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by Omegaton
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mass murder in Chinese kindergarden
Replies: 23
Views: 3776

Re: Mass murder in Chinese kindergarden

Hawknc wrote:I can't see any mention of deaths in the article...is "mass murder" accurate?

Yeah, I have the same question. I mean, slashing kids is not good, but it'd be a relief if no one died.
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8218

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

Haha, yeah, I can see where you my colors are just downright bad. Unfortunately I more or less add color as an afterthought much of the time, which is of course not a good idea. I'll definitely have to think about that much more, thanks! I didn't even really ever think about that hard edge thing, bu...
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0733: "Eagle"
Replies: 52
Views: 13295

Re: “Eagle” discussion

Yes, but has the Eagle landed?
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8218

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

Also, I just started taking some art classes this term, and noticing how it annoys me when artists think their work is always so great, perfect, and awesome...(especially when its not) It makes me want to be more critical of my own work and always striving to improve. I've never really thought too ...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: a webcomic i started recently
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Re: a webcomic i started recently

I like your style, and your jellyfish comic indicates to me that you're much more skilled than I am. But I am pretty confused as to what order to read dialogue in some of your comics. Karoshi: Is "sigh" supposed to be before "what?" Rain: In the bottom panel, is the middle text b...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8218

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

Hmmm, it's hard for me to think of a comic that has composition better than others. It's one of those things that if you do it well, people won't notice at all, and it's only when it's not as good that you notice (of course, having a critical eye also helps). I pull inspiration for composition, pose...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to classify alien species?
Replies: 53
Views: 7877

Re: How to classify alien species?

Taxonomy and classification is a real mess. Pretty soon, I'll be posting threads here and on a few other forums that I frequent for some advice on how best to teach current information, with it's messes of super- and sub- groups all over the place, to my students. As a taxonomist-in-training, I loo...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College tours and/or summer camps (worth it for apps?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: College tours and/or summer camps (worth it for apps?)

Personally, I think college tours are one of the best ways to get the feel for a certain college campus. It's much harder to know what you're in for if you can't or don't visit. I haven't heard about it mattering in terms of admissions, but for your own sake it can be beneficial to help making choic...
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: may someone other than friends someday know about my comic..
Replies: 37
Views: 8218

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

Your target audience appears to be manga readers. We are used to laws of science being broken whenever convenient. How said creature got to Earth is one of those times. I couldn't care less about having accurate science if you present a good story. I agree that the premise is interesting, but IMO yo...
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 79071

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

Huh, I never thought about that frame rate thing, but now it's going to bug me too!
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Park Censored
Replies: 249
Views: 23843

Re: South Park Censored

May 20th: Everybody Draw Mohammed Day http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=11&sid=313170 Cartoonist overwhelmed by response to "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" After a Seattle artist's cartoon went viral, she says she's not going with it. Molly Norris drew up a sketch declaring May 20t...
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Suggestions on webcomic
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: Suggestions on webcomic

Well I hope you can figure a workaround soon for that numbering thing. As far as the content goes, I actually really like it, this is high quality stuff. Both the art and the writing is great, I think you have a good thing going once you get over this web site design hump. I actually want the comic ...
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: update me on evolution theory?
Replies: 23
Views: 2971

Re: update me on evolution theory?

You're asking us to update you on 150 years of scientific history? You might do well just to read an evolution textbook. There's also a ton of info on Wikipedia. As another example, it would take quite a bit of effort to summarize the findings in quantum mechanics since the field began, which is app...
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Suggestions on webcomic
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: Suggestions on webcomic

Hmm, this is actually kind of weird now. You should have the comics numbered in order they were put up (ie. their page number if they were in a book), not the number in order from the most recent. If I'm not mistaken, every time you update the number attached to each comic will change, and that's ki...
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to classify alien species?
Replies: 53
Views: 7877

Re: How to classify alien species?

Whenever possible, the structure of our current classification system should demonstrate phylogenetic relationships. That is, the classification should more or less not only be informative of how things look and compare to each other, but also be informative about evolutionary history. For example, ...
by Omegaton
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0731: "Desert Island"
Replies: 119
Views: 29767

Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

I think the people on the submarine are mocking him.

TomRobbins wrote:Airplane crash, old sunken boat, submarine, and is that black smoke?.. is this a shout out to LOST?

It looks like the smoke is supposed to be coming from a deep sea vent, indicated by the worms nearby.
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Suggestions on webcomic
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: Suggestions on webcomic

That's not a bad idea, as the archive page already has the navigation you need. Of course, if you change it to that, you should have the latest comic pop up by default, similar to most webcomic sites. You should also consider having an archive page like what most webcomics typically have. Most webco...
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Suggestions on webcomic
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: Suggestions on webcomic

Well, it's not that hard to navigate, but from the main page, it wasn't immediately obvious how to get to the first comic page; that was my only stumbling block. The archive pages are better in that they at least have a next button, and an alternative way to go to previous comics. But the main page ...
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College choice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3511

Re: College choice?

Jorpho wrote:
Omegaton wrote:Is your sampling primarily xkcd?
Yes, hence the "here".

