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by JPatten
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5159

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Mikeski wrote:(On the other hand, I now understand that statement from HGttG that flying is "learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." Autogyros.)

I have decided that statement refers to orbiting rather than flying.
by JPatten
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7353

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I flew down to Charleston, SC, because I wanted to see the totality, not just the 70% or so we would see in the NY metro area. I got to see the first part, from first contact to about three-quarters covered, with the clouds staying out of the way; then some wispy clouds made visibility more and mor...
by JPatten
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7353

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I will have to agree that it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Even with the clouds getting mostly in the way.
We viewed from the NorthEast corner of Georgia
by JPatten
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 3975

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

NDT tweeted , "Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it." Odd indeed. There surely must be some eclipse skeptics out there. Head over to the Flat Earth Folks. They will at the least deny the eclipse is...
by JPatten
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5947

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

We have a place picked out to watch the eclipse, but I am expecting traffic to be horrendous, We are allotting at least 3 hours for a one hour drive. I am hoping Waze will keep things up to date and help with route planning. But we will be in rural NE Georgia. Roads there are in now way designed to ...
by JPatten
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 4337

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Just so you are aware, using Lorentz contraction to correct to focusing errors is not recommended by most reputable lens and optics manufacturers.

Though I believe this has been established through simulations and has currently has not been extensively tested in the lab environment
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Is that because thyy "project" formal wear, or because we expect it based off the cultural legacy of vampires?
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 253
Views: 145863

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

Working on a 365 project this year. I have missed some days, but am trying to keep up

http://jayrayphotos.blogspot.com/
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

So will they be in focus even when I'm not wearing my contact lenses? how cool is that! That is cool. On the other hand I think that looking at hat for any length of time would produce a terrible headache as your eyes would be struggling with focusing or not. I know that is why I have issues with 3...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected? Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection... That's the lore in at least some stories, yes. Anyway, the depicted refractor does seem to have a mirror, not a prism. How do you figure that...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Maybe, but you have to admit, it's getting slightly convoluted. Rationalizations often are. But I should be careful, that statement can set off a Whole other set of internet arguments. How many electrons will be sacrificed to that discussion? No more than one..? Hmm... Would that not be testable? I...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

I suspect they are fairly radar transparent...and microwave as well..it is the higher energy and shorter wavelength light that is worse for them. Probably fully opaque at x-ray..and far more vulnerable to ionizing radiation than normal humans
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

That was a possibility that occurred to me, that light passes straight through them and the only way we can see vampires is that they implant their image in our minds. Which would mean they could turn completely invisible if they wanted to, so it's weird they don't make more use of that. That assum...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

[quote="JPatten" What if it is not a conscious thing. I mean after all, can you radically change your skin pigment by thinking about it? Perhaps it is just their Nature. [vampires] can no more will themselves invisible than you can will your skin to be paisley or plaid. Let me introduce y...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Mutex wrote:Maybe, but you have to admit, it's getting slightly convoluted.

Rationalizations often are.

But I should be careful, that statement can set off a Whole other set of internet arguments. How many electrons will be sacrificed to that discussion?
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Perhaps they do not appear in mirrors, and consequently not in photographs because you aren't actually seeing them at all. They are not visible in the sense of actually reflecting incident light but are only visible as manifestations in your mind. If you are not looking directly at where they are t...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14279

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Perhaps they do not appear in mirrors, and consequently not in photographs because you aren't actually seeing them at all. They are not visible in the sense of actually reflecting incident light but are only visible as manifestations in your mind. If you are not looking directly at where they are th...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12610

Re: 1790: "Sad"

This was my first thought as well. Maybe it's because I'm basically trying to ignore the deluge of politics everywhere, but my initial impression of this was not one about politics. Same here. To me it was simply a comic about dealing with a depressed person. Also, can we please keep the political ...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12610

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Mutex wrote:
JPatten wrote:We survived Obama, we will survive Trump.


I love how in your mind that logically follows.


