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(Gothamist)   What do you use to clean the oldest man-made object in NYC, a 3,500-year-old Obelisk? A futuristic laser to vaporize the dirt of course   (gothamist.com) divider line 64
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2014-04-28 11:39:25 PM
A futuristic laser? As opposed to one of the old-timey kind?
 
2014-04-28 11:46:46 PM
I'll take one in the 40 watt range please.
 
2014-04-29 12:42:39 AM
Obelisks and lasers? Sounds like the work of NOD:

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2014-04-29 01:22:14 AM
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2014-04-29 02:26:21 AM

Joelogon: Obelisks and lasers? Sounds like the work of NOD:

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Classic Obelisk Of Light or GTFO.

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2014-04-29 02:29:10 AM
A monkey bone?
 
2014-04-29 02:39:10 AM
So it was created 500 years after doG created the Earth then?
 
2014-04-29 02:41:11 AM
I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.

Now I'll have to travel to New York, I suppose.

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/ my visit might look something like this
 
2014-04-29 02:52:03 AM
The obelisk has aged 3500 years in the past 130.
 
2014-04-29 02:55:40 AM

Allen262: Joelogon: Obelisks and lasers? Sounds like the work of NOD:

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 843x768]

Classic Obelisk Of Light or GTFO.


I've always preferred Tesla Coils to be honest. NOD didn't have any decent armor until Tiberium Wars.

/ Nothing compares to a massed horde of 50 Apocalypse tanks.

// especially the RA2 version
 
2014-04-29 03:07:54 AM
Or maybe they could leave it alone, so it looks like the natural aging and evolution of an object. Its twin, in London, still has WWII bomb damage that they deliberately didn't repair.
 
2014-04-29 03:12:40 AM
Any chance they're planning on paying Egypt for stealing their obelisk?
 
2014-04-29 03:16:43 AM

moothemagiccow: Any chance they're planning on paying Egypt for stealing their obelisk?


I thought it was a gift.  Sort of like when my neighbor lends me his lawnmower and I don't give it back.  It was a gift, right?  ;)
 
2014-04-29 03:21:21 AM
Some 50 years ago I was watching some TV program with my grandmother touting all the things that lasers would be doing in the future. But all I remembered was it breaking a chain from a distance. Of course decades later it all came to pass in so many forms including this.

Reminds me of 1993 when I was teaching English in Taiwan, and I kept getting news of Vice-President Al Gore saying "information super Highway information super Highway it'll be the best thing ever" and me thinking what in the world is he talking about. If course you are reading this now on the information super Highway that Al Gore didn't invent but moved heaven and earth to make public.
 
2014-04-29 03:23:33 AM

Kuta: The obelisk has aged 3500 years in the past 130.


Most of that was in the first hundred, before we cleaned up the auto exhaust and stopped burning coal and oil for heating buildings.
 
2014-04-29 03:25:09 AM

TomD9938: I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.


Sadly I can't say I've ever known about this either.
 
2014-04-29 03:31:34 AM

moothemagiccow: Any chance they're planning on paying Egypt for stealing their obelisk?


TFA says the then-government of Egypt gave one to England and one to the US in 1880.

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2014-04-29 04:09:10 AM
I've seen this movie.

/ It doesn't end well.
 
2014-04-29 04:36:06 AM

El Pachuco: moothemagiccow: Any chance they're planning on paying Egypt for stealing their obelisk?

TFA says the then-government of Egypt gave one to England and one to the US in 1880.

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Dammit! Well at least the Met is still filled with disinterred corpses.
 
2014-04-29 05:00:13 AM

Joelogon: Obelisks and lasers? Sounds like the work of NOD:

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So many hours wasted....
 
2014-04-29 05:23:54 AM
Sounds like a Shop-Vac...
 
2014-04-29 05:52:55 AM
This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/fantasy movie.

