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by cellocgw
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 7107

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

"Math Birdwatching is hard!" <-- Birder Barbie.

As a lifelong birder, I have to agree. That's why there's a Facebook group "Shitty Bird Photos."
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7821

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

HES wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:But what I hate is "24/7/365",as a 'motto' or directive. The latter number should be more like 52, or thereabouts.

Right, or just 24/365


Or 42, since...
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7821

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Whizbang wrote:7 days a week, 11 weeks a year.


Or, only opens if you roll a 7 or 11 before crapping out.

There's a secret way to get in, you just have to solve the inscription which reads 'The Doors of Durin — Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter.'
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7821

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'm still waiting for the Sidereal vs. Solar Day flamewar. C'mon, folks!

Trivia: back when I was at Brown U., some blue law didn't allow all-night stores, so we used to refer to the local Store24 as "Store18" .
by cellocgw
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 3412

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

In other related weirdness, in junior high we had a somewhat irregular class mixed with our shop class were we were in some sort of speed-reading training. Basically a whole class of (not academically sorted) boys watched a filmstrip that only showed a word at a time as it opened a narrow window fr...
by cellocgw
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 3412

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

The only problem with Warthogs and mustangs and such is that they don't have their own wings to replace the wings on an aircraft of the same name. I note with interest and looming anticipation that you didn't explictly diss the idea of the Wellington... :P Randall was going to include the Wellingto...
by cellocgw
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5506

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

But which ones support touch-screen? :twisted:
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3368

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Lode wrote:ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the Sun.
WORKAROUNDSOLUTION: Strap a rocket to the Earth


Cixin Liu investigated this. It didn't end well for a lot of people. (I'm not giving away the success/failure. Go read it. )
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3368

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Issue: Entropy will ultimately render the Universe into a quiescent miasma of homogeneous radiation. Workaround: THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER. Issue: My AC cannot gather sufficient data for a meaningful answer. Workaround: If we wait long enough (...) Methinks you misse...
by cellocgw
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 3875

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Let's see.. I have two-factor smoke alarms, at least if you count that they're also CO detectors. I occasionally have prime numbers in passwords, if you count single-digits. Secure font? sounds like what you use when programming in Whitespace . Maybe I'll design a TrueType font all of whose elements...
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 5245

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I think the team on stilts might have something of a height advantage. I see lots of goaltending calls in their future. It would be interesting watching them try to protect the dribble. Dunno - I'd put only one guy on stilts. He wouldn't play defense, but just hang out near the paint at the offensi...
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 5245

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

aldonius wrote:Assuming they're playing basketball, that appears to be an easy cruise to victory for the 1988 Lakers.


Seeing as the '88 Lakers players are now in their 50s, I wouldn't count on it
by cellocgw
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9942

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

The range of visible light isn't arbitrary, though. Hard UV doesn't make it through the atmosphere and damn near everything has some opacity to IR, so the visible range is what both we and the plants had to work with, and it really is strongest in green. Our line (primates after the divergence from...
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 1951

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

If you browse in Incognito Mode, your name will become Richie



Side note: until I researched this guy, I thought he'd changed his name in honor of being unsung or some such athlete meme.
by cellocgw
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Sneaking in complaints about pronouncing "tear" as in lachrymal vs. "tear" as in rip are hearby banned :twisted: . Otherwise you might have to read what I've read about how to lead lead to its destination. Better yet, come to Massachusetts, where Dorchester is "Door Chest - ...
by cellocgw
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 4262

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Good grief, another red and blue flag, this one with white stars and white stripes. It looks like three dressing room doors. Not dressing rooms: behind two are goats, and behind the other is a Tesla Model S P100D . Pick a door, and an OTTer, who knows where the car is, shows you a goat behind one o...
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

He stole this from a more common knockoff of "Amore," which goes something like

When you swim by the reef,
and see a snake with big teeth,
that's a moray.
by cellocgw
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 5259

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

I want vomiting vomit.

BTW, there's already a 'vomit comet' IRL (look it up :P ) but it's not actually vomiting externally.

We could add a real-world-relevant emoji of a dog *eating* vomit, which they happily do.
by cellocgw
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4506

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands". (Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear). How could you tell? :twisted: :mrgreen: That's some serious perspective-fu you got! (cue flame wars about assuming gender based on hair lengt...
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 10560

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

What color is your (edible) parachute?

and


A rose by any other ... color... would taste just as sweet .
by cellocgw
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 4418

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

So....

I use telephone voice calls. (and conference calls when forced to do so)
I use e-mail.
Once in a great while I use paper, folded, put into an envelope, and sent via U.S. Postal Service.

Guess I'm waaaaaay off this chart.
by cellocgw
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 3619

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Anyone beside me read "IBM Buckling-Spring" as a reference to a design or patent owned by IBM based on research by Messrs Buckling and Spring? The phone itself needs more ports. Or less ports. Ports!!!!!! I'd like at least two ports: Warre's and some Ruby . Not to be confused with a virtua...
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 4422

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

rhomboidal wrote:No data is safe from the savage, merciless ravages of regex.


