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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 06:48 PM

As my mother used to say, "Atticus eximie si cenat, lautus habetur, si Rutilus, demens. quid enim maiore cachinno excipitur uolgi quam pauper Apicius? omnis conuictus, thermae, stationes, omne theatrum de Rutilo. nam dum ualida ac iuuenalia membra sufficiunt galeae dumque ardent sanguine, fertur non cogente quidem sed nec prohibente tribuno
scripturus leges et regia uerba lanistae."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 05:09 PM

Tread Gingerly, it's Fecal


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 04:15 PM

Thank goodness it's fatal!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 02:20 PM

Torpid Grapenuts Inspire Flatulence!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 02:10 PM

I wasn't aware that he was, but I leave that sort of thing to you.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 01:32 PM

Silly man!

Today Gluon Isn't Farting



reason enough to celebrate!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 01:14 PM

Thumbs go in fist?

Treble gets its F?

Terribly gooey instant flan?

Tumbling golfers instill fear?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 10:35 AM

Has this been a long week, or what? I think time has stretched out just a tad, with all of this talk of extra dimensions.

T.G.I.F.!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 10:12 AM

Raparion,
Mister Librarian,
We love you madly, madly, Mister Librarian
Raparion!
Though you sometimes are a pain
And surely not John Wayne
And you'd fester any time they called you Marion,
Raparion!
Still you have a certain look
And a lot of first-rate books,
And that is why we love you, Mister Librarian,
Rap-arrion!!!

(Repeat ad Endum)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 09:29 AM

then it's true you were a member of the Idaho League?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Marion Morrison
Date: 16 Sep 05 - 09:25 AM

Listen up, Pilgrim. The Rapper taught me everything I know about actin' and bein' a real man, like in The Green Berets or True Grit. Before I met him I was a wussy livin' in San Diego and sippin' expresso, arguin' about poetry and existential physics. Then he introduced me to huntin' and guns and ridin' horses and the REAL America and turned me into a real man.

You listen to him, Pilgrim, or I'll come down there and kick your butt from a little southeast of Nome clear to the sands of Iwo Jima, ya hear?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 09:17 PM

And a good boy you are, too, Marion.

Not John Wayne, of course, but good....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 07:09 PM

My mother told me, she said, "Son, you keep living in that 3-D or maybe 4-D universe you were brought up in. Don't you go flittin' off to some 2-D or 37-D thing. You stay right here like your grand-daddy did and his grand-daddy before him. Ain't nobody who ever lived in one of them other universes ever amounted to a hill of beans, and there wasn't one of 'em worth the powder it'd take to blow 'em to hell. You take your Uncle Nebo, for example. That drunken, lazy, good-for-nothing lout used to lay around with the hogs and then one day he got the idea that if he was in a 17-D universe things would be better. Well, he figured out how to do it and he went off one afternoon and moved into a 17-D universe, and he never had a lick of luck afterwards. When he finally died he was so poor he had to borrow a pot to piss in, and the county ended up buryin' him. So don't you go messin' 'round, you hear me?"

And except for experimentation in college (well, it WAS the '60s) I've done done what my momma told me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 06:51 PM

RESEARCHERS RECOVER TYPED TEXT USING AUDIO RECORDING OF KEYSTROKES, September 15
A new security threat revealed by computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, may be enough to drive some people away from their computer keyboards and back to pen and paper. The researchers show that a simple audio recording of those keyboard clicks can betray the text you just entered, from passwords to secret love notes.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news6541.html
This leads to an explanation as to how the MOAB was able to infiltrate Google with its telling phrase about the flush of a distant toilet.

