Re: Arse or Elbow?

2002-12-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: The natural conclusion to this string would be in the form of a mass petition to Kevin Lenagh asking him to do aditional drawings of various aliens' elbows and butts. Just to bring the string back to a Brin topic; - ) Not sure if I should be proud or

Re: do republicans care about the health oflow-income/infirm/disabled/mentally-ill people?

2002-12-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Deborah Harrell wrote: --- The Fool [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Michigan program limits drugs for low-income patients ASSOCIATED PRESS LANSING, Mich., Dec. 16 -- Michigan acted legally when it attempted to cut health care costs by limiting the drugs doctors can prescribe to low-income

Re: do politicians care about the health oflow-income/infirm/disabled/mentally-ill people?

2002-12-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 05:45 PM 12/16/02 -0800, Deborah Harrell wrote: --- The Fool [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Michigan program limits drugs for low-income patients ASSOCIATED PRESS LANSING, Mich., Dec. 16 -- Michigan acted legally when it attempted to cut health care costs by

Re: Brin: Tossing a Tytlal down the pants of the romantic elites

2002-12-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
d.brin wrote: Hi folks. The version of my essay on Tolkien now up at: http://salon.com/ent/feature/2002/12/17/tolkien_brin/index.html is a shortened version. nice cover art! The longer, more erudite version, going into HG Wells and such, is at http://www.davidbrin.com/tolkienarticle1.html

Re: Wierd news: French crack down on Internet pronunciations

2002-12-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jean-Louis Couturier wrote: I'm sorry you feel that way. When I learned English, I found that there are words, idioms and proverbs which do not exist in French and which communicate ideas which simply did not exist for me previously. Not only is the reverse also true, but learning _any_

Re: Brin: Tossing a Tytlal down the pants of the romantic elites

2002-12-18 Thread Doug Pensinger
d.brin wrote: While I couldn't agree more with the statement, am I wrong in my perception that the present administration has in it's sights the compromising of said revolution? Doug The revolution has worse enemies than romantics. The old feudalists are always lurking. Always scheming.

Re: Space travel Q?

2002-12-18 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Damon wrote: Hi all, Maybe y'all missed my question in my (in)famous return message, so I'll repost here for the benefit of the guilty :P I need to know the formula used to calculate flight time for a spacecraft using the acceleration/deceleration method of space

Re: Question for JDG (or anyone else with a good answer)

2002-12-19 Thread Doug Pensinger
Lalith Vipulananthan wrote: Embarassingly enough, I knew about both of those already, but the word looked made up. Silly me for such a strange assumption. Lal GSV I Blame The Culture List And not your Xompitor? Doug Or however you spell it.

Re: Volume ( was RE: br!n: [LINK] What Science Fiction Author AreYou?)

2002-12-19 Thread Doug Pensinger
Deborah Harrell wrote: --- Nick Arnett [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: How do people getting the full list deal with the volume? Inquiring and overwhelmed minds want to know ;) We could try to make better use of the topics feature of the list server. snip Hmm. I need to test some

Re: Space travel Q?

2002-12-19 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: The non-relativistic is trivial. No, I am not a _star_ship pilot, just a _space_ship pilot. My ships have never gone much farther than the Moon. Well, there's a star in this here space. 8^) Doug ___

Re: Wright Brothers Anniversary

2002-12-20 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 12:23 AM 12/19/02 -0500, William Taylor wrote: In a message dated 12/18/2002 9:42:16 PM US Mountain Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Maybe next year they can have the same 99 planes and add the space shuttle as the 100th example of flight evolution...

