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Zeropoint last won the day on November 19 2015

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    As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was either microscopic or geographic in scale, but not which. I find that intriguing. Why is "not human scale" obvious to us when the difference between tiny and huge isn't? Is it just familiarity with what things look like at our own scale? Something to do with fractals in nature (but wouldn't THAT lead to similarities at ALL scales?)?
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    Surely in this internet connected era, it should be the Year of the Doge. Many Zodiac. Such Lunar. Wow.
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    Interesting. I have questions, though, like why the extreme curve, and was the file really that wide? I keep thinking about getting into making knives, but never doing anything about it.
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    That's how it works for ants, and no one says that ants aren't an evolutionary success.
  5. I choose to believe this is a cute and intimate film about Liam Neeson as an engineer giving emotional support to an anthropomorphic train working up the courage to be open about its sexuality.
  6. The formula for the contest does NOT preclude the usual stakes of the genre, it just requires that those things not happen to WOMEN. A book in which a MAN is "beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered" would qualify for the contest, and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work as a thriller.
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    Around here, they take the train:
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    Really? With their strong barbecue tradition, I would expect Texas to have plenty of ground hog.
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    I can understand the discomfort of having something changed after you grew up with it, but if we want the word "planet" to have any meaning beyond "the things on this list", it had to be done. Science marches on, and gaining new knowledge usually means that old ideas have to be let go.
  10. Swearing has a scientifically validated pain relief effect . . . or at least a pain tolerance boosting effect. Or so I hear.
  11. I'm greatly amused by the fact that "Fluttershy" is the replacement. No piece of Shining Armor will get away with swearing now, even if they're just taking the Pinkie Pie.
  12. I hope the dit-dit-dit-dit! noise whenever you walk isn't too annoying.
  13. My take on it, based off of watching what they DO in the shows and movies, is that Starfleet is very much a military organization, BUT they have exploration and research as part of their job to a much greater extent than our current Earth navies do. By way of example, the US Navy--clearly and definitely a military organization--operates research vessels. It would make perfect sense for a research vessel operated by a military to have civilian science specialists on board. It would be kind of silly to try to combine defense and research roles into one ship, but that fits Roddenberry's vision of a more peaceful future. I won't pretend that I've answered the debate, or that anyone is obligated to accept my opinion. I'm just relating how I've settled the question in my own mind so I don't have to keep gnawing at it.
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    With the muscles that Sticks has there, I don't think she'd need any stones.