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Technology, Science & Alt Science /
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:38:43 PM »

This one's for you Thork, now you can give your personal data to the internet like a normal person, but get paid for doing it.

Arts & Entertainment / House of Cards
« on: February 08, 2013, 09:26:29 PM »
This is what I believe is Netflix's first attempt at a TV series. It first "aired" on February 1st, but I've not had a chance to watch it until today.
I think the first episode was pretty good. There's a lot of talking, and a lot of plot points, so this is one of those shows you have to pay some attention to or else you'll get lost.
It merits further views. Hopefully it does well, and Netflix starts producing more quality programming to compete with the likes of HBO.

The Lounge / Happy Equinox!
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:46:44 AM »
At this moment, the sun is crossing the equator, what are you guys doing to celebrate?

Arts & Entertainment / Slender
« on: September 15, 2012, 05:17:36 PM »

Why has nobody told me about this game yet?

Slender is a first person horror game created by Parsec Productions where your only goal is to find 8 manuscripts about the Slender Man, a paranormal creature.

The more directly you come in contact with the Slender Man, the faster your sanity drains.

Personally, I hope the injunction gets overturned, and Samsung gets the $95M from Apple. I think the technology that the patents they're complaining have been infringed upon have existed long before Apple put them in a phone.

Technical Support / Admin Tab
« on: April 18, 2012, 06:12:14 PM »
I'm seeing an Admin tab between Search and Profile on the tabs on the top of the site. When I click on it, it asks for a log in, but I don't recall ever having seen this tab before.
Just saying.

Arts & Entertainment / March Madness
« on: March 17, 2012, 04:51:28 PM »
Who's watching the NCAA Basketball tournament, and who do you expect to take it?

The Lounge / Merry Tib's Eve!
« on: December 23, 2011, 11:17:44 AM »
It's Christmas Eve Eve everybody!

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Samsung & HTC Privacy Concerns
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:51:46 PM »

Carrier IQ is collecting data from your phone and sending it to your carrier. Mostly it's well intentioned, but a piece of software that has root capabilities, and can keylog is always an issue. I will definitely be checking to make sure this software is disabled/uninstalled in all future ROMs I install on my phone.

The Lounge / Married! (Lots of pics)
« on: July 09, 2011, 08:39:18 AM »
So, I was married on May 21 of this year, and we've finally gotten our pictures back. Here's a small sample of the over 800 pictures from that day.

Got it right on the 3rd try.

She looks a little nervous.

First Kiss!

Wedding party.



Me and my brothers, being classy.


This is the first time we got to sit down together all day.

Trying to be as pretty as Dann.


Custom labels, those are our dogs.

Wife's Grandma decorated the cake in the hour we were away getting our pictures taken, it looked better than I thought it would have.

We're not rich, the picture just makes the engagement ring look HUGE!

Obligatory nephew pics:

He's one and a half!

If this thread is well received, perhaps I'll attach some photo booth pictures.

"From a single injection, we accessed everything," said the group. "What's worse is that every bit of data we took wasn't encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it's just a matter of taking it."

Holy cow Sony, encrypt your data already!

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Windows 8 Demo
« on: June 02, 2011, 12:46:00 PM »

Arts & Entertainment / AoE Online
« on: May 06, 2011, 07:45:19 AM »
It looks like Microsoft is releasing a new AoE game, it's in open beta right now, so it's free to play until its release.  I personally loved AoE II and was excited when I heard that a new version was coming out.

Arts & Entertainment / Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:18:40 PM »

Apparently someone finally realised they used the word 'faggot' in the song and decided that it offended our delicate sensibilities.

The Lounge / Recipe Thread
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:22:26 AM »
This thread is here to post all of your most delicious recipes for the rest of the FES to try.


Suggestions & Concerns / FES Board Template
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:49:52 PM »
It seems as if the site is currently lacking its template.  RM still has the christmas theme, but the normal site looks like a forum from the 90s.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Dead Laptop
« on: November 16, 2010, 02:42:49 PM »
So my fiancee's laptop died last week, quite unexpectedly.  It refused to post, so we took it in to a place.  It turns out the video card is dead so the motherboard would need to be replaced.  Repair charges are more than a new computer.  The biggest piss off was that it was literally 9 weeks out of warranty so the manufacturer wasn't going to do anything for us.

That is all.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Powerpoint is dead...
« on: November 09, 2010, 01:37:25 PM »
Prezi is now where it's at!

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Folding@home
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:42:44 PM »
I know everybody who knows about it probably either has a folding team, or it doesn't interest them at all, but I noticed there was no specific FES folding team, so I created one.  Team #195271.
For those of you who may not be aware:

Our goal: to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases

You can help scientists studying these diseases by simply running a piece of software.

Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

What is protein folding?
Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Internet Explorer 9 Beta
« on: October 22, 2010, 03:35:48 PM »
I doubt anyone uses internet explorer, but there's a new one coming out.

Arts & Entertainment / Civ V
« on: September 08, 2010, 12:42:23 PM »
I'm just giving everyone the heads up that Civ V comes out very soon, I was just wondering if there are any other Civ players on FES.

Arts & Entertainment /
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:48:38 PM »
Finally, Netflix is going to bring its streaming content to Canada.  I would gladly pay $10/month for unlimited streaming TV shows and movies.

