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by aljohnso
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 8087

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

My favorite description of short selling is inverted Wimpy - "I will gladly pay you today for a hamburger on Thursday". You are not mentioning the options uses of short selling - you can make a synthetic put by shorting the stock and buying the call - and that fact allows you to determine ...
by aljohnso
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 7062

Re: 2034: "Equations"

most important equation? My vote is for:

U+2205 U+2260 U+2205

If you want that in a prose form... "everything can be divided into two categories - those things that can be divided into two categories, and those that can't".

watch for inappropriate binaries.

aljohnso
by aljohnso
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 7062

Re: 2034: "Equations"

I am not sure that we are supposed to take this one seriously, at least not literally. e to the (pi - infinity)? when pi is an index between something finite and infinity? this is probably a joke about using symbols with previous meaning inappropriately HEAT -> H2EAT is probably a joke.... the equat...
by aljohnso
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 9406

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Damn... a server that serves Bismuth? Let's see... Steve Universe seems relevant, and there is a Bismuth software company....

But, I really, really want a good source for Real World bismuth... just sayin'

aljohnso
by aljohnso
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1765: "Baby Post"
Replies: 8
Views: 3981

Re: 1765: "Baby Post"

So nice to see proud parent(s)...
by aljohnso
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 8085

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Searching Goose Kevin might be useful... but then he would have to explode.
by aljohnso
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 124940

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Someone should fix the "favorite number between one and one hundred" questions...

It didn't take 3.14159..... and it didn't take e.

Clear fails.
by aljohnso
Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"
Replies: 41
Views: 12860

Re: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"

My contribution to this discussion is;

Check out "Long Term Capital Management"
by aljohnso
Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 24272

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

It is possible that Randal was alluding to the fact that a critter with too many parasites dies. A society with too many elements striving for advantage, without putting something into the system, also dies. Kinda makes you look at some of the extreme politics out there... I'm look at you, Rs. There...
by aljohnso
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 67135

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

I'm not sure about this - My first impression was "the most flagrant example of needing to get a life that I've seen in forever"... sorry Randall. Then I read the comments, and thought that perhaps getting such nerd hormones flowing had some virtue in itself. But then again maybe not. Gett...
by aljohnso
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 19605

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Humm... author may have been sorta thinking of Caltech... and for sex in Hyperspace, I'm sure it has been done. Certainly the Sync. lab is possible... accelerator tunnels suggest Stanford, but the linac has been busy for a long time... and Berkeley has lots of accelerators up the hill... Good times....
by aljohnso
Sat Jun 04, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 23578

Re: 0907: "Ages"

My additions to the "children" section of this thread... pre-whatever would probably have been preferable... pre-sophont, pre-literate, pre-appreciated... And I have fairly good recall of when I was pre-communicative... in the late phase I thought adults were stupid since I could understan...
by aljohnso
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 169206

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I didn't read the many pages of comments... 'cept the first two and the last... But lots of people seem to miss if you click on the map you get zoomed. And I think the map is basically a Risk map... which may also be the joke. Foreshadowed by the Kamchatka comment. Although the Peters verses Robinso...
by aljohnso
Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0784: "Falling Asleep"
Replies: 96
Views: 28146

Re: Falling Asleep discussion (784)

It's really interesting that so many people see this as a dark comic. I thought it was sweet. Of course, I just got back from 4 days of travel, 3 of which I couldn't get to sleep (had 2-4 hours each night) 'cause of insomnia. First night back I slept well. Weird so many people think you have to be o...

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