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by Morgan Wick
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 5855

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

I thought this was a Beret Guy-like thread of someone amazed that their phone would record what they say so accurately... then I saw the alt text.
by Morgan Wick
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8751

Re: 1962: “Generations”

I hate how, after the twentieth century's other generations got cool, descriptive names like the Greatest Generation, baby boomers, even Generation X, my generation got the lame, uncreative, you-could-have-given-it-to-anyone-born-in-those-years-regardless-of-historical-context moniker of "mille...
by Morgan Wick
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 6748

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Well, let's get two obvious jokes out of the way:

What are you talking about? Homer and Marge only even met in the 90s!

Hey, Lisa's old enough to try to succeed Trump as President!
by Morgan Wick
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 62
Views: 13746

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

I'm surprised the California-Mexico border didn't get a mention in the comic, since it's not quite East-West like you might think. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican-American war in 1848 defined that part of the border as a straight line between the mouth of the Gila river (wher...
by Morgan Wick
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 13401

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I also thought of TPP when I saw the alt text.
by Morgan Wick
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 8395

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

RogueCynic wrote:
SDK wrote:I'd rather have a shortcut for hard refreshment.



What about the tab key?

Press Tab.
by Morgan Wick
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 17008

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

by Morgan Wick
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 7207

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

And then there's what you have to do at the start of a trash can's lifecycle.
by Morgan Wick
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 5865

Re: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"

Is this the same company as this comic?

Or for that matter, this one?
by Morgan Wick
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1765: "Baby Post"
Replies: 8
Views: 4402

Re: 1765: "Baby Post"

TrueNarnian wrote:I think this comic is a sequel to http://xkcd.com/746

It also has the same structure as https://xkcd.com/576/
by Morgan Wick
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 5122

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

I needed the alt text to get it, I thought it was just a bunch of lines that didn't make any sense, like what Beret Guy would come up with.
by Morgan Wick
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 14947

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Worth it just for the Jimmy Carter killer rabbit. Somehow I'd missed knowing about this until now ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter_rabbit_incident Apparently you haven't seen https://xkcd.com/204/ Surprised there are two responses linking to YouTube videos and none linking to that, wh...
by Morgan Wick
Sat May 07, 2016 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 20412

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

teelo wrote:The native language in Australia is not English, it is Australian.

Where, apparently, the word for beer is "Foster's".
by Morgan Wick
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40357

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Anyway, speaking generally I think the US money is rather boring. Boring politicians on the front, boring buildings on the back. Nothing wrong I guess with honoring the truly great politicians, but you don't have to dedicate all your bills to that. Part of what makes our bills "boring" is...
by Morgan Wick
Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40357

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

What are the security arguments for not being able to issue bills in a different order? I'm kind of with Randal on this one-- this seems like an easy problem to solve... From what I've read, the 10 has gone the longest without a redesign, which makes it the top target for counterfeiters. It's basic...
by Morgan Wick
Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 14211

Re: 1590: "The Source"

My reaction to reading the comic: I'm guessing this is a reference to a game or movie or something, or maybe to a common trope in certain types of games or movies. ITT: Absolutely zero reference to whatever it might be a reference to, except for one guy who inquires about what it might be about and ...
by Morgan Wick
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1483: "Quotative Like"
Replies: 83
Views: 15731

Re: 1483: "Quotative Like"

There's Summer Glau, of course, Huh, turns out there's an actual person. How is she relevant to Internet pedantry? (http://xkcd.com/406/) Summer Glau's role on the show mentioned in the linked comic was as a badass "good" Terminator, therefore the joke is that the person is implying Summe...
by Morgan Wick
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1482: "#NowPlaying"
Replies: 89
Views: 16565

Re: 1482: "#NowPlaying"

I created an account just to say this: Am I the only one very, very bothered by the fact that these updates are shown in descending rather than ascending order? Social media timelines pretty much never go from older updates at the top to newer updates at the bottom. Twitter has newest updates at th...
by Morgan Wick
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1477: "Star Wars"
Replies: 61
Views: 16861

Re: 1477: "Star Wars"

My theory is that stuff that happened while you were alive feels more recent than stuff that happened before you were alive, which sounds obvious, but hear me out. You've lived through everything that's happened since you were born, and it all happened in a continuous line to you, so stuff that happ...
by Morgan Wick
Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1454: "Done"
Replies: 48
Views: 14557

Re: 1454: "Done"

The Internet was supposed to herald in a new era of enlightenment, of global unity, and aid in humanities advancement. I know this because I was there at the beginning, hooked into the UKs version of Arpanet, playing with Gopher and FTP and Usenet (I still do the last two actually). What we've ende...
by Morgan Wick
Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 18240

Re: 1430: Proteins

In short, I object to any decisions made based on the existence of God if that existence is at all necessary to justify such decisions. In other words, you want to live your life your own way and don't want anyone else telling you what's right and wrong, is that a fair assessment? You like having y...
by Morgan Wick
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1423: "Conversation"
Replies: 33
Views: 8231

