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by Bondolon
Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Giant hole in universe
Replies: 27
Views: 5229

ThanatosDrive wrote:Who else is thinking that an alien race is hiding in there?


Actually, there are thousands, all pirating each other in an attempt to stay alive. They need someone like Captain Janeway to help them band together long enough to get out.
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10506

Well, unless you're using Black Cardamom, it doesn't really count as a curry spice, and even then it's not a particularly common ingredient in the Garam... one of cardamom's primary uses is in sweet pastries in Poland and the Ukraine, or as a seasoning in teas and coffees... so you're apparently no...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282111

Damn skippy, last time I checked gourmet food was still food. Here is your food thread, use it. Or don't, either way really. Last time I checked, Biology and Physics were still science, but we don't have only one thread about science. I consider this a very personal, very undeserved, very uninforme...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gourmet cuisine
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Gourmet cuisine

Assuming there isn't one, and based off of the "cool ideas for absolutely anything" thread, I thought this might be an interesting thread. I suggest you use tart tins with removable bottoms. A nice 3" tart is an attractive presentation for a cheesecake, and it is instant portion contr...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10506

I suggest you use tart tins with removable bottoms. A nice 3" tart is an attractive presentation for a cheesecake, and it is instant portion control... no one gets stuck with the little slice. I could give you some really badass chocolate crumb pastry recipes to use as a crust, should you be s...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prenup
Replies: 40
Views: 4864

To be fair. a prenup is like saying "IF this goes crazy, let's have a contingency plan for the both of us." As relationships are rarely... rational, this rarely works. However, I think that it can be a very rational decision... though, of course, rational people don't need prenups, because...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55430

The imperial system for cooking IS rather solid. Even though the measurements are non-scientific, they are perfect for units within a dish. Metric is really poorly adapted to cooking, and, though I'd probably follow it if I had to, I'd recognize that the units are much more awkward
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10506

Since I'm in to cooking, my idea is a springform pan length round of parchment paper, and a single round to go on the bottom. It would revolutionize cheesecake.
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 24, 2007 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer Science in High School
Replies: 78
Views: 12727

Re: Computer Science in High School

Mine was:

Intro to Programming (Basic)
Programming (C++)
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Underrated and Unknown movies
Replies: 161
Views: 16400

Everyone should see Space 2001, so they can appreciate quite how dull it was. Oh, yes, I quite agree. I find spaceships, aliens, evolution, psychotic singing computers, mysterious black monoliths, brilliant cinematography, and anti-narrative statements about the past, present, and future of nothing...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 23, 2007 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Underrated and Unknown movies
Replies: 161
Views: 16400

The Place Promised in Our Early Days - This is an incredible film. It's animated, and revolves around this alternate timeline. The plot is completely character driven, and it's really just beautiful.
Primer - A gritty indie film about time travel. It's pretty much perfect.
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is proof?
Replies: 20
Views: 3457

I'm with zenten on this one. Proof (and thus truth) is a contextual thing. There's mathematical proof and mathematical truth, which are the most rigorous kind. (Well, maybe logical is more rigorus. Depends on your view of the relationship between math and logic.) But there is also scientific proof....
by Bondolon
Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55430

Hey, there's an argument against metric. Why go through the trouble to learn a system when you don't even use part of it? It's the appendix of the measurement world. Using that argument against metric would surely require some alternate system that didn't have reams and reams (interesting turn of p...
by Bondolon
Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55430

Metric time! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_time Seriously, anyone clamoring for Americans to switch from USCS to Metric should really consider switching to Metric Time. It's much easier (100 hours a day, 100 minutes in an hour, 100 seconds in a minute)... at least easier than the totally stup...
by Bondolon
Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What does IQ measure?
Replies: 69
Views: 11617

Nevea wrote:The grad school test you're thinking about is the SAT.


:? ummm, GRE?
by Bondolon
Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Disproving young Earth creationism through astrophysics
Replies: 59
Views: 10935

Any evidence that proves the Earth is older than 6000 years will simply be dismissed as "the Devil did it". I hate ignorant people ever so much. That's not really fair to proponents of creationism. While I'll admit that they're completely ignorant, I'd hardly go so far as to call them out...
by Bondolon
Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Threadless "I'm human! Just look at my hat!" shirt
Replies: 24
Views: 5560

I think it's awesome. Decent allegory for a picture on a t-shirt, and yet so very tragic.
by Bondolon
Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dust "comes alive" in space
Replies: 16
Views: 3291

A "grain of salt" develops a mind. Fix'd :D If this is true, it is crazy awesome and sci-fi writers will pick up on it right away. If not, sci-fi writers will pick up on it anyway. I've read some sci-fi that discusses this, and the crystalline entity on ST:TNG was this (presumably).
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alien lifeforms without Darwin
Replies: 38
Views: 4326

I'm not saying I'm convinced either, I'm just putting forward the idea. But name a form of life that dosn't evolve? This whole forum seems to be looking for one, but all come down to some sort of selection and variation, which could easily be termed "evolution". Presume, first, that a pop...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 28890

Actually, even according to these definitions, certain activities, though probably found trivial, might be classified by anyone as absolutely wrong. Please note: by "absolutely wrong", I don't mean "so wrong that no rational human would claim otherwise", but "wrong in a sen...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 28890

Bondolon: fair enough. I was talking about belief in absolute right and wrong, which I think it's fair to say many atheists (and indeed many people who believe in God) do not possess. Actually, even according to these definitions, certain activities, though probably found trivial, might be classifi...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: type a secret with your forehead!
Replies: 159
Views: 20463

