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by mercutio_stencil
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm actually a bit disappointed by the new tower. I guess it just means that the big reveal will be even later.
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

I feel a break in the fourth wall is coming.
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

I happened to see the flag while working on my super-resolution average, and extrapolating from the current rate of zooming (which has been constant for the last 3 hours, from 64:30 to the present 67:30), that frame will happen at 75:30 (in 8 hours). Well it's different now. The rate of zoom was co...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

I feel it worthy to point out that the next comic is entitled The Past. They don't seem related, but can we know for sure?
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

I saw the flags briefly, then the page went down. I'm left pondering if this is an intentional thing or a technological blip.

I'm voting for a second castle, then a war.
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

Anyone feel like cracking a never-before-cracked hashing algorithm? EDIT: Unless the hash is salted. In which case it's (even more) impossible. I expect it done by the end of the week Honestly, it sometimes feels like if something that people look at for entertainment is taking too long for them, t...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

Uzh wrote:It strongly reminds me of a piece of music which will approximately take 639 years to perform. By now the first or second tune are played.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_Slow_as_Possible

Georg


You also have the work of the Long Now Foundation, and their 10,000 year clock.
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29852651

Re: 1190: "Time"

HagarTopeka1 wrote:New one just got posted; it definitely changes on the half hour.

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Looks like I know what I'm doing tonight.


Yep, I already have my schedule cleared. Thanks Randall, I didn't want that sleep anyway.
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If you want a warm room, does energy efficiency matter?
Replies: 28
Views: 8237

Re: If you want a warm room, does energy efficiency matter?

A claim I've heard is that the compounds used in fluorescent lighting compared to incandescent far outweigh the minor amount (relatively speaking) of energy you'll actually save over the course of the light-bulb's life as far as concern for the environmental goes. Does anyone know if this is consid...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Hobbit
Replies: 217
Views: 72814

Re: The Hobbit

Gandalf's magic was very different from in LotR and, unlike LotR where here was clearly restraining himself and pretty much never used it, here he seems to be quite keen on random, unnecessary and deus-ex-y displays of power. My feeling was that in LotR his magic was the same; as powerful as plot n...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 283164

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Watching How Beer Saved the World . No idea how accurate it is, but it's entertaining and interesting as all hell. I did my very best to avoid being in that movie, it's really hard to try and work when there's a film crew in the lab. While the research was genuine, at least that I saw, the presenta...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Comparative expense in grocery shopping
Replies: 10
Views: 6416

Re: Comparative expense in grocery shopping

I'm lucky enough to live in a town with lots of choices for grocery shopping; we have everything from a Grocery Outlet , to a local, upscale chain , to a Whole Foods, to a food cooperative. Not to mention Trader Joe's, two Safeway locations, the year-round farmer's market, Westlake IGA... Have you ...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Comparative expense in grocery shopping
Replies: 10
Views: 6416

Re: Comparative expense in grocery shopping

The best way to do it, but this would take a while and be pretty subjective, would be to set an acceptable minimum for quality and compare cheapest product at that quality level. For example: Kraft Mac and Cheese might be cheaper at Store A, but Store A brand mac and cheese is better than Store B b...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Comparative expense in grocery shopping
Replies: 10
Views: 6416

Comparative expense in grocery shopping

I'm lucky enough to live in a town with lots of choices for grocery shopping; we have everything from a Grocery Outlet , to a local, upscale chain , to a Whole Foods, to a food cooperative. Everyone has strong opinions about their preference in stores, usually in regard to price. Being bored, and ha...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 404589

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

The Hobbit; I'm excited for the movie, ok?
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Point-and-click games
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Re: Point-and-click games

I myself am partial to the games of Tonypa myself.
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cooking without heat
Replies: 30
Views: 4882

Re: Cooking without heat

The last is still heating; the radiation doesn't do much other than serve as a means of heating. Doesn't pressurisation just do the same thing? Yes it does. And someone at my university did it with good results (at 8 kilobar). I don't have time to look for an English reference since I have to fly t...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Hacking fast food
Replies: 61
Views: 24191

Re: Hacking fast food

I just realized this is the perfect venue for my latest discovery; if you ask nicely at Chipotle, they will take two tortillas, melt cheese in between them, and then make you a burrito on the resulting quesadilla. It does turn a thousand calorie meal into a fifteen hundred calorie meal, but it taste...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-circular gear creation and uses (software now published)
Replies: 24
Views: 12313

Re: Non-circular gear creation and uses

useful for internal combustion engines, because the torque varies during the cycle This should apply to any system that converts reciprocating motion to circular motion that only has power during part of the cycle (including external combustion engines). Anyway, I'm pretty sure the way it's convent...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food
Replies: 19
Views: 9811

Re: Quick cheap simple vegetarian food

Black beans (from a can, or a big batch in a slow cooker), plus whatever summer squash you have, plus whatever peppers, tomatoes, ears of corn, cheese, leafy green or anything else that strikes your fancy. Serve it with rice, or tortillas.
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559560

Re: Doctor Whom

Two: I'm damn sure that the Doctor getting more and more angry and frustrated causing him to be a bit more vengeful is going to be the theme of the series up until at least the midpoint. I think it's something that he will see as the new companion fixing. He needs a companion to be around f...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 36305

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

[quote="Whitekiboko"]I'd had a few before posting, but that doesn't forgive/explain me forgetting dry hopping. The first of the four is in the carboy. All my kegs and carboys (6 each I believe) are empty so it makes it easier not having to transfer liquids. Part of me wants to say if you c...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 36305

