0520: "Cuttlefish"

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0520: "Cuttlefish"

Postby almightyze » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:04 am UTC

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Alt text: Unless the CS students finish the robot revolution before you finish the cephalopod one.

Yeeeeeah. The printer joke was a bit over the top. But otherwise, it was pretty good material.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby RandallGetOutOfMyHead » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:07 am UTC

WHAAT my best friend wanted to be a bio major!

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:07 am UTC

Yeah, do they actually have "screens"?
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby VHBT » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:08 am UTC

So who will be on the biologists' side, who will be on the chemists' side, and who will be on the computer scientists' side?
Personally, I'll be working on the AI.


Also, how does the LHC factor into this battle?
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby cbhl » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:09 am UTC

This comic reminds me of something that my Grade 12 chemistry teacher told me: that most people are good at two out of the three main sciences.

He also mentioned that seeing someone who is "Chemistry-Physics" or "Chemistry-Biology" was a lot more common than seeing someone who is "Physics-Biology".

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby meat.paste » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:09 am UTC

We chemists are in your food, making you dance to our puppetry. Bwahahahaha-high fructose corn syrup!
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:09 am UTC

Maybe there is something wrong with me, but as a Biologist I just don't find the prospect of world domination as attractive as it apparently is to my Physics counterparts.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby jmorgan3 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:11 am UTC

The physicists should be joining forces with engineers; we already make all the world's weapons.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:12 am UTC

But what of the mathematicians?
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:13 am UTC

jmorgan3 wrote:The physicists should be joining forces with engineers; we already make all the world's weapons.


Mechanical engineers make weapons. Civil engineers make targets.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby DustinErnst » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:15 am UTC

Oh I want a cuttlefish for Christmas, only a Cuttlefish will do...

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby wizzfizz » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:17 am UTC

Cuttlefish: you forgot to mention they also end their life and provide something for caged-birds to chew on.

* That is, I don't THINK they chew. More of a bite/peck action.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby almightyze » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:18 am UTC

Oh, and to give the poor sap who I beat by about 20 seconds some credit, here is the answer to his question, "What about the mathematicians?"

The mathematicians aren't scientists. They're their own little thing. And odds are, they're already armed with artillery, all with proper calculations as to firing shells directly on someone's nose if need be. They just won't last. :mrgreen:
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:20 am UTC

Meteorswarm wrote:I am both a biology and CS major. So I have to choose between computational biology, i.e., data meta-analysis, or ROBOT CEPHALOPODS.

Guess which I'm picking.


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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Cytoplasm » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:20 am UTC

This is a cute comic and quite enjoyable! This comic is why my friends would call me a nerd..I enjoy sciencez. Anywhozzile, thumbs up to Mr. Munroe for amazingness.

((I would not want to be attacked by a cuttlefish. I think just about every major deserves some respect and such. Each field has many bright people and are important. I'm tired and it's taking me a while to write sentences..))
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby RandallGetOutOfMyHead » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:21 am UTC

dennisw wrote:Mechanical engineers make weapons. Civil engineers make targets.


I heard that too!

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby fr4ncium » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:21 am UTC

Little do the biologists know that the computer scientists that programmed their lab equipment have an automatic find-replace-all script in the gene compiler that swaps "computer scientists" and "biologists" and vice versa. muahahaahaaa

On a side note, what is the funniest "auto-replace" you've ever put in a friend's copy of Word?

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:22 am UTC

In short, No. The world will be ours. All you weirdo's messing with numbers and subatomic particles, pfft.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby LtStorm » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:24 am UTC

The CS majors won't help you. They've already allied with us chemists to end you all in Grey Goo.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby sje46 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:26 am UTC

LtStorm wrote:The CS majors won't help you. They've already allied with us chemists to end you all in Grey Goo.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:29 am UTC

PZ Myers is going to be so pissed that you exposed his plan, Randall. Although I think it would be more "kill the creationists" than anything.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Interactive Civilian » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:30 am UTC

As a former marine biologist now HS biology teacher, I approve of this comic. 8)
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby drjon » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:31 am UTC

MERRY CEPHALOPODMAS!!!

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby almightyze » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:36 am UTC

drjon wrote:MERRY CEPHALOPODMAS!!!


Ummmm, no.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby RockoTDF » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:37 am UTC

NO!
NO!
NO!

If you want to create an army of animals to take over the world, you need (real) PSYCH MAJORS to get the job done! (yes, even if with fish/water critters; which I work with btw. Not to say that bio majors can't do this either). *avoids rant about what psychology really is and what it isn't*

Also, on a more technical note, the proper term is "the animals learned to..." not "we trained them to..."

