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by hthall
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 16384

Re: 1115: "Sky"

Beautifully put, Randall. I've thought this many times. In fact: http://www.thebutteredslice.com/wordpress/archives/31 Erm, that's apparently been reported as an attack site... Yikes! Thanks for the heads-up. My brother runs it; I've let him know. It definitely wasn't being reported as such when I ...
by hthall
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 16384

Re: 1115: "Sky"

I remember first looking through a telescope when I was twelve or so, and being afraid of open spaces for weeks. At night, only. The blue sky looks... "closed". Safe, particularly with fluffy clouds. At night, there is just the yawning abyss. And it's not "up there". It's all ar...
by hthall
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 16384

Re: 1115: "Sky"

Beautifully put, Randall. I've thought this many times. In fact:

http://www.thebutteredslice.com/wordpress/archives/31
by hthall
Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 33721

1112: "Think Logically"

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Mouseover text: "I've developed a more logical set of rules but the people on the chess community have a bunch of stupid emotional biases and won't reply to my posts."

A very apt metaphor for scientific crackpottery.
by hthall
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 18629

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

Randall didn't take into consideration that the spin of the planet distorts the shape from a sphere to an oblate spheroid. The oceans are pulled toward the equator by centrifugal force of the spin, causing the ocean to be as much as 5 miles higher than at the poles. http://bigthink.com/strange-maps...
by hthall
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 26320

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I've used :90 ever since I realized it was quicker than typing 1:30. I'm also intrigued by the fact that, on my microwave anyway, you can type illogical values like "1:90" and it just counts down from there (passing values like 1:64) to 1:59 and just keeps going like nothing ever happened...
by hthall
Thu May 24, 2012 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1059: "Bel-Air"
Replies: 51
Views: 17311

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

The only reference I can find is http://www.ksl.com/?sid=20517366&nid=1017 Randall obviously watches BBC1. Even though it's a uk program, I got an American add at the beginning. For "RC Willey". I won't say what it sounded like to my UK ears, but I don't want them helping around the h...
by hthall
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 45114

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

I don't know why, but I find the ??? section especially moving. …I wonder about the question marked section on the right hand side. I interpret the question marks as the random-seeming emotions that occasionally hit you out of the blue with no discernible cause after you've been through (or are sti...
by hthall
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 28110

Re: #1042: "Never"

keithl wrote:The stick figure is looking at his own reflection while saying these things. Is this about a paired relationship, or the end of narcissism?


It could be where he dumped the body.
by hthall
Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 257402

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Inglonias wrote:I got the one for Germany, despite the fact that I'm in Northern VA.

Why?


The airlift benefited Germany but was planned and authorized from Washington, DC; the comic connects those two places.
by hthall
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 40800

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

This is one of those rare comics whose punchline was actually anticipated in the discussion of the previous comic. Nevertheless, congratulations on a kilocomic, and here's to the coming kibicomic milestone. May there be many more to come. Aside: Why have we all been waiting with bated breath for the...
by hthall
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 86155

Re: 0980: "Money"

I love that he started out by comparing (fairly) apples and oranges.
by hthall
Tue Oct 04, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 24146

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

feyayeruka wrote:My mother died in a Christmas Carolling accident. Not funny, not a good joke, not a good comic.

And now I have that damn song stuck in my head!


Which song--Black's "Friday"? (j/k)
by hthall
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 29735

0892: "Null Hypothesis"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/null_hypothesis.png Alt: Hell, my eighth grade science class managed to conclusively reject it just based on a classroom experiment. It's pretty sad to hear about million-dollar research teams who can't even manage that. There he goes again, preaching Null Theory.
by hthall
Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 34998

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Title-text: But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too. How to get the girls to line up for you. EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Monsieur Munroe will do the same when you click the c...
by hthall
Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 34998

0853: "Consecutive Vowels"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/consecutive_vowels.png Title-text: But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too. How to get the girls to line up for you. EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Mo...
by hthall
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 15183

Re: 0848: "3D"

Ok, the whole "rolled up dimensions" thing is best understood by starting from General Relativity. GR represents gravity as being functionally equivalent to our 4D spacetime being curved into a fifth dimension, with the amount of local curvature corresponding to the local gravitational fi...
by hthall
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0833: "Convincing"
Replies: 85
Views: 16902

Re: 0833: "Convincing"

Andromeda321 wrote:The sad thing is I immediately thought upon seeing the second panel "wait, the axes aren't labeled!" Then I read the punchline, and yup, I'm a girl.

Thus proving the last line of the strip.
by hthall
Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 46941

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

Brilliant.
by hthall
Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 17095

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

Nice deconstruction of positive-attitude sales.
by hthall
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 38570

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

If there's a one-in-a-billion chance of it going wrong, you kill a handful of people on average.

