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by OP Tipping
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90745

Re: 0526: "Converting to Metric"

Update: Burma/Myanmar is switching to metric so soon it will just be the USA and Liberia, the axis of ye olde.
by OP Tipping
Sat Sep 05, 2015 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6994

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

I would suppose that when Cybermen first appeared on TV screens in 1966, most people were unfamiliar with the suffix and hence associated mostly with that fictional race. Some 30 years after that, cyber- really took off in mainstream speech and suddenly the term Cyberman had a glimmer of its intende...
by OP Tipping
Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 15826

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

Sad there is no room for Ice-T, Ice Cube or Snow.
by OP Tipping
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1541: "Voice"
Replies: 54
Views: 13631

Re: 1541: "Voice"

I assumed ponytail was just messing around, or trying to ensure the other lass stays around for at least six years.
by OP Tipping
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 13041

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

I don't understand this cartoon at all.

Been a while since I had a pet but when I had one, I referred to it by its name.
by OP Tipping
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40513

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Although these points about mounding are interesting... They don't get past the serious energy bottleneck represented by the lack of input radiative energy. We are talking a three orders of magnitude shortfall. I am a bit surprised that this point has not been picked up by sciencey reviewers because...
by OP Tipping
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 27243

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

I mean really for most songs you should be able to do this already.
by OP Tipping
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40513

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

KarenRei wrote:Okay, I found the book online. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

First off, it's terribly written.



Most of it takes the form of a blog by a scientist. To me it reads like the blog of a scientist.
by OP Tipping
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40513

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

I enjoyed this novel. A lot of it seemed unlikely, in that the audience needs to accept that this slightly handy botanist turns out to be a hypermega-MacGyver and his somewhat wacky schemes worked out well enough for him to live, but that's okay. There were a few points that were a bit too odd or un...
by OP Tipping
Wed May 27, 2015 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51281

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

So here's how I'd rule it. Neil beats Louis. Madd props @ Satchmo but come on. Stretch through in a walkover due to disqualification. Bridges over Gordon. Nothing matters less than car driving contests. Nothing. Jeff over Jack. Think of Purple Rose of Cairo or Pleasantville. H.G. over Orson. Love th...
by OP Tipping
Tue May 26, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51281

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

I always, or at least sometimes, get the Farrelly Brothers mixed up with the Coen Brothers.
by OP Tipping
Tue May 26, 2015 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51281

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Yes, but is that BBC "The Doctor" or Voyager "The Doctor"? I think he made it ambiguous to weed out people who think Voyager was better than Doctor Who. Definitely not inviting any of these people to a barbecue. Here's a bracket for you: - On a scale of one to ten, how would you...
by OP Tipping
Tue May 26, 2015 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51281

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

i don't know who'd win this but I would have put in

Jennifer Garner
James Garner
Joel Garner
Jay Garner
by OP Tipping
Sun May 17, 2015 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29711

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

Most of these are not emoji...
by OP Tipping
Wed May 06, 2015 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20605

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

The name "England" comes from Angeln in northern Germany. King Arthur (at best a semi-legendary and probably a fully legendary figure) was a Celtic king who was fighting _against_ the Anglo-Saxon Germanic invaders so the use of the term England here does jar a bit. BTW this cartoon is a bi...
by OP Tipping
Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 63891

Re: Avengers!

I enjoyed Age of Ultron. But not nearly as much as I enjoyed the previous Avengers movie. I really thought that was a great film with interesting insights and interesting character interactions, and stacks of superb dialogue. Age of Ultron is an above average superhero movie but I am not going to si...
by OP Tipping
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 43704

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

That spider appears to have five legs on one side (and presumably ten altogether).
by OP Tipping
Sun Mar 22, 2015 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23574

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

On a clarification to my earlier post. If indeed you are referring to "southern Ireland" as "northern Ireland" having been rotated, this is also incorrect since the terms "United Kingdom" and "Great Britain" both already include "northern (southern) Irel...
by OP Tipping
Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 26216

Re: 1501: Mysteries

And what is the obvious explanation for the meat shower? The Wikipedia article gives: 'Out of the many theories for an explanation of this phenomenon, one suggested by locals is that the meat was disgorged by buzzards "who, as is their custom, seeing one of their companions disgorge himself, im...
by OP Tipping
Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 26216

Re: 1501: Mysteries

I am surprised to see the VM in that quadrant. I think it is pretty weird, and there are a number of possible explanation.
by OP Tipping
Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"
Replies: 61
Views: 23196

