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by Idhan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 5642

Re: Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?

Lately I've grown partial to the idea of some sort of bamboo that's actually grown in helical spirals, rather than bent after being harvested. It would be a kind of bonsai bamboo, but functional rather than decorative. Apparently, you can grow bamboo in helixes , but I'm not sure whether that weaken...
by Idhan
Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575082

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Not last night (maybe 2, 3 nights ago?) I had a dream that I was some sort of Medieval feudal lord. I was visiting one of my possessions -- a rather damp island -- and one of my vassals, a somewhat impoverished minor noble. I thought my vassal seemed sort of depressed, and thought that the island wa...
by Idhan
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 5642

Re: Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?

I'm not a materials scientist (you obviously know more about this than I do) but have you considered natural latex rubber? I don't know how much processing they would have to do, or if the types of rubber they could make out of it would have the necessary properties, but it's something to think abo...
by Idhan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 5642

Bamboo torsion springs? Silk skeins? Other ideas?

Background: -Setting: Medieval-ish fantasy. One of the states is pretty big into torsion-based weaponry. In addition to using them for siege equipment, they also use more personal torsion-based equipment, like hand-held ballistas in lieu of crossbows, and even some torsion bows (like this ). -In add...
by Idhan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exploding arrows
Replies: 51
Views: 25176

Re: Exploding arrows

Well, if this is a Medieval-tech-ish story, you might do well to look into the actual exploding arrow technologies used by the Chinese, Koreans, and Mongols, such as the singijeon and other fire arrows. Basic black powder weaponry.
by Idhan
Wed May 29, 2013 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575082

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I had a dream that I remember (during the dream) thinking the plot was like a "B-movie knockoff of Avatar, except taking place on Earth," although now that I'm conscious I don't see that much resemblance, except in that both concern the triumph of nature. I alternated between watching the ...
by Idhan
Sun May 26, 2013 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575082

Re: What were your dreams last night?

The dream was pretty incoherent. I can't construct a coherent narrative of it, but there were specific subsections of it that were coherent. 1. I'm on some sort of mission to infiltrate a mostly-underground base. Our entry point was through something called the "science substation," which ...
by Idhan
Wed May 22, 2013 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6550241

Re: unwashed dishes and toilet paper tubes

I sort of prefer leaving voice mail messages to actually talking to someone a lot of the time. Well, if it's something urgent ("I'm waiting at our meeting place. Where are you?") or I need in-depth information, I'd prefer a conversation, but if I'm just conveying info or asking one questio...
by Idhan
Tue May 21, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6550241

Re: unwashed dishes and toilet paper tubes

I swear my body was trolling me last night. Around midnight, my body's all "You're really tired. Go to bed." So I go to bed. Then it's all "trolololol, you can't actually sleep at all. You just get to lie in bed and periodically shift your position." Then around 3 AM, my body say...
by Idhan
Mon May 13, 2013 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 51223

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Klear wrote:I always though that the "birds are dinosaurs" makes dinosaurs lamer, not birds cooler. At best it does both, but who cares about birds?


Birds care about birds.

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by Idhan
Mon May 13, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 51223

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

If I say falcons are dinosaurs by cladistic rules, I'll also say dolphins are fish and gorilla are monkeys. No more "whales are mammals and not fish" or "gorillas are apes not monkeys."
by Idhan
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 22193

Re: 1149: Broomstick

This approach really shortens the Oz series. Now, then, if we can come up with a way for Bilbo Baggins to make The One Ring inaccessible instead of destroying it, we can save ourselves all kinds of time. I'm thinking about encasing it in lead , rowing out to sea and chucking it over the side. (Do h...
by Idhan
Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 17105

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

This is a map of the world where the area of each country illustrates that country's area. No, it isn't. Mercator isn't area-true. 'This is a map of the world where the area of each country reflects the relative area that country has in a Mercator Projection.' :) Oktalist's map is not an equal area...
by Idhan
Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kingdom of Loathing
Replies: 449
Views: 51522

Re: Kingdom of Loathing

I think Zombie Slayer is fantastic. It does a great job of blending KoL's traditional goofy sense of humor (for example, the zombie hunters) with something of a genuine sense of horror and desolation, as you walk through a world where everything is ruined, boarded up, or abandoned. Then at the end i...
by Idhan
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

The exception being Shogun, which is entirely dynastic — Samurai families warring over control of a nation. This is of course helped by the fact that Japan is an island, and hasn't really hasn't had the kind of ethnic/national fluidity than any of the large civilizations on the Eurasian mainland. Y...
by Idhan
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

Total War tends to keep national identity pretty flexible, for pretty obvious workload-related reasons. So far the only game I've found that does a good job of keeping track of changing dynasties and titles is Crusader Kings (Europa Universalis to a lesser extent). I think it's more that national i...
by Idhan
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

The Ottomans would fall into that awkwardly-named gap between the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment that we call "the early Modern period," For what it's worth, I think that the "early Modern period" would be a great setting for a TW game (although don't call it "Total War:...
by Idhan
Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

Does the merchant do anything like say anything like "opening trade lanes, my lord" or anything? If you zoom in, do you see little carts moving from the merchant to your city? Also, does the merchant character sheet say anything like "currently trading x for y florins per turn," ...
by Idhan
Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

Two things: 1. If you have two units of the same type -- e.g., two units of peasant archers -- you can merge them if they're both below strength. To do this, drag the "donor" unit card of one and drop it onto the unit card of the "recipient." If the two units together are equal t...
by Idhan
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

