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by Meticulac
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Verifying physics at home
Replies: 15
Views: 2760

Re: Verifying physics at home

There's instructions on Instructables for making a spectroscope by using a CD as a diffraction grating, though I'm not sure how well that'd work outside the visible light range.
by Meticulac
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 20951

Re: Class vs class

Another way of putting it might be compassionate versus those who do so callous people? I wasn't sure if that would be an apt descriptor before, or going too hard on the disfavored group, but Trump defining said group makes the latter seem much less likely. Then again, would a polished "classy&...
by Meticulac
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 5603

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

Given that most money now gets produced via a fractional reserve banking system in the form of credits and debits on digital ledgers, it seems odd to build an argument on the idea of their being a fixed supply of money in circulation that needs to be conserved. Aside from that, I agree both with the...
by Meticulac
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3686
Views: 623833

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

1*((sin(((t >> 10) & (1+Math.sqrt(t)) & 63)*t/2)+1)+(cos(((t >> 10) & (1+Math.log(t)*Math.log(t)) & 127)* t/2)+1))

Bytebeat code
by Meticulac
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 81
Views: 20951

Re: Class vs class

I think raucous versus demure gets at the dichotomy Phforrest was trying to convey pretty well. As for this side-discussion on social media, I ought to take the time to write down a description of how I think I'd like a distributed communication platform to work some time. Scuttlebutt and Solid are ...
by Meticulac
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 720293

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Given the energy density/vacuum energy of space as some value, and the Bekenstein bound as an upper limit of the information content of a region of space with a finite amount of energy, is it meaningful to talk of a vacuum information content? Would it make sense to try and find some other way of me...
by Meticulac
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is linguistics a real science?
Replies: 60
Views: 7333

Re: Is linguistics a real science?

Linguistics is a useful area of knowledge, helping us mantain the consistant meaning of formal statements over time, itself a crucial aspect of the sciences. So really, it's a choice of whether to classify it as a sceince, or define science such that useful bodies of knowledge that science relies on...
by Meticulac
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What if the second law was breakable?
Replies: 73
Views: 9054

Re: What if the second law was breakable?

My understanding of entropy currently derives from five concepts: Non-cyclic time, physics in which the universe's next state can be determined by its current state, the pigeonhole principle, entropy as information, and the Bekenstein Bound. To start off, let's say time is linear rather than cyclic:...
by Meticulac
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7747

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Hasn't biology found a way yet to make species of insects/funghi that love one particular spikey invasive plant (in a not-so-symbiotic way)? Or any particularly invasive plant for that matter, because we're getting more and more of those due to all our world-wide transport. Such insect/fungi would ...
by Meticulac
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 7747

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

I propose removing the need for outdoor lighting by giving everyone night vision goggles.
by Meticulac
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2374933

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Greetings! Things I very much like: ⋅ various aspects of machines, including their appearance, structure, history of development, and philosophy of design ⋅ biology, especially cellular biology, and as the intersection of this and the above, bionics ⋅ craft/cooking/DIY ...

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