0482: "Height"

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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby ungeniusman » Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:58 am UTC

The "heaping bowl of salt" thing bothers the crap out of me. It's a crappy reference, doesn't make sense in that context, and isn't even quoted correctly. Shape up, Randall.
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Postby Synthuir » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:20 pm UTC

I don't get it, how would the Eiffel Tower look on a vertical log plot, then? Just 1 line straight up...? :? :?:
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Celtic Minstrel » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:03 am UTC

phlip wrote:
Celtic Minstrel wrote:What does it say just below Arcturus?

"Missing WMDs"

Celtic Minstrel wrote:What on earth is Bupkis?

A slang term for "nothing". (Apparently from a Yiddish word meaning "goat droppings". The more you know.)

Celtic Minstrel wrote:What are those two things between the Moon and the Sun?

On the left: the Planet Express delivery ship, from Futurama.
On the right: Discovery One, from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Thanks. That now makes me wonder what WMD's are, but that I can probably look up on Wikipedia...

Alpha Omicron wrote:Where's the CN Tower?
It's just off the edge of the drawing. ;) :(

yaPete wrote:Is Sir perhaps unaware of the Entity Known As Google? Allow me to take the liberty: http://www.google.com/search?q=bupkis.

See that first result there? Surely this would be quicker and easier than asking such questions of your (presumably) fellow humans?
It would be, if I really considered it something that I absolutely had to know.

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KyrieEleison wrote:Add this to the "List of Things Randall Didn't Include"

I'd be remiss if I didn't put in a plug for Rukbat.
Rukbat is Alpha Saggitarius. Which, admittedly, does not appear to be on there.

The Red Gem wrote:The Eris reference made me love Randall just a bit more than I already did. I don't know anyone else who'd even heard of Discordianism... and hitchhiker's guide references always make me laugh.
I've heard of Discordianism – I discovered it on Wikipedia one day.

One of my questions remains unanswered:
Celtic Minstrel wrote:What's that thing just below the left edge of One Billion Light Years?
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby DragonHawk » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:46 am UTC

Celtic Minstrel wrote:
DragonHawk wrote:
KyrieEleison wrote:Add this to the "List of Things Randall Didn't Include"

I'd be remiss if I didn't put in a plug for Rukbat.
Rukbat is Alpha Saggitarius. Which, admittedly, does not appear to be on there.

That was kinda my point. :)
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Celtic Minstrel wrote:What's that thing just below the left edge of One Billion Light Years?

Whatever it is, there's another one across to the right on the other side, up slightly. Some galaxies have been observed to be spewing stuff (matter? energy? both? I forget) out of their centers, on a path perpendicular to the their galactic discs. That's my guess as to what those are.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Celtic Minstrel » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:20 pm UTC

DragonHawk wrote:there's another one
Yeah, I just chose the one whose position was easier to describe. ;)
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Kain » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:45 pm UTC

Celtic Minstrel wrote:Thanks. That now makes me wonder what WMD's are, but that I can probably look up on Wikipedia...

Celtic Minstrel wrote:One of my questions remains unanswered:
Celtic Minstrel wrote:What's that thing just below the left edge of One Billion Light Years?

Well, this is just a guess, back given the distance listed, I would assume those are quasars. Check wikipedia for more info.

By the way, the missing WMDs was a reference to the weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussien supposedly had before we invaded (our initial reason for the war).
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby muzzle » Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:43 am UTC

I think the original idea comes from this paper:
http://www.astro.princeton.edu/~mjuric/universe/

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PS
I scanned quickly trough the discussion and I do not think anyone mentioned this article yet. Sorry if I skipped something, it's a 7 pages thread after all.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Shay Guy » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:11 am UTC

Am I the only one who wants to see Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fit in somewhere at the top?
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby lassefolkersen » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:02 am UTC

This (and depth) is such a brilliant idea that I have started using in lectures for visualization of vastly different scale.

I've made a small python script that can "logaritmify" stuff:
http://www.folkersen.com/files/logaritmifier.py
While it's not exactly point-and-click GUI, you can use it if you have Python and Python Imaging Library installed.
Just write "python logaritmifier.py [name_of_picture.jpg]" -- it'll do the calculations and logaritmify the picture (be sure to make a copy first, unless you want to be forever logaritmic).

Optionally you can specify a "horizontal expansion" variable "python logaritmifier.py [name_of_picture.jpg] [number]"
While that will depart from the strict mathematical "everything is accurate on a vertical logaritmic scale", it does makes for a more lifelike logaritmification.

Example of use in this visualization of the different scales of DNA microarrays:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/98237982@N ... /?edited=1
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This is so nice to use for explanation (individual DNA strings in the bottom, probes a little higher, point out some probeset a little higher - and, yes, that's me on the top, logaritmified!)
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby lassefolkersen » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:14 am UTC

Oh, by the way. Here's my take on the eiffel tower discussion, using the above mentioned logaritmifier script:
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Found the original on flickr, so I should attribute to "carlos_seo" under a cc-license.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby George2.0 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:18 am UTC

Hey, check this out:
http://web.mit.edu/cmerrill/Public/
Mural of this comic.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby freddyk » Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:25 pm UTC

i think it would have been funny if there was an arrow that pointed to the black hat guy that said Schrödinger, so that would make the cat...
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Archosaur » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:39 am UTC

Dudes, I rasterbated all over this comic.
It's all over my bedroom wall.
Seriously, I showed my girlfriend and she was like "whoa! I could never do that! Your arms must be exhausted!"
I was like "Yea, it's all about the wrist."
She's all like "Really?"
and I'm like "Yea, think about how many repetitions of the same motion you have to make."
She's like "Yea, I guess so. So, how long can you keep it up?"

