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Date: 02/24/12 11:10 AM

14 Responses to Looking Down A Well: A Brief History of Geodesy

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    February 24, 2012 at 9:50 am
    Link: Looking Down A Well: A Brief History of Geodesy - Eratosthenes discovered that you could measure the circumference of the Earth by looking down a well and created Geodesy
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    iamboredtooo Male 18-29
    215 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    interesting accent...where`s he from?
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    February 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    all that and they still cant figure out how magnets work
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
    571 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    Did anyone else read this as "A Brief History of Goatse?"
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    February 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    I think kids would learn more if they were given three minute videos like this.
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    faustsshadow Male 30-39
    418 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    First, no - you are the only one that read `Goatse.` Stop it already.

    Second, neat.

    Third, this doesn`t help that I am still always lost (but also never lost). I have almost no awareness of how places are connected together. I have a small house and I can`t accurately sketch out the floor plan. I am always facing North, whichever way I am facing. I memorize landmarks to know which way to turn, but I can`t `tell` where anything is in relation to anything else.

    Does anyone else have this issue? I am never homesick, because I am always right where I am (which is where I have always been) and everywhere else is simply everywhere else. So - I`m never really lost, everyone else is.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    I dont need to learn this early
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
    571 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    First, no - you are the only one that read `Goatse.` Stop it already.

    Oh, that`s right, You speak for everybody. How could I have forgotten.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm
    "interesting accent...where`s he from?"

    Sounds like a US accent to me, but where exactly I can`t say. He almost sounds like possibly southern the way he says certain words, but there`s something about his voice that also seems like it may have been digitally processed, maybe to make it deeper. It has kind of an auto-tuney sound to it.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    Guess I didn`t pay attention, but this video is from NASA, so I guess that would make the narrator American.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    I love this sh*t, I have a passion for geodetics (sad, I know).

    Say, here`s a head-melter. In the video buddy describes Everest as the "tallest mountain in the world". See, that`s where it get`s funky.

    Everest is better described as the "highest mountain in the world", being the highest point on our planet above sea level. The "tallest mountain in the world" is probably Mauna Kea in Hawaii, being much larger from base to apex. Sure, most of it is underwater, but why is sea level the measure? F*ck, if you want to get really funky, and pick your base-point datum of measurement of height as the centre of the earth (and why not? It`s just as arbitrary as the rest of the datums), then the beaches around the equator are higher than Everest due to the earth being an oblate spheroid because of planetary rotation.

    OK, I`mma shut up now before I attract a bully.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    February 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    "OK, I`mma shut up now before I attract a bully."

    BOF! Smoothie!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31799 posts
    February 25, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Interesting!@ Something that wasn`t invented first by ancient Greeks!
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3435 posts
    February 25, 2012 at 10:37 am
    Damnit Davy, I bet your a hit a parties!

    I agree with your sentiment though, not only is it fascinating to learn, but understanding the processes by which we acquired this knowledge is equally amazing.

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