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by niauropsaka
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 77
Views: 4434

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

orthogon wrote:Having said all that, I'm slightly disappointed that they missed the opportunity to have two standard timescales called TIC (Temps International Coordonné?) and TOC (Temps Officiel Coordonné?).

That will be done in the future.
by niauropsaka
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 77
Views: 4434

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'm surprised that the Martian sol is so close to the Terrestrial day.
by niauropsaka
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3489

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Good grief, another red and blue flag, this one with white stars and white stripes.

It looks like three dressing room doors.
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

"That's just the way it is. Some things'll never change."
Hah, but...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I came here to write about this comic made me laugh harder than any xkcd comic has in a long time. Maybe throw in a self-deprecating comment about how my mid-life crises may have fed into that. And here I find the thread has quickly devolved into a bitchy political fight. That makes me sad. Going b...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

For reference, can you give an example of an action that the new administration could take that you would consider monstrous? Hamstringing EPA when pollinator insects just got declared endangered. Which he seems to have just done. So, yeah, I guess I can call him a monster now. Thanks for the term....
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

cupric wrote:For reference, can you give an example of an action that the new administration could take that you would consider monstrous?

Hamstringing EPA when pollinator insects just got declared endangered. Which he seems to have just done. So, yeah, I guess I can call him a monster now. Thanks for the term.
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I suspect the attention that Trump will "accidentally" draw to the pro-life movement is in fact a deliberate gift from from him to social conservatives, who despite being appalled by his behavior and lifestyle, have been much more willing to give him a chance to govern than have progressi...
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 5662

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Actually me. For a few days now I've been fllling Twitter with my excessive retweets, reading links I find there, and not a lot else. Apparently there is a new sort of "Democratic version of the Tea Party" called Justice Democrats, a group of scientists running for office called 314 Action...
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 6072

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I think Flumble was trying to say, "The Greek above was at least legible, whereas the Cyrillic down here is more legible than the Greek here." Serious points for trying to get Demotic phonics, such as they are, correct. Two points taken off for using ς instead of Σ at the beginning of &quo...
by niauropsaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 6072

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος τηισ ςορκσ! Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος ανυ οφ τηισ ςορκσ!
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 3058

1786: "Trash"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/trash.png Title-text: "Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership." Dumping your ...
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1780: "Appliance Repair"
Replies: 34
Views: 2490

Re: 1780: "Appliance Repair"

Flumble wrote:
CelticNot wrote:Classic Heisenbug, I hate those. They seem to be afraid of anyone capable of actually finding them.

Does this ever happen to non-electronic appliances? I've only had heisenbugs in electronic devices (and software of course).
Oh, I think this phenomenon been known in automobiles for a long time.
by niauropsaka
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 2536

Re: 1778: Interest Timescales

It took me a bit to realise Randall was referring to wind erosion of mountains, as opposed to, say, BASE jumping.
by niauropsaka
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 5081

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

I think some of you misunderstand what "cat bite" refers to.

I've been bitten, hard, by an angry housecat, and gotten deep puncture wounds. It's much more painful the everyday nips and scratches one gets from cats, and going through it once is enough.
by niauropsaka
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Dan, at what point does it become obvious that it is more efficient to put those turbines on the land somewhere and use the energy to chemically make diesel? Or better yet, find a carbon neutral plan for biodiesel? Just because you can stick sails on a container ship doesn't mean that you should. Y...
by niauropsaka
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That "third of fossil fuel use" that goes to transportation? Most of that isn't actually goods shipping, is it? Once we get automobile fleets onto hydrogen fuel cells, or lithium-ion batteries, or even compressed air tanks--any of which will run off an expanded renewable energy sector--the...
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I think I did eventually figure out what was going on with the Andy May chart. The designer was signalling that he was a Christian, not like that dirty atheist Randall Munroe. I was puzzled as to why a geologist would do that, because he didn't appear to be (explicitly) Young-Earth Creationist. Afte...
by niauropsaka
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

So, why are Andy May's numbers so different? Is he making things up? Relying on North American data specifically?

And what's with the Christian/astrological reference?
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That graph by bob443@mahaska.org rubs me the wrong way, somehow. I feel like, and maybe I'm imagining this, it has a whiff of churchy screwball around it. It doesn't seem to be from a Young-Earth Creationist, but it does seem to be pro-astrology! Why the huge difference in description of the Younger...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10146

Re: energy currency?

