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by Omegaton
Thu May 27, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: ITT: comment drawings
Replies: 7
Views: 3392

Re: ITT: comment drawings

Hopefully this doesn't come off as too harsh... Was that the first pass, or did you do sketches first and then draw over it? I'll admit I'm fairly dependent on sketches (my sister draws pretty good art without doing any sketches and I just don't understand how she does it), however, IMO sketches hel...
by Omegaton
Thu May 27, 2010 12:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How to pick a graduate school (mathematics)
Replies: 8
Views: 1470

Re: How to pick a graduate school (mathematics)

-Iterate a couple of times, and you should be able to narrow it down to fairly small subset of fields that you'd consider interesting. Figure out what schools are major players in those fields. -Repeat the same process as above, this time focussing on what characteristics you like about the schools...
by Omegaton
Wed May 26, 2010 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 49241

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

Before I read the text under the shirt I totally that Randall had accidentally misspelled untie.
by Omegaton
Sun May 23, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez
Replies: 202
Views: 24474

Re: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez

Forgive me if this has already been mentioned/linked, but it looks like the effects of the oil spill will reach the Arctic and Europe: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/21/gulf.o ... vironment/
by Omegaton
Fri May 21, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Rabbits in Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: Rabbits in Australia

If you're at a university, your library should be able to get a loan for you. I don't know if there are other options if you aren't...

In any case, use Google Scholar and you might be able to find some sources. Again, university access to some of these online sources is handy.
by Omegaton
Fri May 21, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Gentlelady wrote:This is exciting time in science. I am very excited to see how all of this plays out and what man can achieve with this technology in regards to the medical field and or dinosaurs.

In response to dinosaurs, unfortunately you need to be able to read the genome first before you can make it.
by Omegaton
Fri May 21, 2010 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 64782

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

michaelsaunders77 wrote:Randal, get out of my head - I used Facebook this morning!!

Psssh, what? I'm on Facebook right NOW.
by Omegaton
Fri May 21, 2010 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

The synthetic genome described in this paper has only limited modifications from the naturally occurring M. mycoides genome. The fact that there is 'watermark' sequences embedded in noncoding parts of the genome is not creating life from scratch. What they have done, having watched an interview wit...
by Omegaton
Thu May 20, 2010 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Izawwlgood wrote:Didn't this happen a few years back? Or am I thinking of a virus? I think I'm thinking of a virus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliovirus ... _synthesis :wink:
by Omegaton
Thu May 20, 2010 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Before you graduated
Replies: 18
Views: 2993

Re: Before you graduated

Jahoclave is right, but no one will know the difference unless they're nitpicky. I wish I knew what I wanted to do after college before starting college. I would've been better able to plan things. "A PhD in math" is not exact enough, similar to my loose goal of studying fish biology. I kn...
by Omegaton
Thu May 20, 2010 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Rabbits in Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 1760

Re: Rabbits in Australia

This paper cites what looks to be promising sources: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6TD0-43X7C5G-15&_user=409620&_coverDate=09%2F01%2F2001&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000019518&_version=1&...
by Omegaton
Thu May 20, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Science article: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/328/5981/958 Link to actual study: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/science.1190719 This is pretty frickin' huge. Next, I imagine we're going to be seeing cells with fewer and fewer genes; the race will be on to see what is...
by Omegaton
Mon May 17, 2010 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 6-year-old Girl Gets Shaolin Monk As Bodyguard
Replies: 23
Views: 4643

Re: 6-year-old Girl Gets Shaolin Monk As Bodyguard

Mot wrote:The monk won't be very useful in thwarting an attack, unless the attacks occur when the kids arrive at school or leave. Because that's the only time he's there.

Yeah, that's basically what I was thinking.
by Omegaton
Mon May 17, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 6-year-old Girl Gets Shaolin Monk As Bodyguard
Replies: 23
Views: 4643

Re: 6-year-old Girl Gets Shaolin Monk As Bodyguard

Sockmonkey wrote:It's a cute idea but less useful than it seems because despite there being an actual movie by that name monks are not bulletproof.

This is an honest question: How many of the elementary school attacks involved an actual gun?
by Omegaton
Mon May 17, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0741: "Blogging"
Replies: 89
Views: 26258

Re: "Blogging" Discussion

Replace "blog" with "webcomic" and it works the same.

EDIT: Didn't mean to make that sound like I was insinuating anything about today's comic...
by Omegaton
Fri May 14, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 33732

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

I think the pen Randall used deserves a good long break after this. Nice!
by Omegaton
Wed May 12, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!
Replies: 36
Views: 4132

Re: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!

I think you might misunderstand what they mean by gene flow. DNA transferring between species doesn't depend on which is giving the sperm; genes from a female individual still allows for gene flow. I am fully aware of this. This was just an idea explaining why the hybrids will mate with humans and ...
by Omegaton
Wed May 12, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Should I Graduate Early
Replies: 3
Views: 919

Re: Should I Graduate Early

I disagree. Grad schools and potential advisors care less about your grade and care more about your research experience and your ability to do research and think scientifically. A senior thesis is exactly the kind of thing that they want to see on your CV when you apply, and I think your chances act...
by Omegaton
Wed May 12, 2010 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!
Replies: 36
Views: 4132

Re: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!

