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2009-06-01 10:07:55 AM
I remember, subby... I'm old like dat.
 
2009-06-01 10:29:49 AM
Paging Captain Garland...Captain Garland, please contact the U.N. about a spaceship "Unity".
 
2009-06-01 10:33:28 AM
RodneyToady: I remember, subby... I'm old like dat.

I'm fat like that.
 
2009-06-01 10:35:54 AM
Wait, Alpha Centauri? We need to stop work on "The Internet" and switch to "Booster Rockets" before 2050!
 
2009-06-01 10:44:10 AM
I don't think Alpha Centauri is a good future home for humanity. I'm pretty sure one of the three stars in that system is a flare star, and we have yet to find even a gas giant around the two main stars.
 
2009-06-01 11:02:50 AM
Oh? And no word on Fungible Planets?
 
2009-06-01 11:29:20 AM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: RodneyToady: I remember, subby... I'm old like dat.

I'm fat like that.


And I'm SWEET like dat

/hit it like a dig planet goddammit
 
2009-06-01 12:01:07 PM
is this a dig dug reference?
 
2009-06-01 02:31:13 PM
Might have some answers:
www.majhost.com
 
2009-06-01 03:03:55 PM
Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Wait, Alpha Centauri? We need to stop work on "The Internet" and switch to "Booster Rockets" before 2050!

Don't worry about it. The mindworms would kill you anyways.
 
2009-06-01 03:04:22 PM
www.granitegrok.com
What about Fungible planets?
 
2009-06-01 03:05:47 PM
I dont care unless my Prius cant make it there on one tank.
 
2009-06-01 03:06:17 PM
...I'm cool old like dat [x7]
I'm cool old...I'm cool old...

Old age is wasted on the old.
 
2009-06-01 03:08:14 PM
www.lordargent.com

Get yours, float up to the stars
Planets hits a spot 'bout six blocks east of Mars.
Air soul kicks and crush velvet hats,
hangin off the ave with the beautifulest naps.
Ride in the crest with the blessed, give a yes.
Planets kinda funky, as if you hadn't guessed.
 
2009-06-01 03:11:15 PM
My favorite part of Alpha Centauri, the Secret Projects (that weren't terribly secret)

Link (new window)

pops
 
2009-06-01 03:11:59 PM
UNC_Samurai: Paging Captain Garland...Captain Garland, please contact the U.N. about a spaceship "Unity".

I've got Zakharov on the phone, we're both excited.

/Just don't tell Miriam, we hate that biatch.
 
2009-06-01 03:12:23 PM
digable planets got it goin' on

/everywhere, every-everywhere, everywhere, every-everywhere
 
2009-06-01 03:13:03 PM
we have to look in the pegasus galaxy. its got some pretty hot chicks and everyone speaks english. including the evil aliens.
 
2009-06-01 03:13:20 PM
won't seem that long a trip with a nickle bag o funk.
 
2009-06-01 03:14:07 PM
The Starship Enterprise of "Star Trek" is roughly the size of an ocean liner. In real life, proponents of interstellar spaceflight are dreaming of something more like the Cellphone Enterprise: a small, speedy spacecraft, crammed with nanotechnology and capable of beaming snapshots back home.



So in real life, the communicator would be the star of the show?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2009-06-01 03:20:31 PM
I wonder if the planning documents are still on display.
 
2009-06-01 03:22:10 PM
GAT_00: I don't think Alpha Centauri is a good future home for humanity. I'm pretty sure one of the three stars in that system is a flare star

Maybe they'll find the Applebee's planet.

And if they do, it definitely isn't a good future home for humanity.
 
2009-06-01 03:24:30 PM
I'm not sure the Nommos would welcome the company.
 
2009-06-01 03:28:12 PM
Yes, I'd like to check the notice board there and see if anything has been posted.
 
2009-06-01 03:32:25 PM
mandingueiro: we have to look in the pegasus galaxy. its got some pretty hot chicks and everyone speaks english. including the evil aliens.

I prefer Ford galaxy
 
2009-06-01 03:33:16 PM
Meh, wake me when they find the planet of the Popplers.
 
2009-06-01 03:37:20 PM
Wow....the memories...they a coming back to me now...

s3.amazonaws.com

/hot
 
2009-06-01 03:49:01 PM
Googling "Nommos" leads to some weird corners of cyberspace. Check out The Nibiruan Council.