I'm not patient enough right now to try to get into why the OP's proposal is Not Even Wrong. So I'll just say that's a nice picture of Elliot Dunkel in the avatar. ... OK, wait, I can try to give it a shot: 1. If you cared about backing, why would you base it on something like a rate of production i...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

A hypothesis: One section of the fashion police hate jean shorts because they don't want to wear them & thus show their scabby, lumpy knees; and don't want you to do so either, lest their fashion victim personality force them to follow the trend and show their knees. So they call them 'jorts' by...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Well I'll just bet that Randall is just sitting at the house periodically giggling thinking about the response to the panel. Do you think that Randall is the guy in the hat? The thing about everybody being racist is that it dilutes the term and makes it more or less useless for conveying a point. I...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

English is some new immigrant dialect on this continent, really. And if you think English at any point was some kind of pure language unaffected by the movements of groups of people, you are simply ignorant of its history (and the history of literally every other language that has ever existed, for...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

If we criticise Yakk's incomprehensible and unnecessary placement of inverted commas (er, quotation marks), are we grammar police?
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

So yes, there are "style police" in both language and clothing. On the other hand, there are good reasons for using grammar consistently and in an audience-appropriate fashion, as there are good reasons for pragmatic clothing choices. Sure, but as already discussed, acknowledging good rea...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17403

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I thought Randall was rather clever with this one. I suppose it's not surprising that this thread attracted those who want to complain about it. There is a difference between grammar and fashion as such. Grammar, strictly speaking, is part of the technology of language, and should be taken seriously...
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Then why isn't it happening now? Why hasn't anyone even tried this? The knee jerk response is often that Evil Oil Companies are preventing it from happening; that they want desperately to prevent anything from replacing oil and other fossil fuels. But that's silly. The reality is, oil companies and...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Well, you won on a technicality.
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I don't remember hearing about "anthropogenic climate forcing" in the early '00's. I remember hearing about Anthropogenic Global Warming, or AGW for short. And as far back as the 1980's, "the greenhouse effect."

Yes, I am that old.
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

1998 was an anomalous El-Nino period, followed by about 18 years of gradually declining temps, followed by 2016, another strong El-Nino event. If you toss out the two El-Nino's, the graph goes flat in the year 2000 and remains so to this day, when considering that the global temp has declined sudde...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

oh well, all good things come to an end. sad but forseeable for a while now. too bad xkcd isnt printed on old-timey newsprint for easier burning during the coming ice age (sure, it could be printed out on printer paper but that seems an unneccessary step) if history teaches us one thing, it is that...
by niauropsaka
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42252

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

When I say "the climate has changed before", I think of millions of years ago, when there weren't any polar icecaps. That's on an even longer time scale. I think this graph is pretty good at showing what a big difference relatively small differences in global temperature can represent. No...
by niauropsaka
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 3026

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

"Free-floating"? How does that work?
by niauropsaka
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 4773

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

texttheater wrote:Seems to me the Unicode people do a pretty good job at what they do (which is not, by the way, "governing" human "language"). Any idea what Randall actually meant, concretely, by the traffic sign simile?

You put into words what bewilders me about this cartoon.
by niauropsaka
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 4773

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

...which is a bit weird, considering that closer to home we do get separate codepoints for o, ο and о. Even worse, o in particular is the same glyph in at least 3 alphabets. I don't even know what you're doing there. I use Roman Oo & Greek Οο --is the other Cyrillic Оо ? The first two actually ...
by niauropsaka
Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 20185

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

This one has been renamed "My Business Idea."

Image
by niauropsaka
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 8173

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

I kept thinking there had to be a whopper of a math error somewhere in this one. If a bunch of normal sized fireflies as bright as Sol at a mass close to that of Jupiter, then surely one huge firefly of equivalent brightness is not going to be half the mass of the galaxy. Wait. Randall is defining b...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 14908

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

The answer I find most satisfying is that the air is iridescent like a hummingbird feather and translucent, color depends on the angle relative to the light source. That's not really accurate though, because it's not as though the sky near the sun is red and the sky far from the sun is blue. Two pe...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 14908

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

I particularly loved this: Normal light interacts with the atmosphere through Rayleigh scattering. You may have heard of Rayleigh scattering as the answer to "why is the sky blue." This is sort of true, but honestly, a better answer to this question might be "because air is blue.&quo...

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