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by DanAxtell
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 5204

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Wait. The Heat Index can be lower than the dry-bulb temperature according to the NOAA.gov website . (The “It’s a dry heat” phenomenon.) Las Vegas, Nevada is a great example. It’s so dry there that the dew point is often below zero degrees Farenheit (-18)—never an experienced temperature there. I bel...
by DanAxtell
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 9329

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

Alt text: Want to feel old? The 'want to feel old?' factoid meme dates back to around 2011, closer to the Bush/Kerry election than to today. XKCD #1891 is the latest example of the “Closer-in-time-to” submeme of the "Comics-to-make-one-feel-old” meme (aka “Want-to-feel-old?”), so I’m posting t...
by DanAxtell
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2004: "Sun and Earth"
Replies: 7
Views: 3536

Re: 2004: "Sun and Earth"

Volcanic eruptions and solar flares have another commonality: They are the first search results for the phrase "beautiful eruption." So, their power and unpredictability may be cause for existential angst, but also for great beauty. Geysers also appear as a result both in the internet sear...
by DanAxtell
Wed May 16, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 11343

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

My favorite book on science and music is the timeless 1937 book, Science and Music by Sir James H. Jeans. It’s available at the Internet Archive . It still gets great reviews for being so readable and informative. XKCD people are apt to enjoy it. It’s where I first learned about the “comma of Pythag...
by DanAxtell
Wed May 16, 2018 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 9221

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

The plot also tracks "How much of the plate on the dining room table is visible under the accumulation of screws, nuts, and the hard drive caddy."
by DanAxtell
Tue May 15, 2018 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 11343

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Trombone, you say? I've heard about you . The Merry Wives of Windsor seem very nice. I am not familiar with their song, The Fellow Who Played the Trombone . I am also unfamiliar with such reverence for trombonists. We are usually portrayed as clownish, or in the case of the movie Brassed Off , lite...
by DanAxtell
Mon May 07, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 13983

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

For the record, the car looks a lot like a 2017 or 2018 Honda Fit Sport. Key clues are: - front triangular "vent" window in front of the driver door. - circular fuel door on driver side. - rear window is not visible from side. - tail lights are below the window level (which rules out the F...
by DanAxtell
Mon May 07, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 13983

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Carriages without horses shall go,
And accidents fill the world with woe.


- 16th Century prophesy by Mother Shipton often misattributed to Nostradamus, but it all turns out to be a 19th Century hoax, I learn as I compose this comment and check my sources. CLP ( = Colon Left Parenthesis).
by DanAxtell
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12699

Re: 1979: "History"

... a stretch of about 30-some years between Grant and Teddy Roosevelt where even in AP History class we learned them as the Do-Nothing presidents. You describe, essentially, the full-facial-hair era of the U.S. presidency, when it was acceptable to sprout both beard and mustache, 1869-1893. Execut...
by DanAxtell
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12699

Re: 1979: "History"

Please, let's eliminate the even years in the BCE/CE scheme. We've already lost the year Zero--something that bothers me more and more as I stumble along the timeline of history. As a bonus, losing 1660 would be a small comfort to me. That was the year my namesake "hanged with his face looking ...
by DanAxtell
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 8468

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

I'm a little disappointed that the actual XKCD 404 page is neither clever nor even valid 21st-century HTML: <html> <head><title>404 Not Found</title></head> <body bgcolor="white"> <center><h1>404 Not Found</h1></center> <hr><center>nginx</center> </body> </html> I guess it's just the defau...
by DanAxtell
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 11343

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Probably because of XKCD, lookups for "violin plot" have spiked on Google Trends . Now that no one can unsee the XKCD 1967 image, I predict people will avoid violin plots for the same reason that no one wanted to be seen in an Edsel: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e...
by DanAxtell
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 11343

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

.... I'm glad I play trombone. You mean the instrument that you can slide in, and out, and .... Yeah, yeah, yeah. And it grows from 3 3/4' long to 6' long using 7 positions. When it's full extended, "B natural." And, yes, I am compensating for something. I maintain that it's a lovely soun...
by DanAxtell
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 11343

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

And violinists have to be able to say "f-hole" with a straight face. This XKCD isn't helping. I'm glad I play trombone.

You know, even Hugh Hefner objected when things started looking "too gynecological."
by DanAxtell
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 15319

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

pocket Stonehenge. What a silly idea. www.stonehengewatch.com ...but not silly enough to prevent its existence! ...and on the lingering theme of Namespace Land Rush , pocketstonehenge.com was grabbed back in 2006. Archive.org shows that it's always been a parked domain name. Someone is paying the 1...
by DanAxtell
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 37
Views: 11672

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

That's not March Madness, it's the common or garden-variety All Year Madness. Indeed, "yarm" has 105 hits since 2014 (106 now). People were using "Oscar Mike Golf" on this board long before the movie, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" came out. In any case, I'm going to be wary ...
by DanAxtell
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 37
Views: 11672

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

Oh drat, it's March Madness.
Regarding my previous post, my email address is not "oh me yarm@greatagain.wtf", it's what I typed that then got maddeningly converted to "oh me yarm".

