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by clockworkbookreader
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 3065

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

In my profession, there are many, many studies that show their data with whisker plots. It might be ho-hum to the hard corps XKCD.... but this was the first one in weeks that got a chuckle out of me.
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 7993

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Our Peerless Cartoonist needs an anatomy lesson. You can use vocal CORDS to hum one note of a musical CHORD.
by clockworkbookreader
Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 5321

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

Image

Usually he's only 6 degrees away. For this one, he's RIGHT THERE!

What does it mean?!? :shock:
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 100955

Re: 1663: "Garden"

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with floating birdbaths.... I thought I was going nuts.... or Randall was.
by clockworkbookreader
Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 11391

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

I wonder what would happen if he applied this to names of medications?
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 9011

Re: 1539: "Planning"

<snip> .....when did it stop being rude as all hell to suddenly ignore the person you're visiting with and stare into your gorram iPhone?) It started way back when everything in the house stopped when the phone rang with a real bell because someone had bothered calling the operator and asking for &...
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 12499

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

RogueCynic wrote:Code is like shit. It only smells if it isn't yours. Good comic though.


Heh. This is true for any job, not just programming. If you didn't do the work and it gets the job done, don't bitch about the means.
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 13171

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

At least the physician didn't want to introduce Kudzu as gut flora. He'd quickly be sprouting tendrils fore and aft !

https://dnr.state.il.us/Stewardship/cd/ ... 002156.jpg
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 33806

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

I'm glad that the capture of Wayne Gretsky reduced the deaths in hockey. The Evil Lemieux was still at large for a quite some time - evidently his assassination did not have the same effect. THough, shame on MLB for taking away the artillery. It was the only thing that made baseball interesting.... ...
by clockworkbookreader
Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 24955

Re: 0582: "Brakes"

On a more serious note, Tom Magliozzi passed away a couple weeks back. Perhaps this is Randal's homage to a truly entertaining pair of science and engineering geeks.

http://www.cartalk.com/blogs/staff-blog ... -1937-2014
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 14744

Re: 1420: "Watches"

I can't wear wristwatches because of my job... and my smartphone is a perfectly good pocketwatch that occasionally lets me make a phone call. And cheaper than a real mechanical pocketwatch.
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1411: "Loop"
Replies: 45
Views: 11981

Re: 1411: "Loop"

Moore's Law.... does it now apply to devices as well as the guts of the systems?
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"
Replies: 95
Views: 16903

Re: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"

Welcome to the modern information age where everything is more, worse, better, and less than anything else and if there isn't a crisis, the media will manufacture one to ensure good ratings and better advertising revenue.
by clockworkbookreader
Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 23791

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

After avidly reading each and every post here... I can now say that xkcd'rs will argue about ANY-DAMN-LITTLE THING.

And two spaces. It's how I learned how to type in typing class and it's a damnably hard habit to break for me. Harder than smoking.
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 17552

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

ucim wrote:Whoever takes this one as theirs
will raise up the backs of my hairs...

Jose


Limericks. Excellent... but where's the bawdy reference that's supposed to be in there?
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 22786

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

So.... Hiro Protagonist CAN go 'totally gargoyle' now... AND there's a defense.

Excellent.
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 8890

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

The irony of a discussion like this on an online bulletin board made me snort my coffee when I laughed at the thought.

Social media indeed.
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1151: "Tests"
Replies: 24
Views: 8204

Re: 1151: "Tests"

At least it's not one of the acid-fast staining techniques... of course, if you don't look for it, you'll never find it. Ignorance = Bliss until you die of leprosy or pulmonary tb.
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 22219

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

When it comes to American vs. USian or U. S. Citizen, I prefer "yankee" or "arrogant bastard."
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 83774

Re: Hardest Major

The biology disciplines aren't that hard, actually. The only problem is the general disdain that biologists in academia have for people interested in the medical professions. I can't entirely tell you why this antipathy exists, but it is there. When I was a bio/pre-med sort of person, they'd relax ...
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 157
Views: 66051

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

And 4.44 mt vs 4.03 mt is going to make a big difference to the pitcher, the batter, and the poor fool sitting on the hill watching. (no, no! He's only MOSTLY atomized and caught up in the plasma ball). I understand the need to be right and to make sure the math is correct, but in this case we ARE t...
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 23376

Re: 0812: Glass

Matthias wrote:I'm redeeming it in my own mind by pretending it's a scene from a Nobilis game. :P


Only if you spend enough DMP to counteract Physics' miracle.
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 21894

Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

Istaro wrote:Maybe I'm getting old, but just looking at that stick figure makes my back and neck hurt.


I'm glad someone else said that. Getting old sucks. Not as bad as the alternative, but it isn't all that fun some days.
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 45239

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Not all pawns are "pwnd"... And since we're getting all geeked out on this, let's talk Agincourt. There are two reasons that the longbowmen were so effective: 1. The terrain narrowed and funneled the French charge into a killing ground for the bowmen. 2. That the ground was muddy and soft,...
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nitrogen Dioxide as a Second Messenger signal?
Replies: 5
Views: 2621

Re: Nitrogen Dioxide as a Second Messenger signal?

Nitrogen dioxide by itself is poisonous. As minerva so wisely pointed out, NO2- is what the body uses. Nitrite reductase requires that little electron in order to do it's work, using Cu in bacteria. Xanthine oxidase uses Mo and Fe and Nitric Oxide Synthetases use BH4, NADPH, and O2 in mammals. http:...
by clockworkbookreader
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0029: "Hitler"
Replies: 48
Views: 14815

Re: 0029: "Hitler"

Yes, AH's artwork didn't suck. It was very pedestrian, though. If you walk through Paris, there are 'artists' on every streetcorner who can sell you something better that they sell right in front of you.

Of course, if H had won, then all those gypsies would be dead.
by clockworkbookreader
Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 250726

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

16 pages of geek mental masturbation.

I'm so glad I joined this forum!
by clockworkbookreader
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 57712

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Bad Kerning: now I have a phrase for something that has always REALLY irritated me.

not that I'm not guilty as sin of it when I write, but I make no claims for consistency.

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