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by cellocgw
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"
Replies: 20
Views: 3071

Re: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"

Is Randall hoping for a major meteor shower, or the full-on hard rain?
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"
Replies: 20
Views: 3071

Re: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"

charliekilian wrote:What is possibly happening in 2034 that makes a meteor storm more likely?


The best I can come up with is that's the Rule 34 version of the Unix Epoch. Either that or http://www.2034ad.com/
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1886: Typing Notifications
Replies: 18
Views: 2834

Re: 1886: Typing Notifications

Off and on, I check in with my facebook or quora account to see if any friends or acquaintances have said anything interesting, fun, or even relevant to me. When I decide it's time to move on, and try to close the window, it often tells me that I have an incomplete reply, and do I want to delete it...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1886: Typing Notifications
Replies: 18
Views: 2834

Re: 1886: Typing Notifications

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I'm on the verge of creating a competitor to BrainFuck
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 3382

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

There actually is a sense in which stuff like what oddball things are banned in what places is a "chaos-theory" thing like weather patterns.{snip} All of these factors are sufficiently random and chaotic that one could imagine all sorts of alternate universes where all sorts of commonplac...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 3382

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Gosh.... am I really the first to suggest that "ensemble model" means a tall beautiful woman wearing a skirt, blouse, vest, pearl necklace, tennis bracelet, Manolo Blahnik spike heels and a Gucci handbag?
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 9149

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

This is without a doubt the perfect GOOMHR drawing for me. I remember back as young as 7 or 8 wondering if other people saw lawns in what I thought of as bright crimson, and saw blood as dark green. Later on, as an optical physicist, I learned all that technical junk. Fortunately, I stayed out of sa...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 6264

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I'm thinking that, other than the death part, viewing a supernova up close would be a whole lot more dramatic, not to mention extremely rare, event. How predictable is a supernova? I know that we can't currently predict them from the Earth, but if we were to send probes to a distant star, could tho...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 6264

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I'm thinking that, other than the death part, viewing a supernova up close would be a whole lot more dramatic, not to mention extremely rare, event.

Maybe if one watches while translated just a bit in the 4th (spatial) dimension, it'd be safe.
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"
Replies: 23
Views: 2402

Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Raidri wrote:
Fourth eclipse comic in a row, how much more will we get?
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You know the answer: you'll have to.... Wait For It.

Signed, Mr. Ten * 7 * Seventeen
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 6012

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

rbgos wrote:Correction from a Brit - Solstice is NOT the same as Equinox, quite the opposite. The Solstice is the longest and shortest days (21 June and 21 December), the Equinox is when the night and day are equal, in March and September.


I refer you to my post one above yours.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 6012

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Epic Troll Cartoon!

I can't wait for the uninitiated to complain about the mistakes in nomenclature
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 3413

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

NDT tweeted , "Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it." Odd indeed. There surely must be some eclipse skeptics out there. They must be less vocal because they know they would be proven wrong much soo...
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5077

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Keyman wrote:Turns out it's kinda big, so I spoilered it.
Spoiler:
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That's be a lot more useful if it were normalized by population density.
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5077

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Since nobody else had the chutzpah to go down this path, well, ... total eclipse


No, it is **not** a Rickroll!
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5077

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Curve extrapolation -- the only thing less reliable than a Lada running Windows.
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 4508

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Soupspoon wrote:4/9 Geologic (and several variations not mentioned, depending on how simple or comprehensive you want to go).

Also forgot the Your Fault. Or two Your Faults, exactly the same but mirrored.


A genuine YourFault is rare; more often it's a misidentified NotMyFault
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 5696

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

2-year delay is a minor problem, psychologically speaking.

