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by littlelj
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 18544

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

Nic the Man wrote:At least it's better than the Center for Reproductive Medicine's conference.

:lol:

Read the news in the paper this morning; half an hour later, read the comic. For once I get a science joke!
by littlelj
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 25670

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

So.... posts on Halfbakery don't constitute prior art when it comes to patent law? That's a shame. At the risk of getting into it, if the posts are date-stamped early enough they could be prior art... Hell, an old photo of a dinghy constituted prior art in one case. As far as I understand it, anyth...
by littlelj
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 25670

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

I work in patent law for independent inventors. This is exactly how they think the world works. As far as digs against the messed-up patent system go, this one is beautifully unsubtle. :lol: And for those of us who work under the European Patent Convention (and all the other jurisdictions where bus...
by littlelj
Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 15681

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Some of my favourite comics ever are in today's set. In particular, "Plop" and "Bail Out".
by littlelj
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 24148

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

I also think that, for "5 minute comics", they're bizarrely up to par. So, how much time does he spend on his actual comics? 10 minutes each? Worse: how much time does he spend actually coming up with the jokes and developing them? The ONLY difference between the comics posted today and t...
by littlelj
Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0815: "Mu"
Replies: 80
Views: 16491

Re: 0815: "Mu"

This is perhaps the funniest title I've ever seen on XKCD. Maybe it's because the teacher that taught me Mechanics always pronounce it "myu" as per the now abandoned ancient greek pronounciation. And that in turn reminds me of the time she tried to do a Feynman impersonation, but was unab...
by littlelj
Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0814: "Diode"
Replies: 137
Views: 58654

Re: 0814: Diode

Resistor? I hardly know her. :D I know very little about electronics, so I knew I hadn't got the joke, but even I could tell this is a whimsy/regret comic rather than a gut-splitter. If you want every comic to be funny and easily understood, you might have more fun at dilbert.com. Now that you have...
by littlelj
Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 26317

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

Do you have a link or title for that, because that would be a very interesting article to read? (O.T., but does it seem awkward to anyone else when you ask a question with a side-note at the end as part of the sentence because the punctuation just seems bizarre for that? And I just realized that I ...
by littlelj
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86218

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I "felt" an invisible internal injury the patient hadn't disclosed, from four inches above her skin, with my eyes closed. :shock: I don't know the nature of said injury, but could it be as simple as removing the scare quotes and realizing that an active injury site will probably have more...
by littlelj
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 43216

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

Shatimmei wrote:
Am I the only one of us who googles things he doesn't know?


Dunno, LMGTFY.

:lol:
by littlelj
Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86218

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I think that double blind studies, complete with untrained hands, might violate some kind of humane treatment moral. You can do a lot of damage that way. Well, I don't know how you could test the Reiki thing (or acupuncture) with someone untrained in Reiki. But then you can't double blind the study...
by littlelj
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86218

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

EDIT: I'd like to point out to the post above me that the most outlandish idea was that you can dilute something to where there is no substance left in the water. Effectively, yes, but absolutely is just silly. Really? I'm no chemist, but this is what I learned... X diluted in water = shitload of w...
by littlelj
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 86218

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Great comic, except in the UK you can get homeopathy on the National Health. For patients with intractable conditions it can be a very cost effective solution as it often works when otherwise patients would be repeatedly seeing their doctors over long periods with costly referrals and long term hea...
by littlelj
Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 94840

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

... "give your answer in centimeters" so the smarter kids answered 36, and we were supposed to mark it wrong. Of course you were supposed to mark it wrong. It was wrong. I'd have to agree - if the rubric had stated "give your answer in whole centimetres" then 36 was right, but o...
by littlelj
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 94840

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

the exact conflict had to do with a question where the expected answer was 36.4 centimeters, but the question stated "give your answer in centimeters" so the smarter kids answered 36, and we were supposed to mark it wrong. Of course you were supposed to mark it wrong. It was wrong. I'd ha...
by littlelj
Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 35198

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

A friend of mine went to a formal dinner where someone pennied stephen hawking's soup. I don't exactly condone that behaviour, but I nevertheless doff my cap to that man (and his descendants, now banned for 100 years). He did what with a penny and Hawking's soup? http://www.javaschubla.de/smileys/c...
by littlelj
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 35198

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

MAAAAATT DAMONNNN ^ This. I used to live round the corner from Stephen Hawking. That man really wants to get run over. He just zooms into traffic, which screeches to a halt. I mean, I guess he's had (having?) kind of a crappy life, but is near-death experiences the only excitement he gets? Comic ma...
by littlelj
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 31572

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

SirMustapha wrote:
StNowhere wrote:But isn't that essentially liking the movie, albeit in spite of its original purpose, not because of it?


Um... no? To enjoy watching them is entirely different from liking them.


