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Monsters to Laugh With #3

(Stan Lee 1965)

Here due to  swampthingy’s reblogging of monstermelodies’ post.

Sweet. RIP Mr. Lee.

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AT-LPW40WN

The newly announced audio-technica AT-LPW40WN. I am a big fan of direct drive for technical and audio reasons, but, man, is this pretty or what?

Big fan of audio-technica, too, as they are phono fanatics for over 50 years. I have their AT-LP1240-USB, which is absolutely killer and it plays 78s. Got some sizable collection of old 78s. Need a 78 stylus, though.

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German infantry moving under the cover of a light tank Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.B, Norway, spring 1940.

From bmashine

I am hoping that these men are not the comrades of the landser from a couple of posts back! They are certainly mighty close together.

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is it tassie

“This image was taken by a man named Peter Groves in January of 2019. He claims to have seen the Thylacine when he was walking a trail in Clifton Springs, Australia. Groves said that the animal did not seem to be wary of him at all and that they stared at each other for about 5 minutes. Some believe it looks like a mangy canine or a fox, but others see a striking resemblance to the Thylacine that was in the film The Hunter and dub it as a hoax.”

God, there are so many hoaxes. I hope this is not one of them, but, not having seen The Hunter, it is sad that it quite likely likely is exactly that.

From cryptid-wendigo

People… sigh.

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Me, a landser at the rear of the column seeing all fifty of my comrades blown to smithereens by a single 75mm shell because they had no idea how to effectively space themselves:

horror

from captain-price-official

War is Hell, but it makes some people a lot of money. So traumas like this will, unless we evolve, continue till the end of time.

 

Ion drive: The first flight

nature video
Published on Nov 21, 2018

Researchers from MIT have flown a plane without moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an ‘ion drive’ which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an ‘ionic wind’. This wind drove a 5m wide craft across a sports hall. Unlike the ion drives which have powered space craft for decades, this new drive uses air as the accelerant. The researchers say it could power silent drones. Read the original research paper: doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-07… Read Nature’s Editorial which also raises possible concerns about how a silent drone might be used: doi.org/10.1038/d41586-018-07…

Here is a snippet from a Scientific American.com article called Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts. There is also an ATS discussion with the same title here.

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently test-flew the first-ever airplane powered with ionic wind thrusters—electric engines that generate momentum by creating and firing off charged particles.

Using this principle to fly an aircraft has long been, according even to Barrett, a “far-fetched idea” and the stuff of science fiction. But he still wanted to try. “In Star Trek you have shuttlecraft gliding silently past,” he says. “I thought, ‘We should have aircraft like that.’”

Thinking ionic wind propulsion could fit the bill, he spent eight years studying the technology and then decided to try building a prototype miniature aircraft—albeit one he thought was a little ugly. “It’s a kind of dirty yellow color,” he says, adding that black paint often contains carbon—which conducts electricity and caused a previous iteration to fry itself

Unlike its predecessors, which had tumbled to the ground, Version 2 sailed nearly 200 feet through the air at roughly 11 miles per hour (17 kilometers per hour). With no visible exhaust and no roaring jet or whirling propeller—no moving parts at all, in fact—the aircraft seemed silently animated by an ethereal source. “It was very exciting,” Barrett says. “Then it crashed into the wall, which wasn’t ideal.”

Barrett and his team figured out three main things to make Version 2 work. The first was the ionic wind thruster design. Version 2’s thrusters consist of two rows of long metal strands draped under its sky blue wings. The front row conducts some 40,000 volts of electricity—166 times the voltage delivered to the average house, and enough energy to strip the electrons off ample nitrogen atoms hanging in the atmosphere.

Another innovation Barrett’s team came up with was designing a lightweight but powerful electrical system, Walker notes. Before this aircraft, he says, nobody had created a system that could convert power from a lightweight battery efficiently enough to generate sufficient voltage for the thrusters.

