## Search found 377 matches

Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:04 am UTC
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32333

### Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

speising wrote:Yes. but a lot of people don't enjoy thinking.

While many people probably don't enjoy thinking about the kinds of things I enjoy thinking about or the kinds of things you enjoy thinking about, your statement is condescendingly broad. Also, how can you even tell?
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"
Replies: 68
Views: 18683

### Re: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"

And your 20.8m^3 assumes the gas would stay the same temperature (in addition to using 1bar instead of the real pressure at STP), which doesn't seem like a good assumption if you're decompressing it fast enough to fill a balloon during your fall. About how long does the fall take? I mean, it's poss...
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:02 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"
Replies: 68
Views: 18683

### Re: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"

Speed itself is still a factor though, isn't it? Acceleration (i.e., the quick deceleration at the end) is what causes the injuries that will kill you: going from 120 mph to zero in a small fraction of a second. Speed is only an indirect factor, in that the speed you achieve will determine how much...
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:06 pm UTC
Topic: 1261: "Shake That"
Replies: 52
Views: 14576

### Re: 1261: "Shake That"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:What was someone that clueless doing in a club in the first place?

What was such a mindless follower of anonymous directions doing as a female lead in xkcd?

(From my very limited experience, the patrons of clubs are not a group I expect to be overly erudite.)
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:59 pm UTC
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45259

### Re: 1256: "Questions"

That depends on how the increasing temperature and density of material, and the change in composition, affects the reaction (which I have no clue how to begin to model) Not to mention the extent in which the reaction will spread out as it descends ... or even if it descends. Spilled on a solid, a l...
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45259

### Re: 1256: "Questions"

I remember an essay that heavily criticized this addition by Peter Jackson because of the whole "Who cares if the world will be overrun by Sauron, Arwen will die!" attitude it adds I liked Orson Scott Card's take on this point: The final mistake is the stupidest: Jackson didn't just beef ...
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Topic: 1243: "Snare"
Replies: 40
Views: 11552

### Re: 1243: "Snare"

jc wrote:(Most Americans can't even tell you whether Nebraska is north or south of Iowa.)

I see what you did there. A true/false question in the guise of a multiple choice question.

You're right, though, even if you hadn't phrased it as a trick question. Even many US Americans probably don't know.
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:01 pm UTC
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 23137

### Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

thevicente wrote:The one I hate most is The Nokia Tune. Second is that "hello-Moto" thing.

Coming to think of it, maybe what I hate is people who cant successfully troll me by refusing to config their devices away from defaults.

FTFY.
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:08 am UTC
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39342

### Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

brenok wrote:I my eyes literally burned upon seeing this comic. But it begs the question: is there anyway it could get worse? Because one could think of alot of ways to annoy gramatically sensitive people.

You made me twitch so hard I almost missed the "literally". Good show.
Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 41372

### Re: 1235: "Settled"

Can y'all please declare an immediate moratorium on the term "trained experts"? The phrase sounds ridiculous. For starters it is redundant (you can't become an expert without training, self-training at the least), but mostly it is impossibly vague. Please just say what kind of expert you'r...
Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:32 am UTC
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19425

### Re: 1233: "Relativity"

bmonk wrote:That's the whole reason it's a thought experiment--because it can't be a real experiment, now can it?

As opposed to observing a human butt at near light speed? Because that would be such a practical real experiment? In the apocryphal last words of Descartes, I think not.
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:38 am UTC
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19425

### Re: 1233: "Relativity"

So the way I c it, Einstein couldn't be talking about going at the speed of light in a vacuum, because he of all people would believe that's not even possible. He must be talking about the speed of light in the room he's in. Or...something. I mean, this comic is still a FAIL, but at least the comple...
Thu May 30, 2013 6:03 pm UTC
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36554

### Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

But it is chock full of magic, even if Herbert didn't call it that. Guild navigation, cellular memories (the many Duncan Idahos), ancestral memories and telepathis memory transfer (Reverend Mothers), Leto II's transformation ... none of this is even a tiny bit scientifically plausible, nor does Her...
Thu May 30, 2013 2:53 am UTC
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36554

### Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

(And no, setting it in a futuristic setting doesn’t make it sci-fi. Star Wars and Dune are fantasy too. Not sci-fi.) Star Wars, I'll grant you; Dune (the book) I'll argue. Nah, he's right. Dune is fantasy. Maybe you just mean it isn't secondary world fantasy? Sure. But it is chock full of magic, ev...
Fri May 24, 2013 10:55 pm UTC
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18619

### Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

The comic makes me wonder if Randall has been reading Leo Tolstoy's "The Gospel in Brief" Possibly, but more likely he's just picking up on the "bullying" fad everyone's been on about for the last few years. I see what you mean. Ha. You kill me. There's also the people that say ...
Mon May 13, 2013 5:23 pm UTC
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 65316

### Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Ah but don't forget that "scientist" is a taxonomic mess. For example, computer scientists, despite the name, may actually be more closely related to mathematicians than to what we might call true scientists or euscientists. So the range of beliefs in the taxonomic or linguistic definition...
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:13 pm UTC