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freetoken  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:11:29pm

And it’s only 6000 years old.

Not wearing its age too well.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:15:59pm

re: #1 freetoken

And it’s only 6000 years old.

Not wearing its age too well.

it very dirty and needs a little cleaning up

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teleskiguy  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:17:59pm

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:21:54pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

If your skis are at all warm, probably very fast. Turning, or anything else requiring friction - eh, not so much.

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freetoken  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:22:13pm

re: #2 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

Yeah, but look at those wrinkles. And pits.

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allegro  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:22:47pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

Probably not for long.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:26:56pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

More like skating, maybe. If you could keep your skis hot enough to liquify a super thin layer of that nitrogen directly beneath them you’d have frictionless skiing. Of course that would kill your directional control. That might not be so bad because it looks as though the Plutonians already deforested the place.

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freetoken  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:27:14pm

Bringing up a topic from downstairs, I’m watching the PBS video made available today, a NOVA special, on the latest discoveries from South Africa by Lee Berger and colleagues:

PBS Video

I could be my usual curmudgeonly pedant self and criticize lots of little things in the video, but it is still worth watching. One of the last productions from National Geographic before totally selling out to Murdoch.

And I’m noticing quite a bit of derp, in comments online, at Facebook, etc. over this. Usual creationist stuff, but lots of conspiracy stuff too. And the anti-OOA crowd are jumping in here and there also, surprisingly.

Nothing quite like human evolution to reveal what people really believe.

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teleskiguy  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:27:50pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

I only ask because, well, this artists’ rendering of the surface of Pluto. That looks like unskied lines to me!

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:30:39pm

This Is How You Beat Donald Trump

more wishful thinking and easy-on-dishwashing-hands solutions

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GlutenFreeJesus  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:30:50pm

re: #1 freetoken

Give it a Trump Tan and all sorts of useless, crazy wingnuts will be drawn to it. Everyone wins.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:33:01pm

re: #7 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Considering the low air pressure, the liquid would boil away rapidly, so you’d have essentially a friction-free surface. And you’d only ‘weigh’ 1/12 what you do here, so you’d have difficulty digging in to turn. You’d probably have as much control as the puck on an air hockey table.

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Varek Raith  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:35:30pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

You’d ski Olympus Mons if you could, wouldn’t you?

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allegro  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:35:55pm

re: #12 Blind Frog Belly White

Considering the low air pressure, the liquid would boil away rapidly, so you’d have essentially a friction-free surface. And you’d only ‘weigh’ 1/12 what you do here, so you’d have difficulty digging in to turn. You’d probably have as much control as the puck on an air hockey table.

So he’d need a couple of guys with bats at each end?

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darthstar  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:38:18pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

18,000 foot peaks. Almost no gravity. You can huck a cornice on Thursday and still be grabbing rails and doing backflips Friday morning.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:39:34pm

re: #12 Blind Frog Belly White

Considering the low air pressure, the liquid would boil away rapidly, so you’d have essentially a friction-free surface. And you’d only ‘weigh’ 1/12 what you do here, so you’d have difficulty digging in to turn. You’d probably have as much control as the puck on an air hockey table.

I was thinking Lassie on a freshly waxed linoleum floor.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:41:06pm

re: #14 allegro

This is all assuming you have a pressure suit that will keep you warm at 50 degrees Kelvin.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:41:32pm

re: #8 freetoken

I decided not to be picky about it because it’s so interesting.
So I’d rather enjoy it that destroy the fun of it all.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:42:18pm

re: #16 Higgs Boson’s Mate

I was thinking Lassie on a freshly waxed linoleum floor.

Or how our cats used to scrabble on the hardwood floors in our place in The City, to get behind the couch whenever there was an earthquake.

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teleskiguy  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:43:09pm

re: #13 Varek Raith

You’d ski Olympus Mons if you could, wouldn’t you?

72,000 ft. vertical? Are you kidding me? Shit, I’d rip it! I ski that much vertical in three or so days. I skied well over a million vertical feet last winter.

I wonder how long it would take to ski a 72,000 vertical feet shot. I’m thinking a day, day and a half.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:43:21pm

re: #17 Blind Frog Belly White

This is all assuming you have a pressure suit that will keep you warm at 50 degrees Kelvin.

Getting rid of the heat in a vacuum might be the challenge.

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:44:45pm

re: #19 Blind Frog Belly White

Or how our cats used to scrabble on the hardwood floors in our place in The City, to get behind the couch whenever there was an earthquake.

Triple points for calling it The City. My family called it that even when we were living in Japan, a couple of thousand miles away.

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teleskiguy  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:46:10pm

The greatest five-minute POV ski video ever made.

One of those days 2 - Candide Thovex

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Skip Intro  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:47:01pm

re: #10 dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸

At least she agrees that her people are low information voters.

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b.d.  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:50:14pm

re: #3 teleskiguy

Can you ski on frozen nitrogen?

YES!!!!!
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teleskiguy  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:52:00pm

re: #25 b.d.

FUCK YEAH! I’m saving this image.

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Chankobun  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:53:21pm
Pluto
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b.d.  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:54:35pm

re: #26 teleskiguy

FUCK YEAH! I’m saving this image.

:)

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:55:11pm

re: #22 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Triple points for calling it The City. My family called it that even when we were living in Japan, a couple of thousand miles away.

I was going to say The Richmond, but that would severely limit the number of Lizards who’d know what I meant.

When I was working at Genentech, there was a Post Doc from Lawn Guy Land who tried to tell us that “The City” should only ever refer to Nooo Yawk.

We looked at him funny.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:56:15pm

re: #20 teleskiguy

72,000 ft. vertical? Are you kidding me? Shit, I’d rip it! I ski that much vertical in three or so days. I skied well over a million vertical feet last winter.

I wonder how long it would take to ski a 72,000 vertical feet shot. I’m thinking a day, day and a half.

Remember, Grasshopper - a journey of 72,000 vertical feet begins with a single wrong step.
//

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Sep 10, 2015 • 4:57:49pm

re: #25 b.d.

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imagine! your job will be 93 million miles away!

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Archangelus  Sep 10, 2015 • 5:06:34pm

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