0273: "Electromagnetic Spectrum"

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Postby Scigatt » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:15 am UTC

I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, but...

99.3 "The Fox"

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Postby jamessw » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:34 am UTC

Maseiken wrote:w00t, octarine!

Ditto. Good to see it got a mention :D
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Postby asphodel » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:39 am UTC

Amusing that this would be posted the day of my waves final... :shock:

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Postby Torn Apart By Dingos » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:02 am UTC

Okay, so what's the potato doing there? I assume it's related to someone's signature "I'm using my X-RAY VISION to determine the INNER WORKINGS of this POTATO!", but I could never track that quote to its source because all google results lead to posts that use that signature. It sounds like something Invader Zim would say?

Also, what is being censored by the Patriot Act?

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Postby DetectiveDaughter » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:06 am UTC

Scigatt wrote:I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, but...

99.3 "The Fox"


Either way, I think Vancouver just got a whole lot cooler.

First, where was this chart when I needed it? Second, I'm happy to finally know the wavelength of the main Death Star laser.

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Postby FinalSin » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:26 am UTC

BlochWave wrote:It looks like {oh crap I forgot his name} has the same problem I do drawing straight lines. It's like some people can just WHOOSH and it's perfect but if I try to whoosh it people lose eyes


Part the visual style, I think. It should be the excuse, anyway!

That tampax bit is the most disgusting thing I've ever seen in the comic though. But very funny nonetheless.

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Postby evil_girlchild » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:02 am UTC

nice
nerds who read too much into a comic... not cool

i think the illustrator read terry pratchett books... nice

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Postby SpitValve » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:09 am UTC

evil_girlchild wrote:nerds who read too much into a comic... not cool


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Postby DevOhm » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:14 am UTC

This hypothetical poster would look fantastic just about anywhere I could think to place it. The strip made me laugh out loud several times.

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Postby Macho Nachos » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:50 am UTC

Herman wrote:My favorite was the SETI and "alien" frequency bands so close together but not touching. Poignant, nerdy, and hilarious -- thy name is xkcd. Poster demand n + 1.

Edit: I take that back. My favorite part was the random numbers on the bottom. In, apparently, units of square gallons per coulomb. It just makes sense.


Heh. That was exactly my thoughts. I noticed the random numbers first but was too busy looking at other things to work out the units, but then when I did... great. Just great.

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Postby geek » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:32 am UTC

Myself wrote:So is there a way for us to paypal a few bucks and get the ultra-high-res scan suitable for large format printing? ;)


I 2nd that, shipping would make that pretty expensive for me, and since I have access to a 42" large format printer, I would love to see a way to get a highres pdf.

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Postby Drizzle » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:44 am UTC

Trooth wrote:Also what's up with that high-pitched noise in empty rooms?


I'm gonna go with Tinnitus :D

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Postby SpitValve » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:15 am UTC

Drizzle wrote:
Trooth wrote:Also what's up with that high-pitched noise in empty rooms?


I'm gonna go with Tinnitus :D


I concur with this explanation.

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Postby naroays » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:37 am UTC

Ah, the color of magic. About time he parodied that!

And only young people can hear that high pitched noise :p
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Postby Syphon » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:38 am UTC

POTATO :D

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Postby torne » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:45 am UTC

Torn Apart By Dingos wrote:Okay, so what's the potato doing there? I assume it's related to someone's signature "I'm using my X-RAY VISION to determine the INNER WORKINGS of this POTATO!", but I could never track that quote to its source because all google results lead to posts that use that signature. It sounds like something Invader Zim would say?

It's a Zippy the Pinhead quote.

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Postby flatluigi » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:47 am UTC

My favorite part about this comic?

It's that, on first glance, it might actually just be a poster on the electromagnetic spectrum. Just maybe.
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Postby naroays » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:05 am UTC

I think the potato is also a reference to Rincewind.

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Postby bandman614 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:13 am UTC

duetosymmetry wrote:The universe, I think, would be much screwier if gravity acted instantaneously.



Yes, but my bandwidth problems would go away...

:-)


/registered just to post in this thread. Want a poster.

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Postby quintopia » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:33 am UTC

Ew. You bastard. You made me picture my sister naked. And it hurt.

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Postby NathanielK » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:37 am UTC

Trooth wrote:Also what's up with that high-pitched noise in empty rooms?
BlochWave wrote:AC hum! Sometimes at least
For me it's usually dimmer switches. If the lights are not all the way off or all the way on, they produce an excruciating whine that nobody else seems to hear. AC adapters sometimes produce a similar but quieter whine. Old fluorescents hum, but that's low-pitched, and doesn't bother me much.
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Postby Kiirani » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:43 am UTC

"Censored under patriot act" - Genius. And guess what was on my mind as I sat down at my computer and clicked my xkcd bookmark?

