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by psychosomaticism
Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Worst Food Decisions, or WHY DID I EAT THAT URGRGRBLEH
Replies: 79
Views: 15996

Re: Worst Food Decisions, or WHY DID I EAT THAT URGRGRBLEH

Large amounts of pepperoni + black russians = major illness again. Fermented meat and cream do not usually mix. Speaking of, was younger and was part of a group that decided to do a "Meat day and Beer night" event, which is pretty self explanatory. Wasn't involved myself, but was witness ...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Studying Music 2.0
Replies: 48
Views: 7292

Re: Studying Music 2.0

My main strengths are music theory (because I'm mathematically inclined, and music theory is mostly arithmetic modulo 12, setting an arbitrary note (the tonic) as zero) and absolute pitch (I don't know where I got this from, nobody in my family has absolute pitch). I am quite sure absolute pitch is...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Should I be able to make my chest pop?!
Replies: 21
Views: 5666

Re: Should I be able to make my chest pop?!

Yeah, I learned in Physio that popping is from a bubble of gas that forms in the synovial fluid that makes a sound when it moves around, but that doesn't really make sense here, since the sternum's not a synovial joint like a knuckle or a knee... also, glad to see I'm not the only one who can pop t...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I'm interested in a Math Girl
Replies: 33
Views: 5304

Re: I'm interested in a Math Girl

I really don't know anything about this level of math, but it would be more indicative were the answer to be something along the lines of Pxx is ideal for Pxy, or just x and y, or u and I.

Or you could just tell her, you know. But where's the fun in that, eh?
by psychosomaticism
Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Times when you've really messed up a computer
Replies: 73
Views: 8698

Re: Times when you've really messed up a computer

One word: Vundo It still sends shivers down my spine when I think about it. THIS! I still jump a little bit when I get an AVG warning popup Man. The computer we got this (I think it went by the antivirus2009 moniker) on (not mine) had an antivirus program (or it was the virus itself) that decided t...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Red oxygen
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Red oxygen

Izawwlgood wrote:You are aware that 100ATM occurs on Earth...?

Diamond presses easily create pressures in various excesses of the gigapascal range. Go ahead, google that conversion.


Crap. Getting my conversions mixed up. Giga is the step above mega, not the step above kilo. Ah well. Never mind my ignorance.
by psychosomaticism
Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Red oxygen
Replies: 6
Views: 1166

Re: Red oxygen

There are for example more than ten kinds of ice. Fortunately, the ninth kind isn't that exciting. Har har. Also, that seems like a pretty high amount of pressure (not a physicist, so I don't know how plausible it is to create 100 atm, though I doubt it). I wonder what the economics of creating tha...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry question (peroxide vs. dioxide)
Replies: 29
Views: 5259

Re: Chemistry question

I believe it's because peroxides have a oxygen to oxygen bond, while dioxides (or oxides or trioxides) have oxygens bound to a central atom.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice
Replies: 32
Views: 2767

Re: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice

I'm skeptical - mice have a very different life history and ecology from humans, and I'd not be surprised if what works in one doesn't in the other. The primate study is better, but still not convincing enough due to modest number of individuals (though it's still ongoing, so the results in the nex...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Oct 12, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to virus
Replies: 15
Views: 1252

Re: Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to virus

One thing, however, is that they found the virus in prostate cancer tissue. Now, while I realize that the determination of this disease cause is far from finished, I should think they should have mentioned something about having done the testing entirely on men, and only in a subset of men. The samp...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Computer is Electrocuting Me. Help?
Replies: 10
Views: 2437

Re: My Computer is Electrocuting Me. Help?

