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by Snoof
Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sound in Space
Replies: 14
Views: 2770

Re: Sound in Space

I vaguely remember that the study of shockwaves in space plasma is quite interesting - these could be considered acoustic or "sound" waves, although the medium involved isn't much like air (much less dense, strongly electromagnetically interacting, etcetera).
by Snoof
Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Father at 13
Replies: 45
Views: 4626

Re: Father at 13

How delightfully medieval. :roll:
by Snoof
Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!
Replies: 79
Views: 237161

Re: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!

And lastly, the original Dune made me wonder why ecological engineering, that is the engineering of ecosystems, has not yet blossomed into a full and quantitative science. It seems stuck in a "conservation and preservation" stage that prevents large-scale research towards changing ecosyst...
by Snoof
Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Neal Stephenson - Anathem
Replies: 80
Views: 24633

Re: Neal Stephenson - Anathem

Bought it, read it in three days. I will admit the descent into quantum mysticism irritated me a bit, but the rest of the book was so good I was willing to forgive Stephenson. I figure I'll come back to it in a few months and read it again with a fresh set of eyes, and marvel at all the stuff I miss...
by Snoof
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Need Advice On Plan of Action.
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: Need Advice On Plan of Action.

Gelsamel wrote:
aion7 wrote:Option 1.

Or, you could wait, and buy a 360 on release of the game, for a possibly lower price.


As long as I can resist the temptation to spend the money for the whole holidays...

You could distract yourself by buying something _else_.
by Snoof
Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DM Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 939

Re: DM Questions

The thing about including psionics is that it adds another layer of complexity to the game, and you've got to make the decision as to how they interact with arcane and divine magics. If you're not comfortable with opening that can of worms, you should talk to your player about it - are there other o...
by Snoof
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your favorite shareware games
Replies: 25
Views: 3172

Re: Your favorite shareware games

Another vote for the Exile trilogy. I remember being so excited when Exile 3 came out. Also Escape Velocity and sequels by Ambrosia.

Why, yes, I was a Mac user back then.
by Snoof
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pencil & Paper RPGs: Hardcover or paperback?
Replies: 19
Views: 2378

Re: Pencil & Paper RPGs: Hardcover or paperback?

Hardcover core books, since they'll experience more wear. Softcover supplements, they're cheaper.
by Snoof
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Swears, curses, oaths
Replies: 101
Views: 8345

Re: Swears, curses, oaths

Sweet buttery owls!
by Snoof
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitational potential energy (wtf?)
Replies: 18
Views: 2295

Re: Gravitational potential energy (wtf?)

You can think of gravitational potential energy as the energy a body has by virtue of its position in the local gravitational field. It's a real energy in the sense that it can be used to do work - try dropping a ball. The potential energy it had when you were holding it becomes kinetic energy as it...
by Snoof
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is my 'Science' welcome here?
Replies: 57
Views: 6201

Re: Is my 'Science' welcome here?

Ratio wrote:If you can use it to build models which can be used to make accurate predictions it's a science to me.

Heck, if you can make testable predictions you're still one up on most of what passes for science on the internet these days.
by Snoof
Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 267802

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

First: webcomic. Started in 2005-2006 I believe, based on a demon lawyer that had to travel down to the depths of hell to clear up paperwork for souls and what not. Beautiful artwork, but have no idea if it's still going or not. The only other clue I have is that it once had a animated video about ...
by Snoof
Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 267802

Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

Ok, some kids book (young adult i guess) about these ants or spiders and this kid had them in his room, but then they got out and starting attacking the neighbourhood and the queen ant was psychic....thats about it. Good luck! I _believe_ it's called Mindbenders . Amazon suggests the author is Nich...
by Snoof
Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 34393

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

rpresser wrote:She's pretty agressive -- I'll bet that if there were a fifth panel, she'd have lepton him.

