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by scikidus
Sun May 23, 2010 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez
Replies: 202
Views: 23724

Re: Gulf Coast oil spill may be worse than Exxon Valdez

I was about to say something about how this isn't solely the problem of the United States, then I checked a map of international waters boundaries. The Gulf of Mexico isn't considered international waters. Who owns it? Wikipedia says the Gulf is part of the Atlantic Ocean, which I'm pretty sure mea...
by scikidus
Thu May 20, 2010 2:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook banned in Pakistan
Replies: 43
Views: 7559

Re: Facebook banned in Pakistan

Excuse me, but felines are worshiped in my religion, and portraying an image of them in any way is the high crime of blasphemy. You're going to change your avatar now, right? Otherwise my fellow Cat-alysts (puns!) might sending death threats your way ("we'd hate for you to end up catatonic"...
by scikidus
Thu May 20, 2010 1:44 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Low-Level Video Editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Re: Low-Level Video Editor?

Here's something I found which does a few of the things I'm trying to do. Now I just need to figure out how the hell to compile this stuff into the command line and I'm good to go :P

http://hackaday.com/2010/05/18/command- ... sing-foss/
by scikidus
Thu May 20, 2010 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hugs!
Replies: 30338
Views: 1734448

Re: Hugs!

*hugs for Weeks*
/me hugs for weeks

Those two lines mean radically different things in an IRC chat.
by scikidus
Tue May 18, 2010 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Matter/anti-matter disparity found at Fermilab
Replies: 11
Views: 2136

Matter/anti-matter disparity found at Fermilab

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/science/space/18cosmos.html Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opp...
by scikidus
Sun May 16, 2010 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hugs!
Replies: 30338
Views: 1734448

Re: Hugs!

thecamoninja wrote:*has just returned from a school trip to NYC hugs*

*why the hell didn't you visit me you bastard hugs*
by scikidus
Fri May 14, 2010 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Optimizing the Twin Paradox
Replies: 13
Views: 1281

Re: Optimizing the Twin Paradox

Alright, I see why from a stationary observer's POV you'd slow, but what about from the ship's perspective?

Also, since you're obviously never going to hit light speed, what does the graph look like for velocity of the ship vs time?
by scikidus
Fri May 14, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Optimizing the Twin Paradox
Replies: 13
Views: 1281

Re: Optimizing the Twin Paradox

In reality, k is whatever speed you could get up to in half of y, and then you turn around and start decelerating. Any coast time is time spent at a slower speed than you could be going if you'd continued accelerating. That makes sense. A lot of sense. I'm currently *headdesk*ing because I should'v...
by scikidus
Fri May 14, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Optimizing the Twin Paradox
Replies: 13
Views: 1281

Optimizing the Twin Paradox

This is a problem of my own invention, and I think I've figured out how to solve it, but I thought y'all might be interested in looking at it too, as there is a (very) high chance I did something completely wrong. A spaceship has a constant acceleration of 9.8 m/s^2 (ignore relativistic mass and stu...
by scikidus
Fri May 14, 2010 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: ThinkGeek has an xkcd section...
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

ThinkGeek has an xkcd section...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/xkcd/

I just wanted to verify that ThinkGeek signed off with the Somerville crew before setting this up. They're certainly not trying to hide their love for xkcd, but I just wanted to double-check.
by scikidus
Wed May 12, 2010 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: New York area meetup??
Replies: 431
Views: 249173

Re: New York area meetup??

Felstaff wrote:I'll be in NYC in June, about the 10th-14th I think.

Figures that I'll actually be leaving New York on the 10th and coming back around the 15th.

There's a slim chance I could meet up on the 10th. I'd rather like to put my suspicions to rest that you're actually a leprechaun.
by scikidus
Wed May 12, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal. /Free/, as in Free Beer, until 5/24.
Replies: 2
Views: 1779

Portal. /Free/, as in Free Beer, until 5/24.

