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Comment Re:3500 degrees (Score 1) 122

I'm still confused. The XKCD cartoon shows a single source - the Moon, Sun, etc. But what they are doing here has 149 sources of energy. So if you had a binary sun (hypothetically identical suns) with two lenses, each focusing on a single spot - wouldn't that be 2x the temp? Isn't that a better example of what they are doing? And if you get things hot enough, could you start fusion which would then release vast amounts energy?

Comment US Baseball (Score 1) 190

You've all got it wrong. The REAL conspiracy is that if the embargo were lifted, Cuba could field a Major League Baseball team. If they fielded a team made up exclusively by Cuban and Latin American players, they would completely dominate the sport. The Major League Sport Hegemony couldn't allow such an embarrassment! (tongue on partially in cheek)

Submission + - Ray Harryhausen, visual effects master, dies aged 92 (bbc.co.uk)

Diakoneo writes: "Visual effects master Ray Harryhausen, whose stop-motion wizardry graced such films as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, has died aged 92. The American animator made his models by hand and painstakingly shot them frame by frame to create some of the best-known battle sequences in cinema."

Some of my fondest cinematic memories from my youth are from Ray Harryhausen.

Comment Re:New Shuttle (Score 1) 288

"Houston, this is Commander Mark E. Kelly reporting in over the crystal clear Verizon Communications Network. The launch was extremely smooth because of our Quaker State oil used used in our Rocketdyne engines. While we're sipping on our ice cold Red Bulls in celebration, we'd like to say we're looking forward to that frosty Budweiser beer when we get back to earth. We're sure those Goodyear Tires will help is in a smooth landing, and meanwhile we're using our Snap On tools to make the final adjustments to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. I'd like to thank our sponsors NAPA Auto Parts and Home Depot for the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 we're going to deploy, and a big shout out to GEICO for insuring the trip..."

Comment Interesting NYR (Score 2) 177

Joe Soucheray, A Minnesota journalist and radio talk show host, had an interesting New Year's Resolution a few years back. He resolved that every other book he read (he's a prolific reader, especially fiction) would be a biography/autobiography. I believe he kept the resolution as he talked about several of them throughout the year. I attempted to replicate it, but quickly fell into my yearly Terry Pratchett Discworld Marathon and never went back.

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