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by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3076579

Re: Back to post yo' face

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Are you Sirius?

What's the Altair-native? (okay, okay. Enif of that.)

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:No... you seem to be Chester Bennington, though...

Uh... woot?
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: LA has a large raptor population thats disguised as girls?!
Replies: 59
Views: 7694

Re: LA has a large raptor population thats disguised as girls?!

pytis wrote:raptop

...do I know you from somewhere? Or was that just a typo?
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3076579

Re: Back to post yo' face

This image, while low rez, should conclusively demonstrate that I am not a Raptor.
Image
Also, Thai food is *good* (if expensive).
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science if we never touched Space
Replies: 31
Views: 3138

Re: Science if we never touched Space

Computers would be much less advanced. Particularly if we assume no ICBMs. (Integrated circuits would either not exist, or have only started coming into use quite a few years, if not decades later) We might have aerosats. SSTs and Project Pluto might make a lot more sense. Ditto things like the B-70...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy/Cool Art?
Replies: 26
Views: 3018

Re: Nerdy/Cool Art?

Something like this? (mainly Mars-related)
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: De-icers
Replies: 22
Views: 2447

Re: De-icers

wst wrote:While it's snow you can dig into the stuff and get some grip.

Are you sure you don't mean compress the snow into ice and get virtually no grip at all? At least that's what always (yes, always) happens when I drive on snow.
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2962
Views: 730455

Re: Common Questions

OneLess wrote:-(Conventional) airplanes cannot take off from a treadmill :)

From a conventional treadmill, anyway. A sufficiently large and strong one...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216495

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Bartering:
If you have the room, tobacco, marijuana, and lighters come to mind. But first you have to make sure you/your group can survive.

edit: What about drugs (antibiotics, painkillers, etc?) How hard would it be to have enough of those in your first aid kit?
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We mammals are so screwed....
Replies: 28
Views: 5840

Re: We mammals are so screwed....

4=5 wrote:this is a side I've never seen of you before, "we" mamals?

That's what happens if you cosplay as an elf for too long... :wink:
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Exhibitionist, much?
Replies: 72
Views: 6787

Re: Exhibitionist, much?

Generally fully clothed because:
1) I'm somewhat self conscious.
2) I get cold remarkably easily.
2a) I'm not going to heat my apartment up enough to prevent this. My computers might have issues...
3) I like having pockets. (Which makes clothing without lots of pockets rather annoying...)
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216495

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

Unless we're dealing with fast zombies, I can always just step/jump back. And if your weapon is heavy enough for it's mass to help a lot with the attacks, it's probably too heavy to swing very easily. Machetes are a nice balance of weight and speed. I've carried one while backpacking before, it's n...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216495

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

For some reason, I think a naginata would be better. (slashing at a distance) Actually, a fair number of polearms might make sense. The problem with a polearm is what you do if the creature makes it past the blade. Which is why a good machete is probably the best idea... heavy enough that the weigh...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216495

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

I know one of the first headcrab zombies in HL1 smashes through a door to get at you, so I wouldn't feel so secure. That said, I echo your suggestion of a cricket bat as the ideal zombie hunting weapon. They continue to smash through doors and walls at various points in the games. For some reason, ...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2855150

Re: Confessional Thread

Fossa wrote:Comes with being a raptor I bet.

Specifically, one that is often cloaked in lunar shadows. 8)
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: middle of nowhere - aka kansas, round the KCMO side
Replies: 12
Views: 3461

Re: middle of nowhere - aka kansas, round the KCMO side

Normally the issues I've had are with explaining that KCMO is bigger than KCK...

Er, where do we want to meet (some coffee house or restaurant on the Plaza? The Kansas City Museum? The Nelson? In front of a fountain? Somewhere else?), and what should we do while we're there?
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2855150

Re: Confessional Thread

Confession: I don't know what asterisks means.. Asterisks are those star-shaped characters (the *s) that get used for various things... Confession: I've never been in a true relationship. Likewise. (By true we mean "romantic," right?) REAL Confession: Sometimes, I wonder if I'll outlive d...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0358: "Loud Party"
Replies: 146
Views: 25651

0358: "Loud Party"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/loud_party.png http://www.xkcd.com/358/ alt:I'm glad this is so much fun because I'm not sure how we're getting down. I'm reminded of some IRC and message board discussions. Perhaps to properly add the details, they should be wearing headphones? And wouldn't it be relati...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0357: "Flies"
Replies: 105
Views: 22586

Re: "Flies" Discussion

Well, no -- free CO 2 in the air escapes much more easily than CO 2 does when it's dissolved in water (obviously -- or the first time you opened the bottle or poured the drink all the fizz would disappear instantly). So the more area the CO 2 has to escape from the water, the faster it leaves the c...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Geek Culture Around the World
Replies: 27
Views: 3744

Re: Geek Culture Around the World

Griefers? Why some people (such as myself) avoid games with non-consensual PVP. People who play online games for the purpose of causing grief in others. This is typically by sneakily killing others characters repeatedly, taking their stuff (depending on the game), and generally preventing the victi...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:19 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: middle of nowhere - aka kansas, round the KCMO side
Replies: 12
Views: 3461

Re: middle of nowhere - aka kansas, round the KCMO side

You might be -- I'm on the KCK side. Eh, close enough...
by UmbralRaptor
Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3076579

Re: Back to post yo' face

UmbralRaptor: random(ish) guess, do you play a string instrument? (violin, cello, etc.?) Er, no. Why do you ask? We're posing with astrophysics books now? That's a game that Spitvalve can join in! ... next time I'm in the grad office... Post your book collection as a new thread? (i got bored and di...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6846

