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by XbHW_TestEngr
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 3734

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

So what he's really saying is "astronomers aren't very bright".
While they are slightly hotter than a blue whale, they just don't shine.

And the battle between the sciences continues. (Hmmm ... that was in a previous comic ... too lazy to look.)
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri May 11, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 5198

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

...I totally didn't understand what was going on until I switched to my high res monitor. So, I'm running 3440 x 1440 and 1920 x 1080 monitors. ... What do you consider to be high res? Do I need a 4k? In other news, I used one of my Chrome plugins (Pixelzoom???), "Inspect scaled", and was...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 12896

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

WoooHooo! I am so happy for you two ... Thank you! ... "they made some optimistic assumptions about your hobbies" ... LOL!!! (I remember when Nancy became fearless.) ... "I'll do my best." .. "It's a date." ... tears. Your survival heals that part of me that broke when ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 61967

Re: 1141: "Two Years"

FB reminder - 5 years ago today ... which means 7 years ... the feels all over again.

I wish you two the very best.

(disclaimer: I haven't been active in the forums, so I am unaware of the status. Apologies if my ignorance is evident.)
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 35762

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

The Martian is my #1 recommendation. I've gone through over 500 SciFi books since getting my first Kindle. I read the book nearly a year before the publishing house signed a deal with Mr. Weir, back when he self-published the eBook. This is how engineers think. Engineers are the most optimistic peop...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 30981

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

... all this intellectual conversation, and all I can think about is the Flintstones theme song ... (sigh)
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 58946

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

Rats. I got to the 3rd or 4th panel was jumped into the forums. I was hoping someone would know what version of Windows and which utility. Only in the forums did I read to the end.

Well played.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 61967

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Wow! Congratulations. Wishing you the best in the years to come. It's been 20 years since she died, but this comic brought me back to those days ... the chemo chair ... "chemo brain" ... the victories ... the sitting by the phone ... the joy of just holding hands. Well done, Randall, well ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon May 07, 2012 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 59544

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I loved the Feynman reference. I just purchased the books of his Lectures on Physics.

Everything about this comic is pure awesomeness, IMHO.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 29999

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

This is so totally awesome I have to make a comment, even though I have nothing useful to add.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 33679

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

NotAllThere wrote:I'm not sure which is more bizarre - the Mardi Gras custom (which apparently is quite a recent innovation) or this paper discussing it.

LOL - a paper on "how I spent my spring break". I'm sure things have only gotten better since 1991 (the party) and 1996 (the publication).
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 33679

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Sensitive subject: First wife died from BC; her mom also died from BC. Ex-wife recently went through mastectomy and is awaiting reconstructive surgery; ex's mother died from BC. I fear for the well being of my daughter. Nevertheless, I chuckled at the comic (got it right away) and LOL'd at the title...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 34025

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

I totally agree with the high lasting for days. What's better, I have some large bags from Costco and they no longer sell them. I get a lot of envious looks from people in line. "Uh - that's right - I've got cool bags and you have to carry your stuff out in a box - nee ner nee ner nee ner"...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 18883

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

What could be more fun than jumping off cliffs and flying like a bird, even if it is only for a minute or two at best? Must spread my wings and fly. Oh, wait ... I'm afraid of heights. Stupid lower order brain stem functions. Falling out of tree = bad. Falling off cliff = worse. Perhaps this is yet ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 28767

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Plays chess - check - well I used to, 35 years ago. Can drive across the desert - check - (no, I've never gone to Burning Man) And, as one who has difficulty holding a 5 minute conversation with "normal" people, I feel quite honored to have part of the subgroup honored in today's comic. Ye...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 61742

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

I lost my wife, the mother of my 3 kids, to cancer after a 3 year battle with cancer. What I really like (don't like) is the depiction of the lanes going off into the blackness. We did that loop around - back to square one. But, just when life seemed to be back on the rails, her lane ended. That was...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 99536

Re: 0881: "Probability"

This comic is/was my real life. I totally relate. December, 1989, my wife, the mother of my 3 children, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was 34. She died in November, 1992. Randall, thank you. In 4 frames, with stick figures, you captured my life. (Also, /55 is my favorite comic of all time, ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 17382

Re: 0848: "3D"

Having only taken 1 modern physics course (intro to quantum mechanics), I remember the euphoria of reading articles on string theory and being able to understand (portions of) the math. The intervening brain injury (car crash --> total loss of my technical language (knew the concept of a capacitor, ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0840: "Serious"
Replies: 69
Views: 15535

Re: 0840: "Serious"

I was thinking it needed one more frame .... the can doing the MC Hammer slide.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0797: "Debian-Main"
Replies: 57
Views: 17536

Re: "Debian-Main" Discussion

Oh me yarm!!! LOL!!!
Being a hardware guy (I know my resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors/FETs), and with the little (minuscule) amount I know about Linux, the comic was great. Even better, the comments.

All hail Randall.
All hail the forum denizen.
Save us from the Locust.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 83126

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

- paranoid internet user here.
I have about 5 usernames for the various sites I "trust", but EVERY site has unique password, 12 - 15 characters, randomly generated. For sites I don't trust, I create a throw-away email address & username and see who how fast it gets sold.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0791: "Leaving"
Replies: 79
Views: 15851

Re: "Leaving" Discussion (#791)

I've lost a few people in my life, including my first wife (to cancer, age 34). I am thankful that my last words weren't about cat vomit. First, I laughed at this comic. Then, I had a flood of bittersweet memories. My bit of wisdom: Guys, make sure you woman gets more flowers while she is alive than...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0784: "Falling Asleep"
Replies: 96
Views: 27009

Re: Falling Asleep discussion (784)

OK, fourth panel ... what is the spot between the pillows?
Did someone barf?
Slobber residue?
Moon beams?

