Talk:2226: Recombination And Reionization

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I'm pretty sure the joke in the title text is the juxtaposition of the name of the musician Post Malone with the term pre-star-formation, I can't find any info suggesting he's in any way associated with Selena Gomez. Does anyone see anything more to it than a pre- and post- thing? Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 05:11, 9 November 2019 (UTC)

I feel absolutely certain that the title text is ONLY because "Post" is a ridiculous first name, it isn't a name, so Randall is having fun with it. LOL! I could believe this entire comic was constructed around Randall's desire to make fun of the name. It also serves as another artist to add to the crossover jokes, and is actually the ultimate crossover joke as being a connection between the two concepts of radio station and wave monitoring. NiceGuy1 (talk) 05:31, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
I disagree with this interpretation of the title text. I think a more appropriate understanding to the link of star formation with Malone is from basketball. There is such a thing as a star formation or star passing drill that positions the players like points on a star and passes the ball from point to point [1]. Karl Malone played 19 seasons (18 with the Utah Jazz, 1 with the LA Lakers) with the NBA from 1985 to 2004 [2]. His impact on basketball was substantial and one could easily talk of pre-Malone and post-Malone basketball (my opinion). Rtanenbaum (talk) 15:55, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Because it's a convenient number with our unit system, wouldn't millions of devices emit 100MHz noise? I feel that should be added, but I don't know how.

The comic might also be tangentially referencing the 5G network roll out, which like this radio station will also preclude (specifically weather) science from happening. In the case of the 5G networks, the FCC auctioned off the 24ghz band to telecom companies, where water vapor in our atmosphere actually emits a faint signal around 23.8ghz. Any bleed from the 24ghz band into the 23.8 band can and will (according to NOAA) interrupt weather prediction. [3]

I suspect that "Hot" and "The Vibe" from the radio station are both references to the science behind this, too. Bobson (talk) 23:17, 9 November 2019 (UTC)

Possibly, but 92.7 The Vibe appears to be an actual radio station in Miami. 21:37, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm sure I'm not the only non-science reader to have read that first sentence with the word derived from "union" rather than "un-ionized". I laughed with its juxtaposition to the word "neutral"... Can we break with convention and hyphenate the word please? John.Adriaan (talk) 23:44, 10 November 2019 (UTC)

Actually, inserting a hyphen after a prefix IS the convention when the meaning of a word might be ambiguous, per online writing style guides. I inserted the hyphen to make the word un-ionized, as chemists are likely in the minority on this site. Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 16:27, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
There's definitely a pun here about scientists being attracted to (or repelled from?) coming together - unionized and un-ionized :) --OliReading (talk) 19:07, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

there is 3 "clicks" in the comic, but only 2 in the transcript, but my brain is currently not processing how it could be put into the transcript properly and different then the other 2 times. --Lupo (talk) 13:10, 9 January 2020 (UTC)