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by webgiant
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Solar Soda Bottle Light for Colder Climates?
Replies: 13
Views: 2163

Solar Soda Bottle Light for Colder Climates?

I've been thinking about the folks in warmer, closer to the Equator countries who have taken a 2-liter bottle, filled it with water and a tiny amount of bleach to prevent mold, stuck it through a hole in the roof of a windowless shack, and created a soda bottle "light bulb" with about the ...
by webgiant
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: QWERTY versus Dvorak
Replies: 166
Views: 87709

Re: QWERTY versus Dvorak

I think the main problem with DVORAK is that you can generally never leave your house, and when you do leave your house you must bring your laptop with you. If you happen to be outside your house without a DVORAK-enabled laptop, you will have to type QWERTY on every other computer in the world, whic...
by webgiant
Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why Windows is better than Linux
Replies: 211
Views: 91683

Re: Why Windows is better than Linux

I like Windows because it's the universal platform for every game I want to play. I've also owned my homemade winderbox for over 4 years now and never had a single OS crash or BSOD. The only time it turns off without my permission is during a power outage. Blatant lies are not good form, my good ma...
by webgiant
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135911

Re: PC != Windows

Oh yeah, these PC vs. Mac battles are quite amusing, since nowadays PC=Mac; folks don't even know what they are fighting for. PC != Mac either. I have one Windows PC and one laptop with Windows running in a VirtualBox, because sometimes I need to test something on a Windows PC. For real work, I boo...
by webgiant
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tablets - iPad vs. MS Surface vs. Asus Transformer Prime
Replies: 26
Views: 38448

Re: Tablets - iPad vs. MS Surface vs. Asus Transformer Prime

I own an Original iPad, which I obtained shortly after the release in 2010. I have just been informed by a third party news source that Apple will not be releasing iOS 6 for the iPad, and will be ending security updates soon. I do not want another iPad, even as a gift. People may replace their phone...
by webgiant
Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 482991

Re: Favorite home experiments

I enjoy making wood charcoal, weighing smoke (a close approximation), and exciting sodium atoms in pickles to make them glow. For the first, take a large juice can. Put one hole in the side with a "church key" can opener, and drain the juice. Thoroughly wash and dry the can, removing the o...
by webgiant
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU
Replies: 26
Views: 12496

Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics: STFU

To create radiation with homeopathy, you would obviously have to take something that treats radiation poisoning and dilute it to 30X. Potassium iodide is used to treat radiation poisoning.... Actually homeopathy is not obvious. Homeopathy doesn't use a diluted cure, it uses a diluted "symptom&...
by webgiant
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kripke
Replies: 28
Views: 32531

Re: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kri

Just saw a commercial for this upcoming TV series, then watched the trailer and read the wiki article . Although I never watched Lost, I have already decided that I am going to enjoy Revolution. So, yeah, you can blame me when it ends up being canceled after 3 episodes. I've decided I'm not going t...
by webgiant
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31123

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

I don't get the title text. Can anyone explain it please? She borrowed his car while he was vandalizing the library. Or after he committed a few minor crimes with 1I1-III1, and after they added his address on a post-it note, she got a license plate reading I1I-111I. I imagine all 1's and I's combin...
by webgiant
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17901

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

they seem to avoid this kind of confusion in the UK by simply stating "free refills" or "all you can eat" rather than coming up with silly titles like "bottomless drinks" or "endless wings" What happens if you go to an "all you can eat" restaurant a...
by webgiant
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17901

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Next week's what-if: What happens when you spill that bottomless drink? Better yet: what exactly would constitute a bottomless drink which is either half full or half empty? (Hurray for transfinite sets). Let's not overlook the practical problem: how would one even drink from a bottomless cup? The ...
by webgiant
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Silly PLC Programming: Ladder Logic + Whoopie Cushion
Replies: 1
Views: 2833

Silly PLC Programming: Ladder Logic + Whoopie Cushion

I'm getting into Programmable Logic Controllers, and I've been idly wondering how silly anyone else might have gotten with a half dozen PLC slots, some testing lights & switches, and a timer or other output device. Making the trainer behave like a ticking bomb, or implementing Tic-Tac-Toe, stuff...
by webgiant
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62282

