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by NightStar
Fri Jun 04, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Splice
Replies: 5
Views: 2129

Re: Splice

I don't know. From the trailer, I expected it to be full of pseudoscience with a preachy "Scientists shouldn't play God!" message, and I have no desire to sit through two hours of that. However, initial reviews are saying it's not too preachy and more focused on the flaws of its characters...
by NightStar
Wed May 26, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Duncan Keith los- ugh, I'm going to be sick
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Re: Duncan Keith los- ugh, I'm going to be sick

I think it's a culture thing. Yes, the "tough guy" image (this example, and the example of the 50-stitched Hal GIll roaring to go again the day after) is a persistent one in the NHL specifically. Can you imagine a baseball player taking a line drive in the mouth, and then coming back to p...
by NightStar
Tue May 25, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Duncan Keith los- ugh, I'm going to be sick
Replies: 12
Views: 2866

Re: Duncan Keith los- ugh, I'm going to be sick

Yeah, I actually enjoy watching hockey, but I could never play it. It's not all fighting and teeth getting bashed out (although there is some); there's a lot of coordination, finesse, and teamwork that goes into it as well. Not only do I like having all my teeth, I am nowhere near fit enough or bala...
by NightStar
Tue May 25, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 21578

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

Update: North Korea severs all ties with South Korea

Apparently, they took offense at South Korea's punitive actions and went above and beyond. Time will tell whether they're saber-rattling, but I think it's safe to say the situation is as tense as it's been in years.
by NightStar
Thu May 20, 2010 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook banned in Pakistan
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: Facebook banned in Pakistan

Yeah, the whole brouhaha wouldn't exist if there weren't crazy people trying to kill people for drawing pictures. I mean, Christians believe Jesus was/is divine, which I'd say is past prophet-level, and there have been many many offensive, mean-spirited caricatures of him, but when Christian crazy p...
by NightStar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School system owned by a 9 year old
Replies: 11
Views: 2277

Re: School system owned by a 9 year old

Sounded like it was some vulnerability in the Blackboard software, but I'm not sure. Regardless of his intelligence, the kid definitely has some interest in computers; instead of totally smacking him down, his parents and teachers should encourage his learning. He could go on to big things someday.
by NightStar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama's New Space Strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 2270

Re: Obama's New Space Strategy

I can't imagine a restructuring of the space program in this economy is going to increase funding, at least in the short term. I'm always skeptical of projected future increases in funding; we don't know where the cash is going to come from, and the politicians may change their minds/ be replaced be...
by NightStar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's Volcano time again
Replies: 111
Views: 10531

Re: It's Volcano time again

Volcanic ash messes up turbojets immensely, not to mention fouling the instruments and getting into the cabin. It's not worth the damage and risk to fly through, so don't expect any airlines to try. Not sure how long it will stay up in the atmosphere; IANAMeteorologist.
by NightStar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90200
Views: 9117918

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Very nice... I used to fall asleep in high school geometry. Other kids would complain to the teacher, and she said "When your grades are as good as his, you can sleep too!" which was awesome. Kind of douchey on my part, I guess, but I was running 18-hour days full speed back then, so I rea...
by NightStar
Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan

How are you laying more than seven tiles at once?
by NightStar
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £500 home-brew space photography
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Re: £500 home-brew space photography

This is really quite impressive. NASA and ESA could do with finding more people like this and backing them. If there's one thing the space program needs in hard economic climes, it's innovative people like this guy. I would think getting things into orbit is the real challenge, no? Unless you mean ...
by NightStar
Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Replies: 60
Views: 9325

Re: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Anyone else wonder how plucking eyes out of sockets and jumping across a moat on floating decapitated heads earned a PG rating? When I was a kid, people were worried about Mufasa's implied death in the Lion King being too much for children. Sheesh. That was my main complaint with it; much of the non...
by NightStar
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7501

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

IIRC, lunar gravity is about 1/6 of Earth gravity, so I would expect astronauts to fare better than on the ISS but not very much better. I think a moon base is worthwhile for science and research, even if it doesn't provide much of a jumping-off point; but ideally it would produce rocket fuel, oxyge...
by NightStar
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 905277

Re: Awesome Thread (to balance Rant Thread)

<nyssa> wrote:I have an honours project! It has to do with RPGs. This is awesome.

