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by alanbbent
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8940

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

" According to the cable company reps who keep calling me, it's because I haven't upgraded to the XTREME GIGABAND PANAMAX FLAVOR-BLASTED PRO PACKAGE WITH HBO, which is only $5 more per month for the first 6 months and five billion dollars per month after that. " Exactly 100% accurate. I re...
by alanbbent
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 10952

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

drachefly wrote:Vomiting terminal bell!

Ding!augghblghblarbblaugh.
by alanbbent
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 8348

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

I'm sure it's a problem, but bismuth actually looks really cool.
by alanbbent
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 8728

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

I've never liked the ?'s and !'s added to chess moves. They're just a subjective commentary on the game, and they can be wrong. Unless everyone runs them through Stockfish or something to somewhat qualify them before I see them.
by alanbbent
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 4559

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

cellocgw wrote:A little expansion and it would become a viola


Some very good viola jokes there!
by alanbbent
Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12885

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Super mad.
by alanbbent
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12885

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Oh jeez. Look, I'm not happy about the election either. But what is it about Randall and so many other babies that think it's a good idea to keep dwelling on it, complaining about it, and alienating approximately half of their reader/customer base? I understand that there are some coding jokes in th...
by alanbbent
Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 34666

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Unexpected Fhqwhgads.

Also, how do the locals pronounce Oughghough?
by alanbbent
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83817

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Funniest xkcd in a while.
by alanbbent
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5101

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

Yeah yeah, a joke about the sun wearing huge sunglasses. Now can we get back to arguing about global warming?
by alanbbent
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 22847

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

Maaan, I thought for sure that the prefix bi- meant "two of whatever comes after the hyphen." And it apparently does not necessarily mean that. I'm usually the guy who says "meh, people understand it different ways because no way is clear enough. It's not worth rustling your jimmies o...
by alanbbent
Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 22847

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

If it's bimonthly, it happens every bi-month. (period of 2 months.)
If it's biannual, it happens every bi-annum. (period of 2 years.)
If it's semiannual, it happens every semi-annum. (half a year.)
by alanbbent
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 6049

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

The wing marks concern me, but to be fair, wing marks always concern me.
by alanbbent
Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 45217

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

some poeple like linguistic precision more than other people. I once spent some time in a foreign country learning a foreign language with some other people. Some of us, like me, wanted to learn everything really well, including inflections, slang, local oddities, etc. We were especially interested ...
by alanbbent
Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 10898

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

And the bonus comic is found by reading all the rightmost panels going down.
by alanbbent
Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1477: "Star Wars"
Replies: 61
Views: 14663

Re: 1477: "Star Wars"

Nooooo another whole comic used up by a timeghost factoid. Also, what's with the white line through all of the dates?
by alanbbent
Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 38887

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

Ohhhhh. When I first read these, I thought it was all a big plug for his What-If book. I thought these were excerpts from questions that asked about alternate universes where X was true. I kept thinking What could the question possibly have been?
by alanbbent
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1449: "Red Rover"
Replies: 23
Views: 5411

Re: 1448: Red Rover

Here is what my thoughts were doing: Is Red Rover anything like British Bulldog? Hmm, I don't know, I've never heard of British Bulldog. I used to love playing that at school, until it was stamped out on safety grounds. :( ok, then it's VERY POSSIBLY the same game. Red Rover rarely ended with one te...
by alanbbent
Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"
Replies: 42
Views: 11795

Re: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"

cellocgw wrote:FRIST with:

I never met a meta I didn't like.


And I'm FRIST to comment on this comment.
by alanbbent
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1441: Turnabout
Replies: 44
Views: 12952

Re: 1441: Turnabout

PinkShinyRose wrote:
Klear wrote:Works even better with a Portal Gun.

Wait, can you fire portals through portals?


Not in Portal, but I've heard that this was possible in Narbacular Drop.
by alanbbent
Fri Oct 24, 2014 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1438: "Houston"
Replies: 58
Views: 18213

Re: 1438: "Houston"

cellocgw wrote:File this one under "Too Lazy to Look it Up" :

DId the O2 failure occur after the CM flip & dock to LEM maneuver or before? I don't remember.


