Undertoad Wednesday Nov 20 04:24 PM
11/20/2002: Sun spot
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 04:27 PM
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 04:58 PM
That 5000 Kilometers distance graph and the size of the sun spot reminded me that ...
Senor Oso Wednesday Nov 20 06:08 PM
There's something odd about those numbers. $2,030 in fuel to go 4376 miles? I don't know what gas costs in Canada, I'm sure it's taxed more heavily than it is in the U.S. But even figuring, say $2.50 US per gallon (which works out to about $3.75/gallon Canadian), that truck still only got about 5 miles per gallon. What kind of truck were they using anyway? Even semis get better mileage than that.
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 06:25 PM
Senor Oso Wednesday Nov 20 06:37 PM
Now, I may have done the math wrong, so somebody check me on this: Fuel Cost ($2030) / Price Per Gallon ($1.419) gives you 1430 gallons of fuel. Then, Miles Traveled (4367) / 1430 gallons of fuel should leave you with 3.05 mpg.
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 06:40 PM
Bear in mind ... it was towing a solar vehicle.
Senor Oso Wednesday Nov 20 06:46 PM
So then the solar car didn't actually make it all the way across Canada on it's own? I thought it said the support truck was merely "trailing" the solar car.
In any case, all I can say is... I'm bored now.
MaggieL Wednesday Nov 20 07:07 PM
I doubt that a support truck tailing a solar car is operating at it's most fuel-efficient speed.
Senor Oso Wednesday Nov 20 07:12 PM
Sure, but still, 3 miles per gallon? It just seems weird to me. But
Undertoad Wednesday Nov 20 07:17 PM
Well then they can't compare the figures, because nobody in their right mind would operate a truck that way.
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 07:22 PM
Tell me more about the sun spots.
Undertoad Wednesday Nov 20 07:34 PM
It's from Astronomy Pic of the Day
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 07:39 PM
WOW. Freakin' awesome wallpaper. I hope the wife doesn't throw a pail of water on the monitor!
Griff Wednesday Nov 20 07:42 PM
If you look more closely at UTs face capture you'll notice Apollo has his index finger laid up against his nose. The Gods, in their infinite boredom, are doing a stage production of The Sting.
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 07:48 PM
Griff has discovered how the sun spot is created ... by Apollo holding one nostril and blowing fiercely through the other.
Nic Name Wednesday Nov 20 07:58 PM
tandr Wednesday Nov 20 11:57 PM
This was second thought. First one was "This is how hell looks like"
Nic Name Thursday Nov 21 12:33 AM
Wouldn't that be something ... if all along we've been looking at the Sun as the source of light and life ... and it's actually Hell. As a kid, I was always thinking down in Hell ... never thought of the Sun.
juju Thursday Nov 21 01:14 AM
It doesn't make much sense, seeing as how the sun is the source of all life in our solar system.
Cam Thursday Nov 21 01:26 AM
And the voice of reason shines through
kisrael Thursday Nov 21 09:43 AM
I think it looks more like Boba Fett.
helen Thursday Nov 21 10:30 AM
WOW. That's some image.
MaggieL Thursday Nov 21 12:01 PM
There's this section too. I think it's Jesus...or maybe Elvis.
MaggieL Thursday Nov 21 12:03 PM
And then there's this...subtle. I don't know what to make of it. Is it lunchtime yet?
Undertoad Thursday Nov 21 12:04 PM
It's the Sta-Puff marshmellow man.
Griff Thursday Nov 21 12:22 PM
Oops my mistake, they're watching a pre-release version of AP 3, Look who's coming to dinner: Dr. Evil
dave Thursday Nov 21 12:54 PM
I think it was Sta-Puft, Tone.
warch Thursday Nov 21 01:07 PM
Elby's! Thats a hellava grease fire.
Griff Thursday Nov 21 01:27 PM
I told Big Boy not to throw water on that, does he listen?
Tobiasly Thursday Nov 21 02:28 PM
Griff Thursday Nov 21 02:33 PM
In Steamboat Springs they have Moots
Nic Name Thursday Nov 21 02:58 PM
a mute point - stfu!
Urbane Guerrilla Thursday Nov 21 05:37 PM
perth Thursday Nov 21 08:27 PM
dasviper Friday Nov 22 01:56 AM
Griff Friday Nov 22 07:02 AM
Leus Friday Nov 22 09:58 AM
MaggieL Friday Nov 22 12:18 PM
This is largely an issue of lazy nomenclature. Yankee haters have had a problem ever since 'den of the running dogs of the capitalist power structure' fell out of vogue at the end of the cold war. "The Great Satan" was popularized for a while just before then by that fun-loving Iraninan mullah, but somehow just doesn't have the same ring to it.
But as for "America" (meaning all land area in the Western Hemisphere except Antartica--and no cracks about "Little America", OK?) vs. "The US" vs. "Canada": not to worry--there is a solution...which begins to materialize in strip 5 of 11 of "For Cod and Country", where we hear the aliens Neil and Bob ("Is that your names or is that what you do?") say:
Read the series at:
...and don't forget during the codpiece prolog that if you pronouce "American" properly it comes out "merkin"--glossed as a wig for pubic hair.
wolf Friday Nov 22 11:40 PM