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re-growth by nightlock on Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:22 pm
Nightlock wrote:As the time has flown by, many things happened in my life since the last time I visited this site.


Time fled past me like an intercity train going through a small station. We are painfully aware of it's passing, as it's displacement affects us, and it's noise silences our conversations. But it's gone by so fast that we cannot react, cannot impact and cannot influence it's passing. Events in our lives are like the passengers, you recognize their faces but before you can say anything to them, they've gone.

Continuing this (ultimately flawed) analogy, I've watched several intercities race on by me and am now keenly aware of my train about to enter the station and halt at the platform I've inhabited for the past 2 years. Not only have the intercities kept me from visiting Speculative Vision, they've kept me from writing completely. I look forward to boarding the next train, and finally get my life rolling again.

As before, a multitude...

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Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court by Qray on Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:12 pm
Join us in discussing Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court Web Comic in the "Other Reading" Forum.

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House Passes Mandatory National Service Bill H.R. 1388 by Dark Knight on Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:54 pm
Now before anyone gets started this bill has got somewhere, it has been passed by the House, now I am no expert on bills and how they get anywhere in the USA system, but I know this now goes to the Senate. And I know it is called "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act"

If it is Volunteer, then my does the bill mention Mandatory :?

Mandatory National Service or not?

House Passes Mandatory National Service Bill H.R. 1388

The House passed a bill yesterday which includes disturbing language indicating young people will be forced to undertake mandatory national service programs as fears about President Barack Obama’s promised “civilian national security force” intensify.

The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, known as the GIVE Act, was passed yesterday by a 321-105 margin and now goes to the Senate.

Under section 6104 ...

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Searching For Tachyons, Part 4 [Final] by HKurtRichter on Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:36 pm
Searching for Tachyons (continued)

Gravity and Superstrings

In the final portion of the chapter on tachyons, Tiwari writes: "Recent advances in tachyon physics (in the theoretical domain) originate in quantum electrodynamics in the presence of gravity, and tachyons in superstring theories. Faster-than-light photon propagation due to vacuum polarization effects in a background gravitational field was discovered by Drummond and Hathrell in 1980 [Citation: Physical Review D, #22, page 343.]. On the other hand tachyons have been known to arise from early times in bosonic
strings -- both closed and open; their importance in recent years has been due to the developments in the brane theory and non-perturbative techniques in string theory."

He then explains superluminal photons (based on the given citation), noting that the framework that results from combining Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) and STR "has been very successful" at explaining the electromagnetic interactions...

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