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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Tuesday, 15.09.2015, 07:41 | Message # 2836
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midtskogenDate: Tuesday, 15.09.2015, 12:01 | Message # 2837
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In my hand are two pieces of overpriced solid metal junk, equally sized but they have two distinct properties. One is made of 95% tungsten and weighs 1 kg, 18.0 g/cm³. The other is made of magnesium and weighs 97g, 1.7 g/cm³.


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NIL DIFFICILE VOLENTI


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Destructor1701Date: Tuesday, 15.09.2015, 12:08 | Message # 2838
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Congrats on having metal.

And on having photogenic hands. Must be all that Neutrogena tongue




Quote apenpaap ()
http://english.bouletcorp.com/2015/08/26/brassens-in-space/

A long read/scroll, but definitely worth it!


Wow.

The bit about Saturn stirring emotions on first sight is so true. That really resonated with me. Gorgeous, thank you.







Edited by Destructor1701 - Thursday, 17.09.2015, 01:06
 
JackDoleDate: Wednesday, 16.09.2015, 13:38 | Message # 2839
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Today I bought Terry Pratchett's latest novel. Are there any more Terry Pratchett fans here?



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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Thursday, 17.09.2015, 09:48 | Message # 2840
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anonymousgamerDate: Saturday, 19.09.2015, 22:49 | Message # 2841
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WatsisnameDate: Sunday, 20.09.2015, 00:51 | Message # 2842
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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 20.09.2015, 21:42 | Message # 2843
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Got linked this today
http://comicbook.com/2015....-wars-t



Its finally happening.





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werdnaforeverDate: Wednesday, 23.09.2015, 13:46 | Message # 2844
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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Thursday, 24.09.2015, 17:46 | Message # 2845
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AerospacefagDate: Thursday, 24.09.2015, 22:37 | Message # 2846
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What would I do if the comet would hit the Earth in 30 days.

1. Wait 29.5 days if something would change.
2. Start a nuclear war. F### you, Universe.

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The New Horizons probe is carrying a CD-ROM with the names of 434,738 people who participated in a “Send Your Name to Pluto” campaign. It's also carrying a portion of the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930.

IMO the golden disk with pulsar bearings and periods are probably the best way to say something to an alien civilization, better than pictures and symbols - if you want to speak with math, you'd want to speak in the best and purest math you can possibly do. The receivers of this message would probably sift this info through their databases with different amount of tolerance and discover several instances of correlation, most of them are completely irrelevant towards interstellar origin of the probe, so maybe they will be able to select the correct answer.

Human language is irrelevant. Human names are irrelevant. Sounds and images are probably less so, because they actually contain a lot of information redundancy. Pure math is probably relevant, even though it is omnipresent out there - probably it can tell them how advanced you were. The form of information is the most problematic thing - it should be encoded in digital matter, but in the way it would be interpreted the right way, which also means it has to be organized in hierarchical manner. The movie Contact provides an example of such thing(although I recognize it as a very primitive one) - in this case though, humans receive alien message.

Practically, if you want to send aliens a complete picture and meaning of your civilization and it's contents, you'd have to send most of your educational database, if not the complete snapshot of the Google Cache in the amount of petabytes (which is probably by many orders of magnitude less then actual size of the Net itself).
 
WatsisnameDate: Saturday, 26.09.2015, 12:08 | Message # 2847
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A nice deep total lunar eclipse coming soon, with totality lasting for over an hour. Favorable seeing from the Americas (Sunday night) and western Europe/Africa (Monday morning).




 
anonymousgamerDate: Saturday, 26.09.2015, 17:31 | Message # 2848
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Well, I know what I'll be taking photos of!




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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 26.09.2015, 17:56 | Message # 2849
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Quote anonymousgamer ()
Well, I know what I'll be taking photos of!


Unless we get cloudy weather in which case you are stuck in the same situation as me.





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JackDoleDate: Sunday, 27.09.2015, 08:56 | Message # 2850
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This sentence is the reason that I hate Star Wars. Well, a little, anyway.


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