Re: The Two Towers (spoilers)

2002-12-20 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jim Sharkey wrote: Horn, John wrote: I saw _The Two Towers_ yesterday. Very, very good. I enjoyed it too, though not as much as the first, though to be fair, TTT was always my least favorite of the trilogy. I go in wanting a war flick, which it sort of was. Gollum was great, and the

Re: The Two Towers (spoilers)

2002-12-20 Thread Doug Pensinger
Marvin Long, Jr. wrote: On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, Doug Pensinger wrote: Jim Sharkey wrote: Horn, John wrote: I saw _The Two Towers_ yesterday. Very, very good. I enjoyed it too, though not as much as the first, though to be fair, TTT was always my least favorite of the trilogy. I go

Re: advice for the lovelorn

2002-12-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Kevin Tarr wrote: I'm single, she's single. She's smart, I understand the infield fly rule. She is very nice looking, I haven't been chased by an angry mob with pitchforks in at least nine years. She needs someone to support her and I'm okay with that as long as she can cook, clean, buy all

Re: A Christmas Thought...

2002-12-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Horn, John wrote: Last night I was putting my six year old daughter, Laura, to bed. After reading The Grinch and Santa Cows, we turned out the light and snuggled up together in bed. We then had the following conversation: Laura: Dad, do you know what I like best about Christmas? John: No,

Drugs

2002-12-26 Thread Doug Pensinger
Here's guessing the administration will flip on this one. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/26/politics/26DRUG.html?pagewanted=2todaysheadlines W ASHINGTON, Dec. 25 -- Drug companies and doctors are fighting a Bush administration plan to restrict gifts and other rewards that pharmaceutical

Re: Glory in excelsior bottle from Osco chain.

2002-12-26 Thread Doug Pensinger
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I trained myself on H. Beam Piper, where he snuck in wordplay and math errors. The Pinnipeds in _Glory Season_? That is a word derived from H.M.S. Pinafore and a quadruped. Either that or an aquatic carnivorous mammal. Doug Koo Koo Katchoo

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-26 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: There is a great deal of difference between the situation with N. Korea and Iraq. At the present time, the government of Iraq has minimal ability to inflict casualties on the citizens of other countries, while North Korea has a tremendous ability. Just with conventional

Re: Glory in excelsior bottle from Osco chain with a seal on it.

2002-12-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Koo Koo Katchoo? Did you say this in your best Peter O'Toole voice? Actually, referring to source material, I meant GOO GOO GOO JOOB. Doug Expert texpert ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Re: how republican insiders got the carcinogen nutrasweet into food

2002-12-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Erik Reuter wrote: If you can manage to sneeze on them, that might help. Most cats I've seen HATE sneezes. Just sneeze in their face and they'll be gone. Works good with people too. Doug Ha choo ___

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Steve Sloan II wrote: Amanda SubbaRao wrote: Can I beat my kid because he may hit me someday? No, but you can certainly take away his baseball bat if he's already hit somebody with it, and probably will again. If he has one. If he's so stupid that he thinks he can get away with using it.

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote: Can I beat my kid because he may hit me someday? I'm not a fan of the current administration's policy on NK, and I'm really not a warmonger, but... I think your analogy here may be a bit too simplified. If your neighbor across the street starts setting up cannons in

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: Violence and intimidation might be successful short term measures, but they will ultimately fail. Well, everything ultimately fails. If you are talking about pure practicality, the Roman empire lasted through brutal means for over 1500 years. Yes, the brief experiment in

Re: The Two Towers (spoilers)

2002-12-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Horn, John wrote: BTW, I now understand better the change in Faramir. The Ring is much more malvolent and active in Jackson's version. Even Aragorn was greatly tempted by it and had to send Frodo away in order to be certain he would resist it. If Faramir had resisted as he had in the book, he

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: But one of the bullets is a blank. A gun against your head filled with blanks is just as likely to kill you as one filled with bullets. Its a myth that blanks are *safe*. They are very dangerous at close range and no one should even pretend differently. Iraq is not

Re: Two Towers Review from the Self Made Critic

2002-12-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote Now we come to The Two Towers. Film number two in this immense trilogy known as The Lord of the Rings. And guess what? As much as I didn't like Fellowship of the Ring (giving it ONLY 4 4/5 Babylons), I liked Two Towers even less. Me too. 4/5

