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by Rowadanr
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Intelligence evolving from other parts of the animal kingdom
Replies: 41
Views: 12845

Re: Intelligence evolving from other parts of the animal kin

crows with slingshots You have added a wonderful and terrifying concept to my mental pool, thank you. I think. Meanwhile: Another fun idea (along the lines of the ants/termites one) for this would be extreme eusociality in big flocks of brainy birds. Each member of a big flock using their-left-over...
by Rowadanr
Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Space Colonization and Genetics
Replies: 8
Views: 5295

Re: Space Colonization and Genetics

but... but we can already freeze eggs and sperm, what could possibly preclude that? The artificial wombs bit is somewhat more difficult, however, so will take that as a limiting factor. If you for some reason weren't able to carry a bank of eggs and sperm with you for fertility-clinic purposes (no a...
by Rowadanr
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Very very slow thinking
Replies: 27
Views: 6039

Re: Very very slow thinking

Well, to slow thought effectively by that much (assuming the pilot is an animal like us. given?) would require pretty major modifications to every single neuron and probably most of the axons and glial cells. Unless this pilot has undergone some mind-uploading thing and is thinking with a prosthetic...
by Rowadanr
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 1428

Laptop suggestions

The thread title mostly says it all: I am looking for a laptop to serve as my new general-purpose computer, and not knowing a particularly large amount about laptops (certainly not enough to make comparisons and trust my own judgement), I thought I'd ask the World for a bit of help. The main require...
by Rowadanr
Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glowing Trees
Replies: 41
Views: 5452

Re: Glowing Trees

Most of the objections stated above, plus: What happens when the leaves start falling in autumn? I have a sneaking suspicion that the gold is going to be prohibitively tricky to harvest out of the leaf mulch. As cool as it might be for, say, some flashy display in a suitably rich git and/or she-git'...
by Rowadanr
Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1495241

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

I feel the need to share this comic because it's soo good to the point of keeping me up till at least 5:30 in the AM to read it. It is excellent. *hugs* for people who want them. Wyvern, that comic is fantastic, and also at points hilarious, beautiful or unbelievably frustrating. I'm maybe a bit mo...
by Rowadanr
Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Online reading
Replies: 5
Views: 1909

Re: Online reading

Peter Watts has his books online on a CC licence, http://rifters.com, and his novels are fantastic, though I'm told some people find them depressing
by Rowadanr
Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 36147

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

"And, with fur still singed, he went to see the second little pig who had built his house out of helium. And the wolf said "Okay, are you 'aving a laugh?"
- my dad the industrial chemist, a few seconds after I sent him today's comic
by Rowadanr
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27093

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

HeheheheHAHAHA! These are great fun.
Particularly love the "Why did I draw this?" under Wagner/Bach, I've had moments like that (my friends will remember the erudite fruitbat and the computer-literate starfish)
by Rowadanr
Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1495241

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

... Gender fucking sucks sometimes Ohhh yes. I just got back from the first stage of "roughly the same problem, almost exactly different direction". i.e. I have circumstantially very little choice but to wear what is... comparatively pretty compared to standard, but still incredibly stuff...
by Rowadanr
Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 36114

Re: 0818: "Illness"

I'm going to add what I can to the substantial pool of general goodwill and hope that's already built up for ye and your family, Randall. Also, what with 2,700 coming in on the first day, I'm geussing somewhere in there will be Gravitex 2 (unbe-effing-leviably addictive after a couple of levels) But...
by Rowadanr
Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483751

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Over the week I've been away I (feverishly, obsessively) read the whole of Ian MacDonald's The Dervish House and it has, in that time, rizen into the circle of my dozen-or-so absolute favourite books. It's themes weren't quite so very exactly keyed to my interests as his River of Gods but the pace o...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandelbrot died.
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

Re: Mandelbrot died.

