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    "The human rectum is almost nightmarishly elastic..." -Patton Oswalt
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    That kid is either a budding genius, or in desperate need of prozac! Possibly both... “The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” (Oppenheimer)
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    I don't know, but I get the point, and it's a good one. "...in the Twilight there is no difference between the absence of darkness and the absence of light." (English translation, Sergei Lukyanenko)
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    If that's accurate, that's terrifying, but it sure does explain a lot of things.
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    "The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding fine." -Longfellow quoting 17th century manuscript, possibly originally Greek
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    Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat (Gaelic) means= "May the cat eat you, and the devil eat the cat." -Old Irish/Gaelic curse Part of a triad of classic curses: "May you leave without returning." "May you fall without rising." I don't know the Gaelic for those however...
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    LED light bulbs from Lights Of America

    Does anyone here have a light meter for photography? If so, we could put this to a test, because I recently fell into the same trap as Redbelly... damn it. I think the failures must be the chips controlling the LED, not the LEDs themselves, bastards.
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    I thought this was a joke, then Googled it; I'm absolutely stunned. I knew the guy was a maniac, but damn!
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    I aim for the stars, but sometimes I hit London. -Apocryphal attrib. Wernher Von Braun
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    "Just because it could be, doesn't mean it is; just because anything is possible doesn't imply a physical reality." -Me, just now.
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    I believe a group of apocalyptic nuts are literally doing that today... probably without the drinking. Always a bit odd when the world of jokes and fun crosses over with the world of crazy sublimated suicidal urges of a religious mass.
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    You see, this always confused me when the same character claimed that the best thing in life was, "To crush your enemies , see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women." -Conan It just occurred to me, given the nature and outrage of his recent scandal, maybe that...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Nothing that fancy, I was just being boring with whatever *space you cared to use in defining coordinates in time. Going back to the light cones and world lines as it were, not a physically realizable bit of excitement.
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    You could just define any arbitrary set of coordinates; that's why you have past and future light cones around such chosen points. It's purely on paper of course, this isn't something that changes life as we know it, just the process of specifying 4 numbers to designate "you are here" and then...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    If you don't choose yourself as a preferred reference frame...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Yeah, you definitely need a vacation.
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    He's on pop-tv, not pushing new theories; his very lack of publications should tell you that. My point is simply that instead of being a pauper in retirement he's chosen to teach, and be fast and loose with what he teaches on television. There's a world of difference between popsci, and...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    It's also the theme of everyone making money in industry. I wouldn't think that's a very good metric for finding crackpots, who don't need to be making money to be loony toons.
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    He's no buffoon, he's just decided to do something else in his golden years than knit socks. Is what he's doing really any worse than Einstein railing against quantum theory around the same age? There is a highly productive period in a theoretical physicist's life, so when it's over why not...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Do you have anything like backing for that ridiculous claim? No, of course not; I can't believe I came back here. Goodbye
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    I'm not stating a fact, just refuting absurd claims made by "futurists". I don't claim to know much, but reverse engineering the BRAIN in 10 years is probably one of the more absurd claims I've heard since 'Indigo Children'. So, I won't claim what I say is fact, but it's closer than 10 years by...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    We know that both are so far off that speculation like his is absurd, that's what we know.
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Neurologists are still trying to reverse engineer the actions of individual neurons, never mind the entire brain. The notion that it could be replicated in 10 years is either laughable or truly insane. Frankly, it's right up there with saying that we'll be traveling FTL in a few decades... if we...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Nah, because I'm interested in something that doesn't allow for time travel against the thermodynamic arrow, but cute notion. It is true that I didn't realize I was a day late though, which probably could have been the first thing cat-boy mentioned. As for a slum, other than quotes, this is...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    This is about asking someone who will in turn be able to ask Michio Kaku, right? How would starting another thread lead to this individual possibly asking that specific person this question? As for being drawn to "gd", believe me when I say I couldn't be more repelled; a quick perusal shows this...
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    "They're all jerks, when you're out here on your own, just assume that everybody else is drunk or on the phone. They're all jerks, not a one knows how to drive, so yah gotta pay attention, to make it home alive..." (Part of 'Grandpa's Advice', a song about driving)
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    It's the sheer variety and madness that arises from that kind of search that drew me here in the in the first place. I'm done justifying my question, although if you have some scholarly articles to link I'll be happy to read them. Your view is noted, but my question remains and that says a lot...
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    Do you know the answer to my question then? Beyond that, I like to cut my fiction closer to what is possible than simply using buzzwords. There is 'fairy magic', 'Star Trek' magic, and then the more subtle magic of such authors as Larry Niven. I'd prefer that unicorns not be the mechanism by...
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    "May you live a long and lucid life spent in excruciating physical and mental anguish." -Me
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    Seeing Michio Kaku today. Any questions you'd like me to ask?

    I'm asking this regarding a work of fiction, so unicorns as a valid mechanism works for me. As for asking Dr. Kaku, given his history of speculation and erudition, he seems ideal to ask this kind of question.
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