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Greater Feydark / Re: TZT docs -- pericarditis?
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »
hey vae, whats the medical term for an anti-boner again?


yes it can

Greater Feydark / Re: blacker than your blackest stallion
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:05:21 AM »

Greater Feydark / blacker than your blackest stallion
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:00:22 AM »

Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious.

A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

If it was used to make one of Chanel's little black dresses, the wearer's head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.

Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material's maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.

The nanotube material, named Vantablack, has been grown on sheets of aluminium foil by the Newhaven-based company. While the sheets may be crumpled into miniature hills and valleys, this landscape disappears on areas covered by it.

"You expect to see the hills and all you can see it's like black, like a hole, like there's nothing there. It just looks so strange," said Ben Jensen, the firm's chief technical officer.

A sample of the new material. Image credit: Surrey Nanosystems

Asked about the prospect of a little black dress, he said it would be "very expensive" the cost of the material is one of the things he was unable to reveal.

"You would lose all features of the dress. It would just be something black passing through," he said.

Vantablack, which was described in the journal Optics Express and will be launched at the Farnborough International Airshow this week, works by packing together a field of nanotubes, like incredibly thin drinking straws. These are so tiny that light particles cannot get into them, although they can pass into the gaps between. Once there, however, all but a tiny remnant of the light bounces around until it is absorbed.

Vantablack's practical uses include calibrating cameras used to take photographs of the oldest objects in the universe. This has to be done by pointing the camera at something as black as possible.

It also has "virtually undetectable levels of outgassing and particle fallout", which can contaminate the most sensitive imaging systems. The material conducts heat seven and a half times more effectively than copper and has 10 times the tensile strength of steel.

Stephen Westland, professor of colour science and technology at Leeds University, said traditional black was actually a colour of light and scientists were now pushing it to something out of this world.

"Many people think black is the absence of light. I totally disagree with that. Unless you are looking at a black hole, nobody has actually seen something which has no light," he said. "These new materials, they are pretty much as black as we can get, almost as close to a black hole as we could imagine."

Searyx's Board O' Art / Re: I made this.
« on: July 20, 2014, 07:00:55 PM »
Got an old blank skateboard deck lying around the apartment so I thought maybe I'd try painting it for shits and giggles

also watched Jurassic Park this week

Greater Feydark / Re: So, uh, WWIII?
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:31:46 PM »
No one's going to war over this. The pre-WW I political and economic climate was completely different

Spamalot / Re: Thought my box had bricked
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:35:27 PM »
Tried gimp for a few days

kudos to you for having the patience, Agrul, I couldn't deal with it. I spent half a day trying to get it to acknowledge the pressure sensitivity in my bamboo and respond correctly. Got that working and then finally snapped when I realized that with a herculean effort of driver wizardry I could get the buttons on the tablet to control the size of exactly one tool. That was just the last straw though--I'm amazed how unintuitive gimp manages to be--half the time I spent engaging with the program was spent clicking on various shit and trying to figure out why literally nothing would happen no matter what tool I used, what layer I was on, what I clicked on, etc.

Tried getting photoshop installed in wine--spent half a day and 47 approaches on that and couldn't make shit happen. Picked up a cracked copy of Win 7 to install on a virtual box, had to wipe and reinstall VB cause it wasn't working at all for anything, installed Win 7, then spent like 4 hours getting *that* to recognize my tablet's pressure sensitivity.

Now all is right with the world. After a week of almost constant effort I have all my fancy software up and running smoothly. If this Mint install doesn't just completely shit the bed on me in the near future I may soon find peace with it.

Spamalot / Re: Bird using bread to catch fish
« on: July 19, 2014, 09:01:02 AM »
Gorilla Break Dancing

Yeah I wouldn't've thought they were related except they always start together and stop together after burping

Wiki says

Hiatal hernia has often been called the "great mimic" because its symptoms can resemble many disorders. For example, a person with this problem can experience dull pains in the chest, shortness of breath (caused by the hernia's effect on the diaphragm), heart palpitations (due to irritation of the vagus nerve), and swallowed food "balling up" and causing discomfort in lower esophagus until it passes on to stomach.

was it you that had it? If so did you get it treated successfully?

or w/e

Can't remember who that was

but I feel like I might have that (big surprise AD thinks he's sick--I know)

anyway sometimes I feel like I have  gas behind my lungs/heart that won't come out--I can't get a full breath and my heart beats funny. It's super uncomfortable

Eventually I burp and feel better

I'm having better experiences with Mint so far than I've had with any other linux in the past, I have to say.

