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(LA Times)   Massive asteroid to pass close to earth on May 31st. By "close" they mean 3.6 million miles. To put that in FARKspeak, that's 63,333,000 times shorter than the distance the Millennium Falcon travels in 12 parsecs   (latimes.com ) divider line
    More: Scary, Earth, parsecs, Goldstone, asteroids, Amy Mainzer, asteroid belt, Deep Space Network, Jet Propulsion Laboratory  
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2013-05-17 05:12:34 PM  
so like a foot ball field
i don't watch football
i just know that's its BIG!!
 
2013-05-17 05:16:43 PM  
No...it's 1.7 miles long...
 
2013-05-17 08:02:27 PM  
when nbc's Brian Williams reported this event tonight he said that we should stock up on can goods.

?
 
2013-05-17 09:17:39 PM  

snuffy: when nbc's Brian Williams reported this event tonight he said that we should stock up on can goods.

?


it's going to be a long nuclear winter

blogs.houstonpress.com
 
2013-05-17 09:31:20 PM  
stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.
 
2013-05-17 10:05:11 PM  

Girion47: stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.


Who are we supposed to believe? You or George Lucas?
 
2013-05-17 10:07:40 PM  
Dark sticky goo you say?

www.blastr.com

/Hot, like Tasha
 
2013-05-17 10:09:49 PM  
preperation h, asteroid strength
 
2013-05-17 10:26:41 PM  
That's only 4% of the distance between the earth and the sun.

On the other hand, the moon is only 7% as close to Earth as the asteroid's nearest approach.

So now I'm really frightened that the moon is going to collide with Earth.
 
2013-05-17 10:27:28 PM  

TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha


Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?
 
2013-05-17 11:12:41 PM  

Girion47: stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.


Hey dippy...I KNOW that!  And if you do the math you'll find that I did express this as a measure of distance and not time.  A parsec is roughly 19 trillion miles.  Divide that by 3,600,000 and multiply by 12.
 
2013-05-18 12:00:43 AM  
End it all. I care not video could use the rest.
 
2013-05-18 12:37:00 AM  

johnny_vegas: [blogs.houstonpress.com image 500x500]


Ok, now I know that can't be an American product, and not just because Spotted Dick is British. The can says it's microwaveable. Any halfway intelligent lifeform knows that means that the food inside is microwaveable, but all it takes is one moron to microwave the sealed can and sue for a bazillion dollars to change that label.
 
2013-05-18 12:57:41 AM  
It's all fun and games until someone gets a continent poked out...
 
2013-05-18 01:33:38 AM  

Stone Meadow: Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?


I have no idea. I just know that she didn't age as well as the rest of the cast, much like Kes on Voyager. Most of those women were hot well into their 50s. Even B'Elanna was on an episode of The Closer and she was still pretty. But Denise Crosby and the Jennifer Lein didn't do so well :( and Jennifer Lein is only 39
 
2013-05-18 02:29:01 AM  

jonjr215: Girion47: stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.

Hey dippy...I KNOW that!  And if you do the math you'll find that I did express this as a measure of distance and not time.  A parsec is roughly 19 trillion miles.  Divide that by 3,600,000 and multiply by 12.


Does that AT&T ad where the kids are discussing "the biggest number they can think of" chap anyone else's ass?

INFINITY IS A CONCEPT, NOT A VALUE OR A NUMBER.

GAAAAHHHH

/it was one of the ads on during the indiana jones marathon
 
2013-05-18 03:05:11 AM  

Stone Meadow: TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha

Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?


I thought it was because they were pissed that she did playboy...shrug
 
2013-05-18 03:22:19 AM  

grinding_journalist: jonjr215: Girion47: stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.

Hey dippy...I KNOW that!  And if you do the math you'll find that I did express this as a measure of distance and not time.  A parsec is roughly 19 trillion miles.  Divide that by 3,600,000 and multiply by 12.

Does that AT&T ad where the kids are discussing "the biggest number they can think of" chap anyone else's ass?

INFINITY IS A CONCEPT, NOT A VALUE OR A NUMBER.

GAAAAHHHH

/it was one of the ads on during the indiana jones marathon



I agree, that sort of thing might be amusing if it were just riffing on that thing little kids do where they try to top each other making up big numbers and saying stuff like "zillion" and "infinity plus one," but as footage of an actual mathematics lesson it is INFURIATING. What's next, talking animals?
 
2013-05-18 05:47:50 AM  

Stone Meadow: Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?


By all accounts that I ever heard, she quit for her film career.

Guess she didn't want to be typecast or stuck on some backwater goofy sci-fi show that wouldn't make her any money or name recognition.
 
