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by rocketrat
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 23846

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Also, does the light haired girl think that dark haired girl is talking about her? "Do you-", but it turns out she's actually just thinking about becoming a storm chaser before there are no years left? But that denies itsmattknox's actually decent explanation. Edit: this goes well with the...
by rocketrat
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 23846

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

CorruptUser wrote:Vote for your worst XKCD disaster.

Snake Tornado, Flaming Alligator Hurricane, Sentient Windfarms, or something else?

Sentient windfarms are the best disaster!
by rocketrat
Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What have you broken in the lab?
Replies: 48
Views: 6733

Re: What have you broken in the lab?

Also, not a breakage, but in the early days of chem, I had poured some HCl down a drain, and then decided that I had better neutralize it. So, I grabbed the only nearby base, which was bleach, and poured it down. It was horrible! Cleared out all of the lab, and permeated the whole school. Nasty, na...
by rocketrat
Fri May 07, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 17920

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

murphy42 wrote:Finally! a strip with some culture!

That made the comic so much better. :D
by rocketrat
Fri May 07, 2010 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 17920

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

I work in a supermarket, and still didn't find this funny. Maybe I would if I didn't work there.
by rocketrat
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 26403

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

Was I the only one whose reaction to this comic was "wait, does this mean the stick figure guy and girl are named Ryan and Laura?!" Or just for the purposes of this comic I guess? Just for this movie. She's normally Megan, and I think the guy is often Rob? Or maybe they are just common ch...
by rocketrat
Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 21050

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

I had something interesting and relevant to say, but forgot what it was because I suddenly realised that stick people shouldn't be able to eat. Their bodies are clearly approximately 1D, and that food is 2D. Although, admittedly, for both of those the volume is still 0. Though the fact that they're...
by rocketrat
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 21050

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

I had something interesting and relevant to say, but forgot what it was because I suddenly realised that stick people shouldn't be able to eat. Their bodies are clearly approximately 1D, and that food is 2D. Although, admittedly, for both of those the volume is still 0.
by rocketrat
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 56932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Is neutronium even an element? Lacking protons seems to be a pretty bad sign, when talking about elements, seeing as protons are what defines an element. But apart from that, I do like the way they used one big sci-fi hand wave to make everything else make sense, relatively. It's better than misusin...
by rocketrat
Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 56932

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Sorry it isn't a movie, and I don't think anyone's posted it yet, but: Mass Effect. The science of this game is so appalling I won't go into details, to prevent anyone from breaking their nose from facepalming too hard, but: the technology in the game is mostly based on Element Zero. An element with...
by rocketrat
Mon Mar 08, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The amazing thread that moves backwards!
Replies: 246
Views: 32407

Re: The amazing thread that moves backwards!

Speaking of other smart phones, what do you think of iPhones? Some people think they are great, some seem to hate them. I'm considering getting one, but what are your experiences with them? Are they usually straight forward to use? Especially for someone moving up from a standard calling/texting and...
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3604
Views: 541217

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=54736&p=2034080#p2034080

This thread. I don't know why I put it in my clipboard.
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85595
Views: 6067246

Re: Count to a Million

26098
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The amazing thread that moves backwards!
Replies: 246
Views: 32407

Re: The amazing thread that moves backwards!

Sorry to get off topic guys, but this guy has already severely derailed it. I'm not sure you even know what this thread is about. What does your 9/11 conspiracy theory even have to do with it? Also I couldn't use grammar that bad if I tried. You've got about 10 lines of text with no punctuation exce...
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My Hobby:
Replies: 554
Views: 100215

Re: My Hobby:

Nautilus wrote:My Hobby: Also, going onto any computer I see that has windows XP and pressing control-alt-down arrow. Then, watching the owner's expression.

What does that do? I run XP, and I'm worried to try it to find out.



My Hobby: Rocketry...
My Hobby: Intentionally misunderstanding forum threads.
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does nature abhor a vacuum again?
Replies: 6
Views: 1358

Re: Does nature abhor a vacuum again?

You can't push a piston with virtual particles, except in some contrived circumstances, however. Especially since you'd never be able to get a lower pressure on the other side. The vacuum is still a vacuum, we just know more about it now. A vacuum is still a vacuum, in terms of pressure and some ot...
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why would I need to blow up the moon?
Replies: 97
Views: 9398

Re: Why would I need to blow up the moon?

Perhaps a better question could be asked: Why wouldn't you need to blow up the moon? It will achieve at least as much as landing on it did, and it's not like they had any particularly good reasons. So you're saying "we choose to blow up the moon and do the other things not because it is easy, ...
by rocketrat
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 42994

Re: "I Am" Discussion

I totally fail to understand this.
by rocketrat
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 23575

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

+5 Renegade points for you! My current Commander Shepard is a complete Paragon so he's had to resist the urge to punch people mid-sentence several times. It can be a struggle not to. I did this accidentally the other day. I got bored in a conversation with the Reporter, and tried to end the convers...
by rocketrat
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 32936

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Next year I will be starting an Engineering/Physical science course, from which I can choose to major in Chemistry and/or Physics as well. How do I fit in all of this?!
by rocketrat
Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why would I need to blow up the moon?
Replies: 97
Views: 9398

Re: Why would I need to blow up the moon?

