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Construction crews are turning a cross at Epiphany Lutheran Church into a cell phone tower.
Church executive director John Sasson said T-Mobile will hide equipment inside the 100-foot-high cross, which spans 30 feet. The installation of the structure began this week.
Sasson said the cross provides “advertising we would not have been able to afford,” as well as some additional income. He said the cell phone company is leasing part of the church’s property. Full Story
The world’s first practical videotape recorder was released in 1956. It was as large as a dining room table and cost a cool $50G. The Ampex VRX-1000 featured an incredibly modern-sounding model number, too.
Ampex discovered that the secret to recording video on tape was to use a rotating head. This enabled them to fit 90 minutes onto a single reel, making the VTR practical for TV broadcast use. Full Story
At the height of the Cold War, the US Central Intelligence Agency was willing to try just about anything to gain an advantage over the dreaded Communists. The agency considered using exploding cigars or seashells to remove Cuban leader Fidel Castro; they employed psychics to attempt “remote viewing” of Russian military secrets; and the CIA even put the Soviets on the business ends of clairvoyant minds to attempt mind-control.
One of the CIA’s most bizarre Cold War efforts was Operation Acoustic Kitty. In declassified documents from the CIA’s super-secret Science and Technology Directorate, it was revealed that some Cold-War-era cats were surgically altered to become sophisticated bugging devices. Full Story
Take, for instance the note from Jung Wi of Allure West Studios, who teaches photography seminars as well as specializing in wedding photography. His tip was, “Clean your lens. ” He said, “You would be surprised by all the dirty lenses I see before every class.”
But even something as simple as wiping a lens can be done the wrong way, with disastrous results. I spoke to Steve Heiner, the senior technical manager at Nikon, for advice on lens cleaning. There is more to know than you might expect. More…