction of an egghead who wishes he had tried LSD that one time when he had the chance, unlike the teacher who dosed himself in the line of work. #

In the Max Headroom universe, it is shown that some TV cameras in the "near future" are structured like an M-16 for easy handling - it's not so bad an idea, as an Army field photographer has mounted his camera on a gunstock, for ease of use. Twenty minutes into the future, indeed! #



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