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by thunk
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 5965

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I think I did something sort of similar on my last mesoscale exam. When asked to use an equation to identify where points of shearing instability might be in a squall line profile, I put in a throwaway line about assuming that the field I was working in was R^3. Guess I'll leave broadcast to my frie...
by thunk
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6892

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

I mean I should have noticed but as you saw already I'm apparently incompetent at forum markup.
by thunk
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: black history
Replies: 28
Views: 3266

Re: black history

My department's newsletter sent out a similar feature today, linking an article on the life of noted black meteorologist, flight instructor, and 1936 Olympic gold medallist Archie Williams : As I recall, when I came back home . . . people asked me, ‘How did those dirty Nazis treat you?’ To which I a...
by thunk
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6892

Re: 1937: "Edit: I can't read apparently"

Whenever I fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) I always feel Pearson were back of the queue when they were handing out airport abbreviations. Yeah when they grabbed YYZ they were in a Rush. All Canadian airports start with a 'Y". It's actually quite convenient to be able to...
by thunk
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6892

Re: 1937: "Yes I know the song is named for the airport"

Whenever I fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) I always feel Pearson were back of the queue when they were handing out airport abbreviations. Yeah when they grabbed YYZ they were in a Rush. All Canadian airports start with a 'Y". It's actually quite convenient to be able to...
by thunk
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Apple is a fucking sack of shit
Replies: 5
Views: 3048

Re: Apple is a fucking sack of shit

I'm not a Mac guy but this article seems to have instructions for doing a fresh install, which is probably your best bet to make it snappier: https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/make-bootable-mac-os-x-install-drive-3575875/ The installation files are apparently available from the App sto...
by thunk
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

The yip-long Superbowl livestream is now officially a thing; watch here . Currently on frame 2718 of 366,040 (1m30s of 3h24m40s). Frame 2708 was a cut. https://yearlongsuperbowl.com/favicon-32x32.png nice favicon This is Waiting for the impatient -- only 85.45 seconds per frame! That's about 21 tim...
by thunk
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: Time: THEY'RE TAKING THE SCRUMPTIOUS DONUTS TO ᘝᓄᘈᖉᐣ!

Also, let me know: ⋅ Do all the characters in the last word of this post's title look like Beanish? ⋅ What about the first line of the post itself? ⋅ Regardless of the answer to the previous questions: What device, type of OS, and browser are you in? ⋅ No. &s...
by thunk
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Long-Track Tomato"

Hi from the basement.

Sorry I couldn't post more either. My brain seems to be mustarded these mips. I can barely find the motivation to get my schoolwork done and I'm on effectively low power mode. Don't worry--I haven't forgotten about you all. I just need to wait things out.
by thunk
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 158: "Rossby wave amplification"

Unless they make everyone sign up at exactly the same time...

My high school did that for a few things. Oh god, hoping to snag that preferred class while the servers kept being down...
by thunk
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi GnomeAnne. Following up on my previous comment, Murphy et al., 2009 suggest that the dry Mediterranean during the Messinian pushed the jet stream further to the south due to orographic effects, which probably negates point 3. There was also a substantial amount of ascent at the north side of the ...
by thunk
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

Considering tornadoes are formed by rising hot air; would tornadoes have been prevalent in a future sunken mediterranean basin? ("Would have been"? I'm never sure how to conjugate words when talking about a hypothetical future past.) Well...not really I don't think? While convective initi...
by thunk
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

My previous location was a cold-winter environment with a deep frost line, hence most houses had basements.
Now I live in a place without them, which may explain the large market for storm shelters around here.
by thunk
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "The Third Commandment"

mrob27 wrote:
There may well be a tsunami-like pulse of water, perhaps of mini-Zanclean proportions, in the Tampa area. Everyone has to stay well away from any shorelines that might normally experience tides.


Indeed, that place is ending.
by thunk
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

The Cueganites are the ones with hats, not the Beanies.
Or this happened in the 153rd century instead.
by thunk
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 3589

1885: "Ensemble Model"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ensemble_model.png Title text: I'm in talks with Netflix to produce an alternate-universe crime drama about the world where sliced bread was never re-legalized, but it's going slowly because they keep changing their phone numbers and the door lock codes at their headqua...
by thunk
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 20604

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

Depending on how the rainfall plays out in the next few days, this map might need to be updated for Harvey in the texas coast.
by thunk
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

↶ Hi thunk! ... the 12Z or so model runs ... ... the cloud decks were further east ... ... I had another model-based hunch ... ... there was thin cirrus cover from an MCS ... You sound just like my wife, for some reason I always forget you're a meteorologist. Also, we have a cat that is solid white...
by thunk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: American solar eclipse
Replies: 44
Views: 5145

Re: American solar eclipse

My post-eclipse getting back from central Missouri was slightly less traffic bound than most (2 hours of delay probably) but it was still too much to accomplish solo; I was out of position in the early morning and had to drive 4.5 hours east earlier (an interesting exercise in weather forecasting). ...
by thunk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

