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Word Puzzles
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '18 at 08:40 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Eno's storied aria was once soloed by Judge Lance Ito on the alto oboe at Ohio's AirAsia Arena.

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Pie Charts
Posted by News Fetcher on August 10 '18 at 08:40 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

If you can't get your graphing tool to do the shading, just add some clip art of cosmologists discussing the unusual curvature of space in the area.

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Voting Software
Posted by News Fetcher on August 08 '18 at 10:00 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

There are lots of very smart people doing fascinating work on cryptographic voting protocols. We should be funding and encouraging them, and doing all our elections with paper ballots until everyone currently working in that field has retired.

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Disaster Movie
Posted by News Fetcher on August 06 '18 at 12:32 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Really, they'd be rushing around collecting revisions to go into the next scheduled quarterly public data update, not publishing them immediately, but you have to embellish things a little for Hollywood.

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Complex Numbers
Posted by News Fetcher on August 03 '18 at 08:32 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

I'm trying to prove that mathematics forms a meta-abelian group, which would finally confirm my suspicions that algebreic geometry and geometric algebra are the same thing.

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Lightning Distance
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '18 at 04:30 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

The index of radio refraction does have a lot of variation, which might throw off your calculations, so you can also look at the difference in brightness between the visible flash and more-attenuated UV and x-rays.

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Heat Index
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '18 at 08:32 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

The heat index is calculated via looking up the "effective temperature" in a table of air temperature and humidity values, and then adding a bunch more degrees because it feels WAY hotter than that.

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Peer Review
Posted by News Fetcher on July 27 '18 at 07:12 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Your manuscript "Don't Pay $25 to Access Any of the Articles in this Journal: A Review of Preprint Repositories and Author Willingness to Email PDF Copies for Free" has also been rejected, but nice try.

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Light Hacks
Posted by News Fetcher on July 24 '18 at 08:20 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Life hack: Wait for an advanced civilization to be briefly distracted, then sneak in and construct a slightly smaller Dyson sphere inside theirs.

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Y-Axis
Posted by News Fetcher on July 22 '18 at 08:10 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

We've also developed the semi-semi-log scale, where the Y-axis for the left half of the graph is a log scale but on the right half it isn't.

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Sports Champions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '18 at 08:10 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

For a long time, people thought maybe Usain Bolt was the one for running, until the 2090s and the incredible dominance of Derek Legs.

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Software Development
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '18 at 06:50 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Update: It turns out the cannon has a motorized base, and can make holes just fine using the barrel itself as a battering ram. But due to design constraints it won't work without a projectile loaded in, so we still need those drills.

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Negative Results
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '18 at 06:50 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

P.S. We're going to the beach this weekend, so I'm attaching my preregistration forms for that trip now, before we find out whether it produces any interesting results.

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An Apple for a Dollar
Posted by News Fetcher on July 13 '18 at 08:10 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.

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Wall Art
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '18 at 05:30 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

At first, I moved from pokémon posters to regular oil paintings, but then these really grumpy and unreasonable detectives from the Louvre showed up and took them all. They wouldn't even give me back my thumbtacks!

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Stargazing 2
Posted by News Fetcher on July 09 '18 at 10:50 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

I mean, it wasn't exactly MY thesis. When the FAA came to shut down our observatory for using the telescope mirror to shine light at airplanes, I took a thesis and a bunch of doctorates from the supply cabinet on my way out.

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OEIS Submissions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 06 '18 at 09:30 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

SUB[59]: The submission numbers for my accepted OEIS submissions in chronological order

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New Phone Thread
Posted by News Fetcher on July 03 '18 at 08:10 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

I'm going to tell the manufacturer that their business practices are ADMIRABLE and ETHICAL and their developers are ATTRACTIVE and I'm going to report them to the FCC for their IMPECCABLE VIRTUE.

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JWST Delays
Posted by News Fetcher on July 02 '18 at 09:30 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Since delays should get less likely closer to the launch, most astronomers in 2018 believed the expansion of the schedule was slowing, but by early 2020 new measurements indicated that it was actually accelerating.

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Rock
Posted by News Fetcher on June 29 '18 at 09:30 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

It traveled so far to reach me. I owed it my best.

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