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Comment 20 by Michael Fisher

I wonder how long before we can download stuff such as those designer shoes ? Or rather the data for stuff. I note that we can already do 3D printing at home in a limited range of materials. Steak'n'chips cooked, hot & ready to eat by 2025 is my guess. The wealthy could be fed by a different top chef every day of the year.

I'm tearing my metaphorical hair out trying to pack a rucksack for travelling around SE Asia, and was just thinking how nice a tardis bag or at least some kind of communal teleportation device would be. Maybe, like a quantumly entangled Argos or library

Your idea is probably better though.

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:01:09 UTC | #867821

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Shoe*

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 02:05:37 UTC | #867730

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Was supposed to have left my house an hour ago but instead have downloaded kindle iphone app and changed my address. Am now a few doors away from an Alabama designer show store. Nice work Michael Fisher. :)

Tue, 06 Sep 2011 01:27:03 UTC | #867714

Go to: Hubble movies show baby stars in the making

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Comment 16 by Downunder

Re: Your second paragraph. You might enjoy this if you havent seen it before.

Scale of the Universe

I wonder if there is any known physical law that says you can't get things smaller than a certain size or could there be some truth to the Homer Simpson/Tom Strong notion of universes within universes?

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:12:01 UTC | #867364

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I don't know what you put in your tea nancynancy but Image 1 is clearly a trilobite climbing up an igloo

...

or a large, focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm (a Class 5 full roaming vapor) swallowing a reclining nude.

Difficult to tell at this resolution.

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:49:46 UTC | #866669

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Wait. Is this video related?

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:30:43 UTC | #866668

Go to: Doodling May Draw Students into Science

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Comment 11 by PERSON

Ech, well spotted!

Comment 15 by helena!

Ooh, intriguing missing sentence. I should check back more often.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:34:19 UTC | #866319

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Comment 2 by helena!

Doodles can be like fractals I find.

There's a bunch of these fun doodly maths videos.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 03:54:20 UTC | #865770

Go to: Rick Perry's God

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Comment 14 by mmsood99

Check out number 2 in the non-fiction list here the-1960s-what-was-america-reading I wonder if it could be argued that Palin et al are a direct result of this book. (Confession, I'd never heard of it before and definitely havent read it so I may be well off)

Plenty of diet and cook books there too amongst the Lennon and Kennedy's. There's a lot that could depress you looking at any era in human history but I think there is far more of the good stuff on offer today that is both easy to get hold of and spread around.

Still far too much popular drivel of course and some places are far worse than others. I wonder what the bestsellers are like in North Korea. All of a sudden Texas would look like a liberal dreamland... hmm maybe.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 05:54:26 UTC | #865453

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Comment 5 by mmsood99

I understand and empathise with your point. 18 months ago I donated TGSOE to my local library. I went back there a few days ago and noticed it still wasn't on their shelves. Maybe someone has taken it out? No, still hasnt been processed, still in the stockroom and yet their small science section is screaming out for some modern books. This was made worse by seeing some of the claptrap on 'the science of healing energies' and such that can be found there.

On the other hand I disagree with your pessimism on the current state of available writing compared to previous years. I've no doubt that the 1950s version of Borders would have been filled with just as much crap, if not more than, as today's. Over the years we filter out most of the rubbish.

It's this same logic that leads all old people to think that music was much better when they were young. Few people will remember the Palins or Rednex(es) of this world in 50 years time.

At least I hope not.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 05:26:30 UTC | #865440

Go to: Mormon Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene and East Coast earthquake a ‘blessing’ from God

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“How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’ ‘Be somebody that can help others,’ you’ve heard me say this for years. People have made fun of me. That’s fine, I don’t care. I’ve been telling you, ‘Don’t be in a panic situation.’ If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you’re not panicking.”

Apart from the innuendo that there is some sort of agency here, these wibblings make perfect sense. 'Prepare for disasters and you'll be more likely to be comfortable/survive'. It's certainly possible (although not necessarily probable) that there will be a worse natural disaster that could ---maybe--- befall you if you live in certain areas of the world. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Japan will be aware of Earthquake Kits that you should prepare for yourself (hands up if you've ever bothered to make one).

If you then go on to argue that by a 'blessing' he is showing that things could have been (and maybe one day will be) even worse and that if you now prepare for said possible emergency you can hopefully save yourselves from a worst case scenario and also help others at that time, then he's kinda right really.