Re: SCOUTED: Segway scooter hot seller online

2002-12-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Marvin Long, Jr. wrote: On Sat, 28 Dec 2002, Erik Reuter wrote: Sounds fine to me. Since it was your idea, you get the job of collecting the cat pee and pouring it into the squirt guns... I hear Harkonnen Inc. has a device that might be adaptable to our nefarious purpose...but we could

Re: SCOUTED: Segway scooter hot seller online

2002-12-29 Thread Doug Pensinger
Marvin Long, Jr. wrote: way doesn't strike me as the obvious choice. Now, maybe the Segway will be rare enough and nimble enough that it doesn't cause many problems. And I can see that it might be very useful on, say, a corporate campus or in a large warehouse or on a lightly trafficked

Re: SCOUTED: Segway scooter hot seller online

2002-12-29 Thread Doug Pensinger
Marvin Long, Jr. wrote: Maybe...I've nothing against the technology itself. But is a $5000 tool that will move one and only one person at a slow (but fast enough to endanger pedestrians) speed with only a tiny bit of cargo an efficient use of that technology? The ultra-individualistic

Re: Deteriorata.......A Flashback

2002-12-29 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: http://www.nationallampoon.com/flashbacks/deteriorata/default2.asp Ahhhthe memories of my youth G xponent A Flash Presentation Maru rob Go placidly amid the noise waste, remember what comfort there may be in snip Ah, Radio Dinner! I think I still

Re: End Of Globalisation: America is building its rule on unstablefoundations

2002-12-30 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStoryc =StoryFTcid=1039524021167p=1012571727085 It is the time of year when people are casting about for good books to read to resolve the current perplexity. If you are sitting in Washington, there are

Re: Data indicates Trekkies not weird

2002-12-31 Thread Doug Pensinger
William wrote: Zebra is a place to park your car in Britain according to Gerard Hofnung. ___ And here I thought zebra was for holding zebreasts in zeplace. Doug Yoiks, did I say that? ___

Re: N Korea threatens to 'destroy world'

2002-12-31 Thread Doug Pensinger
John D. Giorgis wrote: At 11:17 PM 12/27/2002 -0800 Doug Pensinger wrote: And I think your analogy is far too simple. The neighbor lives on the other coast and couldn't hope to hit us with his cannon in a thousand years. Doug: North Korea has missiles capable of incinerating a great

Re: Data indicates Trekkies not weird

2003-01-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: -- I was under the impression that the proper exercises was the solution to that particular problem. Breast exercises? Now that has to be interesting to watch. Doug Who can kind of wiggle his ears. ___

Re: SCOUTED: Segway scooter hot seller online

2003-01-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
Erik Reuter wrote: Very few people I know will sweat much from the exertion of riding a bike at 12mph, the Segway's top speed. In my experience, riding a bike at 10-12 mph is roughly equivalent to the exertion of walking at 3mph. I couldn't agree with you more, though my route from the train

Re: SCOUTED: Segway scooter hot seller online

2003-01-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: who avoids wearing silly shoes whenever possible, unless for some unfathomable reason Doug puts Reeboks into that category No. Silly shoes are those that put function secondary to form, i.e. high heels. Many men like the way they look on women (I guess), I think

Exposing the SUV safety Myth

2003-01-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/EETD-SUV-Safety.html Most cars are safer than the average sports utility vehicle [SUV], while pickup trucks are much less safe than all other types. Minivans and import luxury cars have the safest records, states the report, An Analysis of Traffic

More Efficient Solar Cell

2003-01-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
In this months issue, Scientific American honored the National Energy Resources Laboratory and Spectrolab for constructing the most efficient land-based solar cell. ...the cells converted 34% of the energy in sunlight to electricity beating the previous record by about 2%. Equally

