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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by werecow on Today at 10:12:01 PM »


And here I thought all that "watch the world burn" stuff was metaphorical.

Also something involving Satan and screams of the damned, but it's 4a.m. and I'm too lazy to fill in the details.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 08:57:30 PM »
"Coffs Harbor"  ;D

It's Coffs Harbour.

I live about 30km to the south west of Coffs. The smoke is simply awful. We are hoping the fire fronts don't reach us. We have our emergency leave bags packed, the car is parked at the ready.

Be aware that there is a dry Southerly change coming up the coast. It will reach Sydney by about 7pm and Coffs sometime during the night. It will cause the fires to suddenly change direction. The firies are aware of it and should be prepared, but you should also be prepared for the danger level to increase dramatically in a short period of time. Stay safe.

We have ABC local radio on, which has continual stream of updates. As a national service it is superb. The online apps are OK but don't update quite as fast as the radio can.

Southerly is expected to reach Forster around 10pm, and up my way quite a bit later. Might be a late night.

Sounds like you're about as prepared as you can be, then. Good luck. We've got smoke haze even down here in Canberra, though we're not currently at risk.
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MID NORTH COAST: "from my yard on the same day, just nearby. Photo was about 2 or 3 pm."

Where are you? Port Mac?

Oh, that was the user's description

But good call, yeah, he's in Port Mac.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by Alex Simmons on Today at 08:41:35 PM »
"Coffs Harbor"  ;D

It's Coffs Harbour.

I live about 30km to the south west of Coffs. The smoke is simply awful. We are hoping the fire fronts don't reach us. We have our emergency leave bags packed, the car is parked at the ready.

Be aware that there is a dry Southerly change coming up the coast. It will reach Sydney by about 7pm and Coffs sometime during the night. It will cause the fires to suddenly change direction. The firies are aware of it and should be prepared, but you should also be prepared for the danger level to increase dramatically in a short period of time. Stay safe.

We have ABC local radio on, which has continual stream of updates. As a national service it is superb. The online apps are OK but don't update quite as fast as the radio can.

Southerly is expected to reach Forster around 10pm, and up my way quite a bit later. Might be a late night.
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TV & Movies / Re: Avengers: Infinity War
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 08:39:19 PM »
Well, since you've resurrected the thread, let me just answer the criticism that instead of killing half the intelligent beings in the universe (including those on planets that had no shortage of resources) he could have just doubled the amount of resources.

If Thanos had done that it would have been the dullest movie in comic-book-movie history and would have lost money. He had to do what he did for the sake of the movie's shareholders.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by Alex Simmons on Today at 08:37:29 PM »
MID NORTH COAST: "from my yard on the same day, just nearby. Photo was about 2 or 3 pm."

Where are you? Port Mac?
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 08:37:15 PM »
"Coffs Harbor"  ;D

It's Coffs Harbour.

I live about 30km to the south west of Coffs. The smoke is simply awful. We are hoping the fire fronts don't reach us. We have our emergency leave bags packed, the car is parked at the ready.

Be aware that there is a dry Southerly change coming up the coast. It will reach Sydney by about 7pm and Coffs sometime during the night. It will cause the fires to suddenly change direction. The firies are aware of it and should be prepared, but you should also be prepared for the danger level to increase dramatically in a short period of time. Stay safe.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Climate Change Catchment Thread
« Last post by Alex Simmons on Today at 08:34:59 PM »
"Coffs Harbor"  ;D

It's Coffs Harbour.

I live about 30km to the south west of Coffs. The smoke is simply awful. We are hoping the fire fronts don't reach us. We have our emergency leave bags packed, the car is parked at the ready.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #747
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 08:24:27 PM »
One of the people who influenced me in becoming a vegetarian was a vegetarian women who said "I don't impose my moral principles on my cat." The first day or two that I had my cat I gave him only milk, and he had bad diarrhea. My sister, who was vegetarian at the time, had told me there was an Indian yogi who had a pet lion that only ate milk. I was in my early 20's at the time and very naive. And too ignorant to recognize that for the bullshit it was. After about two days I took the vegetarian woman's comment about her cat to heart, and started feeding my cat cat food. 1/6 of a small can of cat food twice a day and dry food in his bowl at all times. He lived for 15 years and was healthy until near the end. He was the best cat.

I now know that any sentence that begins "There's a yogi in India..." has a 99.9% chance of being utter and complete bullshit. My sister believes all such statements.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Realistic Dragons
« Last post by Igor SMC on Today at 07:55:39 PM »
Thanks for the contribution guys! I'm not being able to find that information as easily by googling it... Now I'm seriously asking myself if I am not mistaken... I've watched that making of for the last time in 2004... Until today I was pretty confident of that information, but being unable to find anything on the internet is making me wonder if indeed that information is there.

Look how big the difference is between the "scientifically accurate" Fell Beast from the movies compared to the action figures and arts. They sacrificed the required huge surface area of the wings, so they could "look better". Virtually all fantasy dragons are designed with only aesthetics in mind, so the wing to body ratio tends to be more or less similar in all of them.

Note the huge size of the wings in the movie, that theoretically are enough to generate lift for an animal that size.



Now, compare with other "Non scientific" versions:


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