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2013-03-28 02:05:49 PM  
FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.
 
2013-03-28 02:06:22 PM  

Wrath of Heaven: Awesome, now queue the idiot American copy-cat tourists severely injuring themselves in their attempt.


Your average American tourist will be stopped by lack of a Hoveround ramp
 
2013-03-28 02:07:08 PM  

andyofne: FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.


Yeah, it would have been better if Vin Diesel was there
 
2013-03-28 02:14:31 PM  

Donnchadha: Wrath of Heaven: Awesome, now queue the idiot American copy-cat tourists severely injuring themselves in their attempt.

Your average American tourist will be stopped by lack of a Hoveround ramp



I was thinking they'd expend the majority of their physical ability surmounting this immediate obstacle, leaving them dangerously fatigued for the actual ascent.
 
2013-03-28 02:14:34 PM  
The pics were cool, but now every asshat with a camera is going to try this, and the Egyptian authorities will make sure nobody gets within 20 feet of the base. Everyone loses.
 
2013-03-28 02:21:51 PM  

madgonad: AverageAmericanGuy: It's pretty amazing what human ingenuity and effort can achieve.

Slavery gets shiat done.


The Egyptians kept records of everything, but there are no records at all of building the great pyramids. They did try to copy the great pyramids, and buried some kings in much smaller ones, which there are records of building, but they were poorly crafted and have mostly fallen apart since.

Also, no mummies were ever found in the great pyramids, and no hieroglyphics are anywhere on them.

/all absolutely true
//go ahead and research it
///we both know you won't
////let the name calling commence
 
2013-03-28 02:23:17 PM  
Fun fact: we are closer in time to the time of Jeebus than the the constuction of the biggest pyramid was.

/will they outlive Homo Sapiens? Discuss.
 
2013-03-28 02:25:01 PM  
It took about 20 years to build the great pyramid of Giza. ... that means they were cutting 3 tonstones from the quarry, transporting to the site and placing 1 stone every 4.2 minutes.

Not bad, unless your 40 feet tall.
 
2013-03-28 02:26:54 PM  

rickythepenguin: still find it remarkable that the Grateful Dead played at the feet of the Sphinx not one, but three nights.  and on the last night, a lunar eclipse occurred.

the shows are widely dismissed by most deadheads but to my ears, they're basically par for the course 1978 shows.  I guess given the venue's historicity, people expect(ed) the greatest, most transcendent, expressive, emotive music mankind could ever produce, and instead all they got was just your standard, well-played, nicely jammed, B+ by 1978 standards show.

/the set with Hamza el-Din's Abu Simbel Youth Orchestra is pretty cool.  Jerry et al slowly transition into a polyrhythmic chant in what I think Mickey said was 12/7 or 12/8 time; this really trippy jam with egyptian cats chanting and Jerry finding this cool lilting riff and a questing, sinewy Phil Less bassline.  why do people say those shows suck again?



I seem to recall that they used a chamber in one of the pyramids for reverb, running a speaker and a mic down and bouncing the music around.

Or maybe I hallucinated that.
 
2013-03-28 02:27:04 PM  
At first I read the name as Raskolnikov and wondered why he didn't have a particularly guilty conscience.

And I know it is an difficult situation to shoot, but you really couldn't get better, less noisy shots than that?  You had at least one tripod, lower your damn ISO and wait out the long exposures.  And for chrissakes stitch together a few panoramas.
 
2013-03-28 02:29:39 PM  

KellyX: [img-fotki.yandex.ru image 850x510]

Is it just me, but I'm more curious to know what all the writing and shiat is up there they mentioned...


Well, if it's like the ancient writings I've seen on walls in places like Skara Brae (ca 2500 BCE) Scotland and more recent stuff on a wall fort of Hadrian's Wall in England (ca 100 AD) it falls into three categories:

1. (Commander) can kiss my hairy ass
2. (Politician) is an idiot.
3. For a good time, see Galadrial, third hut on the left.

In other words, nothing has changed much in 5000 years.
 
2013-03-28 02:31:27 PM  

KellyX: [img-fotki.yandex.ru image 850x510]

Is it just me, but I'm more curious to know what all the writing and shiat is up there they mentioned...


It's just you.  At the top of the Great Pyramid is a secret chamber where they store a copy of Obama's birth certificate.
 
2013-03-28 02:33:10 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: It's pretty amazing what human ingenuity and effort can achieve.


Yep... and those egyptians didn't do too bad either...
 
2013-03-28 02:33:45 PM  

andyofne: FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.


Maybe they climbed up when it was dark out.. and camped on top, took pictures on the way down.
 
2013-03-28 02:40:38 PM  

andyofne: FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.


You are technically correct, in that no place within many miles of a city like that is pitch black.
 
2013-03-28 02:44:02 PM  

andyofne: FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.


