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by ElWanderer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 278
Views: 59030

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Something from that article I didn't know: Two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian, also formed a double-act, the Patton Brothers, and have appeared on ChuckleVision Gee I wonder why the "Patton Brothers" were less successful than the Chuckle Brothers. Patton vision, Patton vision *tank crash...
by ElWanderer
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 278
Views: 59030

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45074955

So, farewell Barry Chuckle.

*sad voice* "To me... to me... to me..."
by ElWanderer
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

The YouGov poll a couple of days before the election that had Labour only 3(? based on my memory) points behind (as opposed to 7-20) was supposedly based on a higher-than-usual youth turnout. It was a bit of an outlier as a poll, but turned out to be closer to the real results than most. That said, ...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

It's not a true coalition in that the parties won't be sharing power. The DUP tend to vote in the same direction as the Conservatives and May has presumably had a quick chat with them to confirm that they will continue to do so. It'll be a minority Conservative government, propped up by DUP votes wh...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Well that was a pile of fail, if you were after a strong and stable government. It looks like the Conservatives will form a minority government , propped up by the DUP, which is unlikely to last long... so another election looks likely and there will be much uncertainty. Interesting picture in Scotl...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

BBC exit poll projects the Conservatives being shy of a majority, implying May's gamble has failed. Need to wait for the real results of course!

Edit: ninja'd!
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

I've voted... in the poll at the top of this page.

Fully intend to vote on my way home from work, but I'm not fully decided which way yet.
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 28892

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Election day has dawned. I would say thank goodness it'll all be over soon, but we may end up with a hung parliament again, followed by lots of arguing over who should try to form a government.
by ElWanderer
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537266

Re: Trump presidency

On a more serious note, has he pulled you out of the Paris Climate Treaty yet? He has been dragging that one out...
by ElWanderer
Wed May 31, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537266

Re: Trump presidency

I'm surprised this thread doesn't have more covfefe, negative or otherwise.
by ElWanderer
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 89811

Re: Planet's spin

Mercury, for example, is tidally locked to the Sun, so it has a permanent light and dark side. Being pedantic, Mercury has a 3:2 resonance with the sun so it doesn't have permanent day- or night-side. It rotates three times every two orbits (note: I should double check that's not the other way arou...
by ElWanderer
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 11338

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

The comma being inside the quotation marks for 'Mouth Content' in the title text bothers me for some reason, I think the comma should be outside the quotation marks. I was going to suggest the position of the comma inside or outside of the quote was a US style v British style thing, but it seems to...
by ElWanderer
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 44737

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Oh, I meant to ask about that: am I right in thinking that "I could give a s**t" is also in fairly common usage with a similarly counterliteral meaning? Not only that, but since "I know s**t about quantum mechanics" means you're completely ignorant of the subject, you'd think th...
by ElWanderer
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116057

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I had trouble spelling my frequently misspelled word.... It's occasionally. Still can't spell it in this post :P Me too. Manoeuvre . Damn, had to resort to spellcheck yet again. I too went for manoeuvre, though I managed to spell it right first time on the form. And just then. I type it a lot at th...
by ElWanderer
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 22978

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Is "czar" really quite a synonym for "king"? A male, hereditary, autocratic ruler? Seems fairly legitimate to me. The best direct translation of Tsar/Czar (and the German Kaiser) would be Emperor, as they all derive from Caesar, used as a title in the Roman Empire. King and Empe...
by ElWanderer
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 26596

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

What a boring stage today. That said, it's kinda nice how the three French guys who've been most visible in (at least the Eurosport) live broadcasts are second, third and fourth in the young rider classification. Some up-and-comers they have. That final ascent with all the hairpin bends made for so...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 13061

Re: Pluto flyby

Thanks for the links and information! Could the lack of craters be explained by the inclination of its orbit? Pluto spends so much time "outside" the plane of the Solar System , maybe it stays out of the path of many asteroids? Add its relative small size and it might be unlikely to be hi...
by ElWanderer
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 13061

Re: Pluto flyby

There is a lot more data and lots more images to come, but the probe can only transmit at 1-4kb/s so it will take a long time (over a year) before we have it all. I don't know if there will be a better shot of Hydra in the full dataset; that's something I've wondered myself. The surface really is a ...
by ElWanderer
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grand Tours (cycling) talk
Replies: 80
Views: 26596

Re: Grand Tours (cycling) talk

This feels a lot like two years ago to the day when Froome powered his way up Mont Ventoux with carnage in his wake. He does seem well-suited to 'sting-in-the-tail' stages. Everyone has such ground to make up now it's hard to see a different result to 2013, but there is still a long way to go.
by ElWanderer
Fri May 01, 2015 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 718
Views: 308042

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Version 1.0.2 is out (following hot on the heels of v1.0.1)... still not had the chance to play, but at least I've not had to suffer the heatshield weirdness or rapidly-overheating nuclear engines that a lot of people were complaining about. The changelist for v1.0.1 is pretty long - they must've ha...
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kerbal Space Program
Replies: 718
Views: 308042

Re: Kerbal Space Program

Woohoo, version 1.0 is available, with a massive raft of changes! Seems a lot of relearning how to play will be required. Due to the recent birth of my son (an even more woohoo!-worthy event for me, of course), I haven't even had the computer on since the launch. I may have some time to play it in t...
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 17263

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

speising wrote:I actually had the problem of panel two. Somehow i managed to dismiss the alarm app without shutting it up. The only thing i could do was reboot.

