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2013-07-24 04:56:07 PM
Well there goes the idea of me being productive the rest of the day as I catch up on all the "What If" columns I've missed.

Thanks a lot subby.
 
2013-07-24 06:13:29 PM
xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.
 
2013-07-24 06:19:24 PM

wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.


oi43.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-24 06:19:25 PM

wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.


STFU, troll. please.
 
2013-07-24 06:20:50 PM

wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.


And what about this part:
Lastly, let's suppose that, on the day this article was published, five people who read it decide to actually try this experiment. If they call numbers all day, there's about a 1 in 30,000 chance that at some point during the day, one of them will get a busy signal because the person they've called is, themselves, calling a random stranger to say "God bless you."

That's not right. And nice split infinitive, too. I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.
 
2013-07-24 06:30:29 PM

SevenizGud: I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.


Oh, give the guy a break. He's a math/physics major trying to express himself with words and thoughts instead of numbers and calculations. It can't be easy for him.
 
2013-07-24 06:33:00 PM
What's the connection to Physics?
 
2013-07-24 06:45:36 PM

Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?


Everything is physics.
 
2013-07-24 06:49:12 PM

SevenizGud: wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.

And what about this part:
Lastly, let's suppose that, on the day this article was published, five people who read it decide to actually try this experiment. If they call numbers all day, there's about a 1 in 30,000 chance that at some point during the day, one of them will get a busy signal because the person they've called is, themselves, calling a random stranger to say "God bless you."

That's not right. And nice split infinitive, too. I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.


That's pretty funny coming from a global warming denier.
 
2013-07-24 06:54:55 PM
What the fark?! My phone just rang and the person said, "I know what you did!" and hung up.  How did she know!?  and I hope she calls back, she sounded kinda cute.
 
2013-07-24 07:08:37 PM

SevenizGud: wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.

And what about this part:
Lastly, let's suppose that, on the day this article was published, five people who read it decide to actually try this experiment. If they call numbers all day, there's about a 1 in 30,000 chance that at some point during the day, one of them will get a busy signal because the person they've called is, themselves, calling a random stranger to say "God bless you."

That's not right. And nice split infinitive, too. I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.


HAAAAAAHHHAAA

Sevenizgud, you are unaware of how incredibly dumb you are, aren't you? For farks sake you're a global warming denier, what a joke.
 
2013-07-24 07:15:41 PM

SevenizGud: And nice split infinitive, too.


THAT IS A NICE SENTENCE FRAGMENT, SHAKESPEARE.

/Split infinitives are not grammatically incorrect.
 
2013-07-24 07:29:32 PM
I feel dirty. This was the first and only time in my fark 'career' that I actually posted a troll. Two bites, plus a solid from SevenizGud?

[fistpumpbaby.jpg]

Spaced Lion: He's a math/physics major.


/me too.
/day job is in pure science
/loves xkcd
/I only post on fark when...
/won't troll again - I hated it.
 
2013-07-24 07:36:50 PM

revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.


No, everything is math.
 
2013-07-24 07:40:33 PM

Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.


Everything is food
 
2013-07-24 07:44:42 PM

Boojum2k: No, everything is math.


There's an xkcd about this!

/To practicing scientists/engineers, "Mathematics," as they view it, is a crucial component to their skill set, no matter the discipline. "Mathematics" to a Mathematician is something else generally.
But either way, 'everything is not "math",' nor is everything physics.
 
2013-07-24 07:47:04 PM

Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.


There's an xkcd for that.
 
2013-07-24 07:50:42 PM

revrendjim: Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.

There's an xkcd for that.


And now I'm back off for another archive crawl. Thanks.
 
2013-07-24 07:54:20 PM
 
2013-07-24 07:56:02 PM
Hat tip. I'm on my phone or I would have posted that.
 
2013-07-24 08:10:45 PM

Fano: Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.

Everything is food


Everything's Archie.
 
2013-07-24 08:14:24 PM

Spaced Lion: SevenizGud: I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.

Oh, give the guy a break. He's a math/physics major trying to express himself with words and thoughts instead of numbers and calculations. It can't be easy for him.


Not a very good one. He got booted from NASA for being "whacky" like having office chair races by himself
 
2013-07-24 08:14:38 PM

Optimal_Illusion: Fano: Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.

Everything is food

Everything's Archie.


24.media.tumblr.com

Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays.

/Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.
 
2013-07-24 08:19:05 PM

SirTanon: Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course.


I PWNED YOU!

/  ;^)  ...and frankly I hated the whole experience...
/  did you make that gif just to reply to my post? even if not, it was brilliant... and if so, [babyfistpump.jpg]
 
2013-07-24 08:41:16 PM
These What If articles are always interesting to read.

Regarding the one about draining the oceans from two weeks ago through a hole at the bottom of Challenger Deep however... The final map showing the remaining shallow and unconnected seas creeps me out. There's something eerie about it, and I don't understand why.

what-if.xkcd.com
 
2013-07-24 08:41:38 PM
www.pbones.com

Gesundheit


An early work by Berkley Breathed, creator of Bloom County
 
Al!
2013-07-24 08:55:14 PM

wjllope: Boojum2k: No, everything is math.

