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« Reply #11850 on: Dec 2nd, 2014, 2:34pm »

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Star Wars expansion started today. I've been playing.

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Could Tauriel Shoot an Orc Arrow Out of the Air?

By Rhett Allain
12.02.14

SPOILER ALERT. In the movie The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Legolas fights some orcs. Yes, Legolas isnít supposed to be in this movie, but he is. At one point, Legolas takes a breather from fighting and some orc thinks this would be a perfect time to take him out with an arrow. The orcís arrow flies towards Legolas, but BOOM. The arrow is shot out of itís trajectory as it is hit from another arrow fired from the wood elf Tauriel.

Thatís your plot. Now for the physics.

How Fast Is Taurielís Arrow?

Looking at the video, there are only a few details I can get. First, it takes about 0.1 seconds for the arrow to go from the orc almost all the way to Legolas (but not all the way). If I know how fast an arrow is fired from a bow, I can use this to get the distance from the orc to Legolas. It seems a decent arrow speed (shot from a modern bow) would be about 100 m/s. Of course the question is Ė are orc bows as good as a modern bow? Letís say no. Let me put the arrow speed at 60 m/s. That would put the orc-Legolas distance at just 6 meters.

What about Tauriel? Iím just going to estimate the position of the wood elf. Hereís a diagram showing the locations. Note: this is just an estimate.


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With this estimate, Tauriel is just 5 meters from the orc and about 9 meters from Legolas. In order to hit the arrow fired from the orc, I would estimate that Tauriel would have to fire AFTER the orc fired. Suppose she has lightning fast reaction time and can aim and fire in just 0.05 seconds. This would mean that her arrow has to travel 9 meters in just 0.05 seconds giving it a speed of 180 m/s. Yes, thatís fast. Right now, real humans are trying to break the 400 fps arrow speed (121 m/s). Ok, but sheís an elf. I guess sheís better than modern humans.

How difficult would it be to hit that orc arrow?

I will assume the orc arrow is traveling in a horizontal motion. Tauriel has to aim two ways. First, she has to aim vertically in order to hit the arrow. Let me assume the orc arrow has a diameter of 1 cm (and so does the elf arrow). In order to obtain an arrow-arrow hit, the elf arrow has to be in a certain position.

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See it, touch it, feel it: Researchers use ultrasound to make invisible 3-D haptic shape that can be seen and felt

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Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as haptics, being used in entertainment, rehabilitation and even surgical training. New research, using ultrasound, has developed an invisible 3D haptic shape that can be seen and felt.

The research paper, published in the current issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics and which will be presented at this week's SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 conference [3-6 December], demonstrates how a method has been created to produce 3D shapes that can be felt in mid-air.

The research, led by Dr Ben Long and colleagues Professor Sriram Subramanian, Sue Ann Seah and Tom Carter from the University of Bristol's Department of Computer Science, could change the way 3D shapes are used. The new technology could enable surgeons to explore a CT scan by enabling them to feel a disease, such as a tumour, using haptic feedback.

The method uses ultrasound, which is focussed onto hands above the device and that can be felt. By focussing complex patterns of ultrasound, the air disturbances can be seen as floating 3D shapes. Visually, the researchers have demonstrated the ultrasound patterns by directing the device at a thin layer of oil so that the depressions in the surface can be seen as spots when lit by a lamp.

The system generates an invisible 3D shape that can be added to 3D displays to create something that can be seen and felt. The research team have also shown that users can match a picture of a 3D shape to the shape created by the system.

Dr Ben Long, Research Assistant from the Bristol Interaction and Graphics (BIG) group in the Department of Computer Science, said: "Touchable holograms, immersive virtual reality that you can feel and complex touchable controls in free space, are all possible ways of using this system.

"In the future, people could feel holograms of objects that would not otherwise be touchable, such as feeling the differences between materials in a CT scan or understanding the shapes of artefacts in a museum."

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« Reply #11854 on: Dec 3rd, 2014, 10:26am »

My predictions for 2015 is that China will become more powerful as the U.S. struggles trying to stay on a clear and true path.

The world will be in more turmoil as extremist will grow more powerful.

The year of 2015 will be known as the year of he extremist, as Israel struggles to survive.

UFO's will become more apparent, and sightings will climb in numbers.

The Queen of England will give Charles the crown because of poor health.

Europe will fall more into depression, as Germany again becomes very strong and radical.

The threat of a world war becomes more serious as Russia gets unpredictable.

So, buckle your seat belts for 2015.

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« Reply #11855 on: Dec 3rd, 2014, 11:26am »

Somehow, I think I've just been insulted.....


Why Men Love Lingerie: Rat Study Offers Hints

by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer | December 03, 2014

Just as lingerie turns on human males, tiny jackets do the same for male rats, a new study finds.

In an unusual study, researchers allowed virgin male rats to have sex with females wearing special rodent "jackets." Later, when scientists gave the males a chance to mate again, the animals preferred to mate with jacket-wearing female rats rather than with unclad ones.
The findings suggest that male animals can learn to associate the sight and feel of clothing with sex.

