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  • #16
    It's great to have some variation, even when completely off-topic

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    • #17
      PTS Radiation Benchmark

      If it would be possible, it would be pretty cool to monitor your radiation levels throughout your visit, and post it for all to see... A PTS module for it would be even cooler!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jbrown96 View Post
        Michael, could you elaborate on how/why you get to visit Chernobyl? How "hot" is the area; will you need to wear protective gear, etc.?
        You are able to arrange private tours from those that have government permission to enter the exclusion zones, etc.

        Within the Red Forest, right near Reactor #4, within some buildings in Pripyat, and in other wilderness areas there are still very lethal levels of radiation. However, when carrying a Geiger counter and with a skilled tour guide, I am told you generally don't get exposed to much more radiation than you would find on an airplane while at cruising altitude. And to stand on the cement, but when going into the grass is when you can quickly encounter radioactive debris. Though you are able to "safely" get up within a few hundred meters or so of Reactor #4 (the one that blew) and enter some buildings within the deserted town of Pripyat.

        Speaking of which, a few people have actually contacted me from Kyiv and elsewhere since posting this news item asking if there is room left on this "tour". I hadn't intended on this being a public Phoronix tour, but if there is anyone else interested and can make it to Kyiv on 3/4th of April, let me know ASAP! I can speak with the guide and see if something can be arranged.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #19
          Here are some pictures of Chernobyl I've found: http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2...-of-chernobyl/

          The place looks rather interesting.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by DoDoENT View Post
            Here are some pictures of Chernobyl I've found: http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2...-of-chernobyl/

            The place looks rather interesting.
            Interesting, hadn't seen those before. Nice photos, but still amazed there aren't too many high resolution photographs of Chernobyl.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #21
              Geiger counter? Cloth tied to a metal nut is too good for a modern stalker?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by loonyphoenix View Post
                Wow, this is random. My first thought was, "Wait, WHAT?". My second thought was the same... My third thought was that I live A LOT closer, yet I have never had any desire to visit that ghastly place.
                Exactly my thoughts.

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                • #23
                  Geez, and my girlfriend thinks I'm mad for applying for a place on the US government's tours of the nuclear test sites in Nevada .

                  Good luck and remember to take plenty of vodka to protect you against the radiation . If I was still living in Britain I'd fly over for the day!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by movieman View Post
                    I'm mad for applying for a place on the US government's tours of the nuclear test sites in Nevada
                    How does one go about doing that?
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      How does one go about doing that?
                      http://www.nv.doe.gov/nts/tours.htm

                      I think there are some other sites you can visit around America, the 'Atomic Tourist' web site has a list, but it doesn't seem to have been updated in a few years.

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                      • #26
                        I remember that day

                        Hey Mike if you are going to Chernobyl remember to visit Chernobyl-2 the "Russian Woodpecker" also known as "Eye of Moscow". This is very big shortwave over horizontal radar "Duga-2" type directed to West Europe.
                        It was build to detect the planes and rockets flying from USA and West Europe. The Chernobyl powerhouse was mainly built to power this secret gigantic radar. Nowadays you can see it on Google Earth or maps near to Chernobyl complex The fairy tales for bad children say the radar operated on the same frequencies as human brain. Rumors say it was designed to make Western soldiers insane and lazy in case of attack from the West.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Michael View Post
                          How does one go about doing that?
                          ... and just like that, the Annual Phoronix "it blowed up real good" Tour was born.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                            ... and just like that, the Annual Phoronix "it blowed up real good" Tour was born.
                            Great idea, John.
                            Michael Larabel
                            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                            • #29
                              As a side effect of this trip, now when you click on images within articles to get a larger view of the image, you are taken into (right now a very basic) PHXCMS image viewer where you can easily flip between images.
                              Michael Larabel
                              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                              • #30
                                Some old guy sitting behind a counter asked to tell you this michael. When you reach the zone, find someone named nitrate, he will have a special delivery package that you need to get back to me. Beware of some weird looking dogs that might be roaming around the area. That is all, and he said to tell you good hunting.

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