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by niauropsaka
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Dan, at what point does it become obvious that it is more efficient to put those turbines on the land somewhere and use the energy to chemically make diesel? Or better yet, find a carbon neutral plan for biodiesel? Just because you can stick sails on a container ship doesn't mean that you should. Y...
by niauropsaka
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That "third of fossil fuel use" that goes to transportation? Most of that isn't actually goods shipping, is it? Once we get automobile fleets onto hydrogen fuel cells, or lithium-ion batteries, or even compressed air tanks--any of which will run off an expanded renewable energy sector--the...
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I think I did eventually figure out what was going on with the Andy May chart. The designer was signalling that he was a Christian, not like that dirty atheist Randall Munroe. I was puzzled as to why a geologist would do that, because he didn't appear to be (explicitly) Young-Earth Creationist. Afte...
by niauropsaka
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

So, why are Andy May's numbers so different? Is he making things up? Relying on North American data specifically?

And what's with the Christian/astrological reference?
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That graph by bob443@mahaska.org rubs me the wrong way, somehow. I feel like, and maybe I'm imagining this, it has a whiff of churchy screwball around it. It doesn't seem to be from a Young-Earth Creationist, but it does seem to be pro-astrology! Why the huge difference in description of the Younger...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 9488

Re: energy currency?

I'm not patient enough right now to try to get into why the OP's proposal is Not Even Wrong. So I'll just say that's a nice picture of Elliot Dunkel in the avatar. ... OK, wait, I can try to give it a shot: 1. If you cared about backing, why would you base it on something like a rate of production i...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

A hypothesis: One section of the fashion police hate jean shorts because they don't want to wear them & thus show their scabby, lumpy knees; and don't want you to do so either, lest their fashion victim personality force them to follow the trend and show their knees. So they call them 'jorts' by...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Well I'll just bet that Randall is just sitting at the house periodically giggling thinking about the response to the panel. Do you think that Randall is the guy in the hat? The thing about everybody being racist is that it dilutes the term and makes it more or less useless for conveying a point. I...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

English is some new immigrant dialect on this continent, really. And if you think English at any point was some kind of pure language unaffected by the movements of groups of people, you are simply ignorant of its history (and the history of literally every other language that has ever existed, for...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

If we criticise Yakk's incomprehensible and unnecessary placement of inverted commas (er, quotation marks), are we grammar police?
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

So yes, there are "style police" in both language and clothing. On the other hand, there are good reasons for using grammar consistently and in an audience-appropriate fashion, as there are good reasons for pragmatic clothing choices. Sure, but as already discussed, acknowledging good rea...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 16606

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I thought Randall was rather clever with this one. I suppose it's not surprising that this thread attracted those who want to complain about it. There is a difference between grammar and fashion as such. Grammar, strictly speaking, is part of the technology of language, and should be taken seriously...
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Then why isn't it happening now? Why hasn't anyone even tried this? The knee jerk response is often that Evil Oil Companies are preventing it from happening; that they want desperately to prevent anything from replacing oil and other fossil fuels. But that's silly. The reality is, oil companies and...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Well, you won on a technicality.
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I don't remember hearing about "anthropogenic climate forcing" in the early '00's. I remember hearing about Anthropogenic Global Warming, or AGW for short. And as far back as the 1980's, "the greenhouse effect."

Yes, I am that old.
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

1998 was an anomalous El-Nino period, followed by about 18 years of gradually declining temps, followed by 2016, another strong El-Nino event. If you toss out the two El-Nino's, the graph goes flat in the year 2000 and remains so to this day, when considering that the global temp has declined sudde...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

oh well, all good things come to an end. sad but forseeable for a while now. too bad xkcd isnt printed on old-timey newsprint for easier burning during the coming ice age (sure, it could be printed out on printer paper but that seems an unneccessary step) if history teaches us one thing, it is that...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 40240

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

When I say "the climate has changed before", I think of millions of years ago, when there weren't any polar icecaps. That's on an even longer time scale. I think this graph is pretty good at showing what a big difference relatively small differences in global temperature can represent. No...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 2937

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

"Free-floating"? How does that work?
by niauropsaka
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 4642

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

texttheater wrote:Seems to me the Unicode people do a pretty good job at what they do (which is not, by the way, "governing" human "language"). Any idea what Randall actually meant, concretely, by the traffic sign simile?