Re: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"

Why does the "citation required" link take me to some Kentucky state government page? We were staying in a hotel recently that had a microwave oven. It had the usual buttons: timer, power level, reheat, defrost, various preset options like "fish", "meat" etc. And a butt...
by OP Tipping
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 34552

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

The Time Machine line should be longer, as it was partly set in the then-present.
by OP Tipping
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61076

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

Well... I am glad I missed out on what this is about.
by OP Tipping
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27617

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

".. whereas a proton has 10-8kg/C. I guess that's what people mean when they say gravity is much weaker than electromagnetism. I always wondered whether it was really a meaningful statement, comparing two things with different dimensions like that. But it makes some sense to say that that the p...
by OP Tipping
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27617

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Between pairs of objects in which the products of the mass:charge ratio is greater than the ratio of Coulomb's constant to the Gravitational constant, ie |M1 * M2 / Q1 / Q2 |> k/G ... gravitation is a stronger force than electromagnetism. For those pairs in which |M1 * M2 / Q1 / Q2 |< k/G, electroma...
by OP Tipping
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 17753

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

Yeah nah I can't go with Randall on this one.

Bromance does not mean friendship. It doesn't even just mean friendship between men. It is a more specific term and a very useful one.
by OP Tipping
Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"
Replies: 60
Views: 21039

Re: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"

roket sled
wat r u doin
roket sled
Stapp
by OP Tipping
Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 30777

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

Can inactive bacterial spores be said to be "alive"? If not, is their destruction "death"?
by OP Tipping
Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"
Replies: 34
Views: 15304

Re: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"

Yep. Glass is miscible with lava ... indeed some lavas are quite "glassy" in composition.
Of course it wouldn't mix instantaneously so you might have some chance to enjoy the lamp, notwithstanding the fact that you couldn't really see anything except a red glow.
by OP Tipping
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 421018

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

There is a version of this that just appeared here. http://io9.com/can-you-solve-the-hardest-logic-puzzle-in-the-world-1642492269 An old solution is posted here. https://www.physics.harvard.edu/uploads/files/undergrad/probweek/sol2.pdf It is different in that there are 100 dragons, all green eyed. T...
by OP Tipping
Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 22435

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

DNA evidence? Why? I would've thought that was a popular one since the 70s at least.
by OP Tipping
Mon May 26, 2014 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Replies: 294
Views: 77988

Re: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Coulson said "mainframe". Holy cow.
by OP Tipping
Mon May 12, 2014 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Replies: 294
Views: 77988

Re: Aglets of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I am a bit late but Yay @ the Doctor Who reference in The Only Light In The Darkness: perfect for Simmons. There is even an apparent musical reference to the DW theme later when they are collecting Audrey.
by OP Tipping
Fri May 02, 2014 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 29488

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

Do not submerge in water; phone will drown.


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I need a ruling. Should that be a colon?
by OP Tipping
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 115973

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7

So whom is Serkis going to play?
by OP Tipping
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"
Replies: 50
Views: 13467

Re: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"

By pouring out the carbonated beverages, you release the CO2 anyway.
by OP Tipping
Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 23793

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

I've often thought that burnished tungsten carbide would make a great tabletop surface. It is more chemically stable than tungsten, and would be pretty hard to do harm to. There's nothing worse than visiting someone with like a mahogany table so you have to use coasters and placemats to protect the ...
by OP Tipping
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Replies: 44
Views: 9078

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The action scenes were actiony, the plot and dialogue were average. Not much else I can say without the spoilers tag... So it turns out SHIELD has been infiltrated and compromised by Hydra for decades. Sitwell is a Hydra agent. This doesn't sit well with me, ha ha ... ha ..., but I suppose if you...
by OP Tipping
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 88081

Re: 1350: "Lorenz"

I appreciate the work that went into this.

BTW I crossed Edward Norton with Eduard Lorenz and got a Nazi actor, not the Edward Norton Lorenz I was hoping for.
by OP Tipping
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"
Replies: 95
Views: 24249

Re: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"

Hmm. If there are 3e12 viruses per human, there are something like 2.2e22 viruses altogether. 1e30 is 4.8e6 times bigger than that. An oil drum is 0.16 m^3. So if the average volume of a human virus were the same as the average volume of a virus on earth, then we get 7.6e6 m^3. If that were a cube, ...

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