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by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology

Yes, that is silly as well. Unless there were some suspended particles- fog, smoke, something like that. And we rarely see that. But, they couldn't just have the phasers make a noise and the bad guys fall down. I suppose the worse example of is when Kirk is 'accelerated' ( Blink of an Eye )and the p...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology

But, an energy weapon? I can imagine it burning the surface and even sending such energy into the interior. But knocking someone backward? I don't think that would happen. When people faint they typically collapse forward, not (as portrayed in cartoons) backwards. I suppose you could include a gene...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Destructive power of starships
Replies: 60
Views: 18005

Re: Destructive power of starships

Let me expand the venue a bit, if y'all will allow. The starship in Independence Day would have completely disrupted the entire planet's ecosystem. Why, you may ask? Well, given how immense it was, and how close to the planet (after all you could see the dang thing hanging there in orbit), its very ...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology

One of the more obvious silly thing that is done in all movies is when a kinetic weapon hits the targeted person, they are thrown backwards. Unless the projectile is something huge, this won't happen. Just work out the physics. If that happened, the target might actually survive since a lot of the e...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology
Replies: 16
Views: 5321

Re: Sci-Fi Weapons and Technology

FTL is REALLY hard to explain in any coherent manner consistent with relativity. You can't communicate with something outside your light cone. If something violated this, a lot of causality effects would be obviated. Nevertheless, if you want a universe where we have something like BSG or Star Trek ...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sound arguments AGAINST anthropogenic climate change?
Replies: 11
Views: 4324

Re: Sound arguments AGAINST anthropogenic climate change?

Egads, y'all. It seems pretty much decided that the total amount of energy in the atmosphere is significantly larger than it was 50 years ago. This will obviously have some effect on the atmospheric balance of energy. Now, we can all pretend that anthropogenic caused energy increase along with the a...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49919

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Tass wrote:Like "you should develop a method to turn a light beam solid so that the enemy airplanes crashes into it"
"and how do you propose we do that?"
"I don't know. I got the idea, you do the rest."


Hey, you just invented the light saber!
Can I subscribe to your website?
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Common Misconceptions within Physics and Astronomy
Replies: 98
Views: 18326

Re: Misconceptions within Physics and Astronomy

Gosh, I am just going to read the list from Wiki for a while.
Good January Sunday afternoon reading when it is 46 degrees and foggy here in Athenstown.
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone know?...
Replies: 17
Views: 2680

Re: Anyone know?...

Landover is a satire site as far as any of the folks that I know can tell. That isn't to say that any of the content providers have ever let on that they are just messing with us. If it is real, it is the most evil incarnation of Christianity ever created. It is even worse than Fred Phelps' inbred b...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13312

Re: Science needs a symbol

perhaps something like this spiral: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/hs/godel_escher_bach/pages/images/01Spiral.jpg with "truth" "understanding" or "reality" in the center but not quite touching the spiral. Science: always getting closer to the truth but never able to be cer...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49919

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

One of my closest friends put some food into a regular off-the-shelf microwave, turned it on and then (because he was stoned) leaned his forehead against the window to watch the food being heated. He fell asleep, and because he had mistimed his entry, the microwave was set for 30 minutes, not 30 sec...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would you do with infinite energy?
Replies: 41
Views: 8937

Re: What would you do with infinite energy?

Has anyone suggested hookers and blow, yet?


Just wondering.


Heh, don't stare at me like that!
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11784

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

It would NOT include the outer Kieper belt objects with one important special exception: Pluto-Charon. Because of its really weird orbit, it comes into the category of a 'special' category. Adding special exceptions is a sign that either the objects in question don't lend themselves to easy categor...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49919

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Gosh, I have already invented something and had the fruits of my loins captured by a giant multinational. When you work for a corporation, that is what happens. Am I irritated? Somewhat, yes, but also humbled. I thought I was irreplaceable. I was not. But, hey, that was happens when you climb high i...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49919

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Curiously, in a ST novel, they have Kirk using a 'quickfreeze', the very opposite of a microwave. But, THAT, my fellow humans, would be an amazing gizmo. It's completely feasible. Just pour liquid nitrogen on it. The issue is then why you would need to do something like this, since removing heat is...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!
Replies: 77
Views: 49919

Re: Where the bleep can I tell people about my ideas?!

