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by dennisw
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23943

Re: 1759: "British Map"

[snip] (I'm also a bit confused why someplace called "Landfall" exists a thousand miles from the nearest ocean. And why Crystal seems to be playing a game of Qix with New Hope. Gerrymandering, I guess.) http://i.imgur.com/02o84Dd.jpg The history of New Hope touches on the origins of the o...
by dennisw
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23943

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Very reminiscent of The Meaning of Liff.
by dennisw
Fri May 20, 2016 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 16473

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Lol, my printifier.com (link in my signature) contributes additional degradation in the title text.

Also, this reminds me of ancient times when comics and such were xeroxed and faxed multiple times and picked up increasing amounts of visual detritus along the way.
by dennisw
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0779: "Anxiety"
Replies: 113
Views: 63589

Re: "Anxiety" discussion (#779)

folkhero wrote:...I know a urologist who literally has to look at penises all day for work, and his life isn't some sort of grotesque nightmare, he's actually quite happy and fulfilled in his life and work.


And now you know why he took the job.
by dennisw
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 22867

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

As well here... I thought is was rather interesting, but at what distance does the tweet have more kinetic energy than the earthquake? Edit: looks like an idiotic question, I want to see what answers come up though. The problem is that the Earth is spherical, so dissipation of energy doesn't follow...
by dennisw
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 27281

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

It's funny because it's true.
by dennisw
Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 31584

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

clanders wrote:I feel as if

xkcd is increasingly becoming

masturbatory,

self-aggrandizing,

and insignificant.

4) Followed by a refractory period.
by dennisw
Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 31582

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

I've thought of a material that could be used to make space elevators if carbon nanotubes aren't available. Where can you find that 'light inextensible string' usually seen in mechanics problems? You know the string I'm talking about! It would have the unique property of being able to take infinite...
by dennisw
Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0698: "You Hang Up First"
Replies: 61
Views: 12125

Re: "You Hang Up First" Discussion

On tonight's episode of Big Bang Theory, Wolowitz was on the phone with his girlfriend, Bernadette, and said "You hang up first". Her response was <click>.
by dennisw
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0698: "You Hang Up First"
Replies: 61
Views: 12125

Re: "You Hang Up First" Discussion

mirni wrote:
digital wrote:I signed up just to point out the optical illusion between the boxes (boards); note the spots that you can not see.


Could you please elaborate a bit? I don't seem to get your point.

-m-

It's a Hermann Grid.
by dennisw
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 63143

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

Because they both involve revealing: ⋅ Strip Battleship ⋅ Strip Minesweeper Because a body is involved: ⋅ Strip Operation Here's an idea: Strip Othello - no one actually stays naked - they just take off an article of clothing and put it back on inside out for each piece...
by dennisw
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 63143

Re: Strip Games Discussion

What? Am I the only one that plays Strip Solitaire?
by dennisw
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 63143

Re: Strip Games Discussion

Strip Rock-Paper-Scissors (-Lizard-Spock)
by dennisw
Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 203503

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Ephemeron wrote:St_Fred: I believe it's an allusion to how people will talk in the 2070s - i.e. that 1337speak might become a common form of English.

That's why it's sad.
by dennisw
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 16943

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Yeah, you definitely need to go to K-mart and get some more ammo. Definitely go to K-mart. On a Tuesday. Sir you are now my hero. Well played. Is that from that film with Tom Cruise? Rain Man IS the film with Tom Cruise so, yeah Close, but no cigar. Refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbine_Hig...
by dennisw
Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 29611

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

Ghona wrote:Yeah, what I would really want to see would be 1632 with magic.

Or 1692 in Massachusetts.
by dennisw
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 29611

Re: The Dark Ages: they stank (Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussi

Hmmm. I'd argue that pirates are arguably more awesome nowadays, because: 1. Ye Olde Pirates did pretty much the same things (pillage, hijack, rape) as modern pirates 2. Modern Pirates have RPGs and Kalashes. Therefore, Modern Pirates > Ye Olde Pirates. Pirates with parrots > pirates without Clearl...
by dennisw
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 29611

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

chocolate.razorblades wrote:It's meant to be a generic allusion to all children's fantasy novels in which the child enters another world and becomes a hero, so you can name a few.

Including Avatar, by the way (which I saw with...).
by dennisw
Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 16943

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Awwww, dennisw, don't cry :( Yes, of course. The exchange rate is well known. The difficulty is finding a bank to do the conversion. Take for instance the change in my pocket. I could go to any number of places and exchange dollars for pesos, for example, but the real value would be in changing it ...
by dennisw
Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 16943

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Faranya wrote:
QuineQuine wrote:Energy weapons? Is there another kind?


Yes...the kind that use matter as ammunition instead.

Unless you want to use matter and energy interchangeably...

