1253: "Exoplanet Names"

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby seacow » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:21 pm UTC

Honestly, I'm surprised no one went with 3.141592653589793helpimtrappedinauniversefactory7108914.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby PolakoVoador » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:39 pm UTC

I'm almost sure "FEEEEOOOOOOOP" is a reference to the Guide, but I can't find the actual quote

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Canadian Lemming » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:42 pm UTC

rlh wrote:Disappointed to not see New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York.


In my head, "Planet #14" is an even more obscure Who reference.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby addams » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:19 pm UTC

Wooloomooloo wrote:I feel utterly betrayed. Suddenly but inevitably. How can "THIS LAND" possibly not be on that list...?!?

"THIS LAND" (?) Nah. This is, THIS LAND.
The goal is to name, "THAT LAND".

This Land does not have a name, yet.
So, Internet of us. Name That.

What about Our poor little Planet.
Does it have a name, yet?

Mud! We could call it Mud.
Spoiler:
When I came from;
If a person was in Trouble, that person was named Mud.

After, The Storm had blown over, that person's name would Revert back to LampShade Beltbuckle.
Mud is a perfectly fine name.

Spazz MaGee is a Wonderful Name!
It could be the Scientific Name for All fur bearing creatures.
That will never work. Some Spazz MeGees are Reptiles.

Nice children can be a great deal of fun.
Even the nice ones need guidance.

Off Fucking Topic
Spoiler:
I listened to a man talk about Teaching, yesterday.
He is a Teacher. I thought he was wrong.

I did not say, "You are Wrong."
I asked why he believed what he did.

He has been doing The Job for years and years and years.
He seems to think there are three kinds of students at 4th Grade, inside the United States.

He said:
There are Boys that like to read. Those boys are both boys and girls.
There are Boys that do not like to read. My job is to teach them to read.

I asked him. Why do they not read?
He said, "They are busy being boys. They go fishing and walk in the forests. LIke I did."

He went on to tell me about what he did as a child. We both laughed. He did not like to read when he was ten.
He learned to see the value in reading when he was, about fifteen. I have no idea 'Why'.

He became a Teacher.
He is attempting to prepare ten year old people for the day they become interested in The Written Word.

That is a Noble Calling. But, but,...umm....but. does he know about The Internet?

It was a Public Conversation. It did not last long.
What do educators think they are doing?
Preparing Children for what?


Spazz McGee is such a great name.
Whole Classes of Things can Be Spazz McGee.

All Aliens can have Spazz McGee stamped on their Passports!
It's a Great Idea!

After a few hours with Homeland Security, everyone is a bit Twitchy.
That is the Spazz part.

After a few hours with Homeland Security, Any Name will do.
"Name? Yes. I think I have a name. If you don't like it, Then that is not my Name. You pick one."
"McGee? ok."

I swear. Immigration did that in The Old Days, At Ellis Island.
Today the US is much more efficient.
Both Citizens and Aliens alike get that Shell Shocked look.

We need a Warning Beacon. No! Don't land here!

The signs of intelligent life may be artifacts from before The Internet.
Don't let that Bridge fool you. XsquareYsquare? No.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby grafzero » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:52 pm UTC

No "ANAL SMASHER TWO THOUSAND"?
Oh, wait, it is already taken.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby jpvlsmv » Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:36 pm UTC

I think they should name a planet "After You". Can you think of a better Pick-Up-Astronomy line? "Wanna go to this planet? I named it after you?"

We could also have fun naming planets "Where", "Here", "That", and "What"...

Spoiler:
What is the name of the planet orbiting that star?
No, Where.
This one.
Yes, Where.
Here.
No, That's not here, Here's there, and that's Where.
Look, let's take this slowly. Do you see the planet in the telescope?
Yes.
And does the planet have a name?
Yes.
What is the planet's name.
No.
So the planet's name is "No"
No, Where is the planet.
Here, In the telescope.
If you want to see Here, I'll move the telescope.
To point it where?
Do you want me to move it or not?
(etc)

--Joe

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:03 pm UTC

Your Momma

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Moose Anus » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:06 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Your Momma
Your Momma so fat, HD 40307 orbits her!
Lemonade? ...Aww, ok.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby ctdonath » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:19 pm UTC

Rupert.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby EpicanicusStrikes » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:28 pm UTC

For the love of all that is online and holy... where are the bronies?

