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by jjcote
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 11343

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I remember meeting a woman at a wedding. It was the day that we became related, as she is now my brother's wife's brother's wife's brother's wife. I was quite excited. I also understand that she has a brother who is married, but I haven't had the pleasure of meeting that woman.
by jjcote
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 12702

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

I'm missing the joke. Read explain xkcd. Didn't help. Anyone? Anyone? Hahaha. I do this all the time, GOOMHR. Paid less than $100 for the camera that did this. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/NvnQU_6xzk-T6UDabIEK0JM28KiZie5cfTiJaay2svgni6cUYSoCQAkcufwAXL5xQqmwWLVsaOjPuQ=w215-h220-rw Can't read th...
by jjcote
Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 15960

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Not all recumberents are difficult to see. Overseeing the road is a bit of a problem. Due to the lower eye position it is difficult to oversee the layout of the bike path. However this is not much of a problem for commuting, as most people know their commute route by heart after a few times. On my ...
by jjcote
Sat May 28, 2016 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9247

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

There was a time when I thought it would be really weird to have a coworker who was born after the first moon landing. Now I'm on the verge of having coworkers born in a year that starts with a 2.
by jjcote
Mon May 16, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 15960

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Not all recumberents are difficult to see. Overseeing the road is a bit of a problem. Due to the lower eye position it is difficult to oversee the layout of the bike path. However this is not much of a problem for commuting, as most people know their commute route by heart after a few times. On my ...
by jjcote
Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 60896

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

I'd like to point out that this dress would look great in white/gold, and I totally hope they start selling it that way. And how cool would it be for identical twins to show up at a party together wearing the two color combinations?
by jjcote
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 19243

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

League bowlers do bring their own balls, but where I bowl, the balls on the racks include a lot of balls that used to belong to individuals and were presumably traded in or something.
by jjcote
Sun Jun 08, 2014 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1376: "Jump"
Replies: 62
Views: 13278

Re: 1376: "Jump"

This cartoon is a lot like reality was for me when I was learning to hang glide. These days, it's just a few steps and then, if things work out, a lot of going up. Going that far out over the water is generally not recommended, however.
by jjcote
Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32055

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Mom taught me everything I know about typing on a manual (non-electric) typewriter, she taught me to put two spaces after the end of a sentence, and I still do. Then again, Mom (now 86) may not be the best reference for this sort of thing. Despite my explanations, she has not managed to grasp what ...
by jjcote
Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32055

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Mom taught me everything I know about typing on a manual (non-electric) typewriter, she taught me to put two spaces after the end of a sentence, and I still do. Then again, Mom (now 86) may not be the best reference for this sort of thing. Despite my explanations, she has not managed to grasp what t...
by jjcote
Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:17 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"
Replies: 37
Views: 19034

Re: What-If 0055: "Random Sneeze Call"

But not in our national anthem From Verse 4, if memory serves: O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blessed with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued band praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation. So conquer we must, ...
by jjcote
Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40573

Re: 1235: "Settled"

...and cow tipping...
by jjcote
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28709

Re: 1150: Instagram

Another thing to consider it what it means to own something at all. What does that entitle you to? If you own a house, maybe somebody will charge money to take tourists down your street on a bus and point it out to them. In Beverly Hills, that happens, right? But what if you bought some land and fo...
by jjcote
Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28709

Re: 1150: Instagram

Another thing to consider it what it means to own something at all. What does that entitle you to? If you own a house, maybe somebody will charge money to take tourists down your street on a bus and point it out to them. In Beverly Hills, that happens, right? But what if you bought some land and fou...
by jjcote
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25451

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

If you put the car in reverse, does the message on the mirror change? (As others have noted about the Big Bang, objects are not moving through space. Everything is actually stationary, it's just that the space between things is getting bigger, so they're getting further apart, and that make it look ...
by jjcote
Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48928

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I have a Deuteranomaly (Green weak) color blindness, causing green traffic lights to look white. Only the actual traffic lights look white though. Images of, or representations of green traffic lights always still look green. I also live nearby an upside-down traffic light, where white- I mean gree...
by jjcote
Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31004

