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by Murgatroyd
Mon May 28, 2018 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 12710

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I once lived in a place where I empirically determined that when the forecast said "50% chance of rain", it actually meant "the rain will get halfway to the ground before evaporating."
by Murgatroyd
Sat May 26, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12730

Re: 1986: River Border

It's basically stuff on bread, isn't it? Whereas pies are things in pastry*. Someone else can tell us what the difference between bread and pastry is. Yes, hello. I do believe that technically a pastry dough must contain shortening, whereas bread dough is made with oil. Pizza is definitely bread. I...
by Murgatroyd
Sat May 26, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 83551

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

by Murgatroyd
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 80693

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

I got 163, didn't record my time. I missed the one above the X-Wing and the one below the glitch floor, but I haven't figured out the other four. It's possible I missed something in the Star Destroyer, but I don't think so. I did get the ones in the underground lair.
by Murgatroyd
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 51561

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Serious question: How many tally marks should there be? How many different instances of Voyager 1 "leaving the solar system" have actually been reported?
by Murgatroyd
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It Seems I'm A Terrorist
Replies: 51
Views: 5716

Re: It Seems I'm A Terrorist

I don't see how you wouldn't think about attire when going somewhere. Do you often just wear your underwear to the grocery store, or a suit to go to the gym, or your swimming trunks to a job interview? These are all, of course, extreme examples (well, ish) but they illustrate the point that, while ...
by Murgatroyd
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0133: "Raven"
Replies: 18
Views: 10088

Re: "Raven" Discussion

Some while ago, I came across something quite curious. It's an adapted version of The Raven, as a pi mnemonic. (starting at the 4 of 3.14) Near a Raven Midnights so dreary, tired and weary. Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore. During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap! ...
by Murgatroyd
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 159807

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

I may have a solution, but I probably overlooked some detail or other. Here it is anyway: So in the grid, let's go east 2, north one. Resistance of 3. Then, go south 1, east 2, north 2. Resistance of 5. Then, go south 2, east 2, north 3. Resistance of 7. Etc. Now, go north 1, and east 2. Resist...
by Murgatroyd
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 159807

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Re: "Path of Least Resistance": Yes, current follows the path of least resistance. But it does not follow it exclusively. It actually follows just about all available paths, with more following the paths of less resistance. That is true but there are an infinite number of parallel paths th...
by Murgatroyd
Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 22429

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Inspired by the VectorMagic work in the Part 3 thread, here are the MAFIAA guys:

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by Murgatroyd
Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 82064

Re:

If Chiliahedron's math is right and you ordered from this site ( http://www.gnwco.com/playball.html ) you could fill a 16' * 12' room 3' deep with 3" balls for 14 cents a ball (10 boxes) for a grand total of $788 and change. That seems a lot better than the $8000 estimate from the original cal...
by Murgatroyd
Thu Oct 11, 2007 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 104930

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

3.
1415926535897932384626433
8327950288419716939937510
5820974944592307816406286
2089986280348253421170679
8214808651328230664709384

125 decimal places, most of them memorized during algebra class back in middle school, when I was very bored.

While I'm at it, e=2.718281828459045...
by Murgatroyd
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 51770

Re: "Effect an Effect" discussion

Haha! They also suffered from hemophilia from inbreeding and hunted witches. I can't think that just because something's been done wrong for a long time that it becomes acceptable. Accepting changes to the language made by common usage irregardless of form does happen, but "they" being si...
by Murgatroyd
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0323: "Ballmer Peak"
Replies: 116
Views: 55353

Re: "Ballmer Peak" Discussion

I wonder if this is the same BAC that one of my French teachers said gives maximum fluency...
by Murgatroyd
Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 95181

Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

Mostly I roam around in the fanfiction/roleplaying areas of the Internet anyway, which tend to be more female. Yes, the gender distribution varies greatly from place to place. In one fanfiction-related community, when I revealed that I was male, I got this response: hocrap, a DUDE! I honestly thoug...
by Murgatroyd
Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0319: "Engineering Hubris"
Replies: 85
Views: 22468

To be fair to Wile E., he did live in a world with completely crazy laws of physics (firing a cannon results in the cannonball staying in place and the cannon leaping back 20 ft, for example, or the laws of gravity not affecting you as long as you "never studied law"). No engineer could e...
by Murgatroyd
Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0317: "That Lovin' Feelin'"
Replies: 66
Views: 16125

This one just didn't have that xkcd feelin'.

Of course, I suspect that the reason it didn't do anything for me has something to do with the fact that (as far as I know) I've never heard the source song.
by Murgatroyd
Wed Sep 12, 2007 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 27540

Shouldn't the text read "S-I-G-H-T-ED[...]"?

(I'm glad I did a bit of research before posting here. I almost posted about a "mistake" that wasn't.)
by Murgatroyd
Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 31966

Re: Been there.

The story of how S and I finally got together is a long and difficult one but it is in the past nearly twenty years. Is it silver for the twentieth? I need to know by next May. Silver is 25, gold is 50, all others vary from source to source and are a relatively recent invention by the anniversary g...
by Murgatroyd
Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 17674

This is actually a form of the matching pennies game, with the information discrepancy mostly being a red herring. In fact, it's exactly equivalent. For the nerd, let "give good advice" equal "heads", and "give bad advice" equal "tails". For the non-nerd, let...
by Murgatroyd
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 17674

The nerd can easily win in the long term. He/She just needs to give bad advice most of the time, but at a close enough to 50% rate that the non-nerd isn't going to notice. The non-nerd by definition isn't going to be running a spreadsheet of the nerd's answers, or otherwise tracking the % of the ti...
by Murgatroyd
Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 37266

In japanese there is something like 100 different words for rain, each expressing a slightly different type of rain, and it bugs me that I all I can do when I think about rain is add adjectives to the word 'rain'. Where were all these words when I was learning Japanese? I also think you'll find tha...

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