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    Massive explosion in Beirut

    He used an ANFO bomb, which has a higher energy potential. The extra hydrocarbons from the fuel oil maximize the oxygen available from the ammonium nitrate as it breaks down.
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    Massive explosion in Beirut

    Here's someone with more experience.
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    Massive explosion in Beirut

    Part of me thinks it might be nitrogen dioxide, but my knowledge of that type of chemistry is incredibly limited.
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    OT: Mommy's Alright, Daddy's Alright

    They do now, since both of them went to college. They didn’t understand when I went to grad school. My dad asked if it was like a job. I said sort of, I get paid and have health coverage. He retired as an electrician, so I described it like an advanced apprenticeship. My mom, who was a nurse...
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    Friday OT #1 - Feels Like Summer

    Thanks @Angie. Glad you like the idea. I have several for different times in my life. Summer 97/98 - Phish “A Live One” I worked at a summer camp with a bunch of Phishheads and this was on heavy rotation. Summer 2002/3 - Wilco “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” I spent most of my summer inside a lab...
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    Friday OT #1 - Ain't no other way to play the game the way I play

    I was incredibly thankful for PCs when I was writing my thesis after I kept getting feedback regarding spacing, etc. from whoever binds them on campus. I can only imagine the hassle of that type of work prior.
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    Cassette tapes are making a comeback

    This makes no sense.
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    Friday OT #3 - The Amazonian

    2003. Bought 2 Johnny Cash CDs and a Death Cab for Cutie album. Most of my earliest purchases were music.
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    Friday OT #1 - Ain't no other way to play the game the way I play

    Music: iPod followed by Spotify I bought a lot of music in high school/college and always had a Walkman/Discman along with tapes/CDs and batteries. The simplification brought on by the technology advancement was awesome. Hobby: Took on a summer job guiding in the BWCA without ever being there...
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    Friday OT #2 - You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

    I pretty much lived in Moly Bio during my time at ISU. There was a small journal library on either the 3rd or 4th floor (I can't remember which) and that was almost always a quiet spot.
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    Update on a vaccine

    That's one of the things about the Oxford vaccine candidate. The lab previously worked on SARS and MERS (same family of viruses as COVID-19) so they were able to spin up faster. They've got agreements with AstraZeneca and a plan to crank up to 2 billion doses. It will take time. More details in...
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    Friday OT #2 - Superfluous

    Those are sweet rides, but I'm trying to go lighter. I'm actually looking at a Bonneville.
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    Friday OT #1 - The Baguettes

    I forgot about those. Add in a pair of those with a Ralph Lauren long sleeve polo shirt and Eastland shoes, and those were the rich kids. Later it was Doc Marten boots.
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    Friday OT #2 - Superfluous

    Not a Harley guy, but I'm in the same boat. I'm ready to trade in my current motorcycle (2006 Concours) and buy a Triumph.
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    Friday OT #1 - The Baguettes

    Girbaud and Guess jeans.
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    Ennio Morricone has passed away

    His music for The Mission is timeless.
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    North Shore MN recommendations

    I worked on a few of the trails in that area about a decade ago (specifically the single track). Here's a map to some of the loops: Link to some more options...
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    North Shore MN recommendations

    I've spent a fair amount of time up in that area, so here are a few more ideas that are off the beaten track that haven't been mentioned yet. 1. Coho Cafe in Tofte. Right off of 61 and they have really good food. I'm a big fan of their wild rice sausage pizza. 2. Judge C.R. Magney State Park...
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    Friday OT #1 - Never Gonna Get It

    There are 2 albums that I've tried several times to get into that are classics that I just can't seem to connect with. Ironically, both are from 1969. 1. Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart 2. ******* Brew - Miles Davis I've listened to both at different stages of my life, and will likely...
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    OT: Watchmen on HBO

    It's available still on my Hulu account (I have the cheap one with commercials) and I just binged it in the last 24 hours. I can't add anything more than what's already been said in this thread.