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Offline ajspiano

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #100 on: December 13, 2012, 06:02:36 AM »
wikipedia seems to think that rap is a form of music
wikipedia has proven itself to be right about somethings and wrong about others.

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #101 on: December 13, 2012, 06:01:51 PM »
Of course, at the equator you mean 2 longest and 2 shortest days of the "year".

And anywhere between the equator and the tropic of whatever, there's one shortest, but two (equal) longest.

If the ancients were that sophisticated it would certainly improve the accuracy. However I doubt it.

I think they were much more in touch with nature than we are. They knew the plant and animal cycles of life and bit by bit tried to make sense of it.

Today it seems the only thing we retain from the ancients are the superstitions.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #102 on: December 13, 2012, 09:20:15 PM »

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«Reply #103 on: December 14, 2012, 01:07:01 AM »
Hey now.  Let's not going spoiling... The End of the World!!!!...   with science and logic.


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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #104 on: December 14, 2012, 03:04:20 PM »

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #105 on: December 15, 2012, 09:14:52 PM »
well at least some people have plans made





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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #106 on: December 15, 2012, 09:43:23 PM »
well at least some people have plans made





Might this mean that the population of Condom in France could possibly escape the predicted end of the rest of the world next week? How hard might that question be to answer and how long might it take for it to be authoritatively and credibly answered? And, lastly, if the world was really going to terminate within a week, why would anyone seriously want to be bothered to use a...? Oh, never mind!...

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #107 on: December 15, 2012, 09:52:26 PM »
...., lastly, if the world was really going to terminate within a week, why would anyone seriously want to be bothered to use a...? Oh, never mind!...


ha ha ha! omg you're totally right, i didn't think about that!! hilarious! ;D

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #108 on: December 15, 2012, 09:54:46 PM »
*Bob was also wondering about that.*  I suppose if it's not the very last day, the 20th, you might not want problems the next morning.... ::)


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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #109 on: December 15, 2012, 09:57:50 PM »
wonder's if people will remember charlie's quote....

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #110 on: December 15, 2012, 11:27:37 PM »


Hahahahahah I'm making that my facebook status.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #111 on: December 16, 2012, 01:05:19 AM »
"Even though it is still today, tomorrow has already begun."
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #112 on: December 16, 2012, 10:12:42 AM »
Actually, post #105 above might give rise (sorry!) to consideration of the fact that tomorrow never comes...

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #113 on: December 16, 2012, 12:48:39 PM »
hmmm weather should be nice going into next week....


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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #114 on: December 16, 2012, 04:31:15 PM »
What happens with the magnetic shift of the Sun?  I thought the poles were shifting on the Sun or something like that.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #115 on: December 16, 2012, 07:01:23 PM »
Still...something that was calculated more than a 1000 years ago and so accurate they got it down to the minute. The end of the former period was when Cortez invaded Mexico.
http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20121221T1111&p0=136


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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #116 on: December 16, 2012, 07:03:53 PM »
What happens with the magnetic shift of the Sun?  I thought the poles were shifting on the Sun or something like that.

The sun reaches its solar maximum every 11 years. 

and it's not like one day the sun is like "Okay so today I reach my solar maximum!", it's like over a period of time.  It just happens to reach it some time around 2012 or 2013. 

It's not a big deal, we have our magnetic field to protect us.  Worse case scenario the power will go out for a couple days.  But nothing that bad happened since like the 1800s.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #117 on: December 16, 2012, 07:25:46 PM »
But you know what we should REALLY be concerned about?

There's an asteroid called Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of death that was discovered in 2004.  

Now...  It's going to be REALLY close to hitting us in 2029.  So close that it's going to fly under our orbiting satellites.

But here's the problem...  If it passes Earth through the middle of a 600 mile wide margin that scientists like call the "keyhole", the asteroid will come back, and it will hit us in 2036.  Somewhere in the North Pacific ocean.

And this asteroid is like the size of a football field, so probably a lot of people would die.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #118 on: December 16, 2012, 08:53:53 PM »

Now...  It's going to be REALLY close to hitting us in 2029.  So close that it's going to fly under our orbiting satellites.

But here's the problem...  If it passes Earth through the middle of a 600 mile wide margin that scientists like call the "keyhole", the asteroid will come back, and it will hit us in 2036.  Somewhere in the North Pacific ocean.

And this asteroid is like the size of a football field, so probably a lot of people would die.

Nothing to worry there, since you have already ended the world by then!

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #119 on: December 17, 2012, 12:53:26 AM »
But you know what we should REALLY be concerned about?

There's an asteroid called Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of death that was discovered in 2004.  

Now...  It's going to be REALLY close to hitting us in 2029.  So close that it's going to fly under our orbiting satellites.

But here's the problem...  If it passes Earth through the middle of a 600 mile wide margin that scientists like call the "keyhole", the asteroid will come back, and it will hit us in 2036.  Somewhere in the North Pacific ocean.

And this asteroid is like the size of a football field, so probably a lot of people would die.

