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by dtilque
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 6250

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Rombobjörn wrote:If I would buy something labeled just "Philadelphia" I would expect to get 367 km² of land with a city on it.


Would you care for some Philadelphia lite? Only 27 km².
by dtilque
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20184

Re: 1759: "British Map"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:Title-text: West Norsussex is east of East Norwessex, but they're both far north of Middlesex and West Norwex.
So where is Gaysex?


At Three Cocks
by dtilque
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20184

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Scunthorpe frequently falls foul of naughty word filters, as do Penistone, Shitterton[1] and, occasionally, Clitheroe. And as fans of Julian Lennon discovered, "Saltwater". How about the two Twatt's (one in Orkney, one in the Shetlands)? OK, kind of obscure. Do they ever get mentioned oth...
by dtilque
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20184

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Traditional British definition is that a mountain is something rising past 2000ft. All three mainland nations have >3000ft peaks (Northern Ireland's highest spot is around 2750ft), which makes them plenty above that limit, and more so sbove the poultry United States semi-informal definition of 1000...
by dtilque
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20184

Re: 1759: "British Map"

There's a section of Massachusetts where there's a Northborough to the west, a Westborough to the south, a Southborough to the east, and to the north, where (il)logically there should be Eastborough, there's Marlborough.
by dtilque
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4136

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Great Bit Shortage of '78 (or was that '77?). One of those years, anyway. Programmers were scavanging used chads from punch card machines just to get their programs to compile. Man things got really ugly when you'd try to use a modem and found that all its bauds...
by dtilque
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4136

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Great Bit Shortage of '78 (or was that '77?). One of those years, anyway. Programmers were scavanging used chads from punch card machines just to get their programs to compile. Man things got really ugly when you'd try to use a modem and found that all its bauds ...
by dtilque
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 51422

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many others told themselves "wait for it" when they saw Meghan and Cueball, and "there it is" when Oregon flooded? Mostly, it was Washington that was flooded. On a Thursday... https://www.amazon.com/Bretzs-Flood-Remarkable-Geologist-Greatest/dp/1570616310/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&...
by dtilque
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 5197

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

2010, the book, was a sequel to the movie, and it's at Jupiter. As I recall (and it's been quite while since I read it), there's one monolith in orbit and a bunch in Jupiter's atmosphere modifying it so that it ignites.
by dtilque
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 5197

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

Do monoliths count in this contest? Weren't there a number of them actually on Jupiter?

How about HAL? I forget what happened to his hardware, so perhaps he doesn't.
by dtilque
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 8471

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

ThirdParty wrote:
dtilque wrote:But Kessel is at Gliese 1132, not Alpha C.
Where Kessel is at rather depends on how many parsecs one makes the run. See orthogon's comment above.


No no no. The way it goes is Kessel is at Gliese 1132, 12 parsecs away. If you can get there by going less than 12 parsecs, then you're really fast.
by dtilque
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 8471

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

cellocgw wrote:
cryptoengineer wrote:Bees evolved their honey production to create a food that could tide them over a single winter, not fuel a voyage to Alpha Centaurus.


Guess it depends on how fast the bees can get there.

Reference #1: Bees making the Kessel Run faster than humans.


But Kessel is at Gliese 1132, not Alpha C.
by dtilque
Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 5182

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

Let me get this straight: we take some corn chips, crumble them up into very small pieces, put them into 50 small cube-shaped containers each 1 centimeter on a side, and presto! we have a hiccup vaccine. Right?
by dtilque
Mon May 23, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 5404

Re: 1684: Rainbow

ThemePark wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:And here I thought the rainbows were a sign that God had brought his pre-teen daughter to work...

Nah, then there would've been unicorns as well.

But they got wiped out in the Flood.
by dtilque
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 27010

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

@maniexx wrote:I like what the EU has done with our currency. Just some made up bridges. At least there's no way to make that political.


You underestimate the ability of Americans to politicize anything!

"We're putting the Bridge to Nowhere on the $100 bill."

"What!!!"
by dtilque
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 5692

Re: 1664: Mycology

I suppose the comic is as good an explanation for lawns as we're likely to get.
by dtilque
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 8485

Re: 1650 "Baby"

what OS is it running?

That's a nice child process you spawned.
by dtilque
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 12106

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

It should be noted that New Horizons is not the first time we've stolen momentum from Jupiter. In fact, it's the 7th. Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 & 2, Ulysses, and Cassini all pulled that maneuver at Jupiter as well. So we're well on our way to tossing old Jove into the Sun. Just give us a few ...
by dtilque
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 12826

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

That's only a problem if you think dwarf planet should define a particular range of sizes, rather than a set of objects with a particular property. Personally, I'm fine with the latter. Actually, I think they should get rid of the dwarf planet class entirely. It has no scientific use, nor even a bu...
by dtilque
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7321

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Copper Bezel wrote:But that's ridiculous. How can one pizza contain two pie?