I fought the Byzantines a bit more, and I've concluded that, in theory, Vardariotai are hella scary, but in practice, the AI has no idea how to use them. I parked a schiltron of Italian spear militia at a gate of a fortress I was taking (Nicosea). The Romaioi had a single spear militia unit or somet...
by Idhan
Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

Thanks for the thoughts. I overestimated the Milanese threat: they're down to Dijon, and they only held onto that because the Pope died and the new Pope (a Hungarian) reconciled with Milan and told me to refrain from hostilities. I do have Zagreb. My only problem is that I seem to be at war with eve...
by Idhan
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SEGA: Total War
Replies: 93
Views: 18281

Re: SEGA: Total War

I'm playing Medieval II for the first time, and my Venetians were doing okay. I went on a crusade and took Jerusalem and Alexandria from the Egyptians. I'm putting off my inevitable war with the Eastern Roman Empire. I wish I had a few more royal family members so that I could actually have a govern...
by Idhan
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 16928

Re: 1019: "First Post"

Sounds like it could backfire. No doubt you'd try to get the college kids to sign non-disclosure agreements when you hired them, but a Salon article on "My life as an undercover PR flack who infested comment sections" might seem like an opportunity worth breaking an NDA for, at least for a...
by Idhan
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Artist
Replies: 9
Views: 3726

Re: The Artist

Overall, I enjoyed it. The dog was so cute! Some griping: I suppose my only problem is that I felt that the George Valentin character didn't really grow enough, although maybe I'm just a slave to dramatic convention. It's like, it starts off with him being a bigshot silent film star. He&...
by Idhan
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 59584

Re: 1015: "Keming"

Word of the day: keming. n. Kerning that’s just a bit too tight. Reminds me of a post and comment I once saw on BoingBoing. Cory Doctorow: New typography term: Keming (improper kerning). From Ironic Sans, a new typography term: "Keming" -- improper kerning. Link Tom: Silly word. The only ...
by Idhan
Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 21669

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

I have to say, she kinda seems to be asking for this one. I mean, if your car catches on fire, why on Earth would you show pictures of it on fire and not-on-fire? If she asks "what's the difference between the on-fire and not-on-fire pictures," it almost seems like the fire has to be a red...
by Idhan
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 30580

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Incidentally, I'm a little disappointed that in the comic's eye close-up, the sheep's pupil is portrayed in the comic is circular, like a human pupil. If it were shaped like a real sheep's pupil (i.e., a kind of horizontal rectangle), that would have made the scene creepier and neater from an ovine ...
by Idhan
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?
Replies: 77
Views: 12497

Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

One thing I find disappointing about both the Scheherazade and Turandot is that at the end, the "happy ending" is "sure, Shahryar and Turandot were mass murderers who killed hundreds of people for no reason better than personal fancy, but they eventually meet the right girl/guy, fall ...
by Idhan
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575082

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I think it was in Mexico or Texas or some similar, because everything was adobe. Or it could have been a GECK-built town from Fallout 1 or 2, like Vault City or Shady Sands, since those all looked like they were Adobe. I'm not sure whether the architecture of GECK-built cities varies by Vault Locat...
by Idhan
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Terra Nova
Replies: 38
Views: 6011

Re: Terra Nova

The funny part, as I see it, is that the humans who were sent back will be turned into fossil fuels, and will be burnt by their ancestors. (This is similar to the plot of "The Man Who Ate Himself" by Rudy Rucker.) The morning of the pilot episode, I was in a half-awake state, and I heard ...
by Idhan
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 29842

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

The Moomin wrote:I can't help but feel that future archaeologists will unearth these and conclude we were a planet of poop worshippers.


That would be awesome. We should come up with more cool ways to troll future archaeologists.
by Idhan
Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 29842

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

The thing that gets me is that often when I do have a reusable bag, and even if I say "I won't need a bag, I've already got one," they'll still bag it in a plastic bag on autopilot.
by Idhan
Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Terra Nova
Replies: 38
Views: 6011

Re: Terra Nova

mike7184 wrote:I had watch only few episode of this show and i really liked it.


How does it compare to Misfits, Gilmore Girls, Bones, or The Vampire Diaries?
by Idhan
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 641505

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Yeah. Dr Pepper really should have made more Dr. Spaceman ads. (1, 2, 3)
by Idhan
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 16101

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Did anyone else misread which clause the "to keep out predators" clause was attached to? I was thinking "frozen over for winter to keep out predators? No way beavers have that much control over the temperature or water's freezing point. The lake froze over regardless of the beaver's a...
by Idhan
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 116505

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

The idea of applying the Mollweide-to-Hammer transformation is interesting. I wonder what a "double-Hammer" map, with the Mollweide-to-Hammer transformation applied to a map that's already in Hammer, or a "double-Mollweide" map, with the Hammer-to-Mollweide transformation applied...
by Idhan
Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3262
Views: 575082

Re: What were your dreams last night?

For some reason, I was accompanying Mitt Romney on his campaign tour. We were in Israel for some reason (I don't know why. I guess he was boning up his foreign policy credentials?). Anyway, Mitt had some sort of tiny private jet. It was about car-sized, but it had four engines mounted on its tiny wi...
by Idhan
Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 116505

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I've been thinking about the "North is up, South is down, Prime Meridian goes through Greenwich" convention, and while I suppose it was decided by politics, power, and historical accident, I'm thinking that it that it actually turns out to be coincidentally pretty close to being the optima...
by Idhan
Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 116505

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Mercator maps can't even show the whole world unless they're vertically infinite. Sure, for a limited area, they're fine, but for a limited area, all map projections are fine (to varying degrees -- Gnomonic will still distort even a small map more than, say, Polyconic.). It's true that Mercator does...

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