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Posted Monday, September 22, 2008 6:12 PM


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Manie Verster (9/22/2008)
Oh, Jeff please tell me where I can download that "Run SQL Fast" button. I definitely needt it!:P;)


:P Actually, there kind-of is one... use with care! ;)



--Jeff Moden
"RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for "Row-By-Agonizing-Row".

First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column."

(play on words) "Just because you CAN do something in T-SQL, doesn't mean you SHOULDN'T." --22 Aug 2013

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Posted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:01 PM
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It was my wife's first (and probably only) :P appearance on Mythbusters. Apparently they had heard of lasers being bounced off the retroreflectors and were interested in building their own telescope and laser bounce system.

Needless to say, not a very viable concept. :D I don't know how much it cost to build the telescope and observatory, but I think the mirror by itself represents a million dollars US. It also takes over a year to get a mirror made when you're looking at that size.

Somehow they called the observatory and eventually ended up taping there.

The observatory is owned by a consortium of universities and managed by New Mexico State. Each university pays X dollars and gets Y time on the sky scheduled, but there's frequent loss of nights due to weather or equipment problems. The observatory is over 10 years old since "first light", I don't know how long it took to build out.

The APOLLO laser is mainly a UCSD project, but University of Washington and Harvard are also involved along with NASA and Space Command (my wife regularly emails with a military guy whose job title is Space Battle Commander).

You might be able to find the segment on the Discovery Channel web site, but I couldn't in the limited amount of time that I had to look. I know the segment was on YouTube, they used to have it linked on the observatory's web site, but it doesn't seem to be up right now.
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