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

It is a bit dated now, but you should read Indistinguishable From Magic by Robert L. Forward. Lots of hard sci fi together with a discussion of the physics theory behind the magic. Read it years ago, but I don't remember that much... Dyson spheres are lame, what about pocket realities? I'm guessing...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Colonizing other planets
Replies: 64
Views: 4880

Re: Colonizing other planets

I'd like to see it, but aside from various small groups that don't have the resources, the interest isn't there. :( Why bother to colonize a planet at all? It'd be massively more convenient to assemble some sort of rotating space station, since then you have perfect control of day length, apparent g...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6846

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

Fusion scramjets. (if they're possible. Sort of like a Bussard Ramjet, but with less drag.) Or maybe not so much if they aren't practical. Megascale engineering (how much depends on how long they take and exactly how hard they are to do). Ringworlds, Dyson Spheres, Dyson Clouds, messing with the mas...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Swimming and nerves
Replies: 57
Views: 4614

Re: Swimming and nerves

I've been swimming since I was 2ish. :shock: I'm not particularly good at any specific stroke, but as a result, water (especially deep water) just doesn't phase me. (And I can never find deep enough pools. Some areas near beaches that are 10-12 m deep are quite fun, though...) Fact is, most all huma...
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Dec 08, 2007 7:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3076579

Re: Back to post yo' face

I need to pick that book up again at some point. *BAMF* http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/raptor_87/Photo_120707_002.jpg Yes, that's a text book. No, it's not required for any class that I'm taking... http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c128/raptor_87/Photo_120707_001.jpg Other things that I am r...
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 25627

Re: "Startling" discussion

Rysto wrote:
Quixotess wrote:Of course, "twenty seven" doesn't work at all, and "twenty oh seven" is just bizarre.

How about "Twenty Aught Seven"?

The year of the Bond.
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should I bend over for christmas?
Replies: 51
Views: 4048

Re: what should i give my boyfriend for christmas

Tisiphone wrote:She doesn't really read unless it is like Anne Rice or something. Which she has read all of I think.

Trinity Blood? 30 Days of Night?
(both are available in various formats...)

breviloquent: Does he have "Tuva or Bust!" ?
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: justification for muscle mass.
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: justification for muscle mass.

argyl3 wrote:DAWN OF THE DEAD. Have you seen it?

Original, not yet. Remake, yes.

Do you want me to cite Max Brooks on why you don't need to (and shouldn't) run from a (slow) zombie? ;)
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: justification for muscle mass.
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: justification for muscle mass.

argyl3 wrote:Guys, you're forgetting the zombies.


Outrunning them is my major motivation for getting in shape.

Uh... unless these are fast zombies, you can outrun them with a swift walk.
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26092
Views: 2548074

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Cheese wrote:I wish the wider world was ready for naturalism, just so I could laugh at naked people freezing in winter.
Granted, but the wider world is Mars.

I wish for for a space elevator.
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26092
Views: 2548074

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

zingmaster wrote:I wish I could finish this pizza.

Granted. You and the pizza are now Mortal Kombat characters. (Finish it!)

I wish to have a golem.
by UmbralRaptor
Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conserve Gravity
Replies: 22
Views: 2392

Re: Conserve Gravity

But gravity is already a conservative force! :D There isn't already any μG porn? The internet has failed. Space has been uninteresting to most since ~July 21 1961. >.< I'ma go out on a limb here and suggest that space remained interesting to a lot of people for at least the next 8 years or so. You ...
by UmbralRaptor
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wrong time period
Replies: 30
Views: 3056

Re: Wrong time period

Please. Do you really think that, assuming we actually survive the next century, we won't be capable of colonizing at the minimum our own solar system? Don't confuse what we can do with what we will do. (For example, look at the history of nuclear reactor use, Project Orion, manned Mars missions, a...
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bright comet visible now - Comet Holmes
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Re: Bright comet visible now - Comet Holmes

BoomFrog wrote:I'm in Shanghai. Will I be able to see the Comet? (not counting the pollution, just the angle of the earth) I'm not 100% on how it works but it's only dependent on latitude right?

Yes you will, and correct. It'll be relatively far North, (the comet is in Perseus), but reasonably high.
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Conserve Gravity
Replies: 22
Views: 2392

Re: Conserve Gravity

But gravity is already a conservative force! :D

ZeroSum wrote:There isn't already any μG porn? The internet has failed.

Space has been uninteresting to most since ~July 21 1961. >.<
by UmbralRaptor
Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wrong time period
Replies: 30
Views: 3056

Re: Wrong time period

Who says that's an alternate future? I don't trust that the current recovery in the launch market will continue. And there's a very real threat of bubbles in (very suborbital) tourism and earth imaging. Remember in the late 1990s when there were plans for huge fleets of telecommunications satellite...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wrong time period
Replies: 30
Views: 3056

Re: Wrong time period

Maybe one to four decades earlier. But my reasons for that would also include trying to reach a different future. Farther back in the past seems like somewhere (somewhen?) you would want to visit, rather than live... So any time before the 60s is kinda like hell? Not as such. But really, I want an ...
by UmbralRaptor
Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bright comet visible now - Comet Holmes
Replies: 7
Views: 1909

Re: Bright comet visible now - Comet Holmes

It seems a bit fuzzy now, even *without* magnification. And it's rather yellow (probably from all that reflected sunlight...). Also, isn't Mars up later at night too? Yes, but somewhat late. I think it's rising about the same time as Orion. Remember, Mars' opposition is in December of this year, not...
by UmbralRaptor
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wrong time period
Replies: 30
Views: 3056

Re: Wrong time period

Maybe one to four decades earlier. But my reasons for that would also include trying to reach a different future. Farther back in the past seems like somewhere (somewhen?) you would want to visit, rather than live...

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