Why, it's almost as if they started climbing while it was pitch black and it took them a while to get to the top and once they got there the sun was beginning to come up or something.

But that couldn't be, since it only would have taken them two minutes to reach the top.
 
2013-03-28 02:48:27 PM  

freetomato: I love the internet.  You can find anything.


I cannot imagine how insanely hard taking that picture could have possibly been in 1978.

Unless it's a composite.
 
2013-03-28 02:51:44 PM  
What a fascinating civilization.  It's a shame they're all in hell, since they died before man created our one true God, and therefore worshiped all those false gods.
 
2013-03-28 02:52:09 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: madgonad: AverageAmericanGuy: It's pretty amazing what human ingenuity and effort can achieve.

Slavery gets shiat done.

The Egyptians kept records of everything, but there are no records at all of building the great pyramids. They did try to copy the great pyramids, and buried some kings in much smaller ones, which there are records of building, but they were poorly crafted and have mostly fallen apart since.

Also, no mummies were ever found in the great pyramids, and no hieroglyphics are anywhere on them.

/all absolutely true
//go ahead and research it
///we both know you won't
////let the name calling commence


http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43314221/ns/technology_and_science-science /

Oh well, not all all true
 
2013-03-28 02:53:40 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: KellyX: [img-fotki.yandex.ru image 850x510]

Is it just me, but I'm more curious to know what all the writing and shiat is up there they mentioned...

Well, if it's like the ancient writings I've seen on walls in places like Skara Brae (ca 2500 BCE) Scotland and more recent stuff on a wall fort of Hadrian's Wall in England (ca 100 AD) it falls into three categories:

1. (Commander) can kiss my hairy ass
2. (Politician) is an idiot.
3. For a good time, see Galadrial, third hut on the left.

In other words, nothing has changed much in 5000 years.


You are correct; every porta-pottie in Iraq has one of those three in Sharpie on the door interior.
 
2013-03-28 02:53:42 PM  

liam76: Were taken on top of the Pyramids from positions that avoided detection by guards.


BS, they bribed guards.



This.


Sent the link to my buddy who went there a couple years ago.


His reply:

I saw that.As they were closing the pyramid complex for the day one of the high ranking people there (all the guards yielded to him) tried to sell me a climb to the top.Wish I would have.
 
2013-03-28 02:56:24 PM  

KellyX: Is it just me, but I'm more curious to know what all the writing and shiat is up there they mentioned...


I'm thinking 4000 years of graffiti.
 
2013-03-28 03:01:30 PM  

Lando Lincoln: andyofne: FTA: "It was already pitch black and nobody paid us any attention. We started climbing as fast and as soundless as we could.  "

None of those photos appear to be taken during a period of pitch blackness.

Why, it's almost as if they started climbing while it was pitch black and it took them a while to get to the top and once they got there the sun was beginning to come up or something.

But that couldn't be, since it only would have taken them two minutes to reach the top.


20 minutes, it's in the artic- ...nevermind.
 
2013-03-28 03:02:29 PM  
For all of you mentioning slavery:

They pyramids of Giza were not built by slaves. They were built by serfs.
 
2013-03-28 03:04:22 PM  

HailRobonia: For all of you mentioning slavery:

They pyramids of Giza were not built by slaves. They were built by serfs.


I feel so much better.
 
2013-03-28 03:05:57 PM  

Pied Penguin: liam76: Were taken on top of the Pyramids from positions that avoided detection by guards.


BS, they bribed guards.


This.


Sent the link to my buddy who went there a couple years ago.


His reply:

I saw that.As they were closing the pyramid complex for the day one of the high ranking people there (all the guards yielded to him) tried to sell me a climb to the top.Wish I would have.



i worked in Egypt for a while.  You can pay to climb.  I saw peopel climbing, they just didn't go that high.

I kind fo wish I did it, but even if you are bribing someoen you are rolling the dice because if his boss catches wind while you are there you are going down.
 
2013-03-28 03:07:01 PM  

Boeheimian Rhapsody: Amazing pictures, but how did they not get thrown in jail for this?


I'm pretty sure that if they had been caught, they would have been jailed. And an Egyptian jail is not a place I'd ever want to be. Notice they were back in Russia before they admitted it and apologized?
 
2013-03-28 03:09:30 PM  

HailRobonia: For all of you mentioning slavery:

They pyramids of Giza were not built by slaves. They were built by serfs.


What the King of Serfdom would look like:

surf.transworld.net
 
2013-03-28 03:10:06 PM  
Last person to climb the pyramids:

thumbs.anyclip.com
 
2013-03-28 03:10:28 PM  

Deep Contact: Not bad, unless your 40 feet tall.


Unless my 40 feet tall?
 
