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by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7056

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effect? Almost a dead certainty it's not a coincidence. But it does remind me of one of my favorite lines. Extra bonus internetz to anyone who recognizes the source. " I ...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7056

1758: "Astrophysics"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/astrophysics.png DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCE / Motto: "If I hear the phrase 'mirror neurons' I swear to God I will flip this table." Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effec...
by Zinho
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 4421

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Wait, what? There are people who specifically won't eat things that live in the water? . . . why exclude all water life? Having grown up near the Chesapeake Bay, I can speak to this. I've seen the Bay, smelled it, and washed it off after swimming in it, so I have little desire to eat anything that ...
by Zinho
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 10049

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing the limits of healthy water ingestion, and if you're working that hard outside you should break it up with 50% rest cycles in the shade ⋅ 1 gal/hr is...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 10049

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Just how much water is meant by the unit "glass" being used here? Eight ounces, but specifically served in a container made out of glass, as opposed to a cup made out of any other material. I couldn't have said it better myself :mrgreen: Don't know how big your "glass" is, but e...
by Zinho
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 10049

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Before anyone goes overboard on drinking water, read up on hyponatremia ; it's a real issue that causes many deaths each year in sports and military training. Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing t...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 9142

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Ingress has a "Speedlock" If your average speed goes above about 35 then you cannot access any game functions other than XM collection. That is to discourage you from DOING anything with the phone while driving, but if you leave the game running and just not touch it you can still collect...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 11328

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Does anyone still say or write or mean "God be with ye" or "ever each"? If not, then the point is moot; the mistakes that lead to that usage were made in the past, the language is now different, and they're not mistakes in the new language. They were still mistakes when they wer...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 11328

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

A "wre nch " (lets you wrench nuts and bolts loose, or tight) is traditionally the US version of UK's "spanner" (I'm guessing because of the 'span' of the lever, that allows you to increasing torque force). . . Oh, we have spanners in the U.S. as well: http://assets2.merriam-web...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 127005

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Peter Tatchell being no-platformed . Without reading the rest of that article, I notice that it seems to start out with the same misunderstanding of freedom of speech that the comic is addressing. Well, ok, Tatchell himself wasn't strictly no-platformed, instead another speaker refused to share a p...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 7661

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

If Randall were more patient he could use && instead of & and the commands would be launched serially instead of in parallel. Not as much fun as watching all those background commands dumping their output in a jumbled heap to STDOUT, but the first one to return success (0 = false) would ...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 8798

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Does it get taller first and then widen, or does it reach full width before getting taller, or alternate, or what? We've had a couple of partial answers, I'd like to fill in the gaps a bit. Newborns generally lose weight initially, due to the whole "figuring out how to digest their own food&qu...
by Zinho
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 7779

LHC

GREAT. YOU GOT THE HIGGS BOSON WET AND IT DISSOLVED.


Does the Higgs boson get wet, or does the water get it instead?

Props to TMBG + Particle Man.
by Zinho
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 7162

1642: "Gravitational Waves"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/gravitational_waves.png "That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah." I read somewhere that if users aren't trading cat pictures on your system, the system is broken...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 13165

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Lots of planets are named for myths. Going be the exoplanet name candidates, there are certainly worse ways to name planets. Although calling the planet Ix, was specifically called out in universe as being extremely lazy and unimaginative. The perfect rejoinder from the perfect poster! I should gro...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 13165

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Copper Bezel wrote:. . . I find the spelling "Ix" unbearably adorable. = ]

Unfortunately, the name "Ix" is already used in the Dune mythos, and whenever I hear it I think of the Butlerian Jihad. I can't say I'm anxious to use that as a name for one of our local planets.
by Zinho
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 18248

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Following this idea wouldn't the answer to 'Why are sunsets orange?' be 'because that air over there is orange'? Doesn't seem all that convincing... Does it seem strange to you that a thing can look different colors when viewed from different angles? There are several metal coatings with that prope...
by Zinho
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 16582

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

The one I struggle with: How often is Bi-monthly? Well, it depends on the parsing: Bimonth-ly: every bimonth Bi-monthly: twice every month My inclination is for the second option, and using "bimestrial" for the first meaning. I learned a new word today! Thanks! I prefer to avoid "bim...
by Zinho
Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1594: "Human Subjects"
Replies: 33
Views: 5311

Re: 1594: "Human Subjects"

Funny, the OED seems to think you can use snuck. It does say it's mainly North American, but it is still a word. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/snuck And to people in regions where it's dominant, "sneaked" sounds exactly as unpleasant on the ear as "weeped"...
by Zinho
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 8008

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

"I can't stand it any more! Every time you tear off a chunk of bread you end up taking most of the chewy middle, leaving me with nothing but crust. I want some of the chewy middle too!" "Yeah, but what can be done?" "I don't know, but if someone figures it out it will be th...
by Zinho
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 6299

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

Reminds me of a manga I read a while back, where the protagonist develops the ability similar to the app described by the comic. She learns how to choose between a multiverse worth of alternative realities, see how her decisions affect the world, then discard the experiences with unfavorable outcome...
by Zinho
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30409

