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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:55 am UTC

lgw wrote:There's was an April issue of Scientific American, years back when the SCSC was still going to happen, where they proposed a particle collider that would sit in Jupiter's orbit (and be made using Jupiter as raw materials, IIRC). Anyone remember what it was called? Ultimate Collider maybe?


I recall something about us needing a collider around the planet to be able to detect gravitons. That was the optimistic estimate. The other was a collider the size of the solar system.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby GenericAnimeBoy » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:09 am UTC

postagoras wrote:What about the Vortex of Infinite Perspective?

Yes, the Total Perspective Telescope. Instead of optics, it extrapolates a picture of the universe from a small piece of fairy cake.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:38 am UTC

Igw
I have a perfectly accurate model of the universe. It's 1:1 scale.

That is funny.
Do you have the companion existential map?
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby JimsMaher » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:31 am UTC

Tele-: "a combining form meaning 'distant'"1 or "... 'end,' 'complete,'"2

Ergo, ipso facto The Teletelescope.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby shokoshu » Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:49 pm UTC

Hope they don't find a larger magnetoresistance. Same problem.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby nihil » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:50 am UTC

From then on it's easy, as we know. Just: Final Telescope I, II, III... ...and we'll eventually arrive at the Final Telescope XI, a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Observatory, as you might have guessed).

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Diadem » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:26 am UTC

I'm kind of missing the "Telescope to end all other telescopes".
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Diadem » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:36 am UTC

Zassounotsukushi wrote:It's kind of funny, because in a cosmic sense none of the telescopes we have today are really that large.

If we ever become relatively effective at use of space resources, then the standard will be telescopes as large as the Earth, or larger.

That's a bit like saying "Bill Gates' fortune is estimated to be $500, or more".

We've already constructed 300 million kilometer telescopes. A telescope the size of the earth is positively tiny.

*edit* Oops, sorry for the double post. I wanted to edit my previous post but I forgot.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby serutan » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:41 pm UTC

hermitian wrote:Reminds me of radio frequencies:

High Frequency
Very High Frequency
Ultra High Frequency
Super High Frequency
Extremely High Frequency
Tremendously High Frequency*

*While it is called THF, I am not sure if the "tremendously" part is official.

In my opinion, it is not immediately obvious is if ultra, super, or extremely is higher.


You left out "Ludicrously High Frequency".
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Anquilis » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:11 am UTC

Vivificient wrote:These telescopes sound a lot like the ranks of boy scouts in Welcome to Night Vale!

My mind definitely read this list in Cecil's voice. The blithe shift from mundanity to cosmic horror is eerily similar to Night Vale's style, and the alt-text even sounds exactly like the sort of comment they'd throw in at the end. Get out of Joseph Fink's head, Randall!

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:41 am UTC

serutan wrote:
hermitian wrote:Reminds me of radio frequencies:

High Frequency
Very High Frequency
Ultra High Frequency
Super High Frequency
Extremely High Frequency
Tremendously High Frequency*

*While it is called THF, I am not sure if the "tremendously" part is official.

In my opinion, it is not immediately obvious is if ultra, super, or extremely is higher.


You left out "Ludicrously High Frequency".

The frequency of plaid?
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby serutan » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:18 pm UTC

The telescope Dark Helmet ordered built.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
serutan wrote:
hermitian wrote:Reminds me of radio frequencies:

High Frequency
Very High Frequency
Ultra High Frequency
Super High Frequency
Extremely High Frequency
Tremendously High Frequency*

*While it is called THF, I am not sure if the "tremendously" part is official.

In my opinion, it is not immediately obvious is if ultra, super, or extremely is higher.


You left out "Ludicrously High Frequency".

The frequency of plaid?

Too low to hear? Can you feel it?

Above the legs. There. Can you feel it?
What is it? Get a dissecting microscope.

Wrong tool? What are we looking for in Plaid?
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Platypodes » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:47 am UTC

How about the Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Telescope?

The Wee Telescope, Not So Wee Telescope, and Friggin' Huge Telescope?
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby orthogon » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:06 pm UTC

serutan wrote:You left out "Ludicrously High Frequency".

Hey y'all, I proposed "Ludicrously High Frequency" back on page 1. Great minds and all that, I'm just saying I want my name on the ITU submission.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:03 pm UTC

you down with Overwhelmingly Powerful Peta-telescope Yeah, you know me!
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:59 am UTC

Platypodes wrote:How about the Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Telescope?

The Wee Telescope, Not So Wee Telescope, and Friggin' Huge Telescope?


Wee means small. Do you know how long I listened to people speak in that accent before I knew wee means small?
A LONG Time!

Dialects. I let most of it, just, flow on by. Most people are not talking to me, anyway.

