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by flamewise
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 13224

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

I came here to say I read the first three rows and feared that last panel. While I was glad I was wrong I feel compelled to implore everyone: Please, PLEASE, enjoy your lives because, one day, it may possibly end. I figure there is no point in getting into a car if you worry too much about traffic a...
by flamewise
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 56851

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

So, it's a Schrödinger's cat experiment that failed to kill it and instead gave it super powers? I can totally see a new franchise in that...
by flamewise
Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 189720

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Looks like it's already about as close as it ever gets to the sun, which is probably because it's easiest to rendezvous it there coming from Earth.

Additionally, if it gets too close it may get hot enough to sprout a comet tail, which would worry Philae a lot.
by flamewise
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 189720

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I know "Time" is eternal and won awards, but for me personally this is more awesome on many levels: For one thing, I really have no way to watch the live transmission, and it's probably a lot more boring. For another, I enjoy the populary sciency bits like "Lost track of earth thanks ...
by flamewise
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 17178

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

Tirian wrote:Verbing weirds language.


Thank you. That was my first thought, too.
by flamewise
Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 59290

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

I have an IRC channel like that... Back when I joined it I thought it was an unruly chaos of op wars and server splits, and really detested it. Then people invented bots and well, a little later came AOL. Today it's an oasis of peace and calm in a world of ad block, no script and finding out how to ...
by flamewise
Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 17099

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

The finishing moves may be from an old classic , although the white opening doesn't match and it was 12 moves shorter, but the port "mattem" black moves match. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 This is a weak move already. - Fischer 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Qb3 Qe7 8. Nc3 c6 9. B...
by flamewise
Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 17663

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Right, so I went to google and typed "as ... as a" and picked the first sensible auto completion. My own frequently-made comparison monster is as long as a road, as fast as a hare, as heavy as a lead (?), and as intelligent as a dolphin. I guess I'll have a chance to win a fight, although ...
by flamewise
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 17729

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

As long as "height" is defined as "above mean [Earth] sea level" there is no "higher" I guess. But, you know, you could add some serious levels of enough power by adding gravitational pull from the sun... I laughed a lot about this one, and the last image was a great re...
by flamewise
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39921945

Re: 1190: "Time"

I know it has been said many times but I just love how we are so deeply analyzing each frame of this animation. This really must be worldwide unique situation. Oddly enough, the experience of having to wait for new panels more closely does change my way of reading comics: And that only happens with...
by flamewise
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23371

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

I'm not getting the part about Eclipse. Does it crash while trying to parse this code or what? It's a pun on the phrase "build character": to make oneself (or someone else) a better person, or to compile a coding project called "character". I read as secondary meaning that tryin...
by flamewise
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 52797

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Sometimes, I feel like a need a graph to keep track of who's trying to troll whom. There may have to be different edges for "intentional", "collateral", "unintended" and the most highly regarded "meta" trolling. Currently there'd be about three nodes for Wikip...
by flamewise
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 658415

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

It's a magical world, right?

Let's go explore it!

PS: Randall is nuts. Imagine how many more hours it must have taken to DRAW this compared to exploring it. Some of the detail in some of the, err, panel tiles are really, really wonderful, see for instance the wallpaper posted above.
by flamewise
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 75314

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I've lived next to a neighbor called "Adolf". Course, he was german, and born in the 30s...
by flamewise
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 28236

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

Good job Randall, accelerating the Coming of the Great Linguistic Unsustainability Disaster.

Your comic is already at least 10% sustainable, and this forum discussion doesn't help slowing down the progress one bit.
by flamewise
Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 644130

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

As a wary newcomer to this thread, would this be the place to ask what the best way is to measure the actual speed of light (or, if you like, the length of the meter)? Apparently, almost all methods require a perfect vacuum. But how do you create a perfect vacuum with neutrinos zipping through every...
by flamewise
Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"
Replies: 18
Views: 17439

Re: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"

Why are three of the smallest triangles missing? And what's wrong with my watch?
by flamewise
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 62267

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

I'm in the "Fuck Cancer" lane. I have more important things to do than worry about how I'll die, and whether it starts with a bone ache or a loud noise or tomorrow or in twenty years: I'll deal with it once I'm there. It's a magical world out there - let's go exploring! PS: Sorry if I mana...
by flamewise
Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 51683

Re: 0914: "Ice"

Well she *did* save him from alcohol abuse.... although, I suspect she might have had to use drugged orange juice to do that. "There's vodka in it, honest."
by flamewise
Thu May 26, 2011 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 168593

