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by cpt
Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Interactive Evolutionary Tree of Life
Replies: 16
Views: 7688

Re: Interactive Evolutionary Tree of Life

I remember a version of this idea implemented in a friendly way at the natural history museum at Harvard (I think) on a big touchscreen. You might be able to contact them for some ideas (couldn't hurt).
by cpt
Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Light in infinite directions?
Replies: 16
Views: 3142

Re: Light in infinite directions?

In that case, here's a potentially interesting thought experiment. Imagine you have a star, sitting by itself surrounded in all directions by arbitrarily large amounts of otherwise empty space. Let's say you want to observe the star at two distinct points which are both distance d away from the sta...
by cpt
Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670911

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

AvatarIII wrote:
Red Hal wrote:
AvatarIII wrote:ah, ok, you're right, it gets NO exposure over here,
That don't impress me much.


That song is just country, not country-pop


If that song is not country-pop (along with the rest of the Shania Twain songs that got on the pop charts), then nothing is.
by cpt
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name
Replies: 58
Views: 10952

Re: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name

Jesse wrote:What's wrong with Taylor Swift?


Nothing, in my opinion, but someone might find that her sister Potter Swift (or brother Hunter) has a cringe-worthy name.
by cpt
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name
Replies: 58
Views: 10952

Re: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name

When all's said and done, Hunter is still such a cringe worthy name for me. So so American and Boguny It's no more odd than "potter", "carter", "Taylor", "Cooper ","Baker", "Fisher", "Butler" or "Cook" It wouldn't be od...
by cpt
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31647

Re: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything

I like to think this guy is just suckering people (i.e. that he knows what's wrong with the FAQs on that page) Though there's one question I don't have an answer to: Q: How can freezing water expand, even bursting metal pipes, with no energy input to explain it? Wouldn't be possible to extract ener...
by cpt
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: deuterium concentration vs depth
Replies: 9
Views: 3659

Re: deuterium concentration vs depth

I'm no expert but I'd imagine that even in the Mariana trench ocean currents would be sufficient to keep the water too well mixed for deuterium to build up. Vertical mixing in the ocean is really quite slow in general, especially below the thermocline, and my guess would be that since heavy water i...
by cpt
Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Scientists March in Ottawa
Replies: 24
Views: 5115

Re: Canadian Scientists March in Ottawa

We aren't stopping scientists from talking to other scientists, or from publishing their work. We mostly stopped one woman from talking to the press about a publicly contentious issue of salmon farming before the courts had a chance to deal with the matter. The worst complaint I've heard is that it...
by cpt
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boundaries of boston neighbourhoods survey
Replies: 12
Views: 2411

Re: Boundaries of boston neighbourhoods survey

Very cool. It's interesting that there are neighbourhoods that have no portions of >75% agreement.
by cpt
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about vorticity
Replies: 2
Views: 992

Re: Question about vorticity

I may be misunderstanding you, but since the vorticity is the curl of the velocity field, I would say that your constant flow in a single direction will have 0 vorticity. When you say constant, do you mean time-invariant, or do you mean that the flow is the same everywhere? If the latter, it would r...
by cpt
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Well that first game should have gone to OT! Baltimore will be kicking themselves when they look back on this game. Really tense battle anyway. I see what you did there. I'm really glad that CBS decided to use the 5 minutes after the kick to show the horrified expressions of the entire Raven sideli...
by cpt
Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Is this for playoffs, regular season, or both?
by cpt
Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Telchar wrote:I was reading the other day that on obvious passing downs that Giants are lining up JPP, Osi, Tuck, and Canty across the line. That's a ridiculous front assuming they stay healthy.

Made most intimidating by Canty's samurai-darth-vader face mask
by cpt
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Me thinks that the Pack is gonna win again. Anyone with me? Only team I really see standing in their way is San Fran. So if they make it through the NFC Championship, it's all but guaranteed. Is say that NO and GB have pretty even offences, so it comes down to D, and NO might have the edge there. S...
by cpt
Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

What happened to the NFL thread, and why is it not filled with rants about Tebow? Surely there's someone in these fora who is not a devout Christian...
by cpt
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Don't sacks count against your passing yardage in the pros? No, they count as negative rushing yards. In college they do, but I'm pretty sure the pros count them as negative passing yards. Being in Minnesota, this discussion has come up more than a couple times at work this year,(Like, "How di...
by cpt
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Running plays that result in negative yards count as negative yards. Also QB's that take off to avoid the rush and get tackled behind the line of scrimage, counts as negative rushing yards. Yeah, but passer rating doesn't include rushing, so it doesn't matter. The question is if its possible to get...
by cpt
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Kelvin vs. Celsius
Replies: 60
Views: 13778

Re: Kelvin vs. Celsius

gmalivuk wrote:How is Fahrenheit any less convenient for people than Celsius?


Because 0 is less arbitrary than 32.


kidding
by cpt
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

I'm just going off the fact that completion percentage is COMP/ATT and Y/C is YARDS/COMP, so Y/A is (COMP/ATT)*(YARDS/COMP). But what about attempts with negative yards?(i.e. Intentional grounding) I believe that negative yards can only be accrued by the QB on a completion. Intentional grounding, f...
by cpt
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

If Brady had more yards per completion AND a higher completion percentage, there is no way that he had fewer yards per attempt. Well, technically I think he could if he had an inordinate amount of intentional grounding penalties. I'm just going off the fact that completion percentage is COMP/ATT an...
by cpt
Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

While Rodgers YPA are better it's mostly because of dropped passes. A dropped pass counts as a 0 for YPA... with the amount that his receivers drop passes that hurts him? I don't understand where you are going with this.... While Brady's Yards per Attempt were lower than Rodgers, his Yards per Comp...
by cpt
Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

