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 on: Today at 06:23 
Started by Welu - Last post by Method of Madness

 on: Today at 02:29 
Started by Jessidee - Last post by oddtail
I recently read "Axiom's End" by Lindsay Ellis.

I bought the book because Ellis is one of my favourite Youtubers, and I wanted to support her financially and such. The book, turns out, was well worth the purchase. It's engaging, smart sci-fi that doesn't get bogged down in nerdy stuff, but does actually explore scientific concepts through the story. As a linguist and translator, I *really* enjoyed how the book handles language and communication. It avoids clichés of stories about communicating with aliens, and it actually doesn't get anything egregiously wrong factually*, while also being imaginative and though-provoking.

I recommend the book super-strongly. It's a great read if you're into sci-fi.

* - you know how it is with fiction, especially sci-fi, if you know more than the average person about something. For instance, I've heard of paleontologists who can't watch "Jurassic Park" because it just makes them want to scream. I'm a bit like that with language and linguistics. Avoiding that is a big task, and "Axiom's End" actually is one of the few stories that didn't give me a comical-anime angry pulsating vein on the forehead.

 on: Today at 02:11 
Started by Gyrre - Last post by Mr_Rose
Or the other awkward situation where she pulls Clinton int the kitchen for a chat about how cute Elliot is (being) and Elliot overhears them somehow. More so if she tries to “motivate” Clinton by indicating that she’ll make a move if he isn’t interested…

 on: Today at 00:47 
Started by Patrick - Last post by snubnose
Theoretically possible but the universe hasn't been around long enough for one to form:
If I understand the (fixed) link correctly, blue dwarves like that arent actually blue, though.

They just have turned much of their hydrogen into helium, which causes a shrinking of the star (for helium is about four times more compact, or heavy, than hydrogen) and thus the gravitation and pressure increases, the temperature increases, and the process of fusion speeds up.

Thus they are just more "blue", i.e. hotter on the surface, than regular red dwarves, but not actually blue.

This is still inverse to what the sun will do. The sun, after its done with its hydrogen fuel, will collapse and heat up, until pressure and temperature increases so much that it will burn helium into carbon. This process is much less energetic, but happends much faster, which means the total energy output of the sun will increase and the outer shell (but not the core) will grow massively and thus cool down on the surface, turning the sun into a red giant. The sun will also form a second layer that will burn hydrogen from the outer shell into helium, too.

For being blue, a star needs to reach surface temperatures far beyond 10k K(elvin) (the surface temperature of what we consider a white star). The sun, a yellow star, only reaches around 5.7k K. Red dwarves have between 2k and 3.5k K, I cant find any information on how hot their surface temperature gets in the blue dwarf phase but I doubt it gets that much hotter than before.

According to this link, the maximum surface temperature a red dwarf will reach in the blue dwarf phase is about 9k K, which would make them just barely white.

 on: Today at 00:03 
Started by Gyrre - Last post by Farideh
Mrs Augustus doesn't seem like the type to hit on her children's friends, especially ones that have been invited over by said child.

 on: Yesterday at 23:18 
Started by Gyrre - Last post by BenRG
There are days when Yay wishes that they didn't understand humans so well. Or that they could restrain their need to clear up the few remaining uncertainties. Because doing so only ever seems to make things worse for their friends.

I'm pretty sure that Mrs A won't care whatever Elliot wears as he pretty much fits into her 'attractive male' stereotype. If Clinton isn't clear enough on his own intentions from early enough, this could easily degenerate into a difficult situation with her being clearer with her attraction than her son is currently able to be.

 on: Yesterday at 23:17 
Started by Jessidee - Last post by Gnabberwocky
I started reading the Wings of Fire series...eight years ago, by this point, I think. For those who haven't heard of it, it's a middle-reader series about communities of dragons. Despite the fairly clichéd plot, it got better and better as more and more books came out, and I kept following the series until I was well older than its intended age range, but by this point I'm way too attached to the 20+ major characters and the universe the books are set in to stop. The fourteenth book came out yesterday, so I bought it and binged it in under two hours. It did not disappoint.

Well, time to wait another year and a half for the next one...

 on: Yesterday at 21:42 
Started by Runs_With_Scissors - Last post by Cornelius
I don't use flea collars anymore. Every six months, I get prescription drops from the very. Also help against ticks.

A chlorine spike in the last water change just took out my aquarium. Turns out my test kit is expired. Wonderful way to wake up.

 on: Yesterday at 21:08 
Started by Gyrre - Last post by Gyrre
One of my housemates grew up in California, so he's not used to the whole leave-the-sink-cabinets-open-in-winter thing.

The whole what now?

Disclaimer: I live in Perth, Western Australia, so cold-weather procedures are not really applicable here.
Quote from: Wikipedia
Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) happen on average once every five years. The lowest temperature ever recorded for Perth is −0.7 °C (30.7 °F)
(and my area is usually a few degrees warmer than the official site)

Farideh got it.

My guess is it has something to do with this?

Quote from:
Leaving your cabinet doors open allows room temperature air to keep your pipes warmer. With the doors closed, your pipes are essentially sealed-in with the cold outdoor air, like a refrigerator.
We live in a mobile home, so it's doubly important as the skirting solely acts as a wind-break. We also have to drip one ofthe faucets to prevent the line from freezing. All of which was super important with how damned cold it got this February. We had record-breaking -37.78°C (-36°F) windchill one night. It was pretty consistently around or below -17.78°C (0°F) for two weeks.

EDIT: typo fixes

 on: Yesterday at 19:27 
Started by Gyrre - Last post by Farideh
My guess is it has something to do with this?

Quote from:
Leaving your cabinet doors open allows room temperature air to keep your pipes warmer. With the doors closed, your pipes are essentially sealed-in with the cold outdoor air, like a refrigerator.

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