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Orbital Mechanics
Originally Published April 15th, 2014, 07:00 PM
To be fair, my job at NASA was working on robots and didn't actually involve any orbital mechanics. The small positive slope over that period is because it turns out that if you hang around at NASA, you get in a lot of conversations about space.

Are Hong Kong & Macau Countries?
Originally Published April 11th, 2014, 11:00 AM


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Welcome to Hong Kong: the island city of China packed with seven million people at unbelievable density. But if you, dear tourist, start from Victoria Harbor and head toward the mainland you'll find that while Hong Kong is China she doesn't act like it.

To cross the bridge your passport must be checked and stamped and checked and stamped. Not because you're a suspicious foreigner: Mainland Chinese can't just stroll across either, but rather because Hong Kong has her own immigration policy.

And Hong Kong isn't the only isolated island, there's nearby Macau with her own passport-checking bridge and a ferry between them -- which also checks passports. Travel from Hong Kong to Macau to the mainland and back and you'll end up with three stamps, and that goes for everyone: Hong Kongese can't just live in Macau and Macanese can't just live in Hong Kong and they both can just live on the mainland.

Yet it's all China. And inconvenient travel isn't the only speciality of these sister islands. They also have:

  • Separate governments and political parties.
  • Separate police.
  • Separate money.
  • Postal systems.
  • Schools.
  • and languages.

Hong Kong even has her own Olympic team which competed in the 2008 Beijing olympics which doesn't make any kind of sense.

The only things these sister islands don't have that other countries do:

1) Their own armies.

Though that isn't unique with modern countries, and…

2) Formal diplomatic relations.

Though even this unclear as both are members of international trade organizations. And other countries have 'embassies' in Hong Kong and Macau, sure China won't let them be called embassies, those are only for mighty Beijing -- they're called consulates even if they're bigger than Beijing's embassy.

All this makes Hong Kong and Macau, as mentioned in a previous video, the most country-like countries that aren't countries.

So why are they China?

China says so.

It's called 'One China, Two Systems' -- though fast-counters in the audience will see it should be called 'One China, Three Systems. Also there's China's special economic zones (where capitalism runs free) making it more like 'One China Four Systems' -- and if China got her way it might be 'One China, Five Systems'.

But we can't talk about everything so back to China, Hong Kong, and Macau (oh my!)

China ended up having these two essentialy city-states, as always, because Empire.

Portugal showed up in Asia in the 1500s and didn't exactly make friends. China and Portugal skirmished until Portugal used Bigger-pile-of-money diplomacy to bribe a local Chinese official into turning over the islands of Macau as a trading port.

Later, Britannia found China and discovered she had many of lovely things like silks and porcelain and precious, precious tea that Britannia craved. In return China wanted from Britannia… to be left alone and Britannia nobly agreed to respect China's independence and soverenty.



Nothing generates demand like addiction -- which Britannia was happy to supply. And, her bigger-gun diplomacy secured Hong Kong as a base through which the drugs must flow.

Later in a world where telegraphs and lightbulbs were newfangled a lease gave control of Hong Kong to Britannia for 99 years or quote "as good as forever", kicking the transfer problem down the generations to be delt with by the unimaginably futuristic society of the 1990s.

Thus these sister cities grow up under the influence of their Emperiffic parents. Hong Kong had English common law and lived in Britannia's org chart as one of her many crown colonies and Macau had Portuguese civil law.

And the parental effect is still seen today: visit Hong Kong and she is clearly Britannia's daughter what with her love of business and international finance (and lasers!) and english-accented language and near-identical transport system.

Macau had a more troubled adolescence, as her bigger sister stole the spotlight with her trading skills. But Macau eventually grew up to be the gambling capital of the world. She's Las Vegas x10 with a mixture of Portugal and China.

But Empires come and empires go, and the 90s eventually arrived, meaning Britannia's lease expired. Portugal claimed the treaty gave her control of Macau forever but China disagreed and the UN was in a no-empires-no-longer mood, and frankly had Portugal complained too much, China could have used her own bigger-army diplomacy at this point to resolve the situation.

So the transfer was going to happen: but the world was nervous about China, what with the lingering communism and all, so the deal was the Empire's daughters would go but they had to remain basically independent, to which China agreed as long as everyone else agreed to call them China.

The situation was a bit like if the US had to give Alaska back to Russia and Russia super promised to leave Alaska self-governing. You couldn't blame the locals for being nervous.

But, unlike what you'd expect in this case China has mostly left the little sister islands alone.

So everything is dandy...


