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post #106 of 4583
I recently bought this. Actually I bought 2. One for me and one for my wife.

post #107 of 4583
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Originally Posted by Renault78law
acidicboy,
to eat?

good lord, as a pet! although there are several breeds of turtles that are savoir faire in chinese cuisine, i do not think the pig nose turtle is one of them. and even if i am of chinese descent, i totally detest the cooking of turtles because as i found out from a chef, turtles actually cry- or at least shed tears.

i do recall eating in my father's chinese restaurant years ago here in manila, and a japanese tourist drove up and offered to sell a live sea turtle (pawikan is its local name) which is an endangered specie(sp?). i had to buy it from him or he would've sold it to eventually to somebody who might eat it and i surrendered it to a television station that had a nature program.
post #108 of 4583
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
good lord, as a pet! although there are several breeds of turtles that are savoir faire in chinese cuisine, i do not think the pig nose turtle is one of them. and even if i am of chinese descent, i totally detest the cooking of turtles because as i found out from a chef, turtles actually cry- or at least shed tears.

i do recall eating in my father's chinese restaurant years ago here in manila, and a japanese tourist drove up and offered to sell a live sea turtle (pawikan is its local name) which is an endangered specie(sp?). i had to buy it from him or he would've sold it to eventually to somebody who might eat it and i surrendered it to a television station that had a nature program.


how big is that turtle? what do you keep one in, as a pet?
post #109 of 4583
Don't turtles only cry as an outlet for excess salt?
post #110 of 4583
Thread Starter 


I just bought this thing. AWESOME! An analog disk video player...
It totally rocks.
post #111 of 4583
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim


I just bought this thing. AWESOME! An analog disk video player...
It totally rocks.
Does it use magnetic discs or something? Can you actually get media for it? Tres sweet purchase btw.

A.
post #112 of 4583
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
I just bought this thing. AWESOME! An analog disk video player...
It totally rocks.

How does the RF AC-3 (aka Dolby Digital) used on LD's work with modern electronics? Do you need an adapter, or does it output a "normal" digital stream?
post #113 of 4583
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Originally Posted by Aaron
Does it use magnetic discs or something? Can you actually get media for it? Tres sweet purchase btw. A.
Nope, its even older school than that. Its vinyl, this thing reads with a STYLUS like a record player. I saw about 30 of the cartridges in a goodwill, and they intrigued me so much I bought them, and then bought the player on Ebay. There is a plastic shuttle cartridge that holds the actual vinyl disk, you push the shuttle into the machine, and pull it out, the disk stays inside. Its friggin fantastic. You have to reinsert the cartrige, pull it back out, and flip it, then reinsert it halfway through the movie like you would with a laserdisc. Picture quality is supposedly better than VHS. They released about 1700 movies for it in the late 70's early 80's and you can get them online. (or occasionally in thrift stores like where I found them)They range from about $3 used at a thrift store to $5 used online to $9 new and still in plastic. I think like $14 was the most expensive one I saw, and it was The Empire Strikes Back in stereo multi-disk. I got: The Karate Kid Sonny Chiba: The Street Fighter Esape From New York Dirty Harry Magnum Force Sudden Impact The Road Warrior Mad Max Mad Max: Beond Thunderdome Rollerball Logan's Run The Beastmaster Brimstone And Treacle Airplane and Blazing Saddles.
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How does the RF AC-3 (aka Dolby Digital) used on LD's work with modern electronics? Do you need an adapter, or does it output a "normal" digital stream?
I don't know, I've never had a Laserdisc player. I would assume that it would put out a normal digital stream, since AC-3 encoding is a digital standard. I could be wrong though. My player predates Laserdisc by a handfull of years. This is like late seventies to about 1983 technology. About half the movies are mono, my player was one of the first with stereo and a remote. This is the original commercial for my player. It is so goddamn cool. I can hardly wait. $46 on Ebay now, $399 new in 1982. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z63RW...arch=videodisc
post #114 of 4583
OMG I had that videodisc player! Only owned about 10 movies, though I traded it with my uncle for his betamax player somewhere down the line. Way to go, Tokyo Slim!

