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So! What is the ...coolest thing you have done in your rather nerdy life?

-tell us all about it!

If this isn't cool - it's certainly nerdy. I looked up all the formulas that movie theaters use when creating their screens and the distances from their seats. I sneakily measured the movie screens, where I sat, the distance, etc. Then, when I bought my gargantuan LCD-HDtv, I used the same ratio from the theater for the distance between my eye to where the tv screen would be. I bought that specifically-sized screen and it worked perfectly!

If the lights are out and you sit still, your eyes cannot tell they're not looking at a movie theater-sized screen. Add to that a sweet Blu Ray player with full HD and the human eye absolutely cannot tell it isn't seeing a movie in a theater.

I suppose it's one thing to read about it, but everyone who's experienced this in person has called it "the coolest."

I haven't gone to a movie theater in over three years!

Can anyone tell me where this ranks on the "nerdy" scale? :icon_redface:

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my coolest thing is getting a job on a 1940s steam driven sternwheeler, i help maintain the boiler and the engines, also i get to go on cruises,

here is a pic of the boat

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Hmmm. There is a few cool things I have done , such as going to a series clinching playoff game at Yankee Stadium. In regards to something Big Bang Theory and nerdy related, I would have to say this...

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Coolest thing i've ever done, for me, is probably meeting Lemmy out of Motorhead.

I found him in a pub before their gig and he signed his autobiography for me, and when I told him my name (Anthony) he said "I have a sort of part brother called Anthony, he's a bit of a pr*ck though, so you're my new favourite Anthony!"

Pretty funny experience lol.

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As there are a lot of new members, it is time to resurrect this topic, so we can find out what cool stuff our new members have been up to!

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I've flown in an F-15 twice. A cross-country flight and a regular training flight where we did dog fights with other aircraft. We maxed out at 7.8 G and 1.8 negative G. That 8.2 ended up with some serious pinpointing.

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I played onstage with Harry Connick, Jr.  In fact, I sort of had a duet with him because one of the pieces we played was "There's No Business Like Show Business" and the arrangement had him singing over a solo bassoon line--that I was playing. :)

 

I've also played onstage with William Shatner as a narrator for a piece.

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Once moved to Columbia by accident, place to party! Loved the whole 'rave culture', and electronic music! Love riding my Guzzi 850!

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Once moved to Columbia by accident, place to party!

 

Moving is a pain in the ass. How on earth did you do it 'by accident'?  

 

I spent five weeks living in a tent in the Serengeti when I was completing my Anthropology degree, looking for ancient human remains at the Laetoli site.  

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Moving is a pain in the ass. How on earth did you do it 'by accident'?  

 

I spent five weeks living in a tent in the Serengeti when I was completing my Anthropology degree, looking for ancient human remains at the Laetoli site.  

Happy camper, were you?

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I've flown in an F-15 twice. A cross-country flight and a regular training flight where we did dog fights with other aircraft. We maxed out at 7.8 G and 1.8 negative G. That 8.2 ended up with some serious pinpointing.

How the hell did you get to do that?

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How the hell did you get to do that?

That was my first job in the Air Force. Electronics on F-15s. Radar, Navigation, Electronic Warfare, Communication, Central Computing system, and all the interfaces. The training mission was because of my winning Airman of the Quarter. The cross-country was because I also learned the hydraulics, engines, other mechanical stuff. So it was handy to have me (among others) who could go with the planes on weekend flight to train with Guard and Reserve units. I got to fly the plane on the cross country flight, while the pilot looked at his maps.

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posting is a way of "outlet" sometimes, so it could be :D

I have been on bands since I was 16 yrs old (and playing since I was 6, my parents got me into a Conservatory). I'm 30 now. I guess I got tired of certain things.. it got to a point where I just became a nightmare to be around with, since I was fed up with people getting late for rehearsals, or getting late for sound checks, getting stiffed by club owners, carrying equipment. I am a control freak and I guess as i got older I became less tolerant to those kind of things. And since I really cared about the people I was playing with, I decided to leave the band and keep them as friends. They didn't keep playing though, each one joined a different band afterwards.

