News Briefs 29-01-2010

”I don't even know what I was running for - I guess I just felt like it…”

Many thanks to RPJ, Greg, Kat, Holden Caulfield and the Glass Family.

Quote of the Day:

“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse...”

J.D. Salinger

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Rick MG's picture
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RPG? Is there something Miguel hasn't told me? :-P

Farewell, JD Salinger. It's synchronous, because just last night I was talking to my new housemate about Catcher In The Rye (neither of us enjoyed it much, but we do respect it as a fine example of literature). They don't write 'em like that anymore, which is our loss.

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I could've sworn I met RPG during a D & D tournament long ago ;p

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That was me... until all the trolls decided to evict me ^_^

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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earthling's picture
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The entropy death of the universe has its moments as the ultimate end-of-the-world scare. The only marketing problem is the time frame, it is way too far off.

The concept can however be of value.

Once the climate change stuff wears out, we will need another reason to pontificate against consumption, luxuries and a pleasant lifestyle. We should look at a long term sustainable reason. Entropy may be just the cause.

All this wasteful use of energy in the western world surely shorten the life of the universe. We might be talking about picoseconds!

So the appropriate non-profit organizations need to get up to speed on this one.

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We are the cat.

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It seems that the big animals co-existed with humans for several thousand years. So we cannot exclude the possibility that whatever those humans did, sometime during those years, may have had something to with the extinction of these animals.

Consequently we jump to the conclusions that these humans were guilty. The fact that we had a lengthy ice age in between supposedly had nothing to do with these extinctions. "We" are to blame.

And what's with this "we" stuff anyway, I've never been to Australia :P

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red pill junkie's picture
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And what's with this "we" stuff anyway, I've never been to Australia :P

Believe me: the koalas are mighty thankful for that ;)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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is alive and well here in OZ. You only have to go to any Pub or footy game to see them. Just as well Koalas are not that big now. Drop Bears cause enough damage at their modest size now!

"Life can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you do what your told."
LRF.

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and why they will never find it this way.
All accelerators use massive magnetic fields to move particals at extreme speeds. My theory is the Higgs Bosom is actually twin magnetic properties. I use the word "properties" because it's more an energy concentrate then a partical that can be observed. So the energy released in an impact of H particals is the dispersion of the Higgs Bosom. The effects of this can be measured but not the actual properties of the Higgs.
How will science discover this? When they start doing research using a completely magnetic neutral isolation chamber in a passive, no-evasive manner.
You heard this first here at TDG.

"Life can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you do what your told."
LRF.

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Are there still folks who doubt we went to the moon in 1969?

I was observing some really good Steampunk art a few days ago... the image was of a late 19th century version of Apollo, complete with a smoke stack and coal bin.

You know, space travel is not a big thing once you overcome the problem of escaping Earth's gravity and getting into orbit. Flinging yourself into a trajectory to the moon is equally easy from that point... it is only a few days distant and with a good idea how to lead a target, you could arrive in fairly good fashion.

Next, Lunar gravity being what it is... or is not, as it were, landing could be done by stick, adjusting manually your thrust to regulate the fall to a comfortable speed.

Bump. We're here.

I guess I really miss the point because once we had reached Earth orbit, the rest was a cakewalk. What is so hard to believe?

"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."