1378: "Turbine"

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1378: "Turbine"

Postby xxnnss » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:36 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/1378/
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"Ok, plan B: Fly a kite into the blades, with a rock in a sling dangling below it, and create the world's largest trebuchet."

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Re: Turbine

Postby ahammel » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:52 am UTC

That is legitimately hilarious.
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Re: Turbine

Postby Morbo » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:05 am UTC

WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT!

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Re: Turbine

Postby bachaddict » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:20 am UTC

"If you're not a huge fan, what are you?"
"I generate electricity."
"Shocking!"

Side note: the title of the thread should be 1378: "Turbine"
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Re: Turbine

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Re: Turbine

Postby tups » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:06 am UTC

That is freaking hilarious, I laughed very hard indeed
... the idea was also picked up on twitter a while ago though - @ImAWindmill

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Re: Turbine

Postby jseah » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:45 am UTC

tups wrote:That is freaking hilarious, I laughed very hard indeed
... the idea was also picked up on twitter a while ago though - @ImAWindmill

I don't understand. What's so funny? Is it the fan (air blowing) / fan (wind turbine) / fan (pop idol sense) triple pun?

I'm sorry, but hilarity fails to strike me. =??
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Re: Turbine

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:59 am UTC

jseah wrote:I don't understand. What's so funny? Is it the fan (air blowing) / fan (wind turbine) / fan (pop idol sense) triple pun?

Yes, except a wind turbine is not a kin of fan.

The stick person is confusing the wind turbine, which is moved by air blowing across it, with an oversized fan, which could blow air to power her crazy idea. The wind turbine is also not very enamored with that idea. So the turbine is not a huge fan, in the literal sense of a large wind-blower; and it's also not a huge fan of her idea, in the sense of a great aficionado of it. Very punny.
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Re: Turbine

Postby orthogon » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:49 am UTC

I used to love tractors.
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Re: Turbine

Postby teelo » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:52 am UTC

Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?

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Re: Turbine

Postby da Doctah » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:08 am UTC

idearat wrote:Ceci n'est pas une pipe

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Re: Turbine

Postby PM 2Ring » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:42 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Yes, except a wind turbine is not a kin of fan.

I think they are related.

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Re: Turbine

Postby Red Hal » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:45 am UTC

teelo wrote:Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?
No
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Re: Turbine

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:26 am UTC

Lame pun, excellent title-text.

All that's missing is a tie-in to making this into a perpetual motion machine.
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Re: Turbine

Postby jotun » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:17 pm UTC

Morbo wrote:WINDMILLS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY! GOODNIGHT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQg8JKo_3ZQ

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Re: Turbine

Postby gmalivuk » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:49 pm UTC

idearat wrote:Ceci n'est pas une pipe

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby speising » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:56 pm UTC

can you post that a tad bigger? i can't quite make it out.

also, i'd like to point out that a wind turbine is not a windmill, no matter what the wikipedia page says.
a windmill does not mill wind, it is a mill powered by wind.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby agweber » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:17 pm UTC

Red Hal wrote:
Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?
No

At least the one you linked to was programming-related. This was funny, but it didn't feel like an xkcd strip. I was wondering if we started a guest week or something because it really didn't feel like something Randall would've wrote.

I do agree on the alt-text being funny. That part does feel Randall-ish.

Apparently if I have any links in my post it marks it as spam and denies posting it, so I had to remove all links from the quotes. That's just silly.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:27 pm UTC

agweber wrote:
Red Hal wrote:
Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?
No

At least the one you linked to was programming-related. This was funny, but it didn't feel like an xkcd strip. I was wondering if we started a guest week or something because it really didn't feel like something Randall would've wrote.

I do agree on the alt-text being funny. That part does feel Randall-ish.

Apparently if I have any links in my post it marks it as spam and denies posting it, so I had to remove all links from the quotes. That's just silly.



Also this.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:18 pm UTC

speising wrote:can you post that a tad bigger? i can't quite make it out.

also, i'd like to point out that a wind turbine is not a windmill, no matter what the wikipedia page says.
a windmill does not mill wind, it is a mill powered by wind.


From one dictionary or another,
mill
noun
1.
a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour.
a piece of machinery that grinds grain into flour.
a building fitted with machinery for a manufacturing process.
"a steel mill"
2.
informal
an engine.


So both a wind turbine and a windmill as depicted in the topic drawing fit the meaning: they're manufacturing electricity :twisted:
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby orthogon » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:29 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:So both a wind turbine and a windmill as depicted in the topic drawing fit the meaning: they're manufacturing electricity :twisted:

... by squeezing electrons out of wires using big heavy magnets.
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Re: Turbine

Postby Introbulus » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:35 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
jseah wrote:I don't understand. What's so funny? Is it the fan (air blowing) / fan (wind turbine) / fan (pop idol sense) triple pun?

Yes, except a wind turbine is not a kin of fan.

The stick person is confusing the wind turbine, which is moved by air blowing across it, with an oversized fan, which could blow air to power her crazy idea. The wind turbine is also not very enamored with that idea. So the turbine is not a huge fan, in the literal sense of a large wind-blower; and it's also not a huge fan of her idea, in the sense of a great aficionado of it. Very punny.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby speising » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:45 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
speising wrote:can you post that a tad bigger? i can't quite make it out.

also, i'd like to point out that a wind turbine is not a windmill, no matter what the wikipedia page says.
a windmill does not mill wind, it is a mill powered by wind.


From one dictionary or another,
mill
noun
1.
a building equipped with machinery for grinding grain into flour.
a piece of machinery that grinds grain into flour.
a building fitted with machinery for a manufacturing process.
"a steel mill"
2.
informal
an engine.


