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by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8470

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Los Angeles shares a timezone with the Pitcairn Islands in the south Pacific.

Rio de Janiero shares a timezone with Greenland in the north Atlantic.

Alaska should share a time zone with Hawaii but doesn't.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8470

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

It might just be a resolution issue. If you look at e.g. this map , zoom in on Finland, and then imagine straightening out all the crooked time zone borders so that they make nice straight lines, all of Finland gets stretched to the east, and a little bit of the southwest part of it gets squished in...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 6439

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Ok so given the requirement for monotonous descrease in elevation I overlooked and the difference now explained between a brachistochrone and a tautochrone, would a tautochrone be what we actually want to get the greatest speed boost early on and so a lower maximum elevation requirement?
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1797: "Stardew Valley"
Replies: 16
Views: 4079

Re: 1797: "Stardew Valley"

That's because this isn't Cueball, it's his in-game avatar, so of course it looks less realistic.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 11060

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

If protons and neutrons aren't 'real' then my ignorance on that is mildly disturbing. They are real, but they don't retain separate identities when bound together in nuclei. It's like how several atoms bound together into a molecule often share electrons. The electrons don't belong to just one atom...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 6439

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Isn't what we really want a brachistochrone curved ramp?
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3250
Views: 567007

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was in a story that was simultaneously a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean but also involved aliens or at least space ships, and was possibly related to both Alice in Wonderland and the Transformers movies, or maybe something in the dream just made dream-me think of those other movies and how the...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8202
Views: 1080103

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I was thinking more for the people who don't quite get the boundaries of a safespace, there might be a notice along the lines of "this is not the appropriate place to debate the theory underlying LGBTIQQA matters; if that's what you're looking for, please see this thread instead." I don't ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8202
Views: 1080103

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I have a question and/or an idea. Is there a thread somewhere on this forum that is not a safe space where it would be appropriate to (still respectfully but not safe-space level) discuss the theory (science, philosophy, etc) of gender, orientation, etc; and might it be a good idea (if possible some...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 11060

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

It's not down to a population of one, those enormous people towering over the countryside are composite beings made up of the entire populations of Texas and, uh... Florida maybe? That's the closest state by population to Texas.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14201

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

You've been insulated from the greater insanity, which is calling all such drinks "coke"; we don't tend to export that cultural experience, since it doesn't exist in California. The phenomenon is highly regional, and there have been efforts to define the geographic boundaries of the vario...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9220

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I thought this was settled? Hobbits are Homo floresiensis.

What they were doing in prehistoric England is anyone's guess, though. I guess Tolkien can be forgiven the anthropological ignorance of his time.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 11060

Re: What-if 0153: Hide the Atmosphere

What if we were to water-cool it by draining the oceans into the hole too? Dig a hole deep enough to contain the atmosphere (accounting for compression with depth but ignoring the heating we're about to circumvent), and then dig it a little wider and deeper, and dig it in the middle of the ocean so ...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9512

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Going back to the original question: if not for mechanical analogues of diffraction, why do bullets shot into water not continue in the same vector as they traveled in air?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9512

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Sableagle wrote:Hmm. Bullets are pretty much moving particles, but do they refract like waves when entering a move dense medium?

Yes. And wheels rolling diagonally across a boundary between surfaces with different friction refract too. Basically anything moving across a boundary that causes a change in speed.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9512

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

The same electron can exist in two places simultaneously because it went back in time so now there are two of it at the same time, but it's the same electron; and that positron that also exists is ALSO the same electron, in the process of going back in time, with its "annihilation" with th...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8759

Re: 1790: "Sad"

That sounds like the kind of thing a Trump supporter would claim their opposition would do. I'd like to always be able to put "falsely" before "claim" in a sentence like that, so please don't.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8759

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8759

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Conversely, I work hard to stay depressed instead of risking getting angry by trying to be happy.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8759

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Oh yeah, that "Fact check:" line also contributed to me reading this as political commentary.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8759

