2553 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
I remember well
that in the queen's birthday parade in my home town in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1970, so many boys were dressed as astronauts. I was one of them. Nothing trumped astronaut for cool as a kid. I am glad my kids got a glimmer of that excitement as they followed the exploits of Andre Kuipers in the ISS. They are now also considering astronaut as a career.
May there forever be nerdy engineers to follow in those famous footsteps on the moon, and beyond. Let's raise a glass to that.
Patriot Scientific Corporation?
How can the US government fail to heed their "throaty call"? That would be unpatriotic, wouldn't it?
Their case may well have merit, but it does seem their name is chosen with future litigation in mind, especially against foreign firms, rather than with any "patriot science" (whatever that may be) being carried out.
Re: He would
I have never had the privilege to meet the man, but aged seven I did successfully nag my parents to let me see the fuzzy image of Neil Armstrong stepping off that ladder. It was one of the things that set me off in a career of science (first astronomy, now computer science). I have seen many interviews with the man, and always appreciated his modesty. I will not miss Neil Armstrong at a personal level, because we never met. The personal loss is that of his family and friends. However, at this point it is fitting to express what a role model he was, both professionally, and as a human being. As his family stated to the press:
"The next time you look up and see the Moon smiling down at you,give it a wink and think of Neil".
That is the best monument to a modest, but great man.
Is it just me, or is than not the most sensible way to codename a police unit?
I trust it does not stand for Schutz-Staffel 20, but it is a codename like that is bound to cause comment, post WW-II, and certainly in these times when people accuse the government of setting up a police state.
Just my 2p
Re: Correlation and Causation?
Yes there are: low sunspot activity means a weaker solar magnetic field, which leads to more cosmic rays penetrating the atmosphere, which leads to more ionized particles, which leads to more clouds (as ionized particles are condensation kernels which seed clouds), which leads to higher reflectance of the earth, which leads to lower temperatures. Quite a series of steps, but there is supporting evidence.
Statistically there have been many studies linking the Maunder Minimum to a "little ice age". I read a paper by Danish astronomers in about 1990, showing a 98% correlation between sunspot activity and temperature on earth over a period of about 150 years. Of course, this is correlation, not causation, but it is a very strong correlation indeed. Besides, I would hesitate yo suggest that temperatures on earth cause an increase in solar activity ;-).
Assuming the changes on the sun do not affect climate in any way is saying the main energy source of all earthly weather has no effect on the weather. However, saying the sun is the only cause behind climate change, and pollution has no effect at all is over-simplification as well.
Great artery-clogging food
Now for some clootie dumplings with slumpie
and extra butter of course
You can't fence that merchandise, it's too hot!
Sorry, couldn't resist. Flames, well, obvious, init?
I will stick to my home-made sambal setan (devil sauce) made from Madame Jeanette peppers, some vegetable oil, a bit of salt and vinegar, and a dash of sesame oil.
Nice and fruity
I was in Akibahara in 2001, and it was very much geek paradise then. Did not buy any electronics, I was too busy not losing 25 science students in the maze that was then Akibahara. I did get an eyepiece for my scope at the time. I also remember the "German Beer Cellar" they had in Ginza street, with waitresses in German dirndl dress. Weird (but they had good beer).
Someone print me a burger
Cannot be worse than the alleged burgers sold in some dives
Cool, very cool indeed
Best of luck with the tests
Could be an ammonite
And they are extinct. Not just six foot under and pushing up the daisies, but many, many strata below.
Makes as much sense as the other explanations
Re: African or a European Brontosaurus?
And do they migrate?
Mine is the one with the Holy Grail DVD in the pocket
Re: Interesting spectrographic output...
Calcium is a relatively common element in space (as are most even elements before iron).
I am surprised that nobody ...
used the pirate icon for comments yet.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is just weeks away!
Re: I'll drink to that!
wah whash that??
Love this kind of science, even if I first misread the "Russian instrument looking for water" as "Russian instrument looking for wodka"
Hmm, seismic stuff
Tremble, ye Martians
Sorry, couldn't resist
Igor! Pull the lever ...
I was very sorry to hear this news. She was an inspiration for many women to join in in the fun that is science and technology.
I will raise a glass to her memory this evening
Looks more like a Celtic Triskelon. No wories
You are right about Northern Siberia: nothing to see except blizzards
Re: "The solution? A more potent igniter"
and if it breaks, it needed replacement anyway
"The solution? A more potent igniter"
True to the spirit of Real Engineering:
- if it doesn't fit, force it
- If it can't be forced, use a bigger hammer
"Actually yes, but thats besides the point. No reason kids can't eat French cuisine. I'm fairly sure French kids do. I'd take steak tartare over a mc horse scrotum burger. I'm no fan of frogs legs, but escargot is awesome."
