0913: "Core"

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0913: "Core"

Postby imbri » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:19 am UTC

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Title text: If you're a geologist or geophysicist and you don't introduce yourself by saying your name, then gesturing downward and saying "... and I study that", I don't know what you're doing with your life.

Comic was posted right on time today! The thread on the other hand, it seems, was not.

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Re: 0913: Core

Postby MrScientist » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:20 am UTC

I study that *points downwards*

Sometimes I have to explain that I don't mean my junk.

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Re: 0913: Core

Postby Stanistani » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:20 am UTC

I'm liking the recent comics a lot.

Whatever is going on in Randall's life, he seems to be getting the old groove back. Bravo!

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Lorenz » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:23 am UTC

...and you don't introduce yourself by saying your name, then gesturing downward and saying "... and I study that", I don't know what you're doing with your life.


Same concept applies to gynecologists.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby glasnt » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:23 am UTC

I'm tempted to start saying: "Hi, I'm glasnt, and I administrate that *points up*"

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Millumi » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:47 am UTC

Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.
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Re: 0913: Core

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:17 am UTC

MrScientist wrote:I study that *points downwards*

Sometimes I have to explain that I don't mean my junk.


You need to be more careful how you point down then, don't ya?
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:27 am UTC

What is there to freak out about a moon-sized iron sphere? Surely the mantle is more freak-worthy than the core.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Fixblor » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:36 am UTC

I was going to study the floor in a past life, till the wind got the better of me.

Eternal Density wrote:What is there to freak out about a moon-sized iron sphere? Surely the mantle is more freak-worthy than the core.


Hey, if you're looking to vacation at the core, with temperatures in the thousands of degrees, then I've got a bridge to *barf*
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby furgle » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:39 am UTC

I think the crust is the best part. I imagine a pool with surf boards 1mm thick covering the whole surface of the pool, bumping into each other gently. Then I think about taking a running jump onto one of the surfboards and the mess that would make.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby astronelson » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:53 am UTC

Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby iChef » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:54 am UTC

After reading the title I was hoping the comic would be about that documentary they made a few years back where scientists traveled to the core of the Earth.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby dcollins » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:08 am UTC

Re: Title text. I've realized that I now get insanely bothered by "if" statements that fail to have the word "then" after the comma. It's not you, it's me.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Hughes » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:15 am UTC

I never thought I'd say this, but, uh, get out of my head, Randall. ._. I do this almost everyday. And I'm just a singer! I dread to imagine how much it freaks out someone as logical as Randall.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Singulaire » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:35 am UTC

And now I can't stop thinking that the ground is dragging me along at hundreds of meters per second, by my feet
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby musashi1600 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:38 am UTC

Reading about the Earth's interior leads to mentioning the Mohorovičić discontinuity, which always reminds me of this Alpha Centauri quote:

"In the borehole pressure mines 100km beneath Planetsurface, at the Mohorovicic Discontinuity where crust gives way to mantle, temperatures often reach levels well in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius. Exploitation of Planet's resources under such brutal conditions has required quantum advances in robotic and teleoperational technology."

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby flatten_the_skyline » Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:52 am UTC

Funny, I often wonder what exactly I'm doing with my life. Maybe that's what was missing all along. Now I see the point in studying "THAT" *points downwards* for all those years.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby scarletmanuka » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:23 am UTC

iChef wrote:After reading the title I was hoping the comic would be about that documentary they made a few years back where scientists traveled to the core of the Earth.


Something like this one, you mean?

musashi1600 wrote:Reading about the Earth's interior leads to mentioning the Mohorovičić discontinuity, which always reminds me of this Alpha Centauri quote:

"In the borehole pressure mines 100km beneath Planetsurface, at the Mohorovicic Discontinuity where crust gives way to mantle, temperatures often reach levels well in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius. Exploitation of Planet's resources under such brutal conditions has required quantum advances in robotic and teleoperational technology."

-Morgan Industries, Ltd., "Annual Report"

It always reminds me of this Star Control 2 quote:
The Deep Children are part of Juffo-Wup -- home builders. The dwellers in the Mohorovichic.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Faranya » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:26 am UTC

astronelson wrote:
Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?


Yeah, astrologists really have nowhere to point...
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Hughes » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:34 am UTC

Faranya wrote:
astronelson wrote:
Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?


Yeah, astrologists really have nowhere to point...

Yes they do! To the FUUUUUUUTURRRRRRRE!

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby cameron432 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:35 am UTC

Faranya wrote:
astronelson wrote:
Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?


Yeah, astrologists really have nowhere to point...

Well, maybe their head...