Except for XHTML
by cellocgw
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 5698

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

Soupspoon wrote:
yan wrote:
Randall wrote:...[the toaster] would hardly notice...[f]rom the toaster's point of view...

Me: Hm, does Randall have a sentient toaster?

Like this one?


No, more like the cellphones in what-if number 5.
by cellocgw
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 14555

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Why creamed corn when the Official Internet Nerd /. Meme is hot grits?

Personally, if I were going to make use of someone else's Alexa & Amazon account, I'd at least go for the OtherOfficialInternetNerd/.Meme : hookers and blow.
by cellocgw
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 5720

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

sfmans wrote:The Caps Lock key is great; abc uses uppercase and lowercase to distinguish octaves, and a sequence like G/F/^E/D/ is way quicker to transcribe with the Caps key.

So back off, Caps Lock h8rzzz! :)


Not in LilyPond , they don't :twisted:
by cellocgw
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 5720

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

Two comments. First, this is an exact analogy for the "good old days" of unix terminals, where my (or anyone's) .cshrc and ~/bin/mytoys set up a personalized environment full of shortcut commands and whatnot. Trying to work in someone else's shell envir was like trying to type in a foreign...
by cellocgw
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 2321

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

orthogon wrote:
duodecimus wrote:So, have you tried just taking screenshots of it, then putting those into an online image-to-pdf converter?

You need to paste the screenshot into an Excel spreadsheet first.


No no NO! You need to print it out, place the paper on a flat wooden bench, take a photo, scan the photo to a PDF...
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 5698

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

On the subject of freezers and bread:

Nothing already baked will ever taste decent after being frozen. The texture dies.

But, if you buy Trader Joe's frozen unbaked croissants, you win. They need to be left out 8 hrs to proof, then bake. The results compete well with any other croissant.
by cellocgw
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 5698

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

Winnipegger here. The cold has a stronger effect than Randall seems to think. We ran the comparison between indoor (18C) and outdoor (-14C) tonight. http://imgur.com/a/iwpLM Most excellent! I award you one Gold Internet for that study. Wait, no... that was supposed to go to LaLaLand. I did notice t...
by cellocgw
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 3455

Re: 1802: "Phone"

I just realized that the Star Trek universe would inextricably devolve into the Pokemon universe. And what would that look like if you never left the holodeck? A world that consists of only the fun parts, where world events seem to revolve around you and your twelve years old friends. Congratulatio...
by cellocgw
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 3455

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Yep: I have a couple neighbors who, when walking their respective dogs, spend the entire walk yakking on their phone. I prefer to spend my walks chatting with my dogs, or with the folks who stop to interact w/ my dogs (if not with me :oops: ) . But really, why isn't this fellow wearing his GoogleGla...
by cellocgw
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 3422

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

I see two cars and two people. Seems there's a clear optimal approach :-). Unless only one of them knows how to defuse the bomb (and, based on previous answers, only the other one knows how to disarm the bomb :mrgreen: ). I can also submit yet another alternative: pick the car with built-in wifi and...
by cellocgw
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 6632

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

All you commenters have missed the most important thing about this map: it's number 79, which means it's the gold standard. :lol:

BTW, who's up for listing the XKCD numbers for the previous 78 maps?
by cellocgw
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 2715

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

It could be a whole lot worse.

What if this fellow got hold of a violin plot ? A little expansion and it would become a viola

Sorry about mucking with the color of a clickable link there :oops:
by cellocgw
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 4863

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Methinks Randall made a less-than-optimal assumption about the required starting altitude. I mean, gosh, just a week ago we were figuring out how to dig nice deep holes, so why not design the ramp to be at ground level in the MIdwest and somewhere below the IRT tracks in Manhattan? Also, I wasn't pa...
by cellocgw
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1797: "Stardew Valley"
Replies: 16
Views: 3282

Re: 1797: "Stardew Valley"

Hmmm.... Instead of seeds, ground contained bobcat. Would not water again. Otherwise, since the only video game I have any interest in is PinballArcade , I really don't care whether watering a farm in Stardew Valley leads to crops, invasions from Final Fantasy, or a collapse of underground MineCraft...
by cellocgw
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 8589

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Just [not actually] thinking,... and glad to see that what-if is not yet quite pining for the fjords, But all this digging and cooling seems like a lot of work. I propose an alternative method of getting rid of the atmosphere: use a massively parallel installation of those new quantum vacuum thruste...
by cellocgw
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Really now -- how are we expected to focus on focussing when after all these months a new what-if showed up?
And, yes, it took me a week to even check that there was one :oops:
by cellocgw
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 2140

Re: 1795: "All You Can Eat"

Sir Lunch-a-lot wrote:
Keyman wrote:What?? No Sportsball comic today??

Here you go.



Is that the same artist as Cyanide & Happiness? Sure looks like the same style.

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