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by davidhbrown
Mon May 09, 2016 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 6780

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

I particularly like the "cron job to update crontab." Reminded me of when I told Genie Timeline Pro -- a continuous backup application -- to include my entire user folder. Turns out, that's where it stores its logs. Had a bit of trouble finishing the backup.
by davidhbrown
Sat Nov 28, 2015 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 12316

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

If he means cucumber pickle relish, I'm not seeing how that would work with sour cream. But there are many kinds of relish, so who knows...
by davidhbrown
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 15509

Re: 1421: "Future self"

I can't quite figure out if I'm laughing or crying.
by davidhbrown
Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 17978

Re: 1409: "Query"

If the "Rapture" ever comes, I will remember this cartoon!
by davidhbrown
Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 103066

Also recommended...

So, I was on Amazon to feed my printer and I saw it was recommending I should buy Mario Cart 8. This made very little sense, so I clicked "Why recommended?": Recommended for you... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51tqMFBEqjL._SL500_SL110_.jpg Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U by Nintendo...
by davidhbrown
Wed May 29, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 31726

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Sorry, but the water would have to rise more than just a little. There's a staircase of 200 steps leading up from the doors, so it would require quite a dam. Certainly that was the only way for something hobbit-sized or larger to travel, but it's not inconceivable that there could be little cracks ...
by davidhbrown
Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 36965

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

As others have clarified, it's apparently a reference to some schoolyard rhyme that I've never heard. Nor did I, despite growing up in NY (which shares a fair piece of border with MA). I spent a while trying to figure out how it related to the human migration from Earth to Titan in that movie that'...
by davidhbrown
Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 16068

Re: 1199: "Silence"

I always wanted to go the a performance of 4'33 and start the applause a minute too early. Of course, that would be as much a part of the performance as anything. Very true. A lot of people think of this "piece" as if it were a studio work consisting of digital zeros. An important aspect ...
by davidhbrown
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"
Replies: 67
Views: 13200

Re: 1160: "Drop Those Pounds"

peewee_RotA wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:... the imperial unit of volume.

... dagobels.

Very nice! :lol:
by davidhbrown
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 32809

Re: 1144: Tags

Can somebody explain this one? I understand that it is terrible code.. Well, it's terrible code... but it will work just fine in most browsers. It's a bit annoying to be an expert in some field -- like web development -- and have spent gobs of time (and maybe money) learning all the rules for match...
by davidhbrown
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 29835

Re: 1103: "Nine"

888 seconds is 14 minutes, 48 seconds. True, but pressing the 8 key three times on my microwave gets me 8 minutes, 88 seconds. Each digit press is always the seconds place, moving those already entered to the left in H:MM:SS (not sure if it actually has an hour digit; it might, given that it double...
by davidhbrown
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 29835

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I like entering "99" when I want about a minute and a half. Probably doesn't work on all microwaves, but it's a bit faster to type. "888" sort of works as a very rough approximation for 10 minutes (good for reheating pizza on a convection setting). I admit I won't use "666&q...
by davidhbrown
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 41340

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

Yeah, I'm not getting the lifting up from suction either. But I'll just have to trust Randall 'cause I haven't been able to cause a complete vacuum to spontaneously appear yet. I'll keep trying ;-)
by davidhbrown
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 40761

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Just got back from a trip to DC where we saw an interesting video installation -- dating back to 1995 no less -- in the Smithsonian American Art Museum that similarly formed each state with images related to the state (in the artist's mind, anyway). http://americanart.si.edu/education/rs/images/2002...
by davidhbrown
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 15582

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

[...]The hamper is a convenient container for transporting clothing[...] Interesting how the use of the term hamper has diverged. For me, a hamper is rather large and not at all convenient for transport. It stays put, holding dirty laundry until it's time to wash it and a laundry basket (or mesh ba...
by davidhbrown
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 20161

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

libra wrote:...
Sorry. Train wreck of thought.

Well done :lol: I did have to go look at the video to make sure you hadn't 'shopped that "stalactite!" Apology accepted, tentatively, for juxtaposing the surprised Spock from, I think, a different episode.
by davidhbrown
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 79147

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

And you know there's going to be some holier-than-thou monitoring that board just for the chance to complain if you reopen the old thread... even though it's the only thread anywhere in the 'net about it so why start another one?
by davidhbrown
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 25284

Re: 930: Days of the Week

He missed the point of Tufte, in a nutshell that is that data in graphical form is supposed to be more accessible, not less. Fair enough... but perhaps you're missing (what I see as) the point of this sort of effort in xkcd... to create art out of mildly interesting information. Part of what makes ...
by davidhbrown
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 25284

Re: 930: Days of the Week

My guess is, he's never read Edward Tufte. I'm not sure how well this graph is doing for data density (I think there may be as few as 70 values?), but it is an excellent example of direct labeling vs. resorting to a legend. Using small multiples would have improved legibility. (Have all 5 Tufte boo...
by davidhbrown
Fri May 20, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 25219

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

Red Hal wrote:Y'see, I interpreted this comic a completely different way...