8w66dfw45v ctyqa67uy6u

That's a big one, and I thank the almighty forehead for helping me say it aloud
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games that aged well (Merge'd - Old Favorites)
Replies: 462
Views: 83236

I know a couple of people mentioned it, but JAY-SUS: StarCraft. (/s/ /t/ /a/ /r/ /k/ /r/ /ae/ /f/ /t/). This game has the best balance, the best maps, and the best units of any game EVAR MAED. A game with any of the three factions is based solely on skill, and literally none of the factions have an ...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 28890

atheists still believe in right and wrong A gross overgeneralization, but I'm assuming you didn't mean it to apply to all atheists.[/quote] By an large, atheists aren't mass-murderers. There are some who claim nihilism, but you'd admit they still exclude certain behaviors from their repertoires. If...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Redefine the metric system
Replies: 66
Views: 9986

Why would you want to do that when we have a base 10 number system? Base 12, having more factors, would be a more convenient base than base 10. Just because we have 10 fingers does not mean that we need to have a base 10 number system: the Babylonians had a base 60 number system. There are even gro...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55430

I still don't understand imperial units. I think switching to metric would make a lot of sense - it's such an easy system to learn, and is already used for things like wine and other imported foods. You also weren't taught them, I was. French also doesn't make much sense, whereas Esperando is perfe...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alien lifeforms without Darwin
Replies: 38
Views: 4326

po2141 wrote:It would appear that evolution may be included within the definition of life itself. If it dosn't evolve, it's not alive.


That's fairly unjustified, and highly contextual. I'm fairly unconvinced, as I'm sure many other likely will be.
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists break the speed of light?
Replies: 8
Views: 2393

Well, the speed of light is relative, which means that even if they are observing the photons at some sub-c/super-c speed (as they've done many, many times before), the contextual speed of the protons is still c. Unless Einstein was wrong, this doesn't mean a thing.
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Future Path
Replies: 38
Views: 5542

Fractal Society: Humans on the whole can't be trusted, and I certainly don't want to live in the chaos that the firefly "peeps live" in. Anarchy, while my preferable style of "government", doesn't work, with vikings and "Five fates" intellectual models as suggestion of ...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Laws
Replies: 44
Views: 5961

The denaturing of proteins isn't exactly something that we conceptualize as an irreversible law. As the denaturing of egg proteins is pretty thermo-chemical in nature, it's not really universally impossible to reverse the process, you just have to fine-tune the science that we already have. To actua...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ball of light (not ball lightning)
Replies: 24
Views: 3970

Add to the fact that it is physically impossible to create a perfectly reflecting surface and you'll see it is impossible. Any light you shone into the sphere and managed to contain would be absorbed in a matter of nanoseconds and the sphere would just be slightly warmer. Oh, come on. It's not like...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just how gullible and stupid do some people think we are?
Replies: 14
Views: 3273

Now Now, Minerva. The women 'says' they hit her house. The paper only reported it >.< Hell, with phrasing like that, they could have paid her to say it, and it would have been accurate. Or they could have just given her bullets of the same caliber in their original casings, as holding already fired...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science Vs Religion
Replies: 337
Views: 34253

I thought it was very entertaining, granted, as I've had an acquaintance argue that economics was derived principally from the equation "1+1=2". and that human behavior was statistical, and that, as such, free will was impossible. I enjoyed it greatly, I just didn't feel that it really he...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What can xkcd do for YOU?
Replies: 217
Views: 16970

edit: delete?
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science Vs Religion
Replies: 337
Views: 34253

What do you think sociology is, exactly? wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn defines Sociology as "the study and classification of human societies". Study and classification, sounds rather like the underpinnings of science, to me. In short, civilization is defined by technology + sociology!=...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alien lifeforms without Darwin
Replies: 38
Views: 4326

Presume, first, that a population is telepsychic (e.g. that it can communicate mentally, a form of telekinesis). If said population were, then, able to actually consciously alter its transmitted genomes (again, a loose proposition, since it could possibly not even have DNA-based genomes, but let's a...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science Vs Religion
Replies: 337
Views: 34253

What do you think sociology is, exactly? wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn defines Sociology as "the study and classification of human societies". Study and classification, sounds rather like the underpinnings of science, to me. In short, civilization is defined by technology + sociology!=...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Greatest Battle of All: Metric or Imperial?
Replies: 389
Views: 55430

It would be nice not to have to mentally convert everything when I go overseas. Metric goes by tens, and that is also nice. Metric is easy, whereas I know Imperial. Both are easy, but metric's easier. Any system of measurement is arbitrary, Metric, Imperial or otherwise (I mean, srsly, have you seen...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nothing Short of A Miracle.
Replies: 32
Views: 2892

Some animals feel like humans do. It's bizarre to say, but I have had two pets in my life that I would consider friends. I have two rats now, and, to be honest, they suck as pets. Don't get me wrong, I love them. They are my ratty monkey boys (they're rats), and they're like children to me, but they...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just how gullible and stupid do some people think we are?
Replies: 14
Views: 3273

No, no, research "redundant bullets". Those are bullets which shoot a shell that resembles what that woman is holding. I know it seems ridiculous, but they actually make bullets like that, as the indentations cause an air pocket that actually cause the bullet to propel itself. This was dev...

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