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Comment: Re:The good ol' days (Score 1) 163

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#46678675) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Actually it's a warts-and-all trip down memory lane: Early California Oil: A Photographic History, 1865-1940. Lots of warts to put it mildly, dumping the tanker is just one that sticks out in my mind. Oil companies used to overdrill fields as a matter of course, another memorable photo is of a couple of cottages separated by only 20 feet or so, with a derrick in between them.

Comment: The good ol' days (Score 1) 163

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#46677363) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

An incident in the book Early California Oil comes to mind here: after a sale of an oil tanker truck the two parties realized they weren't sure what to do with the contents of the truck - the buyer had no use for the oil. The seller thus simply emptied all the oil onto the street! The Wilmington oil field is also the poster child for oil extraction causing massive ground subsidence. Regulations were more than a bit lax back when. Occasionally people in SOCAL have to deal with this legacy - there was an explosion in a store in the 80s caused by a gas leak from a shoddy drilling operation, for instance. But generally things run relatively smoothly.

Comment: Re:Bayonet Lug (Score 1) 160

Bring on the grenades with rounded corners.

"Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Holy Jesus! What is that? What the fuck is that? WHAT IS THAT, PRIVATE PYLE?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, an Android smartphone, sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: An Android smartphone?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, yes, sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: How did it get here?
Private Gomer Pyle: Sir, I took it from the mess hall, sir!"

Comment: AVOID THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AT ALL COSTS! (Score 4, Informative) 230

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#46611119) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

It's hell on Earth here! Raining at the moment! When it stops it'll go back to our 9 straight months of greyness! No jobs! Unless hack sacking weed smoking hippies who make careers out of pan handling count! Furious volcanoes! Floods! People being chased by landslides! Don't move here! It sucks! Stay where you are! It's mostly just more pavement! Plus you can't pump your own gas! And you get a holy reaming on your property taxes! Here be dragons! And rabid beavers!

Comment: Re:Fuck beta (Score 1) 87

by Ol Biscuitbarrel (#46179339) Attached to: Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

It's funny, I don't read this site on a regular basis exactly but opened this one random article which might be of interest to me given the subject, and I'm half way through the comments and not one is about anything except Dice's horrible Extreme Makeover.

I imagine plenty of you guys are attempting to submit articles on their travesty, good luck with the good cause. Keep up the royal crapflood in the comments if that doesn't happen. That new design is barf exemplified, agreed.

The first version always gets thrown away.