Miscellaneous

Color Survey

People have made some fun things with the color survey data already.  Howard Yeend did a 3D visualization, Gissehel made some maps out of the raw data, and Rune Grimstad made a color picker tool.  Also, Jacob Rus nerd sniped me with this, which is not related to the color survey but I’m sharing it anyway.

School-Building

Breadpig, the publisher of the xkcd book, is holding a survey to see where people want Room to Read to invest their remaining profits from the book.  If you want to vote, it closes at noon EST on Monday.

xkcd: Mobile Version

If you read xkcd on your phone, or you just prefer simple pages without a lot of clutter, check out m.xkcd.com.  It has a nice, clean design and should be capable of showing the alt-text in any browser (even Lynx, which can’t even show the comic). Report any problems with the site to mobile@xkcd.com.  Thanks!

206 replies on “Miscellaneous”

  1. Alas, the blueberries fled when the coconuts migrated here.

    Hehehehe. The bear tried the dissapearing pencil act, but the joker beat him to it.

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  2. There’s probably little point in posting this, but I’m sad I missed the chance to contribute to your colour database. There isn’t a way to re-open it, is there?

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  3. The mobile site is OK, but I’m disappointed that unixkcd.com isn’t being updated anymore.

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  4. Hi Randall,

    Any reason why unixkcd is stuck at the cartoon #775? I love the unixkcd interface and it would be great if it was updated along with the main site.

    Thanks.

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  5. I’m missing the news updates and secretly hoping that you are working on something even more exciting than the colour survey…

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  6. The miscellaneous answers list, I believe, is the closest thing we’ve ever been to actually seeing the colors with someone else’s eyes – not as a concept but as a complete perception together with full sensory input, emotional and storage memory, current mood, etc.

    very nice job, loved it 😀

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  7. oops! I thought the captcha was broken 😦 if there is a mod, maybe delete the extras

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  8. XKCD, I am rather disappointed and perhaps almost offended by today’s comic (#787, “Orbiter”). You humorously have one character refer to Oklahoma as “you mean North Texas?” with the character’s intent to provoke controversy while the comic chose Oklahoma because it sounds improbable.

    Well, try reading a history book next time. Oklahoma was the site of some of the last, largest, and most downright illegal Native-American relocations and land-deprivations in U.S. history. In the 1830s, Andrew Jackson forcibly relocated almost every remaining tribe in the US to Oklahoma, in a series of military-led forced marches so rigorous they caused the death of thousands, many of them children. Later, much of this “Indian Territory” (many tribes packed into about half the state of Oklahoma) would be illegally grabbed by homesteaders, a move supported by congress with the passage of the Dawes Act in the 1880s, an act that officially dissolved every remaining native tribe in the U.S., allotted a small portion of their lands to each of their members, and declared the rest “unused land” open for public purchase.

    If there’s anything resembling an occupied territory in America (or at least in 19th century America), Oklahoma’s it.

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  9. Interesting article about language and how it effects our ways of thinking – I’m posting it here because on page five there’s a few comments about color and language.

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  10. Because I could not stop for Death…
    or
    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…
    or
    There is a house in New Orleans…

    The topic is poetic metrics, and I think the metric in question is 43.43.

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  11. M.xkcd.com is great! I realize I’m a bit late in noticing that, but thought I’d share nonetheless! =)

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  12. Come on Randall, let’s see if you can make it to 4 months of having this blog serve no useful function!

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  13. A blag owner, name of Munroe
    was at posting incredibly slow.
    We became irritated
    ’cause he never updated
    for almost four months in a row.

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  14. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything you just talked about (except possibly the title-Miscellaneous) but I thought you might be very interested to find out about this (if you haven’t already seen the article):
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/6090313/Chickenosaurus-Canadian-scientist-says-he-can-create-dinosaurs-from-chickens.html
    Fears of current day velociraptor attacks may not be completely unfounded..or without merit.
    Excuse me while I go do my best to velociraptor proof my house.

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  15. Man, this guy is so damn lazy. He’s admitted he makes enough from his comic so he doesn’t have to work and can do whatever he pleases all day every day but doesn’t have the common decency to update his blog for over 4 months!

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  16. the newspaper in this hawking comic (hey, has there been a legit hawking comic, with a hawk? better yet, parahawking) is fantastic. the edges! the header!

