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by atimholt
Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 21523

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

It’s worth noting that Isaac Asimov came up with this concept first. Let me just see if I can find it real quick… …found it in a book of mine (Fact and Fancy), but not on the internet. It’s in an essay called “Heaven on Earth”. This is a useful page: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?123801
by atimholt
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 24339

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Feynman's QED actually explains the reflection thing really well. It all has to do with the wave-like nature of light, and the reflecting surface not absorbing too much of it. More or less, light can travel in any path, and only travels in a straight line because the integral of all possible paths c...
by atimholt
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 21506

Re: 0807: Connected

The Scyphozoa wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:.... For some reason, I can't shake the notion that this is the song they're talking about.

Because my brain is basic.

I like to think that it's this song, so I have a way to feel smugly superior to them.


I bet they're thinking about this one.
by atimholt
Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 128569

Re: public misconceptions

http://www.livescience.com/space/mars-hoax-bigger-than-full-moon-august-27-100827.html<-This.
o_O Are people really that...ignorant? (I was going to say stupid, but that's rude).
by atimholt
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 20981

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

Hey, I just read this comic! GMOOHR!
(but will anyone be reading this thread anymore, with trolls trolling trolls and all?)
by atimholt
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 63
Views: 15931

Re: "Frogger" Discussion (#772)

I had to play a round (the wiiware version) after reading this. I'm not very good, but I just got my highest score.
by atimholt
Fri May 28, 2010 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0746: "Birth"
Replies: 68
Views: 20929

Re: "Birth" Discussion

This reminds me of a story I read once called "Billy the Fetus." I think the author thought up the title and couldn't resist, because without it the whole exercise is completely surreal. With it, it's just weird, but you at least know where he's coming from.
by atimholt
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 48617

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

Picard: There are 9 planets! black chupaqueso! Anyways, I hate to be the inevitable guy asking for the explanation to the joke, but whats the 'an even more glorious dawn awaits' thing? Apparently something to do with those Carl Sagan autotune videos. I guess I could just watch them, but... um... it...
by atimholt
Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?

I'm not trying to step on any toes, regarding this double post. This is the post my last should have been. If I'm wrong in doing this, please correct me. I just thought it might be justified because it is a promised elaboration whose existence would go unnoticed without a bump. Anyway... Here's a be...
by atimholt
Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?

Yeah, I thought I might not have been entirely clear. I'll make another post to my blog. Quick explanation until I do: It's akin to a series of linked bernal spheres. More or less, as long as the wanted light hits a re-distributing mirror from only one direction, then depending on 'fresneling' or ju...
by atimholt
Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hurricane Rita vs. Yellowstone Super Volcano
Replies: 37
Views: 6634

Re: Hurricane Rita vs. Yellowstone Super Volcano

Nor would the Earth! the Earth would fit in the storm like a pupil. After all, the Red Spot is only 3 Earth's wide. size comparrison, spoilered for astronomical size. http://thebigfoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/jupiter-earth-comparison.jpg Does anyone else here get the heebeejeebees when truly...
by atimholt
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Is this Space Colony design better than 'Island 3'?

I, bizarrely enough, posted to my blog . It's a post I've been meaning to write for some time. More or less, I think I've come up with a better design for a cylindrical space colony than O'Neill's ' Island 3 '. And there's a link to a free book about space colonies. May as well link to it from here,...
by atimholt
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 56513

Re: Go, Wei qi, baduk -- the most elegant game ever invented

Ooh, thanks for the link. I tried searching the forum for 'go,' but you can imagine how well that went. :roll:
by atimholt
Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 56513

Go, Wei qi, baduk -- the most elegant game ever invented

I'm not sure how much discussion I'll get out of this topic, and that's a shame. Too few people have ever heard of Go. It is an ancient oriental board game (between 2500-4000 years old), with rules that can be learned in less than a minute, yet it has astronomically more strategic depth than chess. ...
by atimholt
Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 36440

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Obvious troll. My reply contained no personal attacks. I'm going to shut up for the duration of the thread now.
by atimholt
Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 36440

