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by Swordfish
Sat May 15, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: NHL Hockey
Replies: 43
Views: 5418

Re: NHL Hockey

WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

The Flyers make history in a game that was a microcosm of the series! And now we're off to... wait... home ice, for the 7th seed?
by Swordfish
Thu May 13, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: NHL Hockey
Replies: 43
Views: 5418

Re: NHL Hockey

So, my picks from the beginning of the playoffs seem to have gone horribly awry. The Capitals were originally my Eastern Conference Champions, and they were supposed to lose to the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. On the bright side, my Philadelphia Flyers are on the verge of making hist...
by Swordfish
Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 150091

Re: public misconceptions

My (least) favorite misconception is how people think about the Coriolis Force. It does not determine what direction the water in your sink or toilet spins when they empty. In order for something to be significantly influenced by Coriolis, it needs to be traveling a very large distance or last for a...
by Swordfish
Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: True villains in fiction?
Replies: 149
Views: 13980

Re: True villains in fiction?

What about Gannon from the Legend of Zelda series? I never recall him him as having a real motive for what he does other than being a complete jerk. He's normally portrayed as the embodiment of evil, so I think he'd count as a true villain.
by Swordfish
Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3404
Views: 766585

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I went on a trip with a bunch of people to see some of the original rocks which marked the Mason-Dixon line. Afterwards I had to pilot the helicopter we took home. The helicopter was a wicker basket with a propeller on top, and I had trouble flying it because I couldn't find the collective controls ...
by Swordfish
Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weather Control?
Replies: 6
Views: 1082

Re: Weather Control?

As a side note, for the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China shot 1000+ rockets into storm clouds to try to disperse them to keep it from raining on the opening ceremony. I am not familiar with any publication of any studies as to the effectiveness of this method, but, it didn't ra...
by Swordfish
Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 10233

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

Isn't that kinda what America did at the beginning of the war? Sit there and let Russians die? I love it. In every war since World War II the US gets criticized for getting involved in a war on the other side of the world, but for World War II the US gets criticized for not getting involved in a wa...
by Swordfish
Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Periodic Table Sing-a-long
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

The Periodic Table Sing-a-long

George Hrab over at geologic podcast has a collection of short songs, the longest might be a minute long, written to each element on the Periodic Table.

Occasional Songs for the Periodic Table

Clear your schedule for this one, the whole thing is over an hour long.
by Swordfish
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics saves...
Replies: 5
Views: 1719

Re: Physics saves...

A little bit more about that incident from wikipedia: At 9:40 a.m. on Saturday July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, piloted by Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith, Jr., who was flying in a thick fog, accidentally crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building between the 79th and 80th fl...
by Swordfish
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

I've never heard that - the invasion was scheduled to hit Kyushu in November '45, and they knew they wouldn't have additional bombs that early. Do you have a source? I've actually heard the same thing, I forget where, but my understanding was that, when U.S. Generals were told about the bombs, they...
by Swordfish
Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036
Replies: 22
Views: 3217

Re: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036

Maybe hitting a satellite could divert it enough so that it'll hit the Earth sometime before the Sun expands and engulfs the inner solar system, and that may still be a gross overestimate. A communication satellite in geostationary orbit has about 47 Gigajoules (47 billion joules) of kinetic energy,...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036
Replies: 22
Views: 3217

Re: Killer Asteroid - 450 to 1 odds of collision in 2036

Anyone stop to think about how insignificant an impact with a several ton satellite would be for a rock that masses 210,000,000 metric tonnes?
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

Let's not forget Crosby's playoff debut last season, when they were dispatched in 5 games by the Sens. The Caps are a good young team with potential, but they need another year to gel and mature. In all honesty, I'd go so far to as to say that it's unfair to expect that kid, a playoff rookie, to ca...
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

Oh man, Mike Knuble in with the game winner in the second overtime. Once that game went into overtime, both teams were playing for the series.

Not quite a good playoff debut for Alexander the Not-So-Great, huh? :P
by Swordfish
Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

The Flyers will probably be playing the Habs in the next round. Not a match up that I'm looking forward to. The winner of the Rangers-Devils series will be playing Pittsburgh, and whoever wins will probably be too beat up to anything to the Penguins.
by Swordfish
Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

I first read this as a sort of "My friends said it was ok, so I did it" but I don't think that's what you meant. Does it mean that because the U.K. and Russia did not condemn it, they were complicit? Because they certainly did benefit. I actually put that in there because, in my experienc...
by Swordfish
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

The Flyers won game 2, and deservedly so. The Caps looked like the team they were the last two years (and the first two periods of game 1): sloppy passing, hitting, positioning, transitions, and game sense. You know you need to change your gameplan when the other team can predict what you are going...
by Swordfish
Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

Wow. Are there any figures for exactly how many Purple Hearts have been issued between the end of WWII and today? That's pretty damn powerful concrete evidence of the casualty expectations of a Japanese invasion. As of 2003, there were still 120,000 of those medals in stock, and about 500,000 were ...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Regions of colour in the coastal sea
Replies: 15
Views: 2114

Re: Regions of colour in the coastal sea

The second on looks quite different. A wild guess could be... thermocline? Halocline? I don't think it could be that, the color change is so close to the shore that the water depth is probably so shallow that it doesn't reach the bottom of the mixed layer yet. And, for the second one, it couldn't b...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

