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by algorerhythms
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4734

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

⋅ Did the "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan come out after Loving vs. Virginia ? According to Wikipedia [citation needed], it came out the year after Loving v. Virginia was decided, but the ad agency denies any connection between the two. edit -- I'm trying to fill out the bracket...
by algorerhythms
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 3730

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What worries me is there is a non-zero amplitude for arguments after falling asleep. Be careful with your sleep-talking, people!
by algorerhythms
Fri May 01, 2015 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1519: “Venus”
Replies: 39
Views: 7896

Re: 1519: “Venus”

Beware the plants from Venus, for they crave flesh.
by algorerhythms
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1506: "xkcloud"
Replies: 101
Views: 28767

Re: 1506: "xkcloud"

It randomly generated this one that works pretty well:
http://xkcd.com/1506/#post/db6e6d43-1b2 ... ba0d227e94
by algorerhythms
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1506: "xkcloud"
Replies: 101
Views: 28767

Re: 1506: "xkcloud"

Elon Musk suggests new uses for Tesla cars:

Image
by algorerhythms
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1506: "xkcloud"
Replies: 101
Views: 28767

Re: 1506: "xkcloud"

This is awesome! :D

I'm a little bit disappointed the Hanker button doesn't seem to work, though.
by algorerhythms
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 18543

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

Thinking about it some more, though, she could click Allow on the momentum prompt, but it just means the website won't know her location anymore.
by algorerhythms
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 18543

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

rhomboidal wrote:Hehe, I just turn on my phone's Heisenberg setting to take care of this for me.

Careful about that. Last time I turned on that setting, my phone started cooking crystal meth and autodialed a Neo-Nazi gang.
by algorerhythms
Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 21373

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

For additional fun, pause a movie when somebody is showing a newspaper with some big plot relevant headline... and then read the entire article beneath it. Yeah, I've paused on those frames many times, often having to move closer to the TV screen to read those other articles. Sometimes hilarious. U...
by algorerhythms
Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 21373

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

One of my favorites is in the movie "Office Space" where they deliberately made the screenshots make no sense. Depending on the scene, the computer was a Mac, a Windows 3.1 PC, an MS-DOS PC, or some combination of all of them. And a Google Image search for "Office Space movie computer...
by algorerhythms
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22666

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

In summer, the entire state of Texas is an autoclave that you can live in (in theory at least.)
by algorerhythms
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22666

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

ysth wrote:So if the autoclaves you can live in were posted post-comic, why the link in the what-if in the first place?

Is there some back-story here?

The joke is that there are (or, now, were) no autoclaves you can live in.
by algorerhythms
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22666

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

Seems to me a better idea might be to try to trap the water droplets in optical tweezers , slow them down and deflect them somewhere else, rather than trying to vaporize them. Of course you'd need a lot of very intense, focused laser beams for this, so you'd still set your neighbor's house on fire, ...
by algorerhythms
Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25556

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

Map is about right, while I slept through Fran in '96, in central NC, I woke up to dozens of trees down on our property. None of the others recently have gone straight over the center of the state like that. About the 'In America, the weather can kill you' comment, that's really true. If you think ...
by algorerhythms
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25556

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

The area where I grew up is on the border between Agnes (before my time) and Isabel (which occurred after I left for college). Where I went to college is in the Ivan zone, though I only vaguely remember it (I seem to remember the local TV station making a big deal about it, then it rained a little)....
by algorerhythms
Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about antimatter
Replies: 9
Views: 2690

Re: Question about antimatter

And in terms of constructing an atom out of matter and antimatter, you can construct something atom-like using an electron and a positron: Positronium
by algorerhythms
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about antimatter
Replies: 9
Views: 2690

Re: Question about antimatter

One difficulty of doing that would be that the negative electrons would not be bound to the negative antiproton nucleus, so you couldn't form a stable atom that way.
by algorerhythms
Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"
Replies: 20
Views: 7577

What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/93/ At what speed would you have to drive for rain to shatter your windshield? Daniel Butler Living in Tornado Alley, I'm well acquainted with how precipitation can destroy a windshield even if the car is not moving at all, and with how expensive it can be to fix the windshie...
by algorerhythms
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the smallest object that has gravity?
Replies: 65
Views: 19331

Re: What is the smallest object that has gravity?

