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by speising
Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 16829

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

I looked at some statistics from the US Bureau of Labor, apparently most desk jobs employees require more sick days than construction workers. So, the logical solution would be to put the retiring cops on a construction site. But it's not about sick days. A dead cop doesn't require any sick leave.
by speising
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 24648

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

doogly wrote:I agree with the comic 100%. Nobody should give a shit about "literally." The subjunctive is my favorite grammar nibble.


at least, nobody should literally give a shit about "literally", please.
by speising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 48151

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

Never mind the burning, how would you draw on it?
by speising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 26971

Re: 1103: "Nine"

they also say "Never attempt to microwave a turkey that is larger than twelve to fourteen pounds or that is too large for your microwave."
both of which would probably be violated by a 24lb monster. (i guess. not much practice with whole turkeys here in austria)
by speising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Light in infinite directions?
Replies: 16
Views: 2523

Re: Light in infinite directions?

a) i'd think the frequency change due to doppler effekt.
b) dunno, SR?
by speising
Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Light in infinite directions?
Replies: 16
Views: 2523

Re: Light in infinite directions?

thank you, that's the first time someone resolved/explained the wave-particle dualism with QM for me. i learned something! :D
by speising
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 48151

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

AvatarIII wrote:your sweat and all exposed moisture would boil, not just evaporate quickly. I doubt your eyes, ears, under your nails, (mouth and nose if exposed) genitals and anus would do too well in the short term.


is that really a problem? i mean, is boiling water dangerous if it's still at body temperature?
by speising
Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: FTL in my book
Replies: 63
Views: 22222

Re: FTL in my book

IMHO, saying you have a working time machine is on par, if not even equal to stating you have FTL.
so explaining an FTL drive with time travel is a tautology.
by speising
Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 48151

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

i just read "Brigands of the Moon" (1931), where the passengers of the ship are marooned (by aforementioned brigands, swashbuckling martians) on an asteroid they pass (by chance!) about 1/5 of the way from earth to mars. the asteroid is tiny, yes has (of course breathable) atmosphere, wate...
by speising
Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 48151

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

AvatarIII wrote:...so ERB had no real excuse, he might as well have, and probably should have said Mars was some planet in another star system.


Even in the 50's SF people walked on mars with nothing more than light oxygen masks (or nothing if they went only for a quick smoke or sth.).
by speising
Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 19132

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

And why not mention the climate they would experience at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, assuming someone would survive after they dropped down almost 3 kilometres :D Oh wow, I didn't realise the weight of all that damn snow and ice could actually sink a bloody continent down, and by that ma...
by speising
Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 26971

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I bought a microwave with a knob instead of buttons, largely because of this. I have a knob microwave too, though with no reason. What drives me crazy is that it goes straight from 0, 1, 2, … up to 10, then switches the timescale so it looks like: … - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 - 50 - 60. How th...
by speising
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 26971

Re: 1103: "Nine"

i finally created an account, just to say that i am of the firm conviction that the only sensible microwave UI consists of exactly 2 (two) analog knobs. i need only a twirl of the timer knob to set and start any arbitrary time. sure, its not exact to the second, but that is not a problem if you don'...

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