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by Prometheus
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 220199

Re: 1446: "Landing"

It would be great if we could get some behind the scenes info from Randal on the more elaborate projects like this one.
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116325

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I mean this in the nicest way, but it's possibly you are just ugly. I think a lot of people would rather call you creepy which carries the implication that your behaviour is at fault, than admit they are shallow enough to be turned off by your appearance (which is both perfectly natural, and somewh...
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116325

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

As a chronically rejected nice guy myself, I can say with confidence, that's not the problem! Queue rant: First and foremost, a good portion of self-described "nice guys", aren't. They seem to think that they're owed something for not being an obvious ass. They did something nice for the p...
by Prometheus
Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20915

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

That is the freakiest damn thing. The very last thing I did before checking xkcd this morning was read a short story (Oracle, by Greg Egan) where the halting problem was discussed.
by Prometheus
Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37393

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Re space elevators: Yes, I think the cable would just dangle there, but how do you propose to reattach it to the anchor? I'm sure I read on Wikipedia (so I'm probably wrong :) ) that even a single atom out of place removes about 30% of the tensile strength of carbon nanotubes, due to the principle ...
by Prometheus
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Instance of consciousness: A series of thought experiments
Replies: 65
Views: 10140

Re: Instance of consciousness: A series of thought experiments

It seems to me that if everything was identical down to the quantum spin, you'd have less difference that you do in the period between when you go to bed, and when you wake up in the morning. Doesn't mean I'd be at all comfortable with it though.
by Prometheus
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37393

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Great, now I have something new to worry about. In regards to the space fountain; I find the idea intriguing, but the engineering is hellishly complex, even compared to the space elevator. Not to say that they won't have their place in the eventual scheme of things. They are perfect for places like ...
by Prometheus
Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0567: "Urgent Mission"
Replies: 129
Views: 33205

Re: "Urgent Mission" Discussion

sorry, I'm from Argentina and we use metric. I will never understand how much a foot measures. 30cm to a foot. roughly. Looks like another How I Met Your Mother Fan (or at least weird cooincidence with the script)... And here I thought he was a fan of Leo Frankowski's The Adventures of Conrad Starg...
by Prometheus
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 28688

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

All I know is that Detroit isn't on the map.

No salesman in his right mind would go to Detroit anyway. His mugger would make fun of his hat.
by Prometheus
Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 28688

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

Isn't there $1,000,000 set aside for the person to figure out an algorithm to find the shortest distance? I've actually taken a stab or two at figuring that out. I suck at the higher maths, but am good with patterns. However, while there's a million bucks attached to it, I'd say it's at least 5 mill...
by Prometheus
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44866

Re: Ultimate Game

Another one, from User Friendly:
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For those that don't get the joke, fighting the gazebo is the D&D equivalent of the snipe hunt.
by Prometheus
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 34496

Re: "Velociraptors" Discussion

And yes, there are raptor proof locations. Unfortunately, they are mainly military command posts built to withstand nuclear attacks, so there probably aren't any biotech labs there. Are you kidding? That's exactly where biowarfare labs are kept. Ever since reading the seventh Dresden Files book, I'...
by Prometheus
Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44866

Re: Ultimate Game

Regarding The Game. Just think about robots, that's what I do. Robots are so awesome that sometimes I'll be all like "Oh crap, I forgot to eat the past two days, I was so busy thinking about robots." Good for forgetting about The Game.
by Prometheus
Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44866

Re: Ultimate Game

Another reference, from Dork Tower http://archive.gamespy.com/comics/dorktower/archive.asp?nextform=viewcomic&id=1347 If there aren't already plans for a Gygax tribute at Penguicon (where incidentaly, Randal Monroe and John Kovailc of aforementioned Dork Tower will be), I'm going to suggest one.
by Prometheus
Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44866

Re: Ultimate Game

malenkylizards wrote:LMAO, this explains what's been on the chalkboard at Coffee Of Doom (http://www.questionablecontent.net) the past few days.


Good, you saved me the trouble of referencing it.
by Prometheus
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

technomom wrote:Clementines are very tasty and pretty high up on the easy scale too. Much easier to peel than most other citrus.

But I agree. Fuck Grapefruit. This has the makings of a good T-shirt, chart on the front, title on the back.


Seconded. I'd buy that.
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I can't stand tomatoes. I would have to go a week without food before you could get me to bite into one. But I'll acknowledge that many people like them. I am going to put the z axis issue to rest, right now . Rename X axis Difficulty in eating , and put the z axis Difficulty in finding . I mean ser...
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I guess Randal is just color blind, he got green and red apples backwards. Don't worry it's nothing to be ashamed of a lot of men are. Why be ashamed? It actually gives you an edge in the wild. You're more sensitive to khaki colors. I know plenty of guys who wouldn't mind that 'problem' in exchange...
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

You're both wrong. Coconuts are droops. Modern Marvels told me so. I'm not so much into the biological sciences, but I do pick up information here and there. You mean "drupe". Which is a fruit. you must have quoted that during the minute or so between when I posted, and when I removed the...
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Obviously, your science is not botany. Coconuts are nuts--not fruits. Or, at least the edible part of them as purchased in a grocery store. Clearly, your science isn't botany either. Nuts are fruit. Also, grapefruits are awesome, though difficult. Coconuts are droops. Modern Marvels told me so. I'm...
by Prometheus
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 97724

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

No matter what your opinion is of the taste of bananas (and I think they should be on the tasty side), I challenge anyone here to deny that they belong further into 'easy' territory. I would plot kiwis about equal with blueberries for tasty, and even with oranges for difficult. Because while you can...
by Prometheus
Mon May 07, 2007 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 80510

I've had to make arrangements with people. They don't tell me about how perpetual motion works and how the earth is only 6000 years old, and I don't go on about the moon landing and 9/11.
by Prometheus
Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: See You At Penguicon 2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1716

Yeah, I probably should have mentioned http://www.penguicon.org Troy (probably) Michigan.

There is the occasional person in a penguin costume, if that helps.
by Prometheus
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: See You At Penguicon 2008
Replies: 6
Views: 1716

See You At Penguicon 2008

Last night at the end of Penguicon 2007, I learned that one Mr. Randall Munroe will be a guest next year.

I just had to show up and say how absolutely thrilled I am with this. I look forward to seeing what happens.
by Prometheus
Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0242: "The Difference"
Replies: 70
Views: 24244

I generally consider myself a scientist. It's not what you know, or a formal education in the sciences, it's a state of mind.

I personally would disassemble the podium and try to trace the power source.
by Prometheus
Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0241: "Battle Room"
Replies: 199
Views: 67613

Someone pondered how many people registered just for this comic. Well, short of surveying every individual, it's impossible to tell. However, I checked and so far there are 23 people who have posted in this thread, and only in this thread.

This took less effort than you'd think, about 10 minutes.
by Prometheus
Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0241: "Battle Room"
Replies: 199
Views: 67613

I haven't read Ender's Game. Can someone explain the joke? Go back to page two, I've got a pretty detailed explanation there. I'm afraid that I've only read two OSC books. There's just too much on my 'must read' list to get around to in a hurry. The other book I've read was Puzzle Box, which I high...
by Prometheus
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0241: "Battle Room"
Replies: 199
Views: 67613

I'm another one of those guys who registered just because of this comic. I had to see if there was anyone other than myself up at this absurd hour who got the joke. I've got a funny mind. I couldn't describe a person I met ten minutes ago. I'll forget your name before the end has fallen off your lip...

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