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by da Doctah
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 464

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: 1482

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: 3018

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: 2732

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: 2732

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: 20
Views: 1779

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: 2094

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: 2461

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: 2461

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: 2461

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: 2732

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: 3647

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: 4303

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: 4303

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: 1937

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: 3881

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: 7486

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: 3577

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: 5172

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: 2509

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: 2509

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: 3373

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: 4217

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: 6267

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: 2791

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: 3972

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: 6462

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: 6462

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: 2509

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: 2509

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Good work, Randall, dodging any reference to Chaos Butterfly.
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4431

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Where should we place the mark for "lunar occultation of a planet or bright start"? Let's assume it's one that occurs at night-time, with the planet/star either disappearing behind the darkened limb of the crescent moon or emerging from behind same.
by da Doctah
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"
Replies: 23
Views: 1697

Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

I object to the implication in the first panel that all birds react the same way. If I had any doubts, they were put to rest just before our last mega-mondo-duststorm (which they now call a "haboob" because it makes the weather reporters giggle). Sparrows and finches were nowhere to be see...
by da Doctah
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4523

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Soupspoon wrote:(Then a reminder that every day is 86400 seconds long, except for some June 30ths and December 31sts, which are 86401 seconds, and the longest days for a while, yet.)


And then there are the Sundays each autumn that are 90000 seconds long.

Not where I live, though.
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4523

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

I once called in sick to work. Told the boss I had been diagnosed with a dirichlet condition and had to undergo an immediate xiphoid process.
by da Doctah
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6837

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

any sort of hunting in my parents area is risky at best. The houses are way to close together for firearms, and even bows would be iffy. Maybe I've been watching too many old B western movies, but trying to think of another weapon you might use had me thinking of this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pin...
by da Doctah
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3537

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

I'm the better part of a thousand miles from the path of totality with no intention of traveling that far. Over the next 100 years, the nearest one to me is the 2106 eclipse which will come as "close" as Winnemucca. Haven't found a place yet to search farther out than 100 years.
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 3035

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: 4276

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: 6837

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: 6837

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...

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