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by paulrowe
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 102472

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

The ones who'd probably have to make the least adjustment would be the Chinese, Japanese, and others like them. They already write the date as 2012年2月27日. The elements are already in the correct order, now it's just a matter of taking out the placeholder characters, right?
by paulrowe
Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 11221

1177: "Time Robot"

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Title text: NO FATE BUT THE NARRATIVES WE IMPOSE ON LIFE'S RANDOM CHAOS TO DISTRACT OURSELVES FROM OUR EXISTENTIAL PLIGHT

How do I know you're not the robot?
by paulrowe
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25907

Re: 1149: Broomstick

Then of course there's Tom Bombadil, who didn't exactly gain any benefit from wearing the ring, but felt no ill consequences either. Oh boy, let's not get started on this whole "but WHAT is Tom Bombadil?!?" :roll: I know this is bait, but I'm biting anyway. Tom Bombadil is a Maia, as were...
by paulrowe
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71406

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

If the sky was violet, the poem would go "roses are red, violets are violet," which would be redundant instead of romantic, and eventually the entire species would go extinct because of its crappy love poetry. I was surprised not to see this quote (or something similar) already posted: Vo...
by paulrowe
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 19429

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

bmonk wrote:Wondering what Faraday's first law of fight club is?

The First Law of Faraday Cage-Fighting is: "You do not tweet about Faraday Cage-Fighting."
by paulrowe
Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 32100

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

My first take on this was influenced by a local event that's happening this weekend. Due to the growing losses of livestock to coyotes, a local gun shop advertised a coyote hunt. When controversy broke out, the event was canceled, but another gun shop stepped up to the plate and offered its own coyo...
by paulrowe
Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46525

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Just out of curiosity as a UK subject of the Queen ... that was a comprehensive list of US Presidents and their succession, wasn't it? Probably about as useful as knowing all the Kings and Queens of England without any of the historical information to accompany it. It can make for a great mnemonic ...
by paulrowe
Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46525

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Didn't Obama have something else statistically against him other than not winning Missouri? I just can't put my finger on it. Perhaps RM thought it uncouth to mention the obvious. Had Hillary Clinton won in 2008, he would have probably done the same thing. After all, we're looking for rather ludicr...
by paulrowe
Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46525

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

A bill is something that gets passed. Either from a merchant to a client in response of services rendered... or from a client to a merchant in the form of legal tender... or as a piece of legislation which passes due to the machinations of either other form. Bob is something that things do while fl...
by paulrowe
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30262

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

cellocgw wrote:I hope so, since that's literally not true. Re-process the image at 2X resolution, shift, downscale, and viola!

I'd be impressed if such a simple procedure rendered a landscape into a string instrument.
by paulrowe
Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 19751

Re: 1100:" Vows"

It was all happening in his head, maybe a few dream levels deep, so the whole thing didn't take more than a few minutes in real life. Who knows how they smuggled the equipment onto the field? Maybe the game itself is a level of the dream.
by paulrowe
Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1091: "Curiosity"
Replies: 70
Views: 19413

Re: 1091: "Curiosity"

*Adding "rocket" in front of inanimate common nouns makes that object a million times awesomer - the same way adding "wizard" does for people's occupation. If your hypothesis is correct, then Rocket Wizard must be the coolest combination of words in the english language. We must...
by paulrowe
Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55843

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

philipquarles wrote:One morning, I killed a hobbit wearing my ring of power. How he got my ring of power, I don't know.
Spoiler:
I don't think this is technically ambiguous.

He must have been a pretty animated corpse to get your ring of power after you killed him.
by paulrowe
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55843

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

(Major bad moment in LOTR movies: the party notice on Bilbo's gate being written in English). Why wouldn't it be, since the books are presented as "translated" from common speech. It certainly wouldn't have been in Sindarin or Quenya or the Black Speech. Tolkien didn't even develop Westro...
by paulrowe
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 29654

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

My first take on this was humorous because my second language is Japanese. In teaching the subject, one of the books my sensei used was Japanese Cultural Encounters , by Kataoka and Kusumoto. One of the examples in this book is attending the wake or funeral for the relative of a friend. The student ...
by paulrowe
Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28290

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

God dammit, neither of those was as good as "Oliver!" (exclamation mark on the inside on a tie) Isn't "Oliver!" the name of the musical anyway? Wouldn't the exclamation point belong inside quotes anyway? And I was also taught that punctuation belonged inside the quotes only if i...
by paulrowe
Wed May 18, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39600

