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by atomfullerene
Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 34093

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Also, one generation's peasant food becoming a later generation's delicacy (as a couple of people noted about Maine lobsters) happened with oysters. Victorian middens excavated in London are full of oyster shells. It's not just coincidence in either case. Lobsters taste _awful_ if you don't eat the...
by atomfullerene
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47855

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

It's like the Kzinti lesson in reverse....the better a weapon is, the more efficient a reaction drive it makes...
by atomfullerene
Mon May 07, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 65913

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

As a TA who teaches many pre-meds, I can confirm that this comic is spot-on
by atomfullerene
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20946

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

. It still seems incredibly odd that they make adults share a room in the US. It's not like there is a lack of land or anything. You clearly have no idea the lengths colleges will go to squeeze more paying students on the rolls. Although I'm actually quite amazed to hear that other colleges don't r...
by atomfullerene
Mon May 16, 2011 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81844

Re: 899: "Number Line"

Any way you can add in gird and wind up with 8 being prime?
by atomfullerene
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39919

Re: 891: Movie Ages

Hm, I guess I am hitting a little above my age...Jurassic Park is the first one I saw in theaters, and I'm only 27
by atomfullerene
Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61150

Re: 0889: Turtles

Hm, I'm a biologist. Tortoises are most definitely a subgroup of turtle, in exactly the same way that humans are a type of mammal or toads are a type of frog. And most aquatic turtles will still come out on land occasionally. I found a slider (about as generic turtle as you can get ) crossing a road...
by atomfullerene
Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 72110

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Max Gagarin sounds like a 50's pulp scifi action hero.
by atomfullerene
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85272

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Was going to post a more extensive reply...but minecraft....
by atomfullerene
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32754

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

I'm thinking you could use microchip engraving technology for some of the smaller scales. In fact, just rig up some fancy track junctions and let tiny trains carry your bits around on the chip
by atomfullerene
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32754

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

so what do you guys think? HO or H0? To sum up the arguments, HO is by far the most common American spelling and useage, but H0 is the original form, meaning half-zero-with zero being another track style. Common useage or historical accuracy?
by atomfullerene
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 22100

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

chrth, about the leaf color thing. If I were to come up with an evolutionary just-so story, I would say people like to see the leaves change for the following reason: When leaves change color, they generally turn red, yellow, and orange. People like this because many people like the colors red, yell...
by atomfullerene
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177718

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

David Nolan was a guy who made a diamond shaped chart designed to make Libertarianism look like an attractive political philosophy or, in the form of The World's Smallest Political Quiz, convince people they already follow it. Multi-axis political charts aren't just Libertarian propaganda, and ofte...
by atomfullerene
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 51617

Re: 0851: "Na"

well then clearly we need a flowchart that shows ALL OF THEM
by atomfullerene
Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28283

Re: 0839: Explorers

Randall get out of my head! I've totally been working on a board game mashup strategy game involving elements from Catan.
by atomfullerene
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 50634

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

seriously guys! The alt text is what makes this comic!
by atomfullerene
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 21142

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

The implications of this ARE pretty cool, because they imply that every bit of phosphorous was replaced by arsenic. DNA with arsenic. ATA (adenosine triarsenate), arsenolipids, arsenolation. It's one thing to replace one of these components with arsenic, and use the rest of the cell's machinery to c...
by atomfullerene
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18420

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

I mean, Mormonism is supposedly reconstructed true Christianity, and it is quite clearly a religion. So you can have reconstructed religions. My take is that something is a religion if enough people think of it as one. Also I think modern society lacks a category for things like "Life Philosoph...
by atomfullerene
Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27121

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Oh, I don't know. Several of these could be about Megan (I honestly have no idea who this Megan person is people keep mentioning, but she appears to be a generic ex-anyway the following ridiculous interpretations have no basis in reality, so its irrelevant). top left to bottom right #1 Umm, two peop...
by atomfullerene
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27121

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

It's actually probably a reference to both, and the association between the two possibilities is what made him pick that and not "Calc" for instance. So you should BOTH sleep on the couch!
by atomfullerene
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27121

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

For some reason Jupiter reminds me of polandball.
by atomfullerene
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27121

