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by eviloatmeal
Tue May 29, 2018 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1999: "Selection Effect"
Replies: 11
Views: 2983

Re: 1999: "Selection Effect"

"This MRI data set suggests that people who are extremely claustrophobic have a very blurry hippocampus. Perhaps this is the key to finding a cure."
by eviloatmeal
Thu May 03, 2018 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9750

Re: 1986: River Border

When preparing food, the preparation methods are a relevant distinction; when consuming it, the qualitative properties of the food are more relevant than how it comes to be in the first place. Whether the chef's taxonomy is the best nomenclature for the diners to use is an open question. So what yo...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9750

Re: 1986: River Border

It's basically stuff on bread, isn't it? Whereas pies are things in pastry*. Someone else can tell us what the difference between bread and pastry is. Yes, hello. I do believe that technically a pastry dough must contain shortening, whereas bread dough is made with oil. Pizza is definitely bread. I...
by eviloatmeal
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9750

Re: 1986: River Border

It's basically stuff on bread, isn't it? Whereas pies are things in pastry*. Someone else can tell us what the difference between bread and pastry is. Yes, hello. I do believe that technically a pastry dough must contain shortening, whereas bread dough is made with oil. Pizza is definitely bread. I...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5791

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Eternal Density wrote:How many... breads... have you eaten?

Bastard... how many apples have you sucked to heal those wounds!?
by eviloatmeal
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5791

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Do you remember how many apples you have eaten in your life?
by eviloatmeal
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10266

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

"The theater is three blocks makai." "But we're in Nebraska!" "Uh... If you get to the sea, you've gone too far."
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 6896

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Stargazer71 wrote:I'm really surprised by this.


Well, they are the competition, after all. :wink:
by eviloatmeal
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 4986

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I've never had any of those "universal" dreams, but my nightmares / fever dreams are always the same, hyper-specific ones, like I'm in the back of a bus about to collide and explode, struggling to get off before the fireball engulfs me, or I'm in a taxi at night, desperately trying to trac...
by eviloatmeal
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8007

Re: 1935: "2018"

2018 bits of enthalpy. Nobody will ever brute-force that.
by eviloatmeal
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9505

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

How does twitter make money? They don't But yes, the idea is to serve ads to users. Personally, their approach of injecting ads into your timeline disguised as tweets just doesn't go over well. Twitter is a communication medium, and the ads feel a bit like being interrupted by a telemarketer while ...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9505

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

to let you know that you are looking at the real account of a famous person and not a parody account. Whether or not that was their intention at the time, the implementation doesn't reflect that. The badge system, in practice, would verify that the owner of the account was the same person as the ow...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9505

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

I don't know whar the sudden fuss is all about, but I've always thought of the "I'm special" badge as one of the best worst features of Twitter: It's a convenient way to immediately identify users whose head is stuck so far up their own purse that you can safely block them and not worry ab...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 5112

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

Speaking of bizarre technical problems, anyone want to help me with this one? Have you tried turning Google off and on again? Oh, no, don't worry about the rest of us, we can just use Yahoo! Search while you're fiddling around with it. Unless... I wonder if my DNS is 8.8.8.8... Maybe you shouldn...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 7831

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Meh. All the important information only exists on floppy zine, anyway.
by eviloatmeal
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 6477

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Odds are, there's some old mainframe forgotten in a basement somewhere, happily holding together the critical layers of the internet, and anyone could telnet in and issue the hardest reset at any time.
by eviloatmeal
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9533

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I'm curious if anyone ever did any large-scale analysis of self-help / motivational media like this. There are of course some obvious correlations, such as luck, confidence, perseverance, making up a system at sticking to it, and a propensity for writing books telling other people how they should li...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 3822

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

If you log in to a session that never expires in incognito mode and close the window before logging out, you'll be logged in through that session forever.
by eviloatmeal
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 6242

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

"Reductionism, n.
If you wish to define a word from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
by eviloatmeal
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 8215

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

Turing complete?! That's good news. I've yet to prove my current telephone is Turing complete. I've yet to manage to wade through all the boilerplate to make my telephone do anything at all to completion, let alone everything.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10588

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

I guess I need to rename my Excel workbook "Ceci n'est pas un Excel Faire-Livre" (with huge apologies to everyone who actually speaks French) French, like Icelandic, tends to take the xenophobic approach to language: "If there's a perfectly good loan word or transliteration available...
by eviloatmeal
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10588

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

sotanaht wrote:What, you've never heard of Eve Online?