No, plastic shouldn't conduct. And were it a static shock, I would imagine your computer wouldn't like that either. Even if you can't figure it out, could you not put some sort of padding or fabric etc. on the places giving pain? Sounds more like a small and sharp protrusion than a shock anyway. Do ...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice
Replies: 32
Views: 2767

Re: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice

heart attacks are largely due to diet, which isn't really great in western male circles, alzheimer's can be prevented by using your brain, also sometimes not favored in male society (see: current state of post-secondary), ADD is overdiagnosed and debatable, Colorblindness is barely a disease and cou...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2374216

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi xkcd fora, I'm a 21 year-old male studying various humanities and music at a small liberal arts college in northern-ish Wisconsin. I've been reading for a few years and have lurked on other less-reputable fora and have decided to join a real community. I speak Spanish, little Japanese, can dance...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Right vs Left
Replies: 33
Views: 7963

Re: Right vs Left

Right - Pros: Being right handed Left - Pros: Being left brained As the brain is reversed from the half of the body it controls, left brainedness and righthandedness are kinda connected. Only for certain parts of the brain; some descending pathways control the same side that they started from, and ...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice
Replies: 32
Views: 2767

Re: Genetic Engineering Leads to Low-Fat Mice

But if people know that the mice are low fat, they will probably just end up eating more of them anyway. I personally love the taste of well-marbled fat in mice. Someone had to say it eventually. Being male bites. Not only are we fated to die early, we can't even get genetically engineered to live ...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 9838

Re: Best album of the year?

So far for me:
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
Dan Mangan - Nice Nice Very Nice
Gentleman Reg - Jet Black
And Metric's Fantasies, depending on my mood; there were some really good ones, but I couldn't stand the end track.
by psychosomaticism
Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Tesla's Celibacy
Replies: 9
Views: 3642

Re: Tesla's Celibacy

I think this is all you need to know. Well, that, from what I've read he was a bit strange (talked to pigeons and OCD a bit), so it wouldn't surprise me if his convictions about science were so strong that he could have a theory that being celibate would help his scientific method. And from this, I ...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: How good is Flikr? Other photo hosts?
Replies: 10
Views: 2036

Re: How good is Flikr? Other photo hosts?

How is Flickr's free account not enough? Do you want to upload more than 100mb per month? I think with that limit, it acts more as a portfolio than a image hosting place, and the community and layout is pretty nice. I wouldn't try to use it as a dump site for massive amounts of images, just the bett...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 73651

Re: Super-ish Powers

Some sort of language recognition power, in that by hearing a five minute conversation, I could understand the entire language by extrapolation or some such.

Failing that, I've always thought of photographic memory to be pretty advantageous, especially with regards to exams.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows Live Messenger Problems.
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Windows Live Messenger Problems.

There's probably a myriad of different things that could be going wrong; I know that doesn't help, but I don't know that you'll get an answer with this problem other than asking messenger tech support. So as to make myself a little bit useful in posting, if you don't get it sorted out there is a rat...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headphone Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: Headphone Problem

If you want to repair them, it wouldn't take much effort. However, if they aren't terribly good quality to begin with, the wires inside the cord will be thin and hard to fix. That being said, I was looking at this for myself when my Skullcandy earphones did the same; word to the wise - don't wrap th...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Haiku Debate Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 9474

Re: Haiku Debate Thread

What you need right now
exists only on paper
money is for pie.
by psychosomaticism
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Haiku Debate Thread
Replies: 136
Views: 9474

Re: Haiku Debate Thread

I will agree that
cake is a good choice; howe'er,
have you tasted torte?
by psychosomaticism
Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life Expectancy
Replies: 21
Views: 2006

Re: Life Expectancy

Yeah, considering that even when men and women both live into old age without any serious accidents, I think men tend to die earlier. I think a good example of this would be the life expectancy of Russia right now: men at 56ish, women at mid 70's. It's mostly attributed (from what I've read) that a...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Flash drive issue
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: Flash drive issue

If all else fails, could you not just format the drive? I know it'd take more time, but if you're unable to get the mysterious space back, it might just be easier to wipe and start again, especially if there's nothing on there you're keeping anyway.
by psychosomaticism
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Visible" Light
Replies: 9
Views: 1304

Re: "Visible" Light

So light is quantized into photons, and you want to be able to see these sub-atomic particles? Yes it takes light reflecting off an object to see it, only because the object is solid. Theoretically, were one to clump a bunch of protons together to make a solid mass of proton, it'd reflect light too,...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tree Power
Replies: 36
Views: 3003