But more importantly, to all BSers, is this telling issue:

WHY DO WE RESIDE IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL UNIVERSE? Andreas Karch
(University of Washington) and Lisa Randall (Harvard) propose to
explain why we live in three dimensions and not some other number.
Currently, the popular string theory of matter holds that our
universe is actually ten-dimensional, including, first of all, the
dimension of time, then the three "large" dimensions we perceive as
"space," plus six more dimensions that are difficult to see, perhaps
because they are hidden in some way. There is reason to believe,
therefore, that our common 3D space is but a portion of some
membrane or "brane" within a much more complicated
higher-dimensional reality. Specifically, Karch and Randall
address themselves to the behavior of three-dimensional force laws,
including the force of gravity. Having several dimensions rolled up
is one way to explain why gravity if so weak. Another view,
pioneered by Randall and Raman Sundrum, holds that if gravity is
localized on a 3D defect in the larger multi-dimensional universe
and if spacetime is sufficiently warped, then the other spatial
dimensions might be large after all. But why is our "local gravity"
apparently a 3D defect in a 10D universe? Why not a 4D defect or
some other dimensionality? In the present paper, Karch
(karch@feynman.phys.washington.edu) and Randall show that the cosmic
evolution of the 10D universe, involving a steady dilution of
matter, results in spacetime being populated chiefly by 3D and 7D
branes. Several versions of string theories require the existence
of 3D and 7D branes; indeed, the particles that constitute
matter---such as quarks and electrons---can be considered open
strings with one end planted on a 3D brane and the other end planted
on a 7D brane. (Karch and Randall, Physical Review Letters,
upcoming article )        

There ya go, elegant, incisive, succinct, mathematically coherent and humanly incomprehensible!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 05:47 PM

Rain! Rain! Wonderful rain! We haven't had rain since early August. And it sounds MUCH better than the sound of the flush of a distant toilet.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 05:44 PM

Water on the Bunns is always embarassing.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 02:42 PM

So, Bunn, does that mean that your water is dribbling down on someone else? Or you're the party underneath?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 01:51 PM

Why today? Why does everything have to happen on the same day?

I spend all day on my feet try to recruit more people to the society, in a room with so many other people doing the same, and all the freshers we're trying to recruit so it's 90 decibels all day, and then you get home and find there's water coming through the ceiling of the people underneath.

There are a few problems you can't solve just by sitting and thinking.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 08:58 AM

I just started a "flush of a distant toilet" thread on another forum - lets see how long it takes to show up in google.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 08:57 AM

"8008" in cr4ck3r353 is "BOOB." We know where HIS mind is!

Bee-Dubya, Mountain Home, Idaho is home to Mountain Home Air Force Base. I drive past it on the way to Boise on I-84. Sometimes you can see 'em flying A-10s, the best plane in the US's arsenal in my opinion.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 12:23 AM

Well, we could change it if you like....


And counting lines of numbers, what
Number will count you my sweet butt?
Never mind the 8008 part, which was pretty arbitrary, I guess....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 12:17 AM

Well, Amos, at least your poem wasn't about mindless number poaching, and didn't end with the line
*daylia* eat my shorts!

You could have added a reference to a butt and resolve the problem I was having in finding a good poem admiring that moon-like anatomical feature.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 15 Sep 05 - 12:04 AM

This trivial lust of numbers! How
Can ever mind explain it now?
How justify, how rationalize
This blinding of the soul-owned eyes
To turn the lust of vibrant living
Into a rusty, numbered giving
Of little for but little thunder
Clouded in some mere giant number!
What hollow acclaim!
What snippet-love!
That all the gifts of saints above
Should cast off be, thrown out to winter
In quest of an idle integer.
Now will the days by numbers ruled
Turn on your heart and with a cruel
Admonishment of hurrying time
Reduce it to a numbered line.
Avoid, oh flee! This awful fate,
I pray thee e'er it is too late!
And think of the name on this poor slate,
With best regards,
8-0-0-8.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:46 PM

No luck. 9300.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:45 PM

Bleh. If you putt "ass" in the search it's even worse.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:43 PM

Hard to find good poetry about butts. So many other things seem to turn up in the search.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:38 PM

Seems a suitable time to post this old chestnut:

