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by chrisjwmartin
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2795

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: 5479

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: 20656

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: 5163

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: 6625

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: 8225

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: 6128

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: 7771

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: 7771

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: 7771

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: 6444

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: 9463

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: 9463

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: 9393

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: 24260

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: 24260

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: 12722

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: 12722

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: 22464

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: 22464

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: 10770

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: 10770

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: 12701

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: 12226

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: 18332

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: 18332

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: 18332

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: 33663

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: 33663

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: 33663

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: 18332

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: 33663

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: 33663

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: 9641

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: 130172

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: 130172

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: 130172

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: 120
Views: 104431

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: 44371

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: 20141

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.

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