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by cream wobbly
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 39186

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

The flashing also wasn't happening when I viewed the image as part of my RSS feed. I was confused until I looked at the rollover text and saw the mention of "gif format". Pretty much exactly what I did. I guess it would be a little hard to embed them all in an RSS properly :\ Or HTML for ...
by cream wobbly
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 31174

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

PolakoVoador wrote:Pau is actually the slang/crude word for it, like dick or cock.


Obviously a sly reference to Moonfish's suggestion to use "the Chinese symbol for Rooster: 酉", or cock.
by cream wobbly
Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1265: "Juicer"
Replies: 35
Views: 13173

Re: 1265: "Juicer"

As I understood it: Someone got themselves a nice shiny fruit juicer, possibly with the intention of living healthier, more natural or some other hippie claptrap. Only... they they prefer "juicing" heavily processed junk that is almost, but not entirely, unlike fruit. Ah, the humour is co...
by cream wobbly
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 18056

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

There are way too many bad assumptions in the analysis. Speed bumps are designed to make drivers to slow down. Not all speed bumps are. Some are designed to make car drivers slow down, while allowing larger vehicles to pass over them unmolested. The intention is that large emergency vehicles which h...
by cream wobbly
Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 18713

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

Yes, quite. The notion that extra-terrestrial life is extant, intelligent, societal, sufficiently advanced, contactable, all within the timeframe of the human species's survival is simply the hopelessly optimistic astronomics' iteration of the nature-worshipping nonsense of the faithful who attribut...
by cream wobbly
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 10959

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

Hit "Like" if you want the asteroid to change course. Punch "Share" if you want to blow it to smithereens by means of Bruce Willis.
by cream wobbly
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1236: "Seashell"
Replies: 40
Views: 14960

Re: 1236: "Seashell"

I've picked up seashells, but never at the seashore. Which makes sense, since I've only visited a seashore about twice in my life, and never actually found any shells while there. Not many seas in Colorado. He said oceans. Seas are different. But hey, not many oceans in Arizona either. Only this mo...
by cream wobbly
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"
Replies: 31
Views: 11965

Re: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"

Another that didn't READ Ayn rand? You DON'T have to be great to be productive. You have to be productive. Why? Genuine question. Explain why productivity is necessary to society. I accept destructiveness is bad: undoing the work of others is unkind. But it is not unkind to simply feed, clothe, and...
by cream wobbly
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 44303

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. This is not true. There are plenty of British citations in the OED for Dr. and Mrs. with the period. OED citations, British or otherwise, are not always of 'correct' usage. The OED captures historical u...
by cream wobbly
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 44303

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Incidentally, it's also a point of pedantic significance that Randall didn't put a period after the "Mrs" in "Mrs Whatsit." It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. The period indicates omitted letters, and is correctly use...
by cream wobbly
Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 34841

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Vey interesting. Why do you use an asterisk? The asterisk is commonly used in linguistics to note the word probably doesn't exist in practice but that it's a reconstruction (and would've been that word if it were used). ( src ) You can often see it in proto-Germanic or proto-Whatever etymology of w...
by cream wobbly
Wed May 29, 2013 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 34841

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Mellogoth is how an English speaker might conjure a portmanteau of mellon and the kot- component of Morgoth . Firstly, the agental suffix -on would not be absorbed into a neologism, but would be pushed to the end: it's a suffix . Second, there are two clearly documented roots here: MEL and KOT (pp....
by cream wobbly
Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1198: "Geologist"
Replies: 44
Views: 11134

Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Quicksilver wrote:Just a generic rock? Why not something of value or difficulty to obtain? That's what framing game is all about.

I think you may not have heard of canned hunts.
by cream wobbly
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107025
Views: 47571305

Re: 1190: "Time"

Alright! The fun continues! Since the story is developing nicely - the girl is building a bigger sandcastle and the boy is back to help her - let's tackle the other aspects of the story. I have few more assumptions. I prefer not to make assumptions so could you help me out here? Is the girl the one...
by cream wobbly
Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 13441

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

The artist is going off half-cocked… conception occurs a minimum of 30 minutes after intercourse, and typically up to five days afterwards. It can take longer. So unless Rembrandt's parents were getting it on for in the order of a week, then I'm sorry, the image does not depict "an artist's co...
by cream wobbly
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 13441

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

The artist is going off half-cocked… conception occurs a minimum of 30 minutes after intercourse, and typically up to five days afterwards. It can take longer. So unless Rembrandt's parents were getting it on for in the order of a week, then I'm sorry, the image does not depict "an artist's con...
by cream wobbly
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 34607

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

This may be idiotic. I assume the answer is the same as the Sun or Venus; but what about Mercury? :oops: Down two, across two. It's dealt with. But our moon doesn't figure. It doesn't need to figure because we know the outcome, but as the nearest body to Earth, it's still surprising it was missed.
by cream wobbly
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 34607

Re: Correction on a what if article.

