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by Heimhenge
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 52
Views: 3797

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

jabrown371 wrote:This is amazing. My brother:
- Has an applied mathematics degree
- Is getting his Masters in Linguistics
- Spent 1 year in between doing software development
My brother could be all three people at once!


Geez, I hope he never takes a job as a meteorologist. :)
by Heimhenge
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 52
Views: 3797

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This one is funny. Reminded me of when I learned the difference between "partly sunny" and "mostly cloudy" (not synonyms as I thought). The new NWS website actually has a glossary to help with translating this jargon: http://w1.weather.gov/glossary/ Spoiler: They do not define &q...
by Heimhenge
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 2598

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

In order to maintain the No-Cameron reality, the No-Cameron future Skynet sends back a terminator to force the No-Cameron reality. It can't not do it, as it always had already will-have-done-it and created the chronology in which it was always going to do so in order to have-done-it-already. I thin...
by Heimhenge
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 3158

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

With that many status LEDs, there's bound to be one device with an unreasonably bright one lighting up the entire room, thus torpedoing any attempt ato sleep. You must be talking about the light on my Panamax power conditioner. People who stayed over and slept on the couch complained how bright it ...
by Heimhenge
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 3759

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Matching Garnet with Ruby and Safire seems a bit of a stretch. Under those rules Chevy Chase would be a match for Harrison Ford. Judges?
by Heimhenge
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6258

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Wow, I've never heard anyone say "turn <cardinal direction>" before in my entire life, so it's interesting to me that you would con...
by Heimhenge
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6258

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Some people handle the former better, and others prefer compass directions. Not sure exactly how I make that assessment ... might have somethi...
by Heimhenge
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3524

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I guess it's about time to weigh in again as OP. I was not expecting this amount of discussion from a thread started the night after a bad boarding experience. Seems like this is a common gripe. I was mainly venting, but also really wondering why the system can't be improved. After reading all the f...
by Heimhenge
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3524

More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Just got back on a flight from Chicago O'Hare to Phoenix Sky Harbor. They told us ahead of time the flight was totally booked with no vacant seats. I tried to mentally adjust for what I knew was going to be a less-than-pleasant flight. FYI, this was American Airlines, but other airlines have the sam...
by Heimhenge
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2518

Re: 1955: "Robots"

Less worried about malevolent humanoid robots, more worried about malevolent drones:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CO6M2HsoIA&t=
by Heimhenge
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 3883

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

I'm sure there is a list of hey we'll pay you x if there is time to air this ads. More than likely, there's a waiting list for which, if time permits, the advertiser gets the privilege of paying the full $5M for 30 seconds of air time. Knowing the NFL's propensity for extracting as much cash from t...
by Heimhenge
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 3883

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

OK, the title text seems to imply there was 28 seconds (18 hours / 2300) of dead air somewhere around the middle of the broadcast. I was watching but didn't notice anything like that. Did I miss something during a halftime restroom break? Maybe they blanked out Timberlake? :)
by Heimhenge
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 4707

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Munroe wrote:The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends.


Then the taste buds on the tongue must also be the exposed surface of the brain ... think about that next time you're deep kissing someone.
by Heimhenge
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 70
Views: 198765

Re: Science Websites

I humbly submit my own weekly blog http://www.sky-lights.org. Focus is mainly on earth and space science. And I take questions.
by Heimhenge
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3270

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Have to say I've had all those universal dreams (except BHG's of course). I've also had another that, according to friends and family, is also quite common. You're trying to cross a road and you can see a large truck / steam roller / whatever bearing down on you, but as you try to cross the road mor...
by Heimhenge
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5737

Re: 1935: "2018"

Um, "Except only every 4th '00 is a leap year" is easier to remember. 400,800,1200,1600,2000,2400 are still leap years. So we really dodged a bullet in the year 2000. I might have had to waste time learning about the exception. Except I just did... dammit. Something tells me this still is...
by Heimhenge
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 3047

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

The main caveats I can think of are (A) constructing a homemade EMP might be illegal How do you even create an EMP, other than by detonating a nuclear bomb? Huge capacitor discharged through an inductor. Very directional but effective. Was going to build one to take out large sub-woofers in cars I ...
by Heimhenge
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 3185

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

Damn, I had no idea so many people fucked with their Windows sounds. Windows startup on my W2K box was the short and sweet "working" from Trek TOS. Still using the Trek communicator chirp for incoming calls on my cell. Exhaustive Trek audio library here: http://www.trekcore.com/audio/
by Heimhenge
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 10875

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

Lots of speculation over the years whether Randall reads these threads. Probably too busy most of the time, but damn ... sure hope he reads this one. There is much love here.
by Heimhenge
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 10875

Re: 1928 Seven Years

Yeah, inspiring indeed. Thanks for sharing Randall, and you both have a great holiday.
by Heimhenge
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 6474

