Nonlaser things that I think GFers will find interesting

Gotta love dry brushing!

Their definition of “not too difficult” does not match mine! Wow.

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LOL! also wow.

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Technically this is off-topic because it’s about lasers but apparently there’s a new type of diode laser that is ridiculously powerful:

Yeah we’re going to need better laser goggles.

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So I suppose my first question is: If the laser can blow through steel, what do you make the crumb tray out of? :slight_smile:

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A tray of water?

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Making it through steel is made a lot easier by the speed which heat does not transfer to the point that you can hold a cool piece a few inches from where you have the heat cutting another place. It was always fun to watch folks but silver hash pipes back in the day as heat travels through silver very well. Gold OTO is almost like steel for heat transfer by comparison.

Probably the best stuff for making a bed would be cubic zirconia ceramic, which unlike other ceramics stands up very well to thermal shock, but has to get up to maximum temperatures and quickly cooled to get that way. (by comparison to really high-tech use, making a bed for the bottom of a laser would be almost primitive)

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Music plus stats. Yes please.

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Some interesting things to ponder after reading this. I am thinking that music diversity is a luxury that contributes to personal development in ways similar to growing up in a household with books. To those of us old enough to remember vinyl records played on AM radio, the depth of current music sources is hard to fathom. Would the soundtrack of my life be different had my music library been richer in my youth? Would I like opera if it had been part of my childhood or teen years? I guess I’ll never know.

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Heh. I actively fight this, but it’s spot on for my SO.
Even the simple act of programming one station in the car to Top 40 lets me listen to current releases, but that requires listening to the radio in the car which so many don’t.
I also chase down soundtrack songs that clicked with me.
It definitely takes conscious thought, and time - when, as an adult, your time becomes more precious.

I also did a little happy dance that GenX was included in the chart!

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Best generation.

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I am 65 this year and still adding whole genres of new music. On the other hand, I have seen stagnation in people by the time they were 40.

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Same.

Some of my favorite stuff is in genres that didn’t even exist until recently.

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a lot of this boils down to how much you really care about music. for someone like me, who’s a musician, i’m looking for new and interesting stuff all the time. and by “new” i don’t necessarily mean released recently, just new “to me.” i recently discovered a band called Ten Wheel Drive, who was around in the late 60s, but i never heard of them until a couple of months ago.

and pandora/spotify are a big part of why i can discover stuff i might not have before. the algorithms that listen to what i like and find similar music have brought me a whole lot of bands i’d have never been able to find in the 70s. not that i wasn’t interested in finding them then, but it wasn’t easy. but now i get to hear regional bands from other parts of the country and the world.

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I probably stagnated in my 20s. But still occasionally add a new artist. But dang they have to be good. Otherwise I listen to a fairly wide spectrum anyway…when I do listen. It’s been mostly live play dnd podcasts the last decade or so.
90s adult alt, early 90s top, early-mid 90s country, classical, Eminem, 2000s alt/punk, movie soundtracks(hook, LotR, LotM), Japanese orchestral/rock opera versions of video game soundtracks, and then didn’t add much until the rise of Tom Macdonald.

Edit to add: aaaaaaaaall the anime soundtracks I listen too…

Music is mostly reserved for shared spaces at work and even that got canned when we couldn’t get a few people to put the phones down when the boss came in the room. She literally announces herself every time because she knows and doesn’t want to have to deal. Just put it away.

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Simon & Garfunkle were the first singers I heard that the songs were about other things than relationships. There was at that point expoldng an entire Genera of such music and traced back to the carpenters, and eventually the old Irish. Then a war was declared on it even to the point that Laugh-in was stepped on by Hee-haw and what had been a very large collection of records under that list became a single album by Peter-Paul-& Mary. I prettymuch quit listening to much music after that and rarely go there now.

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On Tuesday, NPR had a show about the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and a recent addition to the registry, Surrealistic Pillow by the Jefferson Airplane. This was an anthem of my youth. For a few moments I was a rebellious hippie again even as I went about my very mundane tasks of the day. Music is such a powerful communication source that each generation thinks they invented.

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Except gen X which knows they did.

#bestgeneration
#slackersforever
#1984isthebestyearforpopculture
#noIwillnottakeanyquestions

:wink:

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The one major group I saw live twice. The first time at the University of Miami and the second at the West Paln Beach Pop Festival. (Woodstock for those who wished they had been at Woodstock) Their Stage shows were the most elaborate at the time, One would have thought they had used a computer to get those effects except that such computers as existed were the size of buildings and not as powerful as a cell phone.

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Here’s a video of woodworking done by hand in Japan. There are three artists presented–it’s the last one I’m going to highlight. (Though @evansd2, another artist does gorgeous hexagonal boxes.)

Start watching from 18:38 to the end.

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That was truly fascinating. I’d love to eat in that cafe just to see the art.

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