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by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22850

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

No, no, certainly not in German. I'm not fluent in anything but English. I'm not quite *that* intellectual. :oops: :roll:

(And full disclosure: I haven't read everything he wrote.)

But thanks anyway. :)
by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1317: "Theft"
Replies: 60
Views: 12589

Re: 1317: "Theft"

Thanks, cellocgw.

This thread ought to appeal to Philip K. Dick fans (insert obligatory entendre here.)
by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22850

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Martin Luther in his collection of essays, "Table Talk" suggested, "Your god is that which you fear most to lose."

We're disappointed about his attitudes against the Jews, but that's not relevant here--his definition of godhood still seems like a good one worth considering.
by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22850

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

The version I heard was, "Hello, operator. Why don't you go to...Hello, operator..." I don't remember, or didn't hear, the rest of it. Why did only four of the apostles get gospels in the Biblical canon? (The works ascribed to the others are either apocrypha or pseudepigrapha.) What happen...
by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 18131

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

The reason we haven't been contacted by aliens is they're still working out the bugs in their computers. :) :roll:
by gladiolas
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1317: "Theft"
Replies: 60
Views: 12589

Re: 1317: Theft

Drat, I finally gave in and started the thread and you beat me to it by a few milliNewPix ! You do know that could be considered reverse heresy , right? How is that reverse heresy? And what is reverse heresy? I Googled the phrase and got lots of its but nothing informative. I assume this is a refer...
by gladiolas
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32181

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

In my previous post I posted a whole bunch of digits of pi, and something truncated it, so I don't know if people knew what I was getting at. I was suggesting that pi might be equal to... 3.14159265358979323846264338327000000000000000... I know about those algorithms which generate the number pi. Bu...
by gladiolas
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 58960

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Randall ends with, "What's the worst that can happen? Science." I worry that some &*(!!@#$((**&!@ nutcase will quote that as part of an anti-science screed. Then again, they probably aren't reading XKCD anyway. I wonder about the psychology of fluorine breathers. Will be totally ba...
by gladiolas
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32181

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

I know about those algorithms which generate the number pi. But how do we know this isn't the *actual* value of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter? 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955...
by gladiolas
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: STAR! Trek into Darkness?
Replies: 165
Views: 49708

Re: STAR! Trek into Darkness?

A comic book series is coming out, which is supposed to explain Khan's change in appearance. Are the recent comics any good?
Thanks.
by gladiolas
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54363

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

What happened to Voyager 1. (At least, in one timeline.)

http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/49f9b4b02ce26
by gladiolas
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 67
Views: 21580

Re: 1278: "Giraffes"

I would fund the heck out of that kickstarter.. "Let this abomination unto the Lord begin!" I can't help but feel that if we are to truly give the Almighty the finger, there needs to be some platypus in there as well. No, the platypus is supposed to be proof the Almighty has a sense of hu...
by gladiolas
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 19029

Re: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

Would this work? To make a superdense material, you have two plates of osmium or whatever. Attach nuclear rockets to the plates and fire the rockets, to squeeze the plates together as tightly as possible. Or alternatively, have dense objects collide, and meld into something very dense...? Robert For...
by gladiolas
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:00 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30507

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Red giants and dwarfs, and brown dwarfs are the coolest stars known. (They're even more cool if they have names which aren't just catalog numbers... 8-) ). Betelgeuse, 3200 K. Alpha Herculis 2800 K. An M9V dwarf would be about 2300 K. A brown dwarf might be less than 200 K. http://www.skyandtelescop...
by gladiolas
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 73064

Re: 0207: "What xkcd Means"

Some floor tiles are small squares of different colors randomly placed, so they seem like stars, some single, some multiple. I imagine what the planetary systems must be like. Some floor tiles are repeating sequences of squares and rectangles. They look like buildings, rooms maybe, perhaps the empty...
by gladiolas
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30507

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

I can see why you guys aren't enthralled by my idea of sailing in a hot, toxic radioactive sea, but I thought of just one more variation. Scientists have managed to produce compounds of rare gases. Helium hydride is the strongest acid, and can't exist in a condensed phase, according to Wikipedia. ht...
by gladiolas
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0088: "Escher Bracelet"
Replies: 24
Views: 19469

Re: 0088: "Escher Bracelet"

I might as well... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6bius_strip Plus... A mathematician's notes on it... http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/mobius-book.html Some SF-related notes... http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/M/Mobius_band.html It's also possible to make 3-D versions of Escher ...
by gladiolas
Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19217

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

Speaking of awesomeness, somebody has written on the topic of the "Helen" as a unit of beauty sufficient to launch 1000 Greek warships and to burn one Greek city. http://www.goines.net/Writing/HELEN_of_TROY.html As for the spelling of Randall's nonce word, isn't it sufficient to say that l...
by gladiolas
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30507

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Okay, technetium isn't the best choice. (And I'm thinking in terms of transhumans doing amazing stuff with their advanced techniques and abilities, just for the heck of it, and writing stories about this.) From wikipedia: isotope half-life minutes density g/cc melting point degrees C carbon-11 20.33...
by gladiolas
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30507

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

It might be interesting to have a lake of technetium-99, which decays in 91 days into ruthenium-99, which is stable, Other isotopes have even shorter half-lives. They decay into either ruthenium or molybdenum. Remember to wear a full-body suit. Technetium's density is 11 g/cc, Ruthenium's density ne...
by gladiolas
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30507