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Nomic » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:35 am UTC

I'm totally going to introduce myself like this from now on.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Jyrki » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:53 am UTC

So is he worried about a core dump?

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby existentialpanda » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:07 am UTC

alt text wrote:If you're a geologist or geophysicist and you don't introduce yourself by saying your name, then gesturing downward and saying "... and I study that", I don't know what you're doing with your life.


Y'know, this may be the first time I've regretted deciding to become a biologist. I don't have anything to point to. Whatever I point to will be misunderstood, because you can't see the microbes and DNA and shit, now can you?

Mathematicians and quantum physicists have my sympathies in this respect.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby TiLt » Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:25 am UTC

Physicists have it the best though, they can point anywhere they damn well please! It's just one of the perks that comes with the job of trying to understand the universe.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby paotrip » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:13 am UTC

i totally get this...

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby spoonyspork » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:33 am UTC

I work for a geologist. He doesn't do that, or really anything other than blather on about politics and how rich he is (needless to say, his politics are NOT what you'd expect a scientist running an environmental firm to have). I think I'm more excited about geology than he, and I'm just a lowly CAD person. :/

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Fixblor » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:57 am UTC

wrote wrote:I freak out about fifteen minutes into reading anything

Me too.

wrote wrote:about the Earth's core

What about it?

wrote wrote:when I suddenly realize

Go on ...

wrote wrote:it's right under me.

Oh, maybe I shouldn't have interrupted ... could you say that again, start from the part where you've been reading for fifteen minutes. I love that bit.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby The Moomin » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:02 am UTC

The important part which hasn't been specified, is whether he is reading about the earth's core on wikipedia or not.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Millumi » Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:37 am UTC

Faranya wrote:
astronelson wrote:
Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?


Yeah, astrologists really have nowhere to point...

Yeah, mixed them up :oops: , though astrologers do study the sky, just in a way that involves connect the dots... and making up crazy shit.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby AvatarIII » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:03 pm UTC

what's up with the sudden use of colour in the last few strips?

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:23 pm UTC

spoonyspork wrote:I work for a geologist. He doesn't do that, or really anything other than blather on about politics and how rich he is (needless to say, his politics are NOT what you'd expect a scientist running an environmental firm to have). I think I'm more excited about geology than he, and I'm just a lowly CAD person. :/



Hey, spoonyspork, I'm a surveyor and geologist who works for another surveyor, and he's totally the same.


rocks ftw!


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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby JeffKochosky » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:28 pm UTC

This comic reminded me of a bar back in college (Penn State University - State College, PA).
The bar was named "Zeno's", and their tagline was:

"Zeno's - located directly over the center of the earth!"

Good place. You could drink your way around the world in 80 beers there... they even gave you a passport for it.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby nealo » Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:42 pm UTC

I searched for the wikipedia on earth's core to "learn more" starship troopers styleee

and found this

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/hell_inside_the_earth.htm

it's like some mad meeting of intelligent design with science.

Yes of course physics apply and the earth has an iron core and a molten outer core, which apparently is what god created for the forsaken to languish in.

????

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Tigerrrrr » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:42 pm UTC

existentialpanda wrote:Y'know, this may be the first time I've regretted deciding to become a biologist. I don't have anything to point to. Whatever I point to will be misunderstood, because you can't see the microbes and DNA and shit, now can you?


See, that's what's awesome about it. Life is everywhere around us... and on us. Well, I guess that's also what's creepy: everywhere, even though much of it isn't immediately visible.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Aubri » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:01 pm UTC

You know, I have a similar reaction whenever I think about stars and supernovas and stuff.
"Holy crap."
"Holy crap."
"Holy crap!"
My mind gets blown this way at least once a week.

scarletmanuka wrote:It always reminds me of this Star Control 2 quote:
The Deep Children are part of Juffo-Wup -- home builders. The dwellers in the Mohorovichic.

Thank you. I would have quoted it if you didn't.
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Feddlefew » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

This reminds me of the first time I looked a stomach bacteria under the microscope. :D
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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby MonoChango » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:12 pm UTC

It gets even more freaky if you believe some new cosmological theories that there may be a micro black hole at the center. Slowly eating, and heating the earth, all the while making our the magnetic field that keeps us safe from cosmic radiation.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby SirMustapha » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:25 pm UTC

So, the Earth's core freaks Randall out. And the joke is...?

... he read it on Wikipedia. Yes, yes, I know, but I'm not sinking that low.

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Re: 0913: "Core"

Postby Archgeek » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:27 pm UTC

Heheh, scarier still is when you think of the rogue theory that posits a moon-sized nuclear fission reactor right under you.
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