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Original Poster78 points · 3 days ago · edited 3 days ago

You could kinda see it as a plant of sorts. It's hollow and drifts in the wind, photosynthesis happens in the bulbs you can see sticking out of it. The "roots" reach far into the denser depths of the atmosphere.

Biologically speakin, it's nowhere close to being a plant however. It shares more similarities with simple worm-like organisms found in the deeper atmospheric layers.

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10 points · 3 days ago

I really would love to see the deep "under-story" - in a just Glenn the canopy is only the beginning. All the real nutrient flow is on the floor.

In a gas giant you wouldn't have a floor, but you would have layers of sequentially higher pressure at an power law increasing rate. So the gasses below would function more like a fluid. You might draw inspiration from kelp forests, jungle floors and the deep ocean. It'd be really dim but not pitch black.

Eventually though it would be black, but you would still have energetic mixing of hot gasses from below so there would be metabolic inputs. You'd have feeders that ride hot zones the boil up from the deep below.

Not sure on pressures down there, but it'd be hundreds if not thousands of atmospheres.

They'd also probably feed on the corpses of the above things.

3 points · 4 days ago

Wow. That's a really fucking awesome "Valhalla" type concept right there.

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3 points · 4 days ago

Go submit it to one of the writing subs!

5.2k points · 5 days ago

Good luck explaining that incum to the IRS Tax man

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2 points · 5 days ago

Maybe it would all take place under the table?

Gotta go to the sperm bank

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2 points · 5 days ago

Would the earnings be taxable, or would the whole exchange take place under the table?

43 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Why do we all have this experience in dreams although none of us other than Usain and a select few others have actually done it? It’s so weird. I remember dreaming that a wolf had come to the playground at my elementary school while I was at recess as a kid. And when I wanted to run away it was like running in sand and slipping and the same time. It was a horrible feeling of helpless terror. It’s strange that not only do our brains simulate something we haven’t actually experienced but that ALL of our brains do it in a similar fashion. Must be some kind of fight or flight instinct reconditioning that we all have programmed into us.

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Well, that type of fluid movement is pretty similar to swimming, which even people who don't swim kind of floated in the womb.

They just don't understand. They choose not to. It's so freaking frustrating.

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19 points · 7 days ago

They also both take sums of cash from ISPs. The funny thing is how little most of the sell out for.

That might technically be more of an ice sculpture

You forgot acidification of oceans, phosphorus running out for crops, human showing traces of 1000x of the "safe" agricultural poisoning, the economy bubble about to burst again, ai, perfect media fakery, growing hurricane incidence on the tropicals, hmm what else

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7 points · 7 days ago

Yearly breaking of forest fire records?

Is it sad that The Sims can teach you more about economy and how to run a house than schools?

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No. I learned more history from Paradox games and rocket science from Kerbal. Games are amazing teaching tools.

Hey - so I started a bot with Gobi last spring, but it doesn't actively moderate, post or vote. It's just a stats bot. You can find it here:

I wanted it to be credentialless but I think it needs creds for some purposes. You can use your own account but I'd suggest using alt-bot account because the creds are just stored on plain-text and it's only as secure as the server you run it on.

Other than that, the only bots I've done are scrapers for sentiment analysis in crypto.

Has Gamera EVER had a crossover with Godzilla though? Or am I being braindead forgetting

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11 points · 14 days ago · edited 14 days ago

No, Godzilla is owned by Toho, Gamera is owned by Daiei. That would be like a Batman-Avengers crossover. It's essentially impossible from an intellectual property standpoint.

Except Justice League/Avengers crossovers have happened. So not the greatest example.

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8 points · 14 days ago

Well in comics but never in film

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3 points · 15 days ago

Before taking action on Gobi, I know he had to do a metric ton of work on his house this month, plus a vacation.

Also, both him and I we're working on some moderator stat tools in April/May before the summer started.

The Ship of Theseus thought experiment. I guess in this case it's the Brain of Theseus.

It's a very interesting debate, and one I hope to see in the near future as bionics and synthetic body replacement becomes the premier talking point in the future of humanity.

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In my opinion, the reality would be more like if you placed the wooden ship in an Armada with other ships and sailors(thoughts) pass between them. Eventually the other ships in the Armada include an aircraft carrier. You hoist the wooden ship onto that and you suddenly have tons new of sailors.

Since the original ship has historic value, you find ways to preserve it with structural upgrades but eventually the weather will wear it down. So you painsteakingly reconstruct the old ship somewhere else with modern techniques that perfectly mimic the original ship. You also save all the blueprints so that you can reconstruct new ships at will. The sailors move freely between the original ship, the new one and the entire Armada. Some ships and sailors move between other people's Armadas too.

One day the original ship breaks down, but by this stage the whole operation of YOU is much larger and the historical representations of your old ship are kept on the aircraft carrier forever

Humanity Star, according to the wiki, was launched in January 2018 and burned up in March 2018. That's 3 months, tops. And there was no reason to go even that long, because people stopped talking about it long before that. Is there something to be said about art that clutters up low Earth orbit? Yes. But this is why we don't put sculptures in the middle of the road. If the art is out of the way and lasts only a few weeks, why all the fuss?

