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by zjxs
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 53
Views: 4383

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

It's getting hot in here.
by zjxs
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 7032

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? Depends on who you ask. There's a poll running right now where the underhand folks are barely making a showing in the comment section, so they don'...
by zjxs
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 7032

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

There is one thing separating us from the other primates, and I would like to maintain that. Now that we've discussed the minor things, let me tell you about the importance of fresh socks. Throw out all your socks now, and buy a dozen of a reputable mid-range brand. You spend a third of your life we...
by zjxs
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 4099

Re: 1979: "History"

So, are Americans typically familiar with Garfield at all? I could barely tell you anything about him. The United States was briefly ruled by a cat. That's so awesome. And man history is *weird*. <serious> Former historian here. History is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely,...
by zjxs
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 3958

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

OK, I had to go read about these on Wikipedia. Third sentence: "While similar to a helicopter rotor in appearance, the autogyro's rotor must have air flowing across the rotor disc to generate rotation, and the air flows upwards through the rotor disc rather than down." So the thing pushes...
by zjxs
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 6571

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

I would actually like a television program called "You're wrong". In this program the presenter would explain why a commonly held belief was wrong. That would be all it was. Correcting people. That said, I had to force-quit Google Maps today. Useful for getting me out of the city, not usef...
by zjxs
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 7919

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

From the chart it seems that Sao Paulo, Brisbane, Perth, and LA are the best cities in the world, climate-wise.
by zjxs
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 7919

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Woah woah woah. Wellington doesn't have cold winters? Did someone forget to tell the climate around where I live? It's not cold. It rarely ever reaches zero. It is however the windiest city in the world. The Metservice tells me that 11 of the last 30 days had a gust of above 70km/h the highest four...
by zjxs
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 6267

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

herbstschweigen wrote:
Title text: "I watched from a beautiful nature reserve in central Missouri, and it was--without exaggeration--the coolest thing I've ever seen."



An cirrostratus cloud is -- without exaggeration -- the coolest thing I've ever seen.
by zjxs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 4508

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Depending on where you live, My Fault or Your Fault are usually the most common faults.

The rifts they cause are usually quite low on the Mercali Intensity Scale. Don't build your house on one, however.
by zjxs
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 10177

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Cinnamon buns are delicious.
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 4423

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Particle physics is quite long ago for me, I don't remember everything anymore and I only took an introductory course on it. But wasn't there also something with up, down, charm, and beauty and stuff? I recall the naming schemes in particle physics being particularly weird. It's in there with flavo...
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 4423

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Of these properties, scientific proof is least attainable.

Fool proof on the other hand is regularly seen.
by zjxs
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5026

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Calculators, mount up!
by zjxs
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 5625

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Refresh Hard: With a Vengeance.
by zjxs
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 5406

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Any sufficiently advanced sun is indistinguishable from magic.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 13353

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Bigger fish get larger voltages across their length? That's my guess as to size/response differentials. Off the top of my head. Probably debunked in some of those references, but I might as well mention it. (Just like it's not so good an idea to lay stretched/splayed out flat on the ground in a thu...
by zjxs
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 11588

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Those aren't tears, that's cheese running down my face.
by zjxs
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 9508

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

It's better than Mercator.

Interestingly Libya and Algeria are almost untouched, as is the KSA. Must be a lot of detail in that sand.
by zjxs
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 3017

Re: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

zjxs wrote:I'm excited about trucknet, railnet, and shipnet.



Oh, and skynet. Turns out it's just a bunch of 777s with hard drives.
by zjxs
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 3017

The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

“The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.” Senator Ted Stevens, in 2006. As Randall explained in 2013 (What-If? 0031), sneakernet has higher bandwidth than the internet. It's only logical that Amazon has realised this and is exploiting it with 100 petabyte trucks. The lag is phenome...
by zjxs
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 11866

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

chridd wrote:I not familiar with the construction "it me". It confusing at first. It dialectal, or some sort of meme (like lolspeak or I accidentally), or reference to some work, or something made up for the comic?


It meme.
by zjxs
Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 77839

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

romance,
sarcasm, math, and language


Choosing the next President will have a substantial effect on all of those things, and will also affect science, rationality, wit, and kindness.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1659: Tire Swing
Replies: 11
Views: 3095

Re: 1659: Tire Swing

Soupspoon wrote:Yeah, I'm British. I find it difficult to use Americanisations.


It's tiring.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 10723

Re: 1650 "Baby"

How is babby formed?
by zjxs
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 14582

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Isn't copyright 70 years plus the life of the Frankenstein?
by zjxs
Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 7692

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Triothalon is a very difficult sport, and should not be attempted by people with more than 10% of a brain.
by zjxs
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1574: "Trouble for Science"
Replies: 41
Views: 9975

Re: 1574: "Trouble for Science"

This cheese bunsen burner is burning me.
by zjxs
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 12410

Re: What-If 135: Going to give an elephant a nasty shock

It really does depend on where you're digging, and the season. {{citations needed}} It's quite possible that before they reached the water-table heat stroke would kill this person, within several minutes. As exercise reaches 100% of aerobic capacity, muscle temperatures reach 41C. The person would b...
by zjxs
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 130852

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." - Alberto Brandolini Climate change denial is the creationism of the 2010s, a veritable gish-gallop. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gish_Gallop There's a lot of science out there folks. I'm o...
by zjxs
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 130852

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I have to say, the science behind "man-caused" global warming is dubious, at best. No, it is not. Science denying cretin. The science behind carbon dioxide (and the six or so major greenhouse gases) warming the planet is extremely well established. It is established physics, it is establi...
by zjxs
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 12920

Re: 1334: "Second"

I thought that setting results to display 100 to a page was common practice.
by zjxs
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 84661

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Oh, the humanity.

This cheese is moderately lukewarm.
by zjxs
Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 80503

Re: 1321: "Cold"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/beliefs.jpg Physics does not care what you think. I'm not impressed with the horrific slander of scientists upthread. It's not what I expect here. This film is an excellent grounder on the people who do this work (ie., scientists). http://thiniceclimate.org/trailer
by zjxs
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 24169

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

And yet all I can think is, "this will make for a great Livejournal entry Facebook post."
by zjxs
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 85186

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on 2013-05-15 in large format theaters in the USA.
by zjxs
Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 50390

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Usefully enough, R-Bloggers just published this script for visualising conversational intensity on Wikipedia talk threads http://www.r-bloggers.com/visualizing-threaded-conversation-volume-and-intensity/ . I used to go in for geographical naming disputes. For a very long time 'China' didn't direct y...
by zjxs
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 653831

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I'm going for a walk. Outside.
by zjxs
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1104: "Feathers"
Replies: 50
Views: 17075

Re: 1104: "Feathers"

My first thought: PLOS ONE comes in book form?

As for scary birds, I challenge you to beat the Marabou Stork. A monstrous 1.5m high and 4m wide, it eats children if given the chance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_Stork
by zjxs
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 25344

Re: 0967: Prairie

Australia, the world's 5th largest wheat exporter, already condenses grain waves into packets. We're getting very good at sending them over distances. Watch out.

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