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by Mikeski
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 5181

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

gmalivuk wrote:Surely the most logical construction would be "I am I", no?

Since He referred to Himself that way, yes, surely.

gmalivuk wrote:It was me what done it.

Naw, it was me done did it.
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 5181

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

da Doctah wrote:Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this?

But they aren't human. We don't expect those people to speak correctly...
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5087

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

To me, that sounds like "when you get old, stuff you do all the time will get harder for no reason.", implying "you won't like that either." That matches my experience, and what I hear from people older than me. The UI change call-out just provides common reference. "Gettin...
by Mikeski
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5459

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I don't think I've ever seen a restaurant menu where all the English translations were correct, although most of the time they are comprehensible. But occasionally you see things like a pastry named "fuckup with marmalade" because everything was tranlsated word by word using an online dic...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5459

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

The thing about Arsenal is that they always try to walk it in. Hooray. He's kicked the ball. Now the ball's over there. That man has it now. That's an interesting development. Maybe he'll kick the ball. He has indeed and apparently that deserves a round of applause. I read somewhere (probably here,...
by Mikeski
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

orthogon wrote:... and rubbers are condoms in some parts of the US, aren't they?


In almost all parts, I think. Which is probably why the term has fallen out of favor for overshoes.
by Mikeski
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 7490

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

rmsgrey wrote:So if you progress from amused, do you then become bemused?

Yes.

Try to skip over step four, though, or you'll have to start over.
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Pink Pearl is also a brand of eraser. I suppose it predated the sexual slang, but if so, I wonder what they were referencing.

The erasers we have at the office are called... "Magic Rub".

Eraser marketing is apparently the domain of seventh-grade males.
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 5108

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

The North/South Dakota to Dakota / More Dakota was the only good one. It would have been funnier the other way, as back in the late 80s there actually was a move to rename North Dakota to just "Dakota," mostly as a tourism booster (since it would sound less cold.) That, of course, got wid...
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Everyone else is talking about apples. He, for some reason, is talking about My Little Pony characters named for apples... (I guess he lives below the graph.)
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

So, an island with an apple tree? Apple trees grow in temperate and mild sub-tropical climates, require good irrigation and don't take coastal conditions too well. You need an island large enough to contain a sheltered valley. And a deserted island that can support natural apple growing will most l...
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 7490

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Language is always fuzzy and different people use words differently, so that's not surprising. But I wonder at the cultural angle here. If you wolf-whistle at someone to get their attention (something that's not at all remarkable over here), is that likely to be misconstrued as having a sexual mean...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 7490

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

You linked to a post made two and a half days earlier than the one I replied to. I therefore strongly doubt any forum permissions were removed on the 24th. Hm. Unless egosearch is still broke, the mods did some cleanup. "User has 20 posts", but only 17 show up in the post list (and the on...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I recently found out that "Tijuana" has three syllables. Kinda embarrassing. Were you pronouncing the "juan" bit "joo-an"? Yoo-wan, mostly. "tee-hwan" is not a pair of syllables that English speakers deal with easily. I always hear it pronounced "tee-uh-...
by Mikeski
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 7490

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

the pretend grounds that an open web forum is somehow equivalent to a private house from which someone can be 'shown the door'." How are those pretend grounds? (You are asking this question of someone whose posting privileges were removed three days ago . He has already learned they are quite ...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 3661

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Reminds me of a rather dumb experiment I ran back in the early 80s. My company had recently installed a majorly honking badass VAX 780 system, and I was learning the various things you could do in the shell environment (tho' of course DEC didn't call it a 'shell,' just DCL or whatever it turned int...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm wondering if Japanese people would recognise their own car brands, if they heard them from someone in Europe. Depends what part of Europe. Since they share the same five vowel sounds (and use the same letters for them when Japanese is Romanized), a native Spanish-speaker shouldn't mangle them t...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

And it's even worse on the west coast, where "the midwest" is slightly to the east, "the west" is even further to the east, and "the middle east" is somewhat further west of "the east" which, as you've noted, is to the west. And in addition to east/west in th...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What has always struck me as odd: until a few years ago a typical rail journey from Budapest to Vienna started at Budapest Eastern station, from where you'd travel westwards; then after approaching Vienna from the East you'd arrive there at the Western station! Welcome to the world of everyone in t...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

[...] And why Crystal seems to be playing a game of Qix with New Hope. Gerrymandering, I guess.) The history of New Hope touches on the origins of the odd boundary. The history of Crystal , perhaps understandably, seems to gloss over this, despite a great deal of information over all. So, "ger...
by Mikeski
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 13514