It took me 10 minutes to realize I wasn't reading a backstory site for an obscure tabletop RPG. Nope, it's ALL REAL, and for just 19.95 you can...
 
2009-06-01 03:49:46 PM
It will never happen. Fundies wouldn't want anything that could challenge Jesus and his pet dino creating the earth, and libturds would want all that money to feed the homeless before it is "wasted" with going to space. Then, they'd get the greens all pissy for messing up Alpha C.'s carbon footprint.

What we need is a scientific dictatorship that uses cold hard facts of science to elimiate the human waste and trim jesus fantasy.

// Haven't trolled enough lately, just making up for lost time.
 
2009-06-01 03:50:37 PM
Brooklyn got the funk
Uptown got the funk
East/West/Northside got the funk
L.A. got the funk
Boogie Down got the funk
Queens do got the funk
The bottom got the funk
We got the funk
 
2009-06-01 03:55:13 PM
uselessgit: What we need is a scientific dictatorship that uses cold hard facts of science to elimiate the human waste and trim jesus fantasy.


Robocracy. I approve.

/all will be insured
 
2009-06-01 03:55:36 PM
Advances in miniaturization have made smaller spacecraft more plausible. The Starship Enterprise of "Star Trek" is roughly the size of an ocean liner. In real life, proponents of interstellar spaceflight are dreaming of something more like the Cellphone Enterprise: a small, speedy spacecraft, crammed with nanotechnology and capable of beaming snapshots back home.

Fortunately, Centauri are photogenic.

www.peterjurasik.com
 
2009-06-01 03:57:25 PM
Nickle Bag...a nickle bag...DP's always hit you with that nickle bag...
 
2009-06-01 03:58:41 PM
I hope we can do what we feel (do what we feel), yeah do what we feel on this new planet.
 
2009-06-01 04:00:30 PM
Don't they have a STARGATE???
 
2009-06-01 04:02:55 PM
What always bothers me is this concept that we have a real "ge," of a planet or that our planet is "perfect."

Of course it is perfect for us, it spawned us. We evolved to live on it. It's likely that if we found another planet like ours, it too would have life similar to ours in the fact that it evolved to match the planet.

What bothers me is the thought that only planets like ours can harbor life, or that all life has to adhere to the rules we currently believe. My bets are that if Mankind ever finds other life out there, it will be of completely different structure and composition.

And probably will also find our brains delicious.
 
2009-06-01 04:19:44 PM
JollyMagistrate: What always bothers me is this concept that we have a real "ge," of a planet or that our planet is "perfect."

Of course it is perfect for us, it spawned us. We evolved to live on it. It's likely that if we found another planet like ours, it too would have life similar to ours in the fact that it evolved to match the planet.

What bothers me is the thought that only planets like ours can harbor life, or that all life has to adhere to the rules we currently believe. My bets are that if Mankind ever finds other life out there, it will be of completely different structure and composition.

And probably will also find our brains delicious.


Currently the only thing that we think needs to exist to spur life on other planets is liquid water. Titan and Europa are nothing like Earth but possibly contain life. They search for planets like Earth because we know Earth produced life, so why wouldn't one similar to it do the same?

/and yes, if there is intelligent life out there.. they will find our brains delicious.
 
2009-06-01 04:22:43 PM
JollyMagistrate: What bothers me is the thought that only planets like ours can harbor life, or that all life has to adhere to the rules we currently believe. My bets are that if Mankind ever finds other life out there, it will be of completely different structure and composition.

I don't think the prevailing thought is that life is "like us" more likely the "life criteria" for these planets is what it is because it wouldn't do us much good to find a planet inhabited by acid-sweating, ammonia-breathing giant insects who communicate via antennae clicks and mandible chomping.

/delicious brains
 
2009-06-01 04:25:30 PM
I think you mean just under 14 years...that is if you are referring to:

upload.wikimedia.org

\Played it when it came out
\\Fantastic writing (Thanks to Mr. Orson Scott Card)
\\\Play it if you haven't already!
 
2009-06-01 04:33:29 PM
Time Traveler: Don't they have a STARGATE???

