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by squall_line
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0083: "Star Sand"
Replies: 44
Views: 11070

Re: What-If 0083: "Star Sand"

Also, it wouldn't just be sand and pebbles / rocks / boulders in there. The interstellar medium, largely dust and rocky matter, is about a quarter the mass of the stars. So it'd be more like sandy clay soil. Most of said "clay" would be extremely small particles, so this will be a very de...
by squall_line
Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 12850

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

Ah yes, I forgot to mention that explicitly: dropping the gun doesn't affect the velocity of the bullet radically. I'm not sure about the effects on the maximum height, though. How much of muzzle velocity is attributable to bracing the gun and absorbing the recoil? My brain is too fuzzy this mornin...
by squall_line
Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 12850

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/81/catch_oz.png Is this a case of the inking not going over the original tracing, or is the cop looking around so fast that her head and arms are a blur and in "bullet time"? Also, I think that the Mythbusters posited (I don't consider most of their "co...
by squall_line
Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 32025

Re: 1314: "Photos"

My own view, for the record, is that we're not really intelligent enough to take in all the beauty and sophistication of a sunset, even if we were able to take in enough raw data to do so - which we're not*. ... *We only see sunsets in 2D, from one viewpoint, over a very narrow part of the EM spect...
by squall_line
Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 6909

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

I can relate to the reporter inasmuch as there were several reports this past year about solar storms causing auroral displays viewable in the southern part of the United States, and I saw zero of them in the somewhat more Northerly latitude of Iowa...
by squall_line
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 53741

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

How long before volcanic islands start to tip over or break apart and fall into the lowering sea? Would the cause be from erosion, or inherent instability of the underwater form of the island? I would imagine La Palma would be first to go, although I'm sure some others might capsize sooner, but go u...
by squall_line
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 27255

Re: 1075: "Warning"

People often warn that cycling can be dangerous, but actually cycling in the absence of motor vehicles is incredibly safe (unless you're pulling wheelies on a cliff or something). So cars are dangerous, but often they're most dangerous to the people who don't even get the advantage of being in them...
by squall_line
Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 26606

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

I still have such a thing at home, and you can just "dial" whatever number instead of "pressing" it, so he could have left a message. The physical act of pressing 1 is indeed not possible to 70s-person (at least it does not have any effect) but it's not like you can't dial a 1 o...
by squall_line
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 164254

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Whoever authored that comic sounds like a bitter, stark-mad, raving lunatic. I'm not saying the comic is totally wrong - I really have no idea, and I don't really care. But man, what an asshole. If I write a long, whining rant highlighting all of one person's successes contrasted with another's fai...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 31757

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

No. You just had to mention Wikipedia here . I didn't notice it until you mentioned it and now a perfectly good comic is ruined. Destroyed by your vengeful critique and sharp eye. Honestly I would have been more than happy to think about the White Had Guy and the panels layout... but now... now you...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 31757

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

faunablues, I know what you mean about the coffee and coffee snobs... When I used to hang out in a cigar store, one of the sales people was quite adept at picking out the snobs from the connoisseurs from the average Joes (but not Biden... he's not an "average" Joe). Most of the snobs refus...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 31757

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

nothing that smells like that is going anywhere near my mouth. <SeanConnery>That's not what your mom said last night, Trebek!</SeanConnery> :lol: That said, a number of different microwave popcorn brands, to me, smell literally like vomit when they're cooking, even though they usually end up tastin...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 31757

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

I'm one of those people who drinks both Coca-Cola AND Pepsi, and also the cherry versions of each, as well as Dr. Pepper and Mr. Pibb. And, even though I CAN tell the difference between them (and between the fountain variety and the bottled variety, although not can vs. plastic bottle vs. glass bott...
by squall_line
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 25240

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

That is the point. The alt-text is referencing a reoccurring joke in the show where one of the characters would compare their class to the normal class he used to attend. Yes, but it might have worked better if it was plausible that ANYBODY used Encarta 2005. Nobody did, because Wikipedia was alrea...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 14704

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

Apparently Randall's on another Wikipedia-obsessed phase... not that I'm complaining. The Wiki-related ones are some of the most hilarious. Name three. I can think of Wikipedia Protestor and that's about it. Numbers okay? 906, 903, and 899 (hence the comment). Do I really need to go all the way bac...
by squall_line
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 25348

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

No. The text addresses a personal 'me' and not your conveniently vague "the populace". Everything you've written is gibberish because you did not read. Advertisements indeed can and sometimes do tell you they genuinely want "give [you] something for nothing". Basically you (and ...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 25348

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Of course, not all graphs will be functions or graphs over time or over naturally ordered values. But I would venture to say that the majority of all graphs are. As for the minority of graphs that have no preference, wouldn't it be better to establish a convention? So there is never ambiguity? Econ...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 25348

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Of course, not all graphs will be functions or graphs over time or over naturally ordered values. But I would venture to say that the majority of all graphs are. As for the minority of graphs that have no preference, wouldn't it be better to establish a convention? So there is never ambiguity? Econ...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 25348

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

The text annotation definitely doesn't work for non-commercial entities. I have received numerous advertisements from the government in which they • Reminded me of free services they provide which I might want to make use of • Explained new benefits available to some people (not me, I'm too rich) w...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 25348

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

I work for a health education charity. While we do accept tax deductible donations, they form a negligible part of our income. We are government funded, but we're a non-government organisation. We do spend money telling people what we can give them for free, without expectation of any material gain...
by squall_line
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 37662

