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Old 09-06-2019, 10:38 AM
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I found this comic through SD as it seems many Dopers are fans.

I thought you might find this interview with Randall Munroe & article on his new book interesting:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/09/xk...wikipedia.html
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:10 PM
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What, no link to XKCD? Here's one

https://www.xkcd.com/214/
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Old 09-06-2019, 03:27 PM
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From the article:

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That’s only the beginning. Next, Munroe says he remembers reading a sci-fi story, though he can’t recall the title, about a first-contact scenario that involves people trying to negotiate light-years away. “They finally realize that the best way isn’t to send questions and wait for responses, it’s just to both continually transmit streams of information adjusting as they went because the interview format didn’t work,” he says. So that’s one option.
The story he's probably remembering is "My Son, the Physicist", a short-short written by Asimov (though the story only involved communicating with a base on Pluto, far short of lightyears). It was written for hire from a radio company, who wanted stories from the great authors short enough to fit into a magazine ad, with the only constraint being that the story must involve communication ("Searchlight" was Heinlein's contribution; I'm not remembering Clarke's at the moment).

And speaking of XKCD, does anyone else wonder why Thor can throw a car further than he can Mjolnir?
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:42 PM
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And speaking of XKCD, does anyone else wonder why Thor can throw a car further than he can Mjolnir?
I didn't until now. His interactive comics don't seem to work in my usual browsers.
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:57 PM
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And speaking of XKCD, does anyone else wonder why Thor can throw a car further than he can Mjolnir?
I think he handled the "only the worthy" thing by making the hammer arbitrarily heavy - way heavier than a car, which (depending on the car) could at least be lifted by a real human, if not thrown.

Interestingly, the three shortest distances for things Thor can throw are, in order, a car, his hammer, and a ping-pong ball, which he can only throw a whopping 13 meters. I guess he included wind resistance in the model?
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:20 PM
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Today's episode of Science Friday had an amazing interview with Munroe:

https://www.sciencefriday.com/segmen...andall-munroe/

Audio at the link (27+minutes) and also some other useful links.
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:45 AM
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I love that Serena Williams agreed to try to hit a drone.

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Old 09-07-2019, 05:05 PM
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This should be the official xkcd of the GD forum.
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Old 09-07-2019, 05:42 PM
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And speaking of XKCD, does anyone else wonder why Thor can throw a car further than he can Mjolnir?
I am thinking that there was a lost opportunity for a Squirrel Girl joke, though.
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