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by Turambar
Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nipple Size (deadly serious)
Replies: 20
Views: 5450

Re: Nipple Size (deadly serious)

Female nipple vary much more than male nipples do. Same goes for areolae and breasts. And I'm willing to bet that the average nipple size is rather larger for women.
by Turambar
Mon Nov 02, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150458

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I will buy the poster the instant it comes out. Which it better.
by Turambar
Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prison abolition
Replies: 14
Views: 4290

Re: Prison abolition

That was one of the more insane blogs I've seen in the last couple of weeks. I thought it had a funny point about the woman convicted of baking a cat. You simply can't abolish the prison system. Frankly, there are some people who need to be put the hell away for a while, if not forever. Without a pr...
by Turambar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9815

Re: Best song lyrics.

The lyrics to "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" by Iron Maiden are extremely good. They don't make much sense unless you are familiar with the Trinity test, but if you are, then the wordplay is just brilliant. I first heard this song three years ago and ever since, I have been noticing more ...
by Turambar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Book Endings Thread [Spoilers obviously ahead]
Replies: 14
Views: 3168

Re: Best Book Endings Thread [Spoilers obviously ahead]

The end of The Dark Tower. I couldn't sleep all night because I simply lay awake thinking about how in-f***ing-credible it was.
by Turambar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The moon
Replies: 14
Views: 2500

Re: The moon

I've got to write a report on the moon for physics (summer project thingy) and I've found a few things which I don't know and can't find out. I know the moon's orbits is elliptical, but are there any other factors which could contribute to the distance between the Earth and the Moon? If so, when is...
by Turambar
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is Faith?
Replies: 58
Views: 7098

Re: What is Faith?

Like I said earlier, subjective experiences count as evidence. All this talk about faith being independent of logic or evidence is ridiculous which is why I can't believe people actually respect the notion of faith. If someone believes in something because of a personal experience that can't be com...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What makes wet tshirts see-through?
Replies: 29
Views: 5531

Re: What makes wet tshirts see-through?

That's a good question. I never thought about that before. Clearly I should do more thinking about people in wet t-shirts. Here's the thing: If you just hold a sopping wet t-shirt a few inches in front of someone, you can't see through it that well. It has to be touching their skin to be really see-...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Pink Floyd Album
Replies: 50
Views: 8006

Re: Favorite Pink Floyd Album

I'm really entirely unable to choose. I have a deep affection for all of them, but I think I like The Final Cut a lot more than most people. Not my favorite, but one I very much like. As for why DSOTM's awesome, it's partly because their use of synthesizers on that album (for helicopter noises and w...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60311

Re: Worst song lyrics

And if by 'anything by Billy Joel' you're trying to include Piano Man, then you're crazy. It is you who are crazy. Piano Man has something that bothers me about a lot of Billy Joel songs, which is contempt for the people he's singing about (Brenda and Eddy got their paintings from Sears? What loser...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is Faith?
Replies: 58
Views: 7098

Re: What is Faith?

Yes it does, but no it doesn't. Any argument will fall down, if we can't have any assumptions, because the argument "what if we're all trapped in a computer simulation" is pretty much impossible to refute. However, with some shared assumptions, that all human beings tend to have, we can c...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 394402

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

Did you get the package that includes the expansion too? You would be surprised how much more interesting the game is when you add stronger orbital defenses. Well, I found the original for pretty cheap and as the expansion is only $10, the two separately add up to less than the package deals I coul...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How I surprise people
Replies: 66
Views: 6088

Re: How I surprise people

I meow at people.
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is Faith?
Replies: 58
Views: 7098

Re: What is Faith?

