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by Mikeski
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's never really been much for ripples or waves on the water, either. A few frames with a one-pixel difference, IIRC. So the air must be pretty still. Maybe they're actually in a giant hourglass. (Has anyone else suggested that yet?) Wow, this is a great theory. Hourglasses don't usually contai...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

Has anyone else noticed the complete and total lack of wind? The flags have not moved one pixel since being erected. I actually think that those are plastic flags. Maybe they're eighth notes, and M&C are now building staves. There's never really been much for ripples or waves on the water, eith...
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

In some religions, at the end of (their) time, a religious figure comes back from the dead and brings them all to a cool people party in space for all eternity. I personally am hoping this comic loosely follows the third option. I'm always up for a party! ... And I can design a special new hat! WOO...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think she's going to reinforce the structure of the sandcastle whit that thing (a pole?), but I don't know how... Maybe it's a rectangular length of wood that she'll lay parallel to the shore, à la sandbags. She'll need a lot more boards to make a ring dike, then. A one-sided dike against the oce...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1195: "Flowchart"
Replies: 60
Views: 11468

Re: 1195: "Flowchart"

Locoluis wrote:There's a way out of this trap at the iteration #15,532.
Spoiler:
Do your homework and you'll be free.

I just gave you precisely 8 golf claps.
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

You can make anything dirty I'd like to double your entendre. I always enjoyed the fact that 'double entendre' sounds like it involves entering something. Twice. :lol: Double-entry bookkeeping gets you going? Well, I guess the flip side of Rule 34 is that someone must be turned on by everything thu...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 152576

Re: 1193: Externalities

the alma mater list is now [mostly] filled with spam at and past ~412 :( So it's kind of like an analogy to the Internet itself: once the exclusive plaything of government and academia, now open to all and filled with spam and porn? :wink: When did he open it up to any site? We could call that The ...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's been a lot of new levels aspired to and sunk to around here recently :) We even set a record in the number of forum records we bothered care about and look up to confirm. Given how you got here, though, you've got absolutely no chance at the SNR record. Maybe on the low end, someday, but th...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

Thank you for bumping this, even though someone else is complaining. That animated GIF needs to be on every page. Honestly, though... why ? The same animated gif needs to be in this thread 70+ times? 1 post in 40 should be an effectively-content-free repost? People can't be arsed to read back any f...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0038: "Voyager"
Replies: 39
Views: 15965

Re: What-If 0038: "Voyager"

"In about 40,000 years, Voyager 1 will drift within 1.6 light years (9.3 trillion miles) of AC+79 3888" That's actually pretty hilarious. What are our chances of spotting something Voyager-sized at 1.6 light years? Voyager itself won't be making any noise (radio signals, etc) by then. We ...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

...so, when does the little bird show up to sharpen its beak?
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

Kit. wrote:
Mikeski wrote:English has gender-neutral singular pronouns already, it doesn't need more.

If one thought about it for a while, one might come up with an example.

"One" is a noun, not a pronoun.

It is both. Also an adjective. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

English has gender-neutral singular pronouns already, it doesn't need more. If one thought about it for a while, one might come up with an example. Or if they thought longer, they might come up with two. How often does one refer to a single specific person without knowing their gender, as opposed to...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107466
Views: 53112589

Re: 1190: "Time"

Think it will stop after 48 hours (when the next comic goes up), or do we have to ...

wait for it?

Given the amount of data in click and drag and umwelt, I could see there being weeks or months worth of pictures stored up for time.
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 21331

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

The first question I had as I read this What If, is, "What if the stereo were flying at Mach 2 a constant circle around the subject?" That seems like such a natural next step that Randall would usually include. Was disappointed that wasn't considered. i.e., Would the listener hear the who...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34035

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

The box is blasted upward because there is far more mass below the box getting superheated than above. Above the box is only the remainder of the atmosphere, while below the box is the entire surface and subsurface of the Earth. Thus, if the heat output is high enough, far more mass will be heated ...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34035

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Given how you cut the sentence in half, I think you may have been misunderstanding... Yup, I did exactly that. That changes no other part of my post, though. "We're doing it for the children", except when we aren't. Stupidity. (Unless you're a CFL manufacturer, I guess. Then your lobbying...
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34035

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Move somewhere colder, then all the energy you're "wasting" by leaving chargers plugged in is subtracted from your heating bill. Also applies to incandescent light bulbs vs. those expensive new mercury-delivery systems the gov't wants us to use. There'd be less mercury emitted if you took...
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34035

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Move somewhere colder, then all the energy you're "wasting" by leaving chargers plugged in is subtracted from your heating bill.

Also applies to incandescent light bulbs vs. those expensive new mercury-delivery systems the gov't wants us to use.
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 22321

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

flicky1991 wrote:
bigjoec wrote:(completing with video of people eating it, hilarious)

...I hope that's a typo.

American idiom. "eating it", "eating dirt", "biting it" == falling down in a hilariously painful manner.
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 22321

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

I think I could spend hours just stepping on and of conveyor belts moving at various speeds.

Okay. Go.
by Mikeski
Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1165: "Amazon"
Replies: 37
Views: 11758

Re: 1165: "Amazon"

speising wrote:The Amazon delivers piranhas, though. I call it a tie.

Also: anacondas, and those little parasitic fish that swim up your business.