Back to your Wee Telescope; I heard a deepening and slowing of the written voice when the Friggin' Huge Telescope is introduced.
I don't know what use that information is. None is my first guess.

Whatever the name of the thing, Introduce it in a Scottish Accent! Does not matter what it is named. It will seem Manly.
It may not be the biggest telescope we can imagine. It is the biggest telescope we have made so far. It is the XXX.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby dtilque » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:11 am UTC

Klear wrote:Hmmm... hadron colliders only have a large one and a theoretical "very large" one.

My hardon (collider) is bigger than your hardon (collider)...


As for Tremendously High Frequency, astronomers' name for this range is submillimeter radiation. The most expensive ground-based telescope in the world observes in this range. And what do they call this telescope? The Humongously Badass Telescope? Nope, they call it ALMA! Are you kidding me? That sounds like the name of someone's maiden aunt. Calvin was right, astronomers do need someone to help them name things.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:22 am UTC

Yes. If your target audience is the four year old boy, then they do need naming help.
ALMA is a lovely name. A person or group of people could become attached to a thing named ALMA.

Worry about ole' ALMA. Are her dishes aligned?
Feel cared for. Within the protection of ALMA they reveled another Truth, today.

If the US congress, the four year old boy, must fund her every move;
Then she is going to need a tougher name.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Diadem » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:00 am UTC

dtilque wrote:Calvin was right, astronomers do need someone to help them name things.

Actually, I think they really don't.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby dtilque » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:22 am UTC

Diadem wrote:
dtilque wrote:Calvin was right, astronomers do need someone to help them name things.

Actually,

Um, Calvin wanted to rename that one.

Seriously, that name is bad and Calvin's suggested replacement is worse. The name gives so many people get the idea that the BB was an explosion rather than all of space expanding. Whenever you want to educate people about it, you first have to remove the misconception. That's often somewhat difficult. People have trouble wrapping their minds around the fact that it's expanding but not expanding into some larger space. It's also difficult to get people to understand that the universe has neither center nor edge. People having the preconception that the BB was an explosion reinforces these errant ideas.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:04 pm UTC

dtilque wrote:
Diadem wrote:
dtilque wrote:Calvin was right, astronomers do need someone to help them name things.

Actually,

Um, Calvin wanted to rename that one.

Seriously, that name is bad and Calvin's suggested replacement is worse. The name gives so many people get the idea that the BB was an explosion rather than all of space expanding. Whenever you want to educate people about it, you first have to remove the misconception. That's often somewhat difficult. People have trouble wrapping their minds around the fact that it's expanding but not expanding into some larger space. It's also difficult to get people to understand that the universe has neither center nor edge. People having the preconception that the BB was an explosion reinforces these errant ideas.


Yeah, and here. I mean, Dark Matter? What could be more badass than that?

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Diadem » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:12 pm UTC

Klear wrote:Yeah, and here. I mean, Dark Matter? What could be more badass than that?

Dark Energy :)


dtilque wrote:Um, Calvin wanted to rename that one.

Seriously, that name is bad and Calvin's suggested replacement is worse. The name gives so many people get the idea that the BB was an explosion rather than all of space expanding. Whenever you want to educate people about it, you first have to remove the misconception. That's often somewhat difficult. People have trouble wrapping their minds around the fact that it's expanding but not expanding into some larger space. It's also difficult to get people to understand that the universe has neither center nor edge. People having the preconception that the BB was an explosion reinforces these errant ideas.

Are you mad? The name is awesome. It's one of those names you never forget. And it's immediately clear what is meant too. Plus it sounds bad-ass. What more could you want? I really don't think the name contributes to any misunderstanding - the concept requires a lot of explanation no matter what you call it. And the benefits of an imaginative name are huge.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:13 pm UTC

Klear wrote:Yeah, and here. I mean, Dark Matter? What could be more badass than that?

Darth Matter.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:21 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Klear wrote:Yeah, and here. I mean, Dark Matter? What could be more badass than that?

Darth Matter.


Nah, since Phantom Menace, adding Darth in front of stuff makes it crappier.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:29 pm UTC

Klear wrote:
orthogon wrote:
Klear wrote:Yeah, and here. I mean, Dark Matter? What could be more badass than that?

Darth Matter.


Nah, since Phantom Menace, adding Darth in front of stuff makes it crappier.

Good point. Also I think Darth Matter is on the menu at my local Indian takeaway.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby rmsgrey » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:23 pm UTC

dtilque wrote:
Diadem wrote:
dtilque wrote:Calvin was right, astronomers do need someone to help them name things.

Actually,

Um, Calvin wanted to rename that one.