I spent a while playing Jonathan Coulton's song about him and touring various parts of the set with my viewer, as a sort of short memorial. Mandelbrot will very definitely be missed
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 10064

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Aye, you'd need huge amounts of redundancy and cross-checking. Not to mention the whole thing of having evidence that a journey on that scale and expenditure would be worth it, this particular planet still actually being unconfirmed and generally needing actual surface-imaging data to know whether G...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 10064

Re: First possible habitable planet found

I know that It's the only theoretically-interstellar propulsion technology that we know of right now, but I'm personally a little sceptical of the Orion Drive's potential as a vehicle to other stars, especially when we're talking about models where, as you say "Most of the design work has alrea...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483751

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Just finished with "The Quiet War" by McAuley; liked it very much, hard SF with speculative biology. Continuing with the sequel "The gardens of the Sun". In parallel Mort (Pratchett), Visual Explanations (Tufte), Dune, A World without End and some more. Re-reading Ringworld, and...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 154910

Re: Explain your avatar!

cmcl wrote:
Rowadanr wrote:Mine is a sketch by Brian Froud
Brian Froud is fantastic and fabulous. What book?


Er... *checks* Runes of Elfland. that one is on the paper inside of the hardcover, though there are a bunch of other great drawings in there, too, and some interesting retellings of a whole bunch of world myths
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2856791

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

I have a nearly paralysing fear of being in the same field as cows. I have no objections to being close to them whatsoever if there's a fence, gate, wire or other barrier between me and them. I'm not scared of the concept of cows, the sight of them the thought of them, or anything else. But I am fra...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1495241

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

*Further hugs* for Einar, I'm frankly shocked at how anyone could stand by and let that sort of thing happen. I've had to make a number of homophobic people in college and work environments aware that they're not entirely welcome over the past two years and about 75% of the time I and my friends who...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 923570

Re: Awesome Thread (to balance Rant Thread)

First winter night of the sort I love last night! I'm very much a summer person, don't like it much when the trees don't have leaves and you have to wrap up to go out and enjoy the land, but one thing I love about winter is the clear nights, when the light has this sharp quality to it and all the sh...
by Rowadanr
Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 154910

Re: Explain your avatar!

Mine is a sketch by Brian Froud from the inside cover of a book of his that a friend owns. People kept saying yt resembled my general demeanour if not my actual appearance. Certainly has my smile and eyes, but my demeanour is more staring at things intently than the sort of jokerishness portrayed he...
by Rowadanr
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15461

Re: The goal of humanity

Your claiming that agriculture, civilization and technology are natural things to being a species when, presented with all other species as a basis for comparison, that is overwhelmingly not the case. How then are these things that we feel entitled to do on this planet "natural"? Would yo...
by Rowadanr
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 29250

Re: 0807: Connected

I don't think anyone said it wasn't real, the comedy lies in "I bet no two people in the history of the world have ever..."; I mean come on, you've either got to laugh or wince at a sentence like that in context, unless the person has a mitigating or justifying factor, such as being about ...
by Rowadanr
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 29250

Re: 0807: Connected

I'm... alternately genuinely puzzled and fairly amused by how an offhand and pretty damn funny comic has turned into a huge and convoluted discussion on the definition/worth/romanticisation of love and speculation about Randall being bitter or having 'grown up'/become cynical. Some of the more convo...
by Rowadanr
Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9364240

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Woo, --ing minor and arbitrary problems that I'm still incredibly upset about. Specifically having lost two hours of work to a computer fart and having to redo the mind-numbingly dull 'Important' bit whilst not being able to justify or having to time to redo the interesting part. One of these days t...
by Rowadanr
Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 10064

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Yeah, two days ago I walked home from a festival with a backpack that granted a bit more subjective G than on Gilese 581g (needs a more catchy name. Get on it, Vox Populi), though the distribution was a little different (and there you wouldn't have to worry about abrasions from the straps). As other...
by Rowadanr
Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [UK] Anyone from Bristol?
Replies: 9
Views: 4031

Re: [UK] Anyone from Bristol?

