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by Monty40xi
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11860

Re: Standard units in America?

Don't forget the old grade school experiment - put one hand in ice water and one in warm water for a while, then put them both into the same bowl of lukewarm water. One hand feels hot, one hand feels cold. Sometimes the heat flow information is all we perceive.
by Monty40xi
Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)
Replies: 38
Views: 3612

Re: bluffing football knowledge (for people in the UK really)

The answer to anything that stumps you is "next round's on me!"
by Monty40xi
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time travel paradoxes
Replies: 58
Views: 6123

Re: Time travel paradoxes

I tend to view time as Flatland's 3rd dimension. The Flatland universe would look to use like a sculpture of many columns, and any given horizontal slice of the sculpture would correspond to one moment of time in Flatland. Handwave that to a 4-dimensional version, and presto. Only one timeline could...
by Monty40xi
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Has anyone else encountered the phenomenon of guys being only too willing to become feminists, whereas there is strong resistance from girls? It's possible it's the way I'm convincing them, but the gender of the person seems to be an amazing rule of thumb for their response to my conversations. Aga...
by Monty40xi
Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 209796

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

He doesn't have "regular old" Alzheimers; he suffers no dementia; it affects his motor skills. The stories are in his head the same as always; he just can't type them anymore. From what I've read, his version of it also affects his ability to perceive things. If he knows his glasses are o...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do American commercials have more unrealistic expectations?
Replies: 49
Views: 5371

Re: Do American commercials have more unrealistic expectations?

The most egregious "frolicking in sunny meadows" commercials seem to be for STD treatments for some reason. I guess when you can't show the symptoms, the circumstances of catching the disease, or the activities you'd REALLY want to pursue after you were treated, there isn't much left to ma...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do American commercials have more unrealistic expectations?
Replies: 49
Views: 5371

Re: Do American commercials have more unrealistic expectations?

The miracle cures of American medicine commercials might just be there to balance out the facts that drug commercials here have to tell us a lot more about negative side effects than they do in Europe. If something may cause permanent liver or kidney damage and should not be used by women who are nu...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time varying radioactive decay?
Replies: 14
Views: 4119

Re: Time varying radioactive decay?

Possibly stupid question - is "weak force mediated radioactive decay" only a specific subset of radioactive decay?
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Air cushion from a closing door
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

Re: Air cushion from a closing door

Just let it go at its own pace, man. Be zen. Be one with the door. See that it is not the air that fights you, but it is you that fights air. I had the image of a ninja gently closing the door with the point of a katana thanks to you... It's a skill every young ninja must learn to keep Mama Ninja f...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Last Night's Heroes
Replies: 12
Views: 1716

Re: Last Night's Heroes

Incidentally, this is a show where humans can fly. A good sci-fi show should have a short list of how it deviates from reality, preferably with all those things being closely related to each other. There's no real connection between "people can fly or read minds thanks to their DNA" and &...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Air cushion from a closing door
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

Re: Air cushion from a closing door

You'd probably have as much luck with "sufficiently gently" as "sufficiently hard." The harder you slam it, the less air can escape the gap and the more air pressure you'll have resisting you at the end. Wherever the point is where the force is enough to overcome that, it's proba...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63097

Re: You might be a physics major if...

You might be becoming a physics major if... you're becoming less idealistic as you're ripped from your ideal world pre-university-cocoon and forced to contemplate non-ideal fluids and surfaces with friction. I must say that you've hit the nail on the head. Although, not even at University does one ...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11860

Re: Standard units in America?

Hmm. I stopped paying attention when people started talking about apples and kansas, but there seem to be new arguments now... The Ethos: it's a good theory but it's wrong. You see this is the 21st century and we have these things called decimals. Even our rulers give readings in decimals now. So i...
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11860

Re: Standard units in America?

Like the folks on the first page said, it's all about the monumental cost of switching. Everything from industrial machinery to the box of screws in your garage would have to be replaced. That ridiculously expensive end-mill that your shop hasn't had to replace in 60 years? It's got US-unit dials an...
by Monty40xi
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If a knight gets struck by lightning
Replies: 13
Views: 5520

Re: If a knight gets struck by lightning

Perhaps if the knight carried around a long vertical conductive pole with dragging chains to keep it grounded...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

What I'm getting from that link is that physical abuse goes both ways at a roughly equal rate, but that women are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed.
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ÿ
Replies: 67
Views: 5922

Re: Faster than the Speed of Light-Without violating relativity

I assume that an object moving through space would reach a finite speed BECAUSE space can actually be considered resistance. I am not all understanding or knowledgeable as to all of the general laws and accepted theories that define what we exist in today. I do, however, know that they aren't compl...
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help! Need more graphic representations of science!
Replies: 46
Views: 12762

Re: Help! Need more graphic representations of science!

