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by FrankManic
Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does nature abhor a vacuum again?
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Does nature abhor a vacuum again?

Back in the day someone (Hooke?) discovered that nature doesn't actually abhor a vacuum. Since then, we've decided space is actually a great deal more complicated than Newton thought, and is in fact full of atoms and pions and up quarks and down quarks and peppermint quarks and strings and quantum f...
by FrankManic
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?
Replies: 24
Views: 3050

Re: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?

Thank you all for taking the time to consider my question and reply. : )
by FrankManic
Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?
Replies: 24
Views: 3050

Re: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?

TescoPeeledPlums wrote: Aww fuck it, I'm not going to try and sound smart.



That's pretty much exactly what my thought process was. It was like

1. I can totally do this

2. I have no idea how to do this

3. I'll go ask the XKCD guys. They're smart at Maths.
by FrankManic
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?
Replies: 24
Views: 3050

Time in transit from earth to pluto at 1.5 G Accel?

So. My question is, if I had a space ship that could accelerate at a steady 1.5gs, how long would it take to get to Pluto. Now, I'm not looking for a very precise answer, but I would love to see your math, since I don't know how to calculate for acceleration. I'm curious because I'd like to write a ...
by FrankManic
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Strip Settlers of Catan
Replies: 48
Views: 54140

Re: Strip Settlers of Catan

Around here we play on fairly simple rules. 1. If the robber lands on a land controlled by you, remove a piece of clothing and give it to the person who just moved the robber. 2. That person must then put it on their head. 3. Person with the niftiest hat at the end of the game wins. pretty much ever...
by FrankManic
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most practical superhero power
Replies: 104
Views: 11163

Re: Most practical superhero power

I saw a pdf somewheres showing that all of superman's power were derivative from a single power, like the ability to instantly apply momentum or... somesuch. =/ It went over my head, but the idea that a single 'power' could have multiple 'powers' come from it's effect was pretty cool. Well, all you...
by FrankManic
Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions for the Hivemind
Replies: 124
Views: 9843

Re: Questions for the Hivemind

The Hivemind communicates with pheremones that have no acoustical cognates.

The Hivemind desires protein rich biomass!
by FrankManic
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Squirl in the fax machine
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: Squirl in the fax machine

How on earth did that happen?
by FrankManic
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lockpicks
Replies: 52
Views: 7813

Re: Lockpicks

Pretty sure lockpicks are illegal in all/most states. Why do you even need one? Call me paranoid, but it seems pretty suspicious. Lockpicks are legal in most states. What's illegal is things like "possession with intent" or "possession of burglary tools" or the like. There is a ...
by FrankManic
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most practical superhero power
Replies: 104
Views: 11163

Re: Most practical superhero power

I'm going to throw in for luck. Benevolent, 'good' luck, rather than Ironic genie luck. Of course, depending on how the luck runs out, it's not so much your superpower as everyone's superpower.

Alternately, the ability to remember where I put my keys would be pretty handy.
by FrankManic
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would the future find interesting about us?
Replies: 36
Views: 3181

Re: What would the future find interesting about us?

I'd send two and a half pounds of really good maple cured bacon, the complete Led Zeppelin discography on Vinyl, and a bottle of Johnny Walker Black. The future will never understand us, anyway, might as well send them a party. *Two thousand years pass* "The ancients were much like us. We have ...
by FrankManic
Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not colonize Ceres?
Replies: 228
Views: 41505

Re: Why not colonize Ceres?

However from what I understand about interplanetary travel Ceres is kinda useless for a refueling station. It would take months to reach Ceres moving at breakneck speed (which would require fuel) and it would take a lot of fuel to slow down to refuel there. It would be more fuel economical to just ...
by FrankManic
Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not colonize Ceres?
Replies: 228
Views: 41505

Re: Why not colonize Ceres?

So... what if we built a nice big... sensor... thingy somewhere in space near earth. Then we plot the path of some sizeable bodies that orbit reasonably close to earth. Then we send a rocket out to one, futz with it's trajectory a bit, dig a hole in it, and call it a reasonably radiation resistant s...
by FrankManic
Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Halloween pranks?
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: Halloween pranks?

1. Get a time machine 2. Figure out when your friends will get home from partying. 2. Wait two weeks, paint yourself up like a zombie, then travel back in time to that precise time every fifteen minutes for a couple of hours. 3. Jump out and scare the shit out of your friends. 4. Pat yourself on the...
by FrankManic
Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It's a duck.
Replies: 227
Views: 21651

Re: It's a duck.

Je Suis Un Canard!
by FrankManic
Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It's a duck.
Replies: 227
Views: 21651

Re: It's a duck.

I don't think we've conclusively ruled out the possibility that it is a zebra.
by FrankManic
Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gender Expectations and Shame
Replies: 74
Views: 8814

Re: Gender Expectations and Shame

Yes, I sometimes feel a twinge of shame or embarrassment when I am running around in a skirt. Or, you know... when the girls at the party talk the boys at the party into kissing, and I try to slip the boys a little tongue. Cause... yeah, eitherway, sometimes, yes, I do. Best cure for it that I know ...
by FrankManic
Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 361587

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Misconception: Computers are not self aware and have no sense of pain, so quietly tapping a ball-peen hammer against your palm while you're waiting for windows to update would just be silly.
by FrankManic
Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 57186

Re: Can someone please explain this comic

For me, it was realizing that people born in the 90's were legally having sex with each other. *shudder*
by FrankManic
Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Question of Evidence: Aliens vs. God
Replies: 85
Views: 11386

Re: A Question of Evidence: Aliens vs. God

As I understand it, the existence of any god worth the name would require a fundamental change in our understanding of physics. gods, deities, spirits, are all explicitly supernatural concepts, they do not and cannot exist under the current model of physics. Aliens, on the other hand, just need the ...
by FrankManic
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 677127

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

well, it sounds like you had fun, so it's a start.

