# 730: Circuit Diagram

 Circuit Diagram Title text: I just caught myself idly trying to work out what that resistor mass would actually be, and realized I had self-nerd-sniped.

## Explanation

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A large useless circuit diagram, with pieces of road maps, chemical diagrams, and other things all mixed in.

Image Fragment Image Location Description
106×37 @ 19,25 A map scale.
41×87 @ 53,60 A coil or inductor. Normal, but unlabeled.
85×93 @ 107,86 A feature of road networks that does not belong in a circuit diagram.
87×63 @ 184,12 A battery. The voltage of square root of two is strange, but getting about 1.41412... volts is not unheard of.
94×71 @ 187,110 A 120 ohm resister is normal enough. "Or to taste" is odd.
90×63 @ 283,50 A normal switch, with a notation to glue it open. Reminiscent of the MAGIC/MORE MAGIC switch.
69×64 @ 337,101 A bipolar PNP transister, except that it has two emitters and no collector.
79×107 @ 52,141 Compass points. A map feature, not a circuit feature.
63×58 @ 415,18 A normal resistor, labeled with color code. Brown-Blue-Orange would be 16000 ohms.
42×32 @ 517,14 A normal diode.
73×74 @ 615,55 A chip. The normal timer is a "555". "666" would be the number of the beast.
69×41 @ 632,138 A batman logo.
75×71 @ 650,211 A squirrel. What it does as a circuit element is unsure.
54×53 @ 606,165 A coil or inductor, labeled as an 11 kiligram mass.
99×59 @ 538,209 A 240 volt AC generator (or other power source).
111×103 @ 483,186 A shorting wire around a generator. The label reads "Omit this if you're a wimp." If this wire is included, it will quickly melt -- or worse.
57×75 @ 419,78 A jar of scarab beetles.
28×44 @ 482,47 A variable resister with center tap. Normally, there would be an arrowhead on the cetern tap.
22×27 @ 507,53 A normal capacitor.
96×62 @ 577,318 smoke "Magic Smoke" is the legendary stuff inside a chip that comes out when it fails.
51×66 @ 669,315 Some frayed or dangling wires.
58×48 @ 567,392 This appears to be a float used in fishing
111×86 @ 458,336 A bridge rectifier, which would normally turn alternting current at the top and bottom into direct current on the left and right. In this case, it is labeled as a "moral rectifier".
80×85 @ 423,259 A weather map feature.
54×52 @ 190,199 A normal 50 volt battery.
89×56 @ 173,200 A battery is grounded on both sides. Something will melt or burn out quickly, unless these are seperate "earth ground"s, in which case the ground might get a bit cooked.
174×25 @ 259,198 Text reads "Pull this wire really tight". This kind of physical property issue may indicate a high frequency radio device.
41×91 @ 141,211 A specified 3/8 inch separation. This probably indicates a carefully controlled capacitance issue.
92×59 @ 173,309 An electric eel. This may be an effective power source in the circuit.
35×41 @ 266,307 A normal resistor.
34×29 @ 222,358 A normal capacitor.
44×40 @ 130,335 A normal resistor, labeled "ë",
61×92 @ 65,249 This appears to be a blender.
115×73 @ 20,342 An arduino, labeled "Arduino, just for blog cred."
118×82 @ 39,423 A chip labeled "Most expensive chip available". The small curve at the top is a part of the packaging designed to show its orientation.
91×50 @ 159,428 Labeled "Neck Strap". Perhaps a piece of torture equipment?
110×88 @ 147,480 A switch labeled "Hire someone to open and close switch real fast."
61×64 @ 273,498 A 5 ohm resistor labeled "(decoy)". One end is not attached to anything.
103×56 @ 307,453 A pair of contacts, labeled "Touch Tongue Here".
45×45 @ 301,270 A frowny-face.
128×124 @ 294,311 A small integrated circuit. The lower gate is an inverter, wired as a free-running oscillator. The upper gate is an XOR wired to act as either a free-running oscillator or a latch. Since the XOR will be slower than the inverter, the overall output of the upper gate is probably very chaotic. Two "input" wires are not connected at all. An additional wire is hot glue'ed to the top. This last wire probably acts to control static and leakage.
91×25 @ 302,235 A caution sign at a curve. Another road feature in the circuit.
67×68 @ 401,455 A methyl group (chemistry) attached to a corner. If the circuit where an organic chemical, it would be reasonable to find a number of these.
43×93 @ 453,167 A balloon, possibly blowing in a breeze.
22×43 @ 572,68 A coil or inductor.
42×20 @ 508,96 A coil or inductor.
22×31 @ 534,61 A ground connection.
134×140 @ 472,49 A solder blob covering a portion of the circuit. Normally, this would not be part of the circuit diagram, but a mistake in building the circuit.
207×158 @ 493,443 A rats-nets of 1 ohm resisters. It is labeled "Oh, so you think you're such a whiz at EE201?" Calculating the effective resistance of this is what the title text refers to. It appears to works out to 0.93986 ohms.
151×167 @ 362,531 An arena, with a few bodies in it.
File:circuit diagram-311-599-042-035-diode.png 42×35 @ 311,599 A diode
File:circuit diagram-512-604-037-026-diode.png 37×26 @ 512,604 A diode
File:circuit diagram-418-703-029-031-diode.png 29×31 @ 418,703 A diode
47×51 @ 569,653 A "pi" ohm resistor.
75×70 @ 610,655 A 500 volt AC generator. The wiring to the right shorts out this generator.
85×64 @ 481,682 A ground connection, labeled "Bury deep, but not too deep". This type of ground connection is called an "earth ground".
75×73 @ 17,610 A ground connection at the end of a curve, looking like a fishhook.
66×45 @ 206,662 A length of "wire" is labeled "yarn". This probably makes it a terrible conductor.
93×88 @ 102,590 The flux capacitor from Back to the Future
54×24 @ 138,685 A road sign for "I-95". Interstate 95 is the main north-south highway on the east coast of the United States, running from Maine to Florida.
134×36 @ 12,713 A connection labeled "To center of Sun". A 93 million mile circuit is rather large, but ...
144×177 @ 31,753 A rats nets of wires. Everything winds up being connected.
97×61 @ 22,513 A label reading "Electrons Single File". If this happens, the resistance in this section of wire would be rather high.
29×39 @ 256,619 A ground connection
58×46 @ 589,600 A vibrator, which would be a motor with an off-center weight attached to it.
74×52 @ 532,779 A motor, labeled "To Scale"
73×109 @ 662,822 A ground connection, in a beaker labeled "Holy Water".
48×55 @ 197,740 A speed limit 55 MPH sign.
100×116 @ 238,706 A pair of NOR gates wired as a SR (set-reset) flip-flop. The label reads "May use an actual sandal instead", which is a play on the meanings of the term "flip-flop".
70×54 @ 322,708 Something that could be the side view of a fence, labeled "Holding Pen". There might be a small figure inside...
42×49 @ 339,777 A simple overhand knot.
149×33 @ 191,889 This appears to be an Electrocardiograph trace.
82×68 @ 223,826 A photodiode, labeled "Tear Collector". A photodiode is a light sensing device.
49×68 @ 373,859 A lamp.
65×32 @ 450,887 A coil or inductor.
120×72 @ 537,847 A coil or inductor, labeled ""Take off shirt while wiring this part. Ooh, yeah, I like that."
34×41 @ 504,860 A resistor labeled "?". Presumably this means the resistance is unknown.
55×38 @ 459,828 A resistor labeled "YES".
58×53 @ 389,774 A resistor labeled "8mm".
93×84 @ 443,747 A resistor labeled "Not a resistor; wire just does this". This reflects the fact that any wire has a certain amount of resistance just by being a wire.
82×24 @ 415,863 A symbol similar to two electrolytic capacitors back to back, labeled "3 Liters".

