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(XKCD)   Mad scientist Randall Munroe decides the best way to build a space elevator is to drive 4½ year olds to become mad scientists   (what-if.xkcd.com) divider line 32
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2014-05-02 04:18:38 PM  
I really like the "What If's". It's amazing how many of them end up with some variation of "then everyone died"
 
2014-05-02 04:55:32 PM  
static.neatorama.com

/Still cool
 
2014-05-02 05:22:32 PM  
The illustrations in this one are really effective at getting his point across.
 
2014-05-02 05:27:09 PM  

Voiceofreason01: I really like the "What If's". It's amazing how many of them end up with some variation of "then everyone died"


via collisions with something travelling at a high fraction of c.
 
2014-05-02 05:27:47 PM  
Why do you always hear about the mad scientist? Why not the mad grad student or the mad engineer?
 
2014-05-02 05:29:00 PM  
I can't wait until his What-If book comes out. Although his What-Ifs are still pretty good, there is a noticeable, creeping drop of quality/interest between his first few dozen articles and his more recent ones. At first I found it somewhat depressing, but now it's clear that the best ones were being siphoned off for the book.

/and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles
 
2014-05-02 05:29:08 PM  
 
2014-05-02 05:44:08 PM  

New Farkin User Name: /and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles


Wow.  Who put the bobcat into your package?
 
2014-05-02 05:44:39 PM  
Reading that just makes me want a billion story building, too.
 
2014-05-02 05:49:00 PM  

New Farkin User Name: I can't wait until his What-If book comes out. Although his What-Ifs are still pretty good, there is a noticeable, creeping drop of quality/interest between his first few dozen articles and his more recent ones. At first I found it somewhat depressing, but now it's clear that the best ones were being siphoned off for the book.

/and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles


It's also entirely possible that the really cool interesting ones he has been storing up over the last several years got used up early on, and now he's actually dependent on a stream of new questions as opposed to a running "best hits".

I wouldn't be surprised though if also the book has some good ones that haven't hit the page because they're being saved.
 
2014-05-02 05:50:57 PM  
I hear there are Brazilion buildings in Rio
 
2014-05-02 05:51:56 PM  

Cpl.D: New Farkin User Name: /and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles

Wow.  Who put the bobcat into your package?


The Bobcats are from The Oatmeal, not XKCD. Get your webcomics straight.

/Sheesh.
 
2014-05-02 05:52:58 PM  

MooseMuffin: The illustrations in this one are really effective at getting his point across.


Although the second last one has an error, he correctly draws 10 Mega-Mega-Mega-Skyscrapers, but labels it as 100 of them.
 
2014-05-02 06:00:41 PM  
The T-rex was a brilliant addition.
 
2014-05-02 06:01:01 PM  

netweavr: Why do you always hear about the mad scientist? Why not the mad grad student or the mad engineer?


I dunno but I always hear from the mad liberal arts students when I mispronounce my coffee order.
 
2014-05-02 06:01:50 PM  
If you make a building too tall, the whole thing gets taken up by elevators and there's no space for regular rooms.

someone's never played Sim Tower
 
2014-05-02 06:02:29 PM  

NkThrasher: It's also entirely possible that the really cool interesting ones he has been storing up over the last several years got used up early on, and now he's actually dependent on a stream of new questions as opposed to a running "best hits".


He has been using personal friends for questions for a while now. I've recognized some of the names.
 
2014-05-02 06:05:26 PM  

Dazrin: Cpl.D: New Farkin User Name: /and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles

Wow.  Who put the bobcat into your package?

The Bobcats are from The Oatmeal, not XKCD. Get your webcomics straight.

/Sheesh.


please tell me you are joking.
 
2014-05-02 06:07:17 PM  

Dazrin: Cpl.D: New Farkin User Name: /and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles

Wow.  Who put the bobcat into your package?

The Bobcats are from The Oatmeal, not XKCD. Get your webcomics straight.

/Sheesh.


http://xkcd.com/325/
 
2014-05-02 06:21:16 PM  
Hang on.  An XKCD that does not use "Summer Glaus" as a unit of measurement?
 
2014-05-02 06:32:23 PM  

NkThrasher: [static.neatorama.com image 500x369]

/Still cool


What do you mean just? At least we're doing something and not just publishing the same idea over and over again!
 
2014-05-02 07:09:11 PM  
New Farkin User Name:/and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles


Why?
 
2014-05-02 07:23:44 PM  
My 4 year old asked me how many stars there are the other day. It's tough to explain those kind of numbers.
 
2014-05-02 07:45:14 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Reading that just makes me want a billion story building, too.


Can you imagine the elevator ride to get to the top? You get to floor 999,999,947 and then some asshole on floor 3 presses the button and down you go....
 
2014-05-02 07:45:19 PM  

PapaChester: New Farkin User Name:/and fark still shouldn't greenlight xkcds as articles


Why?


Although I love xkcd, I don't really think that it qualifies as content worthy of an submission, and that it is just a lazy way for submitters to get an easy green. Most people who are interested will see the comic soon after it comes out, or find it while binging on tons of older comics, and it isn't like those who might like Munroe won't be exposed to him on Fark. Maybe I'm just bothered by a lack of precedent (that I know of). Does Fark ever have other comics greenlighted?

/there's probably quite a few xkcds relevant to my post and attitude.
//fark velociraptors
 
2014-05-02 08:23:21 PM  

netweavr: Why do you always hear about the mad scientist? Why not the mad grad student or the mad engineer?


Scientists tend to the INTJ, which leans to the dark side.

Engineers tend to be INTP, which is a bit more even keeled, even if they're not very sociable at orgies.
 
2014-05-02 08:53:19 PM  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: netweavr: Why do you always hear about the mad scientist? Why not the mad grad student or the mad engineer?

Scientists tend to the INTJ, which leans to the dark side.

Engineers tend to be INTP, which is a bit more even keeled, even if they're not very sociable at orgies.


Really?  Because I have yet to meet an engineer who, because he was an expert in one extremely narrow field, didn't feel he was automatically the most informed person in the observable universe and that everyone else should bow slavishly to his pronouncements on all subjects.  Scientists generally will accept that they can be wrong - they might not think they are, but they can actually entertain the possibility.
 
2014-05-02 10:06:03 PM  

Voiceofreason01: I really like the "What If's". It's amazing how many of them end up with some variation of "then everyone died"


That's my favorite part of them. You look at the question and then the first thing you ask yourself is 'okay, now how do you get from this to the world on fire?'
 
2014-05-02 11:30:00 PM  
I don't recall that the kid specified that she wanted to build her skyscraper  on Earth.  If she built it on an asteroid, gravity wouldn't be as much of a problem. She also didn't specify that it had to be sized for humans.  It could be an ant skyscraper, or a bacteria skyscraper.
 
2014-05-03 01:22:04 PM  
Well done, Mr. Munroe. If you can't explain it to a kid, you don't understand the subject. I paraphrased this from somebody. Sue me.
 
2014-05-04 01:06:49 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Well done, Mr. Munroe. If you can't explain it to a kid, you don't understand the subject. I paraphrased this from somebody. Sue me.


Pretty sure that it was Shia LaBeouf.
 
2014-05-04 01:19:07 AM  

lbarnett83: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Well done, Mr. Munroe. If you can't explain it to a kid, you don't understand the subject. I paraphrased this from somebody. Sue me.

Pretty sure that it was Shia LaBeouf.


Hehehe, I sincerely hope not. :)
 
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