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by Eldan
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39590

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

Ah. Well, it probably has something to do with students living on campus over there. Our university buildings are in the middle of the city and students live an hour away in their own flats. And no, I don't think we have any designers. Pretty much only scientists, engineers, computer people and arch...
by Eldan
Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39590

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

Hmmm... no... http://www.ethz.ch/index_EN Not much of that, actually. No slideshows, event promotions, press releases, philosophy, letters or virtual tours. Alumni, though. But it does have maps and lists. Edit: partially unrelated question: Campuses have their own polices, now!?
by Eldan
Mon May 18, 2009 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0585: "Outreach"
Replies: 119
Views: 36102

Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Hmm... the shark wouldn't be able to breathe.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that it's of course a giant, man-eating lungshark!
No wonder they were interested in studying it.
by Eldan
Wed Jul 30, 2008 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Resolution of the human eye?
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Resolution of the human eye?

Further complicating is the fact that the eye does not, in fact, see single points, but instead concentrates more on shapes and borders between different objects, as well as different levels of brightness. Isn't this confusing the stages? The brain's "pattern recognition system" abstracts...
by Eldan
Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Resolution of the human eye?
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Resolution of the human eye?

Further complicating is the fact that the eye does not, in fact, see single points, but instead concentrates more on shapes and borders between different objects, as well as different levels of brightness.
by Eldan
Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can a Biologist Fix a Radio?
Replies: 32
Views: 5445

Re: Can a Biologist Fix a Radio?

Interesting one. Now, just to explain to the physicists and engineers here: I just had my last physics exam in my third year at the university (yes, we still have math and physics in biology here). And I guess it was an incredibly simply one. But now: imagine the radio you are repairing. Now imagine...
by Eldan
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 119558

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Heh. I'm eternally thankful for my language teacher in "highschool/college-equivalent". He would ask an interpretation question, like "What do you mean is the deeper motivation of X" or "What does Y represent". If a student gave an unorthodox answer, he would smile, tak...
by Eldan
Mon May 05, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0419: "Forks and Spoons"
Replies: 146
Views: 30239

Re: "Forks and Spoons" Discussion

See, my favourite eating utensil was always the Knork. Yes, that's a knife fork.

Hey, perhaps that thing in the last panel is a Knork.
by Eldan
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0374: "Journal"
Replies: 178
Views: 33106

Re: Journal Discussion

slightly off topic... cant stand people reading over my shoulder on the train. frustrating so now i more carefully choose my articles for the train trip- eg ones with gross pictures of splenomegaly etc hehe That's the only thing that would make me read over someone's shoulder, actually. But I'm a b...
by Eldan
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 72317

Re: "Dangers" discussion

However, no result for:
"Di3d in a natural selection accident"
by Eldan
Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disturbing Trends In TV
Replies: 70
Views: 6345

Re: Disturbing Trends In TV

Switzerland. There's also bad stuff. Like, german translations of everything non-german are horrible. And you can't buy any of the stuff a geek likes anywhere. On the other hand, since downloading is legal, both doesn't matter very much. :D Also, it seems Zurich is either the best or second best cit...
by Eldan
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disturbing Trends In TV
Replies: 70
Views: 6345

Re: Disturbing Trends In TV

Wait, wait, wait. Wait. I can't believe that. You actually have commercial breaks during 30 minute shows? Daamn. We have it before and after for about five minutes each, but certainly not in the middle. Another reason to stay here, I guess. (The other being that downloading anything from the net is ...
by Eldan
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0347: "Brick Archway"
Replies: 100
Views: 21692

Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

I had rogue on my Ti-89. Good times. You could always tell who was playing from the mumbled curses when their characters died again.
by Eldan
Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0084: "National Language"
Replies: 56
Views: 46834

Re: "National Language" Discussion

Heh. We also get five languages here. German, French, Italian and rumansh as the four native languages and sometimes english, just to be nice to people.
by Eldan
Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0306: "Orphaned Projects"
Replies: 102
Views: 22908

Tell her about your last girlfriend and that you need her to forget the last one.
Talk about cephalopod embryology. (If a woman isn't interested in that, well... I as a biologist would be screwed :wink: )
by Eldan
Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0283: "Projection"
Replies: 118
Views: 34454

Simple: Create a rain of lipophilic liquid.
by Eldan
Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Photosynthesis in Raptors (split from "odd things"
Replies: 62
Views: 9514

Well, there's the Calvin-Cycle (too long ago since I last read about that thing, I forgot wether this needs any organelles to work). Also, plant cells are different in many ways to animal cells. I think that most of it wouldn't be to important for photosynthesis, but with complex systems, one never ...
by Eldan
Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Photosynthesis in Raptors (split from "odd things"
Replies: 62
Views: 9514

Well, a chloroplast uses up space, at least. And the chloroplasts alone don't do the entire photosynthesis.
Anyway, I'd say that symbiotic algae in the skin would work much better, since they are already fully equipped and working.
by Eldan
Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Photosynthesis in Raptors (split from "odd things"
Replies: 62
Views: 9514

Well, I'm just over with my first semester of biology, but there are animals in symbiontic relationship with algae: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_%28genus%29#Feeding , as an example. So, probably raptors could have an extra layer of skin with algae in it. Wouldn't be all that efficient, but it ...
by Eldan
Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 64462

I must admit that I have never seen any philosophical graffiti at all. And our university is almost free of it too. I think they erase the graffiti once per week. Anyway, the only funny graffiti I remember was one in the chemistry department: "Alcohol is not a solution. It's an organic compound...

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