Re: Denver, sure. But what was the penultimate dinosaur named?

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"In my 0s" is confusing in the blog's typeface. Oh well!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:20 PM
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Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:24 PM
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2: Not much better, I'd say.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:25 PM
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Someone's been reading The Editors. "Spikes on his eyeballs!"


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:26 PM
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In my 0s

I never listen to the radio, but today I happened to, and heard a station advertising itself as playing "the hits of the 90s, the 2Ks, and today!" Is "the 2Ks" something actual people are calling the last decade? I guess it was too much to hope that "the noughties" would catch on.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:33 PM
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Man, you guys don't want to talk about dinosaurs at all, do you? I should have known.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:35 PM
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You should have made the post about something else and the first comment about dinosaurs.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:36 PM
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Teo ought to be able to find a Dinosaur Comic on the subject of dinosaurs, anyway.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:37 PM
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We're all just waiting for teo to show up and link to some comics. Non-dinosaur comics.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:37 PM
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He gets the Brontosaurus story wrong, IIRC. Skull of a camarosaur, not a stegosaurus.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:37 PM
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He repeats the myth that the stegasaurus had an extra brain in its tail.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:38 PM
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We don't know the name of the penultimate dinosaur because it was a redactyl.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:41 PM
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Deinonychus! I remember when Jurassic Park came out I was wondering why they picked Velociraptor instead of one of the larger Dromaeosaurids. I was such a dork when I was 8.

At that time my favorite dinosaur was Deinocheirus because I read something about how only its arms had been discovered but they were huge and had terrifying claws and it must have been some giant scary awful predator. Apparently now some people think it was a vegetarian.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:48 PM
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Overall, pretty funny, but it could have used more battle rap.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:49 PM
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This reminds me a little of a comedy bit about ranking planets that ran on the Dr. Demento show on March 22, 1992. I know this, because that is apparently the only time it ever played. Yeah, yeah, Dr. Demento. I'm pretty sure admitting to having listened is deprecated.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:50 PM
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it could have used more battle rap

I'll pull the trigger on the M/tch batsignal.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 10:51 PM
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Awesome. He gets it basically right, despite a few mistakes mentioned upthread. (I was really into dinosaurs as a kid.) The deinonychus part was especially good.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 11:11 PM
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15: Huh, Wikipedia tells me he wrote his Reed thesis on Wozzeck and Pelléas et Mélisande. Did not know that. I think he graduated the year before Emerson got there.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 11:13 PM
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There are two types of commenters: the ones who watch linked videos, and the ones who see that something's a video and instantly hit "back".


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 11:13 PM
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Oh, I guess you guys want comics. Here.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 11:14 PM
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20: Since teo refrained, here and here.

edit: By the way, as in all my comics, you can just read 'velociraptor' as referring not to the beagle-sized dinosaur, but rather as a generic term for whichever dromeosaurid most closely resembles the Jurassic Park animals. That is, something between a deinonychus and a utahraptor.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-22-10 11:32 PM
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I don't know anyone who takes the trouble to rhyme weird insults.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 12:46 AM
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I guess it was too much to hope that "the noughties" would catch on.

If TV clip shows are anything to go by, it has in the UK.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:18 AM
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I took Biology of Dinosaurs as my third and last science distribution requirement in college. The professor was obsessed -- obsessed! -- with stegosaurus. The two final meetings of the class were devoted to it.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:41 AM
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24: Please tell me they found the professor at the natural history musuem with a bottle of wine, a iPod full of Barry White and no pants.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:48 AM
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Oil Rain in Louisiana ...video at Agonist
Of course not just crude oil, but methyl-methyl-poly-benzene and the cast of thousands of goodies

I watched Gasland the other night.

Small natural gas wells have an exemption from EPA regulation. There have been tens of thousands drilled in the last five years, polluting the water supplies nationwide. Cut your throat stuff.

At least I don't have to worry about rain until November. but I am thinking Dallas is too close. Does Austin get moisture off the Gulf?

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Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 11:45 AM
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I'm pretty sure, barring a hurricane, that it can't rain oil, bob. I'd like to blame BP for that video but it's more likely GM.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 12:00 PM
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27:And what effect do all the tons of dispersants have on miscibility?


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 3:41 PM
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28: The same effect adding lime flavor to Bud Light has on Drinkability™?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 3:45 PM
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I'd imagine they increase it.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 4:05 PM
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Gasland is highly recommended, if only for the multiple scenes of home-owners putting matches to their running kitchen faucets and generating fireballs.
All concerned went whoa cool.

