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by seladore
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132907

Re: Omegle!

I may have had bad luck... I've had one good one, one strange and offensive one, and several dull 'a/s/l' experiences.

Such is life.
by seladore
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132907

Re: Omegle!

I tried again this evening, but never got anything better than "a/s/l", "ur actin weird lol" and so on.

What is the interesting person to dull person ratio, would you say?
by seladore
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762617

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I hate the word 'may', when used to preface a claim.

For example,

Eat cereal X! It may help prevent heart disease!


How much evidence is required for that 'may'?

Surely if there was any actual evidence, they could say that it does, in fact, prevent heart disease?
by seladore
Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Jazz, for a beginner.
Replies: 22
Views: 3470

Re: Jazz, for a beginner.

Can I have some advice on where to start with listening to jazz piano? Keith Jarrett is a good one, though many people (myself included) find him rather dense and, at times, hard to listen to. Brad Mehldau is amazing, great pianist with a great band. He mixes his own compositions with jazz interpre...
by seladore
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flux from the sun
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: Flux from the sun

Yeah, when you have fluxes per Hz, they are actually called monochromatic fluxes - normally denoted F _{\nu} -, and are much lower (by a factor of \nu ) than regular fluxes. Then you integrate the monochromatic flux if you want a regular flux. In general, though, you don't have to do this. The only ...
by seladore
Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best Multi-protocol IM Client for OS X?
Replies: 8
Views: 1082

Re: Best Multi-protocol IM Client for OS X?

I have to second (third?) Adium. Works great for me.
by seladore
Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Interference pattern terminology question
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Interference pattern terminology question

Aaah, you are right. It's been too long since I did this.

Apologies. Hopefully no-one will see this and take away my science license.
by seladore
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Perpetual Motion Device as a Time Machine
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: Perpetual Motion Device as a Time Machine

The idea of entropy as an 'arrow of time' is based on the fact that entropy is one way. It is only a measurement thing, however - no-one suggests that entropy controls time. It is more like a handy natural clock. The most that is ever claimed is that entropy helps to define the direction of time - i...
by seladore
Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Interference pattern terminology question
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Interference pattern terminology question

You can find the maxima orders using
[math]d \sin \theta = m \lambda\;\;\;\;\;\; m = 0, 1, 2, 3 \dots[/math]
Where [imath]m[/imath] is the order number, and [imath]\theta[/imath] is the angle relative to the central maximum. So order zero is the central maximum, order 1 is the next one, and so on.
by seladore
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Academic Careers in Cosmology
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: Academic Careers in Cosmology

Is it really harder than in other areas of astrophysics? I get the impression that all you have to do is some kind of string theory thing and they throw money at you (almost) - it seems to be the 'in' thing at the moment, for which there is plenty of funding available. This is in the UK, though - it...
by seladore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Regarding Gravity of Large Spheres
Replies: 11
Views: 981

Re: Question Regarding Gravity of Large Spheres

In that case no... you would move as to minimise your potential energy, which would be at the centre of the sphere. Think about it - if you were a distance x from the centre, then there would still be a force G\;\frac{Mm}{X^2} attracting you to the centre. In your scenario, there is nothing preventi...
by seladore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Regarding Gravity of Large Spheres
Replies: 11
Views: 981

Re: Question Regarding Gravity of Large Spheres

I think you might have to clarify. If I understand correctly, you would just fall to the centre of the sphere of gas - I'm not sure what you mean by an 'imaginary sphere'. Two important ideas that might help guide your thinking; ⋅ If you are outside a uniform sphere of matter, it acts like...
by seladore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: One way to avoid being stretched apart by a blackhole...?
Replies: 100
Views: 7296

Re: One way to avoid being stretched apart by a blackhole...?

Not a BH person myself, but as far as I know some people suspect that there might not be a true singularity inside - so the density goes really high, but non-infinite. The fact that we get infinities might be telling us more that our system of equations is breaking down, rather that that reality is ...
by seladore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132907

Re: Omegle!