Maybe the angry astronomers can petition the FCC to demand that all pieces that aren't communication, science, or military sats be out of Earth's gravity well after, say, 2 ~ 3 months. Whether that's pushed into interplanetary space (where it won't bother anyone) or burns up in the atmosphere. Either way, it goes up, gets its 15 minutes of fame, then goes away.

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Yeah. Came here to say this.

173 points · 24 days ago

Enjoy settling your class action lawsuits.

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Didn't the supreme court just make those illegal a few months ago, or was that only for employees against employers?

2.5 million light years away? I don't think so.

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1 point · 27 days ago · edited 26 days ago

Eh, if reactionless propulsion and fusion energy can be solved you could probably get enough time dilation to make it there in a human lifetime. Otherwise no, it's going to be near impossible even thousands of years of R&D with super-AI.

Edit: to clarify, it's one human lifetime from the frame of reference of the ship. It still will take millions of years in the rest frame. I knew this, just didn't say it clearly. Thanks folks!

We're all completely blown away by the fact that this guy now has iron to work with after starting off with some rocks and dirt and sticks, but we're also sitting around on computers made of dozens of kinds of rare metals and alloys and synthetic compounds. None of us could do what this guy does. We'd be fucking hopeless. And yet we live surrounded by miracles.

Quick shoutout to the millions of humans over tens of thousands of years whose very small individual contributions have culminated in this absolutely mindbogglingly amazing world we live in right now. Y'all were good.

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2 points · 1 month ago

I REALLY want to see a show where people in a jungle have to survive and build enough industry for a simple electronic computer. From scratch. Maybe some stuff could be traded to a fake external village for ores they don't have available, but at steeper history inspired prices.

125 points · 1 month ago

At least Ramsay was funny. Joffrey literally had no redeeming qualities.

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23 points · 1 month ago

His character was so fun to hate. Evil is so much more entertaining from a derpy little shit than a dark lord.

109 points · 1 month ago

This serves as proof that the establishment Dems are in on the repeal plan.

All the more reason to vote progressives into office in November.

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5 points · 1 month ago

2/3 or more are on the drip of Comcast money

Have you played @CrusaderKings 2⚔️ as the #Kingdom of #Armenia 👑🇦🇲? Start as the historical Bagratid Dynasty🏰 and become the #King of #Kings🤴🏻!!! pray👏 you don't get eaten🍴 in the first 5 years.

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-15 points · 1 month ago

I know you mean eaten territorially but uh, this might be a little insensitive. There mY be people alive today who still remember the genocide, and plenty who heard it from parents.


This Twitter post could have some political connotations too. of the fifteen people who pressed the downvote button actually gonna explain their reasoning?

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2 points · 1 month ago

The government of Turkey would like to have a word with me I guess.

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842 points · 1 month ago

No, not when it's too late to change things, when it's too late to have anybody alive to listen to scientists.

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I still think there will come a day where everyone has to live inside a climate controlled arcology and the rest of the world is a blighted waste. Access to the arcology will entail a full appreciation of the scientific method and docented causality.

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I am fully in support of this. I think you could have some type of project forming out of this too, technical or otherwise.

If anybody wants to utilize the GitHub group please let me know and I'll make you an admin.


1.7k points · 1 month ago

Holy crap. What a beast. Didn't know moose were so large.

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Some might say "that antler puppy is an ABSOLUTE UNIT!"

Everything that you listed for the 2020s is here already. And just like they improved during the 2010s, they will continue to improve during the 2020s.

If you were disappointed about the progress during the 2010s, you will be disappointed about the progress of the 2020s.

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The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed. - William Gibson

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell starts with pretty realistic SETI investigation and takes the reader through events before, leading to, during and after first contact, from an uncommon perspective. Highly recommended.

Stanislaw Lem’s His Master’s Voice is another one that deals in depth with the signals and science analyzing and trying to understand the meaning of an alien message, entirely from within a lab and science journal perspective. It starts dry, and is hard as diamonds, but I found it fascinating.

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin begins similarly dry and realistically methodical, with a possible alien message being detected by a chinese governmental worker after the cultural revolution.

For books more focused on alien societies themselves:

I highly recommend Embassytown by China Mieville, which tackles the culture and xenolinguistics of a truly inscrutable alien civilization. If you want really alien, this is a good pick.

Dragon’s Egg by Robert Forward is a fascinating one depicting a strange situation of aliens and humans becoming aware of eachother and influencing eachother in a very unique way. Classic.

Another Lem book, Fiasco, (as well as his classic Solaris) similarly depict attempts at learning about and communicating with truly alien life.

For explorations into the culture of more human-like aliens, CJ Cherryh’s Foreigner series is fantastic. Its told from the perspective of a human ambassador / interpreter to a developing alien nation, and focuses on navigating the politics of two fundamentally different societies trying to coexist.

I could certainly go on. As you might imagine, theres quite a lot of material on this subject!

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2 points · 1 month ago

I'd like to tack on Jack McDevitts Academy series


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