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by ebow
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5948

Re: 1962: “Generations”

And it was just earlier this week that I proudly claimed the title of “The Oregon Trail Generation” (actually, “Xennial,” but that’s such an ugly word). I like that one too. I've also heard "Space Jameration", but that does not seem to be gaining traction. In Hungary, they have the "...
by ebow
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10080

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

While the rest of the country might spell/pronounce it "Mainer", the true name is closer to "Mainah". You people and your R's. Leave em at the bordah..... I'd like to see some dater to support the idear that R's need not apply. (Or is that only the case in mainland Massachusetts...
by ebow
Mon May 01, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 5382

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

Quick googling suggests noticeable solar flares run from 10^20 to 10^25 joules of energy. Throwing the Titanic around at six 9s of c would get you ~3*10^27 joules of kinetic energy (and ~3*10^21 of relativistic mass), so you're probably looking at slight overkill, provided enough of the energy gets...
by ebow
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 13093

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Be careful when lifting the dark matter box--each pound in there weighs over ten thousand pounds!
by ebow
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 34651

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Jorpho wrote:What, no Wainscotting?


We've been mentioned on telly the internet!
by ebow
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 18075

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Aha. Found it! Wikipedia Twelve-Mile Circle. Yup. As a bonus, the circle combined with conflicting surveying techniques and claims created a small patch of land called The Wedge, which was disputed among three states for way too long. I wonder... are there any examples of land disputes that involve...
by ebow
Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 18075

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Actually, only three out of fifty have borders made entirely out of straight edges. Actually, no states have straight edges. The straightest edges are still great circles. If you treat great circles as "straight" then none have all straight edges, because lines of latitude are curved. One...
by ebow
Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 18075

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Challenge accepted. The Alaskan islands have been roughly kept the same, but the Hawaiian islands were moved to make them more in line with with the classic shape of Alaska. I tried to add as img tag, but its being flagged as spam, and I don't have permission to attach, I tried just to link, so her...
by ebow
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 16501

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Coca Cola for my real friends, real cola for the coke fiends.
by ebow
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 16501

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Assuming the first panel is a common toast, I've never come across it. I clearly need to attend more weddings. Apparently, it is "a toast dating to at least the nineteenth century" . ETA: Cauliflower for my real friends, real flour for my Cali friends? No, I can do better... Broccoli for ...
by ebow
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23308

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

(So is Cueball saying it's a tad under 10 degrees-whatever (probably Celsius), pre-conversion? Does someone want to check a weather site for where Randall is assumed to be at the moment/the last few days?) Assuming he's still in Massachusetts, we've had record low temps the last couple of days -10F...
by ebow
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23308

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

I still don't get the rounding thing, why not use a unit with a useful granulation to begin with? You can just round to the whole number... I find Fahrenheit's granulation pretty useful. There's very little need to use decimals--whole numbers provide enough precision for typical usage--and if you l...
by ebow
Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23308

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

550 gradians Rankine?
by ebow
Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 8948

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

I put most of these into the XKCD substitutions Chrome extension I occasionally turn on, and found I already had "robot overlords" replacing "robot overlords" so I stuck with that. This cracked me up. Apparently your filter applies to outgoing text typed into text boxes too. Ha!...
by ebow
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 8948

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

I put most of these into the XKCD substitutions Chrome extension I occasionally turn on, and found I already had "robot overlords" replacing "robot overlords" so I stuck with that. Then I went to quickly look up a phone number that was calling me (some nuisance caller), promptly ...
by ebow
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8260

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

wormspeaker wrote:I'm with Randall on this one. They make me feel like a criminal when I try to buy a cold medicine that actually works.


"Guantanamo-schmantanamo---just give me the real pseudoephedrine."
by ebow
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8260

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

Randall must have the cold I got over last week, which lasted for about 3 weeks in all. It suuuuucked. Thanks, kids.
by ebow
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 68010

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

So, from all your comments, i assume y'all are seeing more than a black square with a yellow dot? I guess this is one of those things that don't work in the only Apple approved rendering engine on my device… Well I can see the game area perfectly fine on both Firefox and Chrome on my Android, but c...
by ebow
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24589

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Another simple hack: Look at a piano keyboard, 12 keys in an octave, 12 months in a year, starting chromatically at F = january, white (long) keys correspond to long months, short keys to short months. So simple! Ooh, this could be useful once I start carrying a piano around. And learn which key is...
by ebow
Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: forums.xkcd.com links in Topic reply notification emails
Replies: 6
Views: 3201