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Infographic idea: map of the world showing how acceptable it is to mix sweet and savoury flavours. . .) Ha! Good idea. I do know of a recipe for chicken tagliatelle with a raspberry based sauce that is pretty damn great, but I'm guessing it wasn't invented by an Italian. Pizza and orange juice - a ...
by Zinho
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30409

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I happen to think that pineapple on pizza is delicious, but I also know enough Italians to know never to suggest the idea to one, except as a joke. In my experience it is usually viewed less as a disagreeable idea and more as a total non-sequitur , like suggesting that you would like a pizza topped...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30409

Re: 1534: "Beer"

It's the pudim (pronounced "poo-DJEEN") that causes me a problem socially. Every Brasiliana I meet insists that I must try it, since it's SO delicious. The conversation follows a predictable pattern: <snip> Dood, why are you trying so hard to not hook up with that brasiliana?!?! I'm a &qu...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30409

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I find it quite irritating to be told that I am either pretending or have been brainwashed into liking something that I genuinely enjoy. It's an acquired taste. Maybe you just haven't heard a GOOD accusation of disingenuity or impressionability. Nice, I think this is my favorite post so far in this...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 9454

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

I study this stuff because I am designing a new kind of "solid-state" satellite swarm . Lower orbits, not geostationary, but long term stability imposes constraints on orbits and operation. You're cooling space-based computers by radiation? :shock: OK, I mean, you don't have a choice. You...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 18308

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Neil_Boekend wrote:100 gr (3.5 oz) every other day is quite sufficient to keep a godlike body s like mine in shape. . .
I am considered a large eater by those around me. My current avatar is a picture of me and it is recent.

ssarcasm

No need for sarcasm there; remember that Bacchus/Dionysus was also a god...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 7433

Re: 1497: "New Products"

Counterexample: the :CueCat . Given the ubiquity of QR codes, is the :CueCat a counterexample, or is it simply an example of case 2: features show up years later in something successful? My memory of what techies were saying about it was, "most people probably don't need that, but it's hackabl...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 18759

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

OK, this "keeping the rope straight" question is bugging me, so I ran some numbers, back-of-the-envelope style. math spoilered because I'm going to ramble a bit... I made some assumptions, like a spherical earth w/ 6.37*10^6m radius, all participants having the same height, and participant...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 17807

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

The missing labels have arrived as of about 1400 UTC with the note "Uploaded the wrong file earlier! Sorry for the missing labels and lines." Except, apparently, for the label for DC on the rectifier bridge. I never saw the malformed diode array for the rectifier, and I'm still twitching ...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should we change the national anthem?
Replies: 115
Views: 26973

Re: Should we change the national anthem?

I'll weigh in on this; I've got some strong opinions on the topic and some historical tidbits that haven't been mentioned yet. (I'm pro-status quo, btw; let's get that out of the way first) So, the way I sing the song, I skip the objectionable third verse. Shortening the text considerably, the first...
by Zinho
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 20087

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

Why can't nutritionists just learn to use proper units, instead of abusing them until they become ambiguous? For language in general it's annoying, but for units it's ridiculous. Probably for the same reason that bathroom scales read kg instead of N but still are advertized as giving "weight&q...
by Zinho
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 10011

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

I'd just like to point out that it is really difficult to find a picture of Death dressed as a clown due to the number of scary clowns that there are in different forms of media. And I hate scary clowns. So for my own sanity, please have this MS Paint drawing of a scary death clown. http://i.imgur....
by Zinho
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 24410

Re: 1417: "Seven"

Regarding "American", and all that, can't we just accept that "American" can refer to both the population of the entire two continents, and also - under different circumstances - citizens (or possibly residents) of the United States (including Hawaii)? And that this is because t...
by Zinho
Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 17506

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

In Formula 1, EVERY driver started saying "for sure" instead of "yes" a couple of years ago, and they're still going. I'm not sure if the F1 "for sure" is applicable to every situation where "yes" would do, but it is widespread as a term of agreement or confi...
by Zinho
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"
Replies: 32
Views: 6452

Re: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"

I leave my fridge open when it's hot, and while people converge on my house from miles around to explain that I'm actually making my house WARMER, I slip out the back, sneak to their houses, and run their a/c units at full blast. I have a vent in the wall behind my fridge, so the warmth extracted f...
by Zinho
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 12438

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

Why is he calling a sergeant "sir"? Because sergeants outrank privates? Context: Outside of basic training, it is not customary in the US military to use "sir" to refer to any enlisted, regardless of rank. To be fair, there is a U.S. military branch where Non-Commissioned Office...
by Zinho
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 15222

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

Most likely I made an account fairly recently to post something (can't have been too long ago considering what password it's using) and then changed my mind at the last second. Maybe it was a preemptive strike after learning the bitter lesson that if you'd only bothered to create an account when yo...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 11167

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

I think you'd agree that you couldn't really have seen the bullets at either end if they were ordinary bits of steel/lead, yes? Agreed, I probably could not. To be honest, I have trouble tracking golf balls, although that may have something to do with my swing... Others with more rifle-shooting exp...
by Zinho
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 11167

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

Or, consider the guy firing the gun. He knows where the bullet is going (he's looking at it the whole time, hopefully), and I don't think he can see the bullet. When I've fired rifles, even at significant ranges, I've not been able to watch the bullet travel. I've never fired a large-caliber "...

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