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by Aelfyre
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36815

Re: 0951: "Working"

radtea wrote:On the flip-side, if you see a penny in the street and pick it up, and it takes a second, that's an untaxed $36/hour you're getting. Hard to find steady work, though...


You should look into public fountains :)
by Aelfyre
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 24035

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

What if she was travelling at relativistic speeds? If she was going around the earth more than once, then the time-dilation could explain the apparent time jump, and also, you wouldn't really be able to see an object moving at near light speed at the altitude she was likely flying at, thus explaini...
by Aelfyre
Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?
Replies: 25
Views: 7058

Re: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?

Creating mass is absurdly energy consuming. Which is why you don't do that. Handwave a law of equivalent exchange or some such. Hasn't anybody else here read or watched Fullmetal Alchemist? :roll: yes, that show pisses me off to no end.. the whole concept of "something of equal value" jus...
by Aelfyre
Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free introductory college physics textbooks online?
Replies: 3
Views: 1758

Re: Free introductory college physics textbooks online?

online awesome resource: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hframe.html lectures, tests: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm and of course: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=open+physics+textbook My huge THANK YOU!! for physics textbooks in particular! Seconded! That ...
by Aelfyre
Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28110

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

Mantis wrote:I saw someone the other day in the middle of a lake shouting, "I will drown and no one shall save me!" so we all left him to it.


wait.. they were floundering around in the middle of a lake and they broke out "shall"? or were they just in a canoe or something? :)
by Aelfyre
Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Powerful realistic tech.
Replies: 22
Views: 4270

Re: Powerful realistic tech.

Using a gas giant as a self-propelled impactor may well be possible for a sufficiently advanced society. From here : [...] it may be simpler to move Jupiter to Earth. The theory works like this: build a massive free-standing tower or "candle", with its lower end deep inside Jupiter's dept...
by Aelfyre
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0939: "Arrow"
Replies: 87
Views: 23456

Re: 0939: "Arrow"

As in "time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana." When I first saw that quote as a young child, I only imagined bananas being thrown around and thought it was some kind of surrealist slapstick humour (along the lines of, "Why did the plane crash? Because the pilot was a to...
by Aelfyre
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53921

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

Star Wars But it moved the hearts of so many people that they managed to save it from, well, this by making tons of explanations about the anomalies, whether true science or bad science. I tend to give Star Wars a pass there because I never got the impression that it was *trying* to be scientifical...
by Aelfyre
Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

And if you want to take down the horse, use Alpha particles. Those helium nuclei will get the job done much quicker ;) Wouldn't they get stuck at the skin? I figure the best way to take down a horse is with a leopard, and failing that with a pistol. You forgot a Leopard with a frickan *pistol* on i...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alchemical nonsense
Replies: 9
Views: 2815

Re: Alchemical nonsense

I'm making a story, and I want it to be set in the middle ages. I want its magic system to be as actual as possible, so please, anyone who knows stuff about magic, please post it here. And no roleplaying/wargaming nonsense, please! Also, please refrainas much as possible from using wikipedia as you...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 66012

Re: 0932: "CIA"

speaking of hacking...I received this email today in my spam folder: Dear Hershey Consumer, At Hershey, we are committed to open communications with our consumers and other stakeholders. As a result, we want to take a moment to inform you about a recent incident and the steps we took to correct it....
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

*Edit* Quick, honest if dumb question - Is the reason they need to put the medical tattoos on because of radiation therapy that needs to be done repeatedly in the same spot, or is there some other reason they're not just done with a Sharpie (which, as ridiculous as it sounds, is most definitely a c...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

