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by queueingtheory
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 20736

Re: How to get defenestrated.

Ladies, this comic is about time travel, not mansplaining. More creepily: This comic is about time travel, not mansplaining ... ladies. I don't know. Maybe he is, or maybe he's just a nerd who's a bad conversationalist. (I recommend watching https://www.ted.com/talks/celeste_headlee_10_ways_to_have...
by queueingtheory
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 20736

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

EDIT: never mind.
by queueingtheory
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51496003

Re: 1190: "Time"

It appears Cueball and Megan rebuilt a proper place to wait. Though I fear for the structural integrity of the scaffolding, given that it has no cross beams to our horizontal (the Sea to the right, Hills presumably to the left). Maybe they were worried that they'd end up with one of the cross-beams...
by queueingtheory
Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51496003

Re: 1190: "Time"

maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all. sincerely hope so. I figured that since they appear to be by water (flat bit on the right) it's a play on "time and tide wait for no man". Ah, I have it! Nothing's going to happen until he leaves, with "Megan&...
by queueingtheory
Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51496003

Re: 1190: "Time"

crawlkill wrote:maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all. sincerely hope so.


I figured that since they appear to be by water (flat bit on the right) it's a play on "time and tide wait for no man".
by queueingtheory
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63847

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Afterthought: Which language is that? I don't recognise it. Half-forgotten Python? "Python?" It's a language for occasional scripting. It has 5 phases: 1) pseudo-code 2) pseudo-actual-code 3) valid syntax copied from Google searches 4) iterative approximation to required output 5) sense o...
by queueingtheory
Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 37748

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

2 OED: a plane figure bounded by a single curved line which is everywhere equally distant from a point within 7 3 A number; one more than one. 4 A number slightly more than one more than one 6 more than one. Appears as the ratio of different aspects of circles: See Circumference of a circle 5 The d...
by queueingtheory
Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 81354

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

I agree, this annoyed me big time about the Star Wars movies. Ultimately, the force doesn't really do shit. Vader, referring to the Death Star, says at one point something along the lines of, "the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force." So why the hel...
by queueingtheory
Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 51658

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

Can somebody explain what's going on in the third panel? No. Which is the point, actually. It's pretty straightforward; he installed an Android VM for testing something and then messed up the PATH variable. Don't know why it's installed in the Adobe docs, though... Edit: Also doesn't explain why ls...
by queueingtheory
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62108

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

ZeusTKP wrote:OK. seems like I have to be the first to say it: why would a crazy guy use .NET and not something like php. I'm assuming he would use crappy free hosting, and that's likely not .NET


He meant .net, it's just that the cartoon's all in capitals.
by queueingtheory
Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 44790

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

It was very amusing indeed, I as well liked the Missouri/Georgia bit and pronouncing Colorado as an Icelandic volcano with an almost impossible to pronounce name is great. The rest of the Wikipedia article was also very informative. I'm thinking that if I ever vacation in Colorado I'll make a short...
by queueingtheory
Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55094

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Incidentally, it is also where the two-fingured salute comes from: The English archers waved two fingers at the French to show that they had both fingers needed to flight an arrow. The French, on capturing an Englishman, would cut off the forefinger and second finger of the right hand to prevent th...
by queueingtheory
Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50450

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I use "a couple" to refer to two. "A few" is three or an indeterminate number more. As for the number of spaces after a period, typographers insist that one space is correct. The two-space thing only came about because manual typewriters used a monospace typesetting, and putting...
by queueingtheory
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39371

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

First day of Linguistics, our professor asked us if c and k made the same sound. Then she had us say "car key" and note where in our mouth the "c" and "k" were formed. Blew my mind. As someone else pointed out we have slightly different consonant sounds that are adjust...
by queueingtheory
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39371

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

The first thing I would do is reinstate the letter Thorn (þ). It's a perfectly good letter that serves a clear and obvious purpose and I don't know why we stopped using it in the first place. And eth, which is ðe voiced equivalent. And, like thorn, by eliminating a digraph it helps clarify in this ...
by queueingtheory
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 166395

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Besides, the Tesla (which uses hundreds of amps) is also a spiffy and highly impractical electric car. Actually it's now the manufacturer of two spiffy cars, with the first couple of Model S having already been produced and in the possession of Steve Jurvetson and Elon Musk. June 22nd is the first ...
by queueingtheory
Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17513

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

I never understood people who have trouble with laundry. Buy a hamper that is the same size as your washer/dryer, when it fills up, go wash. Let it run while you surf reddit, go dry. Surf reddit, grab everything. Dump socks and underwear into "clean" drawer; hint: buy only one kind of soc...
by queueingtheory
Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 69175

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

This was an interesting comic, and all the time-warpy responses have been equally intriguing. I just want to share a thought not originally thought of by me, but by the vlogbrothers over at youtube and the Nerdfighter community. See, there really is no need to kill baby Hitler. The proper solution ...
by queueingtheory
Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21104

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

People said “alt text” instead of “title text” in the times before HTML4, when there was only the alt attribute, and browsers erroneously treated it like a title attribute! That has loooong changed. Everyone knows that. So get with the times. http://xkcd.com/1053/ People said “alt text” instead of ...
by queueingtheory
Thu May 31, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23526

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Hmm. Value means anything you're willing to pay for; having someone deliver my newspaper for me has value, though the deliverer is a pure middle-person. I wouldn't say it's desirable to remove that person from the chain. The only people that create wealth...um...doesn't it depend what you mean by '...
by queueingtheory
Thu May 31, 2012 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23526

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

To me, the minimum requirement for socialism is that it is not just concerned with, but aims for benefit to all of its members equally. I'm not sure what you're getting at here. To me those sound like synonyms. Everyone aims to alleviate their concerns. The key difference is whether the government ...
by queueingtheory
Wed May 30, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23526

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

The problem to be solved, then, is how to make a free-market socialism work; to avoid capitalism without instituting a command economy. It's the only way that we can keep going forward, together; instead of us all staying behind together, or a select few running off to leave the rest behind. I thin...
by queueingtheory
Tue May 29, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23526

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

The problem to be solved, then, is how to make a free-market socialism work; to avoid capitalism without instituting a command economy. It's the only way that we can keep going forward, together; instead of us all staying behind together, or a select few running off to leave the rest behind. I thin...
by queueingtheory
Tue May 15, 2012 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86692

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

The difference is that people don't hammer in to your head how essential it is you learn the violin, bake a cake or learn how to ask for a train ticket in Polish. Throughout learning maths you are told repeatedly how important it is to your survival in day to day life. Really? I was never told Math...
by queueingtheory
Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86692

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

If you miss a week of english literature and don't fill it in, it won't hurt you that much. "Byron? Don Byron is OK, but there are better jazz musicians." It leaves a hole. If you miss a week of math you lose everything that gets built over that hole. So if it doesn't make sense, you go b...
by queueingtheory
Wed May 09, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86692

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Course, many of the kids who whine about learning math are also the ones who do whine about foreign language and fine arts (and school in general). I loved math. I liked foreign languages (although I didn't work them as much as I should have). I like science. But I whine about arty stuff. I don't m...
by queueingtheory
Wed May 09, 2012 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40995

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

It's great when you have teachers at school who actually answer the questions. Even the silly ones, but teach you how to ask better questions or how to find the answers. It's something my wife (a teacher) does consciously. She's happy when they're curious and interested enough about something to as...

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