It had enough time to send back a single photo after landing—the only one we have from the surface of a body beyond Mars. This is untrue. The russians did quite a bit of photography on other planets back in the day. I'm sure Randall knows about this. There's our moon as well, even though he skipped...
by cream wobbly
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 34607

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

If dropped from four or five kilometers, it could gain enough speed to pull up into a glide—at over half the speed of sound. I can't believe nobody pulled you up on this. The speed of sound ... on Earth or on Mars? Earth: 340.29 m/s at sea level Mars: 244.2 m/s at zero altitude http://www.aerospace...
by cream wobbly
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 43319

Re: 1168: Tar

I find it odd that no one suggested tar --version ...% tar --version tar: s: unknown function modifier From one of my Solaris boxes. Well, BOOM. Sorry folks, I doomed us all :oops: And sorry if someone mentioned tar --version prior to my post. I've read the entire thread and didn't notice any menti...
by cream wobbly
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 43319

Re: 1168: Tar

~ $tar -zxf foo.tar.gz How hard is that? I know. Although I would've said tar xjf pr0n.tar.bz2 I wonder how many people think tar xkcd [...] is a valid command... $ tar xkcd n00b.tar tar: You may not specify more than one `-Acdtrux' option Try `tar --help' or `tar --usage' for more info...
by cream wobbly
Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 28151

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

If your brain thinks that sounds good, you can check it out here . (I am not sure if “lol-meme” is the correct word to describe those graphic memes on the net. Is there, in fact, a word for those things? I can't quite bring myself to just call them “memes.”) The name for this particular species is ...
by cream wobbly
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 28598

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Now a question to the philosophers, just as a mental exercise, would there be any real difference in these two scenarios: 1. God sets up the cosmic pool table with the big bang (or other starting point) and gets the balls rolling to create the universe we live in today. 2. God creates everything, a...
by cream wobbly
Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 28598

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Actually there is postulation that an earlier amazing Venus and Jupiter conjunction(near occultation) on Jun 17, 2 BC was the actual Bethlehem star. Reason 1. Jupiter was -1.8 Venus was -3.4 and they were only half a degree apart(which is visually closer than Jupiter's 4 moons), that would mean the...
by cream wobbly
Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 24627

Re: 1149: Broomstick

Pfhorrest wrote:fighting him for untold millennia

No, it's told.

Pfhorrest wrote:([...] the Silmarillion is a chore to read).

Oh, I see.

[I just want to add that I agree with and appreciate your other Tolkien-derail posts. Thanks!]
by cream wobbly
Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 66981

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. Tell me why the stars do shine, Tell me why the ivy twines, Tell me why the ski...
by cream wobbly
Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 29956

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

Assumption: The stick is sturdy (not unreasonable as it's securing a boat) Tie the goat to the stick in the ground. Take the wolf across Take the cabbage across Untie the goat and take the goat across Or these: The "animals can swim" approach: Step 1: tie animals to stern of boat Step 2: ...
by cream wobbly
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 37228

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

I guess you could change the "c" of Facebook by a cent sign, though. Heheh, Fa¢ebook... You missed App£e, Goog£e, Appl€, Googl€, A₱₱le, and G¤¤gle. (Sadly, we have to wait for Unicode to get around to encoding the new Turkish Lira symbol.) Edit: sorry my post's kinda redundant, but casanu...
by cream wobbly
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47311

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

[blah] The roundabouts just need to be designed such that it's obvious that you are merging with another road, and not intersecting with it; that you can't turn back up that road in the wrong direction (nobody thinks that they can, from a right-lane highway onramp, turn left down the highway agains...
by cream wobbly
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47311

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I'm a fan of these two UK road signs, with two quite different meanings: http://www.keysignsuk.co.uk/images/products/ONE-WAY-TRAFFIC-SIGN.jpg One Way This road has only one legal direction of flow; traffic is forbidden to travel in the opposite direction. It should be understood, therefore, than a ...
by cream wobbly
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47311

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

AvatarIII wrote:who needs traffic lights when you can have round-abouts....

round-abouts that have traffic lights on them part way round :| ....

also I just noticed the bird moves :)

You could have roundabouts-from-hell with traffic lights on them as well. That would be fun.
by cream wobbly
Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 29311

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

I'm still excited for when we start mining asteroids and can get more platinum from one than all of the world's mining operations put together for a year. And I will be excited when my fellow space cadets learn about beneficiation and metallurgy and refining and solvent chemistry and industrial pro...
by cream wobbly
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19274

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

Its more then just the trope thing. Its a cliché in a cop films A trope is a cliché. "Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés." Nope, a trope definitely t...
by cream wobbly
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 34036

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I feel the need to point out a flaw in Randall's design: the door dispenser won't work. It looks correct when the door is open, but when it is closed, the items will get wedged between the slide and the side of the fridge. The slide should direct the items away in a line perpendicular to the door. ...
by cream wobbly
Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 35095

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

In Australia I don't hear much about either of those types of football; there is some round football stuff (soccer) but the majority of sport news is about AFL and cricket. ... So I don't think the "Non-US" column of the cheat sheet is very good. In fact, the cheat sheet could be interpre...
by cream wobbly
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18556

Re: 1100:" Vows"

Carteeg_Struve wrote:The ball was already snapped.

I hope they can save their pennies and get a new one.
by cream wobbly
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18556

Re: 1100:" Vows"

I believe Randall is making a reference to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UIdI8khMkw which got pretty popular a year or so ago, except that the "wedding spoof play" is even more extreme than the fake-out walk. Thank you! But could somebody explain what's happening in the video? I don't u...
by cream wobbly
Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 18594

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

I would tend to argue that an average of 1 star generally means the same thing as an average 5 star rating: that only one review has been submitted.
by cream wobbly
Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 13713

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

hypochrondiac - n. one affected by hypochrondia, the irrational belief that there are insufficient hours in the day. I suppose he was hurrying around the front of the aircraft to save a vital few seconds, like those people who believe they can shave off milliseconds by turning left at a diagonal ins...
by cream wobbly
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 53904

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Technically it isn't where Shelob lurks(it's the nearby watchtower) Wrong: Cirith Ungol is indeed the narrow mountain pass: ("cirith" = cleft, "ungol" = dark; cf. " Ungol iant", Shelob's mother). The tower is Minas Morgul , which is the twin of Minas Tirith , and which...

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