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by sehkzychic
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 32602

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I am of the opinion that all beer tastes at least kinda bad, and I have encountered the kind of "you're no fun if you don't drink beer" type — though really, it's more of the "'fun' = 'being drunk', so if you don't drink you're no fun" type in my experience — so I sympathize mor...
by sehkzychic
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 32602

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I'm not much enamoured of either character in this comic - cueball for assuming that everyone who likes beer is "pretending" just because he doesn't like beer, and hairguy for belittling cueball for not liking beer. I don't know.... I don't have a problem with hairguy. You could uncharita...
by sehkzychic
Sat May 30, 2015 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"
Replies: 45
Views: 13125

Re: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"

What language doesn't have a word for "firefighter"? Only one belonging to a culture that doesn't have firefighters. "What do you do?" "It's incredibly important to the safety of life in the city, but I can't really put it into words." Writing your CV (resume) must be ...
by sehkzychic
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 157
Views: 67587

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

I'll be the first to admit that I know little and less about baseball, but regarding the ruling of the batter being "hit by pitch," I have my doubts. Considering that the article explicitly states that the ball crosses home plate before the batter is affected by the pitch, wouldn't the bat...
by sehkzychic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Bipedal Digitigrades?
Replies: 14
Views: 14000

Re: Bipedal Digitigrades?

Eh, maybe? I'd go with 'a long term cooling event locked the planet in a prolonged ice age, and life adapted/flourished underground'. Life as WE know it on Earth is/was dependant on photosynthesis to produce oodles of O2. I have a hard time imaging that being in reasonable equilibrium without ongoi...
by sehkzychic
Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:44 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 64889

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

I'm fairly sure that no one will be left confused. If they have the slightest understanding of what a mole is and how small most molecules are, they'll know that a mole of water molecules has to be ~18g. Since we've established that moles can be bigger than 18 grams, it's pretty obviously not true. ...
by sehkzychic
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 64889

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

For any integer base greater than 4, the number of pounds per kilogram can be rounded to 1 for order-of-magnitude approximations. 6.022x10^23. 602,214,129,000,000,000,000,000. It's ultimately a subjective question of how much uncertainty you're willing to tolerate, but with numbers this big, when t...
by sehkzychic
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:46 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0102: "Keyboard Power"
Replies: 51
Views: 17385

Re: What-If 0102: Keyboard Power

So would a wireless keyboard last 5.5 million characters on one battery? Do we have any data on how long any wireless keyboard lasts per key press? ... Also anyone have any ideas on the energy needed to move a mouse around and how much energy a wireless mouse uses (which I know is a helluva lot mor...
by sehkzychic
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0102: "Keyboard Power"
Replies: 51
Views: 17385

Re: What-If 0102: Keyboard Power

<filibuster> I'm once again myffed by people who can't scale things or consider that nifty idea would probably be massive waste of resources. While I can sympathize somewhat (people not understanding issues of scale and scope are a daily part of life as a biologist), I think it's more our failing as...
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 64889

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

And 2 is less than half an order of magnitute, so if you round down it's 1. True, but when you're talking about a planet made of a mole of things , a factor of 2 is totally relevant. The idea of "an order of magnitude" is probably an artifact of tetrapods having 5 digits as a basal condit...
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 61260

Re: The Light Saber problem

mathmannix wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:The lightsaber is a universal, multiple-application, tool.

Much like the hammer.


Or the Jedi Army Knife that has a hammer, two screwdrivers, wire-cutters, AND a small light sabre blade.


