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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

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2x the wrecking fun!

From websites:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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