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by cellocgw
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 3287

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

If Thor had a hammer;
He'd hammer in the morning,
He'd hammer in the evening,
All over Vahalla.
He'd hammer out danger
He'd hammer out a warning
He''d hammer out love between
My gods and my goddesses, ah-ah
All over Valhalla
by cellocgw
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 3676

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

jozwa wrote:
phlip wrote:
kypzethdurron wrote:Underwear is not an advertising trope I've personally come across


I've listened to at least two different podcasts that were sponsored by MeUndies


Wow.. and here I thought the OP was referring to the mind-numbing repetition of the UnderwearTroll 4-point business plan.
by cellocgw
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 3676

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

Here in Randall's neck of the woods, we're all supposed to use the Big Magic Machine at Jordan's to get our official Sleep Number evaluation. (And then get sales pressure to spend upwards of $2k US on a mattress). Then there's the "memory foam, now with diamond dust for thermal management"...
by cellocgw
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 4118

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

somitomi wrote:
Quizatzhaderac wrote:Absolutely, four magic beans are useful, the fifth just leaves you in a sate of "has bean".
Old saying wrote:Four magic beans in a row:

One for the roc,
one for the anti-crow,
one to wither,
one to super-grow.

...and one for the road


I think you meant to write

... Burma-Shave
by cellocgw
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

Too soon to reference "Feeling of Power," by Asimov?
by cellocgw
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 2759

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

Showing timezones in a graph and not labeling the time axis in UTC? That's a paddlin' "Consensus" means all, or nearly all. It means that everyone "consents," even if they have minor quibbles. So a "Consensus New Year" would happen as soon as the last time zone passes ...
by cellocgw
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 3167

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

This my first solid, genuine GOOMHR moment. I have a very detailed numbers path in my mind that probably started when I first learned 1 thru 10. Then my curve takes a hard left from 11 thru 20, and then straight upwards to 100. And lots more strange but consistent bends. On top of that, at times I j...
by cellocgw
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 3512

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Gotta be a stupid joke about an online video game, or a Jessica Chastain movie in there somewhere.

If I had the time, I'd mod the original art so deep in that sequence, one of the "Eve"s is replaced with a "Lilith" .
by cellocgw
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 3917

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

So if the Schwarzchild's cat just fades from view, how do you tell it from a Cheshire's cat?
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 2222

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

He left out the phase where the rocket is at risk of being eaten by a ginormous shark
by cellocgw
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 6588

Re: 2084: "FDR"

But I have the impression that mnemonic rhymes are more prevalent in the US. It might be more the Anglosphere, That benefits from this trick, here. Our language has such language roots, It from the world of words recruits. You need to rhyme the digit "Four", And have matched endings all g...
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 6588

Re: 2084: "FDR"

angelus911 wrote:According to Wikipedia, the Crete earthquake was July 21, 365. Is he using another source?


Probably a matter of calendar: Julian vs. Gregorian [vs. Ionian vs. MixoLydian ...]
by cellocgw
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 4340

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

"Then", said Glorfindel, "let us cast it into the deeps, and so make the lies of Saruman come true. For it is clear now that even at the Council his feet were already on a crooked path. He knew that the Ring was not lost for ever, but wished us to think so; for he began to lust for i...
by cellocgw
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5808

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!! Wht gd wld tht d? Nt mch. 'm mzd b wht psss fr spllng. Kds ths ds. D . knw f th lttr "" nl dspprs whn t s bng sd s . vwl lxclly? 'Cs tht wld b sm prtt...
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 3357

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

In related news, the funeral home industry is headed to crisis, as studies reveal millennials have funerals at a much lower rate than previous generations. Funeral homes are in trouble anyway. They have no repeat business like barber shops. Dunno about that - how many times have Freddie K and Kenny...
by cellocgw
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 3357

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

Fortunately, here in Massachusetts, Millenials (and Baby Boomers) can easily get joint replacements legally, now. Initial news reports suggest millenials are purchasing them in quantity.