Seriously, that name is bad and Calvin's suggested replacement is worse. The name gives so many people get the idea that the BB was an explosion rather than all of space expanding. Whenever you want to educate people about it, you first have to remove the misconception. That's often somewhat difficult. People have trouble wrapping their minds around the fact that it's expanding but not expanding into some larger space. It's also difficult to get people to understand that the universe has neither center nor edge. People having the preconception that the BB was an explosion reinforces these errant ideas.


Calling it the big shrink just doesn't have quite the same ring to it...

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Diadem » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

We could call it The Moaqf - Mother of all Quantum Fluctuations. Or perhaps the SPQR - Stunningly Powerful Quantum Ripple.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby davidstarlingm » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:38 pm UTC

If you want to make the intellectual fundies mad, just call it the First Event.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:16 am UTC

davidstarlingm wrote:If you want to make the intellectual fundies mad, just call it the First Event.


That's just asking for the "atom" situation all over again.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:30 pm UTC

Or worse, the situation with "Modern Philosophy" (which ended almost a century ago); as our knowledge expands, we could have a zeroth event, and than a negative first event, and so on.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:01 pm UTC

Interestingly, we still have some time before this applies to the Middle Ages.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:04 pm UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:Or worse, the situation with "Modern Philosophy" (which ended almost a century ago); as our knowledge expands, we could have a zeroth event, and than a negative first event, and so on.

Like "modernism" and "post-modernism" in arts? The last one of which is obviously nonsense when describing anything that already exists at the moment of speaking/writing.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:31 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:
Quizatzhaderac wrote:Or worse, the situation with "Modern Philosophy" (which ended almost a century ago); as our knowledge expands, we could have a zeroth event, and than a negative first event, and so on.

Like "modernism" and "post-modernism" in arts? The last one of which is obviously nonsense when describing anything that already exists at the moment of speaking/writing.


Postmodernism has arguably run its course to be replaced with Post-postmodernism. Personally I'd prefer to call it Neo-postmodernism, but that seems to exist as a slightly different thing.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:39 pm UTC

Klear wrote:
PinkShinyRose wrote:
Quizatzhaderac wrote:Or worse, the situation with "Modern Philosophy" (which ended almost a century ago); as our knowledge expands, we could have a zeroth event, and than a negative first event, and so on.

Like "modernism" and "post-modernism" in arts? The last one of which is obviously nonsense when describing anything that already exists at the moment of speaking/writing.


Postmodernism has arguably run its course to be replaced with Post-postmodernism. Personally I'd prefer to call it Neo-postmodernism, but that seems to exist as a slightly different thing.

Neo-Modernism is alive and well in much of the world, today.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neomodern

oh. Excuse me. The internet seems to think Modern, Post Modern, New Modern and The Pop Culture are all the same thing.
What in that list is not the same? Pop Culture.

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Mass Media is the defining characteristic of Modern. correct?
(the more media, the more modern?)
Like being White. What kind of White.

Modern Man. Man with the gift and burden of Giving Other People a Piece of Our Minds.
When did Modern Begin, again? 1950?

oh dear god, No.
This thread is about naming functional little machines, Not Art for Art's Sake.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Klear » Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:55 pm UTC

addams wrote:When did Modern Begin, again? 1950?


All new popular things are modern at some point, though at the same time the term stuck for art which in the meantime went out of fashion.

1950s is roughly when postmodernism became a thing, though Marcel Duchamp was arguably doing it way earlier.

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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:25 pm UTC

I believe "Modern philosophy" started and ended before "Modern art", so we can't even redefine "Modern" to mean "That period with all the art and philosophy that was ..... like that."

You know what? New rule: Artists and philosophers are banned from using the words "Modern", "Moderne", and "Contemporary" (unless qualified with a referent, such as "contemporary with <referent>" or "contemporary to <referent>"). Modern art and philosophy will instead be described to as "Marklar', which is much less silly.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:51 pm UTC

Klear wrote:here


I do just like to say "quark" some times. But more frequently, I pseudo-randomly yell out "smock".
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:12 am UTC

Quizatzhaderac wrote:I believe "Modern philosophy" started and ended before "Modern art", so we can't even redefine "Modern" to mean "That period with all the art and philosophy that was ..... like that."

You know what? New rule: Artists and philosophers are banned from using the words "Modern", "Moderne", and "Contemporary" (unless qualified with a referent, such as "contemporary with <referent>" or "contemporary to <referent>"). Modern art and philosophy will instead be described to as "Marklar', which is much less silly.

I think the reason "Modern" got its name is that it was what was happening when people decided to classify things and it didn't have a better term or clear unifying theme, so it became a catch-all. Once time had moved on and the patterns were clear, it was too late to change the name to reflect what actually happened.
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Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Postby addams » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:04 am UTC

mathmannix wrote:
Klear wrote:here


I do just like to say "quark" some times. But more frequently, I pseudo-randomly yell out "smock".

Smock; Smock; Smock...
One of those satisfying words. Smock.

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