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by Banksy
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 21934

Re: 0890: Etymology

Lots of text... A parsec is actually defined as the distance that subtends a parallax angle of one arcsecond, so it's a fairly standard distance measurement. More on topic; I agree with the comments that have already been said, really, that falcon is the closest English word to whatever creature wa...
by Banksy
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 21074

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

Hah!
Also reminds me of a programming textbook a friend of mine had, where in the glossary it had these gems:
"Infinite loop: A loop that does not terminate. See loop, infinite"
"Loop, infinite: A loop that does not terminate. See Infinite loop"
by Banksy
Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Good books that piss you off
Replies: 38
Views: 6945

Re: Good books that piss you off

I get like that with Orson Scott Card; some of his narratives are brilliant (well by some I mostly mean just Ender's Game), but you can feel in some places his homophobic tendancies seeping through.
Could just be me being paranoid, but those books get me angry :x
by Banksy
Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?
Replies: 31
Views: 7519

Re: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?

The Big Bang Theory Theme, by the Barenaked Ladies, is fairly geeky, and fairly awesome! There's a kick ass-keyboard solo halfway through xD
And of course, no geeky playlist would be complete without Tom Lehrer's Element song! :p
by Banksy
Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: De Moivre's Theorem and Fractional Powers
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

Re: De Moivre's Theorem and Fractional Powers

Aye, thanks mike.
*Thumbs up*
I came up with a (I think) satisfactory solution, I shall type it up when I get it back from my teacher whose checking it, if anyone is interested. :)
by Banksy
Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: De Moivre's Theorem and Fractional Powers
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

De Moivre's Theorem and Fractional Powers

Good evening xkcd, last bastion of wit and intellect the a dreary sea of lulz and ignorance that is the interwebs. I have a question concerning De Moivre's theorem, for putting complex numbers to the power of something. (For those unilluminated, it states that [r(cosΘ+ i sinΘ)] n = r n (cosnΘ+ i sin...
by Banksy
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 175970

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

Durindana wrote:
nomulous wrote:Slaanesh

That explains a lot... the gratuitous porn and violence...
by Banksy
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: VIKING METAL
Replies: 15
Views: 1147

Re: VIKING METAL

I'm not sure; I'm much more of a fan of pirate metal.
by Banksy
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite bands of the 90s
Replies: 58
Views: 3100

Re: Favorite bands of the 90s

Soundgarden! Top of the list, NO question.
Rage Against the Machine go up there...
Incubus in the late 90s
Anything Joe Satriani released in that decade
Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Smashing Pumpkins are a few more I was into at the time :)
by Banksy
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: This one?
Replies: 0
Views: 284

This one?

What exactly is the deal with all the 'aye's being replaced?
Well, it made This One chuckle anyway.
by Banksy
Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 166674

Re: Iain M. Banks

Iain Banks is sheer brilliance. All of his science fiction works are excellent, with the possible exception of 'Against A Dark Background', which to me seemed to just be a woman subjected to a series of dark events (well at least he warns you). Even Feersum Endjinn if you can get past the way it is ...
by Banksy
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 40281

Re: Books that made you cry

The series that has made me cry the most is Stephen King's The Dark Tower; but I cried most in Wizard and Glass, especially at Susan's death; and even more when he was tricked into shooting his own mother. The last book as well, Jake's death... Eddie's too :'( Watchmen made me cr...
by Banksy
Sun Feb 22, 2009 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 8296

The best realised universe

I decided to make this in the books section; but could equally involve anything from games to films. What do you think is the best realised fictional universe? You know; best established history, realistic factions/countries/empires etc. Or if not the best, then one of your favourites? My personal f...
by Banksy
Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pair Production
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Pair Production

Oh yeah... didn't read that properly.
Misinterpreted it as being wrong... and came to the right conclusion to see that it was already on Wikipedia.
:)
Damn that dedicated squirrel!
by Banksy
Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pair Production
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Pair Production

Now forgive me if this is all a bit garbled, but I had a general idea about pair production in particle physics. Now Wikipedia and various other sources (teachers, textbooks etc) have led me to believe that when annihilation occurs, a particle and it's corresponding particle destroy each other, and ...
by Banksy
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Acceleration troubles
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: Acceleration troubles

I'm still quite lost here... I'm sorry :(
So should I be looking at something like
T x V = T x (T x a)
With the first skier on the left and the second on the right?
And both of those are equal to distance?
I'm confused :(
by Banksy
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Acceleration troubles
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Acceleration troubles

Hey, residents of XKCD... I'm having a bit of bother with my Maths Mechanics homework, and was hoping someone here could help me. I'll type out the question. A skier leaves a lodge and travels on a horizontal line with constant velocity 7ms -1 . Another skier, starting from rest, leaves one second l...
by Banksy
Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0432: "Journal 4"
Replies: 115
Views: 25069

Re: "Journal 4" Discussion

Arg! CAD has that miscarriage story arc and now this mopey shit? Where can I find some goddamn comedy? Seriously, Dr. McNinja just punched Dracula in the face, and now he's hiding in a hall of mirrors in his moon base. And Faye has a concussion after a raccoon jumped out of the vent and scared her ...
by Banksy
Wed May 21, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 31378

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

Yah I know I'm a failed geek for this, but can someone please tell me how to actually work this?
The idea sounds fantastic, but I've no idea how to work it
All this speak of algorithms and stuff makes me cry :'(

Thanks guys :)

I'll just go hand in my geek badge now...
by Banksy
Mon May 12, 2008 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0422: "A Better Idea"
Replies: 111
Views: 16463

Re: "A Better Idea" discussion

I actually had my prom last thursday, and I actually had a Lan party afterwards.
:o
Damn your mind reading abilities Mr Munroe!!!
by Banksy
Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0412: "Startled"
Replies: 127
Views: 27093

Re: "Startled" Discussion

noneuklid wrote:
Robin S wrote:Black Hat Man has to have weaknesses. It works better as a comic that way.


