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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Srt252 » Mon May 18, 2009 6:00 am UTC

ahaha i love the wtf expression on the shark at [3,3]

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby UmbralRaptor » Mon May 18, 2009 6:24 am UTC

Note to self: keep hoverboard and lightsaber with me at all times to deal with flying sharks.

Now that I think about it, this seems vaguely like a Far Side (the one with ballooning buffalo, inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballooning_(spider))
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby mountaingoat » Mon May 18, 2009 6:29 am UTC

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't a little disappointed that the tooltip was not about the illusionary black dots between the boxes.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby funda » Mon May 18, 2009 6:48 am UTC

Srt252 wrote:ahaha i love the wtf expression on the shark at [3,3]

Shark: (prrrr) [passing gas underwater]
(floating sensation)
Shark: WTF :shock:
(the ocean floor receding)
Shark: :? The ocean is falling :|
(reaches the surface. balloon expands due to change in pressure)
(shark gets the bends - Caisson's disease)
Shark:[headache, dizziness, confusion, Breathing Difficulties, visual disturbances, itching, dry constant cough(chomp chomp)]
:twisted:
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby funda » Mon May 18, 2009 6:51 am UTC

sean22190 wrote:I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't a little disappointed that the tooltip was not about the illusionary black dots between the boxes.





Well, I'll be dammmed like the Grand Coule..

Its just sitting there looking at me, smiling like a crazy raptor with a lightsabre wearing an invisible cloak and popping out of the screen on an electric hoverboard like an anaglyph on Chrome 3D.


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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby TunezNZ » Mon May 18, 2009 7:16 am UTC

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby DrEasy » Mon May 18, 2009 7:24 am UTC

Srt252 wrote:ahaha i love the wtf expression on the shark at [3,3]

You mean at [2,2]? Or are you a Pascal programmer? :wink:

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby spirov92 » Mon May 18, 2009 7:31 am UTC

lol this is really one of the best comics recently.

KyrieEleison wrote:First raptors, now sharks. Is there any animal which Randall will not cause us to fear (completely rationally, of course)?

There is no way he'd make us fear cats. When close to a cat we become too stupid to fear even raptors.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby SW15243 » Mon May 18, 2009 7:40 am UTC

spirov92 wrote:¡This cheese is burning me! this is really one of the best comics recently.

KyrieEleison wrote:First raptors, now sharks. Is there any animal which Randall will not cause us to fear (completely rationally, of course)?

There is no way he'd make us fear cats. When close to a cat we become too stupid to fear even raptors.

Remember how quickly raptors discovered the use of lightsabers at Christmas? Perhaps the cat/stupidity relationship is our weakness. Raptors utilizing cats like landmines. Cat warfare.
That makes me fear cats, I dunno about you guys.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Ool » Mon May 18, 2009 7:57 am UTC

Why, of all people, would it happen to float by the very scientists who tagged it???

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby funda » Mon May 18, 2009 8:05 am UTC

Ummm ... Did they have a homing device in the tracker ?

That would work totally awesome - just needs a small motor and fan assembly.


The sensor floats out of the water (without the shark)
Flies like a zepellin (if it has a shark attacked, it would swim like a lead zeppelin)
Motor activated by homing device to reach the lab's collection centre.
(But will have to explain the UFO sightings) :lol:
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby ellaruby » Mon May 18, 2009 8:17 am UTC

I am thoroughly satisfied with todays comic :)
It makes me smile for all the right reasons.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Minalth » Mon May 18, 2009 8:29 am UTC

I thought that sharks had to keep swimming/stay still in a current to stay alive? Surely the shark would die (or at least suffer brain damage depending on how long they had it out for) in panel 5?

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Eldan » Mon May 18, 2009 9:21 am UTC

Hmm... the shark wouldn't be able to breathe.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that it's of course a giant, man-eating lungshark!
No wonder they were interested in studying it.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby ethan1701 » Mon May 18, 2009 9:31 am UTC

This is still not as scary as raptors on hovercrafts.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby slobrummer » Mon May 18, 2009 9:33 am UTC

Was anyone else reminded of a wallpaper containing a muscular guy grabbing onto a shark as they both are in freefall? I hunted for the picture (it's often found on the chans, but I didn't see it anywhere in the wallpaper or tech section) but didn't see it.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Grug » Mon May 18, 2009 9:36 am UTC

As someone that has spent some time researching shark movements including a fair bit of time programming a shark tracking and notification system - this comic hit close to home. Needless to say, this one got more than just a couple of LOLs from the other researchers in the office =)

Well done, Randall.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby sakeniwefu » Mon May 18, 2009 10:17 am UTC

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby thesleepless » Mon May 18, 2009 11:50 am UTC

i'm confused... where does the helium to inflate the balloon come from?
it'd have to be compressed to the same density as water i guess? that tag is way too small to store all that helium. also, there's no guarentee that the balloons will make it back to land... seems like it'd be better to have some kind of tiny remote controlled seaplane programmed to fly back to predefined coordinates.

also... did anyone else think of the bubble from The Prisoner when that thing started to inflate underwater?

