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by webgiant
Wed May 18, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32210

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

I had this same objection because the rubber sheet explanation is usually used to explain gravity, but the example itself depends on understanding gravity. Actually, it doesn't. You don't need to understand gravity to know that a ball placed on a rubber sheet will pull the sheet down. That you can ...
by webgiant
Wed May 18, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 80824

Re: 899: "Number Line"

The .99(bar) thing was amusing, as was the alt-text. Not much else, aside from one thing... "If you encounter a number higher than this, you're not doing real math" Next number: 9 Well, that explains Cirno's Perfect Math Class. (If you don't get what I'm talking about, please ignore it......
by webgiant
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 36566

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

I thought that rubbing a lamp releases a Genie that sounds like Robin Williams? I don't know what to think anymore... You were half right. We don't get audio with the comic, though, so you could be entirely correct... Remember, given the Disney multiverse, that the lamp you're holding contains a ge...
by webgiant
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 106802

Re: 0881: "Probability"

Seriously, Randall. Nobody cares about your personal life, we just want entertaining comics. Please keep it professional. Seriously, speak for yourself, not the rest of us. If Randal tells us about his personal life in an extraordinarily (A) entertaining, (β) nerdy, (©) artistic, or (√ 2) weird way...
by webgiant
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 48455

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

I don't get like any of the references. Anyone want to explain? I thought the minotaur one was the Greek myth of the Labyrinth, but other people are saying it's House of Leaves or something. The Minotaur house is a reference to the Labyrinth and Minotaur on Crete from ancient Greek mythology, and n...
by webgiant
Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help understanding Ampere Hours?
Replies: 14
Views: 2313

Help understanding Ampere Hours?

I'm about to build my first solar panel (a nice 60Watt model) from scratch, in order to have electrical power while camping, and have been told I need to get a "deep cycle" battery. I've been pricing them, but a key measurement which I simply don't understand is the Ah, or ampere-hour. I k...
by webgiant
Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 41804

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Now Randall doesn't even have to make a joke at all. Well, shit. I'm pretty sure the joke is that Luke is surfing Reddit and CNN while attacking the Death Star. The overt familiarity with the scene in question as well as discussion of the alt-text has obscured that fact. The joke is that Luke is su...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58358

Re: 0859: "("

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Does anyone else see an optical illusion in a long stream of parentheses? ))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))...
by webgiant
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

This thread scares me, in all the best ways. Just to add a couple of cents, not necessarily mine, my friend (who is an atheist) believes that I (an agnostic) invented agnosticism, just because I wanted to be different.. Yeah, a 14-year-old invented a belief system. Sure. I don't think you invented ...
by webgiant
Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0842: "Mark"
Replies: 108
Views: 44908

Re: 0842: "Mark"

I don't actually get the joke. I get the Pen fifteen, but not why it's funny. That. On the subject of "pen15", The Guide Urban Dictionary has this to say: "An old grade school prank. You'd write Pen 14 on your hand and walk up to an unsuspecting schoolmate and ask him if he wanted to...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 56308

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

Just remember that science also says that you are nothing more than a vat of chemicals and that there is no ultimate purpose to your life. Also remember that science says that there is no such thing as free will that your actions are a combination of your environment and your genetic programming. R...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU
Replies: 26
Views: 12416

Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU

I just played this game with homeopathy and realized that one could make homeopathic radiation. Small amount of radioactive material+water=energy created. Actually that's how to make a radiation sickness cure in homeopathy: take something which causes the symptoms of radiation sickness, dilute it b...
by webgiant
Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26220

Re: 830: "Genetic Analysis"

Yeah, um, here's the clue phone ringing for you: while yes, technically, our parents had sex to allow us to be born, none of us want to dwell on the idea of our parents having sex . NONE OF US! We'd rather hear we have inoperable cancer, three days to live, and the knowledge that the cancer will ki...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Portable self-contained anti-static device?
Replies: 27
Views: 2482

Re: Portable self-contained anti-static device?

