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by ahecht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 212755

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Excuse me but why does it say "U.S. Scientists: Proud" when this is the EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY's achievement? What about EUROPEAN scientists...? What, they can't be proud of their ESA counterparts? Also: http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/mission-facts/nasas-role NASA has been involved with this ...
by ahecht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 212755

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Spoiler:
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We're all "proud" now.
by ahecht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 212755

Re: 1446: "Landing"

The European Space Agency's Philae probe landed today on Comet 67P, the agency says, the first time in history a spacecraft has made a soft landing on a comet. About seven hours earlier, the lander had separated from the mother ship Rosetta to begin its descent to the comet, which is is 500 million...
by ahecht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 212755

Re: 1446: "Landing"

spaceflightnow.com -- down
blogs.esa.int -- down
xkcd.com -- still up
by ahecht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 212755

Re: 1446: "Landing"

taixzo wrote:Wait, which Prime Minister? There are several.


Given where the dialogue line is coming from, I'd have to say Canadian.
by ahecht
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1438: "Houston"
Replies: 58
Views: 19976

Re: 1438: "Houston"

I didn't realize that they had LCD monitors in 1970.
by ahecht
Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 37099

Re: 1416: "Pixels"

Further, most of the panels repeat, but I saw one joke that repeated- the boy and girl wondering to each other "let's be honest- can we really tell if anyone lives in Stockholm?" I'm sure the Swedish will be happy. :lol: (For the record, pretty sure some people live there as I went there ...
by ahecht
Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 14884

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

What Randall didn't mention here is that the wind speed needed to pick up an object is the same as that object's terminal velocity (and yes, if you look it up, the terminal velocity of a human is right about 120 mph). It makes sense if you think about it -- terminal velocity is the speed at which yo...
by ahecht
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 32353

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I apparently come from a universe just the other side of the one where Randall originated. The most puzzling thing about yours to me is that people will actually eat bell peppers on purpose. (Side thought on a related topic: everything that's not generally considered "food" is described a...
by ahecht
Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Still not fading...
by ahecht
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

The EoT feels a bit like the end of Calvin and Hobbes. http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1995/12/31 (not posting pic for copyright reasons.) It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy . Let's go exploring! Indeed. I actually really like how it ended. And I approve of his selection of Geekwagon, ...
by ahecht
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

The fact that this happened so soon after 50,000 posts makes me wonder if GLR was just waiting for the first convenient ending place after reaching a comment milestone. That or he saw the posts by HereBeUnmappedBits and Fictioneer and though "Hey. that's a good idea."
by ahecht
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

So what do we think the new alt-text will be? "FLOAT!"? "PADDLE!"? "ABANDON ALL HOPE!"?
by ahecht
Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

The Kon Tiki movie was nominated in this year's academy awards, so I assume it's been out a while.
by ahecht
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

It is a simple physical fact that every conceivable combination of occupations of quantum fields in 4D spacetime has a finite non-zero probability within the laws of physics, and that includes groups of bosons forming neural nets which encode the belief that library books are supposed to be empty. ...
by ahecht
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

I hope that's stuff as in boats, and not stuff as in carcasses.
by ahecht
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Aubron's site changed to RUN pretty quickly after the comic changed. It was working fine half an hour ago, but it's been stuck at 388 for a while now.
by ahecht
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

That doesn't seem like "good thinking" at all!
by ahecht
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Metaversary!

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by ahecht
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Château d'If is/was 30 km^2 big, so their little village is probably safe for now. 30 km 2 is an error on wikipedia, propagating an error from an unsourced Lonely Planet guidebook page. If you look at actual satellite photos of the place, and use GIMP histogram to count pixels and compare scales, C...
by ahecht
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, and the idea that the tiny bit of castle crumbling was an earthquake opening the gate is preposterous. The sea must have been rising, and the Beanies doing their surveys and reaching conclusions about the shoreline, for much longer than the time it took Cueball and Megan to build a sandcastle a...
by ahecht
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107151
Views: 48858757

Re: 1190: "Time"

Looks like the fortress is just off the coast of Marseille:
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Spoiler:
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by ahecht
Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 24706

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

He left out part of the 4 PM EST MON DEC 05 2005 report:

Code: Select all

THE OFFICIAL
FORECAST DECREASED THE FORWARD SPEED BEYOND 72 HOURS TO COMPENSATE
FOR THE EASTWARD COMPONENT SUGGESTED BY THE GFDL. BY THEN EPSILON
SHOULD BE A REMNANT LOW...WE WOULD LIKE.
by ahecht
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 64474

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

My planets mnemonic (including the Sun and Asteroid Belt) was always:

Sometimes Many Very Early Men Ate Juicy Steaks Using No Plates

After the demotion of Pluto, I changed to:

Sometimes Many Very Early Men Ate Juicy Steaks Using Napkins
by ahecht
Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 25927

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

Honestly, these were some of the best strips I've seen around here in a while. I guess it helps when you can't overthink things.
by ahecht
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 38675

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

scalziand wrote:Yes, these things are true.