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Ytterbium » Mon May 18, 2009 12:10 pm UTC

Since WHEN have raptors had lightsabers? And sharks can fly now? My hoverboard and ninja kittens will be needed.
But this provides further speculation- If sharks can fly maybe the raptors will learn it too- although technically birds of prey are flying raptors.
Is Randall trying to tell us something with this or is it just supposed to be funny.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Jourdy289 » Mon May 18, 2009 2:13 pm UTC

Minalth wrote:I thought that sharks had to keep swimming/stay still in a current to stay alive? Surely the shark would die (or at least suffer brain damage depending on how long they had it out for) in panel 5?


No, to tag a shark, it can stay out of the water for a few minutes without getting hurt.
I'm an aquarist (google it!) and I've heard of fish that jumped out of their tanks and managed to stay alive for quite some while...[*]
Also, Bettas (see http://theaquariumwiki.com/Betta_splendens ) are capable of breathing atmospheric O2



















[*]OK, I always wanted to test the footnote feature :mrgreen: there was this one woman I read about who had a reedfish jump his aquarium one night, and she found him rather stiff by morning.... she put him in the aquarium, and a few hours later, it was swimming again :!:[/*]

EDIT: Do these stupid (no offense Randy) little footnote tags work? or am I being a noob again...?
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Srt252 » Mon May 18, 2009 3:13 pm UTC

DrEasy wrote:
Srt252 wrote:ahaha i love the wtf expression on the shark at [3,3]

You mean at [2,2]? Or are you a Pascal programmer? :wink:


haha, oh my bad, havent programmed in a while :)

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Kadzar » Mon May 18, 2009 3:32 pm UTC

arcticfox.sq wrote:Why didn't they have their crossbows with them? Clearly the greatest flaw in their experimental design.
Because they're marine biologists, not physicists.
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Ocker3 » Mon May 18, 2009 3:33 pm UTC

Obviously, being not just marine biologists but chemistry geniuses, they've found the one formula that will allow them to generate helium from otherwise inert powder. And being scientists, they immediatly thought of how they could use this discovery in their Other field of research, marine biology, instead of simply making selling manufactured helium and retiring rich very quickly. I mean, who would want to do that?
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Xenobiologista » Mon May 18, 2009 3:36 pm UTC

spirov92 wrote:
KyrieEleison wrote:First raptors, now sharks. Is there any animal which Randall will not cause us to fear (completely rationally, of course)?

There is no way he'd make us fear cats. When close to a cat we become too stupid to fear even raptors.


Cuttlefish, you forgot cuttlefish.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby IW4 » Mon May 18, 2009 4:27 pm UTC

Ool wrote:Why, of all people, would it happen to float by the very scientists who tagged it???
Because obviously someone mailed it back to the lab, just as intended.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Sparkee » Mon May 18, 2009 4:42 pm UTC

This was without doubt, my favourite XKCD so far, a fact reiterated by the fact that it actually made me come to the forum, create an account, activate it and then actually post, purely so I could say that!

There have been very few things on the internet that have made me laugh for as long as this one did, I had an exam today, and seing this 2 hours before I sat it put me so much more at ease XD

absolutely brilliant, i still laugh every time I read it ^_^

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby fenrir_darkwolf » Mon May 18, 2009 4:59 pm UTC

LOL. Old Batman references FTW!!
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby tahrey » Mon May 18, 2009 5:20 pm UTC

The only problem I have with the whole affair is that the shark has eyes........... not sure even the raptors have eyes on xkcd-world. Hmm.

Also a 15.2m2 tank isn't too much, it's on the large side of normal-spectrum scuba tanks. And they hold helium all the time, so it's not going to escape in a hurry. Now, we presume that they've found some way of compressing it to more than the normal 300-ish bar, and are using a super strong yet lightweight tank material (carbon fibre or something, I dunno), or have managed to supercool it into a Bose-Einstein condensate (theoretically occupying no more space than a single atom) which is why they have no money left for funding --- a tag that size is plausible.

