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by drwho
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: genetic testing
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

Re: genetic testing

gmalivuk wrote:
drwho wrote:It turns out that I am very distantly related to our fearless leader Randall Munroe.
You, and all the rest of life on Earth.

Me, in less than 7 generations.
by drwho
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: genetic testing
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

Re: genetic testing

I am posting this in a second response because it is somewhat a different topic. I have found the genetic results of genetic testing to be interesting. My parental line, my Y-DNA, is a very old and rare type (I-L161 isles), which is interpreted as my distant family was almost wiped out, but some sur...
by drwho
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: genetic testing
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

Re: genetic testing

I actually got the test for genealogical reasons, but am using it otherwise - taken with a bit of salt. As time goes on and more people are tested and more information gathered, genetic data will be more predictive. We're only at the infancy of this science now. Sure, not all diseases or personal ch...
by drwho
Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: genetic testing
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

Re: genetic testing

Traits related to disease in my family, such as heart disease (arteriosclerosis), macular degeneration, and alzheimer's. Other things are height (tall), eye color(s), skin and hair tone, cranial size, sensitivity to certain drugs, and more. Why not use 23&me? some diseases are entirely inherited...
by drwho
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: genetic testing
Replies: 7
Views: 3235

genetic testing

How many people on these forums have had their DNA tested, at 23&me, Family Tree DNA, national genographic, etc? Since privacy is officially obsolete, I decided to go get tested. In addition to helping convince me that I am, after all, human, I was startled by how many traits were predicted by g...
by drwho
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38542

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Randall: I recall the radiation dose chart you made during the Fukushima, as a way to use science to lessen the hype. Perhaps you could write up a similar one for Homopathy. It could be something which could be smuggled into the medicine section of CVS and other places where snake-oil is being peddl...
by drwho
Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38542

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Thanks for tackling this, Randall. The Homeopaths are frauds. It's bad enough in the USA, but in Germany you are FORCED to deal with homeopaths as many medicines are not available over-the-counter, and if you're a visitor you don't have access to a doctor without spending lots of money. Trying to ge...
by drwho
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

by drwho
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

The lesson of this story applies to road traffic as well as escalators: keep adequate difference from the person in front of you, and discourage tailgaters. Keep an eye on the conditions ahead. If there is a jam, be prepared to use a second dimension to lessen the crush (i.e. jump over to the down e...
by drwho
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I am not about to debate what escalator is the longest/tallest etc, but I know approximately where Randall lives, so it is most likely the long escalator at the Porter Square subway station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Earth, Milky Way, Normal. This would be the same escalator which killed a ma...
by drwho
Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 30079

Re: 0916: Unpickable

Funny, "HackerShield" is the name of a security scanner (now long dead) that I worked on ten years ago. Some people are not paying attention to the comic. If a keyed lock, not a combination one, and that makes the fiddling so much more time consuming. Further, it's not shoes that are in th...
by drwho
Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An Official English Language
Replies: 23
Views: 4650

An Official English Language

One of the arguments I had with my ex-gf (a doctoral student of Linguistics at Harvard) was my belief that there needs to be an official dialect. Now, before you go all storming off and ranting at me for being a grammar nazi or whatever, let me say that I am not suggesting that everyone be required ...
by drwho
Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that are their own opposite
Replies: 67
Views: 9454

Re: Words like "cleave"

Cleave has two definitions that are opposites: 1) to stick to 2) to split apart Can you think of other words like this? Funny, I only ever knew of the second usage. So much did I believe in this, that I believed that Rowling made a mistake in The Harry Potter series when the professor with the crys...
by drwho
Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 169488

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Resistance is Futile! Give up! You will be assimilated! You will be exterminated! Thevenin and Norton will not save you here, boy.....muh ha ha ha ha

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