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by Eoink
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15238

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: 15238

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: 61
Views: 7653

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: 24026

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: 7674

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: 3753

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: 7525

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: 5167

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: 363
Views: 94330

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: 363
Views: 94330

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: 16158

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: 11943

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: 15621

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: 9035

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: 6313

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: 7904

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: 7904

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: 31916

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: 13042

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: 19443

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: 15463

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: 14702

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: 21189

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: 10640

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: 13553

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: 18941

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: 53709

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: 5946

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: 8740

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: 29360

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: 16018

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: 23254

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: 104875
Views: 29911694

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: 104875
Views: 29911694

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: 104875
Views: 29911694

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: 104875
Views: 29911694

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...
by Eoink
Thu May 16, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104875
Views: 29911694

Re: 1190: "Time"

you may be placed in the foam maiden(it's like the iron maiden, but made out of the tthe memory foam they use in mattresses.) Is it comfy? I dunno. All the commercials say so. The Inquisition runs commercials? Man, I'd love to see one of your ad agency's storyboards. They're not what you expect...
by Eoink
Thu May 16, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104875
Views: 29911694

Re: 1190: "Time"

StratPlayer wrote: *snipped*
Now off to blitz, as best as I can -- the Outside is weighing heavy on me today, so it may be a while before I am current with the recurrent currents of the OTT...


I can see your raisining here.
by Eoink
Thu May 16, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104875
Views: 29911694

Re: 1190: "Time"

Rule110 wrote:Indeed.

The Alt-Text

Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
...

I can only... wait for it.


Brilliant pastiche, true to the original, and capturing the spirit of the needle pulled thing beautifully, thank you.
by Eoink
Wed May 15, 2013 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104875
Views: 29911694

Re: 1190: "Time"

Cueball's picking a flower! Sure hope it isn't poison oak, or poison ivy. Or nettles. I doubt they have enough knowledge of their world to avoid such things. ETA: PFAN, and my 200th post! Um, uterus! Fallopian tubes! Did I do that right? As the GLR has already warned us http://xkcd.com/443/ Be care...

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