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by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 69809

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Lost my mom to cancer a couple months ago. Breast cancer that she'd been fighting and had recurred four times. Fifth time got her after metastisizing to, well, everywhere. Thankfully or not depending on how you look at it, the one that got her was a pea sized fast growing tumor in her brainstem. She...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Particle colliders and the resultant particles
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Particle colliders and the resultant particles

I have been reading a bit about the LHC and some of the physics behind it. What I am interested in are the particles that come from these high energy impacts. More particularly, where do they go? I know that the three constituent particles of atoms; protons, neutrons and electrons are made up of qua...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Balancing torque of counter-rotating weights
Replies: 1
Views: 620

Balancing torque of counter-rotating weights

Ok, I'm working on a design right now that requires two differently weighted objects to rotate about a common axis. My problem comes in my lack of math. I've tried to do this stuff on my own, and I've made some headway, but I've run into a roadblock. So, I pose to you to help me out. The first thing...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: To make life better...
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: To make life better...

To be honest, it was something our social studies teacher assigned us way back when somewhere in the middle of the '90's, but "Yes Man" brought it all back. I'm not saying to completely ditch your job or school or whatever else you are required to do on a daily basis. I'm saying to simply ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: To make life better...
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

To make life better...

I'm going to tell all of you reading this to do something. Regardless of the fact that you don't know me, that you will in all likelihood never meet me, you'll think about doing what I tell you to do. To you out there, I am nothing but a name and words on your screen. A faceless entity of ones and z...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: War - Humanity's Guilty Pleasure?
Replies: 18
Views: 2453

Re: War - Humanity's Guilty Pleasure?

Being in the US Army, this thread caught my eye. I'm going to give you what I think on this whole business from the view of someone currently deployed to Iraq. - Is war inevitable? Is it part of being human? War is not inevitable. It never is. War is the result of a breakdown in diplomacy or the rea...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CFD, Super Computers and Engineering
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

Re: CFD, Super Computers and Engineering

I've taken a look at the OpenFoam package and I'm way over my head with that. I have no experience with Linux what so ever and adapting it to work on OS X as I have right now is so far over my head I can't even see the light. I'm curious about the rental of computing time on a third party system. Wh...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: CFD, Super Computers and Engineering
Replies: 11
Views: 2449

CFD, Super Computers and Engineering

Well, I'm between a rock and a hard place. I've been tooling around online for quite a while now, searching in earnest for a software package that I'm beginning to thing doesn't exist, or is a closely guarded secret in the engineering world. What I'm looking for is a Computational Fluid Dynamics pac...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 18175

Re: Homosexuals in the military

I'd like to throw in my perspective on this, being that I am openly homosexual with my unit. You milage may vary. I'll start with the questions posed at the beginning of the thread. 1 - The initial reaction is severe behind-closed-doors repurcussions towards the openly homosexual men in the army. I ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railgun question
Replies: 7
Views: 1180

Re: Railgun question

You've got a common misconception going on is all. What you're talking about is a coil gun more than anything. Its similar to the concept of a railgun, using electricity to fire an armature, but goes about it a different way. A rail gun uses no magnets. It relies on the principle that if you run cur...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railgun photo question
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: Railgun photo question

From what I remember from a site I knew of a while ago, but can't seem to find again, the injection velocity is somewhere around 200 feet per second. They were using a modified paintball gun and CO2 to fire the projectile into the rails. As for making the projectile properly aerodynamic, yes, contac...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas gifts:
Replies: 80
Views: 5374

Re: Christmas gifts:

All of my stuff is coming to me after I get home from Iraq. I love my mom :D

Three Safari Shirts
Three pairs of Safari Cargo Pants
Safari Vest with shell loops
Two fountain pens, one medium and one fine tip

http://www.scicatalog.com is so much awesome
by TodayIsTomorrow
Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railgun photo question
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: Railgun photo question

Yay, I can finally add something relevant to the forum. The green flame you're seeing behind the projectile is a combination of plasma, ozone, and vaporized copper. The armature around the projectile is usually a sleeve made of a sintered copper based metal. When the projectile is fired, it spins du...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Geeky, sciency hobbies
Replies: 27
Views: 2838

Re: Geeky, sciency hobbies

I design and build timepieces. Once I get my hands on some small scale machining equipment, I'm going to be making watches. Horology has always fascinated me. I also collect gemstones of any rarity. I like pretty shiny things.

