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Yeah, amazing chap. Knew everybody...I think he was mates with Joss who used to post here. I got so many good books there too, had forgotten about that entire section of the shop! In 2001 @portrid and myself were talking about organising a spoken-word gig for Mark E Smith. Gary was such a huge help, most of the work we did got done either in his shop or shortly after chatting to him. I saw very little of him after that, which I now regret. Anyone know how he is?

I always got the impression he was a bit grumpy (possibly because he gave me shit that one time). I do vaguely remember having a nice chat with him about Ray Bradbury at one stage.
 

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I always got the impression he was a bit grumpy (possibly because he gave me shit that one time). I do vaguely remember having a nice chat with him about Ray Bradbury at one stage.
I do have a vague memory of him being grumpy a few times too, but in fairness at the time I was probably buying appalling music, which I did a lot back then. I think I was going there for so long - literally every time I was in there I found something I really wanted - that he eventually melted slightly, and we got on well.
 

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Yeah, amazing chap. Knew everybody...I think he was mates with Joss who used to post here. I got so many good books there too, had forgotten about that entire section of the shop! In 2001 @portrid and myself were talking about organising a spoken-word gig for Mark E Smith. Gary was such a huge help, most of the work we did got done either in his shop or shortly after chatting to him. I saw very little of him after that, which I now regret. Anyone know how he is?
Further to this, I am told by @portrid that the Mark E Smith spoken word show was 20 years ago next Monday. #lookbackbore
 

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i did physics in UCD. a tale i was told there.
some lad came over from the UK many years back (back in the 70s probably) to do his PhD there. there are several areas where the physics department in UCD specialise; astrophysics, spectroscopy, atomic physics etc., for someone to chase a PhD in.
anyway, he decided when he was in UCD to learn how to use the tools in the machine shop, and chose the top of the water tower as a model to try to replicate as a project to learn to use them, so he made a scale model of it, as a paperweight

anyway, several years later, he's back in the UK working on some project, and some chap calls to his office. in hindsight, he realises that said chap shows a little more interest than usual in said paperweight, but leaves without making a fuss. soon after, he has a visit from someone *very* interested in the paperweight, and with enough clout that it's yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir. why the paperweight? why this design? what gave you the idea?
after explaining why and what the paperweight was, he was asked 'can you prove this?' so some schmuck he'd known in UCD got a phone call out of the blue from someone he'd known years earlier, just a chat, but ending with 'hey, can you do me a favour and send me a postcard from UCD, but one with the water tower on it? no reason, but i did kinda like it'

anyway, the favoured explanation for this was that with nukes, you need a critical mass of fissile material, but it can't all be one solid piece. otherwise it could go critical on you when you don't want it. a perfect spherical shell would be ideal if exploded inwards to a perfect sphere, but engineering that would be impossible, so maybe instead if you got twelve individual pieces, arranged them in a dodecahedron and blasted them together with incredibly precise timing...
I was told an almost identical story back in my UCD days a million years ago. seems fairly plausible alright, but... if it really happened, we wouldn’t know about it, would we? I’d love to know if this is an actual real story or just some kind of UCD mythology
 

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i did physics in UCD. a tale i was told there.
some lad came over from the UK many years back (back in the 70s probably) to do his PhD there. there are several areas where the physics department in UCD specialise; astrophysics, spectroscopy, atomic physics etc., for someone to chase a PhD in.
anyway, he decided when he was in UCD to learn how to use the tools in the machine shop, and chose the top of the water tower as a model to try to replicate as a project to learn to use them, so he made a scale model of it, as a paperweight

anyway, several years later, he's back in the UK working on some project, and some chap calls to his office. in hindsight, he realises that said chap shows a little more interest than usual in said paperweight, but leaves without making a fuss. soon after, he has a visit from someone *very* interested in the paperweight, and with enough clout that it's yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir. why the paperweight? why this design? what gave you the idea?
after explaining why and what the paperweight was, he was asked 'can you prove this?' so some schmuck he'd known in UCD got a phone call out of the blue from someone he'd known years earlier, just a chat, but ending with 'hey, can you do me a favour and send me a postcard from UCD, but one with the water tower on it? no reason, but i did kinda like it'

anyway, the favoured explanation for this was that with nukes, you need a critical mass of fissile material, but it can't all be one solid piece. otherwise it could go critical on you when you don't want it. a perfect spherical shell would be ideal if exploded inwards to a perfect sphere, but engineering that would be impossible, so maybe instead if you got twelve individual pieces, arranged them in a dodecahedron and blasted them together with incredibly precise timing...
amazing story
 

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Yeah, amazing chap. Knew everybody...I think he was mates with Joss who used to post here. I got so many good books there too, had forgotten about that entire section of the shop! In 2001 @portrid and myself were talking about organising a spoken-word gig for Mark E Smith. Gary was such a huge help, most of the work we did got done either in his shop or shortly after chatting to him. I saw very little of him after that, which I now regret. Anyone know how he is?
Just in case anyone is wondering, I got an email address for Gary this morning and got a lovely mail from him. He's well and living in London.
 
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