Valve, I love you. Until May 24th, Valve has released Portal for free, for Mac or PC, here: http://store.steampowered.com/freeportal/ Yes, free. As in free beer. I couldn't not share this with my fellow xkcdians. :D Valve, this truly was a triumph. EDIT: Damn, somehow missed this on the bottom of th...
by scikidus
Mon May 10, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42274

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

General question for y'all: should someone be allowed to wear this shirt to a public school?
by scikidus
Mon May 10, 2010 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42274

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

For the people using the "don't feed the trolls" analogy: the teachers are acting as moderators in this analogy. One shouldn't feed trolls, but one should certainly moderate their behavior to stop problems before they blow up. When I used the trolling analogy, I was referring to the stude...
by scikidus
Sun May 09, 2010 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42274

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

Mostly as an exercise for myself, I took this Wikipedia article on National Days and using regex and PHP pulled out a list of unique days when wearing an American flag on a shirt would be inappropriate in an American school with that predominant ethnicity. January 01, January 08, January 26, January...
by scikidus
Sun May 09, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42274

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

Keyword MEXICANS. Children born in America are AMERICANS. The trouble lies with the older generations who come and leech off American benefits but continue to wrap themselves with the Mexican flag, root for the Mexican soccer team, and call themselves Mexican. Mexican is a nationality earned throug...
by scikidus
Sun May 09, 2010 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees
Replies: 573
Views: 42274

Re: Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tee

After five pages of debate, here are some more articles and stuff on this story. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/06/california-students-sent-home-wearing-flags-cinco-mayo/ http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Students-Wearing-American-Flag-Shirts-Sent-Home-92945969.html Also, here's a picture...
by scikidus
Sun May 09, 2010 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3490741

Re: Rant Thread - The Spites of Wraith

I deactivated my Facebook account. I reactivated my Facebook account. Facebook, that doesn't mean "reenable EVERY EMAIL NOTIFICATION". Seriously, you make it very irritating when I have to click 60-something individual checkboxes to stop all the emails. WHY. Also, I only remembered "w...
by scikidus
Fri May 07, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 19339

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

My grandfather was a chemical engineer who worked on the team which invented the first instant-rise yeast (now packaged by Fleischmann's). My mother remembers how every week he would bring home freshly baked bread from testing. He also had a thing against throwing things away. When my parents cleane...
by scikidus
Fri May 07, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 19339

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

Did Randall get a new tablet, or is he just messing with new brush settings? Everyone knows that lines in xkcd-world can't have textur--


...If that is some meta-reference to yogurt, Randall, I will hunt you down and hug you.
by scikidus
Thu May 06, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hugs!
Replies: 30338
Views: 1734448

Re: Hugs!

thecamoninja wrote:Ah, spring; when a young man's fancy turns to lust.

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songdeta ... 20of%20May

*learned to play "What is Love" on the tenor sax hugs*
by scikidus
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where in the World is J.D. Robb: A request for New Yorkers
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: Where in the World is J.D. Robb: A request for New Yorke

I'm going to just say it's probably the downtown line, taken pretty late at night, because you're less likely to have people heading to the business district at that time of night than the other direction, up to Penn Station.
by scikidus
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Low-Level Video Editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Re: Low-Level Video Editor?

Short answer: It doesn't exist. OK, that's really the answer I was looking for. I kind of had this vision of where I could scrub through, copy, paste, export and import and edit frames in a timeline of a video, and then on top of that overlay several video streams or something. I don't know, I can ...
by scikidus
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Park Censored
Replies: 249
Views: 22751

Re: South Park Censored

Sure, calling the police is a good idea, but you would probably also abide by the threat. The risk/reward ratio just doesn't make it worth it- they can air the episode as a statement of liberty and risk innocent people dying. How would you like to be the one to make the decision to air it uncensore...
by scikidus
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Low-Level Video Editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 1245

Low-Level Video Editor?

