November 10, 2009
Here's how this works... you ask a question, and I'll answer it! Dead simple! But wait, there's more! The best question (in my opinion) will get a full-length post devoted to the answer!
Now, there are a few questions I won't answer: anything related to current politics or religion. I started The Pond lo these many years ago in an attempt to get away from political or religious squabbles, and to this day I've pretty much managed to stay clear of those things. If you DO ask a question related to such topics, please expect to be mocked horribly.
But wait, there's even more!
If you ask a technical question, I'll do my best to answer it correctly, but use it at your own risk. So if you ask, say, "how do I install a left-handed widget in my 2002 Kia Econobox," the results are on your head, not mine.
With all that out of the way, Ask Wonderduck (almost) Anything!
How often do you get a chance to ask a hyper-intelligent duck that can type a question, after all?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 10, 2009 09:27 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at November 10, 2009 09:46 PM (c62wM)
@Peter: Yes. (sorry, couldn't resist)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 10, 2009 10:32 PM (4Mcos)
(A softball question? Sure, but it's relevant to MY interests. So there.)
Posted by: GreyDuck at November 10, 2009 10:54 PM (o5Lvb)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 10, 2009 11:12 PM (4Mcos)
Posted by: Big D at November 11, 2009 12:16 AM (LjWr8)
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 11, 2009 08:03 AM (4Mcos)
Posted by: Les Ross at November 11, 2009 09:54 AM (ns1pi)
Ohhh...kay. What are those predictions? (Or do I only get to ask one question?)
I hope USF1 (and the other new teams) is successful--a new built-from-scratch Formula One team would make a refreshing change from teams throwing in the towel (or just plain going bankrupt, like Super Aguri did). However, USF1's web site (http://www.usgpe.com/) is awfully sparse at the moment; in the Internet age, that sort of thing doesn't bode well.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at November 11, 2009 07:00 PM (c62wM)
My guess, and while I've done absolutely no research on the subject it seems like a fairly decent guess, has to do with scale. A full-size windmill farm, with many many individual 'mills, should probably be viewed as one power-generating site, as opposed to many single 'mills. If there's a way to take the output of all of those 'mills and send them into one converter, and from there onto the power grid, that's more efficient than one converter, one 'mill.
That's why the windmill in your back yard, which may be enough to power your house (or not; there's no wind here right now), probably isn't worth counting on the grid.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 11, 2009 07:25 PM (4Mcos)
Posted by: ColoradoJim at November 12, 2009 12:12 PM (bzIDI)
I assume that the problems that led to the crash have been addressed. But then, this is Duckford...
Posted by: Vaucanson's Duck at November 12, 2009 01:12 PM (XVJDy)
@ColoradoJim: It's not that they're slow, it's just that they're slow to our eyes. Sloths are actually multi-planar creatures, much like tessaracts. What we see as a slow-moving, lethargic beast is just a projection of these awesome creatures, some of whom can move at a sizable fraction of the speed of light. Indeed, on the plane they really exist upon, the night sky is an incredible sight as the sloths scream through the atmosphere fast enough that the air actually burns behind them. They also like showtunes.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 12, 2009 05:50 PM (4Mcos)
Here's a what if one for you- which US presidential election would have changed history most if the result was switched-
a) for the better,
b) for the worse,
PS: the answer to 'why?' is 'why not'
Posted by: Andy Janes at November 13, 2009 01:27 PM (ysrxI)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 13, 2009 06:18 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 13, 2009 06:34 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: go-daigo at November 14, 2009 02:09 AM (DbMND)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 14, 2009 11:42 AM (+rSRq)
I don't know if the window on asking questions is closed, but one just occurred to me that I've long wondered about:
Why are domesticated ducks albinos?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 15, 2009 12:57 PM (+rSRq)
Side-effect of a mid-twentieth century eugenics program to develop a "duck master race"? This was, of course, before the duck high-command settled on cybernetics as a means to achieve global domination...
Posted by: Siergen at November 15, 2009 02:07 PM (TJQ10)
Because they've surrendered.
Posted by: Wonderduck at November 15, 2009 06:39 PM (4Mcos)
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