Is it just me or is having a wire-cutter made redundant by having a light saber blade as well? :P
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9460

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Not sure if I even want to know the amount of damage the Sun would do if it were spinning fast enough that the equatorial edge were moving at the speed of the O-M-G-particle. I suspect that it would exceed the rule of thumb about comparisons to a supernova though. By a lot. [spoiler]I don't hav...
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 145695

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Alt text: Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy". The actual "sink"/"drain" is around around "Knowledge" (oddly enough)....
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth
Replies: 135
Views: 30961

Re: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth

I always find discussions of realistic alien motivations weird. Within our sample size of one, 100% of known intelligent species* do 99.999% of everything they do according to totally arbitrary psychology and custom that couldn't have been predicted from knowledge of Earth's biology 100 Ma ago. And...
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Bipedal Digitigrades?
Replies: 14
Views: 14000

Re: Bipedal Digitigrades?

Well, leaving aside the whole evolutionary shenanigans with having aliens with something very closely resembling a terrestrial tetrapod body plan (why not have only one or two limb joints? why have the whole business of tarsals, metatarsals, and phalanges instead of larger, sturdier feet with only t...
by sehkzychic
Fri May 16, 2014 9:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9460

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Not sure if I even want to know the amount of damage the Sun would do if it were spinning fast enough that the equatorial edge were moving at the speed of the O-M-G-particle. I suspect that it would exceed the rule of thumb about comparisons to a supernova though. By a lot. I don't have enough ...
by sehkzychic
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9460

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Not sure if I even want to know the amount of damage the Sun would do if it were spinning fast enough that the equatorial edge were moving at the speed of the OMG-particle. I suspect that it would exceed the rule of thumb about comparisons to a supernova though. By a lot. I don't know the details a...
by sehkzychic
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9460

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

I'm just a lowly biologist, so please correct me if I'm wrong about this. It sounds like the Moon, rather than being disintegrated is being ejected from the solar system (I guess from some combination of momentum transfer and ablative stuff on the Earthward side). If that's the case, how long would ...
by sehkzychic
Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1272: "Shadowfacts"
Replies: 101
Views: 19915

Re: 1272: "Shadowfacts"

Then at least some of them are incorrect. If there is such a thing as correct, then anyone whose ideas align with that is also correct. If there is no such thing as correct, then they are all inevitably incorrect, and there are no persons and no rights and everyone should stop talking as though the...
by sehkzychic
Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 55509

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

This triggered a former Microsoft employee to tweet about a story about Clippy, uncannily timely considering the upcoming film Her : So http://xkcd.com/1305/ exists, which reminded me of the woman who talked to Clippy. This is a true story. What a lot of people didn’t realize was that Clippy, by de...
by sehkzychic
Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 34566

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

Left Hand Only (aside from punctuation): Several very aggravated stewardesses created Aggregated Ferret Waste Wafers as desert ferrets secreted great secret desserts as excreta. Few tasted great, as Dedra feared. A few created very dear tastes. Deceased ferrets vexed Dedra, as ferret excreta creates...
by sehkzychic
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1272: "Shadowfacts"
Replies: 101
Views: 19915

Re: 1272: "Shadowfacts"

"Look to the west to see our shadows"? Assuming there's any appreciable distance between the hobbits and Shadowfacts (i.e., he hasn't already gotten to them), wouldn't the hobbits still have to look to the east to see Shadowfacts's shadow? It would just be between Shadowfacts and the hobbi...
by sehkzychic
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"
Replies: 70
Views: 28516

Re: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"

C'mon Randall, you're better than this. Or am I missing the point of the joke here? It seems like the joke is "Hey, this file is clearly malware. How clearly? Well, it's so obvious that it is *totally* obvious." Is there more that I'm missing, or is it just a list of a bunch of indicators ...
by sehkzychic
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 26790

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

So the cat is indestructible, which is a fatal flaw for Schrödinger's experiment. 1. It is well known that cats have nine lives. 2. Administering one fatal dose of poison (D) will only expend one of the cat's lives. 3. Hence, in order to actually kill the cat, you need nine fatal doses (9D) 4. Ther...
by sehkzychic
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 25114

Re: 1173: Steriods

I don't find it difficult to define "alive" because I don't have a reductionistic view of what a human being is. Genesis 1 and 2 answer the questions about what it means to be a human, an animal or a plant, and what they are all _for_. The sack of chemicals view means there is no answer t...
by sehkzychic
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 25114

