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by bilkie
Fri May 18, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 6865

1995: "MC Hammer Age"

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Title Text: "Wait, sorry, I got mixed up--he's actually almost 50. It's the kid from The Karate Kid who just turned 40."

NOW I feel young: IRL Ralph Machhio is older than me!
by bilkie
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 6914

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

2022 - sentient fireworks turn on their drone overlords, but the coup fizzles.
by bilkie
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 22989

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

Shall we revise Grimm for Canada? The boy who cried Post Doc? Little Red Post Doctoral Student? Those ancient fables are mostly about higher education.
by bilkie
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 15370

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Humour lies in characiture, compassion in awareness. Excellent balance here. Well played, sir.
by bilkie
Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 15810

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Kelly Coyle wrote:Gnome Ann is an island.

Her full name is Ann Isabel Lent, so, yes, Gnome Ann is Ann I. Lent, and she stands alone.
by bilkie
Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share
Replies: 12
Views: 7297

Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Disagreement Although, it is written with eight letters, and then with four. Due to the structure of this sentence, "it" can't be referring to the word "although". the commas after "although" and "rarely" make the sentence syntactically correct, as this p...
by bilkie
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 23711

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

The way to do this safely, for very large teams with an a super strong rope, is by interleaving the members of both teams. Say 10 persons from each team, facing off in groups of 20, repeated for the length of the rope. The rope would slacken between the groups and you would get a number of independ...
by bilkie
Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 23711

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

I'd imagine that there would be some deviation from the centre based on the cutting of the rope not being instantaneous. Indeed, the saw would only have the chance to notch the rope: once the rope was weakened by the saw it would break - and with rope that usually means a fraying fracture. Some cor...
by bilkie
Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"
Replies: 86
Views: 21592

Re: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"

There would be magic! Which would mean that another high level wizard could cast a 'create water' spell. And everything would be ok. (Except for the extinction of all aquatic life.) Can 'raise dead' be used on animals?
by bilkie
Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 13185

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

Will there not be any other comets in the next few years? Will comets stop coming from the Oort cloud? Are there all that many people who only know what the Oort cloud is because of this one latest comet, who read xkcd and who will forget that's where comets come from in a couple years? The point o...
by bilkie
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 38027

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

I learned about the Monty Hall problem about three years ago, the same week I learned about the McGurk Effect.
Now there is a week to remember.
by bilkie
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1272: "Shadowfacts"
Replies: 101
Views: 23388

Re: 1272: "Shadowfacts"

I agree that 'penumbra' is a big shadow fact you'd want to lead up to, rather than start off with. Even so, there's a lot of mileage left. If the horse starts talking about 'shadow' in the sense of 'following someone' it could tell us a lot about spying. And then there's shadows on X-rays which cou...
by bilkie
Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 149899

Re: 1193: Externalities

no'w, wh'ere is th'e wi'kipedia m'oderator w'ho will w'rite a scr'ipt, prot'ecting wha'tever p'age 1193 i's po'inting at, unpr'otecting t'he prev'ious page, upd'ating and repe'ating. I'd l'ove t'o s'ee 1193 ch'asing its ow'n ta'il. :)
by bilkie
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30290

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

severach wrote:I don't need any other comics to see that Randall is a quitter. Look at the log scales right above the bars.

Ah, I see what you did there. :)
by bilkie
Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 20926

Re: #1159: Countdown

I immediately wanted to figure out what the odds really are. the numbers on the timer are presumably not random, but established by some geological data predicting the next super volcano event. so your odd's calculation would be irrelevant. If a supervolcano event were 40 minutes away (true if all ...
by bilkie
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 29370

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

Why did the change the shape of the letter depending on where it was? That ſeems needlessly confusing. Perhaps the final form reduced confusion (originally): The dual forms go as far back as ancient Greek, where sigma Σ has a medial (U+03C3 σ) and final form (U+03C2 ς), (but only in lowercase). It ...
by bilkie
Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 69458

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Beautiful, When I started reading it, It was obviously your(pl) story and I had a horrible moment when I didn't know how it was going to end. The panels were so poignant that I was afraid... Thoughts: A wonderful older man named Ron Rogers (a brilliant forensic scientist) observed to me that his che...
by bilkie
Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 24903

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The world is going batshit crazy. Has been for some time now. The psychotic weather is just one aspect of the descent into madness. On the plus side, it's not even slightly boring. Have you ever read the instructions on a packet of toothpicks? Negatory. I...
by bilkie
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 18566

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

This, after all the doomsday comments for "Click and Drag."
Well Played Randall, well played.
by bilkie
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 669962

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

The "There's no pool?/Sigh..." could be a nod to the same wikipedia article that references the 124th floor observation deck (balcony) with a great view. Wikipedia notes that on Burj Khalifa "The sky lobbies on the 43rd and 76th floors will house swimming pools." The future tense...
by bilkie
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 669962

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

It's been said, but
a) Thanks Randall, thanks for everything.
b) I'm going for a walk. Outside. To look at as much as I can.
c) thanks again.

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