You put into words what bewilders me about this cartoon.
by niauropsaka
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 4642

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

...which is a bit weird, considering that closer to home we do get separate codepoints for o, ο and о. Even worse, o in particular is the same glyph in at least 3 alphabets. I don't even know what you're doing there. I use Roman Oo & Greek Οο --is the other Cyrillic Оо ? The first two actually ...
by niauropsaka
Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 19857

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

This one has been renamed "My Business Idea."

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by niauropsaka
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 7621

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

I kept thinking there had to be a whopper of a math error somewhere in this one. If a bunch of normal sized fireflies as bright as Sol at a mass close to that of Jupiter, then surely one huge firefly of equivalent brightness is not going to be half the mass of the galaxy. Wait. Randall is defining b...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 14138

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

The answer I find most satisfying is that the air is iridescent like a hummingbird feather and translucent, color depends on the angle relative to the light source. That's not really accurate though, because it's not as though the sky near the sun is red and the sky far from the sun is blue. Two pe...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 14138

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

I particularly loved this: Normal light interacts with the atmosphere through Rayleigh scattering. You may have heard of Rayleigh scattering as the answer to "why is the sky blue." This is sort of true, but honestly, a better answer to this question might be "because air is blue.&quo...
by niauropsaka
Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 9260

1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/watson_medical_algorithm.png Title text: "Due to a minor glitch, 'discharge patient' does not cause the algorithm to exit, but instead leads back to 'hunt down and capture patient'." Well, I laughed enough to feel it deep in my lungs. Thanks for the cardiovascu...
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12344

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Huh. That's sort of reminiscent of St. Anselm. To define an imaginary thing that imaginarily is powerful enough to transcend being an imaginary thing.
by niauropsaka
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 11005

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

h4rm0ny wrote:Anyway, where is the point on the graph where me and Eris both hop one-footedly?
That is on a different graph, which also has points with her footprints facing opposite yours, and big marks in the sand from where she stood in front of you and pushed you back.
by niauropsaka
Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 9914

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

I laughed, but I guess many people won't quite get it. Well done, Randall M.
by niauropsaka
Wed May 13, 2015 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 9644

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

Do other dimensions even have names?
by niauropsaka
Wed May 06, 2015 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 12941

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Was that Megan, or a modern Arthur?
by niauropsaka
Wed May 06, 2015 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 12941

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

As I understand it, in Roman times, Britannia was the populated and civilised (well, Romanised anyway) southern end. The painted savages in the north were Caledonia. :wink:

Also, there were several monarchs between James I & VI and Queen Anne.
by niauropsaka
Tue May 05, 2015 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 20041

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Rather than spreading discredited fables (Malthus never bothered with facts), some of us are busting our asses to push towards improvement as fast as we can. Fewer children die every day of famine and war, but thousands still do, and even one is too many. Malthus didn't actually need a lot of empir...
by niauropsaka
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 8233

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

I study this stuff because I am designing a new kind of "solid-state" satellite swarm . Lower orbits, not geostationary, but long term stability imposes constraints on orbits and operation. You're cooling space-based computers by radiation? :shock: OK, I mean, you don't have a choice. You...
by niauropsaka
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 8421

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

I just recently read somewhere that squirrels are opportunistic omnivores, which seems to explain some of their behaviour.

(It might have been something written by Ryan North and Erica Henderson.)
by niauropsaka
Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 18046

Re: 1501: Mysteries

The Voynich Manuscript is in the lower left quadrant? Clearly neither of the middle lines is zero, because that is definitely >0 weird and >0 unclear. And what, exactly, does 0 weirdness or 0 clarity mean? Well, it's a question of correspondence to independent natural or cultural parallels.... This...
by niauropsaka
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 18046

Re: 1501: Mysteries

The Voynich Manuscript is in the lower left quadrant? Clearly neither of the middle lines is zero, because that is definitely >0 weird and >0 unclear.
by niauropsaka
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 18331

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Who else said, "Exactly!" when they reached the mouseover text?
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1476: Ceres
Replies: 54
Views: 10900

Re: 1476: Ceres

(I also recently finally got the joke in "I Want A New Duck", where he wants a duck who'll "show me how to get down". He even repeats "how to get down" and shouts "GET IT!?" and I never got it until a few months ago. Down. Like, feather down. He wants a duck ...
by niauropsaka
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1460: "SMFW"
Replies: 106
Views: 24339

Re: 1460: "SMFW"

SMFW is So Much F***in' Win . Some may not know that or use it, but it doesn't not make sense in any fashion. This is just one of the swing-and-a-miss days. This comment is So Much F^<<ing Win. I agree (though it admittedly only occurred to me when I was looking at the site again on Friday).

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