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

"Libertarian socialist" serves as a label for those ends in that phrase, but I don't mean it in the same sense as those who normally label themselves thus. Since no one knows your made-up word definitions, you're better off not bothering with a label in the first place. We will assume it ...
by webgiant
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62282

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

I'm not. I don't trust Disney when it comes to politics. But I must agree. As someone who works in government the very idea that anyone has time to plot evilly is actually laughable. Everyone in government has the time to plot evilly. Implementation of one's evil plans tends to go by the wayside, g...
by webgiant
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55214

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Seven comments in, and I see no one cares to explain what Cirith Ungol is. Yes, the alt-text is funny, and the art is kinda nice, I guess, but otherwise this is flying way over my head. I was going to give you a hard time about not having the nerd-cred to know a LotR reference, but then I remembere...
by webgiant
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1092: "Michael Phelps"
Replies: 38
Views: 11116

Re: 1092: "Michael Phelps"

coredumperror wrote:
rainbrain wrote:cause he smokes weed.

thats the joke.

Can't tell if you're trolling, or providing actual information. Just in case it's the second, what does Jello have to do with weed?

Wow, I suspect you've never smoked weed, or have amazing self-control around desserts in particular and food in general.
by webgiant
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0231: "Cat Proximity"
Replies: 180
Views: 46944

Re: Re:

The same goes for babies. No. It doesn't. Babies are gross. And loud. Actually cats are gross and loud too, we're just prepared to ignore all that with cats. Examples Screaming from the next room. BABY: No one wants to go find out whats wrong. CAT: We go find our little snoogums to see whats the ma...
by webgiant
Mon May 14, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86894

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Noslo wrote:"Why do they make us learn math? It's not like I'll ever use it."
"Yeah, it's not like math teaches you how to work out complex problems logically."
This conversation happens quite often.

You're always solving for X. You just don't see it written down as X.
by webgiant
Mon May 14, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 26858

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

It will be interesting to see how the various crowd funding projects launched through Kickstarter pan out. I'm not aware of any projects that were successfully funded and have already come to fruition (and I've not done a speck of research to find any), but it will be interesting to see what kind o...
by webgiant
Mon May 14, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 26858

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Wouldn't the increse in the popularity of Kickstarter not just increse the number of kickstarts, but the number of people donating to kickstarts? There are more people who want money than people who are willing to give money. OTOH, the "spam principle" applies: you aren't sending out 100,...
by webgiant
Mon May 14, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132695

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Excellent comic, especially the subtext. I find it quite true - Rand's ideas can be very attractive at first, especially to teens just starting to explore their own independence and rebelling against what may or may not be arbitrary authority. I came across her first through Rush's 2112 , still one...
by webgiant
Wed May 02, 2012 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132695

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

the problem with ayn rand, of whose writings i was an enthusiast for a spell and still hold in a tentatively high regard, is that while her logic is sound, despite being set in an idealistic world of her own devising and therefore making the application of her ideals impractical in the real world, ...
by webgiant
Wed May 02, 2012 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132695

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm confused. In the last panel, is he putting it back and escaping the critical room, or is someone else on the other side locking him in the room in a BHG-esque attempt at getting rid of everyone who doesn't share his literary tastes? EDIT: Due to the lack of another "rumble", I'm incli...
by webgiant
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 80784

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

It always amazes me how damn shallow the ocean is, and how quickly 1ATM / 10m can stack up. At 500m (the range of a reasonable swimmer), you're out of the range of most subs. At 11km (~10 mins in a car), it's just you and Cthulhu. Cthulhu is a lot shallower than 11km, more like 5km. R'lyeh ("p...
by webgiant
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 31182

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

I believe the ancient Mesoamerican culture of the "Mayanalytics" prophesied this very event hundreds of years ago. Nonsense, they could barely predict a lunar eclipse, let alone anything as world-changing as the end of the blog. Plus they scheduled a big party for what on our calendar wou...
by webgiant
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21930

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

I'm sure people have thought of this, and on the off chance it actually worked, the fall would hurt. If the umbrella is strong enough to carry him upwards, then it is strong enough to act as a parachute on the way down. Unless we're saying that its cartoon world physics on the way up, then real wor...
by webgiant
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rude Science Jokes?
Replies: 13
Views: 5340

Re: Rude Science Jokes?