Why would you want to hold the charge? That just gives a risk of an even bigger shock. What you want is to make yourself discharge gradually all the time. Yes, I hit post and then went to class, then forehead-smacked all day long over realizing I had posted what could possibly be the first electron...
by webgiant
Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I see where you are having problems: you don't understand the basic rule in the English language that an adjective can alter the meaning of the following noun . I understand that perfectly well, but you seem to be taking it to ridiculous extremes. I think that one of us is taking this to ridiculous...
by webgiant
Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 32092

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

This happens to my boyfriend, who loves the weather radar and all things windy/rainy/stormy. He tells me I need to bring an umbrella/coat/warm things, and I end up not needing them. Then again, our local weather guys are pretty inaccurate lately, even the radars tend to be incorrect <_< I've got a ...
by webgiant
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26220

Re: 830: "Genetic Analysis"

I believe the whole "illness" break was a ruse. Randall needed a break for new comic ideas, and was too proud to admit it. His comics have been great since the break. I actually laughed at this one (and also the past few). He hadn't done that in a while. Really? This has to be the most fu...
by webgiant
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Portable self-contained anti-static device?
Replies: 27
Views: 2482

Portable self-contained anti-static device?

I Just spent the last couple of hours shopping in various grocery stores. The air is so dry. The sweater is so wooly. The static shocks when I touch a metal shelf feel like I'm being hit with a cattle prod. I'm thinking there has to be a better way. Then I got to thinking about capacitors and how th...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

Your assumption here is that in order for interconnectedness to exist, a supernatural phenomena must also exist which is called "god". No, I am making no such assumption. I'm not saying anything substantial about what needs to exist for interconnectedness to exist. I am pointing out that ...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is this classroom event a "homework" or a "test"?
Replies: 3
Views: 1389

Is this classroom event a "homework" or a "test"?

So I have to take an OSHA class as part of the degree program, workplace safety and all that. All throughout the semester, we were sometimes permitted to do "homework" in class. All tests were (rightfully) no notes and no books, unless part of the test was "how quickly and accurately ...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 21546

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

It's even worse when mental health is involved. People who have never been depressed tell you to just cheer up and do what you're supposed to do. People who have never been abused tell you that life goes on. People who have never been bullied tell you just to ignore it. People who have never been m...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 21546

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

The modern New Age (and Conservative Christian) attitude expressed quite clearly. And because they place such a high value on thinking, they think that all they have to do to "help" is think really hard about the problem (I.e., "pray"). The Stoics came up with something similar a...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

You may want to rethink your terminology. Being a Naturalistic Pantheist doesn't necessarily mean you believe the interconnected universe is intelligent and omnipotent. Atheism fits nicely with Naturalistic Pantheism in this manner, since one believes in an interconnected universe which is not &quo...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Gabriel's Horn
Replies: 29
Views: 10306

Re: Gabriel's Horn

Then comes the question that if no one is at the other end (which is infinitely far away from the horn blower) would it still make a sound? It depends on your profession. For physicists, the answer is "yes", because a sound wave is produced. For audiophiles, the answer is "no", ...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Clarke's Third Law and Harry Potter.
Replies: 21
Views: 6589

Re: Clarke's Third Law and Harry Potter.

Notice that he said out in front of the theater, not in it, or when the movie was playing. He could delay me watching my movie while paramedics feverishly hunt around in front of the theater for his missing hand. Or arm. Or eye. Jets of blood from his stumps could make the front steps to the theate...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 32445

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

The second one, while seeming totally lame at first, actually has a very witty interpretation. I'd be interested to know what this interpretation was. I'm kinda hoping it doesn't involve one of those "you should know a lot about their momentum, you certainly throw them at me a lot. "-type...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

