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by pyrodeus
Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Brainteasers and Riddles
Replies: 60
Views: 2352

Re: Brainteasers and Riddles

Here's an ancient one (from the tenth century or earlier), with an old timey answer: I am a treasure to men, widely found Taken from the forests, cliff-sides, hills, valleys, downs; By day wings carry me in buzzing air, Hide me under their sheltering roofs with skill. Soon a man finds me and carries...
by pyrodeus
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: battlestar Galactica
Replies: 634
Views: 113401

Re: battlestar Galactica

Yeah...the English didn't bother me so much, but a few things did: 1) They supposedly jumped a million light years to Earth. That would mean they from intergalactic space, not the Milky Way. There are globular clusters within a few hundred thousand light years of the Milky Way, but there are none wi...
by pyrodeus
Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: battlestar Galactica
Replies: 634
Views: 113401

Re: battlestar Galactica

Well, last night's episode was disappointingly slow. With only a handfull of episodes left, I expected a lot more plot movement. I don't disagree, but I am torn on the episode. On the one hand, the gritty realism that show looks for more or less demands an episode showing people wallowing in their ...
by pyrodeus
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Women are insane
Replies: 369
Views: 16568

Re: Women are insane

me looking at mens magazine: megan fox is a total hottie. ex: That makes me feel pretty bad. me: Why. ex: You think she is prettier than me. me: *sarcasm*For sure!*/sarcasm* But it's not like you have a team of photoshop artists following you around. You are hot in reality, she's hot in theory. ex:...
by pyrodeus
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Use the force?
Replies: 2
Views: 419

Re: Use the force?

(Brain tumor not included.)
by pyrodeus
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The new Doctor Who announced
Replies: 27
Views: 1003

Re: The new Doctor Who announced

tfp wrote:
I wish the latest Dr Who was on non-cable. I'm to poor to see it.


It will be syndicated some day, I'm sure. Or there's always torrents.
by pyrodeus
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The new Doctor Who announced
Replies: 27
Views: 1003

Re: The new Doctor Who announced

Awww man, Tennant really can't be mad, can he? I'm watching an episode where Rose loses her face, and the Doctor gets mad about it...but it's just laughable. :( I want Eccleston back already, though Tennant does make love stories easier to swallow. He did okay at the very end of the episode where h...
by pyrodeus
Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Software piracy, and why it is awesome.
Replies: 86
Views: 3206

Re: Software piracy, and why it is awesome.

From the standpoint of economics, the digital age has converted a largely (though not entirely) traditional good, recorded media, and changed it into something that looks a lot like a public good. With a public good, each consumer can make use the whole product in its entirety without depriving any ...
by pyrodeus
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: The new Doctor Who announced
Replies: 27
Views: 1003

Re: The new Doctor Who announced

I have yet to watch any of the new Dr. Who shows. I don't think I will as I don't want to ruin my memories of the old show I watched as a kid. Take it from this Tom Baker devotee; the last two seasons of Tennant's stint have been excellent. Tennant's Doctor reminded me of Baker, a bit too much for ...
by pyrodeus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Wars
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Re: Star Wars

Premiering next year in London's O2 arena, the production will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in sync with movie clips from the six live-action films. The show will play in chronological order, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi. I'd probably pay to go see that if it to...
by pyrodeus
Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Star Wars
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Star Wars

Reeat after me:

This isn't happening. This isn't happening!

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b74477_ ... stage.html

George Lucas has signed off on Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a two-hour live musical event . . .
by pyrodeus
Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Australia to Limit Peer to Peer Activity
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Australia to Limit Peer to Peer Activity

Do more of that and there will be no "digital economy" to talk about. This is getting into Net Neutrality and I don't know if saying more will get the thread moved to R&P so I'm just going stop right now. :o Presumably the day is coming when legitimate downloads of copyrighted materia...
by pyrodeus
Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Australia to Limit Peer to Peer Activity
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Australia to Limit Peer to Peer Activity

Apparently they are at least thinking of trying it: http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,24833959-5014239,00.html While I generally take a hard-line, don't download what you don't own, stance, I am curious just how targeted such a filter could be. Can it be targeted at copyrighted materia...
by pyrodeus
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you READING right now?
Replies: 441
Views: 122207

Re: What are you READING right now?

