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by Number3Pencils
Wed May 14, 2014 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 18386

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

Boy, do I ever hate this too. I've noticed it and gotten annoyed about it and rrgh.

I'm kind of mystified as to why a reporter would currently be doing a story about Eero Saarinen (d. 1961) or Hannskarl Bandel (d. 1993), the designers of the Gateway Arch.
by Number3Pencils
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 25131

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

He spelled "subcultures" wrong. I mention this mainly so we can see how quickly he corrects it, or if he does. He does usually correct spelling mistakes, right?
by Number3Pencils
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 47167

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I didn't know Cirith Ungol either, so I looked it up. Turns out it's the name of the place where the giant spider Shelob lived in The Lord of the Rings. So there you go.
by Number3Pencils
Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 37290

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I just noticed that the serial numbers on the top bill in the Minnesota wad of cash show its land area (KM 225181.00²) and population as given by Wikipedia (P 5344861.00). Attention to detail. I'm still not sure exactly what New Mexico is. A storage tin? What are those shapes stacked on top of (bene...
by Number3Pencils
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 37290

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

BAAAHAHAHA The proper pronunciation of Colorado is "Eyjafjallajökull".

Edit: Also, Ohio refers to itself as "The Heart of it All" (or at least that was on the old license plates), but I think a pair of underwear clearly shows more honesty.
by Number3Pencils
Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 46476

Re: 1078: "Knights"

This is pretty good. But I don't think there should be ellipses in that chess notation. [Oh. And the Nf3 thing. Noticed that when I got ninjaed.] The ellipses are only used when you're talking about a move by Black on its own. Like: "White played a fairly standard opening with 1. Nf3. But Black...
by Number3Pencils
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 37937

Re: 1045: Constraints

The title-text actually says "similiarly" instead of "similarly".
by Number3Pencils
Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 16728

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Would the graves in Cambodia be marked with crosses? Really don't think Christianity was too big at the time (though Pol Pot would certainly have targeted it if it were). I just went to the Killing Fields in January. No crosses there. All the graves there are mass graves, so instead of putting indi...
by Number3Pencils
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 59118

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

I got 88% on the kerning quiz, and 92% on the Arial vs. Helvetica quiz. Thought I'd do better, since I design fonts. I guess I should double-check the kerning on my next font.
by Number3Pencils
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 43546

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

This may be the most efficient way to make two worlds unlivable at one stroke. Narnia becomes an Atlantis, and our world has 2km of ocean drained away. Unless the Narnians figure out a way to transport their end of the wardrobe into the ocean soon enough, in which case all that happens is that the t...
by Number3Pencils
Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 6589

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

If you'd like to see a lot of ampersands, I'll tell you where. In three places: Coming Together. http://images.veer.com/IMG/PTYP/UMT/UMT0000515_P.GIF http://marketplace.veer.com/font/Coming-Together-UMT0000515 Poetica Ampersands. http://www.fontshop.com/rendcache/f/138/137285/36_o_560_000000_ffffff....
by Number3Pencils
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Salish languages
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: Salish languages

I was just in Eugene, but now I'm in the Midwest. It was a short visit. That word-as-a-clause thing—I think Lojban does that too, if I remember right from my brief infatuation with Lojban. I believe the example given was that "fagri!" ("Fire!") didn't actually just mean the noun ...
by Number3Pencils
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Salish languages
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: Salish languages

Actually, my great great aunt (by marriage; she contributed no blood to me) was Vi Hilbert (taqʷšəblu), the woman who worked with University of Washington linguists to write a complete grammar of Lushootseed (dxʷləšucid). Despite this, I know little about the language. What little I do know, I've ac...
by Number3Pencils
Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Writing Instrument
Replies: 83
Views: 12719

Re: Writing Instrument

I've actually been having a bit of a quandary on this topic, in that I can't find the right kind of pen. To answer the main question: for general purposes, see my username. I use #3s because they're harder than #2s and so they last longer and I don't have to sharpen them nearly as often. Wood over m...
by Number3Pencils
Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal rights and "replaceability"
Replies: 0
Views: 1006

Animal rights and "replaceability"

Hey everyone, I wrote this thing about animal rights on my blog a while ago, but that doesn't have much of an audience, just family mainly. So I thought I'd put it here to ask opinions on it. Have I stumbled upon a valuable new idea in animal rights? Has someone already said it before? If you think ...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 280330

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Superfluous z's mayhaps? Darius z Andr z ej S*s z yn*** [Name partially obscured for privacy reasons] /angell Other people have pointed out that they're not superfluous in the native language. Well, that language is Polish, and here's what they do: /s/ is pronounced like our s; /sz/ is pronounced l...
by Number3Pencils
Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 4715

