0666: "Silent Hammer"

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby jeszjesz » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:26 am UTC

eviloatmeal wrote:Stealth carpentry!!! Finally something I can relate to!

endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?

Indeed, behold:


Actually laughed out loud at this.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:02 am UTC

Oort wrote:I don't get the last panel. What's an "owner's card" and what does it have to do with skeptics?

The owner (of the house)'s (business) card. The parenthetic parts are assumed.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby ToroQ3000 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:27 am UTC

Truely Evil for 666!! Though he could have spiced it up with a reference to the Skeptic's mother. :mrgreen:

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Eikinkloster » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:36 am UTC

endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?


They are actually used in auto shops. They are called rubber mallets...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallet.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Eikinkloster » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:37 am UTC

eviloatmeal wrote:Stealth carpentry!!! Finally something I can relate to!

endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?

Indeed, behold:
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Hey, that's THOUSANDS of times better than my mallet :-)
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Quicksilver » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:39 am UTC

I thought people would have noticed the Get Smart reference. There was an episode about a man like this.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:26 am UTC

TiLt wrote:I would love to be able to do this sort of thing. Is it normal to want to copy the BHG?

Want? Yes. Do? No.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby TZer0 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:35 pm UTC

Isn't this comic 665, as there's no comic here?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby odog1999 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:05 pm UTC

I like BHG's organizational skills: one box for drills, one box for non-drills.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Klapaucius » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:30 pm UTC

fooladder wrote:I wouldn't mind if a stealth carpenter broke into my house and added some extra living space.
You'd think that giving away the big secret would ruin it, but now I want to read it again knowing the cause of all those shenanigans.

Although that does mean the roaring makes even less sense....
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby bolson » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:49 pm UTC

Paraphrasing Arthur C Clarke:
Sufficiently advanced mischief is indistinguishable from magic

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby suzi » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

Klapaucius wrote:
fooladder wrote:I wouldn't mind if a stealth carpenter broke into my house and added some extra living space.
You'd think that giving away the big secret would ruin it, but now I want to read it again knowing the cause of all those shenanigans.

Although that does mean the roaring makes even less sense....


My theory: BHG does this to Zampanò, inspiring him to create the Navidson Record. Johnny figures it out at some point but is too strung out to articulate it. Bonus: BHG is actually Lude.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Vulcanis » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:14 pm UTC

Its actually pretty easy to quiet a hammer with common household materials. I mean, all you do is put a soda bottle on the end of the ba-- Oh, right, hammers.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby LTK » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:18 pm UTC

Did Black Hat Guy buy a bigger black hat?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Klapaucius » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:19 pm UTC

suzi wrote:
Klapaucius wrote:
fooladder wrote:I wouldn't mind if a stealth carpenter broke into my house and added some extra living space.
You'd think that giving away the big secret would ruin it, but now I want to read it again knowing the cause of all those shenanigans.

Although that does mean the roaring makes even less sense....


My theory: BHG does this to Zampanò, inspiring him to create the Navidson Record. Johnny figures it out at some point but is too strung out to articulate it. Bonus: BHG is actually Lude.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby tesseraktik » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:41 pm UTC

Justis wrote:No references in the comic to 666? :(
Actually, when I read this comic, I asked myself "Is it all a coincidence that comic #666 is about emulating a poltergeist?"

mobilegamer999 wrote:Even though today's comic has the number 666 wendsdays will truly be the 666'th comic because there was never actually a comic number 404. :D oh and great job on the comic btw Randall.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby jeffreyearly » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:57 pm UTC

Nobody seems to have noted that this joke was the basis for Roald Dahl's "The Twits."

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:06 pm UTC

Get out of my head Randel!!

My wife and I live in a medium sized condo in Brooklyn (go Brooklyn, go Brooklyn) and we share a wall in our walk up with our nice neighbors. Our homes are mirror images. We decided the next time they go on vacation (they ask us to watch the cat for them) that we would knock down the wall between our master bedrooms, remove their master bedroom door and replace it with ... steel covered on their side with drywall... sell all their bedroom furniture on Craig's list and thus increase our apartment size by about 30%.

Of course when they got back and found the end of their hallway no longer lead to anything but a dead end... well you can imagine how they might feel. So we decided the best idea was to put fake blood between the dry wall and the steel wall, so if they tried to bust it down, the wall would "bleed". We'd also put some kind of scary symbols on it. You know, like pentagrams or the number 666.

We weren't sure how the cops would take it though.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby entropomorphic » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:19 pm UTC

Man, I was sure the alt-text would have a Feng Shui joke. :roll:

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby dudyk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:20 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:.
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We weren't sure how the cops would take it though.


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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby HighSpeedFallingObjects » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:45 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:Get out of my head Randel!!

My wife and I live in a medium sized condo in Brooklyn (go Brooklyn, go Brooklyn) and we share a wall in our walk up with our nice neighbors. Our homes are mirror images. We decided the next time they go on vacation (they ask us to watch the cat for them) that we would knock down the wall between our master bedrooms, remove their master bedroom door and replace it with ... steel covered on their side with drywall... sell all their bedroom furniture on Craig's list and thus increase our apartment size by about 30%.

Of course when they got back and found the end of their hallway no longer lead to anything but a dead end... well you can imagine how they might feel. So we decided the best idea was to put fake blood between the dry wall and the steel wall, so if they tried to bust it down, the wall would "bleed". We'd also put some kind of scary symbols on it. You know, like pentagrams or the number 666.

We weren't sure how the cops would take it though.


