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by Mikeski
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 2561

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: 4674
Views: 881971

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: 2561

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: 34
Views: 3210

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: 3231

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: 3608

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: 255
Views: 42288

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: 3608

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: 1874

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: 2831

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: 1936

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: 5099

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: 3298

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: 3573

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: 4094

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...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 4023

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Ages ago, you could put plus and minus signs in front of words to guarantee they'd be in the results, or not in the results. Now, that behaves badly, unless you get google to do it for you by scrolling to the bottom, picking "advanced search", and putting the words on the appropriate lines...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 4251

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: 4964

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: 4964

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: 5283

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: 4964

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: 211820

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: 4506

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: 5200

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: 5200

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: 5258

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: 5258

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: 4389

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: 5784

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: 13098

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: 4674
Views: 881971

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: 15460

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: 5591

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: 5166

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: 7877

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: 6365

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: 7879

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: 9601

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: 6365

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: 8195

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.

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