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by Eoink
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 5680

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Also applies to cars. As in "Jay Leno owns several Ferrari" vs. "my dentist just bought a Ferraro"... Speaking of cars, I used to own a 1980 VW Golf, the one that was sold as the Rabbit in the U.S., i.e. the first series. According to a Wikipedia, the basic model of that series ...
by Eoink
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 11942

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

I registered 5 years ago to say how much 2 years had moved me. 5 years on this is an equally beautiful strip, I'm so pleased for the Munroes and wish them many more anniversaries.
by Eoink
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4198

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

In my younger single days, I used to go to bed between 1am and 2am, and get up for work at half 7, during the week. Then at the weekend I slept until between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, which seemed to balance out the lack of sleep in the previous 5 days. A quarter of a century later I thin...
by Eoink
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 4523

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

20 or so years ago a friend of mine and I booked on an eclipse charter flight to Luxembourg, it was scheduled to land just before totality, give us 2 hours on the ground to enjoy the eclipse, then take us back to London. The UK was only getting a partial. As we neared the airport, they announced ove...
by Eoink
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 22576

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I like the way that something with "new" in the name is probably the second oldest of its type, for reasons that become obvious when you think about it. I went to college in a city where the two churches downtown are known as the Old Church and the New Church. The former was completed 771...
by Eoink
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 22576

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've always had a sneaky fondness for neologism in this context, a word that started as self-referential and then stopped being so.
by Eoink
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 13398

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Spider Robinson did a lot of That's Amore puns in his book the Callahan Touch, I'm quite surprised that a search didn't get the lyrics. And yep, I came close to laughing out loud.
by Eoink
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 32455

Re: 1759: "British Map"

On a music site about 15 years ago, the filter turned Saturday into Sadoggie-dooay. Which was made very obvious by a series of posts where each person (including me) who saw this tried it to see if it really was the filter, so the thread had about half a dozen consecutive posts which just had "...
by Eoink
Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 10042

Re: 1720: "Horses"

philipquarles wrote:Fun fact: an actual horse can output significantly more than one horsepower for short periods of time. The highest power output ever documented by a single horse is 14.9hp. source


So in this case one horsepower = 14.9 horsepower, divide both sides by horsepower, 1=14.9.
by Eoink
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1710: "Walking Into Things"
Replies: 22
Views: 4561

Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Shell we stop the puns now?

Back on topic, the childhood/adolescence walking with books strikes a chord, oddly enough in my current state of senescence, I can walk and read a Kindle, but can't walk and read my phone, maybe because of the greater interaction needed with the phone.
by Eoink
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 9239

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I was immediately reminded of 616, but going back to have a look he seems to have matured a bit now.

https://xkcd.com/616/
by Eoink
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 5954

Re: 1628: Magnus

Hmmmmmmmmm. I wonder how one goes about constructing a mathematical model of these things... Step 1: Simulate a universe.... Step 2: Don't be inside the simulation. Oh dear, I believe I've made an error. Did you start by defining recursion? You need to define recursion before you start simulating, ...
by Eoink
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 111836

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Talking of strange lists and strange words, how about this: Are there any words which are their own definition? I thought of "self-explanatory" but that's kind of the opposite. How about "word", "noun", " pentasyllabic", and on its first use only "neolog...
by Eoink
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 111836

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

'Fill this text box with gibberish by mashing random keyboard keys' would be more suitable as the last question. I caused the form to submit prematurely, so started again. Play with that, data geeks! I also managed to pause the music I was listening to, type the number 90 in the Google search box i...
by Eoink
Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 18270

Re: 1559: "Driving"

Eutychus wrote:Nice to see the return of Black Hat Guy.

But if the car requires the weight of a small adult in the passenger seat to operate, how come it's been "left running" when there's nobody in it?


I took it that it wouldn't move until there was a driver in the driver's seat.
by Eoink
Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 13701

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Old use of the word, meaning historical or ancient.
by Eoink
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 17118

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

Also: the radiation pressure depends mostly on your surface area while the gravity depends on your mass. Whether they balance out depends on your surface/mass ratio. A solar sail will have winning radiation pressure (on all sane distances) while a uranium sphere will have winning gravity. A uranium...
by Eoink
Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 10126

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

wayne wrote:**twitch**
**twitch**

parsecs

**twitch**

used as a measure of time

**twitch**

like light-years

**twitch**


To cheer you up..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bosSsgzgenA
by Eoink
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 7517

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

Neil_Boekend wrote:There are plans to change to Type C. That plug has rotational symmetry.


And will still take 3 attempts to insert correctly, due to USB-space properties.
by Eoink
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 8943

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

Those are the two worse and least informative questions that any employer could possibly ask. It seems like the only reason anyone ever asks it is because it has become tradition. Or maybe it's a test of the interviewee, if they manage to neither look contemptuous nor shout "What a stupid ques...
by Eoink
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 8943

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

I've always wanted to answer the first question with "Over-modesty".
Randall seems to be looking at his stick figures in odd contexts at the moment,
by Eoink
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 38464

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I wish people would stop linking to comic 915. I always seem to end up Googling "canadian surrealist porn", and I have a horrible feeling that I am ending up on a watch list somewhere.
by Eoink
Fri May 29, 2015 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"
Replies: 45
Views: 14256

Re: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"

Beavertails wrote:So many people commenting on proven science across MULTIPLE experiments. Sigh. Next thing you'll try and convince me of is that vaccines are real.