The Lounge / Happy Canada Day!
« on: July 01, 2010, 09:54:06 AM »

The Seventy-Two Resolutions from the 1864 Quebec Conference and Charlottetown Conference laid out the framework for uniting British colonies in North America into a federation.  They were adopted by the majority of the provinces of Canada and became the basis for the London Conference of 1866, which led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.  Federation emerged from multiple impulses: the British wanted Canada to defend itself; the Maritimes needed railroad connections, which were promised in 1867; British-Canadian nationalism sought to unite the lands into one country, dominated by the English language and British culture; many French-Canadians saw an opportunity to exert political control within a new largely French-speaking Quebec and fears of possible U.S. expansion northward.  On a political level, there was a desire for the expansion of responsible government and elimination of the legislative deadlock between Upper and Lower Canada, and their replacement with provincial legislatures in a federation.  This was especially pushed by the liberal Reform movement of Upper Canada and the French-Canadian Parti rouge in Lower Canada who favored a decentralized union in comparison to the Upper Canadian Conservative party and to some degree the French-Canadian Parti bleu which favored a centralized union.

On July 1, 1867, with the coming into force of the British North America Act (enacted by the British Parliament), the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia became a federated kingdom in its own right. The term dominion was chosen to indicate Canada's status as a self-governing colony of the British Empire, the first time it was used in reference to a country.

Taken from

I think that's way more of an epic story than America's Independence.

The Lounge / I'm an uncle!
« on: January 25, 2010, 09:21:00 AM »
As of 11:42PM last night (Jan 24)  I am an uncle.  His name is Colby, and he is 9lbs 14oz, and 54cm long.  It was quite the ordeal, and I didn't get to see the baby until 1:30am this morning, but I'm in no position to complain as my brother's wife was in labour for 40 hours and had a much longer, harder day than me.

Arts & Entertainment / Dan Mangan in Austrailia
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:39:30 PM »
I'm more so looking at you Parsifal.  From your music, I think you might enjoy this guy.  Of course, anyone else who might like him is welcome to go too.  I've seen him live, and he's pretty entertaining.  You can listen to his entire album on his website.

His website also lets you know where his upcoming shows are.  He's a local guy which is why he probably isn't more well known.

Flat Earth Q&A / Upsidedown Sun?
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:31:56 PM »
I'll start with:
Q: "What is the circumference and diameter of the Earth?"

Circumference: 78225 miles
Diameter:       24,900 miles
Q: "What about the stars, sun and moon and other planets? Are they flat too? What are they made of?"

A: The sun ... 32 miles in diameter, circle(s) Earth at a height of 3000 miles at its equator ... located midway between the North Pole and the ice wall. (The sun is) similar to a "spotlight." ...  As (it is a) spotlight, (it) only give(s) light out over a certain area which explains why some parts of the Earth are dark when others are light.

So the circumference at the "equator" (halfway between the north pole and ice wall) would be ~39,000miles, and we know in a couple of days, during the equinox, the equator will be getting 12h of daylight, and 12h of darkness.  The sun will also be seen to cross the sky, rising directly east, moving directly overhead, and setting directly west, carving out what appears to be 180 degrees of angle change in 12 hours.  The sun can be observed to set in roughly 2 minutes.  This can be tested at any time of the day, as the sun will appear to move the distance of its diameter every two minutes.

Based on this, and the theory of bendy light, we know the light bends upwards from 3000 miles up and during the equinox, at the equator must neccesarily be able to propagate light halfway across the circumference of the equator for an area of ~19,500 miles, ~9,750 miles in one direction.  This would be the maximum light can bend, otherwise the sun would be seen from father away.

A few facts based on these data.
Each 1,625 miles would represent approximately one hour time difference.
Two minutes would constitute ~55 miles.

My image's scale is 1 pixel = 20 miles.
The divergence of the line as it approaches the ground is very slight, and almost indetectable, but as it arcs away from the ground the difference becomes more pronounced.  The farthest mark on the graph represents 9,750 miles away, the maximum viewable distance of the final sliver of the sun as it sets at sea level, the mark 3 pixels in represents the last point where the entire sun is still visible.

What this drawing implies is that using the principles of bendy light, whenever you look at the sun past sunset by increasing your altitude, what you are actually seeing is an inverted sun.

This can be tested for at sunset by having a friend stand at the top of a hill at sunset, and using a pinhole projector or similar device, draw the sun noting where the sunspots are at the same time as you are drawing the sun at sea level, and compare the two drawings.  Photographs could also be used, and there are other techniques for seeing sunspots.

NOTE:  Never, under any circumstance look directly at the sun for any reason.

Flat Earth Q&A / Rowbothams restorer telescope?
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:40:22 PM »
I'm just wondering seeing as I've seen reference to this thing numerous times.  Is this a real mystical telescope that used to exist at one time, possessed only by Rowbotham, but is now lost forever in the river of time, or was this just an average run of the mill newtonian microscope he had that one could purchase or construct themselves?
Also, since I'm kind of new to this site, I guess a hello is in order.  I find this site quite enlightening, and hope that all of my questions may be answered.
(Unfortunately, I doubt all of my questions will ever truly be answered, because I have a lot of them, many of which are philisophical in nature and have no answer)

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