I think you're OK, he seemed disappointed that I was male. Second time was a charm; You: Don't say hi; it's just what they want you to say... Stranger: hi You: We can take this on a surrealist detour! Join me! Stranger: Oh surrealist! im in! You: Balloons! Tollup the candy pop, bosun, and ra...
by seladore
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Omegle!
Replies: 701
Views: 132907

Re: Omegle!

Stranger: sex Stranger: now You: Wow. Demanding Stranger: i know Stranger: i want you Stranger: are you male? Stranger: do you live in nyc? You: Lets say... yes You: And no, respectively Stranger: oh Stranger: never mind then You: I could put on an accent? Stranger: fuck off Stranger: bastard Stran...
by seladore
Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama promotes nuclear-free world
Replies: 47
Views: 2271

Re: Obama promotes nuclear-free world

Without idealistic promises being made at some point, nothing major would ever get done, I'm sure.

It does remain to be seen whether Obama makes good on this position, however.

I've got my fingers crossed.
by seladore
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama promotes nuclear-free world
Replies: 47
Views: 2271

Re: Obama promotes nuclear-free world

I'm impressed. I expected a general 'nuclear weapons are bad, unless we've got them' approach, which is the best line that has been generally used recently (better than "mutually assured destruction makes us all safer", anyway). I realise he's not proposing decommissioning them all, but wo...
by seladore
Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of self Realisation [Philosophy]
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: [Philosophy] Age of self Realisation.

Having recently read Descartes, and being somewhere in the bowels of Kant's Critique, I feel compelled to chip in. Descartes posits I think, therefore I am, but you should keep in mind that you know that you exist only while you are considering this fact. You cannot be 'absolutely' certain of anyth...
by seladore
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: One way to avoid being stretched apart by a blackhole...?
Replies: 100
Views: 7296

Re: One way to avoid being stretched apart by a blackhole...?

No, I think the tidal forces are present over such small distances, that the [imath]dg[/imath] over the distance of, say 0.5m would tear you apart, and fast. It makes no difference whether you present your legs first, or do some complex spinning thing
by seladore
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age of self Realisation [Philosophy]
Replies: 14
Views: 2362

Re: [Philosophy] Age of self Realisation.

I'm having trouble seeing the connection between two issues you are raising. You seem to be trying to derive some kind of Cartesian doubt from this idea that we can't be sure when we start to be conscious. Here, in particular, you say How can a being know it exists when it cannot determine when it c...
by seladore
Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 118369

Re: xkcd in Least I Could Do

Would have worked better without the second panel.
by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probably simple relativity question/clarification
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Probably simple relativity question/clarification

The potential well that Jane is sitting in is relatively unimportant for the problem, though. Jane could be sitting in deep space for all it matters. It's the acceleration during the turnaround that causes the mismatch. Douglasm provided the correct clarification. I thought the question wasn't abou...
by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)
Replies: 34
Views: 3809

Re: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)

A question for our mod here - could you possible change the shade of pink your mod text appears in? I realise that as a mod you are the world's greatest cultural force, but it hurts my eyes and is hard to read. Sure. Oh wait. No kitties or candy or Dethklok here. USER WAS BANNED FROM N&A&D&a...
by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)
Replies: 34
Views: 3809

Re: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)

What is the stance on picture repetition? If it is, in fact, illegal, then can this below count for candy while my other graphically enhanced post counts for kittens, please?


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by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G20 leaders settle $1tn deal
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Re: G20 leaders settle $1tn deal

What is bloodtrocution? Sounds painful...

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by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probably simple relativity question/clarification
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Probably simple relativity question/clarification

What DonChubby said is right. In SR, time dilation effects are symmetrical - so if Jane sees Dick's clock going slow, Dick will see Jane's clock going slow by the same amount. This symmetry is broken, however, when you include gravity. So if Jane is in a potential well and Dick isn't, then their obs...
by seladore
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nuclear abortions are against Capitalism. SBers, Unite!
Replies: 10
Views: 1255

Re: Nuclear abortions are against Capitalism. SBers, Unite!