I currently know of two programs that do very low level editing of movies, Quicktime Pro and Adobe Flash. The former can cut, copy and paste videos together and save very quickly, along with adding masks and stuff (which I don't understand), but not much else. The latter can add animations on top of...
by scikidus
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: South Park Censored
Replies: 249
Views: 22751

Re: South Park Censored

For those of you appalled at Comedy Central, ask yourself this: If someone threatened to kill you and your innocent co-workers if you continued doing X, would you stop doing X? I would call the police. Americans are guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and death thre...
by scikidus
Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jason Chen (of Gizmodo) gets house raided, assets seized
Replies: 67
Views: 7151

Re: Jason Chen (of Gizmodo) gets house raided, assets seized

This is a little excessive, no? Bring the guy to court, sure, ask to search his house, fine, but busting down the door while he's not home like he's got a bomb inside? Come on, we're better than this.
by scikidus
Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)
Replies: 5
Views: 884

Re: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)

Not sure about their accessibility, but Juan Maldacena and Leonard Susskind would be nice additions. Or look for names here . I'm noticing that a rather high number of string-theory-related people were born or work in NYC. Michio Kaku, Brian Greene, Peter Woit, Lisa Randall...there's a trend here. ...
by scikidus
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)
Replies: 5
Views: 884

ITT: A Gift for Randall (String Theory!)

Oh hey, guys, some of you might remember that I went to see Brian Greene a while ago, and got him to sign a copy of comic 171 (you know, to see if he actually had a sense of humor). Well, last week I met Michio Kaku at a roof-top star party in downtown Manhattan, and guess what? DSCN1523.JPG So my p...
by scikidus
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548806

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

No, they have not. It still doesn't make this an anti-Semitic bill. Anti-Israel, yes. Anti-Semitic, no. From the bill: RESOLVED, that this ASUC resolution not be interpreted as the taking of sides in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, but instead as a principled expression of support for universal hu...
by scikidus
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548806

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Unconnected to the above: http://calsupportsisrael.com/ I just don't see how this is anti-Semitism. If you replace the word "Israel" with "Iran" and "anti-Semitism" with "anti-Islam" these people wouldn't have an issue. Also, their memorandum clearly outlines ...
by scikidus
Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: All Things Unixkcd
Replies: 41
Views: 11434

Re: All Things Unixkcd

Visiting the unixkcd page from an iPod Touch doesn't enable the keyboard, so you can't use the psuedo-terminal. EDIT: then again I know the fora gods don't have dominion over that page, and davean has already stated that he doesn't have access to an iPhone for testing, so let's just pretend this po...
by scikidus
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: All Things Unixkcd
Replies: 41
Views: 11434

Re: All Things Unixkcd

Visiting the unixkcd page from an iPod Touch doesn't enable the keyboard, so you can't use the psuedo-terminal. EDIT: then again I know the fora gods don't have dominion over that page, and davean has already stated that he doesn't have access to an iPhone for testing, so let's just pretend this pos...
by scikidus
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill O'Reilly pays marine father's legal costs
Replies: 62
Views: 6508

Re: Bill O'Reilly pays marine father's legal costs

I have a few questions. Aren't you allowed to restrict free speech in a non-public place (like swearing loudly in school) and are graveyards ever considered private places, especially if they're privately owned? Are there privately owned graveyards? And can you put foul language on protest signs?
by scikidus
Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Polish president among 132 dead in plane crash
Replies: 25
Views: 3109

Re: Polish president among 132 dead in plane crash

My thoughts to the Polish people (I'm 1/2 Polish). On another level, it will be a wonderful tribute to Poland's growth watching their political system recover from such a terrible loss.
by scikidus
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hugs!
Replies: 30338
Views: 1734448

Re: Hugs!

*hugs for all, hugs+glitter for Chris*

So guys. We're approaching the 666th page. Just sayin'.
by scikidus
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan

Fixed your Topic Title for you. Thanks, I only discovered the "é" key on my iTouch after posting this today. it felt a little ominous when the opposition 'invited' the exiled premier to 'show himself' so that they could 'talk'. Seeing as it was far from a bloodless coup, I doubt this will...
by scikidus
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Coup d'état in Kyrgyzstan

http://s.nyt.com/u/yMA Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press Police officers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were attacked by protesters on Wednesday. Witnesses said the police seemed to panic. By CLIFFORD J. LEVY Published: April 8, 2010 MOSCOW — After a day of bloody protests against the repressive rule of the...
by scikidus
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill O'Reilly pays marine father's legal costs
Replies: 62
Views: 6508

Re: Bill O'Reilly pays marine father's legal costs

As much as I loathe the WBC, I understand their rights. I also think Phelps' funeral should set a world record for largest human male orgy, but I understand their rights.

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