0200: "Bill Nye"

This forum is for the individual discussion thread that goes with each new comic.

Moderators: Moderators General, Prelates, Magistrates

ERTW
Posts: 37
Joined: Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:44 am UTC

0200: "Bill Nye"

Postby ERTW » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:05 am UTC

Image
http://xkcd.com/c200.html

You know, about a month ago I looked over the Bill Nye wikipedia article and was quite amazed that he had level-three clearance with the US DoJ. An interesting man this Bill Nye
Last edited by ERTW on Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:51 pm UTC, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
6453893
Posts: 557
Joined: Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:40 am UTC
Location: Australia

Postby 6453893 » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:47 am UTC

That's so unrealistic. He loves butting in to explain things whether you ask him or not. In fact, I saw him the other day on the streets of Portland, with a "Will enthusiastically explain natural phenomena for food" sign.

Mr. Jeff
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:46 am UTC
Contact:

Postby Mr. Jeff » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:50 am UTC

Congratulations on comic 200!

Anyway, I miss the Bill Nye Show. I wasn't technically a kid at the time, but I still learned a lot from it. He had such a way of communicating with people.

User avatar
william
Not a Raptor. Honest.
Posts: 2418
Joined: Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:02 pm UTC
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Contact:

Postby william » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:51 am UTC

I loved watching those things in science class.
SecondTalon wrote:A pile of shit can call itself a delicious pie, but that doesn't make it true.

User avatar
flatluigi
Posts: 42
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:48 pm UTC
Contact:

Postby flatluigi » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:43 am UTC

I truthfully would not be as geeky as I am today if it was not for Bill Nye.

User avatar
Oort
Posts: 522
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:18 pm UTC

Postby Oort » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:44 am UTC

He's one of my heroes on myspace.

My family is from Portland. I hear that he's very shy in public.

pwill
Posts: 22
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:33 pm UTC
Location: Ohio
Contact:

Postby pwill » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:39 am UTC

Oort wrote:He's one of my heroes on myspace.


Ew. MySpace?
He's one of my heroes IRL.
lol wut

User avatar
Babbler
Posts: 103
Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:21 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact:

Postby Babbler » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:06 am UTC

I wouldn't be who I am without Bill Nye. And the Magic School Bus. That was so awesome.

User avatar
Alisto
Crazy like a BOX!
Posts: 3998
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:14 pm UTC
Location: South Jersey
Contact:

Postby Alisto » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:08 am UTC

I feel so old. Mr. Wizard was my science guy. And Beakman.

You whippersnappers and your Bill Nye!

Westacular
Posts: 44
Joined: Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:53 pm UTC
Location: Waterloo, ON, Canada
Contact:

Postby Westacular » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:57 am UTC

BILL
BILL
BILL
BILL
BILL
BILL
Bill Nye: the science guy.

User avatar
Oort
Posts: 522
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:18 pm UTC

Postby Oort » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:27 am UTC

Inertia is a property of matter.

User avatar
ohki
Posts: 187
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:27 am UTC
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Contact:

Postby ohki » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:37 am UTC

Ah, Bill Nye: The science guy. His show gave us so many nerdified variations of well known songs. The man is second only to weird Al.

Alisto wrote:I feel so old. Mr. Wizard was my science guy. And Beakman.

You whippersnappers and your Bill Nye!


I vaguely remember Beakman. Mostly that he various assistants. Assistants who were not kids and were quite nice to look at.. [and for the record, Beakman and Nye had concurrent original runs '92-'98]

Actually... this brings up an interesting question. What do today's kids have in the way of Science Guys. I mean, there always has to be someone to pass the scientist torch on to little ones. So any of you who are familiar with kid's TV: are there any present-day equivalents?
But it raining and me peeing on your foot are NOT mutually exclusive.
"Isn't arrogance measured in nano-Dijkstra's?"- Alan Kay

Jack Saladin
X is kiss
Posts: 4445
Joined: Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:22 am UTC
Location: Aotearoa

Postby Jack Saladin » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:41 am UTC

Mythbusters?

User avatar
ohki
Posts: 187
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:27 am UTC
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Contact:

Postby ohki » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:45 am UTC

Saladin wrote:Mythbusters?

Their methodology is questionable (they jump to conclusions waaay too quickly sometimes), and though it's entertaining, it really doesn't teach that much.
But it raining and me peeing on your foot are NOT mutually exclusive.
"Isn't arrogance measured in nano-Dijkstra's?"- Alan Kay

User avatar
Verysillyman
"Do me! Do me!"
Posts: 1442
Joined: Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:25 am UTC
Location: Drinks Cabinet.
Contact:

Postby Verysillyman » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:50 am UTC

Totally Hammond's show... "Brainiac"? It might be called that. Although it's less about science and learning, and more about explosions.

