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by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4125

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

The trick to hand-drawn graphs is that you linearize the data. Rather than plotting pH vs [HA] and trying to figure out where the middle of the S curve is (to get the pKa), you plot pH vs log([HA]/[A-]) and use a straightedge to get the line. Then finding the pKa is just a matter of seeing where th...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 6794

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

CorruptUser wrote:I wouldn't mind more "ethical" porn, where simulated crimes, deception, extortion and incest are illegal.

How about a kind of "fairtrade" scheme?
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 275
Views: 55388

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I was momentarily confused on hearing this on the radio this morning, since it sounded like they were announcing the death of an "Ursula Kayler-Guin". We read The Dispossessed in our book club, but I'm pretty sure that was under the name Ursula Le Guin. Did she start using the "K.&qu...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 275
Views: 55388

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I was momentarily confused on hearing this on the radio this morning, since it sounded like they were announcing the death of an "Ursula Kayler-Guin". We read The Dispossessed in our book club, but I'm pretty sure that was under the name Ursula Le Guin. Did she start using the "K.&quo...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4125

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

balthasar_s wrote:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"?

I'm more interested in the scientific graph paper quality.

OMY! Graph paper! That totally used to be a thing!
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 8531

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Changing established characters on a whim is just tokenism of the worst sort. Especially if there's no real indication of why such a change would take place. Why would Clark suddenly transition to Carla. There has been zero indication of any type of dysphoria or any inkling of him being transgender...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6590
Views: 507452

Re: Trump presidency

I'm uncomfortable with the idea that a company should be obliged to create political campaign material that its employees and owners don't agree with. Yeah, which is why my signs and banner company carefully reviews everything I print off and I definitely get involved with literally every piece of ...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6590
Views: 507452

Re: Trump presidency

Admittedly, I kind of confused things by bringing up the pharmacist example (where we deny service based on age); this is more comparable to the ER doctor example (where we deny service to everyone based on the nature of the service itself). For example, a heterosexual couple who wanted two grooms ...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6626

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

A sextillion tons of gold. Is that 10 21 (1,000 N+1 for N-illion) or 10 36 (1,000,000 N )? Does anyone still use long scale? It is odd that you still get people saying "is that an American billion?". I assume that Soupspoon was being facetious, but you hear it a lot in the UK, and not jus...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 8531

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Maybe I misinterpreted the thing about Clark Kent transforming into Wonder Woman, but I like the idea for a superhero character who is one sex in their ordinary secret identity life and another in their caped persona. I can see a lot of different ways it could be done, each with their own interesti...
by orthogon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 4794

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I also have lots of nightmares about driving. I've always had those in one form or another (even before I learned to drive). Usually I end up not being able to stop, I'd say "no brakes" but it's more complicated than that. I used to get driving ones a lot, but they stopped after I learned...
by orthogon
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 8531

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

I never ever see any transgender superheroines and if they are it's b/c of some trauma, or someone raped them, or they grow to love love the bodies they used to hate hate somehow? It suddenly occurred to me a few months back that it would be awesome if Clark Kent went into the phone box and emerged...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 18363

Re: Winfrey presidency

Zohar wrote:Also, Winfrey never said she's running.

5) We don't believe what any politicians say any more. Although, if she's telling the truth, she's not a politician, and therefore isn't lying.
by orthogon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 18363

Re: Winfrey presidency

It's only unethical to get nutrients from animal products because our society treats animals badly . If you had land where you kept chickens which could roam freely as nature intended, then I hope you'd agree there'd be nothing unethical about collecting their eggs, and eggs are one of the most nut...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5474

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Thing is, it probably is more profound than anything you'd normally see written in a script font over a sunset.
by orthogon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6742

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

This is one of the advantages of food where size names are measured amounts, like sub sandwiches or beer in some cases. The price will notch up with inflation, but they're at least being held honest as to the size. I wouldn't be so sure: centimetres aren't as big as they used to be. My dad and I no...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6590
Views: 507452

Re: Trump presidency

I think most abbreviation that can be pronounced are pronounced. People even pronounce "SQL" as "sequel" even though it has no vowels. SCSI (one vowel, but not where it could be useful) is delightfully open to interpretation. (Be honest, you probably go for "Scuzzy" ra...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5474

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Mouseover: “"Since there's no ending quote mark, everything after this is part of my quote. —Randall Munroe” You screwed up the various quotemarks there. Should be " ' "since.... - Randall Mundroe ' " :P It didn't help that your editor jumped into matching curlies, but I don't t...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5474

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

da Doctah wrote:"Every quote on the internet will be erroneously attributed to Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker or George Carlin."
-- James Thurber

That was definitely Mark Twain.
by orthogon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Congressional elections
Replies: 7
Views: 3537

Re: 2018 Congressional elections

Logically speaking, this is wrong. The way it is written, the constitution doesn't provide three qualifications , it provides three disqualifications . "If you aren't a {this} you can't be a {that}" is not the same as "if you are a {this} then you can't be prevented from being a {tha...
by orthogon
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 4152

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

To my mathematics teacher, I leave my Klein Bottle and its contents. Here in Minnesota, we have the Klein Bank . At first, I thought "that's a terrible place to deposit my money, anyone can just walk into their vault!" Then I realized all my money was already in the Klein Bank. Well playe...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 4152

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Well this is a fun thought exercise. I guess I'll start with the obvious things? To my nephew the nuclear engineer, I leave my collection of radioactive waste. I'm sure you know what to do with it already, right? He may also have my collection of radioactive isotopes, for as long as they live. To t...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6590
Views: 507452

Re: Trump presidency

Sableagle wrote:If he wants to pose on a carrier deck under a "mission accomplished" banner off our coast, insist he land the plane himself.

