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by Omegaton
Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Pls check out my web comic Erratic Beat Comics
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Pls check out my web comic Erratic Beat Comics

Yes, that's it, thanks!
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0716: "Time Machine"
Replies: 112
Views: 24286

Re: "Time Machine" Discussion

Steve the Pocket wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:Well anyway, all I can say is... http://www.explosm.net/comics/1988/

That's TODAY'S Cyanide & Happiness.

Randall: ROB GET OUT OF MY HEAD

And as pointed out in the other thread, the character in today's comic is Rob too.
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Pls check out my web comic Erratic Beat Comics
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Pls check out my web comic Erratic Beat Comics

I see you have discovered my Twitter already. Yes, you can credit me by name if you link me, but it looks like you have a link to my links page! St. Patty's was just an average day for me, but no complaints at least.
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image results?
Replies: 21
Views: 9397

Re: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image resu

Yeah. Like I said, we know what benzene molecules look like without having 'seen' them. Recently, someone imaged a naphalene molecule (I think?) and 'lo! it looks exactly like we thought it did. The sophistication of instrumentation provides clues, our knowledge of chemical interactions provides ot...
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carbon Nanotubes never cease to amaze
Replies: 29
Views: 3626

Re: Carbon Nanotubes never cease to amaze

I was getting excited, but then I read the abstract from Nature Materials where the MSNBC article says they go into detail. Theoretical calculations predict that by coupling an exothermic chemical reaction with a nanotube or nanowire possessing a high axial thermal conductivity, a self-propagating ...
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Overcooks Five-Week-Old Baby
Replies: 96
Views: 6534

Re: Man Leaves Five-Week-Old Baby In The Oven Overnight

Good think the baby wasn't baked. We can't say the same for the man, though.</lame pun>

Stupid people, stupid people...
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Picture Proof of Moon Landings
Replies: 41
Views: 12278

Re: LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites 07.17.09

phillipsjk wrote:NASA has some more pictures: you can even see a blurry path of footprints: LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites

I suppose the naysayers will say it is exquisite computer rendering purposely blurred so you can't see rendering artifacts :P

Or that it's just a picture of a sandbox.
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: zoological combat
Replies: 60
Views: 4505

Re: zoological combat

How would you kill one? They're slippery and any attempt to hit or squeeze one will end up disturbing the tendrils, likely causing you to get stung. Ideally, a cutting tool would be used but... we don't have one on our bodies. Jellyfish aren't that slippery IME, but I'll admit I've limited my conta...
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Macroscopic Quantum System!
Replies: 9
Views: 2786

Re: Macroscopic Quantum System!

Here's the link to the primary source on Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/va ... 08967.html

I haven't really tried to read it, but from what I understand it its visible by microscope.
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: zoological combat
Replies: 60
Views: 4505

Re: zoological combat

Jellies are slow. They are basically plankton. I would not expect this species to be able to outswim a person because of the amount of drag its tentacles probably create, but that's just a guess. Some smaller species of jellies can get around at a pretty good clip, though, due to having to pull arou...
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: zoological combat
Replies: 60
Views: 4505

Re: zoological combat

lion's mane Jellyfish - ok definitely bigger than a dog, no idea of it's mass. isn't it mildly poisonous though? i can see you beating one in the shallows, but what if you are in deep water, wont it just sting you until you are in too much pain to swim? I don't think a jellyfish is more likely to s...
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52734

Re: Numbers

This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer... I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that ther...
by Omegaton
Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52734

Re: Numbers

This is interesting. I kind of wish he just used a different symbol for the I've had <x> boy/girl-friend graph to make it clearer... I wonder if the "I'm 18 and have never had a boyfriend" spike comes from some sort of ad or something. For some reason I'm hard pressed to believe that there...
by Omegaton
Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is a pack consciousness possible?
Replies: 50
Views: 4742

Re: Is a pack consciousness possible?

Couldn't you argue that all multi-cellular organisms have such pack consciousness? They are multi-cellular after all... I think slime molds may be a pretty good example. In some circumstances certain slime molds are autonomous single cells, but under other conditions these same slime molds can unit...
by Omegaton
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Physics C Review Books
Replies: 5
Views: 1175

Re: AP Physics C Review Books

I would consider just dropping by the library to get books. This is how I've done studied for all these standardized tests. Even though they're from past years, they're still generally good.
by Omegaton
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Woman aims to become world's fattest
Replies: 28
Views: 3720

Re: US Woman aims to become world's fattest

Man, I found her on Wikipedia. She is in the category "living people". My immediate thought was "Not for long" and the second one was "Yeah, if you call that living." This kind of lifestyle is something I can't even comprehend. "I think he'd like it if I was bigger...
by Omegaton
Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Woman aims to become world's fattest
Replies: 28
Views: 3720

Re: US Woman aims to become world's fattest

Ms Simpson makes money by running a website where men pay to watch her consume fast food.

I thought the story itself was surprising, then I hit this. My gosh.

EDIT: Ninja'd.
by Omegaton
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Jewelry!
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Re: Science Jewelry!

DNA and histone proteins? They're analogous to beads on a string. Maybe that's too boring, though.
by Omegaton
Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0714: "Porn For Women"
Replies: 298
Views: 68130

Re: Porn For Women

The hover text made this comic for me! Haha!
by Omegaton
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Not ripping off xckd; I just can't draw.
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

Re: Not ripping off xckd; I just can't draw.

LE4dGOLEM wrote:I liked the original better, because it was a "situation: PUNCHLINE!" joke, rather than a "situation.... okay, is it meant to be a joke or something? I... I don't get i--ohh. right." thing.

