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Last post Author Topic: Interesting "stuff"  (Read 268112 times)

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #625 on: February 11, 2015, 11:32:02 PM »
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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #626 on: February 11, 2015, 11:49:22 PM »
Probably the reincarnation of Locus Design Group, (whose Cynosure V2 USB cable was a measly US$3500.00 and was only 3 foot long).

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #627 on: February 11, 2015, 11:53:34 PM »
i don't get the mr. edvard's post. i'm an archer too. and i've bow hunted. and to me her critique of andersen's questionable claims seemed very accurate. and my opinion is based on my *own* experience and knowledge of archery. and what is it with that snarky characterization? seriously? i know society expects its girls to show diffidence when criticizing boys. but come on!

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #628 on: February 12, 2015, 12:13:26 AM »
and what is it with that snarky characterization? seriously?

I thought she might have hammered home some of her points a little harder than necessary at times. But hey! It's all just TV where snarkiness is the norm. So it's not like I thought she was out of line.

And I thought her objections were pretty well-founded. I'm not an archery expert by any stretch. But I do know more than a little about the sport from direct experience over the years.

As far as armour piercing capabilities, a 10-30 lb. draw will most definitely not pierce plate armour - and probably not chainmail either unless the arrow is extremely heavy and hits a weak link. FWIW plate armour is heavy. But it's distributed so it doesn't feel the same as if you were dead lifting an equivalent weight. However, wearing it can tire you out fairly quickly (like ankle and wrist weights can), which is why ground combat was never the preferred mode of fighting for someone wearing plate. They preferred to be mounted on horses for a reason. And it's extremely hot to wear. Heat prostration was always a concern for the armored knights of yore. A good hot day could take down as many of them as a human enemy could.


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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #629 on: February 12, 2015, 12:46:05 AM »
i know society expects its girls to show diffidence when criticizing boys. but come on!

Please don't make this a gender issue.  I was over that in high school.

I took issue with Ms. Maltese's critique because she's obviously personally offended about some guy getting attention for his unconventional archery skills, so much so that she had to make a "snarky" video rebuttal.  When I say "snarky" I mean pretty much what 40Hz said.  There's really no reason to say much of what she said without thinking that she was taking the whole thing a little too personally.  Air quotes?  Seriously?  Friend pulling faces to illustrate her frustration?  Really?

I will admit I don't know a whole bunch about archery.  What I DO know is the guy was doing some amazing things that I've NEVER seen any "trick shooter" do, that obviously took a lot of time and practice to hone into a skill, and was obviously inspired by his personal assessment of historical archery techniques.  I DO agree that his said assessment may be quite spotty, and he should probably rein that in a bit, and say a lot less about how "wrong" others may be.  But to go from there to criticize his methods or technique, I think is unfair at best, and downright malicious at worst.  

I admit my post may have appeared emotionally motivated as well (it was quite longer than I thought it would be), and I apologize for that; but in my opinion, she waxed a bit overmuch on trivial things that really didn't need it, and that tends to get my goat.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #630 on: February 12, 2015, 07:34:17 AM »
i know society expects its girls to show diffidence when criticizing boys. but come on!

@gwen - I don't think that was a factor in Edvard's reply. I think it's more a reflection of the vibe around here. The feeling at DoCo is that you can get your shots in, or toss in the occasional bit of well-intentioned snarkiness, without much fear of genteel reprimand. But make too regular a habit of it - or run with it a little too long - and people here tend to call you on it.

This is an unusual forum. It's more like a family dinner conversation than anything else. And it has very similar social "rules." Ms. Maltese video bumped into that I think. An occasional face pull or air quote would have been fine. But the overall tone was rather sarcastic. And since it runs around 15 minutes, it can get a little tiring after a while. Even I was getting a little impatient over it. And I agreed with a large amount of what Ms. Maltese was saying.

My feeling is you can call somebody out in a debate without recourse to 15 minutes of subtext and pantomime that is basically saying: "This moron is full of it! He doesn't know what he is talking about." Truth is, I'd have found it far more acceptable if she just bluntly said it up front - then went on to the rest of her presentation sans most of the drama following.

But it was TV (even if it's half YouTube) and that's the behavioral norm for that weird kingdom - which is probably not worth defending - any more than it's worth letting it get to us.

The whole problem with alluding to something is it leaves the message too much up to individual interpretation. Which often differs from what was intended and leads to misunderstandings. Even a simple forum post runs that risk. Even when you're trying to be explicit. As I think is the case with something you heard in Edvard's post. And which I honestly do not think was his intended message at all. We've somehow managed to keep ourselves remarkably free of most of that "battle of the sexes" nonsense. Perhaps, being human, our track record isn't absolutely perfect on that score. But I think it comes pretty close. And we do try.

I don't think anybody (consciously or subconsciously) was trying to "mansplain" (is that the word?) anything. I just think Edvard was saying - "Enough with the digs and editorial glosses already. We get it! You think he's a con man. Now can we just move past that and get to the substance of your arguments please?"

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #631 on: February 12, 2015, 09:00:11 AM »
i know society expects its girls to show diffidence when criticizing boys. but come on!

Please don't make this a gender issue.  I was over that in high school.

I took issue with Ms. Maltese's critique because she's obviously personally offended about some guy getting attention for his unconventional archery skills, so much so that she had to make a "snarky" video rebuttal.  When I say "snarky" I mean pretty much what 40Hz said.  There's really no reason to say much of what she said without thinking that she was taking the whole thing a little too personally.  Air quotes?  Seriously?  Friend pulling faces to illustrate her frustration?  Really?

