Radius55 Site Admin

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    • Radius55 Site Admin

      Any Houstonites Want to go to the Screening?

      2 days ago

      RvB Season 13 is having a Marathon Showing on Labor Day, and one of the locations is in Houston. Anyone else want to join me there? It's only 20% full, so I don't expect it to sell out any time soon here.


      You Austinites without a ticket are welcome to come, too. It's only a two and a half hour drive, and there's rarely much traffic.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      Admin BAR

      in Forums > Admin BAR | Follow this topic

      Because the old one was nuked. Come here for discussion, reporting, and general tomfoolery.

      3 replies

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      1 month ago

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      Bye RT

      1 month ago

      So long and thanks for all the fish.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      What Every Mad Scientist Needs...

      2 months ago

      IS A GIANT LASER!!!

      After almost 6 months of waiting, I got my 1.4 W Blue Laser in today!

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      Some of you might be thinking "1.4 Watts? My flashlight is brighter than that!" Well, interesting bit of math. The beam diameter is about 0.3 cm (Or at least the aperture is). While it doesn't cover much area, the spec for the beam flux is right around 200 KW/m^2. To give you an idea of how much that is, the sun's flux is only a bit over 1 KW/m^2 at peak ground levels. Plus, according to the test results I've been sent, my diode has an extra 0.2 W of juice, giving me the ability to hit a spot with 225 time the power of the sun! BUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      *Cough* *Cough* Ahem, sorry.

      Anyway, it is a pretty dangerous piece of hardware. It can burn you (yes, I tried it, yes it gets hot), but that requires you to keep it very still. The scary part is that the light can and will blind you if you don't take precautions. See, the minimum safe distance for this laser is about 175 meters. Call it two football fields, across which if it hits your eye, it can cause damage. Even looking at the beam indirectly can be painful. Look at this:

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      That's the low power beam. And it nearly washed out my camera! Which is pretty insane. Thankfully, special glasses were included with it. They block out most of the blue light of the laser like so:

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      See that little dot in the middle? That's a full 1.6 W beam! And you can see some of the illumination from the laser on the table to the bottom.

      Anyway, I bought this way back in December when Wicked Lasers was having a massive sale. The reason for the discount was they're no longer selling these to the US. So, if you live in the states, you're out of luck. If not, or if you just want to see the specs, you can buy them here.

      Oh, and if you'd rather build one, might I remind you that there's no such thing as overkill?

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      One for the Books

      2 months ago

      I've noticed a bunch of car trouble among members on the site recently. And it looks like I ran into it, too. Thankfully, mine had a happy ending.

      Yesterday I'm driving home from work, and I notice that my car is having trouble changing gears. It's an automatic, so it shouldn't have any trouble, but here it does. I resolve to take it to the mechanic to get looked at this weekend. And since I'm having a ton of expenses hit me at once, I wasn't looking forward to the bill. This morning rolls around and it's worse. I can't get the car above first gear, and the acceleration just feels funny. I figure from the shifting problems, it has to be a transmission. And, as I'm sure a lot of you know, transmission work runs from "Damn, that's expensive," to "But I liked that arm!". Then, on the way home from work, I stalled three times. It was a scary trip.

      Transmission fluids look good and I can't see anything wrong. As a last ditch effort, I look up some stuff on the internet. Who know, it might not be the transmission. Then I remember that the car stalled on a speed bump and during a couple of turns. That didn't make sense for a transmission issue. So I Google that.

      First hit I get says: Check your battery leads. And thinking back, yeah, there was a lot of corrosion on my terminal. But it couldn't be that simple, right? Well, I go down to my car with some cleaning supplies and a wrench. Sure enough, the terminal was covered in corrosion. Then, as I reach down with my wrench to undo the fastener, a shower of sparks spit out.

      Most people don't know that the negative terminal of the battery is grounded to the car body. So when I touched the bolt with my wrench, I also brushed the header that holds the battery in place. The METAL header! Seems that the header had been loose and brushing against the positive contact, shorting it out.

      So, good news was that 2 minutes with a paper towel and some sandpaper and the contact was good. I made sure that the terminal had its cover on and the header was in a better position, and drove it around the parking lot a few times. No issues. So now I'm coming off a massive stress induced adrenaline dump, and am frankly very glad I didn't have to go through the hassle of car repair. May have to change the battery sooner, but that's a Hell of a lot cheaper than transmission rebuild.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      So I Wrote a Story

      2 months ago

      Yeah, I write scifi. Been writing a lot these past few months, and surprisingly some people like it. But I thought a few of you may be interested in this one.

      Go give it a read here.