One obelisk in NYC, one in London, and a third hidden obelisk in Cairo.
On a specific date in the not-too-distant future, the obelisks activate and lasers shoot out in a triangle to coalesce in the atmosphere to...dun dun duuunn!
 
2014-04-29 06:01:11 AM

TomD9938: I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.

Now I'll have to travel to New York, I suppose.



/ my visit might look something like this


There are so many 'monuments' in the park that even most NYC residents walk pass it and don't even realize what it is.
 
2014-04-29 06:05:27 AM

illannoyin: I've seen this movie.

/ It doesn't end well.


I agree, the ending with the old man and the fetus was pure schlock
 
Skr
2014-04-29 06:21:47 AM
Good to see they are taking care of that Monument. The +2 Culture might not be much but every bit goes a long way.
 
2014-04-29 06:40:01 AM
Lasers are 50 years old. Futuristic at this point would be a motile nanite goo.
 
2014-04-29 07:00:00 AM

Allen262: Joelogon: Obelisks and lasers? Sounds like the work of NOD:

[img1.wikia.nocookie.net image 843x768]

Classic Obelisk Of Light or GTFO.

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I'm sad CnC Renegades wasn't more popular than it was... raiding an Obby after knocking out its power was fun.
 
2014-04-29 07:23:12 AM
Forget the obelisk...I want to check out what sounds like the least exciting time capsule ever!
 
2014-04-29 07:26:31 AM
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2014-04-29 07:29:09 AM
The one in Paris is in much better condition. Too bad, because they're really cool.
 
2014-04-29 07:37:12 AM
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George, I want you to handle this.
 
2014-04-29 07:44:03 AM
Who did we gyp out of that thing?
 
2014-04-29 07:48:00 AM

greendanny8: This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/fantasy movie.

One obelisk in NYC, one in London, and a third hidden obelisk in Cairo.
On a specific date in the not-too-distant future, the obelisks activate and lasers shoot out in a triangle to coalesce in the atmosphere to...dun dun duuunn!


I was thinking it sounded like a good setup for the plot of National Treasure 3...
 
2014-04-29 07:52:00 AM

RobSeace: greendanny8: This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/fantasy movie.

One obelisk in NYC, one in London, and a third hidden obelisk in Cairo.
On a specific date in the not-too-distant future, the obelisks activate and lasers shoot out in a triangle to coalesce in the atmosphere to...dun dun duuunn!

I was thinking it sounded like a good setup for the plot of National Treasure 3...


The blonde chick from those movies/Inglorious Basterdz was both hot and easy to watch as an actress... they have a ticket pre-bought from me
 
2014-04-29 07:52:30 AM
 Feel kind of bad every time I see the obelisk in CP...like it was beat up, knows it doesn't belong there, and is just waiting to go "home".
 
2014-04-29 07:53:28 AM

TomD9938: I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.

Now I'll have to travel to New York, I suppose.

[img.timeinc.net image 360x235]

/ my visit might look something like this


you are going to die masturbating?

Kevin72: Some 50 years ago I was watching some TV program with my grandmother touting all the things that lasers would be doing in the future. But all I remembered was it breaking a chain from a distance. Of course decades later it all came to pass in so many forms including this.


Your grandmother sounds very smart.

greendanny8: This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/fantasy movie.

One obelisk in NYC, one in London, and a third hidden obelisk in Cairo.
On a specific date in the not-too-distant future, the obelisks activate and lasers shoot out in a triangle to coalesce in the atmosphere to...dun dun duuunn!


I'd watch that. But then again, I've watched so much crap, including transcendence.
(Ok. Maybe not THAT bad, but let's just say I won't recommend it to anyone, especially when it was showing in theatres)

Kevin72 : 
Reminds me of 1993 when I was teaching English in Taiwan, and I kept getting news of Vice-President Al Gore saying "information super Highway information super Highway it'll be the best thing ever" and me thinking what in the world is he talking about. If course you are reading this now on the information super Highway that Al Gore didn't invent but moved heaven and earth to make public.

