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Re: Guns
Apr 7, 2014, 4:05 PM
in the Lounge forum

Then mine are defective. They haven't killed anyone.

Re: call centers
Apr 7, 2014, 1:35 PM
in the Lounge forum

When I worked in a call centre, there was this older lady on my team. One day she showed up at work, and she was yellow. Her skin looked like a bad spray tan, and even the whites of her eyes had changed colour. Not a little, but a lot. It turns out she had cancer and her liver was shutting down. And day after day she kept coming in to that job and listening to Americans complain about their ...

Re: Evolution VS Creationism
Feb 12, 2014, 8:37 PM
in the Lounge forum

It can be taught in a religious studies or comparative theology class. It's only when it's presented as science that it's problematic.

Re: Evolution VS Creationism
Feb 12, 2014, 2:43 PM
in the Lounge forum

I'm not sure that debating Ham was all that productive, regardless of the polls. It basically amounted to giving free publicity to Ham and his museum, about the time it was circling the drain financially. Also, many of Nye's explanations were a lot less elegant than they could've been. Maybe this was because of the "equal time" format, and the fact that it generally takes longer to refute a lie than to make one. It's also problematic given that engaging ...

Re: Webb.
Jan 30, 2014, 5:56 PM
in the Lounge forum

Awww.

Re: An update on what's new because I know none of you care and I don't care what you care about.
Jan 30, 2014, 3:09 PM
in the Lounge forum

Applying for archaeological field schools. Trying to figure out the logistics of meeting the significant other in Iceland for geological adventures and mating like crazed minks. Trying to narrow down my focus for grad school, and contemplating the whole issue of WHERE to study. If I don't stay here in Canuckistan, I'm leaning towards Scandinavia or Germany.

Re: The popularity bar
Jan 30, 2014, 2:46 PM
in the Lounge forum

People will never tire of griping about working in the industry.

Re: [VG] Fallout 3 vs Fallout: New Vegas
Jan 27, 2014, 5:18 PM
in the Lounge forum

Okay. It's like for Fallout 3, they decided, "Hey. We have the rights to Fallout 3. Let's adapt our existing engine to it." And it was alright. And then for New Vegas, it was like they decided, "Oh! Hey. You know what would make Fallout 3 better? A plot!"

Re: That's very impressive.
Jan 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the Lounge forum

An example where it should be used is a digital elevation model. An example of where I shouldn't use it is a visible light satellite image.

Re: I am more overwhelmed by the 2 billion people who have died
Jan 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
in the Lounge forum

Yes.

Re: I am more overwhelmed by the 2 billion people who have died
Jan 22, 2014, 6:23 PM
in the Lounge forum

Basically, the human reproductive system kills embryos/fetuses all the freaking time.

Re: I am more overwhelmed by the 2 billion people who have died
Jan 22, 2014, 5:49 PM
in the Lounge forum

So do miscarriages. In an average successful pregnancy, 10 miscarriages occur without the woman ever knowing.

Re: That's very impressive.
Jan 22, 2014, 5:42 PM
in the Lounge forum

Oh, yes. I can basically take any raster and visualise it in 3d... even when I shouldn't.

Re: Do none of yall watch TV?
Jan 22, 2014, 5:40 PM
in the Lounge forum

I don't watch TV.

Re: Building a new computer...
Jan 22, 2014, 3:51 PM
in the Lounge forum

Lidar data = 1 point per 10-15 cm, over grids exceeding a square km.

Re: Building a new computer...
Jan 22, 2014, 3:04 PM
in the Lounge forum

No. This is going to be my GIS/remote sensing box. Friend of mine just happened to have a K20 lying about.

Building a new computer...
Jan 22, 2014, 2:36 PM
in the Lounge forum

Using one of these for a GPU: http://www.nvidia.com/content/PDF/kepler/ Tesla-KSeries-Overview-LR.pdf

Re: Predictable results
Jan 22, 2014, 2:24 PM
in the Lounge forum

That's using a material which LIKES to shed subatomic particles, and doesn't need as much encouragement to do so. And, said process won't exactly produce fission products in an entirely controlled fashion.

Re: Turning METAL into GOLD
Jan 22, 2014, 2:13 PM
in the Lounge forum

Speaking of which, you do not want to be holding assets in gold or gold mines if they ever get the whole asteroid mining thing working.

Logic them to death? No.
Jan 22, 2014, 2:12 PM
in the Lounge forum

Just to a weird tingly sort of BDSM pleasure which they'll be intrigued by but won't really know what to do with and but will ultimately be left craving more of.

