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SurferJoe46
08-12-2009, 08:21 AM
"It felt more like a ride than a computer program, something between an observation-deck and a glass-walled spaceship. As a result of this totally seamless, immersive (sic) experience, we decided to name it the Liquid Galaxy," Google writes.

The company notes that this is still very much a 20% project for them, they are "working hard to improve it." Hopefully that means two things:

1) Turning it into a Star Trek-style Holodeck.
2) Figuring out how to make it less than 10,000 degrees inside (thanks to all the screen heat).

Live long and prosper. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/07/AR2009120700858.html?wpisrc=nl_pmtech)

It also links to Street-View so you can ride down almost any street or boulevard or Mars or the Moon and it feels more like a ride than a computer generation or game.

This is kewl - but I wonder if my wife won't raise a Spockian eyebrow when I come home with twelve wide screen HDTVs.

Trev
08-12-2009, 08:29 AM
Looks pretty cool alright.
:)

wainuitech
08-12-2009, 08:54 AM
Is this designed for people who dont go outside -- Heres an idea - people get off their butts and away from the computer or TV, and open the door - walk out --- OH my god - its real life, with real sounds and smells. :lol:

SurferJoe46
08-12-2009, 09:17 AM
I'm NOT going outside today or maybe even tomorrow either. The Holodeck looks like a nice warm place right now.

Besides, snow's wet - I don't do wet without a bar of soap and total nudity at the same time.

It's snowing wet, sticky stuff and the temperature is just slightly below the freezing point of water right now. That may be why it snow-raining or sky-slushing right now. BTW: We are at 4,250 feet/1295.4m too.

But in Missoula where my son lives, he expects a HIGH of 7F/-13.889C and a LOW last night of -7F/-21.667C. Coupled with 3-4 feet/1.8m-2.1m of snow and he's having a good time driving to-from work.

Time to fire up the BBQ.

R2x1
08-12-2009, 09:41 AM
It's snowing wet, sticky stuff and the temperature is just slightly below the freezing point of water right now. That may be why it snow-raining or sky-slushing right now. BTW: We are at 4,250 feet/1295.4m too.
Break out the picnic baskets and defrost the coffee!

johcar
08-12-2009, 11:37 AM
I'm NOT going outside today or maybe even tomorrow either. The Holodeck looks like a nice warm place right now.

Besides, snow's wet - I don't do wet without a bar of soap and total nudity at the same time.

It's snowing wet, sticky stuff and the temperature is just slightly below the freezing point of water right now. That may be why it snow-raining or sky-slushing right now. BTW: We are at 4,250 feet/1295.4m too.

But in Missoula where my son lives, he expects a HIGH of 7F/-13.889C and a LOW last night of -7F/-21.667C. Coupled with 3-4 feet/1.8m-2.1m of snow and he's having a good time driving to-from work.

Time to fire up the BBQ.

Think you got your metric conversions a little askew there Joe - 1.8m is just under 6 feet...

Mind you, there's probably been more snow by now (due to Al Gore's global warming, no doubt), so it may well be 1.8m of snow by now...

(Rule of thumb: 30cm = 1 foot)

R2x1
08-12-2009, 12:49 PM
Think you got your metric conversions a little askew there Joe - 1.8m is just under 6 feet...

Mind you, there's probably been more snow by now (due to Al Gore's global warming, no doubt), so it may well be 1.8m of snow by now...

(Rule of thumb: 30cm = 1 foot)
Rule of Apples / Oranges : Thumbs must not be used to measure feet.

SurferJoe46
08-12-2009, 01:13 PM
We used to use the King's Nose, but that grew outdated.

OK 30cm = approx 1 foot. Is that the same as 3 meters?

Centa-deca-mega-micro-farthings-stones-hundredweights-tonnes are all so confusing!

SurferJoe46
08-12-2009, 01:15 PM
Double post sorry!

Or is that a deca-post?

wainuitech
08-12-2009, 01:39 PM
We used to use the King's Nose, but that grew outdated.

OK 30cm = approx 1 foot. Is that the same as 3 meters?

Centa-deca-mega-micro-farthings-stones-hundredweights-tonnes are all so confusing! Hope not :p 1 meter = approx 39 & 3/8 inches

so doing some simple maths, 3 meters = , x3 carry the 1, divide by weather temp at SJ 's house, x NZ temp = , errrrr :p 9.84252 feet

The 30cm = 1 foot is close, its 30.5 cm or 305 mm

For those not knowing imperial - 1 foot = 12 inches

R2x1
08-12-2009, 02:36 PM
And for old measures that once were taken,
12 thumbs = 1 apprentice.
1 apprentice plus new hammer = Black thumbs of death (an early unit of digital measure)

SurferJoe46
08-12-2009, 07:49 PM
Hope not :p 1 meter = approx 39 & 3/8 inches

so doing some simple maths, 3 meters = , x3 carry the 1, divide by weather temp at SJ 's house, x NZ temp = , errrrr :p 9.84252 feet

The 30cm = 1 foot is close, its 30.5 cm or 305 mm

For those not knowing imperial - 1 foot = 12 inches

You forgot to factor in the hemispherical inversion factor.

R2x1
08-12-2009, 07:57 PM
OK, for the inversion correction, 12 inches = 1 foot.

For general distances, chocolate fish or Vegemite will get you a long way (but do not use both in the same sandwich).