      Warning, this is a Feels story, so you may want a tissue handy.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      Two Great Causes

      3 months ago

      Because it's payday for many I thought I might mention two great places to send your checks that don't involve wasting it on booze, drugs, and other shenanigans.

      First, former @Burnie lookalike @Suppi is running a fundraiser for her dad. They're both long time community members and great people. But Suppi's dad has had some hard times and is close to being evicted from his home. It's also just about Suppi's birthday, so conciser giving her a bit of a gift! If you have some money to spare or want to see what it's all about, go here.

      If you still have a few dollars left over, consider giving some money to Vet Ranch Rescue. It's a charity run by Dr. Matt of Demolition Ranch Youtube fame. He's also a veterinarian and Vet Ranch was started to help out animals with treatable conditions that would otherwise be euthanized. They've posted videos of quite a few rescues on their Youtube Channel. Careful, though, some involve videos of surgery, so pay attention to the tags. Here's a few of their recent rescues. For more information, or to donate, go here.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      Getting this in before the Rush

      4 months ago

      Got a hotel room at the Hilton for RTX. Stay is from Wednesday the 5th checking out Monday the 10th. The room has two queen beds. Anyone interested in rooming? I'm charging $90 a night, with preference to Guardians and people staying all 5 nights.

      If you have a friend willing to use and provide an air mattress, talk to me and we can renegotiate pricing. But I don't want to have 4 people in one hotel room.


      Filled the spot.

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      CAH Tonight?

      4 months ago

      Been quite a while since I did a Cards Against Humanity night. Anyone interested in joining in at about 9:30 CST? If so, message me with your Skype username.

      Over now. Thanks for coming out!

  • Comments (1041)

    • PUC

      PUC MASH1778

      5 days ago

      In reply to Radius55 #32859767

      In reply to Radius55 #32859731

      I should probably let the individual who Flamebaited me know that I am a site admin, so I probably know what I'm talking about.


      Wasn't me!

      <_< >_>....

      *run's!*


      No seriously it wasn't but I had to post the joke but rather than take up space spaming the Bug report thread I just brought it to you here. :)

    • BadDrawing1

      BadDrawing1

      3 weeks ago

      Radius55, its me jegsimmons1

      Adams damn spamremover bot zapped me and now i have no profile! Apparently citing sources is spam now.

      So now im on this profile from 2010 associated with my email i didnt know i had.

      Can i get some help?

    • PUC

      PUC MASH1778

      1 month ago

      Seems the new site did not carry over the last 2 weeks of info to a Tee. But I am diging the new site so far bugs and all.

    • gi_goku

      gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 month ago

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    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      2 months ago

      It would figure that as soon as I post my answer to your Australian v American con-going advantage, Mary posts the list and the BAR explodes. In case you didn't catch the answer, you were correct though not definitively correct. smiley8.gif

    • BackupSalmon

      BackupSalmon

      2 months ago

      Kudos on the sponsor forum! You've made it a blast to hang out on.

    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      3 months ago

      Well there appears to be a cluster going on in Barb's comments. Looks like you and Daniel have taken care of that. It got me wondering, between Jack's Clap-Trap give away and Barb's, what percentage of users follow directions. I can see how many comments the original post got. I suppose I could count each comment on Barb's profile to figure out its percentage relative to the journal post comments. Do you think it's fair to say that for each user who posted on Barb's profile, they would have gone ahead and posted in the journal once either of you two corrected them?

      • Desayjin

        Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

        3 months ago

        Cool!

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Site Admin

        3 months ago

        Something similar has been discussed.

      • Desayjin

        Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

        3 months ago

        I noticed that too, concerning newer or rarely used accounts. Maybe the new site will immediately take newly created accounts to something like the "First Stop" topic on the forums.

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Site Admin

        3 months ago

        Rough guess is 99+% follow directions based on the number of journal comments vs number of user comments. I'll also note boost of the user comments were by new our rarely used profiles that probably didn't know their way around the site and thought the comment tab was the same as the journal comment link.

    • Zolin

      Zolin

      5 months ago

      Want to make some plans for rtx?

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Site Admin

        5 months ago

        I get lunch breaks?
        O.o

      • Zolin

        Zolin

        5 months ago

        I'll buy you a lunch then.

      • Radius55

        Radius55 Site Admin

        5 months ago

        I'm a Guardian. Not a lot of plans I can make.

    • Felix

      Felix

      6 months ago

      Incoming Warm Fuzzy

      Thank you for being a friend
      Traveled down the road and back again
      Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

      And if you threw a party
      Invited everyone you ever knew
      You would see the biggest gift would be from me
      And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend!!!

      PS...Thank You for not dying on us at PAX South

    • Desayjin

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x3

      6 months ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Admin/AH Lounge Owner/ "Stay on Topic in this forum" guy!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James