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1  Water Cooler / Humor / Re: 20 Jokes That Only Intellectuals Will Understand
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:03:52 PM »

12.  Why do engineers confuse Halloween and Christmas?

Because Oct 31 = Dec 25


2  Water Cooler / Humor / Re: 20 Jokes That Only Intellectuals Will Understand
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:41:03 PM »

I like #12. :)

3  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... :)

http://www.tickld.com/x/20-jokes-that-only-intellectuals-will-understand

4  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump Video
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:48:00 PM »

Watch Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jump to the Earth from 128,000 feet in space AND land on his feet.  You will see a heart rate, airspeed, and altitude telemetry box halfway thru the video to give you a better idea of just how wild a jump this is. 

At one point, Felix's free fall speed exceeds 800mph.  The whole jump is over in 5 minutes. 

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/new-view-of-felix-baumgartners-space-jump-is-truly-awe-1513112178

Note:  The jump was made in 2012 but most people have not seen this particular video.

5  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Re: quotes to post on the net..
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:43:29 PM »

ECA, the authors of the quotes that you posted look very presidential.  Sorry, I didn't mean to alter your train of thought...

6  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Re: quotes to post on the net..
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:20:58 PM »

ECA, here are some more quotes that I really like and hope that you do too...


"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some men are born great. Some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'" - Sydney J. Harris

7  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Re: quotes to post on the net..
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:37:25 PM »

That sounds like going over to the dark side to me.  NEVER!  If you want to get rid of a shadow shine a light on it...a really bright light!   EVIL hates the light...

8  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Re: quotes to post on the net..
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:55:22 PM »

ECA, here is one of my favorite quotes:

Evil is like a shadow. It has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. - Shakti Gawain

9  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Some Natural Product Ingredients
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:23:59 PM »

Did you ever wonder what the ingredients of a banana or an egg would look like if the food companies had to put them on an ingredient label?  It is quite interesting to find out, although doing so may not make you any more comfortable with the long chemical names that you find on the ingredient labels of processed foods and have no idea what they mean...

http://www.boredpanda.com/all-natural-food-ingredients-chemicals-james-kennedy/

10  Water Cooler / Humor / Amazing New Product: BOOK
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:02:39 PM »

BOOK is a revolutionary new product which stands for Bio Optical Organized Knowledge device.  Let's hope this one catches on with the younger generation in particular. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhcPX1wVp38

11  Water Cooler / Entertainment / The Lottery Illusion
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:53:08 PM »

This Lottery Ticket Illusion is pretty good.  Obviously, there is some slight of hand going on somewhere but it is difficult to spot where it is.  Give it a look...

http://www.flixxy.com/incredible-magic-trick-the-lottery-illusion.htm

12  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:05:15 PM »

As you probably know by now, Comet ISON did not survive its close encounter with the Sun over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Below is the best video I could find of Comet ISON's last 6 days (11/26/13 to 12/1/13).  The Sun is represented by the small white ring inside of the central occulting disk.

First the experts told us that the comet was dead and then they said that part of it survived.  But what was left in the end was not enough to hold its shape together and it disintegrated for good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8IYn_vxh3Y

Comet ISON is gone now but it resparked my interest in comets.  Here are some more near Earth objects on NASA's website if you too are interested... 

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/

13  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:21:22 PM »

As of November 14th, Comet ISON has a magnitude of 6 which means that it should be visible to the naked eye under ideal conditions.  It's make or break time.  In the next couple of weeks Comet ISON is either going to get a whole lot brighter or break apart into nothingness...

The latest photos are here:

http://www.cometisonnews.com/


14  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:15:37 PM »

Thank you Scott. 

http://www.cometisonnews.com/ is another good website for checking in on Comet ISON.  There is a short video of Comet ISON taken today and its magnitude is currently an 8, so it is not yet visible to the naked eye.   For a better understanding of magnitudes visit http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/MagScale.html.

More to come...:)



15  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Re: Finally, A Comet Worth Talking About: ISON
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:02:33 PM »

The jury is still out as to whether Comet ISON is going to be the comet of the century or just another dud like the last couple of comets in recent memory have been.  We will find out in the next month or two.

On November 28th, 2013, Comet ISON will make its closest approach to the Sun.  If it survives that encounter it will make its closest approach to the Earth on December 26th, 2013, and will hopefully be brighter than the moon and visible in the daylight.  The odds are only 50/50 that Comet ISON will survive its encounter with the Sun next month.  We shall see...:)

http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroids-meteors-meteorites/comet-isons-green-blaze-capture-in-stunning-photo-131021.htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2465867/Dazzling-comet-century-intact-Icy-ball-15-times-brighter-moon-visible-December-IF-survives.html

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