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Sa'ar Chasm 04-22-2007 05:17 PM

Damn you, Zeke. Damn you.

Level 9 and pondering the Kinetic Molecular Theory of Gases to get to Level 10.

AKAArzosah 04-22-2007 11:35 PM

I passed level twelve! It took me about thirty tries, but I did it!

Speaking of thirty tries, it took me about that many to spell that sentence right. Ugh.

Zeke 04-23-2007 02:20 AM

It took me about twelve. There's not much skill involved in that one, really. It would take a genius to get a good enough sense of how all 60 particles are moving to formulate a strategy more complicated than "let's see if this spot works."

Two samples from the Partially-Clips-like webcomic Wondermark:
- How, I ask you?
- Any cat owner can vouch for this one.

Nate the Great 04-23-2007 04:32 AM

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/239123

This is Pretty Much Ocarina of Time, which is a Flash movie that I'm sad to say is a better parody than my fiver.

Zeke 04-23-2007 11:24 AM

Well they can't.

Zeke 04-24-2007 02:28 AM

And speaking of animals, they have pillbugs on the ocean floor.

THREE-POUND PILLBUGS.

ijdgaf 04-24-2007 03:27 AM

Those things are just dog gamned creepy.

mudshark 04-24-2007 04:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73309)
And speaking of animals, they have pillbugs on the ocean floor.

THREE-POUND PILLBUGS.

That's the biggest pillbug I've ever seen! [/maxwellsmart]

Zeke 04-24-2007 05:19 AM

You mean second biggest, right?

Hejira 04-24-2007 06:43 AM

I think now would be a good time to point out that when I first saw the title of this thread, I totally had the wrong idea.

AKAArzosah 04-24-2007 07:42 AM

Me too, but I wasn't gonna say anything.

Nate the Great 04-24-2007 08:46 AM

Eww. And to think I changed my avatar right before that.

Zeke 04-24-2007 11:35 AM

I have no idea what any of you are talking about. You're all crazy. Get off the road.

Meanwhile, speaking of animals I found out about through that webcomic, here's the vampire squid from hell. Well, okay. To be more accurate, I should give its scientific name: "the vampire squid from hell."

Hejira 04-24-2007 12:58 PM

Quote:

Like other deep-sea cephalopods, Vampire Squid lack ink sacs. If threatened, instead of ink, a sticky cloud of bioluminescent mucus containing innumerable orbs of blue light is ejected from the arm tips.
If it were green or pink or orange light, I'd just admire it for being able to do that, but dude. BLUE.

I want one for a pet.

PointyHairedJedi 04-24-2007 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73309)

Pillbugs? Interesting. I know them both as woodlice and slaters, though slater seems to be purely a Scottish thing. I endured many years of being told by my peers "They aren't woodlice, they're slaters."

They taste just the same either way, of course.

Zeke 04-24-2007 03:39 PM

When I was a kid, we called 'em potato bugs. They have many names.

(Sigh. I still love that Pokey strip, but it was so much cooler before I knew that "master the possibilities" was an old MasterCard slogan.)

Sa'ar Chasm 04-24-2007 04:42 PM

I think we called them woodbugs. They're the little grey things the roll into an armoured ball when you poke them, right?

mudshark 04-24-2007 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73312)
You mean second biggest, right?

I did, actually.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73330)
Meanwhile, speaking of animals I found out about through that webcomic, here's the vampire squid from hell. Well, okay. To be more accurate, I should give its scientific name: "the vampire squid from hell."

There were a couple of PBS programs (either Nature or NOVA) that gave a good look at these critters. Very cool.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73337)
When I was a kid, we called 'em potato bugs. They have many names.

They do.


And a link contribution, for whatever it's worth:

The Rules for the Annual Roadkill Cook-Off in Marlinton, WV.

Chancellor Valium 04-24-2007 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73337)
They have many names.

And they have a plan.

Zeke 04-24-2007 08:18 PM

Shyeeah, right. Their "plan" is completely ad hoc. They want to kill us all, except that they want to create a pillbug-human hybrid, except that they want to move to Earth. Their sleeper agents -- slater agents, if you will -- have no idea they're really bugs except when they do. And are we ever going to get an explanation for the giant pillbug in my head that no one else can see?

PointyHairedJedi 04-24-2007 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73347)
And are we ever going to get an explanation for the giant pillbug in my head that no one else can see?

