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Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1750082

### Re: Today I Learned

At work on Thursday morning, I felt a tickling on my face, looked down and saw a large spider crawling across my left cheekbone towards my eye. Dislodging it took a few tries, then I picked it up and moved it out to the shrubbery, because the canteen is no place for a large spider. The receptionist ...
Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Related thereto: If you take all the clean stuff out of the dishwasher before you put dirty stuff in, there's more room for the dirty stuff, which is nice. If you take all the clean stuff out of the dishwasher before you put dirty stuff in, the clean stuff stays clean while you're loading the dirty ...
Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: very basic physics question (thats driving me nuts)
Replies: 9
Views: 4947

### Re: very basic physics question (thats driving me nuts)

My response was lacking, and for this I apologise. I should have included this assumption: that the crates are structurally sound and the horizontal force is spread out over the M 1 crate sufficiently to preserve structural integrity of the crate. Without that assumption, the force could be on an ar...
Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of waves in water
Replies: 8
Views: 5843

### Re: Speed of waves in water

This says that for deep water, wave speed becomes proportional to sqrt(wavelength). According to this page: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/waves/watwav2.html The velocity of idealized traveling waves on the ocean is wavelength dependent and for shallow enough depths, it also depends upo...
Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: very basic physics question (thats driving me nuts)
Replies: 9
Views: 4947

### Re: very basic physics question (thats driving me nuts)

Starting with the assumptions that: the two crates are in face-to-face contact, not edge-to-face or edge-to-edge contact; the two crates are cuboids; the two crates are each resting on a face, with neither resting on an edge and the other crate; the coefficient of friction provided is between crate ...
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 9336

### Re: Sci-fi plausibility

This is why Bond can be the same character even when played by different people. Actually, Bond is two people. If you read the original books and take careful notes, you can use references like scars and things to create a timeline and arrange the books along it, but you'll find that after the firs...
Sun Oct 04, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 9336

### Re: Sci-fi plausibility

Oh, yeah, that. That thing. The alien mothership in Independence Day , installation zero-four in Halo:CE , probably one of the Death Stars, a Borg Cube or two and a few Cylon Basestars all blow up with a flash and a fireball in the middle and a ring of pale blue plasma-like stuff that always expands...
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 9336

### Sci-fi plausibility

Does anyone else have an irate scientist living inside their skulls, metaphorically speaking, who rants at sci-fi stuff that doesn't make sense? "How would that work? What do you mean it has to be tuned to reflect them? You mean if I gave ten soldiers ten weapons tuned to ten different frequenc...
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 138727

### Re: The "I Did Good" thread

I walked ... Lindau am Bodensee Riefensberg Schoppernau Warth Steeg Pettneu am Arlberg Fliess Wenns Gries im Sellrain Axams Lizum Natters Schlitters Gerlos Wald im Pinzgau Dorfgastein I don't recommend doing that. I'd suggest getting a group together, hiring a van, having a designated driver and mix...
Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

How did you cut yourself? The hedge is growing in a layer of small rocks. I've found slabs of tarmac down there. It seems there was a driveway or a carp park or something and they threw their rubbish on it and turfed over the top. With the roots wrapped around everything and each other, I've been d...
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Overgrown hedge needed a lot of cutting down and pruning hard. I can do that. I started on that. Near end of it had dead trees. I cut them down to the ground ... and tripped on the stumps, so I cut the rest of the dead ones down to knee-height and used the stumps as bird tables. That's fine. Next tr...
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?
Replies: 36
Views: 9482

### Re: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?

If you could go back to age 10 now, have a lot of fun and die somewhere in your 30s or go back to age 10 now, go into a big hospital and live in your safe, clean room for 400 years with no way out, ever, not even by suicide, which would you choose? I would like to state at this time that I am not n...
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 483273

### Re: Favorite home experiments

Here is the issue I am interested. I didnt read all the posts but did anyone include the emp cannon? i pulled this one off in middle school(or elementary?...)by wrapping a crap-ton of copper wire around some pvc pipe and hooking that up to 10 lamp batteries with a toggle switch so it went from on t...
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 59093

### Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

EDIT: Someone please delete this post.
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 59093

### Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

EDIT: someone please delete this post.

eran_rathan wrote:Daughter #2 was ...
She Who Schemeth, judging by that photograph.
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?
Replies: 36
Views: 9482

### Re: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?

I was asked once, when hiking alone, whether I was afraid of something going wrong. After a long sequence of "what if" questions that barely stopped short of "what if velociraptors eat your limbs and your eyelids and sew your lips shut" in their determination to make up a horribl...
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Doctor/Quack/Shill Vitamin D?
Replies: 14
Views: 3649

### Re: Doctor/Quack/Shill Vitamin D?

The idea that showering will wash away vitamin D is ridiculous. Forget my qualifiers above. Dump this quack. This. Also report this quack to the General Medical Council or equivalent body and get him struck off the medical register or equivalent list so he can't continue quacking. A criminal charge...
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vacuum Zeppelin
Replies: 146
Views: 64980

### Re: Vacuum Zeppelin

Short answer to OP: yes, with an adamantium foil hull, it'd work beautifully. Someone suggested using an electrostatic charge field to keep the air out. Wouldn't it make more sense to use that energy to push air down? Going back to adamantium foil, if we (wizards) can somehow (magically) make things...
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Different sized wheels, one axle, rolling down an incline
Replies: 15
Views: 3584