Re: Science is a liar
Jan 22, 2014, 1:13 PM
in the Lounge forum

Arbitrary assertion is arbitrary.

Re: I Am Overwhelmed by 55 Million Babies Killed Since Roe v. Wade
Jan 22, 2014, 1:11 PM
in the Lounge forum

Yeah. Would've been awesome if all of those mothers had been forced to bear those foetuses to term whether they were ready to be a mother or not, or regardless of medical necessity.

Re: Turning METAL into GOLD?
Jan 20, 2014, 1:09 PM
in the Lounge forum

As I recall it, alchemy was ancient superstitions basically staggering towards chemistry...

Re: I continue to love you, Webb.
Jan 20, 2014, 10:24 AM
in the Lounge forum

That reminds me that I should turn my cell phone on sometime this month.

Side note...
Jan 19, 2014, 1:53 PM
in the Lounge forum

That mercury was poisonous or that the Earth in fact orbited the Sun was not discovered by reading a holy book written by a saint.

Why you are as wrong (or "B*tch, do you even science?")
Jan 19, 2014, 1:08 PM
in the Lounge forum

Science is not a body of knowledge. It is a means of testing ideas for validity. The great thing about this is that it means that incorrect ideas are weeded out and refuted over time rather than being held up as sacred forever. >> What makes you think scientists now are correct in everything they say? Just because you have a willingness to accept what some egghead scientist that you don't even know wrote in a book. You take their ...

Re: Any of you people ever watch "30 for 30" on ESPN?
Jan 13, 2014, 5:10 PM
in the Lounge forum

Aigh. TLC is spreading.

Re: Bald makes you bad-asser still.
Jan 11, 2014, 12:22 AM
in the Lounge forum

I've gone kind of Grizzly Adams for the winter. Once the snow starts to melt (or if the girlfriend is geographically proximate), I'm buzzing it.

Re: Made it into the US...
Dec 24, 2013, 3:03 PM
in the Lounge forum

I was so polite too.

Re: Made it into the US...
Dec 24, 2013, 1:47 AM
in the Lounge forum

I wasn't so much arrested as detained briefly. At the airport I was flying out of, no one so much as batted an eye because of all of the oilfield exploration and such it's just so normal for people to be absolutely caked in explosives residue. So, if you just say something which sounds geological they kind of frantically wave you through so you don't start drawing annotated diagrams of trilobites. At SeaTac, they were a little slower to catch ...

Made it into the US...
Dec 23, 2013, 11:33 PM
in the Lounge forum

Last time I tried flying down here for the Christmas break, I had to explain that I had a perfectly good reason to have explosives residue upon my carry-on bag to some very tense folks... twice.

Re: It sounds more like a bashing.
Dec 23, 2013, 11:28 PM
in the Lounge forum

Thank you kindly.

Re: misrepresentation by scientific illiteracists
Dec 23, 2013, 11:27 PM
in the Lounge forum

Could you tell if I were really taking it seriously, or just lulling you into thinking that by being exceptionally dry?

Although...
Dec 23, 2013, 11:26 PM
in the Lounge forum

Tits or GTFO might also be a fair analogy. :paranoid:

Re: in case you hadn't noticed
Dec 23, 2013, 11:24 PM
in the Lounge forum

We, it's not so much inflammatory as it is accurate. :paranoid:

Re: misrepresentation by scientific illiteracists
Dec 23, 2013, 11:03 AM
in the Lounge forum

Could you tell the difference between that and accepting a conclusion based upon familiarity with the empirical evidence?

Re: I'd have thought something like that would be featured prominently in Nature or Science
Dec 23, 2013, 10:45 AM
in the Lounge forum

That's an appropriate analogy, yes.

Re: misrepresentation by scientific illiteracists
Dec 23, 2013, 10:44 AM
in the Lounge forum

>> 1) Studies show that the world was warmer than it is today during the Roman Empire and when the Vikings were plundering Europe and North America. If true (and current research on the subject suggests that it isn't), this would be irrelevant as to wether human activity is having an effect upon the planet's climate. Side note: my current area of research deals with the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age. >> 2) During the second week in December, ...

Second question...
Dec 22, 2013, 6:24 PM
in the Lounge forum

Did they invent a new form of CO2 which is not an efficient absorber of infrared radiation? I'd have thought something like that would be featured prominently in Nature or Science or one of the other top tier research journals.

Re: Query...
Dec 22, 2013, 6:22 PM
in the Lounge forum

So, basically, humans are not having an impact upon the climate because people hate Al Gore...

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