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by Sir_Elderberry
Mon May 16, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431402

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I didn't get to finish the campaign I had planned this semester, but by the end of it I think a few players were starting to chafe at it, and I wasn't putting enough effort into it to make it into a really good game. I'll play a bit over the summer but I'm thinking next semester I'm going to hard re...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon May 16, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 761720

Re: Doctor Whom

So, considering that I've been excited for this since I heard Neil Gaiman was doing a Who episode, I have to say that it did not disappoint. This whole season has so far been really good, although the pirate one was perhaps not quite of the same caliber as the rest. I hope they manage to get this ar...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Mandom like the morgu

I know it's been a few weeks since I posted, and I hate to drop in and advertise, but a friend and I just crafted a wonderful web-based fox identification game.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Heat loss in a spaceship
Replies: 36
Views: 8871

Re: Heat loss in a spaceship

gmalivuk wrote:
Sir_Elderberry wrote:I don't remember quite how cold it gets
About 2.7K in the shade.

I meant how cold Serenity got in "Out of Gas"
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Heat loss in a spaceship
Replies: 36
Views: 8871

Re: Heat loss in a spaceship

You probably got this opinion in reaction to not having another misconception, the vision of space as a flash-freezer. Space can't steal heat that quickly--as has been pointed out, one major problem with our spacecraft is getting rid of all the heat our systems generate. That said, heat still radiat...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Mandom like the morgue

He has no intention of actually driving 500 miles. He's just saying that he would do it for the subject of the song.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196562

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

"Getting Jossed" in TVTropes parlance means having your theory shot down by the show on purpose, either by Word of God or canon.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196562

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

It's kind of hard to criticize them for something they ultimately didn't do.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Favourite faster than light technology
Replies: 92
Views: 21016

Re: Favourite faster than light technology

Does the concept of "same reference frame" make sense on an absolute scale, since the uncertainty principle limits how precisely you can measure velocity? They're not, to my knowledge, related concepts. You can only pin down a reference frame so precisely due to the uncertainty principle,...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: So You Want To Increase The Speed Of Light - World Asplode?
Replies: 5
Views: 3735

Re: So You Want To Increase The Speed Of Light - World Asplo

C is related to the permittivity and permeability of free space by Maxwell's Equations so you're going to fuck up electromagnetism.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)
Replies: 8
Views: 1642

Re: Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)

I've fixed some stuff--that previous while loop was bad. Anyway, I tried to implement this all with vectors, but I'm still getting segfaults. Dummying out particular lines and using couts to check which line is causing it tells me it seems to happen as soon as I try to modify any of the variables in...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)
Replies: 8
Views: 1642

Re: Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)

I tried to do competitors[population] but I got an error. Maybe I was doing something else wrong with the declaration.

Anyway! You say it ran for you? That's odd. I'll look at this more tomorrow and see what's going on.

@Area Man: Thanks. I'll look into that.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)
Replies: 8
Views: 1642

Fairly simple program, Fairly simple programmer (C++)

I'm trying to build a program that will automatically assign targets in a game of assassins, as explained in the second paragraph of this blog post . This compiles, but at first it was giving me a segfault as soon as it tried to read the file. Honestly, I'm not really much of a programmer--I knew so...
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

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

Thank you, ice. I didn't want to go to class today.
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: classical physics: E=Em sin(kx-wt) k= 2pi/wavelength
Replies: 4
Views: 2089

Re: classical physics: E=Em sin(kx-wt) k= 2pi/wavelength

Well, sure, but do you know the wavefunction for E? I thought you meant E0, like the amplitude.
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Facebook movie - The Social Network
Replies: 99
Views: 15509

Re: Facebook movie - The Social Network

Wikipedia says there were 450 visitors and 22,000 photoviews, but doesn't seem to have heard of the site going down. The site was quickly forwarded to several campus group list-servers, but was shut down a few days later by the Harvard administration. Zuckerberg was charged by the administration wit...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453675

Re: Questions For The World

Intellectual pursuits are generally concentrated in cities, where there are universities, I guess. There are probably a lot of other factors tied up in the economics of it all. (In addition, have you tried farming? Damn. I think I developed intelligence entirely to escape it, as a defense mechanism.)
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: classical physics: E=Em sin(kx-wt) k= 2pi/wavelength
Replies: 4
Views: 2089

Re: classical physics: E=Em sin(kx-wt) k= 2pi/wavelength

When an EM wave enters a medium its wavelength changes by a factor of the index of refraction, iirc. When it's reflected, it doesn't change, but its phase is shifted by a value of pi. Otherwise, to my knowledge, there's no way to take knowledge of the electric field amplitude and turn that into wave...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

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

Something to do with menstruation probably.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??

