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by KarenRei
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45262

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Literal! He's a *literal* parrot, lol. Not to be confused with a littoral parrot. :) Hey, some parrots actually enjoy the water. The taifa of Mangas, for example, had traditionally kept an apiary of bathing parrots (I don't recall which species). There was a brief power struggle over them when the ...
by KarenRei
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45262

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Wow. Good effort! I will just expand on two of the questions... 1. Why is Ohio weather so weird? Actually (being in Dayton Ohio) there's a reason our weather seems, shall we say, 'unstable' (at least unpredictable). The two major prevailing weather systems in the middle of the United States are one...
by KarenRei
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45262

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Ants, carpenter ants to be precise, like electricity for whatever reason and will nest inside walls along wires or in computers. This can become such a problem that they can overheat and damage electrical devices. I had an infestation once... I had some infest a power strip once. Got rid of them wi...
by KarenRei
Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 25039

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

that he demanded signed copies stating that Columbus was in Asia, but googling has failed me. Even had Columbus been claiming that he was seeking a route to India, once word of gold leaked out you would think he would cop to finding a new world (especially if he was in it for the glory). Even Spani...
by KarenRei
Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45262

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I lol'ed so loud at "Why is there always a java update" that I startled my parrot ;)
by KarenRei
Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 25039

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

What did they think about gravity at the time? Was it just natural to assume it would be normal to the Earth's surface everywhere, or did they think it might act in the same direction everywhere and that you might fall off when you got to the "underside"? (I guess they'd been to India whe...
by KarenRei
Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1243: "Snare"
Replies: 40
Views: 11552

Re: 1243: "Snare"

At 7 g's it would require five hundred kilometers to slow to a halt relative to the Earth's surface. Deceleration much faster than that, as noted, would be destructive to the ISS. So, in the ballpark of the length of the shaft, aka, if the net captures it by pivoting backwards and slowing along the...
by KarenRei
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:45 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"
Replies: 29
Views: 15820

Re: What-If 0051: "Free Fall"

Just wanted to mention that at Nanga Parbat, one could potentially go a *lot* further than 4.600 meters. That's the Rupal face to the south. But the Rakhiot Flank to the north drops 7.000 meters in 25 kilometers, or a glide ratio of about 3,5 to 1. Wingsuits are starting to push this sort of boundar...
by KarenRei
Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30917

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Forget fire; even a coin-sized chunk of sodium thrown into water will explode, and larger chunks will explode spectacularly. The biggest "sodium party" I've ever heard of involved a four-kilogram block which exploded with the force of a depth charge (you can read about it on Theodore Gray...
by KarenRei
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30917

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Oh, a sodium boat would be fun... :mrgreen: [/quote] I'd expect, for the most part, the boat to float with little resistance due to a thin layer of hydrogen forming beneath it. I'm not sure how much of a problem you'd have with ignition or the boat "skipping" about, and I'd expect it'd dep...
by KarenRei
Fri May 03, 2013 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9936

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

Xantix wrote:Of course, a 2nd BHG might just ask the following:

"Hey drone, this sentence is inaccurate"


To which it would reply, "Mu".
by KarenRei
Thu May 02, 2013 10:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 13344

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

I think this comic is wrong. Consider a circular loop with radius r, speed at bottom of loop v0, and speed at top of loop v1. Assume train of mass m is just coasting, i.e. no engines. By conservation of energy we have (1/2)m v0^2 = (1/2)m v1^2 + mg(2r). Multiply both sides by 2/(mr), yielding v0^2 ...
by KarenRei
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0042: "Longest Sunset"
Replies: 48
Views: 16868

Re: What-If 0042: "Longest Sunset"

I live in Iceland, and I can say that the focus on the precise length of sunrise / sunset is often overdone, and that Randalls' comments on obstructions are important. The further north you go, the less the sun goes "over" you and the more it goes "around" you. It takes an increa...
by KarenRei
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kermit Gosnell - aka why abortion clinics need oversight
Replies: 39
Views: 6173

