1503: "Squirrel Plan"

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1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby chridd » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:43 am UTC

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Title text: [Halfway to the Sun ...] Heyyyy ... what if this BALLOON is full of acorns?!
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:59 am UTC

There should be other elements in that table called, like, Bcorn and Ccorn and Dcorn...
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby The Devils Engineer » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:27 am UTC

This comic sounds a little squirrely to me......

Thank You, Thank You, I'll be here all week.... :)

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Envelope Generator » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:33 am UTC

My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby bachaddict » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:34 am UTC

Not directly relevant to the comic, just another funny periodic table!

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:53 am UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.

There should be more metal subgenres with chemical metal types as their qualifiers. Transition metal (somewhere between old metal and numetal maybe?), alkali metal (just metal which is pretty basic), transuranic metal (something like a cross between metal and space rock), etc.

bachaddict wrote:Not directly relevant to the comic, just another funny periodic table!

That chart must have been designed by a Brit. Sanatorium? Every red-blooded American knows the name of that element is Santorum!
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Mikeski » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:01 am UTC

The mice have a much shorter balloon ride.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Eternal Density » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:09 am UTC

I remember reading that there's a band called Elemental Penguin.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Durandal_1707 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:28 am UTC

"You know, I think there might be some logistical flaws in this plan.

We're adding unnecessary weight with the parachute, when our terminal velocity is non-lethal."

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Quercus » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:31 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.

There should be more metal subgenres with chemical metal types as their qualifiers. Transition metal (somewhere between old metal and numetal maybe?), alkali metal (just metal which is pretty basic), transuranic metal (something like a cross between metal and space rock), etc.


I was imagining alkali metal to be quite violent with lots of arrhythmic percussion, kind of like what happens when you drop potassium into water. Also, the transuranics would be a great name for a backing band.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby niauropsaka » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:49 am UTC

I just recently read somewhere that squirrels are opportunistic omnivores, which seems to explain some of their behaviour.

(It might have been something written by Ryan North and Erica Henderson.)

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby orthogon » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:06 am UTC

niauropsaka wrote:opportunistic omnivores

Trouble is, once somebody has planted the idea, everything starts looking like a band name...

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:16 pm UTC

Durandal_1707 wrote:"You know, I think there might be some logistical flaws in this plan.

We're adding unnecessary weight with the parachute, when our terminal velocity is non-lethal."


But what happens to their terminal velocity once they're laden with sun-acorns?

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby fealuinix » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51 pm UTC

The best-laid schemes o' squirrels an' men gang aft agley.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Locoluis » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51 pm UTC

Fools.

Acorns grow on trees. Trees are brown (with green leaves). Acorns are brown (though they start green).

The sun is yellow. Corn is yellow. What is there in the sun?

Corn. The sun is full of corn. Not acorns, silly squirrels. Corn.

Not that you would mind, anyway.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:58 pm UTC

Those squirrels are clever, but they'll never get my Clusters.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby orthogon » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:07 pm UTC

fealuinix wrote:The best-laid schemes o' squirrels an' men gang aft agley.

Oh $DEITY, has The Madness begun?
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Flumble » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:17 pm UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.

You should do a song together with Two Piece Squirrel, one on eletric guitar and the other on protonic guitar.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby squall_line » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:22 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:I was imagining alkali metal to be quite violent with lots of arrhythmic percussion, kind of like what happens when you drop potassium into water. Also, the transuranics would be a great name for a backing band.


Something akin to Venetian Snares? That's the first name I think of when I hear "arrhythmic percussion", especially something like this section in Második Galamb.

Most of that album gets me "in the zone" when writing code or doing other heavy-focus tasks. :)

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby mojacardave » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:39 pm UTC

I'm well aware that it's at risk of starting a thread war, but did anybody else get a "religious longing" subtext from this comic.

The assumption that a great unknown power must fit your image of perfection, because how could anything so mysterious and great be anything else?

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby pkcommando » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:00 pm UTC

Locoluis wrote:Fools.

Acorns grow on trees. Trees are brown (with green leaves). Acorns are brown (though they start green).

The sun is yellow. Corn is yellow. What is there in the sun?

Corn. The sun is full of corn. Not acorns, silly squirrels. Corn.

Does this mean lemons are over-sized corn kernels? That explains so much!
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Quercus » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:06 pm UTC

squall_line wrote:
Quercus wrote:I was imagining alkali metal to be quite violent with lots of arrhythmic percussion, kind of like what happens when you drop potassium into water. Also, the transuranics would be a great name for a backing band.


Something akin to Venetian Snares? That's the first name I think of when I hear "arrhythmic percussion", especially something like this section in Második Galamb.

Most of that album gets me "in the zone" when writing code or doing other heavy-focus tasks. :)


Yup, that sort of thing - I like it. It's very different to my heavy-focus music though; I'm more likely to reach for Bach's suites for solo cello, or some choral music. I find that arrhythmic/atonal stuff is quite demanding of my attention, so I only enjoy it if I can listen to it while not doing anything else.

mojacardave wrote:I'm well aware that it's at risk of starting a thread war, but did anybody else get a "religious longing" subtext from this comic.

The assumption that a great unknown power must fit your image of perfection, because how could anything so mysterious and great be anything else?


More or less, yes - although I identified it with wishful thinking in general, rather then exclusively that often associated with religion.

I'm also reminded quite strongly of the various ontological arguments for the existence of God.

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Locoluis wrote:Fools.

