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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Democrats Decide to Just Go Ahead and Implode
« Last post by Cain on Today at 10:55:41 am »
At least space is cold.  Which is more than can be said for the way this planet is going.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« Last post by Brother Mythos on Today at 08:02:34 am »
You’re already circling the bowl.
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Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« Last post by Faust on Today at 07:59:20 am »
I remember Ellis writing a blog series in part on Jack Kirby's screaming robot head, is this a reference?
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The way I see it, if Roger is right and nothing matters, fuck it, I'll die in a half-ass space rocket among the stars rather than slowly watch this planet die among a crowd of idiots.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« Last post by Brother Mythos on Today at 06:22:00 am »
People! Must I be really be the one to remind you that we’re dealing with Chinese fortune cookies here?!

The operative word being ’Chinese’!

Now then, who is the most famous writer in Chinese literature?

Chairman Mao?

Buy ‘em books! Send ‘em to school … oh, what’s the use?!
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« Last post by Prelate Diogenes Shandor on Today at 06:10:56 am »
People! Must I be really be the one to remind you that we’re dealing with Chinese fortune cookies here?!

The operative word being ’Chinese’!

Now then, who is the most famous writer in Chinese literature?

Chairman Mao?
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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« Last post by Brother Mythos on Today at 06:03:06 am »
“New evidence that all stars are born in pairs”

As per the article:

‘Astronomers have even searched for a companion to our sun, a star dubbed Nemesis because it was supposed to have kicked an asteroid into Earth’s orbit that collided with our planet and exterminated the dinosaurs. It has never been found.

The new assertion is based on a radio survey of a giant molecular cloud filled with recently formed stars in the constellation Perseus, and a mathematical model that can explain the Perseus observations only if all sunlike stars are born with a companion.

“We are saying, yes, there probably was a Nemesis, a long time ago,” said co-author Steven Stahler, a UC Berkeley research astronomer.

“We ran a series of statistical models to see if we could account for the relative populations of young single stars and binaries of all separations in the Perseus molecular cloud, and the only model that could reproduce the data was one in which all stars form initially as wide binaries. These systems then either shrink or break apart within a million years.”’

Here’s the link to the article: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/06/13/new-evidence-that-all-stars-are-born-in-pairs/

And, for hardcore astronomy students, here’s the link to the original arXiv.org paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.00049

By shrinking, I assume they mean one star/big mass ate the other?

I would think that it is a possibility, but that particular scenario isn’t mentioned in the arXiv.org paper.

As I understand it, the authors believe that the stars in the particular cluster they studied either circle in closer together and remain binary systems, or they separate entirely.

Barring another big mass passing by, I am unsure how they would separate.

Have you talked about this article/paper with any of the professional astronomers you work with? If so, I would be interested in hearing their opinion(s).

I'm not there anymore.  I left at the beginning of the year.  I'm doing something entirely different right now, and I don't worry much about the stars.  Instead I worry about potable water, sewers, and urban failure modes.

As I don’t come here every day, or read all of the threads, I didn’t know you had moved on. But, now that I do, I have a greater understanding of the significance of your new signature.
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Democrats Decide to Just Go Ahead and Implode
« Last post by Salty on Today at 05:44:58 am »
this is why i'm sincerely hoping we colonize a planet in my lifetime. It's the only semi-possible escape i can see from this madness.

I would happily nuke this planet or worse to prevent human beings from colonizing space with rape, murder, and anti-vaxx-type bullshit.

If I were an intelligent, space faring culture, I would throw an isolation grid over this planet faster than any dude could ever put on a condom.

The only solace I find in this world, philosophically, is that we've used up too many resources to let the madness OUT.
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this is why i'm sincerely hoping we colonize a planet in my lifetime. It's the only semi-possible escape i can see from this madness.

Even if we started this very minute, there isn't time to build the infrastructure here to get there, even if there was a there to go to and a way to get there.

Also, you might accidentally colonialize some poor single cell organism or vent worm.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« Last post by Brother Mythos on Today at 05:03:05 am »
People! Must I be really be the one to remind you that we’re dealing with Chinese fortune cookies here?!

The operative word being ’Chinese’!

Now then, who is the most famous writer in Chinese literature?

Seriously, you’ve been doing this for almost three (3) months now, and in all that time not one of you has written a “Confucius say …” fortune cookie?!

Well, I for one, will not allow an entire cultural genre to be ignored!


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