Still, a couple years ago a couple students created an arcade cabinet that would show the campus in first person. Unfortunately, such a thing is not accessible through the website.


WPI?
by ahecht
Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 26594

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

I'm not sure how useful the USGS ENS service is for early warning: On a global basis, earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater are generally reviewed and distributed by ENS within 2 hours or their occurrence. Some events of magnitude 5.0 to 6.0 in remote parts of the world, especially on mid-ocean ri...
by ahecht
Fri May 08, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0581: "The Race: Part 5"
Replies: 89
Views: 18583

Re: "The Race: Part 5" Discussion

Letter writing worked once - it saved Quantum Leap! (Since then...not so much.) But it only saved it briefly. We never got to see the original ending to the last episode, where Sam leaped far into the future and Al had to become a leaper as well to find him: http://www.sethargabright.com/qleap/mial...
by ahecht
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 55863

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Godwin's law? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_Law "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one." I wasn't asking what Godwin's Law was, I was asking if it applied in this case, since this was a comic not a discussio...
by ahecht
Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 55863

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Godwin's law?
by ahecht
Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0500: "Election"
Replies: 118
Views: 21899

Re: Election

Congrats on comic #500! (Yes, I know it's not the 500th comic, but the year 2000 wasn't the start of the New Millenium either but we still had a big party)

Oh, and for the record, GodShapedBullet stole my post.
by ahecht
Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0491: "Twitter"
Replies: 156
Views: 33984

Re: "Twitter" Discussion

Well done Randall, well done! This is the first comic I've actually laughed out loud to in a while, and I laughed out loud again on the tooltip as well (if only there were some sort of internet abbreviation for laugh out loud...)
by ahecht
Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"
Replies: 372
Views: 86272

Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

I'm surprised that Randall didn't address the astronauts' "terrorist fist-jab" at the beginning of the original.
by ahecht
Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0431: "Delivery"
Replies: 77
Views: 17082

Re: "Delivery" Discussion

Falcon4 wrote:Chalk up another one that saw CAD first (and read the entire accompanying news post), then came here to see this.


I was surprised to see how many people also read CAD first before coming here. It's nice to see that I'm not the only one that reads my webcomics in alphabetical order in the morning.
by ahecht
Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 59662

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

Randall screwed up: He labeled the wheels as " omni wheels ," when clearly they're mecanum wheels . The silly thing is, given the way they're arranged, actual omni wheels would probably be a better choice for this project. I don't know what's worse: that this error was the first thing I n...
by ahecht
Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0401: "Large Hadron Collider"
Replies: 215
Views: 64082

Re: "Large Hadron Collider" Discussion

Dude, my helicopter died of cancer! Not funny!

(just kidding :wink:)
by ahecht
Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0335: "Mattress"
Replies: 119
Views: 26303

Re: "Mattress" Discussion

Now all we need to do is integrate rock'em sock'em robots into this:
Image
http://www.red-dot.sg/Concept/porfolio/06/05FN/R021LM.htm

Cleaning out those cracks would be quite a pain though.
by ahecht
Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 163108

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Wouldn't the resistance be 0? I actually came up with a number that would satisfy this in my Calculus class: 1-.99999... It comes out to .000...0001 (infinite zeros). It can be represented as "the limit of y such that y=1/x as x goes to infinity". Since it could never really reach zero it...
by ahecht
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0352: "Far Away"
Replies: 233
Views: 31040

Re: "Far Away" Discussion

Wow, it's like Randall's reading my mind
by ahecht
Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 36309

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

The only thing better than Rick Rolling is that before I knew any better I thought the lyrics were going to "and then I'm gonna _____" instead of "never gonna give _____", and I thought gee this is the most accurate love song ever . "It's a lion!" (obscure?) Reference ...

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