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by jello34543
Fri May 11, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 5347

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

Firsts thought was that wet sand is great for extinguishing a variety of chemical fires, but why would that be a safety hazard? Second thought: loose fluids and fine-grained particulates get into fucking everything when floating around in zero G. Wet sand is somewhat sticky though, and would stay t...
by jello34543
Fri May 11, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9709

Re: 1986: "River Border"

I hesitate to call it wrong but if your pieces of pie (except for the trivial pieces) look like any phase of the moon, you're doing it in a very non-standard way. Now I kind of want a crescent moon shaped slice of pie, for extra crusty goodness. Calzones may be your friend. Twice the crust, and som...
by jello34543
Fri May 11, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9418

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I'd also recommend motorcycles for driver's ed. There's no better inspiration to learning how to judge traffic and practice defensive driving than knowing you're half their size, have no protection, and they might not see you. Agreed. I've occasionally pondered that it should be required to learn m...
by jello34543
Mon May 07, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9418

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

And what baffles me is the number of folks who dread and avoid ever getting in a commercial airliner, but think nothing of handing their loopy 17 year old the car keys. Humans are really bad at subjective risk assessment. Even though statistics say otherwise, a plane crashing "feels" more...
by jello34543
Mon May 07, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9418

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Loophole. A student pilot's cert is only required for solo flight, trainees can be younger. The only restrictions on age come in if you are trying to set records or engaged in competition, as a result of the crash/death of Jessica Dubroff in 1996. As far as I know the setting records thing isn't a ...
by jello34543
Mon May 07, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9418

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I do suspect that if at the time cars were first invented everybody knew how many injuries and fatalities they would cause, they'd never have been allowed. Somehow it all came upon everybody slowly enough that it's considered acceptable risk to drive now, and of course cars have been getting safer ...
by jello34543
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 19527

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

If you want to listen to someone who tells you to defend yourself with your bare fists, fine. Bears need to eat, too. <reply mode="cranky old fart"> While I appreciate (and don't totally disagree with) the sentiment, feeding humans to bears is a bad idea. Once a bear decides that people a...
by jello34543
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14846

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid? You have very strange pies and/or tarts where you live. I would be very disappointed if my pie was filled with mining products and lidded with lettuce. If the filling was precious metals or jewellery grade gems...
by jello34543
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 6394

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

The original (well, probably not) "You want to feel old" meme: With 100% less Rick Astley
by jello34543
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 13162

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

I was not expecting File->Backup to make my computer speaker start beeping. May want to give that one a pass if you're at work.
by jello34543
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 6794

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Last time I bought a backpack, I not only spent way too long deciding, it still turned out to be junk. Just about the only test I didn't do in the store was filling it with 30 pounds of crap and walking through the woods for a few hours. It turned out to have seriously flawed lower attachment points...
by jello34543
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9560

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

In June 2017: 136,755 unicode symbols, up from 128,237 in 2016. At a linear rate of expansion, there will be more than 8 trillion unicode symbols a billion years from now, as the Sun heats the Earth beyond survivability. Darn, someone beat me to a Unicode exhaustion post. ... but the power output o...
by jello34543
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 6992

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Sarah and Brian are the parents of Logan and Harper. They should be well aware of modern Chicken Pox rates.
by jello34543
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 9781

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

All interesting points, but what caught my eye the most is that you seem to know a lot of nice parks. Perhaps you could offer suggestions for one of my future vacation spots? Olympic NP (in NW Washington (state)) is a great place for camping/hiking. Some of the parks can feel overrun, but Olympic d...
by jello34543
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 9781

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

As long as we're moving Long Island to Connecticut, can we move Staten Island to New Jersey too? Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill are ~1/3 the width of the Verrazzano Narrows. I'm also in favor of combining tiny population states. My senate neutral proposal: Wyoming-Montana-Idaho Vermont-New Hampshire...
by jello34543
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 9781

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

As long as we're moving Long Island to Connecticut, can we move Staten Island to New Jersey too? Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill are ~1/3 the width of the Verrazzano Narrows. I'm also in favor of combining tiny population states. My senate neutral proposal: Wyoming-Montana-Idaho Vermont-New Hampshire-...
by jello34543
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"
Replies: 192
Views: 43018

Re: 0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"

Not the same track as Hurricane Screw-it-let's-just-trash-Florida-again, but Irma is looking to cross Florida the long way. And still be hurricane strength when it reaches Gainesville (i.e, ~300 miles from where it will make landfall). Yeah, Florida gets hit all the time, but not usually quite so th...
by jello34543
Tue May 09, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 40173

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Do you change the rules to this before entering the society? Yes, I do. Specifically, I'm rejecting the binary nature of your scenario. Using a multiple winner electoral system for the house would allow more than two parties to exist and be taken seriously. Voices at the thin ends of the bell curve...
by jello34543
Mon May 08, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 40173

Re: Breaking Up the United States

To illustrate, consider a spherical cow. The population is split 52% green, 48% yellow. There are five major issues to be decided each year, and on each of them greens want (100%) high, and yellows want (100%) low. Without considering voting systems, gerrymandering, electoral colleges, and any othe...
by jello34543
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20011

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by jello34543
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20011

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by jello34543
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 12583

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Liri wrote:Using it to insert gfp into your eyes is still a ways off.


