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1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:31 am UTC
by Plasma Mongoose
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Hovertext: Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

Who would have thought...

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:33 am UTC
by Psykar
I'm clearly missing a reference. Came here to find out what it was, to find there was no thread yet.

Refreshed for a bit because I'm too lazy to create it myself - now - someone fix my ignorance? =(

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:45 am UTC
by Dr What
I'm not sure. I guess I should say, eggcellent?

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:50 am UTC
by Envelope Generator
I don't think there are any references beyond the probe and manufacturer's inspection stickers.

That said, Earth was probably inspected by No. 2. No. 2's always do a terrible job and get replaced.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:53 am UTC
by phlip
Psykar wrote:I'm clearly missing a reference. Came here to find out what it was, to find there was no thread yet.

Refreshed for a bit because I'm too lazy to create it myself - now - someone fix my ignorance? =(

Dawn is a NASA probe to investigate, among other things, Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. Previous pictures of Ceres have shown a weird light spot, which stands out quite strongly in the pictures already taken by Dawn. As far as I'm aware, no-one is quite sure just yet exactly what it is.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:46 am UTC
by Plasma Mongoose
I'm hoping that the white spot is a cryovolcano.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:35 am UTC
by sotanaht
I'm sure the joke was actually in reference to something else entirely, but the first thing it brought to mind was this extremely old flash animation

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:40 pm UTC
by mathmannix
Once upon a time, there was a widower who married a proud and haughty woman for his second wife. He had a beautiful young daughter from his first marriage, who was cast into servitude by her wicked stepmother and two jealous stepsisters, and forced to sleep with the fishes, and would so arise covered in the roe of the salmon whose friend she had become, giving rise to her mocking nickname...

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:52 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Of course it was inspected by that rebellious Number 6. The question is, "Who is Number One?"

Does Ceres look like a floppy underinflated beachball?


ETA:
Ceres is and will always be classified as an asteroid. Why? Because we already have a World Ceres. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
by Beavertails
cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"


William T Riker?

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:08 pm UTC
by Whizbang
Beavertails wrote:
cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"


William T Riker?


:mrgreen:

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
by JudeMorrigan
It's a reference to an old ad campaign by Hanes. Look up "Hanes inspector 12" on youtube for examples.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:12 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Beavertails wrote:
cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"


William T Riker?


Kids these days... :cry:

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:24 pm UTC
by eleniy86
it could be the death star

Image vs Image

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
by Coyoty
eleniy86 wrote:it could be the death star

Image vs Image


No, Mimas is the death star.

Image

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
by odog1999
I want Randall's enhance button.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:18 pm UTC
by eleniy86
Coyoty wrote:
eleniy86 wrote:it could be the death star

Image vs Image


No, Mimas is the death star.

Image


maybe it's ANOTHER death star!

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:20 pm UTC
by squall_line
Envelope Generator wrote:I don't think there are any references beyond the probe and manufacturer's inspection stickers.

That said, Earth was probably inspected by No. 2. No. 2's always do a terrible job and get replaced.


I think you meant to say that "No. 2's always do a crappy job and get replaced." ;)

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:28 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
odog1999 wrote:I want Randall's enhance button.


You can't just link to TV Tropes without warning people! I had things to do today....

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:58 pm UTC
by Klear
phlip wrote:
Psykar wrote:I'm clearly missing a reference. Came here to find out what it was, to find there was no thread yet.

Refreshed for a bit because I'm too lazy to create it myself - now - someone fix my ignorance? =(

Dawn is a NASA probe to investigate, among other things, Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. Previous pictures of Ceres have shown a weird light spot, which stands out quite strongly in the pictures already taken by Dawn. As far as I'm aware, no-one is quite sure just yet exactly what it is.


I'm more confused by the sticker. What is that? Who of what is #6?

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:03 pm UTC
by Kit.
Plasma Mongoose wrote:Hovertext: Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

Those two last words were unnecessary.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
by Flumble
cellocgw wrote:Of course it was inspected by that rebellious Number 6.

HE WILL NOT BE NUMBERED!

cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"

"You are[,] Number Six."

