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by keithl
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 33408

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

There's actually a better moon landing conspiracy. One of the most disciplined acts of any of the moon crews was Apollo 10 - Stafford and Cernan orbited the moon in a fully capable LEM that they could have landed - but they left that for Armstrong and Aldrin. So what if they actually did (briefly) l...
by keithl
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 33408

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

If we can put men on the moon, why can't we put brains in the landing denier's heads? The original von Braun plan was two dozen astronauts to Mars, huge numbers of launches, and (though he wasn't very good at cost accounting) multi-trillion dollar expenses. As it was, the moon landing probably came ...
by keithl
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 44703

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A "couple of minutes" on Google suggested "couple" came from the words meaning "Tie", or "Bond", ... Electrical engineers - are there cases where this word does not refer to something connecting two [and only two] objects? Coupling (as in connecting) usually ...
by keithl
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 164922

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Ah, yes. The fellow who shared the patent with Leo Szilard for the absorption refrigerator. It operated at constant pressure. Herr Einstein also patented a hearing aid with Rudolf Goldschmidt, as well as a gyrocompass and a camera. I can imagine that would set a high standard for other inventive pa...
by keithl
Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 164922

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Ah, yes. The fellow who shared the patent with Leo Szilard for the absorption refrigerator. It operated at constant pressure. Herr Einstein also patented a hearing aid with Rudolf Goldschmidt, as well as a gyrocompass and a camera. I can imagine that would set a high standard for other inventive pat...
by keithl
Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 65453

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

This cartoon was amusing, but a waste of a perfectly good time travel paradox. Randall has decent website skills; after first viewing the cartoon, describing a successful mission to assassinate Hitler in 1934, the cartoon should be replaced with another almost identical cartoon with BHG instead goin...
by keithl
Wed May 16, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 41994

Re: 1056: Felidae

Two words: Genetic Engineering!
by keithl
Wed May 09, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 38607

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

Today, I will learn dozens of ideas and facts, from observation, calculation, experiment, journal papers, books, friends, and strangers. I will pass on many other ideas and facts to others, through conversation and writing and creating. About 20 times a year, some idea comes along that rocks my worl...
by keithl
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 121159

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

The great thing about "Atlas Shrugged" is that it is so long. The people who read books looking for excuses to be assholes are delayed by days before inflicting themselves on the rest of us. Even better, many of the Randroids inspired by Atlas Shrugged inflict themselves on other Randroids...
by keithl
Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52854

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

And in case it would help anyone, my thoughts on baldness during treatments: http://kauthfamily.blogspot.com/2011/09/on-being-bald.html Asimov once had a fellow sci-fi author comment on a short story of his, where one of the characters secretly represented Isaac himself, that he was "making mo...
by keithl
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 52854

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

On October 10, 2010, my friend Julie Martin died of breast cancer. She started her Pity The Cancer! blog a month after her diagnosis on July 30, 2007, to be continued by her husband Brian after August 2010. Perhaps in 10 or 20 or 50 years, uncured malignancies will be a thing of the past, and blogs ...
by keithl
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 64637

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

There is a phone number in New Jersey whose digits (including 1 for the area code) are the starting digits of (9!)! , that is, the factorial of (9 factorial) or 362880! . I invented a puzzler for Clive Maxfield ( http://tinyurl.com/6qc44jv ) involving this calculation. There is a brute force way usi...
by keithl
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 30885

Re: #1042: "Never"

The stick figure is looking at his own reflection while saying these things. Is this about a paired relationship, or the end of narcissism?
by keithl
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 73508

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

As Randall stated in a talk at... some university, the Ballmer peak lies between 0.129 and 0.138% BAC. These are rounded values, the actual peak lies at a BAC of 0.1337%. The unmarked line in today's comic lies at a depth at exactly approximately 1,337m depth. I didn't want to spoil the sur...
by keithl
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 73508

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Another Fun Fact: At pressures greater than 70 atmospheres (a depth of 700 meters in seawater), at the temperature of deep seawater (about 4C), CO2 is a liquid. At pressures greater than 300 atmospheres, compressible CO2 liquid is denser than seawater. If you filled a balloon with CO2, and released...
by keithl
Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 292835

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Just wanted to add something that has not been mentioned so far - at least to my knowledge: The german comic "Charilift" states June 1948: In response to the soviet blockade of east germany, the western allies construct the berlin chairlift. I don't know if this is a joke but the Soviets ...
by keithl
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 37275

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

I do not understand these so called star pictures. My star pictures are tiny little yellow-white dots on black paper. Except when they are tiny little red dots like Betelgeuse or blue dots like Sirius. Or go supernova, and the paper catches fire.
by keithl
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 40453

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

As we learned from XKCD 394, KB is the Kelly-Bootle unit, 1012 bytes. Stan Kelly-Bootle is the author of the Devil's DP Dictionary and its second edition, The Computer Contradictionary . So, while seemingly a mild mannered musician, computer scientist, and lexicographer, Mr. Kelly-Bootle's secret id...
by keithl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 25047

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

I'm getting my sweetie a 32GB USB flash drive filled with "I love you". I'm also hiding all the staplers.
by keithl
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 64626

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Three pages of posts on the xkcd forum thread about typesetting and I'm surprised that no one's mentioned TeX yet! GOOMHNetsnipe. I was just about to post a bad joke about a wickedly evil computer virus that attacks TeX, disabling sysadmins who recognize bad kerning. BTW, has anyone developed an xk...
by keithl
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 38777

