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Everything Else / Happy Valentine's Day
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:52:55 AM »
Since I hadn't seen a topic yet about this, I thought I would start it (actually my wife is making me do this.  Something about it's a good thing to remember?  Oh well). 

Anywho, Happy V-day or Single Awareness Day or Hallmark Day #1, whatever you title of choice may be.

Books / The End
« on: January 17, 2008, 10:51:43 PM »
I was talking with my mother and sisters the other day about reading, and they told me that they read the end of their books before finishing the story.  I was stunned!  That seems kinda anti-climatic if you me.  Their reasoning is that they want to know if eveything turns out alright in the end.  I couldn't do that, personally.  It would just ruin the story, don't you think?

So here's my question:  How many of you read the end of the book before actually getting there in the story? Anyone?  *looks around suspiciously*

Books / How many books to do you read?
« on: January 12, 2008, 05:25:08 PM »
So the question is how many books do you read at a time?  For me, I'm usually reading about two or three books at the same time, depending on my interest in the stories or if something brand new comes in.  It drives my wife a little bonkers because I leave my books strewn around the house.  ;D

Books / Fan Fiction: Good or Evil
« on: January 07, 2008, 05:46:23 AM »
I saw this kind of discussion on another board, so I thought I'd bring it here.  There are many out in this great Intarweb of ours that are diehard  I know people who read the Harry Potter fanfiction as avidly as they do the actual books.  I know that there are authors at there who hate having fanfiction about their works, while some seem to encourage it.  I didn't see a thread about it, and I was curious as to what you people thought on the subject.  Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

Everything Else / Physics of Santa
« on: December 22, 2007, 09:41:59 AM »
I got this off of another forum.  I thought it was fun, so I posted it her.


1.  No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.

2.  There are 2 billion children (persons under 18 ) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear to) handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - 378 million according to the Population Reference Bureau. At an average census rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.

3.  Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, and assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of his sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course we know to be false but for the purpose of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc. This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.

4.  The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 punds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (refer to point #1) could pull TEN TIMES the normal load, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison - this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth.

5.  353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecrafts re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy per SECOND. EACH! In short, hey will burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create a deafening sonic boom in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousanths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.

Books / What books did you grow up on?
« on: December 15, 2007, 08:34:09 PM »
I was looking through the various threads here, and I couldn't help but wonder what brought most of us to this point?  And by this point I mean readers of fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, and anything else we enjoy.  For me, I started off with the Hardy Boys mystery series (and I mean the old ones where they used words like "jalopy").  I loved those as a kid.  Couldn't get enough of them.  Then my mom introduced me to Susan Cooper and Anne McCaffrey (Harper Hall trilogy) and Lloyd Alexander.  I have been hooked on reading ever since.

I love reading.


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