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by adavies42
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 42518

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

Apparently someone asked, "What if Randall read SCP?"
by adavies42
Sat Sep 06, 2014 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 30505

Re: 1417: "Seven"

It always annoyed me that there were seven days in the week. If they had to choose a prime number, they could at least have chosen an even prime, like 8 . There are seven days because there were seven "planets" in ancient cosmology; see seven-day week , planetary hours , etc. for details....
by adavies42
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20904

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

The published version of " Depth to Bedrock and the Formation of the Manhattan Skyline, 1890–1915 ", as linked in footnote 3, is paywalled. This version hosted at Fordam (where two of the three authors teach), " Bedrock Depth and the Formation of the Manhattan Skyline, 1890-1915 "...
by adavies42
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 139821

Re: The "What-If?" Book

ob 977: what projection is the map?

i'm thinking Miller.
by adavies42
Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 63313

Re: 1335: "Now"

Unfortunately it looks like animated GIF's delay is a two byte int of hundredths of a second, so the max value is USHRT_MAX, 2 16 , 65536, or 10 minutes and 55.36 seconds. (I'm assuming it's unsigned. If for some bizarre reason it's signed, it's 5 minutes and 27.67 seconds.) Since we only have frame...
by adavies42
Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36385

Re: 1314: "Photos"

I think printing it on glossy photo paper (with some very thick, black ink) and putting inside a wide, dark frame should do the trick. But if the guy at the copy shop can't get it right, I fear I can't either. yeah, i have a decent photo printer now (canon pixma pro-100), i should give it a try mys...
by adavies42
Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36385

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Cueball seems to be speaking from the perspective of a relatively serious photographer who invests considerable time in selecting and composing shots, white White Hat Guy is referring to those who simply wave their phones around as an instinctive action and produce photos that are barely worth shar...
by adavies42
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36385

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Cueball seems to be speaking from the perspective of a relatively serious photographer who invests considerable time in selecting and composing shots, white White Hat Guy is referring to those who simply wave their phones around as an instinctive action and produce photos that are barely worth shar...
by adavies42
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116382

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Given my experience in the "possesses no value to any woman on the planet, for any reason" camp, I might be able to help. Whenever you feel the urge to claim that women only want [whatever], instead mentally repeat "women want literally anyone other than myself" until said urge ...
by adavies42
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116382

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

So, um, how about we substitute “lonely” for “desperate” and “sad” for “angry”, and try to have a little compassion? The thing that really blows my mind about these debates is how rarely anyone shows sympathy for people whose main complaint is that they’re missing out on what everyone else tells the...
by adavies42
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36385

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Cueball seems to be speaking from the perspective of a relatively serious photographer who invests considerable time in selecting and composing shots, white White Hat Guy is referring to those who simply wave their phones around as an instinctive action and produce photos that are barely worth shar...
by adavies42
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116382

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Prometheus wrote:Thank [insert deity here] for sci-fi conventions, where being a freak doesn't make you a social reject.


Ha, if only. The con scene ain't what it used to be....
by adavies42
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36385

1314: "Photos"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/photos.png Title text: "I hate when people take photos of their meal instead of eating it, because there's nothing I love more than the sound of other people chewing." Excellent, a new excuse for when people tell me to stop taking so many pictures and just &quo...
by adavies42
Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62962

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

Also it seems sites like reddit and tumblr are taking over from forums in general. Though God knows why - I mean reddit's hierarchical voting system is interesting, but tumblr is so badly formatted you can't even see who's replying to whom. As for forums dying, it's sad. Reddit and tumblr have thei...
by adavies42
Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7804

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

There were no aurora visible from my house Shouldn’t that be “aurora e ”? I used to annoy a friend of mine by pluralising conga (the drum) as congae when labelling multitrack recordings. It brought a little bit of joy to my heart the day I instinctively typed “http://for a .xkcd.com/” into the URL ...
by adavies42
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7804

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

dalcde wrote:There were no aurora visible from my house

Shouldn’t that be “aurorae”?
by adavies42
Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 12845

Re: 1260: "LD50"

and the leading cause of cancer in rats is research....
by adavies42
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 19068

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

The average modern car is limited to a top speed of around 120 mph, and the fastest can go about 200. The Veyron does 267. Therefore, if you drove a car over a Philadelphia speed bump at 90% of the speed of light, in addition to destroying the city ... ... you could expect a speeding ticket of $1.1...
by adavies42
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 39968

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

I wonder what uncontacted tribes or even contacted hunter-gatherer tribes think of satellites. Surely they've noticed them, and that they didn't exist in the relatively recent past. Do missionaries explain it to them? Do they understand through the language barrier? i read a near-future sf novel on...
by adavies42
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 39968