(4:20)
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 3426

Re: 2078: "Popper"

For some odd reason [cough] myusername {/cough] when anyone mentions Popper I expect them to be talking about this guy

His publications are subject to interpretation, too. :mrgreen:
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5090

Re: 2077: "Heist"

First shake his hand. That way, you can at least make sure...

that it isn't a heist by a geist.
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 5358

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

rmsgrey wrote:
xtifr wrote:if anyone can push the technology to the point where space manufacturing becomes economically feasible, China can


And the first major industrial accident in orbit is liable to trigger Kessler Kessel (Run) syndrome...

FTFY
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 12006

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

How many bitcoins per kg?
by cellocgw
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 5301

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Collecting as many stupid /. memes as possible...

Put a laser^H^H^H^H^H camera on a frickin' shark and viola![sic] Sharknado
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 5301

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Ummm,... folks... dunno how to break it to you, but us Big Mean Countries have at our disposal wicked big, high-flying drones (Raptor) which can pretty much do the same thing Hurricane aircraft do.

Not all drones are cute little [malevolent, spying, noisy, destructive] contraptions.
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5808

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

I've seen some bad posts *on Facebook, and I've since put the account in hibernation. Unfortunately, I won't be able to tell which one of my friends are truly awful anymore. *Bad crime stories that creates sympathy for cops, Trump memes, etc etc. You left out vaginal rocks, drinking urine, essentia...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 5136

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Why is there discussion of gerrymandering in this thread? Did I miss a layer of the comic? cellocgw posted in the wrong thread? Clearly, any strangely-shaped districts in Super Smash Brothers should be considered charmandering. I was obsessing with the fact that Randall put, presumably as an obitua...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 5136

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Archgeek wrote:Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"


... brings the Salt FTFY :mrgreen:
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 5136

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

It occurs to me that there's unending, and valid, fights over Gerrymandering the House Districts, but nobody even notices how absurdly Gerrymandered the Senate "districts" are. Stat found at CNN, but not created by CNN: Each California senator represents nearly 19.8 million people, over 68...
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 4998

What needle?

I rarely watch E.N. video coverage. What is this needle thing they're referring to?
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 9669

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

https://xkcd.com/2067/asset/imgs/polls.png This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but cl...
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 9669

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

LtPowers wrote:
orthogon wrote:
da Doctah wrote:How do you zoom with a mouse?

One word: Scroll wheel.


That's two words.


Not in German: scrollrad
Not in Estonian: kerimisratast
Finnish: vierityspyörä
Khmer: កង់រមូរ (I can't tell if that's a single word...)
Somali: gawaarida
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 14202

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Title text: ... Which raises a question:...


Thrilled to notice that Randall did not misuse "begs the question" there. I'll be happy all day.
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 3823

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

I assume you have to register your car with the DMV and your county voter registrar. If you skip the DMV, the car will have tobe transported to the polling place. Not all polling places have disabled car parking. Parsing fun: So, not all polling places have reserved locations for disabled cars, or ...
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 3823

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

Mother? Is that you?
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 5374

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Pronounced properly, it sounds to this Beavis&Butthead accolyte like "Carnal Cycle" :oops:
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 12889

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

And there's the ongoing organ performance of a certain John Cage piece. The composer marked the score "As Slowly as Possible"
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 4717

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

sociotard wrote:My I interest you in this book of poetry in Iambic Pentameter?


well, ... not really
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 4717

2060: "Hygrometer"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hygrometer.png Title Text: "I'm working on assembling a combination declinometer, sclerometer, viscometer, aleurometer, stalagmometer, and hypsometer. I'm making good progress according to my ometerometer, a device which shows the rate at which I&am...
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 5279

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's intuitively obvious (and therefore almost certainly incorrect!) that the set of possible events has a larger cardinality than the reals * . In a finite universe, with finite total energy, and finite granularity, the total number of ways of distributing that energy in the form of a finite numbe...
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 5279

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It occurs to me that one way to use Bayesian stats incorrectly is to set P(C) = 42 . You'll get some spectacular results. Near-infinite improbability or something.
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 5279

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

rhhardin wrote:The thing can't be right because the P(C) ought to be applied only the first time. It's not independent from iteration to iteration. The metastatistic can't be buried in the statistic.


What? You're saying we can't learn from our mistakes? :P
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7380

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Flumble wrote:
anonymouscat wrote:Somehow I'm disappointed there's no internal monologue for Mathematics...

They're too abstract to put into words. :roll:

Actually, :oops: , this is just another manifestation of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.

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