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1  The Tech Section / Science / Space / The Andromeda Galaxy
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:42:25 PM »

An astonishing look at the Andromeda Galaxy as seen by the Hubble Telescope.  How many alien worlds are out there?


2  Water Cooler / Top 10 / Bottom 10 / 10 Reasons Why Our Universe Is A Virtual Reality
« on: January 11, 2015, 06:55:18 AM »

Here are 10 reason why we could our universe is a virtual reality:


Some of the reasons given are actually pretty interesting (such as quantum entanglement) but what really made me crack up was one of the comments someone wrote below the article:

"I feel like we are in a Sim game and my player is the worst gamer in history....."

Too funny, do read the article though.

3  Water Cooler / This and that / More than 80% will get the answer wrong.
« on: January 11, 2015, 06:36:19 AM »

Think again when you think you have the answer this question:

1) Jack is looking at Anne, but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person?

A) Yes
B) No
C) Cannot be determined

The answer is in the article below:

Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking That IQ Tests Miss


4  The Tech Section / Aviation Tech / The Man Who Rode The Thunder
« on: November 09, 2014, 04:37:44 PM »

William Rankin. The Man Who Rode The Thunder.  And you thought you were having a bad day.


5  Water Cooler / Humor / Apolitical Aphorisms
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:38:33 PM »

These are some oldies but goodies that someone sent to me in an email. 

Apolitical Aphorisms:

If God wanted us to vote, he would have
given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they
get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

We hang the petty thieves
and appoint the great ones to public office.

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these
State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They
promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody
could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

Why pay money to have your family tree
traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~

Politicians are people who, when they see
light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor
and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us,
I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay
down your life for his country.
~Tex Guinan~

I have come to the conclusion that
politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~

Instead of giving a politician the keys
to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~

There ought to be one day -- just one --
when there is open season on Congressmen.
~Will Rogers~

6  Water Cooler / Humor / Passwords Humor (Pie Chart)
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:24:48 PM »

A little humor about high security passwords... :)


7  The Tech Section / Science / Space / How Gravity Makes Things Fall
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:33:05 PM »

I had never heard of the "Spacetime Stretcher" before seeing this video, but it is a novel way to explain how gravity works on a low budget. :)


8  The Tech Section / Transportation Tech / Cars / Super Dangerous Bus Ride
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »

This bus ride is absolutely insane. My question is what happens if this bus meets another bus coming from the opposite direction?  That is what you call really being in a pickel.. :)


9  Water Cooler / This and that / The Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Number 33
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »

Recently, we had a 6.0 earthquake in Napa which is not too far north of Berkeley where I live.  That event lead me to YouTubing old earthquake footage and at some point I came across the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which is actually the biggest earthquake I have ever personally experienced.  It was a long shaker and I will never forget it!

If you recall, it happened during the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants.  I have been listening to John and Adam on No Agenda for a long time talking about the number 33 so it caught my eye when I watched that old World Series footage with Al Michaels and Tim McCarver.  Around 4:18 into the footage they were showing highlights of the previous 2 games and Dave Parker hit a ball that bounced off of the 330' wall (see the 33 John and Adam?).  It was not quite a home run but it allowed Jose Canseco (#33) to score a run at which point the broadcast cut out.  The screen goes black and then you can hear Al Michaels saying something about we're having an earthquake...

It's just another curious coincidence that the number 33 is the number of the last player shown before the quake hits and the broadcast fades to black.


10  Water Cooler / This and that / Solar Panel Area Required To Power The World
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:20:56 PM »

The large red square on the map represents the total area of solar panels needed to generate all of the world's electricity used today.  The middle square represents Europe's and the smallest square represents Germany's.  Fascinating.

11  The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:09:04 PM »

My wife and I both have Android smartphones.  I walked into the kitchen the other day and my 6 year old was holding my wife's smartphone in his hand and he had a guilty look on his face.  I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to guess Mommy's phone code.  My wife has a 4 digit code on her phone that you have to enter to unlock it.  He wanted to play, "Angry Birds" but he had not asked first.

I asked him for the phone and when he gave it to me there was the little Android on the screen and a message that said, "Erasing".  I do not remember if there were any other words there but it was obviously too late because the erasing bar was almost done.  When I got my wife's phone restarted it asked me if I wanted to use the English language to set up the phone.  I knew we were in trouble then and that all of her contacts, photos, music, and other files would be gone.

Fortunately, I had backed up her phone six months ago so she only lost some of her data and she was able to retrieve most of her contacts back from Verizon.  I had backed the phone up on her desktop computer mainly because the automatic backup service was lacking.  It was always running out of storage space and backing up things at the most inconvenient times. 

My wife asked a Verizon technician how our son had managed to erase all of the files in the first place and the technician said that our son had probably gotten into the menu settings and accidentally done a factory data reset on the phone.

I was astonished.  I thought that you had to stick a paperclip in a really small hole or something and hold it in for 10 seconds to perform a factory data reset.  How could it just be a simple option a couple of menus deep that anybody could select and accidentally erase all of your phone's data?  Should not this "setting" at least be password protected?????

What would have saved us a lot of aggravation would have been a message such as, "Warning!  You have selected the factory data reset option.  All of your phone's data and files will be lost permanently.  Please enter your phone's 10 digit ID number to confirm."  That probably would have stopped my 6 year old from doing what he did.  Oh well, I guess all things considered, we got off lightly.

12  The Tech Section / Science / Space / North America Pasted On Jupiter
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:30:39 PM »

What would North America look like if it was pasted on Jupiter?  See below...


13  The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:34:47 PM »

I usually enjoy listening to No Agenda shows with John and Adam on my commute to work.   On a long commute, I listen to about an hour a day which works out to about 5 hours a week.  My problem is when shows exceed 2 1/2 hours in length I start to fall behind. 

Right now, I am nearly 5 shows behind which makes it difficult to comment and/or contribute to the show.  Your analysis of current events is quite unique, so I wish you guys would figure out a way to make the shows a little shorter without cutting content. 


14  Water Cooler / This and that / The Red Giant Car Grinder
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:08:08 PM »

This is one way to recycle your old car.  Please don't put more than 10 engines in at a time into the Red Giant car grinder or you might jam it.


15  Water Cooler / Humor / 20 Jokes That Only Intellectuals Will Understand
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:40:10 PM »

You may have to reread some of these more than once... :)


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