Inserting mCherry seems more entertaining to me. Sadly, I suspect either would significantly interfere with overall vision.
by jello34543
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7148

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

comic wrote:ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the Sun.
WORKAROUND: None.


WORKAROUND: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_colonization
by jello34543
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 13468

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

The linked article doesn't state that the law fined planes which "intentionally" dump their waste--you're the one who keeps adding that word. If you have an additional source of information that justifies your assertion that the law targets "intentional" dumping, please post it....
by jello34543
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 15388

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

If the freezer isn't cold enough, I'm curious how a toaster would do in LN2. Probably want to stand well back though, it's likely to be exciting when the N2 stops being L. Substituting LO2 may also be unwise. My solution to the frozen bread problem has always been to go straight from the freezer to ...
by jello34543
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 13468

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I was going to take issue with "Capable of intentionally releasing poop mid-flight" being no for planes, but the wikipedia article for blue ice says planes can't do so deliberately, <snip> There are many news reports that suggest otherwise, for example: http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/07/woman...
by jello34543
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 13468

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I was going to take issue with "Capable of intentionally releasing poop mid-flight" being no for planes, but the wikipedia article for blue ice says planes can't do so deliberately, and I'm not going to go searching for a more authoritative source at work. Also, TIL that you can poop a 727...
by jello34543
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 7479

Re: 1712: Politifact

Re: politifact Not that I have studied this scientifically, but it seems like politifact does have a few issues. [...] If I had the time and funding, I'd dig into these potential issues deeper and see if my hunches have any credibility to them, but for now I just treat politifact like another sourc...
by jello34543
Fri May 27, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 8107

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

Last year's, but still appropos: Beloit College Mindset list - Class of 2019
by jello34543
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's a precedent: one Smoot is definitely a lying-down length of a person. Yes, so to measure altitude you'd need to measure in short-Smoots. (Actually, I had thought it was a circumfrence - lore I'm familiar with indicates he was rolled home. However I've seen it the other way too. Smoot was ro...
by jello34543
Mon May 06, 2013 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Has somebody already calculated, when exactly the frame number will reach the current comic's number? It should be number 1210 and happen sometime on thursday, if my rough guess is correct. Are there any interesting meanings to that number? I could have done some math wrong, and someone probably al...
by jello34543
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Have we completely given up on hacking the images out? Surely somebody could write a virus that will speed up Randll's computer clock a thousand times or so? If this had been a .gif to start with, or if it had been hacked/spoiled, most of us would've moved on by now. With a half hour of thought bet...
by jello34543
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Pfhorrest wrote:If it weren't for the likes of Aubron Wood and such here, I wouldn't be able to follow this comic at all. I already can't follow this thread properly.


No one can follow this thread properly. That's part of the fun.
by jello34543
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

I know that last time resulted in Castle 2, but it makes me slightly sad when Cueball is building by himself without Megan.
by jello34543
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Have we completely given up on hacking the images out? Surely somebody could write a virus that will speed up Randll's computer clock a thousand times or so? If this had been a .gif to start with, or if it had been hacked/spoiled, most of us would've moved on by now. With a half hour of thought bet...
by jello34543
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

xspeedballx wrote:
jello34543 wrote:By the way, We're now double Pickup Artist's post count.


Does that include the second attempt at Pickup Artist as well?


No, it does not. I didn't know there was a second attempt.
by jello34543
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

By the way, We're now double Pickup Artist's post count.
by jello34543
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1191: "The Past"
Replies: 85
Views: 15634

Re: 1191: "The Past"

Speaking of Wikipedia: I wonder how different the present would be if someone just took a database dump of Wikipedia back in time 20 years. Tangentally, this touches on something I've thought about from time to time. What if you went back a bit further and told the people designing the library inte...
by jello34543
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Re: Tsunami water level rising/falling (need more posts so I can quote)

Tsunamis can rise before dropping back depending on how they are initiated.

Edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunami#Drawback
by jello34543
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106374
Views: 39752103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Re: which character would get pregnant (since I haven't posted enough) The character requesting the creation of a child says "can you do me", which at least in my book means that character is female. If it was the other way around, the proper phrasing would be "can I do you". Lik...

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