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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2010, 03:40:21 PM »
I used 100 watt light bulbs. The suns energy production in ergs per second is equvalent to 4 trillion trillion light bulbs.

First of all, I think you mean power production. Second of all, why not just say 400 trillion trillion watts if you're using a 100 watt element as a reference?
Since seaotter is a teacher,  it's probably because school kids can understand the concept of lighbulbs better than they can comprehend the concept of watts.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #31 on: October 04, 2010, 04:44:18 PM »
What's a watt?
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2010, 05:52:00 PM »
It's the thing that makes light bulbs bright.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2010, 06:49:00 PM »
What's a watt?

It's a standard unit of power (energy/second) equal to one joule/second and one volt-amp, among other things.

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2010, 07:54:29 PM »
A trending twitter topic is that this October has five each of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and supposedly this happens only once every 800 some odd years.

A nice tidbit, but easliy disproven since the only criteria are for a month with 31 days to begin on a Friday...as January of this year did.

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2010, 08:13:42 PM »
A trending twitter topic is that this October has five each of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and supposedly this happens only once every 800 some odd years.

A nice tidbit, but easliy disproven since the only criteria are for a month with 31 days to begin on a Friday...as January of this year did.

Snopes covered this:
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/august.asp

The big BS component is the 800 year time span.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2010, 08:23:15 PM »

A trending twitter topic is that this October has five each of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and supposedly this happens only once every 800 some odd years.

LOL WUT

There are only 14 possible configurations for an entire year to have, a year starts on any one of the seven days of the week and either does or doesn't have a leap year. And I know all 14 possibilities are cycled through a hell of a lot more frequently than that.

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #37 on: October 04, 2010, 09:01:05 PM »
What's a watt?

It's a standard unit of power (energy/second) equal to one joule/second and one volt-amp, among other things.

I was giving the response of my students.

As to the original ergs/second, wouldn't this be energy production per unit time as opposed to power? Potential work vs work/time?
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2010, 09:12:08 PM »
A bunch of Foyle's War episodes are on youtube!

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2010, 10:23:11 PM »
As to the original ergs/second, wouldn't this be energy production per unit time as opposed to power? Potential work vs work/time?

An erg is  a unit of energy and as such ergs/s are convertible to J/s as well as watts:

http://www.google.com/search?q=convert+1000000+ergs%2Fs+to+watts&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2010, 10:27:02 PM »
Well, obviously they are convertible, but one is a measure of potential work and the other is a measure of work done in a given time.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #41 on: October 05, 2010, 09:49:02 AM »
Happy Birthday jaypee
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2010, 10:06:26 AM »
Happy Birthday jaypee!
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2010, 10:06:40 AM »
I had English-Mexican Fusion for lunch the other day: Kippers wrapped up in tortillas.
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Re: The Twitter Thread--A Thread of Great Consequence
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2010, 11:47:39 AM »
Jaypee is my favorite.  I'm going to bake him a cake.  But then, because he lives in New England, and I no longer do, I'm going to eat that cake all on my own.

Sorry, buddy.

 

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