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by simen
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107339
Views: 51589146

Re: 1190: "Time"

I just logged in after three and a half years to ask what the hell is going on here.
by simen
Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0042: "Longest Sunset"
Replies: 48
Views: 16689

Re: What-If 0042: "Longest Sunset"

If you're at Svalbard in the first place, chances are you're there either during the midnight sun or the polar night. Each lasts for four months. The sun takes up about 30 minutes of arc on the sky, so there should be a roughly three day sunset. I figure you could drive until you run out of gas.
by simen
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole

You're right, I wasn't aware of how serious that was. But is that all there is to it? Does the existence of the string itself guarantee that the wave will come back?
by simen
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole

The reason I'm willing to assume a string that can't exist in real life is this: Matter not working as it should on the other hand of the event horizon is an obvious problem, but it's a boring one. If the existence of such a string is enough to make this work, then fine, but it seems to me that tran...
by simen
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Re: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole

Assume that it's not real matter then. :( Whatever it takes to keep the string in one piece.
by simen
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: scientific field
Replies: 22
Views: 3074

Re: scientific field

A degree in education can help you secure a position as a lecturer (but not necessarily scientist) at universities that offer such positions. My first year calc lecturer got her degree in education, then decided to take some math classes to be able to be a high school math teacher. Turned out she qu...
by simen
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave on a string propagating into a black hole
Replies: 15
Views: 1934

Wave on a string propagating into a black hole

I thought of this gedankenexperiment a while back, and can't solve it. I've consulted a few of my professors, who don't even want to touch it because it's not their field of study. So I turn to the trusty xkcd forums for help. The problem is as follows: Suppose we have a black hole, a nail and a str...
by simen
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 102387

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

That's kind of cool. What kind of algorithm or system was used to create the images? I'm pretty sure it was done in Logo. Also, GUYS, ADDING AN INCREMENTALLY SMALLER VALUE A NUMBER OF TIMES DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THE TOTAL WILL DIVERGE TOWARDS INFINITY. Grab a pocket calculator and add 0.5 to 1, ...
by simen
Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0632: "Suspicion"
Replies: 112
Views: 37665

Re: "Suspicion" Discussion

I don't get it! What do those images say? :cry:






Great comic, Randall! :D
by simen
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY laser
Replies: 9
Views: 2601

Re: DIY laser

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll start by dismantling a CD burner and playing around with the diode before I try making more advanced stuff.
by simen
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY laser
Replies: 9
Views: 2601

DIY laser

Dear lazywebs: I want to build a laser from scratch (for a suitable definition of scratch. Diodes are unacceptable, but I'm not going to make perfect crystals). Is there any chance of this actually working without ridiculously expensive equipment? I currently assume that a solid state laser would be...
by simen
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Mung beans have a better name.
by simen
Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0363: "Reset"
Replies: 133
Views: 34217

Re: "Reset" Discussion

I raise you 299 seconds.
by simen
Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0363: "Reset"
Replies: 133
Views: 34217

Re: "Reset" Discussion

hendusoone wrote:I really don't get that title text... anyone care to explain it? Or am I just being stupid in my tired drunken state?

You must be this tall to reset the sign.
by simen
Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Police owned istheshit.net when they confiscated their server for being in the same room as the piratebay servers.
by simen
Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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1: Atmosphere
2: High speed
3: Friction and oxygen
4: ???
5: AUGH HOLY SHIT IT BURNS
by simen
Tue Dec 25, 2007 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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pl0x to be disregard the demotivator part of it
by simen
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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by simen
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Hardened users of the internet should be laughing about now.
by simen
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dd/Internet_map_in_February_82.jpg/320px-Internet_map_in_February_82.jpg Internet has pretty much turned removable media obsolete. NINJA'd. http://www.scharfphoto.com/fine_art_prints/archives/199310-036-E-floccosum.jpg These little buggers (they...
by simen
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Silly namings from science
Replies: 143
Views: 26182

Re: Silly namings from science

jerk (change in accelleration equal to about 0.3048 m s -3 Actually, jerk is an accepted term for the rate of change in acceleration with time. From that same Wikipedia, article, I quote: Yank is the analog of force with respect to jerk: mass times jerk, or equivalently, the derivative of force wit...
by simen
Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Maltese law does not allow any such thing.

EDIT: Damn, ninja'd.

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Slightly more awesome. (That's a water jet)
by simen
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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According to the DoD, duct tape is sufficient to repair hazmat suits.
by simen
Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

I'm afraid I can't see the picture, and I can't connect to the server on which it's hosted. What does the picture show?
by simen
Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 88111

Re: LHC Dangerous?

Money is being divereted away from British universities research to send money into CERN. Now I do think CERN has its place but either the government should increase scientific funding or reduce the amount on the big projects that have debatable chances of getting a worthwhile find. I wasn't aware ...
by simen
Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 88111

Re: LHC Dangerous?

I just think that the government spendstoo much on CERN when there is probably more worthy scientific research that could and should attract more funds. Especailly given CERN will have very few pratically useful results. If research will have immediately useful results, industry is likely to do it....
by simen
Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23152

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

This comic is the most awesome thing I've read in months.
by simen
Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1178356

Re: What are you listening to?

Laibach - Vier Personen
by simen
Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Open format.
by simen
Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 73717

Re: what would you choose as your super power?

I'd like to be both everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Call me the "Heisenberg man." Oh yeah and I'd like to be able to consciously control it of course. What would be the implications of that power? And this from the man whose power demands that the universe divides by zero every t...
by simen
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 95383

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

French, Spanish, German and Japanese. Oh, I forgot Swedish. THE POLL IS NOT ACCURATE! Well, then you're in luck. I just changed the poll so that vote-changing is possible, since I figure over the course of its lifetime, people may pick up more languages or remember one they'd forgotten or whatever....
by simen
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerd test!
Replies: 231
Views: 19928

Re: Nerd test!

Alcari wrote:Hmm, it seems I won.

Don't know if I should be happy about that...

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NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd God.

This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.
by simen
Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Usenet beats failed image posting.
by simen
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0335: "Mattress"
Replies: 119
Views: 26612

Re: "Mattress" Discussion

sunami: the key is doubling the girl's pillow stack size. e.g. by adding a sqüsh pillow on top of her regular pillow. This opens up a nice wide slot under her neck for an arm. The issue wasn't the arm under the neck, that worked out great. It was then where the other person put their arm that didn'...
by simen
Fri Oct 26, 2007 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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First hit for 'science'.
by simen
Sun Oct 21, 2007 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerd test!
Replies: 231
Views: 19928

Re: Nerd test!

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by simen
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

:shock:
Thread over.
by simen
Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Not as awesome as the noble keytar, played by a real pirate!
by simen
Sun Sep 30, 2007 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

Re: Picture Pwn4ge!

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Temperance beats Bender.
by simen
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Picture Pwn4ge!
Replies: 8368
Views: 1210153

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Hera. Zeus was horribly whipped, especially for a king of gods.

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