Rebuttal, ad hominem, ad hominem, strawman strawman.

Non-sequitur, conclusion.

Pithy statement of intellectual superiority.
by seladore
Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SB
Replies: 58
Views: 5432

Re: SB

Lord Aurora wrote:
Meaux_Pas wrote:Some guy named Gojoe, I hear.
Gojoe has Sisyphus? Pretty sure that's a myth...


Don't be so absurd.
by seladore
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SB
Replies: 58
Views: 5432

Re: SB

So has it gone downhill recently? I used to frequent it regularly about six months ago and always found it to be reasonably mature.
by seladore
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SB
Replies: 58
Views: 5432

SB

So, a question.

All y'alls seem to be hatin' on SB recently. Why is this?

I can see why the mods hate it (it would be a pain in the proverbial ass to moderate), but all the same it is nice to have somewhere for formal, structured, intelligent debate.
by seladore
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: asshats
Replies: 8
Views: 1422

Re: asshats

mewshi wrote:Well, perhaps I'm doing something wrong...

Still, I'm sick of this "joke" at this point. It's not funny.


Seriously, it's one day of an internet forum.

And it is quite funny.
by seladore
Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Welcome
Replies: 64
Views: 16151

Re: Welcome

What a strange bump.

In addition, my quincentennial post has arrived. I shall go forthwith to crack out the champagne and hookers, to better celebrate this prestigious moment.
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: velociraptor awareness
Replies: 39
Views: 9820

Re: velociraptor awareness

I DISAGREE WITH THE ABOVE THERE IS NO THREAT TO YOU DELICIOUS HUMAN PEOPLE PLEASE WALK OUTSIDE NO NEED TO LOCK DOORS OR WINDOWS GO AND RELAX IN THE LONG GRASS YOU WILL NOT BE IN DANGER I REPEAT THERE IS NO THREAT Also, yay for Pokémon reference. Just throwing this out there, but maybe it was a Jura...
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Modern jazz.
Replies: 3
Views: 717

Re: Modern jazz.

The late great Esbjörn Svensson, with E.S.T. Amazing piano jazz. Can't really describe them easily... they always maintained that they weren't a jazz band, they were a rock band that played jazz. One of my favourite groups of all time. http://www.est-music.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esbjörn_S...
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Physics question about gravity
Replies: 13
Views: 2085

Re: A Physics question about gravity

Perpy, can you explain a couple of things you said more? I'm not necessarily criticising, I'm more confused and would like you to elaborate... the existence of spacetime has not been properly proven yet I'm not sure what this means. How would it be 'proven'? Or, for that matter, disproven? If there ...
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theories that are right for the wrong reason
Replies: 32
Views: 4491

Re: Theories that are right for the wrong reason

See, I'm not sure that 'the wrong reason' can be applied to the scientific method. The only wrong reason would be if someone did not use the scientific method, but came up with a right answer nonetheless. So Democritus would fit (he had no accurate physical explanation for his atomic theory, he just...
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: History's great people who are too infatuated with someone
Replies: 5
Views: 3120

Re: History's great people who are too infatuated with someone

Dante and Beatrice.

He was in love with her all his life after a childhood meeting, and (as far as I know) they never met in adulthood. Still, he write her into the Divine Comedy as the tour guide to heaven.
by seladore
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: velociraptor awareness
Replies: 39
Views: 9820

Re: velociraptor awareness

Keep it quiet. Spread the word only to a trusted few.

If they can work out door handles, they can work out the internet. They are probably reading this now.

I'm off to sit behind my barricaded door with a six pack and a shotgun. Wish me luck.
by seladore
Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Which radio station do you listen to ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4556

Re: Which radio station do you listen to ?

Radio 4 in the UK.

Greatest radio in the world.
by seladore
Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 60835

Re: Worst song lyrics

The Kaiser Chiefs, I predict a riot,

Girls run around with no clothes on
To borrow a pound for a condom
If it wasn't for chip fat, well they'd be frozen
They're not very sensible


Seriously, it doesn't get worse than this vonny cal.

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