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Junior Ganymede Quiz: Heliograph Distance Record

April 30th, 2009 by GST

A heliograph is a mirror mounted on a tripod for solar signaling, usually using Morse code sent either with a tilting mechanism or a shutter (as on an Aldis lamp). They were used, in some form or other, in military campaigning from ancient times up until the advent of wireless. In the history of our nation, they were particularly useful in the Army campaigns against the Apache.

GERONIMO IS SO GHEY.  K THX BAI.

GERONIMO IS SO GHEY. K THX BAI.

So, what do you think is the distance record for signal received by heliograph?  Make your guess.  (Answer after the jump.)

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April 30th, 2009 09:44:16

Fischer-Tal

April 29th, 2009 by GST

Speaking of chess, here’s one of my favorite chess videos:

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April 29th, 2009 17:52:32

Kasparov in Sochi

April 29th, 2009 by GST

So, how do you play this game?

So, how do you play this game?

A canny and brave man.  Read this brief, engaging NYT account of him crashing a Putinist rally, stealing the microphone, and winning the crowd.

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April 29th, 2009 16:51:54

90 minutes of nothing but rally car crashes

April 29th, 2009 by GST

If this is the sort of thing that you enjoy, then you’ll enjoy this.

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April 29th, 2009 15:49:36

Tom Friedman: Iraq war prevented another 9/11

April 29th, 2009 by GST

Does this moustache make me look like Qusay?

Does this moustache make me look like Qusay?

What the …? I had thought it was an unnecessary distraction.  I’m so confused.

So, is the editorial board of the Times going to adopt the position of its most prominent op-ed contributor as its own?

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April 29th, 2009 10:48:58

American Citizen Held by Iran

April 29th, 2009 by Pecos Bill

Time fer Amerka to loose her holster flap.

[Ed. – also time to get serious about our laws against dual citizenship]

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April 29th, 2009 07:03:15

TOTUS mishap

April 28th, 2009 by GST

Politico:

President Obama’s speech at the National Academy of Sciences Monday morning hit a brief snag when Obama got ahead of his script. (more…)

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April 28th, 2009 08:40:58

Public Debt Heads Skyward in 100 Days

April 28th, 2009 by Bartleby

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I prefer not to comment.

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April 28th, 2009 06:27:37

Bureau of Indian Affairs

April 27th, 2009 by GST

On the news that BYU lawprof Larry Echohawk will head the agency, let’s revisit Matsby’s view on the BIA’s relevance:

Most of us don’t generally give much thought to this particular government agency. But the thing is, you’ll be happy it’s there the night you come home late and your wife starts asking questions about the war paint on your collar or the dream catcher she found in your wallet.

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April 27th, 2009 13:23:17

Information from the Stable

April 27th, 2009 by Bertie

Jeeves tells me that Stephen Maturin is sound on Rousseau and Kant. (more…)

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April 27th, 2009 13:01:46

Mormon elites on illegal immigration

April 27th, 2009 by GST

Like all American elites, they’re for it!

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April 27th, 2009 09:01:14

NRA offers free trial membership

April 27th, 2009 by Pecos Bill

Shoot, they oughta pay me to jine. I’m Pecos Bill.

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April 27th, 2009 07:57:34

Cleaned in the Water

April 27th, 2009 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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April 27th, 2009 05:40:56

Its too easy to be conservative.

April 23rd, 2009 by G.

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April 23rd, 2009 16:34:12

C.S. Lewis and the Science Fiction Conversation

April 23rd, 2009 by Jeeves

It is regrettable that Mr. Baruch Spinoza was never to turn his hand to scientifiction. (more…)

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April 23rd, 2009 13:30:29