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Apparently there is going to be a Grand Prix Formula One event in Las Vegas in November of 2023.

Article on Jalopnik is kind of sketchy on details but it will be on the Las Vegas Strip and MGM Grand has purchased $25m in tickets to make race/lodging packages with a six figure price tag.

Way to rich for my tastes.

I could go to a lot of cons for that price.

GEM

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1 hour ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

Apparently there is going to be a Grand Prix Formula One event in Las Vegas in November of 2023.

Article on Jalopnik is kind of sketchy on details but it will be on the Las Vegas Strip and MGM Grand has purchased $25m in tickets to make race/lodging packages with a six figure price tag.

Way to rich for my tastes.

I could go to a lot of cons for that price.

GEM

 

Hey! Cool! That's something I would like to ... awww, six figs!? Maybe if two of them are to the right of the decimal place.

 

Now off to burn some holes in a figure. 

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2 hours ago, Pegazus said:

 

Hey! Cool! That's something I would like to ... awww, six figs!? Maybe if two of them are to the right of the decimal place.

 

Now off to burn some holes in a figure. 

Unfortunately, this event is being presented as being structured to cater to the High Rollers.

We'll see if they have correctly gauged the market or not come November 2023.

If they "get it right" this is going to be a shot in the arm for Nevada Tax Revenue, as well as the possibility for a new World Class Event to boost the power of Las Vegas as a tourism magnet.

GEM

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Was in a bit of a collision yesterday...

 

No, no, I'm not hurt at all.  

 

I just got on the bus and had barely managed to sit down, and hadn't even fastened the seatbelt, yet, the bus driver had the blinkers on, and started the bus moving to get it back into traffic, when... 

Whomp! Scraaaaaaape... 

An elderly lady didn't notice the blinkers, and just left a lot of paint on the side of the bus. 

Half a second later, and she would have had a very expensive meeting with the rear of the bus.

 

Note that here in Norway, a route bus have the right of way out of bus stops if the speed limit is 60Km/h or less. 

(This happened in a 50 zone, and because of rush hour, traffic omly moded at 35 - 40Km/h)    

 

 

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14 hours ago, Thoramel said:

Here's one of the drones we used for video, still images and infrared. 

 

For a minute there I was hoping to see what the infrared pictures looked like/showed you.  IR photography is one of those things I'd love to get into some day...

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19 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

You want to try IR photography?

 

flir_20220525T144920.thumb.jpg.61455e6469d51b93ada815733624affa.jpg

 

Taken with my CAT S62 Pro phone...   

 

The subject is some networking equipment at an location I occasionally have the pleasure of visiting)

 

Well now... an IR camera on a cell phone you say... *googles*
I have zero need for that and yet, I really want it...  Good specs too...

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33 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

You want to try IR photography?

 

flir_20220525T144920.thumb.jpg.61455e6469d51b93ada815733624affa.jpg

 

Taken with my CAT S62 Pro phone...   

 

The subject is some networking equipment at an location I occasionally have the pleasure of visiting)

 

That's thermal infrared, as a note.   Infrared photography usually refers to near-visible light photography, such as Kodak Aerochrome, 590nm (known for its oranges and reds), 720nm (known for its ethereal blues), and 840-990nm (known for its sharp black and white contrast, as there's no visible light left at this spectrum). 

 

I'd show a (poorly edited) pic taken with the IR Chrome filter but I don't have it on mobile it seems. 

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55 minutes ago, Cygnwulf said:

For a minute there I was hoping to see what the infrared pictures looked like/showed you.  IR photography is one of those things I'd love to get into some day...

 

We've got a bit of a wait before the data gets sent to us. But honestly, the IR images aren't really that dramatic. Everything shows as greens and blues for the most part since we're mostly just seeing vegetation cover. We also look for saturated soils which are just a slightly deeper blue than the surrounding soils owing to the water there being just a degree or two cooler than unsaturated soils. Pretty useful for our work, but not really very interesting outside of that.

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1 hour ago, Gadgetman! said:

You want to try IR photography?

 

flir_20220525T144920.thumb.jpg.61455e6469d51b93ada815733624affa.jpg

 

Taken with my CAT S62 Pro phone...   

 

The subject is some networking equipment at an location I occasionally have the pleasure of visiting)

 

Heh, I own a Flir One IR camera that plugs into my phone's USB port. Fun little devices. Not cheap though. But it did help me identify cold spots in my wall insulation and figure out where my clothes dryer exhaust and water pipes go through.

 

I knew CAT had a line of phones that included the IR sensor, but they were out of my price range.

 

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Good morning. Is it Friday yet? 

Came in this morning to a couple of issues that are of the site's own making:

- a municipality owned location where I've been trying to get them scheduled for final start up and training.  For almost 10 months now - ticket has been open since 26 Oct 2021  I respond to every one of their emails/phone calls within hours, it takes them days or weeks to get back to me.   The sense of urgency in their email this morning has me rolling my eyes, considering my last communications from them was 30 days ago about the same thing. 
 

- a site on the other side of the country that changed owners and needs the merchant number programming changed, but the new owner has only a Mac computer. Unfortunately for him the system software needs a Windows PC to configure it. He is unhappy that he's going to have to buy or borrow a Windows PC to get things set up.  This one really annoys me - the software we need doesn't require a powerful Windows PC. There are several sub $400 Windows PCs out there - peanuts compared to what most car washes are sold/purchased for.  I know this particular site can make $400 on a slow weekday and the cost of the PC is a tax write off.  But no, he's whining about us not supporting Mac.  I'm seriously considering sending him a quote for $250,000k to "develop Mac software" with an estimated delivery of 24-30 months. 

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