General Discussion Thread of DOOM

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by TorontoReign, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. Stone Cold Robert House

    Stone Cold Robert House Mojave Rattlesnake

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    Jul 6, 2015
    Actually, it's fairly decent. The arms aren't actually misaligned - the collar is, and if you just turn it over to the character's right (our left) it will make sense as if she is looking sideways over her left shoulder. But it's a pretty good sketch, and if you can just fix that up a little (and maybe improve the way she's holding the gun as it looks a little awkward now) it will be fine.
     
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  2. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Thanx for the feedback. I often "stare myself blind" at these sketches, trying to figure out what exactly went wrong. I sometimes spot errors better after resizing or mirroring a drawing - or - showing them to a 3rd party, who gets a first impression, and therefore can see errors more clearly
     
  3. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Okay so I fixed the eye on Zak and started my own muppet character sheet.
    Carlos-muppet.png ZAK-2016.png
     
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  4. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Non Binary Pod Person Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    I'm a huge fan of your muppet dude. More muppet dudes would be nice. Hell you could do a comic strip with some of those guys.

    I really like your use of color in most of the stuff you have posted. I guess you passed color theory huh? ;)
     
  5. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
  6. Gonzalez

    Gonzalez Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2004
  7. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    That non-scientific media reporting on scientific achievements is hilarious to read?
    I have no idea where they got that the "mass melted the core of the nuclear fusion chamber". That just didn't happen, and can't actually happen. The plasma in the Tokamak chamber is miniscule and will cool off as soon it hits a wall in case the magnetic containment failed. Which is probably what happened after 102s, as Tokamaks can (in their basic configuration without neutral beam injection) only work in a pulsed manner.
    But it's a pretty big feat in Tokamak development, I'm very excited about that. The german Stellarator Wendelstein 7X is also starting to work, btw., having recently achieved a hydrogen plasma. That one's going to be interesting, because Stellarators can work continously by design, and Wendelstein 7X, despite not designed to produce power, is a big step towards achieving a viable fusion power plant as it is a testbed for all the complications that come with the Stellarator design.
     
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  8. Scipio the Elder

    Scipio the Elder Whiskey Blues

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    Jan 9, 2016
    I knew we'd come close to fusion power plants in this century but I didn't think we'd advance this fast. It should be interesting to see what comes from this; hopefully we'll have this down to a science soon enough to convert purely to it.

    Kind of sad we might not have resource wars though. : (
     
  9. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Don't worry, the Fusion Constant is still in full effect ("It will always be 20 years until commerical fusion power").
     
  10. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Journalism and science are never very good friends, well, journalism and most things... or maybe it's rather: most things and people's span of attention are never very good friends...

    Unless the article shouts out "WHOAH!!!" they're unlikely to bother to publish

    In paleontology, this happens all the time especially with the Nat Geo sponsored expeditions of a certain Paul Sereno. I have a ton of respect for the guy, but in order to get further funding, he always has to blow his finds completely out of proportion - he has to - or see his funding go bye bye.
    Whenever you hear news about "NEW CARNIVOROUS DINOSAUR - THAT... ATE MEAT! AND HAD LEGS!!!" - you can bet your ass it's another Paul Sereno-discovery. Practically all those you HAVE heard on the news have been Paul Sereno, they have been broken little fragments - like aaany other fossil, and they have been completely exploded out of proportion in order to recieve funding for future expeditions.
     
  11. Scipio the Elder

    Scipio the Elder Whiskey Blues

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    Jan 9, 2016
    I honestly have thought about getting a degree in in nuclear physics just to go into that area due to this reason alone. Its truly amazing how close we are coming to an abundant fuel source that actually works. (A different field is more interesting to me though.)

    The next five decades will be truly amazing for humanity.
     
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  12. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Well as far as I understand it, while fusion is a very good source for energy, it still has some drawbacks.
     
  13. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    It's very hard to achieve, of course. It will most likely require very complicated power plants, and in first generations the fuel might be harder to come by (and create some nuclear waste, too, although it's much less than what you'd get in a fission plant).
    The main drawback is that it will be expensive, unless one of the "dark horse" approaches like Polywell or Helion Energy turns out to be actually viable.
     
  14. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Well the biggest advantage is safety though. I mean as expensive as it might be, I see it as the energy for the future. Like 50-60 years from now. But if you don't have to worry about a core meldtown or a possible Tschernobyle/Fukushima, that's at least something. Even though, I am not a friend of the current nuclear fission technology - more because of the military application. I think a lot of the "hysteria" around it is bogus. People tend to exagerate it a lot. I think there should be still some research done and why not using new technologies and designs here? At least till we can use fusion.
     
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  15. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Yeah, but the problem is that people are stupid and scared. That's also why they like to cut fundings for fusion research as they only understand "nuclear" and none of the "fusion".
     
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  16. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    Yeah I am still always surprised how people don't understand the difference between fusion and fission. I mean it really doesn't take a degree in nuclear physics to understand the principles behind it.
     
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  17. Stone Cold Robert House

    Stone Cold Robert House Mojave Rattlesnake

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    Jul 6, 2015
    Since the subject of nuclear energy came up:



    Very interesting TED Talk about energy sources and environmental impact. It's fairly short for the amount of insight and arguments it contains, so definitely watch it.
     
  18. Gonzalez

    Gonzalez Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2004
    I wanted to talk about sci-fi and you turned this into a political discussion, again. Fine. Have it your way. Just don't count me in on it.
     
  19. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    ONE COMPLAINING GONZALES!
    TWO COMPLAINING GONZALES!



    To late we already counted you.
     
  20. Scipio the Elder

    Scipio the Elder Whiskey Blues

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    Jan 9, 2016
    Well if we're going out there in sci-fi how about nuclear fission reactors cooled in space. Such as on board a space station or space elevator. Air cooled in zero atmosphere. We'll just throw out the negative effects..