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by Iluvatar
Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 51992

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

When I was a kid, I got an electron microscope to play with. No, seriously- my mother was a metallurgist; she did failure analysis for a power company on their plants. On take-your-kid-to-work day, she'd coat dead houseflies in gold and put them in it. I got to look at the cracks on the hairs in the...
by Iluvatar
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 23868

Re: "Sample" discussion (#780)

Cake's "No Phone" intro used to do this to me all the time. I'd jerk off my headphones at work and look around for whatever was ringing.
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 21987

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

Crap, now I'm going to spend the rest of the night/morning thinking about how to implement this myself (as opposed to getting homework done). I'm thinking a distributed fitness function done through some sort of web based voting system. Users make something the system suggests and come back with a v...
by Iluvatar
Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 56722

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Man, the 9/11 thing got me. It seems like it was just a few years back, and we're still living in a "Post-9/11" world. Come to think of it, I'm going to be really freaked out when I start having political discussions with marginally informed people who don't remember off the top of their h...
by Iluvatar
Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0622: "Haiku Proof"
Replies: 126
Views: 41225

Re: "Haiku Proof" discussion

Attempted revision:

Take primes one through N
Product (plus 1)'s factors are?
QED, Bitches

(I'm fairly certain Randall just thought up that last line and built a comic around it.)
by Iluvatar
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 94378

Re: Sheeple

I used to be one of the sheeple who thought everyone else was a sheeperson. Now I've seen the light, though, and am aware that people such as I used to be are totally shee- crap! More seriously, I used to be a Rand fan, but I got better. Still think she's a great writer and I like a few of the ideas...
by Iluvatar
Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0609: "Tab Explosion"
Replies: 176
Views: 54782

Re: "Tab Explosion" Discussion

Ok, can we all agree that Randall is hereby banned from posting about how addictive some site is /at midnight?!/ I now have both a job at 8 am tomorrow and a fascinating site now. >:/
by Iluvatar
Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0602: "Overstimulated"
Replies: 131
Views: 29037

Re: "Overstimulated" Discussion

I did this when I was younger and a little more socially maladjusted. Then I got to college and went to parties populated mostly by other engineers, so while there was some attempt not to devolve into a math class, there were plenty of random discussions of set theory, design patterns, and lisp betw...
by Iluvatar
Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0592: "Drama"
Replies: 122
Views: 27657

Re: "Drama" Discussion

The simple rules would be pretty easy to define. Just remove all the preconceived notions that are attached to it and treat it like any other pleasurable exchange between two people (say, playing tennis, for example)- be safe and have fun. At a glance, this seems like it'd solve all the problems, th...
by Iluvatar
Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 184825

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

sje46 wrote:I hope no one else was just Goatse'd in this thread, right?

I was. Further, I'm at work. >.< Glad to see it was removed by the time I reloaded the page, though.

Also, list of groups that deserve each other:

4chan and Twilight fans
4chan and Scientology
4chan and Cable News
by Iluvatar
Mon May 11, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29484

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

Maybe that thing in the lower right isn't the base of the cliff, and the actual bottom is about 10 times farther down? Given the car's current position, if it fell off that thing in the upper left and doesn't lose much X velocity, it's pretty believable it could miss that visible edge and fall past...
by Iluvatar
Mon May 11, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29484

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

Alright, signed up just for this thread. Keep in mind that I'm not a physicist, merely an accountant. But I'm curious about the "height of the cliff" issue. Since we don't have any reference points beyond the proportions of the car (anything can be in the foreground or background, the cli...
by Iluvatar
Mon May 11, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29484

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

extra credit (redeemable for kudos, which are redeemable for props, which are redeemable for nothing) if someone can take scale measurments of the cars size, cliff, tree size (correct for species and habitability around cliffs one might find near boston, MA) and drop size and figure out how long it...
by Iluvatar
Mon May 11, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29484

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

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by Iluvatar
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 31814

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

I may take no end of flak for it, but I loved the sequels. Admittedly, though, I loved them in the sense that I loved a lot of action movies. Were I to judge them as sequels to the first movie, then yeah, they suck. Judging them independent of that, though, and purely as visual action-kung-fu badass...
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 38447

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

I've always used damnit -dammit just seems like a tongue-in-cheek spelling like sammich. I will now, of course, go research this instead of working or going to sleep. Edit: my research is going nowhere. Going by search result counts won't help us since Blink 182's spelling throws that off. Looks lik...
by Iluvatar
Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 63511

Re: "Students" Discussion

I get this too / get out of my head, Randall / etc. I would guess that this dream stems from the leftovers of our subconscious. During the day, our subconscious minds are responsible for reminding us when to do things like go to class or that our homework is due. Subconsciously, we're all like "...
by Iluvatar
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 25147

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

The race is on. Prizes:
Bronze to the first to post their static haiku compliant site
Silver to the first to post their reasonably complex dynamic haiku compliant site
Gold to the first to put out a haiku-compliant cms

Bonus: Write a haiku compliance validator.
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 24692

Re: "Pirate Bay" Discussion

athelas wrote:At home I seed generously. Can't afford to at uni.