Re: Kermit Gosnell - aka why abortion clinics need oversight

Beheading a baby born alive is murder: killing it a few moments earlier while it's in the womb (usually by sucking out its brains) is a legal act. I wasn't aware third trimester, specifically 273rd-day abortions, were legal anywhere in the world. Even The foetal-shaped island of Abortonia, (which i...
by KarenRei
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17870

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Wait, bank? That others make sense, but bank? Does Randal's bank not have any kind of security? If so, then why does he still bank there? Normal banks have a system of unique one-time codes to authorize individual payments. Knowing my login and password gets you my bank info, but still not my money...
by KarenRei
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 19600

Re: 1199: "Silence"

San Fran Sam wrote:i want that app.


It's called SoundHound.

Now go have fun wasting half an hour and making yourself look like an idiot singing, whistling, and humming poorly into your phone ;)
by KarenRei
Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 7270

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

Bsob wrote:I'd be intrested to see how long the effect lasts. I expect that it lasts for more than a week.


What's your reasoning for that?
by KarenRei
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape, Suicide, Police Inaction in Halifax, Canada (trigger)
Replies: 8
Views: 2340

Re: Rape, Suicide, Police Inaction in Halifax, Canada (trigg

There's a bit of question regarding whether the sexual act was consensual or not. If she was as drunk as described, it's not *possible* for *any* of it to have been consensual. You cannot legally have sex with a person who is in a state where they cannot offer informed consent. They don't have to s...
by KarenRei
Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 7270

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

Kulantan wrote:I believe this study, unlike some of you.


Interesting, Kulantan. Could you explain why?
by KarenRei
Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex
Replies: 342
Views: 31159

Re: Transsexual man admits 'tricking' 2 girls into sex

I'm sorry, but people go into sex all the time, *most* of the time, without knowing the biggest secrets of their partner. I once found out afterwards that the person I was involved with was once involved in a heinous crime (he didn't know the severity of what was planned when he took the job, though...
by KarenRei
Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1192: "Humming"
Replies: 53
Views: 11337

Re: 1192: "whistlin'"

It works surprisingly well, in my experience! I mean, it failed on some songs, but usually when I was picking deliberately hard ones, like Sigur Rós ;) But it even managed to get The Bay by Metronomy, which isn't a particularly distinct tune. Oh, and Cashmir by Led Zeppelin, too - I was only singing...
by KarenRei
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1192: "Humming"
Replies: 53
Views: 11337

Re: 1192: "whistlin'"

Thanks to this comic, I discovered SoundHound. Then embarassed myself to my neighbors for half an hour singing, humming, and whistling into my phone off-key and with half forgotten lyrics ;) Anyway, when I tried this tune (as best I could, it's not very clear notation - I did it twice), SoundHound t...
by KarenRei
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34032

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Move somewhere colder, then all the energy you're "wasting" by leaving chargers plugged in is subtracted from your heating bill. Also applies to incandescent light bulbs vs. those expensive new mercury-delivery systems the gov't wants us to use. There'd be less mercury emitted if you took...
by KarenRei
Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34032

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Regarding the nuclear-potato-manhole-cover: I think no amount of debate would conclusively settle the actual fate of that poor manhole cover, so the unescapable next step is clear as daylight: WE MUST DO IT AGAIN! FOR SCIENCE! This time with a proper high-speed camera, of course. I propose submitti...
by KarenRei
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40294

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

Hm. I never knew the lands where that mountain was was supposed to be Svithjod. If I remember correctly, that's the norse name for Sweden, or as Svithjod hin mikla (Great Svithjod), Russia. Based on the Karakorum? huanghos bookmarklet is working beautifully, too. I don't know which particular Nordi...
by KarenRei
Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33288