Actually, I do, but, sadly, I can't. :cry:
by dennisw
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 27674

Re: Semicontrolled Strawman

Don't you think this is an elaborate straw man? Not all proponents of controlled demolition theories think 9/11 was faked, in fact I think most don't. The theory of controlled demolition comes from the fact that the building's steel frame is deemed too resilient to collapse from a fire, many report...
by dennisw
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 31494

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

Note to Americans and other aliens: 5p coins are very, *VERY* small... A note to my fellow American aliens: the British 5p coin is just a hair larger in diameter than a dime* and two hairs thicker. Dime: 0.705 in. (17.91 mm) diameter, 0.053 in. (1.35 mm) thick 5p: 18 mm diameter, 1.7 mm thick By th...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 16943

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Yeah, you definitely need to go to K-mart and get some more ammo. Definitely go to K-mart. On a Tuesday.
by dennisw
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 31494

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

Compare a 16GB MicroSD card at very roughly 107MB/mm^3 to an early-80's FH 5.25" 10MB hard drive at about 4 B /mm^3 (yes, you read that right - "B" - no "K", no "M", no "G" - just "B" as in "Bytes"). What's that - 26.75 million times a...
by dennisw
Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 27674

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Tomatos are fruits, but the green part on the top is a vegetable. You forgot the seeds and the leaves. A spice and an herb. Holocaust: The holocaust did happen, but Israeli claims double the numbers. Evolution: Men aren't descended from apes, but from a creature equally like an ape and a man. Abort...
by dennisw
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 27674

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Between the most extreme claims? The towers are still standing. David Copperfield had something to do with the whole thing.

Moon landing? Elvis is a docent at one of the landing site museums.
by dennisw
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 199
Views: 65834

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

I find it odd that science-minded people all seem to be unaware of the that/which distinction - even those with otherwise excellent grammar. The supposedly correct usage does not match what I find out there in the wild, even in otherwise well written English. So the choice is between using what oth...
by dennisw
Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 199
Views: 65834

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

The python code looks nice. I have writen basically the same with Mathematica for those who are interested (like me :-) ) for some reason, i cannot attach *.nb files, so you have to save the following mathematica-notebook-code as an *.nb file to open it. cheers! peter Wow! The code has way more pix...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 46057

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Apparently the first three FIRST competitions were held in gymnasia at local high schools (in my state, NH), and the fourth one (and every one since then) at Disney World. That's kinda...a jump. If you're talking about the national finals, one was held in Houston, a few in Orlando and all the most ...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 199
Views: 65834

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

I find it odd that science-minded people all seem to be unaware of the that/which distinction - even those with otherwise excellent grammar. The supposedly correct usage does not match what I find out there in the wild, even in otherwise well written English. So the choice is between using what oth...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 46057

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Apparently the first three FIRST competitions were held in gymnasia at local high schools (in my state, NH), and the fourth one (and every one since then) at Disney World. That's kinda...a jump. If you're talking about the national finals, one was held in Houston, a few in Orlando and all the most ...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 199
Views: 65834

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

deyat wrote:I find it odd that science-minded people all seem to be unaware of the that/which distinction - even those with otherwise excellent grammar.

I don't think it's such a big deal that you should lose any sleep over it, which is why I offer you this link.
by dennisw
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 56147

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

The Pi on the right side of the equation isn't lowercase pi (a particular constant that equals 3.14159... and is most notably used in a variety of geometric and trigonometric formulas, but also has strange applications elsewhere), it's uppercase Pi as used in the Buckingham Pi Theorem http://en.wik...
by dennisw
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 28804

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

And when the admin does su to the user, he should use bash (the Bourne-again shell :roll: ). What exactly does su mean? It's a command in Unix, Linux and similar operating systems. From the beginning of the man page : NAME su - change user ID or become superuser SYNOPSIS su [options] [username] DES...
by dennisw
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 28804

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

It seems like one of the underlying problems, and one of increasing urgency over time, is that few if any of the systems we deal with and leave our online footprints in take into account that we have finite lifetimes. And the reason it's a problem is that the whole system is still new enough that m...
by dennisw
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 41701

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

... No one's debating the existence, location, or function of the clitoris in general, no matter how confused they may be in their personal life. .. Which points to an interesting idea for a control for the type of study referred to in the comic. Ask participants about something that is known, but ...
by dennisw
Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0685: "G-Spot"
Replies: 98
Views: 41701

Re: "G-Spot" Discussion

CorruptUser wrote:I wonder if this has anything to do with being a British study?

Such as the old joke, "No, she isn't unconcious, she's British!"

First you banger and mash then she'll bubble and squeak.
by dennisw
Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0684: "We Get It"
Replies: 115
Views: 26104

Re: "We Get It" Discussion

Faranya wrote:Wait, I'm confused...how else am I supposed to refer to her around people who don't actually know her?

Avatar? Yeah I saw it last week with... <ladder> MY STALKER! </ladder>

Uh, oh yeah: </relationship>
by dennisw
Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0684: "We Get It"
Replies: 115
Views: 26104

Re: "We Get It" Discussion

The real reason this is funny is because Jake Sully has a girlfriend/wife/mate.

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