Re: Colloquial SI units

Interesting, with the songs. I hadn't thought much about this idea in other languages. English tends to shorten words a lot, but I guess some languages aren't so keen on that. I studied Russian for a year and noticed there are some really long words in it. (I changed my Facebook to Russian for a whi...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 4715

Re: Colloquial SI units

In my Grand Vision, these colloquial names wouldn't replace the official names, they would just be informal names. Chuck:Charles::pip:milimeter. Or like how a Canadian two-dollar coin is officially called a "two-dollar coin", even though everyone calls it a toonie. If you like the apparent...
by Number3Pencils
Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 4715

Re: Colloquial SI units

I like "parch" and "slosh", though I feel like "slosh" would be used much more in taverns than in any other context. I'll try to think up something for cL and dL.

Hey, someone likes one of my ideas! Maybe they're not all crazy after all. Thanks.
by Number3Pencils
Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 4715

Re: Colloquial SI units

Boy, if people get confused between metric and imperial now, I can only imagine what it would be like if there were new inches and old inches. In England, there would be a whole new definition for old and new pounds—four different pounds! I like "spoon" as the new mL, but I feel like there...
by Number3Pencils
Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Colloquial SI units
Replies: 33
Views: 4715

Colloquial SI units

I got to thinking the other day while I was in Canada (I'm a Statesider). I think at least some of the reason that the metric system hasn't caught on in the US is that the names of the units aren't nearly as friendly-sounding or fun to say as the imperial system's measurements. Sure, the imperial sy...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 35482

Re: I support the simpul spelling movement.

tho, thru, tuff, baut, caut, thoro, sholder, skedule I really had to think about these words as the way I read them phonetically they don't come out like any words I recognised. I'm English by the way, not American. tho and thoro are particularly odd as they read nothing like the way the words thou...
by Number3Pencils
Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 35482

Re: I support the simpul spelling movement.

I've recently been using a mild spelling reform in my journal. Basically, I take out letters that are completely pointless, as long as: • that doesn't mess up an etymological link too badly (so, "really" wouldn't become "rilly" because that alienates it from "real" • th...
by Number3Pencils
Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 175972

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

The misspelling police wish to inform Randall that she spells it Stephenie, not Stephanie.

I've never read any of this Twilight jank, but I've seen the book covers.
by Number3Pencils
Fri May 29, 2009 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 47117

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Wow, there are enough of us typography geeks that we can be made fun of? Okay. The reason Papyrus is a faux pas is not that it's overused. It's that it's garish and fake-looking. Also, the caps are too big. There are fonts that are non grata because of overuse. Times New Roman is one of these. The f...
by Number3Pencils
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Internet Consumption
Replies: 27
Views: 1616

Re: Your Internet Consumption

Damn, I needed to split up the "Over 8 hours" category. Didn't see that one coming. And it's too late now, so oh well, I guess. Well, I guess to clarify: How long are you on the internet, and not getting paid for it? You still need to define "on the Internet". For example: I've w...
by Number3Pencils
Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Internet Consumption
Replies: 27
Views: 1616

Re: Your Internet Consumption

Well, I guess to clarify: How long are you on the internet, and not getting paid for it? Basically, I guess you should discount your work day if your job is done via internet. But you shouldn't discount time when you should've been working but you surfed the internet while your boss wasn't looking. ...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Internet Consumption
Replies: 27
Views: 1616

Your Internet Consumption

How much internet do you use? Edited for clarification: DON'T count time that you have to use the internet for work. DO count time when you're at work and reading the internet but it's not work-related. DON'T count time when your computer is running some program via the internet but you're not payin...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Long haired cute geek boys wanted!
Replies: 733
Views: 92378

Re: Long haired cute geek boys wanted!

I definitely see the Johnny Depp. Also, I think you'd look better with shorter hair. Not too short, maybe shoulder length. Just a thought. But that would involve getting haircuts, which would involve spending time and money. I like my strategy of never getting a haircut... it's worked out okay for ...
by Number3Pencils
Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: s{mp@ TrEd (and IPA, because I'm prejudiced)
Replies: 20
Views: 1388

Re: s{mp@ TrEd (and IPA, because I'm prejudiced)

ajm nɑt ˈjust tə ˈsæmpə ɪt lʊks ɪnˈsejn du ju nɑt pʌŋkʧuejt wɛn jɹ̩ tɹænskɹajbɪŋ? pʌŋkʧuejʃən ɑfɹ̩z impɔɹtn̩t infɹ̩mejʃən. fəˈnɛɾɪk tɹænˈskɹɪpʃn̩ ɪz ə rɛpɹəzənˈtejʃn̩ ʌv ˈspitʃ ən ðɛɹz now pʌŋkʧuˈwejʃn̩ ɪn ˈspitʃ aj dɪsəˈgɹi. pʌŋkʧuejʃən izn̩t spowkɨn (ju wʊdn̩t sej "piriəd", juʒəli), bət...
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: s{mp@ TrEd (and IPA, because I'm prejudiced)
Replies: 20
Views: 1388