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

A very confusing game, since people keep editing. I mean, I'm not even sure you can call it a philosophy loop: Just keep clicking and eventually the loop will break... Isn't it really more likely that you'll end in a dead-end that nobody will bother editing eventually? Of course all you have to do i...
by flamewise
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0119: "Worst Band Name Ever"
Replies: 84
Views: 32425

Re: 0119: "Worst Band Name Ever"

As for having a worst band name ever, is there really a name you can use that is so awful, that the band in question will never be popular with the 'mainstream' ? If there is, I bet indie bands would change it to that so they can make music people would want to listen to without the risk of 'sellin...
by flamewise
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 53697

Re: 0859: "("

Oh my poor brain. I read the comic, then figured someone would fix it and restore my peace by posting a single ), then figured multiple people would do it creating NEGATIVE bracket SPACE *ouch* that hurt, then I saw what actually happened.... and wondered briefly how to best and dynamically fix that...
by flamewise
Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?
Replies: 90
Views: 20195

Re: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (For a dreamworks film, it was REALLY pretty.) Watching this for the first time right now. Don't know why I had never watched it before. The trailer included with the video release of Shrek was in a way downright repulsive. Dreamworks somehow manage to make some of ...
by flamewise
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 19532

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

Right. I figure a big part of the problems a cancer diagnosis brings is fear of death, Mortal Fear. I've got news for people: Everybody is going to die. Maybe even I *) . You could die in the next minute in a freak accident, or maybe in a year of a cancer, or maybe you're going to die in fifty y...
by flamewise
Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 19532

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

Just saying, that cheered me up no ends.

I thought the second but last panel was being a great conclusion when the guy told himself to get better in spite of feeling glum, but the last panel made it awesome.

Also, that monitor display on the first panel is hilarious.
by flamewise
Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"
Replies: 91
Views: 25568

Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

Did anyone else picture the mentioned dad as obviously being Calvin's? http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/63/sunsets.jpg, for example. Ahw completely! Here's my own favorite, where Dad explains how the world only turned color around 1930: http://multifamilyinvestor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03...
by flamewise
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Android Smartphone
Replies: 24
Views: 3700

Re: Android Smartphone

I used an MP3 player basically for two things: Listening to music, and transferring files via its USB hard disk. Now, technically, there's ways to get your iPhone to act as an external hard disk: But they all make you jump through loops Because Of Apple . They could allow it, but they deliberately d...
by flamewise
Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Counterintuitive Mechanical Devices
Replies: 12
Views: 2199

Re: Counterintuitive Mechanical Devices

Tippe Tops are gyroscopes that can do an unexpected mechanical trick right on a desk top:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J6nG4PygFU
by flamewise
Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: speed of gravity?
Replies: 44
Views: 7851

Re: speed of gravity?

How interesting: Speed of light: In a medium You're right, the observed speed of light in a medium is just its phase velocity: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/Frontgroupphase.gif/220px-Frontgroupphase.gif The blue dot moves at the speed of the ripples, the phase velocity; th...
by flamewise
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: speed of gravity?
Replies: 44
Views: 7851

Re: speed of gravity?

I still sometimes hope it isn't trivially c :evil: Fortunately, Larry Niven was wise enough not to assume superluminal communication was possible with modulated gravity waves generated by a swinging black hole on Mars in The Hole Man (Warning: Wiki may contain even more spoilers than this posting). ...
by flamewise
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 26324

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Thanks for asking that question.

I liked speculating about the answer with my limited understanding, and then reading the more informed answers.
by flamewise
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-know...
Replies: 686
Views: 74499

Re: Avatar: the most heavily promoted film since I-don't-kno

Prompted by the thread title: Advertising can get to a point where I feel so much disgust that I don't even want to have anything to do with the product any more. Avatar was like that for me. I simply didn't want to watch it any more. Then I did anyway against that feeling and I didn't regret it. Oh...
by flamewise
Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?
Replies: 90
Views: 20195

Re: The most beautiful animation you've ever seen?

Last weekend I watched Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.

I thought it made "WALL-E" and "Finding Nemo" look a bit gray around the nose in terms of animation quality, even though Pixar still wins in terms of story quality.
by flamewise
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 22404

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

You made me register so I could wonder two things:
- Are In-Jokes still funny if nobody else knows that Wolf Blitzer's boathouse is painted in fuchsia?
- Would a neutronium hammer be harder than a depleted uranium one, then?

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