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2012-08-15 03:03:10 PM
Shiat.
 
2012-08-15 03:03:47 PM
Hah! Nice one subby.
 
2012-08-15 03:04:01 PM
There's a little black spot on the sun today.
 
2012-08-15 03:04:45 PM
i.ytimg.com

I told y'all so
 
2012-08-15 03:06:02 PM
I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid
 
2012-08-15 03:07:27 PM
That's a lot of goo.
 
2012-08-15 03:07:34 PM
Wet spot or it didn't happen
 
2012-08-15 03:08:40 PM
I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.
 
2012-08-15 03:09:15 PM
It's very annoying when the inherent qualities of the universe fark with us in addition to everything else.
 
2012-08-15 03:09:35 PM
Hedgehog approves!
 
2012-08-15 03:09:51 PM
Was it a "3 roper?"
 
2012-08-15 03:10:32 PM
It's gonna take forever to get that out of her hair.
 
2012-08-15 03:10:36 PM
That was a horrible imagine to put in my head, Subby, you magnificent bastard.

/we're all about to get decorated.
 
2012-08-15 03:11:23 PM
i157.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-15 03:11:43 PM
What what?

On July 23,

Uh, OK. Thanks.
 
2012-08-15 03:11:49 PM
we're going to need a bigger tarp

img.photobucket.com


/hot like....
//nah, not going there
 
2012-08-15 03:11:57 PM

phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.


The only possible good to come out of such an event is that maybe the government and utility providers would finally fix the massive problems in the grid after something like this happened.
It should be compartmentalized so that any serious issue should affect as small an area as geographically possible. A squirrel shouldn't be able to take out the entire grid in New England.
 
2012-08-15 03:12:27 PM

ontariolightning: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid


You didn't see Katrina huh?
 
2012-08-15 03:12:56 PM
Since I saw one of those one hour documentary science shows, Coronal Mass Ejections are no laughing matter.

Fark you, cable TV!
 
2012-08-15 03:13:07 PM

phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.


This is what I want
 
2012-08-15 03:13:36 PM
Hehe, PNUS
 
2012-08-15 03:13:40 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: A squirrel shouldn't be able to take out the entire grid in New England.


farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2012-08-15 03:14:40 PM

ontariolightning: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid


Dick.. how will I be able to enjoy that new NBC show Revolution then???
 
2012-08-15 03:15:25 PM

ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want


No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.
 
2012-08-15 03:15:31 PM
That's almost as much PNUS as subby's mom gets in a week.
 
2012-08-15 03:15:43 PM

protectyourlimbs: ontariolightning: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

Dick.. how will I be able to enjoy that new NBC show Revolution then???


Some people just like to watch the world short out.
 
2012-08-15 03:18:27 PM
image.spreadshirt.com
 
2012-08-15 03:19:44 PM

Zik-Zak: [i157.photobucket.com image 624x600]


Nice......

(Bet you $5 that flies over a lot of Farker's heads.)


/waiting for an "I don't get it"
 
2012-08-15 03:20:26 PM

Jake Havechek: ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want

No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.


Life is short, might as well make it interesting. Haven't you ever wanted to experience a hollywood movie, but in real life?
 
2012-08-15 03:21:13 PM

ChipNASA: Zik-Zak: [i157.photobucket.com image 624x600]

Nice......

(Bet you $5 that flies over a lot of Farker's heads.)


/waiting for an "I don't get it"


I Coronal Mass Ejection... =P
Hot!
 
2012-08-15 03:21:33 PM
Science and rule 34? Well done subby, well done.
 
2012-08-15 03:23:18 PM

Jake Havechek: ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want

No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.


personally, I wouldn't want to see that much widespread chaos, however; it would be fun to watch people who live and breathe technology have to go a few hours without being able to update their status or tweet about something they were pondering about. I myself am from the previous generation we didn't have all of this stuff and we somehow managed to get by.

/that generation: no cell phone, three channels, no internet, get off my lawn generation
 
2012-08-15 03:25:58 PM

ontariolightning: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid


You'd have to leave your mom's basement, walk down the block to the corner and shout out your wharrgarbls.
 
