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by Gil-Galad
Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0121: "Frozen Rivers"
Replies: 45
Views: 17534

Re: 121: "Frozen Rivers"

Would there really be flooding? I’d guess most riverbeds have capacity for twice the usual volume. Breaking dams wouldn’t be all that catastrophic either since the water behind the dam would be frozen, thus not causing a huge, sudden flood but only melting slowly. I don’t know about the icebergs pil...
by Gil-Galad
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1456: "On the Moon"
Replies: 52
Views: 14873

Re: 1456: "On the Moon"

Is it "real"? I don't know. Is years of training, a brief visit in a heavy space suit, eating paste, and soaking up cosmic rays "real"? Long term habitation will be in a cave under 20 meters of rock, otherwise the secondaries from cosmic rays will give you a hell of a dose over ...
by Gil-Galad
Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 11501

Re: 1440: Geese

Himself wrote:Yes. That misconception is a bit of a pet peeve. Kinda funny that, given how big the universe is, that people would actually overestimate the distance between things.

They just underestimate the speed of light. Everything in Space is huge, so a couple (hundred) lightyears doesn’t sound much.
by Gil-Galad
Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 101
Views: 50309

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

While we are discussing about units: Could it be that Americans are afraid of SI-prefixes or exponents? Those „X is 10,000,000 Y“ are just cumbersome and won’t help a layman anymore than „X is 10⁷ Y“. ns, ps, fs etc. should be pretty clear too (and if you want to explain them write „femto is 10⁻¹⁵“)...
by Gil-Galad
Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 32754

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

You should now IMMEDIATELY switch to 10 gee deceleration, or you will fire out of the hole into the atmosphere for a brief high gee deceleration, then a fast trip out of the solar system. The earth does that for you. You can’t „fall out“ of a tunnel through the earth, you’ll oscillate from one end ...
by Gil-Galad
Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 32754

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

You should now IMMEDIATELY switch to 10 gee deceleration, or you will fire out of the hole into the atmosphere for a brief high gee deceleration, then a fast trip out of the solar system. The earth does that for you. You can’t „fall out“ of a tunnel through the earth, you’ll oscillate from one end ...
by Gil-Galad
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0106: "Ink Molecules"
Replies: 43
Views: 11792

Re: What-If 106: "Ink Molecules"

I don’t understand the final answer. What is „161 pixels“ supposed to mean?
by Gil-Galad
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106822
Views: 45879929

Re: 1190: "Time"

She COUGHED, played it down and now he is building the castle ALONE!!!

I fear Randall is painting his Life and this is the time where she got sick :|

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