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by chrisjwmartin
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11922

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

First, rank every person in the US from 1 - 300m or so on some kind of objective scale. Then start at the top. Ask each person "Do you want to be President?" If they say "Yes", they're disqualified. First person to say "HELL NO!" gets the job. Nobody who wants that kin...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11922

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

gmalivuk wrote:
chrisjwmartin wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Why isn't Malala Yousafzai on the list?

Because she's an over-rated dimwit pushed into an undeserved prominence by her cynical father?

Fuck off.

Yep, that is the quality of response I expect from the kind of person gullible enough to admire Malalalalalalalalol.
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11922

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Sableagle wrote:Why isn't Malala Yousafzai on the list?

Because she's an over-rated dimwit pushed into an undeserved prominence by her cynical father?
by chrisjwmartin
Fri May 18, 2018 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10734

Re: 1986: River Border

*reads tooltip* What on earth does pie have to do with pizza? *thinks for a bit* Oh, right - Randall is American from New England , and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies". ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest. Interesting, as an Old Worlder I assume...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed May 09, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4412

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

What is the etymology of entymology?
by chrisjwmartin
Tue May 08, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10407

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Kilader wrote:Is no one going to bring up the fact that it seems Randall accidentally left a sketch of Cueball turned on? There's a bigger and rougher Cueball slightly transparent, and it's distracting...

Thank god it's not just me - I was worried I had a problem with my monitor!
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10734

Re: 1986: River Border

*reads tooltip*

What on earth does pie have to do with pizza?

*thinks for a bit*

Oh, right - Randall is American, and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies".
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 3110

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

Did anyone else read this as a line graph first, get confused, and then realise it was an area chart?
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 6433

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Morgan Wick wrote:I mean, what name are they going to give the generation after Z, now that they've reached the end of the alphabet?

Generation &.
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24194

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Just posting, apropos of nothing, that this is my favourite XKCD in ages. I properly laughed out loud at it.
by chrisjwmartin
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 6104

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

Fungo4 wrote:The question I have for you all is, did you read them top to bottom, or in chronological order?

I instinctively started reading bottom-to-top, but realised they were getting less ridiculous instead of more, so started again from the top as seemed to be intended.
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 7801

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends. Then the taste buds on the tongue must also be the exposed surface of the brain ... think about that next time you're deep kissing someone. No, the eye is c...
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 9399

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Heimhenge wrote:Why stop with averaging just Celsius and Fahrenheit? Throw Rankine and Kelvin into the mix too. Call it RKCF. I leave the formula as an exercise for the reader.

I hope you're not going to be so timid as to use the arithmetic mean for RKCF.
by chrisjwmartin
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6944

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

I'm surprised that Randall launched such a direct attack on Obama. "No Drama Obama", as he has often called himself, is surely the most famous person to describe themselves so frequently as being "No Drama". For Randall to say that Obama is "terrified of [making people sad] ...
by chrisjwmartin
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8525

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Consider what happened in South America during the Conquistador period - a time of stretched supply lines and numerical inferiority for the invaders, but technological superiority This. It always amuses me how many hipsters have taken the ludicrously contrary view that alien contact could only ever...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8525

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

He missed off the most worrying group of scientists that could be interviewed in "Breaking News!" stories: exobiologists . I don't see how that would be worrying, unless you believe in No Biochemical Barriers . Personally, I'd be glued to the TV, but wouldn't be at all worried. If you thi...
by chrisjwmartin
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8525

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

He missed off the most worrying group of scientists that could be interviewed in "Breaking News!" stories: exobiologists.
by chrisjwmartin
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 7019

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I'm "carries data but not power".
by chrisjwmartin
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 10200

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

gmalivuk wrote:
chrisjwmartin wrote:
funnyav wrote:Image

Yep, that sounds like a conversation with a woman.

Ha! Ha! Sexism is so clever and original!

It was the first such comment on the thread, so yes, actually it must have been pretty original. Thank you for your compliment.
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 10200

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

funnyav wrote:Image

Yep, that sounds like a conversation with a woman.
by chrisjwmartin
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9862

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: 25986

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: 25986

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: 13699

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: 13699

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: 23260

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: 23260

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: 11892

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: 11892

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: 13360

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: 12780

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: 18902

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: 18902

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: 18902

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: 35420

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: 35420

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: 35420

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: 18902

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: 35420

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: 35420

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 ...

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