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Re: Random & Fun

Post by D.B. » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:07 pm

Double post!

Anyone planning to stay up to see this? If it's not looking cloudy this evening I might. (The word on the net is that it's actually much less impressive when you see it live, kinda just a faint glow. If so I'll get to be cynical and dismissive of it later though, so win win!)
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by AssistantCrone » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:48 pm

I am now! (At this stage it'll probably involve setting an alarm, squinting out the window for a few seconds and falling asleep under the curtains, but damnit, shiny things in the sky are awesome).
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by Archonix » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:29 pm

I'm pretty certain it'll be cloudy.

How good it looks depends on how bright the sky is and how close you are to inhabited areas. If you're out in the wilds you'll be very impressed. If you're in the middle of London you won't see it. Somewhere like Cambridge, you'll see it, but your impression of its quality may vary depending on things like brightness of the street lamps, angle of light, how far south you are, blood alcohol content...
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by D.B. » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:13 am

Well, I looked and I looked, but I could not sees any proton. Maybe they are quite small :(
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by AssistantCrone » Fri Aug 06, 2010 1:30 pm

Me neither. Nice clear night, though. Very twinkly. :)
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by c_nordlander » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:36 pm

Zilch here. It was pretty cloudy, and there was probably too much street lights and stuff.
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Bring them all back down to their knees!
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I said: Hey, you! Poison the well!
Watch it all burn, take them straight to hell!
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by Archonix » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:13 pm

Probably wasn't worth looking at anyway. Feh. Stupid astronomy...

... speaking of which, a couple of articles that I found fun:

Chasing the Greek Foot and Making an English Foot.

The bit in the comments of the first article about the length of a cubit is something I'd never known, and the way the foot is actually derived (hint: it's nothing to do with feet) blew me away. And far from all the mystical bullcrap about Stone Henge and other similar stone circles, the fact that they're just a prototype for the International Standards Organisation is really quite amusing for me. Will there be naked dancers running around the burned-out husk of the ISO offices in Zurich two-thousand years hence?

The more I read about it, the more I'm coming to resent the whole metric system for being so divorced from nature. It's no more or less accurate than imperial (metric often appears more precise because of the decimal point and never-ending stream of numbers after it, but never confuse precision with accuracy as they are two very different things), but I've found that I can do mathematics a lot more easily when I'm thinking in fractions than in decimals and having more factors available makes dividing things so much easier. But of course metric uses 10s and that makes it simpler to count on your fingers...

To hell with that though. I use my fingers to count in binary. you can get up to 32 on one hand, it's awesome.
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by D.B. » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:08 pm

To hell with that though. I use my fingers to count in binary. you can get up to 32 on one hand, it's awesome.
Yeah, but that's metric binary. Imagine if you were doing that but for no reason at all, the 4th digit could take the values 0-13 instead of 0-1 ;D
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Post by fellranger » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:24 pm

I use my fingers to count in binary. you can get up to 32 on one hand, it's awesome.
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by AssistantCrone » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:22 pm

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Re: Random & Fun

Post by D.B. » Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:45 pm

Yay, these ones are at least not in the middle of the night :)
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by Andreas » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:17 am

Weather forecast says cloudy and rain for this place, as usual. :'(
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by c_nordlander » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:20 am

If you read the Lackadaisy webcomic, you've probably seen this already, but in case you haven't:

Lackadaisy Radioplay

It follows the first few pages of the comic, and the voices are excellent, especially Rocky's.
I said: Hey, you! Feed the machine!
Bring them all back down to their knees!
There's no time to waste, remind the slaves
They ain't gonna make it out alive today.
I said: Hey, you! Poison the well!
Watch it all burn, take them straight to hell!
He's got the whole world in his hands
It was nice to know ya
We've all been damned!
C'mon!


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Re: Random & Fun

Post by Stretch_Dude » Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:29 pm

Amazing. I'd like to hear that guy do Rocky's spiel about the Mississippi.
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Re: Random & Fun

Post by Archonix » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:56 pm

On the way to tesco in the pouring rain, I was walking down to the canal when I noticed a little round yellow ball on the floor. For a moment I didn't pay it much attention until I saw another. And then another, and realised I was standing next to a small plum tree. Just one, I thought. It had a few little yellow plums on it that were very tasty (naturally I ate them as they don't belong to anyone). On my merry way I went.

On the way back I looked at the spot from the other side and noticed something odd. It wasn't one little tree, it was a whole mess of plum trees, all of them just heaving with fruit and most easily accessible. A lot of it isn't ripe, but a significant chunk of it is and I've been plucking plums in the rain for the best part of 15 minutes. They are absolutely gorgeous.
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