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by pyronius
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 51610

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

yep...
by pyronius
Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 24147

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

I just realized that all this time hearing the Columbus myth I've never heard anyone raise the single most obvious objection. If Columbus "knew the earth was round" why do children never just ask "how?" Because clearly he was some kind of genius then and that seems to be lacking ...
by pyronius
Sun May 12, 2013 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Worst Superpower
Replies: 142
Views: 32863

Re: The Worst Superpower

The ability to absorb a child's happiness by killing them but not the ability to manufacture your own happiness or the ability to be ok with killing children. Also, maybe someone has said it already, but the ability to stop time and the ability to move exceptionally fast both have the same serious d...
by pyronius
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 25113

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

I had a calc TA once who while in the middle of one of the most important chapters of the class looked up at the problem on the board and said something to the effect of "y'all know how to subintegravide the cosquarent parts right?" and then proceeded to rewrite the problem as something th...
by pyronius
Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107022
Views: 47527543

Re: 1190: "Time"

SANDCASTLE!

never have i been so excited for so little.
by pyronius
Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Couch surfing
Replies: 52
Views: 11022

Re: Couch surfing

I went couchsurfing for the first time this summer with a friend. as college students our budgets are somewhat constrained and so we used it essentially as a way to meet cool people while saving money to use on things like fancy meals and entertainment. we went along the west coast hitting san franc...
by pyronius
Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 29958

Re: 1106: "ADD"

to add a serious note to the discussion, I think something most people are missing about this comic is the alt text. the thing about ADD or ADHD is that it's inherently an issue of risk evaluation. in essence the portion of your brain that judges risk is still working fine and the portion that judge...
by pyronius
Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 29958

Re: 1106: "ADD"

for me its more about the fact that the most important balloon is often not the shiniest of the bunch.

or to put it in the words of Mike Birbiglia "I Thought "maybe i should see a doctor". Then i thought "maybe I'll eat dinner""
by pyronius
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 23459

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

Somewhat relevant experience. last summer i took part in a study of a particular weight loss medicine for the pennington biomedical research facility. they only wanted males of a normal weight and thus I, weighing 125, was accepted. I lost 11 lbs in 8 weeks... that's fucking scary. where it connects...
by pyronius
Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1085: "ContextBot"
Replies: 39
Views: 15855

Re: 1085: "ContextBot"

Love this... also, this is how i determine whether i keep you as a friend or not on facebook. In the past i got way too many friend requests from kids in middle school who just happened to go to the same school i graduated from so i set it to "friends of friends". this just meant that all ...
by pyronius
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genetically Modified Food
Replies: 65
Views: 13165

Re: Genetically Modified Food

should conventionally-bred crops or naturally occurring land races have the burden of proof to show that they are safe (I don't think that would be feasible)? that already happens. you can't just begin growing a new plant nobody has ever heard of and start selling it as food. you have to get FDA ap...
by pyronius
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genetically Modified Food
Replies: 65
Views: 13165

Re: Genetically Modified Food

I highly doubt GM crops could produce any mutations that couldn't arise in nature, it's just somewhat more directed and in a lab environment where it occurs faster. You would be wrong. We really can do things with transfection that we can't do with traditional breeding. We can't breed CRY proteins ...
by pyronius
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Age+Learning and the Internet
Replies: 9
Views: 2209

Re: On Age+Learning and the Internet

I once tried to teach the basics of a CAD system to reasonably bright 11 year old, and it just didn't connect. Kids are supposed to be good at using computers, but the truth is that complex computer programs are usually too difficult for them. I think a large amount of that sort of thing is due to ...
by pyronius
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genetically Modified Food
Replies: 65
Views: 13165

Re: Genetically Modified Food

I don't have research to back this up unfortunately but, In general speaking of anything in absolute term is a great way to show you lack understanding. This definitely applies to GMOs. It's all about whether the people doing the modification are taking proper precautions and whether the companies b...
by pyronius
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Age+Learning and the Internet
Replies: 9
Views: 2209

On Age+Learning and the Internet

Good morrow citizens of my information box! I didn't see any topic regarding age and learning specifically so hopefully it doesn't already exist. Condensed version 1: does age actually make learning more difficult or is it a matter of will 2: is the internet and its vast store of knowledge likely to...
by pyronius
Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 43211

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I'm a little bit annoyed by this one because the second i saw it i said to myself "PLEASE don't go with the obvious! it's overdone!"

but no. Louisiana is a boot. again...
by pyronius
Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 33865

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

There's a lot of drugs out there the existence of which makes seriously, no sense to me. Meth. Who thought up crystal meth? How many toxic substances do you have to put together before you think you've got a good idea on your hands? when it comes to drug development unless its a totally new class t...
by pyronius
Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 10340

Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

1: what are the odds of surviving a crash (say for instance if all available engines fail, no airport is within distance, and all other systems still function) and in what portion of the plane are the odds the greatest? 2: why are planes not just controlled with a joystick like in flight simulators?...
by pyronius
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is morality a bad thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 11224

Re: Is morality a bad thing?

not to get too uppity here but... I read Beyond good and evil by Nietzsche a while back and thoroughly agreed with a large portion of it though he was rather full of himself. it deals with the issue of morality in a number of ways. one of my favorite bits which might be somewhat applied to all quest...
by pyronius
Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 29428