The PTB swear that anyone who can set their tap (mostly from wells) water on fire will get free bottled water. I am so like reassured.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 4:22 PM
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31: Thanks for the reminder on Gasland, bob. I heard the filmmaker interviewed here but forgot to add it to the Netflix "Saved" queue until just now when you mentioned it.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 4:31 PM
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Are decomposed dinosaurs part of fossil fuels? Because if so, then it would be raining dinosaurs. Cool.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 4:49 PM
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raining dinosaurs

Distinguished members of the board, I believe I've stumbled upon just the rebranding effort we've been searching for.


Posted by: BP Marketing Consultant | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 4:52 PM
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Here is FDL on the "raining oil" The videos aren't well sourced, but apparently Mobile June 22. This has links to research, including the May Russian analysis that said America must nuke the hole or die.

Shrugs. Oil + NG + Corexit = complicated stuff.

32:Good link. At one point the filmmaker asked an environmentalist, 50ish woman chemist or something, how many toxic sites there were in all. "How...How many? How many sites? In all?" she says, laughing "uhh, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands?"

I am not in NW FW, but we have signs all over my neighborhood about finding the best deal when the gas company wants to drill in our backyards.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:04 PM
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33: Sadly, decomposed men are not part of fossil fuels.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:20 PM
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Here ya go from a link at oildrum, and I am still waiting for the experts there to jump in.

Comment by "trundle"

Water and the volatile organics in the oil (including the various hydrocarbons which form part of the oil mixture) may form complexes known as azeotropes. These complexes are very common in synthetic organic chemical reactions when distilling solvents from those reactions, including when water is used during the synthetic procedure. The azeotropic mixtures actually evaporate at a temperature lower than water so such complexes can selectively evaporate. Water has a high vapor pressure and will tend to accentuate the evaporation of the azeotrope which tends (but doesn't always) have a lower vapor pressure than water.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:25 PM
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the May Russian analysis that said America must nuke the hole or die.

What could possibly go wrong?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 5:51 PM
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IANAC, but I think the amount of oil that would evaporate and condense at the same temperatures as the water is very small. There is also much more water than oil. The guys in that video are of a kin with this woman.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:01 PM
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Gasland is highly recommended

I haven't seen it, but a friend saw what was probably the same airing bob did, and agrees. Stunning stuff; his wife apparently couldn't take it after about half an hour -- too mind-bogglingly not funny --and left the room.

I heard a fair amount of it recounted; it sounds very much worth seeing.

26: Small natural gas wells have an exemption from EPA regulation

So why the hell is this? Given that I've heard at least three talking heads / pundits / opinion makers in the last couple of weeks, since Obama's Oval Office address, point to domestic natural gas as cheap, efficient, and environmentally friendly, now might be a good time to revisit EPA regulations regarding natural gas.

Seriously.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:09 PM
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Man, the video in 39 is awesome. Indeed, we as a nation have to ask, what the hell is going on? What the hell is going on with this sprinkler?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:18 PM
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Natural gas is born free, and everywhere he is stuck under shale!


Posted by: J. J. Rousseau | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:35 PM
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Glib, J.J., glib.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:44 PM
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We never saw these rainbows 20 years ago because we were disconnected from the promise the Lord made to us. (I was a child and therefore saw them; thanks Jesus!)


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:46 PM
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Is that video a parody? I can never tell anymore.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:48 PM
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Is <insert Republican politician> a parody? I can never tell anymore.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:50 PM
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39, 44: Bwa-ha-ha.


Posted by: The Vast Gay Conspiracy | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 6:58 PM
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Fucking gays!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:01 PM
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48: ..., how do they work?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:31 PM
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Everyone be calm. I've spotted a Juggalo. It won't attack if we all back away slowly and avoid smudging its face paint.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:34 PM
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Do you have a magnet?


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:49 PM
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Perhaps I should have read more than just the last comment.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 7:53 PM
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Exquisite commentorpse


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 8:01 PM
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Common torpor? Quiz it.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 8:22 PM
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Quiz it, sizzaid snizzoop dizzog. But I wizzuz dizzeafned by the vizzizuvuzelizzas.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 8:25 PM
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WYSIWIG wit.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 8:27 PM
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I'm not sure I understand why AWB provided us with the link in 48.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 9:54 PM
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Returning to the dinosaur theme...

Utahraptor: the most salacious of all raptors.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 11:38 PM
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The blog post underneath has some good advice for single people, too.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 06-23-10 11:38 PM
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44 is a pitch perfect parody of the kind of thing I heard every week in Sunday School when I was a kid. It's deja vu all over again!


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 06-24-10 8:07 AM
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