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by neremanth
Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 62606

Re: 1534: "Beer"

What I would really love to be able to drink is iced tea, but unsweetened. So easy to find in Japan, not a thing over here. That's very much a thing down here to. (although I'd assume very much a different kind of tea in Japan) Thought you might have trouble getting "hot" tea in restauran...
by neremanth
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 62606

Re: 1534: "Beer"

For me there's a double barrier to liking beer: it's not only the bitterness but the fizziness. I don't like fizziness in any kind of drink except, for some strange reason, sparkling wine which I'm quite happy to drink. (I moved away from the West Country a couple of years ago and am still sad how h...
by neremanth
Fri May 01, 2015 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 19102

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

Of course, once again, there are exceptions, universities/colleges with "school" in their name: the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) and School of of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) being two examples in London. But I wouldn't be surprised if students at those institutions r...
by neremanth
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 19102

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

I'm not sure if people are joking about the whole "Thanksgiving" thing or about their ignorance of non-steam heating systems, but I'd think by now that XKCD has been running for long enough that readers would understand that it's a comic written/drawn by someone in the United States, and ...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 11567

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

"You know, I think there might be some logistical flaws in this plan. We're adding unnecessary weight with the parachute, when our terminal velocity is non-lethal." But what happens to their terminal velocity once they're laden with sun-acorns? I figured the ballooning squirrel only has t...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25521

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

I never objected to borrowing or lending intrinsically, but to charging rent or interest to do so. How do you feel about a loan with interest that's linked to inflation, in such a way that A lends B money, and in 20 years' time receives back not the same number of currency units that they loaned, b...
by neremanth
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"
Replies: 43
Views: 13789

Re: 1498: "Terry Pratchett"

Equal Rites was the very first Terry Pratchett book I read, and when I finished it I desperately wanted more. I went on to read the rest of the Discworld books in order (catching up with publication between Hogfather and Jingo), and loved them too, but somehow in a different way to Equal Rites. Ther...
by neremanth
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

or a white dress with someone shining a blue light on it then it won't count as evidence for you... It's not "someone", it's "something". That was my point. If you see that picture as being plausible under natural lighting conditions (as I do) then it's evidence a white dress co...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

there's no evidence for and plenty of evidence against the scene being blue-lit like the left panel of the comic is. And absent such blue lighting, a white-and-gold interpretation is just ludicrous. See, this would be fair if we were talking about our conscious interpretation of the lighting. But w...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 17954

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

Since we've started, I may as well enumerate some of the others: the tilting inducing travel sickness; the smell of the chemical toilets pervading the whole carriage; and the stupid "Virgin bleep" ("bedoop bedoop bedoop") that goes off every 20 minutes or so for no reason. I'd a...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 17954

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

This is one reason why I'm incensed that train companies seem to be hell-bent on reducing the size of the overhead shelf, forcing everyone to squeeze their stuff into the racks. Virgin Pendolini are the worst: anything bigger than a small briefcase and you're stuffed. Then again, their fares make i...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

What i really do not like about this comic is, the comic is about context changing what you see. But everyone sees this dress in exactly the same context. We're not looking at it in different lighting than eachother, we're all looking at the exact same image, so I don't really feel the comic is act...
by neremanth
Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 17954

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

Another example is luggage on trains: it's probably ok to leave your bag on the shelf when you go to the buffet car, because a thief isn't going to know whose bag it is or who else they are travelling with. (This could be worked around by extensive observation, or a good cover story and acting skil...
by neremanth
Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

The dress picture is like being given a solid block of #7F0000, being told it was a close-up photograph of one of those squares, and then being asked whether it was square A or square B. I disagree. With a solid block of colour there are no cues as to the lighting and we assume it's reasonably brig...
by neremanth
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

A lot of the "gold/brown" perception is from the black panel at the top of the dress. Which is SHEER (look at the Roman dress as linked by others). You're seeing the wearer's *skin color* through a partially-transparent black fabric, and lighting makes it even yellower. (And for the perso...
by neremanth
Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

With regard to the comic itself, I hadn't seen or heard about the photo, so at first I was just like "what the hell is this about?". When I read the title text and saw the word 'illusion' I realised that the dresses were actually the same colour and the point was they looked different, tho...
by neremanth
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 61066

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

I think part of why the illusion is so effective is the lighting in the upper right corner. I initially saw this as a bright light situated some way behind and above the dress (with the dress hanging on the end of one of those long racks on wheels, and the black and white fabric at the bottom left o...
by neremanth
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 21315

Re: 1267: "Mess"

the house will return to a cluttered mess that smells like rotting apples. (rotting apples because they bought that scent from some stupid candle store) In my case, the house is more likely to smell like rotten apples because I came home a couple of months ago with a bag of apples and my fridge and...
by neremanth
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 20158

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

This reminds me of Trilby . A huge bestseller at the end of the nineteenth century, but mostly forgotten today. It's left its mark - that's where the name of the trilby hat comes from (indirectly, from the stage adaptation), and the term svengali. But I doubt most people using those words know their...
by neremanth
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19444

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

Fairy cakes (in the UK) are definitely a type of cake rather than an insult. (I'm not saying no-one's ever used the term as an insult, but it's certainly not in widespread use). They can either, as gmalivuk says, refer to cupcakes in general, or specifically to a cupcake where part of the domed top ...
by neremanth
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 29291

