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by Plutarch
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12774

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

It's difficult to play Mornington Crescent here with any certainty because there are so many versions of the game. Admittedly, they all have the same basic idea, but really, we'd need to know exactly which set of rules we're meant to use.
by Plutarch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 6548

Re: 1893: "Thread"

As someone who avoids Twitter, can someone please explain the non-Pern half of this joke? Twitter only lets you use 140 characters for each post. Sometimes people, not feeling this is enough, make a lot of posts, or tweets, one after another, all on the same subject. This creates their own 'thread,...
by Plutarch
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 6548

Re: 1893: "Thread"

A connection between the dangers of thread on Planet Pern, and threads on twitter. That's funny, after I spent a little while puzzling over it. I have very cheerful memories of reading these books, quiet a long time ago.
by Plutarch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 19948

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I'd be interested if anyone would elaborate on the ice-skate problem. Why did physicists once think they knew how they worked? And why don't they think that any more?
by Plutarch
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 12466

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

One swift visit to explainxkcd.com later, I'd say this is a good comic.
by Plutarch
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22623

Re: 1807: "Listening"

it helps to know that the original concept for the show came out in the wake of the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s where certain contestants were (secretly, behind the scenes) given the answers to questions. Merv Griffin said "what if we give them the answers, then, and ask them to come up wi...
by Plutarch
Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 11207

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

When I go to a news site to read a story, CNN for instance, and there's a video at the top, and the story written underneath, I always stop the video and read the text instead. I find the video slightly irritating. But I've no idea if my reaction is common, uncommon, or an age thing, or if there is ...
by Plutarch
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 6816

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Reading or texting from a phone while walking is endemic in my part of London these days. People striding along the pavement, not looking where they're going, head down, reading their screen. Seems insane to me, but I suppose that's just the way things are, and will continue to be, until technology ...
by Plutarch
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 8568

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

I think the white-hat person might have edged a victory if, instead of saying 'I don't know or care what that means,' had instead responded with the more elegant 'I neither know nor care what that means.'
by Plutarch
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 13406

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Some of the previous posts are rather patronising about ageing. I grew up some time before there was so much as a VCR to program, and I'm managing just fine in the modern world, thank you. As is everybody else I know my age. Nothing in the internet age is particularly difficult to use. I didn't actu...
by Plutarch
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 18298

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

By the way, dictionaries list catcalling as far broader than 'harasses women' —are they outdated or is it an american thing or is it a temporary focus? I didn't know that catcalling meant 'harrasses women' either. I thought it was a general term for shouted verbal abuse, like people in the crowd mi...
by Plutarch
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 12615

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

I've moved houses quite often. I've never labelled a box. Is it a normal thing to do? Do most people do it?
by Plutarch
Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 10282

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

squareroot wrote:I'm just gonna copy & paste what I sent to my dad...

Good explanation! It did give me at least some notion of what it's all about, and I'd have said that was an almost impossible task.
by Plutarch
Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 10349

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

This gave me a cheerful memory of when I was at school - in the days of records - when, if you had a record with a small scratch on it, you didn't bother about it that much (well, some people did actually, but I didn't) and you'd just keep playing it anyway. And, if you let someone tape your record ...
by Plutarch
Fri May 27, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 8040

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

XKCD seems continually amazed that time passes. 'Can you believe it's been X years since Y?' 'Can you believe there are people who were't born when Z happened?' Yes, I can. None of these things make me feel old.
by Plutarch
Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 115121

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I liked the survey but when the results are correlated - or whatever is done with them - you should pay some attention to the American slant of some of the questions. 'Dunk a basketball' for instance. Few people apart from Americans would do that. 'Stick-shift,' - that would just be a normal car in ...
by Plutarch
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 16661

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

If the IAU (International Astronomical Union) is actually an international body, there's no chance they'd name a planet 'Huge Soccer Ball.' They'd name it 'Huge Football.'
by Plutarch
Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 9675

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

They might fall foul of 'unsporting conduct' or something similar in the rulebook. I'd say it definitely would be unsporting conduct to kill and eat your opponent's dog, I just don't think the referee would allow it. Would be a yellow card at least, maybe red.
by Plutarch
Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 23977

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Can anyone tell me where all the lyrics on the internet come from? I find I can look up the lyrics to quite obscure songs, and it makes me wonder, who put these here? A dedicated team of scribes who listened to all the songs and then wrote down the lyrics? Or do bands supply them? (Do lyric sheets s...
by Plutarch
Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 187469

Re: 1446: "Landing"


I felt so cheerful when I heard this on the news!
by Plutarch
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 35754

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

'You've just bricked something important.' I don't understand that. What does 'bricked' mean in this context?
by Plutarch
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21984

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Might these large dinosaurs have had such small, primitive feathers that they looked like reptiles anyway? In the same sort of way that humans are covered in hair, but you can't really see most of it? 'Most dinosaurs scaly not feathered' - http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/most-dinosaurs...
by Plutarch
Sat May 30, 2015 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"
Replies: 45
Views: 14399

