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by tups
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 11140

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

pronouncing v's in the middle of words as f would make it a Dutch accent, not a German one :)
by tups
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"
Replies: 24
Views: 11972

What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"

Zippo Phone The energy capacity of batteries is pathetic. On the other hand, I once accidentally shorted an AA battery in my pocket with my keys, and I can guarantee that it got quite uncomfortably hot inthere within the few seconds before I noticed, and people looked at me rather funny when i was ...
by tups
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:10 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"
Replies: 60
Views: 34459

Re: What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"

True, but unless I've done my math wrong. The mass change from a 2 moles of H2 and 1 mole of O2 to 2 moles of H20 (about 32 grams) is about 5 nanograms. So, negligble. The net binding energy released per mole of water produced is 469kJ. A mole of water weight approx 18g (not 32g). Considering it ta...
by tups
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1452: "Jurassic World"
Replies: 37
Views: 12434

Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

That is an uncharacteristic kind of joke for xkcd ... the use of the brightly coloured T-rex gives away the clue somewhat before you even start properly reading the comic, too. And I did see the trailer for jurassic world yesterday - you'd have thought that 21 years after the first movie, technology...
by tups
Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 21808

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

Tass wrote:At + Pu -> Au + Pt


Strangely, from both a monetary and scientific point of view, the reverse reaction is a lot more interesting. The bottom line is in any case, radioactive terrorism is an expensive business ...
by tups
Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 21808

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

Well, as soon as you get to the d-block elements, many more bonds can be formed. Hafnium, for example (Hf) can form 8 bonds, but one of them is sterically quite problematic.
by tups
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 41650

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

I am disappointed that there is no 95 nor 98 octane. Modern engines can correct their timing for lower octane levels but older engines would crap out at such crappy fuel. Well, there is the difference between RON and MON, and the AKI, the first being in common use in the EU, and the latter in the U...
by tups
Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1378: "Turbine"
Replies: 43
Views: 10933

Re: Turbine

That is freaking hilarious, I laughed very hard indeed
... the idea was also picked up on twitter a while ago though - @ImAWindmill
by tups
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:22 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 40027

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

I cannot express my disappointment enough about the horse. It has eyes, a mouth and nostrils. I would so like to see Randall's redition of a stick horse ... I am sure he would nail it. Please, Randall, give us a stick horse in a future cartoon ...
by tups
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:33 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30568

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

...<snip> because the fog you see when you pour out liquid nitrogen is made of liquid oxygen. The water does condense out of the air (as a solid) but that's not the thick fog you see. Haiku Detector starts a trend to make way for my robot army. Disagree I do With the statement made higher Proof is ...
by tups
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:56 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30568

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

There are other oddities contained in this what-if page. I would like to see the maths that proves me that "it would be impossible to move fast" on a mercury lake. Who calculated this ? The lack of paddle depth may well be compensated by the lack of depth of the boat itself - what are the ...
by tups
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 93066

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

If you're talking about hydrogen, I guess he figured more people would relate to the H-bomb (at least I think that's what "big sky bag" is talking about) than to the composition of the sun. "Big sky bag" would be zeppelin, referring to the fire on/of the Hindenburg in 1937. Unfo...
by tups
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42171

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Now, back to the cartoon. In a strange and twisted way, this conversation reminds me of my colleagues who are engineers ... it becomes hilariously funny once you realize this (and point it out to them).
by tups
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 671995

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I don't think the whales are a "Hitchhiker's" reference, which would also be the reason why there is no bowl of petunias. The whale in HGTTG is a sperm whale, these two are a species of fin whale.

I really did enjoy this comic a lot... thank you Randall!
by tups
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24319

Re: More marketing bs

I once worked for a company that made scientific instruments. These had to be tested to see if they met radio emission standards. (Incidentally, that was an interesting day out as the testing was done 300 feet underground in a worked out chamber in a salt mine; to avoid picking up Radio1.) Anyway, ...
by tups
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67653

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

hmm ...96/100 overall - perhaps I should aspire to a career in the printing industry ... :-p
(although being eminently replacable by a piece of software in your choice of employment is probably not the best prospect imagineable)
by tups
Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22640

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

Gave me a chuckle anyway .... google Zeno's paradoxes and Zeno of Elea if you have been momentarily distracted during your classics education and thus currently have no idea what this is about.
by tups
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 39750

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

In Belgium, as in the rest of the EU, for the past few years, plastic bags have had an environmental tax on them, so the supermarket chains collectively decided they wouldn't offer them anymore. Overnight the whole plastic bag problem simply disappeared as by magic. Sure, you can buy a new reusable ...
by tups
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20254

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

I fail to even imagine how more than one mail service could *work*. How do you mail things? Do you have to buy different stamps depending? The mail is run by the government, and they've been having to close offices all over the place because people email instead of sending letters and there are oth...
by tups
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32303

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

At least one more recusrion should be possible ...

http://whiteriverandnorthern.net/clinic_08.htm

Sweet!

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