Pharyngula

It works, bitches

Our behind-the-scenes whip boss at Seed, Katherine Sharpe, mentioned this comic, and after I was done laughing, I had to post it.

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It could be our new motto.

Comments

  1. #1 Bloviator
    August 7, 2006

    Okay, I know (only) a little about this stuff – why does energy density peak @ 160.4GHz?

  2. #2 Bloviator
    August 7, 2006

    Ah, got it – cosmic microwave background –

  3. #3 steve s
    August 7, 2006

    When Paul Nelson and William Dembski drive by me on a flying carpet, I’ll listen to them. In the meantime, STFU.

  4. #4 Peter Backus
    August 7, 2006

    I want the t-shirt!

  5. #5 Joshua
    August 7, 2006

    Is there a t-shirt? Please let there be a t-shirt! I want a t-shirt!

  6. #6 Steve_C
    August 7, 2006

    Ouch. I hate when science jokes fly over my head like Spinner on warp thrusters.

  7. #7 Randall Munroe
    August 7, 2006

    There will be t-shirt soon, and there are signed prints now!

    Feel free to use the comics directly instead of mirroring them; we have plenty of bandwidth and I love to see them being shared! And it makes smile that Bloviator in the comments got that it was the background radiation. You don’t know how much email I got asking about that.

  8. #8 PZ Myers
    August 7, 2006

    This is the kind of place frequented by geeks where a lot of the readers would get it.

  9. #9 Steve_C
    August 7, 2006

    I’m not dissing the joke. Just my lack of knowledge.

  10. #10 Steve LaBonne
    August 7, 2006

    Baptizing the infidels by hitting them over the head with a Planck. πŸ˜‰

  11. #11 Tom Renbarger
    August 7, 2006

    I like all the little dots that presumably represent the FIRAS data from which the blackbody curve was derived.

  12. #12 Bronze Dog
    August 7, 2006

    I should get a T-shirt version of this for Ryan, my recently-returned blog partner. Sounds like something that fffffffilthy-mouthed human would say.

    This dog’s mouth is much cleaner than that, though.

  13. #13 BlueIndependent
    August 7, 2006

    PZ:
    “This is the kind of place frequented by geeks where a lot of the readers would get it.”

    I am a laymen on this one too, so I’m not sure I get it either. But my weak analysis thus far leads me to conclude the punchline is in the equation, and that knowing what the terms of the equation represent would reveal said hilarity.

    I’m guessing the visual graphing is meant to symbolize some sort of decrease in understanding leading to a correlative decrease in scientific interest?…

  14. #14 Jason (not that one)
    August 7, 2006

    I enjoyed Binary Sudoku a great deal.

    http://xkcd.com/c74.html

  15. #15 somnilista, FCD
    August 7, 2006

    Which of those variables accounts for the number of pirates?

  16. #16 Joshua
    August 7, 2006

    It’s not my speciality, but I believe the equation is the energy density of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation predicted by relativity(?), while the graph represents the actual data confirming the equation’s predictions. Hence: Science works. (Bitches.)

  17. #17 katherine sharpe
    August 7, 2006

    “Behind the scenes whip boss”

    Ah, FINALLY an accurate description of my occupation to fill into that little box on Friendster.

  18. #18 Scott
    August 7, 2006

    The cartoon is Plank’s Law on Blackbody radiation. The graph is usually represented as Intensity v wavelength. The 160.4 just represents the frequency in which we have max intensity. This value is different for different objects and doesn’t have some hidden meaning. You learn about Plank’s law in intro astronomy or your first modern physics class.

    Also, this is not the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. The CMBR measures the fluxuations in the background. That’s all bitches!

  19. #19 Steve LaBonne
    August 7, 2006

    Yes, this is the CMBR. Big Bang predicts that the background will fit the black body law and predicts the actual current-day temperature (which is related to the frequency distribution by the black body law). The fit between theory and observations is extraordinary.

  20. #20 Tom Renbarger
    August 7, 2006

    “Also, this is not the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. The CMBR measures the fluxuations in the background. That’s all bitches!”