↶ Aww, that doesn't sound like much fun. Hopefully the next one is more enjoyable. It was actually pretty fun anyway. I actually like randomly driving around the countryside. The eclipse provided a perfect excuse for that. And I managed to get out of the dorm where I'd probably have just lied aroun...
by thunk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8202
Views: 1221706

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

ugh. I'm a wreck. I've been a wreck all summer. It seems once again increasingly clear that I should transition, but for whatever reason I can't seem to do it. Either I'm too scared, or nervous, or straitlaced, or just too damn lazy. Clearly It's easier to suffer and slowly become increasingly alien...
by thunk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: American solar eclipse
Replies: 44
Views: 5145

Re: American solar eclipse

I'm also willing to help out with pogrmman's project and more properly prepare for a better eclipse watching experience.

For this one, my thoughts are on the Time Thread.
by thunk
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

↶ I had a great site, and great weather, and much amazingness. And then a very long drive home. (I didn't have to drive, I shouldn't complain.) But note to self, in 2024, don't plan to travel home the same day. ↶ We drove an hour to a break in the clouds. Someone else brought a telescope and let us...
by thunk
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

↶ How much light do they block? I suppose I never thought about it before, since I've never experienced an eclipse, but now I'm expecting a set of almost-black lenses. What I've read says that if you put them on during the day, you should see NOTHING except the sun itself. http://money.cnn.com/2017...
by thunk
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

SBN wrote:So how many of us are going to be in totality?

I plan to be in Anderson, SC.


Yes, barring unforeseen circumstances.
Probably where near GnomeAnne lives.
by thunk
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "NO:azule:DO"

If I've been basemented, it's because of my molpycation.
Tarifa is interesting, but to be honest there's no sign of dam construction going on right now.

How best to make things RELATED?
by thunk
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Escape from Raptors
Replies: 2302
Views: 270158

Re: Escape from Raptors

You get hug20r2ed to death.

I jump into hyperspace, then land into a universe where the very concept of a 'raptor', or indeed their existence is forbidden by the laws of physics.
by thunk
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hurt and Heal
Replies: 3518
Views: 117845

Re: Hurt and Heal

after flicky:

Height - 11 ++
Not Enough Work - 4 --
Time Vulture - 7
Centrifugal Force - 21
Gut Fauna - 1

hmm...
by thunk
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 6341

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

↶ On-base plus slugging is the sum of on-base percentage (proportion of at-bats at which a given player reaches a base) and slugging average (batting average weighted by the number of bases reached). It was one of the first sabermetric statistics, and 'widely considered to be the best all-around me...
by thunk
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Avatar Game
Replies: 338
Views: 56832

Re: The Avatar Game

there was a mixup, here's a picture of lilacs:
by thunk
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 2457
Views: 142099

Re: One Letter Word Game

shod
by thunk
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 6341

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

↶ On-base plus slugging (OPS) is a sabermetric baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player's on-base percentage and slugging average. wiki the *what*-metric?? 'sabermetric' is the adjective used to refer to the more statistically-minded baseball fans, derived from one of their first organi...
by thunk
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 6341

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I was going to add that Mike Trout is often considered to be the best individual player currently (or ever) in baseball, but has historically been overlooked for awards because the rest of his team is mediocre. Many sabermetricians have led a grassroots campaign to remedy this, and as statistics con...
by thunk
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

2011?
Better visit my grandparents then.

Happy national dip to Canadians, Americans, or various other nationalities who may be having it around this time.

I'm still in the basement but back home at least.
by thunk
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 14665
Views: 974365

Re: Every hour, on the hour

Once more.
by thunk
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hmm... That makes sense. I would imagine there'd be fish in the rivers coming from the plateau and the Alps, most notably the Rhone. A bit difficult for the smaller fish once they dry up though. And yeah, hypersaline lakes are not conducive to fishing. Regular what-if readers will know about the dec...
by thunk
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20274

Re: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee

So, it happened. I had always been kinda pessimistic on May's chances, due to Nate Silver's eloquently explained First Law of Polling Errors. I wasn't all that surprised as a result. But as a somewhat uninformed outside observer, I can't see this government being all that stable either. Disagreement...
by thunk
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Guess The Next Poster
Replies: 23409
Views: 1509896

Re: Guess The Next Poster

nah.
Flicky?
by thunk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 57585

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

If you accept Baron et al. (2017)'s taxonomy (which has caused quite a bit of uproar in certain circles), the comic shouldn't change but the group represented is now 'Ornithoscelida', not Dinosauria. Never mind those who claim that sauropods should no longer be dinosaurs under this. This doesn't cha...
by thunk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106048
Views: 36667489

Re: 1190: "it's called a scarf"

This title actually is useful.

But I have worn blankets and towels in the past. Dang fire alarms.

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