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by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Death of America? (USA...)
Replies: 40
Views: 4991

Re: Death of America? (USA...)

Firstly, I understand Naomi Wolfe to be very, very, very left wing. She previously wrote a called 'No Logo' (which I adored for a while) which both called out corporations for their human rights crap while painting a picture of Capitalism as a destructive, oppressive way of life that had to be defe...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My deepest seated wish may come true!
Replies: 42
Views: 5584

Re: My deepest seated wish may come true!

Well, the full moon by definition is behind the earth. So it's never up at the same time as the sun. So no, you can't see the full moon during the day. You can sometimes see the mon during the day. But in my experience only in the morning / evening, when the sun is not very bright anymore. When the...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Death of America? (USA...)
Replies: 40
Views: 4991

Re: Death of America? (USA...)

Naomi Wolf has an interesting book where she expressed that there are 10 step that move an open society into a closed society. I'm curious how many of these steps the fora think have happened and if you conclude that these steps also lead to a closed society. 1. Invoke a terrifying internal and ext...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My deepest seated wish may come true!
Replies: 42
Views: 5584

Re: My deepest seated wish may come true!

The bad news is, it could also happen in a million years. But who's counting? yes yes miss negative nancy.. but it might also happen tomorrow.. nothing wrong with a little optimism But if we do see it tomorrow, wouldn't that mean it actually happened 1300 years ago and we're just now seeing it? I k...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Astrology world is changed overnight
Replies: 78
Views: 10420

Re: Astrology world is changed overnight

Thanks Mr/Ms Joykill. So now I'm a crappy saggitarius and Jesus is something else entirely. My whole belief system has been rocked today. A> Saggitarius is an *awesome* sign in as much as any imaginary thought construct can be anyway. B> In regards to seismic activity in your belief system.. You ar...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Astrology world is changed overnight
Replies: 78
Views: 10420

Re: Astrology world is changed overnight

I'm pretty bummed about not being an awesome Capricorn-esque goat. Now I'm a silly saggitarius - I'm not even sure what that means*. But at least me and Jesus sre still the same starsign. That gives me joy. Astronomer" and "Astrologer" . Those two words are far too similar for my lik...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My deepest seated wish may come true!
Replies: 42
Views: 5584

Re: My deepest seated wish may come true!

The Reaper wrote:
The bad news is, it could also happen in a million years. But who's counting?


yes yes miss negative nancy.. but it might also happen tomorrow.. nothing wrong with a little optimism :)

I mean if it is already showing signs of losing mass then that at least is promising :mrgreen:
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My deepest seated wish may come true!
Replies: 42
Views: 5584

My deepest seated wish may come true!

no, not the Japanese twins one.. We may get our own Supernova event in our lifetime! And Betelgeuse would be an excellent one! I commented ion the thread about the crab nebula comic a few days ago that it is my favorite star. How awesome would it be if it went off on Dec 21st 2012? Not that it would...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Astrology world is changed overnight
Replies: 78
Views: 10420

Re: Astrology world is changed overnight

I kinda freaked out about this, because I am now cancer I got promoted from Capricorn to Saggitarius.. *much* cooler sign! LOL gotta admit.. I do not believe in Astrology.. it's the same line of horseshit that has been passed down for millenia by people attempting to make money off of other people....
by Aelfyre
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Privatized Space Travel
Replies: 148
Views: 11623

Re: Privatized Space Travel

Sadly I have one prominent thought on the original topic.. Privatized Space Travel.. Barring some kinda Star Trek horseshit whereby the human race magically becomes altruistic and completely dominated my goodness and morality I feel a slight amount of dread at the concept.. It is only a matter of ti...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Emulsification of fats
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Emulsification of fats

Because it interferes with the surface tension of water and other liquids (though sorry in advance if that was a pun or something that I missed). oh for the love of all things holy people.. (not just you Angua) he was trying to make a joke and work the word cat in surfactant... LOL love you guys.. ...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 24867

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

haha,, ok so that was great.. I actually got the punchline for once! I just *recently* learned what a complex conjugate was from Leonard Susskind's lectures on Quantum mechanics (btw itunes.stanford.edu is a gold mine of free education.. I am soaking up as much as I can as fast as I can) shit just g...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Emulsification of fats
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Emulsification of fats

man something is wrong with me.. everytime I open this forum I read this as "Emulsification of cats"
by Aelfyre
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17555