There was once a colloquium speaker at my physics department that told a story somewhat related to this thread... His group was working on gravitometry (if I remember correctly, it was to be used for oil prospecting), and they would calibrate their devices by measuring the gravitational field in the...
by algorerhythms
Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 23421

Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

I used to do this with firebug and the old BBC Weather wobsite. You could change the URL of the images to get a different one. BBC Weather.png Unfortunately they no longer have a 'sandstorm' sprite (But they still have a 'UFO' one). That trick works with the U.S. National Weather Service site as we...
by algorerhythms
Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 23421

Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Huh... why have I never noticed before that the zip codes in Oklahoma begin with -7?
by algorerhythms
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1231: "Habitable Zone"
Replies: 51
Views: 13849

Re: 1231: "Habitable Zone"

The more I look at this the more I'm convinced a spherical mirror wouldn't work. So the goal would be to get a virtual image that appears to be very far away with a reasonable magnification factor (i.e. so it actually looks like the Earth). So, to get a far-away image, you might try a concave mirror...
by algorerhythms
Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 13223

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

One challenge to the Joe Biden idea: there are no mountains between Delaware and D.C., unless Joe is willing to reroute the Amtrak eastern route to the Appalachians. edit -- Thinking about it some more, an alternate idea: assuming you'd be drilling underground to place the loop anyway, as long as yo...
by algorerhythms
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63931

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Issues I could see arising with sleep sort might include that if the main loop takes longer than one second to complete, an incorrect result may occur. Also, if floating point arguments are allowed, then the processing time of the main loop is even more important. Of course, this doesn't matter beca...
by algorerhythms
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63931

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

FastBogoSort was definitely my favorite, but I had a problem with PanicSort. I don't know the DOS command line very well any more, so I just typed RD /S /Q C:\* on my pc to see what would happen. What now? I'm typing this from my tablet, of course. So you saw this DOS command listed next to "r...
by algorerhythms
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 21396

Re: Virus Venn Diagram

Not sure I agree with the diagram. I found the "Stoned" virus on a computer once, and the behaviors it produced would definitely make people think the computer had a virus. They would have been right. I just threw out a diskette that was infected with that virus; that I had kept for more ...
by algorerhythms
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232692

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

BoingBoing just picked this up. It is glorious. Exhaustive list of useless crap that has accumulated in various labs That list seems to be oriented toward biology labs, but I can find many of those things in the physics lab here, though I think the most useless chemical we have is the 3% ethylene g...
by algorerhythms
Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Violations to Aufbau principle in ground states
Replies: 3
Views: 2099

Re: Violations to Aufbau principle in ground states

It's been a long time since I've studied the Aufbau Principle, so I may be wrong, but I seem to remember it having to do with states where the D orbital is completely filled being more stable, so in a few elements such as gold and mercury, one or two electrons that according to the Aufbau Principle ...
by algorerhythms
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26286

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

Of course, once he's far enough away, they start talking about him.
by algorerhythms
Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30745

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Alternatively, log scales are for people who don't have printers with high enough DPI to scale the largest bar to the page and still print the others.
by algorerhythms
Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alkali Metal reactivity ratio?
Replies: 1
Views: 1358

Re: Alkali Metal reactivity ratio?

This is an interesting article on the topic. The gist of it is that cesium doesn't actually release more energy (lithium actually releases the most energy), it just releases a similar amount of energy faster, because it requires less energy to get the reaction going. This topic is kind of interesti...
by algorerhythms
Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 31748

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

Something doesn't smell right about that last formula. Suppose we double the number of miles driven, to 6 trillion a year. The amount of guano is constant, so one would expect that the efficiency needed in miles per gallon to increase, but if we put it into the formula, we find that it decreases.
by algorerhythms
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 50172

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

The optical equipment scene was one of the first I made while trying to figure out POV-Ray, and I hadn't figured out the details of how to do antialiasing yet. I just looked at the .ini file I had used for that, and realized why it took so long to do with antialiasing turned on: Antialias_Depth was ...
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 314162

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

On the off chance that Randall is updating this based on this topic, I'll check back later today. Seems unlikely that he'd even be reading this topic, let alone updating the images based on what's seen here. Of course, I could be wrong. It was mentioned that a comic did change, and the thought was ...
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 314162

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

I think Randall must be reading this thread, because the Oklahoma earthquake comic just changed to a tornado. Awesome!
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 314162

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

It would be even more fitting if the Oklahoma earthquake one had a tornado instead of a blizzard.
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 50172

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

Thanks for the comments. For the sky in the landscape image, I'm using a sky_sphere with a bozo color_map. I didn't know about Lightsys. I'll have to take a look at it. I have only one light_source declared in the source file, 6 miles away in the direction of the sun, but I'm pretty sure I had radio...
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 314162

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

I'm a little disappointed. I opened the xkcd page, saw the earthquake comic specifically mentioning Oklahoma, and thought it was a reference to the earthquake we got back in November. Apparently, though, it isn't specific to a particular place and just inserts wherever you are. Oh well. At least we ...
by algorerhythms
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 50172

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

I've been making various things in POV-Ray, including making a POV-Ray version of the lab I work in, as well as part of the university campus the lab is located in, and macros for optics lab equipment and road signs. Oh, and the picture I'm attaching to this message, which shows a view off of Dan's ...
by algorerhythms
Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232692

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I haven't been in a lab much at all, so the worst thing I've seen has to be the professor distilling alcohol with the lab equipment. Right out in the open, at the front of the class. In high school. That really isn't that bad. In fact, back when I was in high school, one of our assigned chemistry l...

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