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by ctdonath
Fri Mar 18, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 4954

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

I keep doing the same things over and over BECAUSE I keep getting different results!
by ctdonath
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8540

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

That's Pavlov. No, that's an old joke, to wit: A church's bell ringer passed away. So they posted the position and a man came in with no arms wanting the job. The clergy weren't sure he could do it, but he convinced them to let him try it. They climbed the bell tower and the guy ran toward the bell...
by ctdonath
Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8540

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

Cervisiae Amatorem wrote:now I need ExplainExplainXKCD.


To put it in social media terms:
Cueball responded to the headline before the post started loading, confusing lag with bandwidth.
by ctdonath
Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8540

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

Consider that in the time that it takes for light to get from >this< screen (yours you are reading right now) to >your< eyes, the CPU involved has already carried out a dozen instructions. Not quite faster-than-light, but faster than time it takes light to get where it's going. That's a start.
by ctdonath
Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8540

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

cellocgw wrote:"Dunno who he was, but his face rings a Bell"


Later, Dr. Frankenstein identified the body.
Leaning over his deceased assistant, he whispered "Ig, no bell prize for you."

Spoiler:
http://www.improbable.com/ig/winners/
by ctdonath
Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1578: Squirrelphone
Replies: 38
Views: 7559

Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

There is a significant percentage of readers who don't know what "that beeping sound" is.
by ctdonath
Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 18195

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

JeromeWest wrote:"Professor Whip and the Magical, Marvellous Fridge of Invincibility".


Pointless tangent: that fridge is nicely honored/parodied in the iOS game "Snail Bob".
by ctdonath
Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 18195

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Re: Professor Whip Is In Another Movie - In an interview with Spielberg, Lucas & Ford (?) after making it, the three admitted that after the third Professor Whip movie, they agreed making another sequel involving aliens would be a really bad idea - and telling the interviewer this after having d...
by ctdonath
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 6430

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

Any bets on ETA for "1040: The Game" availability?
by ctdonath
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1564: "Every Seven Seconds"
Replies: 35
Views: 6824

Re: 1564: "Every Seven Seconds"

Locoluis wrote:Who did read your thoughts?


Arthur: "You mean you can read my mind?"
Marvin: "Yes."
Arthur: "And...?"
Marvin: "It amazes me you manage to live in anything that small."
by ctdonath
Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 12005

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

Neil_Boekend wrote:It is fixed now.

Fixed? FIXED? The WATERmark is gone? Randall, what are you doing to us?! Some conspiracy is afoot...

Oh, it evaporated. Anyone have screenshots from throughout the day?
by ctdonath
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 16492

Re: 1559: "Driving"

If a car gets a signal to pick someone up, but is blocked by other self driving cars, it could transmit a "I need to leave now" signal to nearby cars, which would then move out of the way, then shuffle back into the available parking space. The image of a parking lot stuffed full of self-...
by ctdonath
Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
Replies: 53
Views: 12098

Re: 1556: "The Sky"

Pfhorrest:
Similar recent thought: someone born and raised on the far side of the moon would, short of significant travel, have no idea their home was so close to huge orb several times larger than their own. The Moon's rotation period being the same as its revolution, one half never sees the Earth.
by ctdonath
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
Replies: 53
Views: 12098

Re: 1556: "The Sky"

Once in a while Randall does like to show us that he's a "real artist", well beyond his already impressive stick figures.
by ctdonath
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
Replies: 53
Views: 12098

Re: 1556: "The Sky"

What were the skies like when you were young? They went on forever and they, when I, we lived in Arizona And the skies always had little fluffy clouds And they moved down, they were long and clear And there were lots of stars at night And when it would rain it would all turn, it, they were beautifu...
by ctdonath
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 32805

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I started drinking beer (after 35 years a teetotaler) in Bavaria. I'd long heard comments to the effect of the cartoon, tactfully amounting to "beer is an acquired taste". No, beer is not an acquired taste. BAD beer is an acquired (i.e.: forced) taste. GOOD beer is GOOD, it is delicious, i...
by ctdonath
Fri May 29, 2015 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"
Replies: 45
Views: 13141

Re: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"

Randall, drinking coffee made with Red Bull really isn't such a good idea.
by ctdonath
Fri May 22, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1528: "Vodka"
Replies: 29
Views: 5792

Re: 1528: "Vodka"

Vodka made from apples: http://1911spirits.com/
Marvelous stuff. Yes, worth drinking straight or over a couple ice cubes.
by ctdonath
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1496: “Art Project”
Replies: 53
Views: 7924

Re: 1496: “Art Project”

I'd like to initiate a project "100 Houses 100 Years", choosing a hundred homes and taking photos every year for a century. I might not see the result, but would give the offspring something interesting to carry on for a few generations, with someone ending up with an interesting publicati...
by ctdonath
Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1482: "#NowPlaying"
Replies: 89
Views: 12715

