On the latest Pinky and the Brain and the Three Stooges:
1. Ping-pong ball slows down as it approaches the closed end of the (mostly-) evacuated barrel. Duh. Even without blow-by, there's some air ahead of the ball, which will be compressed. The packing tape holds it in. I'd assumed that the evacuated-barrel ping-pong-ball accelerator would have the end closed by some little disc held in place by vacuum (OK, by outside atmospheric pressure), so oncoming pressure buildup would blow it off.
2. I'd also kinda assumed that the logical step after the pressure gun was just to evacuate the barrel of the same old pressure gun. Did they try that and not show it, or...?
3. In the final encounter of supersonic ping-pong-ball vs. porcine appendage, the high-speed footage made it look remarkably like the air stream was doing most of the damage. This would be consistent with my suspicion at the beginning: yeah, a supersonic ping-pong ball would be dangerous, but whatever's keeping it supersonic is probably more so. And, if you're in an environment where a ping-pong ball can continue moving at 1100 MPH for a nontrivial distance, you've got bigger worries than ping-pong balls.
4. If reinforcing materials were allowed for the cannonballs, why not for the tube? Why not make the cannon out of Pykrete?
With regard to a DIY Krummlauf, Pinky asks: "How illegal is this?"
Wrong question, dude. You're in California. The question is: "A wacky cartoon gun having been shown on TV, how long until there's a new law against it?"
And then... Vera needs oxygen around her? Naw. Results as expected. But they left out a possibility: depending how the gun is lubricated, what various parts are made of, and how long it's left in vacuum, it might just seize up.
The latest: add Style! to your home security system with a quiet little quadcopter, trailing wires hooked up to a stun gun, and announcing:
Welcome. You are unauthorized. Your death will now be implemented.
On the not-so-bad-idea front: huge wrought-iron(-looking, from a distance) chandelier with many little LED "candles": just the thing for efficiently lighting a mad scientist's laboratory, without having to employ an Igor to change the light bulbs (or to light the candles). Probably have the LEDs pointing up, and a little mirror above each to direct the light generally downward.
The latest Pinky and the Brain and the Three Stooges tests the "two workmen carrying huge pane of glass across the street when a car crashes through it" scenario.
They tested it with three types of glass. This is unnecessary; if two actual workmen were crossing an actual street carrying a huge pane of actual glass in the black & white era, it would be a plate-glass window for a store, no? (If two actors were doing it, it'd be some kind of Hollywood gimmick glass, meant to shatter harmlessly.)
Well, they did test with plate glass. But what else can we surmise about those two actual workers?
Been wasting bits of evenings watching few-years-ago episodes of Doctor Who.
I really don't like the recent Master. Bring back Roger Delgado! Even if it involves necromancy, or CGI! Or, hey: The Curse of Fatal Death had a perfectly serviceable Master.
My dislike for the new edition reaches its peak in The End of Time - the one with James Bond playing Darth Rassilon. Er, wait... where did Sith Time Lords come from all of a sudden? Leaping around, shooting lightning from their hands, and all that?
Oh, well: having Sith running around gave Wilfred a chance to play Luke Skywalker.
Next up: the Doctor meets Amy Pond and her cousin Duck.
...Two and a Half Doctors, or whatever. Short Night, and Long Day, of the Doctor. Words to that effect.
And now there's another un-numbered Doctor, this one between the Eighth and Ninth. This in addition to the second First, who apparently existed in parallel to the canonical First.
And that superweapon whose operating system attained consciousness? I was expecting Rose to say, "False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore, I shall refuse to perceive you."
Anyway, now we know how Gallifrey ended up wrapped up in its little time bubble, whence Rassilon expects the Master to retrieve it... or was that a different time bubble? This is all so confusing! With the Universe having been rebooted at least once, and clearly not being the one We the Viewers inhabit, it's hard to keep the story lines straight.
Um. And those leftover Daleks, not destroyed in the Time War. Did they survive the War Doctor's destruction of Gallifrey, or did they survive the Great Circular Firing Squad after Gallifrey wasn't destroyed after all?
Afterthought: Is it just my imagination, or was Clara wearing a wedding ring? If she was, when will she tell her tin doghusband about her little hobby?
And furthermore: there's yet another Doctor, the Alternate-Universe Fourth, who lived to retire instead of regenerating. (Maybe that's a better universe. I never was a big fan of the Fifth Doctor, nor many of his successors for that matter.)
'Course, ya gotta be wary of the statistics, given that "counterfeit drugs" covers everything from "the factory ran off an extra batch of the product for distribution outside authorized channels" to "random floor sweepings packed in capsules."
Anyway, this springs immediately to mind. And this.
In my awake-but-not-working time, I've gotten up to The Gripping Hand, which inspires the question: if the Crazy Eddie Drive takes a ship from one Alderson point to another, can't the return trip be made pretty much immediately? So, why did the Moties never send a probe ship with a clockwork timer to jump, take some hasty pictures, then jump back? Seems like that would be a way to get at least some information about the destination from which no (Motie) ship had ever returned.
This resembles a thought I had, years ago, when watching some episode or other of Babylon 5: a Narn scout ship pops into an unfamiliar system, is approached by awesome spacecraft of unknown origin, and is destroyed while the pilot waits helplessly for the jump engines to recharge. Um. So, why doesn't anyone make wartime scout ships with two sets of jump engines, or at least two sets of whatever it is that needs time to recharge? Seems like that would greatly improve the odds of getting information back from hostile destinations.
Then there's the business of having specific jump points, at locations determined somehow by the local shape of space. Many writers have used this. Somehow, the jump points are always at moderately inconvenient locations. Wouldn't it be totally boring if jump points only happened in places where space was really, really flat? Like, at the point where the two nearest stars' gravitational attraction cancelled out? OK, so maybe there's a reason no one writes stories around that assumption.
And I still think that the Nothing that's outside the windows when using a Niven-esque hyperdrive should appear as a perfect mirror, not a mysterious Blind Spot, but maybe I'm not understanding how the drive works. (If it creates a little private universe, the boundary should be a mirror, as there's no outside for radiation to escape to. This also implies a need to drop back into normal space every so often, to cool off.)
Also: If FTL travel happens through wormholes, Alderson points, or whatever - you engage the special drive at Special Point A, and soon appear at Special Point B, possibly having to do some esoteric navigation in between - why would merchant ships routinely carry their own jump drives (and, if applicable, specialist wormhole pilots)? Wouldn't it make sense to set up a ferry service for each often-travelled pair, with a giant jump-drive-equipped carrier making regularly-scheduled jumps? Price the service just below the cost of lugging a jump drive around, and sit back and collect the tolls. This is obvious enough that it ought to happen just about anywhere there's a lot of traffic.