Serious. Not a single Equestria? Rarity? Celestia, Luna, Planet Pinkie Pie?

Oh, they're gonna hear from ME!

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby addams » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:30 pm UTC

jpvlsmv wrote:I think they should name a planet "After You". Can you think of a better Pick-Up-Astronomy line? "Wanna go to this planet? I named it after you?"

We could also have fun naming planets "Where", "Here", "That", and "What"...

Spoiler:
What is the name of the planet orbiting that star?
No, Where.
This one.
Yes, Where.
Here.
No, That's not here, Here's there, and that's Where.
Look, let's take this slowly. Do you see the planet in the telescope?
Yes.
And does the planet have a name?
Yes.
What is the planet's name.
No.
So the planet's name is "No"
No, Where is the planet.
Here, In the telescope.
If you want to see Here, I'll move the telescope.
To point it where?
Do you want me to move it or not?
(etc)

--Joe

That is very funny.
You stand on the shoulders of Giants.

There were Giants before Abbot and Costello.
Abbot and Costello stood on the shoulders of Giants, too.

It is Turtles all the way down for some people.
It is Giants all the way down for you.

Can You See The Stars From Up There?
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Wnderer » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:30 pm UTC

Rather than random crap, what they should do is get people to vote for authors, books, movies, songs, etc., that they want assigned to stars. Then the planets orbiting these stars should be named for characters, themes, or places related to these works. For example, I made a list of authors and stars.

Spoiler:
star_and_authors.png


I still got lots of room at the end.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Djehutynakht » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:31 pm UTC

I feel we should name them something that entices people to go there.

LIke "Free Money"

Or "Aurea, the planet with copious gold reserves"

I swear. We'd be seeing expedition plans by days end.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:31 pm UTC

You know, if there were ever a strip that could justify being nothing but reference jokes, this would be it. Because that's what you'd get, realistically, if you asked the Internet to name planets for you. I could see "The Land of Oo" being pretty close to the top of the list, along with the names of all the major planets from every sci-fi franchise anywhere.

PREVIEW EDIT: And, as Epicanicus points out, names of My Little Ponys.
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby addams » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:51 pm UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:I feel we should name them something that entices people to go there.

LIke "Free Money"

Or "Aurea, the planet with copious gold reserves"

I swear. We'd be seeing expedition plans by days end.

It worked for Greenland and Iceland.
Is that the way you had it explained to you?

The people that had Iceland liked it and did not want company.
They called it Cooolldd. Greenland is colder. Funny? Yes.

Before the Internet a long journey, like that, was a gamble.
Second hand educations are Funny. Where did you learn it?

I got a lecture at a camp-out or something.
Psychology/Geography. What did you Name Your Land?

The poor North American Indian.
The White Guys show up and say;
"Look! An Undiscovered Land! Let's Name it!"
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby bob443@mahaska.org » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

Stavromula Beta.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Azkyroth » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:10 pm UTC

I wonder how many "Myanus" suggestions they got.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Werty » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:10 pm UTC

Posting to say I laughed at "Comic Sands"

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby donaithnen » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:43 pm UTC

What? No Planet Bob?!

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby unus vox » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:56 pm UTC

Loving the Neverending Story reference.

Anyone else catch that?
Spoiler:
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Retsam » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:00 pm UTC

I'd like to suggest A-Aron.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Archgeek » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:10 pm UTC

Clearly it is necessary that Gliese 581-c be named Kerbin. It's the third planet of a system with as many objects as the Kerbol system.
Plus, it works in Kerbal Space Program.
"That big tube down the side was officially called a "systems tunnel", which is aerospace contractor speak for "big tube down the side."

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:27 pm UTC

ctdonath wrote:Rupert.


