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by Mikeski
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2161: "An Apple a Day"
Replies: 25
Views: 1477

Re: 2161: "An Apple a Day"

commodorejohn wrote:Well this explains the sudden shortage of good Cripps Pink at the local Safeway some months ago. Clearly someone was stockpiling.

Nah, they just have frequent altercations with the Blood Oranges. Then all the damaged fruit has to be taken off the shelves.
by Mikeski
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2158: "Qualifiers"
Replies: 21
Views: 1291

Re: 2158: "Qualifiers"

Isn't "how you say" just a contraction of "[this is] how you say [something idiomatic]"? It's no more ungrammatical than the "look [at this from my perspective]" in the comic. I suppose it gets confused as a foreign phrase, since that's the only sort of conversation tha...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"
Replies: 27
Views: 1677

Re: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"

Tirear wrote:
cellocgw wrote: back in prehistoric times, ...our entire history class...

Did they call it future class back then?

"Current Events".
by Mikeski
Wed May 15, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"
Replies: 39
Views: 2857

Re: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"

Full set of toggles I'm imagining this keyboard has: caps lock num lock scroll lock unicode lock serif lock verbatim lock (blocks autocomplete and spelling and grammar checkers) pop lock (to keep your Tab in place) Schlage (because some people keep forgetting passwords, and fingerprints get on too ...
by Mikeski
Wed May 08, 2019 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2147: "Appendicitis"
Replies: 11
Views: 2163

Re: 2147: "Appendicitis"

I was going to say "those can't be fists; she's holding up vanquished organs from previous patients", but the current patient has them on the ends of his arms, too. And now I'm wondering why the pockets on her lab coat are so low, and whether previous lab-coated xkcdites have had the same ...
by Mikeski
Thu May 02, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 9274

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Keyman wrote:Samsung built a vertical TV for (who else?) the millennials
Samsung's "Sero" is a 43-inch TV mounted on a rotating stand.

Ah, the vacation-picture slide-show-projector for the new generation.

Just, rather than pictures of the family, it's all pictures of the food they ate.
by Mikeski
Thu May 02, 2019 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"
Replies: 18
Views: 2538

Re: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"

Huh, I thought 'degrees of freedom' were diplomas from Independence University.
by Mikeski
Wed May 01, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"
Replies: 18
Views: 2538

2144: "Adjusting a Chair"

Image

Title Text: When I was looking at the box, I should have thought more about what "360 degrees of freedom" meant.

Also, that "Cthair" might not be a typo.
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3816

Re: Astronomy kills

My wife is in charge of the 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point. Etched into the bottom of the mirror are the initials of an astronomy prof (I believe from U of A) who was killed at Kitt Peak (IIRC) shortly before the APO mirror was cast. It's the probability of being "killed by the thing you ...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 27659

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

The classic seasons for [insert northern latitude place here] are "Almost Winter," "Winter," "Still Winter," and "Construction." We simplify it to "Winter, and Road Construction". If warm places can get by with two seasons (Rainy and Dry), there's n...
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3816

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

Was done better back here. With entomology.
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 5730

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Soupspoon wrote: emojii (emojen/emeji?)

It's a Japanese loanword, so "emoji" is both the singular and the plural form.
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2141: "UI vs UX"
Replies: 17
Views: 2061

Re: 2141: "UI vs UX"

I'm interested in the cardinality of unprintability; why is the second glyph more unprintable than the first? Hm... Printable: A glyph used in 3-dimensional space, meant to attach to a 2-dimensional surface. Unprintable: A glyph in 4-space, meant to attach to a 3-dimensional "surface". (C...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 2408

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

RogueCynic wrote:pinwheel.jpg

We should push this one to the top. It is wind powered and eco friendly.

Eco-friendly? Looks plastic to me. What do you have against whales?
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 5730

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

I'm sure it would be set on "top post"... and "bottom post" would be permanently grayed out.

cryptoengineer wrote:Where is the

* Top Post replies
* Bottom Post replies

toggle?

On this cartoon, I'd expect it to be on 'Top Post' (spit).

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by Mikeski
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 4222

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

When *I* was a boy... We had a huge 27" screen Zenith console TV, with a "space command" remote. You cold turn the channel, or volume up/down.... and watch the actual dial on the TV across the room turn, to a "ka-chunk, ka-chink, ka-chunk" sound, to get to one of the four c...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 6217

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Heimhenge wrote:The radio data was measured in PETAbytes. There was so much data to correlate that, rather then delivering it over the internet, it was faster to just ship the physical hard drives to the correlation facility.

So the Internet hasn't caught up to FedEx yet.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2134: Too Much Talking
Replies: 13
Views: 2652

Re: 2134: Too Much Talking

SDK wrote:Not enough talking? Took more than a day to get this thread posted!


That's the joke.

