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by zjxs
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 4051

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

Areforming. At least that would be my choice. The etymology doesn't quite line up, but Terra forming is making it Earth like, so Ares forming would be making it Mars like. As noted, the etymology isn't right. Terra is Latin, Ares is Greek (and mixing Latin and Greek is always a bad idea, qv 'televi...
by zjxs
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 3811

Re: 2078: "Popper"

Science is based on curiosity, which takes care of testing and verification. Climate science has that failing. No curiosity, lots of cargo-cult science. Fuck you.* Be honest. Climate science is the most tested and scrutinized area of science in history. You just don't like its conclusions. *Climate...
by zjxs
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 4050

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

If you're a human, please vote.
by zjxs
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 5504

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

LucasBrown wrote:Comic strip and alt-text.


I have done all of these. But not to the same data.
by zjxs
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 3656

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

I've always been a little confused at the existence of for profit journals.You'd think that universities themselves would have cornered that market, what with having direct access to most every researcher alive. Status. If you publish in the first rank journals, your status is higher. You get more ...
by zjxs
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 3866

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Any sufficiently advanced life hack is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C Clarke.
by zjxs
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 7527

Re: 2013: "Rock"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/rock.png Title text: "It traveled so far to reach me. I owed it my best."' I actually think the best skimmers are sedimentary (or sedimentary-metamorphic). Edit: So, I then went away and Googled "skimming stone", and it overwhelmingly thought I wante...
by zjxs
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 3425

Re: 2010: "Update Notes"

qvxb wrote:Use Morse code. Or telegrams.


Telegram is banned in many countries.
by zjxs
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 6826

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hertzsprung_russell_diagram.png I don't get the title text at all. The image itself has a luminosity and effective temperature if you're viewing it on a computer monitor. That monitor itself (or more precisely the portion of that monitor displaying the image) would be a...
by zjxs
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 4039

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Irony is like the tears in the rain on my wedding day. Time to die.
by zjxs
Tue May 29, 2018 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1999: "Selection Effect"
Replies: 11
Views: 4231

Re: 1999: "Selection Effect"

You'll need about 150 subjects on either arm for sufficient power.

Statistical power, obviously.
by zjxs
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 12163

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

It's getting hot in here.
by zjxs
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 22937

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? Depends on who you ask. There's a poll running right now where the underhand folks are barely making a showing in the comment section, so they don'...
by zjxs
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 22937

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

There is one thing separating us from the other primates, and I would like to maintain that. Now that we've discussed the minor things, let me tell you about the importance of fresh socks. Throw out all your socks now, and buy a dozen of a reputable mid-range brand. You spend a third of your life we...
by zjxs
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 11149

Re: 1979: "History"

So, are Americans typically familiar with Garfield at all? I could barely tell you anything about him. The United States was briefly ruled by a cat. That's so awesome. And man history is *weird*. <serious> Former historian here. History is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely,...
by zjxs
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 6449

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

OK, I had to go read about these on Wikipedia. Third sentence: "While similar to a helicopter rotor in appearance, the autogyro's rotor must have air flowing across the rotor disc to generate rotation, and the air flows upwards through the rotor disc rather than down." So the thing pushes...
by zjxs
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 10092

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

I would actually like a television program called "You're wrong". In this program the presenter would explain why a commonly held belief was wrong. That would be all it was. Correcting people. That said, I had to force-quit Google Maps today. Useful for getting me out of the city, not usef...
by zjxs
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 14512

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

From the chart it seems that Sao Paulo, Brisbane, Perth, and LA are the best cities in the world, climate-wise.
by zjxs
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 14512

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Woah woah woah. Wellington doesn't have cold winters? Did someone forget to tell the climate around where I live? It's not cold. It rarely ever reaches zero. It is however the windiest city in the world. The Metservice tells me that 11 of the last 30 days had a gust of above 70km/h the highest four...
by zjxs
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 8805

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

herbstschweigen wrote:
Title text: "I watched from a beautiful nature reserve in central Missouri, and it was--without exaggeration--the coolest thing I've ever seen."



An cirrostratus cloud is -- without exaggeration -- the coolest thing I've ever seen.
by zjxs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 5970

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Depending on where you live, My Fault or Your Fault are usually the most common faults.

The rifts they cause are usually quite low on the Mercali Intensity Scale. Don't build your house on one, however.
by zjxs
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 14170

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Cinnamon buns are delicious.
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 6308

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Particle physics is quite long ago for me, I don't remember everything anymore and I only took an introductory course on it. But wasn't there also something with up, down, charm, and beauty and stuff? I recall the naming schemes in particle physics being particularly weird. It's in there with flavo...
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 6308

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Of these properties, scientific proof is least attainable.

Fool proof on the other hand is regularly seen.
by zjxs
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 7168

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Calculators, mount up!
by zjxs
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 7383

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Refresh Hard: With a Vengeance.
by zjxs
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 7607

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Any sufficiently advanced sun is indistinguishable from magic.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 18902

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Bigger fish get larger voltages across their length? That's my guess as to size/response differentials. Off the top of my head. Probably debunked in some of those references, but I might as well mention it. (Just like it's not so good an idea to lay stretched/splayed out flat on the ground in a thu...
by zjxs
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 14562

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Those aren't tears, that's cheese running down my face.
by zjxs
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 13092

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

It's better than Mercator.

Interestingly Libya and Algeria are almost untouched, as is the KSA. Must be a lot of detail in that sand.
by zjxs
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 3927

Re: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

zjxs wrote:I'm excited about trucknet, railnet, and shipnet.



Oh, and skynet. Turns out it's just a bunch of 777s with hard drives.
by zjxs
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 3927

The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

“The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.” Senator Ted Stevens, in 2006. As Randall explained in 2013 (What-If? 0031), sneakernet has higher bandwidth than the internet. It's only logical that Amazon has realised this and is exploiting it with 100 petabyte trucks. The lag is phenome...
by zjxs
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 14472

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

chridd wrote:I not familiar with the construction "it me". It confusing at first. It dialectal, or some sort of meme (like lolspeak or I accidentally), or reference to some work, or something made up for the comic?


It meme.
by zjxs
Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 89973

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

romance,
sarcasm, math, and language


Choosing the next President will have a substantial effect on all of those things, and will also affect science, rationality, wit, and kindness.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1659: Tire Swing
Replies: 11
Views: 3406

Re: 1659: Tire Swing

Soupspoon wrote:Yeah, I'm British. I find it difficult to use Americanisations.


It's tiring.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 12042

Re: 1650 "Baby"

How is babby formed?
by zjxs
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 16608

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Isn't copyright 70 years plus the life of the Frankenstein?
by zjxs
Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 8326

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Triothalon is a very difficult sport, and should not be attempted by people with more than 10% of a brain.
by zjxs
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1574: "Trouble for Science"
Replies: 41
Views: 10949

Re: 1574: "Trouble for Science"

This cheese bunsen burner is burning me.
by zjxs
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 13392

Re: What-If 135: Going to give an elephant a nasty shock

It really does depend on where you're digging, and the season. {{citations needed}} It's quite possible that before they reached the water-table heat stroke would kill this person, within several minutes. As exercise reaches 100% of aerobic capacity, muscle temperatures reach 41C. The person would b...

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