I never saw Bill Nye.

User avatar
aether
Posts: 25
Joined: Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:29 am UTC

Postby aether » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:02 am UTC

Bill Nye came to my university a year or two ago! He talked about compasses and Mars and stuff. The whole campus went pretty much nuts about him, and it was pure awesome.

User avatar
PhoenixLE
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:44 am UTC

Postby PhoenixLE » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:49 am UTC

Bill Nye is easily my all-time science hero... and that's actually saying something since I'm a chemist.

Is he retired as the science guy though? This makes me wonder. And it makes me want to sing along to the theme song over and over again.

User avatar
caiomarcos
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:39 pm UTC
Location: Brazil
Contact:

Postby caiomarcos » Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:57 pm UTC

I have to second that MY science guy was Beakman, along with Lester and the pretty girl that I can't remember the name.
And I'm not even sure if we have/had Bill Nye show here in Brazil.

User avatar
hyperion
"I'll show ye...."
Posts: 1569
Joined: Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:16 pm UTC
Location: Perth

Postby hyperion » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:34 pm UTC

Verysillyman wrote:Totally Hammond's show... "Brainiac"? It might be called that. Although it's less about science and learning, and more about explosions.

I never saw Bill Nye.

how DARE you mention that blasphemous name in a discussion on real science?! their results are mostly tampered with to render the most entertaining results -> highest ratings
Peshmerga wrote:A blow job would probably get you a LOT of cheeseburgers.
But I digress.

User avatar
rockintom99
Posts: 215
Joined: Sun Jul 23, 2006 4:28 am UTC
Location: Washingtonland!
Contact:

Postby rockintom99 » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:40 pm UTC

Bill Nye is awesome. I saw him first, though, on the local comedy show "Almost Live", which was like Saturday Night Live, but with a really small budget ;)
THIS IS A SIGNATURE.

User avatar
starvingartist
Posts: 60
Joined: Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:29 pm UTC
Location: Texas

Postby starvingartist » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:58 pm UTC

When I think of Bill Nye, I inevitably get the parody "Let's Talk About Stress" song stuck in my head.

And I faintly recall one song about a Manatee, but any lyrics escape me.

bentheo
Posts: 11
Joined: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:55 am UTC

Postby bentheo » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:10 pm UTC

i liked bill nye when he was the scientist during the live action portions of the back to the future cartoon.

User avatar
marshlight
Posts: 877
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:26 pm UTC
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Contact:

Postby marshlight » Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:39 pm UTC

Holy crap. I was just looking up the Bill Nye DVDs yesterday with the concern that nothing good would be on when I've got kids. Heck, there isn't anything good for kids on TV now so I expect it to be worse in a couple years. Anyway, this is sort of a psychic moment. Unfortunately the shows are only being sold by Disney, which means they feel comfortable charging $3429 for all the 100 episodes. I wish I was kidding. I guess I should start saving. >.>

Zee Anything
Posts: 7
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:53 pm UTC
Location: Woostah!
Contact:

Postby Zee Anything » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:03 pm UTC

I have a friend who met him when she was like 10 - at the time she loooved him. Practically idolized him. Apparently he was a real ass though - wouldn't sign anything for her, really talk to her, or take a picture with her. Just sorta sneered, instead of being polite.
Still, great show.
Would you like to hold a 4,000 year old textile?

DigitalMeatball
Posts: 11
Joined: Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:12 pm UTC

Postby DigitalMeatball » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:14 pm UTC

I always hated Bill Nye. I guess it's kind of ironic that I got involved in the scientific community at a later age.

User avatar
TheTankengine
Our Fora-father
Posts: 3328
Joined: Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:09 pm UTC
Location: Louisville, KY
Contact:

Postby TheTankengine » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:33 pm UTC

I can't believe nobody has mentioned Bad Santa?

It seems this is pretty much an "homage" if you can call it that. More like "very-heavily-inspired".
be centered
be compassionate
be interesting

fin
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:41 pm UTC

Postby fin » Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:45 pm UTC

Zee Anything wrote:I have a friend who met him when she was like 10 - at the time she loooved him. Practically idolized him. Apparently he was a real ass though - wouldn't sign anything for her, really talk to her, or take a picture with her. Just sorta sneered, instead of being polite.
Still, great show.


I saw him at Disneyland once. I finally worked up the courage to ask for an autograph... He said no, because then other people would recognize and start bothering him. Crushed my poor little 7 year old heart. I was never the same after that.

