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by Drax
Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20816

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

I just saw a bunch of that on Wikipedia.

Well, I guess I could say that my questions have been answered!

Thanks guys :)
by Drax
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20816

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

Those are definitely some interesting facts, EmilyR. I've always wondered why Sept- through Dec- ember were named as such, instead of being named after deities. Heh, killed two birds with one stone I suppose. Azrael, you're right, those aren't exactly the answers I was looking for, but they did brin...
by Drax
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20816

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

AFAIK, the way dates work on computers it shouldn't be too difficult to change the number of days in a month. It wouldn't be too hard, but that's alot of updates for alot of machines. Even my little sister's tamagochi would be wrong. That's not really the point though, I'm wondering more about why ...
by Drax
Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20816

Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

Hey, I was staring at my calendar today, and I began to wonder: why do we use this weird 12-month calendar? Weeks are 7 days long, making 4 weeks 28 days. As far as I know, calendars were first created following lunar cycles, which would make this 28-day month even more significant. Why have this od...
by Drax
Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 62721

Re: Facepalm TV

This one isn't any advanced physics at all, but Speed 2 has got to be the movie that bugged me the most. As it's crashing into the shore, the ship is decelerating at something like 0.6m/s 2 , yet people are flying out of windows, smashing into doorjams, and the likes. As if the thing was deceleratin...
by Drax
Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Making a lava lamp
Replies: 12
Views: 5383

Re: Making a lava lamp

Not that I doubt you or anything, but if you are going to make this thing, test it in a blast-proof box or something... I had a buddy who thought the same thing as you, and one day he left it on for too long (like 6 hours) and it pretty much exploded, sending the ingredients and glass container shar...
by Drax
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Melting black rock?
Replies: 25
Views: 3092

Re: Melting black rock?

It's probably tar. You even said it yourself, "it's pitch black"... Maybe if it's pitch black, it's because it IS pitch?

Though that seems too easy...
by Drax
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vision in Vacuum
Replies: 24
Views: 3672

Re: Vision in Vacuum

I can't actually input any useful information on the subject, but the following question has been bothering me for a while and I can't resist asking. Why would the water on his eyes boil? It's only a change in pressure, that shouldn't cause a huge difference in temperature or anything as far as I kn...
by Drax
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

Rysto wrote:
Yakk wrote:Apples = 0<<1,

I believe you mean 1<<0.


I'm not entirely sure how bitwise shifting works, so I'm not sure which way that would have to go...
*Will go read tutorials*

rat4000 wrote:The result should simply be 1 - 2i - 1 + i which is -i. Right?


i2 isn't the same as 2i ;)
by Drax
Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

Well, it's a given that you left out some info there, but alot of it I am curious as to why you have 'Apple=BeginFruit,' right after a 'BeginFruit', though; it seems kind of redundant to me... An interface is probably the worst part to all this. I've been out of the C loop for so long that I really ...
by Drax
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

Some of that does look quite esoteric, but my C++ knowledge is quite... terrible. I got into it a few years back, then had to come up with a project quickly and didn't have time to mess around, so I did it in VB (since I know it better). I really need to get back into C++... Though, from what I figu...
by Drax
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

This will be useful knowledge when I am working in C++, but I'm at work and don't have anything good to do for a while, so I'm writing a small RPG game engine in Batch. Yes, I'm just that bored. Anwyays, I am currently working on a way to implement it, and it's working out so far :P Edit: Well, I ac...
by Drax
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Re: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

You know, I figured out the method like 20 seconds after I posted. I had calculator open in Windows 7 and it shows the binary value of what you're inputting in hex. Right there, it hit me... it just looks at all the bits and figures it out from there! I had no idea what it was called though, so than...
by Drax
Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?
Replies: 17
Views: 1888

Settings in hex - What is it called and how does it work?

