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  • Where does Yosemite rank as best National Park for hiking?

    05/17/2024 4:51:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KSEE ^ | May 17, 2024 | Cristina Lombardo
    Yosemite has ranked high on a list of the top 10 list national parks for hiking, according to a recent report. The report by KURU Footwear considered all 63 national parks and looked at several metrics including the number of trails, miles of trails, and a high average trail rating score. ‘Most Instagrammable’: Yosemite awarded online top spot They also determined the crowd density in each park by comparing the average number of daily visitors with the acreage of the park. The list has placed Yosemite National Park at number one, and nearby Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National...
  • today is the biggest up day in silver I ever remember

    05/17/2024 11:30:10 AM PDT · by algore · 42 replies
    silver is up $1.75 today so far
  • The best VR headsets in 2024

    05/17/2024 10:31:17 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 20 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | May 2, 2024 | Jason England
    The best VR headsets are so much more than devices that transport you to virtual worlds. They give you the best mixed reality experience with ever-improving passthrough technology, which unlocks new methods of getting things done like Spatial computing — overlaying your environments with augmented reality holographs. As this industry is exploding with popularity, we have handpicked a small selection that offer the best bang for your buck. All of them can play most of the best VR games, and some can even serve as home gym replacements, productivity tools for work or even giant immersive screens to watch the...
  • T-6 Instructor Pilot Dies After Ejection Seat Goes Off on the Ground

    05/15/2024 6:01:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies ^ | May 14, 2024 | David Roza
    An Air Force instructor pilot died early in the morning on May 14 from injuries sustained when the pilot’s T-6A Texan II training plane ejection seat activated during ground operations the day before, the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, announced in a press release. “An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway,” the wing wrote, adding that the pilot’s name is being withheld for 24 hours to notify his or her next of kin. The 82nd is the host unit at Sheppard, but the pilot was assigned to the 80th Flying Training Wing, the...
  • Goodbye, Camaro

    05/14/2024 7:07:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | May 14, 2024 | Staff
    Sixty years ago, Ford unveiled the Mustang – and it changed everything. Prior to 1964 – the year of the first Mustang’s debut – there was no such thing as a “pony car.” Soon, there were so many of them it was hard to keep track of them. One of them was the Chevy Camaro, which appeared just in time for the 1967 model year. Its time has just run out because GM has pulled the plug – because GM knows a Camaro with a plug is as oxymoronic as Elvis without the voice (and the presence). In a backhanded...
  • Montana man, 63, who has no family spends his life traveling back and forth across US on horse-drawn carriage at 3mph and has just started his fifth trip

    05/12/2024 3:50:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/12/24 | Alexa Cimino
    Since 2009, Lee Crafton, or Lee Horselogger as he prefers to be called, has been traveling across the country in a horse-drawn carriage, and now he's on his fifth trip. His journey started in 2006 when he lost his ranch in East Glacier, Montana after 27 years and dropped out of his Ph.D. program. Lee took his life savings of $75 and a couple of horses and decided to explore the nation, traveling at just three miles an hour. Needless to say, Lee is not your typical 63-year-old. But one year prior to his career change, Lee was diagnosed with...

    05/10/2024 9:25:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 10, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    A curious-looking stone inscribed with a mysterious ancient language uncovered by a teacher near Coventry, England, has revealed a rare window to the region’s ancient history. While working in his garden, geography teacher Graham Senior discovered a peculiar rock amidst the overgrown weeds in his flowerbed. Removing it from the surrounding earth revealed a rectangular wedge of sandstone bearing a series of unusual markings along its face. Unable to decipher the strange set of inscriptions along the face of the artifact, Senior reached out to a local archaeologist for assistance with the unique find. Soon, experts were able to determine...
  • $190,000 eVTOL deliveries begin July – no license required