2013-05-18 06:18:09 AM  

grinding_journalist: INFINITY IS A CONCEPT, NOT A VALUE OR A NUMBER.

GAAAAHHHH


Well, you can treat it as an arbitrarily large number when doing calculations, to see how an equation will behave. For example, e^-infinity = 0. Even though it's not a number, it certainly works like one in that equation.

Once you get into set theory, infinity has its own set of rules, and you can have one infinity "larger" than another. I never got that far though.
 
2013-05-18 08:08:42 AM  

TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha


Tasha was never hot. It was always just your pent-up nerd hormones getting in the way.
 
2013-05-18 08:08:56 AM  
I'm not sure who come up with it but the best rationalization is that it was a measure of acceleration, that "doing the Kessel Run" meant accelerating to a certain speed and they see what distance it takes to get to that speed. It would be similar to measuring 0-60 times in a car.

It was a better explanation than the official one, like how Cracked had a better explanation for Stormtrooper Aim then the official one.
 
2013-05-18 08:12:46 AM  
Actually, it is a lot more than the distance Millennium Falcon and all its replicas have ever traveled.
 
2013-05-18 08:15:23 AM  

Stone Meadow: TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha

Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?


I have no idea where you came up with that. It was typical actor ego - she thought she was bigger than the role, that she could do other stuff in a starting role, and left. She did since acting after that, having a major role in the show Key West and was even in a Quentin Tarantino movie end a couple episodes of soft-core cable porn.
 
2013-05-18 09:48:56 AM  

meanmutton: Stone Meadow: TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha

Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?

I have no idea where you came up with that. It was typical actor ego - she thought she was bigger than the role, that she could do other stuff in a starting role, and left. She did since acting after that, having a major role in the show Key West and was even in a Quentin Tarantino movie end a couple episodes of soft-core cable porn.


I thought she was only in one episode of Dexter (Angel of death, his first victim), did she have different characters?
 
2013-05-18 11:42:07 AM  

meanmutton: Stone Meadow: TommyDeuce: Dark sticky goo you say?

[www.blastr.com image 300x385]

/Hot, like Tasha

Didn't she marry some Mormon who wanted her to stay home to make babbies or something, which is why they killed her off in the series?

I have no idea where you came up with that. It was typical actor ego - she thought she was bigger than the role, that she could do other stuff in a starting role, and left. She did since acting after that, having a major role in the show Key West and was even in a Quentin Tarantino movie end a couple episodes of soft-core cable porn.


Yeah, it was just a dim memory. Possibly fanzine speculation from the era (I was a pretty dedicated Trek viewer at the time). In fact, I couldn't even remember her name...had to google her as "Tasha Star Trek" to find her name and read her wiki page. Sorry about that.
 
2013-05-18 12:36:08 PM  

meanmutton: I'm not sure who come up with it but the best rationalization is that it was a measure of acceleration, that "doing the Kessel Run" meant accelerating to a certain speed and they see what distance it takes to get to that speed. It would be similar to measuring 0-60 times in a car.

It was a better explanation than the official one, like how Cracked had a better explanation for Stormtrooper Aim then the official one.


The official one being the black holes of the Maw (where Kessel is located near) bent spacetime, thus making the "distance" shorter the closer you traveled by the black holes?  Thus, if you were more dangerous in your flightpath, you would go a shorter distance and make the run faster.

That one?
 
2013-05-18 01:24:47 PM  

Vercengetorix: meanmutton: I'm not sure who come up with it but the best rationalization is that it was a measure of acceleration, that "doing the Kessel Run" meant accelerating to a certain speed and they see what distance it takes to get to that speed. It would be similar to measuring 0-60 times in a car.

It was a better explanation than the official one, like how Cracked had a better explanation for Stormtrooper Aim then the official one.

The official one being the black holes of the Maw (where Kessel is located near) bent spacetime, thus making the "distance" shorter the closer you traveled by the black holes?  Thus, if you were more dangerous in your flightpath, you would go a shorter distance and make the run faster.

That one?


The way I explained storm trooper aim was that their sunglasses were too dark. They did pretty well in brightplaces(snow blinded glacier, sun baked desert, well lit good guys space ship), but in dark places(dimly lit death star, shadowy forest) they couldn't hit the ground.

But the parsec thing? Supposedly it was han solo bsing what he believed to be a couple of hicks and kenobi was supposed to look at him like he was an idiot
 
2013-05-18 02:27:54 PM  
Something cannot be 1+ times shorter than something else...
 
2013-05-18 03:47:13 PM  

Girion47: stupid subby, a parsec is a measure of distance.


--- Came to say this.
But hey, subby is just quoting the stupid script writer.
 
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