To His Coy Mistress
   
HAD we but world enough, and time,   
This coyness, Lady, were no crime   
We would sit down and think which way   
To walk and pass our long love's day.   
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side          5
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide   
Of Humber would complain. I would   
Love you ten years before the Flood,   
And you should, if you please, refuse   
Till the conversion of the Jews.   10
My vegetable love should grow   
Vaster than empires, and more slow;   
An hundred years should go to praise   
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;   
Two hundred to adore each breast,   15
But thirty thousand to the rest;   
An age at least to every part,   
And the last age should show your heart.   
For, Lady, you deserve this state,   
Nor would I love at lower rate.   20
But at my back I always hear   
Time's wingèd chariot hurrying near;   
And yonder all before us lie   
Deserts of vast eternity.   
Thy beauty shall no more be found,   25
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound   
My echoing song: then worms shall try   
That long preserved virginity,   
And your quaint honour turn to dust,   
And into ashes all my lust:   30
The grave 's a fine and private place,   
But none, I think, do there embrace.   
Now therefore, while the youthful hue   
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,   
And while thy willing soul transpires   35
At every pore with instant fires,   
Now let us sport us while we may,   
And now, like amorous birds of prey,   
Rather at once our time devour   
Than languish in his slow-chapt power.   40
Let us roll all our strength and all   
Our sweetness up into one ball,   
And tear our pleasures with rough strife   
Thorough the iron gates of life:   
Thus, though we cannot make our sun   45
Stand still, yet we will make him run.



"Marvel"ous, no?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:33 PM

Oh, Rapaire, what an opening (as it were. . .)

Buttocks

Buttocks

Buttocks

Buttocks

Grotesque buttocks


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:21 PM

Well, we could have a "Cleft of the Underdeveloped Chest" in Iowa...


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 10:57 PM

Gee, there's a "Mountain Home" in Arkansas too. Heck, there's probably one in damned near every state that has mountains. But what about states where there are no mountains? Should Kansas have a "Big Flat Expanse of Cornfields Home"? Or should Florida have a "Fetid, Cottonmouth-infested Swamp Home"?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 10:40 PM

We discovered at work this afternoon that it is illegal in Pocatello to display "the cleft of the buttocks."

So now here in Idaho we have Mountain Home, Heart of the Tetons, Cleft of the Buttocks....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 10:30 PM

I don't understand why anyone would want to go through all the trouble of developing little robots that do nothing but march across M&Ms. Seems like there are a lot more important uses to which they could be put. Like marching across Skittles or Jujubees.

Isn't there an old fiddle tune called "Marching Across the Jujubee"?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 09:53 PM

Is the world ready for robotic M&Ms? Would you eat one, have it pull itself back together, march back out, and let you eat it all over again? Would you need only one M&M in your whole life? Will all of the robotic M&Ms be different colors, a uniform gray, or will each one be made up of specks of color, rather like a Seurat painting? And what happens if all of the, say, red robots go on strike -- would red M&Ms just sit there? And if you at the robotic M&M and had a, well, an intestinal blockage, could all of the robots get together and push? And could they be inserted from the other direction as well?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 08:53 PM

Robots that size could be mechanical replacements for the real dust I keep around the house. The good trick would be that the dust could clean up itself.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 08:22 PM

In other news, something really worth seeing if you can find the right M&M:

RESEARCHERS BUILD WORLD'S SMALLEST MOBILE ROBOT, September 14
In a world where "supersize" has entered the lexicon, there are some things getting smaller, like cell phones and laptops. Dartmouth researchers have contributed to the miniaturizing trend by creating the world's smallest untethered, controllable robot. Their extremely tiny machine is about as wide as a strand of human hair, and half the length of the period at the end of this sentence. About 200 of these could march in a line across the top of a plain M&M.

Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news6473.html

ANd if it were a peanut M&M? I would guess about 300.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 07:29 PM

Oddly enough ALL the references to that telling phrase are from the Mudcat; this is very interesting. In his book The Blind Watchmaker Dawkins discusses the actual numerical probabilities of a room full of monkeys on typewriters actually composing a single line of Shakespeare; he dramatically contrasts two different methods, one in whoch anything worth keeping is fed back into the system, and one in which every iteration is as random as the first.

Now, there are billions of nodes and humans connected tot he Internet; so it is nothing close to miraculous that this one phrase, made up of common words under normal grammar, has not appeared anywhere in Google's reach other than the immediate karmic influence radius of MOAB.

It is intuitively clear that MOAB has succeeded in penetrating the black wall of Unlikelihood that governs the living universe and has somehow tumbled on the combination to open that door. If we can only isolate what our successful action was, we could turn the whole damn universe inside out in terms of probabilities, make wishes into horses and vice versa, and do other miracles.

I am open to suggestions.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 05:28 PM

Okay, write two blue books.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 03:46 PM

YOu want us to discuss contrasting lengths in the toilet? That is nauseating! The mental equivilant of the sound of the flush of a distant toilet - slightly off, but not irratating enough to cause real disgust...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 03:39 PM

We did more than our share to contribute to the Google Mudcat spatula connection out there, so no one HERE is a slacker. I think I echoed the flushed phrase a time or two, asking about it's appearance (I didn't see it in the search, but maybe it was in one of those subsets).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 03:30 PM

And over to the right on the Google pages is a little thing about "Picking a toilet."

Is picking a toilet is like picking your nose or picking a banjo? Compare and contrast at length or ad nauseam, whichever comes first.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 02:07 PM

Just thought I'd give everyone an update. On September 5th, the number of Google results for the exact phrase "flush of a distant toilet" was one if excluding "very similar results" or three if including them.

Now it is up to seven if "very similar results" are excluded or thirty if they're included. That's a ten-fold increase in a mere nine days!

Google results for "flush of a distant toilet".

Those of you who have been assisting in our endeavor to flood the WWW with "the flush of a distant toilet" are to be congratulated. Those of you who haven't been helping are a bunch of slackers and need to get busy! Can't go through life letting other people do all the work for you, you know.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 01:53 PM

Don't get me wrong -- I cut my eye-teeth on Bartholomew Cubbins and his hats and his oobleck. Loved 'em.

But our family has Go Dogs Go memorized, because we read it so many times twenty years ago!! And, excuse me, but it captures the essence of some very complex prepositions, colors and social interactions, the courage to say "I do not like that hat!", and the notion of having a party in a tree, all of which are beyond the pale of normal suburban thinking. It is not the dogs who drive SUVs in suburbia, but their sons.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 01:16 PM

I used to listen to The 500 Hats on the Big John and Sparky radio show and look how I ended up!

Yes, children who are exposed to Dr. Seuss are most certainly depraved.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 11:27 AM

And any grownup exposed to The Sleep Book has their work cut out for them, because it is entirely effective (at least on adults!)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 10:41 AM

well - while I consider Go, Dogs, Go! to be a fine book - it is just too much of a white middle class suberban message for my tastes to be classed as truly great.

I think AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET or other Suess Classics, such as If I ran the Zoo have a much wider base with which to appeal to the masses - and as such more life lessons to be taught.

seriously - I think any child that grows up without being exposed to Suess is leading a deprived life


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 10:31 AM

Dang, that Rapaire can sure spin 'em!! I am glad them twins didn't get any futhah dandling. It was clearly getting out of hand, so to speak. Now as to Green Eggs and Ham, why it is a perfickly fine book, for them as pursue Europen philosfies, like them as Kant teaches cant with.

