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by John DeSavage
Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 27829

Braille Graffiti: http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/08/braille_graffiti.html http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/09/braille_graffiti_in_paris.html Also, in San Francisco there is a building on Van Ness that has a giant braille sign rendered in stone, 4 stories off the ground. I love the parado...
by John DeSavage
Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44219

Re: Duff's Device

Linked from the wikipedia page on Duff's Device: http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/duffs-device.html Actually, I have another revolting way to use switches to implement interrupt driven state machines but it's too horrid to go into. Now my curiosity's piqued... ah, found it: http://www.chiark.greenend.or...
by John DeSavage
Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44219

For anyone still paying attention...

This will break your head:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duffs_device

(only marginally related to goto, but more about another huge programming pet peeve: case label fall-through.)
by John DeSavage
Fri May 25, 2007 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 38836

Aha! But if events are either deterministic or random, then how can you claim to have free will? If everything is deterministic, then the choices you make have been pre-determined by earlier, external events. If everything is random, then your "choices" are randomly determined as well, an...
by John DeSavage
Thu May 24, 2007 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 38836

Is spontaneity always a good thing? There's a fuzzy line between doing things that are random and fun, and doing that are unwise. It's great to take wrong turns, until you get fired for being late and get evicted because you can't pay your rent. It's great to open unmarked doors, until you open one...
by John DeSavage
Thu May 24, 2007 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 38836

Well... whatever coherent narrative it is, it better involve monkeys.
by John DeSavage
Thu May 24, 2007 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 38836

Also, this strip reminds me heavily of the first track of Saul Williams' second album. For obvious reasons.

(It's good, go check it out...)
by John DeSavage
Thu May 24, 2007 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 38836

I used to argue long and hard that nothing we can do is truly random, and that coin flips, die rolls and the like aren't random either. I mean, given all the data on a situation (coefficients of friction, weight, air resistance, angle thrown at, power, etc you could predict a die roll.) I also like...
by John DeSavage
Mon May 14, 2007 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0261: "Regarding Mussolini"
Replies: 100
Views: 31980

skyo wrote:Jeez, don't be such a Wikipedia Nazi. (just kidding.) Actually, I agree with you. But I am still quite impressed by how quickly that one user posted the citation after the comic went up. ;)


Hey, don't lump me with the webcomic deniers, I'm just musing on...

...dammit!
by John DeSavage
Mon May 14, 2007 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0261: "Regarding Mussolini"
Replies: 100
Views: 31980

I think its funny that when I went to TAW to figure out what godwins law was, xkcd was already listed as a "Notable Citation of Godwin's Law" I found that funny too. Looking at the Wikipedia article history, someone added the citation 7 minutes after the comic was posted. Then it was edit...
by John DeSavage
Mon May 14, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0261: "Regarding Mussolini"
Replies: 100
Views: 31980

I like. Very nice. Could you imagine the american briefings. General: Hitler's forces are retreating into Berlin. Staff: GODWINED!! General: Anyways, we need to advance into Berlin and meet with our Russian front. Staff: Russia PWNAGE!!! General: Someone court-martial his ass. Wouldn't it be, "...
by John DeSavage
Fri May 11, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0260: "The Glass Necklace"
Replies: 179
Views: 77910

I always liked the Simpsons' take on the campy 60's Batman onomatopoeias.

ZUFF! PAN!! SNUH! BORT! POOO! NEWT! MINT! ZAK!
by John DeSavage
Fri May 11, 2007 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0260: "The Glass Necklace"
Replies: 179
Views: 77910

I believe the comic is referring to Fulgurite. Obligatory wikipedia link - fulgurite is the material that you get when lightning strikes sand. The lightning is actually so hot that the sand fuses together to form a sort of glass. I was going to make an observation about how lightning-fused glass ca...
by John DeSavage
Fri May 11, 2007 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0260: "The Glass Necklace"
Replies: 179
Views: 77910

Not to be pedantic*, but the only onomatopoeias above are rumble, boom, and crack.

*Ok... to be totally pedantic.
by John DeSavage
Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44283

There is a great one in San Francisco called the Alemany Maze . Across the bay is the MacArthur Maze which doesn't look all that awful, but pretty much all traffic coming into san francisco from east bay must converge on this interchange. According to wikipedia , it is one of the busiest interchang...
by John DeSavage
Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44283

howdyhamster wrote:North Texas is just as crazy.

Residential part of Denton
Plano: Notice the 3 roads Parker, Park, and Plano Parkway
And at the end of the tour, welcome to Dallas.


Reminds me of Ann Arbor's Huron (st.), Huron Parkway, Huron River Drive, and Huron Parkway Park
by John DeSavage
Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0253: "Highway Engineer Pranks"
Replies: 112
Views: 44283

I've always been a fan of Kuala Lumpur. Straight lines be damned! Nothing super complex as far as overpasses go, but it's got some nice geometry.
by John DeSavage
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27603

I can't believe you guys got yelled at so much... I've done it tons of times and never gotten more than a dirty look... guess I've always done it when it was empty, though. And when you book it, it's easy to get up a down escalator. Trick is to propel yourself with your arms to go really fast. When...
by John DeSavage
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27603

I can't believe you guys got yelled at so much... I've done it tons of times and never gotten more than a dirty look... guess I've always done it when it was empty, though. And when you book it, it's easy to get up a down escalator. Trick is to propel yourself with your arms to go really fast. When...
by John DeSavage
Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27603

This is great...although people on the London Underground glare at you like you've just slapped their grandmother if you so much as stand on the wrong side of the escalator. But to do this at Angel tube station? Sweeeeet. That reminds me... I'm surprised no one has linked to this yet: http://www.wo...
by John DeSavage
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27603

I have done this an uncountable number of times. People generally don't care at all, as long as the escalator is free of people. And you should probably stop if someone gets on the escalator. However, one time a friend of mine and I ran up a down-escalator, and when we got to the top, there were som...
by John DeSavage
Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Poly - Again!
Replies: 30
Views: 6050

Hi there. I'm relatively new here, but I'd like to say a few things. First, it's been nice to read a discussion about this topic where at least someone has had experience with the side they are arguing for. Most of the discussions I've been involved with about polyamory are the "How could that ...
by John DeSavage
Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0224: "LISP"
Replies: 74
Views: 32058

Hmm.. on second though, the set of people who can quote 2001 and the set of people who know LISP probably have a large intersection. Maybe a joke about LISP and, uh... monster trucks would be better.

...

I tried to resist typing "or women", but failed.
by John DeSavage
Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0224: "LISP"
Replies: 74
Views: 32058

"My God... It's full of 'cars'"

With this joke, I believe you have singlehandedly optimized the Qwantz Equation

I salute you, sir.

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