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# Discussion

So, is the arena a new kind of comparator or something? Davidy22[talk] 13:28, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

11:13, 10 April 2013 (UTC)11:13, 10 April 2013 (UTC)Jh6p (talk) The 3 liter capacitor could also be a ball approximately 6 inches in diameter if the seams on the ball were similar to the seams on a basketball. Perhaps a volleyball?

"A squirrel. What it does as a circuit element is unsure."

Perhaps an allusion to a squirrel cage? Wwoods (talk) 18:51, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

The shape of the squirrel's tail reminds me of a hysteresis curve, although this is admittedly a bit of a stretch. —Scs (talk) 16:02, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

The 'to scale' motor would be about half a mile wide. Powering the rabbit on Gaia's vibrator (also included)? --StarChaser Tyger (talk) 08:40, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

I beg to differ on the flux capacitor thing, as cool as it sounds. Since it is right above the I-90 notation, it is more likely a fork in the road (notice the road stripes indicating that you can pass at any point in the fork). 97.87.12.114 02:15, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Oh, I'm pretty sure it's a flux capacitor. Compare some of these images. Yes, there are several road references in this comic, but an electronic reference (especially to a fictional electronic component!) makes more sense. Also I've never seen a Y-shaped highway intersection that looked quite like that (and especially not on an interstate). —Scs (talk) 14:52, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

