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(Daily Dot)   What happens when you let rocket scientists hold a pumpkin carving contest? Magic and laughs   (dailydot.com) divider line 35
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2013-11-02 10:13:19 AM  
That was amazing. Chestburster pumpkin +1
 
2013-11-02 11:08:31 AM  
Awesome, that raises the bar quite a few notches.
 
2013-11-02 11:11:39 AM  
That was cool, good find subby.
 
2013-11-02 11:36:30 AM  
It sure is getting dusty in here.
 
2013-11-02 11:47:54 AM  
That was all pretty awesome stuff, thanks for sharing it with us subby.
 
2013-11-02 11:54:38 AM  
I was hoping for a multi-stage pumpkin-rocket which could put an manned gourd in orbit.  We can't let the Chinese win the space-pumpkin race can we?
 
2013-11-02 11:56:27 AM  
I was expecting a lot more. Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-11-02 11:56:55 AM  
(puts away blunt paring knife)

Bravo!
 
2013-11-02 12:00:17 PM  
Wow, neat stuff.

Does anyone know if you can put electrodes of disimilar metal in pumpkins and get electricity the same way you can with potatoes or citrus fruit?  If you can, that would make for an awesome self-powered lighted pumpkin display!
 
2013-11-02 12:01:22 PM  
Awesome.
 
2013-11-02 12:02:31 PM  
I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.

Yet we've elevated the Rocket Scientist to this myth-like status. Rockets aren't even all that useful and they're really really expensive. Ah, whatever. USA! USA! USA!
 
2013-11-02 12:09:15 PM  

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist."


For one, they're typically engineers, not scientists.
 
2013-11-02 12:09:44 PM  

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.

Yet we've elevated the Rocket Scientist to this myth-like status. Rockets aren't even all that useful and they're really really expensive. Ah, whatever. USA! USA! USA!


I acknowledge your criticism, but after watching that video, will ignore it until you build me a self propelling pumpkin TIE fighter.

But seriously, that was bloody awesome.
 
2013-11-02 12:10:28 PM  

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.

Yet we've elevated the Rocket Scientist to this myth-like status. Rockets aren't even all that useful and they're really really expensive. Ah, whatever. USA! USA! USA!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNPmhBl-8I
 
2013-11-02 12:11:52 PM  
P.S.

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist."  First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated,


Yeah, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure them out.

But seriously, if you look at the history of "rocket science", it was once considered a great technological challenge, and was wrapped up in the intellectual prestige of space race (not to mention military supremacy in the Cold War).
 
2013-11-02 12:13:20 PM  

Ambitwistor: casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist."

For one, they're typically engineers, not scientists.


You're right. They stopped at the Master's level. Scientists usually have PhD.

Also, JPL is like 99% contractors, so you can't even really call those people NASA.
 
2013-11-02 12:16:18 PM  
Man, and I was so proud of the Supernatural tattoo I carved with a Ryobi drill...
 
2013-11-02 12:17:42 PM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Wow, neat stuff.

Does anyone know if you can put electrodes of disimilar metal in pumpkins and get electricity the same way you can with potatoes or citrus fruit?  If you can, that would make for an awesome self-powered lighted pumpkin display!


My pumpkin carving kit alluded to pumpkin-powered lights but it seems that it only uses the pumpkin to complete the circuit.
 
2013-11-02 12:21:14 PM  

casual disregard: rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated


Usain Bolt without his legs isn't a terribly fast runner.
 
2013-11-02 12:23:05 PM  
Went in looking for some ignorant teabagger commenting about wasted taxpayer money, wasn't dissappointed.
 
2013-11-02 12:26:14 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Went in looking for some ignorant teabagger commenting about wasted taxpayer money, wasn't dissappointed.


this
 
2013-11-02 12:26:52 PM  

jaytkay: casual disregard: rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated

Usain Bolt without his legs isn't a terribly fast runner.


That might just be the worst analogy I have ever seen in my entire life. I'd vote it for Worst FARK Analogy 2014, but you blew your wad in November.

Still, that's very impressive. I suppose next you'll trot out the Usain Bolt Leg Scientists to support it, but that's how FARK goes, I'm afraid. It goes that way.
 
2013-11-02 12:43:14 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Went in looking for some ignorant teabagger commenting about wasted taxpayer money, wasn't dissappointed.


2 comments. 2 comments, and one of them has to be a derpbagger derping his herpaderp.
 
2013-11-02 12:56:55 PM  

CthulhuCalling: Don't Troll Me Bro!: Went in looking for some ignorant teabagger commenting about wasted taxpayer money, wasn't dissappointed.

2 comments. 2 comments, and one of them has to be a derpbagger derping his herpaderp.


I don't think these people understand that even in government jobs you need to keep employees happy enough to stick around and be productive.  Engineers that do things like aerospace life support systems aren't exactly the kind of people you replace by calling the local temp-labor agency and have a new one up to speed and fully functional the next day.  Turnover is a biatch.