Still nowhere near as usable as Windows--everything useful takes four times as long to install and configure if I can get it going at all--but it's not nearly as bad as the last time I had Ubuntu several years ago when the wifi didn't even work out of the box.

Spamalot / Re: Court was uneventful
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:01:48 PM »
Yeah I guess I'm kinda carelessly trying to talk about two different things at once here

In Aro's case, for one--I'm sure he's fine having showed up that way as it stands. I wouldn't suggest showing up in that suit again but like Tayrn said if he acts respectable (which I'm sure of) he'd likely be fine anyway.

In general, I think it can't hurt to have a nice suit but it's also probably ok to show up in more dressed-down-but-still-classy attire like plain pants (even nice jeans, I'm sure, but slacks are always better) and a collared shirt. I think dressing down like that beats dressing up in a gawdy suit, but again, I don't think it's likely gonna be the *deciding* factor in general, and especially when the defendant--like Aro--doesn't otherwise seem to be an unrepentant douche.

Spamalot / Re: ohohhhh
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:54:07 PM »
Christ, Vlaara. Sorry you keep having to deal with this kind of stuff.

Spamalot / Bird using bread to catch fish
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:10:54 AM »
Clever Bird Goes Fishing

birds, man

Spamalot / Re: Court was uneventful
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:06:41 AM »
I think there's a pretty strong case to be made for the idea that the judge's verdict depends heavily on their prejudice about your personality/demeanor, etc, and that those things are influenced by what you wear/how you carry yourself/just how your face looks is pretty much indisputable. Unless the judge gives the verdict without even looking up (not that far-fetched for petty crimes, really) I 'd say it probably matters a bit.

Also who the hell has a carburetor anymore

maybe. Seems hella dangerous and all this video proves is that it runs--not that it uses less gas. I imagine in any modern car you'd fuck up a lot of the precision machinery and kill the car a lot sooner, too.

Gas saver dodge running on fumes

Greater Feydark / Re: fat fingered two tabs
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:59:43 AM »

Greater Feydark / Re: fat fingered two tabs
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:59:26 AM »
If only you were born 30 years later, Utumno.  At least then you could wreak the benefits of all anime obsessed japanophiles (I know you're not Japanese, but they wouldn't know that) who would s ur d just because.  Instead you grew up when in an era where pretty much everyone hated easterners.  Younger ppl cuz of Vietnam and older ppl cuz of WW2/Korean war.  Anime hadn't yet wooed the hearts of weird, emotionally stunted girls with self respect issues yet.

People who are super into asia can tell the difference between Japanese/Koreans and Pacific Islanders/Chines/SE Asians

Japanese and Koreans can be a coin toss because Korea and Manchuria were occupied by Japan for so long, though.

Greater Feydark / Re: People practically burning money
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:47:31 AM »
I guess I'm not the norm.  Even when I was little whenever I'd get a big chunk of money my first instinct was to take my mom out to dinner or buy her a present.  Now that I'm older whenever I come into extra money I go buy presents for my nieces and nephews or take them to the boardwalk to go on rides and stuff.  I'm just not very materialistic and there isn't ever much that I want.  My room consists of a dresser, clothes, a desk, laptop, mirror, tv, a bowl to smoke weed, hamper, and fan.  That is literally it.  No decorations, no nick nacks.  I'm pretty much the opposite of a hoarder -- even when I buy clothes and shit I just have this feeling of dread like, "UGHHHHHHHH THIS IS JUST MORE SHIT WEIGHING ME DOWN."

I like knowing that I can pack a backpack and be on a bus to where ever when ever I want without having to worry about a ton of bullshit that I don't even really like or use.  Most ppl disgust me with their endless pursuit of shit.  Spend your money on an experience, not on quesadilla makers and or some dumb ass wooden thing you hang on your front door that says, "GONE FISHING."  God I hate nick nacks and decorations.

