Talk:2060: Hygrometer

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Interestingly, Google search for ometerometer returns porn results. If there is an xkcd comic about rule 34 (if it exists, there is porn about it), it could be linked here.--Pere prlpz (talk) 15:48, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, and now xkcd is prominently displayed. Good for you! - Who? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Should have taken a screenshot: The link provided under Trivia returns no porn results whatsoever now (yes I have SafeSearch turned off). I'm pretty sure almost any search for a seldom used word or phrase returns a high number of porn results, but I seriously doubt any of the porn was actually about ometerometers, or even featured that word on the page. I think you just got unrelated results. I'm gonna have to say "citation needed" on that one, because the citation given yields no such results. ProphetZarquon (talk) 17:19, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Here's your citation. Needless to say, the term doesn't appear anywhere on those pages outside the search box, but something must've put it in that box in the first place—"ameterometer" and "emeterometer" and various other misspellings don't return any search results like this. Trambelus (talk) 21:57, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
We can just do a search for '"ometerometer" -xkcd' (without single quotes). This search yields 13 results, 4 of which are not porn, and 3 of which genuinely contain "ometerometer" in their content and not as part of SEO. 12:40, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
I've changed my Google preferences to English and US; still not that much porn. Unless this is obvious to everyone your findings are not relevant here. Google shows links also based on former searches, just saying... --Dgbrt (talk) 16:46, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
I looked up "shearing bit" the other day (a lathe tool) and misspelled it as "shearing bi" and got porn results. I don't think I would want to see any porn related to shearing. 22:54, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Which meters do you enjoy? I'm a particular fan of the Crookes radiometer 16:33, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Based almost solely on the exotic name, I'm a particular fan of the sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff), and I'm disappointed that Randall didn't take the opportunity to mention it anywhere. 16:44, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
My laser power meter is pretty bad-assed - but the measurement tool I'm most impressed by isn't a "ometer", it's a "mechanics level" - which is basically just an incredibly accurate spirit level - it can measure a tilt angle equal to the thickness of a single sheet of paper over a distance of two meters - which is pretty astounding considering how crude it is. You can tell that you have a cool -ometer if it comes in a nice wooden box - and a seriously cool one if the box has brass hinges and is lined with's kindof a rule for us ometerometrists. 18:27, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
I remember in 7th grade learning how to use a sling psychrometer to measure relative humidity. It involved two thermometers at the end of a string that you swung around (watch out!) to cool the wet bulb thermometer and then measuring the difference. --Gkhanna9 (talk) 02:12, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Here's the Rule 34 comic: (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Thank you. I added it to the description.--Pere prlpz (talk) 16:52, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

But no mention of an alethiometer. 16:59, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Let's all remember that there are some measurement devices that do not end in -ometer but rather simply in -meter, for example "multimeter", "ohmmeter", "ammeter", etc. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

So does a micrometer end in ometer? Tough call! 18:29, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Micro-meter, not micr-ometer. 20:05, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
You're absolutely right, the O always belongs to the first term. I will change the explanation accordingly. --Dgbrt (talk) 20:49, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Oh - so Cueball wants an o-metero-meter? OK now I'm confused! 21:59, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

I'm certainly not an expert on Google and how search results are generated, but I think it's at least highly likely that search results can be impacted by a user's previous searches and/or clicked results. While it might be interesting or even amusing, I don't think it's appropriate to include anything in the explanation of this comic about Rule 34 because it has absolutely nothing to do with the content of the comic itself! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 18:12, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

There's also metrometer (measures the size of the womb), and a kilometerometer (this is what some Americans call odometers in foreign cars). -- 22:19, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

I prefer ohmmeter since I am in an electronics course in my local college and I use it quite often. (^o^)Boeing-787lover 09:13, 18 October 2018 (UTC) -- Xkcdreader52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I still think the title text means that he's trying to make something out of all those measurement devices for a cohesive purpose. The only thing I could think of was a device that monitored the baking of bread at all stages, using the various devices to determine how "ready" it is. Any other ideas? 00:37, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Agreed, I've modified the title text description with your suggestion. 16:58, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
I don't agree until all devices are mapped to a "baking of bread" process. And if this really matches please write that as a possible explanation, out of probably much more... (Making steel,...). AND please take care of the layout. --Dgbrt (talk) 17:23, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't think it actually was relating to the baking of bread, that was just what I came up with for that combination of meters. But I was hoping to spark ideas/discussion that might lead to someone coming up with an actually feasible idea. 00:30, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Trivia was nonsense

At this link Google search for ometerometer I can't see any porn. AND only 9 results at Google! The Rule 34 doesn't apply right now and so I've removed it completely. --Dgbrt (talk) 19:17, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

If the ometerometer search term is in double-quotes, you'll get the porn. (Apologies if I did something wrong with this comment... Is my first here.) -- 04:47, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
The interest of the fact in relation to the comic may be debatable, but even now four out of the first ten Google results linked to pornhub, and yesterday when the comic appeared and it still didn't show on Google, pornhub results made the whole first page.--Pere prlpz (talk) 19:47, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

This comic came out on Randall's birthday 11:28, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

How does Randall get his ometerometer to show him the rate at which he's getting more ometers? I can only get my ometerometer to show me how many ometers I have, but I think that only works by integration. 21:40, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Well, yes - and there is always the off-by-one error on the cheaper models that fail to add themselves into the count. SteveBaker (talk) 16:31, 19 October 2018 (UTC)