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Why stop with averaging just Celsius and Fahrenheit? Throw Rankine and Kelvin into the mix too. Call it RKCF. I leave the formula as an exercise for the reader.
by Heimhenge
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 4471

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Worst advice anyone ever gave anyone, in any context: "Just be yourself". I dunno, it seems like a tautology to me. Who else am I going to be? Someone who feigns interest in a topic to buy some time. Then you can look for "cracks" in the discussion that segue you to a true commo...
by Heimhenge
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6019

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

And why does Randall think that the PDF format will be eternal? I'm pretty sure he's just saying they currently still work, not that anything listed there will necessarily be eternal. I was interpreting his right-facing arrow to mean "forever into the future" as he implied with books and ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6019

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

And why does Randall think that the PDF format will be eternal? I have some older PDFs that can still be opened with the latest Adobe Reader, but the formatting is all messed up and embedded graphics show up as gray boxes. How long till they're completely broke?
by Heimhenge
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 5546

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I immediately got that this was another Randall graph. But when I saw the vertical axis labeled as "RISK OF YOUR RESEARCH BEING USED BY A SUPERVILLAIN FOR WORLD DOMINATION" I had to wonder if "RISK" meant "DAMAGE" or if it meant "LIKELIHOOD" or "PROBABILI...
by Heimhenge
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 3434

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Otherwise how did anyone know ANYTHING before the scientific method was invented? This seems a tad silly to me. Things did get better after the scientific method, but that's because people are sometimes wrong, not ALWAYS wrong, without science. If you're referring to THE scientific method as attrib...
by Heimhenge
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 7828

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

OP Envelope Generator said: " Crowdsourced steering" makes me think "Let Twitch drive you to work ". Reminded me of a serious (?) paper I read some time ago about "democratic self-driving buses" where the all passengers would have keypads for entering their desired dest...
by Heimhenge
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 6362

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

cryptoengineer wrote:Seen recently, and quite far over to the right: Meteorologist.


And not surprisingly (in today's political climate [in the USA]), climatologists aren't even on the radar.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9473

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

ericgrau wrote:
MDS_Dan wrote:See, it's never specified how much water you can bring. If you bring enough water, you win every time

The same is true if you bring enough gun.

https://dcassetcdn.com/w1k/submissions/557500/557524_8e86.jpg


Damn, that's one BFG.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 614086

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Okay, explain this to me, all you lay physicists (or, um, even any professional physicists, you're cool too): ⋅ Make a nice steaming mug of hot cocoa. Use a reasonably sturdy mug. ⋅ Put a spoon in the glass and begin steadily tapping at the bottom. The sound of the tapping will ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me ID this rock sample
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Re: Help me ID this rock sample

Your "fossilized burrow" idea makes a lot of sense. In this desert ecosystem (Arizona) there's quite a few critters that burrow into the ground ... mammals, reptiles, insects. I can see how an abandoned burrow could get filled with softer "silt", fossilized, and later be cleared ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me ID this rock sample
Replies: 2
Views: 1224

Help me ID this rock sample

I submitted this question with photos to the ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration which has an "Ask a Geologist" service, but it's gone unanswered twice now. Figured there must be some geologists on this forum so thought I'd try here. I had some excavation done recently on my proper...
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 5429

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

First thing I'd try is putting that waste basket into a larger waste basket and then try emptying that one.
by Heimhenge
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 3322

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

And I worked as a gold prospector one summer, but it just didn't pan out.
by Heimhenge
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 32000

Re: Bad science jokes!

A paramecium and an amoeba meet on the street. The amoeba asks "So how to you get around without any psuedopodia?" The paramecium replies "A cilia question I've never heard."
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 3658

Re: Use of mythological referents

Soupspoon wrote:(It's all too easy to get the "quote and reply" button instead of the "re-edit my post" one. You seem to have done it repeatedly. Hopefully you got it right, eventually, and that it's not a Sisyphean task for you… ;))


Point Soupspoon. :idea:
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 3658

Re: Use of mythological referents

gmalivuk wrote:I assumed the final post was the desired version and just deleted the earlier copies. (But yeah, we've all done the same thing before.)


Thank you sir. Exactly right. Somehow in the edits my quote markup nesting got confused. Much appreciated.
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 8999

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Even before Randall's earliest impressions in grade school, to me, colors were what the labels said on my cheap box of 8 Crayolas. :D
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 3658

Re: Use of mythological referents

Some kids will be able to retain a larger vocabulary size, so it's good to throw a few challenging words in for them. I'd say keep it. "Sisyphean" is a great word with no synonym to my knowledge. If it's in the context of a Sisyphean task, you could say insurmountable task, but I don't th...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 3658

Re: Use of mythological referents

So why not just teach them science with papers published in Nature ? There comes a point when adding more unfamiliar things they'll have to ask about becomes counterproductive, because the explanation is beyond the scope of the present endeavor and will amount to a waste of time that could be bette...

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