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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Star Wars

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I'm not saying it's true, I'm just saying you can't find a citation saying it's false.


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Lythimus
8 days ago
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This is fascinating. I also learned from a knowledgable lawyer, Charlie Day, that one can "burn trash up, get a nice smokey smell in here and let that smoke go into the sky where it turns into stars."
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ISO Paper Size Golden Spiral

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The ISO 216 standard ratio is cos(45°), but American letter paper is 8.5x11 because it uses radians, and 11/8.5 = pi/4.
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Lythimus
22 days ago
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I don't get it. Is this not the actual sizes of papers and not the actual golden ration curve?
davenicholls
22 days ago
Until today i thought it was, but checking just now the golden ratio (1.618) is not the same as the ratio of the sides of the paper (1.414)
jth
22 days ago
But US-Legal is actually quite close! It would need to be 8.5"x13.75" instead of 14".
steelhorse
22 days ago
Maybe they should be!
DexX
21 days ago
I knew it wasn't the golden ratio, but I just discovered that root2:1 is NOT, as I thought, the Silver Ratio. As far as I know it doesn't have a name.
jlvanderzwan
21 days ago
ISO 216 ratio? :p
jlvanderzwan
21 days ago
DexX, wikipedia claims it IS the silver ratio after all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_ratio
jlvanderzwan
21 days ago
Also, apparently it is sometimes called "Lichtenberg ratio" after the guy who came up with the application: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichtenberg_ratio
DexX
21 days ago
Oh! I opened the article and got confused by the first diagram. Hooray!
jlvanderzwan
21 days ago
Internet high-fives for everyone!
liluqi
20 days ago
Does that mean the circle can be drawn on every rectangle? OK I finally get it...
DexX
20 days ago
Dave: FYI, a golden rectangle is slightly longer than a silver. Silver, as per ISO paper sizes, forms a rectangle of the same ratio when you split it in half across its long side. With a golden, if you remove a square with sides equal to the short side of rectangle, the remaining rectangle will have the same ratio as the original rectangle. I hope that makes sense because I rewrote it three times...
davenicholls
20 days ago
DexX, that makes sense now. Thanks
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minderella
16 days ago
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Also if you ever run into an engineer from Oregon who has the Fibonacci spiral tattooed on his arm under the header “The Golden Ratio”, please note he doesn’t take kindly to you pointing out that those two ratios aren’t the same thing, nor the same spiral.

Alive Or Not

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Computer viruses currently fall somewhere between prions and fire.
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Lythimus
56 days ago
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I don't know if we'll know if viruses are alive or not for a long time. But I do know that people ascribe agency to viruses far too much. So I lean towards telling people viruses aren't alive because it eliminates that concept of agency the same way most people don't believe their computers have agency.
gordol
56 days ago
IMO, if it's biologic and is biologically active, it's alive.
silberbaer
44 days ago
It has a genetic code, and creates more of itself (causes other cells to create more of itself... same thing, just a different style of reproduction)
jbroxson
44 days ago
My computer definitely has agency. And a rotten attitude.
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alt_text_bot
57 days ago
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Computer currently fall somewhere between prions and fire.
aeonsablaze
57 days ago
You missed the word "viruses"...
mchahn
56 days ago
I thought viruses were not "alive". Just a packet of RNA.
rraszews
56 days ago
That has been debated back and forth ever since viruses were discovered. The current consensus is that viruses do meet the bare minimum qualification to be counted as "alive", but it's a pretty recent consensus. Like 2016-recent.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sapiens

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Lythimus
80 days ago
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I think the next addition is going to be replacing the 'man' with an eggplant emoji.
DexX
79 days ago
...or just officially changing the capitalisation to hOMo sApiEnS.
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Stargazing 3

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If we can destroy enough of the lights in our region, we may see more comets, but that's a risk we'll have to take.
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Lythimus
134 days ago
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Very believable character.
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mareino
133 days ago
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I have considered petitioning my city council for a "light pollution" defense to vandalism, so yes, this one hits close to home.
Washington, District of Columbia
alt_text_bot
134 days ago
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If we can destroy enough of the lights in our region, we may see more comets, but that's a risk we'll have to take.

Further Research is Needed

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Further research is needed to fully understand how we managed to do such a good job.
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Lythimus
148 days ago
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That's the researcher *mic drop*
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codesujal
146 days ago
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So you’re saying you want the trump administration to start writing “scientific” papers...
West Hartford, CT
alt_text_bot
148 days ago
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Further research is needed to fully understand how we managed to do such a good job.
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