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by operagost
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39869

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I would hope, for Randall's sake and the sake of our respect for him, that he's referring to that subdivision of the Grammar Police who jump on errors used in casual speech. I'll assume that those are the only ones he's actually calling "Grammar Police" I wouldn't. After all, with this ra...
by operagost
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130742

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Amaroq wrote:Surely Randall didn't cherry pick data on purpose, did he?

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Well, he certainly cherry-picked the start of the timeline.

Starting 100,000 years ago would have made today's temperatures look cold, but then we believe that humans didn't exist yet so...
by operagost
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: it's all here and it's already figured out and done; world peace, cure for cancer, solution to poverty
Replies: 15
Views: 14220

Re: it's all here and it's already figured out and done; world peace, cure for cancer, solution to poverty

our culture doesn't have a clue how easy it is to grow produce so we go and pay obscene amounts for it. go to cuba, and you can get an entire bucket of the world's freshest coffee beans for ONE DOLLAR. But how much does a bucket of blueberries cost there? Or cucumbers? I think you need to learn a l...
by operagost
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 20491

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

gmalivuk wrote:In my experience, the men who complain about the term "mansplaining" are likely to be the most guilty of it themselves.

Is this the meaniehead version of "you denied it, you supplied it"?
by operagost
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 20491

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

Definitely mansplaining. [...] Assuming that he isn't employing such paralinguistic techniques and really is just lecturing, then this example, and the one in what may have been the original coinage by Solnit , strike me as egregious to the point of being strawmen. I mean, if you don't listen to yo...
by operagost
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12560

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

When washing your car, save time and water by not completely immersing it.
by operagost
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12560

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

Curiosity question: are windows that slide upwards common in the US? In London and other UK cities, lots of older houses have wooden sash windows that work like that, but they're seen as a bit of a period feature and most are being replaced with uPVC windows that hinge outwards (with the hinge eith...
by operagost
Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 16807

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Drink water?
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by operagost
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 15866

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Yeah, this joke is as old as Odysseus. And yet, some nice interpretations of it. I love panel 3 where Gnome Ann is getting rid of the groom and approaching the bride... ;-D That's not surprising, since Gnome Anne can be a lesbian. I'm sure there's some element of the LGBTQtbbqlol community that dis...
by operagost
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 10916

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

I assume something like this happened to our vowels in the 15th century.
by operagost
Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 12254

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

If only doing my laundry was this simple. Sigh. blerp -t You'd think so, but note that -t can be repeated: -t leaves laundry soaking wet and slightly warm -tt soaking wet and hot -ttt wet and hot -tttt wet and hot -ttttt very damp and hot -tttttt Reduce size by 10%. Damp and hot. -ttttttt "oh ...
by operagost
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 16715

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

wgrandbois wrote:Ironically, my friend Catherine is actually named Catherine. Well, Katherine, but close enough.

Is that spelling supposed to be ironic?
by operagost
Tue May 31, 2016 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9059

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

She remembers the events of September 11 2001, but that might be because we live in NYC and it hit rather close to home, in every sense of the word. My earliest datable memory was the Challenger explosion, which happened just before I turned 3. I wonder how many of these cases are memories that are...
by operagost
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39061

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

BTW, HELL to the NO on putting Wilson on any currency (Wilson was actually on a very high denomination bill used in the Treasury system, I believe). Wilson was a fan of "Birth of a Nation", signed off on the income tax and Federal Reserve system, got us into WWI after campaigning on NOT g...
by operagost
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39061

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

BTW, HELL to the NO on putting Wilson on any currency (Wilson was actually on a very high denomination bill used in the Treasury system, I believe). Wilson was a fan of "Birth of a Nation", signed off on the income tax and Federal Reserve system, got us into WWI after campaigning on NOT ge...
by operagost
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39061

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

So as a non-American, I have to ask: Why is Tubman so important? I don't think I had heard of her before reading about this campaign to put her on the $20,-. Maybe that's my lack of historic awareness, but reading her Wikipedia page she doesn't seem that important. Rescuing 70 slaves is not exactly...
by operagost
Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39061

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Being not in the USA I don't quite get the reference, could somebody link to what it refers to? Thanks! The "Trail of Tears" was a forced relocation of Native Americans in which ten thousand people died from exposure, starvation, and other affects of the relocation. The event was also exc...
by operagost
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 30140

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

Re: alt text on last pic- pure nonsense. if you don't have to fold the slice to eat it, it's not good NY style pizza.
by operagost
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1651 "Robotic Garage"
Replies: 30
Views: 8389

Re: 1652 "Robotic Garage"

I hear Cub Scouts have been running scale models of all-wood cars for some time.
by operagost
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 19408

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

What the heck is orange squash?
by operagost
Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 6949

Re: 1628: Magnus

You know, anything can happen with a string of natural 20s.
by operagost
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 27768

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

The movie I, Robot wrapped the whole main character trauma around a robot's dilemma (or the fact that, to the machine, there was no dilemma) of which human to save - the little girl (low chance of survival) or the middle-aged guy (medium chance of survival). ... which is the stupidest part, because...
by operagost
Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 14722

