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stripeypants



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have several capes already. No need, my good man!

(Are you really going to be in town tomorrow? Sad Tomorrow there is no bus service, and I'm busy packing for honeymoon, so I will have to miss you if you actually are.)
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Dogen



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be in town for a week, but there's no pressure. I have plenty to fill my time if you're not free.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I'm sure you'll be sitting and sobbing, being very tiny.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By virtue of the lack of pressure I'm actually very large, but light. Like a hot air balloon.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hollow bones, perhaps? Are you a theropod dinosaur?
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stripeypants



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Human beings historically carried babies into battle. Proven by SCIENCE.

http://io9.com/we-wear-babies-on-our-backs-because-our-ancestors-wore-1634624109/+rtgonzalez
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



That's the rubber ducky comet which is about to get its very own space probe hat. Full res and further details here: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140915.html
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Echo



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A space probe hat held in place with TWO SPACE HARPOONS.

My love for Rosetta and Philae cannot be overstated.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More interesting space stuff: How the Soviets rescued and revived a dead space station just before Mir was launched.
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Echo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so on the basis of this, who else wants to join the Reykjavik Police?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i think i just want to move to reykjavik because a place with a police force that cool must be pretty cool in general.

of course, come winter, i guess it will be more than just cool....that may be an issue.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Creationism, my oldest fascination with reality denial, just keeps churning along. Americans United has a pretty comprehensive summary of the proposed "Ark Park" and its shady financial and legal history in Kentucky. It walks through the tens of millions of dollars in tax incentives and public infrastructure commitments made to the project despite constantly missed deadlines, church and state issues, employment discrimination, and profit/non-profit entanglement.
Here's an excerpt from the end that helps put the whole thing in a broader social perspective.
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“Let’s be clear here: This is not an ‘atheist vs. believer,’ or a ‘secularist vs. religious’ issue…,” David B. Whitlock, a Kentucky Baptist minister, said in a Sept. 1 column for the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise. “Receiving tax money to promote religion is no small matter. That’s the real issue here. If Muslims, or Hindus, or Buddhists or any religious group wanted to establish theme parks celebrating stories in their sacred books and at the same time wanted to accept tax incentives, the objection from Americans United would, I hope, be the same.”

The objection absolutely would be the same, said AU’s Lynn. He noted that AiG has boasted about how the park will seek to win converts to fundamentalism.

Zovath, for example, told the Cour­ier-Journal in July, “There will be an effort made to present the Gospel at the park. That has not been hidden at all from anything we have said.”

Lynn said such evangelistic efforts should not be supported with taxpayer dollars.

“It doesn’t matter to us if Ham builds replicas of Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel or even the Garden of Eden – provided he does it without help from taxpayers,” Lynn said. “We don’t have a problem with AiG’s Christian message, but we do have a problem with a Christian message that gets government support.”


More about the non-profit/for-profit shenanigans can be found here. It's not just a church vs. state thing, it's looking like a blatant attempt to violate the tax code by evading proper classification.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent article about creativity, depression, and dealing with the loss of a loved one to the same disease.

http://arstechnica.com/staff/2014/10/harnessing-depression-one-ars-writers-journey/
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