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the same religion as far as I'm concerned. They have the same god, borrow from the same traditions, differences of belief are generally overshadowed by differences in culture and politics. Does this mean that we might see the formation of the Orange Catholic Bibl...
by paulrowe
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176465

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I distinctly remember being taught in grade school that there were five nations that were a part of "Scandinavia": Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Furthermore, these five countries have one interesting feature that they all share: their flags are crosses unlike any others in...
by paulrowe
Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88775

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Also, wasn't Shibbolet (instead of "Shibboleth") the one that would get you executed? Or was that "Sibbolet(h)"? The important distinction (as has been noted above) was between the 'sh' and 's' at the start. Funnily enough, although the last sound is traditionally anglicised to ...
by paulrowe
Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34586

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

Isaac20 wrote:You could just have the timer set to a year or so. Pretty hard to forget about it for that long. Better late than never, right?


Then, if you were really alive and come back once the timer has expired, you find your house and all its contents up for auction because you have been presumed dead.
by paulrowe
Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0682: "Force"
Replies: 61
Views: 21428

Re: "Force" Discussion

Looks like the edit to include the death of the Sith Lord on the Wikipedia page has already been reverted by TheProject. They are really on the ball today. I wonder how many of them are also xkcd fans and, seeing how xkcd comics end up referenced on Wikipedia within a single day, were watching for t...
by paulrowe
Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0679: "Christmas Plans"
Replies: 64
Views: 14906

Re: "Christmas Plans" Discussion

This has been every third conversation I've had all week. Who has ever heard of a holiday that falls on the same day every year? It's so strange! But the Jewish holidays do fall on the same days every year. Pesach always falls on 14 Nisan, Matza always starts on 15 Nisan, Shavuot is on 3 Sivan, Ros...
by paulrowe
Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Place to learn Latin?
Replies: 21
Views: 2566

Re: Place to learn Latin?

I would highly recommend taking a class to learn Latin. Find some company for your misery. :) I was homeschooled in high school and my second language was Latin. I don't regret trying to learn the language at all. It has helped in my ability to learn other languages (like Japanese). I have also hear...
by paulrowe
Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "It's"
Replies: 66
Views: 5791

Re: "It's"

People! English is an illogical language. Deal with it. I think this is a pretty reasonable response. English is one of those languages that is not governed well by rules. What rules one might try to force on the English language are always broken. (Please don't bother me with the "All general...
by paulrowe
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 207110

Re: Three princesses

Not caring for the difficulty of actually trying to phrase the question posed below, I opted to find a different one. you ask the middle sister is the sister to your left able both lie and tell the truth exclusive or are you a liar . You then marry the one on the left if no and the one on the right ...
by paulrowe
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 494714

Re: Favorite mathematics jokes

Luthen wrote:For below, the Romans' favourite sex toy were Five Hundred and Nines.


I must have missed the "filtered out" portion, but 500 was written as "D" and 9 was written as "IX".
by paulrowe
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that no longer seem to be words
Replies: 99
Views: 17605

Re: Words that no longer seem to be words

Personally, the word that really frustrates me is "committee". Do we really need all those doubled letters? Others that would fit in that category are "personnel" and "parallel" because they seem to be doubling the wrong letter. When I saw the heading for this topic, th...
by paulrowe
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89674

Re: Mnemonics you love

Ok. Please excuse my use of the "spoiler" button so this post won't take up copious amounts of room. ( Warning: The stories contained within use puns in several cases to make their associations. They may not be appreciated by all, particularly those for whom English is not their native lan...
by paulrowe
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89674

Re: Mnemonics you love

There are a few here that I have seen. My high school trigonometry book used "Oscar Had A Hold On Adam" for remember sin-cos-tan. I was also taught "Pretty Please My Dear Aunt Sally" (or "Please Pinch My Dear Aunt Sally") for remembering the order of operations (Parenth...
by paulrowe
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 55
Views: 7856

Re: Euphemisms

No one faults a successful plumber, but a RICH plumber, damn, that dude MUST be taking bribes or... union cuts... or something. Nah... Your "successful" plumber is really a doctor who makes his money operating on other people's "plumbing". :) Without euphemisms, punsters wouldn'...
by paulrowe
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 55
Views: 7856

Re: Euphemisms

A euphemism is the avoidance of the use of something less "desirable" (in the eyes of the speaker or writer). I suppose most of the uses would fit into one of three categories: sanitation, exclusion, and variety. Sanitation is the kind you tend to encounter on television. This is where you...

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