It also notes that there is no evidence for gene flow in the opposite direction (Human to Neanderthal), which is surprising. This got me thinking: Perhaps the offspring of a human male and a neanderthal female was infertile, but the offspring of a neanderthal male and a human female had a chance of...
by Omegaton
Wed May 12, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 44037

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I wonder how many hits this article is going to get, haha.
by Omegaton
Wed May 12, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "other" activities
Replies: 15
Views: 2297

Re: "other" activities

Jorpho wrote:
Jahoclave wrote:President of the English Society
That sounds cool! Do you drink tea, watch soccer, and elect a Prime Minister every few years?

Please, soccer? Football.
by Omegaton
Tue May 11, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!
Replies: 36
Views: 4132

Re: Congrats, you're parts Neanderthal!

Hot Piplup on Wailord action?
by Omegaton
Sun May 09, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics applied to paper planes
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: physics applied to paper planes

so basically you think I should just try to model different paper airplanes and gradually get to the best model I can get. In other words you advice me to learn from actually making paper airplanes and adjusting their parameters one by one to see the behaviour of the paper airplanes? You can also l...
by Omegaton
Fri May 07, 2010 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Disciplinary Controversies
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Disciplinary Controversies

No need, I have yet to even pick a specific topic, however I agree that using both in combination is likely to give us the best hope of demystifying evolutionary relationships. It will have something to do with South American catfishes, but I don't know if I'm getting pulled more towards a populatio...
by Omegaton
Fri May 07, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Disciplinary Controversies
Replies: 14
Views: 1429

Re: Disciplinary Controversies

@Meteorswarm: Do they still? I thought pretty much everyone had gone in favor of molecular data by now. Of course, molecular data has to be interpreted, and the interpretation could be disputed. But I thought, if molecular data clearly indicated one phylogeny, while phenotypes suggested another, th...
by Omegaton
Fri May 07, 2010 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics applied to paper planes
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: physics applied to paper planes

Well, I did this kind of thing as a science fair project in 6th grade. I just folded a bunch of different planes and see how far they flew, so in retrospect not very scientific. Granted, I was in 6th grade, so I had no idea that I should've made it more scientific by doing things like taking measure...
by Omegaton
Fri May 07, 2010 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 20350

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

chocolate.razorblades wrote:
Omegaton wrote:Some of the food in my fridge is coming around to the first year... Hrmmm.

Disgusting!

To be fair, it's cheese. I've assumed it doesn't go bad all that quickly.
by Omegaton
Fri May 07, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 20350

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Some of the food in my fridge is coming around to the first year... Hrmmm.
by Omegaton
Thu May 06, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8215

Re: may someone other than friends someday know about my com

I found some good tips that I'm going to start using about poses at this link: http://WarrenLouw.deviantart.com/art/IF ... -163076761
by Omegaton
Wed May 05, 2010 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0736: "Cemetery"
Replies: 52
Views: 15044

Re: "Cemetery" discusstion

The first appropriate font I thought of was HumorSans.
by Omegaton
Tue May 04, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tennessee is flooded
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: Tennessee is flooded

Yeah, it hasn't flooded, but downriver in Alabama the water's been really high.
by Omegaton
Mon May 03, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: My odd little comic
Replies: 102
Views: 18014

Re: My odd little comic

What is that, a crap cake?
by Omegaton
Mon May 03, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Early Entrance
Replies: 6
Views: 1252

Re: Early Entrance

I would go visit the school as soon as possible to get a feel for it and see what it's like. You'll be living there the next four years and it's going to be quite different for you than most college students who are entering at a later age. My biggest worry is that if you the pressure causes you to ...
by Omegaton
Mon May 03, 2010 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0735: "Floor"
Replies: 87
Views: 21037

Re: "Floor" Discussion

This comic takes me back. Thus, it is awesome.
by Omegaton
Mon May 03, 2010 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: a webcomic i started recently
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Re: a webcomic i started recently

The book "How to Make Webcomics" has many tips, as well as things not to do, with positioning text/text bubbles. Of course it also has information on making comics and posting them on the web more generally.
by Omegaton
Sun May 02, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Thermostat Diet
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

Re: The Thermostat Diet

I had a professor that would tell his students his "Lose-Weight-While-You-Sleep" idea. Over the winter, go to sleep with just a thin cover and turn off the heat and maybe even crack the window. You will have a crappy night's rest but you will lose actually lose weight. His students would t...
by Omegaton
Sat May 01, 2010 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most expensive GB of data ever?
Replies: 17
Views: 3855

Re: The most expensive GB of data ever?

Dover? Like Delaware? That's unexpected, a story from my home state.
by Omegaton
Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to classify alien species?
Replies: 53
Views: 7870

Re: How to classify alien species?

Wouldn't you need a different taxonomy? Their species doesn't descend from the monerans we have, therefore they would have a different tree, different set of microbes, large animals, autotrophs? Putting them on the same kingdom is like knotting two trees together until they're messed up. Hmm, does ...
by Omegaton
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8215

Re: may someone other than friends someday know about my com

your style of using many different art styles and experimenting kind of reminds me of the randomness of the Perry bible fellowship comics. :) very epic of course. I like how you are comfortable with trying new things and playing with it, meanwhile it seems like the trend with many artists is that t...
by Omegaton
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 28736

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

Wow, this reminds me a lot of an SMBC.

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