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Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right - http://io9.com/automat...
Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right
OMG, Melanie Griffith's face... it's just...I don't even... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
PSA, kids: just say no to bad plastic surgery. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Funny, we were remarking on that the other night after seeing Ann Margaret (73) in Ray Donovan, and how much better her surgeon must be than Melanie Griffith's (57). She still looks fantastic! - Ken Morley
Victor Ganata
I never thought about this before, but are the space shuttles actually capable of being flown through the air? I always assumed that landing the shuttle was really more of a controlled fall and that spaceships generally don't make good planes nor vice-versa.
I suppose the reason why they flew the shuttle on jumbo jets might simply be because jet fuel is still way cheaper than rocket fuel. - Victor Ganata
I don't think it has any engine to support regular flight. - Eric
That's what I thought. The space shuttle is the main reason why science fiction that depicts spaceships being able to fly like a plane when in the atmosphere of planet has always had a tendency to break my suspension of disbelief :D - Victor Ganata
No the space shuttle can't fly it's not designed for flight aerodynamically, weight wise, or propulsion systems. It's essentially a cinder block with rockets attached. - Steve C Team Marina
My former brother in law was in aerospace in the USAF and told me when elected officials came by for a tour they would always ask for a shuttle that could take off and land like a plane. Then he'd roll his eyes. - Eric
Nasa and or darpa have had some "space plane" projects over the years. lots of money with limited success, I think. - Christina Pikas
The Space Shuttle acts as a glider on reentry and absolutely is designed for aerodynamic flight. It generates lift and is controllable. It has a glide ratio of about 4.5 to 1, which compares to 9 to 1 for a Cessna. - Brian Johns
^This. The shuttle is technically a "lifting body" design. So, somewhat more aerodynamic than a brick. But the mythical spaceplane is actually not outside the realm of possibility; it's really a function of having a new engine technology. Like this: http://www.bbc.com/news... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Going back to your original question, I guess it depends on what you consider "flown through the air". It is flown through the air every time it lands. But if you're talking about horizontal takeoff or powered horizontal flight, then no, it wasn't designed for that. - Brian Johns
Yeah, horizontal takeoff/powered flight. So basically the space shuttle isn't like an X-Wing or a Federation shuttlecraft or a Veritech fighter :) - Victor Ganata
I wonder if the Skylon would be able to fly out to the ISS? It's technically only "a few hundred km above the Earth" - Victor Ganata
Probably not the Skylon itself, because the ISS is in a relatively high orbit so it would require a lot of fuel. But the same technology could probably be applied to a larger air/spacecraft. Assuming it works. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Of course, something like this is going to be the preferred method for getting into low earth orbit... http://www.nbcnews.com/science... - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Man, if even Elon Musk thinks a space elevator is going be unfeasible for a *long* time…. Of course, he has a vested interest in it *not* becoming viable, but, still…. - Victor Ganata
Mary B: #TeamMonique
RT @missangeladavis: Whole wheat ice cream sandwiches? Who...why...? *throws phone* "@Food52: http://f52.co/1vcEusS #MeatlessMonday http://t.co/X3huvAyx8T"
RT @missangeladavis: Whole wheat ice cream sandwiches? Who...why...? *throws phone* "@Food52:  http://f52.co/1vcEusS  #MeatlessMonday http://t.co/X3huvAyx8T"
I don't know about this, but one of these days, I'm going to try an ice cream panini. - Victor Ganata
With brownies as the bread? I could get behind that in a hurry. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Zamms
My hatred of people may be a hindrance to a possible career as a publican.
If you can transform it into grumpy disdain, it might still work. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah it could become a thing think "soup nazi" - WarLord
There was a bar in the Haight famous for its mean and intolerant bartender. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Victor Ganata
Is it weird that there have been a bunch of hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific and none in the Atlantic?