Re: More Efficient Solar Cell

2003-01-02 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: - Original Message - From: Doug Pensinger [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: New Brin-l Address [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 2:04 AM Subject: More Efficient Solar Cell In this months issue, Scientific American honored the National Energy Resources

Re: [GoBills] Wildcard Picks

2003-01-05 Thread Doug Pensinger
Bill Walsh wrote: This is the one I will strongly disagree with. The Niners are just an average team who played six games in a weak division--Rams, Cards and Seahawks. They also were life and death to beat the Cowboys. While they have the best receiver in the game, they'll need more than

Re: Proving God Re: A Problem For Conservatives

2003-01-06 Thread Doug Pensinger
Erik Reuter wrote: That was kind of silly of her, wasn't it? Omniscient, omnipotent beings should have more sense than that! Oh, man, you've got it all wrong. Omniscient, omnipotent beings turn a blind eye to genocide while helping football players get touchdowns (at least according to

Turkish Reluctance

2003-01-09 Thread Doug Pensinger
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/09/international/middleeast/09ALLI.html?todaysheadlines The Turks would probably help us out if they didn't think that by doing so the Kurds would get their way. Doug VFP Miss Muffit ___

Re: Spot On

2003-01-10 Thread Doug Pensinger
Gautam Mukunda wrote: Carter. He began his Presidency as he conducted it, with a dumb idea that ignored security concerns. Ford was the target of two assassination attempts (thus leading to the eternal question - why would you want to kill Gerald Ford?) and Reagan was almost killed. Clinton

Re: Spot On

2003-01-10 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 11:41 AM 1/10/03 -0200, Alberto Monteiro wrote: Gautam Mukunda wrote: (...) Bush, having a higher security threat against him than any of his predecessors since Lincoln, I have more sympathy for. OTOH, have you read about Lula's security? Who's Lula? Most

Re: Alpha Mails (Was: Re: Scouted: Last of transplanted wolveskilled)

2003-01-12 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote: From: J. van Baardwijk [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: Alpha Mails (Was: Re: Scouted: Last of transplanted wolves killed) Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 23:29:34 +0100 At 17:18 10-01-2003 -0500, Jon Gabriel wrote: Jeroen, While we're on the topic, do you happen to know which

Re: Divisional Playoff Picks

2003-01-12 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Anyone else here think it's a BAD practice to split up refereeing teams for the playoffs, and put together teams of refs that are individually the best, but not used to working together? John Madden keeps saying that on his radio show, and it sounds logical to me.

Re: Divisional Playoff Picks

2003-01-13 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Julia's picks for next weekend: Tampa Bay beats Philadelphia. Oakland beats Tennessee. (And if she doesn't go 2-0 next weekend, her Superbowl prediction doesn't come true.) Philly will beat TB (again), but you're right on the second one. Doug GCU Thermal Whimps

More on North Korea

2003-01-13 Thread Doug Pensinger
Countering Gautam's spin: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/12/international/asia/12ASSE.html?pagewanted=1todaysheadlines WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- An Asian diplomat emerged from one of the many meetings on defusing the North Korean nuclear crisis saying that no one could know what Kim Jong Il

Re: More on North Korea

2003-01-13 Thread Doug Pensinger
Gautam Mukunda wrote: Then, perhaps hoping that it could avoid a confrontation that would distract from its campaign against Iraq, Mr. Bush never described to North Korea what might happen if it crosses the nuclear red lines. Though he has often said he will never allow the world's worst

Re: Alpha Mails (Was: Re: Scouted: Last of transplanted wolveskilled)

2003-01-13 Thread Doug Pensinger
Russell Chapman wrote: Doug Pensinger wrote: Alpha Mails I remember are Ethain Lazh, Stefan Jones, JDG, Nicola, Steve Sloan, Gord, and of course Julia. In terms of Nick's analysis of how many months at the top, Stefan would have to challenge Julia. Through all of 1996 and 1997 he was far

