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29-06-2016, 10:18 AM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
(29-06-2016 07:42 AM)Aliza Wrote:  
(27-06-2016 11:21 AM)The Organic Chemist Wrote:  Am I a terrible person that I really wish my nuns would have spanked some of the girls in my class?

..... yes! Tongue

But some of them looked really good in those school uniforms.

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29-06-2016, 11:04 AM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
Plaid skirts and white blouses for the win! Big Grin

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31-07-2016, 08:50 AM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
What rebbelibs (and medos and mattangs) are.
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Human ingenuity is, indeed, as astounding, as that of complete fools*

The Polynesians, scattered as they were over 1,000 islands across the central and southern Pacific Ocean, were master navigators who tracked their way over huge expanses of ocean without any of the complex mechanical aids we associate with sea fairing. They didn’t have the astrolabe or the sextant, the compass or the chronometer. They did however have aids of a sort, which though seemingly humble, were in fact the repositories of an extremely complex kind of knowledge. Called Rebbelibs, Medos. and Mattangs, today we call them simply “Stick Charts.”

The “MATTANG” or “WAPPEPE” is a small, square shaped chart which shows wave patterns around a single island or atoll and was used for teaching purposes only.

The “REBBELIB” is a general wave navigational chart mapping an entire chain, showing the relationships between the islands and the major ocean swells.

The “MEDO” covers only a few islands and is useful for specific voyages.

The charts were made by men from thin strips of coconut frond midribs or pandanus root. They were then bound together with coconut sennit in geometric patterns depicting sea currents around the low lying atolls. Small money cowrie shells or coral pebbles indicated islands and curved sticks represent wave patterns.

They were not carried on a voyage and the adult navigator gauged the wave patterns represented in the Stick Charts entirely by his sense of touch. “He would crouch in the bow of his canoe and literally feel every motion of the vessel.” As with ripples in a pond they “concentrated on refraction of swells as they came in contact with undersea slopes of islands and the bending of swells around islands as they interacted with swells coming from opposite directions.”.


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(The Wind episode of Dr. Iain Stewart’s wonderful How Earth Made Us series has an extremely interesting bit about people spreading across the islands in the Pacific, starting some 3000 years ago… and, apparently, going *against* the direction of the wind… in tiny wooden canoes. And they did it thanks to El Niño, which weakens trade winds or even completely changes their directions every so often. Fascinating stuff and one just has to admire what ingenious and persevering little buggers we are. Sometimes…)

*“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams

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31-07-2016, 10:24 AM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
Well not today, but I've learned a long time ago that an old man can shit quicker than he can piss. .... just fyi.

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31-07-2016, 12:37 PM
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"avoiding the wildflowers
he squats...
sumo champion"

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Eh, Girly? Drinking Beverage

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07-08-2016, 07:52 AM
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https://www.facebook.com/kripu.kasumarth...972221362/

Sorry, I can't figure out how to import this. It's a short video and it's mind blowing.

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07-08-2016, 03:29 PM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
(07-08-2016 07:52 AM)Dom Wrote:  https://www.facebook.com/kripu.kasumarth...972221362/

Sorry, I can't figure out how to import this. It's a short video and it's mind blowing.

Amazing. How anybody can look at the scope of the universe and conclude that we are the central point of it all is beyond me. If there was an intelligent creator then it's clear that we're an unintended and totally inconsequential speck that hasn't even been noticed.

The universe revealed by science is MUCH more inspiring than anything religion can offer.

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07-08-2016, 03:43 PM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
(07-08-2016 07:52 AM)Dom Wrote:  https://www.facebook.com/kripu.kasumarth...972221362/

Sorry, I can't figure out how to import this. It's a short video and it's mind blowing.

I think I saw this at it at uni some 25-30 years ago. The whole class was like "Whoa! It don't matter whether you zoom out or in it's all the same." And then we smoked some grass and watched it again.

You gotta go find it on youtube 'cause FaceBook's a dick like that.




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14-08-2016, 06:39 PM (This post was last modified: 14-08-2016 09:05 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
What anhedonia and psychomotor retardation mean. Not cool. No

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14-08-2016, 08:04 PM
RE: What Did You Learn Today?
(14-08-2016 06:39 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  What anhedonia and psychomotor retardation mean. Not cool. No

I watched that entire video. Sadcryface

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