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by Heimhenge
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 2815

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I immediately got that this was another Randall graph. But when I saw the vertical axis labeled as "RISK OF YOUR RESEARCH BEING USED BY A SUPERVILLAIN FOR WORLD DOMINATION" I had to wonder if "RISK" meant "DAMAGE" or if it meant "LIKELIHOOD" or "PROBABILI...
by Heimhenge
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2086

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Otherwise how did anyone know ANYTHING before the scientific method was invented? This seems a tad silly to me. Things did get better after the scientific method, but that's because people are sometimes wrong, not ALWAYS wrong, without science. If you're referring to THE scientific method as attrib...
by Heimhenge
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3484

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

OP Envelope Generator said: " Crowdsourced steering" makes me think "Let Twitch drive you to work ". Reminded me of a serious (?) paper I read some time ago about "democratic self-driving buses" where the all passengers would have keypads for entering their desired dest...
by Heimhenge
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 3835

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

cryptoengineer wrote:Seen recently, and quite far over to the right: Meteorologist.


And not surprisingly (in today's political climate [in the USA]), climatologists aren't even on the radar.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 65
Views: 5147

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

ericgrau wrote:
MDS_Dan wrote:See, it's never specified how much water you can bring. If you bring enough water, you win every time

The same is true if you bring enough gun.

https://dcassetcdn.com/w1k/submissions/557500/557524_8e86.jpg


Damn, that's one BFG.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2853
Views: 560718

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Okay, explain this to me, all you lay physicists (or, um, even any professional physicists, you're cool too): ⋅ Make a nice steaming mug of hot cocoa. Use a reasonably sturdy mug. ⋅ Put a spoon in the glass and begin steadily tapping at the bottom. The sound of the tapping will ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me ID this rock sample
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Re: Help me ID this rock sample

Your "fossilized burrow" idea makes a lot of sense. In this desert ecosystem (Arizona) there's quite a few critters that burrow into the ground ... mammals, reptiles, insects. I can see how an abandoned burrow could get filled with softer "silt", fossilized, and later be cleared ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me ID this rock sample
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Help me ID this rock sample

I submitted this question with photos to the ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration which has an "Ask a Geologist" service, but it's gone unanswered twice now. Figured there must be some geologists on this forum so thought I'd try here. I had some excavation done recently on my proper...
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 3602

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

First thing I'd try is putting that waste basket into a larger waste basket and then try emptying that one.
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2354

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

And I worked as a gold prospector one summer, but it just didn't pan out.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 27859

Re: Bad science jokes!

A paramecium and an amoeba meet on the street. The amoeba asks "So how to you get around without any psuedopodia?" The paramecium replies "A cilia question I've never heard."
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Use of mythological referents

Soupspoon wrote:(It's all too easy to get the "quote and reply" button instead of the "re-edit my post" one. You seem to have done it repeatedly. Hopefully you got it right, eventually, and that it's not a Sisyphean task for you… ;))


Point Soupspoon. :idea:
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Use of mythological referents

gmalivuk wrote:I assumed the final post was the desired version and just deleted the earlier copies. (But yeah, we've all done the same thing before.)


Thank you sir. Exactly right. Somehow in the edits my quote markup nesting got confused. Much appreciated.
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 5878

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Even before Randall's earliest impressions in grade school, to me, colors were what the labels said on my cheap box of 8 Crayolas. :D
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Use of mythological referents

Some kids will be able to retain a larger vocabulary size, so it's good to throw a few challenging words in for them. I'd say keep it. "Sisyphean" is a great word with no synonym to my knowledge. If it's in the context of a Sisyphean task, you could say insurmountable task, but I don't th...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Re: Use of mythological referents

So why not just teach them science with papers published in Nature ? There comes a point when adding more unfamiliar things they'll have to ask about becomes counterproductive, because the explanation is beyond the scope of the present endeavor and will amount to a waste of time that could be bette...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 1154

Use of mythological referents

I write educational content in science for ages middle-school and up. I was about to use the word "Sisyphean" in one post but then balked, wondering if people even recognize words derived from classic mythology anymore? I mean, sure, the truly curious and motivated would look up the meanin...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4085

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I would add "Aurora borealis" slightly left-upwards of "Partial Solar Eclipse". And I would add bolides (seen a few during Perseid meteor showers) to the chart. Maybe directly above "planetary conjunction" and about halfway up the vertical axis ... definitely cooler to...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4211

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

I was curious about those 3 small symbols on the right edge. The outside 2 are being pointed at by lines/vectors and the inner one appears to label an angle. Checked the astrology/astronomy symbols first. The one on the bottom kinda looks like the symbol for Mercury but it's got an extra set of horn...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 2468

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

I once (and only once) agreed to be interviewed by a local news person on the topic of light pollution. Arizona is home to a large number of observatories so it's a relatively hot topic here. The interview questions were as dumb and uninformed as those in this comic, and I wish I'd had the balls to ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

