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foreveryoung
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Message 61 of 134 (697852)
05-01-2013 1:04 AM
Reply to: Message 55 by Coragyps
04-30-2013 10:29 AM


Re: Air
Radioactive decay of Potassium 40

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Stile
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Message 62 of 134 (697866)
05-01-2013 9:23 AM


Frakalaka
12/13 for me.
Missed 'fracking.'
Terminology for stuff isn't my strong point unless I'm around the subject for work or something like that. I'll likely forget what "fracking" means in a few months from now again too.
Use it or lose it!

  
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Message 63 of 134 (697870)
05-01-2013 10:19 AM


No Fracking Problem
13/13. Is a really easy test.
With the question on fracking, of course the first answer that came to mind was "oil", but since that was not an option it had to be natural gas. I'd be curious to know what wrong answers were chosen.
I seem to have always known "nano", but it probably dates back to when I learned the metric system in high school circa 1967. Working later in electronics, I always thought it strange that no capacitors were rated in nano-farads, but many were in thousands of pico-farads.
Too bad we never did make the switch to metric. The US/English system is such a terrible pain to use in meaningful work.

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Faith 
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Message 64 of 134 (697872)
05-01-2013 10:26 AM
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05-01-2013 10:19 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
There is no way I'm going to convert all the measurements in my cookbooks to metric and throw out all my measuring gear.

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Message 65 of 134 (697874)
05-01-2013 10:30 AM


13/13

"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs

  
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Message 66 of 134 (697875)
05-01-2013 10:35 AM
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05-01-2013 10:26 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
There is no way I'm going to convert all the measurements in my cookbooks to metric and throw out all my measuring gear.
The metric system is just so much better than ours:
But heaven forbid grandma having to change her cookbooks!

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Message 67 of 134 (697877)
05-01-2013 11:01 AM


To Frac
The verb "to frac" does not have a k in it. No glossary of oil and gas terms has the word frack in it. Frack is the result of screwball enviro-nuts and OPEC trying to make the word look like fuck.
I have designed and done frac jobs for over 35 years and it has been around since the late 1940's. Over a million wells in the US have been fraced with no problems. It's nothing new.
On oil rigs there are generally 2 tours, daylight tour 6am to 6pm and night tour 6pm to 6am. Now if you are ignorant you probably read the word "tour" as being like "Last year I took a tour of France". Tour in the oil field is pronounced "tower" as in "last week I worked "night tour(tower)"". It's the word our with a t in front of it.
The person who made the quiz up is from the east coast that's why they associated frac with gas and not oil. It is done on oil, gas and even water wells to increase production.
What is going on is we have gotten very good at drilling horizontally for 2 mile or so through a formation so that with many stages of fracing we can make very productive a well that if drilled vertically through would not be commercial. This is a worldwide game changer concerning oil and gas, it's why OPEC doesn't like it and feeds BS to the enviro-morons here in the states, and they go out protesting something they know nothing about.
Typical left lib crap.

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caffeine
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Message 68 of 134 (697878)
05-01-2013 11:31 AM
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05-01-2013 10:26 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
There is no way I'm going to convert all the measurements in my cookbooks to metric and throw out all my measuring gear.
Where I grew up, measuring jugs look like this:
It baffles me why everywhere else wouldn't do the same.

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Message 69 of 134 (697883)
05-01-2013 12:04 PM
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05-01-2013 11:31 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
I thought she was talking about these things:
c = a cup, which is 8 ounces, or ~240 ml.
1 pint = 2 cups. 1 quart (which is a quarter of a gallon) = 2 pints.
4 quarts to a gallon. A gallon is 3785 ml.
Edited by Catholic Scientist, : No reason given.

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Panda
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Message 70 of 134 (697887)
05-01-2013 12:24 PM
Reply to: Message 66 by New Cat's Eye
05-01-2013 10:35 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
Japan doesn't use either 'dd/mm/yyyy' nor 'mm/dd/yyyy'.
Instead they use the far more sensible 'yyyy/mm/dd'.
Now I am waiting for the rest of the world to realise their mistake and adjust their date format to the superior Japanese format.
*taps foot impatiently*

"There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god." J. B. S. Haldane

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Message 71 of 134 (697888)
05-01-2013 12:31 PM
Reply to: Message 66 by New Cat's Eye
05-01-2013 10:35 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
Odd how the U.K. uses metric in everything except their coins and bills, but in the USA that's the only place they use base ten.
These are things that can make you scratch your head....
Also: Astronomy has both parsecs and lightyears, which are roughly in the same magnitude of size.
Just my tuppence.

- xongsmith, 5.7d

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xongsmith
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Message 72 of 134 (697889)
05-01-2013 12:34 PM
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05-01-2013 12:24 PM


Re: No Fracking Problem
Panda observezs:
{Japan uses} the far more sensible 'yyyy/mm/dd'.
Indeed, I have to convert to this format often so I can sort by date!

- xongsmith, 5.7d

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Message 73 of 134 (697890)
05-01-2013 12:36 PM
Reply to: Message 37 by Percy
04-29-2013 3:34 PM


Re: The Fracking Question
Percy writes:
I was expecting to see oil in the list of answers, not natural gas.
Science isn't about memorizing the "right answers". It's about being able to figure out the best approximation.
Percy writes:
I don't know what answer I might have given to some of the questions as a kid in the 1960's.
Case in point: my memory of what I knew when I was twelve might not be accurate.

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Panda
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Message 74 of 134 (697894)
05-01-2013 12:58 PM
Reply to: Message 71 by xongsmith
05-01-2013 12:31 PM


Re: No Fracking Problem
xongsmith writes:
Odd how the U.K. uses metric in everything except their coins and bills
The UK has an apparently random uptake of modern measurements:
Our food/drink is kilos/litres.
Our alcohol is pints.
Our petrol is gallons.
Our body weights are stones/pounds.
Edited by Panda, : No reason given.

"There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god." J. B. S. Haldane

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Message 75 of 134 (697899)
05-01-2013 2:30 PM
Reply to: Message 66 by New Cat's Eye
05-01-2013 10:35 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
And my ruler and yardstick and measuring tape and scales. Darn tootin, I like America being unique too.

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