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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby hotaru » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:53 pm UTC

chocolate.razorblades wrote:Chair of the A.S.S.! Hahaha.

Anyone? :P

that horrible pun ruined what would have been an ok comic.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby millernumber1 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:38 pm UTC

Maybe it's just me, but this seems a lot like a Dark City joke.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby The Boz » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:29 pm UTC

Get out of my head!
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby sithwalrus » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:02 pm UTC

i was just thinking about making stealth shoes the other day
my plan involved active noise cancellation though, a good mike, speakers, and it plays back the sound of my footsteps offset by 1/2 periods.
i guess this would work for hammers too.
does anyone know how effective active noise cancellation is for sudden loud noises? my dad says they used it around all the heavy equipment at his job

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:14 pm UTC

sithwalrus wrote:i was just thinking about making stealth shoes the other day
my plan involved active noise cancellation though, a good mike, speakers, and it plays back the sound of my footsteps offset by 1/2 periods.
i guess this would work for hammers too.
does anyone know how effective active noise cancellation is for sudden loud noises? my dad says they used it around all the heavy equipment at his job


To my knowledge it does not work well at all. The problem is that sound is being sent out in 3-D space and you can't cancel the waves in all the directions it is spreading easily. Much easier is stopping it as it attempts to enter the ears because the direction, volume, etc are all knowable at that one spot and thus much easier to match.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby SaintCahier » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:50 pm UTC

Damaging antique furniture is just plain wrong :-(~~~

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:57 pm UTC

sithwalrus wrote:i was just thinking about making stealth shoes the other day
my plan involved active noise cancellation though, a good mike, speakers, and it plays back the sound of my footsteps offset by 1/2 periods.
i guess this would work for hammers too.
does anyone know how effective active noise cancellation is for sudden loud noises? my dad says they used it around all the heavy equipment at his job

Also, you and your microcontroller would need to match the sound to within microseconds to keep the waves synchronized. Not to mention that your shoes would have to make the exact same sound every time, and on every surface.
It's not really possible.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby thelastholdout » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:20 pm UTC

Just two weeks ago I was wondering when we'd see the return of Black Hat Guy. I really missed him, Randall. :(

And as usual, his diabolical schemes are the source of epic lulz.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby T-D » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:30 pm UTC

TZer0 wrote:Isn't this comic 665, as there's no comic here?


You're right! By that logic, this is only comic 664!

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby umop ap!sdn » Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:53 pm UTC

The hammer is my penis.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby pegasos989 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:10 pm UTC

lulzfish wrote:
Timato wrote:
endolith wrote:Has anyone actually tried to make a silent hammer? How would it work?


http://www.shirehydraulics.com.au/SILENT%20HAMMER.html

"Maintaining noise levels below 70 db"
Wow. That's so quiet you wouldn't even get hearing damage from using it continuously!


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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:39 pm UTC

Or he could do the exact opposite, and make a hammer that hits at 120 db, and then use a focusing dish to knock out the guy's hearing.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby khariifa » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:34 pm UTC

suzi wrote:
Klapaucius wrote:
fooladder wrote:I wouldn't mind if a stealth carpenter broke into my house and added some extra living space.
You'd think that giving away the big secret would ruin it, but now I want to read it again knowing the cause of all those shenanigans.

Although that does mean the roaring makes even less sense....


My theory: BHG does this to Zampanò, inspiring him to create the Navidson Record. Johnny figures it out at some point but is too strung out to articulate it. Bonus: BHG is actually Lude.


Lude seemed like too nice of a guy to be BHG. My theory is that BHG was actually Zampanò, and he did it to some poor family in Virginia and then wrote a book about how they reacted.

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby CombustibleLemons » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:36 pm UTC

aldld wrote:When I saw the title of this comic, at first I thought it would be about MC Hammer.

But, the stealth carpentry thing was pretty cool, too!

I thought that to. Unfortunately no MC Hammer.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby SpringLoaded12 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

And yet, all I can think to myself after reading the comic is "Chairman of the A.S.S." Clearly I do not have the right mindset for this comic.
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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby stormfire908 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:10 pm UTC

House of leaves anyone?

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby sithwalrus » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:18 pm UTC

lulzfish wrote:
sithwalrus wrote:i was just thinking about making stealth shoes the other day
my plan involved active noise cancellation though, a good mike, speakers, and it plays back the sound of my footsteps offset by 1/2 periods.
i guess this would work for hammers too.
does anyone know how effective active noise cancellation is for sudden loud noises? my dad says they used it around all the heavy equipment at his job

Also, you and your microcontroller would need to match the sound to within microseconds to keep the waves synchronized. Not to mention that your shoes would have to make the exact same sound every time, and on every surface.
It's not really possible.

you might need to check how this method of noise cancellation works. it does not rely on the sounds it cancels always being the same. (there are a lot of headphones with this implemented, it can filter out all sounds, or specific ranges, but it works the same way for talking, engines, music, etc.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antinoise
also, to Neoliminal:
it is easier blocking sound at someones ears, but when you are infiltrating a guarded facility, you probably wont have the luxury of giving all the soldiers a pair of NC headphones beforehand. since it is hypothetically possible to make your footsteps silent, i was wondering to how expensive / reliable it would be. (or if we even have sufficiently compact technology for this)
the biggest problem might be that if the floor/other surroundings are shaken, they could produce new sounds to far away to be canceled. oh well...

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Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

Postby Klapaucius » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:56 pm UTC

stormfire908 wrote:House of leaves anyone?
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