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by The_Duck
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 79179

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

At least Randall didn't try to draw an image containing descriptions of all images which do not contain descriptions of themselves.
by The_Duck
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 21599

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

NASA has had about the same inflation-adjusted annual funding in the years since the end of the Cold War that it had when it was launching two Saturn V trips to the moon a year. Arguably, space is much more important to the country these days than it was in 1971-2, and so the fact that we're spendi...
by The_Duck
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 52799

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

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by The_Duck
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 83372

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

This comic made me smile! The internet has not become the elevated debating arena imagined by Card. On reflection, though, I'm not sure that political debate through traditional channels rises a whole lot above the best debating on the internet. Perhaps in time things will improve, though. I should ...
by The_Duck
Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 582
Views: 436076

Re: Favorite home experiments

A few weeks ago I did the alcohol cloud chamber experiment that is mentioned in this thread . I got a sizeable clear glass jar with a metal lid (~6 inch diameter), and a block of dry ice of dimensions 10x10x2 inches. Glued some felt into bottom of the jar. Soaked the felt in 91% isopropyl (rubbing) ...
by The_Duck
Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 210359

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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Edit: what about posting comparisons of the frequency of all possible 2/3/4 bit sequences?
by The_Duck
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 866
Views: 174282

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

"Fuck the lasers, Torey, I'm going for your throat!"
by The_Duck
Sat May 30, 2009 8:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Favorite free energy/perpetual motion machine type scheme?
Replies: 37
Views: 3185

Re: Favorite free energy/perpetual motion machine type scheme?

Perhaps this thread is a bit old but people might be interested in this riddle:

http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wwu/riddle ... Generation
by The_Duck
Sat May 30, 2009 8:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: morning psychosis
Replies: 103
Views: 8206

Re: morning psychosis

I must be better-rested than the majority of posters in this thread, but I recall a morning earlier this year when I woke and stood staring at my alarm clock for several minutes wondering what the hell the numbers on it meant.
by The_Duck
Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3342
Views: 654112

Re: What were your dreams last night?

The other night I had a dream that I was waking up from general anesthesia in the middle of surgery that apparently involved drilling multiple holes in my head. It wasn't painful or anything but I was aware that something was wrong and I wasn't supposed to be waking up during the surgery, and I trie...
by The_Duck
Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0567: "Urgent Mission"
Replies: 129
Views: 29888

Re: "Urgent Mission" Discussion

A very amusing comic. :)
by The_Duck
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 64528

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

Awesome strip. I love the idea that physicists have calculated that Higgs excitation will lead to a situation requiring crossbows. :)
by The_Duck
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 313313

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Simply synchronize two precise clocks, then put one clock next to the feather and the other far away. After some time, bring them back together and determine the amount of time dilation due to the feather's gravitational field. From the time dilation compute the mass.
by The_Duck
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Rock Paper Scissors experiment
Replies: 34
Views: 5104

Re: Rock Paper Scissors experiment

I won! :D For vs. I figured "xkcdians will pick paper [to my mind the 'intelligence over brute force' strategy]" and so went with scissors, and luckily paper is just edging out scissors as most popular. For the co-op I figured "people have no experience playing this, and so wi...
by The_Duck
Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Theories on education
Replies: 34
Views: 3032

Re: Theories on education

jmorgan3 wrote:You may find Lockheart's Lament relevant.


Oh, wow! This expresses very clearly and nicely a lot of vague ideas I have had on this subject. This or something like it should be required reading for math teachers/students, and I think a lot of the ideas should also apply to science education.
by The_Duck
Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 105775

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

This is the awesome-est xkcd in quite a while.
by The_Duck
Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0450: "The Sea"
Replies: 128
Views: 22290

Re: "The Sea" Discussion

The alt text confused me for a while before I got it. :)
by The_Duck
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Comedy of Human Suffering
Replies: 21
Views: 2316

Re: The Comedy of Human Suffering

I don't think that laughter has any inherent link to suffering. Ex: webcomics are funny and rarely because of suffering.
by The_Duck
Tue May 27, 2008 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0428: "Starwatching"
Replies: 63
Views: 10539

Re: "Starwatching" Discussion

Ah, I just got the Lion King reference; good one!
by The_Duck
Thu May 01, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Web Comic Documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: Web Comic Documentary

by The_Duck
Thu May 01, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Perceptions of Agnosticism
Replies: 43
Views: 3687

Re: Perceptions of Agnosticism

Why do threads about agnosticism always devolve into semantics? when someone says, "I'm agnostic," do you (be honest), assume that they are essentially an atheist, think that they're confused/uneducated, a religious person that's having doubts, is your first instinct to question them for c...
by The_Duck
Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You have 24 hours to die.
Replies: 136
Views: 28239

Re: You have 24-hours to die.

