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by Sableagle
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 34650

Perspective and curvature

In response to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3b1E2JBz8w I say "very near" the sphere because normal human experience doesn't get far from the surface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7pfDzgI0MI The horizon's not an axis, though. It's a flat circle. Well, very nearly a circle. A city o...
by Sableagle
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 34650

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Exoplanar mining.png
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2910
Views: 683066

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Maybe don't buy one in Isendale either. Rough neighbourhood, high crime rate, history of flooding, ...
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 34650

Sea level

Big G: 6.6719 * 10^-11 m^3 / s^2 kg Earth: 5.972 * 10^24 kg Product: 3.98445868 * 10^14 m^3 / s^2 Polar sea-level radius: 6356752 m Equatorial sea-level radius: 6378137 m Polar gravity: 9.860496668889 m / s^2 O!M!G! 666! The number people think is the number of the Beast because it sounds cooler tha...
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

Santa Claus sees every naughty act committed by anyone anywhere at any time throughout the whole year, knows every child by name, knows what they need to make them happy, only gets to intervene at all in a tiny time bracket and can't give them anything that'd create a major change in the story of th...
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3398
Views: 726173

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Playing a game something like Descent ( like this ) but with more complicated missions like rescuing specific people on board a huge enemy ship, which turned into miming the ships' actions while someone was setting tables for a banquet, which "Yeah, sod this." Then it turned into Orcs havi...
by Sableagle
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

You must not say duck: https://twitter.com/TheMERL/status/1081175584540114944 Clearly, whoever's doing the social media for the English Museum of Rural Life is doing an excellent job. That was wonderful. Thank you. I'd join in but I'm not on Twitter and I don't think flamingos count. https://i1372....
by Sableagle
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 5379

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

I started looking at that site, but I doubt my neighbours appreciate my increasingly vehement vocalisations of biologically unlikely imprecations directed at the various entities advertising on that site.
by Sableagle
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 739368

Re: Trump presidency

To be honest, I don't see how this government shutdown is going to end. Trump is never going to be one to backdown, and the democrats certainly shouldn't give into his ridiculous demands, especially as they've all been elected to stand up to him (at least in part). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-...
by Sableagle
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 739368

Re: Trump presidency

They don't just gloss over that stuff, they are saying we need to go back to that time, while blaming all of our problems on immigrants, foreigners, and the attempt to achieve equality itself. They are consciously dismissing the concerns of the people who have been historically oppressed, and even ...
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

Animated!

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by Sableagle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

https://himawari8.nict.go.jp/

That computer out there did.

Himawari sunrise.png
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

Midwinter sunset makes for a rather good double desktop.

Himawari sunset.png


Thanks, Japan!
by Sableagle
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13415
Views: 1640482

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Today I learned of the existence of "AA bore" as a shotgun size. https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Gauge_(bore_diameter).html Diameter: 101.6 mm (4.0") This is also a four-inch gun, according to wikipedia: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c...
by Sableagle
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 4821

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

and definitely much more if it was written instructions... On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow. (Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...) Most types of touch-screen should be fine - only some capacitive touch-scree...
by Sableagle
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 34650

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

(I am the last poster in the place I might have otherwise put this, so choosing here, in lieu of a completely new thread.) While we're waiting for additional post-Ultima Thule data being assembled (and the alien structures being paintshopped out, for public consumption), don't ignore the Japanese m...
by Sableagle
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 4821

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

My favourite "clever girl" moment for the corvids was after a BBC documentary about clever crows in Japan using traffic at pedestrian crossings to open stolen nuts, flying down to put the nuts in front of the wheels of the lead vehicle while people were crossing, waiting while the lights c...
by Sableagle
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 739368

Re: Trump presidency

Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot! Briggs, I hate the goddamn system! But until someone comes along with changes that make sense, I'll stick with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgHWwYQ3XSg Somewhere in that same movie he said something like: "Pretty soon you...
by Sableagle
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12021

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Kids are about one hundred times more likely to be killed by traffic accidents than by shootings, but nobody is making a ruckus about the need to save child pedestrians from dangerous motorists. Coming next week: one teacher in each school being trained to drive the armoured bulldozer with a stop s...
by Sableagle
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13415
Views: 1640482

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

... a much more accurate version of that "1.42 GHz" figure on the sticker on the back of your microwave oven: 1 420 405 751 . 786 Hz Now if I had a similarly accurate way to measure the distance between hot spots, I could calculate the speed of light! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKwJay...
by Sableagle
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

A lot of money and effort went into making this list, and it'd be a shame to lose it all because Livejournal folds. Beers and ciders reviewed so far Disclaimer first: most of these opinions are based on single bottles, and I'm sure it's possible to get a bad one. I've had enough luck fin...
by Sableagle
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 5408

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

What about the other end of the chart? As a cat's size approaches infinity does its cuteness approach zero or does it approach some other non-zero value. I for one believe a cat can never have a cuteness value of zero. Don't cats above a certain size undergo exothermic fission, producing a lot of s...
by Sableagle
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2121
Views: 688604

Re: Something on Youtube

Zohar wrote:I'm wondering where you'd get your stale urine from. Craigslist?
You already knew the answer.

