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by Sableagle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3159301

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Ordered 2m of velvet. Got a piece of velvet that may just about have been 2m long along each side, but wasn't rectangular. Cut out most of the pieces I need. Stuff is a nightmare, shifting and skewing and wrinkling and stretching and curling over on itself. Got around to trying to mark out the last ...
by Sableagle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 367
Views: 224155

Re: Photography thread.

Indeed.

It was supposed to be "When you see it you'll go Awwwww!" ...

but the cat was giving me such an evil look that it was closer to "When you see it you'll freak" than to being a parody thereof.
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 367
Views: 224155

Re: Photography thread.

Stained glass: P8111111 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG P8111147 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG P8111148 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG P8111152 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG P8111153 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG P8111163 Inside Riga St Peter's.JPG Staircase: P8121270 Riga art nouveau museum s...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It has, but in March next year we're disconnecting from the European internet and building our own, which is going to be better and cheaper to run and will make us all rich when you foreign beggars come and plead with us to let you pay for access to it because we're Britain and we're awesome ... ......
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8171654

Re: Thoughts for ships

It loaded the images, looked at them for a second and said: "Out of memory."

I now have it working on a 360° taken inside a palace courtyard. I'm hoping it'll split it at the gates.
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

On a related issue: what do people here think is the optimal size for a lottery prize? The thrill is that you can imagine what you'd do with the money, and be excited while the possibility is in the air. On the other hand, the higher the prize the smaller the chance, and this reduces excitement bec...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8171654

Re: Thoughts for ships

Sableagle wrote:autostitch.exe does not always get it right.
This time it did better.

pano.jpg


I may have to check what images I fed it, though, because something isn't right there.

It's going to be interesting when I hand it the pieces of a maze. :roll:
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:welcome to modern psychological warfare.
They're making your children sick to stop you getting along with your neighbours.

The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said.
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yeah, I'll take ten times the odds of a ten times smaller prize any day, if we're talking those numbers. That said, I don't play the lottery, so my odds are pretty minimal. Your odds of winning over 10 6 quid on the UK lottery this year are not significantly worse than those of someone buying a tic...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Fatalities downgraded to two. https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/jacksonville-madden-tournament-shooting/index.html So, that's something, at least. I do not look forward to the inevitable media speculation about if video games cause violence. Bit late to not look forward to it. It's embedded in the ...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If they're going to have a gun-check like the coat-check, I hope they're going to provide a big box of sand and insist everyone aim into it while clearing their weapons before handing them in and upon taking them back ... ... and also that they have good precautions in place against some lunatic(s) ...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Should you choose eight very different sets of numbers, to maximise your chances of winning something, or choose the same numbers eight times, to maximise your personal share of the jackpot should you happen to get it?
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8171654

Re: Thoughts for ships

People who get their stuff professionally developed wind it all the way in. People who develop their own wind it back only until it comes out of the spooler, leaving a bit sticking out like that, and put it back in the plastic pot for safety. As it wasn't in a box, in may have been used already. A 3...
by Sableagle
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-mccain/john-mccain-war-hero-and-maverick-republican-dies-at-81-idUKKCN1LB00D McCain had been suffering from brain cancer since July 2017 and had not been at the U.S. Capitol this year. He died on Saturday afternoon at his ranch in Arizona with his wife Cindy and...
by Sableagle
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5344

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

AndrewGPaul wrote:... sailors who are apparently renowned for swearing heavily.
Indeed they are!
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by Sableagle
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5344

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

I thought it was the result of disturbing saturated air, causing the water vapor already present to condense out. I did recently have the privilege of watching that happen, not at the wingtip but at the outer end of the deployed trailing edge flap during landing. It was close enough for me to see t...
by Sableagle
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5344

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

i saw a ... guy ... who literally took off his costume (stripped down to his pants) and ... that's an edgelord? (assuming he's not just covering his ass) Heh. Stripped down to his pants, was just covering his ass. :) It's enabled people who would otherwise be social outcasts, that would normally fa...
by Sableagle
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 122
Views: 21851

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

At 30m, 0.5m is 1/60 of a radian. Still impressive, but only half as impressive as you said. Edit: Also, from videos of the competitions described there, the swing is much slower than 8 revolutions per second. Sorry, yes. 0.017 radians. For small enough angles, just treating the target width as the...
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90052
Views: 8171654

Re: Thoughts for ships

autostitch.exe does not always get it right.

pano.jpg
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 16144

Re: Consequences of climate change

I'm a little too burnt out to tell if this was your point (or what anyone's point is at the moment), but "in the summer of 2013" and "by the summer of 2013" are different things. The former implies only at least a temporary period of icelessness at that time, the latter implies ...
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 122
Views: 21851