The Dialectics of Secularization, by Joseph Ratzinger (aka The Pope) and Jurgen Habermas (aka "Not the Pope"). More of a pamphlet, really, but a deep, philosophical pamphlet.
by pyrodeus
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Man nabbed after hitting girlfriend with sandwich
Replies: 19
Views: 1052

Re: Man nabbed after hitting girlfriend with sandwich

This is a very timely story heading into Thanksgiving, when no doubt many food related assults occur. Tragically, most will go unreported.
by pyrodeus
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:54 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Max Payne Movie
Replies: 37
Views: 2325

Re: Max Payne Movie

I hated this movie. How exactly did Mona know max was in Aesir corp at the end? And she happens to get there, get inside, get to the floor he happens to be on and save him just in the nick of time? The movie was filled with things like that...for example, how did BB know that Max was in Ragnorock, a...
by pyrodeus
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Replies: 118
Views: 11719

Re: Sarah Connor Chronicles

yeah, that one she killed at the end had a self destruct to keep John from re-programming it. Well, it had a self-destruct. There was no evidence that Skynet put it there to stop John. John may have put it there to stop Skynet from re-assimilating it (or getting information out of it) after he repr...
by pyrodeus
Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Sorry V-Rock
Replies: 10
Views: 616

Re: Sorry V-Rock

It was a noble cause whether it was Vrock or not.
by pyrodeus
Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standard Model, Shmandard Model
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Standard Model, Shmandard Model

My gut feeling, to be honest, is that they will discover this to be an artifact created by their detector, rather than a new particle, but, if it's real...it could be the start of a new era for graduate students everywhere. For what it's worth the actual paper announcing the phenomenon is here: http...
by pyrodeus
Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standard Model, Shmandard Model
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Standard Model, Shmandard Model

Evidently, my excitement is not fully shared. :P Here's a blog that explains the result well: http://motls.blogspot.com/ stating: There has to be another particle that lives for a while - about 20 picoseconds - until it decays inches away from the beam pipe. A scrutiny shows that it cannot be any kn...
by pyrodeus
Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Standard Model, Shmandard Model
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Standard Model, Shmandard Model

I have been trying to explain to some friends of mine why I find this terribly interesting: http://dorigo.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/cdf-publishes-multi-muons which suggests at the possibility of a result not predicted by the Standard Model. As one of the linked posts referenced suggests, if it pans o...
by pyrodeus
Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RETIRED
Replies: 211
Views: 29512

Re: TR's "Perfect Creation" Returns to the Ring this Sat. 9/20!

Best of luck. I don't know much about your wrestling career overall, but here's hoping you have fun with a minimum of injuries.
by pyrodeus
Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Stargate: Atlantis - Canceled
Replies: 25
Views: 1501

Re: Stargate: Atlantis - Canceled

The show grew on me a tiny but, though I blame the scarcity of alternative scifi this summer. I have even gotten over Lt. Col. John "Longhair" Sheppard's not seeming to own a comb. I don't know that I'll miss it, though, as hopefully it will last until BSG and/or Doctor Who returns.
by pyrodeus
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Metallica Single
Replies: 28
Views: 1324

Re: New Metallica Single

Oh please, after their fourth album, they were probably one of the richest heavy metal bands around. But they decided to create mainstream (crap) music to triple their income, not out of need but greed (pointing at Lars). I have a hell of a lot more respect for bands who stayed loyal to their fans ...
by pyrodeus
Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: New Metallica Single
Replies: 28
Views: 1324

Re: New Metallica Single

I refuse to shop in "stores" because I do not like the stance they take against stealing. Napster? That is all that way. Music, like it or not, is a product and if you take it without paying for it (unless the owner consents) that's no different than stealing from them. Even if you disagre...
by pyrodeus
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I hate the character Abe from Hellboy movies
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: I hate the character Abe from Hellboy movies

You forgot an option: "Abe who?" What a strangely specific reference, it's like havinbg a thread venting that you hate Wolfgang Grimmer from the anime Monster. Some people who know what Monster is will agree. Some who know what Monster is will disagree, some who know what Monster is still ...
by pyrodeus
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bernie Mac, dies at age 50
Replies: 15
Views: 728

Re: Bernie Mac, dies at age 50

Darkmage wrote:
OMG...

Nooooooooooooo!!!!

Damn, it's just a bad week for black comedians. :(


He's with Xenu now.
by pyrodeus
Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Invisibility Cloak ... I want one!!
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: Invisibility Cloak ... I want one!!

The possibilities for sneaking out of the office early/hiding from the boss are mind-boggling, not to mention hiding one's pr0n collection from the Mrs.
by pyrodeus
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: A win for coffee fans
Replies: 51
Views: 1654

Re: A win for coffee fans

On the rare occasions I drink coffee, Starbucks is fine. The reason they got so big is that a lot of people liek their coffee. In southern Manhattan, which always abounded with coffee shops (and still has more than any city I know of outside of the Pacific Northwest and Europe), Starbucks has still ...
by pyrodeus
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I had unprotected sex...
Replies: 146
Views: 11140

Re:

idchafee wrote:
Sleep now, because the sleeping days are just about over...


I agree. You should sleep for at least a month or two and bank that. You can then use up your stockpiled sleep later. I'm sure it works that way.

How are things going with this endeavor generally?
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