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by von Eisenstein
Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Helen of Troy
Replies: 0
Views: 730

Helen of Troy

Question: Do you believe Helen of Troy was a classy lady? I'm seeking to write something vaguely humorous on this topic (In the vein of this article but that isn't what inspired me.), because it's a fairly interesting subject, as mythology does not give us much from Helen's perspective. There IS a p...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 40031

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

Okay, there is no other choice for me but to print this out and show it to my AP Stat teacher.
Amazing comic. =D
by von Eisenstein
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EMP Gun
Replies: 18
Views: 10103

Re: EMP Gun

Sorry, I disagree. There are plenty websites out there which give you step-by-step instructions on how to build one for under $10. I know because...I wasted 4 weeks of my life scanning through all of them. =D The most common design uses a camera capacitor in a disassembled disposable camera. I'm no...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EMP Gun
Replies: 18
Views: 10103

Re: EMP Gun

It wouldn't be easy or cheap, and unless you have experience with high voltage electronics, I wouldn't recommend building one. The voltages involved will kill you very, very quickly, and HVHF electronics are nasty things that have a tendency to explode, especially if you use surplus parts. I figure...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: RE: Precision Electro magnets /perma magnets
Replies: 12
Views: 1565

Re: Electromagnetism question

I was trying to build an electromagnet for a physics project, but it had VERY limited range, despite the voltage and number of turns I put around the iron nail (at most, less than an inch of range). It was strong, but only at short distances. If you need something strong with a large field, would u...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0530: "I'm An Idiot"
Replies: 123
Views: 33071

Re: "I'm An Idiot" Discussion

3 threads, 2 of them the same, 1 of which is last weeks comic, and that one was made by the guy who made one of the other two. Is XKCD post time always such a clusterfuck? EDIT about 30s later: OK, 6 threads. What the hell? Yeah, sorry about that. My browser jammed up and I clicked "submit&quo...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0530: "I'm An Idiot"
Replies: 123
Views: 33071

0530: "I'm An Idiot"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/im_an_idiot.png http://xkcd.com/530/ Alt Text: Sadly, this is a true story. At least I learned about the OS X 'say' command. Doorbell? What doorbell? ...oh, THAT doorbell? ... Well, sometimes it's FUN to challenge yourself. =D Edit: Sorry about the multiple threads. Fire...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid science tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 4143

Re: Stupid science tricks?

quintopia wrote:here's a fun gag: the nitinol teaspoon. there's a website that sells them, but i can't remember it right now.


Voici!
Nitinol Teaspoon: http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog ... spoon.html

A tad expensive, however.
by von Eisenstein
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0512: "Alternate Currency"
Replies: 128
Views: 23954

Re: "Alternate Currency" Discussion

ThemePark wrote:
Arc wrote:Forget funny pictures, let's use platitudes as currency.

Or platypodes.

Has anyone mentioned platypuses?
=D Couldn't resist.
by von Eisenstein
Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 29856

0515: "No One Must Know"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/no_one_must_know.png Alt Text: Or perhaps they knew he was there, and were just trying to torment him first. Link: http://xkcd.com/515/ "Frankly, my dear...I don't give a damn." <----First thing that popped into my head. No reason why. Edit: WAIT, MAYBE THERE I...
by von Eisenstein
Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 466848

Re: Favorite home experiments

And there's an easier way to make hydrogen than by electrolysis . Fill a wine bottle a reasonably large fraction full of water, and add lye (NaOH). Get the lye dissolved. This is exothermic, so let it cool down before proceeding to step two: add a handful of crumpled pieces of aluminum foil. Then p...
by von Eisenstein
Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 88163

Re: High School Pranks

Learned today that a couple of years ago the seniors used a pulley system to move all of the cafeteria tables onto the roof. Problem is, the roof of our school is flat. Can anyone figure out how they managed to use pulleys to move the tables...? I can't... Just FYI: Filling the main office with ping...
by von Eisenstein
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 218732

0513: "Friends"