Re: Desktop Icon Utility

2003-01-15 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote: I'm not making any sort of connection or implication between what policies the Bush Administration is following and those of Nazi Germany. I did not say or imply that with that quote. Please don't put words in my mouth. I merely posted a quotation that I found

Re: Latest pre-Columbus exploration of America

2003-01-15 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: Jon Gabriel wrote: He wanted to know how people could actually be dumb enough to believe that, among other things, a large image of a human face existed on the surface of Mars. Of course it no longer exists. There was time enough to blow it off after the first

Re: SciFI, Origami and Brin-L

2003-01-15 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jo Anne wrote: Sean wrote: The reviewer was particularly taken with the Darth Vader creation by one Eileen Tan. Who ever knew a simple sheet of black paper could be so scary?!? Isn't her work amazing? She sent me a pattern for an oragami dragon once that I passed on the origami-er in the

Re: Child abuse (was: More on North Korea)

2003-01-15 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: Indeed, what was surprising to even me was that income is a minimal factor in the response to abuse. I can refer to Economic Dependence and Battered Wives Returning to Their Abusers, a 1983 Master's Thesis by Teresa Summers-Minette. This thesis studied about 200 battered

Re: Paul Harvey story: Autonomous Navigation

2003-01-16 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: Newspaper, magazine, Stephen Wolfram's new book (depending on the estimated time required to complete the task being undertaken). A New kind of Science? I read a blurb in Discover about that yesterday. What do you think so far? Doug

Re: Desktop Icon Utility

2003-01-16 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote: Jon Of course that's just my opinion... I could be wrong. And considering that I'm running on 4.5 hours of sleep in 32 hours I definitely could be wrong! :) Actually, you made your point well, and I agree with most of what you said. However, I think that Bush has gone

Re: Alpha Mails (fun with SQL - L3ish)

2003-01-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 09:52 PM 1/16/03 -0800, Nick Arnett wrote: The connection between my brain and my fingers sometimes does really odd things. Words I'm not even thinking appear. Your fingers. My tongue. Wow, hyperspacial man! A connection between Nick's fingers and Ronn's

Re: Three branch g*vernment [was: Desktop Icon Utility]

2003-01-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 09:43 AM 1/17/03 -0200, Alberto Monteiro wrote: Kevin Tarr wrote: That's the point of the three branch government. Except that it seems that the USA [and Brazil, too] might become a four branch g*vernment. The monetary part of the

Re: More on Definition of Abortion in English

2003-01-17 Thread Doug Pensinger
Deborah Harrell wrote: I find this topic tiresome and divisive, but will not refrain from righting incorrect information. Your expertise is appreciated. Doug GSV By Me Anyway ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Re: About My Copyright Notice

2003-01-18 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: I fully support Nick and Julia. If I were to offer an opinion, it would be that they have bent over backwards too many times. and Jon wrote: I would like to publicly go on record as stating that I personally fully support Julia and Nick in this matter. I support the

Re: A new type of brain scanner

2003-01-19 Thread Doug Pensinger
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 1/18/2003 11:52:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: '60s vintage TV drama. Ben Casey was an MD. Ever heard of Dr. Kildare? Ben Casey was a neurosurgeon ___ Oops, sorry Doc. In my defense, I've

Re: Football coverage observations

2003-01-19 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: 1) The singer of The Star Spangled Banner for the AFC game was a lot better, IMO, than the one for the NFC game. (Who the heck is Jessica Simpson, anyway?) 2) I hate having to listen to Cris Collinsworth. I'd rather that someone with that particular voice not talk

Re: A Certain Commercial Re: About My Copyright Notice

2003-01-20 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Now, I have heard that there is an ending only seen on cable TV that might push the limits even farther, but I have not seen it. As far as what the least objectionable thing in the commercial is, it's the expressions of the girlfriends as the guys are relating the

