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by Rotherian
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 19740

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Hokay - One widely popular urban legend is that "natural" sucrose (cane or beet sugar, for example) is healthier than high fructose corn syrup. Glucose is better for you, because your metabolism reacts properly to it, but it is not nearly as sweet. So first you say it is an urban legend, ...
by Rotherian
Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 34613

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

"Earth prime"... is that the moon? (Seeing as prime/secundus/etc are usually used to indicate the nth body orbiting another body.) It has been a while since I took Discrete Mathematics, so some of my terminology might be in error, but if I remember correctly the ' symbol denotes a prime d...
by Rotherian
Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 17477

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

I've heard that a person walks at an average of 2.5 miles per hour. Let's knock that down to 2 because of the concentration it would take to negotiate the speed changes. That means that at the High Five point both people will be travelling at 6x2=12 miles per hour, meaning that even if they keep th...
by Rotherian
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 10719

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

Do you have a link to that photo (with the child and vulture)? Because I've never heard of it (which, admittedly, means nothing in and of itself except that a sample size of at least one has never heard of the photo). It's quite famous. Go to google and start typing "child vul..." and it ...
by Rotherian
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 10719

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

Guess it shows what technical field I live in that my first reaction was, "hey, there's a river named after the world's most famous photograph?" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenna It shows because you think Lenna is the most famous photograph. Maybe among people from your profession, but ...
by Rotherian
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 50749

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Sooo.... can we rename this thread? :D Definitely! I'm going to invoke xkcd:RM here. Discuss. :wink: I'm torn. The name of the comic, and thus of the thread, should reflect the name of the article on wikipedia. On the other hand, the lower-case i here can be taken to be referring to the state of th...
by Rotherian
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 31355

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

mishka wrote:http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/lawsuit/

And it turns out that the flight simulator that was used is being sued.


By patent trolls, as I understand it.
by Rotherian
Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 50749

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

hughperkins wrote:Shouldn't that be 'omelette *au* fromage'? Did I just get whooshed?


Yes, it should be au, not du. Omelette du fromage comes from an episode of Dexter's Laboratory. (And an accompanying internet meme related to the episode.)
by Rotherian
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 20356

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

Wouldn't it be 200,000,000 x 0.0001 ? Again, it's probably just the stick figure not understanding things, or my math is wrong. I think you'll find 0.01% = 0.0001 So if 99.99% of germs are killed, 0.01% are left. 20,000 germs remaining as opposed to the 2,000,000 that the stick man would get?! Sinc...
by Rotherian
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 24603

Re: 1150: Instagram

You are all missing the real analogy. Considering instagram was sold to facebook, the better analogy is that Chad sold his house to Mark Zuckerberg, then informed you that the house was under new ownership, he moved to Australia, you failed to remove you stuff from his house, and the new owner deci...
by Rotherian
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

I was posting under the influence of a combination of cyclobenzaprine, zolpidem, furosemide, tramadol, and divalproex (all prescribed for around bedtime), so my thinking was a bit fuzzy. Dude, I am so never playing Scrabble with you! 1. Proper nouns are generally discouraged in Scrabble, so I would...
by Rotherian
Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

OK, I'm trying this. I'm just going to use Google Maps and an address I made up - 65 Munroe Road, Lexington, Mass. Left on Munroe (not named after a President!). Ahem . Wrong vowel. Monroe is a president. Munroe is a cartoonist. Good catch. In my defense, I was posting under the influence of a comb...
by Rotherian
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

OK, I'm trying this. I'm just going to use Google Maps and an address I made up - 65 Munroe Road, Lexington, Mass. Left on Munroe (not named after a President!). Left on Woodcliffe. Left on Spring. Left onto unnamed road (uh-oh...). Left onto unnamed road. Left onto unnamed road which dead-ends. U-...
by Rotherian
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

danix wrote:MX always conjures Mexico for me. Which made me crosseyed when Macromedia started selling some weird MX versions of their stuff. I always wondered why Flash was getting a "Mexican" edition ... Flash MX. :lol:


So.....

The Mexican Missile?
by Rotherian
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Wouldn't the most efficient Kolmogorov directions be "take a random turn at every intersection until you reach your destination"? Seems to me you would theoretically reach your destination eventually, though in actuality you would run out of gas, die, and decompose long before that happen...
by Rotherian
Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22494

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

TeddyB wrote:Has anyone actually tried to work out where these directions end you up (assuming it's in NYC)?


This. Not this.

(Edited for clarity.)
by Rotherian
Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 163156

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Or even easier: if the Big Dipper is visible, the Little Dipper probably is too. The North Star is the end of the handle of the Little Dipper. I dunno. There have been several times where I could locate the Big Dipper and Polaris, but couldn't resolve the rest of the Little Dipper (without using a ...
by Rotherian
Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 163156

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Ok. umm. The North Star? It's not very bright. The Southern Cross? I been told the northern sky is, better. If the stars are visible. There are many reasons for not finding the North Star. It is Never! needed for navigation in cities. Thank God. I can't find it in an urban sky. Can you? Assuming th...
by Rotherian
Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 21591

Re: 1152: "Communion"

While technically correct, holding to such a view takes a larger leap of faith than believing in a deity. If you were put in front of a firing squad of 1,000 marksman and, when the order is given to fire, all the marksman miss, what is the most reasonable explanation? That all the marksman accident...
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 21591

Re: 1152: "Communion"

Pfhorrest wrote:Why would the universe having a definite beginning mean that a multiverse is impossible?