Perhaps a better question could be asked: Why wouldn't you need to blow up the moon? It will achieve at least as much as landing on it did, and it's not like they had any particularly good reasons.
by rocketrat
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why would I need to blow up the moon?
Replies: 97
Views: 9398

Re: Why would I need to blow up the moon?

The upper layers of the moon's regolith are rich in helium-3 thanks to bombardment by the solar wind. Helium-3 is highly useful in fusion reactors, so you can increase the supply by blowing the moon into dust, increasing the area exposed to the solar wind. Damn, ninja'd. Anyway, I can add that it i...
by rocketrat
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0707: "Joshing"
Replies: 63
Views: 17620

Re: "Joshing" Discussion

I didn't find it very funny. As the other said, it should be the BHG saying that. Maybe to the beret guy, because he would believe it and freak out if it was a joke, or if he is serious, think it is a joke.
by rocketrat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why would I need to blow up the moon?
Replies: 97
Views: 9398

Re: Why would I need to blow up the moon?

There actually is life on the moon, and it's trying to blow up the earth first?
by rocketrat
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry Standardized Test
Replies: 19
Views: 2481

Re: Chemistry Standardized Test

Chemistry deals exclusively with the effects of electrons. It is assumed that the atom is what they say it is, and can't be changed by atomic processes, so neutrons and protons can be ignored. I would generally say that protons are most "important" (what a badly worded question), but in th...
by rocketrat
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why would I need to blow up the moon?
Replies: 97
Views: 9398

Re: Why would I need to blow up the moon?

I think "drunken, 3am decision" counts as a good reason to blow up the moon.

Also, a sudden desperate need to defend against a gamma ray burst? Using a cloud of dust and debris.
I don't know how to detect the burst that far in advance though.
by rocketrat
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 29845

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

What's with this Mrs Lenhart anyway? Scantron, Zealous Autoconfig, the one with Randall teaching about raptors, and now this. She could be an actual person. Also, I was burned by cheese, even though I wasn't exactly sure what the equation was, and hadn't heard the term "Principle of Explosion&q...
by rocketrat
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 54740

Re: Honor Societies

The Facebook group is referencing the comic which had initially created the Facebook group by referencing it. I bet this was Randall's plan all along (Specifically, to make my head explode).
by rocketrat
Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 27188

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Meteorswarm wrote:What I expected:
cethis wrote:Sort of basic, but always made me laugh:

Spoiler:
N2O

That was surprisingly hilarious. Took me a while to get why you said "sort of basic", it's been too long since I did any chemistry.
by rocketrat
Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Batman Grappling Gun
Replies: 41
Views: 4719

Re: Batman Grappling Gun

One possibility is prewound springs, which could dump a lot of energy into the cable quickly. The spring can be rewound by onsuit batteries. Now that is a good idea. Then the slow, small but very high (low? can't remember) gear ratio electric motor could get it re set. Jamie's could go at about 1 m...
by rocketrat
Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 34986

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

po2141 wrote:Well, we certainly don't have flying robot armies thats for sure...at least thats what they tell us...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predator_drone
Also, I swear there is an alt text somewhere that mentions these. Can't find which comic.
by rocketrat
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 34986

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

I think BHG is losing it. Surely he could do something more interesting and classhole-ish than cutting the cable.

Also, what's the point? It won't do much if he cuts the cable.
by rocketrat
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 70240

Re: Strip Games Discussion

I played strip volleyball. But it was in the evening, so it got dark and we went home before anyone got properly undressed. It would have been a short game anyway, because we were pretty terrible at it.
by rocketrat
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 212337

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

That was awesome and depressing.

Someone should rescue it.
by rocketrat
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 38666

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

I don't get this thing about Windows getting viruses. I've never got a single one, simply from being vaguely careful about what sites I go to, not downloading dodgy files and using a free antivirus.

The title was truly great. I thought it was the main joke, with the comic to put it in context.
by rocketrat
Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0682: "Force"
Replies: 61
Views: 20043

Re: "Force" Discussion

Despite it's lack of the characteristic xkcd intelligent humour/obscure science/maths references that make me like the comic, I was still burned by cheese.
by rocketrat
Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 17848

Re: Researcher Translation

Very true, but not really funny.
by rocketrat
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 32307

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Firewall422 wrote:How is that girl looking in the telescope (presumably at the sun) without getting her corneas melted?

(on second thought, those stick figures don't have eyes anyways, so it doesn't matter)

It's probably a solar telescope. They exist. Basically a huge filter for certain wavelengths.
by rocketrat
Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rocketry without fire danger?
Replies: 20
Views: 1808

Re: Rocketry without fire danger?

The ones I have used tend to be bike-pump powered. I could consider them, but probably as a solution further in the future, since buying a generator and compressor is outside of my normal price range.
by rocketrat
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: CoD6 Nuke Question (Spoiler Ahead)
Replies: 27
Views: 3753

Re: CoD6 Nuke Question (Spoiler Ahead)

In a vacuum, a nuclear bomb cannot create the shockwave due to the expansion of air that normally does much of the damage. It would have to rely on transmitting energy via radiation of various kinds and the small amount of mass it thew off from its own parts. So it would have to be quite close to da...

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