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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Don Coyote on Yesterday at 11:18:15 pm »
The average person has 4 limbs. You just have to be adventurous enough.

Hold on, isn't it, "The average person has less than four limbs"?

It depends on which definition of average you use.
The modal person has four.  The median person also has four.  The mean person has as many limbs as he can collect before the police catch up with him.

:golfclap:
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Apple Talk / Re: The Precipice
« Last post by LMNO on Yesterday at 07:29:09 pm »
Yeah, good premise.
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Apple Talk / Re: The Precipice
« Last post by P3nT4gR4m on Yesterday at 07:17:34 pm »
 :eek: I'm in!
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by LMNO on Yesterday at 03:26:31 pm »
The average person has 4 limbs. You just have to be adventurous enough.

Hold on, isn't it, "The average person has less than four limbs"?

It depends on which definition of average you use.
The modal person has four.  The median person also has four.  The mean person has as many limbs as he can collect before the police catch up with him.

:golfclap:
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by chaotic neutral observer on Yesterday at 02:24:33 pm »
The average person has 4 limbs. You just have to be adventurous enough.

Hold on, isn't it, "The average person has less than four limbs"?

It depends on which definition of average you use.
The modal person has four.  The median person also has four.  The mean person has as many limbs as he can collect before the police catch up with him.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by LMNO on Yesterday at 01:58:02 pm »
Is there anything Boise related worth doing?

I haven't figured out what that means.

They do have a zoo that lets you feed a bear.  I didn't get to do that.

They also have woods were you can feed mountain lions, but only once.  :)

The average person has 4 limbs. You just have to be adventurous enough.

Hold on, isn't it, "The average person has less than four limbs"?
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Apple Talk / The Precipice
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on Yesterday at 12:04:45 pm »
Melvin Melville felt the Cool Breeze on his face as he stood with his toes at the edge of the highest cliff on Sugarsweet Bluff. It was about 3 in the morning and he saw the lights of the city he had grown to hate splayed out in front of his vision. He had decided it was time to die, and so had made the climb up the well-known hiking trails and passed the sign that said, "Warning Keep Out" that never had been very effective at keeping people from seeking the highest point on the bluff to take in the amazing view, or make out, or whatever it was normal people did there.

Melvin had chosen this as the place where he would die. The bluff face was over 50 stories high, and there was nothing but hard rock at the bottom. Melvin had thought very hard about how he would take his own life. He couldn't afford a gun. Hanging seemed like it would be terribly painful if you didn't do it right, and Melvin knew for a fact he was a fuck-up. So he had decided to find a place to jump that would ensure a swift death.

Melvin didn't really want to hurt himself, he had had enough of that in life, he just wanted out. He had wanted out for years now. Still he found himself standing there at the edge. Part of him was still nervous about actually jumping. Melvin still had questions about what happens when you die. He had seen enough things in his life to question whether the atheists were correct about Oblivion. He hoped that that was what would happen, but he didn't know for sure. Melvin decided to pray, to What he didn't know. Part of him felt like he was just stalling things.

"Uh, God? If You are You then You know who I am so I'll skip the introduction. This world you allegedly made is a real piece of work, You know that? All we do is suffer and die, and all the while You hide Yourself from us, if You're really there at all. Maybe I'm just a coward, but so are You! Everything about this world is meaningless, and it's full of horrible things and people that just increase the suffering! What the hell were You thinking!? If You really gave half a shit You'd send a sign of some sort, but You don't. You can't be arsed to! Whatever it is You're doing up there while we suffer and die better be pretty damn important!! You know what? I'm sick of this world, and I'm sick of You too if You're even real!! You got about 5 seconds to show me something or I'm out of here..."

This was it. The moment Melvin has been waiting for. He looked down for a moment and felt incredibly dizzy. Melvin looked up and closed his eyes. All he had to do was lean over and it would be done. Melvin felt his heart pounding and his knees shaking. He gathered up all his meager strength of will and...

"You know there's nothing we can actually do to stop you."