I have wasted 4 hours on the puzzle, and after wasting 9 pages of A5 paper, the resistance of that terrible resistor mess worked out to be exactly 25265/33783 ohm, or about 0.74786135 ohm. --KopaLeo 199.48.226.89 15:16, 27 June 2013 (UTC)

I think that the "fishing float" might actually be a picture of an ordinary push switch (similar to foot switches used on standard lamps). 87.194.171.29 16:12, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Isn't the "YES" resistor a reference to the anecdote of how John Lennon and Yoko Ono met? That's what I thought when I saw it, but then, I kinda like The Beatles a bit. 200.70.22.74 12:27, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

I think the attempt to explain every single piece of the comic is rather silly. The humor largely draws from the absurdity of the diagram, and that can probably be summarized without going into detail about the possible references of each individual component. 199.27.130.180 03:22, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

I disagree. The joke works on multiple levels, both the absurdity of the circuit, and the smaller parts of which it is comprised. Hydroksyde (talk) 02:40, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

I concur with KopaLeo - I got the same answer for the resistance of the grid of resistors - about 0.748 when rounded. What a problem! --techdude 108.162.215.65 20:45, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

I feel like I should point out that putting a ground connection in holy water probably creates Holy Ground 108.162.212.197 11:36, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

To center of Sun could possibly be another map reference. 108.162.250.202 01:08, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

The 'moral rectifier' seems like it's built of diodes which prevent current flow to the left, which might mean it's making the current 'more right'? with right being a synonym for moral? 108.162.212.18 00:15, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

3L capacitor

The capacitor reminded me of a time I asked my dad why desktop PCs (the kind we could afford at the time were 200-500 W) couldn't have capacitors to protect them from 1-second or shorter power interruptions without the cost of a UPS. He said such a capacitor would have to be as wide and tall as a 2L pop bottle. (He didn't say how much it would weigh.) Promethean (talk) 04:38, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Where did the claim that the EKG is atrial fibrillation come from? At best it it hard to tell without a time scale what the ventricular rate is, but there is no evidence of extra P waves between QRS complexes that I see. If the diagnosis is made based on the absence of P & T waves, keep in mind that some recording conditions make those (especially T) hard to see. In an Einthoven's triangle arrangement, they might not show up at all above the noise. If we had a time scale that let us calculate ventricular rate, we might be able to conclude supraventricular tachycardia, but I'm hesitant to make a strong claim that this is abnormal at all given that it's hand drawn and we have no scale.Djbrasier (talk) 21:07, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Does this really belong in Category:Charts? I'm moving it to Category:Maps instead. gijobarts (talk) 21:38, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Are we really explaining "vibrator" as "a motor with an off-center weight attached to it"? 141.101.91.97 06:51, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

I just spent 3 hours trying to work out the resistor nest. I was unsuccessful. Mikemk (talk) 05:32, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

I did an LTSpice simulation or the resistor mess. It looks like the 25265/33783 ohm answer above is correct. It drew 1.3371463 amps from a one volt source. 108.162.215.133 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Based on Randall's promotion of international standards (such as ISO 8601), it seems odd that he's using the US zigzag symbol for a resistor, rather than the IEC rectangular one. Walale12 (talk) 21:37, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Looking at the label "Tear Collector" I think it refers to the heartbeat below it, not the symbol above, suggesting that a heart (or heart break) is a likely source of tears. 108.162.216.44 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I'm not sure why the rat's nest of resistors is considered such a difficult problem. I would like to respectfully point out that by far the easiest way to solve it is by assuming a constant current through the network. You can then assign a name to each of the nodes, set one of the end nodes to 0V, and solve by KCL. Granted, there are 13 unknowns and 14 equations, but it still took less than 30 minutes to complete since they are all 1st order! archerator Archerator (talk) 04:57, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

120×72 @ 537,847: the coil symbol next to "Take off shirt while wiring this part. Ooh, yeah, I like that." is similar in appearance to chest hair in stylized comic strips. Thaledison (talk) 17:19, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

144×177 @ 31,753 - Could the rats next of 1 Ohm resister be a reference the the sign that Blackhat holds up in: https://xkcd.com/356/ as you can't show an infinite numbers of 1 ohm resistors in the diagram? 141.101.98.108 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

To me, the arena calls to mind the one in the Labyrinth in the Percy Jackson book series. One of the figures resembles a centaur, which was a gladiator that was defeated in said arena in the scene it is introduced. 108.162.245.46 22:16, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

And here I was thinking that the fishing float was a Pokeball... Whoop whoop pull up (talk) 19:03, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

I think that "take off shirt while wiring this" could be sexual reference- there is "ooh, i like that"