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by LaserGuy
Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do particles ever touch?
Replies: 42
Views: 5633

Re: Do particles ever touch?

If I have two atoms and they combine into a molecule, do they ever really *touch*. I know they are bound together by electromagnetism and certain molecules will bind in a stronger fashion, but do the particles ever make contact. I know it's possible, during fusion or in a particle accelerator, but ...
by LaserGuy
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does college look at what classes you take in HS?
Replies: 14
Views: 2341

Re: Does college look at what classes you take in HS?

Hi, I am a freshman in High School. I am taking Geometry I Honors, English II Honors, Global Studies I Honors, Chorus, Integrated Business Apps (an easy class about Microsoft Office), my one PE class needed to graduate, and have credits for Biology I Honors and Algebra I Honors. I plan on taking a ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 40178

Re: Slurs

But something may be queer (strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular) without any connotation. ...Yes, and 'gay' can also mean 'happy', and 'faggot' can also mean 'bundle of sticks'. All perfectly legitimate uses for those words. But it's generally pretty easy to ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 11706

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

Azrael, the thing is, a more educated society tends to do much better economically - in other words, we, as a nation, receive a return on investment from education that we pay for that is astronomical, as far as ROI goes. As weird as it feels to say this, I don't feel that we should assume this pro...
by LaserGuy
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My First Question (Light and Time)
Replies: 9
Views: 1329

Re: My First Question

My first question is about light. I know that I shouldn't ask simple stuff such as the speed at which light travels, but what I want to know is the relationship that light shares with time. I remember reading that the closer you get to the speed of light the slower you move through the dimension of...
by LaserGuy
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The least racist country?
Replies: 107
Views: 16468

Re: The least racist country?

Also Canada's head of state has been a minority since 1999. Hell, the current head of state is an immigrant. Perhaps I live in ignorance of the finer working of Canadian government, but isn't Stephen Harper, a native Canadian and about as white as they come, the head of the country? Actually, Canad...
by LaserGuy
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, I'm a noob here, hoping to learn about physics. . .
Replies: 21
Views: 2450

Re: Well, I'm a noob here, hoping to learn about physics. . .

Have you read "A Brief History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Brison?
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 40178

Re: Slurs

Is it my responsibility to purge my language of every possible word/phrase/expression that someone could construe as offensive? Or it is the responsibility of others to realise that clearly context of the text was not intended to be offensive? Don't think of it in terms of offense. The problem is n...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 40178

Re: Slurs

Or you could say: "The driver should fasten THEIR seatbeat before THEY start the engine." In english the male pronoun is not neutral and does not designate women as well. If you wanted to do it biologically, since female is where everyone starts--you'd think to be consistent we should be ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 40178

Re: Slurs

Trying to jump in here to deal with some of the relavent recent discussion... Mods feel free to stop me if I go too far afield. It bugs me considerably whenever peoble use gender-specific insults or misogynic language in my presence, and every single time I'll be given "you know I'm not serious...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Has College Been Glorified?
Replies: 34
Views: 3983

Re: Has College Been Glorified?

I see college (or university in my case) as the savior. I dislike school quite a lot at the moment, and I never feel like doing anything. I've always done all the assignments, tests and homeworks and never missed a deadline, until last week. No big deal, my teacher just said I'd hand it in next Fri...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Convincing People that the Earth is Flat
Replies: 11
Views: 2925

Re: Convincing People that the Earth is Flat

Taking Tass' argument a bit further, I think you can get rid of the problem of not having sunrise/sunset in the planar model to some extent by postulating the existence of a negative gravitational charge on light. Assuming my back of the envelope ray diagrams are right, this make distant objects app...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Convincing People that the Earth is Flat
Replies: 11
Views: 2925

Re: Convincing People that the Earth is Flat

Ok, I'll give this a shot: Assume that the Earth is an infinite plane that has periodic features over distances of ~40000km in any direction in every possible way. Then everything on the Earth can be specified by a coordinate (x + n*40000, y + n*40000). That is, there are multiple copies of you that...
by LaserGuy
Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 4850

Re: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?

I'm going to disagree with the general sentiment here and state that I feel that under the present academic climate, standardized testing is a necessary, if ill-used, tool. The stated purpose of most (if not all) standardized tests is to provide bodies with the interest (universities, governments, e...

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