Finally Barrett used a computer model to get the most out of every design element in the aircraft, from the thruster and electrical system designs to the wires that ran through the plane. “The power converter, the battery, the caps and fuselage—everything was optimized,” Barrett says. “The simulations failed all the time. We had to make hundreds of changes.” In the end, they had the triumphant Version 2.

The breakthrough offers a great proof of concept showing ion thrusters can be used on Earth….Propellers and jets are still far more efficient than the ion wind thrusters Barrett demonstrated, making it unlikely that passenger planes would switch over anytime soon. But the thrusters have one key advantage: “There’s no sound generation

Over at ATS, one of our resident aircraft experts, anzha, offered … “Bit more info:” www.eurekalert.org… www.nature.com… and www.nature.com…

If we can overcome our socio-survival obstacles and get ourselves to a good place the future is made nicer by this development. I would venture that although it does require lots and lots of volts, those volts will be forthcoming without too much difficulty. Note to self: gotta read all the articles!

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tcbl

Throwing Copper is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 26, 1994 on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio. Wikipedia

Artist: Live
Release date: April 26, 1994
Producer: Jerry Harrison
Label: Radioactive
Genres: Alternative rock, Hard rock, Post-grunge

I don’t know, but that is one cool creature!

Here’s a tune from the album…

live – Shit Towne – Throwing Copper

ByranBig
Published on Dec 12, 2008

Here’s an overview and history from that awful place…

Live (/laɪv/, often typeset as LĪVE or +LĪVE+) is an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums).

Live achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album Throwing Copper, which sold eight million copies in the U.S.[1]The band had a string of hit singles in the mid-1990s including “Lightning Crashes“, which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 10 consecutive weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks (now Alternative Songs) chart for nine weeks from February 25 to April 22, 1995.[2] The band has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.[3] Their last three studio albums fared only moderately well in the U.S., but they continued to enjoy success in the Netherlands, South Africa, Australasia, and Brazil.

When touring, Live has used additional musicians, including Ed Kowalczyk’s younger brother Adam, British keyboardist Michael “Railo” Railton and rhythm guitarist Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon.

On November 30, 2009, Taylor revealed that what had initially been termed a two-year hiatus was more likely the end of the band. An acrimonious split soon occurred, with Kowalczyk leaving the band. However, Live continued with singer Chris Shinn and released the album The Turn in October 2014. Kowalczyk rejoined the band in December 2016 and in 2018 they released a new EP “Local 717”.

I had not heard of this group, which isn’t surprising and I think they sound relatively interesting.

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hamadryad

The hamadryad is a type of dryad in Greek mythology. Unlike many dryads, hamadryads are born bonded to one particular tree. They are often said to be the tree itself, rather than separate entities.

It is believed that if the tree a hamadryad is bonded to dies, the hamadryad itself will die. As a result, dryads will punish any human who harms a tree.

Image source.

Monster master list.

Suggest a spook.

via lpbestiary

Nice lookin’ demon…

 

arthur two heads jackson

via sinister-twisted

Whoooa! This is brilliantly rendered and my goodness, it certainly is an ever so outstanding thoughtform.

It would probably be an incredible adventure talking to this artist.

Sigh…

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fleetwood mac

Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green; John McVie; Jeremy Spencer; Mick Fleetwood; Danny Kirwan) in 1969
Photo by Araldo di Crollalanza

via undergroundrockpress

The Gods of The Blues, with God at the head of the pack.

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gaza heroism

This is Gaza where heroism and sacrifice are made to teach the world the meaning of restoring justice, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of human dignity.

Well, palestinesart reblogged momo33me’s post, you see, so, here it is!

Boycott Israel.

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swirly

deepsoulfury

Good evening my friends!

I’m very busy so i’m not going to make more posts or reblogs for a while, sorry for this…

If you want you can visit me at : lisatsakiri.blogspot.com/

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Neat. Nice motion.

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