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by serutan
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 10 Artists
Replies: 246
Views: 149064

Re: Top 10 Artists

The Who
Oingo Boingo
Jazz Messengers
Gordon Lightfoot
Al Stewart
The The
Jethro Tull
Metallica
Frank Zappa
Weird Al Yakovic
by serutan
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 2769

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

RogueCynic wrote:Maybe we are in a bad part of the galaxy. Hold onto your wallets!


Nah - unless it says "I'm a simple country star" in which case a death grip on the wallet is required.
by serutan
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 7256

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

That was (apparently, if not itself an urban legend) because the effects team didn't think they could mock up Saturn's rings properly (or not to Kubrick's satisfaction, anyway). If memory serves, Clarke himself said that. He called the overall experience "a stimulating, if expensive way to wri...
by serutan
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 284
Views: 47219

Re: Bad Movies You Love

Since I didn't see it mentioned yet, Dark Star definitely falls into the 'so bad it's good' category.
Especially the missile and the computer arguing with each other.
by serutan
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 108
Views: 81931

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

I would have sworn that the FUBAR method of doing names was known as Hungarian Notation rather than CamelCase...
by serutan
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 3140

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Well you wouldn't have to build a scaffold for one. Also it means they are NOT getting the energy, which in spite of their technological advancement if this is their only dyson sphere that puts you on the advantage over them. Yeah, but even building one at the equivalent of Venus orbit instead of E...
by serutan
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 249276

Re: Recommend a book

A couple more : Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear about a multigeneration starship where things have gone very wrong and the protagonist has to figure out WTF is going on and what if anything can be done about it. Wool by Hugh Howie. A post apocolyptic novel set in an undergound habitat where people are ...
by serutan
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 6061

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

I expect this will get a lot of "Yep! That happens." replies. I'm hoping some of them will have stories to tell. Sort of, but not (in my experience) the way shown in the comic. What has a bad habit of happening is that an initial design is laid out, and various teams/people are assigned a...
by serutan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 6189

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

If "When Net is Within 15° of Magnetic North" refers to 72.62° W, I'm struggling to figure out how that list could be right. And I'm pretty sure this: The note about the alignment with Magnetic North is possibly a reference to Foxes. Artic and Red Foxes both have a distinctive hunting met...
by serutan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19376

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

fibonacci wrote:If you point a telescope out to the right off the edge of the chart, on a clear night you can spot "Vegans".


Standing next to MacIntosh owners.
by serutan
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 6176

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Surprised <Favored book/movie/TV character> wasn't in there.
by serutan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 5445

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Black Hat Man's lat/lon - earthquake dream seems eerily like the 'effective dreams' in Lathe of Heaven
by serutan
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 29
Views: 22261

Re: Steering showdown

I was taught 10 & 2. Often drive at 7 or 5. Revert to 10 & 2 when in heavy traffic,
bad weather, or 4WD road.
by serutan
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 5292

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

When golfing in the desert, one does have to be careful not to be overzealous about tracking down lost balls.

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by serutan
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 7703

Re: 1904: Research Risks

geomike wrote:The residents of central Oklahoma (and Max Zorin) might argue that geology should be moved up and to the right a bit...


North Dakota as well, if memory serves.
by serutan
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 10433

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Many years ago, there was a tank detection neural net that worked brilliantly on the training set, but failed under other conditions. It eventually turned out that, in the training set, all the photos of tanks were taken in direct sunlight, while the non-tank photos were taken while it was cloudy, ...
by serutan
Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7916

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Yo. Detroit to Adairville, KY. About 8 hours down, with my sister who had just herself driven cross-country so I wasn't about to ask her to spend any more time behind the wheel. Adairville was part of my stomping grounds growing up. I drove up to Idaho to see it. The eclipse websites all said that ...
by serutan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 4195

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

But what if, this time, Einstein isn't proved correct, but nobody was looking?!? Gotta keep checking, or we'll not discover that we were fooled by a temporary trick of the light! Tricks of the light are indeed insidious. They can also make it hard to tell if a shadow of emotion crossed someone's fa...
by serutan
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 5511

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Flumble wrote:But what is default?


It's always San Andreas' fault.
by serutan
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Store Wine in Fridge?
Replies: 2
Views: 2894

Re: Store Wine in Fridge?

