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by nixiebunny
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"
Replies: 35
Views: 6291

Re: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"

This comic resonates with me, as I am an engineer who has built a bunch of equipment for several of the EHT telescopes. This includes spending a month at the South Pole. The joke in this comic is that the data reduction happens after all the hard drives with the data are mailed to the correlators at...
by nixiebunny
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 6162

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

I realize that it's not customary to post something about the content of the comic in the thread about the comic, but I was delighted to wake up this morning and read an XKCD about something that I work on. I build electronics for three radio telescopes that are part of the Event Horizon Telescope, ...
by nixiebunny
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 35637

Re: 1337: "Hack"

Panel 4 suggests that the Internet has the specs for the transmitter. Man, I wish life was that easy!

I work on old radio telescopes. Way too often, I use Google to search for a user manual for some controller gizmo on the telescope, and the first hit is the website of my telescope.
by nixiebunny
Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38798

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

This comic is not about people who don't use the correct homonym, but about people who find it so grating that they are unable to deal with said use. The fact that such misuse is prevalent on the Internet is a sign that our language invites said misuse. Which, come to think of it, makes perfect sen...
by nixiebunny
Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38798

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

This comic is not about people who don't use the correct homonym, but about people who find it so grating that they are unable to deal with said use. The fact that such misuse is prevalent on the Internet is a sign that our language invites said misuse. Which, come to think of it, makes perfect sens...
by nixiebunny
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"
Replies: 42
Views: 31439

Re: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"

That thing about the 60 Hz North American grid being a big transmitting antenna... You forget that AC power distribution is 3 phase (thank you, Tesla). The EM fields of three phases cancel each other out, so the net 60 Hz field seen from a distance is always perilously close to zero. Citation needed...
by nixiebunny
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87563

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

I work on hardware on a radio telescope. I was looking for the user manual to a servo motor driver board one day with Google. The search of the board's part number gave, as the first hit, our telescope's website. Not the manufacturer's website, OUR website. I realized that it was hopeless and instal...
by nixiebunny
Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57943

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

This one made me LOL. I haven't seen it mentioned yet in the thread, but the color wheel thingie is referred to by us lifelong Mac uses as the "spinning pizza of death". Get it? Death? And yes, it's snarky, but hey, if you're the worlds' greatest computer visionary, and you don't want peop...
by nixiebunny
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32055

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Man, the wikipedia article on Burning Man uses so many words to say absolutely nothing about what it IS. I just spent 20 minutes reading the whole article, and don't know anything more about what it is those people do out in the desert for a week. Why write an encyclopedia article that is completel...
by nixiebunny
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70987

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

"Pixie Koralee" must make me the winner, except I'm a guy.

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