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by musicgeek
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 20892

Re: 1383: Magic Words

I'm embarrassed at how long it took me before the definition of "foot" clicked.
by musicgeek
Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1228: "Prometheus"
Replies: 66
Views: 17275

Re: 1228: "Prometheus"

Was coming here to post "Actually, the alt text has more or less been done by Terry Pratchett," but I should have known that others would have beaten me to it.
by musicgeek
Fri May 24, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18475

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

The alt text needs to be made into a simple plain-text poster and prominently displayed in every educational methods classroom in every college with a teacher training program. Seriously.

(Also, probably in seminaries. And medical schools. And wherever future parents would be likely to see it.)
by musicgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 20933

Re: 1115: "Sky"

"Down side up, upside down...." [/Peter Gabriel]
by musicgeek
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29791

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Nope, can't bring myself to agree with this one. I don't actively fight the improper usage, but it's troubling - unlike the less/fewer debate, or even the use of the subjunctive (and I like the subjunctive!) the misuse of the word actually undermines the correct usage. If "literally" doesn...
by musicgeek
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132681

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I liked Atlas Shrugged ... I thought it had some good points to make, and the fact that Rand managed to create protagonists out of characters who would most likely be cast as villains in other narratives was kind of a neat twist. Not so thrilled with elements of the writing style (the villains "...
by musicgeek
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57729

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Y'know, against all better judgment, I'm going to say this, because it's been a long damn day, and I'm cranky. SirMustapha, the sheer size of the brass balls you must possess... it boggles the mind. I mean, to criticize the creator of a webcomic for using his own creation to discuss a loved one's st...
by musicgeek
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67649

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

80/100. Was doing really well until Toronto! (I was surprised how well I did with "Quijote" - couldn't find an arrangement that really made me happy, but got 100/100.)
by musicgeek
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 92498

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Cain: "Damn it, Abel gets EVERYTHING!" I don't care who y'are, that's pretty funny right thar. [/Larry the Cable Guy voice] As a few others have said, it seems to me that in addition to twerking the homophobic holy rollers, Randall is riffing on the Literalist account of Genesis and the i...
by musicgeek
Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23121

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

My problem was that "they must be equal weight" was followed up by saying that them being the same weight was somehow wrong. Your "problem" is that females select for taller, stronger males. My 6'1" wife would be surprised to learn that, given that I'm 5'7" on my best ...
by musicgeek
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23121

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

Gear ratios, people. It's all about the gear ratios. What I loved about this one is that I couldn't make heads or tails of the artwork in the first three panels until reading the whole strip. To me, it was funnier to look back (especially at panels 1 and 2) and say, "Oh! Now I see it!" :lol:
by musicgeek
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 25069

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

J Thomas wrote:
Joran wrote:Heisenberg is the cat in Schopenhauer's box.


Schrödinger. :wink: (Schopenhauer's cat was playing in a yard, possibly over a period of 300 years.)
by musicgeek
Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61590

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

Non-Wikipedia example: Did you know that James Lipton (the smarmy host of "Inside the Actors' Studio") penned the theme music for the original "Thundercats" cartoon? Seriously, look it up... :P (This may or may not have started with cracked.com, but the Cracked article no doubt p...
by musicgeek
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 56534

Re: 0972: "November"

My first thought was "huh - recycled 'Peanuts' gag." Then I read the alt text and smiled. "Ah, 'Peanuts' homage ." What I like is that it's a fairly obscure Peanuts reference - a one-off Sunday strip that had been republished in a few anthologies. Whereas most Schulz tributes by ...
by musicgeek
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38541

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Walgreens is now doing the same thing (stocking homeopathic products alongside their actual medicines, with no obvious labeling separating them). What really bothers me is that some of these "remedies" will actually work because of the supposedly inactive ingredients. There are cough suppr...
by musicgeek
Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21325

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

And lo :P It also made me think about that part of Discworld (Colour of Magic, I think) where he talks about tectonic plates whizzing by from the rocks' perspective, and how we should hope they don't notice us piggybacking. The whole concept definitely has a Pratchettian quality to it. The time vul...
by musicgeek
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53676

Re: 0914: "Ice"

AAA is definitely "Triple A" Automobile club - the "roadside assistance" in the title text is the giveaway.
by musicgeek
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39302

Re: 891: Movie Ages

I was discussing this exact topic the other day; for some reason, our '17 years ago' example seemed even worse than The Lion King, and made us feel extremely old and decrepit... ...Pulp Fiction. Me too - I made a reference to the fast food dialogue bit in one of my high school music tech classes th...
by musicgeek
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70988

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Took me a minute, too!

I think that I would be relegated to comic relief in a gay porn: "Corky Cedarwood."

(Still better than my brother, "Scrappy Sunflower.")
by musicgeek
Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 41857

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Rats will press a lever hundreds of times to get a single drop of alcohol. A more effective strategy would be to set up an automatic electric shock when you attempt to access Facebook or other time-wasting sites. Or you could set up a redirect to Goatse. But that's mostly true on an irregular rewar...
by musicgeek
Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 27925

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

Years ago I made the mistake of drinking a Margarita while on 24-hour allergy medicine. I felt a little... off, so I told my wife that I was going to go play on the computer for a while. Three+ hours later she came in to find me still playing the same single game of Apeiron (an update of Centipede f...
by musicgeek
Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16183

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

I don't think Randall is making fun of/belittling/making cheap jokes at the expense of soldiers. Rather, he's making fun of reenactors - how bizarre is it that there are large numbers of people who dress in authentic uniforms, use authentic reproduction weapons, and "play soldier,' reenacting s...

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