Would it have been better to say "We survived Bush, we will survive Trump?"
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12610

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I did not think of Seasonal Affective Disorder OR the political landscape. My honest first thought was that this was an Intensely personal comic. THe narrative that went through my head was that this was Randall and his /gf (or is it wife now?) and that the cancer was making a re-appearance and had ...
by JPatten
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6674

Re: 1755: "Old Days"



We used to use a hole punch to make disks "2-sided"
by JPatten
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6674

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I took a programming class in High school, The programming language was called "Instant Pascal" We ran it on Apple IIe Computers and the Swap space was on floppy. SO Anytime it had to do anything it would hit the floppy drive. It was anything BUT instant. The disks were 3.5" floppies ...
by JPatten
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 4317

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

I think he is just reminding you, the reader, of how to keep your Tornado safe.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9835

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

OK.. It has been awhile since I read the first book. I didn't remember it was that long.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9835

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Which series is it? In safehold the battlefleet is pretty much Ancient history by the time the story opens. Though it sounds like a similar concept.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9835

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

I was really confused when I wrote my birthyear as MVIM after learning roman numerals and people said it was wrong. The shortest route to 994 is subtracting 6 from 1000 innit? Stupid (post-)roman rules. Anyway, roman numerals don't have a place in modern society! We've had the superior positional h...
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

What I mean was I missed day 524 and stopped the streak. I don't think I am ready to try and commit again to beating that.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Frog? well.. nobody is perfect ;)

I was able to get up to 523 days on my hacking streak before it got broken. But otherwise I am a fairly casual player. Family and work keep me too busy to really dedicate a lot of time to really pursue the levels.
by JPatten
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

At the risk of going completely off the rails... ... yes :)
by JPatten
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Smurf, LVL 12.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 10752

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

I would agree. A Pick-up game is about the closest to a generic or informal game played where the rules are looser because it is not being sponsored or officially run by an organization.
by JPatten
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for new Laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 4232

Re: Looking for new Laptop

I do agree that for the price the customization looks good. I just have to make sure the Budget will handle it and convince... some others it really is a good buy.
by JPatten
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for new Laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 4232

Re: Looking for new Laptop

HOw is the reliability on the Sager? If I go for it, and It is tempting, I have one specced out at $1289.. I wou ld be using it for a LONG time. so I want to be sure its not going to die on me in a year or two.
by JPatten
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for new Laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 4232

Re: Looking for new Laptop

Battery life and weight aren't my primary concerns, as much horsepower for the price as i can get is my main goal. As I said I will be using it primarily for photo processing which can get pretty memory intensive and maybe some video editing since my camera can do HD Video as well so I am guessing m...
by JPatten
Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for new Laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 4232

Looking for new Laptop

I am looking to replace my HP dv7 laptop. I have had it for I think going on 7 years now and it has served me well but it is getting long in the tooth and still has Vista on it. I would l ike to have a nice 17" one again but one of the factors I am looking for is the extra drive bay for a secon...
by JPatten
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 10756

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

The Galaxy Note 5 has optical zoom up to 8x and seems to remain fairly steady in spite of being somewhat awkward to hold, due to some sort of stabilizing technology I don't really understand. It is probably digital stabilization. It measures the camera shake from the accelerometers and then moves t...
by JPatten
Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 10756

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

You are right... They are Prime lenses. But its hard to beat the Zoom factor they provide :)


I think the term is SuperTelePhoto
by JPatten
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 10756

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

But this is the superzoom I want... https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542293-REG/Canon_2746B002AA_EF_800mm_f_5_6L_IS.html or this one Lens Mount Canon EF Focal Length 1200mm Maximum Aperture f/5.6 Minimum Aperture f/32 Angle of View 2.1° Minimum Focusing Distance 45.9' / 14 m Autofocus Motor US...
by JPatten
Thu Jul 28, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the Hyperloop remotely possible?
Replies: 62
Views: 8213

Re: Is the Hyperloop remotely possible?

I guess if the whole thing is Solar powered or other zero-emission power source it might be more feasible, but otherwise it seems far less efficient than current transportation systems. If you are investing in such extensive solar power, why not simply build regular Mag-lev trains and make them sola...
by JPatten
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 5027

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

I, for one, welcome our Mind-transplanting Feline OverLords.

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