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  1. Name the Series!

    Well, yeah, that would be Firefly. (It's Janye's hat.) What did you think it was?
  2. Name the Series!

    Oh, come on guys! Here, here's a hint:
  3. Name the Series!

    "Name the Series!"
  4. Name the Series!

    Thunderbirds! (I had all the Dinky Toys from both those shows when I was a kid.) (This thread is getting way too nostalgic. I don't watch a lot of contemporary TV, but I'll try to buck the trend.) Space cowboys!
  5. Name the Series!

    The Prisoner Here's an easy one: A cowboy keeps the peace in his New Mexico town with his custom Winchester rifle.
  6. Name the Series!

    The Avengers (Not to be confused with The Avengers. Or The Avengers. Or The Avengers.)
  7. Thread to complain bout stuff

    And now they're sitting in their mom's basement playing Minecraft on it.
  8. Thread to complain bout stuff

    1. Throw the tablet away. 2. Buy her a pony. (Since you aren't looking for help, I figured I'd offer something completely unhelpful. )
  9. Name the Series!

    Three's Company (Terri was way hotter than Chrissi.) An ex-Navy Seal turned private eye solves cases in an island paradise with the help of his ex-Marine buddies and his faux-English estate manager.
  10. Actually, there is a very good reason to salvage steel from very old shipwrecks: Low-background steel. All steel that has been produced since the advent of above-ground nuclear testing is contaminated with minute amounts of long-lived radionuclides that are suspended in the atmosphere. You can stop holding your breath, they are present in such small amounts that they pose no hazard to human health. But what they do present a problem for is apparatus that are designed to detect very minute amounts of radiation. So any such device needs to be constructed out of steel that was produced prior to 1945. One of the most common sources of such steel is shipwrecks, including (as pointed out in the linked article) the German WWI High Seas Fleet that was scuttled at Scapa Flow. Just to be pedantic, the AK-47 was the original Soviet assault rifle that was produced in 1947. The AKM was the improved model that was introduced in 1959. The AKM was produced in far greater numbers than the AK-47, and when most people picture an AK-47 what they are probably picturing is an AKM or a clone thereof. But the AK-47 was actually produced and fielded by the Soviet Union for 12 years as their front-line assault rifle.
  11. Name the Series!

    The Starlost. IIRC, Cordwainer Bird is Harlan Ellison's pseudonym for projects he wished to divest himself from, so I'm guessing he wrote/consulted on the series and then walked off in a huff for some reason. (As Harlan is wont to do.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Moon goes on a joyride, courtesy of some mishandled nuclear waste, carrying our hapless cast through a series of increasingly unlikely adventures.
  12. What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Yep. I would post pictures but my wife took all the pictures, they're all still on her phone.
  13. What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    Went shooting today with the entire family. Thing Three had her first day shooting, really enjoyed it, and actually did fairly well. Then we all went to In-N-Out for lunch afterwards. It was a good day.
  14. Mind = blown

    I saw an article online today about how some retirees are so intent on reliving their hippie days that they are buying and restoring 50-year-old VW vans. Which has lead to a bubble in the price of antique VW vans, some of which are now topping over $200,000 at auto auctions. The irony is overwhelming.
  15. What funny/interesting thing happened in your life today?

    I did die. When I had my aneurysm repair, the aneurysm was so large they had to replace my entire aorta from the root, right above the heart, all the way through the arch. Well, normally when they do surgery on that part of the aorta, they splice the heart-lung bypass machine into the aortic arch. So, in my case, they: Put me under anesthesia. (I was very grateful for this step.) Patched one end of the heart-lung machine into my femoral artery. Cut an eight-inch incision in the middle of my chest. Patched the other end of the heart-lung machine into the aortic arch. Stopped my heart. Started cooling my blood as it passed through the heart-lung machine to bring my body temperature down to 65F. Rotated my body so that my head was down 30 degrees. (To prevent any air bubbles from collecting in my brain.) Stopped the heart-lung machine. Cut out the aortic arch. Sewed the new aortic implant (with the heart-lung machine already attached) into the aortic arch. Started the heart-lung machine. Then they started warming me back up and moved on to the much more complicated step of sewing the implant into the aortic root. All told, between the times the heart-lung machine was stopped and started I had no blood flow through my entire body for 11 minutes. Clinically dead. But, as they say in the medical field, you aren't dead until you are warm and dead. All told I was in the OR for nine hours.