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by cellocgw
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 4007

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

2-year delay is a minor problem, psychologically speaking.

What creeps me out is getting "Hey, It's $NAME's birthday / work anniversary..." when I happen to know that $NAME died 3 years ago.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 2362

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I have one of those "emergency radios" that you hand-crank to run a generator.
In theory you can crank it while connecting your phone to the USB port to charge the phone. It's a lot of work
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2319

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Wondering where in this set of reviews the Time Traveller's WIfe would be. Or more precisely her husband and her child.
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11468

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law says "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".   That will work for any other unexplained (or unexplainable) natural phenomena as well. ● "If clouds are water vapor and water is heavier than air, then why do clouds stay in th...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11468

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

morriswalters wrote:Why is the word by which your toddler will teach you the concept of infinite regression. The appropriate exit condition for this state is, because mommy/daddy said so.


We preferred the phlogistonical " because the Why-monster will get you"
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11468

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." I should know, seeing as I actually have an ABD in Physics. :D The problem with "why" is that sooner or later that devolves into philosophy, or worse, religion. "How" at lea...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6265

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Also very disappointed to find that the identifier texts for each element of the cubesat & vehicle are just random pixels. Someone send this to CSI so they can Enhance! and retrieve the original text.
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6265

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

rhomboidal wrote:Russell's teapot really raises a profound question: Will it make hot tea or iced tea?


Yes.

Next profound question?
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4651

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

This effect of crowded WiFi bandwidth is even worse at a commercial campground, where you have two or three hundred phone/laptop/smartTV/devicesesssss trying to stream Hulu and Netflix video at the same time and the campground is only paying for a single residential class bandwidth connection with ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3745

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

trpmb6 wrote:Some of these nicknames would make excellent movie titles as well.


We on the Internet don't create movie titles. We only create names for our next band. :twisted:
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3745

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Seattle: The King City. Cincinnati: The Queen City. Albuquerque: The Duke City. (That's sixty percent of a Jeopardy! category right there....) Except that Manchester, NH is also a Queen City. Also it isn't strictly 60% because you need an extra Answer for the "Jeopardy at home bonus" folk...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3745

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

No good can come of this, I tell you.
Given that the new season just started last night, I'm amazed that nicknames for cities (and the current ruling tribes) within 5000 km of Westeros haven't been posted yet.

Then there are categories:

Cities in space
Metaphorical cities in songs
Cities of Catan
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4649

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Oooh, I gottta guess at those: "I Yet See What I Might", "In My Not So Humble Opinion" (not a guess, I know that one), "Beware Internal Combustion, Bring Water", "Hog to Ham", "Here And Now, Dave". If You See What I Mean, <yep for the next, but not ...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 2702

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Looking at the Proof scale there... quoting from a variety of sources -- The maximum alcohol percentage achievable with distillation alone is 96.5% (3.5% H20) . Such a mixture is referred to as an azeotrope (azeotropic = a liquid mixture that is characterized by a constant concentration and constant...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4649

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 5226

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

gmalivuk wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement

No, strictly speaking, it does not.


Their counter-examples are short-term. You might as well say that mammals born short a couple limbs are an evolutionary trait because they can survive until weaned.
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 5226

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Furthermore, not all change can be called evolution. Evolution implies improvement. No, it doesn't. But I shouldn't be surprised that you know as little about evolution as you do about language. Let's be careful here. Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement, so long as "improvement...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3636

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

This is either the most boring xkcd in years or else it's Randall trolling the sportsfans amongst us nerds.

I fail to see the humor in being proud and vocal about one's lack of knowledge in any field. Yeah, it's less dangerous when the field is sports rather than, say being POTUS, but still.
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 3058

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Reasonably well, actually. It took a fourth law (0th) to get things going specifically for humanity as a whole, but that's getting into conjecture as to what the eventual aim was, e.g. do we stop before Trevize's decision? And (even if we don't) it relies on Fallon's mind. Without the (supplemented...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3537

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Flumble wrote:Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist?