Inducing fear... advantage: Amazon River.
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:45 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 47182

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

I'm not an expert on stellar fusion but IIRC aren't there some mechanisms by which heavy elements can disrupt the stellar life cycle? Probably. Can we find enough of the stuff to make it happen? Consider our moon. Even looking at with the naked eye, it's a cratered mess, due to all the stuff that's...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 47771

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

Meanwhile, back at the article, I'm not sure why the cop pulled Cueball over either - speeding, reckless endangerment, aggravated property damage, manslaughter, possession of an illegal weapon... Thus the answer. "Do you know why I pulled you over?" (I can think of several reasons, but I ...
by Mikeski
Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94013

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

>I am an person who draws things so that people can make the things that other people can use. I am a Design Engineer. I give people books for money. http://splasho.nfshost.com/upgoer5/ is kinda fun. I work for paid-people-group that makes angry-wet-air-powered thinking-very-small-rock things that ...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33289

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Hey. You guys may be on to something. Cows all the colors of plants. Photosynthising and chewing their cuds. Huge. They may grow quite large. Maybe Paul Bunyon and his blue ox, Babe, are not so far fetched. The blue ox stands explained. The man is all fiction. Except for the color of the ox. :mrgre...
by Mikeski
Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 25494

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

(picture tiny hotel-room safe with "suffocation danger" sticker) Doesn't mean human suffocation danger. Smaller things breathe, and I'm sure there are people stupid enough to lock up the family pet in one of these. So the sticker does require legendary amounts of stupidity, but not fairy ...
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33289

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

They'd still need a digestive system (though maybe a lower-power one) since the cow has to be made out of something , and photosynthesis doesn't convert directly to matter, it just lets the organism build stuff out of the the water and nutrients it gets from "digesting" its environment (r...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33289

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

eh, this one feels phoned in, very little "what if we had more power?", I was thinking maybe, what if green cows had big fins that could fold away at night, how big would the fins have to be to keep cows well fed, and therefore how much extra farmland would be needed to make room for thes...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 33289

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Vroomfundel wrote:Reminds me of this weird critter: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/green-sea-slug/ - an animal that photosynthesises


The ones that steal Portuguese Man-o-War stingers are cooler, though.
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 830990

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Btw does anyone read any anime blogs? I read thecartdriver.com/ and for a while I was reading randomc.net. But the second one was much too positiv about average crap, so it wasn't a good indicator whether a show is worth watching, and it also made reading it a bit boring so I stopped. If you want t...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 143388

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

(Pardon me while I necro-reply to 2 years worth of comments.) For the folks who like Dylan covers more than Dylan, I'll be more controversial. I like Beatles covers more than the Beatles. Within Temptation covers: woo! Also, Nightwish covers. I'm on board with "parody covers are better than str...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Duets and Harmonies
Replies: 13
Views: 13795

Re: Duets and Harmonies

Gentle Giant is the first thing that came to mind. (Also the third, fourth, and probably seventh.) A three-vocalist project put together by Yuki Kajiura: Kalafina . Charming Hostess , maybe? (lyrics nsfw.) If "singing female plus grunting/screaming/deathmetalling male" counts as a duet, t...
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Where Is Your Source For New Music?
Replies: 29
Views: 54929

Re: Where Is Your Source For New Music?

Taking wiki walks on wikipedia or youtube. "Recommended for you" on amazon.com. (Or browsing used-CD stores, which I haven't done in years.) This forum. Hearing new stuff as OP/ED music to the anime I watch. Way back when, rec.music.progressive, and the ytsejam community. (Which doesn't he...
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Happy?
Replies: 26
Views: 19063

Re: Happy?

This bit from the Gunslinger Girl soundtrack. One is required to bounce around the room listening to this. That is all.

Well, ok, knowing it's the same melody as this other bit amplifies the happy.
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sad songs
Replies: 37
Views: 44118

Re: Sad songs

The also-rans: Tirill - Vendela VAST- The Nile's Edge Porcupine Tree - Heart Attack in a Layby The runners-up: Pain of Salvation - Undertow Tori Amos - Winter And the songs in my collection guaranteed to produce a single, manly tear*: Loreena McKennitt - The Highwayman (live version from the Paris &...
by Mikeski
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Female Vocalists
Replies: 80
Views: 66107

Re: Female Vocalists

My musical poison for the last year or so has been female J-Pop. (Largely fueled by an anime habit...) Round Table & Nino Savage Genius Lia Nana Mizuki (two links to the same song, studio & live) Mamiko Noto ClariS Ritsuko Okazaki (RIP) Kokia Chara Kalafina (studio stuff is better, but their...
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46429

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

it all burns, if you get it hot enough I'm not sure that's true. Burning is combustion, a chemical reaction, and is specifically a reaction between carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Other things may undergo different chemical reactions when you get them hot enough (and they're submersed in the right ki...
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0016: "Lightning"
Replies: 58
Views: 30603

Re: What-if 0016: Lightning

And "electricity follows the path of least resistance" isn't an absolute, it's a rule of thumb. If you put a 100 ohm resistor and a 1000 ohm resistor across a battery, electricity will flow through both of them, not only the 100 ohm one. "A bit of air, plus a really wet human" in...
by Mikeski
Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23605

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

W_A wrote:What if they're selling electrons? It should probably photons+time, if I remember my astronomy correctly.

FrostBlast wrote:What about the Higgs boson?

The thing made of hydrogen and time is, by definition, big enough to put this sticker on.

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