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2012-09-26 05:31:54 PM
All you need to do is follow the worms...
 
2012-09-26 05:49:27 PM
That was surprisingly cool. I wish the subtitle of the video hadn't given it away, but it was still cool.
 
2012-09-26 07:13:07 PM
It makes perfect sense when you think about it, but I wouldn't have expected that to happen.

Interesting that there is always one problematic component.
 
2012-09-26 09:13:03 PM
I bet it's the same thing that happened last time
 
2012-09-26 09:15:06 PM
I synced the audio up with the Wizard of Oz and nothing happened. Guess I need another bong hit.
 
2012-09-26 09:17:50 PM
They're so cute!

Seriously though, I remember reading something about some physicist observing the same phenomenon with pendulum clocks on a wall, and something about tidal lock. Don't remember what it was though.
 
2012-09-26 09:29:40 PM
9gag beat you to it.
 
2012-09-26 09:51:22 PM

serial_crusher: I synced the audio up with the Wizard of Oz and nothing happened. Guess I need another bong hit.


Now I keep thinking about marching metronomes saying "O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah!"
 
2012-09-26 10:15:58 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-26 10:28:41 PM
It's like high school all over again
 
2012-09-26 10:30:32 PM

fusillade762: [img.photobucket.com image 640x201]


1968
 
2012-09-26 10:34:35 PM
This explains drummers.
 
2012-09-26 11:02:14 PM
So why does this happen?
 
2012-09-26 11:08:50 PM
Just sent that to all my OCD friends.

Between the metronomes,and the colors... they will watch it all night
 
2012-09-26 11:41:02 PM

TheOnion: So why does this happen?


because you touch yourself too much.
 
2012-09-27 12:24:55 AM
Second row, Pinky on the right. He really tried to be an individual, but the pull of the crowd was eventually just too strong. He fell into line.

We'll miss you, Pinky, and you're maverick spirit.
 
2012-09-27 12:33:49 AM
farking resonance, this is how it works.
 
2012-09-27 12:56:40 AM
espn.go.com
 
2012-09-27 12:57:14 AM

TheOnion: So why does this happen?


Explanation
 
2012-09-27 12:57:57 AM
Put a bunch of women together long enough, they'll do the same thing, only it won't be so cute...
 
2012-09-27 01:38:47 AM
Second from front, far left.

"What is your major malfunction? I swear the best part of you ran down your mother's leg! Get your shiat together before I come over there, ram my cock down your throat and fark some sense into your head! Do you hear me son or are your ears plugged with shiat from having your head up your own ass?" would have said my GMT drill instructor.
 
2012-09-27 01:44:00 AM
Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.
 
2012-09-27 02:02:26 AM
Can't wait for some drunken Aussie to try this with 32 monotremes.
 
2012-09-27 02:03:17 AM
assets.diylol.com
 
2012-09-27 02:06:37 AM

dickfreckle: [espn.go.com image 600x400]


In Wellington there is a stadium, which the locals have dubbed the "Cake Tin".

I'm hoping the stadium you pictured is called the "T.V. Dinner".
 
2012-09-27 02:21:23 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_%281940%29
 
2012-09-27 02:24:07 AM

0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.


Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic
 
2012-09-27 02:54:06 AM
itsmagicnj.com

And by magic, feedback in a closed system. Because the flexible base allows transfer of motion, a small feedback loop is introduced that dampens any motion outside of the average frequency.
 
2012-09-27 02:54:55 AM

untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic


Which is more logical:

Everything came from nothing caused by something. (Theism)

or

Everything came from something caused by nothing. (Atheism)

or

Something came from something caused by something. (Agnosticism)

Philosophy isn't hard, folks.
 
2012-09-27 02:58:27 AM

untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic


Exactly. Why would God go to the trouble of defining the laws of the universe just to disregard them?

Speaking of using science as an arguement for/against the existance of supernatural phomonema: It makes sense that an area tradionally get cold before a spirit manifests in the material world. The energy for the light show and sound effects has to come from somewhere.
 
2012-09-27 03:03:53 AM

Jedekai: untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic

Which is more logical:

Everything came from nothing caused by something. (Theism)

or

Everything came from something caused by nothing. (Atheism)

or

Something came from something caused by something. (Agnosticism)

Philosophy isn't hard, folks.


Also, the meaning of life:

Theism: We live to serve God and obey Him.

