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by webgiant
Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 11858

Re: 1318: "Actually"

This particular comic reminds me entirely too much of that old saw about a group of blind men trying to figure out what an elephant looks like by touching it, and each one coming up with a different description based on the specific part each one has touched.
by webgiant
Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 63213

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Would you have read if you had not gone to school? Not if you were born in 1998 or after? Born in 1973. My mother taught me how to read by age 2 1/2. This frustrated my Kindergarten teacher. Our school had an experimental two-track system. She tried to put me through the "slow" track. The...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 31296

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Then it seems that "freedom" is something not testable. I'm not sure where you get that from, If you are "free" (in this particular sense), how would you test that there is nothing that forces you into your state of freedom? The point was that "forced into a state of freedo...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 63213

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I wonder what a Randall number generator would be like. Anyway, can someone explain in simple terms who Ayn Rand was, what she did, and why it's funny to make fun of her? Wikipedia isn't very enlightening to me on this subject, but I did find out she was apparently a big influence in America, ignor...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The hole in my teacup.
Replies: 8
Views: 2021

Re: The hole in my teacup.

I agree that the variables involved in examining the cup are simply too numerous: the age of the cup; its handling/wear and tear; wherher or not it had been recently used are all factors, and that's not even mentioning the fact that it is as you mentioned a flawed, granular material with a highly n...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Best way to de-magnetize a permanent magnet?
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Best way to de-magnetize a permanent magnet?

So I've got this class of youngsters, teenagers mostly, who need to get their hands on some ferrous torroidal (ring-shaped) cores to play around with a nifty voltage booster circuit called a "Joule Thief". Rather than just whip out the credit card and buy a bag of cores online, I've decide...
by webgiant
Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?
Replies: 5
Views: 2689

Re: Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?

You may have more success doing a search for "solar charger circuit". Or just buy a solar charger... :) Thank you for the Google keyword idea, I shall try it immediately. Hopefully I will find the website I forgot to bookmark which had a much more detailed "how to do it" descrip...
by webgiant
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?
Replies: 5
Views: 2689

Re: Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?

Thanks for all of the responses. I knew I should have majored in electronics.
by webgiant
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?
Replies: 5
Views: 2689

Circuit: change AC emergency light to DC solar light?

I want to be able to build a set of on at dusk, off at dawn, solar charged lights. I found this circuit , which uses AC power to charge a battery and turns on a light when the AC power shuts off. I feel extremely lucky to have found this circuit , because when I Google "diy solar charged light ...
by webgiant
Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 25252

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I've always said that the most unappetizing thing about eating bugs is that you have to eat them whole because of their small size. If someone were to genetically engineer a giant cockroach that could be cracked open and eaten the way you eat a lobster, I'd probably eat it. Why do you think you hav...
by webgiant
Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 15248

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

Given the fact that we're still quoting literature and religious books that are several millennia old, and given the impact that Star Wars has left in this time compared to that of other works released since quite a while, I don't think it's going to be unquoted any time soon. Same with: - The Lord...
by webgiant
Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sizing solar power needs for a DC fountain pump motor?
Replies: 4
Views: 3476

Re: Sizing solar power needs for a DC fountain pump motor?

The battery will most likely be a NiMH battery pack rather than a lead-acid pack. Actually, I can't decide if I'd prefer the lack of battery memory in a NiMH pack or the fact that NiCds trickle charge much better than NiMH batteries.
by webgiant
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1252:"Increased Risk"
Replies: 45
Views: 9467

Re: 1252:"Increased Risk"

sonalita wrote:This. Oh how this irks me.

Newspaper headlines that scream "eating <random healthy food> triples risk of <rare dread disease>" really really annoy me. It scares people unnecessarily.

I'd better carry a walking stick, just in case the dog doesn't read statistics textbooks.
by webgiant
Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Homeopathy and Placebo Effectiveness
Replies: 14
Views: 6837

Re: Homeopathy and Placebo Effectiveness

There's been at least one study which pointed towards more expensive placebos being more effective. You get what you pay for, I guess. Yes - I knew about that (and the bizarre observation that placebos can still be effective even if you're told that you're taking a placebo*). I was wondering more a...
by webgiant
Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sizing solar power needs for a DC fountain pump motor?
Replies: 4
Views: 3476

Sizing solar power needs for a DC fountain pump motor?

So I saw a nifty little device in a Harbor Freight store the other day: $13 for a solar-powered "pool/pond" fountain. The floating device is wide enough for two 6"x6" amorphous solar cells, and sports a small pump which shoots water up about 19" through the center of the dev...
by webgiant
Fri May 31, 2013 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 56
Views: 20987

Re: 1217: "Cells"

mishka wrote:The cells wouldn't die however. Most of the cells would simply be sprayed outward.

Like a hot air hand dryer!
by webgiant
Fri May 31, 2013 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 30853

Re: There IS a meaning if you know where to look...

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by webgiant
Fri May 31, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 17799

Re: 1215: Insight

This kind of approach gets demolished by simple answer: "Such as?" This. Until the laws are changed, stumbling on a man raping a child in a park, recording it in your Google Glass, and saving it to your GoogleSpace ("creation, possession, AND distribution of child pornography"),...
by webgiant
Fri May 31, 2013 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 27848

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Surely the password is in dwarvish, not elvish, as it's a dwarf city! Ironically, the culture which used the written Elvish language the most was the Dwarves. Most Elves are illiterate in their own tongue, which is why Legolas was unable to help Gandalf with the Doors of Durin. The Dwarves liked th...
by webgiant
Thu May 30, 2013 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 17799

Re: 1215: Insight

This kind of approach gets demolished by simple answer: "Such as?" This. Until the laws are changed, stumbling on a man raping a child in a park, recording it in your Google Glass, and saving it to your GoogleSpace ("creation, possession, AND distribution of child pornography"),...
by webgiant
Sun May 19, 2013 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 15357

