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by Omegaton
Wed May 16, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 35647

Re: 1056: Felidae

I guess I'm the only one bothered by him using "genuses" and not "genera."
by Omegaton
Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Typing Sound Effect?
Replies: 3
Views: 2336

Re: Typing Sound Effect?

"Takka takka takka" is what I'd use.
by Omegaton
Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Responses
Replies: 8
Views: 1798

Re: Awesome Responses

Nice topic idea! Here's a funny one I got while grading tests: Question: The masses of gray matter in the brain that inhibit unnecessary movements are ___________. Answer: "not present in C huck N orris's brain because C huck N orris has no unnecessary movements." Forgive the spaces, the c...
by Omegaton
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: University Physics
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: University Physics

Yeah, I find the name University Physics to be a little amusing too. Anyway, most of the time Physics is two semesters because one is mechanics and the other is electromagnetism. Most of the time, if you've taken a basic physics class before, you don't need to take the mechanics one to understand t...
by Omegaton
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 28899

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

One could argue that such specific traits evolved because certain niches which appeared in different locations across the world allowed such a specialization to survive. However, when you consider the frequency of such occurrences it seems as though there are other forces at work. It may also have ...
by Omegaton
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 3735

Re: Paul the Octopus

The species of octopus to which Paul belongs is colorblind. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0W-4J0X89D-1&_user=10&_coverDate=05/31/2006&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_...
by Omegaton
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Things to Buy for College
Replies: 63
Views: 7972

Re: Things to Buy for College

I don't use one, but some people like to use a planner or agenda, which can be handy when you're on the go and you need to look up what you're doing. I suppose nowadays an iPhone can do this and sync it with Google calendar or iCal and fancy stuff like that. Keeping a to-do list can be helpful so yo...
by Omegaton
Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: GRE
Replies: 12
Views: 1706

Re: GRE

The best way to get an idea what to expect on the GRE is to take practice tests and go through some GRE test prep books. That's what I did and the test was basically as expected. I got a free GRE practice disk but I forget how... Maybe I got it from Kaplan? I'm surprised there's only been one mentio...
by Omegaton
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?
Replies: 36
Views: 3501

Re: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?

I am curious as to how biologists define "Animal" though, that slug definitely blurs the line for me. According to Wikipedia, animals are eukaryotes (vs. Bacteria), usually multicellular (vs. protists), and lack rigid cell walls (vs. plants/fungi). In any case, just because the sea slug p...
by Omegaton
Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pilot whales
Replies: 10
Views: 2398

Re: Pilot whales

Dream wrote:If I recall correctly, the same effect can be observed in trawler caught species like tuna and cod, where size based restrictions affect the average size of fish in the population.

This is a widely documented effect, and it it strengthened with overfishing.
by Omegaton
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)
Replies: 43
Views: 8509

Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

alden wrote:Do you put your comics in a specific "sub reddit"?

I would guess they'd be posted in the "comics" section.
by Omegaton
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Mount Saint Awesome
Replies: 3
Views: 2469

Re: Mount Saint Awesome

Pro-tip (this comes from the writers of How to Make Webcomics): Wait until you have 30 strips up before you start advertising your strip. There is not enough here to get a good idea of what you're going for or to make new readers want to stay. This is especially the case with your comic where it app...
by Omegaton
Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pilot whales
Replies: 10
Views: 2398

Re: Pilot whales

I see no reason to expect that pilot whale mortality is high for the first five years. Perhaps for the first year, but it would be quite odd for an animal with parental care, large size, long time to maturity, and small number of young (you know, K-selected) to have a Type III survivorship curve (hi...
by Omegaton
Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)
Replies: 43
Views: 8509

Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

You should probably title this webcomic soon before you gain a much larger audience... It doesn't matter what it is, just make up something.
by Omegaton
Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 122756

Re: public misconceptions

There are a number of public misconceptions about science which I find very disconcerting. Let me share one which I heard at dinner with friends and family a few weekends ago. We were discussing the benefits of certain foods for wellness and general health and of course someone mentioned strawberri...
by Omegaton
Mon Jul 05, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 21126

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

In trying to keep up with this comic, my mind exploded.
by Omegaton
Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Site revamp - ideas would be great!
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Site revamp - ideas would be great!