Thank you. You just made the comic funny!
by davidhbrown
Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0838 : "Incident"
Replies: 59
Views: 14925

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

I'd always heard/sung the lyrics as "...knows when you are sleeping...". The "...sees you when you're sleeping..." does seem to be correct per Googling.... and rather creepier.
by davidhbrown
Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 26736

Re: 0835: "Tree"

Poster, please... :D Will be a nice "I'm outta here" gift to our algorithms professor.
by davidhbrown
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 18282

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

[...] this seminal paper on the trapezoid method for integration. [...]What depresses me is the statement in the abstract on how this 'new' method gives results within +/- 0.4% of the traditional methods and also slams how traditional methods can give very large errors. My spouse -- now a professor...
by davidhbrown
Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 21389

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

I thought "Questionable Content" meant it was going to be NSFW! Guess I need to head over there and see what I've been missing. Hmm. A soap opera. Not a bad one.
by davidhbrown
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 32527

Re: 0818: "Illness"

Best wishes; I certainly won't holler if there is no comic from time-to-time. If I understand correctly that Randall is living somewhere around Boston, perhaps the relative is being treated nearby. There are some really incredible hospitals and specialists in that area who have done very well by my ...
by davidhbrown
Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 26175

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

One of the best discussion threads yet; thanks physics folks :) I also saw an empty picture frame, thinking that beret=artist and so likely to have such at home. But looking carefully at panel 5 you can see a doubled image of the arm and body in addition to the white dots paotrip mentioned. Definite...
by davidhbrown
Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 37839

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

Who needs centuries? There have been a couple of pieces on NPR recently talking about the fastidious approach to language the writers follow for the TV series _Mad Men_ (haven't watched myself). The piece I heard pointed out "bloopers" such as a character quoting McLuhan's "the medium...
by davidhbrown
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 36853

Re: "Workaround" discussion

Swivelguy wrote:...so he took a digital camera, pointed it at this laptop's screen, and recorded the youtube video...

The sad/scary thing is this is exactly the way MPAA thinks educators/academics should capture bits of video for fair use.

(sorry if someone mentioned this already.... sorrier that it's true)
by davidhbrown
Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 378
Views: 245079

Princeton Companion to Mathematics

I'm really enjoying _The Princeton Companion to Mathematics_, edited by Timothy Gowers (ISBN 978-0-691-11880-2). It's a bit less than the price of a textbook (US$90 list; more typically around $60) and in its thousand pages it covers a heck of a lot. I got it because working on a MS in CS, I keep fi...
by davidhbrown
Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 32958

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

BioTube wrote:Treating 'data' as plural instead of uncountable always bugs me...

If your data are uncountable, you should probably redesign your experiment, REPAIR TABLE, or run fsck/chkdsk!
by davidhbrown
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 34178

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Same character from 698?
by davidhbrown
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0676: "Abstraction"
Replies: 88
Views: 18902

Re: "Abstraction" Discussion

So hands up: How many people read the strip and thought something like, "Man, that's an awful lot of layering ... I wonder how much simpler we could make it and still be secure and stable." Hand firmly down for me. Without the layering, you'd eventually get to the point where you had an e...
by davidhbrown
Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 23993

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

Excellent comic in the best xkcd tradition!
by davidhbrown
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 21661

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

Now I'm wishing I could be bitten by a radioactive Donald Knuth...
by davidhbrown
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 128637

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

This approach would help a lot for other classics of literature. I'm thinking _War and Peace_, _Les Miserables_... Very nicely done; I have one of Tufte's copies of Minard's _Napoleon's March to Moscow_ maps on my wall above my desk and am actually heading up to Tufte's seminar in Boston a week from...
by davidhbrown
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 47277

Re: "RPS" Discussion

a. Loved this comic. I use RPN constantly, and it isn't on an HP calculator, or forth. (I program in postscript for a living.)... I was wondering whether there would be someone else who knows stack-based arithmetic for this reason! I have slightly fond memories of embedding native PostScript code i...
by davidhbrown
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0644: "Surgery"
Replies: 110
Views: 24893

Re: "Surgery" Discussion

Too true. I could do 80% of my work in Linux (right now, I do about 10% in a virtual Ubuntu machine), but I really like having the drivers come from the manufacturer. Guess I'm just not trying hard enough. I would go ... for an ADB port in my arm and a SCSI port in the back of my head. Hah! Sounds l...
by davidhbrown
Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 86502

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

Ender's Game so predates the web... I remember thinking Usernet when I first read it. But same idea, just with more idiots and more GUI. We're one of the alien races in the Speaker for the Dead book squirrel-like? Boy, it's been so long... hold on, they're on my shelf downstairs. I'll come back and ...
by davidhbrown
Fri May 29, 2009 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 52093

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

This sort of thing happens fairly often, sort of spoiling a reasonably decent font. A few years back (edit: okay; I admit it was more like 15 years), nearer the beginning of the "desktop publishing revolution," Carol Twombly's Lithos was the overused font-du-jour. I think for a while it wa...
by davidhbrown
Wed May 20, 2009 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0586: "Mission To Culture"
Replies: 156
Views: 22390

Re: "Mission To Culture" Discussion

Hm.. techno to classical? I'd start off with something relatively close to what she already likes, e.g. minimalism. Try Einstein on the Beach or In C . [/musicnerd] I dunno about that; it takes about two minutes of that particular excerpt of In C before I can tell I'm not listening to a worn bearin...

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