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4/21/2011 03:48 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2011 4:02:03 PM
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As soon as I get my (working) Geiger counter back from David I will do a follow-up blog with a YouTube video showing it working and also the effect of these radioactive marbles...

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Brian Fuller2   4/21/2011 6:50:26 PM
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There's a limerick in here somewhere!

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2011 7:14:19 PM
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"There was a young man from Nantucket..." :-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2011 7:14:56 PM
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You must admit that this was an attention-getting title if ever you saw one :-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2011 7:18:07 PM
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Now I'm reminded of some old adverts for teabags in England featuring chimps. One involved a father and son team in white overalls moving a piano (a take-off of Laural and Hardy, I think). They pause for a tea break with the older chimp sitting on the piano stool and the young chimp standing at the end of the piano. The young chimp says "Dad, do you know the piano's on my foot?" The father replies "You hum it son, and I'll play it." (grin)

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David Ashton   4/22/2011 2:09:00 AM
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Not too hot, but best I can do at short notice with the missus chirping at me to get the lawn mowed.... There was a young lad name of Max Who said he just couldn’t relax ‘Cos his counter was dead (Although there was a LED that stayed on all the time), that’s the facts! So he sent it across to Australia Because it was such of a failure For David to fix it Let’s hope that he licks it Else HE will be labeled the failure! Max has some marbles, they’re yellow He got from a very kind fellow They should make some clicks If the counter is fixed Then Max will be ever so mellow...

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zeeglen   4/22/2011 12:14:16 PM
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This is hilarious! Good stuff, David. Last verse wording reminds of a current topic combined with an old song, "I'm flipped out about Cisco..." which keeps resonating with "She's flipped out about me..." (with apologies to Donovan) The related topic "My Geiger counter doesn't count" resonates with "My boomerang won't come back" (Charlie Drake) Have to wonder, only the editors know for sure, if some of these headlines are intentionally coined to resemble well-known songs.

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David Ashton   4/22/2011 12:41:05 PM
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Where are you, Glen? You are either very much a night person in the US, or else you're in Europe somewhere I reckon, as your comments always seem to come in the dead of the US night...??

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zeeglen   4/22/2011 11:48:08 PM
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First deduction is correct, a night owl in the USA. It's called insomnia, so if some of my posts seem a bit strange they are the product of a fuzzy mind that cannot sleep.

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2011 2:21:07 PM
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I certainly remember the song "My boomerang won't come back" but it wasn't in my mind when I penned that title -- although now i think about it another good title would have been "Great (radioactive) balls of fire -- maybe I'll use that for the next article once David has got my Geiger counter working (said Max, hopefully :-)

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David Ashton   4/28/2011 9:12:47 AM
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I'm also reminded of a line from the Stones' song, "Dead Flowers"; "Send me dead geiger counters by the US Mail...." Thursday week after easter and the damn thing still hasn't got here. Snail mail indeed...

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Max The Magnificent   4/22/2011 2:19:06 PM
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WONDERFUL!!!

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David Ashton   4/22/2011 1:08:34 AM
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"...As soon as I get my (working) Geiger counter back from David...) I'm touched by your faith, Max, even though your implication is that I don't have any balls....

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David Ashton   4/23/2011 12:19:28 AM
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Glen...ref Insomnia...I keep a bottle of port handy for such occasions.... I couldn't post this as a reply as the "reply" button on comments below 2nd-level responses goes off the edge of the page now...does everyone get this or is it just me with my antique 800 MHz P4 with W2000 and IE6? (I have the week after easter off...10 days off for 3 days leave...good value...but one of my projects is to put together my "new" 2 GHz PC with XP and IE8 - with bits begged or bought for a song from mates who have to have the latest and greatest.)

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zeeglen   4/23/2011 2:07:18 AM
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I use W2000 and looks like the 4th level is the limit. No "REPLY" is available, probably because the column would end up too narrow. Good luck with your new PC project. But how are you going to do Max's Geiger counter at the same time? :-)

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David Ashton   4/23/2011 9:47:49 AM
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Well Max's counter is still on the way, and I won't get that before wednesday as it's all public holidays here till then. So IF I can get the new PC going this weekend then I'll be ready for Max's counter next week. Hopefully.....

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carno   4/25/2011 1:26:23 PM
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The problem is IE6. I don't know if Firefox runs on Win2k but it doesn't have the width limitation. I haven't tried Chrome or Safari but I doubt they would run on Win2k.

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David Ashton   4/26/2011 10:27:26 AM
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Thanks Carno...the firefox site has no info on whether it'll run on W2000. I'm trying to fire up a PC with XP but not having a lot of luck as yet.

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Amcfarl   5/6/2011 11:29:38 AM
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Just what kind of plants are you growing in a windowless office?

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Max The Magnificent   5/6/2011 1:47:02 PM
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Not me -- one of the guys in the building -- I have no idea what they are -- I just remembered seeing them with this purple fluorescent light -- it struck me that the UV would be bad for his eyes, but he said he got the light from Wal-Mart and there was no warning with it and my balls didn't glow so I assume there isn't much UV...

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Max The Magnificent   5/24/2011 5:03:56 PM
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David has fixed my Geiger counter -- also he's written a GREAT article describing everything he did (http://bit.ly/jclBdM)

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fwjava   3/6/2012 10:56:00 PM
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Hey, the radioactive marbles work terrific. I have eight to test my geiger counter.

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Max The Magnificent   3/6/2012 11:32:53 PM
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Cool Beans -- I don;t know why, but I find it strangely relaxing to have my Geiger Counter clicking quietly away to itself as it reports the small amount of background radiation...

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