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by Sockmonkey
Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mars research - help required
Replies: 27
Views: 4264

Re: Mars research - help required

How do you tell the difference between a crack formed by gological activity and one formed by a meteor impact that's been eroded for centuries anyhow?
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion Essay
Replies: 202
Views: 31321

Re: Abortion Essay

Edit: are we sure we aren't doing someone's homework here? I'm about 90% sure we are, which isn't inherently bad, except that those spoilers contain huge volumes of text set against the eye-straining blue echochamber background. ztmario, if you really just want a stress-test of your logic, could yo...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion Essay
Replies: 202
Views: 31321

Re: Abortion Essay

I may be wrong in stating this, but I disagree that the raw materials for a human are extracted from the mother's body. I believe that what is extracted from the mother's body is sustenance. If that's the case, then this would be akin to calling pizza and hamburgers the raw materials for me. They m...
by Sockmonkey
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 273319

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

His 'the trees are the right height' remark is actually kind of endearing. I know nothing about Michigan, but I can imagine that's the kind of peculiar remark about a state that only a local would get. I'm from Michigan and I don't really get it. We do have nice forests, but... uhh... size doesn't ...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 46384

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

I noticed that the most efficient way to stir in my coffee creamer is to move the spoon in straight lines with the bowl perpendicular to the line of motion for maximum turbulence, as opposed to stirring in circles.
by Sockmonkey
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?
Replies: 36
Views: 7386

Re: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?

IIRC it's the therobromine that does it, which is also found in coffee to various degrees. I'm probably raptor-poison already, being a hardcore java-head.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?
Replies: 36
Views: 7386

Re: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?

Funny thing is, I didn't even bother with Google since every paleontological article I've read in the past also says that.
by Sockmonkey
Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Vampire Diaries!
Replies: 4
Views: 1991

Re: The Vampire Diaries!

by Sockmonkey
Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?
Replies: 36
Views: 7386

Re: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?

I thought that in larg-ish part, the threat of velociraptors was their relative intelligence? Therefore, they might well decide there are better/less deadly (and even in non-deadly levels, it might make them sick enough to be a deterrent) foodstuffs. Sigh. Raptors weren't really chimp smart like th...
by Sockmonkey
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?
Replies: 36
Views: 7386

Re: Would chocolate kill velociraptors?

chiisanatantei wrote:Chocolate is poison to many animals, including birds, so would it also kill velociraptors?

Best first post ever. At least for this forum. :lol:
by Sockmonkey
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 20163

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

Not to be too cynical, but if this were just about science and not an attempt to sneak religion in the back door, the government wouldn't put in so much effort. We don't see them making a fuss over any of the theories that don't contradict the bible do we?
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible alzhiemer's cure
Replies: 5
Views: 1421

Possible alzhiemer's cure

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/09/health/us-cancer-drug-alzheimers/?hpt=hp_t2 Scientists say they "serendipitously" discovered that a drug used to treat a type of cancer quickly reversed Alzheimer's disease in mice. "It's really exciting," said Maria Carrillo, senior dir...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If you want a warm room, does energy efficiency matter?
Replies: 28
Views: 8635

Re: If you want a warm room, does energy efficiency matter?

Now that I think about it, if you took a window-mounted AC unit and turned it around, it would do ok as a heater.
by Sockmonkey
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spider Castration - Have I Missed Something Here?
Replies: 5
Views: 2407

Re: Spider Castration - Have I Missed Something Here?

Also makes sense... as an aside, I spent a couple of hours watching a tiny male trying to approach a female last summer (iirc). Fascinating to watch - he moved along a web-line, but had a safety line stretched taut behind him, and if things started to look dodgy, he would let go with his legs and p...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Are there any Objectivist "Ayn Rand" kid's movies?
Replies: 16
Views: 6520

Re: Are there any Objectivist "Ayn Rand" kid's movies?

Yeah, someone should DOS that place.
by Sockmonkey
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 76734

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

That kind of goes against what I just said. I'm sure there's plenty of stuff on there for most people. But unless you can find me Freddie Mercury, whose specific voice I enjoy listening to, it's not for me. Is that the only music in all the world that you like and will listen to? Not that there's a...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 76734

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

sourmìlk wrote:The problem is that I like specific songs and artists more than I like the general style (classic rock).
I'm sure you could find a few on there that you like. There's plenty of variety.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 76734

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

sourmìlk wrote:That only works if you like the music of those free artists. Find me Freddie Mercury there and I'll look.