In other words, male rats learn that "each time my partner wears lingerie [a jacket], I'm going to have sex," said study researcher Gonzalo R. Quintana Zunino, a psychologist at Concordia University in Montreal.
In previous studies, Zunino and his colleagues trained rats to associate a particular odor (almond) with having sex, and male rats preferentially mated with females bearing that scent.

This time, the researchers wanted to know whether rats could learn to associate sex with other contextual cues, such as texture. In one experiment, a dozen virgin male rats were allowed to mate with females wearing jackets. Then, the males were put in a chamber with two sexually receptive female rats, one wearing a jacket and one "au naturel."

In general, when rats do the deed, the male approaches the female from behind and grabs hold of her on both sides, which excites her, Zunino told Live Science. If a human experimenter grabs the female in this way, she does a little wiggling dance, he said. If the female is wearing a jacket, the male will feel it with his whiskers while they are mating.

The trained male rats chose to mate with the jacket-clad females more often than with the unjacketed females, the researchers found. In addition, the males made more mounting attempts and ejaculated more quickly with the jacketed females.


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« Reply #11856 on: Dec 3rd, 2014, 12:24pm »

on Dec 3rd, 2014, 10:26am, ghostofsilver wrote:
My predictions for 2015 is that China will become more powerful as the U.S. struggles trying to stay on a clear and true path.

The world will be in more turmoil as extremist will grow more powerful.

The year of 2015 will be known as the year of he extremist, as Israel struggles to survive.

UFO's will become more apparent, and sightings will climb in numbers.

The Queen of England will give Charles the crown because of poor health.

Europe will fall more into depression, as Germany again becomes very strong and radical.

The threat of a world war becomes more serious as Russia gets unpredictable.

So, buckle your seat belts for 2015.


I don't know Silver, those are somewhat a continuation of trends and observations now taking place. More UFO sightings are predicted every year along with the end of the world or other catastrophic event and the ever reliable Nibiru. I thought you were predicting earthquakes some time ago. undecided

Now here is something that worries me as we go into 2015. Predicted by The Weekly World News back in December 2012 when everyone was expecting the world to end and selling their farms.

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END OF THE WORLD POSTPONED
By Frank Lake on December 21, 2012
YUCATAN Ė Mayan scholars have updated their doomsday prophecy. The world will end in 2015, not 2012.OopsÖ. They made a mistake. Thereís good news for those who were fearing the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. They counted wrong. The world is not going to end in December 2012. Instead, itís going to end on September 3, 2015. Update your daily planners!


Yes, that is right. We are doomed in September 2015. Read the full story here if you dare:

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/23938/end-of-the-world-postponed/

It should be noted that the 2015 prediction has not been proven wrong!
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« Reply #11857 on: Dec 3rd, 2014, 2:03pm »

Well, I did not know about the 2015 end of world prediction.

I just have a bad feeling about 2015 in general.

I have not felt anything about earthquakes lately.

The UN now says 7,000 people have died from ebola.

Ebola has to show up in other places, and maybe in the U.S. again.
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« Reply #11858 on: Dec 3rd, 2014, 3:22pm »

on Dec 3rd, 2014, 2:03pm, ghostofsilver wrote:
I just have a bad feeling about 2015 in general.

Don't let it get you down otherwise you'll drive yourself crazy. Most bad feelings never materialize. Why waste time worrying about something you can't control nor has taken place yet? Plenty of time for that if they ever happen and in most cases they don't. Gotta enjoy life while you can. smiley
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Why Men Love Lingerie: Rat Study Offers Hints

by Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer | December 03, 2014

Just as lingerie turns on human males, tiny jackets do the same for male rats, a new study finds.

In an unusual study, researchers allowed virgin male rats to have sex with females wearing special rodent "jackets." Later, when scientists gave the males a chance to mate again, the animals preferred to mate with jacket-wearing female rats rather than with unclad ones.
The findings suggest that male animals can learn to associate the sight and feel of clothing with sex.

In other words, male rats learn that "each time my partner wears lingerie [a jacket], I'm going to have sex," said study researcher Gonzalo R. Quintana Zunino, a psychologist at Concordia University in Montreal.
In previous studies, Zunino and his colleagues trained rats to associate a particular odor (almond) with having sex, and male rats preferentially mated with females bearing that scent.

This time, the researchers wanted to know whether rats could learn to associate sex with other contextual cues, such as texture. In one experiment, a dozen virgin male rats were allowed to mate with females wearing jackets. Then, the males were put in a chamber with two sexually receptive female rats, one wearing a jacket and one "au naturel."

In general, when rats do the deed, the male approaches the female from behind and grabs hold of her on both sides, which excites her, Zunino told Live Science. If a human experimenter grabs the female in this way, she does a little wiggling dance, he said. If the female is wearing a jacket, the male will feel it with his whiskers while they are mating.

