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by garak1a
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals
Replies: 24
Views: 20661

Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals

Hello all, I was considering a sci-fi premise where Humans visited a planet that had a thriving ecosystem (nothing sapient), whose biochemistry was based on something that was either toxic, or ideally [to the plot] even corrosive to Earth life. Not just a matter of producing indigestible L-proteins ...
by garak1a
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: So You Want To Increase The Speed Of Light - World Asplode?
Replies: 5
Views: 3679

Re: So You Want To Increase The Speed Of Light - World Asplo

I'd like to direct everyone here to the podcast "Quirks and Quarks", a weekly presentation by Canada's CBC Radio One. On last week's episode, they talked with an astronomer who seemed to find evidence of the Fine Structure Constant being different in other areas of the universe. See detail...
by garak1a
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 70
Views: 216532

Re: Science Websites

I recently bought an iPod, and have fallen in love with listening to podcasts. Does anyone know of any good, still-running podcasts on science? Ideally biology, but general science is good too? I'm in a job where my biology undergrad degree is essential, but not actually used very often, so I'd love...
by garak1a
Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 34978

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

I'm reminded of all the phrases on Questionable Content about lions. Their premise was that almost every saying was made better if a noun were replaced by Lion. Never look a gift-lion in the mouth. You can't make an omelet unless you break a few lions. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw...
by garak1a
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insect/Arachnid Physiology
Replies: 11
Views: 3056

Re: Insect/Arachnid Physiology

Muscles used for insect flight attach to the interior surface of the exoskeleton, and pairs of muscles work in opposition, much like in Humans. However, certain insects have muscles that attach directly to the wing, though the more common method is below: The difference is that when a muscle (dorsal...
by garak1a
Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cat and mouse
Replies: 29
Views: 13628

Re: Cat and mouse

I liken this solution to a boy's answer to a simply math problem: Three crows are sitting on a power line. A hunter shoots one, how many are left? The boy replies zero, because the other two were scared off by the noise of the gun and the sudden death of their companion. Putting yourself in the posi...
by garak1a
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can someone check my space ship physics for a story?
Replies: 34
Views: 4356

Re: Can someone check my space ship physics for a story?

Why does the ship have to spin down? Couldn't it just have jets around the ring that fire at intervals to change course? Hmm... That would serve to spin the ship but not change its velocity, if I'm getting you right. It's probably how they spin the ship, actually, but all the other intricacies with...
by garak1a
Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0655: "Climbing"
Replies: 63
Views: 14598

Re: "Climbing" discussion

I had a buddy in high school who made a video like this before, but it was spider-man wall-crawling, starting lying down on his stomach with his feet against a buildings wall and "wall-crawling" along the ground.

Then be scraped his balls on a rock he forgot to move. Win.
by garak1a
Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 37151

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

I tried watching it online once. I failed. I got about 1/3 way through when I decided to skip to the world's first appearance of Boba Fett. And even that was so lame that I had to turn it off afterwards.

No wonder even Lucas disowned it.
by garak1a
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 88752

Re: High School Pranks

Before graduating from high school, I always wanted to hijack the intercom system and quote from Beavis and Butt-Head: Do America. Butt-Head: Uh, attention! attention! We're looking for the chick with big boobs! Beavis: Yeah! Heh heh! Big boobs! Funny because a) probably wouldn't be hard to do, caus...
by garak1a
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity question
Replies: 56
Views: 6105

Re: Gravity question

Thank you very much, all! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who thought this interesting. Also, I hadn't considered [theoretical] centrifugal force. Our 1st-year Physics didn't teach it, on the grounds that it "wasn't real" . Plus I hadn't considered the gravity exerted by the mou...
by garak1a
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 209723

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I went to french school, and we had an array of really shitty french books to read. The most notable being: Les Aventures au Restovite (translated: The adventures at the fast food restaurant). The story of a young girl and her first job at the local McDonalds clone. FAIL. La Quête d'Alexandre (The Q...
by garak1a
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Time Traveler's Wife
Replies: 19
Views: 2760

Re: Time Traveler's Wife

My fiancée felt the same way. I liked the movie, but she read the book first and thought that they didn't compare. I did like the scene where he jumps forward to a point just after his vasectomy and impregnates her again. Present-Eric Bana has this look on his face of "I totally didn't thin...
by garak1a
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 257219

Re: The worst film you've seen

My best friend and I were at the Dollarama (the local chain of dollar stores where literally everything costs 1$) and picked up an old VHS of a movie called "Silence of the Heart." It was about a teenager who kills himself, and how his parents, little sister, girl he liked, and best friend...
by garak1a
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity question
Replies: 56
Views: 6105

Gravity question

Hello all, A quick question from a biologist who thinks too much about weird and useless stuff: Fact: Any object with a mass has some amount of gravity. Fact: The mass of the object determines how much gravitational force it exudes (e.g. the less massive moon has less gravity than the more massive p...
by garak1a
Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 394002

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

This isn't so much a quote as an incident, but when my fiancée was in high school, the teacher responsible for biology had to take on a senior-level chemistry class. One day, in an effort to make things interesting for the students, looked at the vials in the chemical cabinet, hoping to find somethi...
by garak1a
Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if Jupiter was the first planet from the sun...
Replies: 17
Views: 2287

Re: What if Jupiter was the first planet from the sun...

I attended a forum once where they discussed how such "tidal" effects are used to locate extrasolar planets. That there are many cases of large Jupiter+ scale planets in close proximity to their stars, and since the planet does NOT orbit the star, but rather both orbit their respective cen...
by garak1a
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 394002

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

I had a physics prof who tried to explain to us Quantum Tunneling, in a thick slavic accent: "There are about 100 of you here today. Let's say I had student accelerator, and I started flinging you into the wall. By normal physics, you'd all splat against the wall and I'd be arrested later for m...
by garak1a
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0236: "Collecting Double-Takes"
Replies: 159
Views: 64249

Re: "Collecting Double-Takes" Discussion

-A bible -A set of steak knives -Stencils Bonus points for having red dye on your hands, or muttering about having sinned. Another possible one, while entirely and obviously sexual, could be funny: -Box of flavored condoms -Box of unflavored condoms -Vanilla extract and if the unflavored + vanilla e...
by garak1a
Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 43137

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

Silly, Randall. Women would not buy android boyfriends. Just bigger and faster vibrators. Can a vibrator cook you dinner ;-)? Go rock-climbing? Kill anyone who bothers you with his bare hands? I think not. You would be surprised what vibrators can do these days. I saw one defy gravity for a few mom...
by garak1a
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 43137

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

...We really are useless, as a gender. They still need someone to open jars for them... Hopefully... :( Once some kind of alternative form of jar (like something Ziploc-y but secure) gets invented, the male gender will officially be in decline. It'll be the first sign of incoming obselescence. Subt...
by garak1a
Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Chicken or the Egg?
Replies: 41
Views: 5119

Re: The Chicken or the Egg?

I heard a joke on this subject:

A chicken and an egg are lying in bed together. They've just finished the most mind-blowingly-awesome sex they've ever had. The chicken, with a cigarette in its beak, turns to the egg, smiles, and says "well, I guess we answered THAT question!"
by garak1a
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Comical mistakes in your homework.
Replies: 144
Views: 17011

Re: Comical mistakes in your homework.

This isn't from homework, but a hilarious moment from a Physics I midterm, when the question described someone "dropping a Blast from a hot air balloon." The question was just about the free-falling object, but everyone kept asking "what's a Blast?" thinking it might affect the a...

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