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by mercuryseven
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 45120

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

Any xkcd-ers feel like dumbing down the paper and its significance for some of their less intelligent fellow users (a.k.a. me :oops: ) If I try, I'm not sure I'll do a very good job at it. But here's some articles from writers who are fairly good at explaining things.. http://io9.com/5843112/faster...
by mercuryseven
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reading Order
Replies: 6
Views: 1352

Re: Reading Order

For the relativity books, you probably don't need to read every single one you listed. Some of them looks like different textbooks covering standard undergraduate lecture material. What I'm saying is you'll find lots of overlap between the books. Of course, the good thing about having different book...
by mercuryseven
Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101479

Re: Mass Effect 2.

My personal favourite (just because I love the book it's referencing) is that during LotSB you can see a wanted photo of Jack. The photo is the sterotypical "standing in front of height marks, prisoner number overlaid" style. Prisoner number? 24601. Anyhow, there are approximately 1 billi...
by mercuryseven
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101479

Re: Mass Effect 2.

Reading the list on ME1 makes me wanna replay that game again...
by mercuryseven
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 2.
Replies: 1033
Views: 101479

Re: Mass Effect 2.

I just completed Mass Effect 2. It would have been a pretty awesome but had a fairly weak plot compared to ME1. I did find it had lots of science fiction references throughout the ME universe. Here's a partial list of stuff I found: (or were they so obvious to that it didn't need mentioning?) -Jack ...
by mercuryseven
Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A gravity question
Replies: 12
Views: 2562

Re: A gravity question

Or you could think of it as three separate systems, in the absence of rotation/angular momentum, each are being gravitationally attracted to the common centre of mass, which happens to coincide with the centre of the earth. Somewhat related is the direct answer to the question of whether the Earth i...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Re: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Vapour wrote:
Spoiler:
The best part was when Starscream died. He was an asshole.


Man, I forgot when exactly did that happen. Here's another problem I had with this current version of the transformers - is that they all look the same! Or do I really suck at recognizing robots?
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Physics Research
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Re: Theoretical Physics Research

High energy, as a term commonly used in my university, covers a broad area. So do have a specific area of research in mind? People usually mean particle physics and standard model when they use the term, right? My university's "High Energy Physics Research Group" also includes relativity, ...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2124
Views: 372409

Re: A Song of Lice and Ire

I kind of want to read this series, but it was painful enough to watch that I think I wouldn't quite be able to bring myself to so actively punish myself by reading it, the way I can passively watch it and it will happen without me having to make it happen. Also what does "passively watch"...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cowboys and Aliens
Replies: 45
Views: 7737

Re: Cowboys and Aliens

The trailer itself doesn't really excite me...but the thing that's pulling me in is the fact that Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig is in this movie. From my experience, there is a high chance that this movie could turn out to be crap (which is subjectively saying that I won't enjoy this movie, probabl...
by mercuryseven
Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457485

Re: Questions For The World

To people from cultures with spicy cuisine: do children get "full spice" as soon as they can eat solid food, or do they have to build up a tolerance like people from outside those cultures? I'd say build-up. Generally most small kids dislike spicy food, but tend to like them / get used to...
by mercuryseven
Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Re: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

The film was clearly about special effects and the "WOW" factor. I don't understand why people go in to these sorts of films expecting plot or subtlety or act surprised when the male gaze is plastered all over the place. Because fancy special effects and tits everywhere work just as well ...
by mercuryseven
Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: British vs. American
Replies: 14
Views: 2972

Re: British vs. American

Both countries have large and diverse music scenes, so I don't think one can easily say British music is better than American, or vice versa...

But I do like Dido more than any other American female artist. I don't know why, somehow all my favorites are from Europe.
by mercuryseven
Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Re: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Yeah, basically. And this has got to be up there among the worst films I've ever seen. Absolutely dire. So, so long winded and full of its own importance, and the tattered American flag still flying strong post city smashing made me want to punch someone. Preferably Michael Bay I completely disagre...
by mercuryseven
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Casey Anthony Trial - Not Guilty
Replies: 85
Views: 11955

Re: Casey Anthony Trial - Not Guilty

I'm all the way on the other side of the world, so even over here I can feel the heat of media coverage on Casey Anthony, and is baffled by the media attention. There definitely was other similar cases to this, but why the other murder cases are not given this much attention? Is there something spec...
by mercuryseven
Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are some good scientific journals for free online?
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: What are some good scientific journals for free online?