Hmmm, what's the "about" page really for? I actually don't see much value in it. I have to agree with the others about the red background. Clicking on the dates on the calendar brought up smaller versions of the comic as "search results" (I guess) rather than just going to the pa...
by Omegaton
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 122756

Re: public misconceptions

There are a number of public misconceptions about science which I find very disconcerting. Let me share one which I heard at dinner with friends and family a few weekends ago. We were discussing the benefits of certain foods for wellness and general health and of course someone mentioned strawberri...
by Omegaton
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 36323

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Man, I can't believe when I first read this I didn't notice the square root switching to a division symbol was out of the ordinary.
by Omegaton
Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Folly and Innovation - a love affair with the universe
Replies: 3
Views: 1721

Re: Folly and Innovation - a love affair with the universe

I haven't read it all yet, but before I do my main issue is with the web design. The comic does not stand out enough from the background and it kind of melds together. In other words, the background is distracting, and makes it harder to read the comic because the eyes do not know where to start to ...
by Omegaton
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: An idea for an XKCD like graphic
Replies: 15
Views: 3349

Re: An idea for an XKCD like graphic

and how is this xkcd like? What kind of answer are you looking for here? Do you actually want me to explain the ways that art and science have intersected in XKCD in the past, and how that makes me think that fans of the comic might have some insight in to this idea? Either you don't really underst...
by Omegaton
Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Double Major Indecision!
Replies: 7
Views: 1259

Re: Double Major Indecision!

Well you should probably look into interning at Goddard spaceflight center... In any case, it appears NASA has extensive information on getting a career and how to prepare if you're a student, as well as more specifically about jobs at NASA . I skimmed through a little and found this FAQ , though I ...
by Omegaton
Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two faced kitten?
Replies: 9
Views: 1648

Re: Two faced kitten?

This should be in "Science", right? In any case, sonic hedgehog is one of the hedgehog genes, which control the fate of regions/segments of the body and how they develop. Naming one of the hedgehog genes sonic hedgehog isn't exactly a leap. There isn't a rule that scientists have to have s...
by Omegaton
Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I need suggestions for a research project
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: I need suggestions for a research project

I would pick a topic that is fairly easy, will allow you to have high sample sizes, and has the least room for error. Why? Because experiments can fail, and they can do so for various reasons. Not having the time or resources to do a pilot study to work out the kinks in your procedure and learn wha...
by Omegaton
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I need suggestions for a research project
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: I need suggestions for a research project

So this research project involves having to do an experiment? A classical experiment on plants is "How does ______ affect the growth rate of ______ plants?" Graph and analyze data accordingly. As far as plant cloning, I'll admit I don't culture plants but I think you have to watch out to m...
by Omegaton
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bin Laden located?
Replies: 28
Views: 2880

Re: Bin Laden located?

I'm not counting any chickens before they hatch...
by Omegaton
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possible life on Saturn.
Replies: 14
Views: 1267

Re: Possible life on Saturn.

Shivahn wrote:And unicellular organisms aren't known for being particularly upset when you culture a few.

The unfortunate thing is that we can't even culture the vast majority of bacteria from Earth, but of course even dead samples would tell us multitudes.
by Omegaton
Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 20940

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

But how much was the paperback version?
by Omegaton
Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the moon
Replies: 37
Views: 3461

Re: Japanese firm proposes ring of solar panels around the m

A high-energy laser from a moon-sized object? Why does that seem so familiar?

Spoiler:
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by Omegaton
Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: my xkcd project
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: my xkcd project

Assuming GIMP has batch abilities like Photoshop, you'll just need to record an action that makes all the white transparent. Probably something like Select > Color Range and delete, if I had to guess; don't know what it would be in GIMP but supposedly it should have the same functions.
by Omegaton
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: my xkcd project
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: my xkcd project

Er, you could, I guess, but I'm fairly sure this is pretty much something you can automate, unless I'm misunderstanding you.
by Omegaton
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 122756

Re: public misconceptions

1) Evolution is a more-or-less monotonic process of organisms increasing in complexity and capability. Corollary: organisms moving toward greater simplicity and/or less capability is "reverse evolution" or "devolution," not just normal evolution. Corollary: Everything evolves to...
by Omegaton
Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 21752

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

Hurricanes + Oil spill commented on in the news: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/scien ... icane.html
by Omegaton
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 21752

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

I wanna know how Randall thinks of this stuff. Wow, lol.
by Omegaton
Mon May 31, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0747: "Geeks and Nerds"
Replies: 129
Views: 24092

Re: "Geeks and Nerds" Discussion

This reminded me of this diagram:

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by Omegaton
Mon May 31, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Japan plans to build robot moon base by 2020
Replies: 30
Views: 2613

Re: Japan plans to build robot moon base by 2020

Technical Ben wrote:Time for us to lay a "towel" on the moon then. It would be extremely useful too.

I totally thought of Hitchiker's Guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology ... axy#Towels
by Omegaton
Fri May 28, 2010 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0746: "Birth"
Replies: 68
Views: 20264

Re: "Birth" Discussion

For some reason, I noticed the fact that the string for the face mask disappears in panel 3.
by Omegaton
Fri May 28, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: ITT: comment drawings
Replies: 7
Views: 2862

Re: ITT: comment drawings

I think a problem comes from the fact you traced the paper into the tablet. My recommendation would be to use a program that has layers, such as GIMP or Photoshop. Scan your sketch in (or sketch straight into the computer). Then do the lines on a layer over the sketch. There are a bunch of lineart-p...

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