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The Best Tripod

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After spending 40 hours researching tripods and 15 hours testing four, we found the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100 kit to be the most versatile platform for challenging shooting situations. It has the tallest maximum height and the most flexible range of positions of the tripod models we tested, and it’s very stable. It’s also easy to set up and break down, and built to withstand years of use.

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I use carbon fibre induro tripods. Which are basicly knock offs of Gitzo ones. I have 2 and have been pretty happy with them. Edit and I use Markins heads which are awesome but $$$

Critical Hits in the Classroom

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How Teachers Use Dungeons & Dragons in Education

by Phil McAndrew


Critical Hits in the Classroom was originally published in The Nib on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Mausoleum of Theoderic in Ravenna, Italy

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Sarcophagus on top level of Mausoleum of Theoderic.

To the casual observer, the Mausoleum of Theoderic is far from being one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in Italy, or even near Ravenna. But when you learn that the roof is made of one single stone slab weighing 230 tons, and that no one is quite sure how the builders got it up there, things get far more interesting.

At the time of his death in 526 AD, Theoderic the Great had racked up an impressive number of titles: King of the Ostrogoths, ruler of Italy, regent of the Visigoths, patricius of the Roman Empire. With such a swathe of honors to his name, it was no surprise that he wanted to build himself a tomb that would be worthy of his accomplishments in life.

In contrast to the majority of buildings in and around Ravenna that date back to this period, which were typically built of bricks, the mausoleum was constructed of carved blocks of stone imported from Istria. These were used to create the structure's two decagonal levels, the lower level being noticeably narrower than the upper.

And then there's the roof: all 230 tons of it. Measuring about 35 feet in diameter and carved from a single piece of Istrian stone, it is rimmed with 12 pierced, projecting spurs, each inscribed in Latin with the name of an apostle. The triangular holes around the roof give it the appearance of a crown, and some historians have argued that heavy ropes were passed through these holes, allowing the builders to transport and then position the massive stone. That, however, remains an open question, and not the only mystery surrounding the Mausoleum of Theoderic.

Delving deeper into the form and function of the mausoleum, things quickly reach Dan Brown-like proportions. Archaeoastronomical investigations using 3D modeling have suggested that the orientation of the mausoleum, including its 17 windows of varying shapes and sizes, may well be aligned with important moments within the astrological year. On the day of the Annunciation, for example, the rising sun pours through a cross-shaped window onto the wall of the tomb. And at sunset on the days of the equinoxes, the sunlight illuminates scripted bands within the mausoleum.

Other enigmatic features within the largely bare interior of the mausoleum include a small apse and a sarcophagus. The function of the apse on the upper level has long baffled historians. It is too small to accommodate an altar or other significant piece, but nonetheless appears to be an important element within the tomb, its keystone bearing a large Latin cross, which is the only sculptural element in the interior.

The bathtub-like sarcophagus, meanwhile, once held the remains of King Theodoric. Made of red porphyry, the sarcophagus has four rings carved into its sides, as well as two lion heads. As for Theodoric, his bones were scattered—and his mausoleum converted into a Christian oratory—when Byzantine general Flavius Belisarius conquered the city in 540.

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Scenes from the ant colony's growing magician problem

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probablybadrpgideas:
If Cthulhu can be summoned by humans who are so far beneath it, why can't humans be summoned by ants?

The answer is they should be.

20thcenturyvole:

Well if a bunch of ants formed a circle in my house I'd certainly notice, try to figure out where they'd all come from, and possibly wreak destruction there.

weasowl:

That's why knowing and correctly pronouncing the true name is so important to the ritual. Imagine how impossible it would be to not go take a look if the circle of ants started chanting your name.

And they're like, you can't leave because we drew a line made of tiny crystals - now you have to do us a favor.

And you're like, let's just see where this goes "yup, you got me... what's the favor?"

and usually the favor is like, "kill this one ant for us" or "give me a pile of sugar" and you're like... okay? and you do, because why not, it isn't hard for you and boy is this going to be a fucking story to tell, these fucking ants chanting your name and wanting a spoonful of sugar or whatever.

And SOMEtimes you get asked for things you can't really do, one of them, she's like, "I love this ant but she won't pay any attention to me, make me important to her" and you're like... um? how? So you just kill every ant in the colony except the two of them, ta-da! problem solved! and the first ant is like horrified whisper "what have I done"

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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"and you're like... um? how? So you just kill every ant in the colony except the two of them, ta-da! problem solved!"
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Vietnamese people “learn” how to make pho from American recipes

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From Jenny Yang’s Bad Appetite series, a group of Vietnamese critique questionable recipes for phở from American recipe sites that, for instance, try to substitute daikon radish for the noodles?

Politely, to not hurt your feelings, I’ll eat it.

The title is wrong. The whole thing, the recipe is fine. You want to eat, whatever, you cook it. Not with that name. Wrong name. Rename it. This one’s “Japanese soup”.

Don’t skip the last third of this. After politely dissing the recipes, Yang’s subjects talk about the importance of food in Vietnamese culture and share stories of how they came to the United States.

See also Koreans Learn to Make Kimchi from Brad at Bon Appetit.

Tags: food   Jenny Yang   video   Vietnam
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this was great! There only seem to be two, the other is specifically about Brad's kimchi...
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Is big dick energy quantitative or qualitative?That is, by “big dick energy” do we merely mean a...

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Is big dick energy quantitative or qualitative?

That is, by “big dick energy” do we merely mean a large quantity of dick energy, or do we mean the particular type energy emitted by a big dick?

If it’s the former, can multiple small dicks add up to big dick energy? Is the unit scale of dick energy linear (i.e., like luminous flux) or logarithmic (i.e., like sound)? Does big dick energy become small dick energy when sufficiently attenuated? Does the inverse-square law apply to dick energy?

If it’s the latter, is it possible to have a small quantity of big dick energy, or conversely, a large quantity of small dick energy? By what particular quality are these energies differentiated? By frequency? If so, can big dick energy be doppler-shifted into small dick energy, or vice versa? Does a small dick approaching at high velocity emit big dick energy in the reference frame of a stationary observer?

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