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1198: "Geologist"

Postby thesingingaccountant » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:19 am UTC

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Title-text: "'It seems like it's still alive, Professor.' 'Yeah, a big one like this can keep running around for a few billion years after you remove the head.'"

I should've paid more attention in eighth grade geology. I had no idea career geologists get to hunt and mount whole planets!
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:21 am UTC

Just a generic rock? Why not something of value or difficulty to obtain? That's what framing game is all about.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:21 am UTC

I'd also like a job where I have a daily equal need of a pistol and a pickax.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby JohnTheWysard » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:48 am UTC

He's just trying to get a head in his profession.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby AUS » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:49 am UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Just a generic rock? Why not something of value or difficulty to obtain? That's what framing game is all about.

It's not a generic rock, it's the earth's head.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Velo Steve » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:54 am UTC

Thanks for the thoughts so far. I've never felt quite so clueless about an XKCD comic before.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Freiberg » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:01 am UTC

Is this the same guy who hunts tornadoes, from 640?

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:13 am UTC

But can he produce the (long form) birth certificate?
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby koogco » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:16 am UTC

I love these somewhat nonsense ones the most.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby ShadedKnight » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:23 am UTC

rhomboidal wrote:I'd also like a job where I have a daily equal need of a pistol and a pickax.


Well, murderer might be a likely candidate for that position, although that's probably more personal preference than need.

I love comics like this one, just sort of a wierd train of thought made into a comic.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Himself » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:28 am UTC

Freiberg wrote:Is this the same guy who hunts tornadoes, from 640?

No, it's his brother.
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby B-Fisch » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:50 am UTC

I'm enjoying Randall's sudden interest in my field of study. Just remember, kids: "Field work is inherently dangerous. Safety is our number one concern." I know this better than most.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby da Doctah » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:33 am UTC

Wotta jerk! Just eight days before its birthday too!

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby toadpipe » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:05 am UTC

So,after near two years without one insightful, witty, or even accurate comic, a comparison of 19th century safari mentality to rocky hunting is supposed to make us what? Rationalize that rocks have souls or something? Really there is nothing here. Hasn't been for a while.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby descor » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:31 am UTC

Two Geology comics in just over a week - I feel honoured!
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby drachefly » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:48 am UTC

SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.

The joke relies on your already being aware of the original purpose for shooting the ground, which many of you apparently didn't. And if you're coming to xkcd, you should expect the humor to sometimes go over your head. Happens to me too. But since I know to expect it, I don't rant when it happens:

toadpipe wrote:So,after near two years without one insightful, witty, or even accurate comic, a comparison of 19th century safari mentality to rocky hunting is supposed to make us what? Rationalize that rocks have souls or something? Really there is nothing here. Hasn't been for a while.

After 44 posts, without one insightful, witty, or even accurate thing to say*, this flat statement that you don't like it is supposed to do what? Get us to turn around and decide that we'll overwrite our preferences with yours?

*have not checked the previous 44 posts, must as I hope toadpipe hasn't if (presumably) he dislikes them so much. If he has seen them all, the people who forced him to do that must be evil evil people.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby wandelbrod » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:26 am UTC

I think that the real question is: Will success spoil Rock Hunter?

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby WyldStallyns » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:56 am UTC

toadpipe wrote:So,after near two years without one insightful, witty, or even accurate comic, a comparison of 19th century safari mentality to rocky hunting is supposed to make us what? Rationalize that rocks have souls or something? Really there is nothing here. Hasn't been for a while.


I thought 1187 was insightful, witty, and I wish it were accurate (legal issues and such prevent this, unfortunately). Maybe you should just leave if you don't like the comic.
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:16 pm UTC

+1 to Randall for using "BCE" for date of birth.

PS Frankly I'm thrilled that the comments thread has gone this long w/out arguments about creation date (or vi vs emacs)
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby pkcommando » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:20 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:Wotta jerk! Just eight days before its birthday too!

And only 1 day away from retirement.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby StClair » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

Pfft. Gonna need something a LOT bigger than that.
(I believe Randall's already done the math for the energy required, in a couple of his what-ifs.)

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:36 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:
da Doctah wrote:Wotta jerk! Just eight days before its birthday too!

And only 1 day away from retirement.


We should have put it in a 8-days-before-its-birthday-and-one-day-before-retirement safe-room.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Barstro » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:09 pm UTC

drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.


Thanks for the explanation. Makes the comic even better.

Now I feel a little sad for the other geologists who shot the earth, only to have it get away.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby pkcommando » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:24 pm UTC

Barstro wrote:
drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.


Thanks for the explanation. Makes the comic even better.

Now I feel a little sad for the other geologists who shot the earth, only to have it get away.

Since all they did was wound it, they only made the Earth more dangerous. :shock:

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby cantab314 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:25 pm UTC

drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.
I've heard of dropping weights on the ground, using dynamite, and the Soviets even did some seismic with nukes, but not that it can be done with a gun. Does it actually work? I can't see the impact being big enough myself.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby NiteClerk » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:49 pm UTC

This really bugs me. I'm the one who shot the earth. A couple of years ago I was angry because it would let my tomatoes grow. Now some scavenger else comes along and mounts the head on their wall. I didn't bother to claim the trophy because it was such an easy kill. I'll admit that I missed the first three shots, but the next one was a direct hit. I'm sure I got it because after I hit the earth, up from the ground came a bubbling crude.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Zinho » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:02 pm UTC

cantab314 wrote:
drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.
I've heard of dropping weights on the ground, using dynamite, and the Soviets even did some seismic with nukes, but not that it can be done with a gun. Does it actually work? I can't see the impact being big enough myself.