Unless your house has no cooling I would not refrigerate it until you open it.
by serutan
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 5343

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Wonder how many charter eclipse cruises there are...
by serutan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 9199

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

A thought occurred to me. What if there are advanced alien civilizations, but they can't observe everything at once? However, they are capable of making extremely advanced inferences from limited information. Wouldn't it be a really bad idea to propagate information that might lead to faulty infere...
by serutan
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9620

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Ok, first question of the thread: What does ICP stand for? [/quote]

Whether it's right or not, it made me think of this -

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by serutan
Sat May 06, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 445220

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

plytho wrote:
Zohar wrote:Started A Wizard of Earthsea - I've never read any Ursula Le Guin books before.

You're in for a treat (barring a major difference in taste). That's an awesome series and she's an awesome writer.


I'm not enthusiastic about all of her books, but the Earthsea books are indeed awesome.
by serutan
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 46
Views: 12815

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Physics : The feeling of pure horror upon seeing "It is intuitively obvious".
by serutan
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 13487

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Slightly bothers me that he went easy on North America while basically butchering everything else. Our only weird time zone borders in the U.S. and Canada are Newfoundland being on a half-hour, and Arizona's very awkward daylight savings situation with the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Awkward only beca...
by serutan
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 13884

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Can't believe no-one has mentioned the planes having occasional mid-air sex thing yet!? https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-c7a5d206c746454116b1bc0ff2aca6b9-c?convert_to_webp=true How safe is planesex? It looks extremely dodgy to me... If you've ever watched Dr. Strangelove , you'll know it sound...
by serutan
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6966

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

So that's how you modernize "When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 foot snowdrifts for 20 miles to get to school. Uphill each way."
by serutan
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 8770

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

eran_rathan wrote:Image

From Apollo 16, allegedly. I can't find the original source, though.


The original source would be the TV feed from the rover when it showed the ascent stage takeoff live.
It was cool to watch.
by serutan
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 10946

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Ah, reminds me of the college math/physics days when the 2 phrases guaranteed to strike the fear of God in one were "Left as an exercise for the student" and "It is intuitively obvious".
by serutan
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 19888

Re: energy currency?

A few sci-fi movies and books have used the theme of life being a form or currency. "In Time" spring to mind. Then there's Larry Niven's short essay "The Roentgen Standard" where he proposes turning spent nuclear fuel into currency. Guaranteed to stay in circulation, since hoard...
by serutan
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 14418

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

PsiCubed wrote:
serutan wrote:Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.


For some reason, I actually liked this one.

Certainly better than the "three points on graph" one we had last week.


You did not interpret 'punish' correctly. :wink:
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 14418

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 6146

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Mahnarch wrote:[As clever as NASA is; I'm surprised they didn't put a smaller satellite inside Juno that would launch into the atmosphere right away - for comparisons]


They already did that with Galileo, and coming up with something that would do better was likely too expensive.
by serutan
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 10040

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Airshows/ Air Races could easily have been included ; would have been near bottom center.
by serutan
Thu May 26, 2016 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 9893

Re: 1685 : Patch

Duplicating source across multiple machines means spending resources maintaining the accuracy of the duplicates. Having a single authoritative copy eliminates all the problems of merging divergent branches (though it does introduce problems of only allowing one person to work on that project at any...
by serutan
Wed May 25, 2016 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 9893

1685 : Patch

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/patch.png Text : My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code, repeating the process until it compiles. (EDIT : better late than never). Looks to me more like "Here's how you can create tons of syntax errors with unique...
by serutan
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 11414

Re: 1669: Planespotting

However, my technical background in this field isn't strong enough to pick out any details and match them with -380 or anything... Anyway. Not a 747, I don't think. Too few engines. The -380 *might* be a reference to that Airbus boondoggle, the A-380. but the silhouette is much too skinny for that.
by serutan
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 15213

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Rice may not dry out a phone, but it does keep salt in a shaker from caking in a humid climate.
by serutan
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?
Replies: 10
Views: 7335

Re: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?

To me, if you can check off 1, 4, 5 you love the band. Depending on when you discover the band,
3 and 7 may not be possible so I wouldn't give them much weight.

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