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

I'm not a slinger, so I don't know quite how one aims it. Is it learned tmiing or do you let go when your hand's pulling at right angles to the line from stone to target or what? Wikipedia mentions some amusing inscriptions like "Catch!" and "Ouch!" on cast sling bullets, but not...
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2088
Views: 654725

Re: Something on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqlldpGVR4g

GTA V physics and misfortune.
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5344

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Why choose between edgelord and hyperedgelord? Some people are bipartite. Why choose between edge and node? These once-thought-to-be-binary concepts are now recognized as fluid. Maybe it started out as cis-edge or cis-node, but changed with maturity and self-realization. They could be sensitive abo...
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5601

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Aleph is Hebrew, not Arabic. So is bet. All the standard numerals are Arabic, though. (Unless you ask an actual Arab, then they're Indian). Good point. The first two letters of the Arabic alphabet are also called "aleph" and "beth" (both with a variety of transliterations), but ...
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5344

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

That hat's riding a little high on his head. Is it really the best fit he could find?
by Sableagle
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613910

Re: Trump presidency

Not so much "When you hunt witches you find witches" as "When you dig up a latrine you find shit." The judge noted that Cohen could serve up to 65 years in prison, though the prosecutors' recommended sentence is 46 to 63 months. That's a very generous offer in exchange for him si...
by Sableagle
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well, it's a very haunted world. Part of the process of growing up is abandoning 99% of the idealism that your parents hoped would shape the world into a better place for you and your children than it was for them.
by Sableagle
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 16144

Re: Consequences of climate change

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/sep/02/john-kerry/kerry-claims-arctic-will-be-ice-free-2013/ "Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013." Kerry got his data from Wieslaw Maslowski, a researcher from the Naval Postgraduate School in ...
by Sableagle
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 367
Views: 224155

Re: Photography thread.

Playing with lighting ... by which I mean playing with where I hold the camera, when I take the picture and what I use to get the light levels, rather than actually pushing great bit gold lamé reflector screens around the landscape: P8050042 Tallinn angel.JPG P8060321 Kuressaare evening.JPG P8060336...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

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by Sableagle
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 16144

Re: Consequences of climate change

Years ago, it turned out that scientists had been publishing the less alarming predictions rather than the "most likely" predictions in order to avoid being dismissed as alarmists. When the "most likely" predictions turned out to be right, they were accused of not knowing what wa...
by Sableagle
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 367
Views: 224155

Re: Photography thread.

More desktops, a single and a double: http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn9/Sableagle/Baltics%202018/P8040018%20Tallinn%20flowers%20desktop_zpscwljuwb7.jpg http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn9/Sableagle/Baltics%202018/P8040019%20Tallinn%20flowers%20desktop_zpsuajjdo1u.jpg Bloody holiday phoograph...
by Sableagle
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 122
Views: 21851

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Also, would he survive the fall? This depends mainly on his mass and how much rocket fuel he carries. Burn rate, heat shielding and stabilisation capabilities are also important. Does anyone know how to feel when someone gives you the Googly Elmos with Macaroni? Does anyone ever know how to feel?
by Sableagle
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 34355

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Schiphol airport has a place inside it with pavement café umbrellas advertising "panini's" [sic].

I was tempted to ask one of the waitresses's what's she's got's in her pockets's.
by Sableagle
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581079

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Maybe seawater would rust their precious pipes.
by Sableagle
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 99047

Re: Science-based what-if questions

I suspect the part about it being "a few hundred metres above the ground" would be very significant. Super-heating the rock, sand, mud or water below it ought to have different results from superheating air. If nothing else, lower detonation altitude height would make for dirtier, more vis...
by Sableagle
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Photography thread.
Replies: 367
Views: 224155

Re: Photography thread.

In Soviet Russia, товарищ фотографирует вас. P8141696 Russian watchtower.png Sized at 3840x1080 so anyone in the CIA, MI5 or MI6 reading this thread can use it as a double desktop background. Also: hello to all the people in the CIA, MI5 or MI6 reading this thread just because I mentioned them in th...
by Sableagle
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 16144

Re: Consequences of climate change

Humans still wait until its too late to move easily, so the metaphor is good to describe human behavior even though scientifically untrue for frogs. I don't have a citation, but I would expect that humans also jump out of a pot before it boils. There would still be a percentage telling everyone who...
by Sableagle
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 99047

Re: Science-based what-if questions

The exact mechanisms of energy propagation will differ, but the gross end result will be the same - thermal flash, plasma fireball, shockwave and a mushroom cloud. ... followed by most of the fissile material slowly settling back to Earth, in the case of Little Boy, if this is correct: Little Boy, ...
by Sableagle
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 36
Views: 4387

Re: Travel advice/questions

... you might end up being blown over the Urals or Pyrenees or something... I did once accidentally end up on the "other" side of the Pyrenees. It was 36°C in the shade. It looked a bit like these few seconds but ongoing all day. I think I may have cooked part of my exhaust system. So ......

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