Does religious fanatics and extremists make your atheist blood thicker? (& does it piss you off)
no no, you misunderstood or I wasn't clear. I didn't mean their relations with other nations or faiths, nor was I talking about pacifism or anything like that. I meant that there was xenophobia WITHIN the jewish nation, as in the jews living in one place didn't get along with the jews living in the next place over. Which fits with what you said earlier, he wanted all the jewish people to be united.
Oh, yeah, exactly.
No because im not fucking twelve
Hate Germany? Hate Poland? Bored?
Sign this shit.
"upper sorbs" "lower sorbs"...
So, science fiction has a way of predicting technological devices that eventually come to become real devices. One show in particular has a lot of successes.... Star Trek. Cellphones, tablets. We've been teleporting photons for a while now, and recently they beat the record for distance again.
So, in 1994, this guy, Miguel Alcubierre, A physicist. Suggested a way to warp space, involving a football shaped spacecraft surrounded by a ring of super dense matter, warping the field of space. But it wasn't practical...you would need the mass of a large gas giant to power the thing.
Now, here's an interesting development. Harold White, of NASA's Johnson Space Center, calculated that changing the shape of the ring drastically reduces the power requirements. Instead of the mass of a large planet for power, in theory, this doughnut shaped ring would operate on the mass of something like the Voyager 1 probe.
Now, it's not a sure thing. It's not a practical subject, but they are beginning to conduct warp drive experiments. They are conducting tabletop experiments to try to produce microscopic warp drive phenomenon.
I'm excited about this, obviously.
What about you guys? What technology from science fiction has come to be every day fact, or has the scientific potential to become reality, have you excited?
I know which pic you're talking about, but I think it's just a one-off.
As for patlabors, the idea is that there has to be labors in use on a large enough scale that drunk drivers and crazies are a full-scale problem. And while that's not where we are now, in ten years... who knows?
And lets not forget the Transformers Rescue squad...
I can see mechs being useful for demolition. You have the brute force to take down structures quickly, and when the occasional roof collapses on you, hey at least you're armoured.
> Wasn't there a firefighting mecha video game as well?
I'm not really a gamer but that sounds a lot more interesting than the typical FPS or fuckin' sports simulation or whatever; I'd definitely try that one. Also in Starship Troopers the kids in boot camp get called out to fight a forest fire... I think its the first time they actually use the powered suits outside of training.
so UFOs, UMAs, Ancient Aliens, all that shit.
I remember back when Art Bell hosted Coast to Coast, was way better than that new guy.
When I was a kid, one of my teachers went all intervention on my ass because I told him I had read "Chariots of the Gods?" I could tell he was somewhat upset and was trying to hold back... it was the sort of talk you'd get if an adult thought you were a satanist or something. Not angry, just very, very concerned. It was the first time I remember hearing the term "pseudoscience".
Odd though, because it was in the school library for some reason. In fact Carl Sagan has argued in favour of it being kept in such places, so students can have a great example of flawed logic to dissect.
That fine line, parsecs wide, between reality and the fantasy of all this. The illusions of released information to hide and misdirect from actual secret projects.
Bad photos, wild claims, bizarrely vectored combinations, misinterpretations from data so old, xenocultural, or corrupt it can't be analyzed by the current majority mindset.
Deliberate viral campaigns with and without plans or desired conclusions.
To the rational, an amusing pastime. To the deranged, an obsession that is the foundation of their life.
Haha that's brilliant I'm sure most of us on here are all too familiar with getting looks like those but I gotta agree with Sagan ( I'm a saganist, lol) .. >>5804 seems like you've won me over by using 'parsec' so eloquently
Is this shit true?? It all makes sense now, this is probably why they want to go after your guns....
Well they recently retired the disaster which was the "long gun registry" in my country so I don't think they're coming for OUR guns anytime soon. Can't speak for you guys though... good luck at any rate.
We had a thread about them pesky Ruskies and their space flight, so here's to Apollo 11. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind~
I can't imagine how exciting it would have been to watch back then... Even now I get a bit of a lump in my throat. Don't think anyone really gets over their dream of being an astronaut.
I really don't know what else to say other than to just state the simple fact of it having happened. I'm thinking of when I was in primary school now, and we did a school play about America (we had an American exchange teacher that year); each kid in the class had to pick something about the USA that they liked, and everyone else did cowboys and indians, or rock music, and I wrote this great big speech about how I wanted to meet Neil Armstrong, and see Cape Canaveral. I don't think that part ever died, but now of course I will never meet him. It sounds silly and I know he hated being famous just for the moon landing, but the bit of me that's still a kid is pretty cut up.
How's this.... it's almost certain that you've read this before, but it takes on a new meaning today:
> Presidential speech writer William Safire wrote a memo to White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman suggesting how the administration might react if Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were stranded on the moon. The memo contained a draft speech intended to be read by President Richard Nixon.
> Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
> These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
> They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
> In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
> In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
> Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
> For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
Richard Herring on twitter said, 'a name that people will still know in 1000 years,' and I think that sums it up quite well too.
How about a travel thread.
Where have you been lately? Where are you going soon? Where would you like to visit?
hey Dra, speaking of travel, have you ever done the Lost Coast trail in Humboldt? I know it's in your neck of the planet. I was there in 2008. It's no Sunday stroll but its worth the effort.
and you, what part of Canada did you see?
I have not, though I did a fair amount of walking around Gold Beach, in Oregon, which has some similar landscape.
Travelled around Canada a bit, saw some of the more wilderness-y parts, Niagra falls of course and the Toronto area. I have family there, so we went over a few times and stayed with them.
My first clear memory from childhood is actually of being at the Niagra falls which is a pretty awesome first memory, all things considered.
This board needs more activity(maybe it has just enough to some of us) because I keep getting on Facebook too much..
Anyway as a topic for general discussion: some say life is too short. Others simply don't realize it. So I want to get some perspectives if other humans.
Why do you live? Its not that I am suicidal, I think I'm the opposite (the complete opposite, not just halfway like most people) but I am content with my life, and therefore death, on an almost daily basis. I think life is too short, but even if we lived a million years, what more could you possibly get out of it and why would it make your life any better now that it is cursed with reason?
This is interesting... I think it's gotta be pretty close to what a human could think before it was obliterated instantaneously.
probably be the same with me :/ Or maybe, "oh sh..."
Off topic but ... it looks like the woman in the pic shaving? Why is she shaving?
It's from Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, Pedro Almodóvar's first film. Lots of gender bending, violence, transgressive comedy. At one point a lesbian punk pisses on a housewife.
wow.. megachan sucks this time around..
Feel free to not visit? We can't make you post quality content instead of bitching about how much it sucks.
Posts like this suck. Posts like this are exactly why people go to little chans and go "omg that place sucks".
Restartin the bump thread. Bump when high/drunk
drunk right now.
Drunk. My cat has been missing for six days. No, make that seven. He is not coming back, despite what people tell me. The receptionist at animal control knows me by name now, I called so many times.
He was a good friend. I'll leave a window open for him to come in. Not giving up yet.
OK so I just posted that and then went out for a cigarette. A little shadow darted past me through the open door... it was him.
He's VERY hungry but he seems to be in good health otherwise. I can't believe it. Finally some good news. Also, I think this thread has reached bump limit.
Congratulations. Cats are like that, man...I've had em disappear for a week or more before. They find something interesting and get distracted.