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by Mikeski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 30
Views: 1204

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

On the other hand, making Mars and Earth match exactly only requires smacking them together into one combined planet. Life on the molten Mearsth will be a wee bit challenging for a few megayears, but freeze-dried microbes returning on far-flung ejecta will eventually prosper there, in an etymologic...
by Mikeski
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 1927

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I once freaked out an Australian friend for a moment when he made some comment about black crows, and I replied "Oh yeah, your crows are black down there, like your swans. That's weird." and for a brief shining moment his world was turned upside-down (or would that be right-side-up since ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 1927

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

rmsgrey wrote:and definitely much more if it was written instructions...

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow.

(Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...)
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2060

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Are eves additive or multiplicative? Would Dec 26th be better written as "Christmas 364*eve" or "Christmas eve364 "?
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 1927

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 203150

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Peanuts are terrible [...] I hate anything with peanuts — peanut butter, peanut sauces (like in Thai food), the nuts themselves. Nothing is more disappointing than biting into something and tasting peanut. I rate this opinion as "semi-controversial". Hating peanut butter is a bit odd. (I ...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2219

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Soupspoon wrote:What we need is to have a year when nothing happens.


They tried that back in 1752; took a week or so off in September.

They're still behind.
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

With the exception of the last one, since I have no idea how a laptop would go about generating any real amount of X-ray or gamma radiation, all of those sound plausible. I hope this comic wasn't based on a true story. Depending on how you define "laptop"--or on how big your lap is--the o...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2619

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

qvxb wrote:Tech Support hasn't noticed that the only music videos YouTube plays on the laptop is Sympathy for the Devil.

That's not bad.

Mine only plays media files backwards, looking for the satanic messages.
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 3042

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

ijuin wrote:Yes, but it means a different thing for a star to be Class M than for a planet to be Class M.

Thankfully. "Not on fire" is an excellent feature for a planet to have, from my perspective.
by Mikeski
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 3042

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

x7eggert wrote:The fungus in our woods _does_ connect the trees, it's called "wood wide web". (un?)forunately it's over-hyped, it's mostly pr0n.

That's what really happened to the entwives? They all left because the ents were just watching dryad pr0n all day?
by Mikeski
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 2883

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The answer to "the address of my home changed" is to send a GPS device to the previous address, and move to wherever it's delivered to.
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 4137

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

If you are ok with only getting your video from a fixed altitude, then it may be more expedient to mount cameras to metal poles sufficiently well-anchored to the ground in the tornado’s likely path. Except that... Most tornadoes [...] are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (severa...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 8281

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

yakkoTDI wrote:Reminds me of this.

Obligatory:

There are two kinds of countries in the world. Those that have put a man on the moon, and those that use the metric system.
by Mikeski
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4580
Views: 849678

Re: Today I Made:

freezeblade wrote:Made something that is...nominally pizza, or PINO (Pizza in name only).

Extra credit if that's pronounced "Pie? No."
by Mikeski
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 10309

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In our Austrian [...] election [...] somehow the mail-in envelopes for the re-election had defective glue... ("gluegate"). As an American, I'd just like to say that I find it humorous that other nations also use "-gate" naming for their political scandals. The hotel break-in hea...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 4160

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Pfhorrest wrote:Why is there discussion of gerrymandering in this thread? Did I miss a layer of the comic?

cellocgw posted in the wrong thread?

Clearly, any strangely-shaped districts in Super Smash Brothers should be considered charmandering.
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Micrometers, nanometers, those I like. But Randall can have my picometer. It's too hard to use, since it measures how many times you've observed it measuring things.

It's like quantum mechanics in reverse; it's only in a known state when it's not being observed.
by Mikeski
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6683

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Old Bruce wrote:We could call it Schrödinger's(-cat)-care.

I'd like that.

"We're about to simultaneously stab you with a needle and not stab you with a needle, depending on your observation of the event."
by Mikeski
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 5533

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

What else would you call it other than "twerking"? For those of us that have built USB HID devices into our chairs, we enter keyboard events by moving our butts. It seems to me that twerking is the most appropriate word for that style of coding. I now understand the crazy emergency room s...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 6800

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I am none of those professions, but I regularly have only one of these thoughts, the "trees = air" one. And air = trees. And people = air. And air = people. It's a big cycle. And based on those equalities, I can't argue if someone calls me a blockhead, because people = trees. Or, as the a...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 8266

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We already HAVE a universal time—it’s UTC—“Universal Time, Coordinated. However, most people like to use their own time zone for daily activities, and only use UTC for record keeping or deliberate international coordination. So the Brits and a few African nations get to be on normal time? Bah! Temp...
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 5533

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

MrT2 wrote:I have an android phone with bluetooth, I keep the bluetooth turned off, but every so often I'll notice the bluetooth icon in the corner and have to turn it off again. Absolutely no idea what is turning it on.

