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by WibblyWobbly
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2169
Views: 322741

Re: Questions For The World

Middle US (Illinois/Indiana/Ohio) - never heard anyone use "hoover" as a verb or a generic noun. Only appears in UK shows I watch (and then almost entirely), though I know Hoover vacuum cleaners as well, and remember commercials running often on TV, along with their jingle.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Safe electrolytes for electrolysis.
Replies: 14
Views: 846

Re: Safe electrolytes for electrolysis.

I was thinking of wiring up parallel batteries anyway. I had thought of using sodium bicarbonate as well, but I am wasn't sure if I might get adverse reactions from the anion such as reduction to CO or something like that, though that might not be a problem if the area is well ventilated. I'm fairl...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Safe electrolytes for electrolysis.
Replies: 14
Views: 846

Re: Safe electrolytes for electrolysis.

You ruled out sodium chloride because of the possibility of chlorine-generating side reactions, but what about something like sodium bicarbonate? A sodium salt would still be a good idea if you're interested in making the electrolysis easier, and as far as I know, sodium bicarb isn't going to be cau...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 13021

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

So ... exactly as it has been since last year's "coup"? Or like that, but to the limit?
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 47791

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

Hey, it is "Mass Effect: Meet and Fuck" after all... No, it's just creepy. Although, for some reason, I got the male Ryder option when I made my character, and while he doesn't hit on Suvi, some of the other crew members talk about her accent later and how much they appreciate it, and I fo...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Postmodern Retro
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Postmodern Retro

Adds? In my forum? Someone handle it before it wipes the raid.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Postmodern Retro
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Postmodern Retro

I dunno. "Postmodern Retro" sounds more like a indie band name than a virtual assistant screaming at me with the voice of a dreaming, dead God?

But sure, I'll listen to the mixtape.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 4037

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

We should get some of that unobtanium stuff from the movie "The Core" and use that as a vessel for our nuclear waste, then drop it in the Challenger Deep and forget about it.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1781
Views: 87889

Re: Trump presidency

I understand being press secretary is a tough job. But is Sean Spicer really the best person Trump found for the job? Spicer says even Hitler didn't sink to using chemical weapons! I have a feeling he didn't find too many people who wanted the job. Press Secretary is hard enough when you've got rea...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Supersaturating Rechargeable Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: Supersaturating Rechargeable Batteries

Echoing the others, I'm pretty sure it's a definitively bad idea. How bad depends on the type of battery, how much heat you apply and how much you attempt to overcharge the battery. Results may range from battery degradation and failure to explosion and being splashed with acid. Remember, you're not...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Build a small electric shock device
Replies: 12
Views: 11271

Re: Build a small electric shock device

Hi, I want to build a colossal electric shock device, I have 240 yottavolts available between two Reissner–Nordström black holes, in a decaying orbit in my front yard. I'm not sure if I should use ac or do. I would place electrodes on either side of the dipole and connect them to the electric shock...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1781
Views: 87889

Re: Trump presidency

Given how Russia seem to be kicking up a stink about this, talking about US-Russia relations falling to a new low etc... is it incredibly cynical of me to wonder if this is all smoke and mirrors thought up by Putin and Trump to pretend they aren't all loved up..? I see it as being fairly cynical, b...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89606
Views: 5406484

Re: Thoughts for ships

This is very much John Cheese speculation based in part on facts and partly on things I think I remember, so I'm spoilering it in case you want to skip: John Cheese is from southern Illinois, which is the region where I grew up. There aren't a lot of towns in that region with populations over 30...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13098
Views: 1066901

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

[edit]good news everyone, with RK4 implemented it is wonderfully stable. Even if I drop the plane from 1km, it just sinks through the ground (the spring really is more like a rubber sheet at 1m height and the ground is just a hologram) and comes back up.[/edit] Yay! You might also like to take a lo...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 47791

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

By the way: I know a lot of people prefer to play a female Shepard in the original trilogy, so I'm assuming a lot of people will start out with a female Ryder in Andromeda. But of anyone who plays/played a male Ryder: did anyone else name theirs "Shaun"?
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 47791

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

I don't know - I always feel like reading bad reviews and unfavorable critiques from friends and contemporaries means I should find reasons not to like something, but despite its flaws (and it has a number, even at the point I'm at not too far after Eos), I actually find ME:A interesting. I'm not im...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2690
Views: 283822

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Watch out, they've got a car!" doesn't have the same threatening edge that "Watch out, they've got a knife!" seems to. Though -- could you even start a car in an depressured cargo bay? It seems to me like the lower oxygen rate would screw up the combustion. Imagine this scene, ...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2690
Views: 283822