The trained male rats chose to mate with the jacket-clad females more often than with the unjacketed females, the researchers found. In addition, the males made more mounting attempts and ejaculated more quickly with the jacketed females.


http://www.livescience.com/48980-rats-sexual-attraction-lingerie.html




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New words added to Oxford online dictionary

By Keith Perry

6:30AM GMT 04 Dec 2014

Here are some of the new words and short descriptions added to OxfordDictionaries.com.

:: al desko, adv. & adj.: while working at one's desk in an office (with reference to the consumption of food or meals)

:: algorithmic trading, n.: automated Stock Exchange trading by computers which are programmed to take certain actions in response to varying market data.

:: arancini, pl. n.: an Italian dish consisting of small balls of rice stuffed with a savoury filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried

:: cappellacci, pl. n.: pieces of pasta stuffed with a filling of pumpkin (or other squash) and cheese and folded so as to resemble a hat

:: carne asada, n.: (in Mexican cooking) beef that has been marinated and grilled, typically served sliced in thin strips as a main course or as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.

:: challenger bank, n.: (Brit.) a relatively small retail bank set up with the intention of competing for business with large, long-established national banks

:: chile con queso, n.: (in Tex-Mex cookery) a thick sauce of melted cheese seasoned with chilli peppers, typically served warm as a dip for tortilla chips

:: cool beans, exclam.: used to express approval or delight

:: crony capitalism, n.: (derogatory) an economic system characterised by close, mutually advantageous relationships between business leaders and government officials

:: digital footprint, n.: the information about a particular person that exists on the internet as a result of their online activity

:: duck face, n.: (informal) an exaggerated pouting expression in which the lips are thrust outwards, typically made by a person posing for a photograph

:: economic man, n.: a hypothetical person who behaves in exact accordance with their rational self-interest

:: five-second rule, n.: (humorous) a notional rule stating that food which has been dropped on the ground will still be uncontaminated with bacteria and therefore safe to eat if it is retrieved within five seconds

:: flash crash, n.: (Stock Exchange, informal) an extremely rapid decline in the price of one or more commodities or securities, typically one caused by automated trading

:: fone, n.: (informal) a phone

:: fresh-air fiend, n.: (Brit. informal) a person who is very keen on outdoor activities and (when indoors) on ventilated rooms

:: guanciale, n.: a type of Italian cured pork made from the cheeks of a pig

:: hawt, adj.: (chiefly US) informal spelling of 'hot'

:: IDC, abbrev.: (informal) I don't care

:: ish, n.: (US informal) used as a euphemism for 'sh-t'

:: jel, adj.: (informal, chiefly Brit.) jealous

:: lolcat, n.: (on the Internet) a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English

:: mahoosive, adj.: (Brit. informal) exceptionally big; huge

:: MAMIL, n.: (Brit. informal) acronym: middle-aged man in Lycra. A middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists

:: man crush, n.: (informal) an intense and typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one man for another; a man who is the object of another's intense liking or admiration

:: Marmite, n.2: used in reference to something that tends to arouse strongly positive or negative reactions rather than indifference

:: misery index, n.: an informal measure of the state of an economy generated by adding together its rate of inflation and its rate of unemployment

:: network marketing, n.: another term for 'pyramid selling'

:: Obamacare, n.: (in the US) an informal term for a federal law intended to improve access to health insurance for US citizens. The official name of the law is the Affordable Care Act or (in full) the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

:: permadeath, n.: (in video games) a situation in which a character cannot reappear after having been killed

:: PMSL, abbrev.: (vulgar slang, chiefly Brit.) p-ing myself laughing (used to express great amusement)

:: respawn, v.: (of a character in a video game) reappear after having been killed

:: Secret Santa, n.: an arrangement by which a group of friends or colleagues exchange Christmas presents anonymously, each member of the group being assigned another member for whom to provide a small gift, typically costing no more than a set amount

:: shabby chic, n.: a style of interior decoration that uses furniture and soft furnishings that are or appear to be pleasingly old and slightly worn

:: shiny bum, n.: (Austral./NZ derogatory) a bureaucrat or office worker

:: silvertail, n.: (Austral. informal) a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations

:: simples, exclam.: (Brit. informal) used to convey that something is very straightforward

:: sticker licker, n.: (Austral. informal) an official who issues parking fines

:: tech wreck, n.: (informal) a collapse in the price of shares in high-tech industries

:: the ant's pants, n.: (Austral. informal) an outstandingly good person or thing

:: tiki-taka, n.: (Soccer) a style of play involving highly accurate short passing and an emphasis on retaining possession of the ball

:: tomoz, adv.: (Brit. informal) tomorrow

:: trofie, pl. n.: pasta in the form of short irregularly twisted pieces with pointed ends, traditionally eaten with pesto

:: WRT, abbrev.: with reference to

B:: WTAF, abbrev.: (vulgar slang) what the actual f-

B:: xlnt, adj.: (informal) excellent

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11272251/WTAF-New-words-added-to-Oxford-online-dictionary.html

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« Reply #11862 on: Dec 4th, 2014, 3:36pm »

Get a long little doggie.....

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Wild and Crazy Swamprat, Wild and Crazy! shocked

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GOOD MORNING ALL,

HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD DAY.

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