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

This one actually touched me because I used to do this as an angsty teenager- the going out with my telescope and picking a star to find solace in, not the quoting Tolkein and having it die on me part. Stargazing is incredibly meditative and I do have my own "secret" star who kept me comp...
by Aelfyre
Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17555

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

Apeiron wrote:The plural of dwarf is dwarves. The plural of forum is fora.


ah yes.. Pedantry is a lost art. :)
by Aelfyre
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17555

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

If I have an ultimate fantasy that doesn't involve Japanese twins.. it's to be laying out star gazing on a winter night when it goes and lights up the heavens.. I even signed up for SNEWS just to increase my chances of seeing it. :) Isn't betelgeuse one of those stars that will literally light up t...
by Aelfyre
Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17555

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

This was my favorite one in a long while... best part is if Betelgeuse goes in my life time I'll get to tell a story very akin to this one.. :) It always was my favorite and like 10 years ago I learned that it is in that phase of it's life where it very well may have already gone and the light just ...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?

There are lots of ways to think about black holes, one of which is that "matter never actually matters to cross the black hole, it takes forever to do so, it just keeps on getting closer and closer and slowing down and down, being stretched more and more flat from an external perspective, and ...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nope. By the way, solar wind isn't what keeps us from crashing into the Sun. i certainly hope I wasn't taken to be implying that it was. :p Because as you fall down a gravitational potential well, your speed goes up. Why would you stop at t...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Is a one way gravitational relationship possible?

Ok, so I have been thinking about Dark Matter vs. Regular matter again and something bothers me a bit.. Dark matter surrounds the galaxies and clusters and such like a halo and lends its structure to the nodes and filaments of the cosmic web.. ok that I can wrap my head around. What’s really confusi...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using an Abundance of Wasted Energy
Replies: 44
Views: 4099

Re: Using an Abundance of Wasted Energy

It's not a bad idea in circumstance such as that when you are high up and the fluid has to be channeled down to the recovery system.. I mean techincally all you are doing is recovering some of the energy it took to pump it up to that height in the first place. Not sure what kind of net yield you cou...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Anti-Matter Alchemy?

The energy released by the annihilation would probably just asplode the rest of the atom. It's not something that would be useful. In other words, what Winter Man already said but that you were "99% sure" you disagreed with. ok I see the issue here... I've been inarticulate.. I was never ...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Anti-Matter Alchemy?

Why? What makes you so sure? honestly? I guess the lack of a scientific definition for what it means for a molecule to "asplode" By my definition as long as the remainder of the molecule still exists in some form then it's just fine.. the universe hasn't been broken. ;) But if that "...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

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. yeah I saw that.. they managed to contain a couple dozen molecules for something like a millisecond? That's an enormous leap but would it be enough to use them for collision...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Anti-Matter Alchemy?

Another thing to remember is protons and anti-protons are composite particles, and do not annihilate cleanly into a bunch of gammas directly. You end up with a mess of pions, some of which decay into gammas, but sometimes decays into leptons. Probably occasionally, they'd hit some other atom and st...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Re: Anti-Matter Alchemy?

The energy released by the annihilation would probably just asplode the rest of the atom. It's not something that would be useful. I'm 99% sure that the rest of the atom would be just fine.. it wouyld definatley have alot more energy for some time due to all the photon bombardment and would most li...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Anti-Matter Alchemy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2305

Anti-Matter Alchemy?

ok, I'll try to keep this one short and sweet.. Matter and Anti-Matter annihilate in perfect balance so if you have 2 grams of hydrogen and 1 gram of anti-hydrogen they will react leaving 1 gram of hydrogen and a lot of photons. I may be oversimplifying this but as I see it in my head an electron an...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thought experiment about Event Horizons
Replies: 23
Views: 2073

Re: Thought experiment about Event Horizons

I was actually referring to the no-hair theorem . This does have some problems being proved outside the framework of General Relativity, but last I'd heard, the no-hair theorem was reasonably generally accepted. Correct me if you know better. All I was saying is that a theorem that doesn't account ...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thought experiment about Event Horizons
Replies: 23
Views: 2073