Oh I see - it hadn't been clear that you even enjoyed reading them. I apologise, and stand corrected.
by littlelj
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 24671

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

Lawyer: I'm sorry Mr. Mouse, but I do not believe there is any precedent to support insanity as grounds for divorce. Mickey: I didn't say she was insane ... I just heard that joke for the first time last week. Damn it, Kiaser, get out of my head! I don't get it. "She's fucking G/goofy.&quo...
by littlelj
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 31572

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

And it's equally idiotic, amirite? I dunno, as a bisexual philosopher I don't consider either to be especially offensive. I'm not saying offensive, I'm saying idiotic , in the sense that it's absolutely dumb and stupid to call someone "gay" as an offense. It speaks a whole lot more about ...
by littlelj
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0797: "Debian-Main"
Replies: 57
Views: 17623

Re: "Debian-Main" Discussion

Spoilered for joke-dissection: Debian, along with many other Linux systems, is able to automatically install software that you need in order to run the programs you want. So you just tell it "install Firefox" and it goes and automatically installs Firefox and all of the different things t...
by littlelj
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 18850

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

I am guilty of not warning the new girlfriend about the douchebag. She found out, of course, but she'd lost six months of her dating-life by then. :oops:

How do you deal with non-reporting?
by littlelj
Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 21242

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Only a 1 in 6 chance of death? So if you tell your 100-year old Great Grandmother this statistic, she has a 5 in 6 chance of living till next year? Or, a 1% chance of making it to age 125? Actually, that's precisely how mortality works. Your great-grandmother is hugely more likely than you are to r...
by littlelj
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 31572

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion #974

am i the only one that sees a problem with a possible muslim buying a ham from a possible jew? My observations are based entirely on a TV-educated stereotype of what muslims and jews look like btw. Me too, initially. Then I decided that that was part of the inside joke. The best inside jokes are th...
by littlelj
Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 83685

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

Seriously, though, it's a huge pest having to remember passwords, particularly since some sites have weird "no repetition of characters" or "must contain two symbols" or something rules, but they don't remind you of their rules when you log on. Use a web browser that can "r...
by littlelj
Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 83685

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

Sorry I'm late. I've been changing some old passwords... :wink: Seriously, though, it's a huge pest having to remember passwords, particularly since some sites have weird "no repetition of characters" or "must contain two symbols" or something rules, but they don't remind you of ...
by littlelj
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0791: "Leaving"
Replies: 79
Views: 15977

Re: "Leaving" Discussion (#791)

Nitpicky question on img-title: What'll I say -- "I was staring at some cat vomit when I got the news?" Should that question mark be inside the closing quotes or outside it? news?" or news"? I've heard that all punctuation should be inside closing quotes, but the question mark a...
by littlelj
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0790: "Control"
Replies: 57
Views: 14589

Re: "Control" discussion (#790)

ARandomDude wrote:What's up with the second guy on the left?


It's a girl with a ponytail taken from behind.

*snort*

Classic xkcd IMHO.
by littlelj
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 29766

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

You will now be singing the poem to the tune of Auld Lang Syne Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labor, and my leisure too, For his civility. We passed the scho...
by littlelj
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 29766

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

I heard this poem for the first time on Tuesday - on a British TV hospital soap. Weird timing. Didn't know who it was by, though, so Randall has educated me once again. I've never really studied American literature: Harper Lee and Toni Morrison are the only American authors to get on the curriculum ...
by littlelj
Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0786: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 82
Views: 22894

Re: "Exoplanets" Discussion (#786)

uncivlengr wrote:Lastly, there's no snooze button to hit when someone wakes you up.

Your aim is bad.
by littlelj
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0785: "Open Mic Night"
Replies: 89
Views: 18608

Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

Once I realised it was a different person in each panel :oops: I thought this was very funny. But then I'm a linguist, so I know what aphasia is; I "get" Yo Mamma jokes; I can use Google; I've read and seen The Lord of the Rings ; and I have noticed the differences in material between new ...
by littlelj
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0784: "Falling Asleep"
Replies: 96
Views: 27109

Re: Falling Asleep discussion (784)

painful as it is, i do wonder how many couples are actually able to maintain any substantial physical contact all night. After-sex not withstanding, there's only a few comfortable positions that don't result in numb limbs. I find a height difference helps, especially with spooning. Means my head is...
by littlelj
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 22822

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

Are Germans offended to be identified as "European" instead of "Germans" specifically, when that specificity is not otherwise required? Germans? No, not so much. But in the UK? Yes. Very. Often. Not me, but many many British really get het up about this - and usually insist on &...
by littlelj
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 34902

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Hell, even the one most people were making fun of... "Stop Here On Red" ... Makes perfect sense in context. It means "Stop here instead of at the intersection" As you can see in this picture, the sign is indicating that you should stop about 10-20 meters before the actual inters...
by littlelj
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 34902

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Those from the US who haven't yet read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_signs_in_the_United_Kingdom as linked earlier might like a quick peruse. I'm going to go out on a limb and say those signs look ridiculously overcomplicated compared to US signs. But hey, here's a list of all the signs we use ...
by littlelj
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 34902

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Then there's the tautological "Left lane must turn left" That's not exactly tautological. In many places here, you may have several lanes which all continue straight through an intersection, and some which may or may not permit you to turn in one or another direction from them. (For insta...
by littlelj
Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0779: "Anxiety"
Replies: 113
Views: 66056

Re: "Anxiety" discussion (#779)

Well it made me smile even before I looked up "backscatter" and learned about this recent case. This is mostly because it has BHG in it . I've missed him :oops: And thanks to previous posters who have pointed out the dude in the middle looking down in awe at his - erm - gentleman area. Ama...
by littlelj
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 42748

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

Moz wrote:Jones' should be Joneses'.

Mr. JonesMr. Jones's house (or Mr. Jones' house)
The JonesesThe Joneses' house

Agreed.

My real (as in IRL) name is Mrs Jones. I therefore refrain from making any comment about the possible realism of said comic. :!:
by littlelj
Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 23039

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

GTFOOMFHR My two-year-old was up for over three hours in the night (1am-4.15am, since you're asking) and today I am a complete zombie. Squirrel = SQL. I read this comic as "I am so sleep-deprived that my internal deliberations about SQL databases with tree-like systems is manifesting itself in ...

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