Make make it sounds that unlwafully eliminating an unlawful threat to your soldiers is a bad thing. It needs to be pointed out that Americans were unlawfully eliminatnig a lawful threat. So rounding up the population of a town, whether they're involved or not, including the children, putting them i...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

I approve of the 20 penalty minutes in one period devoted to roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct calls. That's playoff hockey at its finest. To add on to Thoresen's woes. He may have to have surgery to remove the injured testicle. Edit to update: Thoresen was released from the hospital, and, though...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

The guy is rolling around on the ice because he took a slapshot to the balls, and you don't think that's serious enough to stop play?
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

Interesting that you don't consider the massive numbers of horrifically painful civilian deaths from radiation poisoning in your analysis. If you did, it might come out a little differently. Is a slow painful death from starvation or disease, or horrifically burning to death in continued firebombin...
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

And the tying goal was scored on a play that should have been blown dead because Patrick Thoresen was on the ice writhing in pain.
by Swordfish
Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

Just a fantastic job by Brad Watson and Wes McCauley to win the game for the Capitals tonight. :evil:
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

My apologies. No problem, that can be a confusing argument I make there. I personally think that it would have been best to use the bomb as an intimidation tactic. Drop it in an uninhabited harbor somewhere off the coast of Japan. To make it really personal, level mount Fuji. Give a really, really ...
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

Did you read my whole post, Garm? The Next paragraph: Now I know a county's people should not be held accountable for the crimes of the government, and that's not what I'm trying to do here , but when you look at those war crimes I listed (and I didn't even get all of Japan's war crimes there) and y...
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Body Temperature/Sickness
Replies: 17
Views: 2639

Re: Body Temperature/Sickness

It might be worth adding that, if you took your temperature in the morning, shortly after you woke up, it might still be low because I believe that your body temperature drops when you sleep. But if you're feeling feverish and it's reading a normal temperature, I'm gona go with the "You've got ...
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atomic Bomb
Replies: 80
Views: 7870

Re: Atomic Bomb

Before people go and call this the worst war crime in the history of the world it need to be pointed out that The Japanese Empire was far from being innocent . In fact, there is an estimation that from about 1937 to 1945, the Japanese Empire was responsible for the deaths of around 3 Million civilia...
by Swordfish
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

The Avs-Wild game looked like a good one. I watched the Calgary-San Jose one tonight which was pretty good. The Sharks almost pulled off a comeback, but Kiprusoff was just too good in that last minute.
by Swordfish
Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

segmentation fault wrote:and apparently Briere


Briere will be back for game 1, Lupul will hopefully cover for the lack of Gagne, and Hatcher will be back for game 2... though I don't know if that'll help the Flyers or hurt them.

Edit: Pittsburgh ran the Sens into the ground, probably not a good idea to do that in game 1.
by Swordfish
Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence
Replies: 81
Views: 7350

Re: The Official NHL 2007-08 Season Topic of Excellence

I've been working on my playoff picks for the last few days, and so far all I've been able to do is poke holes in every team in the Eastern Conference without being able to make any picks, and I've only gotten to the conference semi-finals for the west. For the Eastern Conference: The Habs look to b...
by Swordfish
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd apparel in public.
Replies: 76
Views: 5261

Re: xkcd apparel in public.

Ended wrote: ...otherwise they might think you're entirely insane).


I fail to see the problem here.
by Swordfish
Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1403064

Re: Man Thread: I hear eunuching, but you can't come in

segmentation fault wrote:i was watching a game where a body check occured next to the linesman, the linesman took a skate to the face, and the hit caused a brawl in which said linesman actually got up to try and stop despite his bleeding face.


Wasn't that a Flyers-Rangers game a few weeks ago?
by Swordfish
Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: so cute your head will explode into candy
Replies: 200
Views: 35663

Re: so cute your head will explode into candy

I wanted to take a picture of my one cat from above, but she was compelled to touch my camera.

Image
by Swordfish
Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 22711

Re: Lets fix global warming.

Just to be clear here, that last post wasn't to support one side of the other. I was just writing about something that's happening down there for education purposes.
by Swordfish
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 22711

Re: Lets fix global warming.

Please find me that. I pride myself on knowing as much about the different ways global warming may or may not have been man-made, and have never come across the 'volcanoes under the North Pole' theory. Here's the best I could do on the Volcano: http://www.livescience.com/environment/080120-antarcti...
by Swordfish
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Plane travelling
Replies: 15
Views: 1750

Re: Plane travelling

Hmm, really? A plane isn't a weather system though. Some sort of vertical force (perhaps the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E%C3%B6tv%C3%B6s_effect ? ) might keep the plane so if it maintained the same airspeed going west as it did going east, it would experience a drop in altitude going wet and a ri...
by Swordfish
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Plane travelling
Replies: 15
Views: 1750

Re: Plane travelling

If you completely discount the atmosphere, then it will take you the same amount of time to reach point B as it will point C. The Coriolis Force at the equator is zero, so it won't make a difference. If we want to talk about the atmosphere, things get a little more complicated. First of all, there i...
by Swordfish
Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to open a coconut.
Replies: 32
Views: 4505

Re: How to open a coconut.

MeddlMoe wrote:i chose the 787 because it is a full carbon-fiber airplane and boing is having problems to make it safe...


Really? First I've heard of that, and my father works for Boeing.

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