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

SirMustapha wrote: Holy shit. "Motion blur"? Christ, if that's indeed what Randall intended, then I have seriously underestimated his capacity of being a terrible artist. Randall is not an artist at all. These are his photographs of an alternate universe inhabited by beings who look like ...
by keithl
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 20183

Re: 1004: "Batman"

And I have this creepy vision of a bat dressed like a man. Rather hard to make an xkcd comic out of it. How would you tell?
by keithl
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 83149

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

If all men were brothers, would you let one marry your sister?
--- Robert Silverberg
by keithl
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 46820

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

The uniformity of the placement of the characters, and the uniform line widths, is remarkable. Far too uniform for this to be a pure "imagine and start drawing" comic. I hypothesize that Randall developed some analysis methods and perhaps wrote some code to help him prepare "Radiation...
by keithl
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 46820

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

The Portland Linux/Unix Group had an xkcd1k eve celebration last night. We showed these cartoons http://keithl.com/xkcd.html on a computer projector, and drew our own guesses about the xkcd1k cartoon. Mine (below) was inspired(?) by forum arguments about 10^3 vs 2^10 . Nobody guessed the actual cart...
by keithl
Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Portland anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: Portland anyone?

Since we couldn't find a speaker about anything else ... The topic of the Portland Linux Unix Group Meeting on Thursday January 5 will be XKCD, and XKCD1K. 7 PM Thursday Jan 5, 2012 at Portland State University in the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science Building Room FAB 86...
by keithl
Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 20833

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

Space Elevators? Planck Time? Oh come now, you would be thwarted by special relativity before encountering either! If the squares are 3 centimeters apart, then when you are only 10 rows below the last full row shown, between 153.5 and 76.7 picoseconds before midnight, your hand will need to move at ...
by keithl
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1000th XKCD Comic
Replies: 65
Views: 11949

Re: 1000th XKCD Comic

The 1000th comic is not comic #1000. The first is sequence, the second is enumeration. Sequence is relative. Enumeration is whatever the hell Randall chooses. Perhaps the January 6 comic will be #1025, and show Black Hat Guy burning comics #1000 through #1024. Party pooper. Though better than burnin...
by keithl
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 1000th XKCD Comic
Replies: 65
Views: 11949

xkcd1k - January 6 celebration of #1000

If my calculations are correct, xkcd #1000 arrives on Friday January 6, 2012. The strips usually show up here on the left coast between 9pm and midnight "the day before". The Portland Linux/Unix Group (pdxlinux.org) meets the evening of the first Thursday of the month. We are considering m...
by keithl
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Portland anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 5292

Re: Portland anyone?

xkcd1k! The Portland Linux Unix Group (PLUG) meets on 1st Thursdays at Portland State University. After that meeting, we reconvene for "afters" at the Lucky Labrador Northwest Beer Hall at 1945 NW Quimby, approximately around 830pm Pacific Time. That is about the time the friday xkcd strip...
by keithl
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd1k celebration, January 6, 2012?
Replies: 2
Views: 2509

xkcd1k celebration, January 6, 2012?

Which fora should we use to organize celebrations for xkcd #1000 ? Or will there be a xkcd1k problem?
by keithl
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 60342

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Resistor color code from the Society for Women Engineers at the University of Minnesota, circa 1980:

"By Becoming Revolutionary Orators, Young Girls Become Very Great Women"

No tolerance codes, hmm...

And the special mnemonic for 33K ohms was "bumblebee"
by keithl
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 35288

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

None of you understand the true spirit of consumer wastefulness. Every trip, you should buy half a dozen of the reusable cloth bags for your groceries - pack them light! When you get home, use these durable bags as trash can liners, the way you used to do with the cheap plastic bags. Now your discar...
by keithl
Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 18230

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Imagine coming back 30 years later, and plowing through 4696 xkcd cartoons. If you instead immediately popped back into cryonic suspension for another 30 years, you would have 9392 xkcd cartoons to deal with. Eventually, there would be millions of xkcd cartoons to read, written by hundreds of genera...
by keithl
Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 130342

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

So, what projection do they use for world maps at Admundsen-Scott south pole station? With Mercator, the bathroom down the hall is about 100 kilometers away ...
by keithl
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 130342

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I want a "no ocean" land-only map projection that fits nicely on a sheet of paper. Better for planning ridiculously long road trips. Why waste 70% of the map on blue ink, and places you can't pave? You can put the oceans back in if you give me pontoons.
by keithl
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 18968

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

Dyson shell . Dr. Dyson wrote about a shell, perhaps a swarm of orbiting objects, intercepting most of the light from a star. It is possible to do, with some of the material from the outer planets. See [ http://server-sky.com/DysonShell ] for two methods, and for a reference to the original 1960 Sci...
by keithl
Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 41439

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

There is a lot to go over in the Arxiv.org paper, but my preliminary take on it is that it is built on a rather large heap of assumptions about timing and distance. If the position of the Gran Sasso detector was incorrect by 20 meters, that would explain the discrepancy. If the length of the cables,...
by keithl
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 57844

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Funny/Not Funny? Inspiration for psychopaths? How about inspiring thousands of XKCD readers to think differently about escalators. Will you pay more attention around escalators? What can you do to help others if you encounter a similarly sabotaged escalator? Will you watch for psychopaths disrupting...
by keithl
Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 63476

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Great and thoughtful comments from many of you. Randal, you have a lot of people here for you. Last year, Americans watched 500 billion hours of television, 2 trillion hours worldwide. According to a study in the 2011 June 15 JAMA, the risks of an additional 2 hours a day of television watching for ...

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