Grincement
Should have Boobs (In theory)
Posts: 1483
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:23 pm UTC

Postby Grincement » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:51 pm UTC

Our school physics department has some of his videos...they're so much better than any of the other videos we were made to watch.

Science rules :D
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes - Douglas Adams

User avatar
athelas
A Sophisticated Plagiarism Engine
Posts: 584
Joined: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:37 am UTC

Postby athelas » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:23 pm UTC

Bill Nye is The Man(TM).

Purple
Posts: 25
Joined: Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:38 am UTC
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Postby Purple » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:29 pm UTC

I heard it going around a few years back that he was dead. Where the hell did that come from?

I also have a sign that reads "Will explain scientific phenomena for food." Haven't had to buy lunch all this week.

User avatar
Oort
Posts: 522
Joined: Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:18 pm UTC

Postby Oort » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:55 pm UTC


User avatar
beinsane
Posts: 42
Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:41 am UTC

Postby beinsane » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:15 pm UTC

Nowadays, he prefers to be known as William Nye, the Scientific Gentleman.
Hello, this is bein, and I pronounce "bein" as "bein".

User avatar
muteKi
Angry is too weak a term. Try "Fluffy".
Posts: 372
Joined: Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:02 am UTC
Location: William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Postby muteKi » Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:47 pm UTC

When I was in NYC last year, I apparently just missed getting on an elevator with Bill Nye.

The people who were there asked for autographs and such, and his reaction was more or less what you all said it was.

Can't blame him too much; I'd hate having that level of recognition following me around constantly.
Image

RadioactiveCheese
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:09 pm UTC

Postby RadioactiveCheese » Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:28 am UTC

"DID YOU KNOW THAT?..."
I am posting this from my wii.
"NOW YOU KNOW!"

User avatar
RealGrouchy
Nobody Misses Me As Much As Meaux.
Posts: 6704
Joined: Thu May 18, 2006 7:17 am UTC
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact:

Postby RealGrouchy » Sat Dec 23, 2006 5:02 am UTC

Like any Bill Nye episode, this thread wouldn't be complete until the same five minutes of content were repeated six times in various different formats.

- RG>
Jack Saladin wrote:etc., lock'd
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:At least he has the decency to REMOVE THE GAP BETWEEN HIS QUOTES....
Sungura wrote:I don't really miss him. At all. He was pretty grouchy.

User avatar
Leeroy Jenkins
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:20 am UTC

Postby Leeroy Jenkins » Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:30 am UTC

Inertia is a property of matter! :shock:

User avatar
hyperion
"I'll show ye...."
Posts: 1569
Joined: Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:16 pm UTC
Location: Perth

Postby hyperion » Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:36 am UTC

RadioactiveCheese wrote:"DID YOU KNOW THAT?..."
I am posting this from my wii.
"NOW YOU KNOW!"

took you 5 hours to write, didn't it
Peshmerga wrote:A blow job would probably get you a LOT of cheeseburgers.
But I digress.

User avatar
svk1325
Posts: 139
Joined: Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:10 am UTC
Location: Take a guess...
Contact:

Postby svk1325 » Sat Dec 23, 2006 8:17 am UTC

But why does ice do that? Is it because

Leeroy Jenkins wrote:Inertia is a property of matter! :shock:

Oort wrote:Inertia is a property of matter.


or something?

Dang. I'm getting dumber every day.

I bet the next post will be a spam bot
"Insanity in a measured dose is a good thing - the difficulty lies in the measurement."

boojum
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Dec 23, 2006 10:53 am UTC

Bill Nye? Who?

Postby boojum » Sat Dec 23, 2006 10:58 am UTC

Am I the only person never to have heard of Bill Nye? Sounds a little bit like Johnny Ball (who was truly excellent).

User avatar
ohki
Posts: 187
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:27 am UTC
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Contact:

Postby ohki » Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:35 pm UTC

svk1325 wrote:But why does ice do that? Is it because

Leeroy Jenkins wrote:Inertia is a property of matter! :shock:

Oort wrote:Inertia is a property of matter.


or something?

Dang. I'm getting dumber every day.

I bet the next post will be a spam bot


The difference in temperature between the layers of the ice cube causes them to expand at different rates, creating stresses within the crystalline matrix of the ice cube, until it can't take it.

nye version: "well, let's grab some ice cubes OF SCIENCE!!..."
But it raining and me peeing on your foot are NOT mutually exclusive.
"Isn't arrogance measured in nano-Dijkstra's?"- Alan Kay


Return to “Individual XKCD Comic Threads”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 29 guests