There is enough variety that I'm sure you can find something you like.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 76734

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

Go over to Jamendo or one of the other sites where artists offer their music for free. The price issue is kind of moot.
by Sockmonkey
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49094

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Anyone feel that when they think of an idea then that idea is then thought of by a large company and become a large hit, unfortunately this has happened more than once to myself. Been there. A couple times I had ideas that had already been patented years ago, which while frustrating, was sort of gr...
by Sockmonkey
Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 11966

Re: Science needs a symbol

Maybe combine a couple like this.
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by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Has nobody pointed out that crap like SOPA is to make things impossible for the small independant artists who offer their stuff cheaper or even for free online and are the chief threat to the recording industry?
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

I think Disney is the most viable target, on account of its prominent roll in getting copyright laws to the draconian place they are now. Ultimately this is why I don't give a shit about the morality of pirating. They don't care about morality or protecting artists either. Just their bottom line. M...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Maddox makes a good point on this. http://maddox.xmission.com/
by Sockmonkey
Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wood burning heater advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1338

Re: Wood burning heater advice

He's thinking of something like this. http://www.centralboiler.com/raidFloor.php Basically he wants to be as independant of the grid as possible. He's got the wood and solar isn't that great in Michigan. I've been wondering if it would be cheaper to run a generator on propane than to get power from ...
by Sockmonkey
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 823836

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

This old floor fan we used to have always made the most awesome sound when it was first turned on as it spun up to speed because the case and blades were both metal and I think that made it resonate or something. It was very haunting. Almost like a faint breezy oboe. It was like: Woooooonn woon woon...
by Sockmonkey
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wood burning heater advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1338

Wood burning heater advice

Ok, a guy I know wants to build his own outdoor wood burning unit to heat his house and water. He has the welding skills to make it but where would someone get plans/advice/general info on such a thing? The sites that sell them are 90% sales pitch rather than useful/relevent technical info and I sus...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

The big horror story that anyone has come up with is a website was closed for 10 days. If it was unlawful they can seek compensatory damages in the court of law... problem solved. Except that SOPA specifically says that they can't . History shows us that when a power can be abused, it does . Even i...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 654
Views: 237148

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Ok this is like secondhand in that I only know the story from reading someone else's description of how freaky he found it. Hopefully someone will recognize both the story and the source of the description. It's about some guy who passes through one of two doorways in a little room that leads into s...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Ixtellor wrote:The big horror story that anyone has come up with is a website was closed for 10 days. If it was unlawful they can seek compensatory damages in the court of law... problem solved.
Except that SOPA specifically says that they can't. History shows us that when a power can be abused, it does.
by Sockmonkey
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 84165

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Ixtellor wrote:Summary: Pirates will find ways to continue pirating.
Because child porn rings are always staying ahead of police, we should give up and not bother.

Or: Copyright infringment is too hard to police, lets not bother.

Now who's making false equiviances? Child porn is the modern Godwin.
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting
Replies: 125
Views: 17342

Re: HIV-positive man receives 35-year sentence for spitting

curtis95112 wrote:First, the man that fired the rifle wasn't charged with anything. The spitter got 35 years.
That's cause in America guns are tools of God and only nasty fags have HIV. :roll:
by Sockmonkey
Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Replies: 82
Views: 12733

Re: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

I this is linked elsewhere on this site but just in case...
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html
by Sockmonkey
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Replies: 82
Views: 12733

Re: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

It's also about the money. Being able to create your own games, programs, and music means the big boys don't get a cut. Plenty of people even offer their stuff for free, so naturally, major industries are throwing a shit fit.
by Sockmonkey
Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted
Replies: 43
Views: 5762

Re: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted

In order for this to be shown as scientifically valid wouldn't you need to have an actual well-informed society to study? Have fun finding one.
by Sockmonkey
Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SpaceShipOne, supersized
Replies: 60
Views: 7791

Re: SpaceShipOne, supersized

I think the plane would go into a slight dive right before release so it's in freefall for a split second. That way it would minimize the sudden stress on the airframe and the thing wouldn't suddenly leap up when it loses all that weight.
by Sockmonkey
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 18719

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

Shouldn't it be "occluding" telecope?
Also, you don't bother with dyson spheres. You break up the star and use the hydrogen to fuel the fusion reactors in your habitats.
by Sockmonkey
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47112

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Diadem wrote:How is that not extremely worrying?

Because even in one of the states where it would be most likely to pass, it still got shot down. Worst-case scenario and sanity prevailed.
by Sockmonkey
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 477145

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Felstaff wrote:
Sockmonkey wrote:You're a spider!

Which is exactly what the game is called!

Crap, it was so simple and obvious I didn't think that could be it. :oops: Thanks man.
by Sockmonkey
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 47112

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Silly people. A fetus ia a corporation. :mrgreen:

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