Search found 33 matches

by CharlieBing
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 9525

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

100% pure free-range luxury three-ply additive-free artisanal halal.

Brilliant catch by somitomi on the other extreme, BTW!
by CharlieBing
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 9024

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

It kind of reminds me of the Hungarian word game called eszperente , which involves using words in which every vowel is an e And that reminds me of something you might enjoy. Christian Bok, a Canadian poet, wrote a wondrous book where the main part - Eunoia (the shortest English word that contains ...
by CharlieBing
Tue May 17, 2016 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 5873

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

CharlieBing wrote:Just saw on Dezeen that MIT can 3D print fur. Can the world get any weirder at all?


Not sure if I can post URLs but maybe I can:

http://www.dezeen.com/2016/05/16/mit-re ... nted-hair/
by CharlieBing
Tue May 17, 2016 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 5873

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

Just saw on Dezeen that MIT can 3D print fur. Can the world get any weirder at all?
by CharlieBing
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 14815

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

With al those liquids pumping through those pipelines, I was half expecting one for pee...
by CharlieBing
Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 12663

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

There's a 224-word palindromic poem out there written by Demetri Martin - "Dammit I'm mad" - and there's a novel(!) called "Dr. Awkward and Olson in Oslo" with almost 32,000 words. The poem's easy to find, but I haven't found the novel yet. I'd like to see something on anagrams. ...
by CharlieBing
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 14209

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Of course, the reason that rice is thought to work with wet phones is that it apparently draws out and absorbs the water (swelling in the process, of course). The problem with some of the suggestions being made about this bonkers cartoon is that if the rice gets inside the ship, it might expand and ...
by CharlieBing
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 111459

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

On the "Which of these words do you know the meaning of?" (Check all that apply), I got 9 words: Soliloquy Regolith Modicum Hubris Rife Stipple Amiable Salient Lithe I figured all the other were fake words, but I missed Phoropter (some sort of eye testing device) and Peristeronic (which me...
by CharlieBing
Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1483: "Quotative Like"
Replies: 83
Views: 13277

Re: 1483: "Quotative Like"

It's interesting how the the "quotative like" has come to prominence lately... and yet "like" has been used as a discourse marker in northern England for years, and is clearly part of the Geordie dialect. A sentence like (!): "I can't meet you until seven because I have to g...
by CharlieBing
Wed Nov 26, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 16831

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

It should probably be an alien language and therefor not recognizable at all to viewers. Except that after a certain point, all aliens in Stargate speak English. Sure, they have some language difficulties with the first alien races they meet, but after that, everybody speaks English. It isn't until...
by CharlieBing
Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 27621

Re: 1417: "Seven"

This was tough! Wellsley completely flummoxed me, and then I realized that google wanted me to look for Well e sley, and it was plain sailing after that. Of course, that involved a trip to Wikipedia, and their entry on "Seven" is a great read. It includes a list of seven things from Classi...
by CharlieBing
Fri May 02, 2014 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 26327

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

[quote="improvnerd"]"I actually wrote an iPhone app to do that last year. I never submitted it to the app store, but the source is on GitHub:

This is brilliant! There's even a Vimeo here:

http://vimeo.com/93583825
by CharlieBing
Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 14547

Re: 1346: "Career"

So I don't think there's actually an America-Britain difference in meaning, though the word might be more or fewer familiar in different places. Is this place automatically changing the word 1ess into fewer? I wrote 1ess with a numeral because if I type it with a letter it will come out as fewer. W...
by CharlieBing
Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 14547

Re: 1346: "Career"

So I don't think there's actually an America-Britain difference in meaning, though the word might be more or fewer familiar in different places. Is this place automatically changing the word 1ess into fewer? I wrote 1ess with a numeral because if I type it with a letter it will come out as fewer. W...
by CharlieBing
Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 14547

Re: 1346: "Career"

Michael Frayn's wonderful novel "The Tin Men" included something called the Unitary Headline Language (or something like that…) which could generate random newspaper headlines, and then add to them daily as the news progressed. So if there was the threat of a strike then the various headli...
by CharlieBing
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 28636

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

I do love the Long Now Clock, though. Now that's what I call a successful rhetorical gesture, and it might even have some practical value in the long run. And if this latest comic gets a few people thinking about the Long Now and the clock and the future - instead of rambling on about non-secular d...
by CharlieBing
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 34290

