Talk:2439: Solar System Cartogram

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 15:18, 22 March 2021 by (talk)
Jump to: navigation, search

Planet list seems incomplete

Where's Pluto? 20:30, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

Demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, to the continued frustration of people like myself. Captain Video (talk) 20:33, 19 March 2021 (UTC)
If the biggest Kuiper Belt object is a planet, the biggest Asteroid Belt object (Ceres) should be one too. They're both dwarf planets. Ceres was also considered a planet upon discovery until the rest of the similar-looking belt around it was discovered. Zowayix (talk) 00:24, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
Okay. 02:11, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
See 473: Still Raw--Kynde (talk) 09:31, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
The Pluto thing is just never going to go away. The IAU is in ego lock about how bad this decision was. "Clearing the neighborhood" serves no scientific value whatsoever. Supporters I've asked can't even articulate how big Pluto's neighborhood actually is. 12:55, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
There's no need of a precise definition. [1] The difference between a planet and a dwarf planet in terms of cleaning their neighborhood is like comparing a pebble to a mountain, they simply belong to different classes. 20:28, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

What about exoplanets? Wilh3lm (talk) 20:49, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

They're not in our solar system. bubblegum-talk|contribs 20:57, 19 March 2021 (UTC)
We should rectify that ASAP! A few more planets slotted between/woven through the current set would make for some interesting possibilities... 22:52, 19 March 2021 (UTC)
Yes, interesting in the "ancient Chinese curse" way: despite most of solar system being empty, you would need to be VERY careful to fit even single planet inside without risking collision. -- Hkmaly (talk) 04:31, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
We'll never know for sure without trying, right? ;p 22:34, 20 March 2021 (UTC)

Surprised no one has gotten technical and talked about how Earth is not drawn to be 7.8 billion times larger than the others (which would be around 300,000px wide) , meaning it's still off the same way other depictions tend to be. Trlkly (talk) 05:51, 20 March 2021 (UTC)

Maybe it's a logarithmic cartogram. Log scales are generally needed when differences in sizes are so vast. Barmar (talk) 06:01, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
The dots are dimensionless, thus have zero size according to their population. Only exception is Mars, but with two it would still almost be zero size and thus just a dot. --Kynde (talk) 09:31, 20 March 2021 (UTC)

Needs to be amended to note that this reflects only HUMAN life detected on these planets.  Just because we haven't found any yet doesn't mean that Jupiter might not be housing billions of Jovians, or Mars isn't teeming with Martians. RAGBRAIvet (talk) 06:53, 20 March 2021 (UTC)

Well there is no evidence of any lifeforms in the solar system beyond Earth. It talks about Persons in the title text, thus it needs to be intelligent to have that label. And thus animals would not count. So until we have evidence of aliens on the other planets, or until we inhabit them, their population would be zero. --Kynde (talk) 09:31, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
Remember, "intelligent" = capable of mass producing extinction level weapons, and stupid enough that they know they will push the button one day. 00:52, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

Bad map projection?

IMHO, this also qualify as kind of a bad map projection (in the wider sense of a population density-anamorphic cartogram) 21:11, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

No, it is not a map at all. But you could mention in the explanation that it has similarity to bad maps projections. But this one is not actually bad, it is technically correct, it is just useless. Also removed the map category as there is not map in this comic! It is a globe. --Kynde (talk) 09:31, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
How do you tell the difference between a picture of a globe and a picture of a map? In any case a picture of a globe is a map with an orthographic projections. 19:08, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
At least mention that Randall has previously published several distorted maps that are actually useful. E.g. But I think it is a map (of the solar system). Gvanrossum (talk) 23:59, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
It's a diagram. Not sure it qualifies as a map. The relationship between features (planets) is purely sequential, and (however much I use Perl's map {func($_)} @list operation, which derives more from the pure mathematical usage) I expect my maps to have slightly more than 1D of layout to them, whatever other distortions they display/don't avoid. There are indeed 'strip maps' of roads/routes pulled straight, but they are mostly called "straight line diagrams" anyway (or contour/slope diagrams using the route as the cross-section path, so 2D in a perpendicular variation). 03:38, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

If the explanation is going to mention electoral maps, would it make sense to include 2399: 2020 Election Map and 1939: 2016 Election Map? Aerin (talk) 00:03, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

Does anyone else find it strange that the title text explicitly states "although that's not enough to make Mars more than a dot." It seems in keeping with XKCD humor just to leave it at "For sentimental reasons, every active Mars rover is counted as one person." and leave the reader to consider if that had any appreciable impact on the size it was drawn at. Perhaps it truly was only a sentimental gesture, and the point of the title text is simply to express his sadness that it didn't alter the size he was able to draw Mars at. -- 14:27, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

Is anyone else pondering what he knows that we don't that mandate the planets even get a dot? What populations beside rovers get them represented at all? oh and do populations of moons get neglected or added to the total of their barycenter (which is usually inside and thus named after a planet)? 19:16, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

But [2] shows that there is life on moons of Jupiter and Saturn! So those dots need to be larger. -- 15:18, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

Population Specific rather than Vote by County

Existing explanation is assuming that the joke is purely about the means of showing electoral votes by county regardless of population in terms of red/blue. There is no indication in comic or title text that this is the case. Instead, a more direct take on 2439 is that this is taking the population cartogram to the extreme level of the solar system. A good example of the world view population cartogram is Population Year 2020 | Worldmapper. In this view, regions with larger population densities are shown to be larger than rural areas, yet still having the general shape of continents. To correlate with this, in Population Year 1 the comment is made "The estimated population of New Zealand was zero", yet New Zealand is still clearly visible on the map, just razer thin (to line up with a single dot for all of the other planets). With all of the above, I believe the paragraph relating 2439 to the US Election Vote by County views is not relevant to the comic, other than it being a misinterpretation of the comic. In terms of content, content is CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, so the image could be included. 20:58, 21 March 2021 (UTC)