Re: 1531: "The BDLPSWDKS Effect"

I don't know about other jurisdictions, but here in Arizona they're transitioning from red emergency vehicles to a shade of yellow-green deemed more easily visible than red by several studies. Here's just one. http://www.apa.org/action/resources/research-in-action/lime.aspx The human eye is most se...
by Plutarch
Thu May 21, 2015 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21984

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Might these large dinosaurs have had such small, primitive feathers that they looked like reptiles anyway? In the same sort of way that humans are covered in hair, but you can't really see most of it?
by Plutarch
Wed May 20, 2015 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21984

Re: 1527: "Humans"

It reminds me of portraying ancient Greek and Roman statues as pristine white marble, when really they were brightly painted. Actually, if I were making a film, I might do that. White marble does seem cooler, somehow.
by Plutarch
Fri May 15, 2015 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 26231

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

While I'm enjoying this XKCD, I'm troubled by the word 'Emogic.' If the language is Emogi, would 'Emogic' be the natural adjective? Thinking of another language that ends in an 'i', there's Hindustani. I don't think that would change to 'Hindustanic 8 Ball.' Maybe 'Hindustanian', but more likely jus...
by Plutarch
Fri May 15, 2015 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 26231

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

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Asking 'Who is the world's best guitarist?' I have the answer 'Mount Fuji, poodle.' So - a Japanese musician, hair-metal enthusiast perhaps?
by Plutarch
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18033

Re: 1508: “beehives”

CP/M-Plus, 1997, Amstrad PCW. (Did Amstrads exist anywhere else except Britain?)
And after that, whatever Apple were using.
by Plutarch
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 10654

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

It's a good plan and I support it. Though when it's time to descend, I wonder if it might be better for the airborne squirrell to just gnaw through the string attaching it to the balloon, rather than shooting the balloon? That would save on weight, wouldn't have to carry a gun or a bow and arrow.
by Plutarch
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 24567

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Aiwendil wrote: Edit: A more pedagogical link for Feynman diagrams (haven't really read through it yet, but it looks rather friendly): Let's draw Feynman diagrams!

Thanks for that link, I found it really interesting. Now at least I have some idea what these Feynman diagrams mean.
by Plutarch
Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1475: "Technically"
Replies: 60
Views: 11496

Re: 1475: "Technically"

I like this comic. However, there are cases where a sentence starting with 'technically' would be good news. 'Technically you don't quite meet our criteria but you're so fantastic we're going to employ you anyway.' Or 'technically we shouldn't have sex but let's do it anyway.' (Is there an acceptabl...
by Plutarch
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1454: "Done"
Replies: 48
Views: 12762

Re: 1454: "Done"

The internet shutting down would be doing the wavy-haired woman a huge favour. If she's been saving her money to fly someone over, and support them, she's being taken for a fool. It would inevitably end in disaster.
by Plutarch
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 187469

Re: 1446: "???"

spamjam wrote:10:15
Image
https://sslimgs.xkcd.com/comics/landing ... p3KBBp.png
long time no ong!


'Spaaaaaaaace' The Philae lander is quoting Portal 2! It's probably been waiting a long time for a chance to do that.
by Plutarch
Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 10859

Re: 1440: Geese

I like geese. In Scotland they guard whisky warehouses.
by Plutarch
Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1438: "Houston"
Replies: 58
Views: 17889

Re: 1438: "Houston"

The line connecting the dialogue to the picture of the Earth doesn't seem to be pointing at Houston in Texas. Maybe the astronaut has dialled the wrong number and he's just talking to some random person called Houston.
by Plutarch
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1424: "En Garde"
Replies: 29
Views: 7819

Re: 1424: "En Garde"

When people use 'touché' in conversation, it usually refers to a rejoinder, something like 'OK, you got me back with that one.' Does it have that meaning in fencing? Or can a 'first strike' be called as touché?
by Plutarch
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 18059

Re: 1420: "Watches"

I was confused by the title text appearing in spoiler tags. But after the 'spoiler tag' shock had worn off, I empathised with the comic. I was never comfortable wearing watches. Abandoning them in favour of using my phone instead has been good. So, I have a question about the Apple watch, and all si...
by Plutarch
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 27920

Re: 1417: "Seven"

None of these posts about continents mention Risk. I'm sure that's where my knowledge of continents came from, and I've stuck with it ever since, ignoring all evidence and opinions to the contrary. Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia, so that's six continents, and then ...
by Plutarch
Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1419: "On The Phone"
Replies: 45
Views: 9922

Re: 1419: "On The Phone"

I wonder if I do this? I do find things in odd places in my house - TV remote in food cupboard is a common one - but I thought the most likely explanation was elves and fairies mischievously moving things around. Perhaps it's really me, when I'm on the phone. That's possible. I'm still suspicious of...
by Plutarch
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 27920

Re: 1417: "Seven"

Sauron gave seven rings of power to the dwarves. Looking at that picture, I think Guacamole might have one.

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