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by Various Varieties
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7861

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

Nothing to do with annoying other users, but mapping the mouse scroll wheel to unconventional functions is a thing in some video games. In Counter-Strike, mapping the scroll wheel to shoot and then using the dual Berettas was an amusing way of achieving impossible firing rates. And a lot of Mirror's...
by Various Varieties
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9810

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Steve the Pocket wrote:....Dafuq did I just read?

Do not be alarmed. That is a normal reaction to much of Grant Morrison's writing.
by Various Varieties
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9810

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I take issue with Superman not having a tick for "often flies in groups": http://i.imgur.com/aEO2AvP.jpg http://i.imgur.com/UciBzwd.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mZ8kYuO.jpg http://i.imgur.com/MZuRbXx.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ImId5Gl.jpg Yeah.....but not in groups with other Supermans. Here is Sup...
by Various Varieties
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9810

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I take issue with Superman not having a tick for "often flies in groups": http://i.imgur.com/aEO2AvP.jpg http://i.imgur.com/UciBzwd.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mZ8kYuO.jpg http://i.imgur.com/MZuRbXx.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ImId5Gl.jpg
by Various Varieties
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 11590

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I've been going through some programme records of INSSW, because I'm sure that there was one guest who (as well as the creator/producer, being the real-life spark for the idea) had actually never seen Star Wars. But, IIRC, it was only mentioned in passing, to the gasps of the audience. It wasn't on...
by Various Varieties
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 11590

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

This strip vaguely reminded me of this one: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/music_knowledge.png Starting a list of other movies you might assume everyone's seen but they haven't and don't care: Napoleon Dynamite Eight and a Half Treasure of Sierra Madre Dr. Strangelove Ghost Busters Metropolis Dirty Ha...
by Various Varieties
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 5443

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

Relevant Malcolm in the Middle:
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by Various Varieties
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9510

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

My favourite implausible Moon shapes are from George Herriman's Krazy Kat. http://i.imgur.com/uSQvE64.jpg http://i.imgur.com/PbcwTjF.jpg http://i.imgur.com/ZX8ze53.gif Herriman's lunar designs were one of the many things from that strip that influenced Bill Watterson: http://i.imgur.com/xwkqu60.jpg ...
by Various Varieties
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 5866

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Did you know?

Kevin played a sea lion in Finding Dory:

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by Various Varieties
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 6084

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

Comics!
Lone Wolf and Uderzo

The other sort of comics!
Morcambe and Mortimer
by Various Varieties
Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 14650

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

Things to worry about

6. Velociraptors
by Various Varieties
Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 37728

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I think this xkcd is the second-best webcomic about this pet peeve that I have ever seen! ... OK, perhaps the Ozy & Millie strip below isn't as elaborate as Randall's version. But that comic and the famous "caring continuum" image are the things I always think of whenever the debate ab...
by Various Varieties
Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7525

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

He missed one:

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by Various Varieties
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 20312

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Ah, but mondegreens are such fun! How else could we get such entertaining gems like Nightwish's "hard porn will find a way"...? :lol: My favourite mondegreen is a pretty famous one, but the image it conjures up never ceases to amuse me: And I'm here! To remind you! Of the mess you left wh...
by Various Varieties
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0386: "Duty Calls"
Replies: 202
Views: 61077

Re: 0386: "Duty Calls"

I was reading this Guardian article on Richard Dawkins, and found out that he's aware of this xkcd strip - although he attributes it to The New Yorker: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/09/is-richard-dawkins-destroying-his-reputation For Dawkins, the science has always come first; his athe...
by Various Varieties
Tue May 26, 2015 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 39446

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

I always, or at least sometimes, get the Farrelly Brothers mixed up with the Coen Brothers. The Coens could give us a whole section dedicated to similarly-named-screenwriters: - Ethan Coen vs Etan Cohen - Joel Coen vs Joel Cohen. (Supposedly the similarity was close enough to fool Bill Murray into ...
by Various Varieties
Mon May 25, 2015 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 39446

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Various Varieties wrote:
Eshru wrote:Adding to the doctor list: Dr. Zed


... versus Dr. Dee and Dr. J.


... and the Doctor-Letters could link to the Professor-Letters: Professor X and Professor K.


Also: the bracket has Alan Partridge and Alan Parsons... it's a shame not to see Andy Partridge and Andy Parsons next to them.
by Various Varieties
Mon May 25, 2015 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 39446

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Eshru wrote:Adding to the doctor list: Dr. Zed


... versus Dr. Dee and Dr. J.
by Various Varieties
Mon May 25, 2015 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 39446

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Surely Chris Pratt and Chris Pine should swap positions, in order to keep the Marvel movie actors together?

The "Wes Anderson/Paul Thomas Anderson/Poul Anderson" section omits Paul W.S. Anderson and Thomas A. Anderson. :(

Jimi Hendrix vs Christina Hendricks
by Various Varieties
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 10940

Re: What-If 135: Going to give an elephant a nasty shock

What use would Balrogs have for wings if they're buried underground!?
by Various Varieties
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Terry Pratchett
Replies: 35
Views: 6589

Re: RIP Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman wrote this brief blog post . He also tweeted a link to this video clip of a talk he gave a few days ago - a lovely anecdote, but the last few seconds are heartbreaking to watch. Pterry is responsible for my all-time favourite pune, or play on words. From Night Watch: But the helmet had g...
by Various Varieties
Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 17433

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

Is this the first What-If to have alt-text for a picture within a footnote? No earlier examples come to mind for me...
by Various Varieties
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 27942

