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by bmonk
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1248: "Sphere"
Replies: 78
Views: 18481

Re: 1248: "Sphere"

I suppose a superheavy non-rotating black hole's Schwartzchild radius is a pretty good sphere. Perhaps, but it's not really an object either. It's just the set of points at which the escape velocity from the mass in question reaches the speed of light. In fact, it does depend on the speed you are g...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45584

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

For another, I can't imagine any murder charges could ever stick when the alleged victim can be called as a witness for the defense. I can't imagine teleporters being pard of our daily lives. It would be a game-changer and it would require special legislation. You can't say whether it would or woul...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"
Replies: 106
Views: 69407

Re: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"

I don't understand this. Geostationary satellites orbit at the same speed the earth revolves. So if you launch one of them, why would you need to gain any speed in addition to the speed you already have from being on the surface of the earth? Yes, but in this case, there is a substantial height: 35...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 19866

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

If we really want more power (than gotten by falling an infinite distance), we could use rocket motors attached to the upper side of the mountain. Toy rocket motors.

But how many would be required to add significant velocity?
by bmonk
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 47273

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

About Superman time travel, I was sure it was a sort of metaphysical thing about time zones and "travelling to yesterday" (if you pass the International Date line fast enough it don't see you and you are in yesterday :D ), but maybe it's too silly even for comic book science. I always tho...
by bmonk
Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blind Blitzposting (854-861 / 1359) . . . And to keep with the page proclamation of sequel titles: Time After Time Isn’t this title better for the present state—now that “IT” has appeared? I’m reading many posts that require no comment, or at least no comment from so far back in the past. At least I...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

By the way, is this now finally the record holder for thread length, number of views, number of replies etc? 56 pages seems pretty epic. I know of a forum that has one thread which currently has 3850 pages, 79,995 replies and over 19 MILLION views. Time has a way to go. It's only a matter of Time.....
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm sure there's a way to make it into an mp3 file. I'll see if I can figure that out. Here you go :) Thanks! Sorry about the blown minds--and as for the others, it's just my 2¢. My opinion, not binding on others. Edit: Also, funny RELATED thing: this week I started reading the third Safehold book ...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

lmjb1964 I too have issues—such as not being able to play MP4 files. :( but the lyrics look 11 good 3 ! 3 neat 11 very Blitzposting (838-841 / 1320) But I'll make the bold claim that Atoms don't "exist". Neither do quarks and muons and all the rest. What meaning of the word "exist&quo...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

lmjb1964, yes, it's a nice metajoke.

Hmmmm. Do we have any metamolpys in the OTC or OTT?
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blitzposted 821-835/1318-19 I just hope there're no Nazgûlpies. http://abload.de/img/laughing-smiley-001zpy0q.gif Are those the lesser-known relatives of Big-gulpies? I think those are illegal in several jurisdictions these days. Your first statement is unquestionably true. However, the second would...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Since the deep past has some mathematical discussion concerning prime newpix, I offer some lame mathematician jokes: An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician were asked to hammer a nail into a wall. The engineer went to build a Universal Automatic Nailer -- a device able to hammer every possible...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

This thread may come to resemble "MS fnd in a Lbry" , a short story I read many years ago, and have (ironically) spent many hours since searching for... The title sounds like what happened briefly with the first papal decree of Nwpg 874. I hope we learned that lesson... (Will read the sto...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

This thread may come to resemble "MS fnd in a Lbry" , a short story I read many years ago, and have (ironically) spent many hours since searching for... BTW, I was reminded of this by a recent article I read about the ability to send more information over fiber optic lines by using optical...
by bmonk
Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Recent ketchup (1314-1318) I feel awful. For the first time in nearly 600 posts, I posted somewhere other than the OTT. For only my third Outside post since I joined the fora, I posted on yesterday's What If? (A day and a half since it went up, and not even a full page of posts? What's wrong with th...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

So...... I really want to blitz. I know, deep down, I don't have the time to blitz, but the temptation is just too great. So, starting tomorrow, I will depart. I know I'm not going to have time to to more than 10 or so pages a dip, and it will probably be the slowest blitz on record. (Can it really...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blind Blitzposting 800-809/1312-1314 <What would a Bling Blitzpost look like??? Just wondering> I am a heretic and need to be punished by chocolate for forgetting. :lol: :lol: I plead the third. I plead the fourth. I am so heretical; I need much chocolate. CHIRP! CHIRP!!! It's a tree 8 ? We must hav...
by bmonk
Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

TheMinim wrote:A very large clan of people were going about their lives, from all four corners of the Earth, well, if the Earth was a cube, then it would be like that.


