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comment Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?
@DavidZ: I just pointed out some very good reasons that it would be silly :)
May
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comment Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?
@David: I know what you said; I'm suggesting that it wasn't primarily targeted at an American audience because that would be really silly. :)
May
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comment Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?
@David: That would be strange, seeing as there are more people not in America than in America. Indeed, it grossed more internationally than domestically and it's hard to imagine that anyone in the marketing department did not expect that.
Feb
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comment Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?
Mr T is a person. The A Team character was BA Barracus.
Jan
17
comment How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?
@MattyM: No, I was unable to find it again within the limited time I devote to SO comments. :( However, as I recall, it was fairly widely shared across social media, so you should have little trouble finding it if you really want to.
Jan
16
comment How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?
That's particularly interesting given an article I read the other day suggesting that agents acting on behalf of porn movie producers were sending ridiculous takedown notices to Google for GitHub repositories with totally innocuous names that happened to contain some of the same words as the porn movies (e.g. the word "Wicked"). Google was abiding by the requests. The news that movie names cannot be copyrighted at all makes that all the more damning.
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: Hopefully :)
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
Yeah anyway my point is that I'm not aware of any of this being new or surprising especially to a scientist of Thorne's calibre. There's obviously something I'm missing otherwise he wouldn't have written paragraphs in a book about it, but I can't see how the way the black hole looks, as told in the quoted story, could possibly be it!
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: You're focusing on the black, which is backwards. The black "thing" is not a thing but is the space between the visible portion of the accretion disk (after lensing); if you track the lines of the accretion disk with your eyes instead it may be easier to spot.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: shrug It looks like quite a big difference to my eyes!
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: Have a flatter side and a rounder side making it not look like a circle. Just look at the image; it's pretty clear.
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: It does. :)
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
He's talking about the black gap that apparently exists between the sources of warped light, from your perspective, and the fact that the warped light appears to come from higher on the top than lower on the bottom. Is that what you're referring to? It's not "orthgonal" to the accretion disk particularly because it's an effect only visible by observing the accretion disk through the gravitational lens.
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: And yet it's still neither an egg nor an apple. The illusion you see is the accretion disk. The black hole is a singularity.
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@NapoleonWilson: No, without that it is invisible. You cannot "see" a black hole, only its effects (including Hawking radiation; well, if you could "see" Hawking radiation)
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@Napoleon: Did you mean "wormhole"? The black hole didn't look like an egg, apple or sphere (neither is there any reason for it to).
Dec
9
comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
@Caleb: I don't see anything about light being "trapped" for "several orbits". This is just bog-standard lensing.
Dec
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comment Why is the ring of debris (accretion disk) surrounding Gargantua shaped the way it is?
I'm really, really confused as to why Thorne — a noted astrophysicist — was in any way shocked or surprised by this; gravitational lensing has been a known quantity for decades. It's used on a practical basis every single day for making various astrophysical measurements from the images collected by telescopes. It's not even that "weird" when you think about it.
Dec
9
comment Is there any significance in Capt. Jack Sparrow being called Mr. Smith in the first Pirates of the Carribean?
It's more relevant that it was one of the most common surnames in England and its colonies at that time. I mean, the US didn't even exist yet...