OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug, 

One way to put open source in front of the public view is for open source enthusiasts to do 
other creative work that catches the public imagination. For example, there's a link to my open source blogging 
in the brief bio at the end of this blog post I wrote this morning for MAKE magazine. 

http://makezine.com/2013/08/15/historical-kickstarter-the-panama-canal/ 

Creating that video felt like making a Monty Python skit (or like a Saturday Night Live skit.) 

Heh, 

phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I do believe that it almost never rains in Panama. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ Panama gets about 60 inches of rain per year. It's pretty much like living underneath a faucet. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chad Smith" To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:12:14 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal I do believe that it almost never rains in Panama. - Chad W. Smith Hi chugalug, One way to put open source in front of the public view is for open source enthusiasts to do other creative work that catches the public imagination. For example, there's a link to my open source blogging in the brief bio at the end of this blog post I wrote this morning for MAKE magazine. http://makezine.com/2013/08/15/historical-kickstarter-the-panama-canal/ Creating that video felt like making a Monty Python skit (or like a Saturday Night Live skit.) Heh, phil -- Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html "Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates "Learning happens thru gentleness."

=============================================================== From: Nick Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Chattanooga's in the 50's, http://www.climate-zone.com/climate/united-states/tennessee/chattanooga/ I would have thought Panama got alot more than 60.

=============================================================== From: Dan Lyke ------------------------------------------------------ On Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:00:25 -0400 (EDT) Phil Shapiro wrote: I say this living in a place that gets around 25" a year, but unless you've got some severe seasonality (we usually get less than an inch June through October, and the year we got 45" during the rainy season was pretty wet), I'd say "living underneath a faucet" doesn't really start 'til you get over 100" a year (ie: southeast Alaska). Which, of course, sent me to Google, where I learned that you meant way more than 60" a year: "The mean annual rainfall at Colon is 129.04 inches; at Porto Bello 169.15 inches, and at Balboa 91.61 inches." http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0493%281919%2947%3C298%3APR%3E2.0.CO%3B2 Dan

=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ Dan, I stand corrected. You're right that there's a lot more rainfall than 60 inches per year in Panama. I got that rainfall figure from this highly unreliable source. :-) http://www.his.com/~pshapiro/crossingpanama.html phil ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dan Lyke" To: chugalug@chugalug.org Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:25:38 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal On Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:00:25 -0400 (EDT) Phil Shapiro wrote: I say this living in a place that gets around 25" a year, but unless you've got some severe seasonality (we usually get less than an inch June through October, and the year we got 45" during the rainy season was pretty wet), I'd say "living underneath a faucet" doesn't really start 'til you get over 100" a year (ie: southeast Alaska). Which, of course, sent me to Google, where I learned that you meant way more than 60" a year: "The mean annual rainfall at Colon is 129.04 inches; at Porto Bello 169.15 inches, and at Balboa 91.61 inches." http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0493%281919%2947%3C298%3APR%3E2.0.CO%3B2 Dan

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ I was just saying I trusted the video. No francs for you! *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Phil Shapiro ------------------------------------------------------ The video is accurate. Everything else I've ever done is suspect. :-) phil ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chad Smith" To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:38:47 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal I was just saying I trusted the video. No francs for you! - Chad W. Smith Panama gets about 60 inches of rain per year. It's pretty much like living underneath a faucet. From: "Chad Smith" < chad78@gmail.com > To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group" < chugalug@chugalug.org > Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:12:14 PM Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal I do believe that it almost never rains in Panama. - Chad W. Smith Hi chugalug, One way to put open source in front of the public view is for open source enthusiasts to do other creative work that catches the public imagination. For example, there's a link to my open source blogging in the brief bio at the end of this blog post I wrote this morning for MAKE magazine. http://makezine.com/2013/08/15/historical-kickstarter-the-panama-canal/ Creating that video felt like making a Monty Python skit (or like a Saturday Night Live skit.) Heh, phil -- Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com http://www.his.com/pshapiro/briefbio.html http://www.twitter.com/philshapiro http://www.his.com/pshapiro/stories.menu.html "Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates "Learning happens thru gentleness."