Doesn’t a cube have six corners, last I counted?
by bmonk
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Regarding UKL, I agree that The Left Hand of Darkness is an important work, and it is definitely something that should be on the reading list of anyone with a passing interest in speculative fiction. Or feminism. Or, frankly, books. On the other hand, I've always struggled quite a bit with The Disp...
by bmonk
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Even is this is the end of Time (part 1) it is not the end of the OTT! This gives us (heretic) time to study Time even more! Finish the OTVO? Rule out the few other dates in the milllena surrounding 13000s? Solving beanietalk? Finding out where they are now? In other words, there's plenty to do! An...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Farback Blind Blitzpost no. 2. . . . I remember using slide rules, but I've always preferred digital tools. The resolution and variation in how accurately you positioned the slide rule always bothered me. Even though I know there's internal rounding and loss of precision with each operation, I alway...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1243: "Snare"
Replies: 40
Views: 11404

Re: 1243: "Snare"

"then they found"? that shaft should be quite obvious... Nah; that's "fly over" country. Hardly anyone lives there, and the few that do are either employees of the project, or have been told that it's an NSA project, so they'd better keep quiet about it if they know what's good ...
by bmonk
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107341
Views: 51590919

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blind Blitzposting from the distant past [heresy](500 comment pages)[/heresy]... Coma Coma Coma Time! Try not to post much while I'm gone! Or, alternatively, post like mad and leave all laggers behind. This is cruel, especially to us laggers . . . . My doctorate is in Mathematics, but multiplication...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"
Replies: 37
Views: 19039

Re: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"

screen317 wrote:Mother fucking A-- Just as I was about to click on this topic, someone in the lab next to me sneezed.

I hope you called him up and said, "God bless you!"
by bmonk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 28997

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

Nah, The Helvetica Scenario is a crappy spy novel starring a graphic designer. Other titles in the series include The Frutiger Conundrum , The Impact Event and The Arial Narrow Escape . And, of course, The Comic Sans Unicode . Cambria Deja Vu ? The Euphemia Verdana Murders ? Oh, and all those up in...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38705

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

I my eyes literally burned upon seeing this comic. But it begs the question: is there anyway it could get worse? Because one could think of alot of ways to annoy gramatically sensitive people. Alright, you got me. My eyes literally burned just THINKING about reading these comments. Because I splash...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 11284

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

I seem to recall seeing a recent comic where an asteroid is inevitably going to collide with earth, and a man with a "Dislike" tshirt comes up with a last ditch plan to stop the asteroid, consisting of a campaign to get everyone on facebook to change their profile picture to a picture of ...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40633

Re: 1235: "Settled"

Just thinking before reading all the posts: Could we apply statistics to this question? (Similar to the recent identification of the Higgs boson, or to the estimates of the total number of species on Earth from the number of new species found in a given time/area.) That is, find the trend in the rat...
by bmonk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 78930

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

Rombobjörn wrote:OK, now let's have a look at XKCD 681. Could someone please explain to me what would cause the water to flow from Earth to Mars? Venus or Jupiter look like much better places to put the portal.


Maybe a really big pump? A wormhole that equalizes the gravity potential?
by bmonk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30523

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

I join your forum to comment on a topic I know well. Please treat me kindly. tups, you are correct. The fog above an open surface of liquid nitrogen is condensed water vapor. Liquid nitrogen will kill you by asphyxiation, freezing, or physical explosion when contained, but not by direct chemical re...
by bmonk
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22819

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

There is one ringtone that should at least be in the running...
by bmonk
Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45584

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

A couple of observations: If someone uses the quantum terminology, would it help to ask if they can show you the mathematics to support their statement? "Quantum leap" is not necessarily the minimum quantum leap. I recall, from analysis of the Hydrogen spectrum, that while certain transiti...
by bmonk
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 29354

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

What nigenet said. Eclipse is not sunset. If we're worried about events during which the sun is not directly visible even though it is above the horizon (i.e., -not sunset-), then presumably overcast days are more of a concern than eclipse. I'm sure the sun not being visible in the British Empire i...
by bmonk
Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19265

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

So the way I c it, Einstein couldn't be talking about going at the speed of light in a vacuum, because he of all people would believe that's not even possible. He must be talking about the speed of light in the room he's in. Or...something. What? Einstein did not do a thought experiment about going...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 58972

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

I seem to recall that pressure cookers are designed to deform and thus release pressure in a controlled way,if the safety valve is clogged. Can anybody confirm this? I suspect that the lid was not correctly fitted to the cooker in the photo. Beware. . . . I don't know about a pressure cooker where ...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22805

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

My thinking on this: 1. According to people in the business of making seemingly bold predictions, we'll have wondrous technology and solutions to all our problems in no more than 25 years. 2. But we still want manned space exploration. 3. Therefor, logically, we should develop a plan to send all th...
by bmonk
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1231: "Habitable Zone"
Replies: 51
Views: 13828

Re: 1231: "Habitable Zone"

Personally, I expect that life in general will be found to be relatively common, but that we will find only a handful of actual starfaring civilizations in our galaxy. Consider that, out of Earth's 4.5 billion years of history, there have been (as far as we know) no sapient species prior to the ris...
by bmonk
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26277

Re: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"

Speaking of which... I just read that some studies are now showing that excessive diarrhea is hereditary. Evidently it runs in your genes. Hmmmmmm. It could even be true. Studies are showing that our bacterial microbiota cultures do tend to be strongly inherited--and would likely correlate to exces...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36017

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Surely the password is in dwarvish, not elvish, as it's a dwarf city! But the door was to the Elven kingdom of Hollin. The problems start right here. What if the story describes Schrodinger's cat thought experiment? This is a good point. I suppose that distinction needs to be qualified by the same ...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 30645

Re: 1217: "Cells"

Dr. Diaphanous wrote:
madaco wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:Nope. soap. = )


soap soap soap :P
(soap.)

soapy "soap". "soapy".

soap soap?


That word is starting to lose any meaning in my mind

Soap soap soap soap soap.

Are you singing about five bars?

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