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by chrth
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 28820

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

Retread of 2009 Called, but the bell bottom art makes it worth it.
by chrth
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 26344

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

I can see that working with established characters, or in an ongoing story line, you know, when there is a sense of purpose or direction. "Social ineptitude" is a character trait that can be worked in an unmeasurably large amount of ways. But when someone goes "here are some complete...
by chrth
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25976

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

project2051 wrote:But what is this comic suppose to mean?


Man's Inhumanity to Man, duh
by chrth
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25976

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

The audience's response tells me they aren't good photographers. In most cases, the problems they talk about are operator error more than the fault of the camera. Really skilled photographers can get good pictures even with crappy cameras, and complete amateurs will still take amateur photos with t...
by chrth
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

dp2 wrote:I was quoting Modern English's "I'll Stop The World". The phrase "Modern English" being the focal point of the now pulverized joke.


And melt with you? Yikes, man. But I do understand the reference now.

Beatles still win.
by chrth
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Is that so much better than the similar: One, yes, it is, because as much as I love Pink Floyd (PS: Another Brick in the Wall pt 2 was actually released in '79), they don't compare to the Beatles. Unless there was another reference you were making? Two, whether or not you meant to reference ABitW2,...
by chrth
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Since you apparently don't enjoy the comic, and from what I've seen, you haven't really enjoyed them for quite a while, might as well clear up a little space. That way, you can go on with your life, and those of us that actually enjoy the comic can continue doing so without you trying to wizz all o...
by chrth
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Cyberchihuahua wrote:Oh No! Hes summoned Eldest Gruff!


If you're referencing the Dresden Files series, that is most definitely not Eldest Gruff. Not to mention, where's the donut?
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

You know something, I've completely confused myself with this post. I apologize to anybody who read it.
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Regarding the last panel: Like others, I originally thought it was overdone. But then I re-read it; I think we missed the joke in it. The 5th panel isn't explaining the previous four panels. The 5th panel is revealing that everybody else in the group already knew about the Sheeple. Still not done pe...
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

British Modern English has seen some changes, but it's getting better. All the time. It can't get no worse? I used to get mad at my school the teachers who taught me weren't cool they're holding me down draggin' me 'round filling me up with their rules * Huh ... that's a limerick! *Apologies if I g...
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Regarding the "English" debate:
“It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” -- Andrew Jackson

That said, kudos (or is it "kudoes"?) to jpers36 to pointing out the lack of non-standardization of spelling that existed prior to the 19th century.
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

dp2 wrote:I get the impression that they like it most, though. They take the most pride in thinking "independently". Maybe it's because Ted Nugent is the first one I ever heard use it.


People who use the term Sheeple are.
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

dp2 wrote:You must not have Libertarians in your country.


I've seen the word used by morons of all political persuasions.
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

One thing bugs me, though. There weren't any sheep 10 thousand years ago, were there? There were wild goats that might have been in the process of being domesticated, and would eventually be bred into what we know as sheep today, right? Obviously the memory of the Sheeple that had been subdued and ...
by chrth
Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37393

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Dobblesworth wrote:The long-awaited sequel to 610


I think it's more likely that Gunpistolman finally learned the word.
by chrth
Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 41970

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Zylon wrote:
jpers36 wrote:
Zylon wrote:This looks like a job for...A mantis dressed like a bat!
FTFY

No, you made it wrong. You fail.


Looks right to me
by chrth
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 41970

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

The Scyphozoa wrote:Really? A callback after only four days?


If it had been after 4 months, you'd be complaining about an obscure self-reference. Part of the joke is his recent appearance.
by chrth
Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 79845

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

SpringLoaded12 wrote:Ellen DeGeneres?


Her girlfriend wife
by chrth
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 79845

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

hifi wrote:I knew a girl called Portia.

Yes, the idea came from Porsche.


Or, you know, Shakespeare
by chrth
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 21734

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Reason #58 it's obvious Randall doesn't have any children: this comic. My 4 yr-old just got a book called Dangerous Animals. My wife thought it'd be just pictures of sharks, tigers, etc., but it actually goes into stark detail about what animals do to kill prey and possibly humans. My son loves it, ...
by chrth
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Ok, in looking at the Transverse some more ... and taking the picture and rotating/re-orienting it to my expectations ... I think that is what I'm talking about. It's just kind of hard to process because of the whole South America thing - I wouldn't expect that what is on a north-south line now woul...
by chrth
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Actually, I have one last projection question. The Mercator projection uses the equator as the, um, focus? -- not really sure what the cartographic term is. Couldn't you use the Prime Meridian (or any other longitude) and do a similar projection? Maybe I'm wrong, but are you thinking of the Transve...
by chrth
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Yes, but the distortion is wicked. I'm not sure what the problem is! I'm trying to think what longitude would have both the least distortion and the greatest. Poles at -30 long and +150 long would probably have the least distortion since they're set in oceans, so that would put your "equator&q...
by chrth
Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Actually, I have one last projection question.

