1729: "Migrating Geese"

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1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Flumble » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:29 pm UTC

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"Hey guys! I have a great idea for a migration!" "Dammit, Kevin."


There's no missing valence, they're playing duck duck goose!

Also, while looking for factoids about geese, I came across an interesting wikipedia discrepancy: the English page on geese is about (the tribe) Anserini and links to pages in other languages about Anserini, whereas the Dutch page on ganzen is about (the subfamily) Anserinae and links to pages in other languages about Anserinae.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby PM 2Ring » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:56 pm UTC

I was hoping for a Hardy–Ramanujan reference for this one. Oh well.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby thunk » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:03 pm UTC

Instead, we get dinosaurs.
Still pretty cool.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby orthogon » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:58 pm UTC

Does anyone else find the sight of migrating geese deeply melancholic? For me it's far more so than other signs of impending winter.

On the positive side, I just learned something: I googled comptroller, which I'd always assumed was some kind of weird Germanic spelling of "controller". It isn't.

edit: Or maybe it is. I'm confused.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:07 pm UTC

If the quarterback is that far off - line from the center, I wouldn't be surprised if it's a Wildcat snap to the first goose on the left (probably the fullback).

Also, 'one flew East, one flew West, one flew over the Cuckoo's nest.'
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby leafar » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:11 pm UTC

We need to talk about Kevin...

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby chenille » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

Not shown: H.M.G. Africa, coming from way off to the side.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby RogueCynic » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:24 pm UTC

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby clockworkbookreader » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

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Usually he's only 6 degrees away. For this one, he's RIGHT THERE!

What does it mean?!? :shock:
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby somitomi » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:15 pm UTC

I'm surprised there isn't anything marked "Weather balloon" in this comic. I recall Randall doing this reference before, maybe he didn't want to do it again.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby project2051 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:13 pm UTC

But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby somitomi » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:37 pm UTC

project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby standingwave » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because there are more geese in it?

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:54 pm UTC

If there were less geese in it, it would be shorter...

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:59 pm UTC

standingwave wrote:
project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because there are more geese in it?


The aerodynamic benefits are the same whether you have 10 geese on each side or 19 on one and 1 on the other so it doesn't matter which wing of the V a new goose adds on to, and the easy way to change leaders is for the new leader to just fly forward while the old leader drops back a little rather than shuffling left and right as well. So in general, the two wings will be different lengths, although there may be times when they're equal.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:21 pm UTC

standingwave wrote:
project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because there are more geese in it?


As Colonel Bowman never said, "Oh my god. It's full of geese!"

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Krud139 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:06 am UTC

So, Kevin is basically one of those geese that went so far of course he made it to Hawaii and became a majestic Nēnē.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby antares » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:01 am UTC

project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".

Because geese travelling within the Earth's magnetic field experience the Lorentz force and are therefore transversely distracted from their flying path. The goose difference that can be measured between the two arms is dependent upon the total number of geese and the local field strength. It also varies with type of bird, so ducks and cranes behave differently. This fact was already known in ancient Rome, where priests called augurs used to study the magnetosphere by looking at birds in flight.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Various Varieties » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:02 am UTC

Did you know?

Kevin played a sea lion in Finding Dory:

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby trpmb6 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:So in general, the two wings will be different lengths, although there may be times when they're equal.


You must be a politician with such a generic statement like that. "It could be different, unless of course it is the same, then it is the same" :mrgreen:

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby jpers36 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

#Kevin

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby bbradleyv » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:00 pm UTC

Leeroy Jennnnkinnnns !

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby yakkoTDI » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:12 pm UTC

project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because they are not flying in V formation. They are flying in check mark formation. :mrgreen:

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby ps.02 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:01 pm UTC

yakkoTDI wrote:
project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because they are not flying in V formation. They are flying in check mark formation. :mrgreen:

No, no. The lopsidedness of the V shape is a measure of their maneuverability. This is why the capacity to change course in flight is sometimes referred to as "delta-V".

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby orthogon » Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:42 pm UTC

trpmb6 wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:So in general, the two wings will be different lengths, although there may be times when they're equal.


You must be a politician with such a generic statement like that. "It could be different, unless of course it is the same, then it is the same" :mrgreen:


For someone of rmsgrey's mathematical inclination, being the same is simply a special case of being different.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Jonathan589 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:04 pm UTC

If that twin-engined goose had had eight, it would have been a Spruce Goose!

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby aljohnso » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:30 am UTC

Searching Goose Kevin might be useful... but then he would have to explode.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby keldor » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:03 am UTC

Hmm. Missing valence geese. Does that make the flock a free radical? I blame Kevin.

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby pogrmman » Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:52 am UTC

keldor wrote:Hmm. Missing valence geese. Does that make the flock a free radical? I blame Kevin.


Maybe Kevin's found another goose flock and is going to bond the two...

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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:54 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
trpmb6 wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:So in general, the two wings will be different lengths, although there may be times when they're equal.


You must be a politician with such a generic statement like that. "It could be different, unless of course it is the same, then it is the same" :mrgreen:


For someone of rmsgrey's mathematical inclination, being the same is simply a special case of being different.


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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

I'm not!
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Keyman » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:35 pm UTC

Kevin's just trying to get far enough away to use his SuperZoom.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:45 am UTC

antares wrote:
project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".

Because geese travelling within the Earth's magnetic field experience the Lorentz force and are therefore transversely distracted from their flying path. The goose difference that can be measured between the two arms is dependent upon the total number of geese and the local field strength. It also varies with type of bird, so ducks and cranes behave differently. This fact was already known in ancient Rome, where priests called augurs used to study the magnetosphere by looking at birds in flight.
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Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Postby Sableagle » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:22 pm UTC

1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRXdge4OWhg

I see Kevin:
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... but no CIA informant, which is weird considering where I filmed that.

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Krud139 wrote:So, Kevin is basically one of those geese that went so far of course he made it to Hawaii and became a majestic Nēnē.


Nene?

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