It depends entirely on how big of a volume of earth you want to map. The Colorado School of Mines describes some low-tech seismic sources, including explosives, shotguns, and even sledgehammers. The shotgun gives a happy medium between the rigid permitting and expense of explosives vs. the poor repeatability and low power of the sledgehammer.

Of course, people with money to throw around (i.e. oil companies, as opposed to universities) will simply buy custom-made trucks with highly-repeatable weight drops, plasma sources, or EMPs depending on the application.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby addams » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:21 pm UTC

[quote="drachefly"]SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.

The joke relies on your already being aware of the original purpose for shooting the ground, which many of you apparently didn't. And if you're coming to xkcd, you should expect the humor to sometimes go over your head. Happens to me too. But since I know to expect it, I don't rant when it happens:


Yes. That stuff, about stomping and listening.
And; A bunch of other stuff, too.

In The Old Days, Geological Features had meaning to The People, sometimes.

In Scotland, maybe. Well; It happens all over the world. The landscape Looks like something.
Once a person is told, It is hard to unsee it.
Like the Man in the Moon or the Rabbit in the Moon.

The People went to Court and asked for The Head of a Mountain to be spared.
Silly People. I listened to an explanation.

It made sense to me. The foot hills on the Eastern side of the Serria Nevada look like feet to me.
The mountains in Scotland are smaller than the mountains in North America.

ok. It is meaningful to me on two levels.
Can we find a third?

Oh. The obvious.
Geologists take Rocks back.
Geologists sometimes carry guns.

Role playing with Rocks.
Be careful. Rocks can shoot back.

A fourth. I think I found a fourth way it is Darkly Humorous.
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Condor70 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:41 pm UTC

drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.


I assumed everybody knew or at least would have seen Jurassic Park!

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:58 pm UTC

rhomboidal wrote:I'd also like a job where I have a daily equal need of a pistol and a pickax.


I love my job, where the use of computer and sword* come in each and every day.



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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Davidy » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:39 pm UTC

toadpipe wrote:So,after near two years without one insightful, witty, or even accurate comic, a comparison of 19th century safari mentality to rocky hunting is supposed to make us what? Rationalize that rocks have souls or something? Really there is nothing here. Hasn't been for a while.

Nothing here...you're here. Connection?
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby WyldStallyns » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:28 pm UTC

eran_rathan wrote:I love my job, where the use of computer and sword* come in each and every day.

So you're a programmer? http://xkcd.com/303/
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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby thevicente » Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:45 pm UTC

NiteClerk wrote: I'll admit that I missed the first three shots,


This gave me a What-If idea (not really, because it's a bit lame) Given there's Gravity, how does one NOT miss the Eatrh with a firearm? we use huge-ass rockets to do that, and before that Jules Verne speculated a huge-ass cannon

Ninja'd by wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_Earth_to_the_Moon#Technical_feasibility_of_a_space_cannon

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby brenok » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

drachefly wrote:
toadpipe wrote:So,after near two years without one insightful, witty, or even accurate comic, a comparison of 19th century safari mentality to rocky hunting is supposed to make us what? Rationalize that rocks have souls or something? Really there is nothing here. Hasn't been for a while.

After 44 posts, without one insightful, witty, or even accurate thing to say*, this flat statement that you don't like it is supposed to do what? Get us to turn around and decide that we'll overwrite our preferences with yours?

*have not checked the previous 44 posts, must as I hope toadpipe hasn't if (presumably) he dislikes them so much. If he has seen them all, the people who forced him to do that must be evil evil people.


He is, of course, lieing or misremembering (both?). Look a older post from 2012 (yes, I've checked them all)

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby EvilJeffy » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:30 pm UTC

Ok, as a Geology student I only have one gripe. Your using the rock hammer backwards. The pick end is for prying, it really does not stand up well to bashing stuff.
On another note, this is about how I feel when I take samples....

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby cream wobbly » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:41 pm UTC

Quicksilver wrote:Just a generic rock? Why not something of value or difficulty to obtain? That's what framing game is all about.

I think you may not have heard of canned hunts.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby EvilJeffy » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:18 pm UTC

Actually it would be more likely to be an interesting sample of something really strange....

an Igneous sill with 6-8% Potassium comes to mind....

Although if it is 4.5 billion years old it would be a zircon (or a schist that contains a zircon).

Zircons are the cockroaches of the mineral world, which would explain why he had to shoot it first.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby EvilJeffy » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:22 pm UTC

That and when a geologist mounts a rock it would most likely be a 30 micron slice on a slide.... I actually have a professor who has a granite counter top, and a framed photo of a thin section of the counter top in cross polarized light hanging in the kitchen.

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby Flumble » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:45 pm UTC

pkcommando wrote:
Barstro wrote:
drachefly wrote:SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar.


Thanks for the explanation. Makes the comic even better.

Now I feel a little sad for the other geologists who shot the earth, only to have it get away.

Since all they did was wound it, they only made the Earth more dangerous. :shock:

Are you implying... earthquakes and the likes are retaliations of Earth because of our mines and land-fills? :shock:

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Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Postby geomike » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:21 am UTC

I suspect the rock he mounted on the wall was gneiss. (He probably wouldn't mount a piece of schist over his head, and we can't take it's identity for granite.)

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.


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