2013-03-28 03:11:38 PM  

KellyX: [img-fotki.yandex.ru image 850x510]

Is it just me, but I'm more curious to know what all the writing and shiat is up there they mentioned...


"I have a Nile in my pants"
"This pyramid still isn't as big as your mom."
"Hatshepsut likes it in the butt."
 
2013-03-28 03:12:04 PM  
Those pictures look like they used HDR. Any photo pros care to comment?
 
2013-03-28 03:21:44 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: Those pictures look like they used HDR. Any photo pros care to comment?


Almost a certainty. The lights of the city would have been totally blown out had they not.
 
2013-03-28 03:24:19 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Archimedes' Principal: Those pictures look like they used HDR. Any photo pros care to comment?

Almost a certainty. The lights of the city would have been totally blown out had they not.


At least they did a good job stacking the exposures, instead of those weird halo-effect ones you typically see.
 
2013-03-28 03:27:27 PM  
If you have halve a chance, try and visit the great pyramid.
It's really, truly awesome, standing at the base..
Visiting the Kings chamber all alone was somewhat magical, very hot, damp and ancient
And yes bribing guards will get you anywhere you want
(of your impounded camera back)
 
2013-03-28 03:34:23 PM  
Farking Makhorov.  Go sneni-bobo yourself.  whatever the fark that means.
 
2013-03-28 03:39:36 PM  

Lando Lincoln: freetomato: I love the internet.  You can find anything.

I cannot imagine how insanely hard taking that picture could have possibly been in 1978.

Unless it's a composite.


Bulb mode. Cover lens with black cloth then not. It doesn't take long for the moon to expose.
 
2013-03-28 04:27:25 PM  

freetomato: I love the internet. You can find anything.


ha, that is tits!  never seen that picture before.

i have two of those shows and one has a very hot, mega disco-Dead "Shakedown" with billy k with a disco beat that would make donna summer AND giorgio moroder blush.
 
2013-03-28 04:31:56 PM  
As a kid we climbed the Mayan pyramids in Mexico.  I remember thinking, "Man, they shouldn't let us do this.  Isn't this dangerous?"  But what'evs!  Wish I had a picture now, because I'm sure it's strictly forbidden.
 
2013-03-28 04:48:00 PM  
Amazing how the urban sprawl seems to be devouring the desert
 
2013-03-28 04:50:17 PM  

liam76: Pied Penguin: liam76: Were taken on top of the Pyramids from positions that avoided detection by guards.


BS, they bribed guards.


This.


Sent the link to my buddy who went there a couple years ago.


His reply:

I saw that.As they were closing the pyramid complex for the day one of the high ranking people there (all the guards yielded to him) tried to sell me a climb to the top.Wish I would have.


i worked in Egypt for a while.  You can pay to climb.  I saw peopel climbing, they just didn't go that high.

I kind fo wish I did it, but even if you are bribing someoen you are rolling the dice because if his boss catches wind while you are there you are going down.


Yeah, same guy got fined big time and had his phone erased for taking pictures in the Valley of the Kings or some such (a no photos zone).  He had paid a guy (off duty guard, I think) for a private tour.  He still was able to put on a cool slideshow at work when he got back, though.
 
2013-03-28 06:23:45 PM  
Whatever. I remember when the band Slayer bribed the guards with porno mags and booze to climb the pyramids back in the 80's.

Five guys every 30 years doesn't seem like it's going to do that much damage.
 
2013-03-28 06:33:06 PM  
In "Innocents Abroad," Mark Twain tells the story about a man who would run up to the top of the Great Pyramid and back down in 5 minutes, for a dollar.
 
2013-03-28 06:34:29 PM  
i.imgur.com

Fair's fair.
 
2013-03-28 06:39:38 PM  
They should bulldoze them down and then pulverize the blocks into gravel since they was built with slave labor, if you dont agree you are racist and support slavery.
 
2013-03-28 06:47:19 PM  
What are they hiding? What dont they want us to know?
 
2013-03-28 06:51:13 PM  

Deep Contact: It took about 20 years to build the great pyramid of Giza. ... that means they were cutting 3 tonstones from the quarry, transporting to the site and placing 1 stone every 4.2 minutes.

Not bad, unless your 40 feet tall.


theassemblyarea.com
 
2013-03-28 07:20:29 PM  

Oldiron_79: They should bulldoze them down and then pulverize the blocks into gravel since they was built with slave labor, if you dont agree you are racist and support slavery.


You could say the same thing about London
 
2013-03-28 08:35:40 PM  

tylerdurden217: My favorite picture of a pyramid.


Right?

There is a pizza hut there as well.
 
2013-03-28 08:39:38 PM  

Wrath of Heaven: Awesome, now queue the idiot American copy-cat tourists severely injuring themselves in their attempt.


A girl from my school fell from one and died. That must have been a really awkward call to her parents.
 
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