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Messages - CthulhuKid

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Physics questions / Re: Acoustic Waves in CMB
« on: October 06, 2014, 12:24:30 PM »
I'm not sure about the acoustic waves, but the gravitational waves made by the Big Bang were the subject of the cover article of October's Scientific American:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-big-bang-gravitational-waves-could-revolutionize-physics/

Might shed some light on your questions.

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Science In the News / Re: Bad Science Headlines
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:33:15 AM »
Thread Necromancy!   ARISE!

Just happened to stumble upon this blog which seems to be exactly about this subject.  Check it out, it's brand spankin' new, so there's only 3 posts as of today, but they're knowledgeable and funny:

http://lostclause.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/inaugural-post-couvade-syndrome/

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Science... Sort Of / Episode 200
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:46:28 PM »
Firstly congrats on hitting the Big Twohundo.  That's big for a podcast, especially when grad school is involved.

So I was talking about Charlie's work this morning with my wife (if I get any of the facts wrong, please let me know...especially if I'm talking about the wrong paleopal).  We commonly talk about the environment, if only because she grasps on "quick fixes" (can't we just legislate that every new building's roof HAS to be made out of solar panels?) sometimes that when we talk it out we can see why that can't work.  I brought up looking into the wind farms off shore but cutting up birds, the pipeline but ewww oil, solar farm but hey a desert is an eco system too, etc.  She said something that really got me to think.  "Is it possible we now know too much?  Are we suffering from analysis paralysis?  Are we going to spend so much time looking for a solution that has no side effects that by the time one that has the least, it's too late?  Can't we just find someone to just do SOMETHING and we'll work on the new problem when it comes, 'cause clearly this is a problem NOW that we need to fix NOW.  It's a chance we may need to take."

So that brings us to Charlie.  Would his work ever point to: Just do one of these, we don't care which one, it's better than what we've got?  Could anyone say something like that and be taken seriously (deniers not withstanding)?  Is there a way for the scientific community to come up with a "We don't care just do it" plan?

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Podcasting / Re: Shameless promotion
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:29:20 PM »
There is one, as a matter of fact.  I should just put this on the webpage, shouldn't I?

http://themadmechanicals.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

I'm clearly new at this.

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Podcasting / Re: Shameless promotion
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:28:44 AM »
Episode 2 is out.

Just saying.

podomatic.themadmechanicals.com

Episode 3 will be out 8/15/14

We just recorded the next 3 yesterday.

I hope to be famous enough to get asked onto TiPhi some day.

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Topic Suggestions / Re: Rainbow Gravity
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:32:36 AM »
What other effects could there be?  I haven't read much beyond a brief Scientific American article, but since the differences are so small, the only differences mentioned are at the beginning of the universe.

Don't get me wrong, finding out that we never had a big bang would certainly be interesting...especially if the truth were like it was getting denser and denser but never quite hitting the singularity, much like the universe is expanding slower and slower but never hitting that collapse point.  Has a nice symmetry to it.

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Podcasting / Shameless promotion
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:05:59 PM »
Okay, since everyone else is doing it, I've released my first podcast.  It's not about science, though I'm sure there will be HUNDREDS of nerdy science references in the episodes (I don't think there are any in episode 1)...

www.themadmechanicals.com/Radio.html

I'm in a comedy group that does Shakespeare parodies, and we decided to do Radio comedies a la Jack Benny.  They're only 10 minutes long or so, and it's full of really old fashioned jokes, so if you're into that sort of thing, check it out.

We also perform in the flesh up and down the northeast coast if you want to track us down as well.


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I wonder if any evidence exists that says that didn't happen.

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I THANK you for glossing over nuclear physics.  I can usually barely hold on to your show as it is.

But still.  I love it.  I am actually looking forward to playing it for my daughter.  I remember talking about it to my science teacher friend because she was lamenting "I wish I could show them more women in science that are cool like Neil deGrasse Tyson" and I was all "You should see the people that are on TiPhi!"

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Physics questions / Re: Time, again
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:23:29 AM »
I'm no physicist, but I would think about this.  Space and time aren't separate things in Relativity theory.  It's lumped together Spacetime.  That being the case, when you feel your acceleration through space, you're feeling your deceleration through time at the same moment.

I look forward to being told how wrong this statement is.

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Science... Sort Of / Re: Beer
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:08:26 AM »
I live in a state of the USA that will have you arrested if you ship alcohol in the mail.  I can be no help.

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Oh yeah / Re: Welcome everybody! Introduce yourself!
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:19:42 AM »
I'm a recent grad from UMSL and now working as a metrology engineer in medical manufacturing.

Huh.  I read that as METEOROLOGY engineer.  I was like "Holy crap!  You build weather!"

I'd be excited about a metrology engineer, but I have absolutely no idea what that means.  Building metronomes?  Building subway junctions?  Dealing with people asking "What do you do?"
  :D

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Animal of the Day / Re: Queen Bee Mating Outside the Hive
« on: September 26, 2013, 06:45:41 AM »
I'm more worried about putting a NSFW tag on this subject...I mean, what if my boss saw me looking at bee copulation?   ???

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Oh yeah / A little honesty
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:05:49 AM »

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The Weekly Weinersmith / Re: Kelly on Wild Ideas
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:56:47 AM »
I wonder if she was drinking fake wine then, too.   :)

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