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by Arc
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 90917

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

I don't mind a slight bit of verbing nouns, when done for color, but I'm hating on and want to hospitalize those who use the "proper" foreign conjugations for (what are now) English words. Pretentious bastards. Do I still get to be pretentious about English nouns originating from Greek no...
by Arc
Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 90917

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Okay. There is one mistake that people seem to consistently make that drives me crazy, and that is spelling "passé" or "[insert borrowed French past participle/noun/verb that uses an accent here]" without the accent aigu. Every single time I see it, I hesitate, trying to figure o...
by Arc
Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 90917

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Also:

n i n j a ' d = ninja'd
g r e a t = great

I'm surprised that "epic" has been left alone.

Edit: I found some more, and feel the need to obsessively edit this post with filters not yet listed:

s e r i o u s = serious
h e l l o = hello
by Arc
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 26625

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Also I went to the Wikipedia article to find out more, and look what just happened to be the main page image . The time for the edit that added the HHGTTG Kindle seems to be 21:48, 24 February 2009. Am I mistaken, or is that actually before the comic went up? What time zone? I'm not sure. Doesn't W...
by Arc
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 26625

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Steve the Pocket wrote:Also I went to the Wikipedia article to find out more, and look what just happened to be the main page image.

The time for the edit that added the HHGTTG Kindle seems to be 21:48, 24 February 2009. Am I mistaken, or is that actually before the comic went up?
by Arc
Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 90917

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Monika wrote:But what's the difference between an en dash and just the normal minus sign / dash?


An en dash has a slightly shorter glyph:


by Arc
Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bulletproof hair
Replies: 10
Views: 1414

Re: Bulletproof hair

joshz wrote:When I saw the thread title, I immediately thought of Blagojevich. (sp?)

1) That is the correct spelling.

2) Had this been Blagojevich, his hair would have simply assimilated the bullet, forming more hair. His hair is like a hybrid of the Borg and Kevlar.
by Arc
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that no longer seem to be words
Replies: 99
Views: 14814

Re: Words that no longer seem to be words

I once became convinced (temporarily, at least) that "Do" is the strangest word in English and should not be a word. I'm not sure if I had slept for very long the night before.

Also: "once". Such an odd word.

And "such", too...
by Arc
Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 50284

Re: You might be a physics major if...

doogly wrote:Nah, you get -egg. Chicken is like cos.

Not entirely--for example, you want to make sure you don't integrate chicken too many times, or else you might get something large and scaly with teeth.
by Arc
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Do particles ever touch?
Replies: 42
Views: 3557

Re: Do particles ever touch?

However, I'd like to add that a state of quantum entanglement, wherein two particles will take on the properties of each other instantaneously over any distance, thus effectively ignoring the limits of the speed of light, or "bandwidth cap" (sorry) imposed upon the theoretical transfer of...
by Arc
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0544: "Pep Talk"
Replies: 67
Views: 14132

Re: Pep Talk

Goboxing? That will inevitably deteriorate into people simply throwing small, round objects at each other. We might as well just call it French dueling : In 1808, two Frenchmen are said to have fought in balloons over Paris, each attempting to shoot and puncture the other's balloon; one duelist is ...
by Arc
Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do with Canadian coins?
Replies: 65
Views: 4549

Re: What do you do with Canadian coins?

RealGrouchy wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:Note: Pre-Confederation, the Canadian pound was worth 4 US dollars.
We have since converted to kilograms.

This inevitably leads to the question: a pound of Canadian what was worth 4 U.S. dollars? maple syrup? beer? fish? breakfast cereals?
by Arc
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 71845

Re: Predictions for Next Year at MIT

M.B.Giles wrote:
Luthen wrote:I am relieved about the reduction of robot rampages. I feel safer already.

But what about the velociraptors? :(

Little known fact: the entire state of Massachusetts has a special sprinkler system built into it. It is filled with grape juice.
by Arc
Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New drug that can destroy HIV virus?
Replies: 54
Views: 2735

Re: New drug that can destroy HIV virus?

(really, guys, is it viruses or viri? I don't know and my spellcheck isn't any help either). I looked it up, and the short answer seems to be that the word "virus", because of its inflection in Latin, has no plural form. So the plural in English is just viruses. Here's the page I found if...
by Arc
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

Fi-DISREGARD THAT I SUCK COCKS Fix'd, and if you people did not see that coming, DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS. How could we not expect that? (I nearly did it in the first place, as it happens.) And to keep this at least a bit on-topic: Blood... on the ceiling? Must have been a vigorous method. Well...
by Arc
Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

Kadzar wrote:We mess with quotes on this forum.

Fix'd.
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

KoDeN wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I guess they accidentally the whole ceiling.


... what?
You haven't heard of the I accidentally X meme?
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA dresses in KKK garb outside Westminster Dog Show
Replies: 30
Views: 2566

Re: PETA dresses in KKK garb outside Westminster Dog Show

Jahoclave wrote:
Zuffox wrote:Every PETA launches a new initiative, God kills a kitten landfish.

Fixed.

I move that fish sea kittens now be called sea landfish.
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

sje46 wrote:I wasn't sure if I was being gullible if I took their posts taking my posts seriously seriously.
(That made sense; trust me)

I wasn't sure about that either, so I used the word "seem".
I suppose that they weren't.

Do you mean you suppose that their posts weren't serious?
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

ITT: The word "gullible" is discussed

Also ITT: A few people seem to take sje's "Not a good comic" post seriously


These two things go together rather nicely, I think.
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 20336

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

I remember seeing gullible written on the ceiling of my HS band locker room. I guess that means that no one was murdered by stick figures in that room? Sometime soon I will probably catch myself checking for blood on a ceiling because of this comic, and I will be sad. Every year thousands of people ...
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do with Canadian coins?
Replies: 65
Views: 4549

Re: What do you do with Canadian coins?

