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by synthgene
Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37937

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Hehehehehehehehe. While all you foolish natural science majors fight among yourselves we engineers will be waiting together and unified...
by synthgene
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121318

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Reminds me of my highschool years, all the papers I wrote were essentially randomly generated by markov chains. I got A's on all of them. Teacher never figured it out.
by synthgene
Fri May 02, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0418: "Stove Ownership"
Replies: 148
Views: 30880

Re: "Stove Ownership" Discussion

Frosting in a pressurized can is one of humankind's greatest inventions, if you hook a can up to an aquarium air hose you can eat it on the go. Everything should come in a pressurized can.
by synthgene
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44177

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

This is why I am so excited about them firing up the LHC. The LHC might see the graviton and give us a better understanding of gravity, so we might be able to cause gravity to pull someone in a different direction. Oh yeah, and make a portal gun, which would be cool too.
by synthgene
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 61587

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

Because life imitates XKCD, this is bound to happen for reals. I'd opt for an optical link between the webcam and the laptop though. Possibly along the range of something in the infrared. The real question is, can we make one of these replicate itself? http://www.reprap.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome
by synthgene
Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0412: "Startled"
Replies: 127
Views: 33122

Re: "Startled" Discussion

Oh! So thats why he wears a hat! It's a defensive mechanism, some what akin to a snail's shell.

Of course it might require a spatial distortion apparatus to collapse into the hat. Spatial distortion might take a lot of energy(on the magnitude of many thousands of stars).
by synthgene
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0382: "Trebuchet"
Replies: 103
Views: 24439

Re: Trebuchet

Man, I just saw a real live trebuchet today, is XKCD starting to tap into my brain or something? As for lasers, you can easily get a 1-2 watt for less than $300 on ebay, or a 60 for under $1000 if you really want power. Of course, this is just for the diode without driver circuitry, but you can easi...
by synthgene
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0368: "Bass"
Replies: 132
Views: 37682

Re: "Bass" discussion

If you really want to blow up some speakers why not use a methane-oxygen drive sound gun?

http://www.lonesentry.com/articles/noise/index.html
by synthgene
Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0368: "Bass"
Replies: 132
Views: 37682

Re: "Bass" discussion

Dang, I had this idea too, except it involved an electromagnetic pulse.
by synthgene
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Coloured flame
Replies: 5
Views: 3847

Re: Coloured flame

Use boric acid, ie roach killer or contact solution. As for the chemical in clams, copper or boron seem to be likely candidates. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0006-3185(193810)75%3A2%3C224%3ATCCACT%3E2.0.CO%3B2-3 http://palaios.sepmonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/13/4/395 It seems that clams and ...
by synthgene
Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2412239

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

FIRST POST

Actually, it's your seventh post. -Hodge.
by synthgene
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm making a Tesla Coil, do I need to varnish the secondary?
Replies: 9
Views: 2992

Re: I'm making a Tesla Coil, do I need to varnish the secondary?

cough...use magnet wire... cough
by synthgene
Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8967

Re: Stopping a bullet with induction

I was just wondering what length of permanent neodymium magnets it would take to stop a bullet, not what strength of a superconducting magnet would be needed to stop a bullet(most likely from a hand gun) to v=0. I actually made a bet with a coworker/gun-enthusiast over this. And I would like to test...
by synthgene
Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8967

Re: Stopping a bullet with induction

I know bullets are not made of copper, I am just wondering about the case of a copper bullet.
by synthgene
Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8967

Re: Stopping a bullet with induction

I am also wondering, would the current induced in the copper bullet would be enough to melt it?
by synthgene
Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8967

So what would it take to stop a completely copper bullet?
by synthgene
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8967

Stopping a bullet with induction

Could one stop a bullet by shooting it through a region of dense magnetic field? If you shot a bullet straight through the center of a stack of large neodymium ring magnets arranged in a S-N-N-S-S-N-N-S configuration(or a Halbach array) would the bullet be slowed to a stand still by the magnets indu...

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