If you also replace the word 'God' with 'nature' or some other happenstance and negate the agency implied therein, then you have some sound advice from the crazy fuckhead. You are not in ultimate control of your life. Tomorrow, you could be run over by a car or shot by an idiot, raped by a blue whale, or squished by a piano, gored by a rhino, diced by a giant chef, drowned in jelly or die laughing but there are ways in which you can lessen the odds of such events occurring. (Or lessen the consequences should they occur)

Food storage and helping others are sensible things, it's just unfortunate that somehow he has managed to wrap it all up with a big sheet of bullshit.

He really is a crazy fuckhead btw.

A really, crazy fuckhead.

Feel free to carry on making fun of the crazy fuckhead.

But remember, even a stopped crazy-fuckhead clock tells the right time twice a day.

(Unless it's a stopped crazy-fuckhead digital clock, of course)

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:23:49 UTC | #864964

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Superscripts.

Also, on the front page could you make the second of each article's two links go to the last page of comments rather than the first comment? Saves on the oh-so-laborious extra clicking on long comment threads for lazy people like me.

Or maybe the cookie for last read comment would negate the need for this.

Not sure which idea would be more user-friendly/easier to implement.

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 05:18:25 UTC | #862648

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I stayed up until the bright Full Moon finally set at about 4am here in Nagoya. A fairly clear night, which is unusual in itself, but no shooting stars unfortunately.

I did get to watch Jupiter rise above the horizon and slowly reach a point almost directly above me though, which was cool. Mars was following behind but somewhere in between there was another very bright star that seemed to flicker white, blue and red (maybe a few other parts of the spectrum too but not so much). The skies weren't clear enough to position it amongst any particular constellation. Looking at the Planets iphone app it may have been in Taurus or Perseus. Any ideas what star it could have been?

Will have another look tonight clouds permitting.

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 04:14:24 UTC | #860608

Go to: Atheist group’s frivolous lawsuit aims to bar ‘cross’ from 9/11 museum

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Comment 117 by Drosera

I'm sure there is enough scrap metal left to turn it equally miraculously into a giant letter "A" as well. Everybody happy.

There would have been if some colossal moron hadn't decided to build a weapon of war out of it all. sigh

edit: Doomed! We're all doomed!

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 14:02:29 UTC | #858638

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Comment 77 by glenister_m

I didn't realize it had an "I" as a base. They should call it "It" instead of "the cross".

Comment 78 by Andrew B.

Wait a minute! That's not a cross! That's the kanji tsuchi which just means "ground." Clearly, we should bury it!

Comment 103 by Vorlund

Stand it on 2 of its ends so that it looks like X marks the spot!

HERETICS!

It is a clear sign from our lord that we should value a nice cup of tea over any of that evil Heroins.

Why else would we have gone to war in a country that has acres of poppy fields rather than one that grows delicious and holy tea?

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 12:35:15 UTC | #858603

Go to: Time travel: light speed results cast fresh doubts

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How come even though this vid is soooooooo old and out of date (Fatboy Slim stood the test of time about as well as myspace) that my NTT broadband service still cant handle watching a 3 year old youtube video without juddering every 2.6 seconds?

Technology is always on the verge of working.

Apart from that, I like the way that it shows how stupid nationalism and uber-respect for your own culture is.

:)

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:16:38 UTC | #854358

Go to: Large Hadron Collider results excite scientists

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Comment 24 by yvrous

Wy not E=mcc ?

I don't like cricket?

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 17:57:23 UTC | #853173

Go to: Large Hadron Collider results excite scientists

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Thanks Jos,

I'm going to look up 'lambda' when I recover from the Oktoberfest i'm just about to go to. But I think I get the gist of what you're explaining. :)

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:56:57 UTC | #852950

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Wait a minute. I got that wrong by several magnitudes. A yoctometre squared is a barn. A femtobarn is waaaaaay smaller.

These are the links I tried to post: Barn wiki Scale of the universe

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 08:12:51 UTC | #852932

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So an inverse femtobarn is the amount of collisions detected in an area the size of a neutrinos diameter (squared)?

‎1 yoctometre squared?

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Sat, 23 Jul 2011 06:07:27 UTC | #852910

Go to: Belief in Evolution vs National Wealth

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This is utterly pointless unless you include all countries, surely?

Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:06:10 UTC | #850982

Go to: Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

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ラメン to that.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:33:20 UTC | #849376

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Comment 62 by luka_qnice

Don't watch, listen or buy what you don't like. Don't run crying to nanny(state) to fix it. Grow up, maybe?!

Over 55 million people in the UK don't buy his papers and yet somehow he still seemingly exerts power over their politicians and lives.

Fuck asking them to bury their heads in the sand.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:46:17 UTC | #849267

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Comment 53 by ChadSmith1452

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Awesome!

I'm gonna stomp on him with my tiger feet.

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:13:41 UTC | #849240

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Hi /Mike,

I hope this change isn't a misunderstanding of the email I sent a few weeks ago (probably not). Perhaps I put it badly at the time.

This is what I had in mind: There are currently two hyperlinks (correct term?) for each article on the the contents page.

One (the article's title) takes you to the article itself and the other (current total number of comments) takes you to the first comment.

To save extra clicking for lazy people like me, wouldn't it be better for the second to take you to the most recent comment?

Failing that, the option to choose between chronological and reverse would be preferable to only one way, as this just means extra clicking for lazy latecomers, like me.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:29:39 UTC | #848947

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I think I've just understood what is meant by the term The Human Race.

We are, all of us, in a race.

Some humans are racing forwards to create a world where we have worked together to find answers to all medical and societal problems thus increasing general well-being.

Other humans are in a race to separate each other into handy little pockets of 'humanity' along religious and national lines.

I wonder who'll win...

Sun, 10 Jul 2011 03:00:53 UTC | #848091

Go to: UPDATE: 3 days to stop Murdoch's media takeover

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Comment 51 by Verisimilitude

But those who advocate regulatory discrimination between different media organisations based on political prejudice are hypocrites.

I'm not sure who this is directed at. Pretty sure it's not me. Maybe I said something and then blocked it from memory. Apologies and a retraction if so.

If anyone is going to advocate the blocking of News Corporation's takeover of BSkyB due to the fact this will result in an unacceptable concentration of a portion of the UK television market under the control of one proprietor, please explain why you apparently have no issue with the BBC having an even greater concentration in that market?

I have a pitchfork in my shed with the BBC's name on it the day they abuse and lose the Royal Charter. (tbh it's many years since I've had a TV or paid the license fee for various reasons although I do watch some of it's progs on youtube or listen to a few podcasts)

I wonder though if this campaign would go down better with you if it was simply aiming to align British media monopoly laws more with those in the US and Australia? Maybe that might be a bit fairer on the poor little multi- billionaire, borderline psychopath .

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 07:35:53 UTC | #846774

Go to: UPDATE: 3 days to stop Murdoch's media takeover

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Comment 44 by Verimisilitude

I fucking hate apples. I dislike oranges on certain occasions.

At the moment I am spending some time disparaging apples.

I am not a hypocrite.

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:11:34 UTC | #846729

Go to: July 4 Aerial Banner Schedule – Pictures win shirts!

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PERSON, thanks again. An interesting read and it further clarifies the difference between patriotism and nationalism in the writers eyes. Fair enough, I can see that there is a difference between the levels of morality inherent in each. I might liken it to the difference between a soccer* fan who loves and supports her club and follows it everywhere offering positive encouragement as and when necessary and a fan who goes out of his way to abuse and brawl with fans of their local rivals.

However, both the supporter and hooligan are in certain ways equally irrational.

What are countries? Imaginary lines on maps?

How did they get to be the shape that they are? Warlords and Kings fought battles where some were equally pitched and the results may as well have been decided on flipping a coin, other battles were mismatched and were the result of an accident of geography (im thinking of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel here), other lines were decided by rich families marrying into other rich families, others were decided simply by drawing straight lines across maps.

So whether one is a patriot who sees the good and bad within your own country or a nationalist who wants to take over the lands of Johnny Foreigner, you're still buying into an idea that should be consigned to history as soon as possible.

Hmmm, maybe in another thousand years?

Regardless of all that, if these banners make life in America better for Atheists then that's a groovy thing.

Addendum: I wonder if watching national or local teams in sports will survive once we have Peace On Earth. Will it be a curious vestigial culture that reminds us of our brutal past?

*before any English nationalists jump on this word as an Americanism, it isn't. So :p

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:11:11 UTC | #846376