Amy, your lops are just... so cute it makes my teeth hurt.
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sun Dec 14, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Haiku.
Replies: 434
Views: 65910

Re: Haiku.

I happen across
moments of insanity
commas are stupid.

My haiku leaves much
to be desired from all
five more syllables.

Props to DaMullet
for using my name in this,
refrigerator.
by TodayIsTomorrow
Fri Dec 12, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Haiku.
Replies: 434
Views: 65910

Re: Haiku.

Here I sit watching,
Iraqi sand and balls blue,
Web Cams are evil.

*edit*

Holy Necro-post,
over a year and no one,
has any haiku.

*edit 2*

I am retarded,
joined on date is not when the,
last post was put up.
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Buying a new pack
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Buying a new pack

Ah, a man after my own heart. Any Molle or Alice pack will work wonderfully for your purposes, and with that in mind, I've got a couple suggestions for packs. My first recommendation is for the Camelbak Motherlode pack. Its got several areas of loops where you can attach whatever pouches or accessor...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Random - Does it really exist?
Replies: 48
Views: 5285

Re: Random - Does it really exist?

I'll let you guys continue on with your discussion of wave functions and QM, seeing as I got confused. A random number generator would be hard to build, that's true, but what if you take the generation part out of it. As it was said before, people are something that can't really be counted on to cre...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullet Aerodynamics
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Re: Bullet Aerodynamics

What would the difference in drag be between a bullet with a flat tail and one with a full tail that tapers down to a point? I've been working quite a bit on my machining software trying to come up with three different designs. One is the scaled design that I talked about earlier, with grooves aroun...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Learning Game
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Re: Guitar Learning Game

Well, that's a whole lot better than my idea.

Now we just have to see when it will come out. I'll be buying it when it comes out. I tried way back when to learn to play the bass guitar. Sheet music and me don't get along very well.

Now to start saving up for a guitar
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Learning Game
Replies: 13
Views: 1317

Guitar Learning Game

Alright, this idea came to me after far far too many hours of playing rock band. The basic premise of the game is that you make a real sized guitar with either one or multiple USB connections with actual strings and frets and so on. Instead of plugging it into an amplifier, you plug it into a comput...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Star System Simulation Data Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Star System Simulation Data Sources

It seems to me that this would be a worthwhile endeavour. I haven't the slightest clue as to how this would even begin to be coded, but I have no doubt it would impressive. If you could come up with a workable program that could approximate the conditions required to create the interlinked spins of ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Akimbo is radically impractical and generally inaccurate, however, if you work at it, you can hold the pistols very close together, with your thumbs touching and get both rounds to hit roughly in the same place every time as long as you keep a proper grip on the pistol. I must say, it is great fun t...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Wow... just... wow. I just read through the entirety of http://www.theboxotruth.com. Color me impressed. With all the things that I saw done there being exactly what I would do if I had the finances and supplies, I am going to have to reorder the things I have for my own defense. That bird shot in t...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Well, I had a whole bunch of stuff written, and it was wiped away with a keystroke. Here we go again. Don'tcha hate that? Alright. Since you already own an AR, we'll start with that. The .223/5.56 Nato wasn't ever meant to be a close range weapon's round. The round is very light, travels very fast, ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Jebok, the weighted mags have got to be a custom job at the very least, and the practice to use one in an actual situation would be nuts, but it would sure as hell throw your enemy off their game horribly. As long as the pistols had a bevelled magazine well, you could slap the gun down onto the mag ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullet Aerodynamics
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Re: Bullet Aerodynamics

Wow, learn something new every day. The fact that Barret started out so small and is now one of the best sniper rifle manufacturers, and a very respected name in the military gives me some hope. Now all I have to do is make a better rifle than Barret for cheaper. With the 8000+ dollar price tag that...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

:oops: Didn't mean to hijack the thread.