2012-08-15 03:27:23 PM
Was NBC's science department on sabbatical? My 3D Sun app pinged me about this jut after it happened on, duh!, 7/23.
 
2012-08-15 03:27:24 PM

Jake Havechek: ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want

No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.


Well, I recall as a youngster getting along just fine without them. Would life be less convenient? Yes. Have I been there before? Yes.

/It's called "camping".
 
2012-08-15 03:27:28 PM

jimmyjackfunk: personally, I wouldn't want to see that much widespread chaos, however; it would be fun to watch people who live and breathe technology have to go a few hours without being able to update their status or tweet about something they were pondering about. I myself am from the previous generation we didn't have all of this stuff and we somehow managed to get by.


A few hours, sure. A few weeks, no.
 
2012-08-15 03:28:17 PM

ChipNASA: Zik-Zak: [i157.photobucket.com image 624x600]

Nice......

(Bet you $5 that flies over a lot of Farker's heads.)


/waiting for an "I don't get it"


don't get it and don't care
 
2012-08-15 03:29:27 PM

dittybopper: Jake Havechek: ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want

No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.

Well, I recall as a youngster getting along just fine without them. Would life be less convenient? Yes. Have I been there before? Yes.

/It's called "camping".


But after you're done camping you come home and have a hot shower, am I right?
 
2012-08-15 03:30:26 PM
Whole office got a good chuckle out of that one subby.
 
2012-08-15 03:30:45 PM

jimmyjackfunk: Jake Havechek: ontariolightning: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

This is what I want

No you don't, unless you live in East farking Bumfark and have no reliance on electricity whatsoever. A lot of our lives come out of the wall outlet, for example, the computer you're using right now.

personally, I wouldn't want to see that much widespread chaos, however; it would be fun to watch people who live and breathe technology have to go a few hours without being able to update their status or tweet about something they were pondering about. I myself am from the previous generation we didn't have all of this stuff and we somehow managed to get by.

/that generation: no cell phone, three channels, no internet, get off my lawn generation


'Survivor' of the '03 blackout here...no, it was not fun and my area was only out for three days. It was hot as hell, though, and I had no food, nor could I get money to buy food. People went crazy over bottled water and buses out of the city (NYC). I stood on my stoop and watch a bus chug up the avenue with people hanging off the sides. The first night, it was pitch black in the streets and all I could hear was screaming and glass breaking. No thank you.
 
2012-08-15 03:31:52 PM

you have pee hands: jimmyjackfunk: personally, I wouldn't want to see that much widespread chaos, however; it would be fun to watch people who live and breathe technology have to go a few hours without being able to update their status or tweet about something they were pondering about. I myself am from the previous generation we didn't have all of this stuff and we somehow managed to get by.

A few hours, sure. A few weeks, no.


A few weeks would be fine too.

I've got alternate means to light the house, so that's not a problem, and I can improvise lighting pretty quickly. Did you know that you can make a very serviceable lamp out of tinfoil and some cotton fiber, and fuel it with vegetable oil or animal fat? Think how nice your house will smell with a bacon grease and butter candle!
 
2012-08-15 03:36:09 PM
Knowing.

(It was on TV last night.)
 
2012-08-15 03:36:52 PM

Jake Havechek: But after you're done camping you come home and have a hot shower, am I right?


I don't *HAVE* to. And besides, I can rig up a hot shower. There are woods around me for fuel, and a sizable river within easy walking distance. I've got some large pots that would hold a goodly amount of hot water, and I've got a hose I can use as a siphon to do the shower. Oh, and it's got this groovy hand-held adjustable shower head on it:

metaefficient.zippykidcdn.com

Next problem?

/This is fun.
 
2012-08-15 03:38:33 PM

dittybopper: I've got a hose I can use as a siphon to do the shower.


I should mention that I live on a hill, and have a two-story house, so I can let gravity do the work (hence the siphon).
 
2012-08-15 03:38:59 PM

phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.