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Wtf is up with the US medical ethics system http://gizmodo.com/texas-senate-passes-bill-allowing-doctors-to-withhold-i-1793505625?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Might be missing something, but what does this have to do with medical...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2690
Views: 283822

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Wtf is up with the US medical ethics system http://gizmodo.com/texas-senate-passes-bill-allowing-doctors-to-withhold-i-1793505625?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Might be missing something, but what does this have to do with medical...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1688768

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

Oxford comma* settles dispute . *or lack of one. I've always argued the Oxford comma can reduce confusion for anyone who communicates, including your parents, Ronald Reagan and Koko the Gorilla. I've always preferred the Oxford comma. I'm glad to see the resolution of this case. The statute clearly...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

No, I'm all about the strong force. Free will is less of a pressing concern to me, is what I meant. Strong force is best cake.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

yeah, it's really quite simple. If you are wondering whether the free will exists the way the strong force exists, the answer is no. absolutely not. if you are asking whether it exists the way cake exists, sure. go to town. and these answers are both totally independent of however you want to say t...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1688768

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

Here's a picture from the first meeting of the girl's council in Saudi Arabia for discussing the welfare and empowerment of women. See if you can spot what's missing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6xnuUIWYAAmDT_.jpg:large A podium? How are they going to talk about real girls' issues without a podium...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1688768

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

Here's a picture from the first meeting of the girl's council in Saudi Arabia for discussing the welfare and empowerment of women. See if you can spot what's missing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6xnuUIWYAAmDT_.jpg:large A podium? How are they going to talk about real girls' issues without a podium...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13733
Views: 1688768

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

Imagine if the usage statistics are taken and posted to facebook. "Liri uses vibrator! It's super effective!" Tagged in this post: Liri's mom, dad, grandmothers, grandfathers Not to mention the awkwardness that follows if you check in at a certain location at a certain time, and your vibr...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

Zohar wrote:The short story ("Stories of Your Life") is substantially better, IMO.

Actually, thank you for reminding me that the movie was based on a short story. I had planned to check that out, but had kind of forgotten about it. A collection of short stories is even better.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1214

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

p1t1o wrote:Shall we pause for a group viewing of "Arrival"?

Can we? I meant to see it in theaters, but missed out because I prefer not to leave my apartment.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 5212

Re: Free Will

doogly wrote:And I throw these links out there like pearls before swine.

But you were always going to do that, so it's not like you did something special and important, right?
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1781
Views: 87889

Re: Trump presidency

That's not a cool title at all. Where's the "AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! Healthcare ASS-KICKING TERRORIST-DICK-PUNCHING Act of 2017 (sponsored by Carl's Jr.)"?
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 1690

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

Sableagle wrote:if you're anywhere near a large body of water or other liquid.


So stay away from me after I've been to the pub.
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 1690

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

Zohar wrote:That reminds me a lot of the barometer question.

Same here. I immediately thought of using a simple pendulum of known length.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1667

Re: Probability problem

No, writing D was the mistake. N cannot be 100 because the edges and corners are always owned by someone. In grid 4x4 a blue player (or the red player) could own all the squares. Look at the solution given above by DavidSh. Why not in 10x10? It's quite possible you can have all squares in a 10x10 g...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 4614

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

But it will use some amino acids more than once. That's an amusing understatement. I'm well known for my subtle and understated humor. Yeah, if your cutoff point for trivial is arbitrary, you might as well raise it to allow for nucleotides/amino acids/codons/etc. Unless this biochemistry rabbit hol...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 4614

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

The cut off point for where something goes from trivial to non-trivial in size is arbitrary, so I am just going to pick 20 atoms as the limit, inclusive. This person calculates the every nucleotide base should have ~34 atoms. 34 > 20, so a base is big enough to be non-trivial. Consider the molecule...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 4614

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

DNA and proteins are much more complicated than you give them credit for. For instance, proteins usually include disulfide bridges within and between chains, so there is more to them than just the primary sequence. They also may contain charges or form salts, polymers, salts of polymers, ligand com...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 4614

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

Elmach: sorry for butting into your conversation for a stupid question, but I'd be interested to know how you come to calculate "information" in molecules such as DNA and proteins (and hydrocarbons, for that matter). If you're OK with explaining it to me, feel free either here or in PM. On...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Flumble wrote:What if both parties win in the conversation?

Whoever won first takes the point.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 4360

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

"I'm not really into Pokemon" (!!)
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 4196

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so a p and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference. Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other. Last time I checked, 9 isn't a prime... Well maybe you should check ...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 4196

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

rmsgrey wrote:If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.

Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other.

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