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General Discussion / Re: Open carry...
« Last post by Captain Video on Today at 08:38:46 PM »
I was lane splitting on I-5 once, rush hour on Friday. This guy tried to door me and I jammed his door open. Then I reached into my jacket and pulled a snake out and threw it in his back seat. The cops thought it was funny. (Lots of people heard him screaming that he'd kill me the next time, blah blah blah.)

Oh, and it was a rubber snake. He didn't know that when he jumped out of his car.

I'm not sure what I admire more, the fact that you were willing to jam his door open or the fact that you carry around a rubber snake "just in case" you mite need one. LOL
I did have  9mm with me, but not in easy reach. (Work piece, not on duty so I didn't "pack" it.) The snake was "I hope" thing that actually worked out.

Yea who needs a 9mm when you have a rubber snake! I think I'm gonna start carrying.
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Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: Flu Shot 2018
« Last post by bachfiend on Today at 08:38:34 PM »
I generally have the ‘flu shot several weeks before going overseas, generally in May and to the other side of the world to Australia.  It mightn’t be the ‘flu shot to be introduced for the northern hemisphere winter, but it’s at least one infection I don’t have to worry so much about, considering the costs of getting there.

Obviously, it doesn’t prevent other infections or strains of influenza not included in the ‘flu shot.  Prophylactic measures such as obsessive hand washing is extremely important.  In 2015 I had the misfortune of going on a 7 week cruise from Fremantle to Rome stopping off at Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli invasion, and around half the passengers (thankfully not including me, I was paranoid about hand washing, not being able to pass a hand sanitizer without washing my hands for the x-th time that day) came down with a nasty viral URTI with a chronic persistent dry cough, including one gentleman who sat immediately behind me at a lecture on some aspect of World War 1, continuously coughing the entire time.
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General Discussion / Re: What's wrong with those pizzas? (Images)
« Last post by Captain Video on Today at 08:22:08 PM »
How about this, if you haven't eaten here then your opinion doesn't count :P
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antica_Pizzeria_Port%27Alba

I have, and I say it is Pizza... not Pie  ;D

Yea yea, I'm going to put Italy in my top three places I want to eat at someday. I revere the food and everything about it. I would love to eat at that place. I bet its fantastic. That said I doubt the pizza there even comes close to a NY pie.  >:D

Let's go one step further, I have in-laws that call a Pizza a pie and a pot of tomato sauce "gravy." -old world Italians[/s]

New Jersey and the tri state area?

Fuhgettaboutit!
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #688
« Last post by bachfiend on Today at 08:20:27 PM »
Before went down this rabbit hole of whether the Moon is a moon or a planet in some far distant time, the point I was making was there should be more strict definitions as to what a planetary moon is.  Jupiter currently has 79 named (or at least numbered) moons, most of which are tiny, consisting of irregular lumps of ice and/or rock.  The number undoubtedly will increase in the future.

I think it would be reasonable to restrict the term planetary moons to bodies large enough to be spherical orbiting planets.  Anything smaller, captured irregular chunks of stone and/or ice would get some other designation.

‘Moon’ should be restricted to bodies large enough to be spherical and which would otherwise be called a planet.  I don’t have any problem in accepting Ceres as a planet, if the criterion of a planet changes to it being large enough to be spherical. 

Satellites. Not "moons," satellites. Jupiter has 79 satellites. If you're going to discuss scientific taxonomy, you should probably use the taxonomy of the field.

Is 79 too many? What's the correct and reasonable number? 42?

What number of planets will you settle for? 9? 10? A bakers dozen?

We would need to know those numbers in advance in order to devise a criteria for scientists to use to define these objects that results in number of them that doesn't overwhelm you with too many.

Are you comfortable with the number of comets or should we change that definition too?

Also, too many stars?

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A planet need not be orbiting a star anyway.  Rogue planets, of which there are probably a larger number than planets orbiting stars, don’t orbit stars.

Newly discovered bodies should be required to ‘prove’ their status as moons or planets by being large enough to be spherical.  Until then they should just be a number.  Extrasolar planets are reasonably easy to define currently.  Anything orbiting a far distant star large enough to cause a wobble in the star or occlude a detectable fraction of its light is large enough to be a planet.

Well, they may look like a planet and they may act like a planet, but the IAU only considers spherical objects orbiting the Sun and that have cleared their own orbits to be planets.


Pluto and the Solar System | IAU



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A celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

Those others are exoplanets or rogue planets. Not planets. Which is just as well, because there seem to be a large number of those, too. And I bet a lot of them have a lot of satellites too.

‘Moon’ is a perfectly acceptable term for bodies orbiting planets.  NASA also uses the term ‘natural satellites’ (not just ‘satellites’ to label ‘moons’, and to distinguish them from artificial satellites, such as the ISS).  There are hundreds of identified ‘moons’ in the solar system, including moons orbiting asteroids.

Ceres was originally called a planet when it was discovered, but it was downgraded to an asteroid when further bodies were discovered in the asteroid belt, and it was feared that the number of planets would swell into the hundreds.  I don’t have any problems in accepting that Ceres is a planet, as is too Pluto and Charon, if that’s eventually what is decided.  I think that it would be reasonable to call any body large enough to be spherical orbiting a star a planet.  Any body large enough to be spherical orbiting a planet is a moon.

Whether a body is spherical or not is a pretty clear dividing line, removing the need to make arbitrary determinations, such as whether a large mass of ice orbiting within Saturn’s rings is a ‘moon’ or a ‘moonlet.’

Anything not fulfilling these pretty basic and easily applied definitions should have a different name.  Anything orbiting a star which isn’t large enough to be spherical is an asteroid or a comet (and ‘comet’ is a historical term originating from the cometary tail).  Perhaps anything orbiting a planet not large enough to be spherical could be called a ‘planetary asteroid?’  And stop worrying about arguments about how it came to be formed, whether it was captured by the planet from elsewhere, remnants of the planetary formation, or debris from subsequent collisions.
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Let's go one step further, I have in-laws that call a Pizza a pie and a pot of tomato sauce "gravy." -old world Italians.

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General Discussion / Re: Scotch
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 07:28:53 PM »
Unless the bottle explicitly notes that the whiskey is unblended - such as being from a single cask - it is blended. There are rules about how much of what is allowed for different whiskeys, but it's all blended.

Now there are shit blinds and great ones...

I believe most people understand the term ‘blended’ in contrast to ‘single malt’; that is, a blended whisky contains spirits from more than one distillery.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by The Latinist on Today at 07:21:14 PM »
Cube - 5/10

Cube 2: Hypercube - 4/10


My overall reaction was ‘meh.’
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General Discussion / Re: Scotch
« Last post by wastrel on Today at 07:11:33 PM »
I found this video extremely instructive

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General Discussion / Re: Scotch
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 06:52:50 PM »
Unless the bottle explicitly notes that the whiskey is unblended - such as being from a single cask - it is blended. There are rules about how much of what is allowed for different whiskeys, but it's all blended.

Now there are shit blinds and great ones...
I shit blind after drinking a lot of San Miguel in Olongapo...
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General Discussion / Re: Sealioning
« Last post by brilligtove on Today at 06:42:18 PM »
Refusal to accept or acknowledge evidence ≠ absence of evidence.
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