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by EdgarJPublius
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly
Replies: 78
Views: 21262

Re: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly

actually, using vacuum or higher acceleration frame wouldn't work because the materials the balloon is made of will fail before the water balloon becomes deadly and in a manner that will prevent deadly force from being transferred. Eventually, you get high enough velocities that even the very small ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)
Replies: 37
Views: 5024

Re: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)

My Dad loved this show when I was a kid, and I feel that this was probably why I became the Sci-Fi nerd I am today.

Thanks Dad.


I keep thinking I need to watch some episodes again but I don't ever have time :(
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly
Replies: 78
Views: 21262

Re: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly

for practical application, the strength of the material the balloon is made of and the pressure of the water it contains becomes relevant. I imagine, unless the balloon is made of unobtanium, that the balloon will first deform greatly, reducing the average force of impact, and then the balloon will ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: hl2:ep2 the forgoten orange box game?
Replies: 69
Views: 6729

Re: hl2:ep2 the forgoten orange box game?

I just used
Spoiler:
the magnusson devices
against the hunters too.

also, hunters are surprisingly vulnerable to
Spoiler:
the Revolver, it only takes like three or four shots on normal, ridiculous
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carbon Fiber Celli
Replies: 38
Views: 2320

Re: Carbon Fiber Cellos

have you tried Carbon reeds though? I agree plastic ones are noticeably not as good as wood, but there's something to those Carbon ones, I doubt you could tell the difference outside of a top-notch symphony hall. I can't think of any reason Carbon fiber cello's can't sound as good, if not better th...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Building a rocket
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

Re: Building a rocket

can you build an electrolyzer into your rocket/launcher. If they say that nothing flammable should be used, but then let you use water, You should show them the error of their ways. ALso, I'm sure you can find plans for deuterium fusion reactors on the greater interwebs, it may not be energy efficie...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Carbon Fiber Celli
Replies: 38
Views: 2320

Re: Carbon Fiber Cellos

have you tried Carbon reeds though? I agree plastic ones are noticeably not as good as wood, but there's something to those Carbon ones, I doubt you could tell the difference outside of a top-notch symphony hall. I can't think of any reason Carbon fiber cello's can't sound as good, if not better tha...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal! WILD MASS GUESSING AND THEORIZING AND BULLSHIT!
Replies: 423
Views: 74113

Re: Portal Secrets and Storylines? - ***spoiler warning***

But hasn't Valve said that Portal takes place before the Black Mesa Incident? My impression is Portal takes place after HL1, but the Deadly Neurotoxin Gas incident pre-dates HL1. There are references to racing Black Mesa to develop Portal technology, I think in the Easter Egg site along with all th...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: hl2:ep2 the forgoten orange box game?
Replies: 69
Views: 6729

Re: hl2:ep2 the forgoten orange box game?

Great game, just finished it, the last level was intense.

Not to spoil too much, but if you haven't beaten it yet, I suggest playing through portal first, it'll make the ending that much better (it did for me)
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal! WILD MASS GUESSING AND THEORIZING AND BULLSHIT!
Replies: 423
Views: 74113

Re: Portal Secrets and Storylines? - ***spoiler warning***

My Thought on the "Greater Setting" draws in part from level 19 and in part from HL2: EP2. In level nineteen, if you look around a bit, you learn that Aperture science is trying to (unsuccessfully) compete with Black Mesa. Also, during the GLaDOS 'fight', GLaDOS says something to the effec...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zeppelins: Why we love them.
Replies: 88
Views: 6905

Re: Zeppelins: Why we love them.

http://www.main.org/polycosmos/robotgrp/roboblmp/cmdrsalm.htm and more specifically http://www.main.org/polycosmos/robotgrp/roboblmp/envelope.htm very cool, I should have known such instructions existed, I'd still like to at least attempt a small working, rigid air ship, which means using something...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 482537

Re: Favorite home experiments

VERY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRY. I MEAN IT. ... http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/PWOTsTheMan/hyperbole.png it's dangerous, but I wouldn't seriously suggest not trying it if you feel comfortable working with the other explosive related experiments herein(just remember to use very small quantities...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: interesting magic square
Replies: 11
Views: 2685

Re: interesting magic square

With this sort of puzzle (this one specifically almost) I'd start of with the largest numbers since 8*4 is so close to (but larger than) the 'magic sum' you don't really want too many of them sitting too close to each other and you can make logical assumptions about their final position in the puzzl...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REM alarms
Replies: 15
Views: 1882

Re: REM alarms

(and who actually has an hour period that they can wake up anytime in?). If it means waking up during a better time in my sleep cycle, so I actually feel refreshed, I'd happily wake up an hour earlier. If you set the window to end at the time you absolutely have to wake up, what are you losing? You...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 482537

Re: Favorite home experiments

VERY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRY. I MEAN IT. Anyway: Mercury Fulminate, this stuff is unbelievably fun and even more dangerous than it is fun. What it is: Dangerous, also, a friction sensitive primary explosive. How to make it(don't): Take some Mercury and nitric acid (these are fairly easy to obtain in e...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zeppelins: Why we love them.
Replies: 88
Views: 6905

Re: Zeppelins: Why we love them.