Acorns grow on trees. Trees are brown (with green leaves). Acorns are brown (though they start green).

The sun is yellow. Corn is yellow. What is there in the sun?

Corn. The sun is full of corn. Not acorns, silly squirrels. Corn.

Does this mean lemons are over-sized corn kernels? That explains so much!


We've been going down the wrong path with fusion - if the sun is made out of corn we clearly just need to compress maize cobs hard enough and we'll get unlimited cheap energy. Even better, the only waste product would be lemons.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Plutarch » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:10 pm UTC

It's a good plan and I support it. Though when it's time to descend, I wonder if it might be better for the airborne squirrell to just gnaw through the string attaching it to the balloon, rather than shooting the balloon? That would save on weight, wouldn't have to carry a gun or a bow and arrow.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby FrobozzWizard » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:12 pm UTC

I'm sure this will work at least as well as Winnie the Pooh's plan to use a balloon to get to some honey near the top of a tree without having to climb it.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:30 pm UTC

FrobozzWizard wrote:I'm sure this will work at least as well as Winnie the Pooh's plan to use a balloon to get to some honey near the top of a tree without having to climb it.

Ah, but it's easy for you, since you could just cast "FLOAT"...
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby da Doctah » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:11 pm UTC

mojacardave wrote:a great unknown power must fit your image of perfection, because how could anything so mysterious and great be anything else?

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby HES » Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:47 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:Even better, the only waste product would be lemons.

Combustible lemons?
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Quercus » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:08 pm UTC

HES wrote:
Quercus wrote:
squall_line wrote:Even better, the only waste product would be lemons.

Combustible lemons?


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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby grip » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:21 pm UTC

Quercus wrote:Something akin to Venetian Snares? That's the first name I think of when I hear "arrhythmic percussion", especially something like this section in Második Galamb.


Hmmm, that's quite relaxed for vsnares.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:37 pm UTC

HES wrote:
Quercus wrote:
squall_line wrote:Even better, the only waste product would be lemons.

Combustible lemons?

Yes.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Klear » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:33 pm UTC

Locoluis wrote:Fools.

Acorns grow on trees. Trees are brown (with green leaves). Acorns are brown (though they start green).

The sun is yellow. Corn is yellow. What is there in the sun?

Corn. The sun is full of corn. Not acorns, silly squirrels. Corn.

Not that you would mind, anyway.


Don't you know the sun is hot? There's got to be popcorn in it. Hmmm.. maybe all the popping corn is what powers the sun...

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby ShadedKnight » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:16 pm UTC

Praise the Acorns!

The acorns are a wondrous body, like a magnificent father. If only I could be so grossly incandescent.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby neremanth » Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:29 am UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
Durandal_1707 wrote:"You know, I think there might be some logistical flaws in this plan.

We're adding unnecessary weight with the parachute, when our terminal velocity is non-lethal."


But what happens to their terminal velocity once they're laden with sun-acorns?


I figured the ballooning squirrel only has to bite a hole in the sun, not grab any acorns while there as well - once the hole has been made all the acorns will just fall to earth (better hope everyone has helmets!)

On the other hand, while this is indeed an excellent improvement to the original plan:

Plutarch wrote:It's a good plan and I support it. Though when it's time to descend, I wonder if it might be better for the airborne squirrell to just gnaw through the string attaching it to the balloon, rather than shooting the balloon? That would save on weight, wouldn't have to carry a gun or a bow and arrow.


if the ballooning squirrel did grab some acorns then no need to gnaw through the string, they could bring the balloon back down with them intact, which might be useful for any future missions (there has to be something worth having in the moon too, surely?)

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:01 am UTC

neremanth wrote:if the ballooning squirrel did grab some acorns then no need to gnaw through the string, they could bring the balloon back down with them intact, which might be useful for any future missions (there has to be something worth having in the moon too, surely?)

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby RogueCynic » Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:10 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.

You should do a song together with Two Piece Squirrel, one on eletric guitar and the other on protonic guitar.


Or the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

http://snzippers.com/

The only flaw in the plan I see is that the sun is really small. If you hold an acorn to it, the acorn would block it out. There can be only one nut in the sun then.
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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby MrT2 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:42 pm UTC

Another sun comes up every day, so the squirrels will be needing to make daily visits on their balloon.

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby YellowYeti » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:32 pm UTC

RogueCynic wrote:
The only flaw in the plan I see is that the sun is really small. If you hold an acorn to it, the acorn would block it out. There can be only one nut in the sun then.


Small... far away... ah forget it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS12p0Zqlt0

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby seadog » Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:34 pm UTC

Large Hadron Collider was just in the news.
An experiment at the LHC is about to punching a hole through to other universes.
Squirrels...LHC...Nuts...Black Holes...???

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby seadog » Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:35 pm UTC

Large Hadron Collider is about to punch a hole -- via miniature black holes -- into other universes.

LHC...squirrels?...universes....suns/balloons?...

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Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Postby YTPrenewed » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:40 pm UTC

Are squirrels supposed to be attracted to bright lights or something, or is the joke simply about the concept in television or video games of valuable items shining?


Pfhorrest wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal.

There should be more metal subgenres with chemical metal types as their qualifiers. Transition metal (somewhere between old metal and numetal maybe?), alkali metal (just metal which is pretty basic), transuranic metal (something like a cross between metal and space rock), etc

"Alkali metal" sounds like a good name for a subgenre of metal distinguished by having especially corrosive lyrics. Or by being culturally/politically volatile.


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