Melvin's eyes snapped open at the sound of a soothingly melodic voice coming from in front of him. There was a thin and perfectly chiseled face but inches from his own. A pair of bright, wide, and slightly slanted lavender eyes were looking directly into his own. Melvin screamed, startled beyond comprehension, and pitched over backwards on to the hard rock behind him.

Two things immediately registered themselves in his mind as soon as the pain from hitting the ground had cleared up enough for him to sit up. His legs were dangling over the edge, and Melvin noticed that he had lost a shoe. He also realized that the thin, and well-dressed in white, figure of a man standing in front of him was  standing on thin air. Melvin screamed again just for good measure, and scrambled backwards from the edge until his back came up against a nearby tree. He was hyperventilating.

"Do not be afraid" the figure in front of him said with a momentary smirk. "Perhaps it would help if I stood over here?"

The apparition casually took a few steps forward and was now standing with his feet on the ground. Melvin couldn't help but notice that he was extremely tall in addition to being whip thin. It wasn't helping him calm down at all.

Between heaving breaths Melvin managed to get out, "Who.. the.. Who the hell are you?"

There was a look of momentary annoyance on the man's face, but after it passed he said, "I am Niliel, seraph in service to Azrael the Archangel of death, and I have come to talk you down as it were."

"What the ever-living fuck is a seraph?", gasped Melvin, his breathing slowing down ever so slightly.

"I'll thank you to watch your language please. To answer your question the seraphim are a choir of angels that resonate to the Truth. I am under no obligation to actually tell you the truth, but I will never lie.", the angel said.

Melvin's hand had landed on a stone about fist-sized. "Fuck you! You're not real!," he shouted and hurled the rock straight at the angel's face. Melvin had played baseball as a child and was actually rather good at throwing things. The rock flew true and smacked the angel right in the kisser. It soundlessly bounced off of the angel's face and out over the precipice. Niliel didn't even flinch. It was as if Melvin had thrown the stone at a statue. A few awkward seconds later the sound of the stone hitting the ground far below the bluff could be heard.

"Come now, there's no reason to make a fool of yourself Melvin. I mostly deal with the already departed, Souls that have departed suddenly and usually in very large numbers. You wouldn't believe what a fuss they make sometimes. I'm on something of a working sabbatical these days, lending myself to odd jobs here and there. My orders in your case are to provide answers to your questions,  and to ensure that you fully comprehend the consequences before you commit to suicide."

"Oh is that all?", Melvin said just before he passed out on the cold hard ground.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on Yesterday at 02:19:17 am »
Mountain lions are just overgrown cats. Swat them on the nose and tell them "no" in a stern voice. If they push it, get the water spray.

 :lulz: :lulz:
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High Weirdness / Re: ITT The Ether Theory is alive and well
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on Yesterday at 02:18:11 am »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_ether_theory

I read this Wiki entirely and followed many of the links when I didn't understand something. There is a lot that I still don't understand, but if I understand what I could grasp correctly Lorentz postulated in Aether that does not move at all, thus explaining why the michelson-morley experiment was a Negative. There is room in special relativity for The Ether, but you have to strip it of all physical properties (including immobility ) and even observability. Thus the Aether becomes a difference that makes no difference mathematically and it can be discarded. So The Ether Theory was marginalized and eventually discarded.

I must admit that all of the math in this is way over my head. In order to speak to the veracity of any of this stuff I would need an education for like 10 years in mathematics and particle physics, that's just to begin to speak the lingo. Fortunately I'm not here to be all mathematical. I'm doing this to investigate the theory and those who still hold to it. It seems to make sense when you put it in terms of Simply being "the medium that light travels through as a wave", but there's been a lot of mathematical and even philosophical jousting over whether or not light needs a medium.

I'm rather enjoying the challenge of understanding these Concepts. The subject matter is a bit dry, but definitely a tasty morsel to chew on. I get the vision that there was sort of a knife fight going on between physicists, but instead of knives they're throwing mathematical equations at each other.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Drinks are on the Supreme Court
« Last post by Cain on Yesterday at 01:27:07 am »
Mountain lions are just overgrown cats. Swat them on the nose and tell them "no" in a stern voice. If they push it, get the water spray.
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