That seems like a (mostly) harmless enough name

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:40 pm UTC

I'm full of terrible ideas to.

Gliese, the best a man can get
Tau cetiped
Epsilon Eridani b & c - Eri & Dani
Amoeba
Xanadu-Kublai
Xanadu-Kane
Xanadu, with moons names Olivia, Newton and John
Blobonia
Cue ball
Relpek, Lerkep, Pekrel, Kerlep, Rekpel, Lepker, Pelrek ( for the Kepler planets)
Twice (so nice they named it...)
Shiva
Mecha-Shiva
Meta-Earth
Pi Mensae b - Lemon meringue
OMGWTFROFLBBQ
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Uzh » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:46 pm UTC

I strongly recommend

Pale Blue Dot

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Darkhand » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:56 pm UTC

snowyowl wrote:2314/06/18 02:15:30 UTC
1 433 643 330 seconds Privileged Reference Frame time
Interstellar space


Captain Yanos massaged his temples. "Is there anything happening on this entire ship that could conceivably be described as "good news", or are we all up shit creek without a canoe?"

The Human Resources Officer shifted her weight. "That's the gist of it, sir. We've got five thousand people on a ship built for less than half that. Most of them are civilians, and most of those are scared and angry. We've broken up a few small fights already, but it's only a matter of time before we have a riot on our hands. And if that happens, we might as well just step out the airlock, because once people start smashing things up in here we'll be flying an inert lump of metal with no life-support."

"Speaking of which..." The Captain turned to his Engineering Officer. "How is the life-support situation? How long will our rations last?"

"Essentially? Zero. The Voidcutter isn't a supply ship, sir, she's not designed for long sieges like this. She's designed for getting into fights, winning them, and then sending the soldiers home for dinner. And we were low on rations when the attack hit. We're down to emergency rations already. We'll do what we can with the recycling algae, but we need to get help or a lot of people are going to die soon. Still," he brightened a little, "the engines work. We can get to a lot of places at 90 kilolights."

"Computer, show us a map." The lights dimmed, and a holographic map appeared over the table. A blinking dot about 2 light-years out from the solar system marked their position. "The nearest colonies to us are Tiny Dog Planet and Phil Plainet. Since they're the closest, they'll be utterly swamped and won't take too kindly to us landing in their lap when we had other options. There's also the orbiting dockyards around Unicode Snowman -"

"- it's pronounced ☃ -"

"- who obviously won't be able to take any refugees, but we could probably sell them some of our missiles for scrap metal."

"What about Laser Noises?" The Science Officer waved a hand at the map. "They're too far away from the carnage to be involved, and begging your pardon sir, they're rich enough that they shouldn't mind having a million refugees dumped on them. Let alone the paltry thousand or so we're..." She slowed down as she noticed the stares the others were giving her.

"Commander," said the Comms Officer gently, "there are rumours flying that the Laser Noisians are responsible for this attack. Either directly or indirectly. Consider who stands to gain from this: Earth will be a wasteland for generations. The colonies that have always wanted their independence: Laser Noises, Cosmic Sands, Pilf, and probably e'); DROP TABLE PLANETS--, now have the freedom to take it. And with independence comes the ability to officially declare war. Which I suspect they will do, retroactively, and announce that the brand-new crater in the Pacific was the first shot fired of a war Earth didn't know about."

"If only it were that simple," said the Captain, standing. "Earth had allies - has allies. Blogosphere, Waist-Deep Cats, and Earth - no, I mean the Gliese one - won't stand idly by. And all the colonies have at least paid lip service to non-proliferation agreements, and they won't stand for this. Laser Noises and Cosmic Sands don't have enough military might to make this attack worthwhile. There's something we don't know going on here - something way above our pay-grade."

He paused. "And I guarantee you any yuppie who can get an Internet connection in our brig has reached the same conclusions. There's a war on now, and we'll have to look to the chain-of-command for instructions. With Earth gone, that means the office at ☃, and if that's gone, it means Waist-Deep Cats."