Ok, now ya'll are getting close to how we imagine Star Trek technology scans things and then replicates them. That is how I have always visualize a microwave. Curiously, in a ST novel, they have Kirk using a 'quickfreeze', the very opposite of a microwave. Reference: <total fail here... I am certain...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11784

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

yurell wrote:
Gagundathar The Inexplicable wrote:What makes Pluto a minor planet when Mercury isn't?


The fact that Mercury has cleared its orbit, while Pluto hasn't come close.


Hmmm... well there is that.

Carry on.
Nothing to see here.
<looks over his shoulder and darts away>
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11784

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

Then we just add the new planets to the mix. Yes, I really do see how absurd this will be. Starting serious mode... Using the term minor planets , is, as a term a bit confusing. Without context, it could describe the smaller planets that we know of: Ceres, Pallas, Vesta, Mars, Terra-Luna, Venus, Mer...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11784

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

Well, then, doggone it (there is a pun there y'all) then all of that group should classified as 'planets'. Not 'dwarf planets' but fully fledged planets. If they are big enough to get real names, then they should be planets. I have no problem teaching my grandchildren that there are 13 planets in th...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 3D TV, shouldn't it be easy?
Replies: 14
Views: 4197

Re: 3D TV, shouldn't it be easy?

The only way I can imagine this actually being useful is to project the movie from below and have the images be truly holographic. Imagine the way that the Emperor projected his image to Vader in SW-3. Now, imagine it wasn't really bad (as it was in the movie). You are watching American Baseball. Yo...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13312

Re: Science needs a symbol

As an addition, while we remember Newton for his 'Laws of Motion' and his conceptualization of gravity, his work in optics is sometimes underplayed or even ignored. The concept that LIGHT, the very thing we all see everyday, is made up of multiple colors simultaneously, we all take as normal informa...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 43681

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

Makri wrote:Er... "Bob" here isn't an argument of any verb, it's a vocative. So no "object" or anything.

Hey, you are right.

That changes things, for certain.

Hmmm...

However, my point about the symmetrical quotes still stands, I think.
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your Own Contribution to the English Language
Replies: 48
Views: 17882

Re: Your Own Contribution to the English Language

How about 'computilator'?
For a computer that mutilates things.

As in, "that dang computilator completely screwed up my spreadsheet".
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable
Replies: 166
Views: 43681

Re: Grammatical errors you think should be acceptable

Two things I couldn't find here was the use of the "Oxford comma" or the use of "Y'all". I tried, mind you. I use the search function. (As a point, "Y'all'" comes back with such funny responses, that I suggest that you all (the long form of y'all)) ............. Serious...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13312

Re: Science needs a symbol

I actually thought about the prism splitting apart light into its constituent frequencies. Then I realized it would look just like 'Dark Side of the Moon'. I like this idea. I will certainly think upon it. BTW, new poster here. This seems like a nice place to hang out. CompSci guy, doing freelance w...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13312

Re: Science needs a symbol

A rallying cry from newscientist. A focus for everything that seeks to subvert us. A banner to support and defend representing everything we believe in. No need to question motives or explain or reason. If they use that symbol they are one of us. We should probably write down a set of rules for wha...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11784

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

Gosh, I SO glad to have found this place. The IAU, like all other scientific bureaucratic bodies, has its weaknesses. The demotion of poor old Pluto has probably bothered almost .0001% of the planet's population. Even Disney enthusiasts haven't picked up torches and pitchforks. Weirdly, we, as scien...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground near Italy
Replies: 46
Views: 15261

Re: Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground near Italy

If I had to put money on what happened I'd say they were using the wrong resolution of chart. No: recall that the captain intentionally veered off course in order to show off to the islanders. But, though I am but an humble computer scientist and not a lawyer If this were a problem, half of us (inc...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground near Italy
Replies: 46
Views: 15261

Re: Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground near Italy

I have been thinking about this and reading reports since this happened. The captain is at fault, in my not so humble opinion. Also, the crew and officers were ill-equipped to deal with such a disaster. I believe the passengers were not even advised about emergency procedures. That is a serious prob...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21800

Re: 1004: "Batman"

I mean, honestly, when was the last bat attack on a human? Oh no! They are going to nest in your hair and lay eggs! "among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats" Thank you for the correction. I had forgotten a...
by Gagundathar The Inexplicable
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21800

Re: 1004: "Batman"

New poster here. Hi y'all. The whole concept of a guy that dresses like a bat to terrify criminals has always sounded kind of contrived. I mean, honestly, when was the last bat attack on a human? Oh no! They are going to nest in your hair and lay eggs! When I was younger and free climbing on a ridge...

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