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by rattusprat
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2124: "Space Mission Hearing"
Replies: 22
Views: 4652

Re: 2123: "Space Mission Hearing"

"What is the main reason to fund this mission?" "To appease the ever-changing demands of a fringe conspiracy group and provide evidence to them that the Earth is in fact (approximately) spherical and space is in fact real. It would be nice to get additional funding in the future to ad...
by rattusprat
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13703

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

My (anecdotal only) experience informs me that what is meant by 20% chance of rain depends on what part of the world you are in. I used to live in a city that is very dry with very low annual rainfall. There my experience of "20% chance of rain on Wednesday" means "it's not going to r...
by rattusprat
Tue May 02, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 10352

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

Is this a commentary on the first 100 days of President Trump?
by rattusprat
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 20753

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Wow, GOOMHR. I just finished writing a rough script for a movie about itself... Adapation and The Muppet Movie come to mind. I was actually inspired by Adaptation. Saw it and thought, "You know, this movie is almost entirely about its own production, but it still has that little kernel of some...
by rattusprat
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25743

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

To get a big change like you describe, we would need a previous big change to respond to. Recent wars, including those born out of 9/11 (dont get me started), have been waged at least partly because they are very profitable (especially for the winner). Profitable for who? The banks. Wars are genera...
by rattusprat
Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25743

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

On the other hand, what motivation is there for someone to give out a loan if there is no return? Two random counter arguments to this random point: 1. But the banks don't "loan out" the money, they "conjure" it based on your promise to repay the loan - it's not the same as me l...
by rattusprat
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25743

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

How long can that keep working? Is there something that makes it different from a Ponzi scheme? What's the difference? Exactly. That's no problem at all. Money can be recycled. The money supply is continually cycled through the economy, but when money is used to pay off a loan from a bank it disapp...
by rattusprat
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25743

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

What do you think would actually happen if the government paid down the debt tomorrow, just assume for this hypothetical that they came across enough of whatever currency to do this without directly fucking with interest rates/inflation, which are all frozen until right after the debt hits zero for...
by rattusprat
Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 25743

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

Let me start by saying I am an Australian citizin living in Australia, and would generally consider myself a left wing/pinko/commie/greenie/socialist than any kind of fiscal conservative. However, if I had the oppertunity to vote in the upcoming US election, and Ronpaul was on the ballot, I would vo...
by rattusprat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 20964

Re: 1082: “Geology”

I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing. As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid c...
by rattusprat
Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 68769

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

Poor form from BHG's friend for not being aware of Hitler's time travel exemption act. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct?from=Main.ptitlekz83hawz This plan was never going to work. I remember a TV show where there was a seemingly unimportant reference to a guy ...
by rattusprat
Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music
Replies: 68
Views: 21672

Re: The Most Beautiful Piece of Music

Can I get a left field suggestion in for The Pink Floyd Sound: A Saucerful of Secrets - the title track from their second album. If you start listening and think I'm having having a laugh, I'm probably referring more to part 4 - Celestial Voices - the lead in starting at approx 8:25 on the link abov...
by rattusprat
Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?
Replies: 38
Views: 4559

Re: Is the big bang really the beginning of time?

Half joke\half serious: I think it'd be hilarious if we discovered that we were a complex computer program and that's why the universe is flat. We are racing towards creating universes all the time, video games are an example of a very limited universe with limited laws and physics that we design. ...
by rattusprat
Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 172249

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

If, as I understand it, this hypothetical organization gets its funding from voluntary action on the part of individuals and voluntary associations, then yes, I would, provided it did not merely fork over some money, but supplied necessary commodities for free or low-cost (depending on economic sta...
by rattusprat
Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 15903

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

If the guy on the right is playing the role of the guy on the left, then who is going to play the role of the guy on the right? If that even makes sense. I don't think he's part of the "war" so nobody needs to reenact him. Otherwise you would end up with a whole "Synecdoche, New York...
by rattusprat
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Pink Floyd Album
Replies: 50
Views: 7961

Re: Favorite Pink Floyd Album

Had to put in a vote for Dark Side - it is the greatest album ever made afterall. Closely followed by The Wall and a little bit further back to Animals, with Echoes as their best song - though one song (or two with One Of These Days) does not a favourite album make. I gotta admit that I'm a little b...
by rattusprat
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?
Replies: 31
Views: 8614

Re: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?

'39 by Queen - a song about the Twin Paradox of special relativity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjuyXR5by2s
by rattusprat
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711524

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Secateurs: If you want a really cool (and rather difficult) SR problem, think about this: Lets say you have a submarine traveling at a relativistic speed through the water (just go with it). The submarine has the same density of water - it is neutrally buoyant and neither sinks or swims. Now the cr...
by rattusprat
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26022

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

I get amused when commercial media claims "there is public outcry over X" or run a story about "controversial proposal X", when in fact a large proportion of the public outcry / controversy is in fact due to the media beatup about the public outcry / controversy. I believe (I hav...
by rattusprat
Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711524

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

But there is an indirect way of testing it. If the universe as we know it has a spin on its movement, it could be one way of corroborating the theory. Um, how are we supposed to test that? Just measure the rotation relative to some stationary "ether" about some fixed "centre" of...
by rattusprat
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 150079

Re: public misconceptions

Thinking about it, we've all spent a pretty long time having a decent understanding of Newtonian mechanics. If you'd only used the odd equation at school by 16 then never looked at or thought about it since, you really wouldn't know what was going on. It may well extend to the other sciences too - ...
by rattusprat
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pick a number between 1 and 100
Replies: 74
Views: 7507

Re: Pick a number between 1 and 100

73
by rattusprat
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Infinitely unique
Replies: 21
Views: 2169

Re: Infinitely unique

To simply answer your question, I'm pretty sure there is only a finite quantity of matter (or more precisely energy) in the universe. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. To take a fairly sharp turn from your initial question: regarding the infinite nature of the universe, I think one one of thes...
by rattusprat
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 25826

Re: "Trimester" discussion

The same principle works with a hardhat and hi-visibility vest.

No one will question anything you're doing if you have a hi-vis vest on.
by rattusprat
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Romeo & Juliet meetup
Replies: 18
Views: 3340

Re: Romeo & Juliet meetup

Do we assume that Romeo & Juliet are intelligent and logical people? (given they will both kill themselves in a couple of days time this may not be a valid assumption). Juliet can rationalise that it would be foolish to arrive at minute 5 for example. She would then only see Romeo if he arrived ...
by rattusprat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18455

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

This could provide a rather vital method of communication if we where to ever develop a galactic civilization that spans star systems. If one of the planets where attacked, we would be unaware of the attack for many years, and there is a possibility that the invaders have ships which can travel at ...

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