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Old 09-06-06, 09:09 PM   #1
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Are you smart enough to work for Steven Hawkins?

Cause he's hiring an assistant.
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Old 09-07-06, 04:28 AM   #2
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OH man!!!

I read A Brief History of Time...what more could he ask for?
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I'm not sure Steven Hawkins is hiring right now, though it does appear The Hawkman made it out of UW a few years back.

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Let's see - a 50+% pay cut, extensive separation from life and family, and the chance to support a theoretician that I'm not convinced is correct. I'd have to be pretty dumb to consider the offer.
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a theoretician that I'm not convinced is correct
In what way?
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The theories are interesting, but there truly is no way of knowing whether or not the origin of the Universe is as he describes.


A bit off the topic, but I also have a great deal of difficulty accepting that sub-atomic physics is being accurately explained - let alone understood. When someone resorts to describing something as a strawberry quark, I have great difficulty taking them seriously.
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I'm not sure Steven Hawkins is hiring right now, though it does appear The Hawkman made it out of UW a few years back.

Ha! I didn't even catch that. LOL


And USAZorro...I somewhat agree with you. I'm convinced that the theories are mostly correct, but it's not uncommon that people see them for so long that they forget they are THEORIES and not necessarily fact.
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but it's not uncommon that people see them for so long that they forget they are THEORIES and not necessarily fact.
Exaclty the point I was going to make. Is he 100% correct? God only knows.

Have his theories been backed up by empirical and observational evidence, at least to the point that they've explained LOTS of stuff we couldn't explain before and have proven to be accurate at re-explaining things we thought we had figured out? DEFINATELY!

If we, as a society, ever fall in to the trap of taking anything scientific as 110% unfailable, then we've definitely become a bunch of fools. However, I think it's totally fair and appropriate to get really excited when someone makes as many (seemingly accurate) breakthroughs as he has.
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If we, as a society, ever fall in to the trap of taking anything scientific as 110% unfailable, then we've definitely become a bunch of fools.

However, I think it's totally fair and appropriate to get really excited when someone makes as many (seemingly accurate) breakthroughs as he has.
+1 on both sentiments.
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Ha! I didn't even catch that. LOL


And USAZorro...I somewhat agree with you. I'm convinced that the theories are mostly correct, but it's not uncommon that people see them for so long that they forget they are THEORIES and not necessarily fact.
The fact that this doesn't particularly interest me doesn't help either.
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Okay you two, break it up, and lets get this back on topic. Would either of you be able to out climb him or drop him after giviing him the look?
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 09-07-06, 07:57 AM   #13
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I wonder if Renn or HED make disks for wheelchairs?
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Old 09-07-06, 08:33 AM   #14
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Not exactly sure what this is, but Zipp might have Dr. Hawkins covered.
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Woo hoo! Speed Weaponry for the impaired!
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A little blurb on the Zipp disc wheel for wheelchairs is here. That should fulfill Dr. Hawkins' racing needs!

As you can see here, Dr. Hawkins is not limited in his choices, though. There is even a set of Spinergy wheels for the weight weenie in him and a set of Glance Wheels suitable for offroad use.
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I'm disappointed by those Spinergys. After reading your post - and before clicking on the link - I was hoping for one of their bladed carbon spoke designs. Now that would be total hawtness on a chair!
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I'm disappointed by those Spinergys. After reading your post - and before clicking on the link - I was hoping for one of their bladed carbon spoke designs. Now that would be total hawtness on a chair!
Yeah, it's fun getting your hands caught in BLADED wheelchair wheels.....
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Oooh. Good point.

I guess my post was a little unclear. For reference, this is what I was talking about:



Not "bladed" in the sense of round spokes that have been flattened.
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Oooh. Good point.

I guess my post was a little unclear. For reference, this is what I was talking about:

Not "bladed" in the sense of round spokes that have been flattened.
I'm thinking it would still be a mess to get your hands caught in there, especially with the speeds such wheels could attain....

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The Glance or Specialized choices should be close enough.
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Now this is hawtness
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Yeah, but the Spinergys just scream coolness!
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i'm afraid stephen hawking would steal my ideas and try to pass them off as his own.
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A few semesters back I took a math class with a good prof, a Chinese man, Dr. Z. Wu. On the days that he ran out of things to lecture about he would show us pictures of when he was over in Cambridge England meeting with Hawking. He was a student of Hawkings and he now translates Hawkings books into Chinese.

This is at a small state college. He was a great prof. It was one of the best math classes I've ever taken.

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