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"Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

Wow, Public school science education should really be ashamed of themselves if our elected officials don't know what a black hole is.

A satiric drawing meant to make fun of all the things that scare poorly informed, rabidly ignorant Americans about Barack Obama has terrified Barack Obama's campaign team, who are concerned that it will scare poorly informed, rabidly ignorant Americans about Barack Obama.

Damn elitists...

A satiric drawing meant to make fun of all the things that scare poorly informed,

Yeah, see it is a little funny to think of all the silly ideas of ignorant people, but when you put it on the cover of a magazine and then show it to everyone, including the people not smart enough to know its a joke. You are just reinforcing the ignorance.

Word of warning: the funny joke you told at a cocktail party in Manhattan may not be funny, everywhere else.

Sliding into the morass… yes, we can say bad words, and our comments won't disappear! i once told my nephew twins who were 6 or so that they could swear as much as they liked, as long as it was only between us, and that those words that were burning their lips could not be used anywhere else without putting them into trouble.

i figured out it would teach them a little about "context", and give them a safety release too. Sure did: the next time they came to spend a few days, they spent hours goose-stepping around the house and screaming at the top of their lungs "Fuck you, fuck you, fuck-you-fuck-you-fuck-you!".

And thanks to Norm, now, i can tell it!

PS to RedSeven: When you publish (print, say, write, sing, …) something that "people not smart enough to know" (your words) will misconstrue, you're not "just reinforcing the ignorance". It is if you choose NOT to publish, say, write or sing it, that you are reinforcing it. "All men are created equal? No, sorry, can't they that, they won't get it, not funny outside of Ol' Washington." Your dedication to Obama is to me obviously genuine and admirable, but is it a sacrilegious idea that even Him may not get it right every time? Choose your fights—i wouldn't choose this one.

Choose your fights—i wouldn't choose this one.

I Didn't realize I was defending Obama.

TO tell you the truth, I think I have made jokes along the lines of those on the cover. Steven Colbert does it just about every night and I laugh every time.

I think Obama's reaction was more about his campaigns frustration with spending too much time fighting baseless lies rather then putting forth their message.

My comment was intended to say that the cover isn't terribly funny because the New Yorker forgot too vital aspects of comedy.

Context and timing.

They lacked both. They put the joke on the cover, but the punch line in the story.

Similarly if one of my funny quips about the silly things people believe about Obama was put on the Mega screen at the Superbowl, I would suddenly find myself very unfunny.

Concerning the compressed air engines, it seems there are real safety concerns with tanks under pressure going 65 on the highway. Isn't this the same problem, or one of them, with hydrogen?

Isn't this the same problem, or one of them, with hydrogen?

It's more that Gases, even when compressed is less dense then liquid, and therefor can hold less energy.

But the concern with Hydrogen is that it is explosive, compressing it just makes that issue worse.

A tank of compressed air certainly would make a mess when punctured, but no more then a spark in a burst gas tank.

That said, the idea of refilling ones car for 25 cents and the tire inflation station at the gas station is tempting.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

Just wait till Commissioner Price finds out about dirty, hairy, and hairless black holes.

Stephen Hawking is fond of recounting a joke in relation to this nomenclature: see paragraphs 3 & 4 of this page.

In any event, a "white hole" in astronomy refers to something quite different, making it a poor substitute metaphor.

Isn't this the same problem, or one of them, with hydrogen?

It's more that Gases, even when compressed is less dense then liquid, and therefor can hold less energy.

But the concern with Hydrogen is that it is explosive, compressing it just makes that issue worse.

The hydrogen doesn't have to be stored as a gas. It can be stored in the solid state as hydrides, with correspondingly higher storage densities, and with loading and unloading time-constants on the order of tens of minutes or hours rather than milliseconds, making it significantly less dangerous. This is an active area of research, one that goes hand-in-glove with research on hydrogen fuel cells. Google "hydrogen storage materials" for more info.

It can be stored in the solid state as hydrides,

I can just picture loading hydrogen logs into my car

I can just picture loading hydrogen logs into my car

Optimizing log [Hydrogen] is precisely the aim of much of the afore-mentioned research.

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