After. I believe they were most of the way to the moon when it happened.
by alanbbent
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 7459

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

Ahhhhhhh....a Palmpilot......one of the great tech tragedies of our time. You young'uns don't remember, but it was a wonderful productivity device (task list, phone list, stylus handwriting recognition, preliminary web connectivity via WiFi) perfectly suited for its task and supported by a motivate...
by alanbbent
Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 7459

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

I told someone on the plane that my LG G3 was the new iPhone. Nobody believed me, but a few heads turned, and since it has the same size screen, there were a few seconds before the realization set it.
by alanbbent
Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 17946

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

Fine, set up a straw man so that you can turn a thought into a discussion, and thus a comic strip. But phrases like "Why on earth is that a surprise?" turn Randall into the people are stupid guy. For crying out loud, don't treat people like idiots. As has been said above, if you say that t...
by alanbbent
Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"
Replies: 52
Views: 29361

Re: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"

Winning snake strategy, if you're really fast and extremely patient: http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/110/backandforth.png This seems to imply to me that you cover the whole screen horizontally and then switchback on the next line all the way down. That's not a good strategy because when you get to t...
by alanbbent
Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 37612

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I love this comic. Way too many songwriters nowadays completely throw out the concept of stressed syllables. And I have a hard time explaining to people why I can't stand it! The first example that pops into my head is Viva la Vida by Coldplay. What are missionarEEZ? I think "screeched" is...
by alanbbent
Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1393: Timeghost
Replies: 77
Views: 17912

Re: 1393: Timeghost

Read this strip as many times as you can, because it doesn't take long for this type of time-scare "factoid" to be obsolete and not scary at all. Maybe it's even a way to feel young; these factoids are new enough that they're still relevant. Go look at Randall's other time-scare comics and...
by alanbbent
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"
Replies: 86
Views: 19506

Re: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"

To be sure, what would really happen depends on the definition of "all the bodies of water on Earth." I have a few barrels of water at my house. If they don't disappear, then I'll actually be okay for quite some time.
by alanbbent
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1381: "Margin"
Replies: 48
Views: 11166

Re: 1381: "Margin"

orthogon wrote:(Bieber definitely fits the "Very Annoying" category on the MOS scale).


That's a pretty Mean Opinion.
by alanbbent
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 37338

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Go home NDeGT. You're drunk with your own fame. I doubt there's a bug on the planet that hasn't been studied at some point by some one. Assuming that aliens are such stuck-up assholes that they don't even take the time to fart on us or steal our incredibly rare resources is insane. "It looks l...
by alanbbent
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"
Replies: 47
Views: 17368

Re: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"

Fine. I'll ask. What's the movie title that gets rounded to T10N?
by alanbbent
Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1319: "Automation"
Replies: 58
Views: 15318

Re: 1319: "Automation"

If you do it right, you can use less-valuable time to write the automation, so that you can save time when it matters more. So even if the raw hours saved takes a long time to exceed hours automating, the hours you're saving are BETTER hours. Right? Please don't fire me. I'm really good at automatin...
by alanbbent
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28915

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

PolakoVoador wrote:It also means "wood", but what is the fun in that? :P


Yes, I remember learning the translation as "wood" or "stick," but then while I was living in Brazil, I heard "quem toma Fanta, o pau levanta." and I learned a little more Portuguese that day.
by alanbbent
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1273: "Tall Infographics"
Replies: 55
Views: 14611

Re: 1273: "Tall Infographics"

cellocgw wrote:Hey, it could be worse -- that stuff could have been animated and run thru Prezi


That's the most evil thing I can think of. I can't stand Prezi. I can't.
by alanbbent
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 74543

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

??? Why does the mouseover text for that very bottom image say that Yoda is listening to an mp3 player? That's clearly not what's happening in the image.
by alanbbent
Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 30009

Re: 1131: "Math"

http://i50.tinypic.com/24pgrqp.jpg That's not just wishful thinking. It's a fundamental disconnect from reality. Quite correct and the reverse happens to Democrats when it is their candidate losing. Exactly correct. Look up some of the democrats who were fundamentally disconnected from reality when...
by alanbbent
Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 30009

Re: 1131: "Math"

nooooo Please go back to making a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. The US needs another political cartoonist like it needs a hole in the head. That being said, I'm increasingly frustrated with how hard it is to actually find truth. Politicians lie constantly, and there's no way for ...
by alanbbent
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 51608

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Seven comments in, and I see no one cares to explain what Cirith Ungol is. Yes, the alt-text is funny, and the art is kinda nice, I guess, but otherwise this is flying way over my head. I was going to give you a hard time about not having the nerd-cred to know a LotR reference, but then I remembere...
by alanbbent
Mon May 07, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 60203

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Shockingly well done. The meter is tight and ruthless for Modern Major General, and every line actually has the correct number of syllables, which is surprisingly hard to find nowadays with amateur poetry/lyrics. Most modern pop artists can't write stuff that accurate. That's another discussion.
by alanbbent
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 24000

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Clearly a three-armed man in the 2nd panel. No solid case can be made that any of the "arms" is a microphone.

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