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by cptjeff
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 18339

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Is that because thyy "project" formal wear, or because we expect it based off the cultural legacy of vampires? If they're projecting the idea of formal wear, does their appearance change depending on what the person 'seeing' the vampire envisions formal wear to be? That is to say, would a...
by cptjeff
Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 18027

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

I read "Meat (mostly solid)" as "Meat (mostly squid)". Why have I not heard of these squid farms before?! Now I'm wondering how large the squid pipeline would be. Can't be very large, some searching shows that we consume about 45,000 tons of squid a year, back of the napkin math...
by cptjeff
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 41556

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

(lest not forget something as simple as converting male USB to male USB) That's what the "50-lb sack of gender changers" in the title-text is for. Oops, I totally forgot about the text. :oops: Still, there's no duplicate of any connector on that box and I think a male-to-male piece is che...
by cptjeff
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1183: "Rose Petals"
Replies: 51
Views: 16288

Re: 1184: "Rose Petals"

The Roomba IS "her," hence the alt-text. Then who is he talking to in the alt-text? Whoever seems to be questioning his relationship with his Roomba. That's how I read it anyway, seems like this comic may have multiple meanings, or none at all and we're just overthinking it. You're overth...
by cptjeff
Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 45915

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Max™ wrote:I can't say much, but I will say this: I am definitely not a witch.


Since when does Christine O'Donnell read XKCD?
by cptjeff
Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 45915

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Just out of curiosity as a UK subject of the Queen ... that was a comprehensive list of US Presidents and their succession, wasn't it? Probably about as useful as knowing all the Kings and Queens of England without any of the historical information to accompany it. It can make for a great mnemonic ...
by cptjeff
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49242

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I'm not sure how roundabouts could possibly be better than intersections. I despise the roundabouts here in DC and I swear it doesn't help traffic much at all, especially with bad drivers. Google decided to route me through Washington Circle at rush hour recently, I think they thought it would be a...
by cptjeff
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31056

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

I'm pretty sure that, at least in many jurisdictions, one and I on license plates are deemed equivalent, as are zero and O. Checking if the requested plate is already issued would return True if the girl requested any 7-character combination of 1s and Is (also spaces and hyphens are ignored). So he...
by cptjeff
Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 29601

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

You would think a guy who writes so many grammar comics would realize that "sex orgy" is redundant.
by cptjeff
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17606

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

Two hampers. (Unless you're a Goth) You realize modern detergents eliminated the need to separate colors and whites a decade ago, right? If you bleach to get things extra white (which you should only do on rare occasion- bleach is a pretty harsh chemical and will break down your clothes), it's unde...
by cptjeff
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17606

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

I never understood people who have trouble with laundry. Buy a hamper that is the same size as your washer/dryer, when it fills up, go wash. Let it run while you surf reddit, go dry. Surf reddit, grab everything. Dump socks and underwear into "clean" drawer; hint: buy only one kind of soc...
by cptjeff
Fri May 18, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45769

Re: 1056: Felidae

Hmmm. Maybe the next version should be vaporware, allowing them to adopt "Sphinx," opening up a segue into all sorts of mythological beasties? Operating system Wyvern, or Manitcore anyone? IMO, this is actually a really good suggestion. Argh. Too slow on my first opportunity for the first...
by cptjeff
Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43010

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Does he come running to see if someone's making a dubious criticism of the plural form "octopi"? Based on what we've seen of the character so far, I'd say he comes running whenever someone uses the plural form octopi. This sounds like a job for Anthropology Man! But it might take a bit of...
by cptjeff
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317350

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

we're sorry, your password must be between 6 and 10 characters and may not include any of the following special characters !@#$%^&*(){}-=+\|/><,.":;'[]. . . . *cries* My frigging bank won't allow me to use special characters. You would think out of all the institutions out there that would...
by cptjeff
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36656

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Hi, I'm Firefox.
I'm Chrome.
Wazzup, I'm Safari.
Howdy, I'm Opera.

[Clown walks in]

Hi, I'm Internet Explorer.
by cptjeff
Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 48142

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

Octopodes is clearly incorrect in English, because if the plural were octopodes the singular would be octopous. All masculine delta-stem and tau-stem Greek nouns end up with -ous in the nominative singular, because the dental always drops out when sigma (the nominative singular masculine ending) is...
by cptjeff
Sun May 29, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 29577

Re: 904: "Sports"

If you only watch casually you might think that passes/plays/shots/goals/fouls are "random," but I find that a really belittling and so incredibly tedious to find truth in. I'll note that you didn't say you find it to be incorrect , just belittling. The word "random" has too muc...
by cptjeff
Sun May 29, 2011 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 29577

Re: 904: "Sports"

If you were to quiz actual market participants, they would be ignorant as to the supposed reasons for their actions. I often buy or sell, not based on broad economic themes (or whims), but rather on the outlook for a certain stock. Some people will sell not because of their lack of confidence in th...
by cptjeff
Mon May 23, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 35609

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

This was one of the best ST:TNG episodes made. It was simple and the plot device was elegant. In so many episodes the technology of the star trek universe was so great in order to get any tension or feeling of jeopardy some lame situation had to be created to neutralize the technology, or some vast...
by cptjeff
Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70878

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Dagnamit! Why didn't I consider my prospective porn career when naming my goldfish things like "Bubbles the Impaler"? I don't think you need a street name. "Bubbles the Impaler" will do quite nicely. Mine is too lame to even be worth mentioning, and I am shocked, and somewhat re...
by cptjeff
Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0876: "Trapped"
Replies: 90
Views: 18868

Re: 0876: "Trapped"