There's an xkcd about this!

/To practicing scientists/engineers, "Mathematics," as they view it, is a crucial component to their skill set, no matter the discipline. "Mathematics" to a Mathematician is something else generally.
But either way, 'everything is not "math",' nor is everything physics.


I disagree.  Math describes physics.  The only things that aren't themselves physics are imaginary, which makes them physics, just not governed by physics.  Unless your imagination is not a physics lesson itself.  If that is the case, please disregard this post and carry on.

I am open to examples of things that aren't physics.  Seriously.
 
2013-07-24 09:10:02 PM

Al!: Math describes physics.


You lost me there. Mathematics is needed to push physics calculations all the way to the end (i.e. a cross-section), but physics experiments are what (eventually) define the mathematical equations that need to be used in these calculations to make predictions... I.e. (please forgive the oversimplifications here),  F=Gm1m2/r2 - Calculating F in Newtons requires some algebra (which is "math") but it was the physics experiments that lead to the proper form of the equation itself and the definition of the value of "G" to however many sig digs are necessary ...  If I misunderstood your point - don't bug out - we're verging on the philosophical here... Frankly, there's a couple of flavors of "physicist" really - experimentalist, phenomenologist, and theorist. One could quite easily make the case that the last one is a pretty adroit mathematician whose focus is somewhat less abstract than the typical mathematician... cheers
 
2013-07-24 10:07:46 PM

Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.


Math is a tool
used in physics and otherwise.

/man, mathematicians hate when people say that...
 
2013-07-24 10:15:55 PM

SevenizGud: And what about this part:
Lastly, let's suppose that, on the day this article was published, five people who read it decide to actually try this experiment. If they call numbers all day, there's about a 1 in 30,000 chance that at some point during the day, one of them will get a busy signal because the person they've called is, themselves, calling a random stranger to say "God bless you."

That's not right. And nice split infinitive, too. I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.


Awesome. How is it not right? Please...show your work.

/pencils down
 
2013-07-24 10:23:36 PM

Boojum2k: revrendjim: Iknhaton: What's the connection to Physics?

Everything is physics.

No, everything is math.


No, it isn't.  Math is a way of quantifying and describing the universe, it isn't something in and of itself beyond a concept.

If I say I have two apples, I have used a semi-abstract human concept... the number two... to describe the things... the apples.  You can't build apples out of math.

/I invite all mathematicians to suck my penis if you have a problem with that.
 
2013-07-24 11:10:14 PM
I enjoy randomly texting people with "That's what she said." Out of about a 100 people i've done it to, only one has responded that it fit in perfectly with something they had just said.
 
2013-07-25 01:01:33 AM
"It's also long enough to miss a phone call. Sprint's ring cycle-the time the phone rings before going to voicemail-is 23 seconds.[2] (For those keeping score, that means Wagner's is 2,350 times longer.) "

From a few weeks back: mega-lols.
 
2013-07-25 01:49:17 AM

Al!: wjllope: Boojum2k: No, everything is math.

There's an xkcd about this!

/To practicing scientists/engineers, "Mathematics," as they view it, is a crucial component to their skill set, no matter the discipline. "Mathematics" to a Mathematician is something else generally.
But either way, 'everything is not "math",' nor is everything physics.

I disagree.  Math describes physics.  The only things that aren't themselves physics are imaginary, which makes them physics, just not governed by physics.  Unless your imagination is not a physics lesson itself.  If that is the case, please disregard this post and carry on.

I am open to examples of things that aren't physics.  Seriously.


...most novels?
 
2013-07-25 02:54:36 AM

Lady Indica: Awesome. How is it not right? Please...show your work.


Uhm, how about the burden of proof being on the original assertion?

I notice how you didn't say anything to XKCD about showing his proof to support his original assertion, but you DID ask me to show my work when I rejected his vacuous claim.

Nothing like a good, old-fashioned double-standard is there, Einstein?
 
2013-07-25 02:56:39 AM

poot_rootbeer: THAT IS A NICE SENTENCE FRAGMENT, SHAKESPEARE.


I had no idea so many consecutive letters could all be the first one in the sentence.
 
2013-07-25 03:28:47 AM

SevenizGud: Lady Indica: Awesome. How is it not right? Please...show your work.

Uhm, how about the burden of proof being on the original assertion?

I notice how you didn't say anything to XKCD about showing his proof to support his original assertion, but you DID ask me to show my work when I rejected his vacuous claim.

Nothing like a good, old-fashioned double-standard is there, Einstein?


So you were talking out your ass. Got it.
 
2013-07-25 04:00:38 AM

Lady Indica: So you were talking out your ass. Got it.


Uhm, no. I was trying to point out to you that shifting the burden of proof is a logical fallacy. So this is the second time. I don't know how much clearer I can be about it. I guess if you don't get it this time, I can try to draw you a diagram. But for your sake, to bring it to your level, I'll draw it in crayon.

But don't worry about correcting your logical fallacies. Instead just make vulgar, juvenile comments.

