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by Alsadius
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 11401

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Seriously, any non-apple-lovers, try a Honey Crisp. They're amazing. More expensive than most other apples, but totally worth it. And I'm normally a fruit hater.

Also, aren't Granny Smiths mostly used for pies? The chemistry of the cooking process works better with apples like that, or something.
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9577

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Processed (ie, filtered) honey does have an amazingly long shelf life if sealed away from air - many years, even decades. Exposed to air, it is hygroscopic and will pull water out of the atmosphere, eventually becoming dilute enough for yeasts to grow (and make mead :wink: ). What's the mechanism f...
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9577

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Seems logical to me that honey would have an infinite shelf life. I mean, it'd be crystallized to hell and gone, but it's mostly sugar, and no bacteria can grow in sugar that concentrated - the osmotic pressure desiccates them too much(same way salt works as a preservative). As long as you keep the...
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9577

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Mercurywoodrose wrote:LIQUID HONEY DOES NOT MELT GRANITE AND LIMESTONE!


WAKE UP BEEPLE!
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9577

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Yes, but the heat death of the universe would degrade the quality of the observer first, and by the First Law of Pop Quantum Mechanics, anything that isn't observed doesn't actually happen, and it just hangs like a decade-old computer instead.
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9577

1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Seems logical to me that honey would have an infinite shelf life. I mean, it'd be crystallized to hell and gone, but it's mostly sugar, and no bacteria can grow in sugar that concentrated - the osmotic pressure desiccates them too much(same way salt works as a preservative). As long as you keep the ...
by Alsadius
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 33265

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I must say, this is the best What If in a long time. I'd always heard the rule about not being able to change temperature with optical systems, but it never really made sense until now.
by Alsadius
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"
Replies: 18
Views: 7190

Re: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"

This felt more preachy political tract than the apocalyptic science porn I expect of What If? :?
by Alsadius
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 17978

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

"Tropical Boaters" sounds so much nicer than "Naval Rapists." But that doesn't really narrow it down. Basically every organized military force in human history, until quite recently, really liked them some rape. These ones are simplifications, not synonyms. Fail, Randall. Wandbo...
by Alsadius
Mon May 25, 2015 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 38731

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

I cannot possibly be the first one to actually want to decide this bracket. But since I seem to be the first one with that much time on my hands, here goes: Round 1, Left Side [*] Louis Armstrong vs Neil Armstrong: Louis is cool and all, but first man on the moon still wins. Plus, he ripped off his ...
by Alsadius
Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1460: "SMFW"
Replies: 106
Views: 27508

Re: 1460: "SMFW"

I thought it stood for "see my face when", and that it was an anti-joke. Apparently I'm the only one to read it that way, though?
by Alsadius
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 74718

Re: The "What-If?" Book

Yeah, I noticed a few rather glaring editing errors. Tsk tsk, publishing house. (Though listing ammonia as an element, I'm blaming Randall for that)
by Alsadius
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 14970

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

Why on earth would I want to write like James Joyce? I'd rather gouge out my eyeballs with ice-cream scoops. Interesting. So what is responsible for young people's poor grammar and spelling? The fact that the average person's writing is pretty bad, but we don't generally see Grandma's nearly as ofte...
by Alsadius
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 60438

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

I think it might actually be Sn? There's mention of that in the Wikipedia article on the Busy Beaver problem - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busy_beaver
by Alsadius
Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 16057

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

The Hurricane Hazel area should be extended further north - it was still a hurricane when it hit Toronto and killed 81 people. I do remember Opal being a thing when I was a kid, but I was so far north(Toronto area, as you may have guessed from the above comment) that it was really just another thund...
by Alsadius
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

And when I see an AGW fearmongerer having a rational debate about whether it's better to end the industrial age or to build some walls, then I'll consider you to be all grown up. It's better to build thousands of walls then end the industrial age, but fortunately, I don't think anyone is in favor o...
by Alsadius
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

We are SOO delicate. We have such a narrow range of tolerable temperatures. This is certainly true - why just the other day I was talking to a Bedouin dude and an Inuit lady about how humanity cannot possibly survive without central heating and air conditioning. "Dinosaurs have survived climat...
by Alsadius
Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Climate Change will probably kill more people than Hitler. Unfortunately, they'll be hard to count; the 70,000 directly killed in the European 2003 heatwave, for instance. How exactly do you count people like that, since you can't blame any one heat wave like that on Climate Change, but you can say...
by Alsadius
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

http://www.forbes.com/sites/petergleick/2012/02/05/global-warming-has-stopped-how-to-fool-people-using-cherry-picked-climate-data/ Would that be the same Peter Gleick who faked emails to slander a think-tank he disagreed with? He doesn't get to write columns about fooling people. Half a dozen peopl...
by Alsadius
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I'm impressed. I expected to come back this morning to find three dozen people jumping down my throat, because this has never really struck me as the kind of audience that would question AGW. But in reality, we've got one guy who's belligerent in his unjustified pessimism, and two dozen who mostly m...
by Alsadius
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117590

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Isn't it a good thing that the IPCC has quite obviously spent the last 20 years acting more scared in the face of less evidence, then? The data is falling out of the bottom end of their confidence intervals, so they keep jacking up scariness on the unfalsifiable bits instead. I'll believe the models...
by Alsadius
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 163
Views: 38693

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

Wish there were more labels. That's impressive, and a bit scary, though.
by Alsadius
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 31496

Re: 1337: "Hack"

And since nobody's pointed this out yet, the "Mess with the best, die like the rest" and Crash/Burn are references to the movie Hackers.
by Alsadius
Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1303: "Profile Info"
Replies: 29
Views: 6922

Re: 1303: "Profile Info"

mathmannix wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Happy Triskaidekaphobia Day!