I agree. That is (to me) like saying that every weather projection should result in the same outcome just because they start with the same initial set of conditions.
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 21591

Re: 1152: "Communion"

PolakoVoador wrote:You can find the PDF version of the paper here

Sadly, I have no time now to address this debate right now. But I shall come back to this topic somewhere in the next few days.


Thanks. Going to read it now (despite the dirty looks I keep getting from my wife).
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 21591

Re: 1152: "Communion"

1. The origin of the universe, and time and space itself, a finite time ago from literally nothing. This has been definitively proven by the 2003 Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem and disproves the atheistic response of a multiverse. This gets into the larger philosophical argument of the impossibility o...
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 21591

Re: 1152: "Communion"

If God can create the entire universe from literally nothing and fine tune it to the incomprehensible degree required for life to exist, all at the instant of creation, why would turning a river to blood, water into wine, multiply loaves of bread, or raise people from the dead pose any difficulty? ...
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 24603

Re: 1150: Instagram

Zylon wrote:Oh look, another comic where Randall speciously craps on the prevailing* opinion of the demographic that made his strip popular in the first place.

I always wonder WTF he's thinking when he does this. Trying to stir up more page views perhaps?


* [citation needed]
by Rotherian
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 17537

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Some of the MRE's were quite good IMO... like the beef ravioli, the chicken with salsa, or the beef stew. The best combinations could be achieved by trading parts, to get a PB-J on bread, or a Cheeseburger with salsa, as the components for these required the right two or three MRE packs. By FAR the...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 17537

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

M.R.E. as Mr. E/Mystery is new to me. When I was there it was the wonderful mental image of Meals Refusing to Exit. Well, to be fair, some did refer to the older ones (the dark brown package, as opposed to the newer tan package) as Meals Rejected by Ethiopians. (Although, if you haven't eaten for t...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 17537

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Why that particular bacteria? Is it that common? Im asking because my leg got infected with it when I broke it many years ago, and Ill never get rid of it. Thanks, doctor! (it ended up infecting the bone marrow) Not that Ive had a hard life due to it, not at all, but if my immune system is weakened...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 23253

Re: 1149: Broomstick

Oh man, we are so easily nerd-sniped :oops: I agree, but in my opinion it's much more benign than trolling. “This is no try; this is only do or not do.” — Jean-Luc Picard (from the television program Lost in Space ) http://data.whicdn.com/images/21562283/use-your-force-harry_large.jpg I know I'm go...
by Rotherian
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 20007

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

I'm still trying to wrap my head around Cirith Ungol being a pop culture reference. I mean, heck, the movies were almost a decade ago (2003 for the most recent one), and the book that they were based upon was published in 1955. Just how recent does something need to be to still be considered pop cul...
by Rotherian
Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23084

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Regardless, any further attempt to psychoanalize my relationship will be met with a polite request for that person to piss off. Have a nice day. Not intending any insult to you, but purely in a spirit of pedantry.... There is no polite way to request someone to piss off. If you think you have found...
by Rotherian
Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 20007

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Cigar ash and gin…
is there anything else one ever could need?


Depending upon the season, ice, perhaps?
by Rotherian
Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23084

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Which brings us back to my original point - what your suggested answer gave as reasons for loving the questioner are not reasons for loving someone. Reasons for being in a relationship with someone, sure, but not for loving them. They can be reasons for both. And my point was that they don't confli...
by Rotherian
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 17537

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

cellocgw wrote:I think you need to write "F#@^%-ing Pokemons: how do they work?"



Image
by Rotherian
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23084

Re: 1146: "Honest"

I quite like the definition Heinlein proposed - "love is that condition where another person's happiness is essential to one's own"... Strictly speaking, Rotherian's scenario would fit that definition just fine. Not really - in Rotherian's scenario, you don't care whether they're happy or...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23084

Re: 1146: "Honest"

I quite like the definition Heinlein proposed - "love is that condition where another person's happiness is essential to one's own"... Strictly speaking, Rotherian's scenario would fit that definition just fine. Not really - in Rotherian's scenario, you don't care whether they're happy or...
by Rotherian
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 23084

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Has anyone ever met someone who always begins a statement with "Honestly"? It has been my experience that they aren't very honest. I take "I mean, lets be Honest" differently. More of broaching a difficult subject often avoided. I mean, lets be honest, chemical weapons are the n...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Robert Fitzroy
Replies: 59
Views: 5032

Re: Robert Fitzroy

Likewise, as far as the existence of a God/Goddess/Supreme Being is concerned, there are two possibilities: 1. There are one or more entities that have omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, but who have absolutely no physical interaction with the universe, and are not detectable using any exi...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Robert Fitzroy
Replies: 59
Views: 5032

Re: Robert Fitzroy

Imagine a particle that doesn't interact via any of the known forces. Not even gravity. It just sits there, not influencing or universe in any way. Can such a particle meaningfully exist? My answer is no. We cannot know such a particle exists, but I don't see where you go from there to stating that...
by Rotherian
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 18728

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

phlip wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
Reecer6 wrote:But what if we used more power? Then our boomerangs might not be able to be thrown, much less blow us up!
...What if we used more boomerangs?

I think that comic-generator based on 445 and 475 needs a custom update based on this what-if...

Done.


This one is kinda funny, as well.
by Rotherian
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 16301

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

What the hell is a "resonant tunneling diode" ? Look, as much as I hate to do this: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=resonant+tunneling+diode The first thing that pops up is a wikipedia entry that says, "A Resonant-tunneling diode (RTD) is a diode with a resonant-tunneling structure.." So, ...

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