    05/07/2024 12:21:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 7, 2024 | Mike Hanlon
    The Pivotal Helix is a single-seat eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing) PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle) with a range of 20+ miles (with 20% reserve) and a cruise speed 55 knots (63 mph). You can order now for July 2024 delivery, and no license is required, though you can't take delivery until you have completed the training. Pivotal ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Personal flight is currently undergoing a renaissance thanks to the rapid advancement of so many requisite industrial technologies. The next phase of personal flight is poised to begin and the production version of this aircraft could well mark the occasion in...
  • 1,200-horsepower, 250-mph, V12 quad bike seeks world's fastest farmer

    05/01/2024 12:51:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 1, 2024 | Loz Blain
    It looks like a Lotus in the middle of unscheduled brain surgery, but the Engler V12 is somehow far more absurd. It's the world's fastest quad bike – a 1,200-horsepower pile of evil, rolling malarkey that no sane person should ride in anger. We were less than charitable when the 850-hp, V10 Engler Superquad was first introduced in 2019. When the 2023 version was introduced with an extra 250 hp, we seriously considered where it might rank among a murderer's row of the most terrifying vehicles ever built. Now there’s a new V12 model with an extra 100 hp and...
  • The Garden Thread - May, 2024

    05/01/2024 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 361 replies
    May 1, 2024 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The MONTHLY Gardening Thread is a gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Dungeons & Dragons at 50: You Can't Copyright Fun

    04/29/2024 2:43:33 PM PDT · by JSM_Liberty · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | May 2024 | C.J. Ciaramella
    How lax intellectual property rules created a nerd culture phenomenon This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original edition of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), the granddaddy of tabletop role-playing games and one of the urtexts of nerd culture. The golden anniversary could hardly have come at a better time; over the past decade, the game has undergone an unexpected renaissance, reaching levels of cultural saturation and sales that exceed even its 1980s heyday. Critical Role, a live-play D&D podcast, sold out London's 12,000-seat Wembley Arena last October. Even a passingly good Dungeons & Dragons movie helped mark the game's...
  • The Future of Guns Will be Quiet(er)

    04/23/2024 2:59:25 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 17 replies
    Shooting News Weekly ^ | April 23, 2024 | Grace Stevens
    >Courtesy Open Source DefenseExponential curves like the one above don’t just stop. The consumer demand (for suppressors) is there, and it’s accelerating. And that’s happening just as NFA wait times are coming down. From the NSSF:Updated times announced today by ATF show the average wait time on a paper NFA Form 4 — the most popular NFA form submitted — dropped to an average of 245 days for processing, while average daily processing times for electronic eForm 4’s dropped to 53 days. Previously, wait times on Form 4’s were near 280 days for paper form processing and between 90 and...
  • Sapphire Tower Plant Blooms For First And Last Time In 20 Years...This plant has spectacular, otherworldly-looking flowers.

    04/23/2024 12:00:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    IFL Science ^ | April 16, 2024 | ELEANOR HIGGS
    It's not hard to see how the sapphire tower gets its name. Image Credit: HannaTor/ Sometimes in nature, there are events that we have to wait for. Some, like the upcoming American cicadapocaplypse might not be so popular – whereas, across the pond in Birmingham, UK, botanists are thrilled to reveal the blooming of their sapphire tower. The sapphire tower plant (Puya alpestri) from the Chilean Andes can take up to 10 years to flower. The plant is a member of the bromeliad family, distantly related to the pineapple. Normally found at high elevations of up to 2,200 meters (7,218...
  • Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells?

    04/22/2024 10:32:26 AM PDT · by Freedom4US · 50 replies
    I’m sitting here re-charging my RV battery bank. Just messing around seeing how this stuff works. One trend is RV manufacturers now furnish 12 volt DC powered refrigerators. Even the small units pull 10 amps, on hot days I can see 40 amps or so daily would be routine. Using a generator and the installed RV converter, it needs re-charging often, and while the performance is good, it is what it is. A propane powered refrigerator, on the other hand, will run for a month on a standard 20 pound barbecue tank. Out in the desert, water looms critical when...
  • We stand for civilization against true barbarians - William A. Jacobson at Cornell Unity Rally