Re: 1482: "#NowPlaying"

Next, this must become a thing: someone write an app which continually listens, identifies the dominant ambient-sound note, and tweets it in real time.
Bonus points for tweeting chords & duration.
by ctdonath
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1476: Ceres
Replies: 54
Views: 13029

Re: 1476: Ceres

Was this one of Slartibartfast's apprenticeship works, or was he demoted to moon inspector?
by ctdonath
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 34772

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

TrueNarnian wrote:This is the http://www.xkcd.com/68 of What-If's

Thank you for that link. The DST frame is...glorious.
by ctdonath
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 34772

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

Comment Argh, Randall, why can't you just keep to your own rules? What If is about answering questions from others , not about being pseudo-meta without anyone asking for it. is immediately followed by post The normal world of "What-if?" contains pitchers with nuclear-explosive arms, massi...
by ctdonath
Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1444: "Cloud"
Replies: 28
Views: 8716

Re: 1444: "Cloud"

Seems a fitting thread to toss this out: http://reverseocr.tumblr.com
Application generates random shapes until an OCR library recognizes it as a word. The results are...interesting.
by ctdonath
Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 9465

Re: 1440: Geese

Related observation:

Light is slow enough that in just the time it takes for light from your monitor to reach your eyes, your computer has executed about a dozen instructions.
by ctdonath
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 28423

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"

if it doesn't affect your main argument, you might even temporarily concede the point It's a rhetorical tool for really destroying someone else's contention, amounting to "even if you're right about X (which methinks you're not), your point is still wrong because of Y." It's a way to deal...
by ctdonath
Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 12662

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

1/m^3 was what I found last time I researched it some time ago. If it's 1/cm^3, then I can view it more as a "thin gas". I'll have to revisit my ramjet calculations ... which (just to race off down a tangent) means: A 1m^2 scoop would gather 10kg of hydrogen between here and Alpha Centauri...
by ctdonath
Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 12662

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

Outer space isn't really "space"; it's full of a thin gas. At what point does the description of "full of a thin gas" transition to "nothing but a minuscule dusting of elementary particles"? Interstellar space averages something like 1 hydrogen atom per cubic meter. If...
by ctdonath
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 9725

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

Philbert wrote:Actually, he sounds more like a tester.

Send him over. We have an opening for exactly such a "breaks things fast" person.
by ctdonath
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 31380

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

The fuel output would be considerably harder than the rest. While synthetic fuel exists, you still need input products, and I don't see any holes on the left for coal, natural gas, biomass or hydrogen. The only way you could create fuel seemingly out of nowhere is by absorbing and converting the ai...
by ctdonath
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 31380

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

what if you need to convert between 2 types that are on the same side of the converter box? That's what I found funny about the USB plugs: they're all on the same side, contrary to the point of USB being a decidedly one-way master/slave cable; putting 'em all on the same side amounts to a slave/sla...
by ctdonath
Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1391: "Darkness"
Replies: 81
Views: 12534

Re: 1391: "Darkness"

Client: "Can I ask you a couple questions?"
Lawyer: "Yes. Now, what's your other question?"
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Izawwlgood wrote:while you fail to respond to two thirds of my post.

Well, yeah, I got kinda distracted when you started acting like a stalker.
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Dude, are you serious? Yup. That's why I posted actual data. Interesting that you'd rather assail my utterly unrelated sociopolitical views (and, likewise, do so via innuendo and imputation rather than actual factual debate) than address the fact that climate change IS cyclical, we're at a natural ...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Your second link is dead, your first link is just a pile of data that you haven't said anything about. First link is raw core sample temperature data which the initial graph merely graphed. You're not interested enough in [i]discussion[/] (to wit: sans berating) to bother with more detail, much of ...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I looked for a cited source, because your graph doesn't match data from the British Antarctic Survey... ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/paleo/icecore/antarctica/vostok/deutnat.txt ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/anomalies/annual.land_ocean.90S.90N.df_1901-2000mean.dat I'm not looking to cherry-pi...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Tip: If you try to convince anyone who doesn't already follow your way of thinking try to come up with other arguments. Tip: when a thread is still pretty short (2-3 pages), check to see what else someone has posted before deriding everything they've posted based on one very brief comment. As I pos...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

First it was "global cooling". http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CG4rnZInkcg/TyiZEcEPYfI/AAAAAAAAF7g/Bv_2bPGVLQQ/s1600/time+ice+age.jpg http://pjmedia.com/zombie/files/2012/01/iceagecoverfull.jpg Then it was "global warming." Now we're moving into "global climate change" (not c...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I am saddened to see that in a forum which is supopsed to attract people who science, so many people, some of them probably scientists (not climatologists, but scientists nevertheless) disagree with ... actual climate scientists. There's a valid concern about professional bias: if you participate i...
by ctdonath
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119313

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Historical cyclical temperature change (per Antarctic core samples, with modern sensors filling in at the end):

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