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by Nexan
Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1747685

Re: Today I Learned

TIL you have to be within 775 miles of someone (not accounting for differences in altitude) to be able to watch the same meteor shower with them.
by Nexan
Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2813509

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

Confession: I feel a bit creepy for being excited that f_s is back (and apparently some of the other "old-timers") since none of you know who I am. Still, as dragon said, positive associations.
by Nexan
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9227514

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Having a big stack of banknotes, even if they are just ones, sure does make me feel like a badass. I've considered going to the bank and just getting out $100 in ones for this purpose.
by Nexan
Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378341

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Welcome back. For comparison: Hello. I've lurked here for a while, as you can see, but since I have finally made a first post, and there's a small but non-zero chance of me making more I thought it would be appropriate to post here as well. So. I'm a 21-year-old astrophysics undergraduate. I've got...
by Nexan
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475789

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

So, I just posted in the intro thread and figured I should introduce myself here as well. I'm a 24-year-old male, about a four or a five on the Kinsey scale. I happen to be dating an awesome trans girl (ChimeraMica) right now, who should be along shortly. She's a bit nervous, but I've assured her yo...
by Nexan
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378341

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hey everyone, I'm Mica's boyfriend. Also, I'm not entirely new, since I joined in 2007, but I really never posted much and haven't been around in a while, so I figure re-introductions are in order. I'm 24, have a bachelor's in astrophysics, and am currently working at a call center. My lovely girlfr...
by Nexan
Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Minesweeper times.
Replies: 33
Views: 7062

Re: Minesweeper times.

Beginner: 4 seconds Intermediate: 34 seconds Expert: 111 seconds I've been trying (though not particularly hard) for years now to get that expert time below 100 seconds. I think what's holding me back at this point is a compulsion to mark every mine on the board, as well as just general lack of prec...
by Nexan
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268073

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

The other is an alternate history wherein the Plague kills off a lot more Europeans (maybe almost all), which results in the Americas not being discovered by Europeans. The story takes place in the Aztec (Inca?) empire, which is much more advanced than is historically the case; I remember there bei...
by Nexan
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268073

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

annals wrote:Nexan: second one could be Aztec Century, by C.D Evans

You know, I think that may be it! Thanks, annals!
by Nexan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1747685

Re: Today I Learned

I learned that I actually am capable of washing dishes as I dirty them rather than letting them pile up in the sink!
by Nexan
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Math Puzzle
Replies: 18
Views: 3186

Re: Math Puzzle

I suspect a hand-choppy solution along the following lines: 24 + 1 - 1 * 1 / 1 = 24 The problem doesn't state that you have to use the presented numbers, only that there are such numbers. It only requires that you use all four given symbols and that your answer is 24. Although, along the same li...
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2813509

Re: Confessional Fred- He doesn't care much about your problems

Confession: I, too, am jealous because of my friend's new relationship. Both of her, because I'm lonely and would like to have an SO of my own; and of him because now I get to hang out with her less, and the fact that she's the only person I'm really close to only compounds that. At least I think th...
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6
Replies: 127
Views: 10904

Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

I was always afraid of being near ledges. Even if it was just a one-story drop, even if there was a rail or window or something. I was afraid I'd get pushed off, or get dizzy and fall, or just spontaneously jump off against my will. I still get this if there's no rail of any sort. Like some kind of...
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Vending machine!
Replies: 11496
Views: 1025981

Re: Vending machine!

You get a sperm whale and a bowl of petunias.

I put in a can of Powerthirst!
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6
Replies: 127
Views: 10904

Re: What I thought was the worst way to die, Age 6

I was always afraid of being near ledges. Even if it was just a one-story drop, even if there was a rail or window or something. I was afraid I'd get pushed off, or get dizzy and fall, or just spontaneously jump off against my will. I still get this if there's no rail of any sort.
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 281817

Re: Recommend one artist

Pelican - Autumn Into Summer Their distinctive sound draws from stoner rock, doom metal as well as post-rock and many other influences. I find Pelican's musical style almost perfect. They're instrumental, which I love, as lyrics often get in the way of my enjoyment of a piece of music. There's a lo...
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: THEME: If all music were autobiographical...
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: THEME: If all music were autobiographical...

OmegaLordX wrote:Colin Meloy would be a child prostitute whose hobby is killing babies.


Also, eaten by a whale.
by Nexan
Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you sit?
Replies: 62
Views: 4775

Re: How do you sit?

I sit cross-legged with both feet under my thighs whenever I can, even in chairs that are obviously not made for that purpose. I suspect this may be the reason I break chairs so much, particularly the four-legged variety (as opposed to, say, a computer chair with a central column). I change my sitti...
by Nexan
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268073

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

Okay, so I've got two books that I read a very long time ago that I've tried to find again with no success. They'd probably be considered young adult fiction, I think I read them both around 1998-2000, though they were from my school library, so who knows how old they were. The first takes place on ...
by Nexan
Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Virtual Particles in a Magnetic Field
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Re: Virtual Particles in a Magnetic Field

Well, think about, say, Hawking radiation. I believe what that's all about, at least in simplified terms, is virtual particle pairs emerging from the vacuum near black holes. If the pair is created close enough to the event horizon, one (previously virtual, now real) particle falls into the black ho...
by Nexan
Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Virtual Particles in a Magnetic Field
Replies: 3
Views: 975

Virtual Particles in a Magnetic Field

Consider a photon moving perpendicular to uniform magnetic field. If I'm not mistaken, as the photon propagates, it is constantly splitting into electron-positron pairs (or perhaps some other particle-antiparticle pair, depending on the photon's energy) and then recombining. Now, while the electron-...
by Nexan
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fun words to misspronounce.
Replies: 217
Views: 18073

Re: Fun words to misspronounce.

tricky77puzzle wrote:My Grade-6 teacher, Mr. Lyons, not only said "nuclear" as "nucular", but he also said "nucleus" as "nuculus".


I'd just like to mention that my senior-level quantum physics professor does the same. How does such a thing happen?
by Nexan
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378341

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello. I've lurked here for a while, as you can see, but since I have finally made a first post, and there's a small but non-zero chance of me making more I thought it would be appropriate to post here as well. So. I'm a 21-year-old astrophysics undergraduate. I've got a sort of baseline aptitude an...
by Nexan
Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space II
Replies: 38
Views: 3994

Re: you're floating through space II

What about a pair of unit circles around the poles of the sphere? Sort of like a cylinder. You'd have a straight line of length √2 to get to the first circle, say (0,0,0) to (1,1,0). Then 2π for that circle's circumference. Then a line of length 2 going from (1,1,0) to (1,-1,0). Then 2π for that ci...
by Nexan
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space II
Replies: 38
Views: 3994

Re: you're floating through space II

What about a pair of unit circles around the poles of the sphere? Sort of like a cylinder. You'd have a straight line of length √2 to get to the first circle, say (0,0,0) to (1,1,0). Then π for that circle's circumference. Then a line of length 2 going from (1,1,0) to (1,-1,0). Then π for that circl...

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