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by Singulaire
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21829

Re: 0913: "Core"

And now I can't stop thinking that the ground is dragging me along at hundreds of meters per second, by my feet
... I love science.
by Singulaire
Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17547

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

Didn't the ring only make Hobbits invisible? as sort of an extension of their natural tendency to go unnoticed? The argument can be made, then, that the ring didn't make hobbits transparent to visible light, but simply made them impossible for people to notice, unless they were paying attention real...
by Singulaire
Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17547

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

Title-text is unnecessarily morose- we're obviously going to get a new and better replacement after Dagor Dagorath.
by Singulaire
Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 36119

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

I wonder if the 38th piggy also made a dog out of strontium, and proceeded to sell it to a comic publisher for incredible profit. And lest I forget- (I always wanted to say this) GOOMHR, I just spent and hour watching scenes from "Stand and Deliver" and reading the TVTropes page for "...
by Singulaire
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0815: "Mu"
Replies: 80
Views: 18560

Re: 0815: "Mu"

This is perhaps the funniest title I've ever seen on XKCD. Maybe it's because the teacher that taught me Mechanics always pronounce it "myu" as per the now abandoned ancient greek pronounciation. And that in turn reminds me of the time she tried to do a Feynman impersonation, but was unabl...
by Singulaire
Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Verify that the comic is romantic. I already know I'm emotionally stunted.

david: try informing Randall of your exploit, maybe he'll blog about it or something.
by Singulaire
Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Reading the formula with the wavefunction is the best part of that thing. For whatever reason, Psi-skin sounds hilarious to me.
Also, I guess that would be pretty romantic, but I'm to emotionally stunted to tell. Can anyone verify this?
by Singulaire
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31550

Re: 0812: Glass

Then Physics throws us a curveball- Quantum Mechanics. It's her friggin' Magnum Opus, filled with things like reality being dependent on observation, temporary violation of the principles of conservation and instantaneous transmission of information. Except that it isn't full of any of those things...
by Singulaire
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40120

Re: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?

I just think this is one of those cases where it's actually appropriate to link TVtropes: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/TroperTales/AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale Just in case anyone wants to argue that a woman can't...
by Singulaire
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

That's about the conclusion we came to (although we used a different approach)- a photon loses very little energy when absorbed and re-emitted, definitely an amount that is negligibly small, but it's technically still there. Gee, I probably could've been more clear on that and saved a lot of back-an...
by Singulaire
Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 31550

Re: 0812: Glass

You have to cut Physics some slack. I mean, think of it from her point of view: Every time she thinks up something clever, we figure it out and start abusing it to do ridiculous things like flying and transmitting power wirelessly. Then Physics throws us a curveball- Quantum Mechanics. It's her frig...
by Singulaire
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Yeah, the electron is going to fall back to the energy level it started from, thus the same colour of light. When looking at an 'infinite' reflection between parallel mirrors, it gets darker, not redder. In other words, HighSchoolPhysicsTeacherFail. Yes, very HighSchoolPhysicsTeacherFail. Individua...
by Singulaire
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

great, like I needed another reason to get off my lazy ass and read Q.E.D.
I would still love to have some well-founded information on what happens to the laws of thermodynamics in the sub-atomic level.
by Singulaire
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

wait, why are we talking about intensity? I'm pretty sure that's a result of the same number of photons being spread over a larger area, which doesn't work with a single photon. Also, a mirror reflectd all wavelengths? hmm, maybe that would apply to all wavelengths in a certain range, but if my mirr...
by Singulaire
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 29376

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

I've actually discussed that question with my high school physics teacher and a couple of friends (hurray for end-of-the-year lessons when you're not really studying anymore). Our final verdict was that- barring some unknown quantum effect that makes thermodynamics go wonky at that level- the photon...
by Singulaire
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24800

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

I lol'd at panel 2 more than panel 3. While technically Java is the only programming language I know, I still find the thought of going to great lengths to use it quite pathetic. On a somewhat related note- Randall's humor is starting to remind me of my highschool physics teacher, who used to remind...
by Singulaire
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 71074

Re: "Floor Tiles" Discussion

Sometimes I consciously try not to do this, only to realize that i've merely changed my trap- the rules now being to avoid obeying the pervious ones.
Also- fuck those lines of paint that designated an area as illegal to park in, fuck them in hell!
by Singulaire
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26875

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

Some of those numbers are pretty surprising. In particular- "fucking bemusing" and "fucking fungible" are far more fungible frequent than I would have expected. Also- did anyone else not know what "jejune" meant and momentarily thought it was a chinese word used on Fire...
by Singulaire
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 25995

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

The Metric system is part of the SI. Inches occur in several unit systems (british, english, imperial, maybe others) and tend to mean different things in different systems. Just one of the many reasons real scientists use the SI Occupied North Texas has been having some nice weather this year, it's ...
by Singulaire
Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0785: "Open Mic Night"
Replies: 89
Views: 21103

Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

I just watched the Season 2 finale of Bufffy and then read this. I'm not sure which made my head explode more.