I don't understand the word faith. Generally it means trust. If you have faith in an individual then you trust them or have confidence in their abilities. It can also mean one's confidence in his or her religion, or one can call one's religion a faith. Simple enough. The trouble comes in religious ...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60311

Re: Worst song lyrics

How did the thread get four pages without someone mentioning We Didn't Start the Fire ? Or does "anything by Billy Joel" just go without saying? We Didn't Start The Fire rocks, I second aaron. And if by 'anything by Billy Joel' you're trying to include Piano Man, then you're crazy. And th...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 394402

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

I think I've decided on Sins of a Solar Empire. And by "I think I've decided", I mean "I ordered two days ago". Thanks, headprogrammingczar!
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve
Replies: 15
Views: 2371

Re: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve

Actually, a right to a speedy and public trial is part of the Sixth amendment in the US Bill of Rights. The Fifth is due process, protection against self-incrimination and double jeopardy. And England certainly has its fair share of problems regarding libel lawsuits, so I wouldn't necessarily look ...
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 394402

Re: I need a Game Recommendation (Recently renamed)

Hey all, I'm looking to buy a new PC game and am trawling for suggestions. I generally prefer RTS/TBS games or FPS with a strong strategy element. I like RPGs as well, preferably ones with good multiplayer. High replayability is important. To give you an idea, my two favorite games of recent years h...
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculating Spiral Ramps--Help?
Replies: 10
Views: 14648

Re: Calculating Spiral Ramps--Help?

You could also do terraced farming on this agricultural corkscrew if you don't want to have to deal with slope.
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My Major, Job, and Career
Replies: 8
Views: 1625

Re: My Major, Job, and Career

My advice is very simple: Do NOT pick a major according to what seems most prestigious. Pick a major that fascinates you. In my case, that's astrophysics. It's a great subject, and I strongly encourage you to take physics classes in college, but don't major in it unless physics is really your favori...
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1180420

Re: What are you listening to?

Iron Maiden, of course. Moonchild.
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Small or Big Fists?
Replies: 31
Views: 6541

Re: Small or Big Fists?

noticeable enough to make a difference in a fight. Really? Have you ever been in a street fight? Ever been mugged and decide you're just not gonna put up with that shit today? Ever get out of a bar the hard way? Your fists have jack shit to do with how a real fight goes down. Be smart, be fast, be ...
by Turambar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve
Replies: 15
Views: 2371

Re: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve

This is done in a few countries. In Great Britain there are restrictions about what can be reported while trials are sub judice but most countries don't do this. Sub judice restrictions are a really bad idea. Media coverage allows people to keep careful track of what is going on and to provide info...
by Turambar
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 594314

Re: Religion: The Deuce

You can do a google search and find a number of websites that have done the same studies on the Hebrew word for day, and if you want to take a look at one, you can glance over this one I just found: http://www.icr.org/articles/view/288/306/ Whether or not it's considered reputable, I don't know, bu...
by Turambar
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there no "center" of the universe?
Replies: 60
Views: 7996

Re: Why is there no "center" of the universe?

I don't think the question is really a meaningful one. If we just look at the visible universe (heh), and define the center to be the average of all the spacetime vectors pointing to all the points in the universe (a typical definition for center), an evenly-curved universe should, I think, always ...
by Turambar
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does gravity bend gravity?
Replies: 22
Views: 3204

Re: Does gravity bend gravity?

Einstein's equation is nonlinear. This means that gravity has a self-interaction. So saying 'gravity bends gravity' is very true. You can examine some particular effects with gravitational waves getting lensed by dense object if you like, but it's immediately evident that something like this happen...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there no "center" of the universe?
Replies: 60
Views: 7996

Re: Why is there no "center" of the universe?

Okay, back on topic, is there a center in more dimensions? The 2d surface of a balloon has a 3d center. Is there a 4d center of the universe? Any 4-sphere has a center. In the case of the model we're using, the fourth dimension is time, and the center is when t=0, or teh big bang. Exarctly. The ess...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?
Replies: 289
Views: 27173

Re: Religion and Science, Mutually exclusive?

