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by Sriad
Fri May 24, 2013 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18166

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

The subversion I've used is "Sticks and stones may break my bones but only words can hurt me." [...]Verbal abuse matters only to the extent you value the opinion of the abuser (which is why verbal abuse from authority figures is a bigger problem). Well obviously. If you don't care about so...
by Sriad
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300 workers at Foxconn threaten suicide.
Replies: 13
Views: 3495

Re: 300 workers at Foxconn threaten suicide.

Check out the surprisingly topical recent episode of This American Life for the most personally involving description of Foxconn you're likely to find: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory Note also that the reported 2010 suicides were among stab...
by Sriad
Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 319537

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

The best solution may also be the simplest: 1: Collect, clean, and count every feather. 2: Pulverize the feathers into a fine powder and dissolve in a solvent of known density. 3: Completely fill a hollow sphere of known mass (edit, and inner radius) with the feather solution 4: Place the sphere at ...
by Sriad
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 37812

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

quintopia wrote:A man was put in a gigantic fish tank with five LIVE, hungry, and ferocious sharks. A half hour later he walked out alive with all the sharks dead.

How is that possible?


Spoiler:
The man was BROCK FUCKING SAMPSON.
by Sriad
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What exactly is "classical" music?
Replies: 46
Views: 3769

Re: What exactly is "classical" music?

Classical music is composed and meant to be performed by more than one group of musicians, and is usually credited to the composer. Classical music is often not performed by its composer (though it can be). Classical music is not predominantly lead by a single vocalist (I'm thinking the difference ...
by Sriad
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Urban Fantasy
Replies: 26
Views: 4815

Re: Urban Fantasy

I'm a bit suprised no one has mentioned China Miéville. His books are more Victorian (think horrible, dirty cities with Dickensonian child labor etc) than modern, but quite good.

I'd also include The Iron Dragon's Daughter by Michael Swanwick.
by Sriad
Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC
Replies: 43
Views: 4796

Re: Few Questions - Mainly about LHC

wait, if it could have devices with practical benefits that don't need such a huge machine to work, doesn't that mean we could build them and do the experiment by reactions? in other words, if they need such huge and complicated machines to sense the changes here, how could they possibly have any e...
by Sriad
Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes as Matter-Conversion Power Sources
Replies: 23
Views: 3710

Re: Black Holes as Matter-Conversion Power Sources

Moving black holes around isn't as bad as all that: one of the three attributes black holes retain is charge. It would be (relatively) simple to shoot a beam of electrons into a small black hole and then use magnets to push or pull it with "conventional" interstellar spaceships. As for put...
by Sriad
Tue May 20, 2008 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How many ways can you empty a glass of water?
Replies: 129
Views: 12797

Re: How many ways can you empty a glass of water?

Deform the cup or mug into a topologically equivalent disc or torus, respectively. or Assume that arguments about the very high probability that we are living in a simulation are correct. 1: Figure out how to hack the simulation. 2: Delete the water. or Change the water into neutrinos by either heat...
by Sriad
Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: N.E.O.O :: 1-in-75 chance of asteroid hitting Mars
Replies: 30
Views: 3062

Re: N.E.O.O :: 1-in-75 chance of asteroid hitting Mars

For reference, this meteor is about the same size as the object that created Arizona's famous Meteor Crater: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Meteor.jpg/250px-Meteor.jpg a crater roughly 4,000 feet across. This potential event's crater wouldn't be Mars' most striking geologic...
by Sriad
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Schrödinger's lolcat
Replies: 112
Views: 16475

Re: Schrödinger's lolcat

If the vacuum tube is tall enough, does it matter? Yes. It's how fast he falls, not how far he falls that counts in my books. Right, but if the vacuum tube is tall enough, eventually he will be falling quite fast. Unless there's no gravitational pull. Even in zero g, the feather would oscillate bet...
by Sriad
Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 36648

Re: Ayn Rand

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by Sriad
Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1713
Views: 364946

Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender

http://www.veoh.com/ has a number of episodes, including the last two.
by Sriad
Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: QI
Replies: 70
Views: 9841

I need to jump on the Stephen Fry love-pile. (ahem)

Are there more errors than the three listed on the Wikipedia entry? That hardly seems like "a lot of the 'facts' ".
by Sriad
Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 87601

Ah, the odds of the sun going nova and swallowing the Earth (eventually) are 1:1. Stellar micro black holes aren't a worry because they would hit Earth much too fast for the gram or so of matter they'd devour on the way through to slow them down enough to be captured by Earth's gravity. I'd be much ...
by Sriad
Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jena march, race tensions
Replies: 12
Views: 2287

It's notable to mention that the beating of the white kid by the six black kids took place several months after the other events. The media has frequently failed to mention that, almost as though they want the two events to be related much more than they probably are. A more detailed understanding ...
by Sriad
Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Word Numbers Puzzle
Replies: 33
Views: 4413

Letter distribution charts miss part of the rules: you must also sum the numbers to the 51 billionth letter:

"The 51 billionth letter also completes the spelling of an integer. Which one, and what is the sum of all the integers to that point?"
by Sriad
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Plasma Pong
Replies: 40
Views: 6190

keozen wrote:**cough**youcandownloadthegamehere**cough**

;)


A more recent, performance friendly version is available here:

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/f ... ption.html
by Sriad
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Album Covers
Replies: 33
Views: 22271

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He's just so cute!
by Sriad
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: i can't read good and wanna learn to do other stuff good too
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Re: i can't read good and wanna learn to do other stuff good

but what's the difference between a connected pair of eighth notes and two unconnected eighth notes? For clarity. Generally eighth and shorter notes will be barred together if they happen in the same beat or two whole beats. This isn't a hard and fast rule though; it can also communicate how smooth...
by Sriad
Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FanSci: Silver and Iron - Weaknesses of Mythical Creatures
Replies: 73
Views: 18572

Silver works on vampires and werewolves because they're powered by fission.

Iron works on Fae because they're powered by fusion.

8)

(Control rods used in pressurized water reactors are usually ~80% silver, and iron doesn't fuse without external energy being spent)
by Sriad
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0312: "With Apologies to Robert Frost"
Replies: 65
Views: 23288

Have you all seen the Holy Tango of Literature ? The premiss is, you take an anagram of an authors name to create a title for a poem and then write the poem with that title in that authors style, often blatantly ripping off one of his or her previous works. I'd completely forgotten that book existe...
by Sriad
Sun Aug 19, 2007 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 52755

Responding to posts a couple pages back isn't the smoothest thing to do, but there are a couple dangling post fragments that dig at me. Writing up a string of quote-responses all in one post isn't great either, but IMHO it's marginally better than four or five posts in a row. How important is the po...
by Sriad
Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44256

I seriously think he was one of the most important characters, and showed up as a point-of-view character rather frequently (one of the four total, if I recall correctly, 2x Waterhouses, 1x Shaftoe, 1x Dengo). Yeah, Stephenson wrote enough on just Dengo to fill a normal book. But this is Stephenson...

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