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by da Doctah
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 31
Views: 1132

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: 63
Views: 2780

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: 63
Views: 2780

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: 3640

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: 2036

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: 2381

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: 2381

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: 2381

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: 2381

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: 3609

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: 110
Views: 6314

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: 110
Views: 6314

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: 110
Views: 6314

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: 110
Views: 6314

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"?
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 5629

Re: 1986: River Border

Your homework assignment: research the New Madrid Bend, and be prepared to give the exact latitude and longitude of the point where Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky meet.
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 5943

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I live in Phoenix. "x% chance of rain" where x<90 means "at some point during the day it's going to cloud up alarmingly, but no actual rain will fall". I used to live in Seattle. "x% chance of rain" where x>10 means "it's raining right now, and the individual drops...
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 5845

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Swift is a great example of a particular form of misunderstanding: people who assume everything is meant seriously.

I refer to such people as suffering from an irony deficiency.
by da Doctah
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10198

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Samik wrote:0 = freezing
10 = chilly
20 = spring
30 = summer
40 = hot
50+ = Death Valley


Scale recalibrated for where I live:

0 = freezing
10 = freezing
20 = chilly
30 = spring
40 = summer
50+ = hot

Really, 10 Celsius or lower around here becomes the opening story on the evening news.
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10198

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

This comic is missing "conspiracy theorists". They're a whole spectrum of their own, not a point on this chart. "Facebook is a front for the FBI" ... "9/11 was an inside job" ... "Jews control the weather" ... "The Illuminatic Tripartite Masonry Commissi...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10198

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I'm collecting names of people who would like to push to restore thorn, ash, wynn and yogh to the English alphabet.
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9226

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

quiche rarely disappoints. Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough... I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness. Quiche is pie . Pie...
by da Doctah
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9226

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Fruit cake is highly variable. Good fruit cake is still great, but my tolerance for bad fruit cake has dwindled over the years. And mediocre fruit cake is a contradiction in terms. It's either really good or really bad; there is no middle ground. I have a theory that most of the "all fruit cak...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 5441

Re: 1979: "History"

I'm not used to hearing either of those presidents (Hayes or Arthur) referred to without their middle initials (B and A respectively). It sounds weird without them. Me neither. Plus, just saying “Hayes” or “Arthur” doesn’t make me think “president”. I need the full “Chester A. Arthur” or “Rutherfor...
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 5441

Re: 1979: "History"

I once read somewhere that, up until then (early 1980s if I remember correctly), all the U.S. presidents who had been elected in years ending in 0 had died while in office. If true, that would imply a mortality rate of 20%, which is indeed grim, although not as bad as certain wartime occupations (l...
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 4641

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Matching Garnet with Ruby and Safire seems a bit of a stretch. Under those rules Chevy Chase would be a match for Harrison Ford. Judges? If you allow those, I insist on being permitted to play Dan Quayle and Danny Partridge. (Sorry my favorite chain wasn't included: Lesley Gore, Gore Vidal, Vidal S...
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 7770

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Wish I could find it, but there's an old Peanuts strip that shows Charlie Brown lying on the ground looking at the sky, doing a version of this xkcd about how the earth is turning on its axis, and flying along its orbit, and being carried along by the rotation of the galaxy. The last panel ends with...
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 4217

Re: 1962: “Generations”

chrisjwmartin wrote:
Morgan Wick wrote:I mean, what name are they going to give the generation after Z, now that they've reached the end of the alphabet?

Generation &.


The Sue Grafton Dilemma. Resolution found.
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2661

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

One annoying thing about small talk is that I’m actually really, really , really interested in the weather. It’s a fascinating subject, but I always kind of feel like other people interpret my talking about it as small talk :/ You need to start including words like "adiabatic" in your dis...
by da Doctah
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 3026

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

gcgcgcgc wrote:The unification of PAL, NTSC and SECAM would lead to a new standard called PANTSCAMEL


I like that almost as much as my idea of making IHOP change their name to honor their real star breakfast: sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy. Doesn't IHOSEBAG sound more like a place you'd like to eat?
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 3026

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

Third-world countries are defined as those that use SECAM.
by da Doctah
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7469

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Mikeski wrote:
jc wrote:I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs.

The only former-Bostonian I've worked with called himself a Masshole.

Kinda makes me wish there was a good self-deprecating term for "Minnesotan". Other than "Canadian".


I think you mean "Baja Canadian".
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 37
Views: 4273

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

The bar graph needs another entry, labeled "Girlfriend".
by da Doctah
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5402

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

For my own ease of viewing, I've made the arrow of time in the graphs point to the right, so that the trend lines flow in the (again, to me) more intuitive direction: Registered to say THANK YOU! I couldn't make heads or tails of the original graph, and came here for enlightenment. :D I still can't...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4777

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

From memory: The Raspberries The Cranberries Moby Grape Bananarama 1910 Fruitgum Company The California Raisins (well that's a stretch) So is Strawberry Alarm Clock (and their imitators, Chocolate Watch Band). Q: What are Raspberries, Cream, Bread and Vanilla Fudge? A: The four food groups. (Used t...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4777

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Cougar Allen wrote:What happens if you combine a lime and a coconut?

Then you feel better.
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4777

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

They always say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade.

Problem for me is that life keeps giving me onions and trying to make me believe they're lemons.
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1947: "Night Sky"
Replies: 8
Views: 2415

Re: 1947: "Night Sky"

I suspect there's a subtle (or not-so-subtle) self-deprecating reference to all XKCD comics' speech being in ALL CAPS. Pretty much all comics all my life have been in all caps. And until just recently, every sentence has ended in an exclamation point. ("GOOD MORNING, MR KENT!" "GOOD ...
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 5296

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Back when it still meant something, I fed Google the name of every element then on the periodic table (they had added darmstadtium at that point) and collected the number of hits for each. I disregarded alternate names and spellings and the fact that some element names are spelled exactly the same a...
by da Doctah
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3777

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

yakkoTDI wrote:Or a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you.


You beat me to it.

Ironically, because I was actually asleep (dreaming about I know not what) when you posted it.
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 4275

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

cellocgw wrote:Are "profound" and "confound" opposites? Why or why not? Justify your position. Answer must not include any quote marks or sunsets.


Sure they're opposites. Just like constitution and prostitution.

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