Re: forums.xkcd.com links in Topic reply notification emails

Alright, I know the answer. The links are generated using the domain of the person who posted. IE - if you subscribe to this thread and you use forums, if I reply using fora or echochamber, your links will be for fora or echochamber, not forums. As for why echochamber is being filtered to forums, i...
by ebow
Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: forums.xkcd.com links in Topic reply notification emails
Replies: 6
Views: 3201

forums.xkcd.com links in Topic reply notification emails

I'm watching a topic in the Individual XKCD Comic Threads forum, and I get Topic reply notification emails for it. For the last two days, these links have used the forums.xkcd.com domain, e.g. http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=112437&p=3841765&e=3841765 . Just now, though, the i...
by ebow
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Oh, Sub-Hadal Chains. I thought it was some physics thing and you were talking about that movie 5.7456Ms . ? 9.5 Weeks ? 66.5 Days ? 1596 Hours ? Yes, one of those. Not to be confused with 86.4ks or T+2.4192Ms. IMDB.com to the rescue. I suppose I've heard of 5.7456Ms, but it's a bit before my movie...
by ebow
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

orthogon wrote:Oh, Sub-Hadal Chains. I thought it was some physics thing and you were talking about that movie 5.7456Ms.

?
Spoiler:
9.5 Weeks?
66.5 Days?
1596 Hours?
by ebow
Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

speising wrote:Commander and Master


That's some top-notch synonym snark.
by ebow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Some of my offerings. Dialogue with the Undead Saprophyte Female Sovereign of the Accursed The People Who Are Having Sex Regularly Being The Sole Survivors Period of Trepidation After Sunset Tectonic Oscillations Towards The Sky Motor Vehicles The Untenables I didn't do too well on this list. Inter...
by ebow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

KarenRei wrote:Okay, I'll try my own: "45619200000 Sub-Hadal Lines"


Hmm, I get 43748031500 or 52497637800 Sub-Hadal Lines, depending on which value of a line I use.
by ebow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Not meant to be especially challenging, though I took liberties on a few to achieve alliteration. The Simian Dozen (originally posted as A Dozen Primates ; definitely stretching things with the revised title but it just sounds so much better) Tenpin for Flowertown (I originally posted it as Candlepi...
by ebow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Anti Spiral wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:Yeah I'm not sure why I though Past was a good answer.


Return to Later
by ebow
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23140

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

I don't think this is part of the most common 1000 words line of jokes, due to the inclusion of "czar". Anyway, since no one's taken a stab at these... Sandy Hill Between Stars Cosmic Spheres 160-Million-Year-Old Reserve (including its sequel, The Misplaced Planet) The last one took me som...
by ebow
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 17731

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

I have what might be 2(ish) easier questions to answer. 1(ish): Why does the ISS orbit so closely? Is there an advantage to orbiting at that altitude? 2: Why don't we have an observational satellite at the Sun–Earth L 3 Lagrange Point? 1: Easy(ish) to resupply. 2: (a) It would be complicated to com...
by ebow
Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 66304

Re: 1431: Marriage

... However, I do believe that a distinction between marriage and civil unions is the best option all around. I was never sure how this ides sat with people on the other side of the argument, but from reading the previous comments it seems to be supported by many. ... I was all for this (civil unio...
by ebow
Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 53952

Re: feed problems for What-If in Feedly

cjbnc wrote:The problem remains that the whatif atom feed is using non-unique <id> tags.


So does anyone who can do something about it read this forum? From a quick look around I didn't notice a better place to report it.
by ebow
Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 53952

Re: feed problems for What-If in Feedly

There is a problem with the feed, which I suspect is related: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=103815 Good point. I saw that one, but figured it wasn't related because each "article" in my view of the feed links directly to the correct post in What-If. It's just that the da...
by ebow
Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 53952

Re: feed problems for What-If in Feedly

FWIW, I don't even *see* today's article in my Feedly feed, so... I'd say it's a Feedly bug. I've had such weird problems with it ever since I've started using it (including, for example, read articles suddenly being unread again, and similar), and for these few months since I've started using it, ...
by ebow
Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 53952

feed problems for What-If in Feedly

For some reason, Feedly has some significant trouble with the RSS / Atom feed for What-If. Today, for example, it shows the current article (just posted today) as being 21 days old, and it was already marked as read despite me not reading it yet. It's done this kind of thing in previous weeks, too. ...
by ebow
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 45074

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

"There's an intersection I drive through sometimes that has a forward green arrow, a red light, and a 'no turns' sign all on one pole. I honestly have no idea what it's telling me to do." I know Randall lives in the Boston area, so I wonder if he's talking about some of the lights along R...

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