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Messages - Mister Pops

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 31 March, 2022, 07:32:12 PM »
SLS Block 2 will be more powerful. Block 1 is a test/proof of concept vehicle. I think its made from left over bits of the space shuttles and the like.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 30 March, 2022, 10:58:21 PM »
I'm onboard for the sharing of positive news stories!

Yes. In that spirit, here is a picture of the new moon rocket


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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 29 March, 2022, 10:22:51 PM »
Ukraine war: Russia to curb Kyiv assault as peace talks progress

Glimmers of hope at the peace talks - so odd to see Abramovich in the middle of all that. I thought he was "just a businessman". I suppose that's naive of me.

Have you heard of "sports washing"?

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 28 March, 2022, 12:22:38 PM »
I heard after that one little fight his mom got scared and said “You’re moving to your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air”

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 March, 2022, 11:26:04 PM »

Shite vs shite - Shite


I would have went with:

Excrement vs Predaturd - Feculence

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 22 March, 2022, 03:42:38 PM »
2MASS J17554042+6551277 is a completely unremarkable star. I'm not sure it's even visible to the naked eye, but if it is, just barely. It does have an entry in wikipedia now, because it was what the James Webb telescope pointed at to get its mirrors all nice and aligned. To achieve alignment, the tolerances have to be less than the wavelength of infrared light so all the mirrors are reflecting in phase to the receiver. Otherwise you just get a bunch of images from smaller mirrors superimposed on top of one another. But now, instead of 18 small mirror telescopes, there's one big one. It took a picture of 2MASS J17554042+6551277, and this is what NASA released*:




Those six big spikes are optical artifacts, it's essentially like lens-flare, but replace lens with 18-perfectly-aligned-mirrors. So 18-perfectly-aligned-mirrors-flare. The JWST is so sensitve, it's getting glare off a barely visible star. This won't be as much of a problem when the JWST starts its serious work, 2MASS J1blahblah is only** ~2000 light years away, so much closer than the stuff JWST is going to study.

The truly remarkable thing is when you zoom in on those points of light behind 2MASSandsoforth.



Those are galaxies! Without meaning to or even trying, this thing is capturing pictures of galaxies!

And they still haven't even released the full resolution/data-set image because they're still perfecting the callibration and resolution***. Not to get too technical, but I believe they still have to de-sprongle the widgets and reverse the polarity of the sprockets.

*link to APOD's much larger image.
**in cosmological terms
***and NASA has been stung before by the tin-foil behatted extrapolating nonsense from slightly blurry images.

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General / Re: Rogue Trooper: Who Did What?
« on: 17 March, 2022, 08:27:14 PM »
...NFT rabbit-hole...

Non-Fungible Tokens?

Tokens that can't be turned into mushrooms?

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 March, 2022, 02:20:10 PM »
Eugene Parker the pioneering Solar Physicists who predicted the existence of Solar wind. 94 is a good innings.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 March, 2022, 01:18:44 AM »
Dolly Parton has been nominated on the shortlist for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, this year, but has declined it

Quote from: Miss Dolly Parton

Dolly here! Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don't feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.

I do hope that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will understand and be willing to consider me again - if I'm ever worthy. This has, however, inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock’n’roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do! My husband is a total rock’n’roll freak, and has always encouraged me to do one. I wish all of the nominees good luck and thank you again for the compliment. Good luck!


That lady likes to joke about how trashy and low class she is, but there can be no doubt she is one classy broad. If you have a problem with Dolly Parton, then you have a problem with me and I suggest you let that one marinate.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 March, 2022, 09:10:57 PM »
...I had trouble grasping walls of text...

Understandable

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Wow you look good for your age
« on: 12 March, 2022, 09:44:09 PM »

I find that being sexy can be quite a drag at times...

That’s funny, I find drag can be quite sexy at times

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 March, 2022, 12:36:30 AM »

I'm fairly sure milstar is Putin's mum.


Putin's mum has been dead for years.

Allegedly.

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Off Topic / Re: TV Adverts that make you wish for death.
« on: 10 March, 2022, 12:20:43 AM »
Same here Shark, apart from the odd ad-read on a podcast, my life is largely ad free...

...if I didn't like sport.

How are gambling ads legal?

More generally, advertisers just don't appreciate music. Marketeers take a good song and awkwardly snip together the "good bits", because they don't understand how important arrangement and song structure is*. Either that or they commission a deliberately uncanny, discordant mess of a jingle your brain tries to make sense of, but can't, so it stays lodged in there like a aural parasite.

*This seems to be how pop music has been produced since the turn of the millenium.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Wow you look good for your age
« on: 09 March, 2022, 06:48:17 PM »
I like how Tharg keeps his art droids on a long leash. They’re not slaves to a house style like what other comic publishers have. All the different takes and artistic interpretations on characters is one of my favourite things about 2000AD. Draw what thou wilt art droids.

And how else would we know which ones are kinda horny?

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 05 March, 2022, 04:38:04 PM »
I read a story that a lot of the Russian troll farms have turned all their attention to anti-Ukraine propaganda now, but I'm sure that has nothing to do with it, comrade.

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