Won't Bruce Willis or equivalent be around to save us?
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #120 on: December 17, 2012, 12:57:26 AM »
But you know what we should REALLY be concerned about?

There's an asteroid called Apophis, named after the Egyptian god of death that was discovered in 2004.  

Now...  It's going to be REALLY close to hitting us in 2029.  So close that it's going to fly under our orbiting satellites.

But here's the problem...  If it passes Earth through the middle of a 600 mile wide margin that scientists like call the "keyhole", the asteroid will come back, and it will hit us in 2036.  Somewhere in the North Pacific ocean.

And this asteroid is like the size of a football field, so probably a lot of people would die.

2029?  Our AI will have to come up with something to protect us.  Or we can upload outselves somewhere and ride it out.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #121 on: December 17, 2012, 01:02:39 AM »
Well I'm confused.  Is the world ending at 12:00am on Friday, the 21st or at the end of that day, 12:00am Saturday?  Are we getting Friday or not?  I should tell them I won't be in for work that day. 

We're going to have have more info on which time zone they're using or if this will happen zone by zone.  If it is zone by zone, we can just pass some quick legislation to roll back the calendar.  Problem solved.  I wouldn't mind see 19XX again.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #122 on: December 17, 2012, 03:39:09 AM »
Problem solved.  I wouldn't mind see 19XX again.

Or we could just repeat 2012 over and over.  That way I could have my birthday be 12/12/12 every year!
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #123 on: December 17, 2012, 03:40:27 AM »
How about counting backwards?
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #124 on: December 17, 2012, 03:42:50 AM »
Or we could just repeat 2012 over and over.  That way I could have my birthday be 12/12/12 every year!

You know what would be crazy?!

What if it was someone's 12th birthday on 12/12/12 12:12? 

What the heck?!?!!
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #125 on: December 17, 2012, 04:32:50 AM »
Sometimes I make like I'm exited about random times/dates..

"Woah man, its 10:52 on the 17th of the 8th 2011!!!"

people don't seem to get it..  nor do they get it when I'm not excited about the 12/12/12 or other such occasions.

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«Reply #126 on: December 17, 2012, 09:08:56 AM »
Well I'm confused.  Is the world ending at 12:00am on Friday, the 21st or at the end of that day, 12:00am Saturday?  Are we getting Friday or not?  I should tell them I won't be in for work that day. 

We're going to have have more info on which time zone they're using or if this will happen zone by zone.  If it is zone by zone, we can just pass some quick legislation to roll back the calendar.  Problem solved.  I wouldn't mind see 19XX again.
http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20121221T1111&p0=136

all you need to know, this is how much time is left wherever you live till the event happens

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #128 on: December 17, 2012, 12:41:30 PM »
http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20121221T1111&p0=136

all you need to know, this is how much time is left wherever you live till the event happens

Cool.  Something potentially useful there.  You can set your own countdown clock on that site too.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #129 on: December 17, 2012, 12:44:40 PM »
Happy Pan American Aviation Day. :)
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #130 on: December 17, 2012, 12:51:22 PM »
just read about what would/could be the most epic prank of the year....

power/electricity/utility company, some dude kils all the power on 'the day' for 12 minutes. how freaked out would everyone be!

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #131 on: December 17, 2012, 11:56:00 PM »
Now here's a question: who actually thinks the world will end on Dec 21? Not me...:)

That would be a funny poll to post. "Will the world end...or not?" You'd get a lot of votes in there...I think most would be for it not to end. ;)

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #132 on: December 18, 2012, 12:14:42 AM »
just read about what would/could be the most epic prank of the year....

power/electricity/utility company, some dude kils all the power on 'the day' for 12 minutes. how freaked out would everyone be!

The power went out for about 20 seconds today. I was briefly scared. Lol.

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #133 on: December 18, 2012, 01:07:13 AM »
I saw a shooting start the other night.  An obvious sign.  We're probably entering an uncharted asteriod.  I'm not certain, but I saw one asteriod.

It was actually a nice shooting start.  Big bright streak across the sky. 
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #134 on: December 18, 2012, 01:25:33 AM »
I saw a shooting start the other night.  An obvious sign.  We're probably entering an uncharted asteriod.  I'm not certain, but I saw one asteriod.

It was actually a nice shooting start.  Big bright streak across the sky. 

Shooting stars are actually meteorites (size of footbal or thereabouts). Asteroids (size of large building or more) would light up the sky like daylight.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #135 on: December 18, 2012, 01:44:15 AM »
I'll have to stay inside, unlike normally when I'm outside all the time.  ::)  Yes, inside where it's safe from the falling asteriods.  ::)
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«Reply #136 on: December 18, 2012, 02:08:05 AM »
Shooting stars are actually meteorites (size of footbal or thereabouts). Asteroids (size of large building or more) would light up the sky like daylight.

The size category that you mention is actually a meteoroid.  A meteoroid that burns up is a meteor, a meteoroid that makes contact with the earth's surface is a meteorite.  Irrelevant since...

WE ARE ALLLL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #137 on: December 18, 2012, 04:09:10 AM »
I guess I'll restart counting down....

