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by chishm
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 58954

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Listening through the old theme song tunes brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye: - Round the Twist - Bananaman - Gumpy - Lift Off - SuperTed - Roger Ramjet You don't happen to be Australian do you? I remember all those shows from my youth, and you seem to have forgotten some: - Johnson a...
by chishm
Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:54 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Canberra, Australia meetup - March 7
Replies: 49
Views: 12310

Re: Canberra, Australia meetup anyone?

Epoch+1234567890 occurs at 2009-02-14 10:31:30 local time, and would be a suitably XKCD date. Unfortunately it coincides with some other eventful day or some such, so if that date's not suitable then I suggest early march too.
by chishm
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92147

Re: Converting to Metric

martin878 wrote:Yea that's so true. We get a "heat wave" of 35 C, a "cold spell" of -10 C, earthquakes that don't wake you up, spiders that don't bite, and so on. Maybe we should do a poster comparing all our different lands with respect to extremes.

I think we'll win the spider bites.
by chishm
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:25 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Canberra, Australia meetup - March 7
Replies: 49
Views: 12310

Re: Canberra, Australia meetup anyone?

steewi wrote:I think I know Stand-Back-shirt-guy.

Quite a few of my uni friends read xKcD (it's how I was introduced), and at least 2 of them have xKCd shirts. Meeting up after uni starts means I may be able to get them to come along too.
by chishm
Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92147

Re: Converting to Metric

and the unit of force (Newton) that required to exert 1/10th of one kilogramme's force on a surface in normal gravity ... which they did drop the ball on slightly, being 2% out (for the same reason (kilo)Pascals of pressure don't average out to 1000 across the earth any more) Err, no. To make a coh...
by chishm
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92147

Re: Converting to Metric

StClair wrote:
chism wrote:And while we're trying to teach USAns the metric system, let's give 'em a head start and learn 'em some decimal time.

See you next Thermidor, then.

That's just silly; there can't be 12 months in a 10 month system!
by chishm
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92147

Re: Converting to Metric

i never understood how people can stand summer weather, to hot for me, i love cold weather, think about it this way, you can always put on more cloths, but once your naked its impossible to get any cooler without some kind of fan or something.... Yes, but at least I don't turn blue in warm (25°C) w...
by chishm
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:18 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Canberra, Australia meetup - March 7
Replies: 49
Views: 12310

Re: Canberra, Australia meetup anyone?

I might be up for this. Perhaps we should bring along R/L friends so we have even more people, and just in case someone turns out crazy. Never know, it could be me. (Note to self: Don't say that out loud. Or type it. Okay, just delete it. Hey, don't push that submit button!)
by chishm
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92147

Re: Converting to Metric

He also says a soda can is 250mL. Aren't they, like, practically always 355mL, unless you buy those stubby ones that are supposed to make you think soda is less bad for you if you drink less of it? Came here to mention the 3L for 2L bottle and that a soda can is 330ml, not 250ml... But was beaten o...
by chishm
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0454: "Rewiring"
Replies: 51
Views: 14758

Re: "Rewiring" Discussion

I've cabled a few houses in my time. At first I thought they were using the POTS cable as a draw wire to pull through an ethernet cable
by chishm
Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0450: "The Sea"
Replies: 128
Views: 24906

Re: "The Sea" Discussion

Emperor_Z wrote:I have a pretty clean mind in that way.

I see you've had your brain washed recently.
by chishm
Mon May 26, 2008 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0428: "Starwatching"
Replies: 63
Views: 12045

Re: "Starwatching" Discussion

Blog (and blag) are starting to sound too normal to me now. I think I'll have to start calling them "bloogs".
by chishm
Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31991

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

When I found out that sexy primes existed, my immediate reaction was that I wanted to become a professional mathematician in the field of number theory and write a paper which studied sexy primes and was very silly about it. So primes that differ by two are twin primes, and must therefore share par...
by chishm
Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Buckeyballs of Flavor" Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 4691

Re: "Buckeyballs of Flavor" Discussion

How much more awesome would it have been if April Fool's day was tomorrow? Comic #404 is really a HTTP 307, and everybody's heads asplode!
by chishm
Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 58899

