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    #History

    Did James Watt and George Stephenson ever actually meet in person?

    @Alan Tyson - Sliders was all hit all the time - so says Gimley Jonathan Rhys Davies
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    dorkmuffin - concerning #Hairdye

    My hair's quite dark naturally, so I do bleach the hell out of it before dying, with maximum strength bleach. Perhaps that's a factor in making it last so long as a faded version of itself. Fishbowl, Blue Mayhem and Electric Blue are the same colors I use most often, too. Agreed about Manic Panic; it never stuck well for me either.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
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    #alternativeuniverses

    Robert Anton Wilson plays with that on so damn many things. Start with The Illuminatus Trilogy and The Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
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    @Rough Night, I've used Fishbowl and one other but even though I bleach my hair a LOT before throwing that streak in, it only ever lasted vibrantly for a couple of days before beginning to fade. Ho-hum.
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    For those who're new to the Wacom or other similar drawing tablets, using the pen to play Flash games is a good way to train your hand and eye to the interface. Plants vs Zombies did the trick for me.
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    dorkmuffin - Environmental factors? My hair dye lasts longer here in Memphis (a week of full color) than it does in Atlanta (4-5 days of full color), I assume due to the hard water and terrifying, nipple-flaying water pressure in the Dragon*Con hotels. Also, I'm a bit of a recluse most of the time, and don't go out into the sun much, so avoid its bleaching qualities. The most dramatic fading I've seen was Dragon*Con weekend followed by a week at the beach in Florida, which left some blue and green on the sides of my hair, but did bleach the top back to blonde by the time I got home.

    Sorry, I'm now taking this as a science experiment.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2011
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    Question:
    Hey guys, I need a as-cheap-as-possible SLR for a basic photography class. Could use some pointing in the right direction.

    #camera
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    #camera

    Film or Digital? Usually I'd assume film, but the way things have been in terms of getting the chemicals etc, no guarantees.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    @Taphead, Jonah, Ben, Alan - Cheers folks! If I wasn't convinced already, then the Gimli factor might just have swung that. Pretty sure a friend of mine has some Robert Anton Wilson stuff he can loan me too.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    #camera

    @trini - digital
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      CommentAuthorevelet
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011 edited
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    #camera

    Film - canon ae-1 on eBay should be cheap. I love the av-1 for dof control.

    Edit as I saw the response - I would still go for Canon at the entry level
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2011
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    #Alternativerealities

    I second the Moorcock recommendations - he invented the term multiverse and his Eternal Champions sequence pretty much defines it. I also enjoyed the World of Tiers series round about the same time I was devouring Moorcock (no pun intended), and you've probably already read His Dark Materials.

    In films The One makes good use of the concept (best to catch it on TV though ;) ).

    If you are looking for a bit of theory to go with that fiction, then Michio Kaku is your man (my favourite theoretical physicist) and his Parallel Worlds lays out the science in an easy to digest form. I've picked John Smith's brains on Indigo Prime (and the Smithiverse) and he is also a fan.
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    #camera

    If you're going to buy a DSLR, Canon and Nikon are the "big two" though there are lots of other brands. Unfortunately, this is something you can research ad infinitum. One of the things to consider is which system you want to buy into. When you get the body, you will want to know what kind of lenses will go with them, and what you want out of your lenses. Bugger. Exhaustion is really getting to me at the moment so I'll come back to this later.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
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    @Emperor Cheers, chap. I'll have to do some more looking for Moorcock, as the only thing my local Waterstones seemed to have was his Doctor Who novel. FOR SHAME!
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
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    @curb: Second hand bookshops can be your friend - one trip to Hay-on-Wye and you could walk away with armfuls of the Eternal Champion books. That is what I did back in the day and I know at least one shop there has multiple copies of most of the core ones.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011 edited
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    #FemaleFolk
    I'm a little late on this question but here's what I would recommend: Oddbird
    They just released a beautiful album.
    (They are friends of mine so I admit my bias.)
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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011 edited
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    New Question - #engravings

    I'm trying to locate a decent source for out-of-copyright engravings of the kind that used to appear in catalogues in the 19th/Early 20th Century. I've found a partial copy of the 1897 Sears and Roebuck Catalogue on Google Books, but it's missing some big chunks - even in the paid for version.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    EDIT: I'm particularly looking for pictures of medical instruments and mechanical equipment if that helps
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2011 edited
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    New question: #Martial Arts

    I'm curious to know if anyone is familiar with the belt ranking system for the martial art kobudo, the Okinawan weapons arts (nunchaku, tonfa, bo staff, things like that). I'm seeing a LOT of conflicting information out there, and while kobudo is related to, and in many ways reflects the practices of, karate, I'm reluctant to just assume the belts are the same.
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    NEW QUESTION: English Talking

    Can anyone tell me why there is not a word that connotes what 'young man' connotes and another for what 'young woman' connotes, words that mean exactly that but don't look like crap to write out???? I'm looking at you, King English Person the III --- why does your language leave this out?!

    I hate the word 'man' and I hate the word 'woman' -- they don't mean anything I would ever use in a sentence! More importantly, they don't fit as descriptions of 18 - 33 year-olds AT ALL. It's obvious that in modern times the concept of a young man/woman is considered as practically a different race of human as a middle-aged or old person. This is why in the early 80s when young people were buying Rolexes the term 'Yuppies' was born and not the term 'Uppies'.

    ARG
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    #English Talking

    You raise a good point - the best English word I can think of is "twentysomething" and it has the problems of a) excluding people pre and post their twenties and b) being ugly as all get out.

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