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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby ZLVT » Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:58 am UTC

I found the Ipod Femto to be the funniest bit, just so...random.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby BlueNight » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:25 am UTC

ZLVT wrote:I found the Ipod Femto to be the funniest bit, just so...random.


'Tis not random at all. It's a pun on "nano." It's a clever way of saying "this is the scale at which femtometers are visible."

I wonder if the missing e's from bacteriophage and Brian Greene are somehow connected?

I guess Brian Greene has given up on that whole "electrons are tiny black holes" theory, if he's sitting next to one, knitting.

I had to look up "Si" to figure out it was Silicon, not "yes" in Spanish.

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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby whomever1 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:36 am UTC

Are you going to do this for all 11 dimensions?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Workaphobia » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:51 am UTC

I don't know why the inside of the computer has sperm and ova, but I'm thrilled to see the label "fork();" pointing to it. It's a nod to Andrew Tanenbaum and the cover of his operating systems book.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby roc314 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:55 am UTC

Workaphobia wrote:I don't know why the inside of the computer has sperm and ova,
How else do you expect the next generation computers to come to be? Have your parents not given you the chips and the circuits talk yet?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby aeiss » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:58 am UTC

Came from the dudes in the top right apartment.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:02 am UTC

So far, the vertical log-scale comics are 2-0 for win-fail. :D
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Whispering » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:16 am UTC

What no Planck length? Bummer. Will it be on the poster? Well atleast Schrödinger's cat exists/doesn't exist still.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby gazzaj » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:19 am UTC

I don't think I get any of these jokes other than the iPod and Rick Astley. Nothing that a few minutes on google can't fix though. :-)

On the other hand, I do get the Planck length one. But the other thing that is 2000 or so pixels below the bottom of the comic is MY planck! What's Randall trying to say??? And how the f*ck does he know???
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Aradae » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:28 am UTC

Do I even want to know why there is sperm and an ovum inside that computer?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby EvilPigMonster » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:39 am UTC

rwald wrote:
suso wrote:
dsplaisted wrote:
A. Smith wrote:Does anyone mind explaining the 32,767 angels one? I have a feeling I'm missing something hilarious here...


32,767 is the maximum value for a signed 16-bit integer. Add one to it and it will overflow to -32,768.


I think he meant what is up with calling them angels? Is that some reference?

It's often said that during the middle ages, religious scholars debated frivolous questions such as how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. As explained by The Straight Dope, the original reference was to "angels on the point of a needle," and even that was a joke being made by Renaissance scholars. The closest real question debated was whether multiple angels could exist at the same physical location; if so, then infinitely many of them could dance on a single needle.


I just keep thinking of Good Omens. That debate is referenced in there, too. And, it makes more sense. AND, it's funnier. oh, well.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Handsome » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:46 am UTC

Mane wrote:Next week: Length.

And after that: Time, then probability, and then whatever the 6th dimension is called.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Minerva » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:49 am UTC

I liked the mouse tail.

The Feynman-diagram-person is cool, too. A penguin diagram might have been nicer :)
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby macronencer » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:59 am UTC

Randall has outdone himself. Again! This is something Escher would be proud of.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby guyy » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:26 am UTC

There probably will be an iPod Femto one day. Apple's already proved they make things smaller even when they shouldn't.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby flostre » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:50 am UTC

Workaphobia wrote:I don't know why the inside of the computer has sperm and ova, but I'm thrilled to see the label "fork();" pointing to it. It's a nod to Andrew Tanenbaum and the cover of his operating systems book.


I don't know why a sperm is a fork(), but an ovum is not.

Also, after a fork(), when the parent dies, doesn't the child also die? So maybe its not the right metaphor.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Cartofel » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:56 am UTC

Out, Vista!

You could install Linux, but black magic looks more fun.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby macronencer » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:18 am UTC

My question would be: what are sperms and ova doing on a CPU chip anyway? That must have been a VERY strange party...
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Carnildo » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:21 am UTC

Whispering wrote:What no Planck length? Bummer. Will it be on the poster?


There's not much going on in the thousand pixels or so between the proton and the Planck length.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby steinane » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:36 am UTC

Hmm, those are some _BIG_ birds!

I liked this one :)
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby M.qrius » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:14 am UTC

Argh. Now I'm convinced. I'm going to print these large-scale for my wall. I've been meaning to get some sensible decoration anyway.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Angua » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:27 am UTC

What was the rice doing? Is it some reference to something or just food in the computer to feed the mouse?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby juststrange » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:51 am UTC

steinane wrote:Hmm, those are some _BIG_ birds!

