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by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Material with High Specific Heat
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Material with High Specific Heat

The short answer is "we don't know, but we expect it to be complicated" As for the complexity: A proton consists of two up quarks (2.4 MeV each) and a down quark (4.8 MeV), which combine to form a mass of 938.2 MeV. If you don't know how to get the third number from the first two, you're n...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, a sentient gyroscope joins you for an afternoon snack.

I wish for a healthy and tasty afternoon snack.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are made into.

I wish to be able to cook oatmeal.....
WITH MY MIND!
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

What about "Hauppauge"? For some reason I thought the company was French, and went for something like /hɔpɔʒ/ (hoe-pohzh). Then I thought maybe I'd mis-remembered and in fact they were Belgian, and it should be /haʊ̯paʊ̯ɡə/ (how-powguh). Eventually somebody pointed out that on their websi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 2484

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Whizbang wrote:ISSUE: The Borg can't even effectively assimilate one ship on an exploratory mission.
WORKAROUND: Reboot the franchise
Well, to be fair to the Borg, the Q were acting against them.

Also the reboots turned Kirk into Wesley, so no thank you.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 2002

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

oblivimous wrote:How would you dispose of the word's biggest trash can?
Hurl it into the sun.

To dispose of the sun, hurl it a black hole.

Hurl small black holes into large ones.

Dispose of largest black hole through cosmic inflation.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, your body is now the playground of the creations of Nurgle: Chaos god of disease, corruption, decay, and pestilence.

I wish for a holodeck.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I wasn't able to find the specific coefficients of friction for wood-rubber and glass-rubber, bu that glass coefficients are actually pretty high. The rules. I think it's pretty clear that we're going by the Air Bud method of legal analysis here. ⋅ There's nothing about appropriate footwea...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

GlassHouses wrote:I'm guessing Quizatzhaderac's answer is the right one.
No, that was a joke answer and my worst possible guess.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Regarding the stilt team: I believe there's nothing in the rule book saying that it's a foul to hit a player's stilts? One could conceivably game the system here by opting for some variety of fiberglass composite. There's still the problem that fiberglass is utterly inflexible. I think a heel might ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Ehh-rope-O'staleDo not trust anything I say here
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it blows away in the wind when you open a window.

I wish for a kite.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 7246

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What is an "emergent property"? Can you define that? Is maybe any physical property "emergent"? That is an actual question. I'm not claiming to be an expert. (In object oriented programming there are attributes and methods. Is an emergent property like a method? But we can't kno...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 510537

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The relativistic Doppler effect and it's equation are just the straightforward combination of the concepts/equations of the Doppler effect and time dilation.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you get a living, three-headed lamp. Did you mean "Trilobite", without the r?

I wish for a three headed parrot.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

nutrition and.... delicion." Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right? Nice, after only an hour and two minutes we already have conflicting pronunciations: de-lish-un vs de-lish-ee-on What you're saying is, "we're completely on-topic." Yes, but I'm saying it li...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 510537

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I think Eebster meant that the Doppler shift isn't a relativistic effect. A stereo traveling toward you at half the speed of sound would seem to play twice as fast and at a higher pitch. We could easily correct for pitch. With a little patience, we could correct for playback rate. If we tried to cor...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Mikeski wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:nutrition and.... delicion."

Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right?
Nice, after only an hour and two minutes we already have conflicting pronunciations: de-lish-un vs de-lish-ee-on
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but you are punished for wishing to interfere with The Laws, which is worse.

I wish for a burrito.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Material with High Specific Heat
Replies: 12
Views: 2154

Re: Material with High Specific Heat

By "exotic or hypothetical materials" do you mean stuff made out of atoms or not? We can't take pieces and make a whole with a higher specific heat than then sum of it's parts. When we assemble atoms in a new way (or an old way for that matter) we decrease the entropy because the fact that...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

@Muswell Did Cicero use it idiomatically or literally? Well, he used it for its literal meaning. And its literal meaning is inherent to its being part of Latin court (and English & Welsh court, though I don't know about other courts) idiom. I'm not sure what distinction you're trying to draw be...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

@Muswell
Did Cicero use it idiomatically or literally?
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I was really expecting the wrong pronuciation of "epitome" to be "Ee-pee, to me!" semen/seminal For most people this sound change is probably a good thing: it makes it easier to talk about a "seminal work" without an unwanted mental picture of the pages being stuck toge...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted: Horizontal resolution is now doubled but not the vertical.
The color has 1 bit of depth for Y, 1 bit for Cr and many bits for Cb

I wish for a steakfruit tree.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Then these guys We don't want to be those guys. Google tells me that the empty volume of the human stomach is about one liter, and the fully expanded volume about four liters. Thanks, that's helpful. I don't think anyone would eat more than three stomach-filling meals a day (although I have been on...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Since caloric density is so variable... I'm not asking about calories, I'm asking about volume. There are mechanical limits to the human digestive system and those don't go away because the food has the right number of calories. There are ranges of what a person can possibly, comfortably, or health...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

<sincere and actually not sarcastic>
Thank you for replying to my post with puns, even if you didn't provide any pertinent information about my query.
</sincere and actually not sarcastic>
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted
The Snide Sniper wrote:I wish for veto power over clocks.
Granted, but you can only substitute the indicated time with Hammertime.

I wish I could find the xml I was looking for.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Volume of the platonic diet

So if the platonic person consumes 2000 Calories a day, what volume of food do they consume? I know that there's a lot more flexibility in the volume of a person's diet than the Calorie intake, but there are still limits, even if they are further away. For instance to get the DRI of protein , one wo...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 510537

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

idk, the usual arguments seem to require some sort of horizon (be it an event horizon or an unruh one) but then I've never actually seen a proper QFT in curved space derivation of it That's the thing, the equations are for blackbody-matter holding it's coordinate position at a spatial location appr...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, he doesn't like it, but he rapes all those people out of habit. His orientation is now focused on living, sapient, non-humans under the age of thirteen. He's not sadistic anymore, but he's still indifferent to the suffering of others. I wish the later episodes of Naruto were more "no, ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 510537

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Do objects without an event horizon emit hawking radiation?

Looking at the math on Wikipedia: it appears that all space with changing surface gravity should emit it, but that objects much larger than their schwarzchild radius should emit much less radiation than the black hole they could make.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 324
Views: 21864

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me junk is kind of a middle ground, between thing that's definitely wanted, and thing for which removal is definitely wanted.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 974

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

@Mega For certain definitions of "free will" and "exist", the logical conclusion is that free will does exist. For certain definitions of "free will" and "exist", the logical conclusion is that free will does not exist. For certain definitions of "free wi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 324
Views: 21864

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

In that case they're low life litter.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, for the next half hour snowflakes that land on your driveway are gently lifted and placed in your backyard. After the half hour is over, they are removed in a way the takes a few pounds of your driveway with each snowflake. Previously I wished I were a rich man, now I will expound on that w...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25316
Views: 1430948

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, specifically the first doctor.

I wish for an episode focusing on when the Doctor earned his doctorate of cheese.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 22
Views: 2812

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

"It was swung" vs. "It swang" (...through the air/...in the wind/...away from danger). Compare and contrast with "It was hung" vs. "He was hanged", as a different but possibly related distinction. The former gives the responsibility of the state to another ag...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1906
Views: 329068

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"Echo boomer"

I've heard it twice and it already feels incessant.

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