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by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 647

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: 22
Views: 647

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: 62
Views: 2915

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: 22
Views: 647

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: 22
Views: 647

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...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 22
Views: 647

Use of mythological referents

I write educational content in science for ages middle-school and up. I was about to use the word "Sisyphean" in one post but then balked, wondering if people even recognize words derived from classic mythology anymore? I mean, sure, the truly curious and motivated would look up the meanin...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 2918

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I would add "Aurora borealis" slightly left-upwards of "Partial Solar Eclipse". And I would add bolides (seen a few during Perseid meteor showers) to the chart. Maybe directly above "planetary conjunction" and about halfway up the vertical axis ... definitely cooler to...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 3064

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

I was curious about those 3 small symbols on the right edge. The outside 2 are being pointed at by lines/vectors and the inner one appears to label an angle. Checked the astrology/astronomy symbols first. The one on the bottom kinda looks like the symbol for Mercury but it's got an extra set of horn...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 2065

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

I once (and only once) agreed to be interviewed by a local news person on the topic of light pollution. Arizona is home to a large number of observatories so it's a relatively hot topic here. The interview questions were as dumb and uninformed as those in this comic, and I wish I'd had the balls to ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 1866

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

According to the Official XKCD List , remaining difficult games include: ⋅ Mao ⋅ Seven Minutes in Heaven ⋅ Calvinball I'm sure there's a research team working on each of those somewhere … Hadn't seen that one. Noticed that Randall ranked poker as easier than Go. Wonder...
by Heimhenge
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 1866

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

This comic caused me to speculate about what game AI really would solve next. I knew about chess and Go. Decided poker would surely be tough for AI w/o utilizing the "reads" and "bluffs" component of the game. I was wrong. Searched for AI + poker and found this: http://www.pokerl...
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2373

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Taking bets on how many of these are real and how many are fake. Seems about half and half to me. LOL # 1, 2, 3, 4, & 8 are all real. The remainder are analogies used by geologists. If Randall had delved further into the snack food realm, the drawings would have included snickers, oreos, and so...
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 3207

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Turns out LinkedIn sends invitations automatically. Shit, is that for real! I was wondering how some of those "inviters" thought I could be of any value in their network. People I never met and people with totally different skills/goals. I've been way too courteous ... will treat those as...
by Heimhenge
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 4841

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

He also shoots "buns" that mess with his garden. Not for protein, just for eradication. Seems a waste, but that's the reality of hunting in the US. I wouldn't say "the reality of hunting." As a seasoned hunter I call your BIL an ass. Hunter's should (and most do, at least in my ...
by Heimhenge
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 4841

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Many municipalities across the US that have outlawed hunting (either completely or restricting in some form) now find themselves with overpopulation issues. I know of several farms in St. Louis county in Missouri that are along the flood plains of the Missouri river that get ravaged by huge deer po...
by Heimhenge
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2226

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

One thing I would like to know: how much does altitude affect eclipse length time? (Because obviously as you approach the moon, the eclipse time approaches two weeks or so.) Would being on a high-altitude airplane increase totality by a few hundredths of a second? I mean, sure, I'm probably being o...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9376

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I make a hammer for the purpose of hitting nails. Jane picks up that same hammer for the purpose of breaking a window. What is the purpose of the hammer? If all Jane has is the hammer, then the window doubtless looks like a nail... ;) Reminds me of a song parody I once heard somewhere ... If I had ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 1884

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM.
by Heimhenge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2226

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Hmm ... Air Force 1 ... I wonder... Well if Trump decides to take a spin on AF1 to see this eclipse (which I seriously doubt) it'll screw things up for the rest of us. When AF1 is in the area it shuts down airport traffic and increases both horizontal and vertical required clearances. That sucker g...
by Heimhenge
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2226

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

I am at the moment negotiating with Sawyer Aviation in Phoenix to do exactly that. Saw a total from the ground at Cabo San Lucas back in 1991. Photo here if you're interested: http://dfacaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/1991-Total-Heim.jpg We'd be flying with only 4 passengers in a Citation CJ to a...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9376

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Defining "purpose" so narrowly that no part of any organism has any purpose seems to remove most of the usefulness of having the word in the first place. Indeed. Been following this sub-thread and had to jump in to say you seem to be asking: What is the purpose of the word "purpose&q...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9376

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Why is the rubbing necessary? What does that do? Provide opportunities for electrons to jump? Both of the objects are insulators, so charge cannot simply flow from hair to balloon etc. through a small contact area. In order to transfer a lot of charge, a lot of molecules of object A need to be brou...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9376

