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by armandoalvarez
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 11113

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

It had been a bit since I lived there (close to downtown, so there's also the heat island affect to rise temps more), but "summer" which is actually August-September weather-wise in San Diego, gets (according to another online temp monitoring source) over 90 Degrees about 12 times during ...
by armandoalvarez
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 11113

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Surprised San Diego wasn't on the list because it's probably the U.S. city most known for "If you hate heat and cold..." What? Downtown San Diego gets over 100F quite often in summers, so I don't know how that qualifies as "if you hate heat." Most of San Diego county is high des...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 11113

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Surprised San Diego wasn't on the list because it's probably the U.S. city most known for "If you hate heat and cold..."
by armandoalvarez
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 8092

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

Right, I just don't think there's any reason to make the comic into a serious argument in that direction in the first place. Absolutely right. I have too much of a tendency to take things over-literally and nitpick. The overall point of the comic is absolutely correct; we are missing something trul...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 8092

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

To clarify, I don't take issue with the idea that bird weirdness is probably a small subset of dinosaur weirdness. I believe this is the case. I merely question the logic of "because birds are a small subset of dinosaurs, bird's weirdness is a small subset of dinosaur weirdness." I am mere...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 8092

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

So, if I'm understanding you correctly, you're arguing that the majority of the diversity among dinosaurs can be found in birds, a lineage 65 million years old, even though dinosaurs had already been diversifying for 170 million years? No I of course can't know how much diversity has developed in b...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 8092

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

Dogs are all descended from a small subset of wolves No, dogs are a small subset of wolves. I worded it that way because I don't think it's fair to call dogs a small subset of wolves. I found an estimate of the global dog population as in the range of 500 million. The current global population of w...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 8092

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

Whenever you see a video of birds doing something weird, remember: Birds are a small subset of dinosaurs, so the weirdness of birds is a small subset of the weirdness of dinosaurs. By the same logic: Whenever you see a video of dogs doing something weird, remember: Dogs are all descended from a sma...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 12762

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

I was going to say that maps during the Ottoman era often label the Ottoman Empire as "Turkey" but Randall covered that: If you say, "No" to "Does the Ottoman Empire exist?" you can still circle back to questions that will lead you to the Ottoman era. I would assume tha...
by armandoalvarez
Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 9680

Re: 1674: "Adult"

And I agree that being surprised at actually being an adult is, to some degree, a timeless phenomenon. Perhaps it strengthens in times when children are sheltered and treated as children until a later age, but it probably exists in every time... because growth is gradual, and there is no real momen...
by armandoalvarez
Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 35442

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

The original version of mathmannix's post had Grant listed on the $100. I have never believed or implied that Grant wasn't president. Oh, my apologies. Should have caught the version quoted by JudeMorrigan. What's with the pyramid-eye thing anyway? The pyramid on the one dollar bill is the reverse ...
by armandoalvarez
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 35442

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

The only non-President currently on a bill is Alexander Hamilton I know most people don't see a lot of $50s or $100s, but I thought it was fairly common popular culture knowledge that Benjamin Franklin was on the $100 (plus it's been mentioned in the thread), with Grant being on the $50. You did ra...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 35442

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Who in their right mind at the Treasury came up with the idea of putting Jackson on the back? That's the most baffling part of this. I can see why they said, "Well the ten redesign is first so we're going to replace Hamilton," and I can understand how the backlash to that leads to the prop...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 13547

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Saves energy insofar as that as soon as it is practical to darken the mornings a little bit again (by making 'getting up time' happen closer to dawn without poking too much into pre-dawn night) you can lighten the evenings by a whole hour (by bringing forward any nominal hour to the hour before, so...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23323

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

It's intriguing that tau vs pi came up here, since the advantages of tau are again, mostly propeller-headed nonsense that makes absolutely no difference to day-to-day users. I don't know, when I was learning trigonometry and before I had ever heard of tau, I kept thinking "Why do I keep puttin...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23323

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

As someone who grew up with °F and now lives in a land of °C, I have to say that I now find none of the comic's arguments in favour of °F very convincing. I would think "valuing unit standardization over being helpful possibly makes me a bad friend," is a pretty good argument. He lives in...
by armandoalvarez
Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 19722

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

AverageWriter wrote:
Speising is right.


No, he isn't.

They took the almanac, preventing the sci-fi future from existing, thus dooming us to... this.

I'm not sure I understand. How does taking the almanac and burning it in 1955 change the future like that?
by armandoalvarez
Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 19722

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Except that the 2015 presented was not the alternate timeline with a rich Biff. That was in 1985, with no sf tech. Speising is right. Clearly the reason we don't have the technology pictured in the movie is that after Doc and Marty return from 2015 to alternate 1985, they did something that changed...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 19722

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

As a non-engineer, I don't know what to think about self-driving cars. Usually, you hear that they're right around the corner, but then sometimes you see articles like this one which makes me think the engineering problem is real and we won't have self-driving cars til we have AI. The article argues...
by armandoalvarez
Sat Nov 21, 2015 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 21424

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Of all our bad units in the U.S., Fahrenheit is the least bad.* The true advantage of SI units is the ease of unit conversion. You don't have to think or get out a calculator to figure out how many meters are in 3.2km, whereas you would have to work to figure out how many feet are in 3.2 miles. But ...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12161

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

This poem is at least as bad as "30 Days Hath September":
If red touches yellow, you're a _____ fellow;
If red touches black, you're ____, Jack.

