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(XKCD)   US Space Team's Up Goer Five (XKCD explains a Saturn 5 using only words in common usage)   (xkcd.com) divider line 50
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2012-11-13 09:09:26 AM
Your-mom.jpg
/unavailable for comment.
 
2012-11-13 09:12:06 AM
Is "goer" a word in common usage?

/if you what I mean
 
2012-11-13 09:18:20 AM

Arkanaut: Is "goer" a word in common usage?

/if you what I mean


Nudge nudge
 
2012-11-13 09:19:21 AM
The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...
 
2012-11-13 09:22:30 AM

rufus-t-firefly: Arkanaut: Is "goer" a word in common usage?

/if you what I mean

Nudge nudge


Wink, Wink.
 
2012-11-13 09:23:02 AM

xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...


Well, they're not really things we talk about on an everyday basis. That said, a world where we talk about rockets and helium every day would be awesome to live in.
 
2012-11-13 09:25:16 AM
Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-13 09:27:13 AM
See also "Uncleftish beholding," in which SF author Poul Anderson explains atomic physics using only Germanic words. Uncleftish replaces atomic, Greek for "uncut."
 
2012-11-13 09:31:02 AM

xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...


Or "gas"....
 
2012-11-13 09:32:42 AM
"This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."

Reminds me of:
thisainthell.us

// also an apocryphal part of a military explosives training course:
// "once you pull the pin, Mr. Grenade is no longer your friend."
 
2012-11-13 09:34:44 AM
5... 4... 3... 2... 1... Make rocket go now!
 
2012-11-13 09:35:48 AM

ZAZ: See also "Uncleftish beholding," in which SF author Poul Anderson explains atomic physics using only Germanic words. Uncleftish replaces atomic, Greek for "uncut."


Looks like "Uncle Fetish".
 
2012-11-13 09:37:44 AM

mainsail: xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...

Or "gas"....


www.startrekfreedom.com
 
2012-11-13 09:37:59 AM
There are actually several different lists that determine this. I personally used Wikipedia's list in some NLP projects. There is also the related concept of 'Basic English' - restricted set versions of English. There are a slew of them. Most have a dictionary of sub-1000 words.
 
2012-11-13 09:38:49 AM
100 word vocabulary, would make an interesting google translate mode.
 
2012-11-13 09:56:55 AM

kyleaugustus: mainsail: xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...

Or "gas"....

[www.startrekfreedom.com image 400x349]


HA!

Nice reference, very fitting.
 
2012-11-13 10:12:49 AM
imageshack.us
 
2012-11-13 10:17:45 AM

GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?


+1
 
2012-11-13 10:21:01 AM

GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?


So I can't help you. 5'9" here.
 
2012-11-13 10:33:27 AM
At least it wasn't Saturn 3. You'd have to deal with this thing staring at you:

www.jeffbots.com
 
2012-11-13 10:40:58 AM

Dr Dreidel: "This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."


That part made me giggle for a good hour yesterday.
 
2012-11-13 10:45:51 AM

mainsail: xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...

Or "gas"....


Or "moon".
 
2012-11-13 10:57:31 AM

Hawnkee: At least it wasn't Saturn 3. You'd have to deal with this thing staring at you:

[www.jeffbots.com image 330x582]


As long as I get my Blue Dreamers.
 
2012-11-13 11:02:03 AM

GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?


Their copyright lets you do whatever you want with their stuff as long as you don't make any money off of it. They'd be 100% cool with you going to the FedEx store, blowing it up, and having them print it.
 
2012-11-13 11:18:54 AM

Jubeebee: Dr Dreidel: "This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."


That part made me giggle for a good hour yesterday.


Oh yes. That is an awesome line.
 
2012-11-13 11:19:40 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller:


That's what I kept thinking. I like XKCD a lot, but this one ended up reading so dumbed down it was annoying.
 
2012-11-13 11:39:55 AM

Dr Dreidel: "This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."

"Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever."

 
2012-11-13 11:49:23 AM

mongbiohazard: SacriliciousBeerSwiller:

That's what I kept thinking. I like XKCD a lot, but this one ended up reading so dumbed down it was annoying.


THAT'S THE JOKE
 
2012-11-13 11:51:53 AM

Thats No Moose: Or "moon".


"moon" is on Wikipedia's list, but I think the point was to emphasize that the moon is the only other world we've been to.
 
2012-11-13 11:56:39 AM

Hawnkee: At least it wasn't Saturn 3. You'd have to deal with this thing staring at you:

[www.jeffbots.com image 330x582]


I would take on Hector if I got to have a run at the 1980 version of Farrah Fawcett.

/anyone with a shovel can have a shot at the current one
 
2012-11-13 11:59:23 AM

AnEvilGuest: Jubeebee: Dr Dreidel: "This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."


That part made me giggle for a good hour yesterday.

Oh yes. That is an awesome line.


An illustration of this happening.
www.greenpeace.org.uk
 
2012-11-13 11:59:28 AM
Gawd, I still have a hard time believing XKCD is popular when it is the most obvious low-hanging fruit comic since Ziggy. I mean it's not bad but it is also not in any way unique. I guess that might be why it is popular, but that would be depressing.
 
