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by StClair
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 21
Views: 2542

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Female anatomy.

Spoiler:
"They look like c**ts."
by StClair
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 2576

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

While the inheritance-with-strings attached idea can lead to very amusing scenatios (Brewster's Millions!), how realistic are they? I have this idea that if someone leaves me something, I get it (minus applicable taxes), and that's that. In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. ...
by StClair
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4210

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

My graph-related OCD is going nuts... the graph rotation is off by ninety degrees. Time is the dependent variable gosh darn it! Shame you're not an astronomer, they're used to axes going in weird directions. Speaking of, am I the only one who looked at this and thought of the Hertzsprung-Russell di...
by StClair
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 1990

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

The general assumption behind all of those "true meaning of Christmas" stories is that there is one, something spiritual and pure, that has been lost amid all the secular consumerism. My cynical answer is that is the true meaning, along with "co-opting, re-branding and assimilating pa...
by StClair
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 3193

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

And that is how Thor gets a dog (or a cat, or a bird) big enough to ride.
by StClair
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 6604

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

rhomboidal wrote:The guy's beardstache would make as good a status badge as any.


I was thinking something a little smaller. A green star, for example. On their bellies, maybe?
by StClair
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 4079

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

My thought was that the "smart" thermostat is probably spouting these errors because someone has hacked into it with the latest IoT exploit, and the support guy should already have a script, supplied by the company, for dealing with such cases and arranging for the device to be reset or re...
by StClair
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 4461

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

"Some of the side effects to the medication I take are either nightmares, and sometimes diseases, and sometimes diarrhea, constipation, bleeding from the eyes. My ears ache. Sometimes I get headaches, migraines, death. But I got pills to cure the death, so I take those and it... and it off-sets...
by StClair
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 5254

Re: 1893: "Thread"

Some of my favorite works have "magic" that is just a higher/deeper understanding of the universe and how to manipulate it with tools and technologies (not always entirely material, in the sense we usually think of) not in common use. Others, however, have magic, supernatural phenomena, et...
by StClair
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 5254

Re: 1893: "Thread"

aw man, this brings back memories. I never read the series until I "needed" to, for research - back in the day when Pern was the new hot fashion for RP MUSHes. I've always been more into the science-fictional aspects (dodgy and welded-on though they sometimes are) than the high fantasy; I'...
by StClair
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 5594

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Kerbin, of course, does have an eclipse every munth.
by StClair
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 5300

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Me too.
by StClair
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 8574

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

"... but in Latin 'Jehovah' starts with an I."
by StClair
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 8574

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Ümlaut would, of course, be the villain's ruthless German henchman.
by StClair
Mon May 22, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 3972

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

"But that can't be, my people didn't land here until... oh. Yes. Of course. Thank you, Doctor, for confirming that I am a perfectly normal native Earth human."
by StClair
Mon May 15, 2017 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 4630

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

I expect at least some would reply, "Oh, I bet I can."

Probably not without breaking the terms of the rental agreement, though.
by StClair
Mon May 08, 2017 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 7021

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

yup, "inverted commas" is a "what??" followed by "oh right, you Brits talk funny."

("two nations separated by a common language"...)
by StClair
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 5999

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

At space-type distances, it probably doesn't matter too much. And there'll be a huge IR signature that would take rather tricksy methods to hide, regardless of what they do in the visual spectrum. Beat me to it. Spacecraft, especially ones with the kind of performance common in SF, are going to be ...
by StClair
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 16568

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

But what I hate is "24/7/365",as a 'motto' or directive. The latter number should be more like 52, or thereabouts. Right, or just 24/365 Closed on Feb 29, then? They need 37 minutes per day to replace all the freeze dried and vacuum dessicated fruits and vegetables. Just potatoes. Lots an...
by StClair
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 6205

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Damnit, (several) someone(s) beat me to my "meaningful answer" joke.

( :) )
by StClair
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 11178

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I've been going through the motions myself. Putting in a lot of MMO time - escapism. Trying to pretend everything is normal and it's going to be, if not okay, not completely awful.
Because the alternative is to switch from working on my resume to my suicide note.
(not kidding at all.)
by StClair
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 5622

Re: 1786: "Trash"

To elaborate a bit on the plot of "Litterbug", now that I've re-read it: As noted, it's very much in the aforementioned mid-20th-century vein of "plucky inventor does the impossible", and many learned scientists, some from the government and/or military, do tell him it's impossib...
by StClair
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 5622

Re: 1786: "Trash"

Dumping your trash in a different space-time continuum: Dubious. Actually , it's a non uncommon thing in SciFi. I recall a short story in which a fellow comes up with a razor-blade disposal system which turns out to send the blades 100 years into the future. That makes a mess in the future for a br...
by StClair
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 12755

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

"Can entropy be reversed?"

LOOK, I'M NOT ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION UNTIL YOU SUBMIT IT IN A MODERN PROTOCOL.
by StClair
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 12032

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

God, this is (has been and will be) my life.
by StClair
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 9214

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

Actually, that WAS the point. We use a record scratch as a social marker in TV/Film (See the TVTropes linked in the post above), but the Majority of people don't have a meaningful personal connection to records. I'm not sure I buy that assertion. Are there more people alive under the age of, say, 2...
by StClair
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 6736

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

ps.02 wrote:He tried installing BSD again, didn't he?


Thanks for finding it so I didn't have to.
by StClair
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 5918

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

So, create Dr. Manhattan and get him to fix the problem?
Wait, no, Veidt he ends up giving people cancer...
by StClair
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 71843

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many others told themselves "wait for it" when they saw Meghan and Cueball, and "there it is" when Oregon flooded? Mostly, it was Washington that was flooded. On a Thursday... https://www.amazon.com/Bretzs-Flood-Remarkable-Geologist-Greatest/dp/1570616310/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&...
by StClair
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 8791

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

Someone is wrong on the internet.

... and it's not me.
by StClair
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 9277

Re: 1720: "Horses"

... without landing on the gearshift?
by StClair
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 9489

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Pro tip: You can get around that 14m minimum focusing distance by zooming in on the reflection in the subject's eyes and then zoom into the reflection in your own camera lens, and repeat until you reach the required distance and the image comes into focus. Yeah, but you have to keep repeating "...
by StClair
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 12788

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

I am confident that, by tomorrow, every WOW server/shard will have at least one character named "Gnomeann". Possibly several, with variations in spelling.
by StClair
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 7398

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

creaothceann wrote:
StClair wrote:So, the blonde is a catalyst, then?

No, because she's also oxydizing.

Ah, true. I suppose that moves her into the realm of accelerants.
by StClair
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 7398

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

So, the blonde is a catalyst, then?
by StClair
Sat May 14, 2016 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 6116

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

cellocgw wrote:
StClair wrote:It can repel you, but I'd have to reverse its charge.
(Or possibly its spin.)

Duuuuuude get your memes straight: you have to reverse the polarity.


Wrong meme; I was riffing on the song lyric in the alt text. "have to" and "charge" need to be in there.
by StClair
Fri May 13, 2016 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 6116

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

It can repel you, but I'd have to reverse its charge.
(Or possibly its spin.)
by StClair
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 13612

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Psykar wrote:I kept expecting a reference to http://boxcar2d.com/


Same, and came here to link it if it hadn't been already.
by StClair
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 10783

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

There's a part of me that thinks that if the guy can't figure out what's going to happen when the anchor point is almost directly above him, he deserves what he's about to get.
(That part probably wears a black hat.)
by StClair
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 6755

Re: 1668: "Singularity"

Most of the people who think they'll be Raptured tend to be very smug about it to the "heathens", so that part is authentic, IMO.

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