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Re: Bill Nye? Who?

Postby digitrev » Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:59 pm UTC

boojum wrote:Am I the only person never to have heard of Bill Nye? Sounds a little bit like Johnny Ball (who was truly excellent).

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That's weird. I thought everyone had heard of Bill Nye. Go look for his stuff. It's awesome.
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Postby Purple » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:30 pm UTC

Other than being a total bad-ass, what are Bill Nye's credentials? What field is his degree in? He does have a degree right? Not that that really matters; as previously mentioned, he is a bad-ass.

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Postby chaosite » Sat Dec 23, 2006 10:49 pm UTC

Richard Feynman is my Science hero, and jwz (Jamie Zawinsky) is my internet hero.

But Bill Nye is right up there with them.

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Postby Vandole » Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:16 pm UTC

Purple wrote:Other than being a total bad-ass, what are Bill Nye's credentials? What field is his degree in? He does have a degree right? Not that that really matters; as previously mentioned, he is a bad-ass.


He's a mechanical engineer, and he has done quite a lot. He worked on the A-12 stealth attack aircraft for the US government, which is probably the most notable thing I gleamed from his Wikipedia page.

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Postby Drostie » Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:07 am UTC

And his most important qualification is that he's a Cornell professor. Man, I love my university. :D

Maybe it's because we're much less insistent on autographs, but he seems to be relatively upbeat and social around campus. I haven't had a class with him, sadly.

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Postby RadioactiveCheese » Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:29 am UTC

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took you 5 hours to write, didn't it


yeah something like that...

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ok... and no one is mentioning ducks breath theater? wtf?

Postby Tuathal » Tue Dec 26, 2006 7:48 pm UTC

The ULTIMATE in science guys: Dr. Science! But remember, he's not a real doctor. He's got a master's degree, *IN SCIENCE!*
http://www.drscience.com/

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Postby Teaspoon » Wed Dec 27, 2006 1:30 am UTC

In Australia we started with Julius Sumner-Miller's "Why is it so?", which my mother watched religiously as a child. I believe my year 7 Science teacher must have been a big fan in his earlier years too, as his lesson structure tended to have him show us something interesting and then ask "Why is it so?" as a lead-in to teaching us something Scientific.

These days we have a guy on the radio named Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who is an all-round Man Of Science. He's very much a generalist; he's studied all sorts of interesting things and done a bunch of interesting jobs. I think he's a medical doctor but he currently teaches Physics at the University of Sydney. He was a car mechanic at some point, too. He's in the Julius Sumner Miller Fellowship, which ties in nicely to my previous paragraph.

Oh, and he usually wears hideous Hawaiian shirts.

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Postby Rorgg » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:00 pm UTC

When I first saw "Bill Nye, the science guy," my first thought was "hey, it's that guy from Almost Live!... wait... science?"

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Postby quintopia » Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:05 am UTC

My chem 101 prof had beef with nye. He said he was an assfole, but I forget the story. In any case, I expect the comic is fairly accurate.

On the other hand, I'm a big fan of "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, my name is Julius Sumner Miller, and physics is my business". . .brilliant! Too bad I never got to see the whole series. . .

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Re: "Bill Nye" Discussion

Postby thelatinprodigy » Mon May 25, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

Does anyone else notice that the words are going to the wrong characters in this comic? Shouldn't Bill Nye be the guy with black hair in the white garb?

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Postby Sprocket » Mon May 25, 2009 6:59 pm UTC

Rorgg wrote:When I first saw "Bill Nye, the science guy," my first thought was "hey, it's that guy from Almost Live!... wait... science?"
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Postby Jourdy289 » Mon May 25, 2009 8:00 pm UTC

Babbler wrote:I wouldn't be who I am without Bill Nye. And the Magic School Bus. That was so awesome.


