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by niauropsaka
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 5869

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

The bottom right corner (Tommy Lee and Tommy Lee Jones) was as I expected when I saw the shapes. I don't recall ever playing dominoes with some tiles 3/2 the length of others, though.
by niauropsaka
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11397

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Like I was trying to say earlier, the economy (in a general sense) and the stock market aren't the same thing. Economics is important, but that includes employment numbers, housing prices, trade balances, per capita household debt, and other numbers that we don't expect most laymen to know about. I ...
by niauropsaka
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11397

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

As someone who knows a little about economics, I don't like this association of the stock market with "the economy." The stock market is its own thing. If the stock market goes down a lot, that may mean something is macroeconomically very wrong. But if the stock market goes up a lot, that ...
by niauropsaka
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 5578

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

But, then there’s the land-grab-regret syndrome. After the 2016 U.S. election, during the “anger” stage of grief, I considered buying up “greatagain” domain names using some of the new TLDs. The next morning, I was dismayed to discover that I had bought 4 of them. I redirected “greatagain.help” to ...
by niauropsaka
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4061

1956: ‘Unification’

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/unification.png Title text: ‘For a while, some physicists worked on a theory unifying the other forces with both the force of gravity and the film “Gravity,” but even after Alfonso Cuarón was held in a deep underground chamber of water for 10^31 years he refused to sell...
by niauropsaka
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9744

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Somehow, I blame Japan.
by niauropsaka
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6379

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Tomatoes reconnoitre in force, as victims of killer tomatoes have learnt. A lone forward runner would be pasted quickly.

I'm enough of a biology nerd to be both horrified and amused by today's cartoon.

Quantum physics is totally a real science, you guys!
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 5446

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

sotanaht wrote:I'd vote for the "I will lead the fight" guy.

That was some Dubya Bush style of rhetoric.

Old Bruce wrote:Come on people, what are we doing? This was Godwined in the alt-text. [head-scratching emoticon],[winkey-face emoticon]

My response to the title-text was, "Too soon." Ahem.
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 5446

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

At first I just read the bolded text, down the column, reading the final row as I thought it was the punchline. "Meh," I thought. Campaign fundraising emails, like the kind I've seen many times, eventually turning into a Nigerian email scam, or a parody of one. BUT THEN I WENT BACK AND REA...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 7020

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

OK, so there's a lot of gold inside Sol. Not in a pot, though.
by niauropsaka
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 5115

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

The strip really only made sense to me once I read the title-text. That seems unusual for xkcd, no?
by niauropsaka
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 13303

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

You can just re-season cast iron. It's really not that hard.
by niauropsaka
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3985

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

cellocgw wrote:Saw the headline and first thought of this

Was almost as disappointed as if "Bun Trend" had been about bobcats.

I thought it was going to be about sandwich buns. Or maybe glutes.
by niauropsaka
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 6031

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

I looked at this cartoon and said, "So, poison, then."
by niauropsaka
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 20267

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Upon the lap of a person who is really uncomfortable around cats is probably the most likely place for a cat to be unilaterally happy to sit. This does not preclude the 'helpful' use of claws to both withstand and cause the movement of said lap. I read once, many years ago, that humans narrow their...
by niauropsaka
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11342

I hate psephological theory.

Just use proportional closed-list with the list orders chosen by sortition, then.
by niauropsaka
Fri May 26, 2017 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 3612

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

Training eagles to attack drones? I had not heard about this.
by niauropsaka
Thu May 25, 2017 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 4759

Re: 1841: "Who?"

On the other hand, it could be about a phenomenon I've noticed where some people talk about their friends or members of their family whom the listener almost certainly hasn't met, referring to those people as though the listener was in fact acquainted with them. The conventional way one talks about...
by niauropsaka
Fri May 19, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 6165

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

...no, I don't think there is a deeper joke here. It sort of goes "economics is bad at predicting, so climate predictions are bunk". Which I think Dilbert fans consider a kind of trenchant and witty insight, instead of a kind of rhetorical poop flinging. Except that economic models aren't...
by niauropsaka
Fri May 19, 2017 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 5119

1839: "Doctor Visit"

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title text: According to these blood tests, you're like 30% cereal.

Is it healthy to be 30% cereal?
by niauropsaka
Mon May 15, 2017 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5464

1837: "Rental Car"

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Title text = Technically, both cars are haunted, but the murder ghosts can't stand listening to the broken GPS for more than a few minutes.

