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by svenman
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8466

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Interesting. I would think they could have more elegantly solved the split-vote problem by reducing the ballot to a single option, the direct mandate candidate, and then inferring what would have been the second option, the party, from the direct mandate candidate's party. That is indeed a possible...
by svenman
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8466

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

There have been suggestions to avoid the most egregious problems of gerrymandering (creating districts more compact would help), but politicians don't want this, of course. Why not switch to a mixed representation system like in Germany? Which parts are mixed? Doesn't the German parliament have a s...
by svenman
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

On a riverish break from the shed... Happy 9000, addams! :D And this is kinda embarrassing, but is there a special way to get a newline on the wiki? Seems like if I hit enter once, it just ignores me and carries on on the same line. Also, after adding an image, I wasn't sure how to make the next lin...
by svenman
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Enjoyed the opportunity to more fully work out my previously only vague notions about categorizing some OTT art for the One True Wiki: One particular class of colormanip that has given me trouble to categorize are crossings of famous paintings with OTC content. When wikifying these, I stuck to an un...
by svenman
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Here's one that doesn't quite work: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q Sure it does. That's definitely a high Q. Forgive me if I'm pointing out the obvious, but if you pronounce the Q as "high Q", then the last line has six syllables. You can pronounce the last line with five syllables, bu...
by svenman
Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh, steakish wiki work! Good to have someone else active there (apart from the occasional SB player). And I'm glad you liked the movie titles – could it be that their being your favourites is somehow related to your country of residence? addams, thanks for the interesting videos! I also saw that th...
by svenman
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

What do you think about the TimeAfterTime section on the main page? It currently includes the main subheadings: The SilentONGs – t1i – A Sequel To Time SilentONG Periods ​Dialogue in the SilentONGs TimeAfterTime Artwork Looking at that might give the impression that t1i has been the only TimeAfterT...
by svenman
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

[snip] schizo-blitzer[/snip] schiz·o ˈskitsō/  adjective     1. (of a person or their behavior) schizophrenic. schiz·o·phre·ni·a ˌskitsəˈfrēnēə,ˌskitsəˈfrenēə/  noun     A mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to properly wait for it. I like it. Schizo-blitzing refer...
by svenman
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'd say, go for it. I went for it. :) Treeish! I made a few minor tweaks to the results. I was thinking of adding the Puzzles and Mysteries link just after Games under the main page, and then populating it with just a few brief bits, that we can expand upon at our leisure. Sound okay? If it doesn't...
by svenman
Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 676886

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

However, I had heard (but not verified personally) that due to Germany's experience with propaganda and fascism, they now teach propaganda recognition in the schools. I was neutrally asking how that worked - that is, what mechanisms they teach people for identifying propaganda, and how they teach i...
by svenman
Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Perhaps my favourite, 1467, was forever trapped in Manips, where it would never see the light of ONG , so I used this excuse to rescue it and 2843. I hope that doesn't offend anyone. I'll try to do something more constructive before the NP is done.... I am sorry to admit, I am unable to find images...
by svenman
Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Being tangentially involved in the telecoms business, I've been surprised how difficult my colleagues seem to find Huawei. There's an almost unstoppable momentum behind "who are we". Back in the day when I was an undergrad at my university's computing centre, we ran FORTRAN programs as ba...
by svenman
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, phew! Thanks! I think there's a TAT-colored I want to add somewhere.... What would you think of this: A TAT Artwork subcategory under Time After Time on the main page TAT Manips and TATColored subcategories under TAT Artwork current manips occupying the #10-spot under Time After Time relocated ...
by svenman
Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm starting to think maybe I shouldn't have done this - it is so single-mindedly self-serving - but for the decree, I moved two of my images from OTC_Manips to OTColored. I've never quite been sure where the line is drawn between the two, but I've generally made my images thinking of them as OTCol...
by svenman
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

That has been a very molpish newpage. Treeish t-1 making-of installment from taixzo! It's been a while since the last one. By the way, a plot summary for t-1 has been on the One True Wiki for a couple mips now. I guess it's so much longer than the other ones that a separate wiki page for t-1, much l...
by svenman
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

That kind of reminds me of the conundrum I had as a child with the three main railway stations in Budapest. They have cardinal directions for names (East, West and South) but these are not related to their relative locations at all. Not to mention the irritating absence of a northern one... What ha...
by svenman
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 52102

Re: 0207: "What xkcd Means"

To me, xkcd means returning my shopping cart to the shortest queue accessible instead of the one sticking out the farthest like all the other people.