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Oh, and it should be noted that melanin can be used for photosynthesis from ionizing radiation. For example, three fungal species, Cladosporium sphaerospermum, Wangiella dermatitidis, and Cryptococcus neoformans, have been shown to generate energy from gamma radiation using melanin. UV can also be u...
by KarenRei
Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33288

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Instead of sails, my cows would be inflatable. All that methane build up is stored in sacs under the skin. At night, they're wrinkly folds of flesh, compact and comserving body heat. By day they balloon up, presenting more surface area to the sun and scaring away skittish predators. And when they d...
by KarenRei
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33288

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Yeah, Randall made a huge error. He took the "3-6%" efficiency figure for photosynthesis and went wild with it. The basal metabolic rate of a 450kg cow is around 25 MJ/day (a human uses about 7, give or take). We can assume that a cow that did nothing but soak up the sun wouldn't use much ...
by KarenRei
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23605

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

(message lost to dark energy-accelerated expansion)
by KarenRei
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 50562

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Ha, this comic became reality, although not in that manner: http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/security/anonymous-has-falling-out-with-wikileaks-calling-it-filthy-and-rotten Gee, who would have thought that it'd be Julian Assange being authoritarian and self-centered which would drive off Anonymous...
by KarenRei
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 47625

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

Also the solution for the portal violates conservation of energy, a consistent solution would include a force needed to cross the boundary equivalent to the kink in space-time and you'd be left with differences in pressure due to weather. Portal only breaks conservation of energy if it's a closed s...
by KarenRei
Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 31042

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

1) You can't "make a weapon out of neutron star", unless your intent is to leave it inside the neutron star. The material is that dense not due to some natural property, but due to the pressure. Saying you're going to make something out of neutron star material is like saying you're going ...
by KarenRei
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37105

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

The thing about driving across the US is... there's nothing to get in your way because there's nothing to see in most places. Don't get me wrong, there's definitely some beautiful places in the mountains and certain parts of the deserts in the US. But most of the US is just... nothing. Flat plains o...
by KarenRei
Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37105

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Here in Iceland, the cheat sheet would be football (what you call soccer) and handball (has nothing to do with hitting a rubber ball against a wall; it's what you call "team handball" or "olympic handball" or... oh who am I kidding, you've never heard of handball, even though it...
by KarenRei
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37105

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Here in Iceland, the cheat sheet would be football (what you call soccer) and handball (has nothing to do with hitting a rubber ball against a wall; it's what you call "team handball" or "olympic handball" or... oh who am I kidding, you've never heard of handball, even though it'...
by KarenRei
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31358

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

There are lots of other approaches besides just "I1I111I1"... etc - for example, "0OOO0O00" and such. I'd have even more options here in Iceland - for example, ÞPÞPPÞÞÞP or AEÆÆAEÆÆ or DÐÐDDÐDÐÐ. :)
by KarenRei
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 30090

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

As sketchy as almost anything that begins with, "Hey baby, want to come back to my sex ____" is sketchy, IMHO it's better than the amazing variety of variants on "Want to see my penis?" that I get up here in Iceland. BTW, on the other topic, you could always adopt the Icelandic w...
by KarenRei
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26236

Re: 1093: "Forget"

Max™ wrote:Wasn't the first shuttle launch I had watched, but yeah, my mom said my eyes just filled up with tears and I went to grab my encyclopedias to try and figure out what happened.


Encyclo-what?
by KarenRei
Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26236

Re: in the days of the comet

I'm 27 and I don't know what life was like before the internet. Want to practice explaining on this child? I understand there was a lot more drinking. Don't know about that. The Nordic countries both some of the world's highest broadband penetration rates *and* some of the world's highest drinking ...
by KarenRei
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26236

Re: 1093: "Forget"

"Baby Got Back" turned 20 this year. My favorite nostalgia show is VH1's "I Love The Inexorable March of Time Toward the Grave That Awaits Us All." For those of you mystified by Eyjafjallajökull, I direct you to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jq-sMZtSww . But this would be the ...

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