Re: A Certain Commercial

2003-01-21 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: Doug Pensinger wrote: Downright funny, IMO. I can't say that the large mammalian protuberances (to quote FZ) or the shots of scantily clad women has no effect on me (purely involuntary 8^p), but I agree the commercial is pretty juvenile. But what light beer

Re: Scouted: Scorpions can set venom on stun or kill

2003-01-21 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jon Gabriel wrote: Hammock said he got interested in working with scorpion venom while researching insecticides. He wanted to take the type of common cold virus that infects insects and insert a gene for a toxin, so that when the insect gets a cold it dies. Now that sounds like an effective

Re: [Listref] Environment

2003-01-24 Thread Doug Pensinger
Deborah Harrell wrote: I am sorry that I was unaware of the prior debate; I wasn't a member then. I wouldn't be sorry at all, if I was you. It's a perfectly legitimate and interesting topic and I don't remember any massive flame war in a previous thread about the book in question, or any

Re: First real post - Hugo Noms

2003-01-24 Thread Doug Pensinger
G. D. Akin wrote: I've been on this list for two days and received about 125 posts, most in mid-stream it seems. The Nomination Form for the Torcon 3 2003 Hugos is available on the Conjose 2002 site and in the Torcon 3 PR 4. I'm about to send my nominations in. How many on the list think Kiln

Re: [Listref] Environment

2003-01-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Andrew Crystall wrote: O Lomborg's response was to publish the text of the Scientific American article on his own website and to intersperse it with a detailed response to every point raised by his critics. Scientific American then threatened to sue Lomborg over copyright. I think that

Re: NASA Chief Outlines New Nuclear, Space Plane Efforts

2003-01-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Andrew Crystall wrote: On 25 Jan 2003 at 18:18, Richard Baker wrote: Andy said: Whatever, I'm pleased that they're kickstarting the space effort again. I'll be happier when I see engineers working on actual hardware. We've been through this stage so many times before: the Space Exploration

Re: First real post - Hugo Noms

2003-01-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Kevin Tarr wrote: Cat like? I didn't know they were cat like. Chelgrian's are covered with fur, have retractable claws and long Tawny tails, and they prefer to sit in curl pads. Also they are predators. From what I gather they have three legs and two arms. I know there were other cues,

Re: Helen Thomas on bush

2003-01-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 12:51 AM 1/25/03 -0500, Jon Gabriel wrote: I find it fascinating that the only people I ever hear complaining about Senator Hillary Clinton are non-New Yorkers. Obvious Republican mouthpieces like the NY Post, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, I've

Re: NASA Chief Outlines New Nuclear, Space Plane Efforts

2003-01-25 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: Doug Pensinger asked: Does anyone have a rough idea of how the nuclear propulsion works? Probably the same way a chemical rocket works, if the analogy nuclear rocket:chemical rocket::nuclear power plant:chemical power plant is valid: a fission reaction heats something

Re: First real post - Hugo Noms

2003-01-26 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jim Sharkey wrote: Doug Pensinger wrote: Kevin Tarr wrote: Use of Weapons should always be the first Culture book you read, to see if you can stand it. joking Haven't found a copy yet short of paying $20 for a paperback at amazon.uk. Which I intend to do shortly if I don't find a copy soon

Re: First real post - Hugo Noms

2003-01-26 Thread Doug Pensinger
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 1/26/2003 4:22:14 PM US Mountain Standard Time, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: Try www.abebooks.com which is linked to addall.com/used, which also has alibris and powells and I took my books off of ABE as Alibris works on payment to them only on

Re: Suuuuuuuuper Bowl

2003-01-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 06:04 AM 1/27/03 -0500, Kevin Tarr wrote: The after game interviews, [...] was cringe worthy. One word for ABC: Heidi. Not Even The First View Of Jennifer Garner Was Worth The Waste Of Time Maru John Madden is still head and shoulders above anyone else