EVE is actually written in Python.

Spoiler:

Code: Select all

#!/usr/bin/python

import antigravity

...

# I also sampled everything in the booster cabinet.
by eviloatmeal
Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 109194

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

You, sir, name? wrote:I also played with a BKS, which has an attack wind up time longer than the expected lifespan of a labrador retriever and required a carefully timed anticipation attack when they were barely on screen :P

Ah, the 'gotcha bitch' sword.
by eviloatmeal
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 109194

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

wheel skeleton. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/One_wheel_motorcycle_Goventosa.jpg Excepting Garfield & Odie, I've find some sort of technique for dealing with any enemy eventually. In the case of skeleton wheels, the solution i've found is to just run past them.
by eviloatmeal
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1603673

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Now THIS is podracing!
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by eviloatmeal
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1656: "It Begins"
Replies: 22
Views: 5760

Re: 1656: "It Begins"

When I want to jump straight into the second half of a flame war, I go with "This is what humanity deserves." "Seagull steals phone, drops it in ocean." This is what humanity deserves. Another one I enjoy is the shortcut to arguing about semantics with a humorous quip about spell...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 15450

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

OK, I claim first go on the vanilla and maple syrup pipes. Maple syrup I understand - that stuff is delicious right out of the bottle. But the vanilla pipeline? (Liquid) vanilla usually comes in a solution of like 30% ethanol (in fact, in the US, it has to , for some reason ), it's not very nice on...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 15450

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Wee Red Bird wrote:It does say 'consumed'.

'Produced or consumed' is what it says.
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 15450

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Surprising result: we use more cement than beer? (More cement than all drinkable alcohols combined, apparently?) Makes sense to me. Cement presumably has a much lower alcohol content, so you have to drink a lot more of it for the same effect. Also, can we use the saliva pipe to fill up a swimming p...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 346564

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hello forum, I want to play a tabletop/board game with some friends over. I have no experience with these things and am currently imagining something like "you enter a room and see 2 goblins that have not spotted you yet". What would you recommend? Sounds like Munchkin, to me. It's a ligh...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 109194

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I did quite well playing poker in Eve, if memory serves. I play a bit in real life too. The element of skill appeals to me, even if luck still plays a large part. Does it, though? Between the game of deciphering your opponent's behavior, the battle you're fighting with the wagering, and calculating...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 9221

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

orthogon wrote:machine

Ah, yes, machine, the feminine form of machin.
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 7545

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

da Doctah wrote:I used to do this with TV shows at a time when there seemed to be a lot of them with that format: Scarecrow and Allie, Dempsey and the Fat Man, Rizzoli and Stimpy....

Will and Recreation
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: *almost* the best superpower in the world
Replies: 703
Views: 86354

Re: *almost* the best superpower in the world

But the ingredients you have to use to make the food taste that good are completely off-putting to everyone, including yourself.

I have perfect pitch (another for-reals superpower that I wish I really did have).
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 7545

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

Went to see the magic show of Ornstein & Teller the other day. The magic was flawless, but the part where he leaps out and impales a live member of the audience with his spear is absolutely terrifying!
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 109194

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Well, it's not quite 50/50 because of the green squares. Ergo the word "roughly". The actual odds haven't gotten better, and over large sample sizes, you'll still lose. But you can have good short runs. Yes, it's true you would need several thousand dollars to keep up with 10+ streaks. Co...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Incredible Changing Sentence
Replies: 5621
Views: 601740

Re: The Incredible Changing Sentence

Of chameleons' circadian Circassian Kardashians' Cardassians, Rapunzel McGuire was not convinced, but Empress Violentlyyeti, viewing my platinum clock, knew the rotten pancake could I then create is definitely Dirty Beatrix Potter.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Incredible Changing Sentence
Replies: 5621
Views: 601740

Re: The Incredible Changing Sentence

Afraid of three circadian Circassian Kardashians' Cardassians, Rapunzel McGuire was not convinced, but Empress Violentlyyeti, viewing my platinum clock, knew the rotten pancake I then create is definitely Dirty Beatrix Potter.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 109194

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I started watching the boards and predicting numbers, and I found that if I were to bet $1 on each of the five most recent numbers, I would lose everything roughly four or five times, but then I'd get one. That's an interesting system. It reminds me of what David Choe talks about in this Howard Ste...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 52726

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

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