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
by dp2
cellocgw wrote:
Beavertails wrote:
cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"


William T Riker?


Kids these days... :cry:

It's like they live in a bubble.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:46 pm UTC
by Envelope Generator
Flumble wrote:[,]


Okay, that's worth a keanu_reeves_whoa.jpg. Never occurred to me.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Envelope Generator wrote:
Flumble wrote:[,]


Okay, that's worth a keanu_reeves_whoa.jpg. Never occurred to me.


Reminds me of my all-time favorite use of an apostrophe. There was this wine company (Gallo) whose ad slogan was "We will sell no wine before its time."

Some wag stuck an apostrophe to make "it's" , quite grammatically and operationally accurate.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:29 pm UTC
by Pfhorrest
cellocgw wrote:Reminds me of my all-time favorite use of an apostrophe. There was this wine company (Gallo) whose ad slogan was "We will sell no wine before its time."

Suddenly I get a reference from an old Weird Al song ("Dare To Be Stupid"): "You better put all your eggs in one basket / You better count your chickens before they hatch / You better sell some wine before its time / You better find yourself an itch to scratch". The rest of those are obvious common idioms but I never got that one line.

(I also recently finally got the joke in "I Want A New Duck", where he wants a duck who'll "show me how to get down". He even repeats "how to get down" and shouts "GET IT!?" and I never got it until a few months ago. Down. Like, feather down. He wants a duck who will instruct him in how to obtain pillow stuffing. Because that stuff comes from ducks and the like. Wow I feel dumb.)

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:13 pm UTC
by a9s
I thought no one else outside of NASA cared about Ceres. Thanks for proving me wrong, Randall!

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:43 pm UTC
by hamjudo
cellocgw wrote:The question is, "Who is Number One?"


Wilson Greatbatch was inspector number one. I worked at his pacemaker battery factory in 1978 and 1979. It is now diversified and trades under the symbol WGL on the NYSE. Back then it was a much smaller company. I was a high school student. My first summer job was to prepare documents for microfilming. Which is a fancy way of saying that I was a professional staple puller. Many of the documents were inspection records. Every part of every battery was inspected many times. Each inspection was recorded showing the date and time of the inspection, the serial number of the part (or lot number of the raw materials), and of course, the inspector's number. Some inspectors used rubber stamps with their number, others wrote their number.

The inspections were recorded on paper, not on the batteries themselves. It is too much work to open up a patient to read the inspection records off of the pacemaker battery. Also, the batteries are pretty small, and there were a lot of inspections. It worked pretty well, they had made more than 360 thousand batteries by the time I moved on. One of those failed at incoming inspection at a pacemaker factory, and just one had problems in a patient. The voltage dropped too fast on the bad one, so it need to be replaced a few years early. It was a slow enough process that the patient had plenty of time to schedule the operation. There are very few physical products that have less than a 1 in 100,000 failure rate over their five year life. Pacemaker batteries have a much longer design life these days.

In the early days of the company, the employee number was the inspector number. This wasted a bunch of two digit numbers, so after a few dozen employees, only inspectors got inspector numbers. I met quite a few of the inspectors at the time, but I've forgotten who was who, except for #1 and #7. #7 was a long time employee who worked in the same area of the building as I did.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:18 pm UTC
by Moose Anus
Pfhorrest wrote:Wow I feel dumb.
How dare you?

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:43 pm UTC
by Krealr
a9s wrote:I thought no one else outside of NASA cared about Ceres. Thanks for proving me wrong, Randall!


I'm not sure Randall, as a former NASA employee, really qualifies as "outside of NASA".

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:57 pm UTC
by azule
Pfhorrest wrote:(I also recently finally got the joke in "I Want A New Duck", where he wants a duck who'll "show me how to get down". He even repeats "how to get down" and shouts "GET IT!?" and I never got it until a few months ago. Down. Like, feather down. He wants a duck who will instruct him in how to obtain pillow stuffing. Because that stuff comes from ducks and the like. Wow I feel dumb.)
Haha, don't you love that? "GET IT?" and you fucking don't? haha. Awesome. I don't think I've ever listened to that song intently (not a favorite), so I never even thought I was to be worried about getting anything.