I've had this too with at least one of my previous phones. It's particularly bewildering when you're barely awake. Loving the comic as a result though!
by ElWanderer
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 10769

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

snowyowl wrote:In the first panel, is BHG pushing the Earth closer to the Moon to create ridiculous tides? Or is he just poking the ocean to watch the pretty ripples?

I took it to mean he'd stopped it rotating with his hand (the water would continue rotating, causing massive flooding)...
by ElWanderer
Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 56728

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Once the grenade is in the air, the robot doesn't have to catch it, because these robots don't have to proactively save humans from harm, they just have to not actually act to harm them themselves. You must be misremembering details of this story, as the First Law states that "a robot may not ...
by ElWanderer
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 189495

Re: 1446: "Landing"

The comic has (finally) made it on to the BBC's live page.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science- ... t-29985988

Will there be cake?
by ElWanderer
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 52752

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Ran into this cartoon unexpectedly today, in the middle of a BBC article about edit wars:
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28426674
by ElWanderer
Mon May 19, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 190048

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Fantasy Football End-of-Season Update With 13 points more in the final week than the guy previously leading the table, I won by 11 points! Also Liverpool finished second in the Prem and I'm incredibly excited about next season. That was me in second place, I think. Belated congratulations! I thorou...
by ElWanderer
Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 44409

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

It feels like every new piece of information relating to this flight is denied 12 hours later. In the rush to publish "breaking news" there seems to be a distinct lack of fact checking. The press conference this morning (UK time) said the Chinese satellite photos weren't of the plane and t...
by ElWanderer
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow
Replies: 12
Views: 5137

Re: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow

How about comets? I'd have thought they can be much brighter than Venus (citation needed). They can, an upcoming one might get as bright as the moon. But they are much more spread out, so if you get a shadow it will be much more diffuse. Also really bright ones are rare. Good point. Just edited my ...
by ElWanderer
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow
Replies: 12
Views: 5137

Re: Magnitude of celestial body bright enough to cast shadow

How about comets? I'd have thought they can be much brighter than Venus (citation needed).

Edit: Wikipedia says Venus has a max apparent magnitude of -4.6, much brighter than Comet Hale-Bopp or the great comet of 1811 (magnitude 0). But Wikipedia also suggests Mars and Jupiter can cast shadows...
by ElWanderer
Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 24897

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

There is an abandoned missile silo with an enormous door in a town near mine. It's actually for sale for a very large amount of money right now. (it was converted into a gigantic basement for a house, it can still withstand quite a bit though) The local school also has a fallout shelter, because pa...
by ElWanderer
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you live?
Replies: 42
Views: 24897

Re: Are there any genuine bomb shelters around where you liv

(Southern UK) A lady we know who's heavily involved in the local history society has a fairly typical WWII, family bomb shelter (Anderson shelter?) in her garden. It's very suspectible to flooding, though, being not a great deal more than a glorified hole in the ground with a roof!
by ElWanderer
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 35379

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Kit. wrote:
CBusAlex wrote:
Kit. wrote:Can freedom be free?


No. It costs folks like you and me.

So, there's no such thing as "free as in freedom", isn't there?

Fuck, yeah.
Spoiler:
I think it depends on whether you've noticed that CBusAlex was quoting lyrics from Team America:
World Police
or not...
by ElWanderer
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU wants to ban e-cigs - part 2
Replies: 54
Views: 14361

Re: EU wants to ban/restrict e-cigarettes

The proposal to class e-cigarettes as medicinal was rejected by the European Parliament. They did vote to ban menthol cigarettes, though with a five year delay. It's likely there will be more negotiations before anything is enacted. Note that the unelected European Commission can suggest laws (the B...
by ElWanderer
Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 154531

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

steve waterman wrote:My personal understanding/take/conjecture/awareness/speculation/premises/ of Galilean transformations...
S(x,y) is eternally fixed.
S(x,y) can be moved.

Seems to be a bit of a contradiction in these two points?

Edit: beaten to it by a minute...
by ElWanderer
Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14868
Views: 2320036

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Teen exorcists (BBC fluff article)! I'm posting this because of the following hilarity: "Every single country has a specific kind of demon," says Tess, 18, who loves music and reading. They believe that the UK in particular is a hotbed for "witchcraft", because of the popularity...
by ElWanderer
Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 320736

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Anything that would go awesome with the last name "Nix" in particular? (I'm wondering about a middle name that ends in a "fee" or "klee" sounding syllable, for example... or maybe there's a scientific name of a rare insect or flower that ends in "-nix"?) Caco...
by ElWanderer
Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown
Replies: 456
Views: 133800

Re: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown

My phone went mental trying to access that link, but now I'm home I've been able to check the links on Steam

Hmmm, the "upgrade your soldiers brains / eyes / legs / etc." mechanic reminds me of Syndicate.
by ElWanderer
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 190048

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

I have a team that I set up on Wednesday, and I'm already tempted to tinker with it... always hard to know who will actually play (and who's about to get sold) until it is too late!
by ElWanderer
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'
Replies: 43
Views: 6813

Re: Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" proposal -- High Speed 'Rail'

CorruptUser wrote:If the pod lands with the wheels, couldn't a 'third rail' provide power?

Heh, I was tempted to suggest stringing wires across the tube ceiling and extending a pantograph to collect power if needed...

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