If what you want is to keep up to date in scientific news (without actually having to access the journal itself), then science blogs is the way to keep up. You just need to know who are ones to look out for. For biology and life sciences, Ed Yong is really good at this. The good blog writers usually...
by mercuryseven
Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Re: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Is it even possible to have a spoiler for a Transformers film? I mean, I've not seen this one (yet, I don't know if I ever will), but I'm pretty sure I can predict the plot despite having read next to nothing about it: I don't know.... some people may be really serious about spoilers. Let's see - E...
by mercuryseven
Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Re: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

I still don't get the logic of SP turning down the Matrix... supposedly he is not going to be the leader. But towards the end of the movie, he keeps proclaiming himself the leader of Cybertron. He's going to have hard time gaining followers if Optimus still has the Matrix. So granting that ...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon
Replies: 45
Views: 6252

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

I fully expected there must already be a thread on this, but it didn't turn up in my search. I just saw this movie, it was reasonably good, especially as someone who hasn't really liked any Michael Bay film since The Rock. It's probably because I found Shia LaBeouf less annoying now than he was in t...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fairly Legal
Replies: 1
Views: 1002

Re: Fairly Legal

I have been enjoying this show... it's a witty and lighthearted legal drama. The minor thing I didn't really like was Kate's unconventionally "friendly" relationship with her ex-husband. Sure, nothing is wrong with that - just that it feels like I'm missing out a very important bac...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: First Class
Replies: 37
Views: 5395

Re: X-Men: First Class

I thought the central proposition of this film, the conflict between Xavier and Magneto, worked really well, and Raven and Beast mirrored it fairly well. The other mutants had no need to be there whatsoever, but thats a big film for you- less is more is not a concept big films are terribly familiar...
by mercuryseven
Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64565

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Makes me want to re-read Godel, Escher and Bach again... my favourite book ever
by mercuryseven
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 24307

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Perhaps the closest thing to a mathematical fairy tale we have now is Vihart's story about Wind and Mr. Ug - and an original story at that (as far as I know)
by mercuryseven
Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Working (or finding) Out The Chords To The Song Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

Re: The Working (or finding) Out The Chords To The Song Thre

Sorry for necro-ing this thread, but I'd wanna seek help figuring out the chords/tabs the song "Sacre Couer" by Tina Dico. I found two videos of her playing the song on separate occasions: Clip 1 Clip 2 I'm in a very similar position to the OP - I can play a few chords and learning many ne...
by mercuryseven
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Handling distractions on the PC
Replies: 15
Views: 3726

Re: Handling distractions on the PC

Seeing that I'm here, clearly I'm not handling distractions very well. But most of the time I find the simple act of not facing my computer makes a difference. Luckily I have an L-shaped table, so when I'm serious about focusing, I'll just use the empty side. However if my work is ON the computer, t...
by mercuryseven
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Depressing Physics test
Replies: 21
Views: 3354

Re: Depressing Physics test

Yambert wrote:so with the curve (it was massive) I actually got a 94 A. :mrgreen:


Congrats...I guess? Yeah congratulations! In the curve this means you're near the top of the class, right? Must have been a really though test for the whole class.
by mercuryseven
Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Depressing Physics test
Replies: 21
Views: 3354

Re: Depressing Physics test

the teacher's known for giving hard tests with huge curves. It still feels pretty horrible and it's not that I just care about my grades for some job/whatever, I care about learning, I just don't feel particularly reassured that I have brain capacitance to learn most of these things. Cheer up... I ...
by mercuryseven
Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bones
Replies: 33
Views: 21002

Re: Bones

I only watched a few episodes in Season 5, because I went home to my home country and it was airing there... and yea, it's a quite okay show. Not really sure how accurate is the forensic anthropology stuff in the show, but the image processing stuff is borderline magic/fantasy. I went to check out S...
by mercuryseven
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?
Replies: 63
Views: 11624

Re: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?