Or it was until you ruined it with your talking.
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"
Replies: 35
Views: 4932

Re: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"

The EHT website states that: The imaging algorithms we developed fill the gaps of data we are missing in order to reconstruct a picture of a black hole. The mind boggles at the opportunities: what will they fill the gaps with? Frog DNA. Aaaaaaannnd we have a WINNER Hmmm, what actually happens if yo...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 15056

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

RAGBRAIvet wrote:And why didn't they include the eggplant?


Have you heard the tale of Boaty McBoatFace?

That's why the purple alien penis eggplant wasn't included.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 15056

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

Heh. I spammed one of the vote buttons for a few seconds, and the comment-bot's line changed to: "Fun fact: You can click more than once, although if you click too much it ignores you." Happenstance, or is that programmed in? ...and I see that Wolby got the same line. Were you multi-voting...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 4025

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

da Doctah wrote:
Muzhik wrote:However, I could REALLY get behind a war on behalf of Big Chocolate

I'm'a just leave this here....
[image of "big hunk" bar]

"Honey sweetened nougat with whole roasted peanuts".

I don't think Big Chocolate was involved.

Big Nuts, however...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 4025

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

The anti-recyclers in the waste-disposal industry.

Big Dump.

...and the really obvious timber industry.

Big Wood.
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 3746

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross. But then you get into the argument about whether it should be a traditional intersection or a roundabout. With an overpass, it could be a cloverleaf interchange. A r...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 3746

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross. Side benefit: now it's also an arctic-pacific, arctic-atlantic, antarctic-pacific, and antarctic-atlantic canal, too. No more long trips around Brazil or Canada. At l...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 6845

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

freezeblade wrote:I submit the following for a "maximum nastiness" candidate

Hmm...

freezeblade wrote:romping though Australia

I found the problem!
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4758
Views: 924351

Re: Today I Made:

Is rice and peas the same thing as Cajun red beans and rice? Or are you referencing something similar that's popular for your culture? As a member of neither culture, I think of "red beans and rice" as the Cajun thing (kidney beans and rice, some sort of pork, onion/celery/bell pepper, se...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 6845

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Meticulac wrote:I propose removing the need for outdoor lighting by giving everyone night vision goggles.

Skip the goggles, just give them night vision.

Downside: injected directly into the eyeball.
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 7585

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Yup, even a standard pen couldn't leave the secure area of the datacenter. Makes you wonder about clothing... Most of it is okay, but socks aren't allowed after the Sandy Berger thing. Though they're probably reviewing the rules, given those new bluetooth-enabled self-tying sneakers from Nike. (Liv...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 7611

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

The trouble with integration is that all the different sorts tend to move into their own neighbourhoods, lower your property prices when they move in next door, never mix with the natives, start to outnumber us, can't learn the local language, switch to their own tongue to make me feel uncomfortabl...
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7041

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Also, "critical mass" to "mass nouns", an obvious logical step. (Around here, anyway.)

Invoking Sailor Moon to get there was just for style points.
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 53853

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

My recipe pet peeve: quantities listed as one unit in the ingredients list which are then used in smaller quantities in separate steps in the instructions.

"1 cup of vegetable oil". OK.

"1 onion, diced". OK.

"fry the onion in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil..." Argh!
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7041

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

It's not something a Japanese speaker is even conscious of, let alone struggling with or making decisions around. To a certain extent, yes. There are some conscious decisions made, though. Example: "fruit" and "flute" would transliterate to the same phonemes, so they change the ...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2114: "Launch Conditions"
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

Re: 2114: "Launch Conditions"

jello34543 wrote:(seems like there should be a better word than evaporate, especially for non-steam humidification, but I can't think of it)

I propose 'dialesce', as the opposite of coalesce.
by Mikeski
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 5724

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Heimhenge wrote:That narrow isthmus in Panama screws it up for the Americas.


Yup. Never mind crossing both Americas; there's no straight line across land from one end of Panama to the other. It's S-shaped. And that's ignoring the canal's existence.
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2110: "Error Bars"
Replies: 14
Views: 3651

Re: 2110: "Error Bars"

This comic explains a lot.

Well, maybe not a lot, but at least it explains political polls.
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10466

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

The real map would be mostly "Soda" or "Pop", with small enclaves of "Coke" and "Sodapop", I would presume. Soft drink. Doesn't "soft drink" include non-carbonated drinks? As the opposite of "hard drink" (i.e. alcoholic stuff), it should. ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 5562

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Is there anyone other than IT professionals in that cohort? I have never worked in IT, nor had a software job. I took some Computer Science courses in college, and know some OSI mumbo-jumbo from there. Enough to understand " Seven " without looking it up, anyway. My current job involves t...
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5754

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Hat slogan: Make the Great Lakes Greater! ...again.
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 6046

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

"Technical analysis" in the stock market is a literal case of "if you believe it, it's true." If enough people* trade based on the technical analysis, the stock will be priced as though the technical analysis were correct, regardless of actual market reality. Right up to the poin...

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