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  17. guys… with no update to the blag in a very long time. I think its safe to assume that Randall is dead. Request timed out.

    I’ll miss you Randall!

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  18. scII isnt a mmorpg! It’s a rts! Oh man do i feel nerdy saying that. I love this map anyway!

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  19. So, if you ever actually read these comments, the large version of the map is giving me “cannot be displayed, because it has errors.”

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  20. @Velociraptor Cloaca, It’s “MMO Isle”, not “MMORPG Isle.” That said, I still wouldn’t classify SC2 as MMO. Looking at Wikipedia’s definition, MMO’s “feature at least one persistent world.” I don’t think Leagues and Ladders classifies.

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  21. http://www.xkcd.com/806/

    As someone who actually works tech support, I wish it worked that way too. It’s long hours on the phone with people who want to argue, who don’t want to follow simple spoken directions, who don’t speak enough English to comprehend simple spoken directions, and on and on.

    There is also the uncomfortable fact that a great many of one’s cow-orkers are, to put it kindly, not really capable of pronouncing the big words in the troubleshooting script and lack sufficient capacity for abstract thought to comprehend what, if anything, is happening behind the shiny cheerful pictures on the screen, and are therefore utterly lost when things happen that aren’t in the mimeographed script taped to the top of the desk to the left of the keyboard. (and at this company, at least, management doesn’t appear to grasp that there’s any difference either in comprehension or performance between the cargo pants guys and the mumbling crackheads the temp service sent over…)

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  22. Randall, this is not a repsonse to the blog post, but a response to Monday’s strip. I’d like to point out that astrology is actually used fairly extensively within the Wall Street subculture. The most accurate equity analysis firm in 2005 and the the third most accurate in 2008 gave reports for “Market predictions and planetary transits.” Several financial manuals have been published on the subject, and many early twentieth century economists, whose models are still in use today, wrote chapters about zodiacal associations and how to make predictions based on planetary motion. Even Forbes magazine ran an article last year about the increasing use of horoscopes among stock investors. (http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/28/astrology-astronomy-stocks-personal-finance-investing-ideas-planetary-forecasting.html) Google “stock market astrology” if you don’t believe me.

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  23. update your blog more buddy. cmon now. how are we supposed to stay interested if you don’t give us a consistent post at least on a semi regular basis. If I have to look at the color survey results any more I might just pay attention to them.

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  24. Please stand aside, this blog is officially pronounced dead, investigation concerning the cause of death are running.

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  25. Re “Los Alamos” (#809): is the character on the right Richard Feynman? And is the one in the middle Robert Oppenheimer? And if that is Oppie, where’s his hat and pipe?

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  26. @Matt P: I think the point is not whether astrology is being used, but whether it’s helping its users make a killing or not.

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  27. Jamental partner.

    I randomly take captchas to make sure my brain has not been overrun by a computer.

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  28. Re: the magnetic circuit concept:

    Ha! I knew I wasn’t completely crazy when I started building massively-powerful electromagnets in my garage and trying to create a motor with no touching parts! Just consider this: with magnetic fields maintaining an object’s perceived levitation, and then applying spin/motion to that object, you should be able to produce a mechanical device that requires no oil and rarely needs to be repaired. SCIENCE!

    I also heard that you can use neodymium magnet toroids to create a massively powerful gauss cannon, which if built right (or wrong, perhaps) can also begin to bend light. This could be the start of a cloaking device…

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  29. Ha! I knew I wasn’t completely crazy when I started building massively-powerful electromagnets in my garage and trying to create a motor with no touching parts! Just consider this: with magnetic fields maintaining an object’s perceived levitation, and then applying spin/motion to that object, you should be able to produce a mechanical device that requires no oil and rarely needs to be repaired. SCIENCE!
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  30. Hey, I’m sorry to hear about illness: we’ve just been through a very tough time with two simultaneous lots of serious illness in the family, and it has been incredibly difficult to cope with. I also began dropping non-essential tasks. My suggestion – get a few of your closest friends or people who you trust to invite some guest cartoonists. Boing boing does that with guest bloggers – it takes the pressure off the core BB team and makes sure that there’s something for people to read – and that BB don’t lose popularity because they aren’t posting anything. I’m suggesting close friends so that you can just hand the job to them without worrying about the outcome and without needing to be involved. BB have an established pattern they could use: their guests post for ten days to two weeks and are allowed to promote themselves in blurb before the posting.

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