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20 July 2007 @ 10:29 am
Friday poll  

Which is worse?

Robbing a bank
25(65.8%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
13(34.2%)

Which is worse?

Drowning kittens
32(84.2%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
6(15.8%)

Which is worse?

Invading a small country
28(73.7%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
10(26.3%)

Which is worse?

Killing the princes in the tower
24(64.9%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
13(35.1%)

Which is worse?

Demonstrating the power of your fully functional battle station
21(55.3%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
17(44.7%)

Which is worse?

Making your nephew sleep in a closet beneath the stairs
20(52.6%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
18(47.4%)

Which is worse?

Causing the heat death of the universe
21(55.3%)
Posting Harry Potter spoilers
17(44.7%)

Which is worse?

Causing the heat death of the universe
8(21.1%)
Failing to understand there's no such thing as the heat death of the universe
30(78.9%)
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sleepingfingers on July 20th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
If it were any other day, my answers would've been quite different. But right now, after having avoid all the spoilers floating around out there, I'd be quite mad if I get spoiled less than a day before getting the book. :D
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
:-) (But those poor kittens! ;-))
al_zorraal_zorra on July 20th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ha!

Haa!

Haaa!

Love, C.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
:-)

But poor Aldaraan, I fear, is doomed. :-)
Jam: danaus plexiglas var. monkeywitzjamiam on July 20th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Nobody on that planet can act, anyway.
Once beautiful and bravetamnonlinear on July 20th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Before I can answer this, I need to know:

How small of a country?
Is it a really cool battle station?
Has my nephew been a very naughty boy (he's currently -2 months, so in mid-September he can be charged with breaking and exiting, but until then it seems a little cruel to put him under the stairs)?
Was the universe asking for it?
What kind of princess was she, anyway?

The kittens I'll have to give you though. Nothing is worse than drowning kittens.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
How small of a country?

Large enough to have a Starbucks, but not large enough to have more than one visible from anyplace you stand.

Is it a really cool battle station?

Yes.

It's also pointed at Aldaraan.

Has my nephew been a very naughty boy

If he hasn't, he probably will be, sometime.

Was the universe asking for it?

Always.

What kind of princess was she, anyway?

A spirited one. :-)

(The princes, however, were mere children, fictionally but brutally murdered.)
alfreda89alfreda89 on July 21st, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
LOL!
How small of a country?

Large enough to have a Starbucks, but not large enough to have more than one visible from anyplace you stand.


I was thinking the same thing!
David Lubardavidlubar on July 20th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't the heat death of the universe the state where temperaure has equalized due to entropy? (Bear in mind I had physics 25 years ago in high school, before the discovery of atoms.) Are you saying there's no such thing? (Or am I misreading the intent of the question?) Even if current theories hold that it won't happen, isn't there still, in theory, such a thing? I can ask these questions becasue I am not currently standing in a line.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's not a thing that will happen, or not a thing that is possible, but I think the latter ... maybe one of the more astronomy-knowledgeable folks reading this can come by and answer for sure, though.
5hmoo5hmoo on July 20th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Everything is possible.

So causing the heat death of the universe is both better and worse than not knowing it's impossible. Better, because you probably only succeeded because your mind was open to infinite possibilities; worse, because you just destroyed the universe, and that's not a very nice thing to do.
some guy named Larrylnhammer on July 20th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
The recent observations that the expansion of the universe is accelerating rules out the possibility of temperature equalizing.

---L.
David Lubardavidlubar on July 20th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation. This raises another question. (I have limited knowledge but endless curiosity.) Wouldn't there be an upper limit to the acceleration, such as the speed of light? If so, what happens then? Does the universe begin to contract? If so, would an accelerating contraction continue to rule out heat death? (If this is too much to answer, I won't be offended if you ignore it.)
some guy named Larry: space/time otplnhammer on July 20th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I can answer parts of that. Such as, that the expansion of the universe is not limited by the speed of light. No, really. The matter within it is, but the structure of space-time, which isn't matter, is not. In fact, if the inflationary hypothesis is right, for a period early on, it did expand more rapidly than light.

As for the rest, that a thermodynamic cosmologist would have answer that.

---L.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Such as, that the expansion of the universe is not limited by the speed of light. No, really. The matter within it is, but the structure of space-time, which isn't matter, is not. In fact, if the inflationary hypothesis is right, for a period early on, it did expand more rapidly than light.

It's this that I only just learned recently, and have been having a hard time getting my brain around ever since.
Johndjonn on July 20th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am surprised. Even if the method is theoretically impossible, it should always be worse to actually destroy the universe than to not-understand the method for doing so.
Hannahbuymeaclue on July 20th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
That was my thought, too.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 20th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
If the heat death of the universe we at stake for real and not just in a poll, this would be true. :-)
Mary Osmanski: purpfleurmaryosmanski on July 20th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not planning on buying the Harry Potter book, and I don't care what happens in it.

I'm not planning on ever reading any more Harry Potter than I have already. I'm not sure where I stopped reading, but I think it was two or three books back.

The only reason I haven't done anything about finding whatever spoilers are out there is because it isn't worth it to me to make an effort to locate them.
OneCrowdedHour1crowdedhour on July 20th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Smooch!
You rule.
(Deleted comment)
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on July 21st, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
But it's very important to demonstrate the power of one's fully functional battle station!

So I gather!

I am very amused to realize that on the scale of awful things one can do, drowning kittens is worse than either blowing up planets or causing the heat death of the universe.

Probably because the universe is not small, cute, and furry.

(I've not read any Yotsuba yet--lnhammer is the Yotsuba expert around here, but I'm sure he'll show up to comment on same. :-))
some guy named Larrylnhammer on July 21st, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Revenge is, indeed, a dish best served dry. Just wait till you get to the flower cupid, in the next book.

---L.