Al, is that you?!

Seriously though, I remember being on FTP and Gopher before 93.
Is my memory befuddled?
What did Al make public?
 
2014-04-29 07:54:24 AM
I usually skip lasers and go strait to light plasma rifles.
 
2014-04-29 07:56:00 AM

fozziewazzi: TomD9938: I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.

Now I'll have to travel to New York, I suppose.

/ my visit might look something like this

There are so many 'monuments' in the park that even most NYC residents walk pass it and don't even realize what it is.




The thing is huge...would take a special kind of obliviousness to ignore it.
 
2014-04-29 07:57:32 AM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: fozziewazzi: TomD9938: I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know such a thing stood in Central Park.

Now I'll have to travel to New York, I suppose.

/ my visit might look something like this

There are so many 'monuments' in the park that even most NYC residents walk pass it and don't even realize what it is.

The thing is huge...would take a special kind of obliviousness to ignore it.


They don't ignore it; they don't realize it's actually from Ancient Egypt
 
2014-04-29 08:00:03 AM

Nuclear Monk: Forget the obelisk...I want to check out what sounds like the least exciting time capsule ever!


Yeah, sounds like postmaster Horace was an early attention whore.
 
2014-04-29 08:04:45 AM
oldest man-made object in NYC, a 3,500-year-old Obelisk

I highly doubt this is true.  I have arrow heads in my personal collection that are likely older than that.  Oldest man-made structure, maybe.
 
2014-04-29 08:16:33 AM

fzumrk: oldest man-made object in NYC, a 3,500-year-old Obelisk

I highly doubt this is true.  I have arrow heads in my personal collection that are likely older than that.  Oldest man-made structure, maybe.


I have bird points that are older.
yeah.
Oldest my ass.
 
2014-04-29 08:21:21 AM

fzumrk: oldest man-made object in NYC, a 3,500-year-old Obelisk

I highly doubt this is true.  I have arrow heads in my personal collection that are likely older than that.  Oldest man-made structure, maybe.


Came to say this. If the Art Museum in St. Louis has 4000 year old earthenware in their entryway, no way 3500 years is the oldest in NY, what with all them fancy places filled with old timey stuff.
 
2014-04-29 08:38:12 AM

greendanny8: This sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi/fantasy movie.

One obelisk in NYC, one in London, and a third hidden obelisk in Cairo.
On a specific date in the not-too-distant future, the obelisks activate and lasers shoot out in a triangle to coalesce in the atmosphere to...dun dun duuunn!


One more and the Pyramid of Darkness will be ready for activation
 
2014-04-29 08:46:51 AM
What is wrong with some distilled water and a scrub brush? It would be cheaper and probably would work just as well.
 
2014-04-29 08:57:13 AM
I could see how this might work.  The problem would be getting the correct wavelength of laser to vaporize the dirt by not harm the underlying material the object is constructed from.  Additionally, this type of thing would probably work best when weather conditions are right.  Obviously, doing this in the rain would be difficult, but I also would think a hot sunny day would be difficult because of the change in thermal characteristics.  There are obviously other calculations to be made.  What is the ideal distance?  What about beam width/dispersion?  There are also logistical concerns as well.  How to ensure you get close enough to do this operation and clear enough space around the obelisk to enable the support crew full access.  Finally, and probably most importantly, how do you get the frickin sharks to aim their frickin lasers so precisely for an extended period out of water?
 
2014-04-29 09:25:20 AM
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Nuke it from orbit Avatar, it's the only way to be sure!
 
2014-04-29 09:34:15 AM
it's not the only obelisk in NYC and its location is not by accident.
 
2014-04-29 09:57:32 AM

meat0918: I'll take one in the 40 watt range please.


Just what you see, pal.
 
2014-04-29 10:31:32 AM
Glad to see Hawking up and about.

oyster.ignimgs.com
 
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