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We do have a good answer for the hair/balloon/lightning thing ... it's called the tribolectric effect. What's wrong with that? Too empirical? The fact that we have a name for it doesn't help on its own. Totally agree. One of my favorite Feynman quotes is (and I paraphrase) "Just because you kn...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 9376

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We do have a good answer for the hair/balloon/lightning thing ... it's called the tribolectric effect. What's wrong with that? Too empirical?
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 5170

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Enhancing it just gives you smoother squiggly lines. :roll: That's just because you don't have CSI/NCIS's magic Enhance! (note the exclamation mark) function. I watch a lot of NCIS and have to say they get most of the science right ... except for that Enhance! (or whatever they really call it) thin...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3215

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I had to laugh at bullet 6 because I once wasted close to 30 minutes trying to catch one frame of a gif but kept missing it. And it wasn't a particularly fast frame rate. I read somewhere the delay between hitting the print-screen key and the actual capture was anywhere from 0.5-1 s, but it seemed t...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 3956

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I found comfort and validation when I saw “Quantum Mechanics” in the Danger Zone. My chemistry classes touched on quantum mechanics and I grasped none of it. I never came close to understanding the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. When I hear someone make an analogy using Heisenberg, I conclude tw...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 4600

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

I had that same thought as the comic, that if one of the words could have special meaning then all could. I can't prove it, of course. What's the relation to Humpty Dumpty here? The first line is a quote from Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking Glass (which would make the girl Alice). It wouldn't ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 1889

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

And how the hell would you aim that thing with 2 tripods attached?! Reminded me of some of those early refractors from the 1600s. Like this unwieldy monster:

Image
by Heimhenge
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 2655

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

Oof. So it holds up just until you actually try to read it. Duplicates like the more northerly of the 145s doubtless represent missing items, but beyond "which?", I wonder how many items are just flat wrong. If you truncate that map's URL to just http://www.geologicnow.com/ and click on t...
by Heimhenge
Fri May 19, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 2901

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

At what average age does the age of your new doctor become less than your age? First time that happened to me it was kinda spooky.
by Heimhenge
Wed May 10, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6764

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I know Judge John Hodgman has spent a lot of energy on this issue. I was once in the US, though, and ordered a burger at a McDonalds. The person at the counter wanted to clarify my order. "Do you just want the sandwich?" I was paralysed, thinking I'd somehow mis-ordered. "No," I...
by Heimhenge
Tue May 09, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 5268

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

So is this "short straight hair cueball" the new XKCD icon for military types? Kinda' Vince Carter-like.
by Heimhenge
Fri May 05, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 2975

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

I'm going back through some of my old code from 3 years ago and updating it and commenting it. In some cases, I'm completely re-writing it because I can't make any sense of what I originally did. In other cases, I'm writing it more efficiently (or in a more consistent style). I am also adding much,...
by Heimhenge
Wed May 03, 2017 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 2749

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

for a given position on the plot, the amount of storage required will grow linearly with time the axes don't have any units. they might be logarithmic. the resolution of photos hasn't continued to rise, whilst compression technology has improved Really? My last camera had 8MP, my current one has 20...
by Heimhenge
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 3157

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

They seriously need to install a driver's side sun visor in the ISS. Spend ten bucks to save $150 billion. Won't help in winter when the sun is low, but a pair of quality sunglasses could help. Indeed, much like this ... https://ind5.ccio.co/8A/c2/v5/be752f4ef2223cfcef899f34e8fdfbed.jpg
by Heimhenge
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4330

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Always thought it was silly that the spaceships in movies back in the good old days were always painted gray, white or silver so they'd show up against the blackness of space. Especially when it was part of an invasion force where painting the ships black would make them harder to see until they we...
by Heimhenge
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4330

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Always thought it was silly that the spaceships in movies back in the good old days were always painted gray, white or silver so they'd show up against the blackness of space. Especially when it was part of an invasion force where painting the ships black would make them harder to see until they we...
by Heimhenge
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4330

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Check out this lunar ISS transit by Arizona expert Tom Polakis:

http://www.pbase.com/polakis/image/95661776

He doesn't say what he did with the white balance. :)
by Heimhenge
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 5720

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

First time I ever played roulette at a real casino in Vegas I was gonna try the double-up strategy where you keep betting on one color, or odd or even, high low, any of the bets with (nearly) even odds. If you lose, you double your next bet and just stay with your choice. Eventually, after many doub...

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