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Not everything that we don't want people to see is easily hidden from public view. Two examples from the field of wardrobe malfunctions: 1) What if I accidentally get my skirt tucked into my knickers, giving everyone a choice view of my backside as I walk along the street? (This probably happens to ...
by neremanth
Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38711

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

Also... in a post complaining about punctuation errors, I'm none too certain myself but I believe there should be: a semicolon between "spelling errors" and "Everyone"; "I think I am not the only one" should be "I think that I am not the only one"; the parent...
by neremanth
Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38711

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

My only problem with "baking the question" is that it puts me in mind of "cooking the books", which suggests a form of intellectual sleight-of-hand that's closer to the "correct" meaning of "begging the question". I actually thought you were going to suggest ...
by neremanth
Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38711

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

The thing is, "begging the question" was either a terrible translation into English, or a terrible translation into Latin, or a terrible way of saying it in Greek in the first place. (I don't know enough about either language to tell where it went wrong.) Of the three words, we are asked ...
by neremanth
Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16717

Re: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

The title-text got to me. If a graph represents a function from time to coordinates, that impies that the output of the function is a tuple of at least 2 numbers ("coordinates"). e.g.: f(1 second) = (2,3) Since you are plotting a function of time, convention suggests the x-axis represents...
by neremanth
Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 43644

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

I think some people are missing the point. It isn't an accident that the first and last quote form a ring. The irony is that the people of the time they were referring to made the exact same complaint about letters, and both blamed it on the same thing. And now look, nearly 100 years later and peop...
by neremanth
Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 18348

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

Until I read the title text, I thought it was a continuation of the metaphor in http://www.xkcd.com/1106/ : that emails, facebook, etc are always there and grab your attention when you're focusing on something else; even if you choose not to read the new email or whatever you've been distracted from...
by neremanth
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45639

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I think most claims about a certain language use being right or wrong can get a little way into justification - citing past usage, making analogies with other usages that both parties to the discussion agree on the correctness of - although yes, in the end you can only go so far before you meet the...
by neremanth
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45639

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

(Sorry for the long post..) Aerobics as I say it starts with the same sound as appliance. There are places in the US where it is pronounced the way you imply, according to my dictionary, but I've never heard it. Or if I have, I don't remember it; it's not something I would usually pay much attention...
by neremanth
Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45639

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I'd just like to take this opportunity to mention my pet peeve - I'm not sure whether this is something that used to be incorrect usage but is now widely used (in which case I'm going to have to learn to let go, *sob*, cos it's probably too late), or whether it's a US vs UK thing (in which case I'l...
by neremanth
Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45639

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Also, I'm American, and "airplane" and "aerobics" as I say them do not start with the same sound. I can't figure out your point. ...They don't? I'm intrigued. --- My favorite quote on this topic comes from a man named Thomas Lounsbury. He wrote: "There seems to have been in...
by neremanth
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 25853

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

Alt Text:"If you can manage to choose u and v such that u = v = x, then the answer is just (1/2)x^2, which is easy to remember. Oh, and add a '+C' or you'll get yelled at." It's been a while since I've done integration, but isn't the formula x^n = x^(n+1)/(n+1) + c? Yes (I think so, but i...
by neremanth
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62233

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I've heard of a square circle, but never a tadpole circle The current London Tube Map . That annoys me so so much . I mean, the innaccuracy of the name probably annoys me even more than the fact that now you have to negotiate stairs in both directions if you're travelling between Paddington and Eus...
by neremanth
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62233

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Might someone know the original source of this? The host on Flickr is similarly curious to track it down: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8515/8572344680_ab690e4369_o.png Now I'm wondering if it was Randall pre-releasing a map, albeit at a higher design quality rather than this one's more xkcd-like s...
by neremanth
Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 14032

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

Hmm. Despite what he says, I really don't think they had photography back when Rembrandt was around. So doesn't that mean what she's got there would have to be...

...an artist's conception of an artist's conception?
by neremanth
Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40010

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

Why wouldn't the number of string possibilities be 140^27 instead of 27^140 (first sentence)? My thought process: if you were to look at numbers 1-1000, there are 10 characters and with a length of 3 characters; 10^3 = 1000 possibilities, not 3^10 = ~57k. I apologize in advance if I'm missing somet...
by neremanth
Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69853

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

My take on the mirror question (nothing that others haven't already said in this thread, but just put how it makes most sense for me): A mirror simply reproduces what is in front of it, except that the direction which is away from the mirror in the real world appears as into the mirror. Try this exp...
by neremanth
Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 19143

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Of course, while it could be a genuine request for education, What the hell is a "resonant tunneling diode" ? could also be a rhetorical question, expressing the view that most readers are unlikely to have the knowledge to appreciate the alt text without looking it up, in a marginally more...
by neremanth
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26003

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Hmm, interesting stuff. I had no idea that was the reason. Guess we feel that a word like 'tenths' or 'hundredths' is enough of a clue that we're dealing with fractions. Not that we'd very often say numbers with fractions like that anyway - I think we'd most commonly say 2012.2012 "two thousand...
by neremanth
Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:44 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0022: "Cost of Pennies"
Replies: 101
Views: 28758

Re: What-If 0022: Cost of Pennies

I don't see why I need to assign 3 more seconds of sleep a non-zero monetary value. I don't want them. Not even a litle bit. Why should I be prepared to pay anything for them? Money cumulates - in this context - more easily than time. If I trade even a third of a penny for 3 seconds every night, by ...

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