3 days....
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«Reply #138 on: December 18, 2012, 04:13:42 AM »
Actually only takes two. But I charge for seven, and the peace and quiet is very nice on those 5 days.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #139 on: December 18, 2012, 10:03:20 AM »
If the world were really to be ending in around three days' time, why on earth would anyone want to waste valuable time in mere "counting"?

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #140 on: December 18, 2012, 01:11:23 PM »
I'd like to know the moment it will happen.  That's all. 
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«Reply #141 on: December 18, 2012, 01:17:14 PM »
I'd like to know the moment it will happen.  That's all.
If you did, that WOULD be all - if it were to happen...

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #142 on: December 18, 2012, 02:37:54 PM »
To be honest, I really don't care whether the world ends or not...If it does that will no longer be my problem unless I find myself drifting around in space, which would be the coolest thing ever!

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #143 on: December 18, 2012, 04:51:17 PM »
why on earth would anyone want to waste valuable time in mere "counting"?

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Lately I haven't had much else to do... so it's not much of a change of schedule.  By the way, one of the greatest legal scams ever:

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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #144 on: December 18, 2012, 11:31:31 PM »
I read today it could be a rogue planet that will hit us.  One that NASA missed (like the asteriod) because it's behind the sun.

Another update on NASA...
http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/nasa-full-court-press-deflate-doomsday-prophecies
Of course they deny it.  The government denies... so that makes it true.  Doesn't it?  Maybe they're being polite, and they don't want to panic everyone during the last days.  Maybe they have an ulterior motive...

If the world doesn't end, that's also a government conspiracy.  Why?  Taxes, of course.  They saved the world so they could continue collecting taxes.

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*Bob sighs.*  We really have to wait until 2018 for another end of the world?  Jesus can't hurry it up a bit?
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #145 on: December 18, 2012, 11:36:20 PM »
I read today it could be a rogue planet that will hit us.  One that NASA missed (like the asteriod) because it's behind the sun.



That's ridiculous.  If we were going to freaking collide in a planet three days from now, we would have seen it LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago.  Even if you were blind, you would have felt the gravitational effects it would have on the Earth for some time now. 
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«Reply #146 on: December 18, 2012, 11:45:07 PM »
Maybe it's moving really fast.  Hidden behind the Sun.  It's a fast, rogue planet... destined... on a collision course with Planet Earth.  And... You don't feel the Sun pulling on you, do you? The Sun is way bigger than a planet, so... yep.  Rogue planet.  You could probably go stare at the Sun for a while if you want to be the first to see the rogue planet when it becomes visible. ::)



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Hmm.  We do have lots of computers now.  And we all must make sacrifices... ::)
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«Reply #147 on: December 19, 2012, 12:08:05 AM »
Maybe it's moving really fast.  Hidden behind the Sun.  It's a fast, rogue planet... destined... on a collision course with Planet Earth.  And... You don't feel the Sun pulling on you, do you? The Sun is way bigger than a planet, so... yep.  Rogue planet.  You could probably go stare at the Sun for a while if you want to be the first to see the rogue planet when it becomes visible. ::)

It would have to have the have the EXACT same orbit as Earth for it to be "behind the sun" such that we would never see it. 

So lets say that's true.

It would take a tremendous amount of energy for that planet to go way out of orbit and collide with us in three days.


Besides, despite the fact that we can't see a planet, we could still observe its effects on neighboring planets.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #148 on: December 19, 2012, 12:44:36 AM »
I don't have all details.  It's just what I heard today.

We're just mere musician here.  Not scientists. Unless...

Is anyone getting their doctorate?  If they've got a doctorate, then they're a doctor, so their opinion is more valuable.  A professor will also do, but not an adjunct.


Maybe... it hides behind both the Sun and Jupiter.  They're both big, so there's even more space to hide in that way.
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Re: Countdown 'til the end of the world
«Reply #149 on: December 19, 2012, 01:41:57 AM »



Maybe... it hides behind both the Sun and Jupiter.  They're both big, so there's even more space to hide in that way.

Planets aren't stationary.

And if a planet can't be found by NASA, then how the heck did some conspiracy theorist nutjobs find out about it?

But lets say that there is such a planet.  You still haven't explained how it's supposed to go from "behind" Jupiter to Earth in just three days. :P

The whole thing just doesn't make any sense at all.  I could go on and on about why it just...  Oh my god dude...  What the heck?!  The physics of it just makes no sense!

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We're just mere musician here.  Not scientists. Unless...

False authority fallacy?  

For some time I actually wanted to be a physicist when I grew up.  





ANYWAYS...

I know what you're talking about.  Apparently there's this planet with a highly eliptical orbit of 3600 years called "Niburu", and it hosts an alien race which actually aren't aliens because the engineered us, and they're going to fly by and turn us into slaves...  Combined with Nimburu colliding with us...  Combine with the entire Earth flipping over 180 degrees...  Combined with all the planets in the solar system aligning with the sun and the dark rift in the center of the galaxy destroying the Earth...  Combined with solar flares burning the Earth to a crisp.
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