I liked this one :)



Seconded, I was going to ask if anyone else noticed how huge those birds must be...... if they are birds at all.

Darn pterodactyl.... *dons raptor helmet*
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby anouk » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:06 am UTC

haha, i just noticed the vista apartment/room
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby cooldude76 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:27 am UTC

suso wrote:
TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I'm very confused... what are the panels above the guy typing?


They actually look like some of the older XKCD comics. Like the pool of balls one. Maybe its supposed to represent the comic and the guy at the computer is Randall?


I believe it is his neighbors'. The widest panel is: His room, his neighbor to the lefts room, his neighbor to the rights room, etc.
EDIT: But someone already said that.

Also, did anyone notice the "Norm Bridge" in the background? Whatssat About?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Celtic Minstrel » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:40 am UTC

Ooh, Brian Greene made it on there!

But... why's he knitting? :?

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Mane wrote:Next week: Length.

And after that: Time, then probability, and then whatever the 6th dimension is called.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby diotimajsh » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:43 am UTC

I wasn't too enthused at first ("Joy, another vertical size comic"), but I cracked up at Brian Greene.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby macronencer » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:56 am UTC

cooldude76 wrote:Also, did anyone notice the "Norm Bridge" in the background? Whatssat About?


It's "Northbridge". Google it. :)
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Endless » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:02 pm UTC

EvilPigMonster wrote:I just keep thinking of Good Omens. That debate is referenced in there, too. And, it makes more sense. AND, it's funnier. oh, well.
Anyone that hasn't read that book by the way, has not led a complete life.


Blarg, I couldn't finish that book. I found Terry Pratchet's babbling ruined Gaiman's prose. I always love Gaiman, and usually like Pratchet's prattle, but they combine badly.


And what is the Planck length?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Hobbs114 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:02 pm UTC

No one else is concerned that there is sperm on his CPU?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby suso » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

faunablues wrote:I'm confused how an ovum got into the computer. Sperm I can understand.


Ha ha. You know, back in 90s I once saw this joke advertisement (maybe?) for a set of 5.25" drives called the F*you/F*me. I've never been able to find it since and every time I mention it to someone they give me a strange look. :shock: It was really funny though. Both devices where put into a 5.25" drive bay. The F*you had a hole for obvious reasons and the F*me had a protrusion also for obvious reasons. You were supposed to be able to use them for cybersex over the Net.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby electronhead » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:40 pm UTC

Minerva wrote:The Feynman-diagram-person is cool, too. A penguin diagram might have been nicer :)


Last semester for our "Physical Electronics" Unit, the lecturer used people running through a forrest as a metaphor for current through a conductor, with a denser spacing of trees/nuclei making the people run more slowly. So, for fun, I drew a little man with an electron for a head jogging along.

It's wonderful news that he has a quantum mechanical brother.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby minche » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:40 pm UTC

xD space elevator
so funny (must print this one too)
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby AbsalomAbsalom » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:46 pm UTC

Celtic Minstrel wrote:Ooh, Brian Greene made it on there!

But... why's he knitting? :?



He's knitting to make the strings to help prove string theory, which Randall has mocked on several occasions. I'm reading The Elegant Universe right now, so I'll have the whole theory figured out in no time.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Mental Mouse » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:51 pm UTC

Very cool.... I LOLed at Brian Green(e), and Peter Norton facing off against the virus.

Some hints for prior commenters:

Size-wise, the bug would be not a mosquito, but a fly, presumably drinking from the torrent stream. I assume the sperm, ova, rice, and many other items were included for size comparison, even though you wouldn't actually want them in your computer case. The rust mite (http://ipm.ncsu.edu/Scouting_Fraser_Fir/rustmites.html) is a real plant pathogen, but putting it in the computer is just for funny. (And you thought you had problems with bit rot before... :wink: )
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Sprocket » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:55 pm UTC

Is this super super sweet sweet, or what?
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby StrixVanAllen » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:56 pm UTC

Aradae wrote:Do I even want to know why there is sperm and an ovum inside that computer?


# I don't. Seriously.

# The angels, Peter Norton and Brian Greene are the best. \o\

# I think Randall had in mind this article about angels in a pin: :D

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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby 1337geek » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:07 pm UTC

Sorry, but this one missed the mark by trying too hard. The only funny part was the "out, Vista!" at the very top and the string theory guy at the very bottom.
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby g0atb0y37 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:24 pm UTC

I like how the silicon atoms somehow coalesce into carbon nanotubes
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Re: "Depth" Discussion

Postby Micirio » Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:40 pm UTC

This comic reminds me of Power of ten

IPod Femto hilarious :-)


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