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  1. Well done Virgin Galactic. Beautiful spaceship.

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    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Did you see the shape of the New Shepard? I know most rockets are a little phallic - but this one is straight from someone's pants.

    3. koti

      koti

      Yes, it is very difficult not to notice, that is the reason I commented on MigL’s post. Bezos has a very textbook way of showing his midlife crisis in action. 

    4. joigus

      joigus

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      Did you see the shape of the New Shepard? I know most rockets are a little phallic - but this one is straight from someone's pants.

      LOL

  2. Anyone interested in beta reading some short stories?

    I've a number of sci-fi stories that could benefit from a good critique from a scientifically literate audience. I'll be looking to get them published in various places - Nature Futures would be the dream.

    If you're interested or have any questions ask here or PM me.

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    2. MigL

      MigL

      Could any of the shorter ones be uploaded to the blog section ?
      We could all comment, then.

    3. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Good idea but i just checked and the blog section is visible to search engines and so anything i put up there would be classed as published by potential publishers - writing forums get around this by having their critique sections invisible to search engines.

      I could put up a story i don't plan on publishing but then i neither need feedback nor is it an example of my best work.

      The stories range from 800 - 5000 words, and i only need feedback on some of the sci-fi ones so there won't be many.

    4. joigus

      joigus

      I have more time on my hands now, and I'd be glad to help. What's your idea for sharing these samples of your work?

  3. Just shared a lecture with a Nobel prize winner. Feels weird.

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    2. joigus

      joigus

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      I've seen movies where that happens with sharks.
      Never mice.

      Picture giant, mutant, hyper-intelligent mice. :(

    3. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Weirder than head mounted lasers on sharks. 

      https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00791-w

    4. zapatos

      zapatos

      The very first concert I attended as a teenager was performed by a future Nobel Prize winner!

      Bob Dylan performing with The Band! 😃

  4. America is great again - thanks to a South African's company.

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    2. MigL

      MigL

      If a reference to SpaceX, it is a strictly American company.
      E Musk may have been born in South Africa, but he also holds American and Canadian citizenship.

    3. Strange

      Strange

      The value of immigration

    4. Curious layman

      Curious layman

      ....from 'shit hole' countries.

  5. Why all the talk about sexual intercourse with ants? What did they do people here?

    Seriously, i turn my back for just a week...

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    2. nevim

      nevim

      Erm, it was my curiosity regarding a post by Eise.

      I had never heard of it before so I asked for clarification.

      Now I hear he heard it in Wales first!! That’s amazing cos I live on the border of England/Wales so have friends from both... and it was totally new to me!

      Yes, officially, nitpicking is removing headlice. But it’s never used that way....more like - ‘Why are you getting at me over stupid, minor details?’

    3. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      I look forward to using it conversation.

    4. nevim
  6. Is there no longer a way to preview a post, or have i just missed that function? I like to use it to check latex stuff.

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Never tried it but there's a preview button to the left of the eye on the right.

  7. My first international conference, all paid for, and it's in dour Glasgow...

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    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      It has some very nice parts. Lots of Imperial history. Sure wears its ugly side on its sleeve too.

    3. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      The next one is in California. I'm guessing my supervisor will be up for that one too.

    4. peterwlocke

      peterwlocke

      cool I am from there visit a botanical garden the ones i have been to are very nice.

  8. Can i safely read the Game of Thrones thread here if i'm only halfway through season 7?

    1. Lord Antares

      Lord Antares

      Definitely not.

  9. Anyone here watched Grave of Fireflies? Just watched it for the second time: forgot just how brilliant and completely devastating that film is. Studio Ghibli is several orders of magnitude better than Disney.

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    2. CharonY

      CharonY

      For small children I would definitely be careful with (off the top of my head) the above mentioned Grave of the Fireflies (maybe ages 10-12+), Princess Mononoke (gore and violence), maybe Nausicaa (bit of violence), Castle in the sky (ditto). And there are many movies that are certainly boring for small kids, such as Only Yesterday or From Up On Poppy Hill which are clearly not made for children as an audience in mind. It is clearly up to debate but they are clearly not sanitized as Disney mo...

    3. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      I guess it's the unsanitised that i like. I let kids watch far more violent things than princess mononoke, but maybe i'm just an irresponsible uncle.

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      irresponsible uncle is a tautology! I remember buying a DVD for a niece with a very wrong conception of the film. And having to phone my brother and ask him to go and confiscate the DVD before niece watched it. The problem with Ghibli is that it is so well done - sadness, loss, and tragedy are not transitory story-lines like they would be in Disney; they are real and affecting

  10. Just noticed Beall's list disappeared. When, and why, did that happen?

  11. The more physics i learn the more i start to confuse the mathematical models for reality

    1. MigL

      MigL

      So you think what your senses tell you is reality ?

      Math is the pill that shows you how far down the rabbit hole really goes.

    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Down the rabbit hole and into the lab it is then.

  12. Just read Wuthering Heights. Not my usual cup of tea, but damn it is good.

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    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Not been: seems bleak. If i head that way will probably go to the lake district.

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      The moors, the dales, the peak district, and the Pennines are all very different. Love them all - definitely worth becoming acquanited with each of them; long walk and back to base for beer and wholesome grub - perfect

    4. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Sounds like a good antidote to london life.

  13. Does imposter syndrome ever go away?

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    2. CharonY

      CharonY

      Not if you are good at it.

    3. Prometheus
    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      I am not sure I am qualified to answer that question

  14. My PhD. supervisor passed away last night. I'd only known him for few months but i'm still quite shaken by it.

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    2. ajb

      ajb

      Sorry to hear this. You have a new supervisor in mind?

    3. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Sorry to hear this. Hope your replacement is supportive.

    4. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Cheers. Still not clear on a new supervisor yet. Going to attend some undergrad quantum physics classes in the meantime so expect plenty of questions.

  15. I hate Matlab

    1. Theoretical

      Theoretical

      It's probably better than Maxima.

    2. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      Oh, yeah. But then my pocket calculator is better than maxima. Think i'll make a switch to python after my current project.

    3. Theoretical

      Theoretical

      I think that's the language Google prefers/preferred. Looks good on resume.

  16. Why does the sound of my own voice grate so much? I don't think i'm alone, so what is it?

    1. Function
    2. Phi for All

      Phi for All

      You have to learn to love your voice, by practicing to make sound the way you want. To ourselves, we sound like Ramsay Bolton's dogs fighting over a squeaky-toy.

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I hate how my voice sounds as well, to me it sounds high and squeaky but everyone says me and my sons all sound alike to the point of people not being able to tell us apart on the phone. And their voices are not high and squeaky to me!

  17. Stay strong France.

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Liberté, égalité, fraternité

  18. Well done Iceland. Nice to see a team that didn't spend half their time rolling on the floor in feigned agony. Hope you go all the way.

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    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Can we get an Iceland Wales final?

    3. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      It makes you wonder why footballers get such high wages. I feel that if they were paid much the same as (say) a skilled factory worker there would be plenty willing to play and would provide just as entertaining games (IMO)

    4. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      A footballer (i forget who) once said he was amazed that people pay him to play: if they didn't he'd still be down the park playing as much as he could.

  19. Don't know if I ever thanked you for teaching double integration, but when i was recently asked where i learnt it i said from you (well, i said some guy on the internet, but i meant you). Thanks.

    1. Daedalus

      Daedalus

      You're welcome! :D

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