I still own 2 Pioneer laserdisc players, along with about 300 or so discs. I was slowly selling off my collection when I realized that I would want to keep some of it for nostalgic reasons. Too many times I've come to regret tossing out my old toys
post #115 of 4583
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Originally Posted by keal
OMG I had that videodisc player! Only owned about 10 movies, though I traded it with my uncle for his betamax player somewhere down the line. Way to go, Tokyo Slim!

I still own 2 Pioneer laserdisc players, along with about 300 or so discs. I was slowly selling off my collection when I realized that I would want to keep some of it for nostalgic reasons. Too many times I've come to regret tossing out my old toys

Thats pretty cool, how does the picture compare (if you can recall) to the betamax?
post #116 of 4583
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
how big is that turtle? what do you keep one in, as a pet?

well it depends on its habitat. if you place this baby in a fishtank it would probably grow up to 5 inches, but if you let it go in a pond then it can go over a foot in 5 years.

\t"Don't turtles only cry as an outlet for excess salt?"
you are probably more right about this. its more of an old urban legend here in the local chinese cuisine circles.
post #117 of 4583
Update on the watch (and a good example of the perils of eBay). I received the Shturmanskie very well wrapped in multiple layers. I manage after some time to get it out and I realise first of all that the case looks in better shape than pictures would indicate. Other than the case shape and material (civilian style), the movement hands, dial et.c. indicate it is a late 1970's early 80's Soviet Air Force-issued watch. Chrono works, ticks along smoothly. I pull the crown out then I realise something. Seconds hand did not stop. I did it again - no hacking. Hmm... the movement 31659 has as its sole difference from other 3133 movements a little lever that puts pressure on the balance wheel to pause its movement while the watch is set. Tried again; same. Oh dear. No hacking. Wiggled the crown in case the shock of coming all the way from the Ukraine threw something off kilter. Nothing. Well that is interesting. Considering that these old Soviet chronometers are built to be unbelievably robust (my 15 year old Vostok was sitting idle in its oils in a warehouse for more than a decade - that would usually even drive an Omega or a Rolex to require some level of service) this was not good. Anyway, I looked at the photograph of the movement the seller had up and compared with an image of a 31659 I found on a forum. I don't have a decent watch case opener to handle these old screw backs so I could not check myself. Guess what I cannot see right by the balance wheel... a hacking spring. Anyway, long story short, I either have a full on (but still nice and quite old) civilian 3133 chronometer with 31659 etched in the bridge instead or 3133 OR I have a genuine (and rare) 31659 military chrono with a missing part. The former could possibly mean that the watch was serviced at some point and the bridge was replaced with a 31659 part. I asked the seller if all functions were indeed as indicated on the auction, working; he did not know what hacking seconds were. No dice there then At least the watch was only US$99 which good for a vintage Shturmanskie and excellent for a mechanical chrono in general. Wearing it right now on a black NATO strap (I love the irony there )
post #118 of 4583
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Originally Posted by acidicboy
good lord, as a pet! although there are several breeds of turtles that are savoir faire in chinese cuisine, i do not think the pig nose turtle is one of them. and even if i am of chinese descent, i totally detest the cooking of turtles because as i found out from a chef, turtles actually cry- or at least shed tears.

i do recall eating in my father's chinese restaurant years ago here in manila, and a japanese tourist drove up and offered to sell a live sea turtle (pawikan is its local name) which is an endangered specie(sp?). i had to buy it from him or he would've sold it to eventually to somebody who might eat it and i surrendered it to a television station that had a nature program.

that's heart breaking.
post #119 of 4583
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Originally Posted by Violinist
that's heart breaking.

here's a picture of that turtle that i have to buy to save it...



its also called loggerhead turtle. well at least in this case, the network that i gave the turtle too surrendered it to a marine shelter. they were all ready to give me an interview but i had to beg off because of my shy nature.
post #120 of 4583
I just made arrangements to buy (no money exchanged yet) a pair of Wixom hard cases for my bike. They are similar to these, with the taillights:



I can't wait. They will make my bike much more useful.
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