    You’re thinking of the angular power spectrum of the CMB anisotropy. There is a “monopole term” at 2.725 K represented by the graph in the comic. There’s more cosmological information in the angular power spectrum than in the monopole, but they are both part of the CMB.

  21. #21 Rex
    August 7, 2006

    It’d also look good on a coffee cup

  22. #22 IHateFundies
    August 7, 2006

    Personally, I am sick of hearing the word bitches used in this fashion. The version where it is spelled beotch is less offensive, but only slightly. Too bad you can’t find humor without insulting women indirectly.

  23. #23 Steve_C
    August 7, 2006

    Are not bitches female dogs?

  24. #24 Blader
    August 7, 2006

    A bitch will greet me at the door when I arrive home tonight, and gently lick my legs, before I go outside and throw the ball with her.

    She thinks I am da shizzle

  25. #25 bitchin'
    August 7, 2006

    oh come on… can’t use the word bitch without insulting women… pah. that’s just whiney-ass troll bait.

    bitch is well beyond a gender specific insult these days.

  26. #26 Tlazolteotl
    August 7, 2006

    Bitch:
    1. A female canine animal, especially a dog.
    2. Offensive.
    a. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
    b. A lewd woman.
    c. A man considered to be weak or contemptible.
    3. Slang. A complaint.
    4. Slang. Something very unpleasant or difficult.
    5. Slang.Pwn3d!

  27. #27 Tlazolteotl
    August 7, 2006

    No offense, but really, I would think that someone who signs as “IHateFundies” would see the irony in complaining about the use of a derogatory word or phrase.

    Just sayin’

  28. #28 Steve_C
    August 7, 2006

    How bout “I hate those fundie bitches.” πŸ™‚

    Just sayin’.

  29. #29 Buffalo Gal
    August 7, 2006

    We’ve been taking back “bitch” for 30 years. Even the mildest-mannered of us in the early 70s had “Bitch” stickers under our names on the mailbox. Outspoken women, women who take no shit, have been bitches forever. Today, we say, “yeah, I’m a bitch – whatcha gonna do about it?” We gotta thank those who were bitches before it became popu7lar.

  30. #30 Owlmirror
    August 7, 2006

    Because no-one else has mentioned it:

    http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/

  31. #31 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    August 7, 2006

    And just think, some cable channel didn’t have to pay the author 50 million to come up with that.

    How bout “I hate those fundie bitches.” πŸ™‚

    killed me Steve_C

  32. #32 Graculus
    August 7, 2006

    Too bad you can’t find humor without insulting women indirectly.

    Posted by: IHateFundies

    From the local alpha female:

    Quit yer bitching, bitch, or I’ll bitch-slap you into next week.

    PZ, that’s one bitchin’ graphic.

  33. #33 Keith Douglas
    August 8, 2006

    I have always found that equations like that one suggest a certain inelegance to the universe. I mean, what’s with the -1 in the denominator? πŸ™‚

  34. #34 Joshua
    August 8, 2006

    Have you bitches read the rest of those comics? There’s a real slayer in there about Kepler as a janitor…

  35. #35 jeffk
    August 8, 2006

    Yeah, the motivation of the comic is that the CMB has been something of a “smoking gun” (sorry, hate that phrase but it works here) for cosmological theory – the big bang, and later inflation.

    Tom, did you go to the U of M for grad school?

  36. #36 Deepsix
    August 8, 2006

    I think the equation is there just as a generic reference to science. They could have used any scientific equation or symbol. You don’t need to know anything about the equation to get the humor in the tag line.

  37. #37 James
    August 8, 2006

    Its a great Motto.

    “Science, it works, bitches!”

    Use it every chance you get!

  38. #38 James
    August 8, 2006

    Oh, and accompany it with a picture of the blast cloud over Hiroshima!!

    “Science, it works, bitches!”

    I love it!

  39. #39 dr.steveb
    August 8, 2006

    simpler and more widely known equation would be even funnier in reference to “it works”:

    F = MA

    -a Dr. Steve

  40. #40 Timothy
    August 8, 2006

    T-Shirt please.

  41. #41 polychrome
    August 9, 2006

    but FEMA _didn’t_ work…..

    oh, sorry…F=Ma, my bad…..

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