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

Years ago I spent some time in Greece, and I wondered whether their license plates used the Greek or the "English" Roman alphabet. After looking at a lot of plates, I came to the conclusion that they used only letters that appear in both, that is, A, B, E, H, I, K, M, N, O, P, T, X, and Z....
by jjcote
Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21266

Re: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"

Djehutynakht wrote: jjcote wrote:I'm mildly surprised that nobody has mentioned it, but: It's not against any religion to want to dispose of a pigeon. I would assume at least some sects of Buddhism or Jainism would be against killing any form of life. No seriously, it must be true, because https://...
by jjcote
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21266

Re: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"

I'm mildly surprised that nobody has mentioned it, but:

It's not against any religion to want to dispose of a pigeon.
by jjcote
Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20536

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

Does anyone have a mapping between the cartoons and the ex-presidents/Firefly cast members?
by jjcote
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39371

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

Immortality for fixing the alphabet? Well, Vuk Karadžić (or maybe I should say Вук Караџић) got monuments in his honor and his picture on money, so I guess that qualifies.
by jjcote
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67500

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

The joke, of course, is that complaining about kerning outs you as someone with low standards. Properly designed fonts don't need kerning! Don't make the assumption that all lettering (e.g. on a sign) comes from some kind of magical "font". Not everything in this world is mechanized or co...
by jjcote
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67500

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

As the son of a sign painter, I became aware of kerning when I was young. The annoyance I acquired from my father came about not so much when we saw bad kerning, but when somebody misused the word. However, the best case of bad kerning I ever saw was at a place in Davis Square that had a sign readin...
by jjcote
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 82185

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

tomandlu wrote:Many diseases would make okay names (well, if you were in Ancient Rome)...

Chlamydia, Septicaemia, and so on....

I know of a case of clueless parents who gave their daughter the delightful-sounding name "Candida".
by jjcote
Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91840

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

3. Therefore, God made a way that we can be let off from the punishment, not by unjustly forgiving our crimes, but by Jesus' sacrificial death in our place. This requires trust in Jesus and repentance. (It's not conditional on doing good works, but we should do good in appreciation of what was done...
by jjcote
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91840

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I'm a creationist and to be honest, I'm somewhat offended by this. How would atheists feel if we made a comic about Darwin cheating on his wife? What an interesting misconception! Darwin has no particular connection with atheism. Yeah, he did some science that turns out to be a problem for people w...
by jjcote
Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109048

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

jonadab wrote:If there were a non-turn-based "Speed Scrabble", where you can play as fast as you can come up with plays, it would take me about five minutes to program an AI no human player could ever touch.)

Bananagrams. Yeah, a program could make short work of humans.
by jjcote
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91840

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

A relationship that distant is interesting. Knowing what we now know about genetics, what is the probability that you and your 21st cousin wife have any genetic material in common? They would only share about 99% of their DNA which is acceptable for the propogation of genetic diversity. That's true...
by jjcote
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91840

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

...you would probably be shocked to find that you are interested in your, say, 17th cousin. Funny story... my wife and I have been doing a ton of genealogical research for the past year and found out over Christmas vacation that we have a common ancestor roughly 600 years back. We're ~21st cousins....
by jjcote
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 50452

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

And if two definitions of the megabyte are not enough, a third megabyte of 1 024 000 bytes is the megabyte used to format the familiar 90 mm (3 1/2 inch), "1.44 MB" diskette. The confusion is real, as is the potential for incompatibility in standards and in implemented systems. Seriously,...
by jjcote
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 43524

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Almost this exact thing happened to me. I came up with the clever idea that maybe I'd get a tattoo of a decimal point, and started telling people -- not that I was really planning to get the tattoo, but because I thought it was a cool out-of-the-box idea. Slightly nerdy, and very subtle, sort of a &...
by jjcote
Sat Apr 16, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 48455

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

I didn't get any of the references (other than the Death Star, and Pripyat after I looked it up), but I still found this so funny in a surrealistic way that I laughed so hard that it hurt each of the four times that I read through it.

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