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

Also, what's wrong with Java? Garbage collection is great! But I do miss function pointers. Garbage collection is for those too lazy to write good code. C++ is for those too lazy to use structs of function pointers in C. C is for those too lazy to write ASM. ASM is for those too lazy to type in the...
by chishm
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0078: "Garfield"
Replies: 62
Views: 34326

Re: "Garfield" discussion

I remember there was a story arc last year about John finally going out with Liz. It was great to see more than one-gag strips. It had plot and character development. Looking at today's strip, I see it's back to the usual material, although it did make me smile. I prefer to think that the 1989 Hallo...
by chishm
Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 58899

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

I've tried many things. I've tried emacs and vi. I love vi. I love the way it turns my code into abstract art when I forget to press i before typing. I'd use emacs, but I don't think I've evolved enough fingers to get the most from it. I've written a fork bomb using echo, de-cat those command lines ...
by chishm
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0371: "Compiler Complaint"
Replies: 76
Views: 20086

Re: "Compiler Complaint" Discussion

So if a segfault is like a hypnic jerk, is a kernel panic / BSOD like falling over in reality?
by chishm
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0370: "Redwall"
Replies: 155
Views: 35027

Re: "Redwall" discussion

The last panel gave me the best idea for a tattoo. Instead of asian characters that don't actually mean anything, I'd have my public key tattooed. Having the wife's/girlfriend's key tattooed would be an excellent way to show your love without the consequences of having to explain it to later girlfri...
by chishm
Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 173194

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Doing it the traditional engineering way, I approximated the solution to a finite 11*16 grid. Using SPICE, I found the answer in that case was 0.79. This is off by less than 0.02, which is only a 2.5% error, much better than the tolerances of many actual resistors.
by chishm
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 173194

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

After a brief look, I can tell you that it is between 0.5 Ohms and 1.0 Ohm. Now to find the exact value...
by chishm
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 25601

Re: "Startling" discussion

Damn, I feel old now, and I'm only 20! I still remember when CDs were advertised for "Nineteen ninety-five" ($19.95) in 1995. That was pretty neat. Now new CDs are at least $30, so we have to wait another millennium before they can use that gimmick again.
by chishm
Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0347: "Brick Archway"
Replies: 100
Views: 22197

Re: "Brick Archway" Discussion

I got bored of the games on my TI-83 (original), so I wrote a program in TI-83 BASIC, on the calculator, to plot the Mandelbrot set. It took 6 hours to complete and used enough batteries to require a contrast adjustment of 2 levels, but in the end I had the Mandelbrot set in all it's black and white...
by chishm
Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0341: "1337: Part 1"
Replies: 89
Views: 22403

Re: "1337: Part 1" Discussion

I read that page, but I was mostly referring to the horse-porn comment. You certainly have control over the web pages displayed, but not computer files. That would take 1337 hax. Or unsecured Windows file sharing. I only have WEP enabled on my WAP, so that my DS can connect. My WEP key is easy to r...
by chishm
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0339: "Classic"
Replies: 271
Views: 43514

Re: "Classic" Discussion

Perhaps we're all just too old to appreciate today's music. Once again, The Simpsons has an appropriate quote : Grampa: What the hell are you two doing? Barney: It's called rockin' out! Homer: You wouldn't understand, Dad. You're not "with it." Grampa: I used to be "with it." But...
by chishm
Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0336: "Priorities"
Replies: 141
Views: 27660

Re: "Priorities" Discussion

GreatPokerHands wrote:There are sorted in descending order of length. [...]

C
E
F
D
A
B

E being longer than F I can understand, since it's got another stroke, but why is C longer than E?
by chishm
Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0332: "Gyroscopes"
Replies: 107
Views: 26224

Re: "Gyroscopes" Discussion

On a semi-serious note, I'm not sure I'd buy into that gyroscopes caused 9/11, but I suspect one could make an at least somewhat believable argument that they failed to prevent it. Alas, I don't quite have a firm enough grasp on the physics involved to determine if a gyroscope could, in fact, resis...
by chishm
Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 71076

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

fuzzball45 wrote:
Ayelis wrote:Why a whole bobcat? Skip straight to the chicken livers and cow tongues.


