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[#] Wed Sep 07 2011 19:02:49 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Are any of uncensored users fans of Red Dwarf?

 

Is Red Dwarf Sci-fi or Sitcom?



[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 07:29:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I like Red Dwarf, but I haven't been able to see enough of it to get to become a fan. Seemed like soft Sci Fi to me.

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 11:02:34 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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If you use NetFlix you can rent the DVDs.  I thought the first seasons were great, but after that it went downhill.  The last season was okay, and the "Back to Earth" special from last year was not that good.



[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 17:15:18 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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We watched the first 3 or 4 seasons through Netflix. I didn't like the ones after that as much, but part of it was just burnout, I think.

[#] Thu Sep 08 2011 19:31:08 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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I've enjoyed Red Dwarf. It's a Sci-Fi comedy - some of the aspects are definately set firmly in the sci-fi ground, but it's not overly techy.

 

Season 1 was OK, but mostly forgettable. Waiting for God was great, but I dig religious satire.

Season 2 was awesome.

Seasons 3 and 4 were good - the tempo of the show changed quite a bit (much faster), but was enjoyable.

Season 5 was one of my favorites.

Season 6 was very good - but with the Red Dwarf being written off the show, it changed things a bit. Still I very much enjoyed it.

Season 7 attempted to make the show more serioius. It didn't work that well.

Season 8 was another shift (bringing back the ship, crew, and the original Holly), which I felt reinvigorated the show after a bit of a blah season 7.

 

Problem was, the damn thing ended on a cliffhanger!!

Back to Earth (some call it Season 9) seemed more like fanwank to me. Enjoyable to see the Boys from the Dwarf again, but it was hard, even on a show as batshit crazy as Red Dwarf, to keep it serious, especially since it back-tracked to a previous season.



[#] Mon Sep 19 2011 17:41:52 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"fanwank" --- is that a technical term?

[#] Thu Sep 22 2011 17:32:25 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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long been science fiction - now true?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/us-science-light-idUSTRE78L4FH20110922

particles faster than light.



[#] Sat Sep 24 2011 13:15:11 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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fascinating, Bart.

It's consistently amazing to me how much of what we learn leads to more mystery.



[#] Sat Sep 24 2011 18:31:33 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmm... it'll be interesting to see if that can be replicated.

[#] Mon Sep 26 2011 15:46:45 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'll bet they're not figuring something in, or somebody's version of 'speed of light' isn't quite right.
For example the speed of light constant is as measured in a vaccuum. They weren't measuring anything in a vacuum, so when they said "faster than light would have" what context are they talking about?

People even scientists get so excited about the possibility of finding something new and low hanging (I happen to beleive all the low hanging fruit is gone) that they make a big erroneous stink.

[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 13:16:31 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/science/13plague.html?hpw

Doesn't Seem Like Such An Entirely Good Idea To Me

[#] Thu Oct 13 2011 14:55:20 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whats the bad idea about scanning DNA from bones?

I Guess its a very alonestanding chance to track a bacteria across centuries...



[#] Sat Oct 15 2011 23:09:37 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Actually, it's been intriguing.

If the pop-science reporting is to be believed, all plagues we endure today are derived from the black plague DNA. It has varied quite a bit since then, but it's still pretty deadly. I think they're trying to figure out what makes it so deadly, ostensibly to find a way to cure it.

[#] Sun Oct 16 2011 08:56:23 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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It's basically a pure exercise in historical epidemiology. We can cure it now via antibiotics (but you still really want to avoid it in the first place.)

Plague is still endemic in woodland critters in areas of the Sierra Nevada. Friends have posted photo recently of the warning signs.

[#] Sun Oct 16 2011 12:07:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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so ... learn more about teh black plague and they learn some fundamentals of epidemiology that can be applied elsewhere? Or am I parsing this wrong?

(or alternatively ... cue all of the conspiracy theories about combining black plague with modern buggies to create bio-weapons)

[#] Sun Oct 16 2011 12:17:35 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I phrased that badly. Yeah, I guess the point is to tease apart whether the plague was so deadly because the bacteria was different, or because of environmental factors. Along the way you learn some useful or useless things about molecular biology and, potentially, destroy the world with an inadvertant lab outbreak ;)

[#] Sun Oct 16 2011 21:22:16 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Cue the monkey named Caeser.

[#] Sun Oct 16 2011 22:27:17 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Or Project X.  On the other hand, they could use it to control Jurassic Park....



[#] Fri Oct 21 2011 09:32:13 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Speed of FTL neutrinos is all relative.

http://dvice.com/archives/2011/10/speedy-neutrino.php#more

[#] Fri Oct 21 2011 11:55:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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It seems simple, once you look at it.