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by da Doctah
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 1960

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

About those faults in the potato-chip-bag category: What's up with the manufacturers of cereals, crackers, granola bars, and the like? It happens way too often that the seams are way too strong, that the bag breaks well before the seam comes unseamed. Macbeth unseamed Macdonwald from nave to chops....
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 2469

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Grammatical gender is supposed to be obvious. But if that's so, why are the genders of the sun and the moon reversed between French and German?
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 3638

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

GUYS. I saw the tiniest Urban Bunny yesterday on someone's lawn. It could fit in my hand, and I have rather small hands (can't reach more than an octave on the piano). It was pretty great. My husband and I do not have an electric alert system in place, but I am required to stop what I am doing, poi...
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 3638

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Who saw the title and thought it would have man buns somewhere in it? If you work in a bakery, you should turn off your bun alert. They're already right there. But serially folks, if you have a family history of kidney problems, an alert for abnormal Blood Urea Nitrogen levels is probably a very go...
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 3638

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

He says (I'm strolling, leisurely, he is standing, it is quiet, it's amazing how much dialogue we shared without my yet having stopped or even slowed) that he hopes that some rabbits can't see him, in a field (across a fence, the other side of a wide and thoroughly waterlogged ditch, the other side...
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 1461

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

pkcommando wrote:
Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

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Considering that's the cover of the follow-on series that starred Andy Dick, the original comment stands.
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 7356

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Given the terrible, awful noise that MRIs make, I find it hard to imagine a cat possibly being happy while in one. You may as well ask a cat to be happy inside a vacuum cleaner. Maybe use a deaf cat? It's not the noise that bothers them, it's having to be put inside something. Anyone who's ever tri...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 7356

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." The word why in English (unlike many other languages) has two distinct meanings, which can be abbreviated "what for" (what purpose is served by the thing being explained) and "h...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 2231

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Seattle: The King City.
Cincinnati: The Queen City.
Albuquerque: The Duke City.

(That's sixty percent of a Jeopardy! category right there....)
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 2573

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

Conservatives think the media has a liberal bias.

Liberals think the media has a conservative bias.

This is the definition of "the sweet spot".
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 1862

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

The "number of peppers" for heat is situational and depends on marketing whims. Heat WIWAL was measured with a little thermometer on the label, with "taco sauce" at the "medium" level. The Scoville scale (which is inherently logarithmic, based as it is on the ability of...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 3189

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

One of the 159 hits at www.acronymfinder.com suggests "Integrated Chemistry-Physics", which does sound plausible in context. Mind you, "Intracranial Pressure" is a lot higher up the list.
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 3984

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

I got uncanny valley feelings when first seeing Mr. Egg. He's got a face! He's apparently wearing pants, unlike XKCDs ... thought it might be a crack but pretty sure it's pants. Or maybe the bottom of his shirt? I see sleeves. He's got feet/shoes/whatever at the end of his legs. And he seems to hav...
by da Doctah
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 2472

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

cyanyoshi wrote:Last year I found out that the Dallas Cowboys play their home games in Arlington


Sure, now. Back when I made a small attempt at following them (my stepfather worked for the father of one of their players), they could have been called the Irving Cowboys.
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 3884

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Speaking of series, I always wanted The Matrix to be followed by such films as The Vector, The Determinant, The Jacobian, and The Gaussian Elimination. I always thought "The Trace" and "The Determinant" would be apt titles for the sequels. In which the hero takes on the dreaded ...
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 2828

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

svenman wrote:
Flumble wrote:Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist?

That, of course, depends on how you define "really exist"...


I once had to take an incomplete in a philosophy class. I made a mistake in a homework assignment and accidentally proved my professor didn't exist.
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 3561

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

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by da Doctah
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 29
Views: 2537

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

yellow is the traditional colour of liberalism, from at least the mid-19th century. I've got some political art from around about then calling for people to choose between "the blues (Conservatives) and the yellows (Liberals)". Appropriately, the colours are complementary as well. So the ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 29
Views: 2537

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

red has been the colour of the political left since at least the Russian Revolution. Blue is the obvious primary colour to choose as the opposite, i guess. The convention is reflected in the EU regulation on the position of hot and cold taps: the (red) hot tap is on the left and the (blue) cold is ...
by da Doctah
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 5816

Re: 1849: "Decades"

2000-2010 = "the twenty-hundreds" Is this format used for numbers divisible by one thousand though? All you need to make this work is simple analogy: 1899 = "eighteen ninety-nine" 1900 = "nineteen hundred" 1901 = "nineteen oh-one" Therefore: 1999 = "nine...
by da Doctah
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 5816

Re: 1849: "Decades"

timrem wrote:
somitomi wrote:I wonder what's ambiguous about "2000s".


"2000s" would generally refer to the century, not the decade.


