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by Sunidesus
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 13069

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

.... haven't managed to make it through Battlefield Earth. You say that as if you're thinking "And someday I really should." If it helps you decide, wherever you are in the book, the rest is pretty much just like that. :roll: Yeah, that wasn't great wording on my part. The only possible w...
by Sunidesus
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 13069

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I'm not at home so I can't actually measure but I'm thinking my paperback of Les Mis might get the closest. That thing is a brick. Or maybe Battlefield Earth, which is similarly brick shaped. I have managed to plow my way through Les Mis (by purposely only taking that one book on vacation, pre-eread...
by Sunidesus
Fri May 18, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 6872

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

sonar1313 wrote:Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager.

I mean seriously. Michael J. Fox looked 30.


Max Casella.

I was shocked the first time I looked him up on imdb and found out he'd been 20-something during all of Doogie.
by Sunidesus
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 21791

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

The Narnia books are a Big Deal in my family. At some point our parents brought home a box of Turkish delight from one of their trips (they work w/missionaries and used to travel internationally a LOT). We were all very disappointed. It wasn't bad, but I also didn't have any great desire to have mor...
by Sunidesus
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 4053

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

I sometimes like to say "tech support hates me". Not because I'm a difficult clueless moron customer who can't follow their directions, but because by the time I'm calling tech support, I've already gone through all the things they would normally walk customers through to try to fix it, a...
by Sunidesus
Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1468: "Worrying"
Replies: 50
Views: 12466

Re: 1468: "Worrying"

The breaking news one made me laugh. Mostly because I work in TV news and the "Breaking News" phrase overwhelmingly translates to "thing that happened in the two hours before the newscast started, probably not actually important but happened more recently than the other stuff in the n...
by Sunidesus
Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 22196

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

I'm wondering where in that timeline 'meme' fits. I've had fun conversations with people around my age who don't know the word is older than they are. Had a similar conversation with my mom the last time I was home. We were playing Boggle and she found "meme" but didn't think it'd be in t...
by Sunidesus
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1391: "Darkness"
Replies: 81
Views: 15888

Re: 1391: "Darkness"

Alternative reaction: I read this one as only the newscasters forgot about day/night. All us 'normals' were still aware of the cycle, and are once again dumbfounded at the idiocracitic level of TV news programs. (I think I just made up a word there...) That's how I read it too. Probably because I w...
by Sunidesus
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 25635

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

On any given current computer/drive my files are very organized (via my own file structure, none of that "my documents" nonsense). However, I run into trouble when a computer/external hd dies, or when I upgrade machines. That's where I end up with the "old/graphics/sort/laptop/images/...
by Sunidesus
Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1341: "Types of Editors"
Replies: 88
Views: 25294

Re: Types of Editors

I'm not so much concerned about what I see being what I get (after all, most content is produced for screen now, so seeing is getting), as I am what I input being what I get. I'm looking at you, MS Word, and your stupid bullshit trying to guess what kind of data I'm typing and structuring and forma...
by Sunidesus
Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20565

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

My aspect ratio peeve (well, really I have several but most have been covered already) is DVD sets that have one aspect ratio for the menu screens and a different one for the content. The most common combo I've seen has the menu screens at 16:9 and the content 16:9 letterboxed to 4:3. I can change s...
by Sunidesus
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 24964

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

At some point while living in my old apartment I noticed that it had a very amusing location in Jerusalem. Whenever someone would stop me outside my apartment and ask how to leave the city and get to Tel Aviv, I'd ask them, "Do you want the short way or the simple way?" The short way was ...
by Sunidesus
Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 34686

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

So his ideal fridge is empty? My fridge is usually empty, but that's not ideal. This is my ideal fridge: http://www.futuretimeline.net/subject/images/matter-replicator.gif I always felt that the replicators were very good at following implied constraints. When Picard asks for "tea, Earl Grey, ...
by Sunidesus
Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 30578

Re: 1106: "ADD"

I don't know how ADD differs from ADHD, but it seems obvious to me that her brain lacks some chemical that the Ritalin provides. The way I think of it is that the "hyper" behavior is internal for ADDers and external for ADHDers. So an ADHDer can not sit still, they're fidgeting, they're c...
by Sunidesus
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 39350

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

Mine start out as fire banishers, but then the "legs" go on the top and the single point is on the bottom. No idea what that means.
by Sunidesus
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 105488

Re: 0980: "Money"

It's hard to pick nits over something this massive, but his lowest-scale zinger point is that a meal at McDonalds costs less than beans and rice made at home, and that's bullshit. An hour of shopping can give you two weeks worth of food, which divides down to two minutes per meal, and cooking is ju...
by Sunidesus
Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 39143

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Personally I didn't think it was a lactation=sexy thing. It seemed more like the Calvin & Hobbes strip that someone linked upthread, a random musing.

Something along the lines of: the milk on my cereal is from a cow boob, hmmm.... people have boobs... so, could a person be milked?
by Sunidesus
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 171979

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I know you forum people were joking when you said (paraphrased) "cable news wouldn't report on anything other than celebrity deaths even if their studio was on fire", but wasn't their a gunman in CNNs headquarters a few years ago? And didn't they go right on reporting celebrity deaths wit...
by Sunidesus
Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 27274

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

Oh, Randall.... Your comic further proves my theory that you're a closet weather nerd! Coming from a meteorology major, we see this *all the time* on radar. Yes, I'm going to nerd out and say that we can't actually fake the data that is put out, but there are some cities (specifically, the ones tha...
by Sunidesus
Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 87131

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Another magic phrase I wish I knew is the one to bypass voice recognition on my cellphone provider's line. Holding down a phone key for 30 seconds sometimes works, but not just "0" or "*". It's always "I'm having trouble understanding you. Let's start again. If you want to ...
by Sunidesus
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 38201

