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by Vnend
Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 66842

Re: 0369: "Dangers"

Result from Google just now:

"No results found for "Died in a tiddlywinks accident"."
by Vnend
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 57105

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

Vehemence wrote:Am I the only one who always looked at tic-tac-toe Ender-style? No matter where the X went, I always mentally oriented it to the top-left or top-middle of the board.


Well, I didn't do that, but I love the technique. Good job, and thanks for pointing that out.
by Vnend
Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 27491

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

My wife said "Oh. I didn't know Randall lived in [our town]." She works outdoors, so she tracks the weather more than I do (now) and she has commented on the way squall lines seem to divide and pass around us. But it isn't absolute; we had an EF-0 tornado go through the north side of town ...
by Vnend
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Anyone in the DC area?
Replies: 8
Views: 2833

Re: Anyone in the DC area?

Not far away, but it really depends on when and where. But, yeah, I know a few XKCD fen in the area.
by Vnend
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 20478

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

Yep, definitely LOL here. Which is a problem, as everyone else is in bed, hopefully asleep. So I had to stifle it.

I think I might have hurt myself...

Thanks, Randal, that's a good one.
by Vnend
Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-monochromatic lasers?
Replies: 13
Views: 2939

Re: Non-monochromatic lasers?

Mr_Rose wrote:Inefficient compared to what? Other lasers?


That is the only meaningful metric I can think of.

You can see his posting on the project at http://jonsinger.livejournal.com/90550.html . His posting just before that discusses the N laser he is using to pump the dyes.
by Vnend
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-monochromatic lasers?
Replies: 13
Views: 2939

Re: Non-monochromatic lasers?

You can also create multi-frequency lasers using excited dyes. An acquaintance has been experimenting in the area, and has tested (and posted pictures) of a 'white' light laser he built. But he says it is really inefficient.
by Vnend
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The formula for shaking saturated mammals
Replies: 2
Views: 722

The formula for shaking saturated mammals

Nice video, and XKCD showed up in comments:

http://gizmodo.com/5668777/the-secret-of-wet-dogs-shake-drying-discovered

Result: the frequency varies inversely with the radius of the animals body. Mouse f=27Hz. Bear f=4Hz.

Very cool, and neat video too.
by Vnend
Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97078

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

From what I faintly recall from school, you use a when the noun starts with a consonant and an with a vowel. Which is reverse from the way it was originally. Originally, 'an' was used for everything EXCEPT when the following word started with 'n' or 'm'. So, 'an banana' but 'a mulberry'. I have not...
by Vnend
Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0784: "Falling Asleep"
Replies: 96
Views: 28481

Re: Falling Asleep discussion (784)

On first reading, I thought that the view that Majuba took on the comic was what Randell had intended, but that the last panel's text had been mis-phrased in a way that gave it a darker reading. Then I noted the color of the bedspread. In human (or, at least, western-European) color lexicon for art ...
by Vnend
Thu May 20, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 219526

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Mars rover surpasses Viking 1's longevity record
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052000847.html

This is about Opportunity, but it notes that if Spirit wakes up after the winter it will take over the record from Opportunity.
by Vnend
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 31424

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

Good one, R..
by Vnend
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 219526

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Now I feel like I should bring my Lego model of Spirit upstairs from the library and put it someplace more visible for a few weeks. And I would vote to leave it there, a monument to the folks who did a great job designing and building it. To put it into perspective, say that your car had a design li...
by Vnend
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 219526

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

So, how many 'sols' is that? Yeah, I sent a link to one of the reports on Spirit's mission to boingboing, but they didn't use it. :-( On the other hand, if Spirit survives the winter, it will continue with its new mission; helping us try to determine if Mars has a liquid or solid core. We need a sta...
by Vnend
Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 55819

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

Win.

Poster? Even bigger win.
by Vnend
Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 36683

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

Very nice faun.

And, after getting a little excited about Monday being comic 666, I remembered that they found that there was a translation error, and the Number of the Beast is actually 606... (which was "Cutting Edge")
by Vnend
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 51562

Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Got it.

It's awful.

I love it.

I think.
by Vnend
Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0497: "Secretary: Part 4"
Replies: 149
Views: 23671

Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Panel 12 is an excellent example of why main stream comics didn't allow the word 'flick'.

Vnend
("Take the bump? What bump?")

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