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e wrote: Still working my way through your writeup but a quick thought: could the two Ergen "ll" cities now be Yll, separated by the Reft? You mention the antiquity of Yllish knots in footnote 8. The Yllish language seems to encompass Creation-Wars-time concepts that haven't yet been eroded away. Yllish knots also (via Denna) seem to work the way Sygaldry does now, suggesting there was a much more natural way of expressing magic through language, form, and writing.
Mike wrote: I grew up in Pgh and am quite familiar with the belt system. It's origin was not as you suggest, as a way of facilitating citizen travel. They were created as a civil defense project to facilitate the movement of emergency response assets: read National Guard and the like. They were intended to help these groups navigate around a disaster.
Carl Banks wrote: Mike, that sounds urban-legendy to me, but I got my historical information from random web sites so who knows. Thanks for your input.
Rocky Rollinghills wrote: I'm old enough that I've forgotten the lies I was taught in school. In college my wife used the word "thrice" in a paper and the professor marked it down because he said that it isn't a word. And when my son was in 5th grade he gave his science class a presentation on S Fred Singer. Singer had invented the machine that was first used to measure ozone in the atmosphere. Well, my son went into detail exposing some of the fear-mongering over the "ozone-hole" and "global warming". The teacher (maybe I should write "teacher") constantly interrupted him to get her POV in and disrupt his presentation. The next day, as he walked into class she muttered to him, "I checked on what you said and you were right. Unfortunately." The unfortunate thing is that she didn't tell the class that my son's research was correct, and that I'm sure every year since she's shown Al Gore's power point to unsuspecting 10 year olds.
SmellsFishy wrote: Sardines and high-oil ocean fishes are also longevity super-foods, something that cannot be claimed by a processed factory protein bar. However, BPA content is a major issue with many canned foods. Seek out BPA-free cans and packages, which are becoming more broadly available, and sustainable fisheries, such as Oregon for albacore tuna.
Ben wrote: I was just thinking of something like this, specifically how 2 losses in the SEC are treated like 1 loss anywhere else
Carl Banks wrote: Ben: this chart is actually about realignment. I.e., when a conference expands what conference does is grab new members from. That's why the Big East is shown feeding off the Big XII; it's poised to grab what's left of the Big XII North but it certainly doesn't have better teams. As for who's better, it changes every year, despite the assertions of SEC fans who think time began in 2006. Remember, in 2005, zero losses in the SEC was treated like one loss in the Pac Ten and Big XII. [Note: I've since changed the title.]
jonimethfan wrote: Many Worlds clearly sucks because it requires a single quantum event to be exothermic enough to 'create' a whole new universe like our own. I understand that wave functions experience all possible actualities continuously, but that the cardinality of those possibilities is not even countably infinite and that consequently the possible energy release is likely to be small and finite rather than cosmically enormous.
jonimethfan wrote: In any 'Many Worlds' infiniverse, Each universe would consist of a single quantum event (Think it through!) This is contradicted by the macroscopic reality of human consciousness. To paraphrase Descartes: 'I think therefore 'Many Worlds' is bullshit'.
Bob wrote: I've been using emacs (nox) since at least 1989, and no other editor. It is reassuring that others (like you) find the same minor annoyances. For example, over the more recent years, I simply ignored that first menu line "File Edit ..." I have never ever used that menu, and in fact, I don't even know how to access it. It is just background noise, or perhaps I thought it was simply artwork to make it look like and old Mac. Thanks.
Sandi wrote: Recent thoughts on his origin...but I think he's the nature spirit of simply life. He said that he was there before the first raindrop and there before the first acorn. Life began in the form of archaebacteria before both of those occurrences. He has no side in the war, because things that are essences of himself are on both sides. The ring has no effect on him, because he only exists in his little world, ruling only himself. To me, all the pieces just click. So while your "dark matter" theory is pretty cool and well researched, I'm just throwing mine out here.
Tyler Cox wrote: Sad that you had to spend a career where no engineer got excited about what they were doing. My experience as a product development engineer (BSME and MSME) has allowed for alot of excitement. Perhaps your problem has more to do with the industry you come from versus the industry you are trying to change to
it's obvious. wrote: panda's are popular because they are exclusive. why are socialites treated like celebrities? it's because they have immense wealth. although not deservedly earned, without it they would be overlooked. Money is the exclusivity factor for humans while endangerment is the exclusivity factor for animals. if there were only 200 rats left on the planet, people would not view them as vermin (in fact, few people would ever encounter one) and all of a sudden saving the rat population is a huge deal. Conversely, dogs can be rather useful pets but their numbers make them indispensable, on a universal level. btw, the current captcha I see below is interesting: http://tinypic.com/r/k4zbkn/7
ob wrote: i should add, although many wealthy people do not stand out from the crowd, the very fact they are wealthy makes them exclusive. i would argue being exclusive and anonymous is a trait rather unique to humans.
Alex Rider wrote: Thanks! Your'e opinion really heped me on my Time Travel essay!
easy wrote: quite easy to circumvent. instead of "my sister's friend" just say "friend of my sister." "niece of my coworker." "psychiatrist of my mom." it's awkward English, but clearly understandable.
Carl Banks wrote: easy: If you're thinking about circumventing the rule, you're missing the point. This rule is about one spouse communicating boundaries to the other. It's not a challenge to see if they can circumvent it.