You may want to rethink your terminology. Being a Naturalistic Pantheist doesn't necessarily mean you believe the interconnected universe is intelligent and omnipotent. Atheism fits nicely with Naturalistic Pantheism in this manner, since one believes in an interconnected universe which is not &quo...
by webgiant
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185331

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

It's something like naturalistic pantheists (which I'm not equating you with) who say that the whole of the natural universe is God, and you ask them if that means they believe that the whole of the universe is somehow collectively conscious, like we're all little parts of a giant cosmic person, li...
by webgiant
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18075

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Does any one else think that the "Dramatic sandwich making" is what happens when this guy ( http://xkcd.com/149/ ) realizes that he has been mind controlled in to making a sandwich? And he screams in horror that his will is no longer his own? I've always thought of the comic as making fun...
by webgiant
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"
Replies: 26
Views: 14435

Re: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"

At first, I thought they were some kind of giant bacteriophage. Then they started talking. I'm not sure why they had to be sitting on a moon... that hurts too much to think about. But having a comic was itself unexpected. It was a rather good parody of Robert Heinlein's "The Moon Is A Harsh Mi...
by webgiant
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 32445

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Okay I was wondering why he was contributing until the last frame. Square root of -1 is worthy of an XKCD comic.
by webgiant
Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 23186

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

Wait, what? Jeph Jacques is "emulating" xkcd? How come, since the art was about TWENTY TIMES BETTER than the stuff Randall does? No detached heads, dynamic and expressive poses, clean and neat drawings... and, get this, an ACTUAL JOKE , which actually makes fun of the self-absorbed and wh...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 23186

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

They're internal monologue bubbles.  I think Jeph did a GREAT job of capturing the xkcd spirit while still being Jeph. If you have a strip like QC, guest artists can come in and use the characters--but xkcd doesn't have that many recognizable characters. So Jeph had to use something else about xkcd...
by webgiant
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 35565

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

According to the book version of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", approximately 40 years go by in the space of four minutes, or roughly 6 seconds a year. This works out to 16 milliseconds our time for every day of Narnia time. Problem: the time thing isn't consistent across the bo...
by webgiant
Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 35565

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

I love contemplating the problems with putting your CPU in Narnia. What happens to the input traveling to your monitor and the point where the wire crosses worlds? Will the CPU get hit by an ice queen's sled? Will your database get transmuted into a Christian allegory? SETI@Home would posit life on...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ultrasonic Cat Meow Deterrent
Replies: 11
Views: 8210

Re: Ultrasonic Cat Meow Deterrent

A good way to keep your cats away from areas of the house is with Ssscat or StayAway . Both are essentially cans of canned air with motion detectors mounted on top (air cans are replaceable).  When something moves past quickly, nothing happens. When something moves in front of the motion detector an...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?
Replies: 74
Views: 21303

Re: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?

Applications which are huge and do a lot will always have vulnerabilities. The OSS applications will always have more known vulnerabilities, because all you have to do to find a vulnerability is read the source code. The EULA NDF closed source applications will always have less known vulnerabilitie...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 221746

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I chose "Firefox", because that is technically my browser, though the actual truth is that I've been using Swiftfox on all of the Linux machines in place of Firefox, and I do all my web browsing in Linux. Swiftfox is an optimized build of Firefox for modern Intel and AMD (separate versions...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?
Replies: 74
Views: 21303

Re: Why does Microsoft have a server edition of windows?

[Windows Server] I don't think it needs to be rebooted often if configured properly. A lot of servers do run this and if they needed to be rebooted that often, then I don't think server farms would stick with them. There is lockin, but if a company is losing so much money from downtime, then they w...
by webgiant
Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: New OS's or old?
Replies: 71
Views: 15093

Re: New OS's or old?

eternauta3k wrote:
phillipsjk wrote: USB drives can be smuggled in and out of the premises rectally.

I'd be more concerned if they started smuggling keyboards rectally

There are flexible keyboards which can be rolled up fairly tightly... :shock:

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