It was the middle of a cool September night in Munich, Germany. The year was 1939. In an otherwise unoccupied auditorium, a man knelt on hands and knees chiseling a square hole into a large stone pillar. The lights were out, but a small flashlight dimmed with a handkerchief provided a pallid puddle of light. The man’s chisel was also wrapped in cloth to quiet his hammer strikes. Whenever there was some unexpected sound, he froze. Whenever a truck rumbled past the building, he seized the opportunity to chisel more vigorously. It was exceedingly tedious and slow work. The fellow was a 36-year-old German handyman named “Georg Elser”. But “handyman” isn’t exactly the right word. In his three and a half decades he had cultivated many skills, including clock making, cabinet building, master carpentry, and stone quarrying. And the task at hand required all of his diverse expertise.
In addition, many of the past articles have been read aloud in audiobook form, as reward for donating.
The audiobook comes linked in an email as a series of mp3s, each 1-3 hours long, with the stories back to back. It didn’t include an index, so I made one…
Warning: A hibernation feature called “Fast Startup” defaults to ON in Windows 8, which leaves the filesystem in an unsafe state every time you shutdown. Based on an assumption that you’ll just boot Windows again next time.
Do not mount NTFS partitions outside of Windows 8 unless that feature is disabled beforehand. For more, see this article.
Future versions of Linux’s filesystem driver will warn about this and suggest mounting read-only.
Knoppix 7.05 already includes a warning for this, though the nag has a cosmetic bug. It tries to spawn a GUI popup, which fails if you booted straight to a console root prompt.
Disable the menuitem, spawn the popup, and reenable on destruction.
Problem: What if you close the parent window first?
That’ll also cause the popup to close. But by then, there’s no menu left to toggle because the parent’s gone. You may get a PyDeadObjectError, or the OS will step in to complain. Bad.
For more outlandish gear and pulley arrangements, there’s a book called “507 Mechanical Movements” (1896).
Loads of eye candy. Even pages are diagrams; odds are captions. Read: Google Books Download: Archive.org Buy: Amazon
For a bizarro version of the narrative, see
Unreported World – Witches on Trial. It popped into my head both for the unquestioned healer experts and the unreliable witness fiascos that happen when physical evidence is off the table.
* To play that video, the official site irritatingly requires a login (bugmenot to the rescue), but the expandable text synopsis below it is thorough enough.
A previous CSI-related Frontline was more about rigor.
“A good part of the appeal [of post-modernist anthropologists] may be the ability to graciously grant permission for any "marginalized" people to come up with their own narratives in order to combat a perceived prejudice against them. A lot of the language used by the anti-science crowd (of whatever faction) seems to mimic the sorts of arguments a kindly person would use against bullying. The concept of a united search for truth and justification has been equated with picking on the weak.
The anthropologists here seem to want to trade in colonial paternalism for some sort of well-intentioned Mommy-ism, keeping peace among different tribes by shutting down arguments.” - Sastra, Comment on Orac's post, Removing Science from Anthropology