Seriously, the Eastern Pacific is on "L" already while the Atlantic literally has nothing right now http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?atlc - Victor Ganata
Oh, I guess the Atlantic has had Arthur and Bertha so far http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive... - Victor Ganata
I guess this is typical of an El Niño year. - Victor Ganata
The Atlantic has been unusually quiet, but a quiet year happens occasionally, and it is typical for the Atlantic to quiet down during El Niño years. - John (bird whisperer)
I wonder if there is any correlation to the unusually cool summer in the eastern half of the U.S. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Brian Johns
I was going to give Stephen Mack a pass on the whole "celebrity deaths come in threes" because I figured Robin Williams was big enough to count for three. But now with Lauren Bacall, I'm not so sure.
Don't mess with me, Johns. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Start a 48 hour clock and we'll see. - Brian Johns
Mack speaks the truth. Always in threes. - Mary Carmen
Does the nascar driver killed over the weekend count as #1? I don't want to hear of another celeb death... - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Ooh - good idea. If we don't have anything better to go with by Thursday night we'll go with him and call it a triad. - Brian Johns
I stand by my previous posts debunking the "celebrity deaths come in threes" superstition. http://www.zeigen.com/blog... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Does Philip Seymour Hoffman not count? - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
oh my god. - Laura Norvig
The fact you can't name the NASCAR killer means he doesn't count. GL to all celebs. - Louis Gray
According to my mom, Ed Nelson from Peyton Place & The Twilight Zone is #3. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
If Thursday night (an arbitrary deadline) comes and goes and nobody else (arbitrarily) famous enough dies then I will consider that scientific proof that the "celebrities die in threes" thing is a myth. I may be willing to join the “Celebrity deaths come in 1.7s” camp based on this very scientific data. - Brian Johns
Followup and Conclusion: After an extensive period of data collection and analysis over the last 4 days, I have changed my mind and joined Stephen's 1.7 bandwagon. Basically, I picked Robin Williams as a test and I haven't seen two other similarly noteworthy celebrities die so I'm going to generalize that experience over the entire realm of possibility and call it a scientific fact. If... more... - Brian Johns
Good analysis, Sparky! - Stephen Mack
This is how science is done, except I should have gotten a grant. - Brian Johns
Jay Adams has passed away. They do come in threes. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Who? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
One of the Z-Boys/ Lords of Dogtown. One of the guys who was involved in evolving skateboarding to it's modern style. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
This just in: I do not enjoy training for a marathon. At all.
No, that doesn't sound like fun. Probably involves running? - Eivind from Android
Yes, and for me also not drinking. Or eating. Or staying up late. Or, really, anything I actually like to do. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
But how else will people know the Persians have invaded? - Spidra Webster
The Internet? - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Victor Ganata
Spanish priest infected with Ebola dies; WHO OKs experimental drug use - L.A. Times http://www.latimes.com/world...
I wonder if they were able to give him his dose of ZMapp. - Victor Ganata
According to NPR, he did get it, but it wasn't clear how long it was before he died. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Stephen Mack
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff http://www.youtube.com/watch...
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lASPrnWf6cA
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(The Fisher King, 1991, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer and Jeff Bridges. http://www.imdb.com/title...) - Stephen Mack
I think I may have posted this before, come to think of it. - Stephen Mack
They had to film that at like 3 am. - Akiva
Shit. RIP, Robin. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I wanted to love this again. - Julian
"I like New York in June..." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
A Student Film Suppressed By Anti-Vaxxers Has Finally Been Released - http://io9.com/a-stude...
A Student Film Suppressed By Anti-Vaxxers Has Finally Been Released
"There is too much information available on the Internet to challenge what was said by the vaccine promoters interviewed for this film." Yes, because the Internet is always right. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Tyson Key
"Home taping never killed music. Greed, and crap fly-by-night artists did"
And AutoTune. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm in Boston surrounded by British people.