Merg'd with other one. Please try to only post in the earliest created thread? I understand people like to post in the one with the correctest formatting, but this usually gets sorted out at some point anyway. http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/friends.png Link: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/friends.png Alt...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0512: "Alternate Currency"
Replies: 128
Views: 23954

0512: "Alternate Currency"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternate_currency.png Link: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternate_currency.png Alt Text: For the first time ever, the phrase 'I'd like to thank everyone at 4chan for making me successful and happy' is uttered. Lolcats anyone? I'm sure those can be used as an unit of cur...
by von Eisenstein
Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 50692

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

Ironically, I started compiling a list of solutions to the egg drop last week. =D Unfortunately, "parachute" and "bubble wrap" failed to make it because they were too ordinary. My favorite so far is "Place the egg in a cave containing dripping mineral water. Wait 100 million...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 466848

Re: Favorite home experiments

sgt york wrote:4) Find cockroach. Snap freeze. Wait. Quick thaw. Watch it scamper away.


How would you "quick thaw" it? I know I have been on xkcd too long when the first thing I think of is "microwave" but that is obviously implausible as it would result in an exploding insect.
by von Eisenstein
Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0508: "Drapes"
Replies: 196
Views: 60610

Re: "Drapes" Discussion

I wonder if her hair matches the drapes...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0508: "Drapes"
Replies: 196
Views: 60610

Re: "Drapes" Discussion

I think three people posted the thread at 12:02 AM exactly.
by von Eisenstein
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 46156

Re: Terminology

Oh you're kidding. We both made the thread at 12:03 AM.
EDIT:
No wait never mind.
Yours went up 2 minutes earlier. =D My computer was being weird. I'll delete mine.
by von Eisenstein
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 318139

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Why don't we just propose a new unit of mass called the "feather?!" Abbreviation "Ftr."
Your feather weighs one Ftr. Duh. =D
by von Eisenstein
Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0478: "The Staple Madness"
Replies: 122
Views: 27694

Re: The Staple Madness

I'm also trying to figure out why I've got an incredible urge to go to Home Despot and buy a staplegun right now. That typo has suddenly given me an excellent idea for a new chain of stores. "Home Despot: You can take over a country with staple guns. We can help. " Who would be their comp...
by von Eisenstein
Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 61401

Re: You might be a physics major if...

You might be a physics major if...
...you find yourself on top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, holding a bowling ball in your right hand and a ping pong ball made of lead in your left hand.
by von Eisenstein
Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0501: "Faust 2.0"
Replies: 96
Views: 20094

Re: "Faust 2.0" Discussion

you're all arguing about the aspect of the EULA, but why aren't you focusing on the fact that he has a sign sticking out of his floor? obviously he is in a room(it states that on the sign) but the sign is clearly jammed into floor as if it was dirt! what is going on here??!?? What if he filled his ...
by von Eisenstein
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0501: "Faust 2.0"
Replies: 96
Views: 20094

Re: "Faust 2.0" Discussion

sethola wrote:ARGHHHHH!
I waited for like a minute to post the topic, and when I didnt see anyone come forward I made it. That is the only reason you beat me!!


Hehe sorry. I had the exact same mindset when I saw a forum devoid of a Faust discussion. ^_^;; First time I've made it in time.
by von Eisenstein
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0501: "Faust 2.0"
Replies: 96
Views: 20094

0501: "Faust 2.0"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/faust_20.png Alt Text: The only blood these contracts are signed in is from me cutting my hand trying to open the goddamn CD case. Oh snap! Mortals fight back. Using fine print! Ironically, the orchestra I'm in is playing the Faust music by Gounod. No idea why that is ir...
by von Eisenstein
Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0478: "The Staple Madness"
Replies: 122
Views: 27694

Re: The Staple Madness

wirehead wrote:I'm also trying to figure out why I've got an incredible urge to go to Home Despot and buy a staplegun right now.


That typo has suddenly given me an excellent idea for a new chain of stores.

