Apr. 16th, 2014

12:00 am - April 16, 2014

AND a bonus comic over at The Nib?!

10:12 am - eggs2


Here’s an old Easter one, from 5 years ago.

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12:00 am - One-Second Day

One-Second Day

What would happen if the Earth's rotation were sped up until a day only lasted one second?


If this is going to happen, I hope it doesn't happen late in the afternoon next Friday.

The Earth rotates,[citation needed] which means its midsection is being flung outward by centrifugal force.[1]Which is still a real thing. This centrifugal force isn't strong enough to overcome gravity and tear the Earth apart, but it's enough to flatten the Earth slightly and make it so you weigh almost a pound less at the Equator than you do at the poles.[2]This is due to several effects, including centrifugal force, the flattened shape of the Earth, and the fact that if you go far enough toward the pole in North America people start offering you poutine.

If the Earth (and everything on it) were suddenly sped up so that a day only lasted one second, the Earth wouldn't even last a single day.[3]Either kind. The Equator would be moving at over 10% of the speed of light. Centrifugal force would become much stronger than gravity, and the material that makes up the Earth would be flung outward.

You wouldn't die instantly—you might survive for a few milliseconds or even seconds. That might not seem like much, but compared to the speed at which you'd die in other What If articles involving relativistic speeds, it's pretty long.

The Earth's crust and mantle would break apart into building-sized chunks. By the time a second[4]I mean, a day. had passed, the atmosphere would have spread out too thin to breathe—although even at the relatively stationary poles, you probably wouldn't survive long enough to asphyxiate.

In the first few seconds, the expansion would shatter the crust into spinning fragments and kill just about everyone on the planet, but that's relatively peaceful compared to what would happen next.

Everything would be moving at relativistic speeds, but each piece of the crust would be moving at close to the same speed at its neighbors. This means things would be relatively calm ... until the disk hit something.

The first obstacle would be the belt of satellites around the Earth. After 40 milliseconds, the ISS would be struck by the edge of the expanding atmosphere and would be vaporized instantly. More satellites would follow. After a second and a half, the disc would reach the belt of geostationary satellites orbiting above the Equator. Each one would release a violent burst of gamma rays as the Earth consumed it.

The debris from the Earth would slice outward like an expanding buzzsaw. The disk would take about ten seconds to pass the Moon, another hour to spread past the Sun, and would span the Solar System within a day or two. Each time the disc engulfed an asteroid, it would spray a flood of energy in all directions, eventually sterilizing every surface in the Solar System.

Since the Earth is tilted, the Sun and the planets aren't usually lined up with the plane of the Earth's equator. They'd have a good chance of avoiding the buzzsaw[5]I keep reading this as "Buzzfeed". directly.

However, Next Friday, April 25th, the Moon will cross the plane of the Earth's equator (as it does every two weeks). If Dylan sped up the Earth at this moment, the Moon would be right in the path of the resulting planetary buzzsaw.

The impact would turn the moon into a comet, sending it rocketing from the Solar System in a spray of debris. The flash of light and heat would be so bright that if you were standing at the surface of the Sun, it would be brighter above you than below. Every surface in the Solar System—Europa's ice, Saturn's rings, and Mercury's rocky crust—would be scoured clean ...

... by moonlight.

04:00 am - Orbital Mechanics

To be fair, my job at NASA was working on robots and didn't actually involve any orbital mechanics. The small positive slope over that period is because it turns out that if you hang around at NASA, you get in a lot of conversations about space.

Apr. 15th, 2014

10:00 pm - How to Point Out Something So Large That People Don't Notice I

 You can still enter to win a signed copy of the new edition of Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0). In addition to that book, the prize package will also include the Basic Instructions 2014 Box Calendar, and a signed copy of a book by a different author. This week, the bonus book is The 27th Mile, By Ray Charbonneau, and in this case I'll point out that if you chose to go to Ray's site and purchase a copy, all of the proceeds will go to help victems of the Boston Marathon bombings.

You can enter below by friending Off to Be the Wizard on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or by answering a question.

Sadly, the offer is only open to people in the United States. Shipping costs, what can I say? The contest closes on, April 19th at 12am, then a new give away with a different bonus book will begin. Thanks, and good luck!

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06:16 pm - Page 226 – Coffee Party


So, that’s it. This concludes AXE COP: REVENGE ON RAINBOW GIRL.

Thanks to Ethan and Malachai for letting us take a shot at our own AXE COP story. Thank you for reading. If you commented, thanks extra for that. This has been a long slog- I’ve been working on this comic for almost a year now, in between other projects. Getting feedback was the return on my investment and I appreciated all of it. …That was a lie. I didn’t appreciate the guy that said “I don’t like this artwork” a couple of weeks back. That guy can get eaten by sharks. The rest of you, though, you’re nice.

Now that my docket’s wide open, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. I’ll be needing new art projects. Got one? Hit me up at my FB page. Don’t mind the zombie and skull art, I do metal album covers and that stuff is all over the place over there.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go treat the kids to a coffee party.


We’re playing pretend.
“Okay, you be Spider-Man and I’ll be the King of Ostriches.”
-Charlotte, 3 years old

“Mommy! Mommy! …Mommy, listen!
Mommy, listen to this! Ready?
Are you ready?? Fish skipple.”
                                        -Amelia, 4 years old

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05:44 pm - Update on Dr. McNinja’s Legendary Showdown card game

In case you haven’t been following the Kickstarter updates on Dr. McNinja’s Legendary Showdown, I’d like to share the latest news. First off, all the cards and boxes are PRINTED! YAAAY! I got my proof copy, and the game looks and feels GREAT. I’m super excited Kickstarter backers are going to be able to play relatively soon.

The manufacturer is currently assembling the games which will take about one more week, and then the pallets are getting shipped to Killer Robot Games from China. That journey could take up to four weeks. Once they arrive at Killer Robot Games, they’ll be fulfilling all the individual orders as fast as they can, and I’m imagine we’ll get another update around that time.

For more details and pictures, you can check out the Kickstarter page. In a couple weeks, Killer Robot will be opening up more pre-orders for people who missed the Kickstarter campaign, and I’ll be sure to link you to that then too.


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12:00 am - April 15, 2014


07:01 am - Oh My Goodness, Oh My Gosh

Oh My Goodness, Oh My Gosh

Apr. 14th, 2014

04:00 am - 27p38


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