/logical fallacy for the FAIL
 
2013-07-25 04:18:07 AM
You should check this out :

http://www.xkcd.com/1190/

It's still running after so many months... and it still get's updated every hour... so the story continues...

And if you've missed something you can always look back on :

http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1190:_Time

to see what happened...
 
2013-07-25 04:21:04 AM

SevenizGud: Lady Indica: So you were talking out your ass. Got it.

Uhm, no. I was trying to point out to you that shifting the burden of proof is a logical fallacy. So this is the second time. I don't know how much clearer I can be about it. I guess if you don't get it this time, I can try to draw you a diagram. But for your sake, to bring it to your level, I'll draw it in crayon.

But don't worry about correcting your logical fallacies. Instead just make vulgar, juvenile comments.

/logical fallacy for the FAIL


That's not the way it works dipshiat. :D

I didn't state that xkcd was correct. I've made zero claims at all about their claim.

You stated that a mathematical statement was wrong. YOU then made a claim. Your claim was and is that xkcd's math was wrong. I said, Awesome! Can you show us?

Of course you couldn't.

And you still can't. Burden of proof does lie on the claimant. You've made the claim [Your claim was and is that xkcd's math was wrong.].

So again...where's your maths?

/is not psychic but predicts you will never ever ever demonstrate your claim, but will spend a bit of time flailing about. Only fooling yourself, perhaps most sadly.

//sadtrombone
 
2013-07-25 05:47:30 AM

MagicBoris: These What If articles are always interesting to read.

Regarding the one about draining the oceans from two weeks ago through a hole at the bottom of Challenger Deep however... The final map showing the remaining shallow and unconnected seas creeps me out. There's something eerie about it, and I don't understand why.

[what-if.xkcd.com image 617x388]


Well it would probably wake Cthulhu, so that could explain it.
 
2013-07-25 10:23:51 AM

SevenizGud: wjllope: xkcd sucks. That moron can't draw at all - stick figures?!? please.

And what about this part:
Lastly, let's suppose that, on the day this article was published, five people who read it decide to actually try this experiment. If they call numbers all day, there's about a 1 in 30,000 chance that at some point during the day, one of them will get a busy signal because the person they've called is, themselves, calling a random stranger to say "God bless you."

That's not right. And nice split infinitive, too. I swear the dude who does xkcd has the mental faculties of a peanut.


Please cite your source against the use of split infinitives. Split infinitives are acceptable grammar. No grammar book or style guide states they are unacceptable. While you're looking it up, please brush up on your usage of commas, peanut boy.
 
2013-07-25 10:32:37 AM
Is this the next step of NSA monitoring?
 
2013-07-25 11:01:46 AM
My reaction to this is the same as my reaction to any XKCD comic.

"Oh."
 
2013-07-25 12:37:37 PM
I love XKCD threads.  People fall all over themselves trying to show that they're smarter than the author.
 
Al!
2013-07-25 06:31:10 PM

Dafatone: Al!: wjllope: Boojum2k: No, everything is math.

There's an xkcd about this!

/To practicing scientists/engineers, "Mathematics," as they view it, is a crucial component to their skill set, no matter the discipline. "Mathematics" to a Mathematician is something else generally.
But either way, 'everything is not "math",' nor is everything physics.

I disagree.  Math describes physics.  The only things that aren't themselves physics are imaginary, which makes them physics, just not governed by physics.  Unless your imagination is not a physics lesson itself.  If that is the case, please disregard this post and carry on.

I am open to examples of things that aren't physics.  Seriously.

...most novels?


Essentially, a novel is a very complex idea put to paper or other media in order to enable others to understand that idea, or, possibly, to help the author better understand that idea.  Ideas are creations of the human mind.  The human mind operates solely on the principles of physics.  The paper itself, or the data that enables the visual representation to occur on a computerized device can also be described by these same principles.  Truly, even the aspect of the reader can be described by physics, as it involves the functioning of the human brain, itself a marvel of natural physics.
 
2013-07-25 07:23:53 PM

malle-herbert: You should check this out :

http://www.xkcd.com/1190/

It's still running after so many months... and it still get's updated every hour... so the story continues...

And if you've missed something you can always look back on :

http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php?title=1190:_Time

to see what happened...


I have been using this to follow it. http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/ (Linked from the wiki)

Just hit the left arrow a few times for however many hours it has been since I last checked and then slowly hit the right arrow to catch myself up.
 
2013-07-25 08:27:21 PM

Lady Indica: You stated that a mathematical statement was wrong. YOU then made a claim.


OMG, seriously? Okay, here come the crayons.

I did not make a claim. I vacated a vacuous assertion made by XKCD. It was XKCD who made the original claim, without ANY evidence to support the claim. I then vacated his baseless assertion by offering the negation. There is no burden on negation that is more strict than the original assertion. Since the original assertion by XKCD came wholly unaccompanied, I had no duty to provide any evidence AT ALL, and it is STILL the burden on the original assertion to present with evidence.

You don't even understand it enough to get to the stipulated order of events.
 
2013-07-25 09:49:48 PM

SevenizGud: I had no duty to provide any evidence AT ALL


So, got nothing but talk. Got it.
 
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