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Forum Games / Re: What's that thingy?
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 04:56:31 AM »
Kinda pointless if you don't know what it is. There should be an opportunity for someone to get a right answer and be confirmed. Otherwise people can post any tiny bit of trash they happen to see.
I suppose it depends on whether you see this as a contest asking "who can be the first to get what this is?", or whether you view it as a genuine enquiry asking "guys, I have no clue what this thing I found is - can anyone enlighten me?"

Personally I find the latter way more interesting in the former.

Well, the OP started this thread with an item he knew the name and use of and showing us only a part of the item to make it more difficult to determine what it was, so he was clearly thinking of it as a contest.
I think there's room in the thread for both approaches. Like I said, I have a preference for one of them, but I'm not violently opposed to the presence of the other.
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General Discussion / Re: Are you an active or passive skeptic?
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 04:42:06 AM »
Much less active now than I used to be. They went into the reasons why on this week's show, and that pretty much hit every one of my buttons.

I do listen to every episode, have done so for a few years with the occasional failure. I'm lagging behind a bit, so I haven't listened to the most recent one, but by looking at its content, nothing strikes me as touching on what that could be, it looks pretty much like an average episode to me. Would you mind elaborating a bit?
It was the segment on whether debunking is effective. I'll post in skeptic forums, but in real life it's very rarely worth the effort.
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We seem to have drifted pretty far off topic...
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #640
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 04:11:04 AM »
I would have pronounced "Tighe" to rhyme with fly and spy.
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TV & Movies / Re: List of the Very Best TV Shows
« Last post by Rai on Today at 03:14:44 AM »
It might be a tad early to call it a "Very Best TV Show"  ;)

Cautiously optimistic is my early assessment.

They do look a bit more like jocks than our loveable nerds Adam & Jamie. Not a dis on either pair. Just an observation.

https://www.sciencechannel.com/playlists/meet-the-new-mythbusters

I don't think I can watch a TV show with a host that has such a haircut. WTF is that even? A quiffhawk?
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #640
« Last post by Tassie Dave on Today at 01:30:32 AM »
In general, I disagree with anything that the "organic food" crowd says. But I'll make an exception for the wild vs. farmed salmon case. My understanding is that there are major nutritional differences between the two. And there are enormous taste differences.

I'll weigh in to say, if you're buying it in a can, there are not enormous taste differences (in other words: the industry may certainly have an important place).

The industry has an enormous place. Wild v Farmed is not always an option. From Australia it's a long way to the nearest wild salmon areas.
Having the salmon farms here means we can get the fish fresh. I can get fresh salmon within hours of it being in the ocean.
It would take days to get salmon from North America or Europe. Not as fresh and vastly more expensive.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #640
« Last post by GodSlayer on Today at 01:16:35 AM »
In general, I disagree with anything that the "organic food" crowd says. But I'll make an exception for the wild vs. farmed salmon case. My understanding is that there are major nutritional differences between the two. And there are enormous taste differences.

I'll weigh in to say, if you're buying it in a can, there are not enormous taste differences (in other words: the industry may certainly have an important place).
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I mean, it's a good point: metals above iron cannot be produced by nuclear fusion in the cores of stars and therefore must be the result of much higher-energy events.  I can easily see a statement to the effect that such heavier elements can't be produced by normal stellar processes being misinterpreted by a reporter.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by Desert Fox on October 16, 2017, 10:24:06 PM »
Mythica: Godslayer (6/10)
Didn't like it as much as the others. I guess I would have preferred a more sappy ending but still feels almost unfinished still.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #640 Thermos
« Last post by Sawyer on October 16, 2017, 10:23:09 PM »
I think the best explanation for the feel of the exterior of the thermos is the high heat conductivity of metal. Metal at room temperature feels cooler than you would intuitively expect. If the metal is a bit colder because the thermos contains a cold liquid, then the metal still feels cool. If the thermos is a bit warmer because it contains a hot liquid, then at best it's just going to feel like you would intuitively expect metal at room temperature to feel. It's not going to feel hot.

Kind of feel dumb that no one mentioned this before.  Without sticking a surface thermocouple on the thermos, we have no clue what the actual temperatures are.

Let's hypothetically say the thermos is better at insulating in hotter conditions.  Perhaps the surface temperature of the hot thermos is 75F in ambient 70F, and 65F with the cold thermos (ie maintaining a higher temperature gradient with the hot liquid).  When your ~85F palm touches the cold thermos, you will "feel" a lot more heat being sucked away in the cold thermos than you will heat being gained from the hot thermos.  In fact, you'll still be losing body heat to the hot thermos.  Unless you make a hobby of constantly grabbing metals at different temperatures, you're going to have a harder time detecting the temperature increase in the warmer thermos compared to the cooler one, since the net energy transfer is lower with a warm thermos.

And FriendlyAngel, I wouldn't accept the premise that the ice water is at thermal equilibrium just because the emailer thought it was.
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