A species whose small number of individuals can only be propagated by clones? Will they be smug and manipulative?
Spoiler:
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by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??

I'm not trying to poke holes in the story so much as actually ask; I'm not a biology guy and don't know how mtDNA actually affects an organism's development.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??
Replies: 8
Views: 1114

Re: Mammoth being cloned by Japanese scientists??

Would it technically be a mammoth if it's got elephant mitochondrial DNA?
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capacitors, AC and DC confusion
Replies: 11
Views: 3370

Re: Capacitors, AC and DC confusion

Capacitors can be called "AC only" because they only "pass" AC current--that is, a current that changes quickly stops the capacitor from ever building up much opposing voltage, so it will pass through the capacitor, while one with a lower frequency will be more affected. This mea...
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 197536

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

There was no Green in America until Leaf Green.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Who inspires you?
Replies: 10
Views: 1411

Re: Who inspires you?

Feynman, both from the "being an awesome physicist" perspective and the "being an awesome dude" perspective. I'd read his memoirs and was worried that reading Genius would dispel the illusion somewhat, but it turns out he really was that badass.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DC Universe Online
Replies: 38
Views: 5780

Re: DC Universe Online

Jesse wrote:Playing on the EU server at the moment as Corax being mentored by Batman. I'm loving it, because I'm massively into all my superheroism and time wasting. Exploring the JLA Watchtower was just lovely.

STEAM. TAKE ALL MY CREDIT CARDS.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 722454

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

But, it seems to me that person who thinks you're travelling at arbitrarily-high-fraction-of-c also observes you as having the kinetic energy that accompanies it, so they should observe the accompanying gravity from the extra mass-energy, and if you added enough, you could have enough mass-energy in...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 752374

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Though it's not impossible, that probably doesn't apply to the guy who wrote the ad, even if the person in the ad is a real patient.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 722454

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

You can talk about mass increasing, or you can say that mass stays the same and apply the Lorentz factor to something else. (My modern physics class never touched on "relativistic mass" for instance.) Either way, in General Relativity both mass and energy warp space gravitationally. So, ye...
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molecular reconstruction question
Replies: 11
Views: 1600

Re: Molecular reconstruction question

Well, yeah, but the OP wants to do it from base elements.
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molecular reconstruction question
Replies: 11
Views: 1600

Re: Molecular reconstruction question

An evolutionary algorithm could do it in about four and a half billion years or so, I think.
by Sir_Elderberry
Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Microwaves, Stealth Aircraft and the Cold War
Replies: 20
Views: 1932

Re: Microwaves, Stealth Aircraft and the Cold War

If the military invented such a material to the point that those carrying large amounts were arrested because they were worried about the Soviets getting their hands on it, I really don't think that material would be available to private companies in general or whoever makes Hot Pockets in particular.
by Sir_Elderberry
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

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

I say, do you bite your ass at me?
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tran Logacy
Replies: 99
Views: 26454

Re: Tron Logacy

I'm sorry, Mods or OP, can one of you correct the title? "Legacy" currently has an "o" where there should be an "e" THIS IS THE CORRECT SPELLING. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH OCEANIA. You might also note the "Doctor Whom", "30 Rack", and "Th...
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: matter / antimatter imbalance
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: matter / antimatter imbalance

No, Antimony interpreted that statement correctly.
by Sir_Elderberry
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: matter / antimatter imbalance
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: matter / antimatter imbalance

I've always heard it like this: If parts of the universe are matter, and parts are antimatter, well, then you still have a symmetry problem (why are those bits one way and those bits another?). But, more importantly, the interstellar/intergalactic medium around antimatter galaxies would logically be...
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 761720

Re: Doctor Whom

Let's be fair. We've been pumping out Fake Brits long enough that we deserve it.
by Sir_Elderberry
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 761720

Re: Doctor Whom

Ehhh. Not that I think they ought to remain entirely in the UK--it's a little unrealistic that every alien threat beelines for London--but I'm still remembering the accents from Daleks in Manhattan...
by Sir_Elderberry
Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2265

Re: Anti-Matter Alchemy?

The LHC is actually working on making cool amounts of anti-hydrogen. There was stuff about it in the news a couple weeks ago.
by Sir_Elderberry
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9229155

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

The new Decemberists album can be streamed from NPR now. And it is good.

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