The more troubling thing is how it managed to successfully lift a 150kg, thrash-happy fish with such a small gripping area without seperating following massive tissue damage. But eh, let's just go with it.

It's floating back over the researchers because of the Rule of Comedy - it's a completely random, butterfly effect event that has occurred for no other reason than that it's funny. That or the shark hasn't actually swum very far, and they'd only just returned to the beachfront harbour (hence, people strolling by with ice cream) where they moor their boat when the tag accidentally triggered far too early (it's not supposed to go off until it's reached the surface remember - maybe the shark isn't thrashing because it's still partly sedated) and the prevailing onshore breeze blew it right towards them. And it's just snapping randomly out of rage and panic at almost certain asphyxiation rushing ever closer - the RoC states it must be floating snappily towards THEM though.
But why have they still got their white coats on? :D

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon May 18, 2009 5:25 pm UTC

[cite]"Completely implausible? Yes. Nevertheless, worth keeping a can of shark repellant next to the bed."[/cite]

SPEARGUN!

Works on the shark or the balloon.

What good is shark repellent if the thing is generally unguided?
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Namaps » Mon May 18, 2009 6:16 pm UTC

Shark-repellent Bat-spray:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dHbUOAqMo

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Korbl » Mon May 18, 2009 6:22 pm UTC

heh, I got home from club last night kinda depressed, then I read this... made me night a lot better and made me glad I decided to check today's webcomics.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Psycho Goose » Mon May 18, 2009 6:34 pm UTC

tahrey wrote:But why have they still got their white coats on? :D
Maybe they just want to enjoy their goddamn ice cream.
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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Feather » Mon May 18, 2009 6:37 pm UTC

Namaps wrote:Shark-repellent Bat-spray:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dHbUOAqMo

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby KyrieEleison » Mon May 18, 2009 6:42 pm UTC

Xenobiologista wrote:
spirov92 wrote:
KyrieEleison wrote:First raptors, now sharks. Is there any animal which Randall will not cause us to fear (completely rationally, of course)?

There is no way he'd make us fear cats. When close to a cat we become too stupid to fear even raptors.


Cuttlefish, you forgot cuttlefish.


Yeah, I did... though, do you think that, as I'm not a physicist (I'm an English major), I'll survive the cuttlefish armageddon?

Oh, and I don't need Randall to fear cats. My own adorable Zoe has me plenty afraid on her own, as the scratches on my toes can attest.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby VGMoose » Mon May 18, 2009 6:43 pm UTC

Shouldn't the title-text read "repellent" as opposed to "repellant"?

Or am I just being silly?

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby rainbrain » Mon May 18, 2009 6:51 pm UTC

heh, their carrying their lab instruments with them while they run.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby KyrieEleison » Mon May 18, 2009 6:55 pm UTC

VGMoose wrote:Shouldn't the title-text read "repellent" as opposed to "repellant"?

Or am I just being silly?


Nope, "repellent" and "repellant" are both acceptable spellings, according to the four (six if you include law and medical) dictionaries that make up dictionary.com.

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby Amarsir » Mon May 18, 2009 7:29 pm UTC

What if instead of attaching a helium tank, (which would be a bit unweildy), they build a device for hydrolysis. The shark's underwater anyway, so just split off some Hydrogen. That has the benefit of being less dense as well, for greater buoyancy. Of course then we have battery issues...

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Re: "Outreach" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon May 18, 2009 8:28 pm UTC

Jourdy289 wrote:No, to tag a shark, it can stay out of the water for a few minutes without getting hurt.
I'm an aquarist (google it!) and I've heard of fish that jumped out of their tanks and managed to stay alive for quite some while...[*]
Also, Bettas (see http://theaquariumwiki.com/Betta_splendens ) are capable of breathing atmospheric O2

[*]OK, I always wanted to test the footnote feature :mrgreen: there was this one woman I read about who had a reedfish jump his aquarium one night, and she found him rather stiff by morning.... she put him in the aquarium, and a few hours later, it was swimming again :!:[/*]

EDIT: Do these stupid (no offense Randy) little footnote tags work? or am I being a noob again...?


The [*] is for list items.

  • shark repellent
  • speargun
  • crossbow
  • ice cream
  • sun screen
  • blindfold
  • footnotes*
  • lab coat
  • goggles

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