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Of course, Bach needs a snappy one liner to say just before the flute whisks them away. I think we all know what it would be....
by atomfullerene
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 27121

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Its a reference to "A boy named Sue" by Johnny Cash and, presumably, the widespread dislike of trigonometry among the populace.

stinkin ninjas!
by atomfullerene
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 40682

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Well, honestly, it's too late here for me to really get worked up about the xkcd comic or anyone else's views on it. But my post seemed like the appropriate witty retort to yours. The reply's the thing, as it were. Anyway, as an off topic note, I find your avatar really amusing. What the heck IS that?
by atomfullerene
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 40682

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Hm, Ghavrel, you are right, that was a distressingly insipid comic. I'm rather puzzled about why you posted it.
by atomfullerene
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34596

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I can just imagine all the complaints about the downfall of society that have been said in ages past. In "Wealth of Nations", people were complaining that education was declining rapidly due to poor standards. I'm sure many playwrights would complain about how the Theatre Industry was chu...
by atomfullerene
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 32474

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

Approximately half* of all songs can be sung in common meter. I love common meter for this reason. I have a kickin' awesome version of "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun" sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama. *a slight exaggeration Another fun song meter crossov...
by atomfullerene
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 30024

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

....war never changes
by atomfullerene
Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 35439

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

Eh, don't get so upset. Good yarns have included heroes going to strange places and having adventures and fighting unusual people for all of human history. I mean, go read the Illiad or the epic of Gilgamesh. It's one of the most fundamental narrative structures, and probably inbuilt into the human ...
by atomfullerene
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54957

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

I know everyone says these checks are to make people feel more safe, but honestly I've never discussed it with anyone who didnt find them stupid and annoying. I'm not really convinced anyone feels safer. I figure its more of a CYA which helps no one but the politician who can't be accused of doing n...
by atomfullerene
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54957

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

I've always wondered about some sort of ceramic or carbon composite based knife as a highly smuggleable weapon. Surely you could make something sharp and tough and nonmetallic, and strap it to your inner thigh (but now they are rolling out those imaging systems, which might get around this loophole)...
by atomfullerene
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)
Replies: 307
Views: 18940

Re: (trying to) Vote out Ahmadinejad (+Twitter War resources)

What I think is interesting about this is the response from the internet to these occurrences. I mean, communications have always had the effect of humanizing others, because the more you find out about other people the more they seem like people. But over the internet, people from separate places c...
by atomfullerene
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?
Replies: 119
Views: 19451

Re: What kind of voice do you hear in your head when you read?

Fascinating thread...I really enjoy reading about whats happening inside other people's heads. You know, in the early days of writing, everyone heard voices when they read, because practically everyone read aloud. The letters were notation for the sound, and then saying the sounds would give you the...
by atomfullerene
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49750

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

Rather unsurprisingly, I was just thinking about this very topic. And as the above poster said, the fact that the bonuses are a small fraction of the total money involved doesn't mean they aren't a foolish waste of money. But...they don't account for the vast majority of money being spent, and it wo...
by atomfullerene
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46858

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

Oh, and @ dennisw: Great idea, but how do you know which is which? Also, that arrangement of quacks isn't possible, unless some of them are actually antiquacks. I almost forgot to respond regarding your statement about the arrangement. You've made a common error, confusing quacks with quarks. It's ...
by atomfullerene
Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0521: "2008 Christmas Special"
Replies: 203
Views: 51252

Re: "2008 Christmas Special" Discussion

Well, I'm a marine biologist, so I'll donate a squad of levitating cuttlefish to the cause.

aleflamedyud wrote:
Shit guys, Randall needs help. We're going to need a team for this...

You have my blade.


And my hacks
by atomfullerene
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37999

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

I just got a Master's in Marine Biology a few days ago, and I approve of this comic. I want to put out a plea to all my fellow scientists. We must stop this infighting. The real enemy are those heathens in humanities and the heretics in the so-called social sciences! They plot to turn us against eac...
by atomfullerene
Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Every coin has two sides"
Replies: 19
Views: 25341

Re: "Every coin has two sides"

I like mixed metaphors too. A couple of my favorites "Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for a night, set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life" and "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it" I'd say these things are more proverb than idiom, which would inclu...

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