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by JPatten
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5828

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Yes, the idea that in the US the price on the shelf isn't what you pay is still really weird to me. If you don't have much money on you, it must be hard to work out if you have enough. I think when this has come up before, the reason has been that there are a few different levels (county, state, fe...
by JPatten
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

And rightly so, because a lot of that original design was incredibly fucked up and made in order to protect slave owners at the cost of a functioning, free society. Wait... Wait.. Are you arguing that the idea of a limited Federal Government is solely the result of caving to southern slave owners a...
by JPatten
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 10610

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

Randall posits a space elevator ("fire pole") hanging to the Earth from our Moon, and describes many things that can go wrong (even with an unobtainium "pole"). However, there's a fix for the variable-distance and the bottom-end-velocity problem. Taper it, make a compound pendul...
by JPatten
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

This is probably the difference in word view I was hinting at before. However, preventing the federal government from keeping records about citizens shouldn't pervent it from creating the abovementioned standard ID format, right? In some ways, yes. But we now have the REalID act that says that stat...
by JPatten
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

SSN was created for Tax purposes, not "national Identification". It is a subtle difference but an important one. (I personally have issues with Income tax, but that is a totally different argument). SSN cards used to say, "not to be used for identification purposes" on them. The ...
by JPatten
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

The reason there is no "National ID" as such is that the United States are, in fact, United States. As in 50 independent and Somewhat Sovereign states that are united for a common purpose of trade, currency, and defense. Thus, aside from the passport, which deals with the US interaction wi...
by JPatten
Wed May 09, 2018 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9126

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I would say average Lifespan of a car, which would be middle of the road. I think it's Clark Howard who advocates that it takes 10 years to really get the worth out of a car. Usually, after 10 years repair costs start to add up and then instead of going down the cost of ownership starts rising again...
by JPatten
Tue May 08, 2018 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9126

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Well, our state now requires a driver's ed Course before licensing. THough there is very little driving done in the state offered course. It is mostly lecturing on the dangers of distracted driving/driving under the influence and going over the rules of the road. There are private courses that do mo...
by JPatten
Mon May 07, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9126

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

cellocgw wrote:Guess things have changed. I remember years ago some articles about 10-yr olds getting pilot's licenses


I seem to remember the same thing. THough I think it was 12 or 13 and my dad telling me stories of being able to fly at young ages as well.
I am not surprised it has changed.
by JPatten
Mon May 07, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9126

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

When I got my License there was no "required" driving time or drivers ed required. All I had to do was pass the written test and the driving test. Which in my case consisted of backing out of the parking lot, driving down to the town square, around the courthouse (sort of a roundabout type...
by JPatten
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5165

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Mikeski wrote:(On the other hand, I now understand that statement from HGttG that flying is "learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." Autogyros.)

I have decided that statement refers to orbiting rather than flying.
by JPatten
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7361

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I flew down to Charleston, SC, because I wanted to see the totality, not just the 70% or so we would see in the NY metro area. I got to see the first part, from first contact to about three-quarters covered, with the clouds staying out of the way; then some wispy clouds made visibility more and mor...
by JPatten
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7361

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I will have to agree that it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Even with the clouds getting mostly in the way.
We viewed from the NorthEast corner of Georgia
by JPatten
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 3979

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

NDT tweeted , "Odd. No one is in denial of America’s Aug 21 total solar eclipse. Like Climate Change, methods & tools of science predict it." Odd indeed. There surely must be some eclipse skeptics out there. Head over to the Flat Earth Folks. They will at the least deny the eclipse is...
by JPatten
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5954

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

We have a place picked out to watch the eclipse, but I am expecting traffic to be horrendous, We are allotting at least 3 hours for a one hour drive. I am hoping Waze will keep things up to date and help with route planning. But we will be in rural NE Georgia. Roads there are in now way designed to ...
by JPatten
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 4337

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Just so you are aware, using Lorentz contraction to correct to focusing errors is not recommended by most reputable lens and optics manufacturers.

