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General / Re: Button Man movie has already been released
« on: 27 June, 2022, 02:34:20 PM »
If they were to release a movie called Button Man now, I would assume it would be about having dinner while on holiday.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Does it tally up?
« on: 27 June, 2022, 12:17:12 PM »
…length doesn't matter.

My wife is always telling me that

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 26 June, 2022, 12:14:28 AM »
I don't think those French fellas over at Libération magazine approve of recent developments

General / Re: Side-side-vote - The golden goose-stepper
« on: 25 June, 2022, 12:58:43 PM »
Just keep going as is, but occasionally lampshade how implausibly old he is.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 24 June, 2022, 11:51:52 PM »
Nationalist-Christians are taking over America.

It's easier if you shorten it to Nat-Cs

General / Re: Fake Britain Map
« on: 23 June, 2022, 08:53:07 PM »
I had always assumed Melchester was  much further north and the Rovers all sounded like they were out of Corrie

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 23 June, 2022, 12:55:40 AM »
What's the difference between a children's hospital and a terrorist training camp?

Don't ask me, I just pilot the drones...

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 June, 2022, 01:53:48 AM »

Derry Girls, Season Three. Wonderful, superb, excellent, cracker.

As someone who grew up in the Derry Girls EU, the phrase you're lookin' is "Pure belter hai"

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 18 June, 2022, 12:52:35 AM »
One of the things I enjoy most about The Boys is Homelander's fake smile. Technically every on screen smile is fake, but Anthony Starr really sells the fakeness. Proper rictus grin. And Karl Urban is his nemisis.

He'd make a great Judge Death.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 17 June, 2022, 11:05:44 PM »
... It might be we're the late bloomer and all the other intelligent life managed the transition from simpler life forms in a fraction of the time. As far as I'm aware there's no real evidence either way on that one...

No evidence either way indeed. Could be we are currently* the most advanced lifeform in the universe.

Well, I haven't done the math - but these guys have, and they reach the conclusion that Earth was lucky to manage the evolution of intelligent life prior to becoming uninhabitable.

That's an interesting paper. It's always worth remembering that "all statistical models are wrong, but some are useful". This is well argued, but is limited in that our sample group of planets on which any life has evolved is currently limited to one.

Furthermore, in my limited experience, the science of exoplanets tends to be outdated before the ink on the textbooks dries. There's so much up in the air that that any assumptions of exo-biology need to be taken with a grain of salt.  However, this paper acknowledges this, and presents a model that can easily be modified if/when our understanding increases.

Lastly, the improbability of intelligent life here is subject to the Law of Large Numbers. Million to one shots will happen twice if you take two million shots.

*relativity notwithstanding

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 17 June, 2022, 10:38:25 PM »
My condolences Mister Funt. At the risk of sounding patronizing, it seems to me that your reaction to this shite thing that happened is perfectly valid and it's good that you're confronting it. There's no right way to grieve.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 17 June, 2022, 12:17:27 AM »
If there is a God, then for me it has to be the universe (or the multiverse) itself, because that's the only thing that is both omnipresent, omnitemporal, and omnipotent.

I once heard a suggestion that brains evolved because the universe was trying to understand itself. It's a nice idea, but a bit too teleological for me.

However, there is a theory that we are all part of a computer simulation.

That hypothesis does exist, but it relies on the universe in which the computer simulating us exists, being more complex than our universe. It is impossible to create a computer that can simulate itself in its own universe without contradicting information theory. This was proposed as an attempt to explain quantum uncertainty. The supposed simulation can't compute both position and momentum simultaneously at the subatomic level, so it just does a bit of RNG to compensate.

Off Topic / Re: The Philosophical Thread
« on: 16 June, 2022, 01:07:43 PM »
Sounds a bit Russell’s paradoxy to me

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 15 June, 2022, 08:57:51 PM »
By like 20 seconds. And on a post an hour and a half old. Weird coincidence that we replied at practically the same time.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 15 June, 2022, 08:50:18 PM »
This is a thing people do and I have done it*. There is a trick to it though. The feet have to be quite warm to reduce the temperature difference. Then you have to walk at quite a brisk pace. The key thing is your feet are not in direct contact with the hot coals longer than the shortest time it takes for the physical process of transferring enough heat from the coal to the flesh to burn the flesh. I think if you take longer than ~3 seconds to cross you'll be burned regardless.

There's a lot of things to go wrong there, could be hard to pinpoint exactly what but...

...it sounds like someone really put their foot in it.

*I have friends in a local circus skills club** who roped me into it.
** This is also a thing people do. Good for a side hustle too, because as Malcolm Tucker put it "... big public events always have wankers wi' stilts". I'm not sure that's an accurate quotation, but I'm not about to google "Wankers with stilts"

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