are you going to have a party with them? have you found ichabod crane? - Sir Shuping is just sir
invite them to a tea party down by the harbor. It's the nice thing to do. - ellbeecee
I have discovered I love the word 'rubbish'. Love it! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I've always loved "rubbish bins." They sound like they're for discarding bad ideas and other nonsense :) - Eivind
Has the 'cheeky chappie' turned up yet? - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
Helen, I was wondering the same thing. ;) Not sure yet. Update: yes he is. And oh my. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Oh my... have fun ;-) - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
Random fact: there is no Canadian word for 'bin'. The receptacle and contents are both referred to as 'garbage'. So it's fine to say "I'll put this in the garbage." #extractfromNoBearsinEngland - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Take it up a notch. Go to an Irish bar. Most of them in Boston are filled with actual Irish people. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
You'll definitely meet more cheeky chappies in an Irish bar. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
We've migrated to the campsite in Vermont now. This 'cheeky' guy hasn't so much as glanced at me more than once, so I call bullshit. In other news, seeing rad ladies after five plus years of life is overwhelmingly beautiful. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I'm 15 minutes from Boston and wondering where all these British people are hiding. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Google's New Moonshot Project: the Human Body - WSJ - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Google's New Moonshot Project: the Human Body - WSJ
I can't help it. I read stories like this and all I can think is they're doing it to figure out how to serve targeted drug ads to people. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Micah
Oh... no. Coeur d'Alene – Spokane hotels are booked solid for at least 50 miles radius. Amway convention. :(((((((((((((
Yeeesh. - Jennifer Dittrich
We're taking kids to the amusement rides side of Silverwood tomorrow night, and our booking at current hotel ends tomorrow morning. - Micah
I think you should just show up at Scott & Alex's house. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
We may have no other choice. - Micah
*googling ... wipes sweat from brow ... mapping ... googling* - Micah
Oh my garsh, you guys, priceline.com saved my butt. Serious. - Micah
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Ocala, FL criminalizes sagging pants - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Ocala, FL criminalizes sagging pants - Boing Boing
On the one hand, this is clearly unconstitutional. On the other hand, wearing pants below your butt crack is criminally idiotic. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Kevin Fox
There's a serious dearth of TVs sized between 32" and 39".
I believe the technical term is "miniature." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
When I was a kid, we got a HUGE new TV with a REMOTE CONTROL. It was TWENTY ONE INCHES! - Steve and 4 other people
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
NFL Sunday Ticket streaming will be available without DirecTV - NFL - Sporting News - http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl...
NFL Sunday Ticket streaming will be available without DirecTV - NFL - Sporting News
Now I need to decide whether the Pats are going to be good enough for me to spend $200 to watch about 12 games via Sunday Ticket streaming. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Man, that long-term care facility across the street from the mortuary is pretty grim. But it's probably efficient.
Underground pneumatic tube? - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
On the small town I grew up in, the old folks home was across the street from the funeral home, and they were owned by the same family. - DJF from Android
I think they just wheel them across the street, to be honest. - Victor Ganata
My grandma's nursing home was across the street from a mortuary and around the corner from 2 cemeteries. - Anika
they're gonna roll me like a giant cheese wheel. - Big Joe Silence
the hospital we live near (both our kids were born there) is directly across a major street from the city's largest cemetery. it belongs to a mortuary started by the guy who had our city's first ambulance service. in the mid-70s, i learned to swim in a public pool named after him. - Big Joe Silence
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Masahiro Tanaka of New York Yankees has partially torn UCL - ESPN New York - http://espn.go.com/new-yor...
Masahiro Tanaka of New York Yankees has partially torn UCL - ESPN New York
The New York Yankees will be without ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka for at least six weeks due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, but for now have dodged the bullet of season-ending Tommy John surgery. ---- BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
The best worst president ever - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford - http://blog.sfgate.com/morford...
The best worst president ever - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford
"I sipped my rosé, took a deep breath, enjoyed the magnificent landscape as one final, predominant thought swam into view: how? How can there be such a radical disconnect between Mr. Newport’s engorged portfolio, his fantastic insurance plan, low mortgage rate and grotesque corporate privilege – most of it born of the past six years – and Obama’s overall policy successes? Does he consider it all just a fluke? Dumb luck? Is he drunk on Limbaugh and Fox News, unable to see actual facts?" - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Stephen Francoeur
What airline will you no longer fly and why?