I am inspired to attempt a similar project. It will probably never get past the planning stages but so what? AT least it will be fun to think/talk about. Immediately I am thinking about the upcoming helium shortage , get it quick or there may not be any to get. (Or you'll have to use Hydrogen, and w...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6641

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

Interesting solution. However, Assumption 5 is flawed in that perfect duplication of handwriting is quite easy and thus making it (the assumption) violates the corollary to rule 2 of the problem. (Medieval Monks were capable of perfectly duplicating handwriting 600 years ago, and its only become eas...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Great things that happened to you today*
Replies: 1346
Views: 176713

Re: Great things that happened to you today*

I hardly ever read the paper, but when my rent popped up ten percent last year I didn't have any trouble finding the school papers Expose on the guy who was managing the on campus apartments for the school selling them to himself (He was the chairman of the foundation that owned the company that man...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6641

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

they can intercept her replies and substitute their own any other type of letter can be intercepted by the post office and replaced, or the reply can be intercepted and replaced. These are assumptions and are not immediately obvious to me. It is reasonable to assume they have corresponded before, a...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6641

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

About the only thing we can be sure he has seen is her letters and any boxes she has sent in the past. And since it would be unreasonable to think that the post office would randomly send letters and boxes pretending to be her even before there was a ring involved, it is reasonable to assume he kno...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6641

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

Int hat case, the only solution I see is to deliver the ring via intermediaries rather than via the post office. or else, create a box such that it will only open at specific space-time coordinates (I.e. Juliet's House, In one week) as determined by an internal system capable of determining it's pos...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6641

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

As far as I can tell, the solution requires some sort of Turing test with which Romeo is able to tell the difference between Juliet and any given employee, contractor or other resource of the Postal Office. Since they have never met in person, this will have to rely on previous letters between the t...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flash device
Replies: 13
Views: 1791

Re: Flash device

po2141 wrote:I'm almost certain that air has a break-down voltage (3MV/m @ 1atm), not a wattage, it is the strength of the electric field that causes the breakdown. And you can't have any wattage until current is flowing anyway.

Correct, like I said, late at night, wasn't thinking.

My other points stand.
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where are you?
Replies: 40
Views: 4230

Re: Where are you?

I'm actually sitting on a throne forward and to the left watching all of my meat-presence's interaction as though they were a jesters performance.
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flash device
Replies: 13
Views: 1791

Re: Flash device

With sufficient voltage/number of Jacobs Ladders involved/other 'clever trickery' you can get some good brightness out of some cheap-o Neon Transformers, for instance, stringing neon tubes between the posts of the ladder will result in lit neon-tubes, the effect can be very cool. For brightness mayb...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Flash device
Replies: 13
Views: 1791

Re: Flash device

Have you considered a Jacobs-ladder? Neon Transformers are made almost exactly for the sort of thing you're trying to do and can be found fairly cheaply with some scrounging, instructions for turning these into Jacobs-Ladders litter the Blag-o-tubes like porn.
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: This blows my mind!
Replies: 311
Views: 33128

Re: This blows my mind!

Apparently my brain activity shifts from the right to the left side of my brain through-out the day, Earlier, I couldn't possibly see how she was spinning counter-clockwise, now I can't imagine that she could be spinning clockwise, I could kind of get her to switch for a few blinks when he was spinn...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Homemade Glider
Replies: 34
Views: 12625

Re: Homemade Glider

If you want man-powered, check out the Gossamer Albatross design. For Para-glider designs, Fertilizer bags (like the 'South African Kid') are a deceptively good building material, the tube shape is already there, they're quite durable and some minimal modifications will get a nice aero-foil out of t...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zeppelins: Why we love them.
Replies: 88
Views: 6905

Re: Zeppelins: Why we love them.

How very Gernsbackian. I love all retro-futurism, Zeppelins, Flying-wings with ballrooms, flying cars etc. If your interested in a revival, check out Aeros corp. at the National Business Aviation Association show in Atlanta recently, thef unveiled their plans for a semi-rigid Air-ship yacht, the Aer...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 09, 2007 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2377953

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Edgar J Publius Here: The man of a thousand names and H{F(n)}=F^n(n);H{H{H{H{BB(9)}}}} useless facts and talents. In Meat Space, I'm a twenty something Engineering major (the specialization varies with the Texas Weather, which is quite varied) Browncoat, Sith Lord, G-Man, Trueborn Warrior of Clan Ja...

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