### Re: Different sized wheels, one axle, rolling down an inclin

Thin objects dragged sideways can stutter as much as they do 'simple' slip. That's assuming an uneven plane and elasticity, with the object catching on the surface and springing away again. In this case, we have to make a lot of assumptions about the inclined plane being completely smooth and havin...
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

There are 12 flats. We have 6 blue sacks for paper, newspaper, thin card and so on. We have 12 black boxes for glass bottles, glass jars, plastic bottles, plastic jars, plastic punnets, tins, cans, foil takeaway Indian meal trays, bottle tops et cetera. At the supermarket, there is a recycle bin for...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

I see your GM has never typed "Wonder Woman Max Lord" into google images before. (spoiler : it's just various artist's take on that time Wonder Woman damn near ripped a guy's head off, knowing she was being live broadcast. And not really giving a damn, as it was not really a bad call) Tha...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 56659

### Re: How can I express my vary logical arguments?

What happens when you respond to stuff from 6 pages ago? This happens. Be current before you chime in, please. - Az Replies to page 1 (so far): The Washington Post ? Isn't that owned by Rupert Murdoch? *Google check* Oh. Bought out in 2013, apparently, so no it's not. In that case i...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 69555

### Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Well, can we settle on a parabola, then? T above me did bring up the word "cult." There are many experiences in life that can teach things people don't learn as well in other ways. I don't think the teaching effect can be the sole criterion for evaluating the total net benefit of the exper...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 69555

### Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

I suspect the adverse effects on a child's life from being brought up in a cult of delusional, pathological liars outweigh the benefit a person gains from the improved understanding of delusional, pathological liars such a child will have in later years.
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your hand?
Replies: 49
Views: 13499

### Re: Can you reach the bottom of a pringles tube with your ha

What? Of course. Anybody with hands and a Pringles tube can do this. (I can't easily touch it from the inside of the tube, though.) My response has been posted already, I see. I thought the correct way to get the Pringles out of the can was to put an inverted plate over the top, turn it over and li...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453958

### Re: Questions For The World

Six times in a row ... on this thread? I'm not sure I trust your judgement, Sir. You appear to have miscounted ... and to like cats. The "delete" buttons have vanished from them. From the other four posts, I mean, not from the cats. Cats with little red "X"s on their right ears w...
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1750082

### Re: Today I Learned

I'm not convinced that submerging it under 100 feet of seawater would solve California's shortage of suitable water for drinking, watering livestock and irrigating crops. Moving it 100 miles west without sinking it and doing a bit of blasting further south, leaving a wide-open below-sea-level basin ...
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3535207

### Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Related to the D&D / WoD / Fate / PDQ thing about b______t / metagaming / cheating, I recently found myself on the receiving end of the GM meta-playing. I had a Marvel Heroes character. Dangerous sort, appropriately enough. The group decided to play DC Heroes instead. The GM "ported" m...
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1750082

### Re: Today I Learned

TIL from a post on page 1 that I can look at a headline about someone losing a lawsuit about a dead fly in a bottle and misread "Guy" as "God," which made for a more interesting headline that the real one.
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 12174

### Re: A science toolkit for beginners

That's because biology and stats suck! :P The chemical gradients and protein flexing thresholds that produce the patterns in the scales are fascinating. The articulation of the scales varying longitudinally and ventral-dorsally to allow necessary flexibility in each direction while maximising prote...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453958

### Re: Questions For The World

Here's a question: Do people from outside the USA really assume we all own guns? Nope. It seems to be that a lot of you own no guns, a lot of you own one or two guns each and a few of you own the other 100,000,000 guns. Some people occasionally show up on the internet and turn out to own 5 AR-15 up...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 18955

### Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Dear God. I thought it was absolutely clear as day what I meant by truth in that context. I'm faced with a few possibilities: 1. I did not clearly explain what I meant -- this is very possible. 2. The posters didn't bother reading the post properly -- this is very possible. 3. A mixture of both --a...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A million years
Replies: 59
Views: 9234

### Re: A million years

Of course even lasing itself is still problematic. This post suggests that the divergence of a space communications laser is on the order of 3.5 microradians. A pencil-thin beam coming off a laser and traveling 100 lightyears would expand into a circle with a radius of 22.2 AU, a little more than t...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 12627

### Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

But does it make sense to attribute a water consumption number to cows in rainy england? http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/08/how-water-shortages-lead-food-crises-conflicts http://catchments.nerc.ac.uk/issues/crisis/index.asp?cookieConsent=A http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17600062...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 12627

### Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

What do they mean when it 'takes' 122 gallons for a pound of milk? I understand how it can take, for example, so-and-so much gasoline for a pound of milk. But water is not consumed in the process, it cycles through. How do people assign objective values to that? I think it's because the water cycle...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 69555

### Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

We don't charge a 14-year-old with having sex too young, after all, do we? Yes we (Americans) do, sometimes. If two people have sex and the older person is a minor, they can both be charged with statutory rape. The logic is that they are raping each other. The laws about statutory rape are very dif...
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 27284

### Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

A quick experiment: any chance someone on these boards who's a native English speaker, but not too familiar with that band's music, could give this song a listen , then look up the lyrics afterwards and let us know how much you managed to correctly make out? Teacher stalk a chap you see I'm fruit b...
Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 12627

### Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Thanks, Azrael.
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 12627

### Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Heh. Good answer. Around here the tap water's got more calcium than the milk anyway.
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 12627

### Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Producing milk's incredibly inefficient in terms of water and land use but they make it around here and Yorkshire's no desert . We don't grow coconuts, and Blue Diamond is Californian, so if I go for Blue Diamond I'm choosing a product made with almonds grown in a state with a huge water shortage on...

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