*Edit* Quick, honest if dumb question - Is the reason they need to put the medical tattoos on because of radiation therapy that needs to be done repeatedly in the same spot, or is there some other reason they're not just done with a Sharpie (which, as ridiculous as it sounds, is most definitely a c...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Man, i'm sick of this cancer shit. randy's personal life is not nearly as enthralling as he hopes it is. hey good news man! You aren't as vital to this community as you may think! I hereby release you to go troll elsewhere you are free! I myself have never gotten a tattoo, because while it's a long...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Randall, best wishes from an anonymous internet poster to you and yours. +1 from another AIP. coming up on 20 years clear myself. So thoughts are with ya. First choice would be never coming down with it of course but at least the research has a come a long way since I was treated so just hang in th...
by Aelfyre
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44289

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

I have those same six dots!:) ok well technically I have my own set of six dots but I am sure they are very similar. Kinda dark blue.


CorruptUser wrote:This comic makes me wonder if all radiation based superpowers are a metaphor for surviving cancer...


All I have to say to this is RAHH! AELFYRE SMASH! :mrgreen:
by Aelfyre
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 66012

Re: 0932: "CIA"

Well...to be fair, it's more like someone tore down a poster hung outside a CIA building (assuming that the CIA website is hosted on a CIA data center somewhere, not outsourced to some third party.) Simply saying that it's a "poster hung up by the CIA" gives one the impression that it's a...
by Aelfyre
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of *good* hard science fiction?
Replies: 13
Views: 5785

Examples of *good* hard science fiction?

So I just read The Chaos Chronicles.. four books so far as far as I can tell. I did enjoy them, not *epic* masterpieces by any means but a good investment for my kindle app to while away a few hours.. it started out seeming to be hard sci-fi but quickly turned into... I dunno moderately firm sci-fi?...
by Aelfyre
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53921

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

Incidentally, I have an idea for an invention. What you do, see, is program a computer to come up with ideas for more inventions. It's like asking a genie for more wishes, see? So why doesn't somebody write a program like that? They are working on it. :) The TV Series Lexx is pretty much *MADE* of ...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 321606

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Well, I had an infinite amount of feathers lying around and wasn't sure what to do with them. Since the value of feathers will drop with each feather while I'm flooding the market, I wonder whether my total profit converges to a finite value and I get rich or it diverges to an infinite total and I ...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35851

Re: 0927: "Standards"

And yeah, these are now standard on all new smartphones sold in the EU, which basically means all smartphones sold everywhere. I think Apple were going to try and wriggle out by creating a dock-connector to micro-USB dongle converter or something. There would be an awful lot of obsolete iPhone and ...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Powerful realistic tech.
Replies: 22
Views: 4270

Re: Powerful realistic tech.

SlyReaper wrote:I don't remember, but I have a feeling it was an Arthur C Clark + Steven Baxter book.

Edit: Found it, it was Sunstorm.


Haha.. I'll have to check that out.. I wonder if they they used said gas giant as rocket fuel to send a fleet of RKVs over.. LOL Science Fiction Irony :)
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26144

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

Kulantan wrote:Better question, do they think they are more alpha than GG (tip: they're not).


how about all you kids be Alphas and Betas and I will be an Omicron.. just because it sounds like a transformer :)
by Aelfyre
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Powerful realistic tech.
Replies: 22
Views: 4270

Re: Powerful realistic tech.

wrecking a small scale civilization such as one that is tied to a single star system is fairly easy if you have the technology to travel to that system from another external system. You just have to find a nice big hunk of matter in their their solar system like a dwarf planet or something and then ...
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26144

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

Holy shit, the two of you are fucking serious? I thought we killed off your kind years ago in The Purging. Huh. As if some betas could kill me in a "purging". Come at me, bros. Oh my god you're adorable! I just want to stick a bow on your head and put you on a shelf. Do us all a favor? Us...
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26144

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

philsov wrote:
I can't tell at all if this post is ironic, but in the terrifying event that it's not, let's look at the data so far....


Label your Y axis!

*twitch*


At least it wasn't *just* me :)
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52106

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Aelfyre wrote:Weak sauce! I actually scored an invite and it *still* wont let me in! Says they are over capacity.