While I realize that all the information we need is on that page on NFL.com, I don't want to be the one who divides the two fields for every team for all the years of Manning's career to see if his no-huddle was getting him substantially more plays than other offenses. My guess would be that Manning...
by cpt
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Meh. The Packers are more than Aaron Rodgers. Not to mention that their backups are Matt Flynn and Graham Harrell, both fairly good QB's. Even without Rodgers they shouldn't be terrible. Rodgers is amazing. I still think that P. Manning is the greatest ever (or maybe was the greatest ever... have t...
by cpt
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

While it would be ridiculous to claim that Rodgers' performance is anything but brilliant, I think that we should wait until he gets more than 50% of the way through the season before abandoning Manning as the all-time QB god. I'd be willing to bet that his performance will regress a bit and he'll e...
by cpt
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If we can land a man on the moon....
Replies: 15
Views: 3238

Re: If we can land a man on the moon....

"If we can see to the edge of the universe..." unfortunately, this one should be "If we can see to the edge of the visible universe...", which is a lot less impressive-sounding, due to its tautologery. Also because it's false. The term 'visible universe' or 'observable universe'...
by cpt
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Halfway through the season pretty much, who do people think will make it to the playoffs? My painfully unimaginative choices: AFC: New England, Baltimore, Houston, San Diego (Wild cards - Pittsburgh, New York Jets) NFC: New York Giants, Green Bay, New Orleans, San Francisco (Wild cards - Detroit, A...
by cpt
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If we can land a man on the moon....
Replies: 15
Views: 3238

Re: If we can land a man on the moon....

MHD wrote:"If we can see to the edge of the universe..."


unfortunately, this one should be "If we can see to the edge of the visible universe...", which is a lot less impressive-sounding, due to its tautologery.
by cpt
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2670911

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

edit: post withdrawn
by cpt
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Poll: greatest physicist ever
Replies: 47
Views: 10991

Re: Poll: greatest physicist ever

eSOANEM wrote:... I'd argue that all of those pale into insignificance when compared to calculus (arguably Newton's greatest single contribution to physics), if only because there are so few things which don't rely entirely upon it.


100% agreement
by cpt
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas
Replies: 31
Views: 5442

Re: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas

If we tried this out with alcohol, instead of the less legal drugs, I think that civilization would end violently during the first weekend of free state-supplied liquor and beer (at least in North America. I can't comment on the habits of the good folks that inhabit the rest of the world). I can't i...
by cpt
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas
Replies: 31
Views: 5442

Re: Anonymous takes on Los Zetas

If the US really wanted to help, the best way would be to eliminate the drug use, preferably through rehab. No drug use = no funds from smuggling drugs = no drug smugglers = no Los Zetas. "Eliminate drug use" is a simple, and yet wildly unreasonable and completely unrealistic request to m...
by cpt
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Goodbye dark matter?
Replies: 18
Views: 3854

Re: Goodbye dark matter?

Several others have already remarked upon this, but I hate the way that dark matter and dark energy are always lumped togther. There is nothing special about dark matter. Look down. Do you see that big thing beneath your feet, commonly referred to as Earth? That's made entirely out of dark matter. ...
by cpt
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Win For The Scientific Method
Replies: 102
Views: 11376

Re: A Win For The Scientific Method

Folks, apparently my point wasn't clear. I'm not opposed to the idea that the climate is changing, nor to the role that increased CO 2 is playing in the current climate change, nor to the role of humanity involved in the increasing CO 2 . All I wanted to say is that graphs can mislead people and th...
by cpt
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Win For The Scientific Method
Replies: 102
Views: 11376

Re: A Win For The Scientific Method

Okay, so I've been hearing about climate change for many years now, and it seems to have become generally accepted as fact. I have a broad general understanding of the theory behind it, even in certain details. I haven't, however, seen any of the studies or data or anything actually demonstrating t...
by cpt
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The only instance where mass and weight are different."
Replies: 42
Views: 8331

Re: "The only instance where mass and weight are different."

jmorgan3 wrote:
Tass wrote:
thoughtfully wrote:and Euler is pronounced oiler :)


Of course. How else would you pronounce it?

Out of curiosity, how do you pronounce "Euclid"?


I believe that this one actually is "You-clid". Reinforced by the way every single person I have ever heard has pronounced "Euclidean"
by cpt
Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Win For The Scientific Method
Replies: 102
Views: 11376

Re: A Win For The Scientific Method

The problem I have with the global warming arguments is this: "My models, which I cannot release the code for because of proprietary rights, predict that the world will end in 2100! We must take drastic and fundamental action now!" This is what it sounds like to me: "An invisible thi...
by cpt
Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

This just in: Raiders trade 2 1st round picks and Carson Palmer for Joe Flacco. Why's everybody gotta hate on my towns quarterback. Wait.... this just in... I watched the Monday night game. Yea, might just let you have him. To be fair, both teams showed a pretty poor performance there (Ravens/Jags)...
by cpt
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does light move at the speed it does?
Replies: 83
Views: 14350

Re: Q about the speed of light

I think that Maxwell would argue that it's the permittivity and permeability of free space that underlie the speed of light in a vacuum, since light is an electromagnetic wave and those determine how magnetic and electric fields behave in a vacuum. That wouldn't explain why particles which don't in...
by cpt
Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does light move at the speed it does?
Replies: 83
Views: 14350

Re: Q about the speed of light

I think that Maxwell would argue that it's the permittivity and permeability of free space that underlie the speed of light in a vacuum, since light is an electromagnetic wave and those determine how magnetic and electric fields behave in a vacuum.
by cpt
Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 167414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Telchar wrote:This just in: Raiders trade 2 1st round picks and Carson Palmer for Joe Flacco.


Impressive, since the trade deadline has passed.

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