Re: s{mp@ TrEd (and IPA, because I'm prejudiced)

jɹ̩ ˈpɹɑbli ɹʌjt.
bət, aj lʌjk ðə "ɹ" ˈkɛjɹəktɹ̩, sow al kənˈtinju ɾɨ juz ɪt. du ju nɑt pʌŋkʧuejt wɛn jɹ̩ tɹænskɹajbɪŋ? pʌŋkʧuejʃən ɑfɹ̩z impɔɹtn̩t infɹ̩mejʃən.
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: s{mp@ TrEd (and IPA, because I'm prejudiced)
Replies: 20
Views: 1388

Re: s{mp@ TrEd

Bobber wrote:
wisnij wrote:aɪ.pi:.eɪ ɪz 'bɛt.ɚ

eɪ kɔm.pli:tli æ.gri:

waj ðə hɛk aɹ ju ˈpipɫ̩ ˈmaɹkɪ̃ŋ aɫ jɹ̩ ˈsɪləbɫ̩ brejks? ɪts ˈɔnli ˈnɛsəsejɹi wɛn ðejɹz æmbɪˈgjuɪɾi.
ðɪs gɑt diˈɹejɫd frəm ə ˈsæmpə θɹɛd ˈpʰɹɪɾi ˈkʰwɪkli.
ʃʊd wi bi ˈduɪ̃ŋ ðɪs fəˈnɛɾɪkli ɔɹ fəˈnimɪkli?
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your last words?
Replies: 221
Views: 12868

Re: Your last words?

Hit3k wrote:
'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:It'd be neat if mine were "down", as I'm told it was my first word.


I'm with you, I want me last word to be my first word, 'bus'.

"Oh shit, I didn't see that bus!!!"
That kind of parity is appealing, but if your first word was "bus" you might consider rethinking.
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?
Replies: 73
Views: 3469

Re: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?

I haven't read it, but a friend of mine reports that the Iliad is very formulaic.
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your last words?
Replies: 221
Views: 12868

Re: Your last words?

Carnildo wrote:
Number3Pencils wrote:There are only two ways to win the game: If the prime minister of England says "I just lоst the gаme" on national television, or if you die during someone's thirty-minute grace period.

How odd. I won the game long ago by applying the WOPR strategy.


What?
by Number3Pencils
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?
Replies: 73
Views: 3469

Re: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?

The history of a letter has little to do with how people write it today. The fact that a 10th-century scribe wrote the first minuscule theta with two strokes is irrelevant. The relevant fact is that in Greece today, people probably tend to write theta more as one stroke than as two. But even that's ...
by Number3Pencils
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Long haired cute geek boys wanted!
Replies: 733
Views: 92378

Re: Long haired cute geek boys wanted!

Laetificat wrote:
Number3Pencils wrote:Johnny Depp? Really?

I think it's the cheekbones.

You also look a bit like Kirk Hammett, of Metallica fame.

I don't think I would ever have come up with these on my own, but I guess I can see them.
by Number3Pencils
Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your last words?
Replies: 221
Views: 12868

Re: Your last words?

"Son, son (assumping I have one)..." "Yes father?" "I just lost the..."*dies* You have to finish it, so your sons next words are "YOU BASTARD!" There are only two ways to win the game: If the prime minister of England says "I just lоst the gаme" on ...
by Number3Pencils
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!
Replies: 100
Views: 4562

Re: SNOOOOOOW!!!!!!

Well I like snow. New snow sculpture pctures spoilered for great massiveness. http://lh4.ggpht.com/_TcEcDkFer5E/SYkyiHRCvkI/AAAAAAAAAyY/4HN0yeU8znY/s800/A%20Capella%20032.jpg http://lh6.ggpht.com/_TcEcDkFer5E/SYkyh0h5nuI/AAAAAAAAAyQ/QbFPBfd5UHo/s800/A%20Capella%20028.jpg http://lh6.ggpht.com/_TcEcDk...
by Number3Pencils
Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?
Replies: 73
Views: 3469

Re: What's your favourite Greek letter to write?

Not quite. Latin alphabet: Thick verticals, thin horizontals. • But, erring toward thick \-type diagonals (see: N in any serif font, where the diagonal is thin and the verticals are thin). • Pen nib at a 30-to-45° angle of / type. Greek Alphabet: • Uppercase: Rules same as Latin alphabet. • Lowerca...

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