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  1. Ed says:

    It’s not just the land that has unexplored ordnance. Every year ships from NATO get together and do an exercise to look for and destroy old mines in the Baltic Sea. There are somewhere from 50-100k of them still out there from WW1 and WW2.

  2. Terry Roe says:

    The people at USA Today are high. That’s not Colorado they highlighted in the map.

    1. Terry Roe says:

      Oh, I guess that was what you were pointing out as “too high.” ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Yup. Subtlety has its benefits, but also its costs.

        And newspapers, well, they’re doomed.

  3. Rich Rostrom says:

    A few years ago, an American Civil War collector was grinding rust off a recently discovered artillery shell when it exploded and killed him.

    Also. in 1993, builders in the District of Columbia discovered a lot of buried junk from the Army’s WW I poison gas project. It’s still being cleaned up.

  4. SteveF says:

    If you have to signal it, itโ€™s not virtue.

    Nicely put. Consider it stolen.

    1. I write all this stuff to be stolen. Steal away!

  5. SteveF says:

    Not relevant to your Odd Lots list, but this seems to fit better here than elsewhere: when will your RasPi book be available for purchase? I need to set up two or three Pis for various servers here, and am perfectly willing to shell out the lordly sum for your book as a how-to if it’ll be out soon-ish.

    1. I don’t know for sure, but I’m thinking the end of the summer. That said, it’s a computer architecture book for high schoolers (British ones, in truth) and doesn’t have anything about setting up RPis as servers. I wrote about half the book a couple of years ago, and after thinking the project was dead, the publisher popped up a month or so ago and said, “Surprise! We’re still here!”

      I’ll certainly announce it here when it’s available, but my portion is finished and I suspect the schedule depends almost entirely on my as-yet-unknown co-author. (He exists. I just don’t know his name.)

      1. SteveF says:

        Got it. Doesn’t sound like it’ll be useful for me (what with my BS being in computer engineering) but it could be good for my daughter. (Eight years old and she’s already designed and assembled projects for Arduinos and has written the sketches with suggestions but no real assistance.)

  6. jimf says:

    In the photos of mechanical calcluators, they overlooked the Curta.

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