Re: Fareed Zakaria on Iraq

2003-01-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Gautam Mukunda wrote: http://www.msnbc.com/news/864430.asp An excellent article. Zakaria needs no introduction, but I'll give a short one anyways. He's currently the editor of Newsweek International and formerly the editor of Foreign Affairs. He got his PhD at Harvard studying under Stanley

Humor: When you're happy and you know it bomb Iraq

2003-01-27 Thread Doug Pensinger
Posted on the Culture list, no attribution: When you're happy and you know it bomb Iraq If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq. If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq. If the terrorists are frisky, Pakistan is looking shifty, North Korea is too risky, Bomb Iraq. If we have no allies with us, bomb

Re: Suuuuuuuuper Bowl

2003-01-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Doug Pensinger wrote: Ronn! Blankenship wrote: At 06:04 AM 1/27/03 -0500, Kevin Tarr wrote: The after game interviews, [...] was cringe worthy. One word for ABC: Heidi. Not Even The First View Of Jennifer Garner Was Worth The Waste Of Time Maru John Madden

Re: Top 10 SF Characters

2003-01-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Reggie Bautista wrote: You could also say that Buffy (and some of the other characters in the show) are basically superheroes, and superheroes have usually been lumped into the category of science fiction. And despite all the silliness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer still manages to be a great

Re: Top 10 SF Characters Rankled

2003-01-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Horn, John wrote: From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] Let's do our own survey: Lazarus Long Gillian Baskin For sentinent heros I like: Horza Gobuchel Daneel Olivaw Doug GSV Not a Git ___

Re: We Want Your Online Dating Stories...

2003-01-28 Thread Doug Pensinger
Damon wrote: Thankfully, after dozens of dates and other duds (one claimed she had sex with 30+ guys by our second date) I finally met someone I fell in love with. We're looking to get married sometime this summer... Very cool, congratulations Damon, and best of luck! GSV Happily Ever

Re: We Want Your Online Dating Stories...

2003-01-29 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: I wonder who is the longest married on the list? I'm guessing it might be Jo Anne or Zimmy. Teri and I have been married just under 25 years. 25 years yesterday. 8^) Doug ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Re: We Want Your Online Dating Stories...

2003-01-30 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jim Sharkey wrote: Doug Pensinger wrote: 25 years yesterday. 8^) Awesome! Congratulations. You do anything special? Thanks! We just had dinner out, but we have a special trip planned for when the weather is more cooperative. Doug

Re: Euro law: Pigs need toys

2003-01-30 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Maybe if one of my friends gets pigs, I'll get a basketball to give the pigs. (I think my friends are more likely to get cats, dogs, rodents, maybe horses, or possibly goats before any of 'em would get pigs. What sort of a ball would be good to give a goat?) One that

Re: Marriage Anneversaries

2003-01-31 Thread Doug Pensinger
Damon wrote: Is it =! or !=? =! Damon. There's always Doug GSV Yer Basic Programming Language ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Religous Babble

2003-02-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
One has to wonder if Bush's religious babble was appropriate in light of the fact that at least one of the crew members was not of the Judeo-Christian persuasion. How must it feel to the parents of Ms. Chawla that the God of Abraham knew her name (paraphrase). I'm sorry, but the president of

Re: Shuttle Debris Trail

2003-02-01 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: - Original Message - From: Nick Arnett [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 3:02 PM Subject: RE: Shuttle Debris Trail - Original Message - From: Andrew Crystall [EMAIL PROTECTED] ... Thats what I am thinking.