In theory it should work. It'd take a ton of cycles, but it should work. Have you thought about using a polar sea?
by FrankManic
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Homemade Rocket [Not the weapon]
Replies: 20
Views: 2447

Re: Homemade Rocket [Not the weapon]

Also, it's worth noting that there's a pretty big difference between 1 in 7 being injured or killed and 1 in 7 being killed... Very true. I was going on my memory at that point. Still, I'll take 100 million launches of commercial motors without injury over 1 in 7 injured (with some killed). Which i...
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90166
Views: 8936432

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I know. I'm sorry. : (

*performs the unclad jumping jacks of penance*
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I have $250, where should I go
Replies: 23
Views: 19728

Re: I have $250, where should I go

See, if you were in the US I would say ROAD TRIP! but then, I don't know how practical it is to jump in a car and drive for sixteen hours to see the worlds biggest ball of yarn if you live in England, having never lived there myself.
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90166
Views: 8936432

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

The Babe with the Power! Girl blue jeans look really tight and uncomfortable, and I bet that because the skin is constantly in contact with the fabric they loose more heat per unit area per unit time than boy blue jeans, which are looser and thus trap an insulating layer of air. This is a continuall...
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 298035

Re: The radical idea that women are people

cephalopod9 wrote:I think in even the most liberal societies, it still takes two people to make a baby.


I think we should work on this, and get it cleared up, so that those so interested can make babies with genetic material selected from a number of people between 'me' and 'everyone'.
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Blasphemy Day
Replies: 201
Views: 16489

Re: National Blasphemy Day

You know, you can blaspheme against any god or combination of gods you feel like. You don't have to pick on Yahweh. You could blaspheme against Rama-Tut, or Nyarlathotep (at your own risk) or one of those very complicated to spell Mesoamerican deities. Heck, you could just declare that there is only...
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 72273

Re: Super-ish Powers

Triangle_Man wrote:My personal choice of superpower would be the ability to create explosions.

Because I love pyrothecnics. :¡This cheese is burning me!:


That is a superpower that you can realistically achieve with a degree in engineering and a few licenses.
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1691458

Re: Today I Learned

I learned that Tasty Kakes still taste like childhood.
by FrankManic
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Waking up in the morning (w/o caffeine)
Replies: 27
Views: 2685

Re: Waking up in the morning (w/o caffeine)

I rely on an anxiety disorder that doesn't respond well to medication, combined with a healthy dose of existential dread, to ensure that if I wake up I stay awake, eyes wide, gazing with horror into the inevitable future. I drink lots of water, myself. And food helps. And I've heard that following a...
by FrankManic
Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 72273

Re: what would you choose as your super power?

The power to intuitively know where things are happening that would require the services of superheroes, as well as a general idea of how tough the situation is and what sort of talents might be required to deal with it. They call me... The Dispatcher. My other superpower would be a gun. So that whe...
by FrankManic
Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2942457

Re: Postify your facerity

This is a picture of me.

I am wearing my battle hat.

Image
by FrankManic
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Use of paramilitary police to control or supress protest
Replies: 13
Views: 2602

Re: Use of paramilitary police to control or supress protest

Doing my best, Az. I'm not in the best place emotionally, right now, but this is important. Eitherway, Trend, from Miriam Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trend I offer the Haymarket incident as evidence that violent confrontation has a long standing place in American history. http...
by FrankManic
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Use of paramilitary police to control or supress protest
Replies: 13
Views: 2602

Use of paramilitary police to control or supress protest

There seems to be a trend in the United States towards the use of paramilitary police forces to stop, suppress, or attack any organized protest. This is generally excused by way of the actions of a minority of protesters who engage in acts of violence or vandalism. At the outset of violence tactics ...
by FrankManic
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What sites do you go on when you're bored?
Replies: 107
Views: 110979

Re: What sites do you go on when you're bored?

New fun waste of time: Trolling camwhore sites performing impromptu Turing tests. Spot the pr0n robots!
by FrankManic
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Event Attire
Replies: 33
Views: 2211

Re: Event Attire

I thing its a great thing for those less fortunate to attend cultural events and learn an appreciation for the arts and... what not. You judged people who are not in formal wear as being less fortunate! You did! Just there! Umm... It depends on the event. Like, if you're going to the Metropolitan O...
by FrankManic
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What the eff? Racist much?
Replies: 91
Views: 7697

Re: What the eff? Racist much?

I had an interesting thing here. Apparently some republican dude made a joke that went "blah blah blah, don't take things from Monkey's" referring to the president. And Everyone else in the class was like "Hey! He's comparing President Obama, a black man, to a monkey!" And I was ...
by FrankManic
Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 173021

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Someone in my History of Pirates class lost there thermos so brought a martini shaker filled with there drink of choice instead. Hilarity ensued. History of pirates class? that is pure epicness Apparently most collegiated professors equate "Entire bottle of orange juice" as being a screwd...
by FrankManic
Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 61981

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPMI...losing your calculator is more stressful than losing your mobile phone. Yeah. My calculator is worth far more to be than my cell phone. My cell phone has a few numbers, all but one of which I either know by heart or can easily re-find, a few texts saved for sentimental value / stuff to re...
by FrankManic
Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!
Replies: 138
Views: 29743

Re: Watchmen. Let us discuss. SPOILERS!

264,000 including cancer victims is the number I've generally heard. Compared to... well.. everything else Nuclear Bombs have about the same kill count as Toilets and accidents involving office chairs. So. Adrien Veidt. Tall. Blond. Blue Eyes. Probably born sometime in the forties. Parents died in a...

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