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by oliphaunt
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0129: "Black Hole Moon"
Replies: 63
Views: 24489

Re: What-If 129: "Black Hole Moon"

I came here, bringing popcorn, for the global warming debate (sparked by the second-to-last paragraph). I'm actually happy to see there isn't any.
by oliphaunt
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 62163

Re: 1335: "Now"

"What time are we having the conference call?" "12 o'clock." "wait, their time or our time?", "Uh. I think their time. Hold on, let me check the email. Hmm... He just said 12 o'clock. Must be his time. I'll reply and make sure though." "Yeah, it's 12 o'c...
by oliphaunt
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91290

Re: 1321: "Cold"

BlitzGirl wrote:The first sentence shows the character has an opinion; the rest of the monologue is just trolling (or "playing devil's advocate").

Come to think of it, part of the last sentence shows the same: "on the outside chance they're all wrong, ..."
by oliphaunt
Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91290

Re: 1321: "Cold"

I want to contribute two little things. 0°F is about 255K; i.e. the reference point for Fahrenheit is 0xFF K. Hence the "F". :wink: Well done. I'll never forget this now. http://xkcd.com/164/ http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/global_warming.png When he posted that first perspective to the whole ...
by oliphaunt
Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16622

Re: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

I'm a little surprised the alt-text went with ants instead of red spiders. I think it's an homage to some fella's explanation of statistics failure in economics. [...] [...] Anyway, glad to see that there is a particular reason for the use of ants. I suppose the reason you asked was because of the ...
by oliphaunt
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 33783

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Yeah, I wondered myself why one would expect a time machine to have an Earth-based fixed spacial reference... And can you tell me why it should have any other fixed reference frame? They're all equal as far as I know. no, earth's is not inertial. Nor is the sun's or the Milky Way's center's. It's h...
by oliphaunt
Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 37414

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

"Earth prime"... is that the moon? (Seeing as prime/secundus/etc are usually used to indicate the nth body orbiting another body.)
by oliphaunt
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21307

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

This one reminds me of Asimov's The Caves of Steel , where moving walkways are a primary form of high-speed public transportation. For me, Heinlein's The Roads Must Roll immediately sprung to mind. That had 100 mph rolling roads, although glass partitions prevented high-fives (and wind shear). For ...
by oliphaunt
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 35130

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

Thought it was "kelvins", as unlike degree scales a kelvin is an actual unit in and of itself. Yes, I though so too, and it looks like Wikipedia agrees. EDIT: Well, at least so far that it's a unit. Don't know kelvin vs kelvins, but I would think it should be kelvins. Wikipedia agrees abo...
by oliphaunt
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:58 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 35130

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

It’s 72 degrees Kelvin on Titan

Someone has to say it: kelvin is a unit. You don't refer to temperatures on this scale with degrees, and you don't write the unit with a capital. So: "It's 72 kelvin on Titan" or "It's 72 K on Titan".
by oliphaunt
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 16966

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

We had elections in the Netherlands seven weeks ago. One day after the elections, a Dutch satirical site published a "news update" in similar vein. Here's a bad google translation. The title should be: "Election results don't say anything yet about polls." http://translate.google...
by oliphaunt
Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57083

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

I'm surprised how much the timing and intensity of the cancer part mirrors my own experience. Unfortunately, my mum passed away two months ago. Still very glad for Randall that things seem to be looking up now and I have some idea of how it must have been.
by oliphaunt
Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 310524

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Yes, Randal got the "blockade East Germany" part wrong. The Soviets stopped rail and road supplies to west Berlin, in response to the creation of the new Deutschmark. The expected western response was either capitulation and abandoning Berlin, or an armored attack, which might have starte...
by oliphaunt
Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 43276

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

I just want to point out here that "bicep" is not a word; "biceps" is singular.

