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by chrisjwmartin
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 6408

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

The first time I ever played roulette for 'money' was at a company function, where there was a hired casino and play-money tickets... I went to one of those once. I too looked around the room, and noticed to my surprise that one of the games was broken. There was a strategy whereby you were guarant...
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15081

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

The best one was when I learned that the American tribe is not pronounced "Syowks". Um, what? I can't decode that into a tribe name I'm familiar with. Yup, "Sioux", like Mutex said. How is an non-French-speaker supposed to know that "Sioux" is pronounced like "Sue...
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15081

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Mikeski wrote:So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken?

I used to do this all the time as a bookish child. The best one was when I learned that the American tribe is not pronounced "Syowks".
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8435

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Time zones are stupid anyway. Everyone should just use UTC all the time. There's no international law that says the start of the working day has to be 09:00. At first, I was inclined to agree, but keeping track of the date would get messy in places, where 0:00 UTC is during the daytime. You'd eithe...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8435

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Time zones are stupid anyway. Everyone should just use UTC all the time. There's no international law that says the start of the working day has to be 09:00.
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14148

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

No, it has its uses. It sure does. I asked my wife how much would be reasonable to pay per week for a new gaming rig over the course of four years. She answered £50 per week (only £7 per day - bargain!), which of course is about £10,000 over four years, and so she then couldn't complain when I boug...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14148

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

That amount of Skittles in six months seems pretty reasonable. And I *know* I could make my way through a candy counter over the course of three years. This just seems like one of those dumb, innumerate comments where something that's spread over a large amount is presented in comparison with someth...
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7235

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Anyway, what is everyone's favourite map projection? Mine is the Peirce quincuncial. It is so beautiful, and it tessellates. You do realise what that says about you , I take it? I do! That is my second-favourite xkcd comic. I laughed so hard when it first came out, because it summed me up perfectly...
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7235

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Mercator is pretty much the best map projection there is, if what you want from a map projection is to be able to navigate ships across large distances. There is no such thing as "bad" map projections, only map projections that are better or worse suited to particular purposes. Anyway, wha...
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 8997

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Gotten. Have gotten. SMH. It's perfectly cromulent American English. Not only is it acceptable, but "I've gotten" is "I have gotten". I may be misinterpreting Aperion, however. It's difficult to understand what he/she is trying to say with his/her post. I think they're whining a...
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8919

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

So, yes, one could probably slap together an equivalent map of the US or North America in general. But since the vast majority of it would be essentially making fun of native peoples, it would be in far worse taste. I stand corrected, it seems. Yeah, I'm going to take this as Randall recognising it...
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13290

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

And I'm just debating fast forwarding two months and banning them both now. Because that's where this is going to end. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to be banned from saying it on the pretend grounds that an open web forum is somehow equivalent to a p...
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13290

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Fractal_Tangent wrote:I would like to point out how adorable I find you both.

It's true! I *am* adorable. If only more people realised it xxx
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13290

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Diadem wrote:If you wolf-whistle at someone to get their attention (something that's not at all remarkable over here), is that likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US?

Pretty much everything is likely to be misconstrued as sexual harassment in the US.
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23850

Re: 1759: "British Map"

It did occur to me a while ago to wonder if Native American names sound more comical to non-Americans. Most of us grow up within easy driving distance of at least a few places with Native names, and several others are the names of states or major cities (and thus taught in elementary school) or got...
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23850

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Liri wrote:Actually, you're probably right. The same thing is probably true with Australians and Aborigine place names. Names like Kalgoorlie, Barangaroo, and Wagga Wagga sound kinda silly to USian ears, for example.

Post was not rebuked despite being mean to identity politics victims ~~Felchstaff
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23850

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Liri wrote:A healthy fraction (a majority, maybe?) of state names are American Indian in origin. Plenty of cities, too.[/size]

Yes, and they all sound stupid. No wonder they were so easily wiped out.

Dude was warned for being an obnoxious dick ~~Felstaff
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 13290

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? Hey, stop mansplaining the term "catcalling"! It means just what feminists choose it to mean—neither more nor less! (mansplain v. To expl...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23850

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Generally though, this was a pretty stupid cartoon. I don't see what the point was. I'm pretty sure it was "people who aren't from the UK think that British towns and cities have silly-sounding names; here are some words and names that are similar enough that they might be mistaken for the nam...
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23850

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I see a few categories emerging... feel free to edit/rearrange/discuss: Two words stuck together: Eavestroughs Seasedge Glutenfree Eyemouth Earhand Hairskull Lakebottom Braintree Skinflower Crewneck Hillfolk Waterdown Kingsbottom Braintree and Eyemouth are real places. Generally though, this was a ...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 7483

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

"meh", like "bah" and "pah" and "eh" and "uh", is an interjection, not a word. That's why the normal rule doesn't apply to it.
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 105802

Re: 1663: ???

That wouldn't prevent it from being an irrelevant village in London, though...? I really had no idea that the town of Greenwich is one of the boroughs of London. It doesn't really make any sense to refer to Greenwich as either a town or a village at this point, is all. You wouldn't refer to Queens ...
by chrisjwmartin
Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 105802

Re: 1663: ???

Flumble wrote:And even then, forget about Greenwich, it's just some irrelevant village somewhere in the UK.

Greenwich is in London. London is not an irrelevant village.
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 105802

Re: 1663: ???

He could always wait until April 14th and claim that he's using the Julian Calendar.
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 103
Views: 66910

Re: What If updates are temporarily on hold

A new What If! This has made my day.
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 36641

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Damn, Americans are stupid, and obstinate about their stupidity.

Your version of the phrase is wrong, and everyone else looks down on you because you don't even understand your own language: deal with it.
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 17986

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Eternal Density wrote:These ones are simplifications, not synonyms.

This. Literally none of these are synonyms. I have to wonder if Randall even understands what the word "synonym" means.

Eternal Density wrote:Fail, Randall.

And even more so, THIS.

The first set were weak enough. Hopefully there won't be any more.
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 21456

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Flumble wrote:
HES wrote:Accident and Emergency is the British equivalent of the Emergency Room. To us, ER refers to the Queen.

As in 'ER Majesty?

As in "Elizabeth Regina".
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 32302

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

And how many syllables is meow? (or miaow) You would enjoy Joyce's Ulysses: -- Mkgnao! -- O, there you are, Mr Bloom said, turning from the fire. The cat mewed in answer and stalked again stiffly round a leg of the table, mewing. Just how she stalks over my writing-table. Prr. Scratch my head. Prr....
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 32302

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I can only get them to work if I only sing the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" line. The "Church of Jesus Christ Creator" is where it should be "Heroes in a half shell, turtle power", but it doesn't fit. You misunderstood: each individual phrase is to be sung to the tun...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1401: "New"
Replies: 61
Views: 11329

Re: 1401: "New"

Steve the Pocket wrote:I'll give Randall this much. This joke is so obvious that even people who have never seen it done before know that it's been done before, and yet the way he implemented it still made me laugh.

I don't get it at all. Can someone explain it please?

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