I was like, "well, I'm moving out in June, so I guess I'll take it down then."

What? What did you think I was talking about?
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby chumbawamba » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Trekkie here. I just check the Star Trek Encyclopedia and the edge of Federation Sector 001 is actually only 10 light years from the Sol system, so it should be just past Sirius and way before Pollux and Arcturus.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby lordlicorice » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:27 am UTC

I can't believe nobody got the Snoop Dogg reference.. at least, the topic search doesn't turn anything up, and I think this is the reference.

The Snoop Dogg bust made by the unfortunately-named Busts-R-Us plays a somewhat prominent role in Problem Sleuth. Somewhere during their adventure it's lost in high orbit between worlds. It occasionally interacts with the characters to bump something or act as a projectile. After it acquires Candy Mecha legs it becomes Captain Snoop Dogg. Here's one image featuring it: http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=4&p=001124
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Werewolf » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:03 am UTC

And thus, I have a new avatar.


Angua wrote:
Myrddin wrote:
KyrieEleison wrote:
Ooh! And there should be a black hole full of lost socks. If the WMD's are out there, then so are all those dang socks.


Odd socks don't end up in space; they crawl into wardrobes and, after a short pupal stage, emerge as fully-formed wire coat-hangers.


Actually, they are eaten by the Eater of Socks which is a sort of anteater shaped creature (so to better suck up the sock) and lives in the laundry room.

I thought I was the only one in the universe who had read/seen "The Hogfather". Yay!

I hate being corrected for my wording, as I do it so often to everybody else.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby phlip » Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:14 am UTC

Werewolf wrote:I thought I was the only one in the universe who had seen "The Hogfather". Yay!

"Seen"?

I mean, sure, the movie version was alright, but still... you default to "seen"?
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Werewolf » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:06 am UTC

phlip wrote:
Werewolf wrote:I thought I was the only one in the universe who had seen "The Hogfather". Yay!

"Seen"?

I mean, sure, the movie version was alright, but still... you default to "seen"?

Read. Whatever.

It like saying you've seen the Harry Potter series. It doesn't imply you've never read the book. Actually it sort of does. I stand corrected. Wherever. Suffice to say I've read and seen this and a couple of his other diskworld novels.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby iceberg » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:24 pm UTC

I fail at using the logaritmifier...
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby morganw » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:54 pm UTC

The handwritten white text on black background reminded me of my favorite science book when I was a kid, The Gunter Papers by Jack Gunter, a junior high school teacher in Massachusetts in the 60's. It's been out of print for years, but used copies are usually available on Amazon. Here's a taste:

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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby charden_sama » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:08 pm UTC

Was the word "Life" pointing to a moon of Jupiter a Callisto reference?
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:31 pm UTC

charden_sama wrote:Was the word "Life" pointing to a moon of Jupiter a Callisto reference?

Nah, probably Europa.

Or possibly Eurmomma.
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Re: "Height" Discussion

Postby eric_svrei » Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:38 am UTC

thesoffish wrote:Yes, poster. I was going to log on just to say this must be made available as one, but I thankfully see I am not the only one :)

The walls of my dorm room tingle with longing..


Or, if not a door poster, one of those very long t-shirts for wearing at the beach.
I really love this one, the mixture of the inside jokes (no, I don't get all of them), the real science, the logarithmic scale which makes this possible,and most of all, the star trek reference.
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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby scott487 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

If, by a measure of the cosmic background radiation, we've determined that the edge of the observable universe is 13.75 billion light years away - that the age of the universe is roughly 14 billion years - how did the top of the "Height" in this poster get to be 47 Billion light years up? We can only see 13.75 billion light years up.

I'm confused and Wikipedia isn't helping this time.
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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby phlip » Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:37 pm UTC

scott487 wrote:We can only see 13.75 billion light years up.

We can only see light that has travelled 13.75 billion years to get here... because of the universe is expanding, when you're measuring such long distances, that doesn't mean that the thing is 13.75 billion light years away. See Wikipedia - the observable universe is about 46 billion light years in radius.
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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby scott487 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:28 am UTC

phlip wrote:
scott487 wrote:We can only see 13.75 billion light years up.

We can only see light that has travelled 13.75 billion years to get here... because of the universe is expanding, when you're measuring such long distances, that doesn't mean that the thing is 13.75 billion light years away. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_universe#Size - the observable universe is about 46 billion light years in radius.


Oh my goodness... that's absolutely fascinating, thanks! I was always under the impression that it was 13.75 billion light years (cause that's how it was told to me) but I never considered that, if the universe is continually expanding and it is expanding at an accelerating rate, the light which has traveled 13.75 billion light years to get to us ... well, in that intervening time the thing which emitted the light is no longer at the location it was when the light was emitted!

Wow... That's a cool new fact that only someone who's geeky about physics would be into... lol

Thanks for the reply!

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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby Sowilo » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:31 am UTC

Slightly bumping this thread for a post no one cares about, but my 80 year old Planets professor used this particular comic to explain the size of the universe to us a few weeks ago. It was one of the cooler moments in school I've had this year.

That is all
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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby freckledgoodness » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

The cat being dropped from the top totally should have landed on its feet at the bottom. I expected it.
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Re: 0482: "Height"

Postby Tabasco » Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:13 am UTC

The Astronomy Picture of the Day a few days back has an awesome, interactive flash widget illustrating these concepts, from the very smallest to the very largest. Thanks to this comic, I expected to see various silliness at either end ... there wasn't, but it's pretty neat all the same:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

Here's just one small part of it:
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