According to the Official XKCD List , remaining difficult games include: ⋅ Mao ⋅ Seven Minutes in Heaven ⋅ Calvinball I'm sure there's a research team working on each of those somewhere … Hadn't seen that one. Noticed that Randall ranked poker as easier than Go. Wonder...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 2367

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

This comic caused me to speculate about what game AI really would solve next. I knew about chess and Go. Decided poker would surely be tough for AI w/o utilizing the "reads" and "bluffs" component of the game. I was wrong. Searched for AI + poker and found this: http://www.pokerl...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2893

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Taking bets on how many of these are real and how many are fake. Seems about half and half to me. LOL # 1, 2, 3, 4, & 8 are all real. The remainder are analogies used by geologists. If Randall had delved further into the snack food realm, the drawings would have included snickers, oreos, and so...
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 3986

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Turns out LinkedIn sends invitations automatically. Shit, is that for real! I was wondering how some of those "inviters" thought I could be of any value in their network. People I never met and people with totally different skills/goals. I've been way too courteous ... will treat those as...
by Heimhenge
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6375

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

He also shoots "buns" that mess with his garden. Not for protein, just for eradication. Seems a waste, but that's the reality of hunting in the US. I wouldn't say "the reality of hunting." As a seasoned hunter I call your BIL an ass. Hunter's should (and most do, at least in my ...
by Heimhenge
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6375

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Many municipalities across the US that have outlawed hunting (either completely or restricting in some form) now find themselves with overpopulation issues. I know of several farms in St. Louis county in Missouri that are along the flood plains of the Missouri river that get ravaged by huge deer po...
by Heimhenge
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2629

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

One thing I would like to know: how much does altitude affect eclipse length time? (Because obviously as you approach the moon, the eclipse time approaches two weeks or so.) Would being on a high-altitude airplane increase totality by a few hundredths of a second? I mean, sure, I'm probably being o...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11421

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I make a hammer for the purpose of hitting nails. Jane picks up that same hammer for the purpose of breaking a window. What is the purpose of the hammer? If all Jane has is the hammer, then the window doubtless looks like a nail... ;) Reminds me of a song parody I once heard somewhere ... If I had ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.
by Heimhenge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2629

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Hmm ... Air Force 1 ... I wonder... Well if Trump decides to take a spin on AF1 to see this eclipse (which I seriously doubt) it'll screw things up for the rest of us. When AF1 is in the area it shuts down airport traffic and increases both horizontal and vertical required clearances. That sucker g...
by Heimhenge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2629

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

I am at the moment negotiating with Sawyer Aviation in Phoenix to do exactly that. Saw a total from the ground at Cabo San Lucas back in 1991. Photo here if you're interested: http://dfacaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/1991-Total-Heim.jpg We'd be flying with only 4 passengers in a Citation CJ to a...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11421

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Defining "purpose" so narrowly that no part of any organism has any purpose seems to remove most of the usefulness of having the word in the first place. Indeed. Been following this sub-thread and had to jump in to say you seem to be asking: What is the purpose of the word "purpose&q...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11421

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Why is the rubbing necessary? What does that do? Provide opportunities for electrons to jump? Both of the objects are insulators, so charge cannot simply flow from hair to balloon etc. through a small contact area. In order to transfer a lot of charge, a lot of molecules of object A need to be brou...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11421

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We do have a good answer for the hair/balloon/lightning thing ... it's called the tribolectric effect. What's wrong with that? Too empirical? The fact that we have a name for it doesn't help on its own. Totally agree. One of my favorite Feynman quotes is (and I paraphrase) "Just because you kn...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11421

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We do have a good answer for the hair/balloon/lightning thing ... it's called the tribolectric effect. What's wrong with that? Too empirical?
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6218

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Enhancing it just gives you smoother squiggly lines. :roll: That's just because you don't have CSI/NCIS's magic Enhance! (note the exclamation mark) function. I watch a lot of NCIS and have to say they get most of the science right ... except for that Enhance! (or whatever they really call it) thin...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3904

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I had to laugh at bullet 6 because I once wasted close to 30 minutes trying to catch one frame of a gif but kept missing it. And it wasn't a particularly fast frame rate. I read somewhere the delay between hitting the print-screen key and the actual capture was anywhere from 0.5-1 s, but it seemed t...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4607

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I found comfort and validation when I saw “Quantum Mechanics” in the Danger Zone. My chemistry classes touched on quantum mechanics and I grasped none of it. I never came close to understanding the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. When I hear someone make an analogy using Heisenberg, I conclude tw...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 5211

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

I had that same thought as the comic, that if one of the words could have special meaning then all could. I can't prove it, of course. What's the relation to Humpty Dumpty here? The first line is a quote from Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking Glass (which would make the girl Alice). It wouldn't ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 2115

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

And how the hell would you aim that thing with 2 tripods attached?! Reminded me of some of those early refractors from the 1600s. Like this unwieldy monster:

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