That's probably the weirdest and most lavish compliment i've ever conjured up.
by Singulaire
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned
Replies: 479
Views: 41909

Re: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned

I rejoice! 'tis a victory for freedom, over fear and a relic of a belief system.
Is it really illegal for siblings to marry? That seems wrong to me.
by Singulaire
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't his
Replies: 199
Views: 21221

Re: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't hi

So the courthouse system refuses to review a trial in spite of one side bringing solid evidence that would vindicate a man and spare him a good bit of suffering. And their explanation is tantamount to saying "But I already called 'base'!". You know, I wonder how many cases we can extend th...
by Singulaire
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel
Replies: 144
Views: 18210

Re: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel

"The court is obliged to protect the public interest from sophisticated, smooth-tongued criminals who can deceive innocent victims at an unbearable price – the sanctity of their bodies and souls. When the very basis of trust between human beings drops, especially when the matters at hand are so...
by Singulaire
Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel
Replies: 144
Views: 18210

Re: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel

I agree with you almost entirely, sourmilk. I'd only add to that the opinion that the judges failed to be impartial and objective, resulting in a very warped trial.
And there's a good reason why impartial and objective judges are considered so vital.
by Singulaire
Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 40360

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

GOOMHR I tried using a university website today to find some information on its facilities. After the website got too frustrating, I googled what I wanted and the university's name. I got the opening hours for some chiropractor clinic that operates on campus grounds, apparently... It was Macquarie U...
by Singulaire
Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel
Replies: 144
Views: 18210

Re: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel

The thing that truly shocks me here is that a man can be incarcerated for lying to a woman. I'm frankly at a loss for words to describe how preposterous this is. Of course it was immoral of him, but imprisonment? The judge's wording makes it sound like the man is some devious manipulator who systema...
by Singulaire
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 51447

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I'm thinking it's like this: Couple fails to get pregenant, so they decide to apply homeopathy. Since the normal method failed to work, they figure the man's spermatozoa are contraceptive, so they dilute it to cure, erm, contraception... That sounded better in my head. If the man's sperm is acidic, ...
by Singulaire
Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73838

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Allow me to summarize please: 1) XKCD is a webcomic. It is a comical piece. The contents of the comic are intended as jokes, not railing against this or that field. Has Randall really ever attempted to seriously discredit any science, real or no? 2) Our main problem seems to be that the reader base ...
by Singulaire
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73838

Re: " One Two" Discussion

An additional point -- I'm of the school of thought that believes the human mind is ultimately capable of being fully understood, but until that day, the so-called soft sciences are faced with the far more difficult job, in my opinion, of studying something that is, to this point, beyond our grasp,...
by Singulaire
Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Two State System
Replies: 26
Views: 3930

Re: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Two State System

Assuming said west-bank Palestinian's are defined as Israeli residents, It would be Israel's job to provide them with land and housing solutions. I don't think anyone is going to argue the Israeli government is generally not very good at doing this. OP: The general idea of a two state system is to f...
by Singulaire
Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73838

Re: " One Two" Discussion

You know, I used to think that XKCD attracted people of higher than average intellect. Regardless of how reading this thread affected my conception, I now know that the nature of the comic has no bearing on the ability of its readers to distinguish seriousness from jest.
by Singulaire
Mon Jul 05, 2010 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 26867

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

Richard. wrote:Gutter-minded, or human. Last time I checked sex felt good.



I knew I wasn't really human.
Unless human is itself a metaphor for something.
This comic was good. It didn't quite break my brain, but it was still good.
by Singulaire
Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 26312

Re: "Moria" Discussion

I am going to hate myself for this... but Tolkein was certainly using the industrial revolution and the enviromental/cultural damage it wreaked upon the gentle english villagers (at best a whimsy of fantasy and upper class rose coloured viewpoint). Saruman in the story caused a great deal of harm t...
by Singulaire
Sun May 16, 2010 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pedigrees of Victimization
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Pedigrees of Victimization

@skeptic scientist: I don't have a problem with acknowledging tribes as self-governed political entities. Quite the contrary, self-definition is the right direction, and puts the native american population on the path towards independence. My problem is things like tax benefits and any sort of prefe...
by Singulaire
Sat May 15, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pedigrees of Victimization
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Pedigrees of Victimization

What's wrong with someone who has dual citizenship* in, say, the US and the Cherokee Nation having special rights stemming from their dual citizenship? I suppose you could argue that nobody should have special rights owing to nationality of any kind. However, if you think that US citizens should ha...
by Singulaire
Fri May 14, 2010 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pedigrees of Victimization
Replies: 13
Views: 2739

Re: Pedigrees of Victimization

I will agree that no one deserves special rights by virtue of who their ancestors were and what said ancestors went through. Homo Sapiens drove Neanderthal man out of europe, does that mean that if a neanderthal were to crop up somehow, we should be forced to vacate the continent? I do feel, however...
by Singulaire
Fri May 14, 2010 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75213

Re: Asexuality

Just to add to the confusion discussion, I'll put my own brand of asexualism on the table. The chemical/biological/what-have-you functions are all in place. That is to say the implication of sex does cause me arousal. Moreover, I can force myself to look at female genitalia for slightly longer than ...

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