Re: Thought experiment about Event Horizons

KingXimana wrote:I meant matter sorry for the error

a matterless black hole, as in one made of pure energy.

that was the question i believe


yes in essence that was the thought.. thanks.. :) A black hole with no mass.. simply its equivalent amount of energy.
by Aelfyre
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thought experiment about Event Horizons
Replies: 23
Views: 2073

Re: Thought experiment about Event Horizons

Moose Hole wrote:Ok now you have your train of thought written down. Please organize it so the rest of us can understand your question.


yeah ok fair enough... I'll give that a shot tonight when i get home from work.. ever get one of those thoughts you need to get down in hard copy before it evaporates?
by Aelfyre
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thought experiment about Event Horizons
Replies: 23
Views: 2073

Thought experiment about Event Horizons

I just want to check that I am thinking about this correctly and in no way am implying that this event may occur at some point. Ok so let us assume we have a supermassive black hole sitting out in space sitting there fairly quiescently having consumed most of its available material. Now assume that ...
by Aelfyre
Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What fictional science is required for space-fighers?
Replies: 131
Views: 17939

Re: What fictional science is required for space-fighers?

Something that prevents them from being tracked, targeted, and virtually instantly converted to vapor by computer-guided lasers mounted on the opponent's ships. Some sort of cloaking or the interminable 'deflector shield' would seem to be in order. this.. plus a compact power source capable of prov...
by Aelfyre
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Energy Demand of Thinking?
Replies: 17
Views: 2272

Re: The Energy Demand of Thinking?

I don't have any references handy, but it's been shown that "smart" people use less resources while thinking, because their brains have been optimized to be efficient. (I don't believe they accounted for all the energy it took to do the optimizing:)) It would make sense since a good measu...
by Aelfyre
Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?
Replies: 34
Views: 12847

Re: Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?

Goemon wrote:Actually, Big Al himself proposed that ...


I am thoroughly enjoying the conversation on this topic and am happy that my question was at least thought provoking.. that being said "Big Al" just made me shoot coffee out my nose... LOL [/kindahurtactually]
by Aelfyre
Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pseudoscience Forum?
Replies: 31
Views: 3079

Re: Pseudoscience Forum?

ahh ok.. on reading the title I thought they were coming up with a place to hide all my question threads.. LOL This actually sounds like a reasonable idea.. a place I could go to post questions about hypothetical dyson spheres around red dwarves in my PnP RPG and such... a place where to have fun an...
by Aelfyre
Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Jumping into a pair of jeans
Replies: 14
Views: 5309

Re: Jumping into a pair of jeans

Moose Hole wrote:Don't put jeans on while you're naked unless you like your pubes caught in zipper teeth.


or you shave or wax them off. (the pubes not the zipper teeth)
by Aelfyre
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?
Replies: 34
Views: 12847

Re: Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?

Think of it this way, if space-time could get "bunched up" like that, then two observers, one standing still relative to the "bunchiness" and one moving with respect to it, could tell you which one was moving relative to space time. tl;dr version: Good question! But it only work...
by Aelfyre
Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?
Replies: 34
Views: 12847

Is the fabric of Space-Time perfectly elastic?

I’ve been thinking about dark matter and how has no physical properties other than gravitational attraction and had a thought. What if Space-Time itself is not perfectly elastic, meaning that given enough distortion it might be possible to permanently warp it’s fabric leaving phantom gravitational e...
by Aelfyre
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vacuum Zeppelin
Replies: 146
Views: 65421

Re: Vacuum Zeppelin

I've thought about this, and I came to the conclusion that anything strong enough to support a vacuum would be too heavy to fly. that would be my first thought too.. but my second thought is.. what about that monomolecular carbon sheet stuff that those kids just won that Nobel Prize for? Supposedly...
by Aelfyre
Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Massless photons and gravity
Replies: 50
Views: 7276

Re: Massless photons and gravity

I sometimes think about what kind of technology the human race will need to invent to make energy to matter synthesis a reality.. huge solar collectors out in space turning energy into hydrogen for rocket fuel and what not... maybe even a way to flash compress it hard and fast enough to fuse it int...

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