Meanwhile, here are puppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc6db8qfZEw
by Sableagle
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2121
Views: 688604

Re: Something on Youtube

He was nicer than me. I'd have put nine little half-litre milk bottles in there, with an explosive charge in the middle one (under 100 grains is a signalling device, not a destructive device) and eight litres of stale urine in the others. It'd stink a lot longer than the fart gas shots, and be no ch...
by Sableagle
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2121
Views: 688604

Re: Something on Youtube

NASA InSight engineer makes fun of package thieves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxhDk-hwuo
by Sableagle
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 739368

Re: Trump presidency

Trump said last month he was not considering extraditing the preacher as part of efforts to ease Turkish pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. How is the idea that a petulant wannabe tyrant might have helped a petulant dictator kill someone to st...
by Sableagle
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8682853

Re: Thoughts for ships

Two of them!

Two woodpeckers 2.JPG


Also two of these, which are larger:

Crow.JPG
by Sableagle
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4396
Views: 643254

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Another veteran / RTA survivor with mental health issues, another shooting. This one was not fatal. https://www.localnews8.com/news/kifi-top-story/man-sentenced-for-attempted-murder/58315751 The footage came up on YouTube for some reason. The comment section was ... disgusting ... Mental Health.png
by Sableagle
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1339
Views: 215124

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Brexit Secretary job being offered to Boris Johnson and another leading Brexit campaigner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgkJnSS3uDg
by Sableagle
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1339
Views: 215124

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JDrthYbncs On one issue, the Northern Ireland backstop, there remains widespread and deep concern. As a result, if we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin. We will therefore defer the vote schedule for tomorrow. &q...
by Sableagle
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Which Female Singer has the most beautiful Voice?
Replies: 50
Views: 32258

Re: Which Female Singer has the most beautiful Voice?

Some candidates: Sarah Brightman: Time to Say Goodbye (without Andrea Bocelli) and Il Mio Cuore Va . Celine Dion: It's All Coming Back To Me Now . Yes, I know she's not Pandora's Box. Hush. Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better . Sheena Easton: For Your Eyes Only . Laura Wright: The Rose . Natasha Mars...
by Sableagle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12021

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think the logic is that if everyone knows which teacher has the gun that teacher gets shot first and the gun gets taken for use in the massacre, rather than being used to stop it. They're still working on the assumption that the massacre's going to start no matter what, aren't they? They could try...
by Sableagle
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12021

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think this course is a part of the larger problem with US gun culture. Unless I missed something, the article said they got 3 scenarios, then only described 2, but to me it still seems like: You are now carrying a gun. You are about to be in a situation where you have to shoot someone with it. I k...
by Sableagle
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3341310

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Thesh wrote:Maybe it's time people realize that their superiors aren't actually superior.
That's something that consistently became more and more obvious with each month I spent in the Army.

They only recruit people young enough to not have already figured it out, you know.
by Sableagle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 5247

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

Means you need to plan things on your generation ship to make sure everybody on board is at least 21 years old by the time they pass its Kuiper Belt.
by Sableagle
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4358

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

You can't really call London "green and pleasant." See photographs earlier in thread for examples of actual green and pleasant parts. I think the Buttermere photograph is looking at Haystacks from the north side of the lake, so the Sun is pretty much east and it's quite early in the mornin...
by Sableagle
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4358

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

UK winters are mild compared to continental regions of the North America and Asia at the generally the same latitude and elevation where temperatures average 10 to 20 degrees C lower than the UK. Continental areas make up for their bitter cold winters with some gloriously warm, commonly clear, and ...
by Sableagle
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1339
Views: 215124

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The Members of Parliament in the House of Commons just found the Government in contempt of Parliament.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agwl_zZtAjg
by Sableagle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3341310

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

That is clearly 7cm each side. The other end was clearly 9cm each side. I can only conclude that I was too pissed off with this velvet to measure even once, let alone twice. This pleat was already going to be tricky. Argh.
by Sableagle
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28597
Views: 3341310

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

1: "In the surveillance mission, the Somali people-trafficker and the Colombian drug-baron arrived at the meeting, but the Saudi Cultural Attaché and the Preacher left it." "It's randomly generated." "Sure, but shouldn't the people who arrived at the meeting be the ones who ...

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