TWA - Blake
Oh, we're going to go that way? OK, then I say Braniff. - Stephen Francoeur
Interflug. - Uli
B.O.A.C. - Uli
I refused to fly Northwest after they stranded me in Minneapolis one time. They got absorbed by Delta though - Hedgehog from Android
TACA (AKA Take A Chance Airlines, now known as Avianca El Salvador ) - ellbeecee
I miss Ozark, myself. - laura x
United. Because of routes. - Julian
Ryanair. True cattle car. - Spidra Webster
Frontier, because their fee structure fills me with resentment. - Meg VMeg
Spirit Airways, because the flight I took with them filled me with much rage for their poor method of handling things and their flight attendants/pilots violating faa rules - Sir Shuping is just sir
Air New Zealand because they advertise using Māori and Māori symbolism and then won't hire cabin staff who wear moko because they think it'll scare the poor widdle tourists. Then they compounded my despite with incredibly sexist inflight safety videos and refused to listen to passengers' complaints of increased sexual harrassment from fellow passengers. So I'll stick with budget Jetstar. - Deborah Fitchett
I try to avoid American. - J. Marie B
Grace L Ferguson (and Storm Door) Company .... I'm not helping, am I? - Shannon - GlassMistress
i hate American Airlines, but they seem to be the only show in town for some destinations in SE Asia. - Big Joe Silence
I avoid United as much as possible. They've screwed me over with cancellations twice at least. - Andrew C (✔)
Clearly I don't travel enough. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
American and United. Their fees and general bullshit sent me running to Virgin, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest years ago. - Hookuh Tinypants
Delta. Always late. Always an old plane. Always a grumpy staff. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
American Airlines. Worst customer service ever and ridiculous fares. - Jenny H. from Android
I generally don't care; I go with whatever's cheapest through Expedia. I do try to avoid any airline that doesn't do assigned seating, though. Cattle calls can SaF. - Akiva
Jetstar. - Melly - #TeamMarina
I don't avoid airlines; I avoid airports. I don't connect via the NYC metro area. Ever. - Jenica from iPhone
True, Jenica. I hate Logan in Boston (kind of an irrational hate based on being stuck there for 8 hours in 1992 on my birthday trying to get back to school for fall semester), but I'll connect there if I must to avoid connecting in NYC. - ellbeecee
We have the United hub so they are hard to ignore. I try to avoid airlines like Spirit that charge you extra for just sitting down. - Eric from iPhone
Slim pickin's flying out of my small town, so we take what we can get. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Allegiant, the Greyhound of the skies. - Laura Krier
United, mostly because they price themselves out of consideration any time I am looking. American was on my shitlist for leaving me behind at DFW years ago, but they've been pretty reliable, and are often my only reasonable choice for flying through DFW. Delta has inconsistencies, but are often the best deal out of my mid-sized airport, though I hate flying through ATL all the time.... more... - Holly's favorite Anna
Spirit Airlines, an abomination - maʀtha
This whole thread fascinates me. I've never really thought about airlines and why one would or wouldn't choose them, other than price and schedule. - laura x
I am also an airport avoider. Will go well out of my way to avoid Chicago O'Hare and Toronto unless I really have no other choice. - Marianne
Spirit is totally a "you get what you pay for" thing. - kendrak
Here in London Ontario, all my flights connect through either Toronto or Chicago. I'm basically screwed. - DJF from Android
Bluesun 2600
"Roger Ebert loved movies. Except for those he hated. For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers. “No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”" - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
damn. - Big Joe Silence
What I appreciated about him was that he not only wasn't afraid to have a strong opinion, he also had the willingness to admit that his opinions could change over time and that his initial impressions of something might evolve. His view of GroundHog day was one example. He hated it at first but then came to regard it as a great movie. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
11 ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘A Song of Ice And Fire’ Book Reader Theories - http://uproxx.com/gammasq...