He's actually really great at landing planes. He's better at landing planes than you'd understand.
by orthogon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6590
Views: 507452

Re: Trump presidency

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK Like a six-year-old, his explanation is "I never wanted to open it anyway. It's a stupid ugly building and I hate it. Obama chose it and he smells" Edit: too bad, I was already working on my placard for the protest. Mind you, I wouldn't be surpris...
by orthogon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6742

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

I think someone's been reading The Innovator's Dilemma . https://images.dailykos.com/images/129360/large/Disruptive_Graph.jpg?1423977988 I can kind of see the point, but that chart really fails to make it. The solid blue and green arrows are parallel, so on the face of it the "Disruptive Offer...
by orthogon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6742

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

talians would rarely have cause to refer to an individual spaghetto, whereas a panino is presumably a commonly ordered thing. But perhaps Italians never eat alone... What, do Italians never take an individual spaghetto out of the pack to chew it while cooking the rest of their pasta? What kind of c...
by orthogon
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9959

Re: 1937: "Yes I know the song is named for the airport"

Eternal Density wrote:Why are you telling me this?

Why are any of us telling any of us any of this? Why are we all here?
by orthogon
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6742

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

What I don't understand is the cell phone size trends. I remember when tiny phones were what all the kids wanted. Smaller phones were better. Now, bigger phones are better, and kids talk on tablets larger than their heads. What caused the reversal? Smartphones. The small ones were great for phone c...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6742

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

My graph-related OCD is going nuts... the graph rotation is off by ninety degrees. Time is the dependent variable gosh darn it! I won't mention that panini is the plural, then. *twitch* This phenomenon seems to run counter to shrinkflation, which affects goods sold in shops, as opposed to restauran...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 18363

Re: Winfrey presidency

I've often thought that celebrities would make quite good non-executive presidents (of the type seen in Germany or India). If we ever got rid of the monarchy in the UK, I'd want to replace them with "national treasures" like David Attenborough.
by orthogon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5740

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Humans a freaking awesome, but we've created things, by working together, that none of us can fully understand. I'd say this is true for any social animal, because it's a prerequisite of an evolutionarily stable society. ...well, it might be not true for societies that develop so fast that they nev...
by orthogon
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925845

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's a very low bar for corruption. The same could be said for almost any in group. It can be said for almost no groups because almost no groups have the responsibility to enforce the law. We live in a world where a middle class spouse of a police officer can speed with impunity while a poor pers...
by orthogon
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5740

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Actually, humans just suck. I'm going to have to stick up for humanity here. Humans a freaking awesome, but we've created things, by working together, that none of us can fully understand. We come up with incredibly clever things, but there are unforeseen and unintended consequences from time to ti...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9959

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

sonar1313 wrote:The peculiar arrangements in Alaska mean that the winner - probably the worldwide winner - is Sitka, AK...

... homeland of the Frozen Chosen?
by orthogon
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9959

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

London Luton (LTN), too. Although for me they are last-resort options (mainly because I live in South London), Luton and Stansted don't really have much less of a claim to be "London" airports than Gatwick, based on distance, as shown in the map below. Gatwick has always been considered a...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 7789

Re: 1935: "2018"

I've been down the same rabbit-hole too. It turns out that, yes, the equinoxes and solstices do move relative to one another in terms of time. Given they're equally spaced in angle, around the elliptical orbit, they're not equally spaced in time. Because the precession makes them move around the orb...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9959

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

The UK rail network has three-letter codes for all the stations. Looking at the list in the comic, the following codes exist: ATL: Attleborough HGM: Higham ANC: Ancaster SAN: Sandown DTW: Droitwich Spa EWR: East Worthing STL: Southall SMH: Stamford Hill BLT: Blantyre MIA: Manchester Airport CLT: Cla...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 7789

Re: 1935: "2018"

The Gregorian calendar was created to stabilise the date of Easter ... This "Easter" to which you refer: is this the festival whose date can vary by five weeks from one year to the next? Thank goodness they added that one-day fix every 400 years. :twisted: Wasn't it 3 days every 400 years...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 7789

Re: 1935: "2018"

PM 2Ring wrote:The Gregorian calendar was created to stabilise the date of Easter ...

This "Easter" to which you refer: is this the festival whose date can vary by five weeks from one year to the next? Thank goodness they added that one-day fix every 400 years. :twisted:
by orthogon
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 4765

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I thought the name was odd -- why not "Desert Golf," without the ing? I thought that too, but on reflection it seems legit. First the noun golf was verbed, and then a new noun was formed by regular use of the productive suffix -ing . And as so often happens in such cases, although the gra...

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