Its about to get nsfw in here
'I thought we all agreed to stop looking up pictures of Vance and Calhoun.'
Its about to get nsfw in here
'I thought we all agreed to stop looking up pictures of Vance and Calhoun.'
Say why if you’re cool enough.
If you cook a headcrab
It looks sort of like a turkey?
'That's like saying if you chopped up Barney, he'd look like a salad. It's just not the same.'
'We've been pretty busy over here lately, not so much with the Combine, but more with getting ready for Thanksgiving.'
List of priorities:
It should have been a regular stroll in the hallways but it turned out as a little field trip to Old Aperture. That was what John thought at first. He quickly discovered this wasn’t Aperture anymore. No science, no lasers, no pre-recorded messages. And is was dark, very dark. The only light that there was came off his ASHPD, which he always had with him. After some time, John came to the conclusion he must’ve walked through a rip again. He saw it both as good and bad. The good thing, he had a chance to escape now. The bad thing, he had no idea where or when he was.
After wandering around for a very long time, John saw a light at the end of a tunnel. A big smile came on his face and his pace increased, only to get blinded by the lights that were turned on. Blinking a couple of time before his eyes were adjusted to the light, he increased his pace once again, but this time he heard a rumble.
John came coughing through the dust wall that was in front of Gordana, ignoring the woman he went straight to the caved in part. “No! Nonononononono! So close! I was this close to getting outside!” He threw both his hands through his hair and examined the caved in tunnel, in search of an opening. A deep sigh came from him when he couldn’t find one. “Right… Well then…” John swirled around to face Gordana. “I’m terrible sorry, it’s just.. a well it’s kind of obvious. Stuck underground, mighty need to get outside. Sorta, kinda, obviously.” He gave her a friendly smile and a small wave. “Hello!”
'…Uh…Hey there…' Gordana stared at the man with a mixture of confusion and concern. 'Where did you even come from?' He seemed too cheerful and clean to have been down here like that. What an odd person… It took her a moment to remember that this was just a distraction from her mission. 'Hmm… Walk and talk, kid.' She signed, walking ahead of him and motioning for him to follow.
'You have a name, or should I just call you kid?' Her signing was done in a playful matter, silently watching out for anything that could pop out of nowhere. Just how far down did this place go? Miles? It was only a tunnel/mine!
((I AM EXTREMELY SORRY FOR NOT REPLYING TO LITERALLY ANYTHING. I’VE BEEN ON AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER AND HAVE BEEN TIRED A LOT LATELY. I’LL TRY TO GET THOSE REPLIES DONE WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
The World’s Most Beautiful Equations
The Euler Line
These really are ‘beautiful equations.’ Take the special relativity one, ignoring the ‘t”s gives you the Lorentz factor, a very simple mathematical relationship which resounds throughout all of special relativity. virtually every equation to do with special relativity relates back to that fundamental factor, and that is beautiful.
Theoretical Physics: The Origins Of Space And Time
Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from.
“Imagine waking up one day and realizing that you actually live inside a computer game,” says Mark Van Raamsdonk, describing what sounds like a pitch for a science-fiction film. But for Van Raamsdonk, a physicist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, this scenario is a way to think about reality. If it is true, he says, “everything around us — the whole three-dimensional physical world — is an illusion born from information encoded elsewhere, on a two-dimensional chip”. That would make our Universe, with its three spatial dimensions, a kind of hologram, projected from a substrate that exists only in lower dimensions.
This ‘holographic principle’ is strange even by the usual standards of theoretical physics. But Van Raamsdonk is one of a small band of researchers who think that the usual ideas are not yet strange enough. If nothing else, they say, neither of the two great pillars of modern physics — general relativity, which describes gravity as a curvature of space and time, and quantum mechanics, which governs the atomic realm — gives any account for the existence of space and time. Neither does string theory, which describes elementary threads of energy.
Van Raamsdonk and his colleagues are convinced that physics will not be complete until it can explain how space and time emerge from something more fundamental — a project that will require concepts at least as audacious as holography. They argue that such a radical reconceptualization of reality is the only way to explain what happens when the infinitely dense ‘singularity’ at the core of a black hole distorts the fabric of space-time beyond all recognition, or how researchers can unify atomic-level quantum theory and planet-level general relativity — a project that has resisted theorists’ efforts for generations.
