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(SFGate)   Asteroids are now measured in Salesforce buildings. Also, one will fly relatively close to Earth on Tuesday   (sfgate.com) divider line
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454 clicks; posted to STEM » on 17 Jan 2022 at 8:05 PM (23 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-17 5:53:03 PM  
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2022-01-17 5:54:25 PM  
I know 3400 feet is a little over half a nautical mile, but what the fark is a Salesforce building?
 
2022-01-17 7:37:02 PM  
What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day
 
2022-01-17 8:11:57 PM  

cretinbob: what the fark is a Salesforce building?


Twenty bucks, just like in town.
 
2022-01-17 8:15:55 PM  
Rhode Island has a Superman Building.  Journalists screwed the pooch once again.
 
2022-01-17 8:22:55 PM  

phalamir: What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day


The worst part is the imminent crash as that massive death orb you mention is constantly crashing towards us. It's terrifying.
 
2022-01-17 8:44:20 PM  

Ishkur: [starecat.com image 582x551]


You can't fit more than two washing machines in that hole
 
2022-01-17 8:45:13 PM  

cretinbob: I know 3400 feet is a little over half a nautical mile, but what the fark is a Salesforce building?


And who cares?
 
2022-01-17 8:48:09 PM  
Oh dear.
 
2022-01-17 8:50:34 PM  

Quantumbunny: phalamir: What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day

The worst part is the imminent crash as that massive death orb you mention is constantly crashing towards us. It's terrifying.


Let's not all start shiatting our pants just yet
 
2022-01-17 8:54:28 PM  

Quantumbunny: phalamir: What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day

The worst part is the imminent crash as that massive death orb you mention is constantly crashing towards us. It's terrifying.


It's trying to creep away from us right now at 4 cm/yr with the hope that we don't notice.
 
2022-01-17 9:00:42 PM  

chitownmike: Quantumbunny: phalamir: What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day

The worst part is the imminent crash as that massive death orb you mention is constantly crashing towards us. It's terrifying.

Let's not all start shiatting our pants just yet


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2022-01-17 9:02:10 PM  
Last paragraph of the article:

"In the event an Earth-threatening asteroid is discovered in the future, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is expected to deliberately crash into a near-Earth asteroid in September to test technology for deflecting asteroids out of orbit. DART's test target isn't a threat to Earth, NASA said."

So....gain of function research for asteroids?
 
2022-01-17 9:08:35 PM  

thehellisthis: Quantumbunny: phalamir: What I find scarier is that a piece of rock over 2000 miles across will pass by 6 times closer on the exact same day

The worst part is the imminent crash as that massive death orb you mention is constantly crashing towards us. It's terrifying.

It's trying to creep away from us right now at 4 cm/yr with the hope that we don't notice.


Like any caged animal, it will slowly back away until it feels cornered, at which point it will pounce and we are all done for.
 
2022-01-17 9:13:29 PM  

Ishkur: [starecat.com image 582x551]


Six to seven washing machines is about 15 Bettie Pages. I have been using Bettie Pages for about a week now, and I have found it to be very handy. You can do mass, length, height, whatever. I have not used her for time expressions yet, but you could do that.

As I have noted in other threads, most Betties tend to have similar dimensions too, which helps. I will have to calculate the standard deviation of lifespans, but it seems that Betties have similar lifespans. Bettie, Her Royal Majesty, and Betty White, for instance.
 
2022-01-17 9:21:34 PM  

cretinbob: I know 3400 feet is a little over half a nautical mile, but what the fark is a Salesforce building?


About 620 Bettie Pages in the length dimension for diameter, but probably about 20 billion Bettie Pages by mass.
 
2022-01-17 9:24:36 PM  
I have searched all over the internet, and I can not find a conversion chart of Salesforce buildings to Rhode Islands.
 
2022-01-17 9:42:23 PM  
I don't know what a Salesforce Building is. Can we try an object that is more universally understood, like Lake Scugog, or the average distance of a Pony Express delivery?
 
2022-01-17 9:58:05 PM  
May the Salesforce be with you.

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2022-01-17 10:03:13 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: I don't know what a Salesforce Building is. Can we try an object that is more universally understood, like Lake Scugog, or the average distance of a Pony Express delivery?


I sometimes feel that there must be some kind of meme competition to choose the worst, most useless measuring system.

Average length of a dog's tail, widths of a '62 Buick passenger seat, size of some building no one but a tiny fraction of a population would be familiar with, length of a standard school bus, common household objects that vary in size...

Like, what's the rationale here instead of just using a unit of measure within the existing imperial or metric system we have all agreed upon? Especially for outdoor shaped things, saying shiat like an asteroid is as wide as 3pt shot in basketball leaves 2 other dimensions on the table here. Is it spherical? Cigar shaped? Cubic? Then why use a plane as a comparison?
 
2022-01-17 10:36:20 PM  
I like usung cubic bud talls as a measure...
 
2022-01-17 10:36:39 PM  
So the article provides the approximate width of it.

So if you multiply that width by 12, divide by 3, then divide by your penis length, you get the number of strokes it'd take to rub down the side of one Salesforce building.
 
2022-01-18 1:41:01 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: I don't know what a Salesforce Building is. Can we try an object that is more universally understood, like Lake Scugog, or the average distance of a Pony Express delivery?


It's from SF Gate, a local San Francisco newspaper thing, and the Salesforce Tower is the tallest building in San Francisco. Depending on which of the thousand different ways they use to measure buildings it's either the tallest or second tallest building west of the Mississippi, which has always been a weird way to qualify things to me. This asteroid is actually closer to 3 Empire State Buildings anyways, which everyone knows is a better unit of measurement.
 
2022-01-18 11:52:25 AM  

cretinbob: I know 3400 feet is a little over half a nautical mile, but what the fark is a Salesforce building?


It's a large structure filled with millennial software cultists.
 
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