So both a wind turbine and a windmill as depicted in the topic drawing fit the meaning: they're manufacturing electricity :twisted:


so it's an *electricity* mill, not a windmill.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:47 pm UTC

To add to the definitions discussion: the concise OED says:
windmill n. 1 a building with sails or vanes that turn in the wind and generate power to grind corn into flour => a similar structure used to generate electricity or draw water.

It goes on, mentioning those toys that only power friction, propellers and two meanings as a verb. I was kind of wondering if those windmills that were used to pump water in the Netherlands didn't count as windmills.
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Red Hal wrote:
Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?
No

At least the one you linked to was programming-related. This was funny, but it didn't feel like an xkcd strip. I was wondering if we started a guest week or something because it really didn't feel like something Randall would've wrote.

I do agree on the alt-text being funny. That part does feel Randall-ish.

We're trying Twitch plays Randall this week, I guess Randall is also playing.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby sekullbe » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:24 pm UTC

In the game Just Cause 2 you could do the trebuchet trick with a wind turbine. You have a grappling hook that can grab objects or tie two objects together. If you hook one end to a car or person and the other to the turning blades, the object will be picked up, spun a couple of times, then launched when the grappling line breaks or times out of existence. There are some entertaining youtube captures of this fun.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Cyrz » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:42 pm UTC

I don't think the process described in the alt-text would, technically, be considered a trebuchet. There is no counter weight. Wind Powered Centrifugal Catapult might be more accurate.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby freezeblade » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:18 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
agweber wrote:
Red Hal wrote:
Wait... is this the first ever xkcd comic thats based on a simple pun?
No

At least the one you linked to was programming-related. This was funny, but it didn't feel like an xkcd strip. I was wondering if we started a guest week or something because it really didn't feel like something Randall would've wrote.

I do agree on the alt-text being funny. That part does feel Randall-ish.

Apparently if I have any links in my post it marks it as spam and denies posting it, so I had to remove all links from the quotes. That's just silly.



Also this.


this one too: http://xkcd.com/18/
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby orthogon » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:35 pm UTC

freezeblade wrote:this one too: http://xkcd.com/18/

That reminds me about something I saw at the LHC exhibition at the Science Museum in London. There was an exhibit talking about the use of Nb-Ti in the superconducting magnets, and the explanation said it was "Niobium-Tin". I was quite unimpressed that the Science Museum (or, worse, somebody at CERN, who seemed to have provided the text) had made the mistake of thinking that Ti was the symbol for tin. But I see from the Great Wiki that not only is Niobium-Tin also a thing, it has similar properties and is used for exactly the same applications. That's an unfortunate coincidence and I suspect the same mistake has been made more than once.
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Re: Turbine

Postby thevicente » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:11 pm UTC

Introbulus wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
jseah wrote:I don't understand. What's so funny? Is it the fan (air blowing) / fan (wind turbine) / fan (pop idol sense) triple pun?

Yes, except a wind turbine is not a kin of fan.

The stick person is confusing the wind turbine, which is moved by air blowing across it, with an oversized fan, which could blow air to power her crazy idea. The wind turbine is also not very enamored with that idea. So the turbine is not a huge fan, in the literal sense of a large wind-blower; and it's also not a huge fan of her idea, in the sense of a great aficionado of it. Very punny.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Lexi_K » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:23 pm UTC

For once, German engineers faced problems that forced them to do something globally embarassing.
Since they couldn't connect an offshore windpark in the North Sea with the landborn electricity grid, the windmills need to run on diesel for who knows how long to prevent rusting.
The result must be the most expensive set of huge fans that the world has ever seen.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby mathmannix » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:20 pm UTC

Well, yeah, if it was just someone putting up the explanation of the joke uninvitedly. But if someone else posts first that they don't get the joke, (I think) it's okay that the joke is explained then. As opposed to the alternative, being a jerk and saying "go look it up on explainxkcd" or doing the "let me google that for you" link.
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Crissa » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:44 pm UTC

The comic made me think of this:
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:20 pm UTC

mathmannix wrote:Well, yeah, if it was just someone putting up the explanation of the joke uninvitedly. But if someone else posts first that they don't get the joke, (I think) it's okay that the joke is explained then. As opposed to the alternative, being a jerk and saying "go look it up on explainxkcd" or doing the "let me google that for you" link.

I thought the point being made was that if the joke needs explaining it's not a very good joke, regardless of where or why the explanation happens.

I thought this was a good joke and didn't need explaining (to me), but to each their own.
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Gargravarr » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:59 pm UTC

Crissa wrote:The comic made me think of this:

The most bizarre conspiracy theory I've heard in a while (and the competition is stiff).

A Megawatts wind turbine costs millions. Apparently the people who buy them spend all that money, power them with deisel and only pretend to produce electricity for the farm or whatever. Makes perfect sense.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:21 pm UTC

I can't speak for others but all of the flags I have flying actually are diesel-powered.

(The preceding statement is true because I have 0 flags flying. I only have flags indoors, for wall decorations. Those ones are not diesel-powered).
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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:27 pm UTC

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Re: Turbine

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:37 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:I used to love tractors.


Okay, I'll bite:

Spoiler:
You mean you're an ex(-)tractor fan?

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby justdroppingby » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:35 am UTC

*groan*

This reminds me of the organic fuel picture.

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Re: 1378: "Turbine"

Postby wbortz » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:30 am UTC

This is basically what happens every time I go kitesurfing, except I'm a little further away from the wind turbines. The trebuchet part is definitely my favorite!


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