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About Royston

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    Señor Butt Monkey
  • Birthday 09/08/1976

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    Glue, bowler hats, brief cases and seagulls.
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    BSc Hons in Physics
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    Astronomy and Cosmology and Hats
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    I've been gluing little bowler hats and brief cases to wild seagulls, for most of my life.
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    Tee hee Part Deux
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    Meat and Vegetables

    It was a joke, but sure, (I would hope) there is prior knowledge about the poll, i.e veganism and vegetarianism does exist.
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    Meat and Vegetables

    A sample of 11 is more than enough to come to hasty conclusions. So the majority of SFN'ers enjoy feasting on the flesh of murdered animals. Poor use of a term on my part...being physiologically an omnivore is obviously not a choice.
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    Meat and Vegetables

    I became a vegetarian roughly a year and a half ago, where I'd been toying with the idea for much longer. Strangely, although I've not indoctrinated myself, pass not eating meat, I find the idea of eating any meat completely repulsive, albeit I've only cut it out of my diet. There is no other influence as far as I'm aware of to trigger such a response :). I chose to be a veggie for environmental impact reasons and also are lack of knowledge when it comes to sentience. So, just wondering what you sciencey types choose as a diet choice, and why ?
  5. It's not necessary to have an innate skill to start studying an introductory course...prerequisites maybe but not talent. So that is a bit of a moot point. I get that, but the entire thrust of my first post was, if you're in a funk and wasting time in front of a pc, that pc and time could be utilised to progress somewhere. It was merely to widen his eyes to that fact...context is everything I guess.
  6. Thanks, Phi ! Vexen, if you're interested here is the link to the edx site... edx . I completed two courses through edx after my degree, they were both very insightful and well paced. So if you feel your lacking focus, I think this would be an excellent start.
  7. Having been through an underwhelming progress rut (I was also mentally ill at the time), my solution was to find a subject that got me excited, was challenging and gave me the tools to better myself and think more rationally about the world...and study it. I ended up enrolling on a general sciences course to find out what really rocked my boat and after taking the plunge it became clear that physics was my subject. So I kept enrolling for courses (I was on a low wage at the time so I was studying for free due to an earnings threshold). Indeed, you're at a time where there are so many free resources at your disposal due to the internet that a formal as well as self taught education is easily at your disposal. After studying and thoroughly enjoying the distant learning experience, I walked away with a degree, new friends and an abundance of ideas on how I could utilise what I had learned. At present I'm a test engineer for F1 and I get to play around with the skills I picked up through studying mathematics and physics. I'm now in the process of forming a start up company that deals with tabletop gaming assets using photogrammetry, 3D printing and 3D modelling. My point is that you can hit absolute rock bottom, which is where I was and have the ability to claw yourself out of it if you can focus on, not only what you're good at but use the abundance of resources that are free, to climb out of that rut. As a starting point I would think of what really gives you a mental hard on and do an introductory course ...I studied computer science through edx, I highly recommend it
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    What’s your favorite video game?

    You sound like my ex. You need to download the latest patch, mine hasn't stopped spinning for the last couple of weeks. Just yesterday I gave the latest expansion to Civ VI a whirl...Gathering Storm. Honestly, a bottle of wine, a range of tasty snacks and a game of Civ with a couple of friends is heaven on earth. Albeit I have very limited time for gaming but I also squeeze in some WOW (World of Warcraft) and Hearthstone when I can.
  9. Thanks for the responses both. After some cursory digging a metallic taste in the mouth requires a trigger e.g from poor oral hygiene to use of certain drugs. A metallic taste seems to be quite a general gustatory reaction. I think the last point is quite salient but I'm struggling to understand why that is a general reaction.
  10. This is something I have experienced for as long as I can remember and possibly why I have taken it for granted. However, if I hurt myself, from popping a spot (zit) to cracking my shin on a table, it is immediately followed by the taste of blood in my mouth (or iron if you like). It seems to happen if the pain is abrupt and sharp. The reason this question was prompted was due to an accident involving a stubborn fitting and a spanner. There is a wealth of information on tasting blood due to intense exercise but not when injuring yourself (except for severe head injuries). I have found only one Reddit thread where others have experienced the same and there's some hand wavy speculation as to what causes this. So I'm seeking a more detailed explanation, if there is one and/or if there are similar instances of such, under different circumstances...e.g do some people taste fish when they're near a large body of water ? It appears to be very associative at first glance.
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    Is gravity a pull?

    What is the 'expansion of matter theory' ? Also what is doubling rate and where did you get that value from ? Push and pull are really relative terms though. Locally, a gravitational field can appear to push or pull depending on your frame of reference. You need to provide some substantial maths to back up the claim that it is one over the other.
  12. I've seen that Daedalus has been posting his own music on here occasionally. Although I don't share his technical composition capabilities, I'm reasonable with the production side of things. In any case, here's a track I finished recently. It has a very bitter sweet theme...
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    Universe age

    You wouldn't get a 10 billion year old star in an infant galaxy. If you viewed the Milky Way from the galaxy that is 13 billion light years away, you would see early star formation and relatively young stars, just as you would when observing very distant galaxies from the Milky Way. The eldest star discovered in our galaxy is 13.2 billion years old.
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    Hubble Telescope audio recording

    It doesn't record audio signals, it's a telescope. In principle, given a good enough detector we could measure C_s which would be dependant on the medium of the ISM (even though at the best of times, it's incredibly tenuous). There's a whole bunch of astrophysical phenomena where our understanding depends on how sound waves propagate in certain environments e.g accretion disks. The ISM or IGM aren't really good testbeds for studying audio signals...they're (next to a vacuum) the worst in the universe.