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 PostPost subject: Politics aside, that overhead projector is awesome        Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:52 am 
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Alright, when I heard McCain say that Obama voted to spend $3 million on an overhead projector my first thought was... who makes a $3 million overhead projector? Well, I found out what he meant by "overhead projector", which was semantically correct but misleading. Oh, such a surprise coming from a politician.

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UNIVERSARIUM Models IX and IX TD

Designed for star theaters with large domes
UNIVERSARIUM is the most powerful planetarium instrument from Carl Zeiss, and probably even the most powerful of its category. Designed for large domes and multimedia theaters, and for horizontal, as well as for tilted domes. UNIVERSARIUM is based on the starball concept, the mechanical separation between the projection of the starlit sky and of dynamic objects. The starball and the planet projectors can be used either jointly in accordance with astronomical algorithms or separately from each other.

The stars are so bright that they are not easily outshone by image projections, thanks to fiber optics technology from Carl Zeiss. They are point-shaped and totally white. Only the brighter stars also displaying conspicuous tints in nature are projected in a reddish or bluish or yellowish color. Seeing how much the audience of the planetarium is moved by the scintillating stars never ceases to amaze. UNIVERSARIUM provides a realistic simulation of the scintillation of all stars.



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Here is where the projector would have gone: In a planetarium in Chicago: http://adlerplanetarium.org/

Apparently the projector that's currently in the planetarium is no longer supported by the manufacturer, parts aren't manufactured or available for it any more, and it's 40 years old.

Either way, it's awesome and I wish I had one.


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I once saw this projector that was a robot and could be controlled to look up at the ceiling, and the image would project their, (the image would project out of it's telescopic eye). I can't remember how much it cost, but it had a built in DVD player, and ports like USB, a media card reader, Scart, DVI, HDMI, VGA, Component, etc.... It even had built in speakers. :P

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:10 pm 
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I beleive they have a primitive 1 of these at the obserbatory about 40 minutes drive from my house except it is just the projector.


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I once saw this projector that was a robot and could be controlled to look up at the ceiling, and the image would project their, (the image would project out of it's telescopic eye). I can't remember how much it cost, but it had a built in DVD player, and ports like USB, a media card reader, Scart, DVI, HDMI, VGA, Component, etc.... It even had built in speakers. :P


Is This the projector robot you saw:
Just say you don't know what Star Wars is, I dare ya!


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Yes! That IS the projector I am talking about. I might think about buying one of them one day!

I DO know what Starwars is by the way! :wink:

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Yes! That IS the projector I am talking about. I might think about buying one of them one day!

I DO know what Starwars is by the way! :wink:


Do you have a dome to house it in?


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Who needs a dome, with something like that you could probably project onto the sky itself!

//In retrospect, that would eliminate the need for a projector :D

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Quite nice. But I doubt the economy could afford paying for a 3 million dollar projector O.o

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Quite nice. But I doubt the economy could afford paying for a 3 million dollar projector O.o


Why not? The US are planning to spend $515.4Billion on their Military in 2009. $3Million on a projector is nothing.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:34 pm 
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hounsell wrote:
WildEye001 wrote:
Quite nice. But I doubt the economy could afford paying for a 3 million dollar projector O.o


Why not? The US are planning to spend $515.4Billion on their Military in 2009. $3Million on a projector is nothing.


hounsell, teh US economy is failing badly,

General Motors is at Nearly 5-10 dollars per share.
Microsoft/BBY is down to 26
Apple is up to 88
Google is down to 326

as of 10/09 at 4pm.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:42 pm 
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WildEye001 wrote:
hounsell, teh US economy is failing badly,

General Motors is at Nearly 5-10 dollars per share.
Microsoft/BBY is down to 26
Apple is up to 88
Google is down to 326

as of 10/09 at 4pm.


So you solve this by spending huge amounts of money on the military? Maybe you could use that money to rescue your economy. General Motors, Ford, etc have all been losing money because the Cars tend not to sell that well in anywhere except the US. That's been going on for years, and has nothing to do with the current economic 'crisis'.

Oh, and if you hadn't noticed, it's a GLOBAL recession, not just the US 8-)

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hounsell wrote:

Oh, and if you hadn't noticed, it's a GLOBAL recession, not just the US 8-)


It's a global recession - thanks to the US


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What does it matter? We live in the United States.

(Someone should respond that the United States is part of the world)

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Yeah, [censored] this. I'm moving to some country with socialized medicine... and one that doesn't bully everyone else around, then get's pissed at other countries for doing the same thing to someone else like a four year old.

