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by da Doctah
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2942

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

I think we've all been made aware of this by now:

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by da Doctah
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2942

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

I find it amusing that the current presidents of the US and Russia both have surnames that so readily lend themselves to fart jokes.

(It's right up there with 2001-2008, when people used to talk about the top two spots in the US being held by Bush and Dick.)
by da Doctah
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 2271

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I've just about decided to go completely back to basics. My future social media presence will consist of peeing on trees and lampposts.
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 2285

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

The problem with sandboxing is a couple of times a week you have to clean out the cat poop.
by da Doctah
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3865

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

I'd like to suggest that Banana phones are in a different system of "X of Y" altogether. This is "X that holds Y". Banana phones belong to the "X that looks like Y" group instead. Now, whether we are talking about a phone that looks like a banana or a banana that looks...
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3865

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

I have a cable modem. The box it came in says CABLE MODEM in big letters on the front, and MODEM CABLE on the back. It's connected with a modem cable, which came in a package that said MODEM CABLE on the front and CABLE MODEM on the back. I like to think the symmetry is evidence that the universe is...
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

Which "final frontier" is it that's mentioned at the end of the "Mad About You" theme song?
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4513

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

orthogon wrote:Whatever the word is, the guy is definitely a cross cousin.


Is that anything like a trans parent?
by da Doctah
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4513

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Sometimes even a simple familial relationship can be cumbersome. When Robin Williams took his own life in response to being diagnosed with a crippling disease, I wondered if his "The Crazy Ones" co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar felt any odd discomfort about the similarities between his death ...
by da Doctah
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4513

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Second: on The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was mentioned fairly often that Mel Cooley was Alan Brady's brother-in-law (with strong implications that this was the only reason he had become the show's producer). What was not often made clear was whether Mel was married to Alan's sister, or Alan married to...
by da Doctah
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4513

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Two troublesome ones from sixties television.... In a TV movie, Tim Conway played a divorced man whose ex-wife had remarried Jan Murray. When Conway and Murray met, the latter greeted the former with a cheery "Hey, it's my husband-in-law!" Second: on The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was mentione...
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 8712

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

The Bus wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
qvxb wrote:Try "That food made me sick."


I am literally puking my guts out now.


Literally confirmed via profile photo.


You do realize, I hope, that the photo is not of me. It was selected as an illustration of the phrase "out of the mouths of babes".
by da Doctah
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 8712

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

qvxb wrote:Try "That food made me sick."


I am literally puking my guts out now.
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 2358

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

Wait. Both Godzilla and Megalon have already been eliminated? And both of the Kramers?
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 4364

Re: 2034: "Equations"

beojan wrote:H_hat is a Hamiltonian (perhaps even a general differential operator), not Planck's constant.

Because as any fule kno, Alexander Hamilton was most famous for wearing hats.
by da Doctah
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 5166

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

At one time I came up with the idea to get a vanity license plate with a set of six random letters that meant nothing, just to screw with the head of whatever random person was behind me at a stoplight. That evolved into wondering whether I could get a vanity plate with a sequence of letters and num...
by da Doctah
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 5851

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

Refresh my memory: what software design flaw was responsible for selecting the winner of People's "50 Most Beautiful People" title as Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf?
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 10329

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Another idea for the line of succession is any living person with the same last name as a previous President. I read that about 99.9 percent of people named Washington are African-Americans. I wonder what the percentage is for people named Lincoln, Jefferson or Franklin. I assume you know Franklin,...
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6541

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

When the spirit moves me to start paying with change, I try to work it out to get rid of as many as possible of the smallest coins at once. That usually involves working out the change in mostly quarters, then replacing them five at a time with nickels. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. (Pen...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 2106

Re: 2020: "Negative Results"

Synchronicity alert: the guy I follow on Twitch who plays TRLEs is filling in the other sessions with this same Zelda game lately. Otherwise I probably never would have heard the name.
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6541

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

heuristically_alone wrote:Those are some expensive apples.