Oh, one dictionary does list it as a back-formation (1955-60) from "biceps"; another one just says "false sing. of biceps (q.v.)."
by oliphaunt
Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 29394

Re: 0835: "Tree"

Hm, surprised that nobody else commented on the root of the tree being at the top, instead of, well, at the root.
by oliphaunt
Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 26237

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Mozart wrote the Magic Flute, not Bach. Just sayin' I assumed Mozart was the third guy in that comic. Although I guess he should be the one to activate the Magic Flute, but Bach had to get mentioned somehow for the "I'll be Bach" reference. +1 on assuming Mozart was the third guy. I also ...
by oliphaunt
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55456

Re: "1996" Discussion

There is a typo. "o i " in alt-text, instead of "o f " I noticed as well. From this I deduce: ⋅ Randall probably uses the dvorak layout. ⋅ If so, he doesn't touch-type properly (nor use a "natural" keyboard with separate sections for left and right ...
by oliphaunt
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 31529

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

aethon wrote:Sauron turned around and went and forged the three great elven rings with the elves in Eregion, who were lead by Celebrimbor.


I thought the Three were forged by Celebrimbor & co alone; the Seven and the Nine were forged by Sauron And His Elves, and the One was forged by Sauron alone...
by oliphaunt
Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 36831

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

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Nobody commented on this stance yet... is this a reference to Dr. Evil's pinky nibbling?
by oliphaunt
Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17219

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

If you've seen the movie, then wouldn't that have told you that there is such a thing as the actual day , and that there's a custom checking the groundhog to know how much longer winter is going to last? Yes, but the details of the actual story behind groundhog day had escaped me, it's been two yea...
by oliphaunt
Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17219

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

Is Randall referring to Groundhog Day the movie or just Groundhog Day the day? I didn't find any clues that we're supposed to think of the film gimmick more than the Farmer's Almanac type weather forecasting. Yeah, that was my mistake, I suppose it's just the day he's referring to, instead of the m...
by oliphaunt
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17219

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

I must be completely dense, but I still don't get it, even knowing it's a Groundhog Day reference. Who's reliving the same day over and over again? The baby or the doctor?
by oliphaunt
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0342: "1337: Part 2"
Replies: 99
Views: 29736

Re: 1337: Part 2 Discussion

DeadCatX2 wrote:Also, wouldn't [O(n log log n)] grow slower than O(n) for practical values of n?


Nah, for n > 4, 2log n > 2, so 2log(2log n) > 1, which implies that n * 2log( 2log n ) > n for n > 4.
by oliphaunt
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 30667

I wonder if you are able to appreciate all puns, clever names and witticisms in Harry Potter if you read that fast....
by oliphaunt
Mon May 14, 2007 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0261: "Regarding Mussolini"
Replies: 100
Views: 32008

Oh, and on a mostly unrelated note... I just lost twenty dollars and my self respect. I don't get it. :( (An in-joke, maybe?) The Game (which you and everybody else reading this is now playing) is not to remember you're playing The Game. Whenever you do remember, you'll have lost, which you then ha...
by oliphaunt
Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0227: "Colour Codes"
Replies: 51
Views: 22139

Did anybody else think "cell 2187" when reading the question for his cell number?

(I had to look the specific number up -- but I did think of a prison cell at first, instead of a cell phone)
by oliphaunt
Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686338

I enjoyed your Fresh Prince skit, I wonder how many people, upon reading this post will go back and fully read yours to see it. That's exactly what happened -- in fact, I didn't get further than the first comma in your post and then fully read Piarew's. After that, I read the rest of your post so y...
by oliphaunt
Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686338

I'd like to coin the phrase "fenetrated cow" here.
by oliphaunt
Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0221: "Random Number"
Replies: 167
Views: 25811

Dustbin wrote:SUB register, register is the fastest way to zero in x86 which is kinda weird.

I thought that was XOR reg, reg...

as for unconventional languages, how about Prolog?

Code: Select all

random_number(4).
by oliphaunt
Fri Feb 09, 2007 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686338

As for vegetables, I always make a point of including at least 200g per person of them when I cook. And as for large groups, I have cooked for groups of 30 or so persons without any problems really. And as for squishing raptors, what about freezing them? There's a silo of liquid nitrogen across the ...
by oliphaunt
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686338

I read some of the relevant thread, and I saw that you already had plenty of cooks. Pity, because I feel I could contribute in that department, too. If any tents were present and nobody knew how to pitch them, I might be qualified to help with that. As for raptor-squishing, I must confess I have no ...
by oliphaunt
Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 686338

introduction

Greetings, fellow travelers. I seem to have just created an account, for the reasonoid that there is a non-zero chance of me feeling the need to contribute to discussion or banter, on this site, in the future. As local customs demand that one introduce oneself here, this is the route I will follow. ...

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