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by Mokurai
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 14336

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Mountains of Madness? No Lord Dunsany before 1910 The Hashish Man Yes Lovecraft 1931-1936 Mountains of Murkiness? Yes Arthur C. Clarke 1940 No A Colder War, Stross 1997 Oops, that's a different universe--But which one? Haaalp, it's not on our map!!! No, the map is wrong! Wait, what map?! Aaaaaah!! C...
by Mokurai
Fri May 27, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 43200

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

I assume that we can get a solar rainbow and a moonbow at the same time. Pics?
by Mokurai
Fri May 27, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 43200

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Great. Now all we have to do is to get it to rain on Tatooine. In the Earthly Tataouine in Tunisia where that part of Star Wars was shot the annual rainfall averages 134 mm. This is nothing like as dry as the Atacama Desert in Chile, with an average rainfall of 15 mm per year. Some locations there a...
by Mokurai
Mon May 09, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 7818

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

I once put a computer into a state in which it could neither be turned on nor off.
by Mokurai
Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39079

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

What are these facts doing here?! Where is my XKCD comic for today?
by Mokurai
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25203

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

This is Sesquipedalian Vocabulary Entities Association. President: Quiddity Procrastination Quotidian, known to his friends as Quid Pro Quo for short. The first rule of Sesquipedalian Vocabulary Entities Association is that pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis beats out antidisestablishment...
by Mokurai
Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9466

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

Richard Feynman:

Oh, come on, it's simple. Do I have to draw you a diagram?
by Mokurai
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 18910

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

Some crazy guy suggested null-buoyancy blimps for living in Venus' atmosphere. Why couldn't we do this on Jupiter as well? Saturn is better. The gravity is about 1 earth G at the cloud tops. See Saturn Rukh , by Robert Forward. As a base for collecting a particular form of Unobtainium, they hang th...
by Mokurai
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 18910

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

On flying with strap-on wings, in an air storage cave on the moon: The Menace from Earth , by Robert A. Heinlein. Moon Olympics: The Last Theorem , by Arthur Clarke and Fred Pohl. There was a story including a nude Olympic hundred-meter dash in vacuum on the moon, but I don' t remember the name of t...
by Mokurai
Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388373

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Reality strongly suggests that everybody outside the U.S. is faking their existence. :wink: The Glaroon is faking their existence. Yours, too. Robert A. Heinlein, They , 1941. Or possibly the unnamed subject of Jonathan Hoag's unpleasant professional work. Heinlein again, The Unpleasant Profession ...
by Mokurai
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23173

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

Why is the Siberian Ocean mislabeled the Indian Ocean? Also, why is the Pacific Ocean, west of West Asia and West Africa, and east of the east coasts of the Americas, labeled the Atlantic, and vice versa? Also, how long is it going to take for all of the surface ice and snow in Siberia, Canada, and ...
by Mokurai
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23173

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

"United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland"? Normally it's either United Kingdom OR Great Britain but the real reason why I'm posting is that "Southern Ireland" is actually "Republic of Ireland" or "Ireland". In fact the constitution of the country...
by Mokurai
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27353

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

I think we should call "physics" to the knowledge up to about 1870. Those theories and discoveries since then should be given another name and put in another compartment (of my mind, at least). The usual cutoff between Classical and Modern Physics is Max Planck's 1900 discovery that quant...
by Mokurai
Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27353

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

This appears to be almost, but not quite, entirely backwards. General Relativity explains gravity as the geometry of spacetime, which, in Newton's phrase, "answers pretty nearly". Spacetime is in turn explained by the distribution of energy, including matter, electromagnetic radiation, dar...
by Mokurai
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 66103

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Making fun of acausal determinism and synthetic digital Hells is too easy. See Charlie Stross's Eschaton novels, Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise, and Iain Banks, Surface Detail.

Apart from that, I would only cite Randall's own https://xkcd.com/386/, Duty Calls.
by Mokurai
Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1445: "Efficiency"
Replies: 40
Views: 12800

Re: 1445: "Efficiency"

When Buridan proposed the problem of the ass between two equidistant piles of hay supposedly starving to death because it could not choose one over the other, he did not understand the concept of metastability, in which anything at all could disrupt the apparent equilibrium. Now we have elaborate ph...
by Mokurai
Fri May 24, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18164

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

You Can't Say You Can't Play, by Vivian Gussin Paley, gets into the hurts of kindergarten, and all the reasons given for perpetuating them, and suggests a remedy.
by Mokurai
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 54588

Re: 1078: "Knights"

The truly weird thing about Agincourt, fought in 1415, is that England and France had fought nearly the same battle, including the roles of the French knights and the English and Welsh longbowmen, at the Battle of Crécy in 1346, early in the Hundred Years War. I had a terrible time in my semi-random...
by Mokurai
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 28694

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

The photon doesn't die in your eye when it gets absorbed. It activates a visual receptor molecule, which activates a nerve fiber. A large number of photons activate a large number of nerves creating signals which are processed in the optic nerve and brain, resulting in the visual sensation of the do...

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