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by Lazy Tommy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

My students, once they gain enough English to hold conversations, relate stories of times they communicated in the US before they had any English. And I think you are seriously underestimating the distance between nonverbal communication and no communication whatsoever. Parents have anxiety about r...
by Lazy Tommy
Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Some of them come here with zero English, and yet can still understand and make themselves understood for basic interactions. In a situation that is specifically set up to help these non-English-speakers. Sure, I can see how some basic needs can be dealt with even without language in that kind of s...
by Lazy Tommy
Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

"Communication" is too broad to mean anything here - language is in whole a part of communication. The proportion of language-centered communication that's primarily concerned with social organization is definitely greater than that primarily dedicated to the exchange of abstracted inform...
by Lazy Tommy
Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

One of the primary uses of language is readily identifying those who are in your "in group" and those who are not; subtle alterations to common phrases used only among your friends/family (e.g. "God be with ye" -> "Goodbye") is not incorrect, it's what makes the differ...
by Lazy Tommy
Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

It's also terrible that we have words for this thing we're using to communicate and all the things connected to it (which wouldn't exist if the language hadn't evolved as a result). Inventing new words for new things is not an error (it's not misusing existing words or anything like that), so the k...
by Lazy Tommy
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

And we would be speaking German. Not modern Standard German. We and the Germans and Dutch and South Africans and so on would be speaking West Germanic. And that would be awesome. Taken back far enough, most of the world would be speaking some dialect of the same Indo-European language. You're makin...
by Lazy Tommy
Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24937

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

"Me and Jack are going..." could be rephrased as "Me is going and Jack is also going..." to more clearly highlight the subject/predicate/object mismatch. While it might be true that "English is as English does", the majority of native english speakers would say "J...
by Lazy Tommy
Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 1150904

Re: Forum Migration

It seems like most of this discussion is about how cramped the new look is on actual computers. I haven't read the whole thread, but I hope I can be forgiven for chiming in anyway, and say that the new look is awful, as in ridiculously cramped, on my iPhone, too. For people with poor eyesight, this ...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15964

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Being on the same timezone as a trade partner is helpful in that it avoids misunderstandings when scheduling meetings and phone conferences, but it doesn't necessarily mean that any particular aspects of the day, working or otherwise, are synchronised. Indeed. Any attempt to pretend that daylight h...
by Lazy Tommy
Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21108

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

New Yorkers' attitudes toward new Jersey would be a product of classicism and urban-ism (that's out in the wastelands, less than 20,000 people per square mile there!). But the old "Armpit of New York joke" probably originates from a notoriously smelling factory right by the border of thos...
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21108

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

It is an impressive piece of work certainly, but to be fair most of your states have straight edges - Actually , only three out of fifty have borders made entirely out of straight edges. Only one out of fifty has no straight edges at all. You're phrasing that like you're contradicting pduthie, but ...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26663

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

As an engineer in Canada, I can tell you it won't catch on. Dimensional lumber products will continue to be produced in Imperial sizes just because it would be prohibitively expensive and difficult to suddenly stop making 2x4's and start making 38x89's, to say nothing of the standardized 2438mm len...
by Lazy Tommy
Sun Feb 07, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9358

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

http://rlv.zcache.com.au/hot_tea_for_hottie_mug-rcc58d50e027045a4b8cf7cd2584de483_x7jgr_8byvr_324.jpg I don't generally drink (hot) tea, but even I would find it weird to do so out of a coffee mug. Who came up with that design? Do they really not know the difference? What difference? I don't have &...
by Lazy Tommy
Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9358

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I've been having the same conversation with people at all the dollar stores here lately, in service of my looking for bottled iced teas. At some point I mention that I want the unsweetened types (always in short supply on the shelves) and sweeten them myself, leading to my having to explain that wh...
by Lazy Tommy
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 18031

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

I'd have to add, I think that the top-right corner should probably read "Planets ruled out because we would see them in the day, and then we would die ". Of runaway greenhouse effect, direct radiation burning, or being slung out of the system entirely or sent crashing into another body is...
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1629: "Tools"
Replies: 22
Views: 6205

Re: 1629: "Tools"

About the only things which can be produced that literally have nothing to do with bodies are products relating to pursuits of the mind, arguably including computers and definitely including art. But the point of art is that it triggers emotions, and those are physical feelings. I don't think disem...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15936

Re: 1624: 2016

It does irk me somewhat that a large subset of people (closer to half than all or none) will say "two thousand and sixteen" not "twenty sixteen", when they would naturally say "eighteen sixteen", "nineteen sixteen" etc. That's because the standard way of pron...
by Lazy Tommy
Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15936

Re: 1624: 2016

See, those things happened when I was twelve, so they actually seem a really long time ago: thirty years feels about right. What I can't deal with is that things that happened when I was an adult were twenty years ago. Is this the same for others? It's OK for childhood experiences to be far in the ...
by Lazy Tommy
Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15936

Re: 1624: 2016

Envelope Generator wrote:Another observation: we have strip 1624 in 2016. At some point the XKCD strip number will pass the year it appears. When's that?
Assuming three strips a week, #2018 will appear on Monday, July 9, 2018.
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 85522

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

So, from all your comments, i assume y'all are seeing more than a black square with a yellow dot? I guess this is one of those things that don't work in the only Apple approved rendering engine on my device… If by "Apple approved rendering engine on your device," you mean Safari on iOS, i...
by Lazy Tommy
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29361

