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by Meng Bomin
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139639

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I tried tiling it, and while the effect was attractive, I was irritated the fact that it mirrored across the edges, causing some weird things, most notably showing two Australias next to each other. http://i40.tinypic.com/zxv4b7.jpg Yes, the four non-conformal points along the equator have that eff...
by Meng Bomin
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139639

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Personally, my favorite is the Peirce Quincuncial, but I must say that Randall's description didn't resonate much with me. It should be noted that it does matter what longitude the map is centered on and in my opinion, it is best when centered on about 25°W/155°E, as Randall drew it and the example ...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 87447

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

The van the right is the reason that the Mormons, Amish, Hasidic Jews, and conservative Catholics will inherit America [with some other ethnic groups thrown in].
by Meng Bomin
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46822

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

The nasty part of HIV is what happens when its genetic code is acted upon, so if you use an HIV capsid but put in a different set of RNA, it doesn't really act like HIV anymore. That said, the framing of the issue in the comic is pretty hilarious, so I have to give Randall a thumbs up for this one.
by Meng Bomin
Mon May 02, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 95855

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I think it was the sensible decision on Firefly. Or did Randall forget about that. Nah, I think it's simply more sensible to assume that Firefly didn't present an accurate projection of what the future holds. The notion that we should emigrate from Earth to other worlds because life on Earth is bec...
by Meng Bomin
Mon May 02, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 95855

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I think it was the sensible decision on Firefly. Or did Randall forget about that. Nah, I think it's simply more sensible to assume that Firefly didn't present an accurate projection of what the future holds. The notion that we should emigrate from Earth to other worlds because life on Earth is bec...
by Meng Bomin
Mon May 02, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 95855

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I guess I'll voice a bit of dissent here. The first point I think should be made is that history is a multi-generational enterprise. 65 years doesn't make a good summary of technological development. Honestly, I don't think that we were ready to make the jump in a serious way during the Apollo progr...
by Meng Bomin
Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 108497

Re: 0881: "Probability"

gooley wrote:Seriously, Randall. Nobody cares about your personal life, we just want entertaining comics. Please keep it professional.

An ironic comment given the obvious lack of class.
by Meng Bomin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25303

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I myself haven't read much Gladwell, but the few exposures I've had with him were examples of him being eloquently wrong. The Alt text mentions Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame and it also mentions Robert Krulwich. The three are narrative artists of the NYC media sphere and I'm guessing that they ...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176100

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Seeing Lazar's list, I thought I should extend his point on the Tibet/Xinjiang issue. Tibet should be shifted both to the south and extended a bit to the east. Ethnic Tibetans populate much of the Tibetan plateau, which extends out into the area north of Burma. There is a large northwestern province...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176100

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I think that this is supposed to invite nitpicks, so I'll throw out what I've got for now as a fellow American: The previously mentioned issue with Scandinavia (though I'd add that not only is Finland wrongly included, but so is part of Russia) Belize and Jamaica are English-speaking, while Haiti is...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52664

Re: 0841: Audiophiles

soren121 wrote:Also, I'd be broke pretty quick.

And that, my friend, is why you are not an audiophile. :wink:
by Meng Bomin
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 74922

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

I'm a fan of the inclusion of Sulawesi (an Indonesian island) on the far Eastern side of the map. It has a very distinctive shape that gave away the fact that it was an actual terrestrial island.
by Meng Bomin
Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 51462

Re: "Dilution" discussion

According to the Wikipedia page on homeopathy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy), homeopaths often use what they call a 30C dilution which by their terminology would also be a 60X dilution, which is really a 1 part in 10 60 dilution, which in biochem would be 10 60 X. Obviously this is never ...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35743

Re: " Literally " Discussion

I'm not sure I agree with the notion that literally should not be used in this context. Usually its used as an intensifier through the fine (okay, really quite coarse) art of hyperbole. If you say, "I was figuratively glued to my seat", you'll notice that figuratively doesn't add any value...
by Meng Bomin
Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 57138

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

This is precisely why the IAU's definition of a planet is wrong. By default we are excluding significant solar system bodies from relevant discussions. Paraphrase: This is why the IAU's definition is wrong: their subjective categorization disagrees with mine! Personally, I find it aesthetically ple...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27803

Re: iPhone or Droid

Plamo wrote:
darkspork wrote:The iPhone has Katamari Damacy.

I think we know who the winner is.

The Zune, with Audiosurf.

Seconded. I had to put down Audiosurf to post this.

EDIT: Or thirded. Didn't see the second.
by Meng Bomin
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16715

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

If the two parties have such a lock on our system, then how come there's a member of the Connecticut for Lieberman Party in the U.S. Senate? Third parties are doing better than people realize. Lieberman caucuses with the Democrats, even if he has a reputation for disloyalty, as does the other indep...
by Meng Bomin
Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0592: "Drama"
Replies: 122
Views: 29184

Re: "Drama" Discussion

I'm going to echo Code J and say that this was actually one of the better comics I've seen, so the amount of disparagement for it in this thread seems a bit strange to me.
by Meng Bomin
Fri May 29, 2009 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 58185

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

I'm not too fond of Helvetica...it's not terrible, but I have to think that it's popularity among typography geeks stems from its legacy, not necessarily the font itself.
by Meng Bomin
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33774

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

My favorite line from the sequels is where the Architect says to Neo, "I can tell by the expression on your face..."

Looking at Keanu Reeves with sunglasses on, my thought was, "What...what?"
by Meng Bomin
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 54018

Re: "Well" Discussion

The Chinese element of Firefly/Serenity was probably the worst executed element of the story. Not just the demographics, but the pronunciation and consistency. That said, it seemed that in Serenity, the English-Chinese duality of language usage was broken down as there was definitely written materia...
by Meng Bomin
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40079

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

Is there any relation between this and the losers who say "an historic" because the never learned that the a/an dichotomy was phonetically-based, not spelling-based? How about the losers who never learned that there are accents that pronounce "historic" with a silent "h&quo...
by Meng Bomin
Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40079

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

I'm surprised at the consternation over dammit. To me, dammit and damn it are interchangeable, though I suspect that if I were to type it, it would be dammit...which is what I initially learned. Is there any relation between this and the losers who say "an historic" because they never lear...
by Meng Bomin
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0546: "Music DRM"
Replies: 77
Views: 15805

Re: "Music DRM" Discussion

Man, I dunno about you all but I actually miss Ruckus. Shit may have been DRM'd to high hell and back, but it was all-you-can-download for free as long as you were a student. I DL'd a ton of stuff and got around to getting rid of the DRM for most of it (I used Daniusoft Media Converter, which I got...
by Meng Bomin
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37623

Re: "Security" discussion

synp wrote:Oh, and if the $5 wrench can be used, why hit him for the password? Hit him for the information itself.

Password's more easily verified.
by Meng Bomin
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92255

Re: Converting to Metric

I will join the chorus that is saying "Thank you for this and please make a poster."
by Meng Bomin
Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48468

Re: Terminology

What bothers me most about the terminology has already been touched upon by several others and that is the Eurocentric nature of the designations as well as the vagueness and the apparent disregard for the continent of Africa, which is to the south, not the East of Europe. The Americas which include...

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