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    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited
    @ Wood: Remember Uncle could anyone forget? It was only his regeneration into the (debatably & marginally) less (overtly & gleefully) malevolent Aunty Si which made me feel safe enough to mention being veggie.
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited
    Speak of the devil...

    (for those of you who haven't seen this on his blog yet, I was considering creating a new thread for it but bottled out. One will doubtless have appeared by the time I post this, though, fear not.)

    Warren Ellis enters 10 Downing Street, World Still Intact
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    And a onceuponatime colleague is going over on irc

    "(headdesk) That's who it was! (headdesk) I knew they looked familiar! (headdesk) I need Gin! (headdesk)"

    I think he's a little annoyed he didn't say hello....
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    Warren => 10 Downing Street = "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited
    Flowers regenerated from 30,000-year-old frozen fruits, buried by ancient squirrels

    Fruits in my fruit bowl tend to rot into a mulchy mess after a couple of weeks. Fruits that are chilled in permanent Siberian ice fare rather better. After more than 30,000 years, and some care from Russian scientists, some ancient fruits have produced this delicate white flower.
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    According to Boing Boing today is the 75th anniversary of the recording of Ramond Scott's Powerhouse.

    They link to 75 versions of it, but not it seems Soul Coughing's one.

    Bus to Beelzebub
    • CommentAuthorarcaner
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012
    @purple wyrm. Thank you, I had been wondering what that was called for YEARS.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2012 edited
    @purple - Oddly enough, I knew that piece was called Powerhouse, and about Raymond Scott's musical iconoclasm, but somehow didn't know the authorial connection. Cheers!

    Back in the day, I had an mp3 of a Raymond Scott track (something off Soothing Sounds For Baby, I think) that was, I guess, corrupted in some way such that trying to play the file would crash the entire system. There was something sort of appropriate about a recording from the birth of electronic music being able to utterly destroy the future of electronic music...
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    Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists

    Ethics expert Prof Tom White, from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, author of In Defence of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier, said dolphins were "non-human persons".

    "A person needs to be an individual. If individuals count, then the deliberate killing of individuals of this sort is ethically the equivalent of deliberately killing a human being."
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2012
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    @Ben Gwalchmai

    Is a space EMP attack possible? - Absolutely
    Is any nuclear state likely to launch such an attack on anyone, let alone Britain? - No.
    Are any terrorists lucky enough to get their hands on a nuke likely to have the technology to put it into space? - Hell no.
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2012
    @Purple Wyrm/Ben

    I'm sure none of those arguments are going to persuade governments to not spend billions developing systems to defend against Spacenukesplosion. Hardening systems against possible solar-flare disruption *may* be more sensible though.
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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2012
    ... That's a bit disappointing.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2012 edited
    @Oxbrow - it does make more sense than something being able to travel faster than light but only a teeny tiny bit faster than light. I think the timing discrepancy was only 50 nanoseconds, and that alone was a big suggestion that it was an error rather than a new discovery.

    But I agree it would have been nice for the source of error to have been something more exotic. I liked the theories about gravitational time dilation and relativistic GPS satellites.
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    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2012
    DROID USERS get BOX now for 50gb cloud storage for life!
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    @ Lampcommander - That, but on a contact lens.