Although you probably mean role-playing games, I have decided to assume your project involves rocket-propelled grenades. This ratchets up the awesome level significantly. :D

EDIT: Pagetopper! Awesome!
by NightStar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7501

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

Heck, just build a lunar space elevator! There's less gravity and little atmosphere, so material strength is not an issue; we can feasibly build one. Also, a lot less space junk worries out there. It wouldn't be ideal for transporting astronauts (lunarnauts?) since it'd be slow, but would be cost ef...
by NightStar
Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "US plans 'dramatic reductions' in nuclear weapons"
Replies: 17
Views: 2250

Re: "US plans 'dramatic reductions' in nuclear weapons"

I see this working out about as well as closing Guantanamo did for President Obama. As in, it cheers up his supporters, but it turns out the devil is in the details and the whole idea won't get very far. There's a fair bit of money that's already been spent on modernizing and maintaining the nuclear...
by NightStar
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth
Replies: 64
Views: 7062

Re: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth

I was kind of horrified when the article referred to Alex from A Clockwork Orange as an "unruly youngster". Rape and murder, boys will be boys, right? :x Also, the authorities should remember that Mozart wrote some incredible music when he was younger than these kids they're trying to driv...
by NightStar
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2783761

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Confession: I have stayed up way too damn late watching this Woot-Off, hoping for a BoC
by NightStar
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3491163

Re: Rant Thread - The Spates of Wrath

Boyfriend misunderstandings stuff That's a tough situation. I do think he overreacted a little; wanting to focus on studying is not the same as shutting him out of your life. If he prefers to study in a social environment (some people do), he may just not have understood why you needed to be alone....
by NightStar
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 905277

Re: Awesome Thread (to balance Rant Thread)

Your avatar made my day! :D Awesome! I can't see yours, for some reason... it just says user avatar :( Also, I discovered last night that I had been sigged by another user, which is pretty awesome! Of course, they apparently left six months ago, and it wasn't a terribly funny joke, but awesome none...
by NightStar
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 905277

Re: Awesome Thread (to balance Rant Thread)

Also skidded off the road in the snow a few days ago on the way to take my friends to Goodwill. No damage to my car, and everybody behind me stopped to let me rearrange myself. Thanks, Iowa drivers! You're welcome! We've all had a few mishaps with snow driving; it's a trial-and-error sort of thing :D
by NightStar
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28064

Re: Myst

I would look around for a bit, check a walk-through (what can I say, I prefer plot to repeatedly trying things until something happens) to see what to do next, and then figure it out until I hit another wall. Understandable. However, I'm one of those people that spends far too much time on a single...
by NightStar
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28064

Re: Myst

Good Old Games has recently released Riven ( clicky clicky ) and they claim that it works on both Windows XP and Vista. I might have to do this. My friend and I went through a 'Myst' phase in HS where nearly everyone was playing it. I tried to move on to Riven, but I think I solved 3-4 puzzles, and...
by NightStar
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5691

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

Indeed, this is something to be pleased about. I particularly applaud merging the goals of job creation and cleaner energy generation into one project; the more people on board, the more likely it is to happen. I notice the opposing viewpoints in the article the OP quoted are some pretty weak talkin...
by NightStar
Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama v House Republicans -- AMAZING`
Replies: 40
Views: 4577

Re: Obama v House Republicans -- AMAZING`

It's a great example of potentially effective bipartisan debate, and yet the response is "Yeah! He laid the SMACKDOWN on those idiot Republicans!" Sigh. I agree that Obama did a great job with their questions, and I'm aware the Republicans weren't making it easy for him. Regardless, he out...
by NightStar
Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Howard Zinn dies
Replies: 1
Views: 682

Re: Howard Zinn dies

Yeah, we read some of his book in high school, mostly to illustrate that history depends a lot on your point of view, and the importance of drawing conclusions from a variety of sources. I'm glad he had the courage to show a different side of the story, although generally I didn't take him too serio...
by NightStar
Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama Dumbs Down Health Ins. Bill
Replies: 64
Views: 4816

Re: Obama Dumbs Down Health Ins. Bill

I'm starting to think term limits in Congress are the only way to improve this sort of thing. We have Congresspeople, Senators in particular, that have been getting reelected for decades. Could be that they're in there to work hard for the people for 30-some years... could also be that they're heavi...
by NightStar
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Alt Text: not enough time
Replies: 16
Views: 8033

