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by SerMufasa
Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 8316

Re: 1664: Mycology

Forget the fungus. My latest guess is that we're all unknowingly controlled by nanite bacteria sent back in time by an artificial intelligence to ensure that its creation can not be prevented.
by SerMufasa
Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1560: "Bubblegum"
Replies: 28
Views: 7174

Re: 1560: "Bubblegum"

I'll be honest, the death of Rowdy Roddy Piper hit me the hardest since Bob Denver died.
by SerMufasa
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 14547

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

My guess as to what the joke is:

The nature of the opening of the poem allows for recursion; something like Ode to a Grecian Urn does not.

That said, it may also be:

I met a traveler
by SerMufasa
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 15554

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

Taking other people talking about things that don't interest you as an excuse to do the same to them isn't a recepie for good friendships. By the time they're adults most geeks have got the message that most people aren't interested in their fringe hobbies. But you know the funny thing, social inep...
by SerMufasa
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 19974

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Regarding "oldest name", I was thinking more Gilgamesh and Enkidu than Adam and Steve. But as I posited, I'm guessing it refers to someone whom we have physical evidence of, not just scholarly conjecture.
by SerMufasa
Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 19974

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Airplane? How have I lived 31 years on this planet and never heard Americans calling an AEROPLANE an airplane?!?! :lol: This is the most hilarious Americanism I have ever heard. I love you guys... but really? What do you call that special vessel that operates under water, you know the one with the ...
by SerMufasa
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 12700

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

I just want to know if they're going to rename ISON to WASON
by SerMufasa
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29252

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Obligatory XKCD self-reference, substitute 'spaces after periods' for 'the word, "literally"'

Image
by SerMufasa
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 19201

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

Markus__1 wrote:Sorry, but the correct mass noun usage is clearly "There is lego all over the floor". Just replace lego with flour to see that.


It'd be much harder to clean up flour all over the floor.
by SerMufasa
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 19201

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

What I'd be interested in seeing is the number of Lego Blocks in the world vs Lego People. You'd think there would be vastly more blocks, but the surge in minifig collecting has to be narrowing the gap.
Although I guess technically the minifigs are composed of blocks as well.
by SerMufasa
Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 16620

Re: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

Did I miss it, or did he not address whether a breathable atmosphere would extend far enough from the planet surface to make it livable?
by SerMufasa
Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 23985

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

I for one am shocked that Randall would use a demonic creation in this comic.
by SerMufasa
Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 22170

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

I got nothin'
by SerMufasa
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 29614

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

shpoffo wrote:Calvinball, bitches


Meanwhile I'm thinking a computer sexbot will be able to beat us at 7 Minutes in Heaven.
by SerMufasa
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 17879

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

I wonder when will be the last 9/11 people post remembrances/pics of 9/11/2001 on their Facebook page
(note there are three possible ending points for this one)
by SerMufasa
Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 39484

Re: 1256: "Questions"

It bears mentioning that this would NOT confer immortality on Frodo as that was forbidden, however she hoped that the proximity of the Vala and the great elven healers, as well as the distance from Middle Earth / Morodor would allow Frodo to spend his last years at a greater ease as a result of the...
by SerMufasa
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 23369

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

Wlerin wrote:Uggh, how dare she confuse Columbus with Brendan!


Brendan never actually reached Valinor, that's a myth the Irish handed down to cover up the invention of Whiskey decimating their futuristic culture.
by SerMufasa
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 39484

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I think y'all are overthinking the Arwen question. I tend to think it's related more to the movie than the book, and to Elrond's convo with Aragorn. I remember an essay that heavily criticized this addition by Peter Jackson because of the whole "Who cares if the world will be overrun by Sauron,...
by SerMufasa
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 42126

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

… unless you actually understand quantum mechanics. This rule only makes sense, if you don’t, and can’t check if the other person does. Protip: Next time, work harder on understanding the joke than in trying to assert your own intelligence. You won't look as stupid. Also, it makes much more sense, ...
by SerMufasa
Wed May 15, 2013 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 17480

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

This assumes that aliens would show a preference for American and British pop culture. They might not. They might prefer Japanese, or Chinese, or Indian. They might all be repeating their favourite Japanese phrases from anime, or copying cosplay, or massed Bollywood dancing. You're assuming that Ra...
by SerMufasa
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 11278

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

There's no evidence to refute infinite things. Lack of evidence refuting something is not a scientific measurement. I feel pretty confident that life didn't evolve to something more complex than what it was 3.5 billion years ago then suddenly reverted to single-cell organisms, based on everything w...
by SerMufasa
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 11278

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

There is no reason to expect that life before 3.5 billion years ago, if it existed on Earth at all, was anything different from what we already know of. No evidence to suggest it, and all probability and common sense says it was at best the single-cell life we already know about. The formation of t...
by SerMufasa
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 11278

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

Eshru wrote:This is a more eloquent wording of my thoughts on reading the comic, and would the comic lose anything if it wasn't Earth?