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Re: "Bill Nye" Discussion

Postby Random832 » Wed May 27, 2009 2:49 pm UTC

thelatinprodigy wrote:Does anyone else notice that the words are going to the wrong characters in this comic? Shouldn't Bill Nye be the guy with black hair in the white garb?


Uh, yeah. The guy that just wants to enjoy his goddamn meal instead of responding to the mother's attempt to prompt him into a sciency thing.

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Postby phider2 » Thu May 28, 2009 9:05 pm UTC

Jourdy289 wrote:
Babbler wrote:I wouldn't be who I am without Bill Nye. And the Magic School Bus. That was so awesome.


Same here.

Yeah, same here, too, but more Magic School bus. Supposedly I watched a lot of Bill Nye, but I was too young to remember it.

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Re: ok... and no one is mentioning ducks breath theater? wtf?

Postby Leroytirebiter » Thu May 28, 2009 9:28 pm UTC

Tuathal wrote:The ULTIMATE in science guys: Dr. Science! But remember, he's not a real doctor. He's got a master's degree, *IN SCIENCE!*
http://www.drscience.com/


This comes in as a close second to bill.... Thank you for reminding me of Dr. Science, though.
Oh, and I remember about three years ago I was driving in some random Seattle suburb when, who should I see out the window?
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Re: "Bill Nye" Discussion

Postby Ave » Sat May 30, 2009 2:57 pm UTC

WETLANNNNNDDSSS!!!

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Re: "Bill Nye" Discussion

Postby ifer » Sat May 30, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

He also has a short, more adult-oriented series called the Eyes of Nye; which deals with things like nukes, drugs, and the evolution of sex.

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Re: "Bill Nye" Discussion

Postby iceberg » Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:28 am UTC

Sprocket wrote:
Rorgg wrote:When I first saw "Bill Nye, the science guy," my first thought was "hey, it's that guy from Almost Live!... wait... science?"
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Re: 0200: "Bill Nye"

Postby Freddino18 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:30 am UTC

My seventh grade science teacher told us that every time that someone asks us "what makes one atom different from another?", we have to reply:
[baritone]The number of protons in the nucleus?[/baritone]

Still trying to find a non-Bill song he played for us. Anyone heard of the "All Living Things" song? (to the tune of "I Love the Mountains)
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Re: Bill Nye? Who?

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:39 am UTC

digitrev wrote:
boojum wrote:Am I the only person never to have heard of Bill Nye? Sounds a little bit like Johnny Ball (who was truly excellent).

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That's weird. I thought everyone had heard of Bill Nye. Go look for his stuff. It's awesome.


(As we're necroed, I am now authorised to reply…)

Over this side of the pond, we didn't have Bill Nye (not one of the imports we got at the time) and though I'm not sure Johnny Ball was our science guy (more 'maths and applied maths') his TV programmes were definitely some of the geek-foundries. I'm sure many of us remember sending an SAE to BBC TV Centre for the various fact-sheets.

I still recall the "weights that are powers of three can be used on a balance" optimal method of weighing an unknown mass, and more recently there was the radio show spoofy-thing (Elastic Planet) where he cameoed in a clip of accidentally discovering a 4½-sided polygon., I think it was.

Obviously, people on the other sides of other ponds may have had their own Science Guy, and we have also had the likes of Prof. Heinz Wolff and The Great Egg Race, a whole suite of other programs like Scrapheap Challenge(==Junkyard Wars) that do their thing to explain the basic Engineering Porn to the audience. And then there's the truly perennielly annual Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, whose only real problem is that there aren't that many Christmases in any given year.

(I first heard of Bill Nye over the Intertubes, way back when in the mists of time, with "…the Science Guy" written straight after. Which made me realise that it probably wasn't the much more famous Bill Nighy (pronounced 'Nye', give or take) being talked about.)

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Re: 0200: "Bill Nye"

Postby Wee Red Bird » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:35 am UTC

Now I've got the theme tune from The Great Egg Race stuck in my head.


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