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by Tualha
Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15700

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Given the current ascendancy of unapologetic Trumpism in the largest nuclear power, this one might not be so funny in a few years. Relax. The Demoncrats will NOT go along with Trump on anything and he has pissed off enough Repubicans so they will not back him either. I said Trumpism, not Trump. He ...
by Tualha
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15700

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Given the current ascendancy of unapologetic Trumpism in the largest nuclear power, this one might not be so funny in a few years.
by Tualha
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27424

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Everything Snake and the Sacred Goblet
by Tualha
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"
Replies: 20
Views: 7552

Re: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"

Randall saith:

Even in the heaviest rainstorms, the water in the air weighs less than the air itself ...


I don't understand that statement at all. He's talking about the drops of liquid water, not water vapor, right? If they weighed less than the air, why would they fall?
by Tualha
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44218

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

How used they keep themselves contented Before this monster was invented? Have you forgotten? Don't you know? We'll say it very loud and slow: THEY...USED...TO...READ! They'd READ and READ, AND READ and READ, and then proceed To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks! One half their lives was reading...
by Tualha
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1341: "Types of Editors"
Replies: 88
Views: 25630

Re: Types of Editors

WYSINNWWP. What you see is not necessarily what will print. As in, MS Word breaks the lines one way on the screen, then you send the document to hardcopy or PDF and it says, "Oh my! This is not the device I was expecting! The resolution's different, so now I have to recalculate everything ... a...
by Tualha
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20915

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Tangential to this, but the titular Last Question makes me wonder: has anyone here seen or heard of a sci-fi story exploring the implications of a simple device which does nothing but reverse entropy? Say, a "fair refrigerator", one that generates power instead of using it, by extracting ...
by Tualha
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 27418

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

Envelope Generator wrote:As golf is to a good walk, so regex golf is to _______?

Readable, maintainable code.
by Tualha
Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20915

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

rjsteg wrote:In response to the alt text, I have two questions:

1) Is something *else* going on with Randall's personal life?
2) Has he possibly become spiritual?

Praying for NOT 1 AND 2,
Randy

Fervently hoping for (NOT 1) AND (NOT 2).
by Tualha
Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20915

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Ah, but what if you're in Greg Egan's "Dust" universe in Permutation City? Then you're back to theory :)
by Tualha
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 23648

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

First xkcd comic I've ever wanted to block :p It's unbelievable how much jiggling, zooming, moving crap a typical modern webpage has, all competing for your attention. I would find the web unusable without Flashblock and Adblock Plus. Now I want a tool to turn off gif animation except on certain sit...
by Tualha
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 109435

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

Considering that the bomber would most likely be starting from the phrase and working toward the anagram, I like to think that, for a mad genius masterstroke, they could do better than "hurl nail deep out". Precisely why I concluded the scenario was unlikely. Especially considering it was...
by Tualha
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.
Replies: 721
Views: 109435

Re: Bombing at Boston Marathon Finish Line.

The xkcd "what if?" in question was posted by one Delphine Lourtau. It occurred to me, "what if" our mad bomber was doing one of those "haha I'm too smart for everyone" things, and "Delphine Lourtau" was an anagram of some hidden message. So I looked. Nothing ...
by Tualha
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28697

Re: 1150: Instagram

Given that Randall also wrote this: http://xkcd.com/743/ I don't think his point is that people are overreacting, but rather that people were foolish to think that companies like Instagram would continue to provide a free service forever, without ever trying to exploit their users. You know what the...
by Tualha
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28697

Re: 1150: Instagram

There is a huge fallacy in that comic, that is just like going to the north pole, and then at that exact place, saying “I will now go north!”: Just like the above statement in that context, saying “property” in the context of information makes no sense. It is not related to reality. In reality, the...
by Tualha
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1091: "Curiosity"
Replies: 70
Views: 19066

Re: 1091: "Curiosity"

Anyone else notice anything about the crowd in the control room?

Yay America. Plus ten points for a great scientific and engineering achievement. Minus several thousand for arranging things so that minority youths go to prison more, and to college less, than white youths.

:cry:
by Tualha
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 313329

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Rabbethan wrote:I think location might also have something to do with it. I'm on Firefox, Windows 8 CP, in Miami

I'm in Gainesville, using FireFox. I got the same Florida-specific one. Ironically enough, I've lived in San Francisco too, and felt small earthquakes there.
by Tualha
Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26787

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Actually, 'tis O Ryan the Scotsman (Irish grandfather), and he has a sporran.
by Tualha
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31872

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

I could make some serious comments about naive extrapolation, or ignoring the growth of competing words...but what comes immediately to mind is "Malkovitch Malkovitch. Malkovitch? Malkovitch. Malkovitch Malkovitch. Malkovitch!" :mrgreen:
by Tualha
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28066

Re:

I've been meaning to learn braille... I can recognise most of the letters on sight, and I know some of the abbreviations... but I'm still hopeless at doing it by feel :( For the record, the vast majority of sighted people read braille by sight. The hard part of really learning braille is all the co...
by Tualha
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 66041

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

He forgot the classic stellar classification mnemonic. O, B, A, F, G, K, M, and later R, N, S were added. Traditional: Oh, be a fine girl/guy, kiss me right now honey . Hubble version: Obviously brilliant astronomer finds galaxies keep moving, revealing new science. which is correct? H or S? i assu...
by Tualha
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 66041

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

He forgot the classic stellar classification mnemonic. O, B, A, F, G, K, M, and later R, N, S were added.