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

What, Randy puts a bunch of videogame references in a comic, and y'all instantly cream your pants? There isn't even a punchline! This is just shameful. You'd be angry if your favorite sports team played a shoddy game, why don't you expect the same level of excellence here? I think the people who ar...
by atimholt
Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 36440

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Worse than Wednesday's. Nothing in the history of webcomics has been worse than Wednesday's. It was a comic based around a haiku about a proof that was WRONG about stuff they teach you when you're about 12 years old. A comic that had a godawful joke shoehorned into it that made absolutely no sense ...
by atimholt
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 71112

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

How ironic. I've been thinking of eventually writing a science fiction novel in which a major concept is that there is such a thing as absolute morality, to the point where a sufficiently advanced AI/scientist could formulate it in much the same way as Hari Seldon formulated psychohistory (look it u...
by atimholt
Sat May 30, 2009 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 48368

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

...Then, I realized that Book Antiqua had been mentioned a few times, and I mentally sighed over the fact that the copy was getting more love than the original... Oops, in my page 1 comparison of Antiqua to Bookman, I accidently switched the names of the two (my post states that I always mix the tw...
by atimholt
Fri May 29, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 48368

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

I like Dark Courier (a free download from somewhere like Xerox, Google it) and Bookman Old Style. Though I often can't tell the difference between Bookman Old Style and Book Antiqua. I eventually came to my preference of Old Style over Antiqua for its less jarring somewhat less wide capital 'O'. Plu...
by atimholt
Fri May 01, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0576: "Packages"
Replies: 127
Views: 35111

Re: "Packages" Duscussion

Well, I was gonna say 'alt text = win,' because it does, but everyone else already has. :wink: So I'll add something else to the conversation: http://xkcd.com/281/ came to mind. Yeah. I just ordered an airsoft gun (a jg g3 ras, a type of fully automatic assault rifle replica, a real roarer). In clas...
by atimholt
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0571: "Can't Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 23978

Re: "Can't Sleep" Discussion

I like the comma in the number 32,767, and the fact that each frame is contained in a rectangle. I like how when I'm really really tired, and torturing myself by not going to bed when I have to wake early, I think everything is funny. I think I heard on a TV progrum somewhere that the chemicals foun...
by atimholt
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 7452

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

The movie of that is actually pretty good. And you've got to realize that the cliche plot is cliche mostly because "Dr. Strangelove" came out about the same time, which was based on a similar novel called "Red Alert," which had a plot so close to "Failsafe" that there w...
by atimholt
Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0568: "Well 2"
Replies: 105
Views: 20696

Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

I'm so proud of you guys! No one's made an "an inconvenient truth" pun! And now that I've mentioned it, you'd have to be a complete moron to do so! (No offense to the hypothetical future. Sorry). (...oh gosh, what if Randall makes the aforesaid pun? It will be an awesome pun and I will be ...
by atimholt
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 45241

Re: "Well" Discussion

dvorak ftw. Seriously. As for that evolutionary keyboard calculation program, that's cool. It'd be really cool if someone with a Ph.D. in biophysics picked it up, and was a really good (intuitive) programmer. ... But shouldn't it be the ',.pyf keyboard? Or maybe we should take a cue from Animaniacs ...
by atimholt
Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 32228

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

A person of baser taste than I might point out that the use of "internalized" and "girlfriend" could be construed as a double entendre, which, while not strictly a pun, operates on similar grammatical principles. That said, there are very few phrases that cannot be interpreted i...
by atimholt
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 7452

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

Harry Potter. I read the first three when I was 13, and...well, it's pretty bad when a 13-year-old reads a book and goes, "Wow, this is one of the most childish and amateurly-written (I'm making that a word) things I've ever read." Never bothered with the sequels. Yea, I know they're aime...
by atimholt
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 807
Views: 271619

Re: What is your favourite book?