11 ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘A Song of Ice And Fire’ Book Reader Theories
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Since so many people now think that Melisandre is going to _____ Jon Snow, I'm pretty sure that means it won't happen. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
I feel vaguely stupid for not having thought of some of these. - joey
The whole confusion about fostering seems odd - in the cultures Martin is drawing from, that was a very, very common practice, especially during times of potential unrest. That's what you do with the younger children (Ned, Robert) of your political rivals or potential threats. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jennifer, I also don't understand why they'd be doing that as some elaborate, multi-generational plan to later band together and demand something...why not just...band together and demand something? - joey
Maybe it's just me, but I think the article conflates "fostering" in some cases with "hostage-taking." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Well, that's what it was, though. You 'fostered' your kids with either your enemy, or at least someone politically neutral, and if you didn't hold up your obligations they were forfeit. That didn't always mean death - sometimes that meant their parents were deposed, and they were put in charge, or they were married off to someone in the family to generate heirs down the line with multiple claims. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jeremy Toeman
is there anyone left on the planet who (1) uses a phone and (2) does NOT know which is the "pound" key???
Someone from a place that calls it the "hash" key. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Anyone from the UK. - NOT THE CRICKET
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.
Who knew White Men Can't Jump was really about the World Cup - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Victor Ganata
You can argue all sorts of insane points-of-view when you're not at all constrained by empirical evidence and/or practical considerations.
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Don't you be ragging on my hobbies, doc - Pete : Team Marina
Thus we can explain the last 20 years of GOP dogma. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Empirical evidence ? James Hansen of AGW fame said this exact quote in 1999. All they have talked about since then is the hiatus.==> Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought. The drought of 1999 covered a smaller area than the 1988 drought, when the Mississippi almost dried up. And 1988 was a... more... - Eric Logan
I don't trust your statistical analysis. But AGW isn't even what I'm talking about in any case. - Victor Ganata
In fact, I have a hunch that you don't understand statistics, period, or the process of collecting data, or anything that would help with an evidence-based argument, which is why arguing with you is such a waste of time. - Victor Ganata
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Hope Solo pleads not guilty; court document describes a brawl | The Today File | Seattle Times - http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today...
Hope Solo pleads not guilty; court document describes a brawl | The Today File | Seattle Times
"According to the court document, the teen said he was talking about theatrical productions he’s been in and explaining how he believes that a good actor has to have an “athletic state of mind” when Solo allegedly told him he would never be athletic because he was “too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete.” The two eventually got into a fistfight, the document says. When the boy’s mother tried to pull Solo off her son, Solo punched her in the face, according to court documents. Court documents also say the nephew broke a broom over Solo’s head and the teen pointed an “old gun that did not work” at Solo to try to get her to leave, but she would not leave and kept “circling like a shark.”" - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Han and Leia's daughter is a mess. - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
A-Rod was kicked out of a building for bringing back too many prostitutes - SB Nation http://www.sbnation.com/lookit...
is he looking for the threshold? - Big Joe Silence
Seriously, is there any area of douche-baggery where A-Rod isn't already a Hall of Famer? - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Let’s face it: if Hope Solo was unattractive, she would've gotten Tonya Harding-ed by the media a long time ago.
Yeah, I get the feeling they passed on the first one because of her husband's previous reputation. This? Obviously all her. - Jennifer Dittrich
Well, that and her discipline issues, griping about playing time with the national team, etc. But she's sorta hot, so she gets a pass. (No pun intended.) - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Wyoming Says Teaching Climate Change Would Wreck The State's Economy - http://io9.com/wyoming...
Wyoming Says Teaching Climate Change Would Wreck The State's Economy
"Earlier this year, the Wyoming legislature became the first in the U.S. to reject new science standards for schools. Lessons on climate change, lawmakers said, would brainwash kids against the state's coal and oil industries. Now, parents, scientists and even churches are fighting the decision." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla) from Bookmarklet
Legislated ignorance is the best kind of ignorance. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Mandatory ignorance :D - Victor Ganata
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