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by Phil
Thu Sep 06, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0312: "With Apologies to Robert Frost"
Replies: 65
Views: 23475

I don't know if it's intentionnal, but the bottom of the comic really looks like a depictation of the visible universe, which has a limit. If we try to look too far, we're looking farther and farther in the past and at some point, the universe is no longer transparent, so we see a kind of "wall...
by Phil
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's your random number?
Replies: 92
Views: 22547

On of my professors in college used to work on epileptic seizures with non-linear dinamics and he deduced that seizures happens when the brain goes into a stable cycle, and that a normal brain usually displays a chaotic behaviour. So after learning about attractor reconstruction using first return m...
by Phil
Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489417

A biologist, a chemist and a physicists are being asked to describe a cow they see. The biologist goes first and says something of the like: "Well it's a B Torus, part of the Bovidae family, in the mamalia class, etc." The chemist goes next saying "I see a complex assembly of organic ...
by Phil
Wed Jun 06, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0273: "Electromagnetic Spectrum"
Replies: 220
Views: 72982

Ha! Gravity! So that's where it comes from!
by Phil
Wed May 30, 2007 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0270: "Merlin"
Replies: 51
Views: 21282

Imagine every movies running backward like memento. Even in normal time direction they're usually hard to understand...
by Phil
Tue May 22, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0265: "Choices: Part 2"
Replies: 54
Views: 16019

Still, is it Space they're in? If yes, what does the bubble consist of? So it can hold up against the vacuum of space? Because my first thoughts went towards a soap bubble. Well don't forget she is a 2D stick figure. In this case, it's not a bubble, it's circle. A soap circle? [edit]Rendall, I'd li...
by Phil
Mon May 14, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Music
Replies: 93
Views: 17221

I've played piano quite a bit when I was a kid, but I never could read the sheets, so now I can barely play what I remember. Recently I try teaching myself accordion and banjo, got 'em on eBay for a very good price. Everybody say that I'm getting pretty good but I'm never pleased with what I can pla...
by Phil
Wed May 09, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The number i
Replies: 57
Views: 18205

Surely it is as ridiculous to consider sqrt(-1) "imaginary" because you can't use it to count pieces of chalk as to consider the number 200 imaginary because by itself it cannot express the location of one point with reference to another. -Isaac Asimov That's where the concept of "un...
by Phil
Wed May 09, 2007 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0259: "Cliched Exchanges"
Replies: 74
Views: 25792

Yeah! I love ass-cars!
by Phil
Mon May 07, 2007 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Neutrinos...WTF!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 7820

Well, from what I know, neutrinos can interract only with electrons. So bending of light explained that way=impossible. He should have proposed a new particule called the "Graviton" that interracts with anything that has a mass. It would have made much more sense, but still wouldn't explai...
by Phil
Mon May 07, 2007 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is there hope for poor old me?
Replies: 30
Views: 6805

You could also do a physics degree for fun then change in any other engineering program you wish and you'll have a lot of classes credited. That way, you'll have a job and a lot of wonderfull knowledge. But it's false that there's no job for physicists. It's just not as easy to find as an engineerin...
by Phil
Mon May 07, 2007 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Question
Replies: 13
Views: 4420

My first guess is that the energy stored in the spring is in fact potential energy. You have to keep in mind that the bonding has to have an equivalent energy to keep the spring compressed. If you built the equations on a unidimentional systeme, you'll notice that either the energy in the spring or ...
by Phil
Mon May 07, 2007 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The number i
Replies: 57
Views: 18205

Math is the art of what can be found to be true given assumptions. If I'm not mistaken, the basics assumptions of "regular" mathematics (by this I mean maths used by engineers and scientists) are based on observational evidences. (ie 1+1=2 comes from counting single things) Thus, I guess ...
by Phil
Sun May 06, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The number i
Replies: 57
Views: 18205

One of my math teacher (he's in fact a physicist teaching a math class for physicists) always says that "Math is only the language of physics. Those who don't keep that in mind end up playing with equations that no longer means anything physically." Off course he has a biased view of the s...
by Phil
Wed May 02, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 114744

Dou you have an even larger version? I can't read the name of some of the islands in the Blogipeligo. Also, I don't see xkcd. Is it there somewhere? If not, I think it should have been a little to the south of the center, between the Deviant Art and the Rose-Compass-Shaped island. Iluvatar, don't fo...
by Phil
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44380

Haha! These are pretty serious ones! Although... I've seen nothing that can beat this "joke" in Quebec city: two exits leads straight into a rock wall. Look in the center of this picture, you'll notice that they are not marked as roads by google. Good thing, because when you go there, it l...
by Phil
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0193: "The Perfect Sound"
Replies: 47
Views: 18473

The perfect sound is the mix of acoustic guitar, bass and accordion at the beginning of the live version of "Black Friday Rule" on the CD accompaning the new Flogging Molly DVD. I know it'S kind of specific, but it kicks asses.
by Phil
Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 70317

... Anybody ever take into consideration objects, walls, corners, etc? I've developed some weird patterns originating from 'lines' that I can't step on that extend out from walls, tile patterns, whatever really. If I was to come across the 'even spaced out single black tile' setup, I would extend l...
by Phil
Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Random t-shirt ideas!
Replies: 109
Views: 17696

I printed one saying "I paid for this text" I think I got the idea on internet a while ago, but I don't remember where. By the way, cmacis, you probably meant "Life is complex ..." One of my teacher told it in class. In a complex analysis course, he said "What's the most imp...
by Phil
Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0242: "The Difference"
Replies: 70
Views: 24263

This comic is the explanation of why I break everything I see for the first time. If I notice a strange behavior of an object, even if it can break the object, I still check it out. A good example of it:whenever there's a small fissure in something, I always widen it to see it's exact shape, or to s...
by Phil
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1178933

Fantomas - "Delirium Cordià"
When you want to take a break from ordinary music and have a full 75 min to waste.
by Phil
Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 689739

Hi. I'm 20, from Quebec city, in Canada. I've been reading xkcd for a couple of months when I realised that there was a forum, and a couples of additional weeks to notice that the peoples here seem quite nice, so I fugured I could join in. Also, I don't like short sentences and internet slang, and I...
by Phil
Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 59590

Ah crap! Now I won't have time to finish my lab report. Thanks infinite wisdom of wikipedia!
by Phil
Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 59590

A new game!

I just created a new game with wikipedia. I'm probably not the first one who tried this, but I definately want to share it with all of you. 1. You take two compleetly unrelated articles (eg:A gaussian beam, and the game flOw) 2. From the in-text links and the "See also" links, you try to g...
by Phil
Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0231: "Cat Proximity"
Replies: 180
Views: 46922

The same goes for babies.

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