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

Amazon's water delivery might win on latency, but it'll never compare to its namesake in bandwidth. Quite possibly it would win on taste, too. And alligator content (depending on whether this is considered a good or a bad thing). Also, instead of ordering bottled water, start campaigns to get prope...
by operagost
Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1594: "Human Subjects"
Replies: 33
Views: 7030

Re: 1594: "Human Subjects"

Wouldn't you expect there to occasionally be criminals in your control group? Or do we believe that the population contains no arsonists, murderers, thieves, or con men unless they've been exposed to nasty toxins, hard radiation, or high-fructose corn syrup?
by operagost
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 12599

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Will they? I would have assumed that the song was already out of copyright elsewhere in the world due to its age. Or are there actually other countries so barbaric as to allow copyrights to be renewed ad infinitum?

Yes. The UK. On things such as the King James Bible, for example.
by operagost
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 12599

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

The horror. The worst thing is that they have to do it separately for every individual birthday person, so every ten minutes you have to stop your conversation whilst the staff pretend to be happy for some joker or other. At least in the US, serving staff are able to carry this stuff off like they ...
by operagost
Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 12599

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

Don't know why there's any confusion about Chuck E. Cheese's. Chuck E. Cheese is the name of the giant mouse, and it's his restaurant, hence Chuck E. Cheese's. One big turning point for me growing up was when I went into Chuck E. Cheese's with a friend, and it no longer seemed fun. I think that day...
by operagost
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8654

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

I need to have the ghost image projected onto my HUD so I can chase it like in Mario Kart.
by operagost
Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15569

Re: 1577: Advent

At least it seems to be one of those advent calendars with chocolates in, rather than just inspiring seasonal imagery. Or uninspiring seasonal imagery... Cue discussion of the effect on life expectancy of eating a chocolate every day. (Not to mention daily exposure to cutesy religious iconography)....
by operagost
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16600

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

If you posit the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful entity, then everything that ever happens to you happens because they chose to make it happen (or at least didn't choose to make something else happen instead) - anything you achieve, you achieve only because they allowed it to be possible ...
by operagost
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1574: "Trouble for Science"
Replies: 41
Views: 11183

Re: 1574: "Trouble for Science"

What Franklin is credited for in the kite experiment is not the simplified image that kids see in educational cartoons, but rather the discovery that weather systems (thunderclouds/rainclouds) contain electric charges and that lightning, rather than being made of fire or some unknown or even supern...
by operagost
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 15186

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Lincoln Marxism has a pleasing, ironic ring to it.

On a sad note, Oldsmobile has been dead for 11 years, which pretty much makes including it in this exercise pointless.
by operagost
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1569: "Magic Tree"
Replies: 56
Views: 12497

Re: 1569: "Magic Tree"

Honestly I don't really get the point of disguising cell towers, given how much other visible technology isn't disguised. When the streets are lined with telephone poles with wires draping across them, and the houses have satellite dishes on top, and the sidewalks have those... I'm assuming some ki...
by operagost
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28452

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

biohazard wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
Plasma_Wolf wrote:Wear these handy things called "oven mitts" when you take something out of the oven. You won't believe how many trips to A&E will be spared!

? And Emergency?


accident? just a guess

Not me! When I hurt myself, it's on PURPOSE!
by operagost
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40082

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

'You've just bricked something important.' I don't understand that. What does 'bricked' mean in this context? Disabled functionality and rendered it about as much use as a brick. Previously referenced in 1518 - "Can you brick it remotely?" referring to a mobile phone alarm ringing, somewh...
by operagost
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 61037

Re: 1534: "Beer"

The uncomfortable thing is that cueball is in the "everyman" position. The last time we saw a hair guy he was ruining the restaurant industry (1499). Before that, one was a dream-crushing insurance salesman (1494) and before that one was computer-illiterate (1479). The anti-beer remarks a...
by operagost
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 61037

Re: 1534: "Beer"

BAD beer is BAD. GOOD beer is GOOD. GOOD beer is nigh unto illegal in the USA. False. You haven't found it yet, and you should know better. You should. It's not exactly fair to compare locally brewed and bottled/draft beer to beer that's traveled across a country as big as the USA. Yes, try your lo...
by operagost
Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 23601

Re: 1527: "Humans"

OK, I like Jurassic Park, and I am very excited about Jurassic World in a few weeks. (That's what this comic and thread are about, right?) As others have said the main thing behind this is consistency - inconsistency is simply bad for narrative. I can't stand when I get a handle on the logic of a p...
by operagost
Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 23601

Re: 1527: "Humans"

speising wrote:We wouldn't have profited from Randall's raptor phobia if they had shown them in their real size in JP!

Yeah, herds of aggressive long-tailed turkeys would have not been quite as dramatic.
by operagost
Wed May 06, 2015 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 28783

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Garnasha wrote:In principle, they also slew Famine (with some help from the chemists), except we're really bad at distributing food(and wealth in general, but the point here is food),

May government always fail at distributing wealth.

If all have food, shelter, and clothing, there is no need for wealth.

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