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by midtskogen
17 Aug 2017 22:30
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 569
Views: 20944

Science and Astronomy Questions

Pure guesswork on 2: Life likely wont influence tectonic flows, but does influence weather and weathering, so the continents would be identifiable and shorelines, valleys and rivers would mostly be different due to the timescale and butterfly effects.
by midtskogen
17 Aug 2017 20:22
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Thanks.  I'm flying over to San Francisco in a few hours, will have Saturday near San Jose to get ready, and plan to head north 5 am on Sunday with a couple of US colleagues (yay, shared driving).  I bought a US sim card good for 1 GB of data and bring an old phone so I can have a wifi zone with me.
by midtskogen
17 Aug 2017 08:35
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon is now the only state that has no clouds in the totality zone!
WDTWeatherMap_August17.png

But: Eclipse traffic already backing up in Central Oregon
by midtskogen
16 Aug 2017 12:55
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

That's ... sad news.  No way to rebook for Saturday and hope for the best?
by midtskogen
15 Aug 2017 22:18
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Good descriptions, Wats.  What exactly the totality will look like, varies (the threads of the corona, red dots along the limb).  Your reflexes will tell you when to look away.  The diamond ring quickly becomes like watching arc welding, and three seconds sounds about right.
by midtskogen
15 Aug 2017 09:06
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Using Space Engine for a D&D campaign?
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Using Space Engine for a D&D campaign?

D&D as in Dungeons and Dragons?
by midtskogen
15 Aug 2017 05:25
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

PlutonianEmpire wrote:
Qr Bbpost Granted my area will get 82% Totality, but since I don't have the means to get to the Path of Totality, this will do.

That's awful.  An 82% eclipse is pretty much a non-event.  If you start walking today, you might get into the totality zone in time. ;)
by midtskogen
14 Aug 2017 15:12
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 1927

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Norwegian forecast

The forecast seems to change a bit back and forth every day, but for Madras the cloud cover is generally lower in the early day.
by midtskogen
13 Aug 2017 21:47
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 493
Views: 22669

Totally off-topic thread

Mostly bad weather during the night before the 13th, but good before the 14th, and I got only a few nice Perseids on camera.  I looked at the sky for about 20 minutes around 22:30 last night, saw none, but the sky was still pretty bright at that time, only the brightest stars visible. se1.jpg se2.jp...
by midtskogen
13 Aug 2017 06:02
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Politics
Replies: 100
Views: 2554

Politics

HarbingerDawn wrote:
Qr Bbpost But you need to look at where the violence started.

Kids argue that way.
People marching in the streets promoting ridiculous ideas, whether political or religious, deserve ridicule, not equally ridiculous counter protests.  People should just laugh and ignore.
by midtskogen
11 Aug 2017 05:56
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Totally off-topic thread
Replies: 493
Views: 22669

Totally off-topic thread

Hm.  I was born on 3rd May 1973.  Significant events on subsequent 3rd Mays according to Wikipedia are:
1978: First spam e-mail sent.
1986: 21 killed in airplane bombing in Sri Lanka
1999: An F5 tornado devastates parts of Oklahoma
2002: Indian Air flight crashes and kills 8

:(
by midtskogen
11 Aug 2017 01:32
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy Questions
Replies: 569
Views: 20944

Science and Astronomy Questions

Yeah, but I was more thinking about what it would take for the time dilation effect to catch up with the decreasing period during the in-spiral.
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