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by da Doctah
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 3027

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! I won't mention that panini is the plural, then. *twitch* This phenomenon seems to run counter to shrinkflation, which affects goods sold in shops, as opposed to restauran...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 55
Views: 4944

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

You have produced a map showing the approximate distribution of where people who voted live in the US. Got anything more interesting to us colorblind folks?
by da Doctah
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 55
Views: 3772

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica? (World's largest pair of same-named cities.) Is that some sort of weighted average, or minimum population per city, or something? San Jose, CA (about 1 million people) plus San Jose, Costa Rica (334 thousand), is much smaller than New York, New Y...
by da Doctah
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 55
Views: 3772

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica?

(World's largest pair of same-named cities.)
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4134

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or.... Turn to the second page of the new calendar your administrative assistant has so efficiently provided for you. If there's 29 days, it's a leap year. If there's 28 it's a regular year. If there's more than 29, it's a joke. Or it's one of those "16-month" calendars they sell in mall ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 23
Views: 2258

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I had something like that happen about five years ago. On January 1st, around 5 pm, I had to stop for a traffic light with a marked police car right behind me, and took a pull from the brown bottle in my console while I waited for the light to change, then held up the bottle and tilted it to the sid...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4134

Re: 1935: "2018"

Some of us are old enough to have the full association "leap year = presidential election = Olympics" permanently etched on a portion of our brains.
by da Doctah
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 1929

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

I could actually believe there are (at least) 5 active warrants for his arrest. I mean he does a LOT of breaking in entering and maybe some stalking too, it's just a question of whether any jurisdictions have chosen to take the reports seriously enough. Also a long list of elf's rights violations (...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 2301

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

My best Windows system sound selection was a Star Trek (TOS) clip played whenever I emptied the Recycle Bin, of Spock saying "They are no longer within the confines of this solar system".
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 2981

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

Under the Gregorian calendar, no century can start on Sunday, Wednesday or Friday.
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1261

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What worries me is there is a non-zero amplitude for arguments after falling asleep. Be careful with your sleep-talking, people! I've occasionally wondered whether cats ever dream that their acquaintances did something unkind to them and then later harbor a grudge because they think it really happe...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 2099

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

The car itself wasn't implicated, but I once had a GPS receiver insist that the shopping center I asked it to direct me to was in the middle of a cotton field. (Research at a later time: not far from where the actual shopping center is, the same street name continues past a city limit boundary into ...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4881

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I say just do away with numbers altogether and give all temperatures in descriptive terms: "Tomorrow at sunrise it will be about room temperature, rising to hot enough to melt gallium in the outlying areas, body temperature in the city center. A cooling trend will bring overnight temperatures t...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 3583

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

xtifr wrote:When it comes to making friends, I think Pygmalion beat Victor Von Frankenstein by many centuries.

(Although I am a bit surprised to discover that Victor beat Geppetto by about 60 years. For some reason, I thought it was the other way around.)


And then there was Rabbi Loew of Prague.
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 3583

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Of course, advances in AI should soon give us a whole new set of answers to the question "how do I make friends?" :) When I am feeling lonely For Igor I will send; We'll go to my laboratory And we will make a friend. Colin McNaughton - Making Friends with Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein:...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 2992

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

I'm pretty much emoji-blind (eighty percent of them look alike to me). But I'd still like to see how you'd render my favorite made-up sport: cross-country bowling.
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 2736

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

markfiend wrote:At estimated size of 180m x 30m x 30m it's more likely to be a GCU,


No way. Grand Canyon University is way bigger than that.
by da Doctah
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3095

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Mikeski wrote:I assume one cannot learn Italian at "Vista View" school (there's more than one in the USA), but maybe they teach other things...


