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Jul 18th, 2014 at 8:38:52 am

tcr! · Jul 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

I hit every green light coming to work this morning. What the what is going on?

#trafficnews

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Jul 17th, 2014 at 11:02:35 pm

tcr! · Jul 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

I just ate like two pounds of chocolate covered peanuts. I mean like what was I supposed to do?

#foodies

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Floor Sanding

tcr! · Jul 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

So this was “a thing” tonight.

floor sanding 1

floor sanding 2

#photos #homeimprovement

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

looks like a nice job.

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tism tism · Jul 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

smoooooth

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tcr! tcr! · Jul 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Thanks guys!

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There is no intelligent life out there

tcr! · Jul 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Fermi Paradox - Wait But WhyWait But Why

The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

When confronted with the topic of stars and galaxies, a question that tantalizes most humans is, “Is there other intelligent life out there?” Let’s put some numbers to it (if you don’t like numbers, just read the bold)—

As many stars as there are in our galaxy (100 – 400 billion), there are roughly an equal number of galaxies in the observable universe—so for every star in the colossal Milky Way, there’s a whole galaxy out there. All together, that comes out to the typically quoted range of between 1022 and 1024 total stars, which means that for every grain of sand on Earth, there are 10,000 stars out there.

The science world isn’t in total agreement about what percentage of those stars are “sun-like” (similar in size, temperature, and luminosity)—opinions typically range from 5% to 20%. Going with the most conservative side of that (5%), and the lower end for the number of total stars (1022), gives us 500 quintillion, or 500 billion billion sun-like stars.

There’s also a debate over what percentage of those sun-like stars might be orbited by an Earth-like planet (one with similar temperature conditions that could have liquid water and potentially support life similar to that on Earth). Some say it’s as high as 50%, but let’s go with the more conservative 22% that came out of a recent PNAS study. That suggests that there’s a potentially-habitable Earth-like planet orbiting at least 1% of the total stars in the universe—a total of 100 billion billion Earth-like planets.

So there are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. Think about that next time you’re on the beach.

Moving forward, we have no choice but to get completely speculative. Let’s imagine that after billions of years in existence, 1% of Earth-like planets develop life (if that’s true, every grain of sand would represent one planet with life on it). And imagine that on 1% of those planets, the life advances to an intelligent level like it did here on Earth. That would mean there were 10 quadrillion, or 10 million billion intelligent civilizations in the observable universe.

Moving back to just our galaxy, and doing the same math on the lowest estimate for stars in the Milky Way (100 billion), we’d estimate that there are 1 billion Earth-like planets and 100,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.[1]

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is an organization dedicated to listening for signals from other intelligent life. If we’re right that there are 100,000 or more intelligent civilizations in our galaxy, and even a fraction of them are sending out radio waves or laser beams or other modes of attempting to contact others, shouldn’t SETI’s satellite array pick up all kinds of signals?

But it hasn’t. Not one. Ever.

#cosmos

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 21, 2014 at 4:23 am

i would like to recommend "Get a Grip on Physics" by John Gribbin, copyright 1999, Ivy Press, ISBN 0-7807-3748-7. It's accessible as all git out and has lots of pics. It gets a little intellectual when it arrives to the Quantum section and beyond, but if you paid attention to the first two chapters you should be fine.
i would also like to recommend, (who doesn't? for crying out loud?) "A Brief History of Time. The Updated And Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition" by Stephen Hawking. Stephen's book is a lot more famous and you shouldn't need ISBN or anything.
VERY fucking accessible.
for that matter though, i'd also like to recommend "The Big Lebowski" by the Coen Brothers.
it's so fucking accessible you'll be wiping the caucasian off your upper ip.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 21, 2014 at 4:26 am

i'm sorry. i buried the headline. Hawking's book has a chapter on time travel. But read it all. Both books wouldn't take an entire weekend, including "coffee" breaks.

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Jul 16th, 2014 at 12:11:00 am

tcr! · Jul 16, 2014 at 12:11 am

I can either talk and be utterly misheard ..or.. I can remain silent and resentful.

The hulk doesn't have 25 cents

#thestruggleisreal

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

yep. it's like that.

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So I took a selfie

tcr! · Jul 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

so i took a selfie

#photos #selfies #fashion

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Removing the tile from the family room

tcr! · Jul 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

removing tile from the family room

So this is “a thing” today.

#photos #homeimprovement

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Elitist rubbish on Explosm.net

tcr! · Jul 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Cyanide & Happiness #3557 - Explosm.net

Cyanide & Happiness #3557 - Explosm.net

Explosm.net - Comics, Animations and more!

I hate elitist rubbish like this. Just because I don’t know the science behind cake doesn’t mean I can’t love eating it.

#comics

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

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Jimi, this Reed’s for you

tcr! · Jul 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

mtv lou reed

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

lou so coo. he so coo, i say kookie koo lou.

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This could be an “end of the world” movie poster…

tcr! · Jul 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

a fourth of july photo of the back of ms head

…and not a Fourth of July photo of the back of Maggie’s head.

#photos #july4th #maggie

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