Parachute from orbit, making the ride last as long as possible; cut the cords at 1000 feet and arrange to burn up or something a few feet from the ground--like waking up from a dream.
by The_Duck
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 30237

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" discussion

Excellent. I love "Ctrl-C, Ctrl-C".
by The_Duck
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 459529

Re: Favorite math jokes

pkuky wrote:why is 6 afraid of the 2501th decimal digit of e?


It doesn't want to get stomped by the T-Rex.
by The_Duck
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2437097

Re: Confessional Thread - A black hole of emu

I move through day to day life like an ant, a lovely bundle of perfectly polished moves and mannerisms triggered by all the right stimuli. Its very, very hard for me to "break from the script" as it were. Makes life pretty empty, shallow, and meaningless if you're able to take a step back...
by The_Duck
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "We seem to be fucked, Mr. Holmes."
Replies: 38
Views: 5696

Re: "We seem to be fucked, Mr. Holmes."

I'm half-convinced that Google could develop a system for tracking cell phones and we'd all sing it's praises as being the coolest thing ever, neh? Yeah, but Google would make it available to the public on the web for free, which would make it a toy instead of an instrument of oppression. You would...
by The_Duck
Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20025

Re: Artificial Intelligence

Think about animals: we don't even think about squashing a few ants, and many of us are fine with slaughtering and eating cows, but killing humans for most any reason we consider immoral. Somewhere in the ancestry of the human race is an animal species that, if we saw it today, we wouldn't mind kil...
by The_Duck
Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcdia
Replies: 574
Views: 88950

Re: Artificial Island/Micronation

I looked up some stuff about desalination. For some reason water volumes are measured by the acre-foot. 1 acre-foot = ~1200 m^3 according to Google. Daily human water consumption appears to be on the order of 100 ounces = ~1/500 m^3. 500 people would thus consume 1 m^3 of water daily. Not a lot. Of ...
by The_Duck
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcdia
Replies: 574
Views: 88950

Re: Artificial Island/Micronation

For flotation, how about some large custom-made plastic floats? That way you don't have to worry about corrosion, and you get a lot of buoyancy. The cost of fabricating the floats would probably be cheaper than buying existing large ships. I don't know how to determine what size and shape of float w...
by The_Duck
Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20025

Re: Artificial Intelligence

Why would having a few more creative algorithms or heuristics suddenly make a being "un-shut-offable?" Think about animals: we don't even think about squashing a few ants, and many of us are fine with slaughtering and eating cows, but killing humans for most any reason we consider immoral...
by The_Duck
Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:59 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Getting a simple IRC client to work... firewall issue maybe?
Replies: 6
Views: 1768

Re: Getting a simple IRC client to work... firewall issue maybe?

After seeing this thread last night, I was inspired to write a simple Java IRC client. It pops up a window with a textbox, whose contents are sent to the server whenever you press enter, and a text area, which displays everything sent from the server. It automatically connects to irc.quakenet.org on...
by The_Duck
Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 90696

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I am going to echo others and suggest that an integer overflow must have been involved in the placement of watermelons on the y-axis. They should be well into the first quadrant Last summer I became almost addicted to the things: at times my consumption approached the rate of one large watermelon pe...
by The_Duck
Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Language(s) of J.R.R. Tolkien
Replies: 55
Views: 7858

The Language(s) of J.R.R. Tolkien

Not so long ago I re-read The Lord of the Rings and just now I finished The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin. One of the fascinating things about these books to me is the linguistic style Tolkien uses. The following is my rambling about that followed by some questions: Tolkien's diction is som...
by The_Duck
Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3342
Views: 654112

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was at an auditorium at some kind of assembly/concert thing, and then somehow I was on stage in front of the auditorium as part of a tap dancing group. I didn't know any of the moves or anything so I just tapped my feet in time with the music and thought I was probably looking pretty stupid. But w...
by The_Duck
Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2116854

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi everyone. I'm a 16 year old college freshman in CS, and maybe math too. I'm particularly interested in AI and artificial life. I enjoy programming, mostly in Java and C++. I've been reading xkcd for a few months, and I've been browsing these forums for a few weeks without contributing anything. I...

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