“All our experiences tell us we shouldn’t have two dramatically different conceptions of reality — there must be one huge overarching theory,” says Abhay Ashtekar, a physicist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park.
Finding that one huge theory is a daunting challenge. Here, Nature explores some promising lines of attack — as well as some of the emerging ideas about how to test these concepts (see 'The fabric of reality').
Loop Quantum Gravity
Even if it is correct, the thermodynamic approach says nothing about what the fundamental constituents of space and time might be. If space-time is a fabric, so to speak, then what are its threads?
One possible answer is quite literal. The theory of loop quantum gravity, which has been under development since the mid-1980s by Ashtekar and others, describes the fabric of space-time as an evolving spider’s web of strands that carry information about the quantized areas and volumes of the regions they pass through6. The individual strands of the web must eventually join their ends to form loops — hence the theory’s name — but have nothing to do with the much better-known strings of string theory. The latter move around in space-time, whereas strands actually are space-time: the information they carry defines the shape of the space-time fabric in their vicinity.
Because the loops are quantum objects, however, they also define a minimum unit of area in much the same way that ordinary quantum mechanics defines a minimum ground-state energy for an electron in a hydrogen atom. This quantum of area is a patch roughly one Planck scale on a side. Try to insert an extra strand that carries less area, and it will simply disconnect from the rest of the web. It will not be able to link to anything else, and will effectively drop out of space-time.
One welcome consequence of a minimum area is that loop quantum gravity cannot squeeze an infinite amount of curvature onto an infinitesimal point. This means that it cannot produce the kind of singularities that cause Einstein’s equations of general relativity to break down at the instant of the Big Bang and at the centres of black holes.
In 2006, Ashtekar and his colleagues reported7 a series of simulations that took advantage of that fact, using the loop quantum gravity version of Einstein’s equations to run the clock backwards and visualize what happened before the Big Bang. The reversed cosmos contracted towards the Big Bang, as expected. But as it approached the fundamental size limit dictated by loop quantum gravity, a repulsive force kicked in and kept the singularity open, turning it into a tunnel to a cosmos that preceded our own.
This year, physicists Rodolfo Gambini at the Uruguayan University of the Republic in Montevideo and Jorge Pullin at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge reported8 a similar simulation for a black hole. They found that an observer travelling deep into the heart of a black hole would encounter not a singularity, but a thin space-time tunnel leading to another part of space. “Getting rid of the singularity problem is a significant achievement,” says Ashtekar, who is working with other researchers to identify signatures that would have been left by a bounce, rather than a bang, on the cosmic microwave background — the radiation left over from the Universe’s massive expansion in its infant moments.
Loop quantum gravity is not a complete unified theory, because it does not include any other forces. Furthermore, physicists have yet to show how ordinary space-time would emerge from such a web of information. But Daniele Oriti, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Golm, Germany, is hoping to find inspiration in the work of condensed-matter physicists, who have produced exotic phases of matter that undergo transitions described by quantum field theory. Oriti and his colleagues are searching for formulae to describe how the Universe might similarly change phase, transitioning from a set of discrete loops to a smooth and continuous space-time. “It is early days and our job is hard because we are fishes swimming in the fluid at the same time as trying to understand it,” says Oriti.
DAH2 mind read thing says Tunguska of the Soviet Union would be renamed City 17
Where does Half Life 2 start
What alphabet features heavily in City 17
Gordana took a few steps back in confusion. ‘Your… Father?’ When did everyone start having kids again?
i saw thus on tvtropes
OH MY GOD
'And here you can see some of our researchers laughing at Aperture Laboratories third loss of government funding. I didn't think they ever recorded it?'
They didn’t think it was possible for anyone to be that clumsy but as usual, someone had to prove them wrong. Some of the girls from the radiation labs (who for some reason called it the “Rad Labs”) thought it would be a good idea for the seven of them to go down to the pool for a swim. Gordana was hesitant at first. After all, they were studying radiation and had a small chance of possibly being radiated themselves, though that was apparently an unlikely thing to happen after last time. Eventually she gave in after Tracy promised to buy her lunch the next day, as free food wasn’t something to say no to.