I tried to throw out everything I couldn't fit in a single backpack (besides my guitar) before moving to Denver, but you can't fit much winter clothes in one backpack so it's more like one big suitcase or two backpacks. Still--feels good man.

Greater Feydark / Re: Reduce your monthly bills
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:39:22 AM »
That's pretty sweet

Spamalot / Re: Court was uneventful
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:24:30 AM »
I suppose it'd be a lot safer and more traditional and good to have anyway, but I'm still happy with the only gaudy goofy suit I have.
Oh for sure, do your thing man--but just not in court, maybe. One interpretation is you're a dude who doesn't know/care much about fashion but tried to dress nice for court anyway--that'd be a good way to be perceived by the judge

but if he's a crotchety old man used to dealing with cocky criminal kids he might think you intentionally dressed like you were on your way to strong-arm a speak-easy because you're a cocky criminal kid


Yeah, navy'd be my guess. I don't remember the justification very well but it boiled down to blue being a more approachable looking color than, say, black, which is too cocksure looking or whatever.

Spamalot / Re: i love you guys
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:15:00 AM »
every other platform for internet interaction is terrible

Spamalot / Re: Court was uneventful
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:04:50 PM »
I was gonna say earlier that that suit isn't really cut for court

I can't remember where I read it (in Influence: The Art of Persuasion, maybe?) but someone apparently famously said that any defendant who shows up to court wearing anything other than a blue suit deserves to lose

well it's a laptop so doing anything with the hardware would've been a lot of hassle I think

plus historically I completely brick (in the real sense, not the hyperbolic sense in which I've been throwing this word around) every device I ever open up

I appreciate the advice guys, but I already went nuclear on this. I got the shit off that I could(/was willing to wait for) with the little SD drive and reformatted.

Had a legit copy of Windows 7 Pro from back when they were offering student discounts in 2009--had the cert of authenticity and everything. But apparently the product key stopped being on the CoA for Windows with Windows 7 (I can't help but feel like they include 5 or 6 long, product-key-looking numbers on the thing just to fool you into thinking it's on there so you'll save it and throw the actual product key away thinking you're good)

spent two hours getting the royal run-around from Windows but couldn't get the product key so now I have linux mint


Spamalot / Re: old as shit but has me lollin hard - troll action
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:06:40 PM »

Greater Feydark / Re: People practically burning money
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:41:25 AM »
idgi, people only care for food, water and oxygen after their need for communism is fulfilled?

"Full communism" is just a meme--you're overthinking it

But I think if there's a point it's supposed to be that the world needs full communism before it can have food, shelter, etc for every person, not that people don't care about food, shelter, etc until they have full communism. It's the hierarchy of needs, not the hierarchy of things you give a shit about

Greater Feydark / Re: fat fingered two tabs
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:38:39 AM »
i like hoop earrings too

i don't know if they're whorish or what but they're sexy

I guess there had to be someone out there

Spamalot / Re: Zelda Sequelitis
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:37:01 AM »
I mostly agree with most of what he says but I still think it's a solid game and I think I'll continue to enjoy playing the shit out of it every couple of years.

His points about the way the best items are put in predictable places and the bosses are formulaic are things that have always bugged me, but I disagree with his assessment of the use of story. I personally had no problem jumping through plot hoops in OOT because I liked the characters, the aesthetic, the tone and just the general experience overall of going through the story. Having a goron that fought alongside you would've been lame as fuck, especially given the technology back then.

My take has always been that the game (and all of them since) could be more open-ended, but not in the sense that you shouldn't be forced to engage the story (if getting to do whatever in whatever order is what makes a game then that huge sandbox game from a few years ago where you fight dragons wouldn't've been so fucking boring) but in that, when you get a cool new item that lets you explore more, it shouldn't always be 1000% obvious where and when and how you can use it. I think the failing of the zelda games is in spoonfeeding the player, as much in the use of items for exploration as in the predictable methods of killing bosses.

His rant about Skyward Sword is good--I wish there was more of that. I thought the end-game made it almost worth it but that game crossed the line as far as hoop-jumping and fetch-questing go. At least the hoops were arranged into a mostly coherent supplementary narrative in OOT and (especially) MM--the whole "gratitude crystal" thing or whatever in Skyward sword was completely phoned-in.

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