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by Claren
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19654

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

This comic makes me wonder about something that maybe somebody here can explain. A certain mold creates penicillin, right? Okay. Why? I'm guessing it's a defense against certain micro-organisms which want to nom-nom on the mold, and the mold evolves a counter-chemical. Is that what's going on? Fung...
by Claren
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37927

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

This strip reminded me of what I always think of when I think of a space elevator, and one of the biggest problems with actual implementation others have raised: what a target the SE makes !

Seriously, how could you even -begin- to defend such a fragile thing from an opponent bent on destroying it ?
by Claren
Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 40365

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

So they were in the house down the street that the drone accidentally blew up instead of its intended target? Or...? No, the point is that the dude with the shotgun had no chance. (Unlike in the movies.) They just blew the "cabbage" outa the whole place. I think the point is that your Iro...
by Claren
Sat May 23, 2009 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0585: "Outreach"
Replies: 119
Views: 36533

Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Am I the only one who loves this strip, but thinks it would have been vastly improved if Randall had omitted the Shark's eyes (the way he does with every living thing that normally have them) ?
by Claren
Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199341

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I searched the thread, and can't believe I'm the first to bring up Dick Feynman's thoughts on the matter (especially given the mouse-over text about physics + sex): "Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it." I must have missed something wh...

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