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by jqavins
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674899

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

(No time to read every post at work, so please forgive if this is a repeat.) My first reaction was "What does the title mean? And the alt text is the same; WTF?" I went to the forum to see if I could find out, and saw people talking about all these features that are not in the picture. ??!...
by jqavins
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674899

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

phlip wrote:According to the source, the full picture is 165888x79872 pixels in size.

At 600 dpi, that would print out at 23 x 11 feet. I want it. And I want a room to put it in.
by jqavins
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Some calculations: According to one website ( http://www.csgnetwork.com/turkeydinnercalc.html ) a 24-pound stuffed Thanksgiving turkey should take 7 hours to cook in a normal oven . According to another website ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thanksgiving-turkey/AN01483 ) you should multiply by ...
by jqavins
Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Also, it drives me crazy if there is any time left on the microwave when it's done, so I am forever hitting the "Cancel" or "Clear" button, which my parents still tease me about. Gee Willikers, me too! I'm always finding time left on the microwave whenever I'm at my parents' hou...
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Buttons for 10 minutes, 1 minutes, 10 seconds and 1 second. All of which can be pressed 9 times before going back round to zero, giving a maximum cooking time of 99:99. Personally, I find this sort intolerable. A 10 digit keypad works. A dial may be quaint, but it works* and I'll entertain that it ...
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

AdminSmithee wrote:Shouldn't that be 119? since 2 minutes is 120 seconds? 159 is almost 2,5 minute which ruin will your food...

Or I'm missing something here? :?

Press 1 and the display reads 0:01.
Press 5 and the display reads 0:15.
Press 9 and the display reads 1:59.

Got it?
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Just one spin of the dial for me regardless of duration, analog for the win! Yes, and I'm amazed everyone in here has buttons. I can't remember when I last saw a microwave with buttons. Even the modern high-tech microwave at my parents' has a dial (with a digital display showing the time). I don't ...
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I've used :90 ever since I realized it was quicker than typing 1:30. I'm also intrigued by the fact that, on my microwave anyway, you can type illogical values like "1:90" and it just counts down from there (passing values like 1:64) to 1:59 and just keeps going like nothing ever happened...
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

The one I have here has settings from 100W to 850W and the timer goes to one hour. 3600s on 100W is 360kJ. At 850W that's 423.5s or just over seven minutes. You can use longer time and lower power to cook things more evenly, in general. Also if you have a microwave/grill oven combination, for thing...
by jqavins
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34387

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I like entering "99" when I want about a minute and a half. Probably doesn't work on all microwaves, but it's a bit faster to type. I use 99 all the time, or sometimes 90. I also do this, and have never enountered a unit where it did not work. 6 isn't so neglected either, as I and many ot...
by jqavins
Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I think we've established that there is no consensus about these words. With no consensus, the meanings are imprecise unless you already know how the particular person uses them. So if you want to get the number range or the precise number, whichever they can give you, ask. Your belief about the ri...
by jqavins
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I always thought that "a few" and "several" were, by definition, greater than two. Using either of them to refer to two seems bizarre to me. Would you go to the movies with one friend and then say, "a few of us went to the movies last night"? That's just weird. I tend ...
by jqavins
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

orthogon wrote:BTW +1 internet for getting the schwa character!

Thanks, but it's more +1 Windows; all I did was paste it in from the character map utility.
by jqavins
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

⋅ "Just a few" is the same as the enumerative meaning of "few" alone. However, "Just a few!" means "Quite a few" Only when used sarcasticly. If "just a few" didn't mean the small end of the "a few" range then "Just a few!&qu...
by jqavins
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

An unspecified small number of other points suggested by the thread so far: (I could count them when I'm done typing, but I won't. Nyah!) "Few" and "a few" are different. I think "quite a few" is as well, and no one seems to have mentioned "just a few." ⋅...
by jqavins
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

"Spaces after a period" is the wrong question; it's spaces after a sentance. My sister, a freelance editor of everything from club newsletters to academic tomes, once asked the printer which he preferred in the text files in order to get that slightly expanded space, and the answer was th...
by jqavins
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Fuck a handful. I don't need to do that. I have a wife. If you have a wife, then maybe you do " fuck a handful". Everyone knows that women stop putting out once they get you to marry them. Your statement would carry more believability had you said that you have a girlfriend. They don't al...
by jqavins
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

The "couple" thing is actually really, really simple to understand. Let me lay it out for you... ... The upshot of this? The usage doesn't change the meaning of the word, it's an example of hyperbole , and a recognised idiom , but neither of those considerations change the 'meaning' of th...
by jqavins
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

ziphi wrote:It is important to point out the difference between a few and quite a few.