Re: Religous Babble

2003-02-02 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: FWIW, that information is not given in her official bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/chawla.html (Expect delays getting this or any NASA page, especially anything to do with STS-107 or its crew, to load tonight.) I had found a reference prior to my

Re: Slightly unusual book suggestion request

2003-02-02 Thread Doug Pensinger
Richard Baker wrote: Jon said: Dan Simmons: Endymion and the Rise of Endymion (but not Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion) Never before have I heard anyone express a preference for the second pair of Hyperion Cantos. In my eyes, _Hyperion_ and _The Fall of Hyperion_ are superior in every

Re: Three Scenarios of what happened to Columbia

2003-02-02 Thread Doug Pensinger
Jose J. Ortiz-Carlo wrote: Hmm.. that's odd. When you're wearing your glasses, you look like.. you. But I've never seen u without them. Then again, when I look at Fool, he looks an awful lot like you WITHOUT glasses.. Nah, it can't be. It's too easy. It would never work. ;-) Well on his

Re: Marriage Anneversaries(sic)

2003-02-02 Thread Doug Pensinger
Erik Reuter wrote: On Sun, Feb 02, 2003 at 10:19:51PM -0500, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I smell a scientific study here. Perhaps there is a gene for spelling and fidelity. Here is how it might work. Good spellers have excellent memory for irrelevant or dangerous information. Bad speellers can't

Re: Sick Nick

2003-02-06 Thread Doug Pensinger
Nick Arnett wrote: Any thoughts? Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Nick. Doug Who thinks it must be a good sign that you are posting to the list despite your troubles. ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Re: UK dossier on Iraq

2003-02-07 Thread Doug Pensinger
Dan Minette wrote: Let me get this straight. You are accusing Powell of fabricating evidence? Well (this is the article that Rich ghosted) No casus belli? Invent one! As Colin Powell presents evidence to the UN to justify war, Maggie O'Kane argues that the US's justification for the

Re: Chapter by Chapter summary/discussion of a different Brin book?

2003-02-09 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: Jon Gabriel wrote: A tally of books that have been suggested for review to date: Can I offer two suggestions? What about _Atlas Shrugged_, or one of the Gor books? ROTFL! Thanks for that, Alberto, needed a good laugh. How about Heart of the Comet? One thing

Re: The rapid decline of the Sci-Fi Channel....

2003-02-09 Thread Doug Pensinger
Julia Thompson wrote: Gary L. Nunn wrote: I remember way back in the beginning when the Sci-Fi channel showed uncut and commercial free versions of science fiction shows. But then again, I remember when MTV used to show music videos. :-) Now there's M2 for that. (At least, I *think*

Re: POLICY PROPOSAL: The list and copyright

2003-02-11 Thread Doug Pensinger
Robert Seeberger wrote: Eric wrote: However, I still think the best way to handle this is for as many people as possible to state that they have adopted a policy of not replying to messages with legal notices. I agree I'm convinced I'm on Me too. Doug xROU Bandwagon

Re: Scouted: Dell follows Apple: Eliminates Floppies

2003-02-11 Thread Doug Pensinger
Ronn! Blankenship wrote: I have Visual FORTRAN on this system. Now _that_ sounds like an oxymoron. Doug ___ http://www.mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l

Re: Oh Yeah!

2003-02-11 Thread Doug Pensinger
Russell Chapman wrote: Reggie Bautista wrote: There is nothing quite so stirring or that can get my blood pumping quite like a good pipe-and-drum band with those high, crisp Scottish snare drums. And yet, the most evocative pipe band performance I've heard was at the Australian War

Re: Condolences

2003-02-14 Thread Doug Pensinger
Kevin Tarr wrote: I'm not saying he is lying in any way/shape/form, this is just a question. Wouldn't it seem premature to send Ilan Ramon's remains home? Unless they found the whole body? I have not been reading about this so I don't know. I did hear that they had sent his remains home

Re: Astrology and Numerology

2003-02-14 Thread Doug Pensinger
Alberto Monteiro wrote: Erik Reuter wrote: Skeptics should test all possibilities Maru I tested that, but it didn't work since I don't have infinite time I can only test some possibilities. Ok. Rephrase. Skeptics should _accept_ that, among the many possibilities that look like

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