Atheism: Life is pointless; a fluke of chemistry with no purpose or function beyond self-propagation. Human achievement is ultimately meaningless, our legacy being how many species we took with us. We will persist in a doomed universe until we are either wiped out (likely) or our universe experiences heat-death.

Agnostic: I like bacon; bacon is good.
 
2012-09-27 03:26:35 AM

TheOnion: So why does this happen?


Resonance.

The metronomes are all started randomly, but it's not truly random. There will be one frequency component that is stronger than the others (more metronomes in sync than some of the others) which will push the surface in that direction, which in return reinforces that synchronization and at the same time tend to push the other metronomes in the same direction.
 
2012-09-27 03:26:43 AM

Shadow Blasko: Just sent that to all my OCD friends.

Between the metronomes,and the colors... they will watch it all night


I know I've been watching it for the last hour. Although, I think I would have arranged the colors symmetrically.

It's interesting the way the synchronization starts in the back left corner, spreads to the right, and then back toward the left along the front. Also cool is that one on the far right that got caught up in a metastable opposing state, until all the rest of them got good and synchronized and gave it the bump it needed to get it in line.

/not a physics geek
//staring
 
2012-09-27 03:28:50 AM

Jedekai: untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic

Which is more logical:

Everything came from nothing caused by something. (Theism)

or

Everything came from something caused by nothing. (Atheism)

or

Something came from something caused by something. (Agnosticism)

Philosophy isn't hard, folks.


Are you using "logical" as a substitute for "likely"? Because otherwise, it doesn't really make sense to apply regular logic to theological discussions - that's why they added the prefix "theo" in the first place. But, since you asked, I believe it's more logical that everything we see was caused by something else, since that is how observable reality works in every measurable respect. Nothing "just happens" in our universe - there is always a cause, although it may not be known, identified, or understood. However, in the absence of reliable information on the subject, I'll subscribe to the agnostic position, because although I don't think it's the most logical position (being a cop-out of epic proportions), it IS the most honest position, at least until additional information is discovered or provided.
 
2012-09-27 03:33:30 AM

Lukeonia1: Shadow Blasko: Just sent that to all my OCD friends.

Between the metronomes,and the colors... they will watch it all night

I know I've been watching it for the last hour. Although, I think I would have arranged the colors symmetrically.

It's interesting the way the synchronization starts in the back left corner, spreads to the right, and then back toward the left along the front. Also cool is that one on the far right that got caught up in a metastable opposing state, until all the rest of them got good and synchronized and gave it the bump it needed to get it in line.

/not a physics geek
//staring


I may or may not have timed the avg rate of synchronization for each column and row... ;)
 
2012-09-27 03:36:14 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: The metronomes are all started randomly, but it's not truly random.


Could be truly random. Doesn't matter if it is though. In fact, the only way to prevent it is to have the momentum of all the pendulums equals 0 at all times, which takes a calculated and controlled start with metronome timing being 100% identical

There is no way to get the timing of the metronomes 100% identical. At some point, there will be a greater push in one direction, even with a perfect start with 0 net momentum.

Order resulting from chaos.
 
2012-09-27 03:38:53 AM

impaler: At some point, there will be a greater push in one direction, even with a perfect start with 0 net momentum


Should have added: "even if there is a theoretical perfect start, it is as impossible to do in reality as 100% identical timing."
 
2012-09-27 03:39:08 AM

Jedekai: untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic

Which is more logical:

Everything came from nothing caused by something. (Theism)

or

Everything came from something caused by nothing. (Atheism)

or

Something came from something caused by something. (Agnosticism)

Philosophy isn't hard, folks.


Should agnosticism be Something may have come from something that may or may not have been caused by something that may or may not exist.
 
2012-09-27 03:44:14 AM

LazarusLong42: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_Narrows_Bridge_%281940%29


FALSE.

Resonance did not cause the Tacoma Narrows disaster. Aeroelastic Flutter was the term you were looking for.

So sorry.
 
2012-09-27 03:48:11 AM
That's entrainment!
 
2012-09-27 03:53:21 AM

nmemkha: Also, the meaning of life:
Atheism: Life is pointless; a fluke of chemistry with no purpose or function beyond self-propagation. Human achievement is ultimately meaningless, our legacy being how many species we took with us. We will persist in a doomed universe until we are either wiped out (likely) or our universe experiences heat-death.


Oh, look. He thinks he's making a point.