Given what Baltar did with Six, I think we can all agree that that's a mental image that none of us are ever really going to recover from, Zeke.

Nate the Great 04-24-2007 10:15 PM

Ooooookkkkaaaayyyy....

Moving on. If we're going to do a thread of links...

http://www.reviewboy.com/

Delta Blues is (dare I say it?) one of the top five Trek sites that any Trekkie has to visit. It's a requirement. It's necessary.

Zeke 04-24-2007 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PointyHairedJedi (Post 73348)
Given what Baltar did with Six, I think we can all agree that that's a mental image that none of us are ever really going to recover from, Zeke.

Zeke's Better Judgment: Actually, I think he was just insulting me.

ijdgaf 04-25-2007 03:22 AM

Have a horsey birthday!

AKAArzosah 04-25-2007 05:54 AM

'Slater' is an Australian thing too.

Zeke 04-26-2007 06:34 AM

Here's one for chess fans. (Anybody here play on RedHotPawn? I'm CZeke there.)

PointyHairedJedi 04-26-2007 09:42 AM

I have a rather nice repilca set of the Lewis chessmen. I was even at one point a member of a school chess club. Before you get too impressed though, I should point out that I can count the number of opponents I've beaten on one hand.

mudshark 04-26-2007 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeke (Post 73378)

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g2.../bgbiggrin.gif

Nate the Great 04-27-2007 02:55 PM

Fairly amusing.

That's one reason why I'm not your average nerd. I'm not a chess addict. Probably because I've gotten smacked by one too many uppity ten dollar computer programs.

Burt 04-27-2007 05:10 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FtKYOtOIkE

This completes me.


Seriously though, it's just perfect. I loved Spitting Image....
Oh why did you go away!

Zeke 04-27-2007 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Nate the Great (Post 73415)
That's one reason why I'm not your average nerd. I'm not a chess addict. Probably because I've gotten smacked by one too many uppity ten dollar computer programs.

I don't think chess is quite the defining nerd attribute it used to be anymore. I don't know a lot of people who play, and I'm a math grad student. The weird thing is that Metroid2002, a totally unrelated forum that Hejira and I frequent, is full of chess fans and has even organized tournaments.

But then, the appeal of chess is too universal to try and match it up with some specific group. It's the definitive strategy game. TOS and B5 showed people still playing chess 300 years from now, and I believe it.

Nate the Great 04-27-2007 09:11 PM

From what I've read, there are many better strategy games out there. Go, for example. Now, I've never played even though I know how. For that matter, what about Hexxegon?

Zeke 04-27-2007 10:45 PM

Anticipating that objection, I said definitive, not best. I think chess has a stronger claim to that title than any other game. "Best" wouldn't even make sense, since there are any number of ways one game can be better than another: simplicity, challenge, accessibility, and so on.

Go is indeed a strong contender, though I think chess edges it out. As for Hexxagon, I apply a simple rule: any game I have to look up is in no way a classic yet.

ijdgaf 04-27-2007 11:20 PM

I think the whole Go vs. Chess issue is more or less an East vs. West thing. Which you define as "definitive" largely rests on where you grew up.

I say they both co-chair their definity.

Nate the Great 04-28-2007 12:27 AM

Well, it's just that from what I've heard, if a random person had to go on a hundred-year trip across the galaxy and could only take one game with them, the odds are better that they'd take Go with them.

Chancellor Valium 04-29-2007 04:47 PM

@IJD: Exactly. In my home, for example, it was Newfoundland Trivial Pursuit...

Zeke 04-29-2007 04:52 PM

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.

Nate the Great 04-29-2007 07:07 PM

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. Going up and down at would be impossible.

The personal waterwheel raft could possibly work if you added a float on each side to keep your balance.

The moving pavement is just plain loony. Possible, but there are multiple better and cheaper alternatives.

Sa'ar Chasm 04-29-2007 08:11 PM

Quote:

@IJD: Exactly. In my home, for example, it was Newfoundland Trivial Pursuit...
All roight, bye, for all t'e marbles, wot koind of cawd am Oi kissin' if Oi'm takin' a shawt o' screech in t'e squid-jiggin' grounds, moi trout?

Nate the Great 04-29-2007 08:18 PM

Forty-two.

Hey, it'll answer any question! Maybe not well, but it is an answer. :)


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