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by Lawton
Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71321

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

There is. The weak interaction violates the parity symmetry. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parity_(physics)#Parity_violation So, up = negative direction of the gravity force front = an arbitrary direction defined by the center of the visual field. left = the cross product of both, such that the ...
by Lawton
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71321

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Surely I can't be the only one in this company who looks in my rear view mirror and instinctively thinks "what on earth is an ECNALUBMA"? You aren't. Also, the mirror question can be explained in simple terms. When you rotate a book to the mirror, you are the one who keeps up as up and do...
by Lawton
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57151

Re: 0972: "November"

An explanation to all those people complaining about it: Becoming aware of something that you don't usually notice can be unpleasant. Such as remembering you need to breathe, feeling your clothes against you skin, the way you walk or, in this case, your tongue pressing against your teeth. By plantin...
by Lawton
Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 29216

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

It always depressed me that school was about work, not learning. Genius is ninety-nine per cent perspiration and one per cent inspiration, but that one percent is hard to come by. If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw a...
by Lawton
Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 29216

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

if I'm really honest, if we asked some interesting question like that, we would have gotten an answer along the lines of "that's not in the syllabus for this year, now get back to reading the assigned pages that *will* be on the test" It always depressed me that school was about work, not...
by Lawton
Wed May 25, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186969

Re: #903: Extended MInd

This is like a child playing the "WHY" game. When they ask WHY enough you have to answer "JUST BECAUSE". Hence, philosophy. People don't realise quite how many children are trapped in an existential quandary, but lack the vocabulary to describe it. I used to really bug my parent...
by Lawton
Wed May 04, 2011 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0894: "Progeny"
Replies: 97
Views: 19021

Re: 0894: Progeny

Ah, I see that one of the characters completely missed the point. If you were to replaced the words "taught" and "teaching" with "program" and "programming" then this comic would be more accurate. Though it would probably also end with the obvious computer ge...
by Lawton
Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 46150

Re: 0880: "Headache"

http://xkcd.com/31/ is another good one. I'm going to edit this post with all the working ones I find. http://xkcd.com/77/ I'm beginning to notice that none of the good ones (with the exception of headache) use the algorithm, but were made by people. Can someone find another exception? http://xkcd.c...
by Lawton
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 46150

Re: 0880: "Headache"

Some of these comics are utterly broken, but I'd like people to post some of the ones that work. http://xkcd.com/602/ looks pretty cool
by Lawton
Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 22097

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

Slime molds are also intelligent. Scary. I'm sad that if we go extinct, we won't be able to watch the slime molds, ant mega-colonies, bee hyperswarms, and wasp hordes all wage glorious conflict for supremacy over the remains of our shattered world. CorruptUser, get out of my head. The concept of hi...
by Lawton
Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0874: "Time Management"
Replies: 56
Views: 14724

Re: 0874: "Time Management"

Title text wrote:I never trust anyone who's more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.

You must hate Charlie Sheen.
by Lawton
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26155

Re: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"

I couldn't help but think of this comic when I saw the headlines being printed about a risk of nuclear meltdown after the earthquake in Japan.
by Lawton
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31146

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

@BrianB: I feel sorry for anyone who pities knowledge. (even if said knowledge serves no purpose)

Your logic seems to mix up cause and effect. Being into video games doesn't make you a loner, but being a loner can result in an interest in video games. (due to a lack of other options)
by Lawton
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31146

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

This would be a perfect mod. I generally try to avoid killing people in games that allow you to avoid detection for just this reason. I always think about things like that to try to make the game seem more realistic to myself. (sometimes I feel evil and think things like: "hah, this guy's dog ...
by Lawton
Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24673

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

To me, "Where's my flying car?" sounds like a metaphor for "Why can't I do whatever the hell I like?". Until everyone can follow all existing traffic laws perfectly, we'll never be ready for flying cars.
by Lawton
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30606

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

What does everyone have against nanobots? I, for one, am looking forward to the day when an omniscient, all encompassing supercomputer devours us all. A sentient mass the size of our planet could live a much more rich and full life than anything that has ever lived. This comic did make me chuckle, b...

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