Comic reminds me of a song from my youth:
Oh yeah, life goes on,
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone.
-John Mellencamp: Jack And Diane
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 21833

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

There's one song I've heard a few times recently that has a "ping............ping.............ping" exactly like the sound my car makes when the door is open and the car is running. Freaks me out EVERY time, nothing like driving down the highway and suddenly thinking one of the doors has ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 74680

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

This came to mind while browsing the previous pages. http://xkcd.com/386/ That is always a good comic to keep in mind Apparently there is a high percentage of XKCD readers who do not have someone wanting them to "come to bed". (Yes, I am among that group. :( ) Can't find the quote, but so...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 22949

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

EvlDragonMonkey wrote:
XbHW_TestEngr wrote:I've tried drinking less. I've tried drinking more. (LOL - I've tried drinking, more or less.)


Mind if I add that to my sig?

Anyway, about the comic. I think squirrels make as good of psychologists as rabbits make popes.


Sure. Go right ahead.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 22949

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

Wow - awesome flame war! Comic was funny too. I've been having weird dreams where I'm talking to my (deceased) mother. I used to end the conversations by saying, "Wait! You're dead. You're not supposed to be here." Now she is answering back with either, "I'm everywhere - I'm your mom....
by XbHW_TestEngr
Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 74680

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

/snark
oh, nevermind
/snark
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 51375

Re: "1996" Discussion

Casio > TI's. I still use my graphics calculator to this day to help with recursions. HP (RPN) > Casio > TI's (Sorry if someone already pointed this out. Got to it on the first page and couldn't wait to respond.) So, since HP stopped upping the game on calculators (i.e. stopped making them), TI has...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 67231

Re: " One Two" Discussion

Based on the posts above, there are now many replies from irritated anthropology supporters. Of course, if you look at most universities, each major (math, physics, Chem., EE, ME, CE, English Lit., etc.) is a sub-culture unto itself with behavioral norms and (oft times) unintelligible language. Also...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 36881

Re: "Workaround" discussion

The one who in my family who doesn't "get" computers is my daughter. Then again, she is the one with the BA in music. The only part of computers she really enjoys is email with YouTube links, and her orchestration/notation S/W package. That s/w was the best ~$800 I've spent on her. My dad ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 23731

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

Steve the Pocket wrote:"I'M SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MUTHAFUCKIN' SNAKES IN THIS MUTHAFUCKIN' TORNADO!!! ...


They keep swallowing the sensor!
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 28130

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

From the other response thread: If my children don't know how to use AdAware, NoScript and condoms by the time they hit puberty, then I'll consider myself a failed parent. skine +1 Enhanced FF +1 I solved the issue of the kids "discovering stuff" by getting everyone their own computer. Whe...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0749: "Study"
Replies: 79
Views: 28032

Re: "Study" discussion

I'm type O-, and in reasonably good condition ... except for this rash ...

... and then she hung up on me.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Wed May 19, 2010 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0742: "Campfire"
Replies: 59
Views: 19662

Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Ah, yes ... have to remember that we are dealing with youngsters. Back in the day, when touch-tone phones were new, caller ID was not automatic. You had to enter a special code (*86?) to find out where the call came from. Then, to find out the call came from your home was really scary. (Watch some r...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon May 17, 2010 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0741: "Blogging"
Replies: 89
Views: 23138

Re: "Blogging" Discussion

Having spent part of the weekend watching TED Talks ( http://www.ted.com ) , and watching a couple of "best of the web" links, here is an example of what I believe the comic is referencing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhqZ0RU95d4#t=0m40s I have to give a shout out to Ben - Awesome! I fe...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon May 10, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0738: "Incision"
Replies: 42
Views: 15287

Re: "Incision" Discussion

This was great!
If you haven't played the game, you have no idea how unnerving that stupid buzzer can be.
Once you get on a roll, you just grab all the organs and bones.
Too funny.
by XbHW_TestEngr
Mon May 03, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0735: "Floor"
Replies: 87
Views: 17763

Re: "Floor" Discussion

Game? Who said it was a game? When I was young (back when dinos roamed the earth), the floor did turn into lava. At least that is what my mom would tell me when it was nap time. Hmmm ... just got this really sad feeling :( . I realized that my imagination has lain dormant for nearly 40 years. :cry: ...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 73073

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

FYI (TTBOMK) - ESPN (during games) is/are the only channel(s) broadcasting uncompressed HD. That's unpossible -- uncompressed HD is simply far too high-bandwidth a signal to get any kind of distribution this side of 2030. An uncompressed 1080i signal takes up approximately 1.5gbit/s; the newest ver...
by XbHW_TestEngr
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 73073

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

It baffles me that people find xkcd worth reading. And yet, here you are, 3 pages deep into the thread. FYI (TTBOMK) - ESPN (during games) is/are the only channel(s) broadcasting uncompressed HD. This football season, flip between ESPN and ABC/FOX during a game. Watch a pass or punt - ESPN looks go...

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