Of course it would. Venus is a notorious gossip, and also full of hot air. She'd tell us the answers, but we couldn't possibly know if it's the truth.
by SerMufasa
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 11278

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

Running water is what shapes many of the world's geographic features. Plate movement accounts for most of the rest. So those two forces were both active, therefore we know it probably looked similar to today's Earth, but different. That's what I thought it meant. The theory about life on Earth is u...
by SerMufasa
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106537
Views: 41578390

Re: 1190: "Time"

Latest image http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/407f7e8766a75cc25389b7852cd9be4f3f29994eeb5c35f0f7d5656e186d4331.png He looks like he's not moving, but she's about to stand up. Don't know if I missed any steps before this one, but I'm thinking it's new because my browser wouldn't load correctly right ...
by SerMufasa
Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 24236

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

I'm just trying to figure out where they are; that's a ridiculously large space to scoot a chair across. The closest thing I can think of is a high school cafeteria that shares space with the auditorium so the tables/chairs are on opposite walls.

It sure ain't a Starbucks.
by SerMufasa
Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 53897

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

I look forward to BHG donating $1 million to a recipient based on the resolution of this debate. As of moment of theatrical wide release, if it's "i" the money will go to pro-choice activists, if it's "I" the money will go to pro-life activists. Can we switch these? Because I ha...
by SerMufasa
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 53897

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

I look forward to BHG donating $1 million to a recipient based on the resolution of this debate. As of moment of theatrical wide release, if it's "i" the money will go to pro-choice activists, if it's "I" the money will go to pro-life activists.
by SerMufasa
Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 64400

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Congratulations, and continued good luck
by SerMufasa
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 15491

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Y'all responding to fasces349 are spending too many words on the subject. The answer is simple: Silver would only be wrong if Romney wins after Silver gave Obama a 100% chance to win. % chance to wins are always a tricky measure, but as long as they don't reach 100%, they're never wrong. Here's a fu...
by SerMufasa
Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 15491

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Democracy is not synonymous w/ "direct democracy." That's one kind of democracy but not the only kind. Democracy in the modern sense means any government where the people have control. The UK is a democracy, but not a republic, because it's a constitutional monarchy. The people in the end...
by SerMufasa
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 26565

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

speising wrote:does that mean you can't tell from the number if it's cell or landline in the US?
i like having the possibility to differentiate between the two.


You can not.
Source
by SerMufasa
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 26565

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

For those of us who use services like Vonage for landline, it works like this: (_ _ _) <--- Region you lived in 2005 [][][] <--- Town/City you lived in 2005 (the geographic area represented by the first three numbers probably varies widely across the US) [][][][] <--- Random four numbers ==== Regard...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Are you capable of explaining to me why a parliamentary system encourages third parties? I have not seen that claim before, and I am genuinely curious to see why this permit's third parties, and a congress system does not. I am not exceptionally familiar with the differences between a parliamentary...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I think the parliamentary-style of government that most(all?) European governments have is more favorable to 3rd, 4th, and 5th parties that spread across a much wider portion of the spectrum. With the US' style, fringe parties are a lot more likely to fall into obscurity, and any ideological shift o...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

As far as I can tell, this is simply Randall graphing pre-existing scores and adding some commentary, including a Palpatine reference. Not at all. He also added a Harry Potter / Twilight reference. It was a cromulent reference. But it also falls in the "some commentary" portion of my comm...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Can anyone link such an explanation of the ideology calculations, and how they can be used to predict votes on any given issue? Thanks in advance! Based on the explanation, I think it's a score simply based on voting habits as pertaining to economic issues. I'm not really sure it's predictive. EDIT...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

The Democrats of those days were not pro-business? By "pro-business", it typically means you are on the side of management over labor. As explained under the section Democrats (Senate side, near 1836), the Democratic Party was more on the side of the individual, not the elite. ...the demo...
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:I am somewhat confused by how he places the Republicans as the right-leaning party before ~1880, though he might explain be explaining it on the left side.


Republicans and their Whig forebears were pro-business interests. This has typically been considered a right-leaning interest.
by SerMufasa
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 77617

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I gotta disagree with this really strongly. Putting Obama in the left category is absurd. At best he's center-left, realistic he's pretty far to the right. Read "How Ideology is Calculated". As far as I can tell, this is simply Randall graphing pre-existing scores and adding some commenta...

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