There is a couple of goats that live under where the bridge span begins - which is also where to happen to gear up for your jump.
While you're trying to prepare mentally and physically for the BASE jump, the goats are trying their best to eat your parachute, pilot chute, parachute bag, shoelaces.
They are completely adorable, and also have their own facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Biquettejetaimebeaucoup/
Even more startling, they frequently mount the span and wander across the valley some 300m below..
The internet now is so much more 'global' but also so much more bland at the same time. Someone tried to resurrect the music scene website as a facebook group but it floundered.
My theory about that failure was that there were no trolls and flamewars to keep it interesting. The kind of trolling where you might actually see the guy at a bar a couple weeks later and admit that, "yeah, that was actually pretty hilarious".
I think trolling in general is actually useful in some context. It's absurdist and the best troll copypasta is by definition funny, otherwise people wouldn't keep copying it.
They still exist and are still used (the goat thread is from 2013, it's not that old), but Reddit ate some of their lunch.
I personally like the sections on keyboard scan codes and slide rules.
I wonder if anyone's published a good collection of pages like this?
and there are really some nice articles. And he has an even older site:
And the best part:
search for the death valley
Warning: you're about to spend a few hours of your life.
Pinball is a personal hobby of mine, and there's no shortage of active forums -- Pinside, Tilt Forums, even rec.games.pinball still sees daily posts. /r/pinball exists, of course, but you'd be hard pressed to find many folks who treat it as a daily destination.
You'll find a lot of similar spaces in other hobbies.
Back in the day, if I typed in "Radiohead" or "guitar pedal schematics" I would find forums or personal sites about these topics.
Now I will find (1.) Stores (2.) Content aggregators
Those niche forums and websites likely still exist, but it isn't obvious how to find them.
The ones I frequent are insulated from the wider internet. The fact that these places are absorbed into the structure of Reddit is a shame: while it's easier, the discussion is constrained by what is possible on the platform. Static content is difficult to maintain, like discussions of album errata or the history of some circuit.
This is probably just bias for the late-90s.
Hey DDG peeps, if you stumble upon this comment: make a forums-only filter!
But seriously, thanks for saving me from my own idiocy.
I really miss Google's "Discussion" search filter.
I'm starting to feel like that is what allows them to survive as communities. It's a weird balance: too little visibility and your forum dies from attrition; too much and the conversation devolves into, well, Reddit. (This is true even within Reddit: the smaller and more obscure the sub the less likely it is to be a garbagefire.)
I'm not optimistic about general-purpose search engines, TBH. As the userbase of a search engine increases, so does the incentive to game it with SEO garbage - and preventing SEO garbage feels isomorphic security, except you can't even hold out hope for formal verification.
Linguistics has people who compile lists of resources, and there's enough of a community that if I'm trying to find something, I can ask around and someone might know. Google is sometimes useful, but it's a hell of a slog to get anything out of it, and that's with years of experience in what long lists of keywords to type in to cut through some of the crap.
A goat might be able to get some calories out of a pair of Levi's.
I was working on the roof of the animal shelter and had a box of self-tapping deck screws that I foolishly left at goat level. I looked down from the roof to see the goat with her head in the box, screws sticking out of her mouth. I jumped down and grabbed her and made a grab for the screws, but she objected and in the process at least one of the screws went missing. I assumed, but could not prove, that she had managed to swallow it.
Then we had a brilliant idea: my son's metal detector! We grabbed it and my daughter held the goat upright as I scanned it over her abdomen. The results were inconclusive. What does a metal detector sound like against normal animal abdomen, versus animal abdomen with a deck screw in it? Didn't know. So in another flash of genius I pulled off my shirt and we scanned me.
In the end we we never found the screw, were never able to prove the goat ate it, and heaven only knows what passing drivers thought. FWIW the goat showed no ill signs afterwards.
This is actually a thing with cattle; it's called “hardware disease”. Basically, scrap metal - nails, staples, etc. get mixed up in their hay and they ingest it. The cure is to feed them an enormous magnet, which contains the metal bits and prevents them from getting into the intestines. Not kidding.
Seriously though, I love how lighthearted this is. As many folks here have said, we could use more old-school forums in our lives. And goats.
Also, I wonder how many of these wires and plastic products the goats are eating are made in part using soy.
My theory: this post is a precursor to the launch of an Uber for goat rentals. It's the grass and weed trimming solution of the past, and also the future?
I should have added an /s tag.
Not complaining though, I think it's good for yc to stretch a bit sometimes.
Goat curry, goat stew, goat caldereta, goat kabob...
I value this little slice of odd than yet another post about some oddly named (many consonants, no vowels) new react framework or some such. ;-)