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General Discussion / Re: When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by ShadowSot on Today at 03:57:19 AM »
Is he still on Astronomy Cast?
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: The science of Trolls
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 03:32:07 AM »
You cant fire me! I quit!!
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General Discussion / When is the Bad Astronomer coming back?
« Last post by fuzzyMarmot on Today at 02:36:43 AM »
Is it just me, or has it been a long time since Phil Plait has been on the SGU? I used to really enjoy his fairly regular appearances. I know he was blogging at Slate and then shifted over to SyFy. Maybe he is just a super-busy guy right now. Anyone else miss him on the show?
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: The Ark Encounter
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on Today at 02:31:06 AM »

Seriously. LGBT has been the de facto standard in most circles for quite a while now (with an option to add Q, I and A if you want to be really precise) - it it really so hard to memorise a sequence of four letters?

Heaven forfend I insult the Q's I's and A's by omission!

I dunno about Arth, but as a B/Q it's the use of parenthesis that seems most egregious.
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General Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« Last post by arthwollipot on Today at 12:38:46 AM »
Celsius, not centigrade.

My dictionary says they're synonymous, and your link says:

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For scientific use, "Celsius" is the term usually used, with "centigrade" otherwise continuing to be in common but decreasing use, especially in informal contexts in English-speaking countries.

I grew up hearing centigrade in weather forecasts and in conversation, and I will continue to use it when discussing the weather.  You can rest assured that in all my scientific writing I will use the term Celsius.  ::)
Well sure, if you want to seem quaint and old-fashioned you can continue referring to centigrade, eating your supper and listening to the wireless.  :P
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General Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« Last post by lonely moa on Today at 12:29:52 AM »
Celsius, not centigrade.

My dictionary says they're synonymous, and your link says:

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For scientific use, "Celsius" is the term usually used, with "centigrade" otherwise continuing to be in common but decreasing use, especially in informal contexts in English-speaking countries.

I grew up hearing centigrade in weather forecasts and in conversation, and I will continue to use it when discussing the weather.  You can rest assured that in all my scientific writing I will use the term Celsius.  ::)



And you will use hectopascal in preference to millibar, please.
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General Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« Last post by The Latinist on July 21, 2017, 11:34:56 PM »
Celsius, not centigrade.

My dictionary says they're synonymous, and your link says:

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For scientific use, "Celsius" is the term usually used, with "centigrade" otherwise continuing to be in common but decreasing use, especially in informal contexts in English-speaking countries.

I grew up hearing centigrade in weather forecasts and in conversation, and I will continue to use it when discussing the weather.  You can rest assured that in all my scientific writing I will use the term Celsius.  ::)
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: The science of Trolls
« Last post by GodSlayer on July 21, 2017, 11:15:16 PM »
Guys, Godslayer is a genuine troll.  He's trolling you and you're feeding him.  I've got him on ignore for that reason; I recommend you do the same.
I wasn't going to, but I think he just gave me a good reason to.

I don't think the diagram is necessary.

GodSlayer simply seems to be operating on the mistaken belief that calling someone a dick is purely about eliciting the emotional response.

whereas some people are dumb enough to think that it's a rational argument

'nuclear power is important'
'you're a dick'
'oh, you're right, nuclear power is not important, thanks for your insight'
'you're most welcome, I thought that argument would change your mind'
Which is exactly what I said doesn't work. I don't know why you think that we're arguing the opposite of what we're actually arguing.

are you implying that gmalivuk is your sockpuppet/troll account?!!
See, GodSlayer? You've given me a reason to ignore you and dismiss anything that you say. If your goal was to convince me of something, you failed.

Your behaviour just demonstrated my argument perfectly.

about time. I did the same with you ages ago.
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Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: The science of Trolls
« Last post by arthwollipot on July 21, 2017, 11:12:24 PM »
Guys, Godslayer is a genuine troll.  He's trolling you and you're feeding him.  I've got him on ignore for that reason; I recommend you do the same.
I wasn't going to, but I think he just gave me a good reason to.

I don't think the diagram is necessary.

GodSlayer simply seems to be operating on the mistaken belief that calling someone a dick is purely about eliciting the emotional response.

whereas some people are dumb enough to think that it's a rational argument

'nuclear power is important'
'you're a dick'
'oh, you're right, nuclear power is not important, thanks for your insight'
'you're most welcome, I thought that argument would change your mind'
Which is exactly what I said doesn't work. I don't know why you think that we're arguing the opposite of what we're actually arguing.

are you implying that gmalivuk is your sockpuppet/troll account?!!
See, GodSlayer? You've given me a reason to ignore you and dismiss anything that you say. If your goal was to convince me of something, you failed.

Your behaviour just demonstrated my argument perfectly.
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General Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« Last post by arthwollipot on July 21, 2017, 11:05:27 PM »
Celsius, not centigrade.
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