Odd - I'm the reverse. At Uni, I have a phat pipe for such seeding, but I'd slow the connection to a crawl if I did it at home.
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0550: "Density"
Replies: 184
Views: 64509

Re: "Density" Discussion

Brooklynxman wrote:ummmm.......yeah. Nice

Yeah, it's not terribly funny on it's own. Maybe it's just me, though, but semi-randomly generated things crack me up.
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0550: "Density"
Replies: 184
Views: 64509

Re: "Density" Discussion

I lolled (silently, to myself). Here's a fun script a friend of mine and I put together to generate YoDawg's (uses a dict server and tries to do related words. :) ): http://nothere.rit.edu/code/yodawg i've been spending way too much time refreshing this.. Sometimes it's surprisingly spot on Best on...
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0550: "Density"
Replies: 184
Views: 64509

Re: "Density" Discussion

Actually, now that I think of it... does Xzibit actually use the formula "we put an X in your X so you can Y while you Y"? Because I can't see any way that would work in the actual show. As I understand it, he often uses something like "I heard you like food, so we put a fridge in yo...
by Iluvatar
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0550: "Density"
Replies: 184
Views: 64509

Re: "Density" Discussion

I lolled (silently, to myself).

Here's a fun script a friend of mine and I put together to generate YoDawg's (uses a dict server and tries to do related words. :) ):
http://nothere.rit.edu/code/yodawg
by Iluvatar
Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 24086

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

In the lab where I hang out a lot, this one guy actually wrote "Gullible" on the ceiling a few years back. It's great fun trying to convince people, usually freshmen, to look up, since they're usually so sure you're trying to trick them.
by Iluvatar
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 68303

Re: "Base System" discussion

auto123 wrote:Sharing root passwords before sex? hahahahahaha no.
I hear that can lead to all sorts of nasty diseases, viruses, and child accounts.
by Iluvatar
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 68303

Re: "Base System" discussion

The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"
by Iluvatar
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 36732

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

For those who don't want to click any of the reference links, a quick explanation of Genetic Algorithms: 1) You have a problem 2) You generate a bunch of things that look like solutions 3) You run each solution through a 'fitness function' that determines how 'good' that solution is. 4) Generate a b...
by Iluvatar
Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 35818

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Yeeeeeah. The printer joke was a bit over the top. But otherwise, it was pretty good material. Wha? What printer joke? Surely you don't mean " ink jet "? He couldn't mean that. Everyone knows that cephalopods, with their high resolution skin, will always demand dye-sub printers, for their...
by Iluvatar
Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 35818

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Updated (click for bigger):
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by Iluvatar
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 35818

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Ok, maybe we can clear the sides up like this - fight the side across from you:
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by Iluvatar
Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 35818

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Forget Comp Sci - we Software Engineering majors will have the world taken over any day now. We just need to put some last minute touches on the code to do it. Some minor bug fixes. Some new feature requests. Some documentation and testing we didn't get around to. We're almost done - next release, I...
by Iluvatar
Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 114226

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

I'll bet Rock Man has a special place in his heart for the section of stones simulating the XKCD server.

Edit, this rock-toting diety needs a name. I propose Stone Chomsky.
by Iluvatar
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 33227

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Wow. I figured this thread was nigh-dead when I last checked it about a page ago. I must say, my life is vindicated by having the first 8 entries in http://www.randallmunroefacts.com. I can die in peace now.

Randall Munroe is valid XHTML
by Iluvatar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Monday, December 31, 2007
Replies: 48
Views: 6230

Re: Monday, December 31, 2007

Aw. I came here to post that Decorum was sympathizing with us, but was beaten to it. Thank goodness it came back. ...I think I'll go read some "Cathy" or "Garfield." No xkcd for a little while is exactly infinity times better than ANY Cathy, for ANY while. Word. This is true. My ...
by Iluvatar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Monday, December 31, 2007
Replies: 48
Views: 6230

Re: Monday, December 31, 2007

Man, without my XKCD fix, I'm getting depressed - loosing my handle on life. You know, maybe Windows isn't so bad. Python's whitespace sensitivity is a flaw. Open Source is dead-end. I think I'll go read some "Cathy" or "Garfield."
by Iluvatar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Monday, December 31, 2007
Replies: 48
Views: 6230

Re: Monday, December 31, 2007

I definitely have been measuring time the last week or so by XKCD updates. Now I'm totally thrown.
by Iluvatar
Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Monday, December 31, 2007
Replies: 48
Views: 6230

Re: Monday, December 31, 2007

"New York - Wall Street is in a panic today as stocks plunge after 90% of America's work force didn't show up to work today. When asked, the absentee workers cited a loss of will to live and a lack of reason to even get up. These symptoms seem to be centered around a webcomic entitled "XKC...
by Iluvatar
Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 33227

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Randall Munroe has coded entire operating systems in python, java, c++, c, assembly, machine code, hardware logic, and mechanical difference engine gears. They were all more stable and user friendly than any currently on the market. Randall Munroe stole the missing puzzle pieces in the wikipedia log...
by Iluvatar
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 33227

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

Randall Munroe is Keiser Sose. Randall Munroe works as a stunt double for Tag body spray, since he actually produces the effect advertised. Kernel panics occur when Randall Munroe gets too close to your computer and scares your kernel. Randall Munroe is recursively defined, which means that all his ...
by Iluvatar
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe Facts
Replies: 222
Views: 33227

Re: Randall Munroe Facts

RTFM originally stood for Randall The Fucking Munroe. This consists of equal parts win, pwn, and leet. Some artists draw their comic with ink pens, others with pencil, and others with paints. Randall Munroe writes his with a magnetic needle straight onto his hard drive platter. Randall Munroe is on...

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