When I read it, for some reason I didn't catch that.
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Suggestions on webcomic
Replies: 10
Views: 2587

Re: Suggestions on webcomic

Yeah, you should probably put in those navigation buttons. They're extremely useful and have become basically a webcomic standard. I don't really know anything about squarespace, so I can't really comment on that...
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So, quick question. (Earth stopped in its tracks)
Replies: 103
Views: 9245

Re: So, quick question.

"Relative to the universe" is essentially meaningless. There is no universal absolute reference frame, and even if you tried defining it as relative to the universe's center of mass I'm not sure that actually means anything either, and even if the universe does have a definite center of m...
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So, quick question. (Earth stopped in its tracks)
Replies: 103
Views: 9245

Re: So, quick question.

Hey guys, are you guys assuming the Earth just stops relative to the sun, or stops relative to the universe? If the Earth stops in the latter, doesn't the solar system very quickly leave it behind?
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 101223

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

sometimes xkcd lowers my self-esteem, as comics like this are so esoteric, i feel completely out of the loop and uneducated. It's not supposed to mean anything; it's just a fake circuit design made out of nonsense. Basically it's the electrical engineering equivalent of this little beauty . Clearly...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam

Update: 9 companies win bid http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gOmjsdsbVVWGuWZNrXPK-XMBn9iwD9F719H01 9 companies win bid for huge Amazon dam project By MARCO SIBAJA (AP) – 2 hours ago BRASILIA, Brazil — A consortium of nine companies has won the rights to build one of the worl...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam

Another update: http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/node/5296 Belo Monte Auction Goes Forward after 
Court Overrules Second Injunction International Rivers and Amazon Watch April 20, 2010 Massive Protests Underway Today in Nine Cities in Brazil Brasilia, Brazil - 
Today's bidding process for t...
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.
Replies: 193
Views: 20346

Re: SCOTUS: Crush videos = legal.

Grab your boots, weasel stomping day lives!

But seriously, I've never heard of crush videos but not exactly a fan. I'm too lazy to actually go read more about how bad the law was, though.
by Omegaton
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College choice?
Replies: 22
Views: 3511

Re: College choice?

Jorpho wrote:There there, these things happen.
menace101 wrote:And I guess, considering I want to go to Grad school, undergrad isn't horribly important.
I am often astonished as to how many high school students there seem to be here who have already decided they want to go to grad school.

Is your sampling primarily xkcd? 'Cuz that might be somewhat biased.
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics vs Bio: Sensitivity
Replies: 36
Views: 4419

Re: Physics vs Bio: Sensitivity

This discussion about design and evolution is related to an interesting essay I just read: http://www.americanscientist.org/issues ... ng-minds/1
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam

I don't know how this stacks up against a nuclear power plant, but I do know the nuclear plant won't be running at a trickle 3-4 months out of the year because of the dry season. I think the Brazilian president is pushing this simply as a status symbol for the country. I think it's projected to cost...
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 25452

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

Not your typical xkcd, but I like it!
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153395

Re: public misconceptions

I just realised that the DNA it's in front of in that pic is bacterial. WTF? To be fair, circular DNA is also present in mitochondria, not that bacterial or mitochondrial genomes are as short as the ring in the picture. My least favorite misconception is that if you enjoy physics you want to get a ...
by Omegaton
Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Helium balloons
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Re: Helium balloons

As far as using helium balloons to get airborne, there's this: http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/walters.asp
by Omegaton
Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School system owned by a 9 year old
Replies: 11
Views: 2304

Re: School system owned by a 9 year old

What I find funny is that a 9 year old did this despite the widespread use of Blackboard for colleges as well.
by Omegaton
Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Re: Brazilian Fed Court suspends development of Belo Monte D

Well, so much for that. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/17/world/americas/17brazil.html Amazon Dam Project Pits Economic Benefit Against Protection of Indigenous Lands By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO Published: April 16, 2010 RIO DE JANEIRO — The indigenous leaders had a plan. They would unite for a last, desp...
by Omegaton
Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam
Replies: 12
Views: 1543

Brazilian Court overturns suspension of Belo Monte Dam

http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/node/5288 Belo Monte Dam: The Pressure is Rising Thu, 04/15/2010 - 10:07am It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks for the campaign to stop the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River. Momentum is building - in public opinion, in the courts and in the le...
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The digressing professor
Replies: 14
Views: 2874

Re: The digressing professor

How about the prof that likes to tell tangential stories?
by Omegaton
Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYT: Can Animals Be Gay?
Replies: 12
Views: 1972

Re: NYT: Can Animals Be Gay?

I just watched writer of the article interviewed on Colbert Report.
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Huckabee likens Gay Marriage to Incest, Drug Use
Replies: 89
Views: 9121

Re: Huckabee likens Gay Marriage to Incest, Drug Use

Diadem wrote:I want to move to the US so I can go to the next tea-party protest with a sign reading "Children are totally puppies!"

You need a misspelling in there somewhere.
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45885

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I guess it's a good thing I don't watch the news...
by Omegaton
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science photography
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Science photography

If you mouse-over them, some of them have titles that give a clue. Cool stuff.

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