Though I believe this has been established through simulations and has currently has not been extensively tested in the lab environment
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Is that because thyy "project" formal wear, or because we expect it based off the cultural legacy of vampires?
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 253
Views: 145887

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

Working on a 365 project this year. I have missed some days, but am trying to keep up

http://jayrayphotos.blogspot.com/
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

So will they be in focus even when I'm not wearing my contact lenses? how cool is that! That is cool. On the other hand I think that looking at hat for any length of time would produce a terrible headache as your eyes would be struggling with focusing or not. I know that is why I have issues with 3...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected? Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection... That's the lore in at least some stories, yes. Anyway, the depicted refractor does seem to have a mirror, not a prism. How do you figure that...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Maybe, but you have to admit, it's getting slightly convoluted. Rationalizations often are. But I should be careful, that statement can set off a Whole other set of internet arguments. How many electrons will be sacrificed to that discussion? No more than one..? Hmm... Would that not be testable? I...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

I suspect they are fairly radar transparent...and microwave as well..it is the higher energy and shorter wavelength light that is worse for them. Probably fully opaque at x-ray..and far more vulnerable to ionizing radiation than normal humans
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

That was a possibility that occurred to me, that light passes straight through them and the only way we can see vampires is that they implant their image in our minds. Which would mean they could turn completely invisible if they wanted to, so it's weird they don't make more use of that. That assum...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

[quote="JPatten" What if it is not a conscious thing. I mean after all, can you radically change your skin pigment by thinking about it? Perhaps it is just their Nature. [vampires] can no more will themselves invisible than you can will your skin to be paisley or plaid. Let me introduce y...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Mutex wrote:Maybe, but you have to admit, it's getting slightly convoluted.

Rationalizations often are.

But I should be careful, that statement can set off a Whole other set of internet arguments. How many electrons will be sacrificed to that discussion?
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Perhaps they do not appear in mirrors, and consequently not in photographs because you aren't actually seeing them at all. They are not visible in the sense of actually reflecting incident light but are only visible as manifestations in your mind. If you are not looking directly at where they are t...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14284

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Perhaps they do not appear in mirrors, and consequently not in photographs because you aren't actually seeing them at all. They are not visible in the sense of actually reflecting incident light but are only visible as manifestations in your mind. If you are not looking directly at where they are th...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12613

Re: 1790: "Sad"

This was my first thought as well. Maybe it's because I'm basically trying to ignore the deluge of politics everywhere, but my initial impression of this was not one about politics. Same here. To me it was simply a comic about dealing with a depressed person. Also, can we please keep the political ...
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12613

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Mutex wrote:
JPatten wrote:We survived Obama, we will survive Trump.


I love how in your mind that logically follows.


Would it have been better to say "We survived Bush, we will survive Trump?"
by JPatten
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12613

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I did not think of Seasonal Affective Disorder OR the political landscape. My honest first thought was that this was an Intensely personal comic. THe narrative that went through my head was that this was Randall and his /gf (or is it wife now?) and that the cancer was making a re-appearance and had ...
by JPatten
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6675

Re: 1755: "Old Days"



We used to use a hole punch to make disks "2-sided"
by JPatten
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6675

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I took a programming class in High school, The programming language was called "Instant Pascal" We ran it on Apple IIe Computers and the Swap space was on floppy. SO Anytime it had to do anything it would hit the floppy drive. It was anything BUT instant. The disks were 3.5" floppies ...
by JPatten
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 4318

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

I think he is just reminding you, the reader, of how to keep your Tornado safe.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9841

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

OK.. It has been awhile since I read the first book. I didn't remember it was that long.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9841

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Which series is it? In safehold the battlefleet is pretty much Ancient history by the time the story opens. Though it sounds like a similar concept.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9841

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

I was really confused when I wrote my birthyear as MVIM after learning roman numerals and people said it was wrong. The shortest route to 994 is subtracting 6 from 1000 innit? Stupid (post-)roman rules. Anyway, roman numerals don't have a place in modern society! We've had the superior positional h...
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

What I mean was I missed day 524 and stopped the streak. I don't think I am ready to try and commit again to beating that.
by JPatten
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Frog? well.. nobody is perfect ;)

I was able to get up to 523 days on my hacking streak before it got broken. But otherwise I am a fairly casual player. Family and work keep me too busy to really dedicate a lot of time to really pursue the levels.
by JPatten
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

At the risk of going completely off the rails... ... yes :)
by JPatten
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 12559

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Smurf, LVL 12.

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