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by peewee_RotA
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 2013 XKCD Store Images
Replies: 19
Views: 7108

2013 XKCD Store Images

They have been changing pretty frequently with some very funny options. How should that be handled. Does each get a thread? Am I not the first one to ask? Will Rocky and Bullwinkle escape certain doom?
by peewee_RotA
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 17774

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

Based on measuring the graph on my monitor not owning a tv became normal in 1981? Huh?

That would require at least 3 jokes form Back to the Future had not made sense at the time.
by peewee_RotA
Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

A thought on simplifying the various sealed container mixing apparatuses. Instead of using a device inside the container to do the stirring, requiring some sort of means of transferring power into the sealed vessel, use the vessel itself to do the stirring. Construct a vessel with, for example, pad...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

Oh and while I'm waiting, most impatiently, for the next What If?, I thought I'd share what I found out in that strange e-mail exchange. Regular stirring blades in industrial applications don't normally generate much heat. The best I can tell is that the volume of material is huge compared to the bl...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

The second thing I looked at were things that most people have, blenders. The very first thing I did was try to contact Blend Tec who responded with a confident yes. Then I found plenty of examples of hot soups being made with room temperature water. Apparently the Vitamix blender is the one that a...
by peewee_RotA
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28791

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

¹I couldn't find a definitive IPA transcription for ão . It seems it can be transcribed as [ɐ̃w̃], [ãw̃], [ãʊ̃], and maybe some other variants. If even professional cunning linguists can't agree on how to pronounce it, I don't feel quite so bad. This reminds me that, to a Frenchman, the difference ...
by peewee_RotA
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28791

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Martial arts studios have adopted Pau while measuring the area of various arm blocks. They've started calling this math form Kung Pau.

In a related story, Billy Blanks has created a franchise of Chinese restaurants and sued the martial arts studios over the name.
by peewee_RotA
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

a) I'm an actual ice-cream manufacturer who doesn't already know the answer to this b) I work for your competition, and I'm trying some really cheeky industrial-espionage techniques c) I'm trying to set up a heavy-duty methamphetamine/explosive manufacturing rig in my garage, and I'd like you to re...
by peewee_RotA
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

Oh me yarm, this deserves a double post. I've contacted a manufacturer of industrial mixers/agitators to ask about how much unwanted heat the process typically generates. The best example is the creation of dairy products. Whipping cream, ice cream, and even butter can be temperature controlled proc...
by peewee_RotA
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

Got a reply from Honest Tea. I had a feeling that a natural foods company would not use any kind of industrial stirrers, but figured it was worth a shot. (Small companies tend to actually reply to random, ridiculous questions) Fortunately for drinkers of their product, and unfortunately for me, they...
by peewee_RotA
Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

Another way to "stir tea" is to accelerate the spoon to hundreds of kilometers per second velocities, downwards into the teacup. It will be moving far too fast for the tea to get out of the way, so the tea will mechanically compress to tens of thousands of atmospheres and incandescent tem...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

I've been looking into this a bit from two angles. First, is there a reasonable way that any average person could mix a liquid really fast? Second, what happens if the convection problem is mitigated by using a closed container? The first thing I looked into were industrial mixing drums. There didn'...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36860

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

I've got two things that I think drastically change the article. First, there's an experiment that was able to "boil" water with very little energy. http://news.rice.edu/2012/11/19/rice-unveils-super-efficient-solar-energy-technology/ http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn304948h Second, n...
by peewee_RotA
Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Updated with the remaining suggestions. Added a few to make sure political articles weren't lacking in coverage. http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/translate2.php?pagurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.com%2F2012%2F11%2F07%2Fsenate-election-results-2012_n_2039114.html (original: http://www.huffington...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

fiveofoh wrote:I forked cloud-to-butt a while back


Is that something you want to admit to publicly? :P
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Here's some more suggestions based on the last article: security -> cuddliness rifle -> lollipop shot -> surprised (might not work in some sentences though) shoot -> love attack -> embrace die -> go to sleep blood -> syrup lethal -> funny firearm -> bubble blower dead -> sleepy murder -> greet edit...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

senor_cardgage wrote:
dp2 wrote:I miss Homestar Runner.

There are probably people here who are too young to remember its heyday.


I have no idea who you're talking about.