I always wanted to publish a newspaper called the Daily Journal.
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3095

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called "The Nexus Center". Seemed wonderfully redundant, right up there with "Negev Desert" or "The La Brea Tar Pits". Torpenhow Hill , Wookey Hole Cave , Eas Fors Waterfall , … Oh yes, I know of Torpenhow Hill. In fa...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3095

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called "The Nexus Center". Seemed wonderfully redundant, right up there with "Negev Desert" or "The La Brea Tar Pits".
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 3583

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Worst advice anyone ever gave anyone, in any context: "Just be yourself".
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4325

Re:

We might be able to control (to a degree) how we react to stress but that first burst of adrenaline is an entirely involuntary reaction. We're humans, not Vulcans. It's really starting to get on my nerves that people keep using Vulcans as the canonical case for no emotions. Surak never claimed that...
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 5011

Re: 1913: "A �"

There's been some Macdonalds billboard-posters featuring generic-looking Search Engine front page with a couple of letters filled in ("bi", in the first case) and a couple of autocomplete answers ("bigmac" and another word I forget). Seemed risque, to me, given the words that co...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 5011

Re: 1913: "A �"

Eternal Density wrote:Could someone please explain this to an Android user?


Sure. "iPhone is fscked".

Anything else?
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 2325

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

Why are there so many subcultures that look at the sky? Because when you are on Earth. it takes up half of the observable universe. Not necessarily, but enough so that Ross Calvin wrote the definitive book on New Mexico about it in 1934: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41zgQcO4X6L....
by da Doctah
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

In 2000, I found a couple of homemade 8-track tapes of some radio shows I recorded off the air in 1978. Knowing an online community that would be interested in the contents, I hit the thrift stores looking for an 8-track player, and finally managed to dig one up on eBay for just ten bucks. One drive...
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 8914

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I was reminded of this attitude yesterday when I used the restroom at a local health-food store. Big signs insisting that you wash your hands with soap under hot running water for a minimum of 25 seconds before returning to work. Right next to a faucet that shuts off automatically after five seconds...
by da Doctah
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 4391

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Iranon wrote:I also believe Randall vastly underestimates the villainous applications of social sciences.


Quite. In fact, Orangehead McTInyhands is president of the US precisely because a sociology experiment ("write fake news stories and see how many likes you can get") got out of hand.
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 6522

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

When your goal is to put places together because they have a lot in common, rather than to make the lines on a map produce pretty pictures, the work was done for you a couple of decades ago by Joel Garreau in his book "The Nine Nations of North America". Here's the pertinent illustration f...
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2994

Re: 1899: "Ears"

somitomi wrote:
da Doctah wrote:No, but I often find myself wondering why I seem to be the only person on earth who gets ear infections if I wear headphones.

Surely you mean earphones.
...or you're using headphones wrong.


According to my doctor, they're both "occlusive".
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2994

Re: 1899: "Ears"

No, but I often find myself wondering why I seem to be the only person on earth who gets ear infections if I wear headphones.
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3882

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

I've got some homeopathic eyedrops that I bought mainly for the "inactive" ingredient used as a delivery medium. Basically without all the weird alchemical trace components they're an old-fashioned boric acid eyewash.
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 4823

Re: 1893: "Thread"

At first, there also appears to be prescience, but it turns out to be a combination of time-travel and telepathy. And then there's the teleportation thing, which allows the dragons and their riders from one end of the continent to assist in fighting threadfall at the other end of the continent with...
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 7773

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

cellocgw wrote:Waiting impatiently for the artists out there to add row/column entries for

-- light saber
-- velociraptor
-- sharks with frickin lasers


Never bring your arm to a light saber fight.
by da Doctah
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 3247

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

And the headphone jack is in the box back home on my desk....
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 4721

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

Well, you will put wallpaper on a desktop, so you have to expect a little weirdness in response.
by da Doctah
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7909

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Mikeski wrote:
da Doctah wrote:chartreuse is a liqueur

Two liqueurs: Green Chartreuse and Yellow Chartreuse. Per wikipedia, the color is named for the green one.

So a color is named for something that requires a different color's name as a descriptor.


In how many colors is Midori made?
by da Doctah
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7909

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

There's a bunch of names for ternary colors you have on the list that you could've used too: 30 Orange you have 90 is Chartreuse 150 is Spring (Green) 210 Azure you have 270 is Violet (as far as color wheels go at least) 330 is Rose Most of those aren't colors, they're other things that at least te...
by da Doctah
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Soupspoon wrote:You don't want to know about the disastrous time I was in charge of a twenty-piece orchestra. Needless to say, I was fired for gross misconduct.


Wouldn't that be a 144-piece orchestra?
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2922

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Good work, Randall, dodging any reference to Chaos Butterfly.

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