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Re: the title text, there are places in the USA like that. The suburbs of Minnesota's capitol: South Saint Paul is actually south of Saint Paul. We got one right. North Saint Paul is northeast of Saint Paul, and does not border it. West Saint Paul is ... south of Saint Paul. Saint Paul actually wrap...
by Mikeski
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 4532

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

To the best of my knowledge, other than the original script, it's not written anywhere. Hint (probably useless :( ) King Biscuit Flower Hour. Pedant on: King Biscuit Flour Hour. An hour of live radio concerts presented by King Biscuit Flour mills. Reverse pedant mode, engage : it was the King Biscu...
by Mikeski
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 4304

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s). The tech has been around a lot lo...
by Mikeski
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 36154

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

working class whites and other deplorables? Do you have any idea the context in which the word "deplorables" was used? Why am I asking, obviously not. She wasn't referring to REPUBLICANS, she was referring to the members of the KKK, who publicly proclaimed their support for him, and whom ...
by Mikeski
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 2939

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

And it was a pain when you couldn't find someone with an Iomega Zip Drive to open your .zip files. (They emulate that Zip Drive hardware in software, nowadays.) And those ones-complement architectures... the whole idea was a bunch of shenanigans to get the Soviet ICBM guidance computers to miss... b...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 42
Views: 9045

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

somitomi wrote:But why ETLA and not FLA?

For geeky historical reasons.
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 42
Views: 9045

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

I interpreted it (knowing that I wouldn't be quite right) as The Great Lord Randall, from context. But it's probably an ETLA that has been used in/inspired by the full text in Time or the 'secret' subforus, that I've not read. You're doing this on purpose, aren't you? Possibly, but that one's prett...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 4345

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

I prefer my music recorded in ink on paper. The playback mechanism is a 90-piece orchestra. It just has more, I dunno, warmth than the newer formats. I'd imagine the combined exhalations and body heat of 90 musicians (particularly the hot air blown by the brass and woodwinds) would be putting more ...
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 4345

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

commodorejohn wrote:(I've also seen generic "albums" in thrift stores with random assortments of 78s in them, but I gather we're speaking of songs that were actually released as a set.)

The mixtape-for-my-girlfriend is that old, too? OK, the timeghost got me there.
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 2966

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

heuristically_alone wrote:I have one of those metabolisms where I eat mcdonalds every day and don't care.

heuristically_alone's avatar wrote:Age: 25

I did too, when I was your age. You won't have to wait much longer...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 6230

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

orthogon wrote:
astrus wrote:"[...] we'll just stick a 'decaf' label on one of the jars."

That's possibly OK.

...as long as you don't mind potentially hospitalizing or killing people. My father has an irregular heartbeat, and caffeine exacerbates it.
by Mikeski
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 5749

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

I saw Wax Gibbon open for Screeching Weasel at Wembley. Helluva show. [/davebarry]



(...but enough about tonight's presidential debate.)
by Mikeski
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

If you're worried about overpopulation, Wikipedia knows who you need to yell at . Green countries are about stable, or growing slightly. Blue ones are shrinking. Yellow-orange-red-purple are the literal "problem children". Thus, white people talking about population growth "problems&q...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

olar cells have only single-digit efficiency, you have an impossible engineering problem, right? (They don't, and you do.) To get your ship to work, you'll need to turn up the sun by a few hundred percent. A hell of a lot more than that, unless Nimitz -class carriers have surfaces eight square kilo...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

A Nimitz -class carrier's two nuclear reactors generate a maximum power of about 190MW. The 8km 2 California Valley Solar Ranch has a nameplate capacity of 250MW: Also, I could be wrong, but can't the Nimitz run off a single one of it's reactors? A cargo ship doesn't need that sort of built in redu...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Eebster the Great wrote:...in the past 22,000 years [Earth's core has] most likely grown by a few meters.

Oh me yarm! It's on a pace to consume the whole planet!
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Some warming events were caused by volcanoes, It's hard to explain volcanic CO₂ with increased temperatures. Citation please? I don't believe that will be forthcoming. That he "reads papers and the people who do the maths agree with him" was the citation I got for water not being an impor...
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I think water vapor is not that significant because if you just create water vapor, it rains. But if you are right, how do you create water vapor? By heating water, by using energy. If you stop spending excessive amounts of money on your energy bill, you'll be reducing both CO₂ and water. Wikipedia...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Talk about reducing carbon? That's your tragedy of the commons, right there. It's shorthand for "if we push this off a few more years, I'll probably be dead before the shit really hits the fan! Let the next guys in line worry about it!" I would rather we start working towards a real solut...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 36663

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I am...a little bemused at the arguments that "if we can't return to pre-1900 emissions levels, we might as well not try at all". Subtly different from my actual argument. "If we can't return to pre-1900 (or pre-1950, or whatever number makes the models work) emissions levels, we sho...

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