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Old 19-05-2006, 23:17   #136
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But the question remains, how many holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall?
Thomas, if it only worked as well with money as it does with knowledge. (sigh)
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:19   #137
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4,000 holes Kai!!

Any true Beatle fan would know that one!!

Like me!!
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:23   #138
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K, you have WAY too much time on your hands
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:24   #139
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Just a true Beatles fan!! :cubalibre

A lately!! Yes. Wayyyy toooo much tiiimmmeee!!
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:25   #140
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Wellll, watch out for the bad wolves
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Watch out for flying darts, and opening cracks in the sidewalks.

And don't forget the really bad breath on some of the people you meet on the streets!!

And promise Susan, that you'll never work at a nuclear power plant. You never know if it's sitting on a spacial rift, in the space time continium?
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Old 19-05-2006, 23:32   #142
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CLearly you got it So now we just need to figure out how to refuel the boat from a time/space rift.
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Awwww that's simple Kai.

We need to build ourselves a TARDIS?!!
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Old 20-05-2006, 09:23   #144
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Yeah.

About 50 to 60 years too late!!
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Old 20-05-2006, 15:16   #145
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Dang it. Once again, the oldies steal our inventions.
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Just what kind of “patented” holes did Wile E. Coyote order from Acme. - Peep Holes, Pipe Holes*, Worm Holes, White Holes, or Black Holes**?

* Pipe Holes: (from ‘Pipe Specifications’ as used on construction projects):
1. All pipe is to be made of a long hole, surrounded by metal or plastic, centred around the hole.
2. All pipe is to be hollow throughout the entire length - do not use holes of different length than the pipe.
3. The ID (Inside Diameter) of all pipe must not exceed their OD (Outside Diameter) - otherwise the hole will be on the outside.
4. The pipe is supplied with nothing in the hole, so that water, steam or other stuff can be put inside at a later date.

** Black Holes:
After almost 30 years of arguing that a black hole swallows up everything that falls into it, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking finally backpedaled . In doing so, he lost one of the most famous bets*** in recent scientific history.

In 1975, Stephen Hawking argued that black holes, objects that formed through the collapse of massive stars, destroyed everything that fell through them. Not even light could escape their gravitational pull. Hence the name, "black holes."

Then, in 2004, Hawking presented a paper in which he argued that black holes, the matter and energy sinks formed when huge stars collapse, can, after all, eventually tell us something about what originally went into them.

At least, I think that's what he said.

Black holes, he now claims, disintegrate and die after immense periods of time. As they deteriorate, their transformed contents are spit back out into the universe they came from. "If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe, but in a mangled form, which contains information about what you were like, but in an unrecognizable state," he said.

* The bet that he and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology made with John Preskill, also of Caltech. The terms of the bet were that "information swallowed by a black hole is forever hidden and can never be revealed."
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Just a plain hole, Gord.

You throw or place the hole on just about any surface. And you have a instant hole.

A hole to throw things into. Parts, people, etc. .
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Old 20-05-2006, 18:31   #148
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Don't put too much faith in the laws of physics as we know them. In recent years:
A quark was split in two, the two subparticles sent to different places, and whatever was done to one particle (spin, rotation) "happened" simultaneously on the other--even though there was no connection in any way known to man.
A beam of light was slowed to a speed of 35mp, instead of the usual 186,000 miles per second, by directing it through Bose-Einstein condenstate, the "new" fifth state of matter.
A beam of light was put into a fiberoptic and "reversed" without mirrors. And in another experiment, it was sent back in time, that is, it exits the fiber before it actually enters it.

This is all government and university research lab stuff that makes the papers on slow days. All it proves is that Newtonian Physics applies to apples and trees and once we understand what the real rules are, you may only need to "tickle" the matter in your engine in order to excite it into moving forward, bringing the whole boat along with it. A quantum slip drive, if you will, and the high end research is indicating ever more this is what reality really is--not fantasy land. Or, tap into the weakest force, the electromagnetic weak force, and your boat might literally slip *through* the water molecules instead of pushing them aside. Might be a little unsettling, or even make you sink if you didn't get it quite right.<G>

But all that stuff is as likely as any other "new" approach to engines and technology. Right now? A triple expansion steam turbine (1920's technology perfected in the 1940's and still used in the latest nuclear reactor installations) is the most efficient way to go, and all you need is the coal or timber to fuel it. Not too many units small enough to fit at the local Yacht Club, but all existing technology that works better than what you've got.
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Old 20-05-2006, 19:41   #149
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I have had a paycheck or 12 end up in one of those black holes
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Kai.

I believe every member on this forum, has lost a paycheck into a black hole?
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