The ambiguity is resolved by the pronunciation:

2000-2100 = "the two thousands"
2000-2010 = "the twenty-hundreds"
by da Doctah
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 4753

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Delaware's word is an apparent reflection of its continuing pride in being the first state admitted to the Union. I'd like to see a set of fifty maps, one for each state, showing whether or not that state is considered part of the Midwest. Most would be entirely in whatever color designates "no...
by da Doctah
Fri May 26, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 1905

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

Soupspoon wrote:
somitomi wrote:So how long unti drones equipped with anti-eagle guns and eagles with anti-drone guns enter dogfights?

...and then you get to the point of actual flying dogs.


I'll see your flying dogs and raise you sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.
by da Doctah
Fri May 19, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 2747

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

And as David Letterman once pointed out: "It's amazing that all your internal organs--your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your spleen--operate in total darkness!"
by da Doctah
Mon May 15, 2017 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 2880

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

My first GPS I tried out from the office to my home. Unfortunately, I leave the office through a different gate than the one that corresponds with the street address of the building, so for twenty miles I got to listen to "make a U-turn" as it tried to make me go back and pick up the waypo...
by da Doctah
Sun May 14, 2017 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6234

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I view any talk about how "hotdog in bun" can be considered a taco completely blasphemous I don't think anybody's saying it is a taco, but I named the "things partially wrapped in some kind of piece of bread" category "tacoforms" in honor of tacos, and in contradistinc...
by da Doctah
Fri May 12, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6234

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I don't see any obvious place in that scheme for KFC's "Double Down": https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--WMYcG8ue--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/s2znxsturxzxgay0qnkh.jpg That's not a bun. The outer part of the sandwich comprises two breaded and fried chicken p...
by da Doctah
Thu May 11, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 6234

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

it's nice to have an explanation of what could possibly make a hamburger not a sandwich. However, in the US, there are many sandwiches that come in buns, and only some of them are hamburgers. A grilled chicken sandwich is certainly not a hamburger in any sense. Datapoint a lot of you probably don't...
by da Doctah
Mon May 08, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 4927

Re: 1834: Lunch Order

inverted commas This usage will never not be weird to me. "Don't forget to end your statement with a half colon." As opposed to a "semi-colon"? They actually say "full stop", which at least is function-based rather than appearance-based like "inverted commas"...
by da Doctah
Tue May 02, 2017 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 3637

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

In academia, I refer to this as "disciplinary imperialism," where someone from an outside discipline [*cough cough physics*] thinks, "How hard can curing cancer be? I bet no one smart has ever tried." Without that kind of attitude, we'd be far poorer in the field of inventing pe...
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 3041

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

I've long made a habit of taking terms from one field and sticking them into another. Called in sick to work once claiming I had a dirichlet condition and needed to undergo a xiphoid process.

Another time I said I used to own a Honda Miasma, which I traded in for a Toyota Plethora.
by da Doctah
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 3996

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Always thought it was silly that the spaceships in movies back in the good old days were always painted gray, white or silver so they'd show up against the blackness of space. Especially when it was part of an invasion force where painting the ships black would make them harder to see until they wer...
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 3996

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

cellocgw wrote:How much you wanna bet there's amateurs all over the place that actually do worry about the balance setting when shooting the sun?


Same ones who try to photograph the planetarium show using flash?
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 5170

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I once put my math degree to work and figured out what you'd have to do to guarantee winning at least some prize in every drawing. At the time, my state's lottery paid off for four, five, or six matching numbers. I was able to determine that you could have every possible four-number combination cove...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7556

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Fungo4 wrote:The vacuum cleaner is so absurd that it crosses the line between "joke" and "what". Like if he just pulled out a lasso I'd at least get it but the vacuum just... eh...


How would you feel about a big honkin' U-shaped magnet?
by da Doctah
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 9163

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

While I have never encountered a 7-eleven (even though they do exist "nearby" in Denmark, Norway, Sweden), I've always thought the 7 was for 7 days per week and the 11 for 11 hours a day. When I moved to the US in 1998, it took a while before I understood what 7-Eleven meant, and when I f...
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 9163

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I've long felt that "hour" should be defined, on whatever planet you're living on full-time, as 1/24th of a day, and schedules made accordingly. Mind you, such a position does have its drawbacks. One of Asimov's early stories took place on a planetary moon where the enthusiastic but somewh...
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 3711

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

qvxb wrote:Hornet (Hudson), Falcon (Ford), Eagle (AMC), Hawk (Studebaker). How many do you remember?


My parents actually had a Ford Falcon, starting around 1966.

I always thought Ford missed a bet not bringing out a retro edition for Y2K. Who wouldn't want to own their very own Millennium Falcon?
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 12280

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I'm still trying to learn where the syllables and stresses are in Aeropostale. I believe the official pronunciation is "air-o-post-ALL" -- primary stress on final syllable, secondary (or no) stress on first syllable. I have heard it pronounced slightly differently as "air-o-post-AL&q...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 4150

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I still do know that exact password (and several other decades-old ones, though not necessarily which systems they might have once unlocked), despite it being an alphanumeric mishmash (not even 1337!), and I have used versions of it since. Not so that it'd be useful to anyone, and not on this forum...

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