Having said this, I'm all for creating a species designed for killing physicists, so long as they only kill the ones that write about consciousness or "the mind" like they have any idea what the hell they are talking about.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby cephalopod9 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:40 am UTC

Woo! Cephalopods! yay.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby blackrose » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:42 am UTC

I'm a Math AND Chem double major. Do I get to live when they come?
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby linguistic » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:44 am UTC

Pft. Biology is just theoretical Mad Science.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:44 am UTC

Cuttlefish! I heard about them first from an episode of the Venture Bros.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby 10nitro » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:45 am UTC

The more I learn about DNA, the more amazed I am at how similar it is to machine code.

I'm really surprised some CS people haven't gotten on making an assembly language for DNA.
Or at least writing straight machine code / base pairs like Woz did for the Apple II...

Start from scratch, just make a bacteria that divides a few times before it runs out of energy. 1 chromosome. We can take care of eating later. A proof of concept, I beg you.

I would do it myself, but 1.) ASM is hard as fuck ( I make a little more than hello world on a z80) and 2.)I have no way of writing to to a cell. Relatively speaking, though, this isn't hard; we do it in these cloned gerbils no one cares about anymore.
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:46 am UTC

I, for one, would like to welcome our new Invertebrate Overlords...

wait a minute..

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby GodShapedBullet » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:47 am UTC

RockoTDF wrote:NO!
NO!
NO!

If you want to create an army of animals to take over the world, you need (real) PSYCH MAJORS to get the job done! (yes, even if with fish/water critters; which I work with btw. Not to say that bio majors can't do this either). *avoids rant about what psychology really is and what it isn't*

Also, on a more technical note, the proper term is "the animals learned to..." not "we trained them to..."

Having said this, I'm all for creating a species designed for killing physicists, so long as they only kill the ones that write about consciousness or "the mind" like they have any idea what the hell they are talking about.



Duh, we already have armies of animals to take over the world.

We are way smarter than cuttlefish.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Beautiful_Solace » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:54 am UTC

cbhl wrote:This comic reminds me of something that my Grade 12 chemistry teacher told me: that most people are good at two out of the three main sciences.

He also mentioned that seeing someone who is "Chemistry-Physics" or "Chemistry-Biology" was a lot more common than seeing someone who is "Physics-Biology".

lol its soo true I do Chemistry-Biology ... never understood Physics :/
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby irdsm » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:57 am UTC

I'm saddened at the lack of stomatopods...

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Benson » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:02 am UTC

Well, I'm not really supposed to talk about this, but we aerospace engineers have already joined with the physics majors on our own little project.

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby exploto » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:05 am UTC

I wonder if Randall has been reading Rudy Rucker... he often includes cuttlefish in his sci-fi stories. Also, he wrote a book called "The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul- What Gnarly Computation Taught Me About Ultimate Reality, the Meaning Of Life , and How To Be Happy" Which talks a lot about Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, which is reffered to in "A bunch of Rocks" (I can tell he used Rule 110 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_110 for that) You can even a few chapters online at Ruckser's site (well what, it's a good book and somewhat more accessable than Wolfram) http://www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox/ yes, and cuttlefish are the coolest (I say as a bio major.) We WILL get around to taking over the world with our mutant genetic monsters one of these days. You can see on the site even Wolfram himself gave the book a great review.
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Postby michaelandjimi » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:09 am UTC

cbhl wrote:This comic reminds me of something that my Grade 12 chemistry teacher told me: that most people are good at two out of the three main sciences.

He also mentioned that seeing someone who is "Chemistry-Physics" or "Chemistry-Biology" was a lot more common than seeing someone who is "Physics-Biology".
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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Kawa » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:19 am UTC

Man, not just any biology, marine biology (and, dare I say it without being killed by real marine biologists, a little aquaculture). I always knew they were crazy take-over-the-world-types. (Note: I am an applied mathematician (mathematical biology, natch, but it's his fault) dating a marine biologist.)

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby pfudd » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:22 am UTC

One small nitpick with the comic: it claims cuttlefish have a 200dpi image capability, while wikipedia claims they have 200 pixels per square mm.

This works out to 359.210254dpi.

Apart from that, I'm a CS major who is about to get a Biotechnology BSc: This is Biology applied! Woohoo! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Postby Amarantha » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:24 am UTC

KILL IT WITH FIRE!!! and then eat it Oh me yarm :P


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