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My mom knows Obama and his mom! O Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Answered

It's true! Obama went to school in Indonesia, and he's in the same class and school as my mom! And she gets to talk with him again when she is invited to America by the government to discuss her films or stuff like that. Now, how many of you have moms that knows Obama, hmmmm?

*cough*vote Obama*cough*



Hitlery Clinton is a frined of my cousin. Ralph Nader is my best friend, even though I never actually talked to him.

As respectfully as I can say this, "I'm glad my mom doesn't know Osama". But Al Gore is a friend of a friend. I've also met, Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, Lynn CHeney, Mike Huckabee, and a handfull of others. Frighteningly, I left a gun-shop just as Dick Cheney was entering. Then he ended up hunting about a mile from me. Thank God he wasn't using a high-powered rifle!

I know. I was out of shotgun range, but still it was a bit spooky.

I don't like it when people make fun of Obama

I don't like it when people make fun of Bush.

I make fun of Bush, McCain, and Clinton. I'm an equal opportunity disparager.

. I got to shake hands with Hubert Humphrey. I think I was in the 4th grade at the time.
. And Johnny Weissmuller. Now that was very exciting for a youngling in the '60s.
. Ran into Kenny Loggins in an elevator in St. Louis. Seemed like a nice guy. Offered me tickets to his show.
. I'm guessing most of the ppl on here have never heard of any of those ppl. heehee
. None of the fame seems to have rubbed off on me.

Although very young (and although I never met anyone SUPER famous in person) I was watching the Motorcade when Kennedy was shot *sigh I feel old*

Governor Connally was seriously wounded, as well as a spectator...James Tague.

ON TV....sorry I left that out....

I was watching when Reagan was shot, and when the first shuttle blew up.

Seems like after I got into computers, I was always working weird shifts and so never saw anything happen, first hand, since. :-)

Yeah, I used to see more in my line of work (riots, coup d'etats, etc.) but now my life is quiet and uneventful.

....as long as you stay away from Cheney, eh? LOL

Yep! I've been a little too close to him for comfort a couple of times (he was armed!). My line of work has changed a little and I never see anything interesting anymore.

I have heard rifled bullets flying overhead clipped tree limbs down....during deer season.....it was the second to last time I went out :-) The last time I went out was, oh so much more fun believe that and I have a bridge I want to sell you in Brooklyn ;-)

Yeah, I don't go to public places during rifle season. With shotguns, I'll usually risk it.

My last time out, I got caught on the east side of a mountain at an hour before normal sundown needless to say, the sun set a little over an hour early from my vantage point and to top off the fun, it rained :-)

Oooh, fun indeed! I've spent an untintentional night or two in the woods. It's fun if you are prepared and the weather's good. But a nice cold rain, and a lack of matches makes for a miserable bivouac!

I had to construct a make shift lean-to in the dark with branches and leaves during that light rain......in unfamiliar territory.....was probably the worst night ever for camping....it had been warm that day, and I was in shorts and a t-shirt....*sigh* Scratched my cornea in my sleep too on a renegade branch....

Yeah, put ME off to hunting especially since I was supposed to be going on a date that evening of the next day (the day I woke up in the rain), right, like I got much sleep THAT night LOL

I dunno. In my neck of the woods, women find a man with a scratched cornea, bug bites and hypothermia kinda sexy!

It was difficult to see (and drive) with one good eye and one hurting like I had poked it out with a stick which I HAD poked it with a stick LOL red, bloodshot and tears running out of it....well, I did go on that date anyways it was a lucky thing for her that I couldn't see so well*snicker*

Ouch! Sometimes a "blind" date can be the best kind.

Afterward I realized just how comical the whole thing had been: she wouldn't go out without her "friends" as chaperon, so it was a double date (I knew the other couple well, too), and when she went to the powder room, I remarked: "as shy as I am, she seems more nervous then me" :-)

Ehh... I was watching on 9/11, but then again most people where...

Seems like after I got into computers, I was always working weird shifts and so never saw anything happen, first hand, since.

Ooo, that reminds me don't ask me why, my memory works in weird ways sometimes but if you get MAKE mag. there is an article on Page 26 of the current issue (#16 2008) in the section called Making Trouble, that you might be interested in (if you don't already know about it).
Making Things Work
It is about the LHC at CERN obviously this is not a detailed article, it only fills 2 pages, but it is interesting to see it appear in a maker magazine :-)

Yeah, I saw that. I think the writer got to take one of the public tours of the LHC last winter, before they closed it up to start commissioning. I think it's quite appropriate for a Maker mag -- the scale is immensely larger, but nearly all of the equipment we use in HEP is one of a kind, custom built, designed by the people who are actually going to use it. The picture he got of the ATLAS toroids (those giant stainless steel tubes contain superconducting electromagnet coils) is very similar to one that was used by CERN to make a jigsaw puzzle!

Yes, I suppose it is appropriate, although I doubt I will be building one anytime soon too many resources going into my thermo-nuclear device - ha! ;-) That's a joke btw, :-) I can barely make black gunpowder correctly, much less a TND.

Yeah, but no one builds an HEP experiment on their own either. My own experiment, which started in the early 1990's, had about 600 physicists from 11 countries (89 institutions). We all contributed our expertise (and funding) to the effort. The LHC experiments have something like 1,500 to 2,000 physicists each. And those numbers don't even count the engineers, technicians, and support personnel.

I know, I was just teasing a bit :-) well, maybe to the extreme ;-) Someone at work, who knows of my penchant for building things, asked me how my Thermo-nuclear device in the basement was coming along LOL

Hah! The really scary thing -- regular fission weapons are pretty easy to build, if you can get a couple of pounds of HEU. You could probably do the implosion timing with an Arduino. Fission-fusion weapons (TNDs) are much more difficult, because the physics is a lot harder to get right, and is very sensitive to small changes in the composition or engineering of the device. I don't think its suitable (even in principle) as a DIY project.

It may be fairly easy to build, but I haven't a use for it (and one in my living room might be a conversation killer more so than a conversation piece ;-) Yeah, I found out years ago not to play with radio-isotopes and such (except for that one shop project in school 33 years ago :-)

I bet you can remember when every boy had a "Chemistry Set". They had all the bottles of chemicals that any 12-year-old would ever need. Some of those things were radioactive! I think my (doper) cousin eventually snorted his;-)

Believe it or not, from lack of use, I still have a bottle of potassium ferrocyanide, or sodium ferrocyanide floating around here somewhere, from my old set. There was over 100 bottles to the set though :-)

I don't remember anything radioactive in my set, but my memory could be absent (because of exposure to radiation?) on that one. There was some really neat stuff in it though.

Now they sell you chalk and water. You have more dangerous and reactive chemicals under the kitchen sink then in the Chem sets.

There's a great article in this month's MAKE about old-style chemistry sets.

To read the full text of the article, you do have to pay for it. The pictures are free.

Yeah, I was reminiscing a little when I read through it *sigh*

Hey people I think I've identified the Radioactive Boy Scout...

My Mom always DID say I had a real glow about me ;-)

I always thought of myself as somewhat of a dark horse though ;-)

I think pale horse might be more appropriate ;-> Or at least the pale rider.

I don't ride pails, one could accidentally kick the bucket ;-)