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

One advantage of GPS and Internet maps: They'll never instruct you to "turn left where the barn used to be," which is an actual thing someone said to us once. I get those directions with an alarming degree of frequency. I don't know if it's the area or just the people I know, but I have b...
by Sunidesus
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 24458

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

This reminds me of a coworker who recorded the fire alarm and used it as his ringtone. Reminds me of a coworker who made a ringtone out of the EAS alert noise. I work at a TV station, this is not a noise one wants to hear randomly as it generally means something needs to be done NOW. Along with a f...
by Sunidesus
Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39116

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

A University's home page is NOT for current students or staff. At all. That seems logical. However, as someone who has spent entirely too much time the last couple weeks trying to navigate college websites as a prospective student... they aren't set up for me either. Particularly because I fall int...
by Sunidesus
Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 43443

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

I find it wonderful that Mr. Rogers is loved and respected by just about everyone. Various internet places that are generally completely snarky and cynical become completely different places when he is the subject. Amazing that one man can have that kind of effect. I think the crayon one is everyone...
by Sunidesus
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40460

Re: "Workaround" discussion

My immediate family is pretty good with the whole computer thing. I've had to talk my mom through importing books to her Reader, but that's about it. Grandpa is the problem, and even with him it isn't really a lack of computer knowledge. The problem is that someone showed him the internet and he the...
by Sunidesus
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 25961

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

DVC's idea of "regulating" news scares me. How about just implementing some sort of peer rating system then? That sounds a lot more sane to me. Of course, I suspect it would be largely pointless in the end. Sensationalism sells. It seems like most people would rather get fired up about st...
by Sunidesus
Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 44497

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

A thread in which I can share stupid news stories! I work on the production side at a local news station. The amount of stupidity when it comes to anything even remotely science/geek is disturbing to say the least. The one that drives me absolutely insane is upload/download. Last fall after a couple...
by Sunidesus
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 36819

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

Actually that card is way more than a bookshelf. The average size of an ebook is something like 368kb. That means that a 16GB microSD could hold about 45,000 books which is probably a lot more than most average libraries. This. The card in my Reader is just 2gb and is about a quarter full. I have n...
by Sunidesus
Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 36664

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

Loved this comic. I was a massive fan of the Narnia series as a child, and I re-read them again recently before the first movie came out. There was a pretty seminal TV adaptation of 3 or 4 of the Narnia books that the BBC produced in the late 1980's - they were shown (and were required viewing) in ...
by Sunidesus
Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 26781

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

I never understood the appeal of a physical keyboard on cellthingies. I mean, on a laptop/netbook I understand, but when you're typing on chiclet-sized keys with your thumbs, is the tactile feedback really necessary or helpful? In my mind it just takes up more bulk or, in some cases, shrinks the av...
by Sunidesus
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 53654

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

I once got on a plane with two 14" long sharp-ish metal objects about 3/4" in diameter... ... I'm a knitter and had forgotten that I had that particular pair of straights in my purse. Only did that once though, I've switched almost exclusively to interchangeable circulars and just travel w...
by Sunidesus
Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0627: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 182
Views: 54905

Re: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet" Discussion

I need to print this out for that one guy at work who just can't seem to grasp computers. He was amazed that I knew he had left himself logged in on one of the computers. He figured I knew it was him because I'm "more computer savvy" than him. Or it could be that I just looked at the top o...
by Sunidesus
Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0625: "Collections"
Replies: 137
Views: 34247

Re: "Collections" Discussion

I still use paper format for most of my books... Upgrading formats and new technology does bother me... Should I switch to digital... ever? Con: New technology may render library unreadable. Pro: Saves acres of cubic space. Con: Digital media would be rendered useless by EMP or prolonged power outa...
by Sunidesus
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 51541

Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

cathrl wrote:It's indelibly printed on my mind, drawing style and all.


Me too. I think I would recognize any illustration from the book just about instantly.
by Sunidesus
Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 51541

Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

Awww. That made me sad! I love Le Petit Prince! I think I have three or four different copies on my shelf. The first is French with black & white illustrations (and lots of my own pencil marks from French class), then an English one with color illustrations, and I finally found a French one with...
by Sunidesus
Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0602: "Overstimulated"
Replies: 131
Views: 29522

Re: "Overstimulated" Discussion

I can relate. For some reason I'm always interpreting what people around me are saying. It's like eavesdropping, but I can't turn it off. When it starts running together (right around 3 different sound sources) I can't handle it. I catch fragments of conversation on all sides, never getting the who...
by Sunidesus
Mon May 25, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 34780

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

I would just like to add my name to the list of pep rally haters. My freshman year we were allowed to go to the library instead of the pep rally. For some reason they removed that option after that year and we were required to get packed into the gym and listen to screaming for an hour. I'm very goo...
by Sunidesus
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0556: "Alternative Energy Revolution"
Replies: 232
Views: 72716

Re: Alternative Energy Revolution

we should get a print of just the last frame and the hitchhikers trilogy? five books Law doesn't apply there, because it's the increasingly misnamed Hitchiker's trilogy. Besides Hitchiker's is an exception to every rule, even the ones it doesn't break. Its just that awesome. Agreed. I've always tho...
by Sunidesus
Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0522: "Google Trends"
Replies: 131
Views: 25208

Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

almightyze wrote:I was going to say, "more corrupt than Cianci," but I don't think any of you would get that one.


That very much made me laugh out loud. RI is a very weird little state.
by Sunidesus
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0498: "Secretary: Part 5"
Replies: 139
Views: 22066

Re: Secretary: Part 5

roc314 wrote:So who wants to go pull a Guy Fawkes with me, except with plastic balls instead of dynamite? And in the USA, not the UK.


I'm in!

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