2012-11-13 12:03:21 PM
OK, fire is coming out now.
 
2012-11-13 12:19:43 PM
There's only one problem:

He forgot to explain the LEM or 'the part that gets you fom the planet you landed on back up to the part that brings you home"...

very important part, that...
 
2012-11-13 12:52:23 PM
I read these in Will Ferrel's voice.
 
2012-11-13 12:52:44 PM

Bennie Crabtree: Gawd, I still have a hard time believing XKCD is popular when it is the most obvious low-hanging fruit comic since Ziggy. I mean it's not bad but it is also not in any way unique. I guess that might be why it is popular, but that would be depressing.


Oh look, it's this guy.

Hi "generic thread guy who hates XKCD", could you please show us on the doll where XKCD touched you and forced you to read the strip and post in this thread?
 
2012-11-13 12:57:14 PM
Oh man, I just one-upped myself after I posted!

Try reading it in this voice:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-13 01:53:29 PM

Bennie Crabtree: Gawd, I still have a hard time believing XKCD is popular when it is the most obvious low-hanging fruit comic since Ziggy. I mean it's not bad but it is also not in any way unique. I guess that might be why it is popular, but that would be depressing.


Yeah, Friday's joke about traditional vs Bayes statistics was just so gauche. I mean, don't they realize that Simpsons already did it?
 
2012-11-13 02:40:40 PM

Bennie Crabtree: Gawd, I still have a hard time believing XKCD is popular when it is the most obvious low-hanging fruit comic since Ziggy. I mean it's not bad but it is also not in any way unique. I guess that might be why it is popular, but that would be depressing.


1/10.

OK, 2/10. Two people bit already.
 
2012-11-13 02:42:34 PM

meanmutton: GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?

Their copyright lets you do whatever you want with their stuff as long as you don't make any money off of it. They'd be 100% cool with you going to the FedEx store, blowing it up, and having them print it.


True, except "they" is just one guy.
 
2012-11-13 03:05:26 PM

mongbiohazard: SacriliciousBeerSwiller:

That's what I kept thinking. I like XKCD a lot, but this one ended up reading so dumbed down it was annoying.


I wasn't annoyed - I felt faintly insulted. Probably elitist of me, but the comic actually seems condescending to the reader.
 
2012-11-13 03:07:14 PM

fatbear: meanmutton: GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?

Their copyright lets you do whatever you want with their stuff as long as you don't make any money off of it. They'd be 100% cool with you going to the FedEx store, blowing it up, and having them print it.

True, except "they" is just one guy.


Yeah, lack of hitting "Preview" did me in on that one. Look, now i'm going to do it again.
 
2012-11-13 03:25:25 PM

madgonad: AnEvilGuest: Jubeebee: Dr Dreidel: "This end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space, you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today."


That part made me giggle for a good hour yesterday.

Oh yes. That is an awesome line.

An illustration of this happening.
[www.greenpeace.org.uk image 430x280]


He will not be going to space today.

/well, "it" anyway.
 
2012-11-13 04:45:34 PM
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meanmutton: GRCooper: Can I get this in a 4 foot tall poster please?

Their copyright lets you do whatever you want with their stuff as long as you don't make any money off of it. They'd be 100% cool with you going to the FedEx store, blowing it up, and having them print it.


How could they print it after you blow up their store? Doesn't even seem like they'd be WILLING to.
 
2012-11-13 09:21:59 PM
Man, he would have been screwed if "space" wasn't one of the thousand most-used words.
 
2012-11-13 10:48:32 PM

Mr. Chainsaw: Man, he would have been screwed if "space" wasn't one of the thousand most-used words.


That raises an interesting point. It's easy enough to build a list of the most common words, but not so easy to capture the most common usages. I'm betting that the definition of "space" referenced in this comic wouldn't be in the top 1000.
 
2012-11-13 10:52:27 PM

FormlessOne: I wasn't annoyed - I felt faintly insulted. Probably elitist of me, but the comic actually seems condescending to the reader.


I don't think you're being elitist -- I think you're just missing the point.

/sarcasm, math, and language
 
2012-11-13 11:10:20 PM

FormlessOne: mongbiohazard: SacriliciousBeerSwiller:

That's what I kept thinking. I like XKCD a lot, but this one ended up reading so dumbed down it was annoying.

I wasn't annoyed - I felt faintly insulted. Probably elitist of me, but the comic actually seems condescending to the reader.


Your skin may be a little too thin - and your narcissicm a little too strong - if you think that Randall penned that comic with FormlessOne on Fark in mind, thinking, 'This will really rile him up...'
 
2012-11-14 03:06:38 PM
This has spawned a hilarious tumblr:

http://youwillnotgotospacetoday.tumblr.com/
 
2012-11-15 07:13:19 AM

Arkanaut: xanadian: The fact that the words "rocket," "oxygen," and "helium" aren't in the top 1000 words used by people kind of bothers me...

Well, they're not really things we talk about on an everyday basis. That said, a world where we talk about rockets and helium every day would be awesome to live in.


This just in. We have breaking news! A fresh wave of helium rockets are raining down on our cities for the 4th night in a row. Nobody knows when the moon nazis will make their intentions clear...
 
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