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I had initially assumed that the title was a reference to a frequent Trumpism, and in that light, inferred that the woman in the comic is upset the past few months because of the election.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4855

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I presume #2 also forwards to #1 when it's not forwarding to the laptop, so #1 is entirely unnecessary because #2 will reach either it or a better alternative. #5 also just forwards to #1 and so is redundant with #1 which is redundant with #2. #3 "always works" but doesn't have text, so si...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 4617

Re: 1786: "Trash"

That's why there's a dark wood and some heavy coats in the passageway.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29866900

Re: 1190: "Time"

Call me when you get to Marathon-yip newpage (2794). Welcome back Pfhorrest ! What is Marathon? (I've at least heard of Halo.) Marathon is the first-person shooter series that Bungie (people who made Halo) made almost a decade before Halo was even a thing, and almost all of the cool unique stuff in...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104859
Views: 29866900

Re: 1190: "Time"

yappobiscuits wrote:Happy Halo-Yip Newpage!

(2552 is the yip in which Halo is set, for those less geeky about the series.)

Call me when you get to Marathon-yip newpage (2794).
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8685

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I just realized how I'm going to be "an old guy" to my grandkids. "Grandpa what is that rackety thing on your desk with all those letters?? You mean you actually have to touch the letters to make words???? Why not just let the voice module take over?" "The keyboard. How qua...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7266

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

The joke.

(Everybody knows a little place called Kosovo...)
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:14 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 128
Views: 36289

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Cause of death: time. (Not too long ago I sketched an outline for a sequel to the fan sequel Significant Digits to the fanfic Harry Potter And The Methods of Rationality , which talks a lot about an anthropomorphized Time in the context of how magic time travel works, and also has Harry on a lifelon...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7266

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

jc wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:well, it's better than Mercator

Better at what?


ahammel wrote:inb4 "well, it's better than Mercator"


BytEfLUSh wrote:What is that thing

Everybody knows a little place called Kosovo.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7266

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

If you did this on a topographical map, would it show all of the world's contours as having the same slope? (Because the distances between the elevation lines would get collapsed). So you'd basically have mountain ranged dropping straight down to seashores and all the flat plains of the world conden...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8655

Re: 1779: "2017"

I know it was sarcasm but I felt like replying how I did anyway. Most of my troubles are from being TOO busy. I have a never ending to do list that keeps getting added to and that I have to keep churning through more and more slowly because the routine stuff filling up every day gets busier and busi...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7266

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

well, it's better than Mercator
by Pfhorrest
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8655

Re: 1779: "2017"

That's the ticket. Imagine the worst. Then you can be happy if it doesn't turn out that way. That's been my life strategy for going on close to a decade now and it doesn't seem to be working out very well because the bad things usually happen even when I expect them to (and then I still can't be ha...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4719

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

Many records constitute much information.

Many data constitute much data.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8655

Re: 1779: "2017"

Even with all the big really bad stuff that happened this year, I could have still been happy, because all that stuff is far away and I can keep living my life as usual despite it, at least for a good long while, probably. It's the personal things that made it terrible for me. At the start of 2015 I...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 3718

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

If you are wearing white pants and some wine accidentally spills on one knee, have you stained your pants, or only one pant?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 7404

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Man, I was proudly into "gross cheeses" until I just learned how gross some people make them. Jesus.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 7002

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

If your older than me: where the fuck are the lawns for my generation? Hurry up and die already to make room for the rest of us.

If you're younger than me: get off my metaphorical lawn!
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 7156

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

The ability (or probability) of a cat to produce something I would call a "deep puncture wound" is what I'm doubting. All the cat bites I remember ever getting never amounted to more than a few pinpricks (if that), or like, being poked (not stabbed) with a not-especially-sharp knife. Maybe...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 7404

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

I think the schwa in vegan is a direct result of that syllable being unstressed, so it makes sense that it comes back to an "a" if you stress it. Of course that same pattern makes me want to schwa the "e" instead (along with de-stressing it) in this new portmanteau, giving a pron...

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