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In Which Signatures are Talked About

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rhody
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Feb4-12, 11:33 AM
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Simple, baby picture, innocence... sans cocker spaniel, Buffy.

Rhody...
physics girl phd
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My avatar is a cat sleeping on a quantum text. My cat, who is still alive (somewhere in this house, I presume, although I'm not presently measuring this). It also, as a bonus, includes my sewing machine... one of my more precious material belongings.
jtbell
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Feb4-12, 09:53 PM
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My avatar reflects the fact that I'm a train buff, specializing in electric-powered ones which are rather uncommon in the US unlike some other parts of the world.

It's adapted from a logo that was used in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the "South Shore Line" between Chicago and South Bend. During that period their trains were nearly sixty years old and pretty much held together with duct tape and baling wire. The complete logo had the inscription "the little train that could."
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Feb4-12, 10:41 PM
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What's the story behind your signature or avatar? Why did you choose it, if you chose it? If you don't have a signature or avatar here, maybe you do at a different forum, and you'd like to share that?

I want to know!
My avatar is all your fault, and my signature is now a bad translator mish mash of abbreviated nonsense.

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Quote Quote by Death, from the movie Hogfather
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.
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Opening your mind to something you ignorantly detest can be a jarring wake up to the reality that is, which is this: everything is what you make of it.
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Sunlight will never cost $4/gallon
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Danger
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Feb4-12, 10:41 PM
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Quote Quote by jtbell View Post
I'm a train buff, specializing in electric-powered ones which are rather uncommon in the US
Aren't they all?
Every one that I've seen here in Canada is, with the exception of a couple of old steam units used for touristy stuff or movies. I thought that you use the same stuff down south.
Oh... do you mean straight electric, that takes power from a pantograph or the rails, as opposed to those with a diesel-powered generator for the motors?
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Feb4-12, 10:55 PM
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My avatar evolved over the years. At first my grandiose idea was to trim the pyracantha into the shape of an eagle.



Then one fine late spring morning I realised that a disease called fire blight had destroyed my dream.

Not being one to give up easily I set a couple of old wheels under it because what was left of it it now resembled the outline of an old car.



After a few years of drenching the soil with steer manure and Miracle Grow the hedgemobile as I now called it improved in appearance greatly. It had even become three dimensional.

Another year or so of constant trimming and streching the branches out with plant tie wire it looked like this:

jtbell
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Feb4-12, 11:17 PM
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Oh... do you mean straight electric, that takes power from a pantograph or the rails, as opposed to those with a diesel-powered generator for the motors?
Yup. I don't ignore the diesel-electric (and steam!) stuff, in fact I just bought a nice picture book featuring the Erie-Lackawanna in northeast Ohio where I grew up in the '60s-'70s. But when I go traveling for railfanning, it's the streetcars, light rail, and electrified commuter/suburban rail that I mainly seek out.

Beyond that, you can count the straight-electric railroads in the US on one hand: Amtrak's Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston, and Philadelphia to Harrisburg; three isolated railroads out West that each carry only coal between a coal mine and an electric power plant; and a short trolley freight line in Iowa that uses 90-year-old electric locomotives to deliver freight cars from other railroads to a few businesses.
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Feb4-12, 11:35 PM
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Quote Quote by edward View Post
My avatar evolved over the years. At first my grandiose idea was to trim the pyracantha into the shape of an eagle.
...

Then one fine late spring morning I realised that a disease called fire blight had destroyed my dream.

Not being one to give up easily I set a couple of old wheels under it because what was left of it it now resembled the outline of an old car.

....

After a few years of drenching the soil with steer manure and Miracle Grow the hedgemobile as I now called it improved in appearance greatly. It had even become three dimensional.

Another year or so of constant trimming and streching the branches out with plant tie wire it looked like this:

That is awesome! I always thought you lived here in Oregon. If you leave your car out for a few years and don't wash it, you end up with a Chia car.
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Feb5-12, 12:34 AM
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Quote Quote by jtbell View Post
when I go traveling for railfanning, it's the streetcars, light rail, and electrified commuter/suburban rail that I mainly seek out.

Beyond that, you can count the straight-electric railroads in the US on one hand
Hmmm, yeah... the LRT in Calgary works that way. Now if we could just get those idiot pedestrians and drivers to recognize what it means when the crossing arms come down... They just insist upon trying to beat the train.

I didn't even realize that other countries had straight electric trains as intracity transport until less than a year ago when I saw a Daily Planet episode featuring a German line. Since then, I've seen a lot of items about Japanese systems, and I think maybe a French one. I don't know how well such a system would hold up here. One good ice storm could cripple the entire thing. (It's not so bad inside the city, because they have the budget for a preventative infrastructure.)

Okay.... sorry for derailing the thread. Back to business, folks.
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Quote Quote by Danger View Post
Okay.... sorry for derailing the thread.
More like enrailing it.
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Feb7-12, 06:25 AM
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My avatar comes from one of my hobbies: collecting slide rules.

My signature comes from a news story:

TEACHER ARRESTED. - A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," the Attorney General said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns,' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle.'

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Math Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."

White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.
My first thought was, "How could anyone want to count any higher than they can count on their fingers and toes!?"
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Feb7-12, 06:42 AM
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This sure clear things up, BobG.
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Feb7-12, 08:09 AM
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Okay.... sorry for derailing the thread. Back to business, folks.
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More like enrailing it.
Jimmy Snyder
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Quote Quote by jtbell View Post
Perhaps I can help you out. First, tell me just what is it you are trying to do?
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Feb7-12, 10:40 AM
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My avatar is a picture of Cantor dust.
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Cantor dust is a multi-dimensional version of the Cantor set. It can be formed by taking a finite Cartesian product of the Cantor set with itself, making it a Cantor space. Like the Cantor set, Cantor dust has zero measure.
Avatar: Sets, being one of the underlying concepts in mathematics, have become more prevalent as I progress in my major(s). I got (severely) distracted one evening reading about Georg Cantor and am fascinated by the questions raised by his research and accomplishments.

Quote: A defining characteristic of my personality is the strong desire to understand. I spend a lot of energy trying to understand what people are saying and what they mean. I'm uncomfortable with ambiguity outside of literary prose or poetry, so I often get frustrated with the imprecision that's inherent in most languages. I believe that is why I love mathematics so much; it is the most precise form of communication available to us.

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Feb7-12, 10:59 AM
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My avatar was chosen because of my interest in nanotechnology (and it was the coolest picture I could find that wasn't a stupid cell-sized robot). My signature is from Isaac Asimov's article The Relativity of Wrong which is an excellent piece (go ahead, read it!). Specifically it relates the story of how a specialist in English Literature sent Asimov a letter berating him for a comment he once made that science understood the basics of the universe. The specialist goes on to say how science constantly changes its mind and gives an example of the people used to think the Earth was flat, then thought it was a sphere, then an oblate spheroid. Asimov's reply was that science doesn't change at the drop of a hat but instead refines its understanding in the face of knew evidence. Furthermore just because the Earth is not flat and the Earth is not a sphere doesn't make them the same level of "wrong" hence the quote


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