There's nothing like popping a zit to start the healing process.
 
2012-08-15 03:39:09 PM

ontariolightning: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid


Internet tough guy wants to live out his Mad Max fantasies.
 
2012-08-15 03:42:47 PM
If the grid went down because of a coronal mass ejection, hahaha oh man that would the straw that breaks the camel's back in that all of society would come down. No one, other than psychopaths, seriously wants that to happen.

We're talking about large swaths of the country without power for months and depending on the time of year people dying from heat stroke or exposure never mind all the starvation that would occur from people not being able to go to Wal-Mart etc and buy food etc whenever they need it. What do you mean you can't take my Visa card? What do you mean my bank is off line too? How do I buy gas if the pumps don't work or take credit cards? Wait you mean the water pumps that power my sewers aren't working either? Everyone is getting sick from dysentery, typhoid, typhus and on and on. People who need diabetes meds (insulin) kept cold die because their blood sugar goes crazy...

The entire southwest of the United States (everything west of Tulsa to the Pacific ocean) is basically a desert and much of the water people get and depend on comes from powered pumps or powered wells....

Think about how old your local dam is, and how hard it would be to get & replace parts that get fried from an electrical storm. Most dams are using parts built 30-50 years ago if not older. Just to get the replacement parts for the dams would take months now, and who knows how long after large scale societal collapse. This is ignoring how bad it would be to replace all the exposed wires and transformers running along the thousands of miles of road we have in the country.

It would be years before the USA recovered. Hoping for the lights to go out, even half hardheartedly, means you're basically hoping for millions and millions of people to die....
 
2012-08-15 03:43:18 PM

dittybopper: Jake Havechek: But after you're done camping you come home and have a hot shower, am I right?

I don't *HAVE* to. And besides, I can rig up a hot shower. There are woods around me for fuel, and a sizable river within easy walking distance. I've got some large pots that would hold a goodly amount of hot water, and I've got a hose I can use as a siphon to do the shower. Oh, and it's got this groovy hand-held adjustable shower head on it:

[metaefficient.zippykidcdn.com image 420x420]

Next problem?

/This is fun.


You're going to siphon water through a shower head? Do you know how siphoning works?
Also, your pot of hot water needs to be above where the water comes out and the hose.
 
2012-08-15 03:43:55 PM

sweet-daddy-2: ChipNASA: Zik-Zak: [i157.photobucket.com image 624x600]

Nice......

(Bet you $5 that flies over a lot of Farker's heads.)


/waiting for an "I don't get it"

don't get it and don't care


BOO-YAHHHHHH!!!! GOT ONE!!!!

/Please see stonicus' post
//Thanks and please turn in your Nerd Card at the desk.
 
2012-08-15 03:45:54 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: phimuskapsi: I want a massive solar storm to wipe out North Americas power grid

No...you don't. Don't underestimate how tied society is to the grid. It would rapidly devolve to a crazy crazy place if that happened and lasted for any significant amount of time.

The only possible good to come out of such an event is that maybe the government and utility providers would finally fix the massive problems in the grid after something like this happened.
It should be compartmentalized so that any serious issue should affect as small an area as geographically possible. A squirrel shouldn't be able to take out the entire grid in New England.


I had a discussion about this with my father some months back. Apparently there's a chance of this happening within the next four years IIRC, and it would allegedly take something like ten years for them to actually get the grid even partially running again.
I think it's at least possible that this could be a good thing for society, or at least for America. People could come together out of mutual necessity (food production, protection, etc.) and we could collectively remember what's really important in life- things like family, friends, and community. All the trivial things that people waste their lives on like celebrity culture, fashion, and most of the increasingly ridiculous reality show that we call modern politics would disappear overnight since they would be absolutely useless. We would probably forget about trying to police private morality as well, since it would be impossible to justify using limited resources on trying to stop gay people from getting married or to prevent recreational drug use. We need a good hard reminder of what's really important, and we've forgotten those things so completely that I think it would take something of this scale to really drive the point home.

/My Dad thinks society would end in a giant race war
//He's really old
 
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