That's a frequent software bug. Nothing to be concerned about.

--The NSA
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 6730

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Then, assuming the politicians aren't stupid*, they make "enough" that it's worth having an unpaid campaign volunteer calling people, versus having them do something else.

* - Objection! assumes facts not in evidence.
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 6730

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Even when it causes people not to pick up the phone when politicians call asking for more money or to robocall you? It goes both ways. How much money is really made from cold-calls by a politician's outreach team, compared to donations by big business or high-profile/budget organizations? Small don...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 4296

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

A supermarket chain over here failed to include "check the input makes sense" lines and someone added a new product to their system with volume 1 litre and mass 350 kg. 350 kg/L? Your supermarket sells dark matter? or Liquid black holes? That's only 18 times the density of tungsten. No un...
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 6730

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

If you are unable to respond to a "hello" in 5 seconds, you get hung up on, as you're likely a telemarketer (I figure this is due to some sort of automated delay, but it's true nearly 100% of the time). Yes, that's an autodialer. A computer calls you, waits for you to say something, and t...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 6683

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Flumble wrote:Anyway, the title text sounds a lot like trolling: you write a hateable opinion and watch as everyone will argue, retweet and discuss their hatred for it.


Is there a term for a "strawman argument" where there was no original argument to make a scarecrow out of?

Straw-mannequin argument?
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4580
Views: 849678

Re: Today I Made:

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/04/buttermilk-vanilla-waffles-recipe.html Making waffles substituting yogurt instead of buttermilk(excess yogurt can at least be eaten by someone). My question is why fake maple syrup is so thick. If you're going to cheap out making artificial syrup, why not...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 17493

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

rmsgrey wrote:I'm now waiting for something to be declared "the wrongeresterest".

That term has already been surpassed.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 8266

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

ijuin wrote:Obviously we need to fully decouple our activity cycles from the solar cycle and instead wake and sleep at the same time worldwide.

Welcome to the life of the engineer.

Gotta work with people in the USA, Taiwan, Germany, and India? It helps to be non-24 to start with.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 4902

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

How about a pre-assembled, fully glued, LEGO set? I think the LEGO equivalent would be a set that has no pieces with studs. So only pieces like these: https://www.lego.com/service/bricks/5/2/306801 https://www.lego.com/service/bricks/5/2/4504382 And none like these: https://www.lego.com/service/bri...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7658

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Don't put candles around the circle, though. They have the opposite effect with babies vs. demons.
by Mikeski
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 3465

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Heimhenge wrote:I have a hard time believing the esophagus bulges that much when swallowing liquids.

His x-ray machine has a fish-eye lens.
by Mikeski
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Lucia wrote:Who's the other one?

Truman
by Mikeski
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

And it is strange that a country that fought a war* to get away from hereditary rulership has had, among its 45 Presidents**, two father-son pairs, one grandfather-grandson pair, one pair of shirttail cousins, and a 5th pair with the same last name but no relation. (Adams, Bush, Harrison, Roosevelt,...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 5678

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Right now, there is an artificial intelligence calculating what its name should be when it runs for the presidency.

It's currently stuck on "John Garcia Kennedy-Reagan"... the algorithm finds both last names together to be bad, but dropping either one to be worse.
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7658

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

jgh wrote:Argh! I'm now stuck worrying about cat food and baby food!

Just feed the baby food to the cat and the cat food to the baby, to avoid any potential cannibalism.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7658

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

A distinction is made between "ship" and "boat" (at least in US Navy & Merchant Marine). A "ship" is the big one that can carry little ones called "boats". This is why all submarines are referred to as "boats" regardless of their size, since the...
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 4193

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Monster_user wrote:Is this where the "romance" part of the comic comes in to play?
xkcd "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."

Nope, this one is sarcasm.

Which arrow represents the sarcasm depends on where in the design cycle you work.

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