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by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

I'm getting a "Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: Filename cannot be empty in /home/content/c/a/b/cabbruzz/html/misc/translate/translate2.php on line 4" error on Firefox. :( DOH!!! typos!. Fell to that classic pitfall where spellchecking a URL turns all previous in...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Awww, I'm getting an error: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING, expecting ')' in /home/content/c/a/b/cabbruzz/html/misc/translate/translate2.php on line 61 Edit: Fixed by using the version ready for print. Oh, and with words like "catrying" and "catousel...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Awesome! Some words from the article we didn't think of: military -> circus mission -> trip armed -> singing (eh, works for armed forces, but not for "he was armed with a shotgun". Though now that I think of it... it sorta does) Updated. Here's a great article, a bit lengthy, but right ar...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

...and we can make news safer for children! terrorist -> clown kill -> tickle war -> Disneyland (he goes to Disneyland, they push for Disneyland, it doesn't work in all cases, but I like it) civilian -> kitten edit: additions gun -> magic wand army -> team missile -> balloon animal troop -> toy sol...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

...and we can make news safer for children! terrorist -> clown kill -> tickle war -> Disneyland (he goes to Disneyland, they push for Disneyland, it doesn't work in all cases, but I like it ) civilian -> kitten edit: additions gun -> magic wand army -> team missile -> balloon animal troop -> toy so...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

And of course god -> god over djinn Vetoing for Morgan Freeman :P I decided to make it election -> pokébattle and referendum -> incantation giving me: "many Tories [UK political party] pushed for the incantation commitment to be made binding before the 2015 general pokébattle" I like the ...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Congressman -> Dwarf-lord, to go with the elf-lord one. Done http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/translate2.php?pagurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.yahoo.com%2Fu-budget-talks-hit-snag-republican-senator-says-185522127--business.html (edit) and for good measure http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/translate2.php?pa...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

How about "Clearly true" ----> "I made it up because I'm right and you're not" Doesn't work. Try it in a sentence such as "He words were clearly true." Yeah, I interpreted instead of substituting. "Clearly true" --> "bullshit based on my prejudicial beli...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

BlitzGirl wrote:Also, Keyboard --> Leopard. Though that might be less likely to come up in news stories.


http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/trans ... -makers%2F
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Old school, 90's era page translator for this comic. http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/ And some samples! http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/translate.php?pagurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.yahoo.com%2Fu-budget-talks-hit-snag-republican-senator-says-185522127--business.html http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/t...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 38421

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Old school, 90's era page translator for this comic. http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/ And some samples! http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/translate.php?pagurl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.yahoo.com%2Fu-budget-talks-hit-snag-republican-senator-says-185522127--business.html http://zeliepa.com/misc/translate/tr...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"
Replies: 26
Views: 7642

Re: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"

In 2010, Bobby Cleveland set a world record for the top speed in a riding lawnmower, hitting 96 mph. This record was set as part of a rivalry with the British lawnmower driver Don Wales. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjVzebbyQ8 If a guy with that accent wasn't named Bobby... THAT would be a blow ...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 35104

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

I won a goat, you've got to be kidding me!
by peewee_RotA
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 18982

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

airdrik wrote:You might argue that it makes the statement more bone fide


There's nothing more American than a bone fide southern dialect!
by peewee_RotA
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 18982

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

Jegos , on the other hand, is a perfectly good word. It's the Pima or Tohono word for what used to be called a "duststorm", and what meteorologists the last few years have delighted in calling a "haboob". This reminds me of the way news media suddenly started using the word tsun...
by peewee_RotA
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 16060

Re: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

In fact, that's where their name comes from—the word asteroid means "star-like."

I'm pretty sure "asteroid" means something that Mark McGwire takes.
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

If they truly want to get angry over complete and total bullshit, then I'm all for provoking it! (Especially to point out the double standard where the assumed "victim" never gets called out on being a judgemental assmunch) Provoking the anger of others for fun? I'm pretty sure that just ...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

Whizbang wrote:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:But defining a person by their satire is as silly as thinking that William Shatner really is James T. Kirk.

H E   I S N ' T ? ? ! ! ! ? ? ?


Duh. He's T.J. Hooker.

He's a what now?
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

What? I really don't get your point. It's that you're totally not really a jerk, right? That's what you're saying here? The "sexist" comments were simple, and extremely clean jokes. Ones that line up best with the example of B material: "Take my wife, please." The trolling was t...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

I was talking about spats between the two. Everyone I know goes on a cleaning binge when they are having guests over, mother in law, father in law, family, friends, whatever. Again, as it's traditionally the woman's job to clean, then they seem to be the ones who do it more often, but in places whe...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

4. Although the averages differ, the distributions overlap significantly, so for example a lot of men are tidier than a lot of women. (This is an hypothetical example based on the current discussion - I don't have any data on it) Outside of XKCD forum, go onto facebook or other random forum. Start ...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

Go onto some other random forum and stay there. If you consider being a sexist asshole normal then you might as well have at it, but we're doing fine here. How is accusing women of wanting to clean their house and trying to impress their mother-in-law so sexist? Notice how the severity of my "...
by peewee_RotA
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 19086

Re: 1267: "Mess"

4. Although the averages differ, the distributions overlap significantly, so for example a lot of men are tidier than a lot of women. (This is an hypothetical example based on the current discussion - I don't have any data on it) Outside of XKCD forum, go onto facebook or other random forum. Start ...

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