You know, I didn't think this comic was very funny. Then I came in here, saw SirMustapha and Gamer_2k4 rage about how a philosophy metaphor was used incorrectly, and all was redeemed. :D The alt text? Classic xkcd trolling at its best. So when a comic is flat out bad, it's trolling and therefore fu...
by cptjeff
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177278

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

I have a lot of sympathy for libertarianism, in theory, especially on the social side, but too many of its advocates turn me off by arguing from blatant illogic. I suspect you would enjoy this: http://www.leftycartoons.com/wp-content/uploads/types_of_libertarian1.png Credit where credit is due: htt...
by cptjeff
Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24112

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

Whoa - NSFW, she's not wearing a shirt! I'm reading this at work - I had to close it quick before anyone saw. I would like to know how many other comics there are where she is not wearing a shirt and we couldn't tell. Nobody in the history of XKCD has ever worn clothes. The whole comic exists solel...
by cptjeff
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17250

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

muntoo wrote:Elbereth! Gilthoniel!

Also, Randall was using copyrighted material in his comic. Tolkien's work should expire for another half century, IIRC.


Not in sane nations. Just because the US has moronic laws...
by cptjeff
Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26278

Re: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"

People still wear watches? Last time I saw a watch was on an 8 year old kid. Maybe my Latin teacher wore one too...he's a pretty classy guy. But man, everyone uses cellphones now a days. Which is kinda sad. I like wearing a watch. But I would feel like a dork wearing one. Really? You feel like a do...
by cptjeff
Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"
Replies: 51
Views: 13722

Re: 0825: "Guest Week: Jeffrey Rowland (Overcompensating)"

vaskafdt wrote:
Covane wrote:It would be wise to not go to the wikipedia article.

Edit: It would be wise to not scroll down on the wikipedia article.



it would also be wise to not search Necrosis Fetish on google images.


My curiosity got the better of me, and almost certainly thankfully, rule 34 seems to have failed.
by cptjeff
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 87818

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Anyone who still claims to be a 7337 H@x0r probably is not. Shouldn't the shibboleth be something not evocative of a script kiddie from 01999. That is, unless it is being used ironically. !'m t0t4ll¥ 3l!t3 4ñd 4ñ¥0ñ3 wH0 $4¥$ 0tH3rw!$3 w!ll f33l m¥ wr4!tH 0ñ tH3!r l0©4lH0$t. Good luck. My localhost...
by cptjeff
Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 20667

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

...which have bugger-all to do with sexual predation. Hee. Sometimes turns-of-phrase centered around words with nearly lost etymologies amuse me. Glancing at the OED, in the 1300s bugger was a term used for heretic. 1500s we get the use describing the sexual act, only polite for use as a legal term...
by cptjeff
Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 20667

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

While I can see a number of problems with sex offender registries as implemented in the US, I'm not an American and I didn't know they were controversial in America; what are the reasons for the backlash? Quite frankly, I am an American and I know nothing of any controversy surrounding sex offender...
by cptjeff
Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23165

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

So cool story time: Not long ago I was on a hike with family, and it started to thunder. We went under a tree where we started putting a poncho up for a shelter. That's darwin award territory right there. Trees not only attract lightning because they're tall and made of conductive salty water, but ...
by cptjeff
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23165

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Let's see. The forum has nearly 60,000 members. Therefore there are at least that many reasonably regular readers. I suspect there are at least that many regular readers in the US. We should therefore expect a more than twenty thousand percent increase in deaths from lightning in the coming year. T...
by cptjeff
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23165

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

So cool story time: Not long ago I was on a hike with family, and it started to thunder. We went under a tree where we started putting a poncho up for a shelter. As we're doing this, my brother notices that the tree we're under has been struck by lightning in the past, and makes the "we're safe...
by cptjeff
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34158

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I can just imagine all the complaints about the downfall of society that have been said in ages past. In "Wealth of Nations", people were complaining that education was declining rapidly due to poor standards. I'm sure many playwrights would complain about how the Theatre Industry was chu...
by cptjeff
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 32059

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

So lucky I don't know what Gilligan's island is. Also, Grand Theft Auto is, properly, motor vehicle theft, which does not include horse-powered vehicles. I could totally get Emily off the charges. /judgejudy *may or may not be right, the FBI website is shit for searching Try an actual legal resourc...
by cptjeff
Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 38917

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

To be serious for a moment, highway engineers put the first words of a message in the place where the driver will approach them first, because if the first words were the farthest away (the "top" from the perspective of somebody looking at the road), the driver may have driven over the la...
by cptjeff
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 25026

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

my friend Catherine doesn't even pay attention to lasers anymore. She'll glance at the dot, then stare right at the pointer in your hand, and stare in annoyance, then goes back to whatever she was (not) doing. You can get the dog interested for a few seconds though.
by cptjeff
Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 22555

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

What's wrong with cheerios and vermouth? It's a classic, like coca puffs and whiskey.
by cptjeff
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 77158

Re: Strip Games Discussion

This comic is, of course, like all the others based on Google results, going to quickly skew itself from sites linking to it. Also, "Strip Magic: The Gathering" doesn't sound like it could be THAT rare. I know some people I could envision playing it. Or would the rules be hard to work out...
by cptjeff
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?
Replies: 203
Views: 27733

Re: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?

It's not a matter of our personal philosophies, but of judicial precedent. You want the courts to administer a eugenics program. The courts likely would not administer a eugenics program. At this point, you're advocating a total disruption of the means by which fundamental rights are protected by t...
by cptjeff
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 51710

Re: "First Design" Discussion

ionine_ wrote:I found this hilarious, even though this is my first year participating in FIRST.
Also loved the Hackers reference ;)

Greetings from Team 334.

You'll find it even more hilarious after a few frustrated brainstorming sessions.

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