Oh they're real. But do they work? :wink:
by Eoink
Wed May 20, 2015 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21526

Re: 1527: "Humans"

commodorejohn wrote:Anybody who thinks scientific accuracy should take precedence over entertainment shouldn't be allowed anywhere near entertainment.


But is probably more useful in labs.
by Eoink
Wed May 06, 2015 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 17894

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

I stand corrected. It's a long time since I read the Arthur legends. Probably like 3/4ths of my life ago. Plus I probably read them in Dutch. My apologies for the confusion. I ought to have written "if you're familiar at all with the stories, you [might] recall" etc - it's a perfectly rea...
by Eoink
Tue May 05, 2015 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 16698

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

I did my degree at Imperial College in the early 1980s, when it was still a college of London University. In my experience, the use of "college" to refer to University education tends to be from those who went to a collegiate university, and feel allegiance to the college. So certainly Imp...
by Eoink
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 23441

Re: 1501: Mysteries

niauropsaka wrote:The Voynich Manuscript is in the lower left quadrant? Clearly neither of the middle lines is zero, because that is definitely >0 weird and >0 unclear.


It was solved about 6 years ago...

http://xkcd.com/593/
by Eoink
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1495: "Hard Reboot"
Replies: 56
Views: 11476

Re: 1495: "Hard Reboot"

Some of them? I don't know any other type. How would such a timer work if it didn't have the pegs to set the on/off times? I'm pretty sure I've seen some really old ones in which on/off times are set by some sort of widgets that can be moved around the dial but not completely detached from the devi...
by Eoink
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1494: “Insurance”
Replies: 81
Views: 15339

Re: 1494: “Insurance”

The main airport in the UK used to be known affectionately(?) as Thiefrow because of the amount of luggage that went missing.
by Eoink
Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 22147

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

I remember hearing that there was an experimental image recognition technology in the 80s which supposedly "learned" to tell whether or not a tank was present in the image. The program was trained with a collection of input images, and then when tested with further images it performed ext...
by Eoink
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 62213

Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

... When the George W. staff was taking over the White House Offices, Some people, (names were never named) removed all the W's. They were Replaced with Blanks. ... There was a great line from a Bush staffer, who said something along the lines of "My keyboard still had its W key. I saw what ha...
by Eoink
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1307: "Buzzfeed Christmas"
Replies: 33
Views: 6579

Re: 1307: "Buzzfeed Christmas"

There are various parodies of the Twelve Days of Christmas showing the likely real responses of the recipient, this is one of the more printable (linkable?) versions:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dsalt ... 12days.htm
by Eoink
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1295: New Study
Replies: 50
Views: 9434

Re: 1295: New Study

I'm not sure, I don't think a TV show about the Hepatic Birds would have been as successful. (I actually agree with your general point, just couldn't resist the cheap joke.)
For non-Brits, and Brits younger than me, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Liver_Birds
by Eoink
Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 32174

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Jupitest. I love this: it would be for an exoplanet similar to Jupiter but bigger. Similarly Jupit would be slightly smaller than our gas giant. You inspired me to come up with some more names to apply as we discover exoplanets with a similarity to ones in the Sol system: .... Saturn and Neptune ar...
by Eoink
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 18567

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

:D I approve, though I'm not sure why Legolas is snatching a LEGO leg. Thanks. I dunno, those elves get up to all sorts of weird shit. And if you're immortal I guess you get pretty bored. You could easily spend a million years playing with Lego, and then you'd need a lot of bricks, figs etc. You mi...
by Eoink
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 24975

Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

This reminded me of the techniques used on the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum, where "1" was often replaced by PI/PI and "0" by PI-PI. The BASIC programs were tokenized on entry and stored in tokenized form. Numeric literals were stored as an escape byte followed by four bytes of floating...
by Eoink
Tue May 21, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106142
Views: 37320200

Re: 1190: "Time"

How about a comment on the current newpix? One newpix deadline. Although not in the game format, I'm working on that, I can't resist posting a favourite story the current newpix reminds me of. When George Bush took over from Clinton, Clinton staffers amused themselves by removing the W keys from th...
by Eoink
Mon May 20, 2013 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106142
Views: 37320200

Re: 1190: "Time"

Molpily campfirey
Needle pulled lunacy
M S C H A is
Pronounced Mscha

Producing Poetry
Doubledactylily
Each picture's archivist
Nexpixbot's pa
by Eoink
Sat May 18, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106142
Views: 37320200

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blitzily Molpily
Neologisticly
Momery Popery
Newpixing ONG

Cuegan heroic'ly
Sandcastle engineer
Riversea theorise
StratPlayer song

Edited to fix bloody autocorrects.
by Eoink
Fri May 17, 2013 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106142
Views: 37320200

Re: 1190: "Time"

Late to the party, Outside stuff and all that, but for what it's worth: Legos. Alla time . Also, US English and UK English have that singular/plural thing going on: The Yankees are in first place in the AL East . Man U is the Premier League champion . But we'd say New York is in first place. That's...

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