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    This thread is for discussing the webcomic xkcd by Randall Munroe, the self-described "webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." Also for discussing the related series "what if?", giving "serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions", also by Randall Munroe. I'm surprised there isn't a thread for this already. If there's some rule against it, or if there's already a thread for it I somehow missed, please tell me.

    The current comic as of this writing is xkcd 1651: Robotic Garage. Ah ha ha, classic Black Hat.

    The previous webcomic is xkcd 1650: Baby. I need to say "Wow, that's a really cool baby!" in real life now.

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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    This isn't the first xkcd thread. Every so often, Munroe posts something that sparks a bunch of discussion (Hoverboard, Time, Click and Drag), and a thread starts up, and then after a while the discussion dies down and the thread falls off the front page never to be seen again.
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    Huh, I wonder why xkcd doesn't manage to have a permanent thread here. I guess it's because it has its own forums?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobblit View Post
    Huh, I wonder why xkcd doesn't manage to have a permanent thread here. I guess it's because it has its own forums?
    People here like to spend a lot of time discussing plot. There's usually not a lot of plot or ambiguity to discuss with xkcd.
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    It's not serial. Same reason I figure SMBC has no thread.
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    Quote Originally Posted by ImperatorV View Post
    People here like to spend a lot of time discussing plot. There's usually not a lot of plot or ambiguity to discuss with xkcd.
    But they'd have 10x more opportunities to discuss the Celsius vs. Farenheit issue!

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    It's not serial. Same reason I figure SMBC has no thread.
    Or Dinosaur Comics, I think.
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    Yeah. There's really not that much to say about most XKCD. I can only type "Hah, that's funny" or "I don't get this programming joke" so often.
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    In general a comic that falls below a certain critical mass of update speed, ambiguity, and plot movement tends not to be able to power a discussion. I think the cutoff point is about twenty panels a week times about two weeks til certainty divided by six weeks per plot scene.

    The other obstacle is when the comic treads on forum-inappropriate material. Considering how often xkcd goes political, it shouldn't be surprising that it's thread dies frequently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    I think the cutoff point is about twenty panels a week times about two weeks til certainty divided by six weeks per plot scene.
    XKCD has no plot, so how does that factor in to your equation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    XKCD has no plot, so how does that factor in to your equation?
    I was literally just throwing numbers and units at the wall and seeing what sticks.

    Alternatively, XKCD typically has a strip length of 4 panels. One strip comes out 3 times a week. Plots are normally one strip long (with a couple exceptions). Thus XKCD has 12 panels per week and a plot length of 1/3 weeks. So it has a value of 36A, where A is the ambiguity or "huh, how did that work" factor. I haven't measured A for anything yet.

    Either the plot length should be in the numerator or we have a system where only a certain range of values works.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    How do you factor in strips like the XKCD 2008 Christmas Special?
    It has 32 panels, but only 11 of them were "produced" due to budget shortages

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    I don't know how many kilograms Rockphed threw at the wall, but he might be too busy spackling it to worry about factoring anything now.

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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    In general a comic that falls below a certain critical mass of update speed, ambiguity, and plot movement tends not to be able to power a discussion.
    Yep, Gunnerkrigg Court updates three times a week (with six or eight panels per page), has a continuity, and Mr. Siddell loves to drop plotpoints and then ignore them until way later (or at least after spending a few pages on a funny conversation), so it'd pretty much the prime example of something that generates a lot of discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImperatorV View Post
    There's usually not a lot of plot or ambiguity to discuss with xkcd.
    xkcd has a forum, and a wiki.
    BTW, the thread about time (2013-03-25) is still running (2444+ pages)

    Also, what-if. That alone makes xkcd quite unusual among webcomics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    It's not serial. Same reason I figure SMBC has no thread.
    I'm sorry, the comic even says cerial in the name. How can it not be sereal?

    And, is it a surprise that in a topic about XKCD, we have gone meta- and are now discussing properties of comics?

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    If anyone wants to try themselves on today's hovertext challenge...

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    (Personally, my state outline identification skills are better than his state outline drawing skills.)
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    I recognize Texas, Florida and what I'm pretty sure is California. Then I'm done. That said, I still beat 90% of you at Swiss Canton outlines, so there's that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    I recognize Texas, Florida and what I'm pretty sure is California. Then I'm done. That said, I still beat 90% of you at Swiss Canton outlines, so there's that.
    I assume you can identify at least one, which means surely you are selling yourself low on that number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Campbell View Post
    (Personally, my state outline identification skills are better than his state outline drawing skills.)
    He probably had to cheat a bit when drawing them in order to make it all come out as roughly the right shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kornaki View Post
    I assume you can identify at least one, which means surely you are selling yourself low on that number.
    Well, the Germans on the forum might get a few, just by naming Swiss cities. (Pro tip: a lot of Cantons share a name with their largest city, since they were basically city states for the longest time.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    That said, I still beat 90% of you at Swiss Canton outlines, so there's that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    I recognize Texas, Florida and what I'm pretty sure is California. Then I'm done. That said, I still beat 90% of you at Swiss Canton outlines, so there's that.
    I saw the comic before seeing the hovertext. How can anyone not do that?
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    Ok, how do you convert radians into celsius?

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    Ok, how do you convert radians into celsius?
    Circular thermometer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethologica View Post
    Circular thermometer.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockphed View Post
    Divide by 5, multiply by 9, and add 32.


    It's not a proper unit conversion if it doesn't get into the complex plane.

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    Well, what does an imaginary degree look lilke?
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    Well, what does an imaginary degree look lilke?
    Liberal arts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    Ok, how do you convert radians into celsius?
    Radians Celsius or radians Fahrenheit?

    radC/2π*360 == C

    ((radF/2π*360)-32)/1.8 == C
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    Default Re: xkcd 1 (As Far As I Can Tell): Wow, That's a Really Cool Baby!

    So, as a group of GitP forumites, are there are questions we should submit to What If? Are there any blazing, unanswered questions in OOTS that could be answered by physics?

    Like, could the Mechane stay up even with a magical source of power for her lifting fans?

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