I'm in Shepton Mallet for most of the foreseeable future, Bristol's a short-ish two-bus journey from here, be happy to go tae any potential meetup (well... actually I'll be away for two weeks starting this coming Friday)
by Rowadanr
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 61397

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

I just finished this... And as I noticed from the end of my last session of reading it, that book is an f'ing state of mind . I find it quite hard to describe how I feel after finally closing it. I wouldn't describe the book as horror at all, even if the house is intensely creepy, it's just... It. A...
by Rowadanr
Sat May 29, 2010 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483751

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

Coming up to the end of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars , love it. I'll probably try and get Green Mars when I'm in the city tomorrow and I'm trying to figure out what to buy along with it (I habitually have like three books on the go, otherwise I get to the end of each one too fast), maybe somethin...
by Rowadanr
Sat May 29, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Flawed Narrators
Replies: 48
Views: 10540

Re: Flawed Narrators

Siri Keeton, the narrator from Peter Watt's Blindsight (One of my favourite novels, for so many reasons) is one of the most unreliable narrators I've ever come across. As is revealed early on in the story, so it's not a spoiler, his actual job and capacity on the mission is to be mission control's &...
by Rowadanr
Sat May 29, 2010 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rattle my worldview - Has a book ever changed your life?
Replies: 85
Views: 18460

Re: Rattle my worldview - Has a book ever changed your life?

The Web of Life by Fritjof Capra, probably the first dandelion-seed, spark-on-the-powder-trail event in the long reinvention of my persona and memeset. Just perfectly intoduced me to the fractal nature of the universe, the complexities interacting on every scale, the amazing behaviour of replicatin...
by Rowadanr
Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Future of Humankind (merged threads)
Replies: 64
Views: 7125

Re: The Future of Humankind

One of the most interesting choices that I think humankind will have to face if they reach transhumanism is what form it will take. There has been much talk of technological implantations and electronic consciousness, but I think that biological augmentation is just as feasable a route to explore. ...
by Rowadanr
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worldbuilding
Replies: 59
Views: 9483

Re: Worldbuilding

Pretty damn surprised that no-one's mentione Katherine Kerr's Deverry books yet. Interwoven reincarnating lives, a good undersanding of how language and culture develop, and a very interesting multi-racial fantasy world made even more interesting by the effect the (gaulish) humans have when they ent...
by Rowadanr
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?
Replies: 80
Views: 18857

Re: Science Fiction books you would like to see as anime?

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds A forbidden love story between two clones or "shatterlings?" How could they not resist? If you had some really good scenery, it just might work. Especially Neume and the sky over the Centaurs' world Hesperus in anime form, though? I'm having trouble pict...
by Rowadanr
Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Travel and the Many Worlds Interpretation
Replies: 30
Views: 3523

Re: Time Travel and the Many Worlds Interpretation

Following that logic, could we simply decide, say, to hang Quantum Russian Roulette and go for a walk instead? If one of the desirable outcomes is you not doing it in the first place, I mean
by Rowadanr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time Travel and the Many Worlds Interpretation
Replies: 30
Views: 3523

Re: Time Travel and the Many Worlds Interpretation

Pardon what may turn out to be an ignorant perspective, but from what I can see... Since one of the reasons I'm so sceptical about many-worlds is that we've absolutely no way of perceiving the splits in the "quantum tree", dosen't the 'quantum immortality' you'd supposedly gain from quantu...
by Rowadanr
Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: fantasies about an underwater station
Replies: 70
Views: 4568

Re: fantasies about an underwater station

To deviate slightly from the current "bit" under debate and try to answer one of the other original questions, there's a readily-available food source other than fishing: Seaweed farming. Getting more and more popular these days, surprisingly tasty in some varieties. Of course, this depend...
by Rowadanr
Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0650: "Nowhere"
Replies: 80
Views: 16648

Re: "Nowhere" Discussion

Epic :) My second true "Get Out Of My Head, Randall" moment (the first one being the alternate self's advice in the fourth "choices")... I have been asked that question so many bloody times in the past five months, and have had to physically restrain myself from answering "A...
by Rowadanr
Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your favourite phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.
Replies: 141
Views: 22577

Re: Your favourate phrases, quotes and lyrical exerpts.

And my sig. I actually collect quotes I like in a word file. I should print them out and post them places. I'm the same. the file is currently more than fifty pages long Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been pl...
by Rowadanr
Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 254267

Re: High and low point of your day

High point: Almost literally in this case. Spent the morning more or less high on creative energy and caffeine as I almost forced concept sketches out into my Musings Book and feverishly researched the things i'd need for symbolism in the painting I'm planning. I've been quietly mulling some very ba...

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