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Archive for September, 2008


Weepit says (22:15):
I was saying to Rylon, before I became a member of this madhouse, I thought you guys were actually all serious

You think we could do it all and still remain sane?

lolcats Spreading

I iz in your sidebar, makin youz lol

I iz in your sidebar, makin youz lol

Finally, a good use for the Vista Sidebar, beyond battery/resource monitors. To get the lolcat gadget, and a new lolcat every day, if not more than that, just go here.

Also avalible are iGoogle, Yahoo! Widgets, Apple OS X Dashboard, and lolcat on your mobile! LINK

LHC closed for two months

Gas leak shuts LHC for two months

11:04 22 September 2008

A technical glitch means we are unlikely to get particle collisions at full speed this year.

New Scientist News

😦 I was looking forward to the media looking stupid for exadurating the stuff about black holes.

Faerie Festival

The Faerie Festival is upon us, and the JN Editorial is not (well it wasn’t when I started this post), and well, Sci was bored. So, here for you now are the previously hidden images of the Jellyneo staff, as faeries!

Tawm as Bree, The Key Quest Fire Faerie

Tawm as Bree, The Key Quest Fire Faerie

Sci, Space Faerie

Sci, Space Faerie

Aeternus as the Happiness Faerie

Aeternus as the Happiness Faerie

Stephen as Illusen, Earth Faerie

Stephen as Illusen, Earth Faerie

Willie, Space Faerie

Willie, Space Faerie

More Pictures
Pile of Sludge
Oh no! Sloth has turned the rest of the listing into a pile of sludge! You’ll have to go look them up in old posts 😦

Most link to the blag posts where they are, some go to the image and have not been seen before! If you just want to see the image and not the post, remove the .th near the end of the url.

Mischievous Baby Salabounder

Mischievous Baby Salabounder

The faerie images are a mix of Neopets Backgrounds, Neopets Art Gallery Winners & Google Image Search and of course the Baby Salabounder is from Baby Salabounder’s Office Adventure on Twin Skies Forum.

Apologies to iaeternus & Stephen for forgetting you till now >.<

Online Gamers

This week New Scientist will have an article entitled, “Online gamers are fitter than you think“.

It seems the stereotype that gamers are overweight is in fact quite wrong, at least according to a US survey. The typical avid online gamer is actually in better than the current US average, with an average BMI of 25.2 compared to the overall average of 28.

Should this be surprising? Nope, I have often become so focused on my game that I can completely ignore any hunger I might be feeling.

Large Hadron Collider

So, what could happen on September 10th? Here are some of the ideas, though not all are actually likely, just a lil joke.

5 Best Things (actually possible ones)

  1. Time travellers from the future appear and say hello. Admittedly this isn’t very likely, but theorists have shown that it is possible in principle. And it would be rather spectacular.
  2. The smart money is on the LHC creating the famous Higgs boson, so we would finally know why things weigh what they do.
  3. Special long-lived version of a particle called a gluino could be spat out. These could stick inside one the LHC???s giant detectors and decay when the accelerator is switched off. If this happened it would tell us that our universe is just one of many, many universes.
  4. The LHC might show that extra dimensions of space exist. Some physicists believe this would be the LHC???s most profound discovery because it tells us string theory is on the right lines.
  5. Nothing happens. If absolutely nothing new turns up at the LHC, it would shake fundamental physics to the core. It would tell us that all our understanding of forces and particles is wrong and we???d have to go back to the drawing board.

5 worst things (actually possible ones)

  1. The lights go out in Geneva. The LHC consumes 120 megawatts of power, about the same as Geneva and its environs. CERN gets its electricity from both France and Switzerland, so a blackout in unlikely.
  2. The proton beams become unstable and crash uncontrollably into a detector. At full pelt, each beam contains enough energy to melt 500 kilograms of copper. If a beam smashed directly into one the LHC???s giant experiments, it would fry the detectors. Engineers have built several safety systems to stop this happening.
  3. Fewer party balloons. The LHC???s superconducting magnets are cooled with 120 tonnes of superfluid helium. Top ups will be needed if there are power cuts or problems with the magnets.
  4. Part of the ring breaks. The ring uses superconducting magnets that need temperatures colder than outer space to work. If there is a problem, it will takes five weeks to warm the ring back up to room temperature and another five to cool it back down to 1.9 kelvin.
  5. Nothing happens. It may be intellectual dynamite but if nothing new shows up at the LHC, there will be no more money for big physics.

5 Funniest Things

  1. The ring disappears without trace and no-one can guess where it went.
  2. Time suddenly goes into reverse and I cough up this mornings breakfast.
  3. The ring suddenly becomes the centre of gravity for the solar system and we all get fried as the sun goes whizzing past us.
  4. The ring spouts a gigantic finger from another universe and Sauron steps through.
  5. Nothing happens.

Other Things

  1. They get the blue and red wire mixed up and things spin in the wrong direction.
  2. The fuse goes and someone has to go and get a new one.
  3. The blue screen of doom splashes up on the monitor sending particles into France and everyone surrenders.
  4. They lose the key and have to start the LHC with a coat hangar and a screwdriver.
  5. They will turn it on and SG1 step through.
  6. It turns on and Daleks appear and kill everyone.
  7. The Planet is sucked into a black hole but due to time distortions and what not we never realise.


New Scientist: Short Sharp Science Blog

Wikipedia: Large Hadron Collider

Quote of the whenever I feel like it

stefan says (01:08):
Oh gosh, I  though Tomas said he had two #########
stefan says (01:08):
turns out it was two vitamins
SciFi says (01:08):
SciFi says (01:08):
William says (01:08):
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Berry says (01:08):

JN Staff Found!

So, did you find them all? Did you save everyone? Or did you not find Sci at all? Well here is where I was.

SciFi in JN Daily Dare 2007 Guide

SciFi in JN Daily Dare 2007 Guide

And the others I can remember are:

What about answers? Well I dont recall what they were, other than both Dave and Rosie were “42”. But, you really wana know mine dont you.

2DKG J6E6E36J L92L FG E2LL6J 9GO 325 L9AF8K E2Q 86L, 5GF’L H2FA4.

As ashia-bot said, the code changed every line. But if you realised how it would have made it easier. In the first line: 3 decrypts to A, 7 to E, A to H, And so on.
In the second line this becomes: 2 to A, 6 to E, 9 to H. Notice it yet?
And in the 3rd line: 1 to A, 5 to E, 8 to H

The first line was shifted 42 along the data set of:
The non-randomised order was simply because the program that I wrote to encrypt it can decrypt such a data set yet. The shift of 42 was a clue in itself btw. Each line after that was shifted 1 less.

And thus the text becomes:

When travelling always take a towel, they are immensely useful.
Also remember that no matter how bad things may get, Don’t Panic.
Unless of course you lose your towel and your copy of…

And the Answer? Well what mentions the usefulness of the humble towel, has “Don’t Panic” on the cover and refers to 42 at some point? The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy of course! (Without the apostrophe when inputting the answer though) Dave even gave you a hint of the towel with the image he put under it.

I do more than just dry you!

I do more than you realise!

OK, now you can *headdeask*, just not too hard. And well done if you did get everyone. Especially if you didn’t resort to Yahoo Answers or the Neoboards (or any other place).

You’ll have to wait on Dave for the rest of the answers.

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