And I also have my personal system which trouser pocket my keys, wallet, phone, tissues and, if I carry them, car keys and cloth handkerchief go in.
by svenman
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101731

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And indeed, by a literal reading it would seem that Angela Merkel claims that somehow, through the process of leaving the EU, the UK at the same time tries to reduce freedom of movement throughout the EU, which makes little sense. I think the intended meaning is: by leaving the EU, the UK intends t...
by svenman
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7259

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

weak verb *to king, kinged, kinged . Not sure what the asterisk is doing there, as "king" is definitely a (regular) verb in English. Interesting, I hadn't been aware of that (and neither has the Webster's New Encyclopedic Dictionary on my bookshelf, which has "king" as noun only...
by svenman
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101731

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Changed the link, sorry. I tried to find an English version, then accidentally copied the failed search attempt in... Thanks. I struggled on 'beschimpft', yeah. In this context, something between 'berate' and 'cuss out'? Pretty much, or if you'd want to reformulate it in a less colloquial way, 'str...
by svenman
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101731

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

[...]For years, Britain insulted (her word) Germany for demanding a transition period on access for Eastern European workers. While now the Brits complain that they, by their own choice, didn't have such a transition period, and now hope to end freedom of movement in the entire EU.[...] https://m.b...
by svenman
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8604
Views: 1363460

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

This came up in the ICT thread for comic 1759 (link to original post), looking to me like it would be perfect as an xkcdsw:
Eudae wrote:Had to fix the latest comic:

http://imgur.com/a/FkYBz
by svenman
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Pure pedantry, but Dubstep isn't in Britain. In fact to be a complete pedanthole, Belfast Devoe isn't in Britain either. It's no longer caller Britania Minor? All these changes in names. Ridiculous. What's next? Ireland never was "Britannia Minor" (though Ptolemy, in the 2nd Century CE, d...
by svenman
Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7259

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

king, kingte, hat gekingen ? It might not be strong (now that was an unexpected thing I learned today). A strong verb in German would be like: kingen, kang, [hat] gekungen. As a weak one it would be kingen, kingte, [hat] gekingt. I was certain I'd mess up something, and here it is. I really need to...
by svenman
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Had to fix the latest comic: http://imgur.com/a/FkYBz Welcome to the forum. (Huh, interesting that you could include a link on your first post.) Are you familiar with the xkcdsw thread? Your map would fit in there perfectly. (The "sw" bit is not intended as a comment on the quality of you...
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7259

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

somitomi wrote:king, kingte, hat gekingen? It might not be strong (now that was an unexpected thing I learned today).

A strong verb in German would be like: kingen, kang, [hat] gekungen. As a weak one it would be kingen, kingte, [hat] gekingt.
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

"Bjork" is both a person and a pun on a real placename, as the map shows it roughly in the location of the actual city of York – which was once known as Jórvík to the Vikings who ruled it in the late 9th and early 10th century CE, and still is today to their Icelandic descendants, of whom ...
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

TIL that the family name Cumberbatch (which also occurs in a variety of other spellings, and presumably pronounciations) may derive from a village in Cheshire which nowadays has its name spelled Comberbach . I suppose though that this is too weak a link to count "Cumberbatch" as a mislocat...
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

The Welsh names need more consonants, like Mwnt and Plwmp and Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. In fact, W is considered a vowel in Welsh , pronounced like English "oo". (While this explains a lot, I as a non-Welshman find that knowing this does little in practice to curb my bafflement at the sight o...
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22524

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I see a few categories emerging... feel free to edit/rearrange/discuss: Partially ninja'd meanwhile, but I'm posting anyway as I've gone to the trouble to provide links: Braintree , Cadbury and Cardigan are mislocated real places. Frampton is the name of several real places in Britain, none of whic...
by svenman
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Dunedin, on the other hand is apparently in full-blown state-of-emergency mode in response to the tsunami threat. My nephew is there. I've gotten word that he and his home are Ok. Praying that others have similarly good reports. Good to know that, and good to hear from MistyCat too. Let's hope (and...
by svenman
Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ch*rp, and now a tsunami too? (Same link as before - news story has been updated.) Is that a part of the sea that can be seen in the background of ggh's greenhouse pictures? Looks like the place is high up enough though that it shouldn't be affected as the tsunami is reported not to have been that ...
by svenman
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Time; The night is cold. I am warm and cozy. I think I love you. I have three separate responses to that, which somehow don't seem to work very well alongside each other, but because I'm bad at decisionmaking, you get them all anyway: ⋅ We love you too. ⋅  That last line was exa...
by svenman
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 59830

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Tallest Skil wrote:Oh, come the fuck off it. The Hebrews worshipped a golden cow as an idol while they waited for Moses to return.

That was a golden calf.
by svenman
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

New Othercomic.

Addams, you could always contribute a conference talk. In fact, you already have!
by svenman
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Y'know, I just read your username for the first time with a Kiwi accent. So, is it the composer or the dwelling that you're addicted to? I realize the question wasn't directed at me, but I'm under the impression that the "title" below his username (at least with the standard forum skins I...
by svenman
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hooray for the news about ED's results!

As for the news about certain other results, well...
by svenman
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 676886

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Dear Americans, Refugees welcome. Just sayin'. - The people of Germany 1 1 Okay, in fact I'm just one German. But I believe I echo the sentiments of many of my fellow countrymen. Also, just to make that clear, I am not "Johan Franklin", though I agree with his recent messages.
by svenman
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104722
Views: 29394326

Re: 1190: "Time"

We OTTers take pride in this thread being a welcoming place. As far as I'm concerned, anyOTTer who is willing to be a part of this welcoming place and to act in a way that fits in with its staying that way should be and remain welcome here. That said, if any further OTTers feel a need to state who t...
by svenman
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm the Messiah.
Replies: 32
Views: 4984

Re: I'm the Messiah.

I am the walrus.

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