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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:01 pm UTC

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:48 pm UTC

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Distracted, he responded in the universal scale, Kelvin.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Burkitt » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:12 am UTC

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Hot sauce for my real friends, real sauce for my hot friends?

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:33 am UTC

@Burkitt: I like.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Burkitt » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:31 pm UTC

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I'll miss my real friends, but it's my land friends I really feel sorry for - have you seen what's been happening to the price of coal lately?

From xkcd 1645, xkcd 433, and XKCD Answers: How Many Issues of Popular Mechanics Does it Take to Sink a Battleship?

@Coyne liking that last one too, gives me an idea for my next xkcdsw...

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Burkitt » Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:46 pm UTC

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Some of you may be thinking, 'But wait, isn't the fastest train the USAF rocket sled?' And you'd be right, and rocket sleds are awesome too!

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby eviloatmeal » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:19 am UTC

That gives me an idea...

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Burkitt » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:11 am UTC

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that was a reference to Trainspotting the book/film.

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After many years spent working on their first successful translation, the inter-universe communication team made the tactical decision not to reveal that its full title was "Twenty-four famous duos - number eleven will amaze you."

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:45 am UTC

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In another one, it's all the others. Some people claim you'll go to one of these dimensions one day. You can buy books that purport to tell you how to make sure you go to the right one.
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:18 am UTC

ITP: I make what-if slightly worse.

What if we tried to funnel the world Viagra through a straw?

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:56 pm UTC

All the actual viagra or all the cheap fake viagra I keep being promised in spam emails?

Pfizer's annual income from Viagra is 1,645M to 2,051M US$/yr and the current retail price is $300/g. That's roughly 6 megagrams (better known as tonnes) of viagra per year. Now I don't know what viagra is, but proteins are estimated at 1.22 to 1.35g/cm3 so let's go with 1.3 g/cm3 as a ballpark figure. Those 6 Mg (not to be confused with milligrams, machine guns or MG cars) should thus be roughly 4,615 gigacc. Giga cubic centimetres? Stupid damn name for a 10m cube aka 1000 m3.

Given Randall's own figure of 7mm diameter (rather than the smaller straws we use to suck our smaller portions into our smaller mouths and give ourselves smaller diabetes here in the UK), the cross-sectional surface area of our viagra flow would be:
π (3.5)2 = 38.4845 mm2
The length of 4,615,000 m3 with a 38.4845 mm2 cross-section is (4,615,000 / 38.4845) * 1,000,000 = 1.2 * 1011 metres, a number slightly more than the number of galaxies in the observable universe and a distance slightly less than the average orbital radius of the Earth around the Sun. To travel that distance in 1 year, the viagra has to flow at a rate of 3,800 m/s, nearly twice the speed of sound in water ...

... so what's the speed of sound in viagra?
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby DavidSh » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:46 pm UTC

I think Sableagle is off by six orders of magnitude, converting 6 x 106 g to 4.6 x 1012 cm3 can't be right for something with a density only slightly greater than water.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Diadem » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:14 pm UTC

6 * 106 g at 1.3 g / cm3 would be 4.6 * 106 cm3 = 4.6 m3

Assuming a flow rate of 4 m/s, as in 1649, and given that there are 3600 * 24 * 365.25 = 3.2 * 106 seconds in a year, gives us a required crosssection of 4.6 / (4 * 3.2 * 106) = 3.6 * 10-8 m2 = 0.036 mm2. Didiving that by pi and taking the squareroot gives us a straw radius of 0.1 mm.

Not a very big straw :)
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Diadem » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:20 pm UTC

Also, I feel like there is an XKCD:SW to be made by combining today's strip with Battlestar Galactica: "I can never figure out how to behave around babies".
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:19 pm UTC

Well, that's what I get for trying to do calculations sober. Hey, getting the maths all wrong certainly made XKCD slightly worse, didn't it? At least I was on topic!

Pfizer's annual income from Viagra is 1,645M to 2,051M US$/yr and the current retail price is $300/g. That's roughly 6 megagrams (better known as tonnes) of viagra per year. Now I don't know what viagra is, but proteins are estimated at 1.22 to 1.35g/cm3 so let's go with 1.3 g/cm3 as a ballpark figure. Those 6 Mg (not to be confused with milligrams, machine guns or MG cars) should thus be roughly 4,615 kilocc. Mega cubic millimetres? Stupid damn name for a 10cm cube aka 1 litre.

Given Randall's own figure of 7mm diameter (rather than the smaller straws we use to suck our smaller portions into our smaller mouths and give ourselves smaller diabetes here in the UK), the cross-sectional surface area of our viagra flow would be:
π (3.5)2 = 38.4845 mm2
The length of 4,615,000,000 mm3 with a 38.4845 mm2 cross-section is (4,615,384,615 / 38.4845) = 1.2 * 108 millimetres or 74.5 miles, a distance that will take you from Whitby Abbey to just beyond Aysgarth Falls, from the edge of Lancaster to Gretna Green (for romantic Lancastrians, if such a creature exists) or, in a straight line, from Jerusalem into the Sinai Peninsula.