But if you want a pure-dee AMURICAN philosophy, as is fot for the fine halls of Bowdoing or the Wiscasset Vocational Institute, why you don't want none of that loosey-seuusy stuff. You want Go, Dogs, Go!. There's a book will philosophize the chrome right off a tail hitch. All-AMurican, fillosofickally, too.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 09:22 AM

Ma sister was ruint by one of them transducers. They was hayin' an' he went an' sweet-talked her and transduced her right there in Uncle Jem's south 40. Then he went ta git some more water and jist kept right on walkin' and it's good that he did 'cuz Ma was almighty pissed about it an' Pa was fit ta be tied too. Us boys got the shotguns all loaded up and set out after him whilst Ma an' Pa tried to git that silly grin offen Sis's face.

We caught up with him in the Pubic Liberry in Dillsboro an' we wuz gonna fill him so fulla holes that they cud sit him outside an' use him fer a fountain, only the liberry lady shushed us up an' said that we cud only shoot him in the liberry iffen we used silencers. We went out to git some an' when we got back that dirty transducer wuzn't there no more. We figgered out that he'd done a flit, cuz the copy of "Green Eggs And Ham" that he wuz readin' wuz still sorta floatin' in the air.

Anyway, brother Ez snagged it and read some of it an' Ez is now teachin' fillosophy in one of them big-name fancy-shmancy Eastern colledges like Bowdoin er Stanford er St. Dismas. He come home last Christmas, back to the farm, and whilst he wuz bouncin' Sis's twins on his knees and goin' "Kitchy-Koo" to 'em he owned up that that there book opened up his eyes ta fillosophy and got him the job he's got as a perfesser at that college. Anyways, that was jist afore Sis smacked him a good un fer kitchy-kooing them 20 year old twins. We always kinda wunnered what woulda happent iffen Ez had read all of that there book.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 08:38 AM

Amos, of course, is just trying to distract us from revealing the Ultimate of Ultimate truths.

On beyond Zebra

He knows that if the title of this great work is revealed then Ragonok is nigh, the Oroboros serpent will gag on it's own tail and the Fenris wolf contract mange.

On beyond Zebra


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 14 Sep 05 - 12:11 AM

A previously-unknown zinc oxide nanostructure that resembles the helical configuration of DNA could provide engineers with a new building block for creating nanometer-scale sensors, transducers, resonators and other devices that rely on electromechanical coupling.


New nanohelix structures could provide engineers with a new building block for creating nanometer-scale sensors, transducers, resonators and other devices that rely on electromechanical coupling. (Image courtesy of Zhong Lin Wang)

        
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Based on a superlattice composed of alternating single-crystal "stripes" just a few nanometers wide, the "nanohelix" structure is part of a family of nanobelts -- tiny ribbon-like structures with semiconducting and piezoelectric properties -- that were first reported in 2001.

The nanohelices, which get their shape from twisting forces created by a small mismatch between the stripes, are produced using a vapor-solid growth process at high temperature. Information about the growth and analysis of the new structures will be reported in the September 9 issue of the journal Science.

The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NASA Vehicle Systems Program, U.S. Department of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

"This structure provides a new building block for nanodevices," said Zhong Lin Wang, a Regents professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "From them we can make resonators, place molecules on their surfaces to create frequency shifts -- and because they are piezoelectric, make electromechanical couplings. This adds a new structure to the toolbox of nanomaterials."

With their superlattices composed of many near-parallel single-crystal stripes each about 3.5 nanometers wide and offset about five degrees, the nanohelices are very different from the nanosprings and nanorings of zinc oxide reported by the same research group in Science in 2004. Nanosprings are composed of a single crystal whose shape is governed by balancing the electrostatic forces created by opposite electrical charges on their edges with the elastic deformation energy of the entire structure.




I just knew it was a good idea to save all those tubes of zinc ointment my mother made me take to the beach in the Fifties which I wouldn't actually use because they made me look dorky!! Now I can found a nano-empire!! Yayyyyyyyyyy.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 13 Sep 05 - 11:32 PM

NOBILITY

A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile,
and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life.
And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor,
he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition,
and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts....

                   James Allen

This great truth is the inherent Fuel of the MoAB, I believe, and characterizes all who post here.

BTW why haven't we heard from Rustic?


A


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