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(Boing Boing)   Theoretical physicist looks into the possibility of the nightmare corpse-city of R'lyeh. Mark my words, this will not end well   (boingboing.net) divider line 20
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2012-11-01 09:50:23 AM
SCIENCE!

*fap*fap*fap*

stop looking at me like that....
 
2012-11-01 10:24:03 AM
This will end in madness.

/and not the 80s rock band
 
2012-11-01 10:37:30 AM
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
 
2012-11-01 10:37:57 AM
Soon...
 
2012-11-01 11:34:50 AM
Heh, that reminds me of the story about a professor asking his class to write an essay on whether Hell was exothermic or endothermic:

Dr. Schambaugh, of the University of Oklahoma School of Chemical Engineering, Final Exam question for May of 1997. Dr. Schambaugh is known for asking questions such as, "why do airplanes fly?" on his final exams. His one and only final exam question in May 1997 for his Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer II class was: "Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with proof."

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:

"First, We postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave.

Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for souls entering hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.

Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant. Two options exist:

If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.
If hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.
So which is it? If we accept the quote given to me by Theresa Manyan during Freshman year, "that it will be a cold night in hell before I sleep with you" and take into account the fact that I still have NOT succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic."

The student, Tim Graham, got the only A.
 
2012-11-01 11:52:15 AM

Weaver95: SCIENCE!

*fap*fap*fap*

stop looking at me like that....


Where's the Not-A-Hooker when we need her?
 
2012-11-01 01:04:36 PM
I didnt notice a mention of anything Lovecraft-ish. However, warp drives and cloaking devices were mentioned.


/what does Cthulhu need with a Romulan Warbird?
 
2012-11-01 01:06:20 PM
O'rlyeh?
 
2012-11-01 01:27:47 PM
lolthulhu.com


SirTanon beat me to it, but it's obligatory anyway, dammit.

/hot

 
2012-11-01 01:51:39 PM

Sultan Of Herf: I didnt notice a mention of anything Lovecraft-ish. However, warp drives and cloaking devices were mentioned.


/what does Cthulhu need with a Romulan Warbird?


So you haven't read The Call of Cthulhu, I take it?
 
2012-11-01 02:50:59 PM
Well, this little essay would explain why the Lovecraftian descriptions of "non-Euclidean geometry" don't wig me out--then again, I also tend to find things like tesseracts and space-time curvature stuffle to be neat :D

(And interestingly, the descriptions of R'lyeh in the paper remind me a lot of what I've seen of descriptions of space-time disruptions in or near the event horizon of a black hole--especially the stuff with horizon disruptions, etc. as opposed to "flat" space-time. :D Yes, this is actually a somewhat sound (if speculative) paper based on stuff people who deal with non-Euclidean geometry on a daily basis theorise. :D)
 
2012-11-01 03:02:43 PM

Sultan Of Herf: I didnt notice a mention of anything Lovecraft-ish. However, warp drives and cloaking devices were mentioned.


/what does Cthulhu need with a Romulan Warbird?


The Gustaf Johansen is the author of the manuscript that is embedded in The Call of Cthulhu....
 
2012-11-01 03:11:54 PM
I think it's more interesting that there's a modern theoretical basis for crap that Lovecraft dreamed up.
 
2012-11-01 03:18:19 PM

pag1107: I think it's more interesting that there's a modern theoretical basis for crap that Lovecraft dreamed up.


Lovecraft didn't just pull stuff out of his ass. His cosmic horror works (except the dream quests) are very much a reaction to the "dehumanizing" sciences he was a contemporary to. Azazoth, for instance, the nuclear terror, is his version of a secular scientific conception of capital G God.
 
2012-11-01 03:19:03 PM

PonceAlyosha: pag1107: I think it's more interesting that there's a modern theoretical basis for crap that Lovecraft dreamed up.

Lovecraft didn't just pull stuff out of his ass. His cosmic horror works (except the dream quests) are very much a reaction to the "dehumanizing" sciences he was a contemporary to. Azazoth, for instance, the nuclear terror, is his version of a secular scientific conception of capital G God.


Azazoth is the nuclear sultan, not terror, excuse me.
 
2012-11-01 04:26:55 PM

SirTanon: O'rlyeh?


Ia! Rl'yeh
 
2012-11-01 04:43:30 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-01 05:27:43 PM
UGH! Why are you bothering to use LaTeX if you are going to override the default margins and set them to 1/2 inch on each side and making the text all stretched out and hard to read?
 
2012-11-02 05:57:03 AM
Should I start screaming now or wait for the 3D rendering?
 
2012-11-02 09:37:25 AM

Tax Boy: UGH! Why are you bothering to use LaTeX if you are going to override the default margins and set them to 1/2 inch on each side and making the text all stretched out and hard to read?


It's a paper about non-standard geometry and the resulting madness. It's formatted that way to demonstrate the concept.

Jokes aside, the PDF I viewed looked like it had the standard LaTeX settings. Where's the one you were reading?
 
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