Re: 1075: "Warning"

hmm. odd timing. got in a fender bender yesterday. my SUV vs. her tiny convertible. I won. unfortunately, playing the blame game means i didn't really win, i lost horribly because it'll almost certainly be deemed my fault. I'm still not sure where the hell she came from, one second she was at the ex...
by pyronius
Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Project MKUltra
Replies: 1
Views: 1979

Re: Project MK Ultra

I think you can't trust a damn thing the U.S. government says in terms of what it will and won't do and I'd be damn surprised if they weren't pulling the same shit right this instant. I doubt it affected the war on drugs though. As a rule our society allows only three drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and t...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9943

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

...keep an open mind. ...meh. Not that I tend to advocate closemindedness, but the general issue with Scientology isn't that their beliefs are weird, its that their recruitment and indoctrination practices are sketchy and manipulative. The point of recruitment exercises like these isn't to clearly ...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9943

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

Mind you, I subscribe to no particular religion myself and certainly not one a absurd as Scientology, but when you go remember to keep an open mind. Not open toward the idea tht what they're saying makes any sense, but toward the idea that a large portion of it is no more insane and largely similar ...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 33865

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

I only played with stuff that had more mental effects than physical effects in some sort of effort to avoid health problems or addiction. Can you be specific with what you mean? I imagine you mean marijuana, but you seem to be indicating plural. various RCs (smokable and not) of a psychedelic natur...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 33865

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

Ooh, never seen this topic. without going into too many specifics, I'm 21 years old now and I played with grey area legality stuff from about 17 to about 20. I only played with stuff that had more mental effects than physical effects in some sort of effort to avoid health problems or addiction. I fr...
by pyronius
Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sabre-rattling for space war
Replies: 35
Views: 5688

Re: Sabre-rattling for space war

lets see. how do i put this? I don't like china. not a bit. their people are absolutely fine or at least just as good a people as you'll find anywhere else, but their government is simply awful and oppressive. the problem is that the people on the whole have absolutely no control over the government...
by pyronius
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about black holes orbiting each other elliptically.
Replies: 12
Views: 4420

Re: Question about black holes orbiting each other elliptica

seems to me that in similar fashion to what letterx said, that area is no longer a part of the event horizon. the event horizon has been warped such that within a certain area between the two (the area with the question mark) the gravity is effectively canceled such that you might escape. if somethi...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 48297

Re: Why is sexism universal?

thought i'd bump this with a little personal anecdote exemplifying how it can sometimes go both ways. I'm a male, and obviously both today and in the past males in the U.S. have typically been favored. that does not however exclude us from certain forms of sexism. while looking into finding a bette...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

hmm, i'll get back to this in a bit. organic test in a couple hours i need to finish preparing for. I'll work it later tonight or in a little while if i decide i've done what i can for chemistry.
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

With regard to the problem described in your first post, I assumed it was asking for the minimum possible force that would keep the object still. Since the object is not sliding and you have an undetermined force, you can effectively decide whatever you want about friction within the fixed constrai...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 48297

Re: Why is sexism universal?

Anecdotal, but it seems to me that most high school girls' coaches are guys, especially on more competitive teams. you know, I think i have another anecdotal explanation for that. hope this doesn't come off as to sexist, its not a matter of bias, just a matter of social interactions. A few semester...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231323

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

First Biochemistry lab of the semester at university: I wasn't paying attention and broke a graduated cylinder pulling it out of the drawer. On the bright side they didn't make me pay for anything. man, i can't tell you how often i see people break cylinders, beakers, flasks, etc. i didn't think mu...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

bit of an update. on a 10 question test the average was a 38%. the instructor decided that obviously he couldn't fail the whole class and in some cases he had maybe made his description of certain forces and calculations a bit ambiguous. his plan then (and i really do like it because it seems fair a...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?
Replies: 76
Views: 15154

Re: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?

It seems reasonable to suggest that it is easy to come up with a grim outlook of the future in general at this point: ruthless bipartisanship in the US, financial meltdowns, global warming, fossil fuel depletion, ignorance ruling the day, and so on and so forth. But all of those things have been ha...
by pyronius
Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 48297

Re: Why is sexism universal?

thought i'd bump this with a little personal anecdote exemplifying how it can sometimes go both ways. I'm a male, and obviously both today and in the past males in the U.S. have typically been favored. that does not however exclude us from certain forms of sexism. while looking into finding a better...
by pyronius
Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 48924

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Pluto... : (
by pyronius
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

ok, as you'll see below this problem involves two blocks attached by a rope. one which weighs 4 kg is sliding down a 50 degree angle with a coefficient of friction equal to .7 and the other which weighs 3 kg is hanging by the rope. the idea is to calculate the acceleration of the two blocks and the ...
by pyronius
Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

ok, i believe i figured it out. If you say that you need to generate a 343 newton force directly upward to counter gravity then you can draw a second triangle opposite the first such that the force extends outward at a 20 degree angle (lower angle). taking the tan of 20 you get the opposite side as ...
by pyronius
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

Re: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

Sorry, I don't have the answers, had to turn the test in to prevent cheating. I do know all values for the force were below 343 and if I remember right all values for the normal force were 112 or below. Not sure why anyone would be uncomfortable without answers, if it helps I'll solve it in a bit my...
by pyronius
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!
Replies: 19
Views: 4652

The answer! The answer! My internets for the answer!

Just got out of my first physics test and let's just say it did not go well. I am however not terribly concerned about my level of knowledge because absolutely nobody had a clue what was going on. Everyone guessed on every single problem to the point that i'm not actually sure the answers were on th...

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