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

I wanted to play around with Citra and Sorachi Ace for a while and now that i've gotten both, I was think of this for a stronger ipa: 5gal 10# pale 3# vienna 3# munich 1oz liberty 3.0aa 60min 1oz citra 12.3 20min 1oz sorachi ace 11.6/6.7 20 min 2 oz citra 5m 2 oz sorachi 5m Although I was also deba...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 73550

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

I just finished American Gods, and almost immediately thought it would make an awful movie. Then I learned that Neil Gaiman is writing for an HBO miniseries, Game of Thrones style. Now, against all odds, I'm pretty excited.
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 283164

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

So I've been of the opinion for some time, as documented somewhere in this thread, that Fat Tire is a pretty good all-around balanced ale. I never really tried New Belgium's other brews, that I recall, until recently I picked up a mixed 12-pack with Fat Tire, Blue Paddle, Somersault and another I c...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-Travel Rituals
Replies: 5
Views: 1553

Re: Pre-Travel Rituals

Well, no dishes in the sink, no food left out and an empty trash can, but I don't know if they count as a ritual. It's just awful to come back to a house smelling like three week old garbage. I tend to obsessively pack, I'll lay out all my stuff, check it against my list (I have a travel spreadsheet...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Am I a jerk if I donate one, unmatched glove to Goodwill?
Replies: 24
Views: 4334

Re: Am I a jerk if I donate one, unmatched glove to Goodwill

I'm betting Goodwill has a center full of people who's job it is to make this decision for you. Toss it into the box, and let the masters of input at Goodwill decide. Worst comes to worst, they toss it out and some people you've never met think you're a jerk.
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 11, 2012 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Important Scientific Papers
Replies: 17
Views: 5863

Re: Important Scientific Papers

The Watson and Crick double helix paper is a classic. The Sanger insulin thing is pretty famous as well. If you want most influential and most cited, any paper outlining a now commonplace procedure, I think it might be the paper in which the Bradford Assay was described is one of the most cited pape...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 404589

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

I started enjoying Reamde a lot more when I realized that it's pretty much Snow Crash set in the real world. We live in the Snow Crash universe you guys! I've always thought of Stephenson's sci-fi to be more classic futurist sci-fi, and Reamde was a William Gibson-esque 10 minutes into the future s...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Breaking Bard
Replies: 209
Views: 67756

Re: Breaking Bard

My own theory how Walt will end: Either Skylar kills him because she fears for the safety of the family, or Jessie will hunt him down when he learns about what has really happened to Jane and Brock. I'm calling Chekhov's rifle on the ricin; it's been a plot device for so long, but it...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")
Replies: 154
Views: 33053

Re: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")

In the long run a supply of organic waste at the top would be great for life, because it would actually make nutrients and energy available in the same place, instead of having one settle a hundred kilometres below the other. The main problem with loose fertilizer here on Earth is causing blooms of...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 36305

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

I'm bumping because it's hop harvest season. I have a few ounces of hops fresh off the vine, but right now my house is far to warm and fluctuates to much to reasonably ferment anything but a saison. Anyone have a recipe that might work, or even have a commercial example that I could try to clone?
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: MSG safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 6669

Re: MSG safety?

You certainly don't need MSG to make a tasty dish, it's certainly worth noting that many cultures chosen accompaniment to meat is high in glutamate salts (tomato salt, soy sauce, fish sauce, and garum to name a few), but saying you won't use it because the flavor is already there is a little odd. Af...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")
Replies: 154
Views: 33053

Re: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")

Personally, I'm imagine giant neutrally buoyant filter feeders floating around at depth, living off the organic detritus that falls. Marine snow is a pretty big thing in our oceans, and I can only imagine the potential nutrients available would push some form of life to use it as an energy source. ...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")
Replies: 154
Views: 33053

Re: A real water world (merged with "a big ball of water")

Personally, I'm imagine giant neutrally buoyant filter feeders floating around at depth, living off the organic detritus that falls. Marine snow is a pretty big thing in our oceans, and I can only imagine the potential nutrients available would push some form of life to use it as an energy source. O...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: MSG safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 6669

Re: MSG safety?

Let me guess—you must be a nutritional toxicologist. My body also synthesizes Hydrochloric Acid in fairly large amounts. Not that there's anything concerning about that, really—I'd drink a pint of Hydrochloric Acid for, say, $50. Be very careful ascribing intent to evolutionary processes. By which ...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: MSG safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 6669

Re: MSG safety?

Access to unlimited Sugar and clean water alone, with nothing else consumed, could keep you alive for years. I take the rest of your point, but I doubt whether this is factually correct. Wiki tells me that scurvy sets in at 1-3 months. Beriberi and pellagra will also kill you on such a diet, althou...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lemon Water vs Gatorade vs Water
Replies: 15
Views: 7032

Re: Lemon Water vs Gatorade vs Water

If you want to make your own Gatorade (or generic re-hydration beverage), salt and salt substitute are the two magic ingredients. Those give you the Sodium and Potassium you need.

Xanthir, are you saying you don't get enough Sodium in your diet? Add it directly to food, it's pretty awesome.
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: MSG safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 6669

Re: MSG safety?

Can't find the full version of the first paper, but looking elsewhere, the lethal dose of MSG in rats is about 5 times greater than that of salt. Scaling up to a 130lb human, this works out to about two pounds of MSG, i.e. probably more than they put in your ramen. Second paper looks interesting; I...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1806
Views: 404589

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stu

I just finished Reamde, Neal Stephenson's latest tome; I liked it, quite a bit actually, but had a few reservations. First of all, it took me about a hundred pages to figure out that it was reaMDe, not the expected reaDMe, which, for some reason, mildly annoyed me. Also, I managed to finish all thou...

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