Re: 1423: "Conversation"

Free time? Hah! There is no such thing. Time can never be free, only undercapitalized. This perfectly describes the attitude of the capitalist. Several people have noted that all the technological innovations that were supposed to give us more free time, haven't, usually because they've really had ...
by Morgan Wick
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 8266

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

Ahhhhhhh....a Palmpilot......one of the great tech tragedies of our time. You young'uns don't remember, but it was a wonderful productivity device (task list, phone list, stylus handwriting recognition, preliminary web connectivity via WiFi) perfectly suited for its task and supported by a motivate...
by Morgan Wick
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 22831

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

I have Asperger's. I was put on a gluten-free diet once. I think we reached the conclusion that it made my anger issues worse.
by Morgan Wick
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 16555

Re: 1394: Superm*n

Eshru wrote:Reboot topic:
Reboot of The Flash where it's just Usain Bolt.

Reboot of Aquaman where it's just Michael Phelps.
Flumble wrote:You can call it the "quite larger moon" and "betterman".

Does Pearl Jam perform his theme song?
by Morgan Wick
Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 18013

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

Comments from this point and below are from after the what what error was corrected.
by Morgan Wick
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 48052

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

What I think it is is, the world population is large enough that there are a pretty large number of very logically-thinking (not necessarily "smart") people, enough for them to regularly meet and talk to each other a lot, and this has the effect of inflating their expectations of humanity,...
by Morgan Wick
Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 21306

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

Some people above asked what morals we would leave to post-apocalyptic society. I would suggest leaving as good a record of the causes of civilization's collapse as is practical under the circumstances. More generally, I would leave a reasonably robust account of human nature while making clear that...
by Morgan Wick
Mon May 05, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 22065

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

This last seems to be distressingly common among scientists, which explains a lot of the problems with the world today. I think scientists being unable to communicate effectively with non-scientists is pretty far down on the list of problems with the world today. Well, I think it's the cause of a l...
by Morgan Wick
Mon May 05, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 22065

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

If you can't explain it to your grandmother, it may be that you don't truly understand it. It may be that you understand it too well , and have lost sight of the forest for the trees. It can be the case that learning more and more facts about something actually causes you to lose sight of the big pi...
by Morgan Wick
Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 17191

Re: 1345: "Answers"

Cueball is wrong, but more for the reasons PsiSquared suggests than what's presented. Just because we don't have the nitty-gritty details of the cause-and-effect chain that leads to us sleeping doesn't mean we don't know enough to have at least a basic explanation of sleep. (Now dreaming is another ...
by Morgan Wick
Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 28426

Re: 1333: First Date

What amazes me is that something like this could get this big in just over a week.

So basically, it's what would happen if MSPA never abandoned the suggestion box?
by Morgan Wick
Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 41356

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

I suppose at some point the nitpicking was going to begin, so I might as well help it along. First, I wonder whether "The US builds a car" means the Big 3 automakers, or plants located in the US. I'll guess the latter. The frequency given is once every nine seconds. The frequency given in...
by Morgan Wick
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1328: "Update"
Replies: 54
Views: 13919

Re: 1328: "Update"

This would have been GOOMHR a year or two ago (with the added bonus of the computer eventually rebooting on its own at 3:15 AM PT if I haven't put it into hibernation first - and did I mention that it doesn't always give me any indication of an update when it installs something that results in an au...
by Morgan Wick
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 13453

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

Dating sites, however, really need to take the opposite advice. We have dating sites for specific religions, dating sites for farmers, dating sites for circus clowns, etc. It needs to stop. THIS IS NOT HOW DATABASES WORK. If you only want to date farmers, that's fine. You don't need a dating site t...
by Morgan Wick
Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1319: "Automation"
Replies: 58
Views: 17980

Re: 1319: "Automation"

Maybe I'm stupid, but I don't understand the 1st graph. Shouldn't the automation curve fall down to zero in order to save time, or at least represent less work than the original task? Shouldn't the two curves cross somewhere? If automation isn't worth it in theory, it sure won't in reality. The gra...
by Morgan Wick
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33097

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I don't get why people think pickup artistry is so creepy. All it serves is to teach men how to be more attractive to women. Which really ends up just being self help that uses success with women as a lure. Which makes sense, because being a happy, confident, well adjusted person makes you more att...
by Morgan Wick
Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 23256

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

orthogon wrote:OK, OK, please forgive me. If the ribbon works for you, that's great: user Interfaces are incredibly subjective. I just wish they'd kept the menus, at least as an option.

The ribbon works great as a replacement for the menus, not so great as a replacement for customizable toolbars.
by Morgan Wick
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17340

Re: 1174: "App"

Ideally, an app should be programmed such that you don't need to zoom the way you have to with some sites. I actually think the future belongs to an age where damn near every web site comes in app form and is primarily used that way - especially given how Microsoft has changed Windows and how much t...

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