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

or just pull out a geiger counter—there should still be (relatively) short-lived stuff from atmospheric nuke testing in the 50’s and 60’s detectable everywhere Can you distinguish that from naturally occuring (background) radiation? hmm, geiger counter may have been an exaggeration—you may need a G...
by adavies42
Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 39968

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

or just pull out a geiger counter—there should still be (relatively) short-lived stuff from atmospheric nuke testing in the 50’s and 60’s detectable everywhere
by adavies42
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38652

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

i thought there was an earlier xkcd about how the best way to get an answer or comment replies or something was to make a spelling or grammatical mistake in yore post, but now i can't find it. (i suppose it's possible i'm remembering some other webcomic....) does anyone know what i'm talking about?
by adavies42
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38652

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

how does that laptop balance?
by adavies42
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38652

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

In my recent experience, the most-common misspelling of "definitely" is actually "defiantly", thanks to the proliferation of spill-chuckers and AutoCorrect. While extremely annoying, it at least opens the door to unintended humour... a scary proportion of the occurences of "...
by adavies42
Wed May 29, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35986

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Morgoth is the Sindarin name for the Great Enemy (the guy Sauron was a sidekick of), so Mellogoth is an attempted portmanteau of Mellon and Morgoth. "Mor" is the root for "black" (cf. "Mordor" and "Morgul"); the other half, "enmity", is apparently &...
by adavies42
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 58963

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

"Hydrogen sulfide, for example, reacts with four molecules of FOOF to give sulfur hexafluoride, 2 molecules of HF and four oxygens. . .and 433 kcal" :shock: Can this be right? So in theory a bomb made from a kilogram of the stuff would have the explosive power of a nuclear weapon (ignorin...
by adavies42
Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0020: "Diamond"
Replies: 75
Views: 35468

Re: What-If 0020: Diamond

Anybody have any luck finding a full-text version of "The nuclear and aerial dynamics of the Tunguska Event"?
by adavies42
Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0020: "Diamond"
Replies: 75
Views: 35468

Re: What-If 0020: Diamond

The 72-kilometer-per-second diamond sphere blasts out a crater over two kilometers across, with an energy release comparable to that of the biggest fusion bombs. What 72-kilometer-per-second diamond sphere? That paragraph is about a speed of 11 km/s, and it's the only place in the article the numbe...
by adavies42
Wed May 04, 2011 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 76889

Re: 0696: "Strip Games"

+1 for strip nomic!
by adavies42
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30147

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

Sorry, but if we have nanobots eating the earth, we're doomed. IPV6 limits won't stop them: it'll only take a second or two for them to upgrade to IPV40 and then where will we be? Where does the number 40 come from? Shouldn't they just move to IPv7? Careful, 7 might take over all on its own. (It'll...
by adavies42
Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30147

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

Isaac wrote:why do the nanobots need to be individually addressable? Why do they need to be addressable at all? Can you even store 128 bits of data in "a few microns"?


Q: how many electrons do you need to store the library of congress?
A: one!
by adavies42
Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 22154

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

This will feel very dumb...I don't quite get the joke here...is "friend" suppose to mean something? I found it funny because I didn't expect the ending. It starts with the lead in "I learned in high school what Geometers learned long ago", and I think "ok, cool! so the next...
by adavies42
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24585

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

French for instance does organise things as "sixty-four" and "sixty-seventeen" also that's pretty much unique to French French (it seems to have originated as an in-joke by Louis XIV's courtier's). swiss, belgians, and quebecois (and some francophone african countries) say "...
by adavies42
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24585

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Hey everyone, I just had a random thought the other day: it seems like every language I've ever dabbled in has used a base 10 number system. Is anyone aware of a language or culture (from past or present) that did not use one? one of Martin Gardner's books had a whole section on base-based (so to s...
by adavies42
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: astrology/astronomy and similar pairs
Replies: 19
Views: 4540

Re: astrology/astronomy and similar pairs

So far I've got astrology/astronomy familiar/familial physician/physicist What's a good way of describing what these pairs have in common? And what other words could go there? what exactly is the commonality you're looking to describe? similar spelling/pronunciation with significantly variant meani...
by adavies42
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 28100

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

Ash Tree Lane's from House of Leaves... Yes, I did indeed sign up to say that... In addition there are only five house s in that cul-de-sac! So unless they have a 'pick your own' numbering system, or one is actually the house from the book and the owner's decided to rent out their extra space I dou...
by adavies42
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 57386

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion


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