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Spiders?

  1. Feb 24, 2005 #1

    honestrosewater

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    What's with the "spiders" listed under "Currently Active Users"?
     
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  3. Feb 24, 2005 #2
    I don't understand your question. :smile:
     
  4. Feb 24, 2005 #3

    dextercioby

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    There are no spiders.It's just your imagination.Too many horror movies,and especially "Arachnophobia"

    Daniel.
     
  5. Feb 24, 2005 #4
    I think this is what's being referred to

     
  6. Feb 24, 2005 #5
    I know what he is talking about, just not sure what he is asking :smile:
     
  7. Feb 24, 2005 #6

    honestrosewater

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    Who are they? What does it mean to be a spider, as opposed to being a guest or member? BTW, I was a she the last time I checked. :tongue2:
    Oh, I guess I should have asked what they are. Nevermind. I don't understand why they're listed under active users, but oh well. I just thought it was strange.
     
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  8. Feb 24, 2005 #7

    dextercioby

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    Moi had the same problem,which was intesively under debate and eventually clarified here

    Daniel.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2005 #8

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    Spiders slurp; guests don't.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2005 #9

    Nereid

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    Thoughts such as "you are not alone", and "it only happens to the nicest people" spring to mind. :smile:
     
  11. Feb 24, 2005 #10

    Moonbear

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    Yes, and the sisterhood is slowly taking over PF. :biggrin:
     
  12. Feb 24, 2005 #11
    Spiders occasionally frequent this site to eat the cockroaches and various bugs that show up at this site. They also will turn on us if we don't pay them homage (remember Shelob from the LoTR....), and you don't want them to attack :frown:.
     
  13. Feb 25, 2005 #12
    How funny, this morning there was a spider on my keyboard...now I run accross this thread.
     
  14. Feb 25, 2005 #13

    honestrosewater

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    I like your name- I was going to write a movie about her once- someone should- very sad story.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2005 #14

    Gokul43201

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    I don't see any spiders...where are the spiders...yooohooo !!!

    What I do see is that right now there are two members online that are probably within a couple of miles radius of where I am. Maybe I should think up a different username and see if the kind magicians will perform a name change operation for me.
     
  16. Feb 25, 2005 #15

    honestrosewater

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    Shh... keep it on the DL. :wink:
     
  17. Feb 25, 2005 #16

    marcus

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    it would be odd, the non-christians are the civilized folk, the scholars, poets, mathematicians
    and the bad guys are the christians----they are the brutal, the bigoted, the murderous, the uneducated mob etc.

    so she and the governor of Alexandria (the prefect Orestes) were having a love affair? and this scumbag christian Bishop incited a mob against her and they killed her bit by bit in the street, scraping off her flesh with sharp clamshells.

    and she never offended anybody as far as I know!
    she was just a mathematician who proved some theorems about conic sections or some kind of curves

    well I dont know if it is a sad story or not. it is a story about religious fanaticism in the Middle East

    but it is also a story about the civilized greek-speaking society of Alexandria when? circa 400? and those people measured the circumference of the earth and the distance to the moon and preserved poetry from 800 years previous like sappho and they had a fairly accurate astronomy and so on. She was just one of a number of cool people.

    the fact that she was a woman is accidental

    the fact that she died in a mobscene at the hands of christian fanatics is accidental

    what remains is the high level of culture and civilization she was a part of
     
  18. Feb 25, 2005 #17

    Moonbear

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    The place was completely infested with slurping spiders a week or two ago. Maybe they only come out at night, or when we start to sober up??? :biggrin:

    Uh oh! Now you're in trouble! Maybe they should transform you into your alter ego, for3to0won. As long as they aren't your students, you're probably safe for a while longer. Might want to check that the lock on your office door works. :biggrin:
     
  19. Feb 25, 2005 #18

    honestrosewater

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    marcus, not quite. I think Socrates Scholasticus' account is among the most reliable.
    You don't know if this is a sad story or not? What would you consider to be a sad story?
     
  20. Feb 26, 2005 #19

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    Yes, it was probably her pagan neoplatonist influence, rather than any scandalous high-jinks, that led to her murder by the christian mob. What gets me is that Bishop Cyril, who was more involved in this than the church father lets on, was later canonized by the church. Saint Cyril, forsooth! Back when I was a Catholic I read an article by some bumptious churchman who said that all of the saints were really nice people. I always wanted to ask him about Cyril.

    In math she wrote commentaries, rather than doing original research, but the subjects of her comentaries show her great mathematical taste: Diaphantus' arithmetic and Appolonius' Conics. Precisely the works that underlay the early modern development of algebra and calculus.
     
  21. Feb 26, 2005 #20
    I'm just wondering if it's the "hypatia", from PF2. If so, where've you been?
     
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