This I agree with.
by Omegaton
Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: International Fight over Exit Sign
Replies: 48
Views: 7488

Re: International Fight over Exit Sign

SummerGlauFan wrote:It doesn't matter to me. I have red/green color blindness...

So am I, but I can still see the difference between these signs.
by Omegaton
Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is a pack consciousness possible?
Replies: 50
Views: 4742

Re: Is a pack consciousness possible?

FWIW, there are schooling species of knifefish, but they don't really have any overly-complex social hierarchy. Also, if any of you saw Planet Earth, I think there is a scene were elephantnoses hunt in a group, or at least multiple fish were hunting at the same time in the same general vicinity.
by Omegaton
Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality
Replies: 118
Views: 8429

Re: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality

Hey guys, here's a link to the technical information: http://www.martinjetpack.com/technical-information.aspx Actually, equip it with some pontoons, higher power for hauling more weight, and a bigger fuel supply and it could be a really useful tool for fieldwork in tropical ecosystems, or any other ...
by Omegaton
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality
Replies: 118
Views: 8429

Re: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality

Okay, I can't see this not getting regulated because of the immense danger of falling out of the air when you run out of fuel. Or does this jetpack have some of special feature I'm not aware of? Not that jetpacks are not awesome. For some reason it's a lot bigger than I imagined, but I guess that st...
by Omegaton
Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Minds
Replies: 97
Views: 8210

Re: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Mi

A few of those things they want to teach more of don't sound that bad. But wow, overall it's not good. In recent years, board members have been locked in an ideological battle between a bloc of conservatives who question Darwin’s theory of evolution and believe the Founding Fathers were guided by Ch...
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.
Replies: 32
Views: 4582

Re: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.

Dauric wrote:Still kinda' cool though. Can we put "Won the Nobel Peace Prize" on our respective resume's?

Yes, but the Nobel Prize inflation will mean that it will only matter if you have two or more.
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.
Replies: 32
Views: 4582

Re: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.

Is the internet an organization, or run by a single organization? I mean, the Internet is great, but it doesn't really belong to anyone specifically.

Robstickle wrote:It is unclear who would accept the prize if the internet were to win.

Al Gore! Al Gore!
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 49035

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

Man, I really hope someone reads this comic and realizes this is how those ads actually work, and not by getting pictures of people actually in your area.
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Raptors and shameless self promotion
Replies: 1
Views: 1276

Re: Raptors and shameless self promotion

Man, I actually like this. This is pretty good.
by Omegaton
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Replies: 18
Views: 2179

Re: Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

I understand the whole chain reaction aspect of it, I just found it hard to believe that something like that could lead to the extinction of so many species. But I don't know nearly enough about the subject to say that haha The amazing thing is that it wasn't even the largest extinction; the the Pe...
by Omegaton
Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Allopatric speciation
Replies: 18
Views: 1633

Re: Allopatric speciation

ut it turns out that even a very small rate of genetic transfer can almost completely mitigate the effects of drift. Are you sure? Or is it just that in the 50-100 thousand years there were simply too few generations to speciate? Horses, donkeys and zebras split about a million years ago and can st...
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: zoological combat
Replies: 60
Views: 4505

Re: zoological combat

I am not completely familiar with how he did it, but didn't Steve Irwin pin crocs all the time? Did he always use that noose?
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Problem with the colour naming survey
Replies: 21
Views: 3671

Re: Problem with the colour naming survey

I'm a little surprised that he asked about color blindness in such a roundabout way, and plus, there is more than one kind. Roundabout? Like "Are you colorblind?" Was the page updated? Do I fail at sarcasm? Okay, I failed at conveying my thoughts. There are multiple types of colorblindnes...
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Replies: 18
Views: 2179

Re: Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.

The paper actually calls it "K-Pg" which stands for Cretaceous-Paleogene. I expect this is because Tertiary has been recently deemed an invalid term. K-Pg has a lot less of a ring to it than K-T, and no one except up-to-date geologists/paleontologists would know what you're talking about...
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Replies: 18
Views: 2179

Yes, it really was an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.

Article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100304142242.htm Journal Article: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/327/5970/1214 Asteroid Killed Off the Dinosaurs, Says International Scientific Panel ScienceDaily (Mar. 4, 2010) — The Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction, w...
by Omegaton
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 72087

Re: Collatz Conjecture

Well, that's a new thing I learned the existence of today. Nice.
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Missing Link' Darwinius not a Human Ancestor
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: 'Missing Link' Darwinius not a Human Ancestor

Darwinius is the victim of popularization of science. Instead of walking down the path of discovery-research-publication-news, it opted for the discovery-news route, and was instantly sensationalized, drowning the voices of anthropologists pointing obvious flaws. Is anyone really surprised that whe...
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Problem with the colour naming survey
Replies: 21
Views: 3671

Re: Problem with the colour naming survey

From what I can tell, the color order looks to be randomized. This would HELP to reduce biases caused from a color shown directly before it.

I'm a little surprised that he asked about color blindness in such a roundabout way, and plus, there is more than one kind.
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153309

Re: public misconceptions

nbonaparte wrote:Is it just me, or has this thread turned into a sort of science-themed TvTropes?

At the very least, it's looking like this topic:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=41283&p=1649755
by Omegaton
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur's oldest relative found
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Dinosaur's oldest relative found

The Reaper wrote:For anyone wondering:
Spoiler:
Image

Woah, doesn't look like much of an herbivore. Weird.

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