Re: Alt Text: not enough time

3.0.6? Current firefox version is 3.5.7, you might want to update. I have that, and the titles do disappear too quickly sometimes. I'm sure there's an add-on somewhere to fix it, but I don't care enough to look for it.
by NightStar
Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tackling the Pope: Now Forgivable
Replies: 12
Views: 2036

Re: Tackling the Pope: Now Forgivable

It's easy to pardon someone when you're not responsible for administering justice anymore. A pardon from the police would be something worth talking about. Well, this happened in St. Peter's Basilica, which is under the jurisdiction of the Vatican. Wikipedia tells me that the Pope has full power ov...
by NightStar
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Flowchart Argument
Replies: 13
Views: 2131

Re: Flowchart Argument

BSamuels wrote:The reason the weak computers were able to run the Apollo missions was because Real Programmers programmed them using Fortran.



Not Pascal.

Fuck yeah, Fortran. A lot of aerospace codes still in use today are in Fortran. Also, it's amazing what you can accomplish with mechanical control systems.
by NightStar
Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman Uses Right to Defend herself, pain ensues
Replies: 262
Views: 16243

Re: Woman Uses Right to Defend herself, pain ensues

Using deadly force to respond to non-deadly force. Unjustified. Thank you for trying. A glass of 84-proof liquor , splashed on someone and set on fire, in no way constitutes deadly force. It wouldn't even kill the target. It's not going to burn the bar down. Second-degree burns, maximum. Please dro...
by NightStar
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 388595

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

"You should probably reattach the access cover to the wind tunnel before we begin this test at approximately Mach 1.5."
by NightStar
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you ever get embarrassed for another person? Example:
Replies: 43
Views: 5875

Re: Do you ever get embarrassed for another person? Example:

I knew this guy once who always tried to show off his guitar-playing skills... then he got a chance to play a couple songs at a bar and got really nervous, so bad that his hands were all sweaty and he dropped his pick. Not once, but five times during the course of two songs. I had thought it would b...
by NightStar
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hacker Mother appeals to Obama
Replies: 25
Views: 2561

Re: Hacker Mother appeals to Obama

Yeah, tell him China stole all our UFO data and set him loose on them :o
the mother wrote:I'm just praying, please hear us, Obama

I know it's not quite what she's saying, but if people start praying to Obama in earnest, I'm going to develop Asperger's in that I will be completely unable to relate to them :P
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: White House press conference on health care
Replies: 22
Views: 35394

Re: White House press conference on health care

crazy small-government types (Tom Coburn) Do you mean to say Tom Coburn is crazy, or small-government types are crazy? we had to immediately hand about $12 trillion over to the financial industry no questions asked The generally quoted figure for the cost of the stimulus bill is $787 billion. We're...
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: White House press conference on health care
Replies: 22
Views: 35394

Re: White House press conference on health care

Yeah, everyone has different reasons behind their vote, but I feel that often the public believes that all the voting members are either for a bill or against it, since that's what the vote comes down to. Political ads absolutely perpetrate this all the time; for example, maybe a Senator with a stro...
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Longer life for milk drinkers
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Longer life for milk drinkers

lesliesage wrote:
NightStar wrote:There's also soy milk, which I believe (?) is nutritionally similar
Incorrect.

Okay, so similar proportions of protein, fat (depending), and slightly more carbs in cow's milk. Soy milk lacks lactose (ha!), and both can be fortified with various vitamins and minerals. Am I missing anything?
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: White House press conference on health care
Replies: 22
Views: 35394

Re: White House press conference on health care

I'm not pleased that he and the Democratic leadership are so insistent that this bill be passed before the recess in August. If we're going to completely overhaul the health-care system, why is it such a bad thing to wait a few weeks to carefully go through the bill, various amendments and provision...
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: Much Love to Belial
Replies: 67
Views: 7148

Re: Belial Appreciation Day

I, uh, don't know how appreciative Belial will be of posting pron on the fora... you might want to PM that. Really, though, he's an awesome mod, and a significant part of why these fora are populated by a lot of intelligent and awesome people. They wouldn't come here if it was all memes and banality...
by NightStar
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Longer life for milk drinkers
Replies: 19
Views: 1440

Re: Longer life for milk drinkers

I think the only health benefits people are looking for from milk generally have to do with the vitamin and calcium content... stroke and heart attack prevention are nice, but probably negligible in comparison to the whole strong bones, etc benefits. Sure, milk has a fair amount of fat. You can choo...

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