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Hejira 04-30-2007 04:18 AM


Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 73442)
For some strange reason, I think that the personal flying machine is the most improbable. I daresay that gliders with as little surface area as those would barely (if at all) get you to the ground from a cliff.

I think one can get to the ground from a cliff without a personal flying machine.

ijdgaf 04-30-2007 04:24 AM

I thought the art of flying (or rather, the knack to flying) lay in learning how to throw oneself at the ground and missing.

mudshark 04-30-2007 02:04 PM


Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 73442)
The moving pavement is just plain loony.

Is it?

Never read The Caves of Steel, did you?

Shame on you; go to the library. Now.

OT: Did I do this one yet?

Zeke 04-30-2007 02:29 PM

All I know is, I WANT A TRAINBOAT.

(And isn't anyone gonna say "The future, Conan?")

Nate the Great 04-30-2007 03:14 PM

@Hejira: I hope you know a good surgeon that can get this barb out of my side...

@idjaf: Kudos for you.

ijdgaf 05-01-2007 05:30 AM

First time I watched it, didn't realize there was audio. But basically, it's just a lame voiceover. Easily ignorable.

Thunder Phoenix 05-03-2007 06:17 AM

I dunno if this has been brought to the attention here or not, but I found this both incredibly stupid and incredibly funny.

Zeke 05-03-2007 07:47 AM

Ha! If you're familiar with lolcats, check that out. It's a hoot.

In other news, here's a fantastic article about different perspectives on digital rights by Matt Skala, a fellow Waterloovian. It's a bit condescending in spots, but brilliantly presented. I for one feel smarter.

PointyHairedJedi 05-03-2007 01:29 PM


Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73440)
You know, we get pretty silly here sometimes. But I think it's time now to take a moment, as we sometimes do on this show, to look... into the future.

A lot of those almost seem snurched from When the Sleeper Wakes, but there's so little time difference in between them that it's probably more likely to be coincidence.

Nate the Great 05-03-2007 01:45 PM

They actually have an "official pH 7.0" bottle someplace? It's water? Putting aside the fact that purified water should be relatively easy to come by, how would you keep an official water sample pure at 7.0 for very long?

Uhura: That be super cute. I take one.
Jones: It be ending up more than one. Ha ha.
Uhura/Chekov: Whut?
Jones: Never mind. I is foreshadowing.

I think that Jim Wright would enjoy this thing.

ijdgaf 05-03-2007 11:59 PM

Okay, this is just plain awesome.


Sa'ar Chasm 05-04-2007 04:39 PM


Putting aside the fact that purified water should be relatively easy to come by, how would you keep an official water sample pure at 7.0 for very long?
Keep it sealed under nitrogen or argon and never, ever, ever open it.

Which may not be very helpful if you want to use it to calibrate something.

Zeke 05-07-2007 02:51 AM

While reading something unrelated, I ran into the term "waldoes" and wondered what it meant. Turns out that waldoes are handheld devices for manipulating objects at a distance, like those claw things old people sometimes use. The term comes from a Heinlein story, oddly enough. But that's not the point.

The point is that during my search, I checked out Google Images. I expected a bunch of incorrect results involving "Where's Waldo." Was that what I got? No no, that would have made too much sense.

Here's the first page of results, which is full of -- naturally -- Spider-Man.

(It turns out this is because of the "Iron Spider" costume Spidey was wearing for the first half of Civil War, which had three retractable arm things. This of course explains why those images mostly show him in costumes other than the Iron Spider suit.)

PointyHairedJedi 05-07-2007 07:49 AM

If by full, you mean three, then yes. :p

Nate the Great 05-07-2007 07:16 PM

I still call it the Iron Spidey suit. I'm also still wondering what the heck Tony Stark was drinking when he put THREE waldoes onto the suit. He's SPIDER-Man, right? As in EIGHT limbs, not seven. I could grok two waldoes, I could grok four, but three? That's just freaky.

Zeke 05-07-2007 08:16 PM

Wow -- according to the hitcounter referrals, <a href=" esses&btnG=Search&meta=">Darth Vader just visited</a>.

Nate the Great 05-07-2007 09:26 PM

Uh, was that link and the conclusion thereof suppose to conform to an actual application of logic?

Zeke 05-07-2007 09:39 PM

Yes, and I'm not interested in hearing whatever objection you're going to make -- "Vader already knows the Jedi's weaknesses" or whatever. I was making a joke, not proving a theorem.

In other news, Vern at AICN is seriously pissed about the PG-13 rating of Live Free Or Die Hard. Hard to argue with him, but man, this guy takes his action movies seriously.

Nate the Great 05-07-2007 10:26 PM

Okay, you claim that "Darth Vader just visited" I follow the link and find a Google Search for "what are the Jedi's weaknesses?" The ninth entry on the list is the Episode Three fiver. I'm not seeing an explanation of why anyone would enter that question into Google, nor why you find it so interesting. Perhaps further elucidation would help.

ijdgaf 05-07-2007 10:41 PM

Chillax dude. It was an idle joke. Overexplaning jokes never works. Especially idle ones.

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