Because chicken livers and cow tongues don't bite and scratch after being shipped for 3 weeks.

Neither would a bobcat.
by chishm
Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0331: "Photoshops"
Replies: 113
Views: 28908

Re: "Photoshops" Discussion

Am I the only one that sees "grain" when you open your eyes by night and thinks that there is noise in the image that has been transfered to my brain? Yes, and it really is due to lower light levels requiring more amplification by your brain to see, introducing noise along the way. You'll...
by chishm
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 54091

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

ascendingPig wrote:My favorite abbreviation is &c. instead of etc.! It's the best.

That's not fair! What happens to people that don't know that the ampersand was originally made up of the letters et? The effect (possibly affect) on the reader might depend on the font used.
by chishm
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikilaw
Replies: 42
Views: 5245

Re: Wikilaw

Perhaps instead of modelling it on Wikipedia, we should model it on Encyclopædia Britannica, with laws made by an elite few who are highly knowledgable and well respected. A benevolent oligarchy, if you will. Quiet in public places. I don't mean "shush" quiet, but NO FUCKING TV OR BANAL PO...
by chishm
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 54091

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Now, can someone explain why "will not" is abbreviated to "won't"? For such questions I tend to consult the Online Etymology Dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com/?search=won't Ah, so it's a contraction of a Middle English compound word. Just another crazy rule/exception that ma...
by chishm
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 54091

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

The misspelling of 'foreign' effected the following thought in my mind: "I before E except after C" (and for all the Andy Griffith fans out there, "E before N in chicken"). It doesn't even sound like A as in neighbor and weigh. There are so many exceptions to this rule (sleight,...
by chishm
Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 71076

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

Because Futurama is a hard package of win with a creamy nougat filling. The Futurama episode with the line "You see, beneath the fossil's crunchy, mineral shell, there's still a creamy core of dog nougat!" was just on again last night. I hate the ending of that episode. It makes me cry. I...
by chishm
Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Favorite drink
Replies: 80
Views: 7366

Re: Favorite drink

Non-alcoholic: I'm partial to a little DHMO. I feel like I can't live without it. In fact, I have it on tap I enjoy it so much. When I feel like pigging out, it's gotta be milk, blended with bananas and topping, then topped off with ice cream and Milo. Alcoholic: Ethanol is pretty good, although I c...
by chishm
Mon Oct 01, 2007 8:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Crazy Eddie's Discount Solar
Replies: 29
Views: 3193

Re:

Green9090 wrote:We need to make a ton of these and put a giant floating solar plant in the middle of the ocean somewhere.

We've got a desert you could use. It's just outback there.
by chishm
Mon Oct 01, 2007 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0323: "Ballmer Peak"
Replies: 116
Views: 56526

Re: "Ballmer Peak" Discussion

I've tried this once., but I must've missed the peak. I was on a roll, coding like I'd never coded before (in more ways than one). I got up the next morning, took a look at my code, uttered "what the f***", then reverted to the previous version. I've never attempted it since. Also, I suppo...
by chishm
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 38915

I like to sleep in almost complete darkness. There are only 3 lights on in my room at night -- the blue charge light on my electric toothbrush, and 2 lights on my surge protector. The orange one tells me it's powered and the green one tells me it's work---. Crap, the green one isn't on. Now I'm gonn...
by chishm
Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0290: "Fucking Blue Shells"
Replies: 156
Views: 48781

Stupid christians stealing a generic word for "deity" and using it to mean their deity in particular. Like they're so cool that their deity is the only one that doesn't need a name. Like you can just say "god" and know which god you're talking about. Cause otherwise, everyone wo...
by chishm
Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 45106

Gotos do have their uses. To me, it is more asthetically pleasing to use a goto to jump out of a nested inner loop to the outside of the outter loop, as opposed to having tests for a condition in both the inner and outter loop. Ada is nice in this regard, allowing you to break out of loops based on ...

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