In any case, posting near identical threads in more then one place is typically frowned upon, particularly when the nature of the problem lends itself well to simple googling. It probably would've been fine to ask for both together on a single thread anyway, as theres a good handful of math folk wh...
by webgiant
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rude Math Jokes?
Replies: 11
Views: 8689

Re: Rude Math Jokes?

I'm fond of the Gauss Bonnet theorem. If you pay close attention to the curves, you know how many holes there are. There you go, this is what I'm talking about! I was hoping for jokes which might be told at Mensa after the third glass of sherry. Well there's always this oldie ... the mathematical t...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rude Science Jokes?
Replies: 13
Views: 5340

Re: Rude Science Jokes?

letterX wrote:Ok, seriously?

Are you trying to say that math = science? Because them's fighting words, young man.
by webgiant
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rude Math Jokes?
Replies: 11
Views: 8689

Re: Rude Math Jokes?

Google is so impersonal. Let me Google that for you. And Google sometimes doesn't have the answer to the question. You answered "what are some esoteric crude math jokes" with "here are some math jokes a high school student would get easily." I was hoping for jokes which might be ...
by webgiant
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Rude Science Jokes?
Replies: 13
Views: 5340

Rude Science Jokes?

I'm looking for rude crude science jokes, the kind which would have 90% of the general population not understanding the joke and/or the punch line, and the remaining 10% slapping the joke-teller with their dissertations.
by webgiant
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rude Math Jokes?
Replies: 11
Views: 8689

Rude Math Jokes?

I'm looking for rude crude math jokes, the kind which would have 90% of the general population not understanding the joke and/or the punch line, and the remaining 10% slapping the joke-teller with their dissertation.
by webgiant
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would you do with infinite energy?
Replies: 41
Views: 8938

Re: What would you do with infinite energy?

What scientific experiments would be possible? Would having access to infinite energy make string theory falsifiable? I am pretty sure infinite energy would allow you to make a laser that could actually kill people. I suspect I'd collapse spacetime, regardless of whatever else I wanted to do with i...
by webgiant
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life origins problem
Replies: 50
Views: 6705

Re: Life origins problem

I know this topic has been discussed before but this is a differnet angle on it that is concerning me. I was reading an article about RNA and how strands have been fabricated that can duplicate other RNA molucules, thus giving credability to the hypothesis that life originated from RNA moluclues (m...
by webgiant
Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 92547

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

This crosses a line and yet... Brings up a very good point. Just like "Adam and Steve", "Abel and Eve" is also immoral, probably even more immoral. I stand here right now and challenge every single atheist/agnostic in this thread to prove to me that incest is moral. Go! (No, I'm...
by webgiant
Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Electricity: valence electrons and 2N^2
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Electricity: valence electrons and 2N^2

The instructor could not explain why, if the calculation for maximum number of electrons in a shell is 2N^2, N being the number of the shell and electron number having upper limit of 32, valence shells have a maximum of 8 electrons. Shell 4 is max 32 normally, but somehow if it is a valence shell, t...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25418

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

The alt text is backwards. "drink FAST enough, and eliminate SLOWLY enough" would make more sense. Although I'm pretty sure this isn't possible anyway. You would probably die of water intoxication before reaching a steady-state. It isn't backwards. You drink slowly enough to allow the wat...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 29707

Re: 904: "Sports"

Since when is D&D weighted?! As in any game with multiple dice, there are numbers more likely to come up than others, namely half the maximum total roll. Only when there is more than 1 die rolled. Otherwise it's (almost) a uniform distribution. Suddenly the different sizes of dice make sense: t...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 28405

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

"Feast of Stephen" takes on a new meaning huh? Or perhaps just its original meaning. Christmas Carols are subject to a lot of mondegreens , altering their meaning entirely. For example, I find it difficult to sing the referenced christmas carol as anything other than "Good King Wence...
by webgiant
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65274

Re: 988: "Tradition"

Does this mean that Christmas is dying in the next 10 years? Since the same baby boomer traditions have been repeated year after year after year, it is more likely that Christmas will die/transform over the next 60 years or so, 50 plus ~10. Without the baby boomers to keep insisting on the same son...

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