"Put your down down" from Duckman I didn't get until years later, though. I just didn't understand that word, "down". Same joke.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Krealr wrote:
a9s wrote:I thought no one else outside of NASA cared about Ceres. Thanks for proving me wrong, Randall!


I'm not sure Randall, as a former NASA employee, really qualifies as "outside of NASA".


Well, I for one as a civilian am looking forward to seeing more of Ceres. Seeing close up images of strange new worlds within our own solar system pretty much always excites me (when I was growing up, I wanted to be the first human to visit Mars. I would still love to leave this planet and visit another world someday). I am also looking forward to the Pluto flyby, and am rather disappointed that that probe will not be orbiting Pluto to study it long term.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:11 pm UTC
by da Doctah
cellocgw wrote:There was this wine company (Gallo) whose ad slogan was "We will sell no wine before its time."

Some wag stuck an apostrophe to make "it's" , quite grammatically and operationally accurate.


It's grammatical and operational either with or without the apostrophe. Not so the sentence A wise cat knows it[']s master. The version without the apostrophe is grammatical, but anyone familiar with cats recognizes that it's semantically nonsense.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:22 pm UTC
by Sir Dancelot
Hovertext: Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

Earth is contaminated with humans.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:54 am UTC
by niauropsaka
Pfhorrest wrote:(I also recently finally got the joke in "I Want A New Duck", where he wants a duck who'll "show me how to get down". He even repeats "how to get down" and shouts "GET IT!?" and I never got it until a few months ago. Down. Like, feather down. He wants a duck who will instruct him in how to obtain pillow stuffing. Because that stuff comes from ducks and the like. Wow I feel dumb.)

...I didn't get it either, and I'm definitely old enough to remember the original Huey Lewis song, "I Want a New Drug."

One of those things that's really obvious to some, and not at all obvious to others.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:10 am UTC
by Flumble
da Doctah wrote:It's grammatical and operational either with or without the apostrophe. Not so the sentence A wise cat knows it[']s master. The version without the apostrophe is grammatical, but anyone familiar with cats recognizes that it's semantically nonsense.

Depends on the context. Consider the unlikely event that a wise cat is second in strength and agility to another cat in the vicinity.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:49 am UTC
by Klear
Flumble wrote:
da Doctah wrote:It's grammatical and operational either with or without the apostrophe. Not so the sentence A wise cat knows it[']s master. The version without the apostrophe is grammatical, but anyone familiar with cats recognizes that it's semantically nonsense.

Depends on the context. Consider the unlikely event that a wise cat is second in strength and agility to another cat in the vicinity.


Still wouldn't consider the other cat its master though. I don't consider Usain Bolt to be my master either.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:18 am UTC
by Flumble
Klear wrote:
Flumble wrote:
da Doctah wrote:It's grammatical and operational either with or without the apostrophe. Not so the sentence A wise cat knows it[']s master. The version without the apostrophe is grammatical, but anyone familiar with cats recognizes that it's semantically nonsense.

Depends on the context. Consider the unlikely event that a wise cat is second in strength and agility to another cat in the vicinity.


Still wouldn't consider the other cat its master though. I don't consider Usain Bolt to be my master either.

Then again, Usain Bolt isn't in your vicinity and, even if he were, he would not try to assert his dominance by scratching your eyeballs out if you don't show your obedience.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:08 am UTC
by Klear
Flumble wrote:Then again, Usain Bolt isn't in your vicinity and, even if he were, he would not try to assert his dominance by scratching your eyeballs out if you don't show your obedience.


Cats do not form clear-cut social hierarchy like canines do, though. One cat may be stronger, but that doesn't mean the others will consider themselves to be its underlings.

Re: 1476: Ceres

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:23 am UTC
by StClair
Sir Dancelot wrote:Hovertext: Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

Earth is contaminated with humans.


"The carbon-unit infestation is to be removed from the Creator's planet."