"Home Despot: You can take over a country with staple guns. We can help."
by von Eisenstein
Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 39619

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

I suddenly have the great urge to print this comic out (with attribution to Randall, of course), stretch it such that each panel takes up a full sheet of paper, and tape it up over our school's scantron machine.
by von Eisenstein
Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 318139

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Smoosh the feather into something of uniform and known density, measure the volume (water displacement, obviously), and divide! But don't feathers trap a lot of air when submerged? Maybe "trap" isn't the best way to describe it, but some parts of the feather are mildly hydrophobic, and th...
by von Eisenstein
Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Tesseract OCR?!?!
Replies: 1
Views: 828

Tesseract OCR?!?!

Tesseract OCR is a optical recognition software that's available for free: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/ My friend mentioned to me that I probably have to compile/write some code in order to get it to run. Unfortunately, I have zero programming experience beyond Java that was included in t...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Invent an inefficient means of propulsion.
Replies: 44
Views: 4964

Re: Invent an inefficient means of propulsion.

If "efficiency" is taken to be (amount of work done)/(cost), then pay someone else to push you one millimeter for an arbitrarily large sum of money. =D Thus, efficiency approaches zero as you increase the amount paid. Shouldn't you be paying him to not move you at all, in that case? I sup...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Invent an inefficient means of propulsion.
Replies: 44
Views: 4964

Re: Invent an inefficient means of propulsion.

If "efficiency" is taken to be (amount of work done)/(cost), then pay someone else to push you one millimeter for an arbitrarily large sum of money. =D Thus, efficiency approaches zero as you increase the amount paid.
by von Eisenstein
Sun Oct 26, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strength of Ceiling Joists
Replies: 5
Views: 1015

Re: Strength of Ceiling Joists

Well it is a fairly small pumpkin, and I did find a construction website a couple hours ago that claimed the ceiling bars could hold at least 8 pounds...I guess now all that's left is to actually try that out. Hmm. May post photos if it works.
by von Eisenstein
Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strength of Ceiling Joists
Replies: 5
Views: 1015

Strength of Ceiling Joists

Okay, so here's the scenario: A couple of friends and I intend to suspend a pumpkin from the ceiling joists in one of our teachers' classroom next Thu/Fri. The ceiling is typical foam board, and the joists are also typical joists, which are in the shape of an upside down T, and the boards rest again...
by von Eisenstein
Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 466848

Re: Favorite home experiments

Well this morning I was at a lab in NY, and we were working on inoculating stuff (not important). But what was important was we were using ethyl alcohol to sterilize the tools and whatnot. So this was like the first time I'd used ethyl alcohol to sterilize, and you're supposed to dip the tool in a b...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Tom Lehrer vs. Peter Schickele
Replies: 17
Views: 3254

Re: Tom Lehrer vs. Peter Schickele

Hmmmm. I haven't heard much of Schickele; of his works I'm probably most familiar with the 1712 Overture. The thing is, I think much of Schickele's stuff requires a decent (if not expansive) knowledge of classical music. I found the 1712 Overture funny, but that's pretty much because I played the fu...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 39704

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

(Responding to Random832) I concurred with that statement - even if it is merely an atom, you can still kill someone with it by placing it in an accelerator (a la CERN) and shooting it at someone. Highly impractical, but it...would work. Especially if speeds go high enough and it becomes antimatter,...
by von Eisenstein
Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 39704

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Well, if we suppose that it is possible to construct a treadmill that is large and structurally sound enough to accommodate an airplane, surely we can presume that all rotating parts are near-frictionless...? If someone has enough money to build such a treadmill, I think it's safe to say that he/she...
by von Eisenstein
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 27152

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

Whoever made that sign needs to listen to "We Will All Go Together When We Go" by Tom Lehrer. =D
by von Eisenstein
Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Epic Music
Replies: 174
Views: 20543

Re: Epic Music

To me, "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" is a synonym for "epic." =D THE most overplayed piano piece ever...but when it's played by a good performer, it's awesome.
by von Eisenstein
Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 88163

Re: High School Pranks

Something that's pretty mean would be making a miniature EMP device and wiping out evil teachers' hard drives. Apparently it's pretty simple, refer to http://www.xtremepc.org/forum/t1880-microempdevice-guide.html . If you had the materials, you could make 4 or 5 coils a day, hook perhaps 10 of them ...

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