Sunday, January 10, 2010

The creators of "The God Equation" probably won't get this joke

Remember that nonsensical "God Equation" that was ripped apart over at Pharyngula about a month ago? Yeah, I don't think its creators will get this joke:I really think the amount you laugh* at xkcd could be a good predictor of nerdiness/science knowledge. I know when I stare at a comic scratching my head, it's because I don't know something. This frequently happens when the punchline has to do with programming. Sadness.

*Assuming laughter correlates with getting the joke. If you get it but don't laugh, I don't get your sense of humor. If you don't get it but laugh, you may be insane, really like stick figures, or have a judgmental nerd peering over your shoulder.

12 comments:

  1. I just like the idea of England drifting out to sea.

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  2. I like the idea of manipulating one part of an arbitrary equation to influence another part. It's reminiscient of the Glooper from Pratchett's Making Money.

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  3. I must be the biggest nerd ever, because I think XKCD is friggin hilarious. There's only a few of them I had to have my computer programmer friend explain to me.

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  4. If I didn't read both xkcd and Pharyngula I most likely wouldn't of subscribed to this blag.

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  5. Yes, the first tought that pop in my mind after reading the first panel of that comic was that nonsensical "God equation".

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  6. I'm in a thread-jacking mood.

    What's your favorite line from xkcd? Some of mine are:

    "His laptop's encrypted. Drug him and hit him with this $5 wrench until he tells us the password."
    "I just wrote the most beautiful code of my life."

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  7. XKCD is amazing. Randall Munroe gave a talk here at CMU a few years ago and he's even more hilarious in person, although he's a bit awkward...

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  8. Randall's abuse is one step improved from the God Equation. See, Randall's units make sense. That's a major improvement. Indeed, at some level, Randall is mocking a much higher level form of stupidity (if that makes any sense at all).

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  9. Randall hasn't made a comic that requires more knowledge than the opening paragraph of a random Wikipedia article in 300 strips. It's not that smart of a strip.

    I'll just bring up "silent hammers" ...

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  10. I guess I passed, because I burst out laughing...but how do the units check out? Since when does the EPA use joules/km?

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