Hey, I know the title is really vague, and sadly that's the best I can do, so please accept my apologies in advance. I have no idea what the method is called, nor do I know exactly how it works, so I'm hoping someone here can help me out. Basically, I'm looking for the name and functionality of the ...
by Drax
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Football (US) Physics
Replies: 20
Views: 2845

Re: Football (US) Physics

If we were to stop officially calling football football, then we would have no football. We'd have soccer and hyperbolicspindleball and rugby (which is also played here). And everyone would still call it football even if the name officially changed. Oh, and I suspect that the reason it rotates in t...
by Drax
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed bump generators
Replies: 13
Views: 2020

Re: Speed bump generators

The question is, how do you explain that a speed bump generator actually does more harm to the environment than simply plugging your cash register into a regular old wall outlet, and explain it in a way that a thermodynamics nonbelieving treehugger will understand? If you are replacing regular spee...
by Drax
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.
Replies: 46
Views: 6017

Re: Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.

Could the hair thing just be an excuse covering up that shes just afraid of the treatment? This. It's possible there might be other aspects she's worried about, but didn't feel comfortable talking about them or even admitting them to herself. I just learned about Crohn's disease a few days ago (I'm...
by Drax
Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.
Replies: 46
Views: 6017

Re: Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.

qetzal: I understand what you're saying, but don't you find it odd that just to prove that you are who you are, you would have to give up your life? I understand your argument, but a life is a life... I didn't really exclusively say it, but the treatment has almost a 100% success rate in people at h...
by Drax
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.
Replies: 46
Views: 6017

Rejecting disease treatment for aesthetic purposes.

Hey, I was just looking around on the boards when I was reminded of an old friend (who I no longer talk to) that told me she would rather get more and more sick because she's not taking the treatment that would heal her. She has Crohn's Disease, which, when untreated, can be lethal. She decided that...
by Drax
Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Project help?
Replies: 23
Views: 2082

Re: Project help?

Seeing as you don't want to use anything that is potentially hazardous, Chlorine + Alcohol is out of the question. You mentioned something that would simply output CO 2 , why not just use Dry Ice + Water? I know that it can create a lot of pressure, and is relatively harmless if it's handled careful...
by Drax
Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artifical gravity
Replies: 66
Views: 7505

Re: Artifical gravity

The thing that's always bugged me about that is that in the sequel book Clarke writes that the centrifuge had shut down due to... whatever, wear and tear, power failure, I can't remember, and transferred the momentum of its spin to the ship. Now, I'm no physicist but so far that seems logical enoug...
by Drax
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word Change
Replies: 38
Views: 2312

Re: Word Change

Fruit salad eats a bunch of XKCD'ers.


uh oh...
by Drax
Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stealing chocolate?
Replies: 12
Views: 2599

Re: Stealing chocolate?

Generally, those sensors work with a kind of electromagnetic resonance, similar to security cards that you pass in front of scanners to get in and out of higher-security areas/buildings. Basically, the scanner sends out a small pulse, and if there's nothing there, it just sends out another, and anot...
by Drax
Fri May 29, 2009 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 50136

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

Not sure if this counts, but why not? I was sitting in the metro on the way to work and poking at the bubbles in the hard plastic sheets they put over the windows (to prevent graffiti "artists" from drawing on/scratching them), and I realised that when I press my nail against it and move i...
by Drax
Fri May 15, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 63242

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

YMBAPM if you're reading some of the replies here and laughing out loud while your girlfriend is staring at you like you're an alien. YMBAPM if you're on the subway/metro and are trying to figure out how much air pressure the train coming into the station might be creating (I don't know if this one ...
by Drax
Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two black holes
Replies: 27
Views: 2937

Re: Two black holes

That would be pretty cool, but I personally think that they would repel each other, pushing each closer to their respective black holes. What I didn't think of, is the other side, if you will, of the black holes... if the gravity is fluctuating so much on one side, would it push out the other side? ...
by Drax
Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two black holes
Replies: 27
Views: 2937

Re: Two black holes

I didn't know it would be that insanely complex, but now that I think about it... yeah, that would take a hell of a lot of calculations... Maybe I'll lock my self in my room with chalkboards/whiteboards all over, access to Wikipedia, a bunch of physics books, 3 German scientists taken hostage and a ...
by Drax
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two black holes
Replies: 27
Views: 2937

Two black holes

Hey, I'll start off with telling you guys that no, I'm no genius when it comes to science, but I do read alot so I've learned a good enough amount to understand what's going on. I could be really far off with these, but I'm going to give it a shot anyways. Anyways, while extremely bored at work, I w...

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