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

So whats the oldest one on there? (not old enough, or versed enough in stellar distances, to posit an answer myself!) Well I know what the oldest one might be (ignoring Morse code as "not pop culture") but its not on the list: "One, two, three, four. Is it snowing where you are, Mr. ...
by webgiant
Sun May 19, 2013 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 15357

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

So where's the star system that's running through the massive catchphrase output of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and Get Smart ? And the slightly nearer one that's gobbling up the early years of SNL ? Oh my, there's a star system currently receiving all of the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who episodes, ...
by webgiant
Sun May 19, 2013 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 50893

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

I've actually had an ongoing argument with my brother about this for the past few months. He insists that birds ARE dinosaurs, while I have remained adamant that they are just closely related, but definitely not the same kind of animal. Tonight, the battle's over. You win, little brother, you win. ...
by webgiant
Sun May 19, 2013 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 30853

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

SilverEyes wrote:
Quicksilver wrote:... <snip> ... and idiocracy.

Also, FUS RO DAH!


Or possibly a Word of Chaos from 3.5 D&D

I'm thinking there needs to be a new superhero (or even supervillain) who can defeat his enemies by reciting random numbers and putting them to sleep with a wave of white noise.
by webgiant
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104992
Views: 30348162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Fantastic Idea wrote:Man, Those of you wanking to stick figures are definitely over some kind of line.

The heart wants what the heart wants.
by webgiant
Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104992
Views: 30348162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Alsadius wrote:I can't tell if Randall is trying to be deep, or just trying to take a day off work.

Its like a visual representation of 4'33", with the forum messages substituting for the concert audience. So its pretty deep.
by webgiant
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kripke
Replies: 28
Views: 31590

Re: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kri

This is actually one of the few things that isn't wrong with the show: the militia has banned guns for non-militia people. Because if their is one thing I know about American gun owners it's that when someone comes around to take their guns, they're totally going to give them up. I would expect tha...
by webgiant
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 18601

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Finally, I think anti-fluoridation is a crime against humanity and especially a crime against the poor, who would have much more dental problems without fluoridation. If my local city ever stupidly stopped fluoridation, I would seek out methods of re-fluoridating my tap water. I can't help but wond...
by webgiant
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 45148

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I think the sole requirement is "you've taken a class in coding". Not even that. I've never taken a single class in coding and I got the joke well enough. (Then again I have the title "Software Engineer" on my CV, but totally don't deserve it. I've never written a sort algorithm...
by webgiant
Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"
Replies: 36
Views: 14548

Re: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"

Am I the only one that cringes at the sight of the ruined speaker :-\ I guess there aren't many bassheads around I started preemptively cringing when I read Randall's "It depends what you consider unpleasant." Randall seems to have a gift for coming up with entirely new things which are u...
by webgiant
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 45148

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I am not a big enough nerd for this webcomic. I have no idea what any of this is. *hangs head in shame* I literally could not stop laughing. You don't belong here. :P I think the sole requirement is "you've taken a class in coding". I haven't coded in 9 years and didn't hear about all the...
by webgiant
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 18601

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/Bumblebees.png Alt Text: "Did you know sociologists can't explain why people keep repeating that urban legend about bumblebees not being able to fly!?" If I remember it correctly it all goes back to one guy getting his math wrong. Also, is this a reference to B...
by webgiant
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 18601

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Edit: I'm mostly interested in nutrition urban legends these days, but there are quite a few others that annoy me. Hokay - One widely popular urban legend is that "natural" sucrose (cane or beet sugar, for example) is healthier than high fructose corn syrup. The physiological effects of t...
by webgiant
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 11645

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

It doesn't matter that you think the joke doesn't work, since the thing you pointed out is a very common misconception. And the comic (and/or the picture mentioned in it) is an artist's misconception. Wouldn't a misconception mean nothing was created? As in, if there's something there, its not a mi...
by webgiant
Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 17485

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"

1/3* of the replies to this thread involve Venn vs Euler diagram debates about the comic (For the record it's a Venn diagram). 1/3* of the replies to this thread involve debates on the accuracy of the joke/information in the comic 1/3* of the replies to this thread involve debates about viruses, ma...
by webgiant
Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 11645

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

The artist is going off half-cocked… conception occurs a minimum of 30 minutes after intercourse This is assuming that Rembrandt's father stopped after his first ejaculation. For all we know, he could have the recovery time of an 18 year old, and just kept going for another hour, during which time ...
by webgiant
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 78299

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I guess different formats can serve different purposes, but I never liked DD-MM-YYYY. It might make logical sense, but it is just devoid of practicality. But for the same reason, YYYY-MM-DD doesn't seem right in everyday use either. I mean, if you don't care about the year – and for most everyday a...
by webgiant
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 17485

Re: Virus Venn Diagram

Wow, I can't even remember when's the last time I had to worry about defragging. Probably when I was still using Window$... I haven't needed to defrag a computer (Windows or Linux) in at least ten years. Chances are if you have used a Windows machine, you have needed to defrag the hard drive on a r...
by webgiant
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 21399

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Hypothetical situation: suppose you're Nigerian and a formerly high-placed government official, and you actually do have a bunch of money stashed away somewhere that you can't get out of the country by yourself. How would you go about extending an offer of partnership to someone who might be able t...
by webgiant
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 9044

Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

And this robot clearly doesn't respect First Law Maybe it is a Zeroth Law Robot and your son will pee in the wrong lake and wipe out humanity. Is rebirth inevitable too? When, in the infinite future, someone discovers how to re-animate beings from the past, and decides to bring us all back to life?...

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