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Unread postAuthor: Gun Freak » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:34 pm

Crowley, have you ever seen the Southern Lights from NZ?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:42 pm

Na, think you can only see them from the South Island and I've only ever been to the South Island once or twice and never lower than Hanmer Springs; which is only about 1/4 the way down the South Island.

I live up to my Jafa sterotype and whole-heartedly believe "New Zealand stops at the Bombay Hills" (meaning anywhere south of Auckland is not part of NZ) :D
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Unread postAuthor: qwert123 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:50 pm

MrCrowley wrote:Yeah I know of Dunedin (embarrassingly, one of our 'biggest' cities), never been there... I hope your friend likes the cold, university students and drinking :D

Tell him to come up to Auckland where all the fun is :wink:

Where is your friend from anyway?


here,(in the united states) Tennessee, land of the banjos :wink: She is kinda set on Dunedin, i'll pm you why Dunedin because i don't want a debate started here :)
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:30 am

6:30pm in NZ: flood of emails from Spudfiles in quick succession; JSR has awoken and is in active mode :D
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:58 am

MrCrowley wrote:6:30pm in NZ: flood of emails from Spudfiles in quick succession; JSR has awoken and is in active mode :D


:D :D :D
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:22 am

Crowley how can you stand having that feature turned on?
I figured it was a bad idea long ago, seeing as I used my school system's email originally. My inbox was alway full of "Reply to your comment in *something involving guns/cannons/dangerous sounding stuff*.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:53 am

Otherwise I lose track of what topics I'm following (sometimes I follow topics without having posted a comment) and the "There are: XX new messages" feature is quite unreliable.

Out of 15,742 emails from the last 2.5 years 3,486 of them are 'Admin' emails from Spudfiles :D
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Unread postAuthor: jakethebeast » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:00 am

I just accidently shot my 97k without a pellet in the barrel :roll: But, as after that shot 20 shots in the same hole, so i guess my gun is ok :)
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:10 am

jakethebeast wrote:I just accidently shot my 97k without a pellet in the barrel


Doing it once or twice won't ruin the gun, it's doing it repeatedly that breaks springs and piston heads.
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Unread postAuthor: killerbanjo » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:01 am

Gah, in the UK everyone is going nuts and buying all the petrol :roll:
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:36 pm

Tried focus stacking for the first time today; these are the results of a spider about 1mm x 1mm in size under a compound microscope at 10x and 40x:
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This is zoomed in on the head but you can't make out much (except the fangs) because it's on its back:
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You really do lose the depth of field in the images, I wonder if there is a technique to preserve it so it appears more 3D?
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:26 pm

killerbanjo wrote:Gah, in the UK everyone is going nuts and buying all the petrol :roll:


... and setting themselves on fire while pouring petrol in the kitchen while the oven is on, and somehow it's the minister's fault :roll:

MrC, maybe you justhave the wrong instrument ;)
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Unread postAuthor: killerbanjo » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:29 am

Yes i know! How stuped of that woman...
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:39 am

MrCrowley wrote:I wonder if there is a technique to preserve it so it appears more 3D?


Isn't 3D filmed with multible camera's at multible angles? Why not try different angles then overlay the images maybe??? IDK I'm just guessing. Looks cool though.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:55 am

That is how stereo microscopes give 3D images. Maybe it's something to do with our brain and eyes that allows for a 3D image through a compound microscope but shows up 2D on a camera. I've been thinking about making my own stereo 'scope with a pair of binoculars...
http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/uster/uster.htm

@jsr,

Yeah I had seen that somewhere before; perhaps on my RSS feed. Impressive stuff.
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