Re: 1274: Open Letter

As a Freemason of 25 years standing (Past Master (Blue Lodge), Past High Priest (Chapter), 32nd Degree (Scottish Rite)), I found this strip a hoot. pt The wonderful thing about cryptoengineer 's post is that non-masons such as myself cannot tell whether the post is a joke or not. It could easily be...
by CharlieBing
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 34290

Re: 1274: Open Letter

YttriumOx wrote:
Wildcard wrote:
(on a side note, I do think you're bat-shit crazy for being a scientologist, but that's actually beside the point here)


Thanks for saying that! I was just working on something similar, but I wasn't coming up with bat-shit crazy, which is just perfect. 'Nuf said.
by CharlieBing
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"
Replies: 31
Views: 11313

Re: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"

I remember the video of Douglas Engelbart demonstrating the use of the mouse, only that the "mouse" was controlled using both hands. A set of controls were attached to the chair's left arm rest and the "pointing" was done by something akin to a joystick on the right arm rest of ...
by CharlieBing
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106129
Views: 37215748

Re: 1190: "Time"

I can't help but think about Bambi vs. Godzilla. Oh well...
by CharlieBing
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 57260

Re: 1196: "Subways"

senor_cardgage wrote: CharlieBing wrote: I wandered through this thread and didn't see this wonderful global homage to Harry Beck that was the cover to a book about subway maps... wonderful stuff. Dude got Chicago and Minneapolis switched. That calls into question the legitimacy of the entire map. ...
by CharlieBing
Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 57260

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I wandered through this thread and didn't see this wonderful global homage to Harry Beck that was the cover to a book about subway maps... wonderful stuff.
by CharlieBing
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 19943

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Of course, I was confusing the classic Banbury with the Banbury Cross. Thanks for clearing that up


That might call for a White Horse gambit.

[and to think I didn't even know there was an entire Mornington Crescent forum here until a few minutes ago. How mad is that? Wonderful stuff.]
by CharlieBing
Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2654
Views: 235958

Re: Mornington Crescent

I'll take Osterley with a cloaked Arkwright Manoeuvre.
by CharlieBing
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 19943

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

rmsgrey wrote: CharlieBing wrote: This is getting silly. I'm formally declaring an Arkwright Manoeuvre and say Mornington Crescent. I didn't realise we were using the Banbury variant? That's because he isn't. In the Banbury variant, an acetal oxygen bridge in the alpha orientation would block the A...
by CharlieBing
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 19943

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

This is getting silly.

I'm formally declaring an Arkwright Manoeuvre and say Mornington Crescent.
by CharlieBing
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 17700

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Philbert » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:10 pm UTC HagarTopeka1 wrote re: This one reminds me of Asimov's The Caves of Steel , where moving walkways are a primary form of high-speed public transportation. I came to the forum to say just that. I read it a long time ago and I'm pretty vague on the story of the ...
by CharlieBing
Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1165: "Amazon"
Replies: 37
Views: 10752

Re: 1165: "Amazon"

I can't find the Far Side cartoon of the cows in explorer outfits crossing the piranha-infested river, but it's just as well, because Gary Larson doesn't like having his cartoons on the internet . I thought it was Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head crossing a river, with a sign in the far bank reading "...
by CharlieBing
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 25862

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

So many possibilities. Tower, Catacomb, Ship, Construct, Haus, Rocket, pretty much any noun. Can anyone think of any that are awesome Instead of creepy? Sex Hovercraft maybe?


No, no, NOT Hovercraft! My hovercraft is full of eels.
by CharlieBing
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 25862

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

Hey baby, you really ring my bell... wanna come back to my sex place? It's OK, I'm a sexton. Oh the bells, the bells.
by CharlieBing
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 34384

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

I have no idea what the humour should be in this comic. The only thing that occurs to me is "Randall just read about Dada on Wikipedia and decided to use it in a comic", and this thing came out. and I have no idea what is meant by "what the humour should be." Even in a dialogue ...
by CharlieBing
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 23971

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

I initially misread it as a jar of hamsters. But hammers work, too. I would like a jar of hamsters for Valentine's Day. Or maybe not. I'm not sure how social hamsters are or if they would eat each other. They are vicious little rodents. They are also quite tasty, unless I am confusing them with gui...
by CharlieBing
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 23971

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

Dang! I finally registered just to say that I read his gift as a jar of "hamsters" - which seems terrific and right in character - and Randomizer read the very same thing and posted first. Ha! Still, a jar of hammers is food for thought. A jar of hamsters is just plain funny.

Go to advanced search