Re: 1173: Steriods

I also fail to see the relevance of any of this to abiogenesis (which is a separate thing from evolution), since none of your questions seems to pose any sort of challenge to it. I'm not sure what evolutionary abiogenesis is; evolution doesn't require abiogenesis, and abiogenesis doesn't require ev...
by sehkzychic
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 25114

Re: 1173: Steroids

The Olympics are pure sports, and get to have rules like "no steroids". Professional baseball, football, hockey, and basketball in America are entertainment, not pure sports. The participants should be (and are) encouraged to do whatever it will take to earn more money for their team and ...
by sehkzychic
Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 25114

Re: 1173: Steriods

While I do agree that the steroid scandal is a rather uninteresting issue for a lot of people, there really is a practical reason for it. Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar industry (in fact, even collegiate American football by itself has revenues in the billions). Athletes in t...
by sehkzychic
Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 25114

Re: 1173: Steriods

While I do agree that the steroid scandal is a rather uninteresting issue for a lot of people, there really is a practical reason for it. Professional sports is a multi-billion dollar industry (in fact, even collegiate American football by itself has revenues in the billions). Athletes in these spor...
by sehkzychic
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 16168

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

MRSA comix? Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, an xkcd comic that relates to biology is a welcome change, but on the other hand, "biology is like pokemon....'cuz there's evolution!" isn't that flattering. It feels like a lot of the physical science humor stems from true scien...
by sehkzychic
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 61260

Re: The Light Saber problem

synthesized with future-ancient technology This all happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Light sabers are already ancient technology. Yes, that's exactly where the "ancient" part of "future-ancient" came from, lol. Like the Family Guy take on it: "A long time...
by sehkzychic
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 55760

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Many years ago, my mother called me up to say hello while I was in the shower, so my roommate answered the phone. In order to kill time, he asked my mom "Why is the sky blue", completely not expecting the half-hour science lecture that followed. So that's been kind of an inside joke f...
by sehkzychic
Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 55760

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Regarding the mirror thing...there is a sort of reversal, I think. The illustration with a piece of clear plastic is a good one, but there is a sort of reversal: what you see in the mirror is not the same as what someone standing in front of you would see if they faced you. They would see the text o...
by sehkzychic
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 55760

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

I'm just a biologist, but I think there's two reasons for the blue rather than violet. Violet light is scattered very efficiently by the atmosphere, but there is such a thing as too much scattering. If I'm not too mistaken, that's why the sky looks red at sunset: because of the shallower angle of th...
by sehkzychic
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Economics of time travel
Replies: 60
Views: 19154

Re: Economics of time travel

Investing with time dilation is essentually the same as without (only you have less ability to moniter your investments). Since no information from the future is available you still have to make speculative choices that could either be right or wrong. Given the increased time of the planned investm...
by sehkzychic
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 64889

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

As a biologist, my first search after finishing the article was to look for bigger moles. "Really, Evolution? 75 grams? You can do better." As it turns out, the Russian desman ( Desmana moschata ) is the largest species of mole still alive. (I suspect that there were some larger moles, or ...
by sehkzychic
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 59476

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

There's a perfectly reasonable explanation: This is a historical document. Originally, Hitler had a plan and made it safely out of the bunker and struck a new deal with Stalin. Together they wiped out the Allies, at which point Hitler turned on Stalin and defeated him (the Soviets never abandoned th...
by sehkzychic
Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 41025

Re: 1028: "Communication"

So.....Is Hulk only one who notice panels 9 and 11 show bald guy not hair guy? HULK IS JUST CHECKING. :)
by sehkzychic
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 36315

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Oh wait, the perfect solution: get a recording of bat vocalizations (including their sonar). It worked for Buffy in her less badass days.
by sehkzychic
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 36315

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your ave...

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