And tau his clothes off?
by Snoof
Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Effects of Free (in a cost sense) Energy
Replies: 43
Views: 4176

Re: The Effects of Free (in a cost sense) Energy

One so massive that it displaces the heat out of the Earth's atmosphere? That'd be pretty awesome actually. I'm picturing an orbital tower[1] made of thermal superconducting[2] materials, with a massive fractal 'top' outside the Earth's atmosphere for maximum surface area [3], to carry heat up from...
by Snoof
Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: How often do you read the Christian Bible?
Replies: 76
Views: 7166

Re: How often do you read the Christian Bible?

Whenever I need to win an argument with an evangelist.
by Snoof
Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playstation 1 games
Replies: 91
Views: 9862

Re: Playstation 1 games

I recently acquired a copy of Vagrant Story which is awesome. I just wish I could save it - I'm running it on a late-model PS2 which is apparently incompatible with (some or all) PS1 memory cards. Anyone got any ideas?
by Snoof
Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Anyone play Mutants and Masterminds?
Replies: 5
Views: 1536

Re: Anyone play Mutants and Masterminds?

I'm running a fairly "serious" Silver age M&M campaign, set in London in the year 2000. So far the PCs have fought the spirit of the Thames (a gigantic heaving mass of pollution and sewage) stirred up by a crime-boss turned occultist, foiled a bank robbery committed by a pair of bad-te...
by Snoof
Thu May 29, 2008 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Why won't my hunterdwarf hunt?? Gah! Is the hunting task set for him? Does he have the weapons and armour he's assigned to have? Are there huntable animals on the map? If you're okay with those, I can't help you. Instead of going into a rage, Unib here decided to end it all as quick as possible and...
by Snoof
Thu May 08, 2008 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A giant comet is headed towards Earth (hypothetically)
Replies: 86
Views: 7121

Re: A giant comet is headed towards Earth (hypothetically)

This looks like an excellent thread to post this: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/impacteffects/ Using a 'standard' comet with radius 1/6 that of Earth, you'd be at risk of dying from the air blast or earthquake even if you were on the opposite side of the Earth, according to this sim. Of course, that's ...
by Snoof
Sun May 04, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Anyone know how the aging for dogs work? I want to start training some war dogs just to complement my military but all I've got are puppies who seem to never age...? Puppies take a couple of years to reach maturity. I typically have several dozen puppies going at a time, to keep a steady influx of ...
by Snoof
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Xaddak wrote:I have a question!

Why does it occasionally say, "There is nothing to catch in [location]?" Is that my hunter or whatever saying "wtf, mate"?

IIRC, that general refers to fisherdwarves having fished out a water source, like a river or a pond.
by Snoof
Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game related injuries.
Replies: 25
Views: 2522

Re: Game related injuries.

I used to get pretty severe hand cramps from the SNES. I still maintain it's from the highly un-ergonomic design of the controller[1], and not the long hours I spent playing.

[1] Still, at least it's better than the Sharp Corners of the NES controller.
by Snoof
Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dragon Quest: the journey of the cursed king
Replies: 6
Views: 1246

Re: Dragon Quest: the journey of the cursed king

Oh, yeah. I love it. I'm just a bit frustrated right now - I'm up to the icy northlands bit chasing after the dog with the killer staff and I find it particularly irritating that the average encounter is worth a couple of hundred gold at most, while all the 'current' equipment costs upwards of 10k p...
by Snoof
Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: General Relativity
Replies: 23
Views: 3214

Re: General Relativity

On a more simple note, Special relativity deals with inertial reference frames (no acceleration, what you are doing) whereas general relativity deals with accelerated reference frames (which is the same as a gravitational field). SR can handle acceleration just fine - it just can't handle accelerat...
by Snoof
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Our evolved selves
Replies: 25
Views: 2637

Re: Our evolved selves

We're really good at running, which makes me think that that was selected for more than (or in addition to) just seeing over tall grass. Some show on the discovery channel said that for distance running, we are the best in the animal kingdom. Some biologist on the show said that we used to chase ga...
by Snoof
Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Come to Iraq! Get raped by Cheney's fuckheads!
Replies: 86
Views: 8079

Re: Come to Iraq! Get raped by Cheney's fuckheads!