The comic didn't remind me of this:

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by hthall
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 20198

Re: 0807: Connected

I like the reading of "Romeo and Juliet" as taking a typical romantic ballad and sticking actual teenagers into it, with kinda Pratchett-like results. Good call. Anyone who hopes to learn something about true love from Romeo and Juliet is reading it wrong. It's a tragedy , for crying out ...
by hthall
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 75567

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Nice adaptation of the word shibboleth.
by hthall
Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 18719

0795: "Conditional Risk"

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Title text: " 'Dude, wait -- I'm not American! So my risk is basically zero!' "

You can never discount observation effect when trying to assess statistics on humans. They're too clever for their own good as subjects.
by hthall
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0790: "Control"
Replies: 57
Views: 12922

Re: "Control" discussion (#790)

Eh, this seems implausible to me. Why isn't the experiment double-blind? Even if the experiment IS double blind, I can imagine the researchers being startled that any of the subjects are responding that way at all. :P I saw this and assumed that it was double-blind (and also that arranging both sub...
by hthall
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 26487

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

And, of course, the upcoming insta-classic movie: Jane Austen's Fight Club ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8 ) I thought that was just brilliant, and very professionally executed. (Full disclosure: I have several friends that go to church with those girls, and my brother has done work wi...
by hthall
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

...So, I too confirmed the resistor blob value of 25265/33783 ohms using MATLAB symbolics and a reduced admittance-matrix [Zeq = (Ynn - (Ynr Yrr^-1 Yrn))^-1]. As mentioned above, this rounds to ~0.7479 ohms. And, while I appreciate the sentiment, It can only be ROUNDED to 1.337 mhos, and that likel...
by hthall
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

My result for the mess of resistors is 25265/33783 = 0.747861 Ohms. Oops, I missed the one connection without a resistor. I ran my Maple code again and I also get 25265/33783. In this case, the adjacency matrix is also the matrix of conductances (except that the diagonal should be infinite). From t...
by hthall
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

Assuming I didn't mess anything up the resistor blob comes out to 1.3141 Ohms... And now that I have been adequately nerd sniped by Randall, I'm going to sleep. Night all. I get precisely 167294/195327 ohms. That's approximately .856481694798978123864... (Apparently I didn't resist the temptation. ...
by hthall
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

Anyone who gets the arena joke is definitely a nerd. Someone fill me in. Notice the directions of the three surrounding diodes, then watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmRAiUPdRjk . Does anyone know what the symbol with the circle and the squiggly line represents? http://www.google.com/images?q=a...
by hthall
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

The answer is that the circuit bursts into flames because there's a 50V source with both sides connected to ground. Yes, but not in series with the magic smoke, so it's safe. (Also notice the "if you're a wimp" challenge.) Anyone who gets the arena joke is definitely a nerd. Can't we get ...
by hthall
Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 84382

0730: "Circuit Diagram"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/circuit_diagram.png http://xkcd.com/730/ Title-text: I just caught myself idly trying to work out what that resistor mass would actually be, and realized I had self-nerd-sniped. I'm NOT going to analyze this . . . must resist . . . (The title-text gives away what he's do...
by hthall
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
Replies: 125
Views: 44669

Re: "Flatland" Discussion

reevey wrote:
rwald wrote:Apparently this was my 111st post. I find that strangely appropriate.


Enter pedant: 111th, surely?


Eleventy-first.
by hthall
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 55634

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

He failed to define that he was using the ton-pace-minute system to get the figure for Planck energy. Is he being a typical American and implying that the use of metric units will destroy the earth? Howdy people, I've been reading this comic almost since it started and only just registered to say t...
by hthall
Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 33354

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Nice one.

(That's my profound comment.)
by hthall
Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0643: "Ohm"
Replies: 76
Views: 18837

Re: "Ohm" Discussion

If I felt any resistance toward laughing at the current comic, it's that it didn't fully exploit the potential of the subject.

I can still enjoy lukewarm cheese, though.
by hthall
Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0629: "Skins"
Replies: 144
Views: 22728

Re: "Skins" Discussion

I find it humorous that I just went to xkcd, saw no new comic, then browsed around in the "psychic" discussion for about 15 minutes and returned to the individual comic threads subforum only to see a discussion page with several replies for a comic that wasn't there fifteen minutes ago . ...
by hthall
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1931
Views: 182133

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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by hthall
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 39702

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

1st.: Humans are incapable of creating random numbers. They are particularly bad at it, in fact. Ask people for random numbers and you'll find clustering base on culturally significant numbers. True for most people. I remember an anecdote about a university class in which students tried to simulate...

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