Last time I priced Apples, they were going for something like $300 each.
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 4905

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Oddly, I already knew about OEIS. In fact, I was the one who suggested the entry A133377 to the guy who submitted it.
by da Doctah
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 3638

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

The joke here appears to be that the posts look like a perfectly reasonable chain of comments that someone might type, but they're really what the phone put there in place of the completely unrelated conversation that the user actually typed.
by da Doctah
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4972

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Soupspoon wrote:¹ I recognise Goa as a tourist-friendly place, with its white sand beeches.


Whereas I, a failed foodie, recognize it as the place that invented vindaloo.
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 2282

Re: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"

"Civil Disobedience and the Relation of the Individual to the State". Thoreau Analysis.
by da Doctah
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2297

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

What I'm wondering is why Randall didn't come up with a label for the shortest trajectory (D) ... maybe Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon jump? Or include the still-shorter trajectory in which the projectile is fired straight up and the cannoneer has to run to get out of the way before it comes dow...
by da Doctah
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 4893

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Where on this diagram would you place Dr Manhattan?
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 10329

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Every ten years there should be a census taken of all persons living in the United States. There should be one question: "Do you know this person?", applied to each and every other person in the country. The results would be tallied into a national notoriety score. This feeds my definitio...
by da Doctah
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 10329

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

eidako wrote:What, no Giant Meteor? He had pretty good numbers in the last election.


That's only because he chose Deez Nuts as his running mate.
by da Doctah
Sat May 26, 2018 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8253

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

I took it to mean there was a group named 3rd party extensions. A google search says the group is named 3rd Party. No extensions. [Note there seem to be an awful lot of different songs named "Can U feel It"] Surely not as many as there are named "Hold On"? (The J-card notes on a...
by da Doctah
Wed May 23, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3912

Re: 1997: Business Update

qvxb wrote:The number of our investors is equal to the number of Trump voters.

Would that be an imaginary number?
by da Doctah
Mon May 21, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4758

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

For years I've been calling him "the Littlest Wilbury", a title to which he lost even potential competition when Tom Petty died.
by da Doctah
Sat May 19, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4758

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

I mean ... I don't think anyone would be fooled for a second by a claim that MC Hammer was 40. That would mean he was 11 when U Can't Touch This came out. I haven't thought about MCH for a long time but if you'd asked me to estimate his age, I'd have said he seemed about 30 when U Can't Touch This ...
by da Doctah
Sat May 19, 2018 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4758

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19. What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43. Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid. Wikipedia saith: Karate Kid first appeared in Adventure Comi...
by da Doctah
Fri May 18, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4758

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.
by da Doctah
Wed May 16, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 6141

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire? This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You cut the blue wire - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You cut the red wire - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-...
by da Doctah
Fri May 11, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14447

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Back when I used to sell a few things on eBay (mostly old exercise VHS tapes, a segment of the videotape market that held out longer than the rest) I also frequented the message boards there, and kept seeing the abbreviation DH . Until it was explained to me, I was reading it as "Divorced Husba...
by da Doctah
Mon May 07, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14447

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

GIF should be pronounced like Gift, the closest word in the English language to how it is spelled. "Gin" and "gift" are equally close to "gif." Soft gee is if anything the standard before an i, and when I encounter names that start Gi-, I usually first assume the G wil...
by da Doctah
Sat May 05, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14447

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Even worse are subject lines. Immensely useful, until the conversation drifts. Once on Usenet, after a recent thread in which someone had complained of excessive topic-drift, I tried to drift-proof my next thread by giving it the title "Absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with giraffes". ...
by da Doctah
Fri May 04, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14447

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

On pronunciation, I gather we're all about a hundred years past the kerfuffle over "cally-oap"?

On abbreviations, how many damn fools think "cc:" stands for "courtesy copy"?

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