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Forum: Lounge 2022-08-08, 13:32
Replies: 43
Views: 4,013
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
After a very dry late Spring and early Summer, a...

After a very dry late Spring and early Summer, a lot of my plants were stunted and struggling. But we got a much-needed soaking rain the second week of July, and recently got another good soaking. ...
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-06, 20:57
Replies: 909
Views: 114,816
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
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Forum: Lounge 2022-08-06, 16:41
Replies: 444
Views: 74,803
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
And a good thing it is, too. Of course, even...

And a good thing it is, too. Of course, even with your company, you have indicated that callers can go ahead and enter an extension if they know it.

I am generally resigned to having to deal with...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-05, 12:34
Replies: 54
Views: 13,642
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
This is a followup to previous posts about a...

This is a followup to previous posts about a notorious police shooting, e.g. this one (https://www.mersenneforum.org/showpost.php?p=557746&postcount=41) and this one...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-05, 02:46
Replies: 189
Views: 44,016
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I made a mistake in my previous post. Jones's...

I made a mistake in my previous post. Jones's defense lawyer requested that the jury award not $1.00, but $1.00 for each of the eight counts in the suit, for a grand total of $8.00.

The jury has...
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-05, 00:05
Replies: 444
Views: 74,803
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It's possible, but with the call I got, I think...

It's possible, but with the call I got, I think it's very unlikely.

Right off the bat, the number the call came from was "unavailable" to Caller ID. A legitimate business (which the call back...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-04, 20:37
Replies: 390
Views: 19,572
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Dear Josh: Thanks for thinking of me. I...

Dear Josh:

Thanks for thinking of me.

I thought the last candidate I supported was going to run again.

And I thought you supported him as well.

Do you know something I don't?
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-04, 13:01
Replies: 390
Views: 19,572
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The US Senate has voted 95-1 to let Finland and...

The US Senate has voted 95-1 to let Finland and Sweden join NATO.

It is possible that objections from Turkey could still prevent them from joining - member states have to be unanimous in allowing...
Forum: And now for something completely different 2022-08-04, 11:50
Replies: 49
Views: 10,540
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
And there is a grand total of how many known...

And there is a grand total of how many known terms? Eleven.

But - the index suddenly jumps from 2732 to 19439060 - surely there must be something going on! Argle bargle! Argle bargle!
...
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-04, 02:33
Replies: 444
Views: 74,803
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I got a really weird call to my cell phone on 2...

I got a really weird call to my cell phone on 2 August 2022. Caller ID said "unavailable," which told me right away it was some kind of scam. I let it go to voice mail.

And lo and behold, not...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-04, 01:57
Replies: 189
Views: 44,016
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Here is a followup to this 2020 post...

Here is a followup to this 2020 post (https://www.mersenneforum.org/showpost.php?p=534064&postcount=135) about the Texas lawsuit against Alex Jones filed by parents of victims of the Sandy Hook...
Forum: Science & Technology 2022-08-03, 13:44
Replies: 76
Views: 40,546
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I presume "strong in the past" refers to...

I presume "strong in the past" refers to "inflation."

The "accelerating expansion" theory is currently fashionable due to work which was the subject of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, which was...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-08-03, 12:36
Replies: 167
Views: 13,112
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Kansas votes "No"...

Kansas votes "No" (https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/03/politics/kansas-abortion-amendment-analysis/index.html)
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-02, 22:52
Replies: 4,479
Views: 430,413
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Looks like a fine, large female specimen of...

Looks like a fine, large female specimen of Argiope aurantia (https://bugguide.net/node/view/2025) - Black and Yellow Argiope - AKA Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Orbweaver, Writing Spider,...
Forum: Science & Technology 2022-08-02, 01:18
Replies: 76
Views: 40,546
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
From what I understand, the current thinking on...

From what I understand, the current thinking on the observable universe is that space is expanding, and the expansion not only is not slowing down, but is accelerating. If this is correct, more and...
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-01, 13:25
Replies: 1,967
RIP
Views: 235,588
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I watched Star Trek when it first went on the...

I watched Star Trek when it first went on the air. Nichelle Nichols was a very attractive woman, and the uniform her character, Lieutenant Uhura wore, showed her very shapely legs pretty far up. ...
Forum: Science & Technology 2022-08-01, 12:34
Replies: 76
Views: 40,546
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Black hole mergers have been observed. In those...

Black hole mergers have been observed. In those mergers, two event horizons become one. They meet.

I don't understand the notion of the universe not being a black hole. What is "escaping the...
Forum: Factoring 2022-08-01, 02:22
Replies: 91
Views: 6,581
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Sorry, this does not compute. The only positive...

Sorry, this does not compute. The only positive integers with integer square roots are perfect squares, i.e. squares of integers. The square of an even integer is divisible by 4, and the square of...
Forum: Lounge 2022-08-01, 01:56
Replies: 1,967
RIP
Views: 235,588
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Bill Russell...

Bill Russell (https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/31/sport/bill-russell-nba-legend-dies-spt-intl/index.html)
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2022-07-31, 13:11
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I'm not sure how well I'll be able to catch on,...

I'm not sure how well I'll be able to catch on, but I heartily approve of this thread. I will mention one Japanese word which has found its way into the English language, which seems peculiarly...
Forum: Factoring 2022-07-31, 02:22
Replies: 91
Views: 6,581
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I see that you have conceded that you don't know...

I see that you have conceded that you don't know that. Good, you've learned something.

AFAIK the only way to determine whether P = 2^p - 1 is representable as a^2 + 3*b^2 is to factor it. If all...
Forum: Number Theory Discussion Group 2022-07-29, 13:38
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It occurred to me to wonder about using rotation...

It occurred to me to wonder about using rotation matrices as an alternate approach to the well known - and long settled - question of counting solutions to a^2 + b^2 == k (mod p) where p is an odd...
Forum: Lounge 2022-07-29, 02:13
Replies: 1,967
RIP
Views: 235,588
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I remember when the ship ran aground and spilled...

I remember when the ship ran aground and spilled millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. That was in 1989.

The article is interesting in that it indicates that there was plenty of...
Forum: Lone Mersenne Hunters 2022-07-28, 17:04
Replies: 2,173
Views: 336,449
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
This brings to mind a criminal case I'd heard...

This brings to mind a criminal case I'd heard about some years back.

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Found it. The following news story from January 2022 is about the case.

Lottery scam's alleged...
Forum: Lounge 2022-07-28, 11:49
Replies: 13
Views: 265
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
There is a well known case from around 1660...

There is a well known case from around 1660 usually referred to as the "Campden Wonder" or "Campden Mystery." Brief summary:

A 70-year-old man named William Harrison disappeared while out on an...
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