But I thought 2 are pi...
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7321

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Eutychus wrote:Nope, that ain't me. I'm famous/infamous here, home to not a few xkcd fans.


OK. I hoped you enjoyed your fall out the window then.
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7321

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Eutychus wrote:Well, thank you, that's cleared everything up nicely. Thread over?


Well, of course, Cecil always clears things up.


BTW, I assume you're the famous (infamous?) Eutychus from the SDMB, right? If so, it was a pleasure to have relieved your perplexity.
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 12826

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Meh, Ceres isn't "just big enough to be round on its own". Vesta is a better description of that boundary, sort of a half-equilibrium state with a differentiated core but some unrelaxed surface structure. Ceres is in clear indisputable equilibrium. :) Mmm. Fair point, but Vesta isn't roun...
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7321

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

It's a subversion of a classic conundrum
by dtilque
Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 12826

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Does Betelguese fall in the "Bugs (not planets) category or the giant bugs category? Actually, it's a red supergiant star (photosphere diameter comparable to the orbit of Jupiter) about one hundred parsecs from Sol. I think RogueCynic was refering to the pronunciation of the name. Or possibly ...
by dtilque
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 14480

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

I_am_I wrote:Where's my hoverboard? You can order one, just Google "Arca board"


I mentioned those on the first page of this thread. But then no one reads entire threads anymore, so never mind...
by dtilque
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 14480

Re: 1632: "2016 Conversation Guide"

San Fran Sam wrote:About this "hoverboard"-like thing... isn't just a Segway without the handles?


If you want a board that really hovers (no wheels) and have $20K to splurge: the real thing

(I expect Randall had that in mind when he drew this comic.)
by dtilque
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1621: "Fixion"
Replies: 19
Views: 4844

Re: 1621: "Fixion"

orthogon wrote:I fear that the theory is still incomplete. Can it explain Donald Trump?


The anti-fixion is needed to explain him.
by dtilque
Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19055

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Let's revert to the year starting in March - that way September, October, November and December mean something again, and the fiddly month is right at the end. :) When the calendar started in March, the first day of the year was March 25th. Is that what you want to revert to? There was a reason for...
by dtilque
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 14180

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

ChurchSkiz wrote:Your Anus

Kepler-283 c (bottom left column)

If we ever discover a planet about 39 ly away, it needs to be named Kessel.
by dtilque
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 7386

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

Well, there was the infamous Dave Winfield killing a seagull with a thrown baseball incident in Toronto way back in 1983. He was actually arrested for it, but the charges were later dropped. It wasn't a pitched ball; he was throwing it to the ballboy. Now there was a pitched baseball that killed a b...
by dtilque
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7025

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

Djehutynakht wrote:I'm surprised he didn't make any mention of the Space Whale they found on Pluto.

I think the tadpole is meant to be a reference to that.

Personally, I think it needs at least 3 more USB ports, each a different kind.
by dtilque
Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 14861

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

da Doctah wrote:Add my question to the list: Why is there no way to pronounce Io without sounding like a screaming looney?

Just pronounce it the way it's spelled (which pronunciation, BTW, is not "eye-oh").

(Same question, but substitute Quaoar.)


Replace the O with an S before pronouncing that...
by dtilque
Thu May 07, 2015 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 14557

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Qaanol wrote:-But you get a free Australia as bonus!


Order now and get a Holy Grail at no extra charge*...



* shipping and handling extra
by dtilque
Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 77
Views: 9876

Re: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"

I didn't know they made a movie from Oregon Trail. I'd guess Randall was directly referencing the computer game , which as far as I know, they have not made a movie of. It's a little joke to include it on this map. I'm fairly sure there's been at least one movie named "The Oregon Trail". ...
by dtilque
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 14148

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

ETA2: I see someone's playing silly buggers with "E arth" and "R andall". Join the fun! Read the global announcement about Mod Madnethth. Then my use of "silly buggers" is appropriate to the Madness, considering it's theme. I learned the term from reading one of Pterry...
by dtilque
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 14148

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

Civilization ends in fire in 2042 ... isn't that 4 years too late ? ETA: It'll be caused by all the computers in all the server farms catching fire at once. By that time, server farms should be covering a considerable fraction of the Earth's (E arth's) land surface. Randall (R andall) should do an x...
by dtilque
Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 20129

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Hey, we know lots more about gravity than we do about quiintessence...

Rombobjörn wrote:Also, one of these forces is extremely weak compared to the others, and it's not the weak force. It's gravity, the one that overwhelms all the others in black holes.


Is it weaker than quintessence?
by dtilque
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"
Replies: 60
Views: 23050

Re: What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"

Link to Lunar Swimming

I expect there'll be flying on the Moon before anyone swims there.
by dtilque
Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1464: "Santa"
Replies: 62
Views: 8861

Re: 1464: "Santa"

This strip is only looking at half the problem, the cookie half. What about all the milk he drinks? If he drinks .25 liter every third house or so, that'd be millions of liters by the end of the night! He'd better have a magical bladder to go with his magic bag.

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