We could always start pointing out the firearms-related bloopers in movies. I've got a whole tonne of those (I'm looking at you "The Matrix)... or something. I dunno.

Hooray for guns?
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

I like the idea of having a lightweight SAW, but it has its drawbacks as you said. With the M249 I can tag 800 metre targets from prone with a good degree of accuracy. I'm not sure if I could do that with an M16 sized weapon, let alone an M4 in fully automatic. Second is the 30 round magazine. 9 rou...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

For a newbie to pick something up and fire it without a problem would be an issue if they've never fired anything in their lives. If you've had any experience at all then it'd be significantly easier. For pistols, its a tossup between a .38 Special revolver and the 1911. The .38 is so simple that a ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullet Aerodynamics
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Re: Bullet Aerodynamics

That's why I love my little Gullthulhu. I was afraid that a 2D modeller wasn't going to be what I needed and I sure don't have the computing power to run a good 3d one. As for contacting a firearms manufacturer with my ideas, I simply don't have the cash to get them to prototype anything, nor do I h...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullet Aerodynamics
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Re: Bullet Aerodynamics

...why wouldn't you want to build a gun? I like guns and I've got several ideas of how to do things better than the conventional designs of firearms. The best way to learn about how something works is to build one yourself. Plus, if it works and everything like I hope it does, I'll have a rifle that...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullet Aerodynamics
Replies: 18
Views: 5091

Bullet Aerodynamics

Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, I fancy myself to be a bit of an inventor and engineer, but I've run into a snag. What I'm trying to do is design a rifle with a cartridge I design. The problem is that I can't figure out the aerodynamics of bullets to save my life. I know that the .50 BMG bullet and th...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Guns have been my passion for a very long time, and now its part of my job. On the subject of recoil and accuracy again, there's a weapon I just found out about called the KRISS or something along those lines. Instead of having a bolt that recoils in a straight line, the locking mechanism is integra...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

Alright, I'll start with the reloading. Pretty much every game I've ever played reloads a shotgun far too fast. There is absolutely no quick or graceful way to yank a shell out and shove it into the bottom of the weapon. If you try and do it too fast, the loading gate of the shotgun grabs your finge...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

I think the level is called Warpig or some such thing. You start out on a roadway and get ambushed, and then have to clear out a building that's half blown away. That's where you put on your night vision and see all the lasers shining in from your guys. The weapons they're using are M16A4's with PAQ...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

In the level you guys are talking about in CoD4, the marines all have PAQ2's or 4's. You are correct that they are infrared lasers, visible with nightvision on.

Woo, I helped again. I think.
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Muzzle Flash
Replies: 83
Views: 9033

Re: Muzzle Flash

You guys have the right idea going in the whole shotgun recoil effect thing being exagerated in movies, but you're a little off. You've got to remember, that you're firing only a few ounces of shot out of the end of the barrel, plus the weight of the gasses from the burning propellant at around 1800...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9387204

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Random thoughts that never seemed to go away: If we think, therefore we are, do those who never think for themselves ever exist? If home is where the heart is, what of the heartless? Whoever said money doesn't buy happiness wasn't married. Whoever said Diamonds are forever hasn't made them go fast e...
by TodayIsTomorrow
Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282658

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

I figure I'll throw a little recipe into here that I enjoy very much. Its a desert and can be anywhere from sweet to having a deep flavor. Its right horrible to clean the dishes after its served, but it makes a splash and is really ridiculously easy to make. One banana per person, sliced in to strip...

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