Agreed, my kids (8 and 10) love to try exotic stuff like snails, or eyes and brains of fish (they learnt that from a Croatian friend (I passed on those myself)). It gets them huge bragging rights at school.
But do they add an 8 to 40 minute comms delay
depending on the relative positions of Earth and Mars?
Just to add realism?
They didn't even include Stargazer's Lounge and CloudyNights in the survey
I beg your pardon? I can get a two new batteries for my old Tungsten T3 for that?
Pity really, I loved the Astromist application for Palm
Hmm, 7.9 instead of 9.3 mm
And suddenly a whole new target demography fits through the doors of our stores!
Those 1.4 mm really count!
Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?
I have recently had to edit some docx forms in both LibreOffice and OpenOffice. It almost made me scream! Actually, the almost in that sentence is wrong. Things kept changing position in unpredictable ways, bits of text in tables became invisible. I have had similar hassles with MS-Office for that matter. Exporting stuff to PDF is colourful as well (words stuck together, layout shot to pieces).
Ultimately I just hacked together a LaTeX style file to generate the same forms (as they wanted PDF sent in). End of (my) problem.
Re: "The landing was very intense."
Best ever euphemism for a crash, I would say.
Re: Patent Nationalism?
Not just recently: try looking at the Philips Philishave patent spat with (IFAIK) Remmington.
They should have claimed it was radiation damage
More plausible, but might be considered shooting yourself in the foot
In congratulation I would like to say
JFADF IUKHK JUYKL HLKHH DBXUW NWXPG HJDSG UYQWJ BXXXM
ZOPQW KSXWQ SLWHF AAGHF THEOPS GHFML QWEBN IITHQ
The people who need to know will get it
Re: Hooray! New Textbooks on the Way!
"Clovis? It's just the name of a Town in Southern New Mexico again, where some people passing through dropped some arrow heads and forgot to pick them up."
And they weren't even fined for littering!
Holiest tablet since Moses was gifted by a burning bush
That made my Friday! Need to clean the keyboard now
All ur comms are belong to us!
sorry, couldn't resist
Aurora alerts always coincide with heavy clouds
I would have liked to have seen some of the fireworks on the sun in my little H-alpha scope when the flare went off, but alas, cloudy again.
Ministry of Administrative Affairs, anyone
"Yes, Minister" was so right at so many levels
Might get a student to try something like that with the 320GB Fusio-IO cards in two of our compute servers.
A rare voice of sanity in that judgement: patenting should not be about the bleedin' obvious to a skilled team of designer or engineers.
I am not an Apple user (at the moment, their current hires display MacBook pro is tempting!), but I am quite happy to admit that Apple has done genuinely innovative stuff. However, this "invention" was a case of scraping the barrel. I feel it should. There are plenty of other players in the market scrapping the barrel in the same way. I do hope (vainly, no doubt) that this trends is brought to a halt.
Re: Observer effect?
Precisely. Whenever we find out what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable.
Evidently, this has already happened
Mine is the one with cassettes of the original radio plays in the pocket. Douglas Adams, we miss you
Re: view the real world with a brighter, friendlier glow.
Mo reimportantly, are they peril sensitive? will they black out the moment you might see something that could disturb you?
Re: Another warning sticker
But where will that end? A 190g smartphone weighted down by 1kg worth of stickers?
How would you like your smartphone?
Re: ""Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron."
Is there a Feegle in the house?
Now we cannot welcome any arsenic-loving alien overlords
but if he did, which one? Did he sound smoky, like an Islay malt, or smooth, like Speyside?
Re: My line with the boss...
I never had to work in the financial sector, but I did work at the University hospital. Whenever one particular senior staff member (non-computer science) tried to meddle in my work and ask what was going on (with an implication that things weren't going fast enough), I tended to explain in detail what I was doing, with as much mathematical jargon as I could muster (which is a lot when you are doing image analysis), in a friendly, fellow-scientist-to-fellow-scientist tone (i.e., I do not have to explain every concept in detail, do I).
The first mention of "fast Fourier transform" or "optimal convolution kernel" was generally enough to make them run for cover.
This is just a practice run for the RotM
Next time they will do it using ICBMs!!!
We're doomed, DOOMED!!!!
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