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by RevengencerAlf
Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25909

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

what if urine was secreted through a semi permeable membrane somewhere? At least some sharks do this: http://www.sharkiologist.com/article_sharkphysiology.html More details on osomoregulation here: http://www2.uic.edu/~bcatal1/bios/bios245/learn/osmoregulation.pdf For land animals I'm pretty sure c...
by RevengencerAlf
Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25909

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

Funny, I avoid drinking fountains outside bathrooms (and really anywhere for that matter) because I'm afraid of getting sick. Call me silly but I just don't like the idea of someone's spit and sweat dripping all over the spout the water is coming from. There is also just the fact to consider that ta...
by RevengencerAlf
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25690

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

I think it all just comes down to the fact that people in general, especially media outlets, don't really care for specificity much. Sometimes it's practial (no one is going to waste time specifying that the car running from police is burgundy when "red" will suffice. As a rule, I find tha...
by RevengencerAlf
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 66110

Re: 0932: "CIA"

I have this discussion with someone nearly every day. They equate the vandalizing of a website's main page or a DDOS attack that makes it inaccessible for a few hours or days some kind of super scary hack. It makes me sad that I have to engage in the kind of pedagogy that is telling them their compa...
by RevengencerAlf
Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28305

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

drummerdude13903 wrote:umm.... he did it wrong. you need to graph cell phone use and BRAIN cancer. (not just total cancer)


It's a comic. Step back and look at it in macro instead of focusing on the details. You obviously got the message he was trying to convey.
by RevengencerAlf
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 53697

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

I don't know about all the other ones, but I use irregardless. Then again, I also use y'all and ain't on occasion. I like to sound folksy. Anyway, I did take a moment to look it up a few months back and "irregardless" is listed by several dictionaries (including Miriam Webster: http://www...
by RevengencerAlf
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 30688

Re: 0916: Unpickable

What's this "5x5" stuff? It's a 5x5x5 cube . Nope! The "5x5" has nothing at all to do with the cube's dimensions, obviously! (Otherwise: either it would be "5x5x5", or it would be just "5", or Randall would have made an error, and none of those can be the cas...
by RevengencerAlf
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34466

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

All my machines get squaresoft character names. All the fixed hard drives get norse dieties, all the external drives get greek or roman dieties, and the portables get non-godly mythical figures. For some reason I broke the mold with my Vista machine though and named it Kitsune. I'm still not entirel...
by RevengencerAlf
Wed May 25, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 187206

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Grizzly Bear Subspecies Biological classification Biologist Scientist System Cybernetics Interdisciplinarity List of academic disciplines Academia Community Group Group (mathematics) Mathematics Quantity Property (philosophy) Modern philosophy Philosophy God damnit. Honestly as soon as I got to acad...
by RevengencerAlf
Mon May 23, 2011 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36340

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Which only raises another question. Even if the translation happens in real time, how come the characters get to hear only the translation? Because it's cheaper to have the actors read one set of lines in English (or the dub language of your region). Production costs are the original reason we have...
by RevengencerAlf
Mon May 23, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36340

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Ok, so it is a relatively obscure Star Trek reference that I feel many readers will not get. Let me guess, they re-ran this episode on his local affiliate Either way, where's the funny? Really obscure? You sir, must be joking. Anyone who's seen the episode would remember it. Honestly, whether you l...
by RevengencerAlf
Mon May 23, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36340

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

also.. Randell is overdue for a Doctor who Joke. (or was there already a who strip that I somehow missed?) The fanboi (fangrrl?) in me agrees, but Doctor Who is heavily unscientific, while pretending to be so at times. It's a thorn in the side of many natural sciences nerds who I imagine could acce...

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