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Bismuth melts at 271.5 C, and the liquid is denser than the solid, like water and gallium. Wikipedia says silicon is also denser as a liquid than as a solid. It might be interesting to speculate on rowing through lakes of bismuth or silicon.
by gladiolas
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"
Replies: 69
Views: 23976

Re: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"

The recent Analog SF magazine has an article which concludes that no, we are not inside a simulation--the necessary infrastructure would be much too huge. That's a relief.
by gladiolas
Fri May 31, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91240

Re: 0792: "Password Reuse"

An Analog story, whose title and author I don't remember, but it had an interesting twist. You were *supposed* to enter an incorrect password twice, and then the correct password. I was thinking of ways to make passwords even more complex. Instead of entering something like taupe)!*ninE, we have to ...
by gladiolas
Fri May 31, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1219: "Reports"
Replies: 30
Views: 7308

Re: 1219: "Reports"

Trry writing them in the style of Asimov, Burroughs, Camus, Dick, Eddison, Faulkner, Gibson, Hemingway...Shakespeare, Twain...etc.

Speaking of anthropomorphizing the lab equipment...I wonder how many like to play chess and hold imaginary conversations among the pieces?
by gladiolas
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article about a visit to the Playboy Mansion
Replies: 4
Views: 1470

Article about a visit to the Playboy Mansion

I followed a link on the XKCD board and wound up finding this article. Somebody visited the Playboy Mansion and was not impressed. This could be a "good thing" because it suggests your own humble abode could be more impressive to visit. http://www.vice.com/read/i-went-to-the-playboy-mansio...
by gladiolas
Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107332
Views: 51479018

Re: 1190: "Thing that keeps slipping into the future"

I tried to post this previously and the post didn't appear, I don't know why.

It looks to me like the castle is about ten feet high and a hundred feet long. I'm sure somebody else can calculate a more accurate estimate (or estimation, take your pick.)

How much sand would they have used?
by gladiolas
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107332
Views: 51479018

Re: 1190: "Time"

DSDM spelled knoll as gnoll, which is a cross between a gnome and a troll. I think he meant a knoll. :) A gnoll exists in a lot of fantasy games, such as Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. He did mean knoll, but shame on you for not knowing what a gnoll is. :wink: Anyway, this is definitel...
by gladiolas
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107332
Views: 51479018

Re: 1190: "Time"

My Ipad wouldn't show the comic, just the title and the arrow icons. It didn't show the comic on this discussion thread either. Quicksilver posted a link to an Enya video, but on my Ipad I'm informed the owner hasn't enabled its viewing on an Ipad. DSDM spelled knoll as gnoll, which is a cross betwe...
by gladiolas
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science quotes
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Science quotes

I'm giving this a generic title for anybody else with questions on this topic. I'm sure I saw or heard this quote somewhere. But Google, Duckduckgo and wikiquotes don't have it. Has anybody else seen this one? Carl Sagan (supposedly) said or wrote, "Thousands of experiments have proven that the...
by gladiolas
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Angel of Mohammed
Replies: 3
Views: 11206

Re: Angel of Mohammed

Thanks for answering! That's a great answer! :D
by gladiolas
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid redirection question
Replies: 22
Views: 3884

Re: Asteroid redirection question

Is this sensible and feasible? We make a sheet of some strong material and have several spacecraft spread the sheet in the path of the meteor/asteroid's path, making sure the sheet's velocity is very close to the asteroid's velocity, the spacecraft tug on the sheet just enough to alter the body's sp...
by gladiolas
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Angel of Mohammed
Replies: 3
Views: 11206

Angel of Mohammed

I wonder if Randall or somebody else would be willing to try this? In medieval legend, the Prophet Mohammed is said to have seen an angel, known only as The Angel of Mohammed. This angel had: Running Total 70,000 heads 70,000 heads Each head had 70,000 faces 4.9 billion faces Each face had 70,000 mo...
by gladiolas
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31001

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

On another website somebody offered suggestions for the world's worst URLs. Things like lllljjjjjjjjjiiiiillllll11111iiiiiiilllliiiiillililijijiji.com 1onethenumber1followedbythedigitone1and1more1onedotcom.com dotcom1one1llandfourjasandjjjjthenjjjj.com dotcomdotcomdotcom.com dotcomseven1s1111111four...
by gladiolas
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 28627

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

My problem was the bullies just didn't listen to my wit and creativity. I even tried telling a bathroom/polack joke in junior high once, and they just shrugged and walked away. Maybe the one I came up with *was* a bit more intellectually challenging than most. :mrgreen: :P :roll: I tended to respond...
by gladiolas
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0022: "Cost of Pennies"
Replies: 101
Views: 28745

Re: What-If 0022: Cost of Pennies

I've enjoyed these, and I sent him some; how long should I expect to wait for a reply? And when should I assume he isn't going to use mine? Thanks.
I can't think of anything to add to this pennies one.
by gladiolas
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 31311

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

As I understand it, ninjas are like mercenaries, they are paid to be on specific missions to do certain things. So you could just ask the ninja nicely, or pay him, not to kill you or the pirate. You could ride the dinosaur across and pay the ninja and pirate not to kill each other while in the boat....

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