I did play a few gigs during he summer, as a replacement for a friend who broke his arm and his band had already signed to play ac/dc songs as regular band in a bar. It also paid good and it was not my band so I just had to show up and play, not worrying about anything else... and I ocassionally play as a guest singer and bass player with my ex-boyfriend's band for a few songs.. they have a song that has two bass guitars that I co-wrote, and we also make double-bass when they cover "One of these days" (Pink Floyd song), and I sing also Pink Floyd's Confortably Numb as well as two songs of their own :D

I do play at home though. I live with my fiancee who is a drummer and we have a room setup for playing with a drumset, my bass guitars, electric guitar and an organ for when friends come to play just for fun. Most of my friends are musicians so it does happen a lot :)

Maybe by the end of the year I would start thinking about forming a new band, but dunno. I am having enough creative outlet by posting on forums or making graphics right now LOL

 

This is kind of like my brother's experiences with playing in bands.  He started when he was still in high school.  Back in those days the band Chicago was still pretty big and the band my brother played in had kind of a simliar instrumentation--drums and guitars, but also keyboards and some brass.  My brother played trumpet and flugelhorn in school and picked up a little trombone, plus he could play keyboards, so he could do a lot of stuff.  Plus he could sing--which always surpised me, since I almost never heard him sing anything... :p

 

So he played in various bands for years, but he got tired of having to put up with the "weak links"--someone's brother or best friend or cousin who couldn't really play, but couldn't be kicked out of the band because he was someone's brother or best friend or cousin.

 

So my brother started freelancing so that he could just pop in and fill in for someone, or take a temporary gig, without having to commit to a band or put up with their dramas.

 

Nowadays he still occaionally plays keyboards with local groups, but he has a dayjob at an auto parts shop and he and his girlfriend run karaoke shows in a few casinos just outside of town.

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That was my first job in the Air Force. Electronics on F-15s. Radar, Navigation, Electronic Warfare, Communication, Central Computing system, and all the interfaces. The training mission was because of my winning Airman of the Quarter. The cross-country was because I also learned the hydraulics, engines, other mechanical stuff. So it was handy to have me (among others) who could go with the planes on weekend flight to train with Guard and Reserve units. I got to fly the plane on the cross country flight, while the pilot looked at his maps.

Ever been on a chopper as it flies above the vietnamese canopy at sunrise, like happens in every Viet war movie I've seen?

-And if yes, did you sit on your helmet, so as to prevent your balls from being hit by stray shot?

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Ever been on a chopper as it flies above the vietnamese canopy at sunrise, like happens in every Viet war movie I've seen? -And if yes, did you sit on your helmet, so as to prevent your balls from being hit by stray shot?

Nope, haven't done that. Because of my age and appearance, a lot of people assume my disability rating has something to do with Vietnam. I was old enough to be in the last couple of years, but was In college and the got a high enough draft number to not have to worry. I enlisted in the early 80s and was in Desert Storm. My disabilities are related to Gulf War Syndrome.

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Nope, haven't done that. Because of my age and appearance, a lot of people assume my disability rating has something to do with Vietnam. I was old enough to be in the last couple of years, but was In college and the got a high enough draft number to not have to worry. I enlisted in the early 80s and was in Desert Storm. My disabilities are related to Gulf War Syndrome.

 

War is a b**ch. Not cool.

But on lighter note, what are your favourite american military planes?

My favourite is the old p51 mustang with it's silvery colour, and the A-7 Corsair jetplane.

-not that I've ever flown, but I was very keen model builder when a kid. I had about 100 plastic fighter planes on my shelves.

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War is a b**ch. Not cool.

But on lighter note, what are your favourite american military planes?

My favourite is the old p51 mustang with it's silvery colour, and the A-7 Corsair jetplane.

-not that I've ever flown, but I was very keen model builder when a kid. I had about 100 plastic fighter planes on my shelves.

Well, the obvious one is the F-15. The B-58 "Hustler" and XB-70 were amazing to me when I was a kid. The P-51 just looks like a plane ought to. I also liked the B -17 and the Navy's F4U Corsair, those gull wings gave it a cool look while flying.

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Well, the obvious one is the F-15. The B-58 "Hustler" and XB-70 were amazing to me when I was a kid. The P-51 just looks like a plane ought to. I also liked the B -17 and the Navy's F4U Corsair, those gull wings gave it a cool look while flying.

Have you ever flown any of the cool WW2 planes?

-I understand these old planes are very popular hobby amongst american pilots...

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Have you ever flown any of the cool WW2 planes?

-I understand these old planes are very popular hobby amongst american pilots...

No, but I wish I had. Several years ago, there was a B-17 offering rides, but I didn't have the 350-400 (750 for the nose) dollars for the ride

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