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Postby Blackjack » Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:45 am UTC

Just had to ask...

Should it be "Blagorays"?

(Yes, I was motivated to register just to make that smartaleck comment. :P )

P.S. This is an awesome comic and, like others, I want it as a poster.

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Postby ARVash » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:00 pm UTC

The whole thing is pure genius.. but you forgot indigo.
Hey!

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Postby dmd » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:00 pm UTC

Poster, NOW.

I think I can actually make a case for buying this with grant funds.

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Postby Durinthal » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:05 pm UTC

Drizzle wrote:
Trooth wrote:Also what's up with that high-pitched noise in empty rooms?


I'm gonna go with Tinnitus :D


Not necessarily. To me, there's a distinct difference between tinnitus (which I can tell is inside my head) and an actual high-pitched noise. For instance, I can tell when there's a TV on anywhere inside my house, even if it's muted.

Nice job with the octarine. Also amusing are "visible dark" and "Miller light".

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Postby marnanel » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:11 pm UTC

Trooth wrote:Also what's up with that high-pitched noise in empty rooms?


"In the late 1940s John Cage visited the anechoic chamber at Harvard University... Cage entered the chamber expecting to hear silence, but as he wrote later, he 'heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation.'" -- here

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Postby Maseiken » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:25 pm UTC

I doubt you could HEAR your brain doing stuff...
"GRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOWR!!!!"
(Translation: "Objection!")

Maseiken had the ball at the top of the key...

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Postby Azrael » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:29 pm UTC

evil_girlchild wrote:nerds who read too much into a comic... not cool


Just where do you think you are?

It's ... what we do here.

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Postby bandman614 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:49 pm UTC

Maseiken wrote:I doubt you could HEAR your brain doing stuff...


Yes, but think about who's telling you that.

Your brain just doesn't want you to think you can hear it...who knows what it's really up to?

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Postby Frenchy » Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:59 pm UTC

Love it, absolutely brilliant.

The tampon bit is my favourite.

I'd buy a poster.

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Postby TheKhakinator » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:12 pm UTC

toysbfun wrote:
Bonus weird thought: centuries from now, someone proves the existence of electrogravitic waves and they fall under the frequency in this comic.


Yeah, that would be YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE of real life imitating xkcd, like the whole Richard Stallman/Katana and the bloggy guy with the cape, etc. (Cory Doctorow)

EDIT: I signed up just for this thread too. Also, a poster would ROCK HARD, but I'm in Aust. so shipping would be huge PLUS posters never last on my walls too long... I use blu-tac, but I used to have more luck with thumbtack style pins. Any ideas?

EDIT: Fixed the names... Richard Stallman, not Feynman, and Cory Doctorow. Cheers rhebus
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Postby TheKhakinator » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:20 pm UTC

ALSO the tampax/depends bit was disgusting as all hell. KUDOS for keeping me awake! Now I can save on caffiene...

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Postby Hawknc » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:21 pm UTC

n + 1 for the poster. I think this can safely be considered "popular demand".

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Postby _codeMonkey » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:22 pm UTC

UHF, FHF & FM * Amplified TV Antenna *

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Postby Belial » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:39 pm UTC

Gravitational waves are not electromagnetic. Perhaps it is supposed to be a joke, but 1) I don't understand the joke 2) some people might actually think that gravitational radiation is electromagnetic.
I propose that gravitational radiation be moved to the 'other types of waves' section.


Alright, listen closely:

If you see something in a comic like this, and accept it as fact without verifying it, you deserve to be laughed at.

i think the illustrator read terry pratchett books... nice


Yes. Wait, shit, do I still have his copy of the Color of Magic....someone remind me to look for that when I get home.

For me it's usually dimmer switches. If the lights are not all the way off or all the way on, they produce an excruciating whine that nobody else seems to hear.


I don't think it's the switch, actually, so much as the sound of the filament in the bulb. I hear it too.
addams wrote:A drunk neighbor is better than a sober Belial.


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Postby Hawknc » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:45 pm UTC

The dimmers themselves can make some godawful noises when they're not working properly, but I don't think that's necessarily what the comic was referring to.

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Postby AtomicLlama » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:46 pm UTC

I can tell when there's a TV on anywhere inside my house, even if it's muted


Me too. I wondered if anyone else could.

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Postby Froodulous » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:50 pm UTC

What high pitched noise? All I hear are the voices. :?

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Postby rhebus » Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:53 pm UTC

TheKhakinator wrote:Yeah, that would be YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE of real life imitating xkcd, like the whole Richard Feynman/Katana and the bloggy guy with the cape, etc.


Do you mean Richard Stallman?


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