That works out at 3.8 mm/s, which is a pretty low flow speed, within the movement speed range for slugs and snails and 0.3 the standard flow rate of Heinz ketchup.

There. Does that seem right?
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:13 am UTC

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:36 am UTC

Here's much worse again (because it's getting near to politics):

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby chridd » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:58 am UTC

Based on most recent comic (1651):
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:28 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:Here's much worse again (because it's getting near to politics):


Awww, man, much better than my ending. Great work.

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What I wondered is, how would we tell the difference between this and baggage service today? Also good.

Addendum: After thinking about my answer, I realized you needed to know "the story" to get the full import of my statement.

The setting is Salt Lake City International Airport. I am watching the baggage handlers outside the window. There is a baggage cart that kind of looks like a bin on wheels, and they are loading it by throwing in bags. Underhand. From a distance of about twenty feet. Seriously.

The handler takes each bag by the handle, swings it back and then forward, underhand, releasing it at the point on the swing where the resulting trajectory will carry it into the cart. Wheee...crash!!!

Your robot handler could hardly do worse than that. It might be an improvement.
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:28 am UTC

At Taupo airport in New Zealand in 2007, I watched them open the baggage door on the plane to let the baggage fall out onto a trailer. They drove the trailer over to the gate and said "okay go grab your bags off the trailer".

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby PTGFlyer » Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:54 pm UTC

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Okay, I notice I'm a couple hundred pages late on this, but:

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Burkitt » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:35 pm UTC

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At least they got the magazine out, unlike the January 2000 issue of the Y2K System Preparation Newsletter.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:19 am UTC

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Alt text: Wait...maybe if we double it again...

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Positron » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:33 pm UTC

This is so terrible and distasteful that I'm hesitant to post this, but I can't have been the only one that thought this when I saw today's comic:
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby flicky1991 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:48 pm UTC

Yes, that is distasteful, and yes, you should have been hesitant to post it.

It was also very funny. :lol:

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:07 pm UTC

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Alt text: Just think, though: if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to swing coast-to-coast.


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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:30 pm UTC

Coyne wrote:... to swing coast-to-coast.

That'd take a while. You'd have to have some sort of cafes along the way at the very least.

Actually, rope ladders, zip wires, two-rope and three-rope bridges, scramble nets, rope swings and the like with hammocks and suspended picnic tables and chairs along the way from one coast to the other sounds like a great idea. Compared to cracking the foundations of a national park to increase our carbon emissions or starting a nuclear war, anyway, is sounds wonderful.

The question is which two coasts. Cativa to Rousseau? Stolford to Charmouth? St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay? Batumi to Makhachkala? Verdalsora to Sundsvall? Gyeiktaw to Cua Lo? Paulatuk to Pascagoula? Canical to Essaouira?
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:29 pm UTC

Sableagle wrote:
Coyne wrote:... to swing coast-to-coast.

The question is which two coasts. Cativa to Rousseau? Stolford to Charmouth? St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay? Batumi to Makhachkala? Verdalsora to Sundsvall? Gyeiktaw to Cua Lo? Paulatuk to Pascagoula? Canical to Essaouira?


Would it help if I changed it to "...sea to shining sea?" :D Here in the US, "coast-to-coast" is a linguistic substitute for "everywhere". I liked the way it read, so I used it even though I knew some readers (like yourself) would not be US.
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:45 pm UTC

Here, there is an actual, official, coast-to-coast footpath (and a cycle route too, lately).

No, it wouldn't help. It'd just force me to go back to the map and find the names of seas for all but the last of those and make the last one really hard to describe.
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:07 am UTC

Positron wrote:This is so terrible and distasteful that I'm hesitant to post this, but I can't have been the only one that thought this when I saw today's comic:
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I see your terrible and distasteful SW, and I raise you...

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:44 am UTC

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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Captain R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:07 pm UTC

Eeesh...!

He needs to take a gander out the window and then crawl under the console: he doesn't want to know where he is.
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:42 pm UTC

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To understand this one, I recommend listening to this parody song.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:51 am UTC

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Some of my tangents are not brief. Also, like following first links in Wikipedia pages eventually leads to Philosophy, my tangents all seem to eventually lead to raptors.

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Sableagle » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:13 pm UTC

"If elected as the President of this great country, I shall make it my number one priority to ensure that Velociraptor mongoliensis never makes it into the top 5 killers of its citizens under the age of 70."
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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby teelo » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:19 am UTC

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Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Postby Coyne » Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:47 am UTC

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Yay! Someone I could get behind!
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