I always assumed his weakness was being unable to get up if you knocked him flat on his back.

This made me laugh almost as much as the comic itself XD

Brilliant, random fun.
Love it. :)
by Banksy
Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0409: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)"
Replies: 160
Views: 28415

Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Mario Kart, Programming, Calvin and Hobbes, all combined within XKCD.
This is the most perfect comic I have seen in a very, very long time.
:)

Edit: Used the wrong coding system... silly me...
by Banksy
Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Laser Logic
Replies: 135
Views: 27878

Re: Laser Logic

Damn, I'm useless!
I can't do 13 OR 14 (which are both unlocked *shrugs*)
:(
by Banksy
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word/Phrase You've Heard
Replies: 176
Views: 26701

Re: The Most Sciencey-Sounding Word You've Heard

Even if it's not that obscure, I love 'Quantum Electro-dynamics'
Super-sciencey. :)
by Banksy
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Concert You've Been To
Replies: 334
Views: 29374

Re:

The best concert I have ever seen, without a doubt, is when I went to see Deep Purple, and the support band was no less than Thin Lizzy.
:D
Uberwin!
by Banksy
Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Album Openers?
Replies: 139
Views: 13466

Re: Best Album Openers?

Aglet wrote:2112 by Rush on 2112 (not really fair, since that song is half the album).

Absolutely definitely the 2112 Overture.
And it blends into like, the Temples of Syrinx and the other bits.
Such a fantastically awesome album.
by Banksy
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 46586

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

GodShapedBullet wrote:What do band kids do to stuff that is in 5/4?

That should be enough to break their hearts if not their legs.

They cry.

Damn you Dave Brubeck, damn you.
:(
by Banksy
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 71845

Re: Guest comics

Let us not forgot the guest Explosm episode! http://www.explosm.net/db/files/Comics/Rob/uglygirl.png
XKCD is just too good, it's appearing everywhere!
by Banksy
Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes and Gravity
Replies: 59
Views: 3638

Re: Black Holes and Gravity

Yeah, most space is only empty on average. There's particles and antiparticles being created and obliterating each other all the time, pretty much everywhere we might call empty. Something I wanted clear up; are black holes so infinite? As in; can they, in theory, take in all the matter in the unive...
by Banksy
Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0359: "Rock Band"
Replies: 149
Views: 19144

Re: Rock Band

Great stuff.
I've had so much use out of guitar hero, even though I do own perferctly good electric and acoustic guitars, and can play them pretty well.
I'm sure we all know people like that. Spoilsports. :p

And really, game I'm looking forward to most is accordian Hero :D
by Banksy
Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0338: "Future"
Replies: 140
Views: 17448

Re: "Future" Discussion

I love this.
Being a regular reader of XKCD and Cyanide and Happiness, I noticed how C&H had a little fun at XKCD's expense just the other day.
Did not expect Randall to fight back, as cross-panelling is something the dudes and C&H do a lot.
Brilliant. :D
by Banksy
Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hurt/Heal
Replies: 425
Views: 19235

Re: Hurt/Heal

Kenna - 6
Clutch - 12
The Black Keys - 10
P.J. Harvey - 14
The National - 10
Primus - 8
Sublime - 12
Tenacious D - 10 FTL
Chumbawamba - 10
Rammstein - 12
Flaw - 10
Otep - 4
Acoustic Alchemy - 12 FTW
by Banksy
Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0336: "Priorities"
Replies: 141
Views: 21578

Re: "Priorities" Discussion

At GCSE level in English schools you can get grades from A-G, all being passes. Then there's also U, which is a fail. and X (for not attending).
So there's quite a lot of stuff you can spell out with that.

Edit: :O Well I was too slow to explaining that. Nevermind
by Banksy
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The throne game
Replies: 269
Views: 15545

Re: The throne game

*Throws stones 'till you fall off*

Now I am on the throne!
by Banksy
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Red Spider Plushies?
Replies: 16
Views: 1463

Red Spider Plushies?

That is to say, stuffed, largish, red spider toy-things.
I have no idea how expensive they are to make or anything, I just thought it was a cool idea.
I would buy one.
by Banksy
Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Define the following:
Replies: 72
Views: 9367

disbotrithied: The feeling one recieves at the precise instant in time wherein one realises that a task you had been performing for a long time was not the correct task to be performing, or you had been performing it incorrectly

Kibeolamaniac
by Banksy
Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0303: "Compiling"
Replies: 136
Views: 37555

I'm not a programmer, but I was drawn into this comic by the sword-fighting on chairs.
Genius!
by Banksy
Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 23914

Ha I have done this on many occasions, as has been mentioned: The chairs are just so irresistable! I tend to be a pretty speedy reader, but usually when reading simpler books. When I read things like Iain Banks they tend to take me a while longer. I saw an excellent quote somewhere above: 'There is ...
by Banksy
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Most Excellent Gaming Moments
Replies: 331
Views: 35151

I have so many awesome moments I'm gonna pick one I think stands out. First: The back story- Me and my best friend have a running joke where whenever you're in co-op and you kill an enemy first, you say 'saved your life', even if your partner was nowhere near, or had already died, it's become a joke...
by Banksy
Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0289: "Alone"
Replies: 208
Views: 46362

That's truly beautiful to be honest. The romance, and uber-geekiness. Bonus points for noticing the Fibonacci sequence before the final strip :) I've only ever actually met one geek girl, and we were together for a year. *sighs* It's much fun being able to discuss scientific ideas, and we were alway...

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