EDIT: It was the letters O, M, and G all run together.
by DanAxtell
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 37
Views: 11672

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

But, then there’s the land-grab-regret syndrome. After the 2016 U.S. election, during the “anger” stage of grief, I considered buying up “greatagain” domain names using some of the new TLDs. The next morning, I was dismayed to discover that I had bought 4 of them. I redirected “greatagain.help” to a...
by DanAxtell
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 5139

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Since this thread is apparently a gathering of the sort of people who consider numbers among their friends, I'll point out that this is the last XKCD comic number that reads the same upside down as upside up until January 8, 2044. (This assumes that April 1st numbering variations tend to cancel out...
by DanAxtell
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 5139

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Since this thread is apparently a gathering of the sort of people who consider numbers among their friends, I'll point out that this is the last XKCD comic number that reads the same upside down as upside up until January 8, 2044.
(This assumes that April 1st numbering variations tend to cancel out.)
by DanAxtell
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 5139

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Feature request: Try-catch block for social interactions.
by DanAxtell
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 11143

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

interesting that the only really problematic vulnerabilities are apple's... Apple is the biggest system software company, so it's now the juiciest target for fun-poking. It's been a while since AAPL was a charming underdog. And it would be unkind to ridicule IBM since it's been feeling a "litt...
by DanAxtell
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 11143

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

You can factorise primes in O(1) if you know they're primes. Non-primes are trickier to factorise. The "factor primes" item is the slip up that I first noticed, too. I didn't notice "Extploit" in the second line or "mischievious" in the title text. I'm surprised that R...
by DanAxtell
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 5766

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

One of the biggest reasons for the US going to war with Iraq was ... I believe you about one of the several main causes of the Iraq debacle, but please don’t let my mention of my country’s misadventure derail us from the “romance, sarcasm, math, and language” that is #1918 NEXUS. And when it comes ...
by DanAxtell
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 5766

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

The premise of #1918 is absurd except that the 15th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming up, when this really happened. The French were too stupide to join Bush 43's invasion of Iraq. By March 2003, there was a de facto boycott of products that sounded French but weren't: https://news.vi...
by DanAxtell
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 8452

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

#1917 reminds me of my favorite Buttersafe comic ever:
http://buttersafe.com/2016/10/20/wheres-your-costume/
I think it's that they both look like a mirror when I hold it at just the right angle.
(I love ironic, self-deprecating humor, but I'm not very good at it.)
by DanAxtell
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 11653

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I've enjoyed this thread and I thank those who elucidated the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
My big take-away is that both the Sliced Bread Machine patents and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle are from 1927.
by DanAxtell
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 11653

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Great sass is communicated before it is understood. I had to Google that one. It turns out to be T.S. Eliot who said, "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." He also described a cat that is "always on the wrong side of every door," which sounds very quantum mec...
by DanAxtell
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 11653

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Great sass is communicated before it is understood. I had to Google that one. It turns out to be T.S. Eliot who said, "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." He also described a cat that is "always on the wrong side of every door," which sounds very quantum mec...
by DanAxtell
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 11653

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

You've got to put stuff in a place. You're trying to get it bunched up, and you're trying to get it to lie flat. These two things conflict - you can't do them both perfectly. The math is literally the same for that problem as for the HUP. I certainly believe what you say, but sadly, I simultaneousl...
by DanAxtell
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 11653

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I found comfort and validation when I saw “Quantum Mechanics” in the Danger Zone. My chemistry classes touched on quantum mechanics and I grasped none of it. I never came close to understanding the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. When I hear someone make an analogy using Heisenberg, I conclude two...
by DanAxtell
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6182

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

My guess is that there really are no glacial erratics south of the equator New Zealand would disagree (and is in addition a place where the comic's English conversation might happen). Thank you for the New Zealand photo of a glacial erratic. I learned something. I'll think of that erratic every tim...
by DanAxtell
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17174

Re: 1849: "Decades"

I vote that we use the term "The Two Thousands" for the next few years. It's unambiguous in English because we don't use the plural in large number names so it can't be confused with the number 2000. For the next few years, it will clearly be indicating "The year 2000 up till now.&quo...
by DanAxtell
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6182

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

If you can't move a glacial erratic, then it needs a name: http://www.geologicnow.com/images/chapter14/Figure1.jpg The above map also shows that the action in this comic must be taking place in the northern part of the continent, because there are no glacial erratics in the south. You know, other c...
by DanAxtell
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6182

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

OK, I'll suggest "Thomas Becket Boulder," as in "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome erratic?"
(There's a current events angle there.)
by DanAxtell
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6182

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

If you can't move a glacial erratic, then it needs a name:

http://www.geologicnow.com/images/chapter14/Figure1.jpg

The above map also shows that the action in this comic must be taking place in the northern part of the continent, because there are no glacial erratics in the south.
by DanAxtell
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16188

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

No, but I found a single, solitary, black pixel in the last frame. Does it possibly, given the resolution, have aircraft wings on its avian body? ;) Here's a screenshot of the pixel at position 9725, 2655 magnified 1200% to bring out the detail. http://www.danaxtell.com/UselessImages/SingleBlackPix...
by DanAxtell
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16188

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

The original size of Comic 1826 was 10,679 × 3,577 pixels. That’s 38198783 pixels or 10010001101101110111110111 in binary. In base twenty it’s biegif. Here’s bie.gif from Wikimedia: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/it/2/2b/BIE.gif Googling 38198783 brings up a picture of Uma Thurman and Quenti...
by DanAxtell
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 10660

Re: 1674: "Adult"

XKCD 1674 is an apt retelling of an every-generation phenomenon from my POV IMHO. The general idea got a name in 1978: “ impostor syndrome ”. My source is earlier: my beloved bedtime story book, The Tall Book of Make Believe , a very American book, whimsical in every dimension. It’s a mid-century an...
by DanAxtell
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 23905

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

My neighbor up the hill has an artesian well while we have a 400-foot drilled well. My reaction when I found out was, "What is going on with the hydrology around here?" (I don't use language as strong as Randall's.) Apparently, it's something to do with the geological folding in the aquife...

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