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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007 edited
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    To some it's just another day.

    But to some of us it's much more.

    It's the day on which we remember one very special man who was born on that day long ago - a man who changed our world and our perception of the world forever and whose work has touched the lives of essentially every person around the globe including those who've never heard his name or his message.

    I refer, of course, to Sir Isaac Newton.

    Merry Newtonmass, everyone.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (380.2)
    I'll stick with Teslaween on July 10th, thank you. :P
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (380.3)
    But there's just something so festive about the jolly strings of red and green apples and the multi-colored light displays honoring Newton's work on optics.
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    Thinks about my struggles with Quicksilver at this special time.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (380.5)
    Keep your vaunted science off my Feast of The Unconquered Sun.

    Sol Invictus, motherfuckers!
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (380.6)
    Ah you guys just stole it off the Mithrans.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2007
     (380.7)
    I have my Yule, kthxbye.
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    My concession to the holiday season this year, in an Everyday is Halloween spirit.
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    Um. Isaac Newton was born on 4 January 1643.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    Ah.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
     (380.12)
    I feel some of you may not be treating Newtonmass with the gravity it deserves. Arf!
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    I live where he grew up and went to school and no one seems to care here. Although, we do have a big statue of him and preserved Newton graffiti. He carved his name under a window at school, and it's still there.

    School kids never change....
    • CommentAuthorConfusion
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
     (380.14)
    Sorry to break the Newton theme, but i thought I could pitch in with some festive cheer.

    What I did for this years Christmas party
    • CommentAuthorpygmy
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    I wished my friend Mel, who was previously an astrophysicist, and now shoots great big lasers at teeny little nano-shit (and throughout both is a hot, nerdy lez-been) a Happy Queer Scientist Day.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
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    Did xmas sneak up on anyone really stealthy and really quick? Cuz that's what happened to me.

    Happy Christmas, Whitechapel (which, when taken in the historical context, sounds kinda cool).
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2007
     (380.17)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Oh my god it's Christmas here now, <i>someone make it stop!</i>
    • CommentAuthorSeverin
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (380.18)
    It's Christmas? Fuck. I thought it was my birthday.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (380.19)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Thanks Kosmopolit I totally intend to swipe that.

    J Traub Quicksilver is such a good book once you get past the boring Newton at school part.

    As an X Mass present I will summarize the boring part so you can skip right to the good part.

    Newton was smart but bad at school and was your typical absent minded professor. Daniel took care of him. Daniels father was a Puritan who thought cromwell far to soft. Newton was into Optics ,coins and alchemy and possibly politics and sodomy but kept those 2 things quite close to the vest. Rich dreunken teen royals at Oxford were predictably not nice to poor puritan scholarship students but mostly ignored them. Newton had a real thing for coins.

    Why that took Neal Stephenson the length of a Stephen King novel I have no idea. The Parts with Jack are up there with Snow crash for being fun and exciting but it totally screwed my vague knowledge of history.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2007
     (380.20)
    Noel Redding, Josh Freese, and Cab Calloway were born December 25th. Rad.

    Also, Karl Rove. BOOOOOOOOOO!

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