Rome never tried to eliminate the Jews? Hmm. Maybe I do have my history wrong. Somehow, I thought that after a certain Emperor converted, the Romans wanted to convert or kill any "old-school" Jew. In any event, look at all the groups that HAVE tried. One such group is an "internet la...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Pride
Replies: 56
Views: 7900

Re: National Pride

The way I figure it, as long as you recognize that pride in your heritage is a subjective thing, that your own love for your culture is no greater nor more valid than another person's devotion to their culture, it's alright. Also, you need to be able to recognize some of the less good aspects of you...
by Turambar
Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there no "center" of the universe?
Replies: 60
Views: 7996

Re: Why is there no "center" of the universe?

Based on the angle (which I believe was 90 degrees) they were able to conclude that space in fact has no limit; basically, space is not expanding, it's just that the matter in the visible universe is moving apart through momentum. So, while there would be a center to the clump of matter that makes ...
by Turambar
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Intertemporal redistribution: a logical conclusion
Replies: 10
Views: 1939

Re: Intertemporal redistribution: a logical conclusion

The average standard of living most likely will not be higher in the future, but much lower, as humans run up against limitations of natural resources. The current population is already well above what can be sustained at even an Ancient Rome level standard of living. Yeah.. People have been saying...
by Turambar
Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 28839

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Yesterday I learned about a computer program called "DS9" It has something to do with anazlying data from the Chandra X-Ray observatory. It turns out the guy who wrote it called it that for: Deep Space Nine - an homage to Star Trek. So if anyone else cool insider science/slightly nerdy in...
by Turambar
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal band suggestions
Replies: 46
Views: 4357

Re: Metal band suggestions

Could someone recommend some symphonic/power/folk/neo-classical metal that's free of guttural growls being substituted for lyrics? Bonus points if the lead male singer doesn't sound like his pants are too tight or there's a good female vocalist. Note: Please try to name bands that are somewhat off ...
by Turambar
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Melting black rock?
Replies: 25
Views: 3093

Re: Melting black rock?

Put a little bit on a Q-tip and see if it burns (and if it burns, what color, hot/not, bright/dim, etc.). Put some of it in water and see if it is miscible or if it all goes to the top or bottom of the water column. If it burns and floats, you've probably narrowed it down to some kind of hydrocarbon...
by Turambar
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How hard is IB
Replies: 16
Views: 2248

Re: How hard is IB

I started out in IB, but then decided it was pointless to do the full diploma. I took all IB classes anyway, because they were the challenging ones (except for IB senior english, which I avoided like the plague). After all, when you apply to colleges, you don't yet have your IB diploma, so it's not ...
by Turambar
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cures for insomnia
Replies: 19
Views: 2309

Re: Cures for insomnia

Read a boring-ass book. A Tale of Two Cities worked for me :) Reading good books can also help. Unless they're really intense books. In which case it's counterproductive. Also what Rocko said. And sexual activity does release neurochemicals that cause sleepiness, so that might be something to consid...
by Turambar
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Online Grammar
Replies: 62
Views: 6130

Re: Online Grammar

My capitalization is sub-par when I'm texting, and I have a lot of run-on sentences in my IMing, but other than that I hold myself to rather strict standards of grammar.
by Turambar
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4803

Re: Responsibility

Yes and no. Yes, pet animals (and presumably so can wild ones) can distinguish between doing bad things and good things. No, this is not because they feel genuine guilt, but because we punish them for doing bad things and reward them for doing good things. We are imposing our morality onto them fro...
by Turambar
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lindt truffles taste cold - why?
Replies: 12
Views: 14294

Re: Lindt truffles taste cold - why?

But why do minty things make cold things feel colder? (wow, that was the most scientifically phrased question I've ever asked). What I'm saying is, I'm in Minnesota chewing spearmint gum right now, and if I were to go outside right now and take a deep breath, my tongue and mouth would feel quite col...
by Turambar
Tue Mar 03, 2009 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4803

Re: Responsibility

We as descendants of primates (see other thread) are predisposed towards emotional responses. We cannot escape the fact that when we see something upsetting on an evolutionary level (A child being abused, someone 'cheating' and getting better rewards then us, etc) we get angry. That anger is inesca...

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