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August 29, 2016

53 years of nuclear testing in 14 minutes (video)

Wrote Kate Rixon on Open Culture:

The time lapse map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto... is beautiful in a simple way and eerie as it documents the 2,053 nuclear explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998.

It looks like a war room map of the world, black landmasses surrounded by deep blue ocean. It starts out slow, in July of 1945, with a blue blip and an explosion sound in the American southwest — the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos. Just one month later come the explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

From there the months click by — condensed down to seconds — on a digital clock. Each nation that has exploded a nuclear bomb gets a blip and a flashing dot when they detonate a weapon, with a running tally kept on the screen.

Eeriest of all is that each nation gets its own electronic sound pitch: low tones for the United States, higher for the Soviet Union — beeping to the metronome of the months ticking by.

If you're like me, you had no idea just how many detonations the United States is responsible for (1,032 — more than the rest of the countries put together). The sequence ends with the Pakistani nuclear tests of May 1998.

[via Mark Hall]

August 29, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

"Control Your Demolition" — Adjustable Pry Bar/Nail Puller


2x the wrecking fun!

From websites:



The Crescent DB24 24-inch adjustable pry bar features an adjustable jaw that opens up to 5-1/2 inches in 1/2-inch increments.


It's ideal for board straightening and alignment, pulling long nails, prying materials apart, hammering nails and boards, and gripping boards and fittings.

The forged steel head and handle form a durable tool with a rubber grip for comfort and control.


Pressing the locking button on the adjustable jaw allows the full-width toothed jaws to slide and clamp onto boards, fittings, and other objects for pulling, prying, and straightening.


The jaw also includes a fully adjustable extra-deep claw that, with the extendable foot, combines to provide maximum access and leverage for pulling the longest nails


as well as a striking head for banging in nails.

The comfortable and durable two-tone rubber grip provides control and added safety while applying force during tasks or while being carried around a job site.

It's completed by a traditional split-end crowbar shape for maximum prying strength and large nail pulling.


Features and Details:

• Recipient of the Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice Award for 2012

• Large claw on head that adjusts for leverage in pulling nails

• Comfortable and durable rubber grip

• Hammer head surface for striking

• Crowbar end with nail puller slot

 • 24.6"L x 4.5"W x 2"D

• Weight: 4.6 pounds

• Black oxide finish

• Polished tip



Can your pry bar do all that?

Didn't think so.

Bonus: also serves as a weapon of last resort in the event Chucky pays you a visit.

16" $25.69, 24" $28.14: both here.

August 29, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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