"And if that's gone, well... You know I can't promise we'll live through this. We're all soldiers, we always knew that risk was part of the deal. But there are people depending on us now, people who we foolishly took responsibility for. I'll not see them die if there's anything in my power I can do to prevent it."

"And once our passengers are safe, then we have an arsenal full of torpedoes and a lot of new enemies to fire them at."


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I haven't actually logged in in about 3 years, but I did so just to say:

More, please? :)

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:15 pm UTC

IAU to the Internet:

"I heard you're idea's and their definately good"

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby edzieba » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:43 pm UTC

HD28185b | Endor

Come on, that one's easy.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby tms » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:40 pm UTC

Roguelike. Liked.
- No, son. I said 'duck'.
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby da Doctah » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:08 am UTC

jpvlsmv wrote:We could also have fun naming planets "Where", "Here", "That", and "What"...

Spoiler:
What is the name of the planet orbiting that star?
No, Where.
This one.
Yes, Where.
Here.
No, That's not here, Here's there, and that's Where.
Look, let's take this slowly. Do you see the planet in the telescope?
Yes.
And does the planet have a name?
Yes.
What is the planet's name.
No.
So the planet's name is "No"
No, Where is the planet.
Here, In the telescope.
If you want to see Here, I'll move the telescope.
To point it where?
Do you want me to move it or not?
(etc)

--Joe
I've changed my mind. Instead of "Dennis", we should name it "Ceci n'est pas une planète".

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Quicksilver » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:19 am UTC

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:For the love of all that is online and holy... where are the bronies?

Serious. Not a single Equestria? Rarity? Celestia, Luna, Planet Pinkie Pie?

Oh, they're gonna hear from ME!
The filter's first target was most likely us.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby Essah » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:10 am UTC

Drop table planets made me lol

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby TimXCampbell » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:13 am UTC

donaithnen wrote:What? No Planet Bob?!

Fans of the group The B-52's may have noted the absence of Planet Clair. Mind you, the cartoon does seem to indicate that we're seeing only a portion of the list, so everybody's favorites might be just beyond the bottom edge.

Steve the Pocket wrote:You know, if there were ever a strip that could justify being nothing but reference jokes, this would be it.

I like that there are references I recognize (e.g. "Stampy") but in general I'm not keen on reference-heavy stuff because I'm now 56 years old and I'm not up-to-date on the latest, hippest, most outrageous stuff. (I hear that Justin Beiber fellow is popular.)

Still, some of these ideas can be turned into reference-worthy material if we all work together. If it isn't already a trending meme, let's get to work on "Waist-Deep Cats," please?

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby ygp » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:43 am UTC

Red Hal wrote:
Tacroy wrote:These names have a distinct lack of gravitas.
Would you say they are Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall? Maybe there's Very Little Gravitas Indeed? Perhaps an Absence of Gravitas? Perhaps the entire list is a Gravitas-Free Zone?

I felt that only Lax Morality and maybe just Spare Parts could be be Culture ship names. Even then, to me they don't quite compare to Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints or Sanctioned Parts List, to pick two similar ones.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:14 am UTC

How about Bumhole (pronounced "byoom-ho-lay"), in tribute to this Spitting Image sketch, which for some reason has stayed with me for 25 years.
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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby simonh » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:33 pm UTC

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penisland

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby jfoley31 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:32 pm UTC

No "Mole of Moles"?

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:57 pm UTC

simonh wrote:Null
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Simon Hibbs

Is "Simon Hibbs" one of your proposals? I kind of like it.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby simonh » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:20 pm UTC

Is "Simon Hibbs" one of your proposals? I kind of like it.[/quote]

It's served me well enough :)

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Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Postby da Doctah » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

TimXCampbell wrote:Fans of the group The B-52's may have noted the absence of Planet Clair. Mind you, the cartoon does seem to indicate that we're seeing only a portion of the list, so everybody's favorites might be just beyond the bottom edge.
And fans of the American tribal love-rock musical "Hair" might have noticed the absence of Exanaplanetooch (a planet in another galaxy; a place where all the people look like me).


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