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by Malvoss
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106857
Views: 46186456

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think for the next day they should build in the other direction, into the page, when is a sandcastle ever two-dimensional?
by Malvoss
Mon May 07, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 62983

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I'm just fuming that "physics major" redirects to engineer . Wouldn't bother me quite so much if physics majors could actually still have a decent chance of getting jobs as engineers (as was apparently one the case). Aha, finally my choice of Engineering Physics makes sense!! Well, plus t...
by Malvoss
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Favorite Engineering branch?
Replies: 68
Views: 9177

Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Did my B.Eng in Physics and then MSc in electrical and think they do go well together, the physics from an engineering perspective (or engineering from physics) really touches a broad range of subjects. But having been in industry for a couple of years I can agree with kendrick that I can really see...
by Malvoss
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 36067

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

I had the following conversation few weeks ago with my gf (been together for 6 weeks now) she: "so what do you think about valentines day" me: "well, actually I think it's commercialized and just stupid and loses the gist of it" she: "well, good we have the same oppinion on...
by Malvoss
Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: salaries of XKCD'ers with full time jobs?
Replies: 26
Views: 2165

Re: salaries of XKCD'ers with full time jobs?

Finished grad school about a year ago (Master's EE), salary 45k working as a failure analyst for ICs, boards...pretty much anything you can put a computer chip on or in.
by Malvoss
Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Water Bottle Rocket Project in High School Physics
Replies: 10
Views: 3114

Re: Water Bottle Rocket Project in High School Physics

How about a space shuttle replica? Have 2 detachable boosters and a main engine. The third can maybe be triggered by the first two coming off or have all 3 set off at the same time but put a smaller nozzle on the main engine so it provides more thrust/last longer. Not really sure if this would have ...
by Malvoss
Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 61038

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if the new LED Christmas lights keep you entranced and you feel the need to explain to everyone why they appear to be in many places at once when you shake them.
by Malvoss
Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 87888

Re: High School Pranks

For our graduating year we saved all our beer bottles from the entire year then put them in 8 ft long cement blocks, filled them with water and blocked all entrances to the school and all teacher parking areas. The cops showed up but luckily they couldn't get by the barriers we already had in place ...
by Malvoss
Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Something I've never understood
Replies: 24
Views: 2887

Re: Something I've never understood

Yep, I'm just used to using SI I guess, energy is a Joule = kg(m/s)^2 and a Newton is kg*m/(s^2) so energy can also be expressed in N*m.
by Malvoss
Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Something I've never understood
Replies: 24
Views: 2887

Re: Something I've never understood

Keeping track of units is a good check to make sure your end result make sense; if you're trying to work out say the momentum of a complex system and come out with an answer in seconds you probably made a mistake setting up your equation. Back to the original discussion ft-lbs sounds like a torque m...
by Malvoss
Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Careers in Physics?
Replies: 10
Views: 1612

Re: Careers in Physics?

Another option, if available, is Engineering Physics which is what I did since I didn't want to do pure applied physics or only electrical engineering. It covers quite a broad range of topics, you do a more in depth physics intro in you first years and get into modern physics and quantum mechanics i...

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