A few hours later the seven were either floating about, actually swimming, or merely relaxing with a book in hand. Well, in truth, she was the only one with a book (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to be exact). They only said she had to be there so it was just another easy way to get a lunch. Everything was working out just fine until Phillips from area 3 security showed up. The showoff instantly noticed the lack of other males in the room and decided this would be a good time to try getting a girlfriend. Gordana wasn’t really paying attention enough to hear their conversation as the book was entertaining enough, but looked up as Jenny started laughing.
There was Tommy Phillips, slowly removing his shirt from the bottom to reveal actual abs no one though the man was capable of until his head got stuck and caused him to stumble quite a bit as he was unable to see, still trying to get it off. Unfortunately, the idiot hadn’t seen Qwen’s empty Hai! can and stepped on it with a shriek of hilarious dismay as he fell face first into the pool, splashing water everywhere. The six burst out laughing as Gordana’s mind instantly ran to whether or not she could get away with murder as her book was officially ruined. He eventually resurfaced after a minute or two with an upset frown at the giggling mess of drunkish looking females. That obviously wasn’t the outcome he’d wanted. She reached over and dunked him for a few moments before letting him back up for air, though he thought she was actually trying to kill him. As though on cue, Caughley ran in to announce something seemingly important (They discovered later on that it was only about a small spill from the chemists and to stay out of the west wing for a few days) but slipped on the water and fell flat on his back with a loud thud and groan. Still, that wasn’t the worst of it. Calhoun was running in after him as though to do a cannonball but tripped over Caughley and landed on his face with a yell of pain, ending up with a nasty nose bleed that trickled down in drops. With a sigh, Gordana got up out of the pool, book in hand, and wrapped a towel around herself before helping the two up and fixing them up with some first aid, leaving the girls laughing worse than hyenas.
Soon afterwards, they actually had to put up the signs (No running, horseplay, food or drinks, smoking, glass containers, or nudity) to keep people from doing stupid stuff. It happened only once after that, but it was from some new kid who didnt last very long. Exchanging a glance with Kleiner as everyone was swimming in the creek, she chuckled and walked off.
"I’m forced to place my trust in you to find whatever is down there and destroy it, Freeman. Get going! We don’t have all day." Dr.Magnusson warned her, not even sparing her a glance before he started down the hall making wild gestures as he barked orders at the already agitated rebels. One even flipped him off when his back was turned. Jedidiah had handed her a few pheropods he’d gathered from the others and told her where to go when Magnusson called for him. She waved as he left, quickly starting in the direction pointed out to her.
That was all the information she’d been given. Go into the mines with the possibility of running into another mother antlion, destroy something, and then come back ASAP. It was more detailed than most errand descriptions, so she couldn’t really complain. The main problem was nobody knew what she was even supposed to be looking for. For all they knew it could be a toaster, and if it was there would be no way she would destroy that. Most likely it was not a toaster, but it was good to dream. Gordana pulled the boards off of the entrance and took a cautious step in to scan the area. There was a generator off to the side and a faint outline of lights strewn up to the corners of the ceiling which looked to be in working condition. She walked over to the generator and put her crowbar into its place at her side as the built-in suit flashlight flicked on. After a few minutes of fiddling with the device, it started to make a low rumbling noise and the lights flickered on soon after, flashlight going out instantly. Much to her dismay, the generators start up was a bit too rough on the rocky walls of the mines and caused the entrance to cave in. She turned away and ducked in time before something could hit her, only inhaling a bit of dust by accident which was quickly coughed out. Now she had to find another exit if there even was another. Looking back as a small rock tumbled down the new wall, she sighed and continued into the well lit area only to stop at the sound of someone else coughing. Who in their right mind would be down here?
((Guys guys guys I can’t reply or write anything publically for some reason so if I owe replies or starters for anything on either blog, it might be a while. I can only seem to write from skype right now and everything’s been kinda blah. If anyone wants to talk on skype, rui.kagene3 would be me. I’m extremely sorry everyone.