Les Miserables No contest, nothing compares. Moby Dick was good. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, the Witches, Danny the champion of the world, Matilda. Are all good. Sphere, by Michael Crichton. Of all the techno-thrillery books, it's really the only one you really need to read. I'm of course...
by atimholt
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 222
Views: 44283

Re: "Students" Discussion

Whenever I dream that I can fly, or have telekinesis, it always takes effort. This makes my dreams much more convincing to me. Once while dreaming, I managed to have one of the 'signs your dreaming' things pop into my head: was the world high in detail, or a 'low res' hallucination, obvious when pee...
by atimholt
Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 21144

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

Yes. Dvorak. What's hilarious is I've currently got three active keyboards going right now (You know, cycle through them with Ctrl+shift). The First is Dvorak The Second is Qwerty. People sometimes need to borrow my computer, it's a fact of life The third is one I constructed to cover the Deseret Al...
by atimholt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: NKS, a-durrrrr
Replies: 0
Views: 441

NKS, a-durrrrr

Do you like fine snark? I haven't finished reading this review yet for Stephen Wolfram's NKS*: http://www.ams.org/bull/2003-40-01/S0273-0979-02-00970-9/S0273-0979-02-00970-9.pdf I'm half expecting the signature 'Summer Glau' to appear at the bottom. This predates that comic, though, so if it does......
by atimholt
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0551: "Etch-a-Sketch"
Replies: 124
Views: 22128

Re: "Etch-a-Sketch" Discussion

How come nobody posted a "My [someone] died in an Etch-a-sketch [something]. Not clever/funny/etc."? It's funny you should ask, actually. An etch-a-sketch once saved my life. It was almost destroyed itself. The mayor gave it the key to the city. Or rather, since Fallbrook CA isn't a city,...
by atimholt
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 27098

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Douglas Adams would be proud. Imagine a solar powered dirt-cheap Kindle-like device that's able to access Wikipedia (and other WikiMedia sites) via satellite connection. Knowledge for everyone. I'm pretty sure that's more or less the idea behind the 1 laptop per child project. Education is the cure...
by atimholt
Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 27098

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Our interpuke's kerbusted, (the DNS server's been fritzy since yesterday. Seriously, if the electric company were this bad, there'd be heck to pay), so I can't follow many links. But yeah. I knew a guy in high school who had the 4 book set of the HHGG novels (he obviously must have gotten it before ...
by atimholt
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 582
Views: 417807

Re: Favorite home experiments

Does anyone know of a way to consistently superheat water in the microwave, or wherever ? Please also provide appropriate safety precautions and fun things to do with superheated water. What happens if you mix it with cryogenic rubbing alcohol? Also, what the friq? apparently the correct spelling fo...
by atimholt
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The best realised universe
Replies: 64
Views: 8439

Re: The best realised universe

Asimov's Foundation Universe. He added depth to it over the course of decades, then combined his three most popular series with "gluer" novels. What's funny is the first novel of his that I read was his own (and most people's) least like of his works, 'the Stars, Like Dust.' Ironically, it...
by atimholt
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0547: "Simple"
Replies: 121
Views: 18831

Re: "Simple" Discussion

Re: "Music DRM" Discussion Postby sje46 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:29 am UTC PeteThePessimist wrote:Explain to me what this DRM thing are. What is your native language? I'll send you a link. This is English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management and this is simple english: http...
by atimholt
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 582
Views: 417807

Re: Favorite home experiments

I was actually going to start a thread to describe the awesome thing me and my brother did, but this thread was here. Forgive me if someone has already posted the same thing. I watched this video , and pretty much followed what it said. I'll quick describe it for those who have no time to watch vide...
by atimholt
Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0544: "Pep Talk"
Replies: 67
Views: 14395

Re: Pep Talk

Arc wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:Goboxing?

That will inevitably deteriorate into people simply throwing small, round objects at each other.


And then there's the nuclear tesuji.
by atimholt
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0544: "Pep Talk"
Replies: 67
Views: 14395

Re: Pep Talk

TheHand wrote:Forget chess! How about GO!


Yes yes yes: Go go go
Chess chess chess, in comparison, No.

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