The handover came with its own version of the as-good-as-forever clause. China didn't agree to leave Hong Kong and Macau alone for all time, only fifty years, again passing political problems to a future generation. (Hopefully one that's actually unimaginably futuristic this time).

Anyway, assuming such provincial concerns as these are not rendered irrelevant by the singularity, what happens in the 2040s? Will Hong Kong and Macau remain tiny city-states or will they lose their independence and be absorbed?

Only China knows, and China does not say.

Originally Published March 31st, 2014, 07:00 PM
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Mun mission for my grandpa who died today at 87 (
Originally Published March 27th, 2014, 08:48 PM

Submitted by trevize1138 to KerbalSpaceProgram.



Before the Internet
Originally Published March 27th, 2014, 07:00 PM
We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.

Croatian Constitutional Court decides all kids have to be vaccinated. Children's right to health is above parent's right to make wrong decisions. (
Originally Published March 26th, 2014, 04:47 PM

Submitted by silence_hr to worldnews.



March 20, 2014
Originally Published March 19th, 2014, 11:00 PM


My Drunk Kitchen: Drunk in the Kitchen
Originally Published March 13th, 2014, 02:29 PM
My Drunk Kitchen: Drunk in the Kitchen

HAPPY THREE YEARS OF KITCHEN!!!! LET'S CELEBRATE WITH TINY CHAMPAGNE Every day is like living a daydream because of you. *****BUY THE COOKBOOK!**** "My Drunk...
From: MyHarto Views: 317183 20930 ratings
Time: 06:15 More in Comedy

Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress (
Originally Published March 12th, 2014, 12:54 PM
Note from TPRJones: NEWS ALERT: Congressional Politicians are Fucking Hypocrites! Surprise!

Submitted by User_Name13 to politics.



I work in IT at a university. A professor called, panicking, asking for us to send someone over immediately. She had taken it upon herself to move her computer to a new office saying "I plugged everything back in now nothing works!" (
Originally Published March 10th, 2014, 12:48 PM

Submitted by TK0421 to funny.



Comic: Consultant
Originally Published March 7th, 2014, 02:01 AM

New Comic: Consultant

Wiener vs. Brain - Snapchat
Originally Published March 5th, 2014, 07:07 PM
Wiener vs. Brain - Snapchat

Tommy's Wiener and Brain argue over sending a girl a snapchat. Follow us on social media and stuff. Links Below. ALSO, we are competing in the TalentCall com...
From: Almost Cool Views: 140954 4415 ratings
Time: 04:50 More in Entertainment

The One in the Hole - Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures
Originally Published March 5th, 2014, 04:28 PM
The One in the Hole - Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures

Michael goes on a stealth mission in the middle of a Let's Play to free Ryan's "pet" cow Edgar from imprisonment. Will his plan succeed? Audio from Let's Pla...
From: Rooster Teeth Views: 1088208 52858 ratings
Time: 02:16 More in Shows

How to add permanent volume markings to a kettle. (
Originally Published March 3rd, 2014, 04:50 PM

Submitted by itsgus to DIY.



Can You Solve This?
Originally Published February 24th, 2014, 08:30 AM
Can You Solve This?

Can you figure out the rule? Did you see the exponents pattern? Why do you make people look stupid? How do ...
From: Veritasium Views: 2954225 44328 ratings
Time: 04:44 More in Education

Ranting about Books
Originally Published February 21st, 2014, 11:50 AM
Ranting about Books

The Art Assignment, Episode 1: How to Adult: In which Hank is a somewhat di...
From: vlogbrothers Views: 472463 30643 ratings
Time: 03:56 More in Entertainment

How to Predict the Odds of Anything
Originally Published February 17th, 2014, 11:45 PM
How to Predict the Odds of Anything

Statistics! They're every scientist's friend. But they can be easy to misinterpret. Check out this thought exercise with Hank to understand how some mental k...
From: SciShow Views: 320509 13187 ratings
Time: 04:20 More in Education

Welcome to How to Adult! - 1
Originally Published February 17th, 2014, 11:01 AM
Welcome to How to Adult! - 1

In which we meet Emma (Elmify) Mills and T. Michael (Mike) Martin and talk about "How to Adult," a new "life skills" edutainment channel executive produced b...
From: How to Adult Views: 82360 3980 ratings
Time: 03:14 More in Education

Surprise Torch Run
Originally Published February 17th, 2014, 09:46 AM
Surprise Torch Run

Full Story: SUBSCRIBE: Join Us: We staged a fake torch run in the middle...
From: Improv Everywhere Views: 847879 10916 ratings
Time: 02:57 More in Comedy

THIS IS A BUTTERFLY! (Scanning Electron Microscope) - Part 2 -...
Originally Published February 13th, 2014, 08:02 AM

THIS IS A BUTTERFLY! (Scanning Electron Microscope) - Part 2 - Smarter Every Day 105

This is one of my favorite timelapses that I’ve ever made. It’s a Morpho butterfly wing that I applied Isopropanol to.  The Isopropanol neutralizes the nano-structure photo-mechanism in the wing, turning it the color of the wing itself.  When the alcohol dries, it turns back into its irradiant blue color.  SOOO awesome!