What creeps me out is getting "Hey, It's $NAME's birthday / work anniversary..." when I happen to know that $NAME died 3 years ago.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 3872

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I have one of those "emergency radios" that you hand-crank to run a generator.
In theory you can crank it while connecting your phone to the USB port to charge the phone. It's a lot of work
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 3624

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Wondering where in this set of reviews the Time Traveller's WIfe would be. Or more precisely her husband and her child.
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17377

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law says "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".   That will work for any other unexplained (or unexplainable) natural phenomena as well. ● "If clouds are water vapor and water is heavier than air, then why do clouds stay in th...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17377

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

morriswalters wrote:Why is the word by which your toddler will teach you the concept of infinite regression. The appropriate exit condition for this state is, because mommy/daddy said so.


We preferred the phlogistonical " because the Why-monster will get you"
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17377

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." I should know, seeing as I actually have an ABD in Physics. :D The problem with "why" is that sooner or later that devolves into philosophy, or worse, religion. "How" at lea...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 9536

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Also very disappointed to find that the identifier texts for each element of the cubesat & vehicle are just random pixels. Someone send this to CSI so they can Enhance! and retrieve the original text.
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 9536

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

rhomboidal wrote:Russell's teapot really raises a profound question: Will it make hot tea or iced tea?


Yes.

Next profound question?
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 7072

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

This effect of crowded WiFi bandwidth is even worse at a commercial campground, where you have two or three hundred phone/laptop/smartTV/devicesesssss trying to stream Hulu and Netflix video at the same time and the campground is only paying for a single residential class bandwidth connection with ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 5859

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

trpmb6 wrote:Some of these nicknames would make excellent movie titles as well.


We on the Internet don't create movie titles. We only create names for our next band. :twisted:
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 5859

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Seattle: The King City. Cincinnati: The Queen City. Albuquerque: The Duke City. (That's sixty percent of a Jeopardy! category right there....) Except that Manchester, NH is also a Queen City. Also it isn't strictly 60% because you need an extra Answer for the "Jeopardy at home bonus" folk...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 5859

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

No good can come of this, I tell you.
Given that the new season just started last night, I'm amazed that nicknames for cities (and the current ruling tribes) within 5000 km of Westeros haven't been posted yet.

Then there are categories:

Cities in space
Metaphorical cities in songs
Cities of Catan
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 7646

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Oooh, I gottta guess at those: "I Yet See What I Might", "In My Not So Humble Opinion" (not a guess, I know that one), "Beware Internal Combustion, Bring Water", "Hog to Ham", "Here And Now, Dave". If You See What I Mean, <yep for the next, but not ...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 4423

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Looking at the Proof scale there... quoting from a variety of sources -- The maximum alcohol percentage achievable with distillation alone is 96.5% (3.5% H20) . Such a mixture is referred to as an azeotrope (azeotropic = a liquid mixture that is characterized by a constant concentration and constant...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 7646

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 8135

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

gmalivuk wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement

No, strictly speaking, it does not.


Their counter-examples are short-term. You might as well say that mammals born short a couple limbs are an evolutionary trait because they can survive until weaned.
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 8135

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Furthermore, not all change can be called evolution. Evolution implies improvement. No, it doesn't. But I shouldn't be surprised that you know as little about evolution as you do about language. Let's be careful here. Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement, so long as "improvement...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 6104

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

This is either the most boring xkcd in years or else it's Randall trolling the sportsfans amongst us nerds.

I fail to see the humor in being proud and vocal about one's lack of knowledge in any field. Yeah, it's less dangerous when the field is sports rather than, say being POTUS, but still.
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 4445

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Reasonably well, actually. It took a fourth law (0th) to get things going specifically for humanity as a whole, but that's getting into conjecture as to what the eventual aim was, e.g. do we stop before Trevize's decision? And (even if we don't) it relies on Fallon's mind. Without the (supplemented...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5023

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Flumble wrote:Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist?


Does "2" really exist?
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5023

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Is that the same sword used when she was on the thesis defense committee?
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 5625

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Just evolution?
I was going for a reset right back to the Big Bang.
by cellocgw
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 6509

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

The idea with the smoke alarm battery change is that you only need it every 8-9 months or so, but it's a lot easier to remember key dates twice a year than keep track of an irregular period. I used to have those AC-wired smoke detectors with battery backup. Problem was: they STILL beep when the bat...

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