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Old 05-07-2011, 02:33 AM   #1
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1: Become involved in a discussion about airports on a car forum. Decide to use google to locate the exact text of a specific Douglas Adams quote which I vaguely remember.

2: Google "pretty as an airport". Returns wikiquotes page on Douglas Adams.

3: Post reply on car forum.

4: Go back to wikiquotes page, and continue reading.

5: Come to "do not die until you've seen a large black poodle stotting in the snow." I've always wondered whether Adams was BS-ing us on that one.

6: Notice that "stotting" is hyperlinked. Follow link to Wikipedia entry on stotting.

7: Discover that "stotting" is an actual animal behavior, theorized to follow the principle of advertising unprofitability. The following hyperlink trail is now embarked upon:

Stotting ->
Handicap Principle ->
Peacock ->
Peacock Logo ->
External link to Youtube videos of old NBC logos ->
(Spend 20 minutes watching old TV logos) ->
(backup to Peacock Logo) ->
Pantone ->
Natural Color System ->
Stockholm, Sweeden ->
City Bike ->
Clear Channel Communications ->
KGB-FM ->
The San Diego Chicken ->
Also sprach Zarathustra ->
World riddle ->
Friedrich Nietzsche ->
‹bermensch ->
German language ->
Blitz ->
Royal Navy (UK) ->
Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier ->
Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System ->
Mass Driver ->
Non-Rocket Spacelaunch ->
Space colonization ->
Human adaptation to spaceflight ->
Gravitational well ->
General relativity ->
Superluminal motion ->
Faster-than-light ->
Technology in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ->
Douglas Adams.

8: Realize "What the ****? This is exactly where I started, except it's now 10:30 PM and this glass of Rum & Coke has emptied and refilled itself three times."

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8: Realize "What the ****? This is exactly where I started, except it's now 10:30 PM and this glass of Rum & Coke has emptied and refilled itself three times."
sounds like tonight except it was a 3/4 bottle of beer. I dont drink much and thus am a lightweight. Off to bed
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yesterday the xkcd comic was about the "bowling ball on spandex" theory.



Alt Text: Space-time is like some simple and familiar system which is both intuitively understandable and precisely analogous, and if I were Richard Feynman I'd be able to come up with it.

also yesterday gizmodo reposted a popsci article on how, apparently, it was just proven to be true.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...x-around-earth

Also ...

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also yesterday gizmodo reposted a popsci article on how, apparently, it was just proven to be true.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...x-around-earth
Wow...now that is neat.
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The satellite’s precision is thus equivalent to measuring the thickness of a sheet of paper edge-on from 100 miles away.
Wow.
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