How am I supposed to remember which blank is filled with the word that results in me being alive at the end of this?
by armandoalvarez
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 13729

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

Yeah, in the US, the norm is to have a tank that's gradually heated and refills, obviously itself from the mains. Spunk means semen where I come from too (North-Eastern USA), so I am not sure what the people behind the campaign were thinking. I'm not sure how universal that is. Despite the many ter...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24605

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

In my language we have three different endings for the names of the months. One for all the months with 31 days, another one for 30 days, and a unique one for February. Once you remember the month names and the simple rule, you're set. I never imagined that people speaking other languages would nee...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24605

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

i dont get it... whyyyy do we keep this shitty Gregorian calendar ? Because convincing 190some countries to do much of anything is really, really hard. And because the current system works just fine for most applications other than figuring out what day of the week X day, Y month, Z year will be, a...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 12018

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

If humanity still exists a hundred years from now, I think our current speciesism will be viewed as worse than all human slavery, genocide, rape, torture, etc. ever committed. This possibility seriously concerns me. When I think about the ways in which I may turn out to have been on the wrong side ...
by armandoalvarez
Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 9321

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

If 50 years from now, you have ten descendants and some WMD destroys human life on the planet in an instant, than the statement isn't true. But it'll be true the day after that. If there are no living humans, then I am the ancestor of all living humans, just as right now I am the ancestor of all li...
by armandoalvarez
Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 9321

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

In the event the human race dies out altogether, you'll simultaneously be the ancestor of all living humans and none of them. (My strength is that I understand that any statement made to describe all members of the empty set is true. My weakness is that nobody else does.) I think this is the only w...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 14021

Re: 1540: "Hemingway"

In a similar vein, Augusto Monterroso,a Guatemalan short story writer, had a seven-word story, "El dinosaurio":
Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí.
by armandoalvarez
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 11585

Re: 1539: "Planning"

100 million dead, and we still have to deal with this apologism. Holy shit. WTF are you talking about? Communism's body count, apparently. As for people believing the USA has nukes to try to take over the world , it's interesting that the one country we actually used them on is still an independent...
by armandoalvarez
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 24414

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Sometimes the extra prepositions are added to preserve the meter. Case in point: Paul McCartney, "Live and Let Die": "In this ever changing world in which we live in". <edit> I meant Paul reduntantly repeats himself in the line. Er... No. Try " in which we're living " ...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 24414

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Wooloomooloo wrote:
sfmans wrote:This is such a Grumpy Old Man cartoon.

Wow, projecting much...? Mishearing lyrics is a truly universal and timeless issue if there ever was one.

I think it's also partially that Randall's music knowledge is better than his sports knowledge, but not much https://xkcd.com/132/
by armandoalvarez
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 36249

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Hey, people who have read the book: I watched the trailer and was a little surprised to see Donald Glover there and then really surprised to see Kristen Wiig there. Because the trailer looks 100% serious and they're both primarily comedic actors. But then some of you guys said that the book was funn...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 49314

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Infographic idea: map of the world showing how acceptable it is to mix sweet and savoury flavours. Most of East Asia (except for a tiny dot representing CharlieP's Italian restaurant) would be 100%, assuming you could actually persuade your respondents that there was such a distinction. The USA wou...
by armandoalvarez
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 49314

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Shale wrote:Usually legal purchasing age and legal drinking age are the same; I know in the US providing a minor with alcohol, family or not, can be punishable with jail time.

As with nearly every law in the U.S., it depends on the state.
by armandoalvarez
Sat Jun 06, 2015 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 49314

Re: 1534: "Beer"

About the actual comic, notice that hairguy's first response is "Man, you are no fun at all.", not "can I get you something else?". "Fun people" enjoy beer, hair guy likes "fun people" and cueball values hairguy's opinion enough to act as though he likes beer...
by armandoalvarez
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 49314

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Randall sure gets grumpy around people who like alcoholic beverages. https://xkcd.com/915/ The guy who says "If you don't like it, don't drink it," is right. If people don't accept that you don't like it, don't hang out with them, or don't hang out with them while they're drinking. Just li...
by armandoalvarez
Mon May 25, 2015 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 45587

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Great, an opportunity to mention my gripe about Bed Bath and Beyond. A bed bath is a wash that the nurse gives you in hospital if you're too sick or immobile to get to the bathroom. So that puts me in mind of a very ill hospital patient, in which context "beyond" suggests the Great Beyond...
by armandoalvarez
Wed May 20, 2015 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22222

Re: 1527: "Humans"

I think the reference is about the new Jurassic Park film. The fact that since the original film the fossil evidence has shown that Velociraptors were actually feathered "bird type" dinosaurs, instead of the scaled "lizard type". However, the film-makers have insisted on keeping...
by armandoalvarez
Wed May 06, 2015 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18517

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Driven by (somewhat rudimentary) education I'd like to correct "England" to "Britain". Not in this case. This is a reference to the stories of Arthur, which are set long before the formation of the United Kingdom. higgs-boson is correct. Arthur is mythical king of Britain, not k...
by armandoalvarez
Sat May 02, 2015 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 17396

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

Wait, so is a college not considered a kind of school there? Over here 'school' can refer to an educational facility of any level, up to and including doctorate programs at universities, and all the way down to kindergarten or sometimes even earlier programs these days. Generally not. "School&...

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