How's this: There is no ultimate meaning of "life" other than the propagation of your species. This does not mean, however, that there is no meaning to your life. As a member of a species that has the ability to reason, an ability that is almost unique on this planet, you have the ability to choose what meaning you want your life to have. Want to help the poor? Go ahead. Want to be a rock star and bang every chick in sight? Do it. Want to cure cancer? Have at it. Want to spend your life playing video games and pigging out on junk food as you slowly merge with your couch? Knock yourself out. But here's the catch: you have to decide for yourself what your purpose is, what meaning you want out of this. No one else can do it for you. Not your parents. Not your government. Not your imaginary friend. Only you.

(What kind of egomaniac thinks that God gave humans a grand purpose and made all other life with no purpose than to server us?)
 
2012-09-27 03:55:11 AM

Jedekai: untaken_name: 0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.

Er, if there is a creator, wouldn't that creator be responsible for the laws of physics? I mean, how would order arising from a divinely-designed system of laws be order without divine direction?

/That's why you can't really win that argument with logic

Which is more logical:

Everything came from nothing caused by something. (Theism)
or
Everything came from something caused by nothing. (Atheism)
or
Something came from something caused by something. (Agnosticism)


Er, no.
Theism: God dun it.
Atheism: We're still working on it
Agnosticism: I won't make up my mind and you can't make me.
 
2012-09-27 03:58:32 AM

Ed Grubermann: (What kind of egomaniac thinks that God gave humans a grand purpose and made all other life with no purpose than to server us?)


A religious egomaniac? Although from my (admittedly layperson) studies, I'm pretty sure the purpose of all life as described by the two largest religions (Islam and Catholicism) is that all life exists to serve the creator guy. The only thing different between humans and other forms of life is the choice of whether to serve or not...not whether one is supposed to serve.
 
2012-09-27 03:58:59 AM

0Icky0: Something to show your creationist uncle who imagines that order cannot arise without divine direction.


9.5/10

If not for the MNF football threadshiatters, you might be up for troll of the week.
 
2012-09-27 04:08:33 AM

Lukeonia1: Shadow Blasko: Just sent that to all my OCD friends.

Between the metronomes,and the colors... they will watch it all night

I know I've been watching it for the last hour. Although, I think I would have arranged the colors symmetrically.

It's interesting the way the synchronization starts in the back left corner, spreads to the right, and then back toward the left along the front. Also cool is that one on the far right that got caught up in a metastable opposing state, until all the rest of them got good and synchronized and gave it the bump it needed to get it in line.

/not a physics geek
//staring


Here is another one...
 
2012-09-27 04:10:03 AM

President Merkin Muffley: Resonance did not cause the Tacoma Narrows disaster. Aeroelastic Flutter was the term you were looking for.


Aeroelastic flutter is a form of resonance. A positive feedback mechanism reinforces the motion at the natural resonance frequency for the fluttering element (wing/tail/bridge). Watch the bridge again, the amplitude continually increases until it catastrophically fails, while the frequency remains consistent. That's resonance.
 
2012-09-27 04:48:34 AM

Shadow Blasko: Here is another one...


You can tell that one in the front row wasn't quite set to the right tempo. It's clearly struggling to keep up.

I need to find out where these people are, so that I can donate some money to the noble cause of buying them more little metronomes. I sense a great deal of value in the study of the rates and patterns of this sort of synchronization. Plus I just wanna see them try this with about 100 metronomes.

Oh, and I consider myself a militant agnostic: I don't know, and neither do you.
 
2012-09-27 04:49:01 AM

nmemkha: [itsmagicnj.com image 425x210]

And by magic, feedback in a closed system. Because the flexible base allows transfer of motion, a small feedback loop is introduced that dampens any motion outside of the average frequency.


This is the only thing that made sense so far.
 
2012-09-27 04:51:23 AM

Lukeonia1: Oh, and I consider myself a militant agnostic: I don't know, and neither do you.


Hey! Thats on my FB... has been for years. Excellent!
 
2012-09-27 05:02:15 AM

some_beer_drinker: TheOnion: So why does this happen?

because you touch yourself too much.


Are you drinking beer and listening to the Divinyls? Because I'd really like to think you're drunk, blaring that song, and responding to any question with that answer.

Ghastly: Second from front, far left.

"What is your major malfunction? I swear the best part of you ran down your mother's leg! Get your shiat together before I come over there, ram my cock down your throat and fark some sense into your head! Do you hear me son or are your ears plugged with shiat from having your head up your own ass?" would have said my GMT drill instructor.


Wild guess-- you aren't very good at giving driving directions.
 
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