They also don't understand that part of what organizations like NASA do is inspire children to get involved in the sciences.  This type of thing is great for that because kids can relate to it.
 
2013-11-02 01:15:55 PM  

Ambitwistor: P.S.

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist."  First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated,

Yeah, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure them out.

But seriously, if you look at the history of "rocket science", it was once considered a great technological challenge, and was wrapped up in the intellectual prestige of space race (not to mention military supremacy in the Cold War).


No, not really brain surgery at all.  After all, most humans will never need a brain surgeon, and brain surgery has done very little to advance the overall technological capabilities of the planet.

Rocket science, on the other hand....
 
2013-11-02 01:16:20 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: CthulhuCalling: Don't Troll Me Bro!: Went in looking for some ignorant teabagger commenting about wasted taxpayer money, wasn't dissappointed.

2 comments. 2 comments, and one of them has to be a derpbagger derping his herpaderp.

I don't think these people understand that even in government jobs you need to keep employees happy enough to stick around and be productive.  Engineers that do things like aerospace life support systems aren't exactly the kind of people you replace by calling the local temp-labor agency and have a new one up to speed and fully functional the next day.  Turnover is a biatch.

They also don't understand that part of what organizations like NASA do is inspire children to get involved in the sciences.  This type of thing is great for that because kids can relate to it.


I have several friends of a particular political leaning. They honestly believe that government employees are massively overpaid and do nothing all day long. They also believe that government service should be its own reward and that if you're in it for the money, you should be working at a private corporation (their heads explode when I tell them that a lot of government work is farmed out to contractors. Division by zero and all that).
 
2013-11-02 01:34:33 PM  
The article starts with "conservatives are battling to slash the agency's funding", which links to an article about conservatives trying to cut the NSA's funding. That's some mighty fine reporting there, Lou.
 
2013-11-02 02:22:23 PM  

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.

Yet we've elevated the Rocket Scientist to this myth-like status. Rockets aren't even all that useful and they're really really expensive. Ah, whatever. USA! USA! USA!


Uh... anything minus its components isn't terribly complicated.

/For instance, you're missing all the parts of a complaint.
 
2013-11-02 03:08:01 PM  
My pumpkin from last year
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I showed a picture to a co-worker, she says "Cool, but how did you get the baby in there?"
*facepalm*

/not as cool as their stuff though
 
2013-11-02 03:59:49 PM  
Cool!
 
2013-11-02 04:52:34 PM  

casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.


Bottle rockets aren't complicated. But I'd like to see your design for a 55,000 horsepower, gas-generator cycle, cryogenic turbopump, please. Size and mass need to be less than a mid-size automobile, and it needs to go from a standing start to full power in 3 seconds. During those 3 seconds, the pump's temperature will move from -300F to 1,500F on one end, while the other will remain at -300F, so your design will need to accommodate all that thermal expansion without any change in efficiency that could cause the engine to "pogo". Oh, and LOX explodes on contact with anything organic, so pick your seals, lubricants and manufacturing techniques carefully. A single fingerprint left on a turbine blade and KABOOM!

When you're done with that design, we'll talk about injectors.
 
2013-11-02 05:22:17 PM  

Beowoolfie: casual disregard: I've long had a problem with the term "rocket scientist." First of all, rockets minus their components aren't all that terribly complicated, and second the scientists working on rockets tend to specialized on other things such as materials, aerodynamics, guidance, electronics, etc.

Bottle rockets aren't complicated. But I'd like to see your design for a 55,000 horsepower, gas-generator cycle, cryogenic turbopump, please. Size and mass need to be less than a mid-size automobile, and it needs to go from a standing start to full power in 3 seconds. During those 3 seconds, the pump's temperature will move from -300F to 1,500F on one end, while the other will remain at -300F, so your design will need to accommodate all that thermal expansion without any change in efficiency that could cause the engine to "pogo". Oh, and LOX explodes on contact with anything organic, so pick your seals, lubricants and manufacturing techniques carefully. A single fingerprint left on a turbine blade and KABOOM!

When you're done with that design, we'll talk about injectors.


EZ PZ.
 
2013-11-02 10:03:15 PM  
blogs.ocweekly.com
 
2013-11-03 03:25:42 AM  
I'm amazed there is no GOP derp about how this is a "waste of taxpayer dollars" yet. Considering a fun video assembled by the IRS was blasted, I can only assume it's just a matter of time.
 
2013-11-03 10:21:02 AM  

Meliorist: The article starts with "conservatives are battling to slash the agency's funding", which links to an article about conservatives trying to cut the NSA's funding. That's some mighty fine reporting there, Lou.


Okay, so there's an "A" missing from the agency label in question. At least they closed the gap between the "N" and the "S". If they had left a space for the missing letter it would be an "A" hole. And from what I hear, the NSA is full of "A" holes.
 
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