Anything you show him that shows how complex and/or beautiful nature is will probably be taken as evidence for HIS views.
by Monty40xi
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Building a HPM
Replies: 8
Views: 1312

Re: Building a HPM

I know the threat from HEMP is greatly exaggerated, but I've never had to test anything for HPM survivability so I really can't guess how it compares.
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says
Replies: 23
Views: 3001

Re: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

Seladore - I've seen that picture of gravitational lensing around colliding galaxies before, but for some reason I forgot all about that this morning when I was posting. Thanks for the reminder.
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Or, if you still wanted an answer, make a new topic on it! People who were interested in the question would then be able to find it more easily and you'd get more answers on the topic. Er, I think the odds are answers I got from a fresh thread would be a lot less useful than answers I'd get from th...
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Nothing personal Monty but if I may, I respectfully request that we split discussions regarding rape into another thread; I believe there are people who follow this thread with interest that would not benefit from further discussions on rape. Or at least a mandatory spoiler requirement for anything...
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says
Replies: 23
Views: 3001

Re: Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

Why is it that unexplained things like the great attractor, or the effects we attribute to dark matter and dark energy, aren't usually seen as undermining relativity and its ideas of mass bending space? The math we've got for predicting gravity doesn't seem to be accurate at scales larger than the s...
by Monty40xi
Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Opponents of Affirmative Action should look at France. France considers itself the peak of equality - so much so that you're not allowed to even keep track of race. No affirmative action, no unemployment-by-ethnicity statistics to be tracked, nothing. The result isn't equality at all - it's free rei...
by Monty40xi
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63097

Re: You might be a physics major if...

On topic: You might be a physics major if you put time and effort into debating and criticising the design of the Imperial AT-AT walkers from Empire Strikes Back... On a completely different forum I once gave that same example as a sign you're a nerd. We started a debate on whether or not they were...
by Monty40xi
Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

I've never been really clear on what "the system" is supposed to be. It's only unifying characteristic seems to be that it actively works against whoever is describing it at that particular time. I think "the system" is whatever part of society that treats [category x] different...
by Monty40xi
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63097

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if you get frustrated with common misconceptions about conservation of energy. For the last time, you can't get out more than you put in, no matter how fancy your super-duper contraption is. ... if you have spent time and energy convincing people that the Matrix is supposed to do exactly tha...
by Monty40xi
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Belial wrote: Also, why did this thread turn into a discussion of universal healthcare? Ye gods.
Dunno. Got a different suggestion?
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

It's not "just because they happen to have two X chromosomes." It's "just because they are statistically more likely to actually incur greater health care costs." Why shouldn't the amount you pay correspond to the value of what you're getting? You're confusing cost and value. Th...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ‘kwork or ‘kwärk?
Replies: 42
Views: 3948

Re: ‘kwork or ‘kwärk?

The relevant lines in Finnegan's Wake (also via the hypertextbook): James Joyce. Finnegan's Wake. Book 2, Episode 4, Page 383: Three quarks for Muster Mark! Sure he hasn't got much of a bark And sure any he has it's all beside the mark. Finally, as a confirmed birder, I feel compelled to mention th...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63097

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if you get frustrated with common misconceptions about conservation of energy. For the last time, you can't get out more than you put in, no matter how fancy your super-duper contraption is. ... if you have spent time and energy convincing people that the Matrix is supposed to do exactly tha...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Are they getting it, or are they more likely to get it? It's insurance, so, likely. Paying for exactly what you get would mean having no health insurance whatsoever and paying out of pocket for everything. If you've got a big pile of money and you're confident that your actual costs will be signifi...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

I think it's incredibly unfair to charge women more for basic standard healthcare. Even if* women use more of it? *"if" still just means "if," without the true cost figures to look at. If we are in a system with universal health care, then no, obviously. If we are not, then no, ...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Rinsaikeru wrote:I think it's incredibly unfair to charge women more for basic standard healthcare.
Even if* women use more of it?

*"if" still just means "if," without the true cost figures to look at.
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

If people start saying "its the way I was born" How do you tell the difference between genetics and your own decisions when it comes to health care? How do you deal with people that refuse to stop smoking and get lung cancer, and they point out that lung cancer was in their family includi...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

If market-driven health insurance is wrong, then it goes without saying that women paying different rates is wrong. If market-driven health insurance is OK, then it may or may not be wrong for women to pay different rates, depending on the extent of the differences and the average cost of services p...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Even if we do, is it sexism to charge us more? I say yes, since it is racism to charge racial minorities more even thought blacks have been link with higher rates of cancer (among other things. it is sort of dangerous to be a black woman *unless* you go for regular check ups because they are sort o...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Car insurance is different than health insurance. Equating the two is misleading and devalues health. I have no choice but to have a body. I have decided not to have a car. I am not more likely than you to be stupid with my body and say, break bones or need stitches. Also, increasing routine checku...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

a different of over 30% cannot be explained by maternity care and an annual pap. Also, the idea that because women use insurance so we have to pay more for it? I see this as flawed. The idea that you pay more for something if you're statistically likely to use it more (not just for maternity and pa...
by Monty40xi
Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305782

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

I just heard about how not only do women get paid less, but we have to pay more for health insurance. I wanted to raise a little awareness about it, since it seems to me that will be the first step in getting it changed. Hm. The article's got some people saying the cost difference is exactly in lin...

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