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Geek News You Don't Need
« on: September 22, 2008, 01:41:24 PM »
First up:  Oops.

There goes every neighborhood in that neighborhood.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 01:45:31 PM »
Interesting. That doesn't surprise me as much as it should, probably because when I was a kid the "two-earthlike-planets-colliding" theory for the origin of the asteroid belt was still considered credible. But in retrospect, you'd think there would have to have been some sort of disturbance for planetary collisions in a mature system.

Like, you know, Galactus stopped by or something.
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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008, 02:00:19 PM »
Since they hadn't swept their orbits clear, wouldn't they be dwarf planets?
I'm generalizing from one example here, but everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008, 02:08:18 PM »
Since they hadn't swept their orbits clear, wouldn't they be dwarf planets?

You're still bitter. Aren't you.
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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008, 02:30:51 PM »
They probably tried to colonize or mine one of their moons not knowing it was an artificial satellite that controlled the planetary trajectory of their solar system, and knocked its systems out of whack...

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2008, 02:41:12 PM »
Since they hadn't swept their orbits clear, wouldn't they be dwarf planets?

You're still bitter. Aren't you.
No, but I do play one on TV. There's a talk coming up at Griffith Observatory by one of the people that really pushed for the definition. I think the subtitle was, "and why Pluto had it coming."
I'm generalizing from one example here, but everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008, 04:15:34 PM »
Pluto's right; the astronomy association is wrong.  Here endeth the matter.  You can say 'dwarf planet' (as I notice the BBC still tends to do), but it's a damned planet.

Anyway, I'm sure the Jedi felt the smackeroo in question.  I was pretty interested to see that those two Earth-like planets were in orbit around a binary system.  That's a big deal -- there are a lot of close binary systems out there.  SF people love them, but maybe so do a lot of people who live near them.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008, 09:19:44 AM »
Oh noes!  In six months, the oceans will be covered with a thin film of plastic!

Or probably not, but we'll see.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 09:26:14 AM »
"I eat sugar and shit plastic." --- this is starting to sound like a George Thorogood song
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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 09:37:31 AM »
When he shits, he prefers to be by himself.  Thank god.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2008, 08:32:35 AM »
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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2008, 11:45:11 AM »
You almost had me there. There aren't any trees left...  ;)

Oh. WAIT. You're saying there's ONE left.

Never mind.

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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2008, 11:30:18 PM »
"I find that I am so rarely consulted when it's obvious I needed to be." - Talix
"Oh, god, I'm turning into Axe.  Watch out, people who are wrong on the internet!" - feffer
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Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2008, 11:46:22 PM »
Well if anyone knows their snow it should be Canadians...