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Given that I live in an area with a severe water shortage, it seems like all the water saved from not washing dishes would more than make up for that. But I have no idea what the actual numbers are. Interesting theory. It may even be more in favor if you properly separate and recycle both the paper...
by Lazy Tommy
Fri May 01, 2015 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1519: “Venus”
Replies: 39
Views: 8032

Re: 1519: “Venus”

I notice that I see a lot of people (more than I would expect) on these forums mention that they are from the Netherlands. Does anyone know if this is because: 1) Dutch people are overrepresented amongst xkcd readership, 2) Dutch people are somehow more likely to mention that they are Dutch than pe...
by Lazy Tommy
Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20840

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

TECO: That was actually an editor . IIRC, "vi" was developed to be more comprehensible and less modal. I am equally fascinated and terrified by the concept of an interface less comprehensible than vi. The problem with vi isn't its user interface, it's the lack of documentation. When I was...
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Apr 08, 2015 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 20345

Re: 1508: “beehives”

1985-present: whatever the C64 runs on. Which nowadays means "pretty much anything except a C64", because those all died in the previous century. Cool machines, but dayum were they fragile. nonono, ours is still up and running (theoretically, not that we switch it on much). multiple cocoa...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 20345

Re: 1508: “beehives”

speising wrote:1985-present: whatever the C64 runs on.


Which nowadays means "pretty much anything except a C64", because those all died in the previous century.
Cool machines, but dayum were they fragile.
by Lazy Tommy
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 9710

Re: 1497: "New Products"

I bought an iPod Touch when I discovered that you could surf the web on it -- Wikipedia in your pocket, that's all the reason I needed. I had tried what passed for "tablets" before (Nokia N770) and found them flaky and cumbersome. BlackBerry et al. technically had "browsers" but ...
by Lazy Tommy
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1496: “Art Project”
Replies: 53
Views: 10050

Re: 1496: “Art Project”

serutan wrote:Like how he has #2 say "Take a picture of myself every 1/24 of a second" instead of "Making a video of myself".


And #3 sounds like a roundabout way of saying "I want to get married."
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 18835

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

I have big problems with phone compasses - when I hold the phone the compass swings wildly, but when I hand it to someone else, it works fine. [...] Do I generate a magnetic field and my colleagues/friends don't? Is it to do with my blood group? Yes, obviously. You should see a doctor right away. ;-)
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 18835

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

Yes, it's pretty much the same thing. Your orientation (what a compass tells you) is the rotational equivalent to your position, and angular momentum is of course the rotational equivalent of your momentum, so the same problem applies. The more certain you are of how fast you're spinning, the less ...
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 19017

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

I don't have the answer to the question, although I have a guess: when it rains, birds look for the driest place they can reach, probably close to the ground, underneath dense shrubs or other vegetation. (Where do humans go when it rains, and "indoors" is not a option? Me, I look for trees...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 17381

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

Has anyone else here double checked Randal's math? The sun imparts 1e17 joules to Earth every day. 1 gram of antimatter annihilating with 1 gram of matter yields 1,8e14 joules. Say half of that escapes directly to space, so 9e13 joules per gram. Scale to 100 tonnes of antimatter dust and debris per...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 17381

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

Has anyone else here double checked Randal's math? The sun imparts 1e16 joules to Earth every day. 1 gram of antimatter annihilating with 1 gram of matter yields 1,8e14 joules. Say half of that escapes directly to space, so 9e13 joules per gram. Scale to 100 tonnes of antimatter dust and debris per...
by Lazy Tommy
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"
Replies: 52
Views: 17381

Re: What-If 0114: "Antimatter"

But the big asteroids would get us first. Even a relatively small object like the Chelyabinsk meteor would deliver as much energy as the meteor that killed the dinosaurs. Now I want to know what an antimatter asteroid the size of the Chicxulub impactor would do. I guess it's pretty much a given tha...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 16551

Re: 1394: Superm*n

If you ask me, the mistake was using a Greek word that simply meant "great" to mean "one million". Maybe the SI's authors should have looked a bit harder for the ancient Greek version of "humongous" in the first place. But then, maybe that's what "exa" or &qu...
by Lazy Tommy
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 32127

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

What, no mention of YouTube? I would have guessed that that alone sucks up more Internet bandwidth than any single other service.
by Lazy Tommy
Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 57484

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

Wish there were more labels. That's impressive, and a bit scary, though. Indeed. Especially when you consider that even optimistic projections have the human population growing by at least another 30% or so before leveling off... If we've crowded out wildlife to such an extent even at our present p...
by Lazy Tommy
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 19117

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

Ha, this is so true. Just today I saw the headline of a Dutch news paper: "Advice: Stay Indoors! Super storm coming". There's a stiff breeze today for sure, probably officially classifies as a storm (wind strength 10). But definitely at the lower end of the storm scale, we have at least a...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0064: "Rising Steadily"
Replies: 58
Views: 24667

Re: What-if 0064: "Rising Steadily"

I'm puzzled about the 2km up. There are places on earth that are 2km up where it certainly isn't freezing, like Quito. It may not be freezing in Quito, but its average daytime high is a full 10°C cooler than that of the coastal city of Manta, also in Ecuador and also less than 1° from the equator. ...
by Lazy Tommy
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"
Replies: 68
Views: 18724

Re: What-If 0062: "Falling With Helium"

Too bad he didn't go into specifics of how much buoyancy, how much drag, and how much terminal velocity we're actually talking about. Those kinds of specifics are usually what What If? is about. I have a feeling that if you really want to answer the question definitively, you need to take into acco...
by Lazy Tommy
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 19403

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

lgw wrote:In a lot of US neighborhoods these days, the association will give you a ticket if you park in your driveway


Why?

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