The Mercator projection uses the equator as the, um, focus? -- not really sure what the cartographic term is. Couldn't you use the Prime Meridian (or any other longitude) and do a similar projection?
by chrth
Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

But that is a flaw of surveying and mapmaking people's perceptions of area in general, not projections. FTFY. Not what we're talking about; see below. An afterthought: Are you suggesting that a flaw in surveying and mapmaking is that the methods of measurements are becoming more accurate? The origi...
by chrth
Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

However, France has lost more land to the increase in accuracy of surveying than they did through any wars. (This was admittedly when France still had kings I believe) I watched a fascinating documentary on the history of mapmaking and that's one of the things I learnt from it. I can imagine rulers...
by chrth
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

EDIT: "No one ever got killed because they thought Antarctica or Greenland were much larger than they actually are due to the Mercator projection." Can you prove that??? :-) But seriously, I think it is usual to have half a fkn clue about geography. I do as well, but for me, geography is ...
by chrth
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

While I understand the desire for "accuracy", let's all take a moment to recognize a very important fact: No one ever got killed because they thought Antarctica or Greenland were much larger than they actually are due to the Mercator projection. Looking through the range of popular misconc...
by chrth
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

No. You absolutely should not "check that out to see what they've done" I felt that my child would not be going there was implicit in my comment. Besides, what do I care if the school is teaching all the other kids wrong? My child will learn to critically think about what he learns in sch...
by chrth
Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Just wanted to point out that when I was checking out a school last night for my son, I couldn't help but notice the Mercator map in every classroom because of this comic. That said, they're building a new, more modern school next year, so I'll need to check that out to see what they've done about t...
by chrth
Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 59468

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

This is hardly a problem that Wikipedia are unaware of. All Randall's done is flag a problem that we knew about anyway and fail to propose a solution. I know he is a comic writer and not a journalist but for some reason that irks me even more. The issue is actually less common than you'd imagine an...
by chrth
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I want a "no ocean" land-only map projection that fits nicely on a sheet of paper. Better for planning ridiculously long road trips. Why waste 70% of the map on blue ink, and places you can't pave? You can put the oceans back in if you give me pontoons. here you go: http://upload.wikimedi...
by chrth
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Can someone explain to me why there's such a dispute about Gall-Peters? I read the Wikipedia article, and I understand why cartographers reacted negatively to charges of cultural imperialism, etc., but I don't understand the cartographic reaction to it. What is wrong with it as a map?
by chrth
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Sir_Read-a-Lot wrote:My favorite map is this one.

(true, chrth got there before me, but he didn't use the original version).


But that's just the map; I posted the projection of Middle-Earth onto Europe.
by chrth
Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 135372

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

My favorite projection: http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9241/middleearthi.jpg Tolkien's quote: “The action of the story takes place in the North-West of ‘Middle-earth’, equivalent in latitude to the coastlands of Europe and the north shores of the Mediterranean (…) If Hobbiton and Rivendell are tak...
by chrth
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 24213

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

I guess my point is, though, is the line even legit? If for at least half of its existence MTV has not been playing videos, doesn't that mean the video-playing days are the anomaly?
by chrth
Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 24213

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

I would like to point out something that hasn't been mentioned. MTV debuted 30 years ago. The "I remember MTV when they used to play videos" line goes back to at least 1996 (around when shows like "Beavis and Butthead", "Real World" and "Dateline" were airing,...
by chrth
Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 27697

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

Since we don't have thanksgiving here, we don't have what you guys refer to as Black Friday (shopping). Instead we have the Boxing Day Sales (day after Christmas; the stores are packed with bargain hunters). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day#Shopping There have been attempts to turn the day a...
by chrth
Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 27697

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

A_of_s_t wrote:
austinian wrote:So... Returning to the topic of BHG's recent dominance of the comics, whatever happened to the chick that stole his hat?

Wouldn't a better question be: why are people caroling in October?


The answer is actually the same: she's one of the carolers.

And already knew.

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