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

In short: we get it, you don't like the comic. Stop trolling the forums. :roll: edit: oh and how much of pretenious [sic] prick do you have to be to make your username a descriptive phrase that refers to 30 million people. I'm from canada too, jackass. I found that clicking on the user's name and t...
by squall_line
Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 45480

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

As there are so many audiophiles likely to be perusing this thread I thought I'd ask this question: I have a collection of over 500 CDs that I want to back up onto my desktop. In the process of doing so I wish to create: - a disk image (iso or similar) for backup - a ~320kbps mp3 of each track - a ...
by squall_line
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 104
Views: 18608

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

If you have a pool of 1000 songs, you have a better than 50% chance of a repeat once you play 38 songs. See the Birthday Paradox. My training always used a progressive application of the Pigeonhole Principle to explain the Birthday Problem. Unfortunately, most of the links and pages that discuss th...
by squall_line
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 18163

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

He either knows someone at SLAC, someone at Science Magazine, or he knows the future . The press release went out and the announcement was made yesterday, on Thursday. And the NASA press release this past Monday about the upcoming press release mentioned that the announcement was planned for Thursd...
by squall_line
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 18163

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

The Kedge wrote:At least according to mainstream media and popular science news outfits. Dunno yet exactly how the media mucked this one up but I've no doubt they did.


You mean like this? :)
by squall_line
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 30115

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

... okay, he WAS making fun of xkcd, right? Not one, not two, but THREE godawful stereotypically "nerdy" jokes following a tired "sudo" "joke"? No way that was meant to be honest. Either he's making fun of Randall or making fun of Randall's audience. Most probably both...
by squall_line
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 35742

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Dear Mr. Munroe: Your solution, though a reasonable first attempt, is not the most efficient. I think you will find this version cuts processing time by up to 50%. Heh. Ironically, that's what I think about all of the detractors on most of his comics. If it's not funny to them, it's not worth Randa...
by squall_line
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 35742

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

That is, the guy is thinking about the girl, and longing for her. The girl is thinking about the guy, and longing for him. However, since they're only thinking about each other, they don't know that the other is thinking about them, too. It takes an outside observer, like us, the readers, to see th...
by squall_line
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 35742

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Anyway the title text still doesn't make any sense to me. I don't really get what it's trying to depict and what's so sorry about it and also how it relates to the comic. I'm still kind of hoping to see someone explain it so that it makes sense for me too. This post sums it up in a way that I agree...
by squall_line
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 24124

Re: 0807: Connected

Um...

Clearly THIS is the song in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRYNYb30nxU

I mean, duh? ;)

And, yes, a lot more cynical and angsty than my tastes today. C'est la vie.
by squall_line
Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 18628

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

Sometimes, even after you've broken up with someone, and told them you've broken up with them a dozen or so times, the only way to get through to them is to act like a total d-bag, just to get rid of them. You totally lost me here. You break up with somebody and then, what, they keep showing up on ...
by squall_line
Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 18628

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

To be fair to us guys, there are PLENTY of women out there who have borderline sociopathic tendencies, such as those with a strong need to "always have a boyfriend, no matter what", the baby-makers, the coddlers, the correctors, and the outright bat-bleep insane. Plenty of guys out there ...
by squall_line
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 18628

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

To be fair to us guys, there are PLENTY of women out there who have borderline sociopathic tendencies, such as those with a strong need to "always have a boyfriend, no matter what", the baby-makers, the coddlers, the correctors, and the outright bat-bleep insane. Plenty of guys out there w...
by squall_line
Wed May 05, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0736: "Cemetery"
Replies: 52
Views: 13771

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

I love the subtle details in the background, like the mother holding her hand over the child's eyes. :)

Pretty great comic this time! :)
by squall_line
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 22470

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

There's a reason that the cat looks like it was drawn by someone else. The cat art is taken from Garfield's Nine Lives book (not a typical Garfield by far), sub comic is entitled Primal Self. I'm sorry, but are you levelling a formal accusation of a copyright violation? Because, a) that's a pretty ...
by squall_line
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 31699

Re: "Literally" Discussion

Since nobody else has said it: I suppose it bugs me more because I know too many people in their 20's and 30's who can't even get "than/then" correct, so I see the whole "literally" thing as a further march down the path to mass ignorance and stupidity. *edit* Great... this'll b...
by squall_line
Fri Apr 09, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 31699

Re: "Literally" Discussion

Since nobody else has said it: I find it amusing that the whole "literally" thing has wound its way into the pedants that make up some of the TV shows that I watch, as eran_rathan pointed out. However, I decided to post because the one use of the "literally" thing that bugs me th...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 47657

Re: Numbers

The "99 Problems" graph seems to be incomplete. It does show statistics on the amount of problems, but it does not show any data on whether or not a bitch is one. Best. First. Post. Ever. :D IMHO, of course. Oh, and you owe my employer a new keyboard, since keyboards don't like coffee. Lu...
by squall_line
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 34005

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

That depends on the definition. I'm in the camp pf those saying it's over with the 31.12.10, with the next one starting at 01.01.11. The new decade starts at the zero year. It makes sense because we call it the time around 1925 the twenties. It would not make sense to have the last year of the twen...
by squall_line
Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 34005

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

will some young, attractive female please fall in love with randall monroe and provide comfort and support while also being a source of inspiration? his comics have been way too depressing lately. NO!!! As Patton Oswalt once said, the worst comedy for your dollar is comedy from someone who is deepl...

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