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J_M_Franklin

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J_M_Franklin last won the day on November 22 2012

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About J_M_Franklin

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  1. Come on, guys, he is not some made stalker we are talking about, he probably has more to fear from members of the public than the other way around. He may have some "out of left field" thoughts.
  2. You could accept what he is saying, it could be a genuine mistake by the graphics dept of the film maker or a deliberate attempt to 1: Enhance the argument for it with a fiddled with graphic 2: Damage Robert Bauval's reputation by making him look dishonest Either way he has accepted a mistake was made, unless anyone has evidence he was personally involved in the TV graphic and is thus being dishonest with you then based respect dictates we accept his statement.
  3. Are you serious....that was worse than Airwolf and that stunk more than a sewage farm....
  4. Interesting comments here, as this is something that has never really factored on my radar I have never given it that much thought, that was why i called the Royal Institute earlier, and what i was told there would appear to be as muddled as I believed the situation to be.. From what people are saying on here I can use the prefix Dr as I have a PhD...interesting..I never would of course, not pretentious enough and nor do I work in the field I completed either my degree or PhD in, I earn more money as an Electrical Engineer, for which I have the equivalent of a degree but gained by multiple certificates over 6 years..did toy with doing an MEng a couple of years back mind, still might. I am getting curious about this because clearly we all think variations of the facts, which does sort of imply there is no recognised international standard for the use of the prefix...Ho hum, back to watching the grass grow I suppose..actually the paint on the Land Rover as I started to spray it today!
  5. Nice explanation there Michael, as I understand it in the UK your research has to be submitted to a Committee from your University which is after you have completed your Masters and that this application must be supported by the Professor that was your tutor and the University Dean, although the last is likely a formality if the Professor supports it. If they grant you the right to use Doctor then you do so only when you become tenured, if you do not have a position or you work outside your field you are not allowed to use the prefix until such time as you do...that was how it was explained by a Secretary at the Royal institute in a phone call today as I asked the question to clarify. Clearly different nations have different criteria, and once the title is there is is simply accepted, although many researchers forgo using the prefix.
  6. It does not mean you can use the title Doctor though, I have a PhD, but that does not allow or entitle me to use the prefix Doctor, there is specific criteria you need to meet to be allowed to use that, and the minimum outside of the medical world are Research Level degrees above the normal degrees, so at least a Master's plus another 3 years of University research credits (at least a further 120 points above Masters), normally though it will only be tenured Professors who hold the title, though not always.
  7. I would like to make some further comment here. 1: The rude cow you got an email from is best ignored, a PhD does not give you a Doctorate and thus if she does not possess a Doctorate she is breaking the law in certainly Europe, The USA and Canada, likely far more, as this is a "protected" Job Title, such as Policeman or similar is. 2: She clearly is stupid. 3: Graham Hancock has never claimed aliens or Atlantians built the Pyramids. He has implied, quite coherently, that there is some circumstantial evidence to imply that human civilisation may be a lot older than is generally stated and that perhaps members of this society survived a natural disaster and spread out around the world to explain the apparent dilemma that many similar civilisations occurred almost concurrently. I know Graham, I do not agree with all he says, but I would point out that some of the points he makes about human history are valid and should be better investigated rather than just shot down in flames as pseudo science.
  8. Don't you just love the rather quaint way the Spanish and Portuguese newspapers write their articles...all very 19th century!! Great Fireball though.
  9. The Pleiades (M45) are NOT and NEVER have been in the constellation of Orion as seen from Earth in the lifetime of humanity... The Pleiades have a distance of approximately 130 parsecs (423 light years), the closest member of the Stars in Orion are more than twice this distance. The cluster and the stars of Orion have markedly different radial velocities and that the cluster is actually moving TOWARD the area of the sky we call Orion, however the cluster will not cross the boundary line between the two for approximately 300,000 years....
  10. However that statement is only true if you live on Earth and use meters as a distance measurement..If you lived in Mars then your year would be longer and your light year bigger, conversely if you lived on a planet at Venus's distance than your year and light year would be shorter...Relatively speaking...
  11. Maybe it's delivered by a Stripper Postie??
  12. Excellent video, thanks for posting it. It would be nice if we had an English Language version, and maybe less of the "porno" music in the middle!!
  13. So people keep telling me...woof woof
  14. Sorry but I have a question, Please explain the point of a 20x30 telescope??? I cannot figure one out.
  15. I was hunting a few things out on ebay and by accident of the rubbish search engine that ebay used I found this.. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/240mm-diam-9-5-F3-5-800mm-refractor-Leitz-Weszlar-objective-/171021173162?_trksid=p2045573.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D555003%26algo%3DPW.CAT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D33%26meid%3D6959066041269854883%26pid%3D100034%26prg%3D1031%26rk%3D2%26 (Moderators:-Why can't I add this as a Hyperlink to shorter text??) Whilst a 240mm lens may be nice for building a telescope, I am not sure that a cinema projector lens is an ideal choice, this is very short and I would image that the doublet construction may have a problem with chromatic aberration at the edges of the field....further, although the seller accepts this may not be the best built scope, if you look at it the appearance is as if it isn't even joined together behind the lens mount..
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