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by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 28
Views: 859

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Archgeek wrote:
Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.


You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

2048.png ..mmmpphhh guess you'll have to look back to see the image I tried to quote. It could be (and often is, these days) a lot worse: just imagine what the results would be if you tried to apply machine-learning to distinguish among those groupings. Also, as the local representative of The Worl...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 23
Views: 1330

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Relieved to find Randall did not include the OTT among social media he's leaving. (Then again, so far as we know, he never arrived there)
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 1467

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Reminds me of the parable of the inventor with many pockets, who starts by selling his king an invention for a bulletproof wall. Next pocket, he sells the king a new gun to pierce that wall. Then he tries to sell an invention for a better wall, ... and the king pays him one gold piece for each pocke...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2190

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

bobdc wrote:A related question, asked by comedians for decades: why is it that we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway?


Water a horse and milk a cow.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 76
Views: 3443

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

In response to all the posts about the ball rolling to the top of a hill (Local maximum), here's why it can't happen. Gedankenerfahrung: [with zero friction, of course] Since all classical mechanics are fully reversible, consider a ball placed at the top of the hill with zero velocity. It doesn't mo...
by cellocgw
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 76
Views: 3443

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Sonic# wrote:
Sir Lunch-a-lot wrote:Rolle's Theorum, not to be confused closely related Richard Rolle's Theorem


You mixed up your YouTube link. This is Richard Rolle. Yours is Richard Astley.


well, there's one YouTube item I'd rate below the previous link. PS thanks Mr. BuzzKill
by cellocgw
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 76
Views: 3443

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

I like to tell people that when I studied maths at a prestigious university, it took 4 weeks to get to the proof that 2+2=4. It's not that the proof itself is terribly difficult, but that it starts from ZF axioms, and the conceptual groundwork had to be laid for those first. We didn't get that far ...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 76
Views: 3443

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What I need to know is:

is Rolle's first name "Rockand" ?

#askingforafriend
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 2845

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

For the genetic family side, I call everyone past first-level "some cousin." For the in-law side, I just call them whatever the SpousalUnit calls them.

I'm much more interested in their dogs than the humans anyway.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 119
Views: 4546

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

ijuin wrote:I have encountered enough people using “literally” as hyperbole that, when I want to ensure that people understand that I am NOT intending hyperbole, I use “actually” instead.


You actually shouldn't
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 2250

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

ThatPITA wrote:It's the universal sign for "maker space".


You sir, win the Internet for the week. Plus a free ticket to BlitzThread
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 2250

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I think it gets extra credit for being an oxidizer that contains no oxygen. (So I suppose it's properly a "fluorinator", but that causes the same hazards as an oxidizer, so why make another category to remember on the warning signs.) The chemical term "oxidizer" covers any subst...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 2250

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Also needs a Joking Hazard icon.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 1562

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

fluffysheap wrote:Godzilla and Megalon weren't eliminated, but they were excluded because of the lack of a court* that could contain them.

* either kind


Well... if they can play tennis in space they oughtta be able to set up something to accommodate Godzilla & Megalon (if not MothRa).
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 1562

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

Eebster the Great wrote:[url=http://www.xkcd.com/2037]
I know the comic is just fun, but does anyone else feel like politics always gets this way? Treating it like one side or the other will eventually win?


Well, won't it? Or both sides lose as the Visigoths plunder everything.
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2859

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

flicky1991 wrote:Why choose between edgelord and hyperedgelord? Some people are bipartite.


Why choose between edge and node? These once-thought-to-be-binary concepts are now recognized as fluid. Maybe it started out as cis-edge or cis-node, but changed with maturity and self-realization.
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3309

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark. So we think. Anyone advanced enough to actually build a Dyson Sphere though might have technology that effectively "cloaks" them if you can de...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 3474

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

(I only picked this paper up an hour ago, so I'm wondering what bird matches "T_U__N", knowing that it's probably a kick-myself moment when it clicks (TRU…? THU? TAU?), wondering if I have the correct letters for "Quotes (5)" being "_I_ES".. scratch that, just ...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 19
Views: 1854

Re: 2031: "Pie Charts"

From the secret vaults,
PieChart2colorOneValue.jpg


piecharteaten.jpg
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3692

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Imaginary numbers are pretty theoretical until you get to calculating lag-lead times on power transmission. Then they're a huge pain in the ass. Well, one can go way down the tree that way. Irrationals are theoretical, since we can't write them out in any finite decimal notation. Integers are theor...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3316

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled. That's a paranoid conclusion. I think it's much more likely that you've...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2190

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Yeah, yeah, yeah, complain all you want about heat index calculations.

Here in New England we're just a few short months away from the dreaded "Wind Chill Index" "It's 25 Fahrenheit today, but with a wind of 5 mph it feels like -7000 Fahrenheit" .
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 2185

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!" We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your fee...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 2185

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

I seem to have managed to avoid forums and feeds and web pages that talk about "life hacks" in the first place. Thus I need to ask: What's the difference between a life hack and a life crack? Are there White Hat and Black Hat life hackers? Do I need Kaspersky to protect my life from being ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2929

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

Personally, I think the best thing to do would be to put the important information on the Z-axis, but keep the viewing angle straight dead-on with the X-Y plane. See, this is an arguement for everyone to have a VR headset. Yeah, well, I'm gonna put my data on the 8th dimension! You won't be able to...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2929

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked ...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 3687

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
NSFW
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 3687

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Some candidates for ice hockey. All these have at least one Stanley Cup win.

Bladon, Tom – Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75 {2
Frost, Harry – Boston Bruins 1939 {1}

I'm guessing there's a curling champ somewhere named "Rock," but haven't looked.
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 3593

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 3593

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

I don't get command-line fetishism / GUI bashing. MS Word is hard to use? What alternatives have similar capabilities but are easier to use? It's easy to type text into MSWord and to let MSWord apply all sorts of really ugly, counterproductive formatting and styling. But if you want to, like, actua...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 3593

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

I expect this will get a lot of "Yep! That happens." replies. I'm hoping some of them will have stories to tell. Sort of, but not (in my experience) the way shown in the comic. What has a bad habit of happening is that an initial design is laid out, and various teams/people are assigned a...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2866

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

heuristically_alone wrote:Then get a new child after that.


Grandchild, please! :o
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2866

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

zaphodbeebledoc wrote:I wonder if one of the detectives was wearing an implausibly long scarf?


No that was a dancer
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2866

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Title text: At first, I moved from pokémon posters to regular oil paintings, but then these really grumpy and unreasonable detectives from the Louvre showed up and took them all. They wouldn't even give me back my thumbtacks! Hey, I go for watercolors {you insensitive clod} Also, happy Convenience ...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3719

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz. Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file. How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm? But if I don't include all the comment strings, I have nothing but '9's, a zero-inform...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3719

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

GlassHouses wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
Ken_g6 wrote:Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz.

Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file.

How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm?


I dunno, but I do know duplicate replies occasionally sneak into threads.
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2017: "Stargazing 2"
Replies: 5
Views: 1520

Re: 2017: "Stargazing 2"

And if you limit the triangles to just the really bright stars, say magnitude <+2.5, (maybe 46 at a time), then you get 15,180 triangles. So triangles are easy. She should be looking for squares or pentagons. Problem with that is: any 3 noncollinear points make a triangle. To make a square or highe...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3719

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 a...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 3354

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

qvxb wrote:It's not really a phone if it doesn't have a dial.


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