Traditional: Oh, be a fine girl/guy, kiss me right now honey.

Hubble version: Obviously brilliant astronomer finds galaxies keep moving, revealing new science.
by Tualha
Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 40854

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

This is a country in which the president himself cannot get a blowjob under the desk without it being on the nine o'clock news. We cannot even grab a nameless jihadi off a desert battlefield half way across the planet drag him into a dungeon and whack his peepee without there being pictures in the ...
by Tualha
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 40854

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

I seem to recall, from what was said back then, that the girders were not actually melted; they were just softened enough that they couldn't support the weight of the buildings anymore. No?
by Tualha
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 40854

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

bhoot wrote:Mind control agents actually burn at 650 degrees Celsius. Just thought that everybody should know.

That's what they want you to think!
by Tualha
Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40118

Re: 0965: "Elements"

"Well, Mr. Anderson. It appears you are going to die."
"I don't think so. I am the tenth element bender, and my name is...NEON!"
by Tualha
Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 28732

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

LOL, my best friend used to edit those books. She'll get a kick out of this one.
by Tualha
Mon May 09, 2011 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32609

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

Oy, GOOMHR. I was just thinking about Marie Curie yesterday morning, and how it would be nice to warn her about the dangers of radioactivity.
by Tualha
Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 27878

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

I had all four out at once to get it out of the way. One was sideways and needed the saw. The painkiller afterwards was part of a clinical trial and I was on placebo for 45 minutes (or else it was a crappy painkiller). Had it done on a Friday so I'd have the weekend to recover. While recovering, I w...
by Tualha
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58230

Re: 0859: "("

Five years from now Randall will close this pair of parentheses, and everything inside it will have been a dream. I was thinking he'd close it three days from now. OTOH he might never close it (which reminds me of "Little Harmonic Labyrinth", among other things, in GEB). Meant to leave ab...
by Tualha
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58230

Re: 0859: "("

GOOMHR. My bff does that all the time. (Probably explains why she had a hard time in programming classes...) :mrgreen:
by Tualha
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking

Thanks to everyone for all your informative comments :)
by Tualha
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17219

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

Elbereth! Gilthoniel! Also, Randall was using copyrighted material in his comic. Tolkien's work should expire for another half century, IIRC. Not in sane nations. Just because the US has moronic laws... It's not moronic! We have the best legislature money can buy! As this law illustrates all too we...
by Tualha
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 36590

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

It's incredible, the terrible "art" people will put their name on and publish on the web. What now, bashing of people who dare to draw imperfect stuff and put it online? Have a look at the first comics some of the best web comic artists have put up, like the first Questionable Contents, U...
by Tualha
Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking

Actually, I've been wondering what other majors do a good job of teaching critical thinking. While I do enjoy reading, I'm not sure I want to take on the immense amount of reading an English major would entail; especially because (I assume) much of the material is not on subjects that relate to my g...
by Tualha
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking

These nine all seem to be good, based on editorial reviews, reader reviews, and (when possible) looking at the text on Amazon. Vaughn looks particularly good. Prices are at Amazon. Barnet and Bedau. Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument, 7th ed . Bedford/St. Martin's, 20...
by Tualha
Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 36590

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

It's drawn with stick figures, and compared to many web comics this is actually a step up. Sad but very true. It's incredible, the terrible "art" people will put their name on and publish on the web. Randall's stick figures at least have funny things to say, and Rich Burlew's are quite ar...
by Tualha
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 36590

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

I have to admit I'd never heard of her either. Which, I suppose, is even more insulting than dissing her.

Apropos of which:
http://questionablecontent.net/indietit ... sleep.html
by Tualha
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking

This will hopefully give me some idea whether my ideas of studying law or journalism are really practical. Let me guess: You looked up a list of jobs sorted by salary and security, and chose the first and last entries? Bwaha! Good one. No, I've just been watching too much West Wing and have become ...
by Tualha
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking
Replies: 21
Views: 3610

Re: Looking for good textbooks on critical thinking

Thanks to all for your input. I guess you could call me a "lapsed undergraduate" -- I intend to finish, but have forgotten much, and lack confidence, so I want to study some things on my own first. This will hopefully give me some idea whether my ideas of studying law or journalism are rea...

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