You might give Hyperspace by Michio Kaku a read - oh, not random. Well 42... damn, still not random...
Sat May 04 2013 11:09:30 AM EDT from IGnatius T FoobarCan I simply not think in four dimensions? It is easier to conclude that tesseracts do not exist.
That's just a minor wrinkle in time, IG. I'm sure there's a Whatsit around here somewhere....
Best to be precise with such things unless you want to end up in Camazotz
It is interesting to note that one of the more prevalent "interpretations" of quantum mechanics stipulates 10 dimensions.
Of course, it really irked my fellow Physics folk every time I'd mention, with a characteristic yawn, that "10 dimensions is old news - the Kabbalah said that about 1800 years ago..." followed by a quick turn and exit from the room... <evin grin>
Wed Apr 24 2013 17:55:09 CEST from IGnatius T FoobarThought for the day:
It occurs to me that the *good* scientists spend their time talking about science, and people respect them for it. It's the shitty scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins who can't stand on their own merit and have to resort to obnoxious militant atheism to draw attention to themselves.
I think maddox is a wanker, but sometimes he has got a point: http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=youre_not_a_nerd
True dat. The whole "I Fucking Love Science" meme should really be renamed "I fucking love being a self-righteous poseur who shares Neil DeGrasse Tyson's paranoid delusion that science refutes religion"
started (or at least went through a phase early on) as a citadel board
of some kind; I asked if anyone had more information on that, as I find
that era of BBS history fascinating. I'd never heard of citadel at all
until a few years ago when I was looking for something new to do with my
spare server while reminiscing about my childhood.
I originally intended to set it up on said server to act as a local
electronic meeting place while we were deployed to Afghanistan; the
Internet access sucked, so a local, low-bandwidth solution seemed ideal.
Unfortauntely, the server itself died somewhere en route; it wouldn't
POST and I couldn't find a monitor anywhere to even see where it was
It was taking a lot of space in my 7' by 7' plywood room, so I pulled
the drives and took it out to the range, where it was executed for
cowardice in the face of the enemy.
As my Ex is fond of quoting:
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."~ HL Mencken
Today I happened to plug it into my laptop to charge and instead of turning on the wi-fi hotspot, I turned on the USB tether mode. Since I was booted into Linux Mint, it Just Worked. Color me surprised. It seems to be much snappier than when I use it as a wi-fi hotspot, too, for what that's worth.
None of this overcomes the fundamental issue, which is that I'm stuck at the airport for another four hours before boarding.
I've never been to an airpot that provided free wifi. Always had to pay for it, if it was even that good.