McNulty too? awesome... anyway I don't see how is this related to stereotyping. Is there a 'Baltimore stereotype' I don't now about? Nah, I just meant he (or I suppose more accurately, his character) doesn't fit the stereotype of an English public schooler. I see :wink: Great actors, these guys... ...
by mercuryseven
Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?
Replies: 63
Views: 11624

Re: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?

McNulty too? awesome... anyway I don't see how is this related to stereotyping. Is there a 'Baltimore stereotype' I don't now about?
by mercuryseven
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?
Replies: 63
Views: 11624

Re: So you're allowed to like The Wire on this board right?

I'm up to Season 3 now - I was surprised to find out Idris Elba (Stringer Bell) is actually British! It was surreal when I watched Rock 'n Rolla, a Guy Ritchie movie with "Stringer" speaks in a British accent...

I don't know why, watching McNulty being an asshole always makes my day...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125906

Re: Does God Exist?

Definitions of God tend to be either impossible or uninteresting. Okay, I'll bite. How about the traditional notion of God as a being which possesses the qualities of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolance? Is that impossible, or uninteresting? It strikes me as neither. I had a Philosophy of...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The problem with wormhole travel
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Re: The problem with wormhole travel

Well, if I remember the history of this topic correctly, the paper that sparked off all the interest in wormholes is that it is possible to get transversable wormholes , i.e., they have the following properties: 1) The local acceleration due to gravity throughout the throat is approximately g 2) The...
by mercuryseven
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 125906

Re: Does God Exist?

Definitions of God tend to be either impossible or uninteresting. Okay, I'll bite. How about the traditional notion of God as a being which possesses the qualities of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnibenevolance? Is that impossible, or uninteresting? It strikes me as neither. I had a Philosophy of...
by mercuryseven
Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theory vs. Practice in Peer Review
Replies: 11
Views: 3396

Re: Theory vs. Practice in Peer Review

A slight bone to pick about physics not really being a science - physics is really an experimental science. No matter how abstract / theoretical a physical theory anyone comes up with, it must stand up to observation. Otherwise it gets thrown out immediately. Or, if one tries to establish a very abs...
by mercuryseven
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Your favorite stand-up comedian? (Poll)
Replies: 101
Views: 11386

Re: Your favorite stand-up comedian? (Poll)

I'd vote for Dara O'Briain and Robin Williams..

I'm so glad of this thread...I've only recently become a fan of stand-up comedy, and was trying see which other comedians to look out for
by mercuryseven
Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bestest Movie/Anime/TV soundtracks
Replies: 35
Views: 4920

Re: Bestest Movie/Anime/TV soundtracks

Roswell title credits song (Here With Me) introduced me to Dido, and I liked Dido ever since... I like the soundtrack Cowboy Beebop too, though by a small margin, I like The Real Folk Blues a bit more than Tank! And the song at the finale, Blue, had a great emotional impact on me when I saw the endi...
by mercuryseven
Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Taylor expansion of a functional?
Replies: 4
Views: 3478

Re: Taylor expansion of a functional?

If anyone wants, the second order term in the functional expansion is this: \int dx_1 dx_2\;\eta(x_1)\frac{\delta G[f]}{\delta f(x_1)\delta f(x_2)}\eta(x_2) I maintained the correct ordering for the \eta(x) 's, which should be important if you're doing quantum...
by mercuryseven
Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Good sequels to movies?
Replies: 19
Views: 2416

Re: Good sequels to bad movies?

Regarding Alien vs. Aliens, I think they should be treated as different genres, because their approach to the movie was completely different. Because I'd say Alien is a good SF horror movie, while Aliens was a good SF movie. Action movie buffs might say Aliens is better, while horror fans might say ...
by mercuryseven
Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?
Replies: 24
Views: 5579

Re: two black holes and path 'through' 'event horizons'?

If I'm understanding the situation correctly, you're saying that a spaceship would possibly enter the region which used to be behind the horizon, but now deformed because of the presence of another black hole? When horizons intersect, then the two black hole will more or less become one large "...

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