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Dyson spheres: they're a thing! [Jan. 22nd, 2008|03:30 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

oniugnip: I don't know what a Dyson sphere is.
jes5199: I don't believe you.

DYSON SPHERE (3 m thickness)

Also: Of course it is 3 meters thick! Of course. Venus, Mercury, and the sun are little colored dots, and the total energy output of the sun is twenty small orange triangles, but doubt ye not the precise thickness of the Dyson sphere.


[User Picture]From: jes5199
2008-01-22 11:51 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea why that "3m" is specified. 3m of what exactly?
I also had forgotten that Dyson was never charmed by the scifi interpretation of building a literal giant metal sphere

Seeing the reference to Niven Rings in that article reminded me of a story, um, I can't find the version I remember but:
Således sang studerende fra MIT på refrænget ”The Ring is unstable, the Ring is unstable” ved efterfølgende science fiction festivaler og i magasinerne. Så Larry Niven skrev en fortsættelse for at skrive sig rundt om unøjagtighederne, gøre en dyd ud af dem på en måde. Det centrale plot i Ringworld Engineers – den anden bog - er netop ringens ustabilitet.
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From: ms_nico_blue
2008-01-23 12:49 am (UTC)

nerd moment

there was a ST:TNG episode about this; but that's all I know
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2008-01-23 09:46 am (UTC)

Re: nerd moment

Yeah, that's the one where they recover Scotty from the original series. Typical Trek-- present the most advanced alien artifact ever discovered, but spend the whole show making in-jokes about cross-series continuity errors rather than exploring the implications of the find.
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2008-01-26 03:28 am (UTC)

Re: nerd moment

Good episode.
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[User Picture]From: qousqous
2008-01-23 02:38 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-01-23 05:59 am (UTC)
Neither pasta cooking times, nor the thickness of Dyson spheres. Neither!!
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