Seriously. Dial it up, or, if they don't have one, we could just boost a cargo ship.
 
2009-06-01 04:38:32 PM
JollyMagistrate: What always bothers me is this concept that we have a real "ge," of a planet or that our planet is "perfect."

Of course it is perfect for us, it spawned us. We evolved to live on it. It's likely that if we found another planet like ours, it too would have life similar to ours in the fact that it evolved to match the planet.

What bothers me is the thought that only planets like ours can harbor life, or that all life has to adhere to the rules we currently believe. My bets are that if Mankind ever finds other life out there, it will be of completely different structure and composition.

And probably will also find our brains delicious.


A lot of it has to do with the fact that certain conditions are required for chemical reactions necessary for life to take place....liquid water being the best start. Our planet held as an example, is pretty ideal for life for over 99% of it's surface. With those kinds of things in mind, that makes for a pretty good start when astronomers are looking to find life outwards in the cosmos.

You're right, there is an anthropic bias in the search for life "out there," and that's always bothered me too...just makes me wanna gas up the starship and go find out for myself.
 
2009-06-01 04:51:34 PM
Rickerkioz: JollyMagistrate: What always bothers me is this concept that we have a real "ge," of a planet or that our planet is "perfect."

Of course it is perfect for us, it spawned us. We evolved to live on it. It's likely that if we found another planet like ours, it too would have life similar to ours in the fact that it evolved to match the planet.

What bothers me is the thought that only planets like ours can harbor life, or that all life has to adhere to the rules we currently believe. My bets are that if Mankind ever finds other life out there, it will be of completely different structure and composition.

And probably will also find our brains delicious.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that certain conditions are required for chemical reactions necessary for life to take place....liquid water being the best start. Our planet held as an example, is pretty ideal for life for over 99% of it's surface. With those kinds of things in mind, that makes for a pretty good start when astronomers are looking to find life outwards in the cosmos.

You're right, there is an anthropic bias in the search for life "out there," and that's always bothered me too...just makes me wanna gas up the starship and go find out for myself.


Maybe in popular culture that's the case, but science readily recognizes that there may be other forms of life based on other things. Life need not necessarily be carbon-based.
 
2009-06-01 05:34:11 PM
What will the sky wizard think/ tell us to do about this!?!

/nuke it from orbit
 
2009-06-01 05:37:21 PM
If you looked at Alpha Centauri tonight (it's overhead in the Southern Hemisphere), you'd be seeing light emitted right around the time of the second inauguration of George W. Bush.

Ewwww gross!
 
2009-06-01 05:56:47 PM
karmachameleon:

Maybe in popular culture that's the case, but science readily recognizes that there may be other forms of life based on other things. Life need not necessarily be carbon-based.


Carbon has 4 valencies, and is low on the proton/electron side so it's more abundant than say Silicon, which is the next thing on the periodic table with 4 valencies. Those valencies are important in how elements interact with one another and form (structurally).

What I'm saying is-- it takes a lot of energy to make these other elements (especially in abundance). So carbon is going to be the first thing we look for. Silicon would be the next best bet, but I'm not entirely knowledgeable enough about how abundant silicon is in other galaxies or the universe.

/now I can't decide whether to go read my chemistry book or watch Breaking Bad
 
2009-06-01 06:00:24 PM
I'm changing my name to "Morgan".
 
2009-06-01 06:07:34 PM
lordargent: Get yours, float up to the stars
Planets hits a spot 'bout six blocks east of Mars.
Air soul kicks and crush velvet hats,
hangin off the ave with the beautifulest naps.
Ride in the crest with the blessed, give a yes.
Planets kinda funky, as if you hadn't guessed.


WIN
 
2009-06-01 06:52:40 PM
i279.photobucket.com
Approves.
 
2009-06-01 07:49:15 PM
You gotta do what you feel, do what you feel
 
2009-06-01 07:50:59 PM
karmachameleon: Rickerkioz:

Maybe in popular culture that's the case, but science readily recognizes that there may be other forms of life based on other things. Life need not necessarily be carbon-based.


There isn't one shred of scientific evidence that supports life based upon anything other than carbon and liquid water. Scientists have as much right to believe in whatever metaphysical concepts they want, but there is no scientific knowledge whatsoever of non-carbon based life.
 
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