Yes, quite important.
by jqavins
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Once you come to an agreement on how many items a couple, a few, several, etc., are, ask them if the same holds true for minutes. "Oh, I'll be there in a few minutes." To me, this indicates how many five minute sets, such as a couple minutes is 10 minutes. WTF?!? To me, "a couple of ...
by jqavins
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51850

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

When you couple with your significant other, how many people are with you? One, plus you = two. That's it. Speak for yourself, dude! Electrical engineers - are there cases where this word does not refer to something connecting two [and only two] objects? Several (probably many) and also in mechanic...
by jqavins
Wed May 30, 2012 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45677

Re: 1061: "EST"

Personally, I like 10 day weeks, three of them each month, with a 3 on, 1 off, 4 on, 2 off work schedule. That's 36 weeks per year at 7 work days per week, or 252 working days per year. That's a loss of 8 days per year relative to the current week, which the world's economy could manage all right. ...
by jqavins
Tue May 29, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45677

Re: 1061: "EST"

Arthur Dent wrote:I move that we drop Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Ooh, well done! At least I'm giving you Thursday off.
by jqavins
Tue May 29, 2012 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45677

Re: 1061: "EST"

I think Randall missed the biggest calendrical problem of them all here. Weeks. The fact is a 7 day week is exactly the worst of all possible numbers of days. 5 days of work is too long and 2 days is too short a weekend. So we all walk around stress all the time and that's why we're so mean to each...
by jqavins
Fri May 04, 2012 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 22236

Re: 1051: "Visited"

Pfhorrest wrote:That image is just begging for "Ride of the Valkyries" to accompany it.

Or something from Queen.

"Dive! my... um... colerfully costumed... gliding... urr... people."
by jqavins
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 71020

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

My favorite one is π=355/113, just to irritate my students who insist π is irrational. 355/113 is 3.14159292, so much better than 22/7. That's my favorite as well. It's good to better than 1 in 10^7, which makes it as good as perfect for very nearly all real world purposes. (For instance, in 1e-7 h...
by jqavins
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 36401

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

Nonsense. "What humans are used to eating" is whatever they can get with enough calories to keep them going. What humans could get didn't include grains , vegetable oils , soy and other new foods. Exactly my point. Humans are used to eating as much sweet, fatty, and meaty stuff as we can,...
by jqavins
Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 36401

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

The thing is that when you stick to what humans are used to eating, the concept of "eating in moderation" becomes as stupid as "breathing in moderation". Aside from polar bear, it's practically impossible to overload on vitamin A from eating liver, but if you take vitamin A pill...
by jqavins
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 108011

Re: 0980: "Money"

AvatarIII wrote:wow, no wonder it was late today!

now i have Pink Floyd's Money stuck in my head.

If you print the high res image on poster size paper then you can stick Money on The Wall.
by jqavins
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88936

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Please forgive me for being such a cultural ignoranimus*, but there's a part of this I don't get. "Who are you [name]? What did you see?" and "DEAR PEOPLE FROM THE FUTURE: Here's what we've figured out so far" sound like they must be paraphrases from some movie or something. What...
by jqavins
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29884

Re: 0967: Prairie

I'd much prefer "America the Beautiful" as our national anthem. Isn't it already someone else's national anthem? I know a bunch of our patriotic songs are knockoffs of other countries' patriotic songs. Not that one. Which is all the more reason it should be the anthem. Maybe you're thinki...
by jqavins
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29884

Re: 0967: Prairie

Jeff S wrote:I had the exact same thought. BTW, I love how you faithfully reproduce his change in case from B to d. :lol:

Thanks. I like to put in the little touches.
by jqavins
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29884

Re: 0967: Prairie

I...don't think I'm smart enough to understand this one. Not even after reading (more like scanning, really) the Wikipedia article on the Copenhagen Blah Blah Blah Interpretation Words. The comic itself refers to Quantum Dynamics, and in particular, the idea of a wave function collapse. According t...
by jqavins
Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29884

Re: 0967: Prairie

[ not repostinbg the comic, but that's what I'm responding to directly ] Ouch. LOL, but ouch. All corn waves are also grain waves. All grain lasers use grain waves. Billy has a grain laser. Does Billy's laser use corn waves? A.) Definitely B.) Possibly C.) Definitely Not d.) Impossible to determine...
by jqavins
Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 43597

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Newton had it right, to recombine the spectrum the second prism needs to be the same way up as the first. prisms.png I think that the reason the rainbow has seven colours is due to the mystical properties of the number seven, indigo and violet aren't different enough to deserve two places. Actually...
by jqavins
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37254

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Right. Of course, if everything you do is in the browser, I'd suggest that you might maybe spend too much time in YouTwitFace and you might want to think about the tiny detail that every second you throw into the gaping maw of the Distractionator is another second off your life that you won't get b...
by jqavins
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37254

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

I like it that the joke works extra well with the indistinguishability of stick figures. Very clever. I read all the posts just to see if some had said this already so I wouldn't look bad when I posted it. To me, that detail is the funnyest aspect of the strip. (But not quite as funny as "douc...
by jqavins
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44428

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

This reminds me of a story I was told. While I can't speak on gamma rays specifically, in college, I had a friend who had served in the Navy prior to going to school, and would often tell us stories of his time on boats. Some disgusted me (specifically, one regarding finding a gay sailor), but most...
by jqavins
Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44428

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Wait a minute. Don't all electrons travel at the speed of light? OK, I know this has been answered, but I think I can add a usefully organized summary and a little new perspective, so here goes. I) There are two kinds of "mass": ⋅ Rest Mass is the mass of an object standing stil...
by jqavins
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29668

Re: 0930: "Days of the Week"

It's odd that Friday is the most popular break up day, I thought Friday you're in love. Good point. On reflection, I'd've thought Monday would be big for breakups. "We spent the whole weekend together and [we fought all the time | he (she) hardly talked to me | I didn't get any | the Saturday ...

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