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by markfiend
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 44648

It's not particularly obscure, but it blows my mind that all life* on Earth uses (almost) the same genetic code and (almost) the same core biochemical pathways.

Common descent FTW.

*Well, all life so far discovered.
by markfiend
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies which need to be, but which totally aren't
Replies: 71
Views: 8356

The Good Omens movie needs to actually happen. When Neil Gaiman was doing his book-signing tour for Neverwhere he told the following story: It seems that Neil and Pterry went to see a film producer in Hollywood who was interested in filming Good Omens . Before they went into this guy's office, Pter...
by markfiend
Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Transformers Line incorrect?
Replies: 45
Views: 10946

Minirogue wrote:...why neither of them uses the traditional period after Mr or Dr
In UK English it's acceptable to drop the full stop after Mr or Dr (or Mrs or Ms)

*Ahem* Sorry for the derail.
by markfiend
Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 30671

Corollary: In my experience, those who read fast but really love books wish they read slower. I know this is true for me, at least. Me too. When I was ~15 I had a two-week seaside holiday with my parents, I took Lord Of The Rings along as holiday reading. Was I bored when I'd finished it after the ...
by markfiend
Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The usage of "minute" as a unit of distance?
Replies: 28
Views: 8654

When using a "minute of arc" as a unit of distance though, while figuring out the distance over a single latitude would be easy enough, what if the person that's 5 minutes away is on a different latitude than you are? Calculate the great circle distance. Well, actually, you only want the ...
by markfiend
Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Melting Point of Alloys
Replies: 11
Views: 8031

alexthesoso wrote:theres an alloy of lead, tin, and i believe a tiny bit of molybendum that melts at just below the boiling point of water at stp.
Solder?

*Edit: Oops, I'm wrong. Standard solder, according to wiki is a eutectic mixture at 63% tin, 37% lead with a mpt of 183 °C
by markfiend
Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange behaviour of a digital clock
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

nemo42's solution works for me. A broken contact on the LSB input to the IC controlling the last digit.
by markfiend
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange behaviour of a digital clock
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

Was it always like that or did it just start to happen one day? I don't think it did it when new; my mum would probably have noticed and taken it back to the shop, you know what mothers are like. I was given it when I came away to University; the clock was already at least 10 years old then. I firs...
by markfiend
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange behaviour of a digital clock
Replies: 17
Views: 5085

Strange behaviour of a digital clock

Not exactly science, more "technology behaving badly" but I'm not sure where else this would go. I'm sure moderator(s) will move it if necessary. Anyway... I have an ancient digital alarm-clock/radio of a type similar to this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/Digita...
by markfiend
Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science in the bible
Replies: 160
Views: 16868

I'm out of the Exodus discussion. No I'm not "FDuffy from Wikipedia". Finkelstein has more than one supporter, you know. Finkelstein is extremely controversial and does not agree with the mainstream opinion on this subject. That is not the impression I get at all. However, I can see that w...
by markfiend
Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science in the bible
Replies: 160
Views: 16868

Ok, historical truth in the Bible. There was a Bethlehem. I'll accept that. However: Historical falsehood in the Bible: According to Matthew's gospel "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king". Herod died around 4BC. According to Luke's gospel Jesus was born dur...
by markfiend
Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vatican Library Closed -- Books too heavy
Replies: 11
Views: 2894

An urban legend comes true?
by markfiend
Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science in the bible
Replies: 160
Views: 16868

There is no archaeological evidence of Jews living in the desert at all, let alone for 40 years. Actually, there is, and I've already given it. The Merneptah Stele mentions Israel as being a people wandering in the desert, a few decades after Pitom and Ramoses were built. Do you even read your own ...
by markfiend
Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science in the bible
Replies: 160
Views: 16868

There was no enslavement of the Hebrews by the Egyptians Why not? You have not produced any evidence to the contrary. http://www.freewebs.com/markfiend/images/shrug.gif I, and others (mainly 3.14159265...) have posted that there is a distinct lack of evidence where we might reasonably expect eviden...
by markfiend
Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science in the bible
Replies: 160
Views: 16868

There was no enslavement of the Hebrews by the Egyptians, there was no Exodus, there was no conquest of Canaan. I'll accept that the myths recounted in Exodus are probably based on vague memories of the Hyksos expulsion, but there was no mass exodus of thousands of slaves from Egypt across the Sinai...
by markfiend
Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 202498

striking dragon wrote:I'm so nerdy I built a working trebuchet out of lego for a high school ancient civilizations project.
I hope there's no rule about quoting 6-month-old posts but...

I'm so nerdy I built a working trebuchet out of lego for fun
by markfiend
Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 84
Views: 10165

<Homer>Ah, beer. The cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems.</Homer>
by markfiend
Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bad ideas
Replies: 373
Views: 46038

All my own work: Bad idea #1: "Hmm, this step-down transformer for my ZX Spectrum makes some pretty impressive sparks when I short across the terminals with this wire. I bet I get a much more impressive spark from the AC mains supply." BANG! *smell of ozone* I land 6 feet across the room. ...
by markfiend
Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 326664

New user, hello people

Hi, my name's Mark, I'm from Leeds in The People's Republic of West Yorkshire, I work in web design (which largely means hacking together other people's badly-written php scripts to retrieve data from other other people's badly constructed MySQL databases and being surprised that the whole thing act...

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