    04/19/2024 8:27:37 PM PDT · by linMcHlp · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 04/14/2024 | William A. Jacobson
    This is a unity rally, but it’s not just a unity rally for Jews, and it’s not just a unity rally for Israel. There’s a reason we have Israeli and American flags on this stage, it’s because we stand for civilization against true barbarians who are looking to tear us down.How is it that on this campus and other college campuses across the United States, the immediate reaction from many students and many faculty was to celebrate what Hamas had done. How is it that at Harvard, within a day, 50 student groups signed a statement entirely blaming Israel, the...
  • Snopes Journalists Announce Plans To Personally Fact-Check Entire San Francisco Poop Map

    04/19/2024 10:14:45 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies
    The Bee ^ | April 19, 2024 | Staff
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — As part of their mission to combat misinformation online and ensure accuracy of what people read, Snopes journalists announced plans to personally fact-check the entire San Francisco Poop Map. The initiative will allow Snopes to judge the legitimacy of user-reported sightings of human feces strewn along the city's roadways and provide residents with reliable information on the locations of publicly deposited poo. "Confirming the existence of reported dumps is important," said Snopes journalist Fred Larkin. "We simply cannot allow false reports of human waste to be propagated across social media. There are a lot of people...
  • Cheers: Brit in Oz Smashes Pub Crawl Record

    04/17/2024 10:06:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 17 Apr 2024 | Anna Ellis
    69-year-old David Clarkson, originally from the UK but living in Australia for over 40 years, set a new record by visiting 120 pubs in just 24 hours. David beat the previous record of 99 pubs, held by Australians Harry Kooros and Jake Loiterton. He did this pub tour in Sydney, Australia. David, a retired accountant from Lancashire, says his life revolves around “travel, drinking, and spreadsheets.” He used his accounting skills to carefully plan his route using licensing data, tables, and Google Maps. Driven by his love for exploring and the many interesting pubs in Sydney, David felt confident in...
  • Loch Ness Monster Goes Interstellar: Will NASA Join the Hunt?

    04/17/2024 9:23:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 16 Apr 2024 | Anna Ellis
    The Loch Ness Centre has reached out to NASA for assistance in a new quest to search for the Loch Ness monster. Following last year’s extensive search of Loch Ness in the Highlands, which included the capture of loud underwater noises and several potential sightings, the centre is eager to enlist NASA’s expertise in their pursuit. Scheduled to coincide with the 90th anniversary of Sir Edward Mountain’s expedition, the latest search will take place from May 30 to June 2. Since the inaugural expedition in 1934 by the Watchers of the Monster, over 1,156 sightings have been documented on the...
  • Germany to BAN DRIVING At Weekends To Fight ‘Climate Change’

    04/17/2024 6:38:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 70 replies
    Daily Fetched ^ | April 17, 2024 | Jason Walsh
    The German transport minister said he will soon be enforcing a complete ban on driving at weekends so the country can meet its ‘net zero’ targets and fight climate change. Volker Wissing said that meeting carbon emissions reduction targets will be impossible unless laws are changed to restrict people’s movements and car ownership. According to Wissing, the law would need to be changed by mid-July. Wissing wrote in a letter to coalition parliamentary group leaders: “A corresponding reduction in traffic performance would only be possible through restrictive measures that are difficult to communicate to the population, such as nationwide and...
  • EXCLUSIVEIt's Wokehammer! Games Workshop engulfed in gender row with fans after it said Warhammer squadron that was previously thought of as men-only has 'always had females'

    04/16/2024 7:45:20 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 16, 2024 | Aiden Radnedge
    A 'woke' gender row has broken out among Games Workshop fantasy fans after women were added to an army squadron for the first time. Bosses behind the Warhammer game have introduced a female character to one of its most popular table-top battalions whose devotees include film star Henry Cavill. But some men are furious at the move, insisting that the 'Adeptus Custodes' brigade has always been all-male and any changes should have been done differently. A new edition of Warhammer 40,000 fantasy fiction introduces a character named 'Custodian Calladyce Taurovalia Kesh' - and using female pronouns for her. Long-time fans...