Re: Tree Power

Yes, it could be detrimental to trees, although it could also be a byproduct of something, and just a natural voltage given off (I'm not really up on my electrophysiology, or biophysics, or whatever). However, if it's an electrochemical pathway (handwavium at this point) made from a renewabl...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0634: "Date"
Replies: 102
Views: 18641

Re: "Date" Discussion

After dinner the date progresses into going to one of the biologist's houses in order to spend a romantic evening creating cuttlefish. I really like the image that this comic makes for us wacky bio majors.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is "touch" in molecular terms? @_@
Replies: 24
Views: 3402

Re: What is "touch" in molecular terms? @_@

I suppose the initial question is a bit flawed, though. Touch doesn't really exist in molecular terms, and we don't perceive the world in those terms either. Sort of like how quantum physics and classical mechanics don't really mix well sometimes. I think it's an okay explanation, and part way true,...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is "touch" in molecular terms? @_@
Replies: 24
Views: 3402

Re: What is "touch" in molecular terms? @_@

Yep. From my limited knowledge of physics, atoms will repel each other, and probably cause some sort of electric difference in doing so, or at least a potential of some sort (probably not voltage, unless static counts). Whatever the result, our mechanoreceptors in our skin/organ will pick up on thes...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Massachusetts' pandemic response bill
Replies: 12
Views: 1462

Re: Massachusetts' pandemic response bill

This is clearly just a zombie outbreak contingency plan. [EDIT] Er.. to be more intelligent in posting, what exactly was the impetus for such a bill? I know there are fears of pandemics and all since bird flu/swine flu/SARS/everything else in the past decade, but wouldn't it just be more economical ...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.
Replies: 34
Views: 4685

Re: Quantum Mechanics gets a bit stranger.

So if a cup of coffee can heat up as easily as it can cool down, but you just forget it afterward because it doesn't fit with physics, would it not leave some sort of burn? Or is that just forgotten by cells too? I think he really should have said that this is on a quantum level, and more importantl...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does light exert gravity?
Replies: 69
Views: 7532

Re: Does light exert gravity?

Wikipedia wrote:Since photons contribute to the stress-energy tensor, they exert a gravitational attraction on other objects, according to the theory of general relativity.


Honestly though, couldn't really elaborate on that one, because I'm an undergrad bio major also.
by psychosomaticism
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196419

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

quote from firefly on how simon got river out. Money. And luck -- for two years I couldn't get near her, but I was contacted by some men, some underground movement. They said she was in danger, that the government was playing with her brain. If I funded them they could sneak her out in cryo. Get he...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196419

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

I thought it was that she was put in the box because that was the only easy way to transport her without being seen after breaking her out with the help of whoever he paid (he obviously didn't just waltz in by himself and fake all the paperwork, etc). That's how I took it, anyway, just to link every...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 17408

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

Parmesan cheese was 'parmas and cheese,' to which effect I couldn't understand where the parmas were with this cheese I was using.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Drinking and Video Gaming
Replies: 30
Views: 2737

Re: Drinking and Video Gaming

el_loco_avs wrote:I am horribly unable to play drums on guitar hero when sober.


Drinks with guitar hero guitar = worse playing
Drinks with guitar hero drums = better
by psychosomaticism
Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Being Human
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Being Human

Only watched the first episode thus far, and it was very enjoyable. Was a bit angered that BBC, as with most national television stations, only allows free streaming to Brits, but I've been able to watch it via other means.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inverse Functions help!
Replies: 19
Views: 2057

Re: Inverse Functions help!

derivative and anti-derivative - although I'm not sure about whether those function as functions, as I was better at application of math than semantics.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I washed my flash drive
Replies: 14
Views: 4940

Re: I washed my flash drive

I kind of doubt that you have a vacuum chamber lying around to use, so I'm going to suggest throwing it in a zip lock bag of rice. The dry material will pull water from the wet material in the bag. You won't be using the flash drive for a little while, but there is a good chance it'll be okay. You c...

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