Hey, we're not all crazy.

Of course spending $3 million on a projector is nothing when we spent something like $12 billion in Iraq this year alone, killing innocent people and annoying the [censored] out of the entire world. On my personal agenda, education is a bit more important than spreading of democracy. In fact, spreading democracy is something we shouldn't even be doing. Preventing or stopping genocide? Sure. Helping those in need who can't help themselves? Sure. Being assholes? That's not for me. I think it's funny that we have a trade embargo with Cuba but half of the [censored] in this country is made in China. How am I supposed to trust anything this government does or tells me?


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QuiescentWonder wrote:
we spent something like $12 billion in Iraq this year alone?


Maybe if the year only 15 days.

We need to pull out. It's just like Vietnam. We're not going to win. We're not fighting a country with an organized army. We're fighting people who don't care if they die. How the heck do you fight that?!?!?! It's like trying to kill a beehive one bee at a time. They're willing to do anything to win. We're not.

We also need to get off of foreign oil, and in the future, oil all together. Hydrogen energy is something that's not being pushed hard enough as a future solution. There are problems with Hydrogen, such as the energy it takes to split the hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and where that energy comes from. We need to drift away from oil.

Health care is mess. I don't feel like getting into discussing the presidential nominations though (well, I don't want to be the one to start that discussion. I'll let someone else do that). :P


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QuiescentWonder wrote:
One candidate goes "The other candidate is a douche bag because of x", then the other candidate says "No, the other candidate is actually the douche bag becuase of x". It just goes on and on? Who do you vote for? The candidate that lies the least amount? The ones that don't take as many low blows? The one that has less supporters that are bat-[censored] crazy?

It's quite simple really, You Revolt! :P
I do believe it's even in your constitution, "If the governemnt ceases to serve the people, it is the peoples duty to overthrow it" or somthing like that.
It's even one of the reasons americans are allowed to "bear arms"


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Why would I need a dome for that little robot projector? I have seen the projector demoed on a gadget review show, and they just had it in their room on the floor pointing up at the ceiling to show it can project onto the ceiling.

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It's quite simple really, You Revolt! :P
I do believe it's even in your constitution, "If the governemnt ceases to serve the people, it is the peoples duty to overthrow it" or somthing like that.
It's even one of the reasons americans are allowed to "bear arms"


A Civil War wouldn't do America any good. And anyway, what would they replace the current system with?

More Democracy wouldn't solve anything, and the only two other ideals left in this world are Fascist or Communist Dictatorships. And History has taught us both lead to more wars.

So, in the end, while the American Democracy system is pretty poor (You have a choice between one megalomaniac and another), it's better than the alternative.

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jabster wrote:
QuiescentWonder wrote:
One candidate goes "The other candidate is a douche bag because of x", then the other candidate says "No, the other candidate is actually the douche bag becuase of x". It just goes on and on? Who do you vote for? The candidate that lies the least amount? The ones that don't take as many low blows? The one that has less supporters that are bat-[censored] crazy?

It's quite simple really, You Revolt! :P
I do believe it's even in your constitution, "If the governemnt ceases to serve the people, it is the peoples duty to overthrow it" or somthing like that.
It's even one of the reasons americans are allowed to "bear arms"
Thats only viable if a few million revolt. If its anything less, the Government will just use the army/cia/Scientology to crush us.

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I didn't say the entire system should be replaced. I just don't like the following:

1. Religion
2. Having my privacy rights taken away illegally
3. Hating other countries because they aren't democratic, then populating our stores with stuff mostly manufactured in non-democratic countries. We hate socialists (Cuba, Venezuela) but we love China. Oh, when is the last time anyone went to war with them? Not any time recently, leave socialists alone unless they are actually a threat to something.
4. Killing innocent people in Iraq
5. There are 164 countries that have a lower infant mortality rate than in the US.
6. We're the only developed country in the world that hasn't ratified the Kyoto protocol.
7. We're the fifth most taxed people (this might be wrong?) in the world and our current government has still managed to break the record for the amount we are in debt.

This is one of the problems: http://www.privacyinternational.org/article.shtml?cmd[347]=x-347-559597

There are more than three political systems in the world, BTW.

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Thats only viable if a few million revolt. If its anything less, the Government will just use the army/cia/Scientology to crush us.


Yeah, we're always [censored] people's [censored] up. Don't count me as wanting to do that though.


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