Agreed.  And since its been made a 'gender' issue, let's show another with just as much snark that I disagree with the tone just as vehemently.

http://geekdad.com/2...15/01/danish-archer/

He even starts out with a title that shows his disdain.  It takes away from the validity of his arguments.  It has nothing to do with the gender, but more to do with your aim and where you're coming from.  I disagree with him trying to add historical embellishments, and think that should be corrected.. but there is no imperative towards being an ass while doing it, as geekdad seems to think.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #632 on: February 12, 2015, 10:39:52 AM »
And since its been made a 'gender' issue, let's show another with just as much snark

I'd like to think it was a simple misunderstanding and not go there at all if that's ok. :) 8)

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #633 on: February 12, 2015, 10:55:40 AM »
And since its been made a 'gender' issue, let's show another with just as much snark

I'd like to think it was a simple misunderstanding and not go there at all if that's ok. :) 8)

I wasn't trying to 'go there' as much as I was trying to illustrate that it's not a gender issue.  :Thmbsup:  Onward!

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #634 on: February 12, 2015, 11:26:29 AM »
to:edvard,40hz,wraith808: it was nothing more than me getting overly touchy. i was having a very bad day when i posted that. please accept my apology. :-)

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #636 on: February 12, 2015, 07:11:25 PM »
@Gwen7: Just for the record, as regards possible gender implications on the subject of toxophily, there would seem to be an early precedent that it was very much a female's domain - as per the ancient myth of Diana (The Archer).
She became a firm favourite of mine when I was about 10 y/o, when I - as a budding archer and environmentalist - discovered in the Enc. Brit. that she was a goddess associated with wild animals and woodland, as well as being an archetypical archer. Some years later, I noticed that in SE Asia some wag had named an over-the-counter hormonal contraceptive pill after her, though she was also the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. I couldn't figure that one out.    :tellme:

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #637 on: February 12, 2015, 07:44:23 PM »
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Ha ha - funny people, HERE has just gone from being useful to useless.

Can't install it on my tablet from the Play store because the tablet doesn't have a "data carrier" even though HERE Beta is installed on it and works fine.

What's the %#&@%& point of being able to use it offline when you can't even install it when you're online or is it that they want to be able to track you even though you might be using it 'offline'.

Have to try sideloading it I guess.

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #638 on: February 14, 2015, 08:03:17 PM »
As far as armour piercing capabilities, a 10-30 lb. draw will most definitely not pierce plate armour - and probably not chainmail either unless the arrow is extremely heavy and hits a weak link. FWIW plate armour is heavy.

That was one part of the video where I was just rolling my eyes. Like, really? C'mon... We already know bows don't pierce plate armour. That's why the crossbow was invented. The comparison is disingenuous at best.

While Ms. Maltese's snarky 'rebuttal' may be based on stuff she knows a thing or two about, her attitude kinda grated on me.

^ This.

But, I just took Lars' video for what it was - some good entertainment from a "magician", complete with wild claims, showmanship, and theatrics.

What might be good for comparison is to check out some interview with Jackie Chan where he talks about some of the stunts he does, how difficult they were, and how many takes they needed to do in order to finally get the shot.


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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #639 on: February 16, 2015, 04:31:07 AM »
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

This one is. And the moon is 1 pixel.

Hint: Use your mouse button click to scroll right... Or use the < and > at the top to go to the next bit of text with an autoscroll.

http://joshworth.com...ace_solarsystem.html

No screenshot. I'm not sure we'd have enough memory for an image that size.

Enjoy~!

P.S. Lots of fun little facts while you scroll. Make sure to read the last one. ;)

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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #640 on: February 16, 2015, 05:29:57 AM »
maps of the solar system drawn to scale
Pretty amazing.
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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #641 on: February 16, 2015, 07:13:56 AM »
@Renegade: Thanks for the to-scale pic of our solar system. Just what I had been looking for.

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« Reply #642 on: February 16, 2015, 08:38:50 AM »
@Renegade: Thanks for the to-scale pic of our solar system. Just what I had been looking for.

It's one of those stupid questions that has been dogging me for years. I searched, and that, well, it soaked up some time. However, it's time well spent to understand the vastness of space.

Buddy has done an impressive job there too. Not only is it informative, but very entertaining.

I used my middle-click scroll to keep that time element so that I gained a better understanding of the vastness. Hint: Don't do it if you're in a rush.
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Re: Interesting "stuff"
« Reply #643 on: February 16, 2015, 07:31:14 PM »

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« Reply #644 on: February 17, 2015, 07:08:30 AM »
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

Nice.

How about something similar for atoms and molecules with their electron clouds? ;)

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« Reply #645 on: February 17, 2015, 05:04:53 PM »
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

Nice.

How about something similar for atoms and molecules with their electron clouds? ;)

This kind of describes it - I can't find the "pixel":

http://keithcom.com/atoms/scale.php

The electron is there... I just can't find it, except in code:

Code: HTML [Select]
  1. <font face='arial,helvetica' color='#FFFFFF' size='+2'>Electron</font><br>
  2.         <img src='Electron.gif' width='200' height='200'>

And also see this regarding the above:

http://www.phrenopol...om/perspective/atom/

The distances are simply mind-boggling.
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« Reply #646 on: February 17, 2015, 05:52:14 PM »
That was quick work!

Thanks :)

...and the second link even mentioned:

  http://www.phrenopol...pective/solarsystem/

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« Reply #648 on: February 20, 2015, 09:53:01 AM »
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