I'm sorry - do you mean "I'm not sure that [to] have a corporation is a civil right. . .?" Assuming that I understand your statement, the right to establish and maintain a corporation seems to me a logical extension of my right to buy and sell what I please to whom I please. If I can sell...
by Snoof
Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: arguments against evolution
Replies: 54
Views: 5442

Re: arguments against evolution

The fact that more complex organisms are more efficient than simpler ones is very interesting. That's... debatable. The total mass of bacteria is considerably greater than the total mass of humans, and possibly the total mass of all animals[1]. Yet most people would argue that a bacterium is consid...
by Snoof
Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [PHYSICS] Schrödinger's coin toss?
Replies: 9
Views: 2067

Re: [PHYSICS] Schrödinger's coin toss?

No. Macroscopic systems just don't behave that way. Individual particles will, but a coin is made up of huge numbers of particles, and any quantum effects will be 'smeared out'. Now, if you'd asked whether, say, a certain nucleus had decayed or not, then things would get interesting. Schrödinger's p...
by Snoof
Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Katanas Banned?
Replies: 34
Views: 3381

Re: Katanas Banned?

No katanas? Specifically katanas? Sweet. My Highland claymore is fine!

It's, uh... a cultural weapon. Yeah. 'Cause of all the Scottish ancestors I have. Yep. Cultural.
by Snoof
Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can I make my room more humid?
Replies: 10
Views: 6181

Re: How can I make my room more humid?

pernero wrote:The plant Idea is great. I will do some plant shopping this week. Any plants in particular that would be more effective?

Something with large leaves will lose the most water to evaporation.

Of course, that means you also need to water it more often.
by Snoof
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Entropy/Randomness in Nature
Replies: 9
Views: 2571

Re: Entropy/Randomness in Nature

Nebulae wrote:By the way, can any physicist explain why the "sea of quarks" shortly after the big bang occurred aggregated into atoms?

The Strong Interaction kicking in as the energy density drops?

*is not a real physicist, but wants to be one when he grows up*
by Snoof
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Exalted
Replies: 13
Views: 3609

Re: Exalted

As to segmented combat, do you mean tick based combat? Because that is a bit different from what most games do. It works though, and is much harder to explain than to show or use, especially if you have a battle wheel. Tick combat isn't that hard to explain. Each 'tick' is a certain segment of time...
by Snoof
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

As far as I know, the only thing you absolutely cannot buy from merchants is adamantine (although I don't remember ever seeing steel, so some things are probably rarer than others) I've bought a lot of steel; you primarily get it through weapons/armor you then melt down. The wiki claims they never ...
by Snoof
Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Also important, water can flow up and pressurize (and flows infinitely from moving sources). When working with water, plan every step before you do anything, or you could accidentally flood the universe. Not the entire universe. Just those regions of it which are at the same altitude or lower than ...
by Snoof
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food Allergies
Replies: 25
Views: 7042

Re: Food Allergies

I don't have any real allergies to speak of, but I've noticed that certain processed foods (a specific brand of lemonade, for example) make my nose itchy. Really, really itchy. Seriously. Some day I'm going to have to sit down and work out precisely what makes it itch, but that test takes ages, sinc...
by Snoof
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What makes people become crackpots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: What makes people become crackpots?

Plus, they seem to concentrate on the least hobbyist-friendly disciplines: there is just no way anyone but a specialist could really do anything in, for example, particle physics or cosmology, but a well-versed amateur could find a neat algorithm no-one thought of before, or discover a new insect s...
by Snoof
Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do you define "Sentience"?
Replies: 79
Views: 8723

Re: How do you define "Sentience"?

On a related note: A friend of mine (PhD student, studying AI) claims that whenever someone comes up with a set of behaviours which are defined as "intelligence" or "sapience", someone else writes a computer program which exhibits those behaviours, which causes the original peopl...
by Snoof
Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 699844

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

What do you guys do with your goblins? I push them off my fifteen story Death Tower (TM) and watch them splatter. I once managed to get a head to go nine spaces from the body. I also toss kittens off when I get bored. [1] Alternately, I dump them in a pit and let my marksdwarves use them as target ...
by Snoof
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Opening Lines
Replies: 79
Views: 34108

Re: Opening Lines

Marley was dead: to begin with. There was no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was dea...

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