BAHFest 2013 - Stacy Farina: Fish Are Dumb
Originally Published February 11th, 2014, 03:30 PM
BAHFest 2013 - Stacy Farina: Fish Are Dumb

Stacy Farina explains the evolution and adaptive significance of low intelligence fish. BAHFest is the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses, a celebration of we...
From: BAHFest Views: 21451 236 ratings
Time: 04:38 More in Comedy

Fail Faster - A Mantra for Creative Thinkers - Extra Credits
Originally Published February 5th, 2014, 09:00 AM
Fail Faster - A Mantra for Creative Thinkers - Extra Credits

This week, we discuss one of the most fundamental principles of game design. Come discuss this topic in the forums!
From: Extra Credits Views: 177592 7783 ratings
Time: 04:24 More in Gaming

What the Fox Says
Originally Published February 3rd, 2014, 10:43 PM
What the Fox Says

Thanks to a couple of Norwegian musicians, a lot of people have become obsessed with one question: What does the fox say? It turns out that foxes "say" lots ...
From: SciShow Views: 1504594 18489 ratings
Time: 03:39 More in Education

Dealing with Suicide - One Year Later
Originally Published January 30th, 2014, 09:29 AM
Dealing with Suicide - One Year Later

Getting very serious pie and very emotional. This video is not for everyone. I'm hoping you can understand me through the cry-talk because this is something ...
From: Kiri Callaghan Views: 2723 353 ratings
Time: 08:56 More in People & Blogs

BAHFest 2013 - Tomer Ullman: The Crying Game
Originally Published January 28th, 2014, 10:32 AM
BAHFest 2013 - Tomer Ullman: The Crying Game

Tomer Ullman explains why babies are so damn annoying in this BAHFest 2013 winning talk. BAHFest is the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses, a celebration of w...
From: BAHFest Views: 26656 548 ratings
Time: 06:56 More in Comedy

Coming Out Story
Originally Published January 27th, 2014, 05:13 PM
Coming Out Story

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From: HeyThere005 Views: 43656 3958 ratings
Time: 07:36 More in Comedy

Street Music 5
Originally Published January 27th, 2014, 03:18 PM
Street Music 5

Musical stylings by Kassem, Nice Peter and The Gregory Brothers. Check out Nice Peter's video: Check out the ...
From: Kassem G Views: 412563 17952 ratings
Time: 05:18 More in Entertainment

Questions about ERB and Street Music, in Eb.
Originally Published January 27th, 2014, 03:16 PM
Questions about ERB and Street Music, in Eb.

Hi. My name is Nice Peter, and this is a Question Song. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I'll answer as many as I can. My...
From: Nice Peter Views: 346869 9335 ratings
Time: 07:02 More in Entertainment

Two Birds, One Magical Girl Stone
Originally Published January 20th, 2014, 12:05 AM

Two Birds, One Magical Girl Stone

Before she left to fulfill her oath to Nickelodeon, Monica left me with a flash drive filled with anime. I’m no stranger to stuff, but I’m also not really a fan. I’ve seen my Narutos and Champloos, but I find the genre a little too frivolous on the whole. I was given a choice selection, though, so I’ve been working my way through. First is this Madoka show that’s been going around for months now. The “price” of turning into a Magical Girl sounds like a sweet deal to me, but of course it isn’t somehow. These school girls don’t know how good they’ve got it with their real magic. Honestly, the thing I like most about the show is that cat thing you can see in the comic. It’s pretty fucking cute, and you guys can share thoughts! And it’s so small. Just like a little Pokemon genie who grants wishes and let’s you kill monsters.


Why do people hate mathematics?
Originally Published January 19th, 2014, 07:35 AM
Why do people hate mathematics?

With thanks to Featuring Professor Edward Frenkel, from the University of California, Berkeley. Author of Love & Math. htt...
From: Numberphile Views: 403312 11482 ratings
Time: 09:18 More in Science & Technology

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