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by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The honey problem (only really a problem for vegans)
Replies: 15
Views: 7259

Re: The honey problem (only really a problem for vegans)

Just a thought, but has anyone mentioned yet that cereal crops are pollinated by wind and not insects? Where I am (also in the uk) we mainly grow potatoes, carrots, cabbages (and other greens), cereals and oil-seed rape. There used to be a lot of sugar beet, but the factory that processed it closed ...
by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3079573

Re: Postify your facerity

Laserdan wrote:
felltir wrote:That is a turtle from Ghana, but your location says UK?


Works with people, even better with turtles. They don't need no stinkin' passports.


Believe me, that doesn't hold up in airports...
by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3580027

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Giant Speck wrote:JESUS TAP-DANCING CHRIST


Please don't use that kind of language...

... I can't abide tap-dancing.
by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 795873

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamed some evil dude had a plot to frame someone close to me, and possibly myself, of some crime. He was pretty clever with whatever document/incriminating evidence he was going to delete, but it was also painfully easy to figure out he was up to something in the first place... and, well, he fo...
by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3580027

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I'm irrationally afraid of bugs. Especially large ones. So because I'm a terrible person and this was in my facebook news feed, I'm going to post it: https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/558425_270426976407733_284522995_n.jpg And yes, it is real, it's "Titanus giganteus"...
by Drowsy Turtle
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What does XKCD stand for?
Replies: 31
Views: 9254

Re: What does XKCD stand for?

Well, I suppose we can all die now. There's nothing more to live for.
by Drowsy Turtle
Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22379

Re: escaping a black hole?

For a start, time would probably be passing at significantly different rates for different parts of your body when you're near the edge of the event horizon (not to mention the squishiness of length contraction)
by Drowsy Turtle
Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What does XKCD stand for?
Replies: 31
Views: 9254

Re: What does XKCD stand for?

Xenophobia in Kids Causes Disaster?

Wait, that was sensible. Erm, Xenon-alloy Kreates Cracking Donut-whisks?
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3079573

Re: Postify your facerity

Here's me:

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by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 795873

Re: What were your dreams last night?

In my dream I was at an AA meeting, and someone was looking for one of the printouts that gets read every day. I had it, and called out, and passed it along. This morning I went to an AA meeting, and someone handed me one of the printouts that gets read every day. A lot of people have this sort of ...
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22379

Re: escaping a black hole?

It's a bit weird to think about really, you'd expect to be pretty messed up if you eventually left the singularity, but then again no time has passed in your reference frame. Then again, along this line of thinking, everything that had ever fallen into the black hole would be just inside the event h...
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9371075

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

The upsetting thing about that is presumably it means that everyone's falling for these stupid marketing schemes, and buying "moisturizing, mineral-containing, super-antibiotic soap that's better than normal soap because it has this graph"...... Hmmm.

Brb, going to buy soap.
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3580027

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

An LCD TV has a layer of delicate liquid crystals, and relatively delicate polarisers, all packed fairly tightly together right against the front behind some thin plastic/glass. A CRT TV has a massive chunk of glass at the front (very thick, hence they have such uneven weight distribution), with the...
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22379

Re: escaping a black hole?

You mean like a Mobius geometry? Sure, there'd be an unstable equilibrium position directly 'opposite' it, but if you're inside the event horizon then you have the problem that time and space have broken down. To escape the event horizon, you'd have to travel an infinitely short distance, but time o...
by Drowsy Turtle
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy
Replies: 33
Views: 18737

Re: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy

Copper Bezel wrote:Bah, link to paid content. There's also no legal way to reproduce the article for nonsubscribers, like, say, quoting the full text.

And someone should really tell this guy that.


My bad, forgot you had to be a subscriber because I'm automatically logged in :oops:
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy
Replies: 33
Views: 18737

Re: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy

If you're worried about the heat death of the universe occurring in your lifetime, there could be a way to cheat:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328484.000-deathdefying-time-crystal-could-outlast-the-universe.html?full=true
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22379

Re: Can you use a large mass to 'fetch' things from black ho

dudiobugtron wrote:Damn. There go my chances at running an 'extreme tourist centre' at a black hole. ;)


Sounds like a good idea to me - you wouldn't get many bad reviews, and wouldn't have to handle refunds.
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22379

Re: Can you use a large mass to 'fetch' things from black ho

In addition, someone stationary at the event horizon would perceive infalling matter to be moving at the speed of light, I believe, which means no external change (such as bringing a large mass closer) will be able to affect the infalling matter thereafter. This is correct. Even if you were using v...
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Phages
Replies: 5
Views: 1807

Re: Phages

Being injected with phages is probably less scary than gene therapy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_therapy#Viruses
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Venus
Replies: 14
Views: 4464

Re: Life on Venus

To be fair, we actually see less organic molecules on the surface of mars than we do in asteroids, probably because of perchlorate ions and the like found in the soil. As per my earlier post, we wouldn't expect organic molecules on the surface of Venus either, because of the temperature.
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Where did you learn to cook?
Replies: 72
Views: 45161

Re: Where did you learn to cook?

Self-taught.

I became a vegetarian at the age of 9, and it was a case of learn to cook, or starve.

Now it's reached the point where my family invite me round to cook them veggie meals, because they taste better than the meaty ones they eat :)
by Drowsy Turtle
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food
Replies: 19
Views: 10851

Re: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food

I eat a lot of pasta with tomato-based sauces. Curries can also be very low in fat, using boiled vegetables and a spice paste (I've been told that you can use spiced cauliflower instead of rice if you're worried about carbs, but I haven't tried this yet). I've also developed my own recipes for vario...
by Drowsy Turtle
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Venus
Replies: 14
Views: 4464

Re: Life on Venus

I remember reading a while back that some scientists believe that it may be possible that the temperature in deep ravines on Venus might be far lower, to the point where life as we know it may not be impossible. And, here on Earth we're finding various critters in environments once thought complete...
by Drowsy Turtle
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 795873

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I recently had a dream where I was driving to a very specific mountain in the Scottish highlands to test a tick-repellant I'd invented, but somehow became misplaced in Edinburgh, where I was chased by the police (after losing my car) for carrying a penknife. I found my car again, only to crash (some...
by Drowsy Turtle
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Venus
Replies: 14
Views: 4464

Re: Life on Venus

Venus is too hot for Earth-like life, which in NASA's earlier missions probably made it a less appealing target than Mars. There also don't seem to be any stable media on Venus for organic (or exo-organic or pseudo-organic or whatever) reactions to take place in. H2S and SO2 react under standard con...

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