And this is how you get killed; choosing less discomfort and less safety.
by niauropsaka
Mon May 08, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 8166

Re: 1834: Lunch Order

Oh no, you forgot the inverted commas in the thread title.
by niauropsaka
Mon May 08, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 8166

1834: "Lunch Order"

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Title text: GO FOR LUNCH, REPEAT, GO FOR LUNCH.

You're not you when you're hungry.
by niauropsaka
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20054

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

orthogon wrote:Having said all that, I'm slightly disappointed that they missed the opportunity to have two standard timescales called TIC (Temps International Coordonné?) and TOC (Temps Officiel Coordonné?).

That will be done in the future.
by niauropsaka
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20054

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'm surprised that the Martian sol is so close to the Terrestrial day.
by niauropsaka
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 9085

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Good grief, another red and blue flag, this one with white stars and white stripes.

It looks like three dressing room doors.
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

"That's just the way it is. Some things'll never change."
Hah, but...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I came here to write about this comic made me laugh harder than any xkcd comic has in a long time. Maybe throw in a self-deprecating comment about how my mid-life crises may have fed into that. And here I find the thread has quickly devolved into a bitchy political fight. That makes me sad. Going b...
by niauropsaka
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

For reference, can you give an example of an action that the new administration could take that you would consider monstrous? Hamstringing EPA when pollinator insects just got declared endangered. Which he seems to have just done. So, yeah, I guess I can call him a monster now. Thanks for the term....
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

cupric wrote:For reference, can you give an example of an action that the new administration could take that you would consider monstrous?

Hamstringing EPA when pollinator insects just got declared endangered. Which he seems to have just done. So, yeah, I guess I can call him a monster now. Thanks for the term.
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I suspect the attention that Trump will "accidentally" draw to the pro-life movement is in fact a deliberate gift from from him to social conservatives, who despite being appalled by his behavior and lifestyle, have been much more willing to give him a chance to govern than have progressi...
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12785

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Actually me. For a few days now I've been fllling Twitter with my excessive retweets, reading links I find there, and not a lot else. Apparently there is a new sort of "Democratic version of the Tea Party" called Justice Democrats, a group of scientists running for office called 314 Action...
by niauropsaka
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 11879

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I think Flumble was trying to say, "The Greek above was at least legible, whereas the Cyrillic down here is more legible than the Greek here." Serious points for trying to get Demotic phonics, such as they are, correct. Two points taken off for using ς instead of Σ at the beginning of &quo...
by niauropsaka
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 11879

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος τηισ ςορκσ! Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος ανυ οφ τηισ ςορκσ!
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 6176

1786: "Trash"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/trash.png Title-text: "Plus, time's all weird in there, so most of it probably broke down and decomposed hundreds of years ago. Which reminds me, I've been meaning to get in touch with Yucca Mountain to see if they're interested in a partnership." Dumping your ...
by niauropsaka
Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1780: "Appliance Repair"
Replies: 34
Views: 5325

Re: 1780: "Appliance Repair"

Flumble wrote:
CelticNot wrote:Classic Heisenbug, I hate those. They seem to be afraid of anyone capable of actually finding them.

Does this ever happen to non-electronic appliances? I've only had heisenbugs in electronic devices (and software of course).
Oh, I think this phenomenon been known in automobiles for a long time.
by niauropsaka
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 5150

Re: 1778: Interest Timescales

It took me a bit to realise Randall was referring to wind erosion of mountains, as opposed to, say, BASE jumping.
by niauropsaka
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 10233

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

I think some of you misunderstand what "cat bite" refers to.

I've been bitten, hard, by an angry housecat, and gotten deep puncture wounds. It's much more painful the everyday nips and scratches one gets from cats, and going through it once is enough.
by niauropsaka
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 80666

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Dan, at what point does it become obvious that it is more efficient to put those turbines on the land somewhere and use the energy to chemically make diesel? Or better yet, find a carbon neutral plan for biodiesel? Just because you can stick sails on a container ship doesn't mean that you should. Y...
by niauropsaka
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 80666

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That "third of fossil fuel use" that goes to transportation? Most of that isn't actually goods shipping, is it? Once we get automobile fleets onto hydrogen fuel cells, or lithium-ion batteries, or even compressed air tanks--any of which will run off an expanded renewable energy sector--the...

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