It's definitely illegal: trespassing on railroad property. Just on the tracks somewhere, sure, but would it be the same for the tracks by the station (which the railroad would generally expect people to cross--to call that a trespass would be a bit like calling the act of walking into your local gr...
by Arc
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do with Canadian coins?
Replies: 65
Views: 4549

Re: What do you do with Canadian coins?

This is illegal and dangerous. Don't do it. People get stupid about it, and trains get de-railed. Yes, it is dangerous, and if anyone should decide to put a coin on train tracks they should do so with extreme caution. So long as it is just a coin, though, the train will not be derailed. I'm not sur...
by Arc
Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you do with Canadian coins?
Replies: 65
Views: 4549

Re: What do you do with Canadian coins?

If you pass and/or use a train station frequently, put one of the coins on the track when there is no train approaching (obviously), and come back for it later.

This is assuming you prefer cool-looking, flattened bits of metal to bits of metal that you could potentially pass off as American currency.
by Arc
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 61819

Re: "Base System" discussion

So, with the Napoleon thing in there, how long do we have before a pun is made involving the Alps and orgasms?
by Arc
Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why didn't the xkcd comics start at 0?
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Why didn't the xkcd comics start at 0?

Maybe the zeroth XKCD will be retconned into the list a few years after the last one is made, like the laws of thermodynamics or Asimov's laws of robotics.



(Firefox seems to feel that, among other things, I might have wanted "Quasimodo" and not "Asimov's" in that sentence... :|)
by Arc
Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10851
Views: 1905302

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

StealthAstroturfer wrote:I thought I'd come along to chew the fat once in a while.

I have never seen that phrase before, with the sole exception of The Catcher in the Rye, and I figured it went out of use after the fifties, but not everywhere, I suppose. Idioms are the strangest things.
by Arc
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD stands for...
Replies: 22
Views: 9132

Re: XKCD stands for...

Stop backronyming. I always thought it looked like some obscure Unix command. The mention of backronyms and Unix made me think of GNU--and recursive acronyms. XKCD Killed Cory Doctorow? XKCD's Kant's Compact Disc? XKCD KO'd Civil Disobedience? XKCD Knows the Codex of Dresden? I'd try for more, but ...
by Arc
Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blagojevich skips own trial
Replies: 42
Views: 2298

Re: Blagojevich skips own trial

frezik wrote:That's one down. Only ... one president to go!

You posted that part about nine days too late.
by Arc
Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0536: "Space Elevators"
Replies: 114
Views: 18257

Re: "Space Elevators" Discussion

For the first point, I was saying that an "In popular culture" section should be added, not that a reference should be made in general. xkcd has obviously had quite a large influence in the history of stick figures, proving that such simple drawings that were traditionally the handiwork o...
by Arc
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0536: "Space Elevators"
Replies: 114
Views: 18257

Re: "Space Elevators" Discussion

LMAO -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Space_fountain#Popular_culture_reference It's pointless promotion of xkcd. I love the comic and read it every other day as soon as it's released, but it's not a notable enough mention to merit being mentioned. Should we also add an "In popular culture&...
by Arc
Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0035: "Sheep"
Replies: 27
Views: 5903

Re: "Sheep" discussion

Perhaps it is the cactus that is zapping the sheep?

I, for one, welcome our new Saguaro overlords.
by Arc
Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0521: "2008 Christmas Special"
Replies: 203
Views: 43108

Re: "2008 Christmas Special" Discussion

The first page of this was really confusing until I figured out the comic had been changed. I thought I had forgotten how to count to 27 for a while there.

What did Gates used to kill Santa? Looks like a very short spear.
by Arc
Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teen Not Allowed to Play Halo 3; Shoots Parents in Heads
Replies: 66
Views: 4949

Re: Teen Not Allowed to Play Halo 3; Shoots Parents in Heads

When you factor in the framing of his father, it makes it sound more like this kid has been watching too much CSI and Law and Order. I guess we'll have to start banning NBC and CBS, huh? It makes it sound like he was watching too much CSI and not paying attention . Or he has a genetic defect that c...
by Arc
Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 5943

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Either way, Bush got lucky; Obama will take very strong precautions He should train his reflexes by having the Secret Service guys throw objects at him randomly throughout the day. While that would, in all likelihood, only serve to make Obama paranoid and skittish, it would be funny to see videos o...
by Arc
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20149
Views: 845081

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for not using any punctuation marks
by Arc
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 5943

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Of course, it being Bush multiplies that amusing level by n, where n is arbitrarily large. You've got a point there. Bush+Foreign Location+Comical Event is an equation that can only result in something highly amusing or something embarrassing to watch for Americans, and probably humans in general. ...
by Arc
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 5943

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Not to be unfashionable, but I could never really get into hating Bush. I'm kind of awed by the passion it'd take to do this, but mostly I'm terrified that the reaction to someone physically assaulting a politician for something he said has been mostly positive. IMO, the positive reaction to Bush b...
by Arc
Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bush attacked with shoes
Replies: 95
Views: 5943

Re: Bush attacked with shoes

Not his fault. It was a great shot. Our fearless leader has excellent reflexes. He was pretty fast to dodge that first shoe, but I still say it would have been funnier had it hit him. I remembered those lines in The West Wing about Secret Service; namely "the best armed guard in the history of...
by Arc
Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Star Wars Becomes Stage Spectacle
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: Star Wars Becomes Stage Spectacle

videogamesizzle wrote:thought of this.

Those AT-ATs are so full of win.

I want to see how they sized it down to two hours, but I bet they messed it up.

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