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by TheBlackCat
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12430

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

At first I thought it was somehow implying that all the original liquid water had gone into the mantle and had been replaced by new liquid water. Then I thought, "hey, that's not how subduction works!" Are you sure about that? I thought some water did go into the mantle and then got relea...
by TheBlackCat
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12430

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

There's no evidence to refute infinite things. Lack of evidence refuting something is not a scientific measurement. I feel pretty confident that life didn't evolve to something more complex than what it was 3.5 billion years ago then suddenly reverted to single-cell organisms, based on everything w...
by TheBlackCat
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12430

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

3 words: late heavy bombardment.
by TheBlackCat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31460

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Any word on whether those shrimp perceive in a 13-dimensional color model the way we perceive in a 3-dimensional one, or do their brains just give up on that shit and map things to a linear continuum at that point? I don't think humans do perceive a 3-dimensional color model. We perceive a continuu...
by TheBlackCat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31460

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Alright, so the floaters have an explanation. On to another thing that bug me since childhood: Am I the only one, at night (or I guess anytime it's completely dark), to see the dark not uniformly black, but rather composed of a myriad of tiny color pixels on a black background? I mean it's not like...
by TheBlackCat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31460

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

If you want a couple interesting eye facts: 1. The photoreceptors in your eyes are turned off by light. They are essentially modified chemical receptors, with a light-sensitive chemical in them. When they are exposed to light, the chemical changes shape and pops out of the receptor, turning it off. ...
by TheBlackCat
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321164

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I think the first password is much easier to remember. I read it once and had it. The second I read a bunch of time and still can't remember. Still, using a single word is stupid.
by TheBlackCat
Fri May 14, 2010 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 33670

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

And here I thought the 7 years of English literature I had shoved down my throat would never come in handy.

This is one of those ones where I think the Title text wins over the comic. I am particularly vulnerable to puns, though.
by TheBlackCat
Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 68293

Re: "Students" Discussion

My specific version of the dream usually comes in the form that I am looking at my exam schedule or planning out my study schedule and realize there is a class I had signed up for but never attended. That is why the dream always occurs right around the end of what should be the school semester. I so...
by TheBlackCat
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 68293

Re: "Students" Discussion

I get the "missed the class" dream too, usually around the end of the semester even though I haven't taken classes in several years. So I mentioned it to my parents, and they told me they still get those dreams as well. They are in their mid-50's. So yes, what he said is true about still g...
by TheBlackCat
Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0509: "Induced Current"
Replies: 86
Views: 16895

Re: "Induced Current" Discussion

Having the mythbusters deal with this is not that implausible. Check out this book: Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End . . . . And then look at who the sixth review on the book is by: Adam Savage, from Discovery Channel's Mythbusters Solar flares are chapter 2, by the way.
by TheBlackCat
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44199

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

What I am saying is that if I see (x) occur and (x) appears to be a supernatural phenomenon, that it can't be dismissed as a natural pheomenon based only on the fact that the natural explanation is more likely. If the natural explanation is the more likely explanation, then it is the better explana...
by TheBlackCat
Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44199

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

@No Picnic There are two problems with your proposal. One is that you are describing a god that is arbitrary, cruel, and deceptive. That sort of god, although not impossible, is not popular amongst religious people today. Second, even if miraculous healing events are extremely rare then somewhere, s...
by TheBlackCat
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44199

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I also joined this forum for this comic, but merely because I also wanted to suggest a "too scared to be tested" category (I saw somebody beat me to it). This post upset me, though: The magnitude is so great that we should be measuring the difference in dBs!!!! :-) This post is very disapp...

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