Does "2" really exist?
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3537

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Is that the same sword used when she was on the thesis defense committee?
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 3926

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Just evolution?
I was going for a reset right back to the Big Bang.
by cellocgw
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 4531

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

The idea with the smoke alarm battery change is that you only need it every 8-9 months or so, but it's a lot easier to remember key dates twice a year than keep track of an irregular period. I used to have those AC-wired smoke detectors with battery backup. Problem was: they STILL beep when the bat...
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 3829

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

In related news,

SCOTUS has agreed to hear a gerrymandering case. Will wonders never cease.
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 3830

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

E_H wrote:Look for my forthcoming paper: "Magnetohydrodynamic Topological Invariants of Quantum-Relativistic Neutron-Gluon Superplasmas in Supernova / Black Hole Transitions"


You left out "... on an N-brane"
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 3830

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

My brain does the same whenever I heard the word "economics." Economics is closer to fundamentalist religion than to (white) magic. BTW, IAAP and heck, even gravity is topologically equivalent to magic. I mean, who ever heard of two things just pulling each other together? Fucking gravity...
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7782

Re: 1849: "Decades"

re: alt-text: i didn't know randall lived in my country? they use(d because i haven't listened to them for ages) the exact same phrasing here on the major pop music channel. He does live in Boston, and HEY RANDALL: WZLX is hardly "variety." They play whatever ClearChannel tells them to pl...
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 3164

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

rhomboidal wrote:Great. Like global warming isn't already bad enough without Glacier Hate.

That was my first thought: the gal is a Trumpist? (shudder)
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 3509

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

On the internet, nobody knows your co-author is a dog.*




*No, really, some guy has been listing his dog as co-author or co-reviewer.
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

Zylon wrote:Unbeknownst to Danish, Black Hat is on the other side of the lake testing his anti-drone ECM system.


And then BHG will start testing his anti-anti-drone system...
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 6597

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

The top search for every state is PORN, except Florida, where it's SEX PORN. inb4 pornhub announces spike in searches for "sex porn" ..... from Florida Presumably, sex porn is a retronym made necessary by the increasing prevalence of phrases like food porn or technoporn . The word "p...
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 6597

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

I'd only seen one of these passed around recently, but it wasn't that one . So I think this is an ongoing low-visibility meme like sandwiches. So my home state is highly ranked for "How to delete Tinder" ? That's kinda scary, in a weird sort of way. Then I noticed that NY has "how to...
by cellocgw
Tue May 30, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1843: "Opening Crawl"
Replies: 19
Views: 3173

Re: 1843: "Opening Crawl"

Someone probably has already written a plug-in for MicrosoftWord to make documents look like that :P

Or at least a simple (!!) text -viewer.
by cellocgw
Fri May 26, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 2465

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

The old pattern of ever-escalating countermeasures continues...


It's drones all the way down! #iseewhatididthere
by cellocgw
Wed May 24, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 3224

Re: 1841: "Who?"

I vote "banal" on this one. Been done in various ways too often . DIdn't Randall do one last year where two folks at a party both made shit up about Star Wars, but because neither had a clue about the movies, they both felt relieved at "fitting in" ?
by cellocgw
Fri May 19, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 3453

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

heuristically_alone wrote:My doctor is a woman.
#annualphysical


Not only is my doctor a woman, but my woman is a doctor. (not the same person)
by cellocgw
Fri May 19, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 3453

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

da Doctah wrote:And as David Letterman once pointed out: "It's amazing that all your internal organs--your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your spleen--operate in total darkness!"


Hey, I do my best work in the dark :twisted:
by cellocgw
Mon May 15, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3683

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

Is it just me or is this the funniest xkcd in awhile? Just me? Well it's okay, I'll keep it all to myself. I'm with you on this one. But I'd rather drive Christine if I had the choice . I expect at least some would reply, "Oh, I bet I can." Probably not without breaking the terms of the r...
by cellocgw
Fri May 12, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 3996

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

Making fun of chat streams never gets old.

Heck, 10 Live Chats You Don't Want To Miss. Click Here.
by cellocgw
Wed May 10, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 8433

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Whereas when I was living in New England (USA) there was a variety of 'bun' split at the top, which was commonly referred to as a "hotdog roll"...but then they called subs 'hoagies', so.... To the best of my knowledge, here's the etymology of 'hoagies.' First, the Greek [maybe a sandwich,...

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