Ok, got in this morning... Now I just need to fill out my circlez a tad :)
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52106

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Tyrannosaur wrote:i got sent an invite and made it in without problem. And I hate google. mandatory location-based searching- Google is not living up to their motto :(


Money does that to humans.
by Aelfyre
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52106

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Weak sauce! I actually scored an invite and it *still* wont let me in! Says they are over capacity.
by Aelfyre
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20585

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

I recently had a Phone delivered that exposed a major inconsistency in the UPS delivery process. It was *supposed* to arrive the 28th and according to the tracking number there was an arrival scan done at 1:05 AM in my local sorting office and by 4:15 it was on a truck and out for delivery. It didn'...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Would you go blind if you became invisible?
Replies: 65
Views: 22730

Re: Would you go blind if you became invisible?

Another point I haven't seen mentioned unless I missed it.. if you are invisible a.k.a. 100% transparent with no refraction to light a.k.a. electromagnetic radiation you might almost immediately freeze solid since your body would no longer absorb any IR light or Thermal Energy and would bleed everyt...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53921

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

What books / films / media have you ingested which contained terrible science? I'm currently reading a pretty interesting anthology of early science fiction short stories written exclusively by women (called "The Dreaming Sex") and the opening story, while compelling, contained completely...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me wrap my head around something...
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Help me wrap my head around something...

And no, not a large gold brick with a lemon wedge :) When we look out into the universe at distant galaxies we see them as they were billions of years ago.. given. Billions of years ago the universe was a much smaller place.. so as we look further and further out shouldn't the galaxies be clustered ...
by Aelfyre
Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52106

Re: 0918: "Google+"

I would love to give it a shot if some kind soul could PM me an invite :)
by Aelfyre
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spongiforma squarepantsii mushroom named after cartoon
Replies: 5
Views: 1405

Re: Spongiforma squarepantsii mushroom named after cartoon

Mushrooms are poisonous, hallucinogenic, so i guess you could eat them, if you wanted to be sick and hallucinate. So mushrooms are poisonous.. some mushrooms are hallucinogenic.. some mushrooms are quite tasty on pizza.. I think the question was which of these categories this particular species mig...
by Aelfyre
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21819

Re: 0913: "Core"

Faranya wrote:
astronelson wrote:
Millumi wrote:Same thing for astrologists, except they point up.


Surely you mean astronomers, astrophysicists, and cosmologists?


Yeah, astrologists really have nowhere to point...


Sure they do.. they can point at their own heads provided they make little circular motions with their finger. :)
by Aelfyre
Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: This seems impossible.
Replies: 33
Views: 6689

Re: This seems impossible.

If it interacts with a detector along the way, then the system is suddenly much bigger and the wave function collapses much more quickly. But it's still not about the electron knowing anything, and it *definitely* doesn't require some one to be consciously observing anything, which is what a lot of...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 66769

Re: The Light Saber problem

is it possible to design a material that is reflective to very specific wavelengths? It doesn't matter if it's opaque or transparent to other wavelengths (though I think transparent would be better to minimize heating). I might be an ignoramus or maybe misunderstand the question.. but wouldn't a gr...
by Aelfyre
Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?
Replies: 22
Views: 3769

Re: Do you think the universe is probably ultimately binary?

FWIW I think the universe defies this convention.. and is fractal in nature. No matter how far down you go it really is just more turtles :) I think there may be a fundamental limit to how deeply down the rabbit hole we can plumb as far as subatomic physics using high energy collisions but the benea...
by Aelfyre
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could time be measured in meters?
Replies: 83
Views: 11715

Re: Could time be measured in meters?

Time and a spatial dimension are not interchangeable, which is what the OP was asking. Unless you use a fundamental physical constant as your conversion factor. Like, I dunno, the speed of light or something. Conversion factors are generally dimensionless quantities equal to 1. This entails having ...

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