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

Regarding the alt-text for this image: http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/113/six.png "Through a random coincidence, three of the lines in this version crossed within an area of about 100 meters square somewhere near the Virginia/West Virginia border." Come on, you can't expect people to leave...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"
Replies: 46
Views: 8233

Re: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"

You can also pretend that you're flicking through the news channels Shaun of the Dead style , only seeing a bit of each headline, so that you get: "North Korea threatens... East Coast... [with] new rocket launch today..." "Movie shark populations attempt new rocket launch today" ...
by Various Varieties
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"
Replies: 43
Views: 23836

Re: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"

'grave' 'graveyard' 'possible victim of quicksand' 'shirt-wearing corpse' Or 'shirt, wearing corpse '. Maybe even 'shirt wearing-corpse' ? ... On second thoughts, depending on how the IMDb keywords system handles hyphens and other punctuation , I suppose all those versions would point to exactly th...
by Various Varieties
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 119732

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Information substitutes for energy. We will build 1000x more computation over the next decade, and will consume 4x more energy doing so. But with that computation, we can replace vehicular travel with telepresence, large items with minaturization, It'd be great if those things happen, and maybe the...
by Various Varieties
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 9481

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Every surface in the Solar System—Europa's ice, Saturn's rings, and Mercury's rocky crust—would be scoured clean ...

... by moonlight.


So in other words: that's some serious moonlight.
by Various Varieties
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"
Replies: 55
Views: 9317

Re: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"

This picture...

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... gives me horrible flashbacks.
by Various Varieties
Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 10580

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

Randall didn't completely answer the question!

The question asks: "How many golf balls would be required to reach the Moon?"

But he only replied with the size of our ball supply, completely missing out the quantity!

I for one am appalled by this glaring omission. :x
by Various Varieties
Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
Replies: 18
Views: 5122

Re: Red Dwarf: Back to Earth

Red Dwarf Series X starts tonight! I haven't been that impressed with most of the promotional clips released so far. But impressions from the fans present at the recordings (and last night's premiere of the finished cut of the first episode) were very positive. A couple of reviews: Den of Geek , Th...
by Various Varieties
Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 15615

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

At least youtube got rid of that system with it's like/dislike bar. Red and green's eternal struggle being much easier to understand. Every time the stupidity of online comments gets to me, I rewatch this in order to restore my faith in humanity's amazing capacity for collaboration. You don't get t...
by Various Varieties
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: London Olympics 2012
Replies: 265
Views: 32500

Re: London Olympics 2012

Yep, the closing ceremony was utterly bonkers, and made utterly watchable by the running commentary on Twitter Yes, as David Schneider put it : "The ceremony was basically a clever decompression chamber to take Twitter gently back to cynicism." :D Favourite comments I saw: - "Danny B...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35291

Re: Dark Knight Rises

Someone on reddit drew a comparison...oh fuck it, here's the pic. Haven't watched the last one so I can't really opine. http://i.imgur.com/TGGiz.jpg On the subject of trilogy comparisons, here's something I noticed: The Dark Knight Rises continues the trend of third films in movie trilogies tending...
by Various Varieties
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 47542

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I remember back in the days before the 2004 U.S. presidential election, if you were to type (I think) "idiot" into Google, the first result was Bush's profile on the White House's Web site. I might have some of the specifics wrong - hell, it might have even been Kerry who was the target, ...
by Various Varieties
Wed May 09, 2012 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 54226

Re: Avengers!

So I know that the Merged Hulk is supposed to be in control and not the mindless rager the Savage Hulk is. What felt wrong to me was that on the ship, the Savage Hulk was going all... savage and stuff. And when he returns to NYC, he's suddenly the Merged Hulk with a high degree of control? Did ...
by Various Varieties
Wed May 09, 2012 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 34743

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

I'm fortunate enough to be currently working a job for someone more than willing to teach me things I admitted to not knowing at the interview (things I didn't know where to begin, and so wouldn't dare offer even an uncertain "yes"). But the expectation of a harsh "I know this alread...
by Various Varieties
Mon May 07, 2012 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 54226

Re: Avengers!

So I know that the Merged Hulk is supposed to be in control and not the mindless rager the Savage Hulk is. What felt wrong to me was that on the ship, the Savage Hulk was going all... savage and stuff. And when he returns to NYC, he's suddenly the Merged Hulk with a high degree of control? Did ...
by Various Varieties
Thu May 03, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 54226

Re: Avengers!

Something that could be seen as a flaw by some: The Dark Knight, The Incredibles and the X-Men movies all at least attempted to be themed around some larger, real-life metaphor or message. Avengers doesn't; it's just a movie about these specific characters, nothing more. Huh? There were HUGE refere...
by Various Varieties
Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers!
Replies: 279
Views: 54226

Re: Avengers!

It really is extraordinarily good. It's pretty much everything that's fun about superhero comics translated directly onto the screen - I was hoping for as much from Joss Whedon and he delivered. Like the Buffy season 5 finale, it's extremely well-structured so that everyone gets more than one moment...
by Various Varieties
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1022: "So It Has Come To The Claw"
Replies: 96
Views: 22747

Re: 1022: "So It Has Come To This"

The Simpsons writers' room, some time in 1992: Matt Groening: Hey, everyone, we're doing a clip show this season. Jay Kogen: What should we call it? George Meyer: How about "A Simpsons Clip Show"? Conan O'Brien: Needs something else... John Swartzwelder: So it has come to this. Everyone: B...

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