Re: The weather

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Back in the 80s the foreseeable future was brought to you by Delorean.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:35 AM
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We would have moved you know. All you had to do was ask. A whole summer's worth of collecting, destroyed.


Posted by: The Mice Heretofore Living in Heebie's Office Heater | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:39 AM
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If the groundhog hadn't eaten my pumpkin, there would have been frost on it this morning. I don't think the groundhog had frost on it because it's warm blooded.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:39 AM
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You have a coal heater in your office, I take it?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:40 AM
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I like Heebie's office.


Posted by: Mittens Romney | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:42 AM
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2: Oh, just because we have fleas in my building, we automatically have mice, too? Lots of things carry fleas, you know.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:43 AM
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Earlier this fall, our building secretary was getting completely devoured by mosquitoes, sitting at her desk. The solution by the maintenance department was that everybody should stop using the door (to the outside) that is nearest to her desk. Obviously that did absolutely nothing to help, because swarms of mosquitoes don't get into a building via a door which has been used without problem for the past 80 years.

The secretary started a mosquito repellent and insecticide candle campaign in our building, which kind of grossed me out.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:46 AM
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So do you guys have regular floors, or is it just packed dirt?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:49 AM
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That's not regular?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:51 AM
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Their floor is both regular and close-packed.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:52 AM
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It's really more of a stable. But my stall has nice curtains.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:53 AM
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It's actually just a regular old building - actually an old dorm. The problem is that they decided 10 years ago that they'd tear it down in 6 months, and so they've been not-keeping-it-up-because-it's-about-to-be-torn-down ever since.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 6:54 AM
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If your heater can start the smoke alarms, maybe somebody has been trying to figure out a way to speed the process.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:00 AM
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12 reminds me that I'm giving a talk in a couple of days on a campus that recently tore down the building that housed all its physicists. I think that means my talk will be in a damp dark dungeon.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:33 AM
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figure out a way to speed the process.

Maybe heebie can train the mice and outfit them with little mouse-sized torches.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:34 AM
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I eat your pumpkin.


Posted by: groundhog | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:49 AM
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12 reminds me that I'm giving a talk in a couple of days on a campus that recently tore down the building that housed all its physicists. I think that means my talk will be in a damp dark dungeon.

Either that or they will be gathering somewhere in a hollow on the moors, with sentries posted to keep a lookout for the dragoons. Covenanter physics!


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:52 AM
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Do you really need a building to do math? Sounds like more waste fraud and abuse to me.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:36 AM
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When I was at MIT, they were still using buildings that had been put up as temporary workspace during WWII (IIRC to work on radar). They were going to tear them down and put up something permanent any day now. I wonder if they're still there.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:38 AM
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Look, Chair, you said all you needed was blackboards and wastebaskets. A building was not part of our deal.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:40 AM
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Do you really need a building to do math?

"All right, class. We've got 500 mL of antivenom left. How many more students can get bitten by rattlers before we have to go get more?"


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:43 AM
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There are still plenty of wartime temporary structures in use if you know where to look. A lot of temporary building in the 1940s was done to a higher standard than "permanent" buildings now.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:45 AM
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The house I grew up in was built as a prefab after WWII and was supposed to be knocked down within a few years. It was built out of riveted steel plates, like a big shed. Eventually, in the early 80s [30+ years after they were built], the council admitted they weren't going to knock 'em down and put a brick shell around the steel and filled it with insulation. So they looked like normal brick houses, albeit with quite small windows and very thick walls.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:50 AM
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Hanging pictures must have been tough.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:55 AM
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24: Magnets. I imagine the entire interior was like a huge fridge door.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:02 AM
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Didn't that mess with radio reception?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:06 AM
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On the other hand, protects you from government mind control rays. Probably explains ttaM's politics.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:07 AM
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23. Are there still prefabs on Barton estate in Oxford? They seemed pretty permanent last I looked.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:08 AM
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So, it doesn't have to be an aluminum (aluminium) hat. Any metal will do but people pick stay away from steel because it's heavier?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:08 AM
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I used to wear a gold hat, but all the high bouncing got tiring.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:09 AM
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25: After Thatcher, the proles weren't allowed to have magnets anymore.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:09 AM
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re: 28

I don't actually know. I'd guess they are there. I don't know the area. I always live in east or south Oxford.

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I can't actually remember it doing so. There were windows, obviously. The steel was lined with plasterboard, so on the inside it looked much like a normal house, although they were quite poorly insulated and very cold in the winter. However, on the plus side, they were pretty big inside compared to a lot of modern social housing and even 'bought' houses. On the outside, in our street they were all painted different colours with a rough textured paint. So ours was a mustardy yellow/green.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:16 AM
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We weren't in Glasgow, but they were very similar [possibly identical as the interior rooms are the same layout] to the Weir houses described about half way down this page:

http://www.rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk/Accessible/Exhibition/100/Health-and-Housing-in-Postwar-Glasgow


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:20 AM
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On the other hand, protects you from government mind control rays.

And bullets!


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:20 AM
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They did look a lot like they'd been made from surplus battleship parts.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:22 AM
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"No, young ttaM, you're not going out to play with your friends until you've tidied up your turret."


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:23 AM
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Bullets are a very crude form of government mind control.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:23 AM
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33: I never heard of steel building looking that like. I guess I was expecting something more quonset-y.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:28 AM
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a campus that recently tore down the building that housed all its physicists

Hmm, that might be here.


Posted by: L. | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:30 AM
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Never mind, it was our chemistry building that was torn down.


Posted by: L. | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:32 AM
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re: 33

The black and white photo makes them look a bit less prefabricated than they really did look [where the metal joins and rivets were more obvious], but yeah, apart from the relatively poor insulation, they were decent functional houses. No reason why you couldn't throw up well-thought out modern variations on the same basic idea.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:33 AM
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40 That wouldn't be your "Old Chemistry" building, would it?


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:44 AM
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So, it doesn't have to be an aluminum (aluminium) hat. Any metal will do but people pick stay away from steel because it's heavier?

That's what they want you to believe.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:19 PM
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Alaska has a lot of WWII-era Quonset huts still in use for various purposes.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:23 PM
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Are some of them used for grating cheese?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:31 PM
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Probably.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:32 PM
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I like to set scope conditions for "various".


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:38 PM
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The scope in this case would probably be something like "common purposes of medium-sized buildings in Alaska."


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:39 PM
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Mostly for smoking salmon, then.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:42 PM
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You can actually smoke salmon in a pretty small building.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:43 PM
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Speaking of smoking, apparently a house that I sometimes walked by on my way home from work had eight to nine pounds of pot grown in it. Isn't it hard to keep that smell inside when you've got that much?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:47 PM
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LB: MIT did eventually knock down Building 20 (just before I graduated, IIRC), but it was to build this monstrosity.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 7:54 PM
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It looks like I have quite a few pictures of interesting Quonset huts in Alaska. I may put some on Flickr later.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 8:18 PM
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Quonset hut photos here.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:42 PM
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Hott.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:47 PM
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I don't have much to contribute to the porn thread, but I do my part.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 10- 8-12 9:54 PM
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