Today is 13-12-13 (or 12/13/13). Shouldn't it be 13-13-13?

"It was the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month. We were there to discuss the misprinted calendars the school had purchased." "Lousy Smarch weather!"
by Alsadius
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104850
Views: 29791219

Re: 1190: "Time"

I take back my mockery above. If this is meant to be a super-slow-motion video, I entirely approve.
by Alsadius
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104850
Views: 29791219

Re: 1190: "Time"

eaglef2 wrote:I feel like something will happen at sunrise.


True. My first thought was to drag it around, like #1110, but no go. That would be a worthy alternative, though. (Though if it was going to base off day/night cycles, shouldn't it be night right now?)
by Alsadius
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104850
Views: 29791219

Re: 1190: "Time"

I can't tell if Randall is trying to be deep, or just trying to take a day off work.

Edit: Having now seen the whole thing, I think it's safe to say that "taking a day off work" was not his intention. Wow.
by Alsadius
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 23153

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I believe the term you're looking for is "picking up". And I don't doubt that it works - it's a ruthlessly efficient sales methodology if I've ever seen one - I just have a low opinion of the people it works on. I think this is a rather good underlining of the problem; instead, you should...
by Alsadius
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 23153

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I believe the term you're looking for is "picking up". And I don't doubt that it works - it's a ruthlessly efficient sales methodology if I've ever seen one - I just have a low opinion of the people it works on.
by Alsadius
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 23153

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

CuBr wrote:
Alsadius wrote:I have no idea why girls seem to want poorly-dressed assholes and men seem to prefer a worse money spent/sex had ratio than prostitution offers

Assumes facts not in evidence.

Mockery is always admissible in court.
by Alsadius
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 23153

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Why do pickup artists make the world a sadder place? It's all about people getting what they want. Mind you, I have no idea why girls seem to want poorly-dressed assholes and men seem to prefer a worse money spent/sex had ratio than prostitution offers, but given that they do, pickup artists make th...
by Alsadius
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 16648

Re: 1115: "Sky"

How did his beret stay on?

Demosthenes wrote:Imagine being flung sideways into the nearest tree.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7R-PSvvziU
by Alsadius
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 37076

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

Typo in the post - "the $2 trillion" is one word too many, because $2 trillion was not previously mentioned.

Otherwise, an amusing post as always.
by Alsadius
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 25988

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

I don't think Randall is abusing equality - at least, not enough to be worth mentioning - but I do have a serious issue with his last formula being wrong. To see what I mean, 300 billion birds and 3 trillion miles means that a bird has to poop enough in a year to drive a car 10 miles. 0.5 oz/day*365...
by Alsadius
Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 88
Views: 63261

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

As a biologist, my first search after finishing the article was to look for bigger moles. "Really, Evolution? 75 grams? You can do better." As it turns out, the Russian desman ( Desmana moschata ) is the largest species of mole still alive. (I suspect that there were some larger moles, or...
by Alsadius
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 88
Views: 63261

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

So now the Grand Question is.... what if Yoda pitched a mole of moles at 0.9c? Well, the Lorentz factor for 0.9c is 1/sqrt(1-(0.9)^2) ~= 2.294, so the mass gained from acceleration is 1.294x the base mass. Multiply that by 4.92x10^22 kg, and multiply that by 9x10^16(i.e., c^2), and you wind up with...
by Alsadius
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"
Replies: 90
Views: 20461

Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

wlievens wrote:Is Mar 15 a reference to a well known internet site, or am I overthinking it?


I assumed it was a reference to a well-known Escher painting.
by Alsadius
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 44767

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

All in all, it sounds almost as bad as the time my mom's computer forgot how to work an .exe file - let me tell you, that was a "fun" afternoon. I'm curious? Sporkeh? Because I had that once. To the best of my ability to determine, it was actually Norton Antivirus that did it. To forestal...
by Alsadius
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 44767

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

I used cuntist as short for pro-"being an awful rotten cuntbag to everyone because she is one of the most hateful and shitty humans ever born, second only to Hitler", seriously, I hope she died a painful death, she deserved worse. You think that the second-worst human being ever to live i...
by Alsadius
Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 44767

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

I'd say, or at least as fair as calling any other famous subcultural leader who doesn't literally use brainwashing(Ayn Rand comes to mind) a cultist. Ayn Rand isn't a cultist, she's a cuntist, very similar words, but the difference is important. No, because that would imply that she's pro-female, w...

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