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by Dorp
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 318868

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Not only did Randall remember that Alaska is a real place where people live, he gave us a helicopter-hunting wolf-riding badass while all the rest of you got silly comics about snakes and turtles. Randall knows where the real men live.
by Dorp
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69936

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

All this arguing about daily meal prices got me trying to figure out my monthly food expenses... and then I remembered I spend half of each month living at a mining camp, where I not only get free meals, but I get paid to eat two of them (breakfast and lunch I always eat on-site or on the mine shutt...
by Dorp
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139611

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

jpk wrote: But it's all affectation. Nobody cares about "My Little Pony", they care about being seen as the guy who cares about "My Little Pony". Nobody cares about map projections, but it's a nice way to lengthen your geek-peen a little. If you were actually the person you're p...
by Dorp
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139611

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

My favorite map is "SE Alaska and the surrounding islands" which I only carry so I can tell where the hell I am relative to Juneau, at which point my favorite map is "City and Borough of Juneau" so I can tell where the hell I am relative to my apartment. I'm pretty sure that make...
by Dorp
Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39066

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

...and every instance of "you dumb, I smart" comic we see. This 'You dumb, I smart' thing, it's, it's kinda like, pretty much, every post you do. you ever notice that?. No? maybe a bit of deconstructionist analysis of your own posts mixed in with some soul searching and therapy might give...
by Dorp
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does the brain fabricate blurred vision?
Replies: 19
Views: 3091

Why does the brain fabricate blurred vision?

I've had this question on my mind for awhile now ever since I started reading about evolutionary psychology. The thing I can't figure out is why, if the images you see of the world are largely fictional representations of that world constructed by your brain out of signals about changes like line st...
by Dorp
Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 27918

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

I was once referenced in someone's missed connection. It was the creepiest moment of my life. I now avoid craigslist like the plague.
by Dorp
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 69594

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

When my mom was 14 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was told she probably wouldn't live past 18.

My mom is turning 53 in 5 days.

Survival rates are nothing but statistics, and statistics lie all the time.
by Dorp
Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21828

Re: 0913: "Core"

Sometimes I get freaked out when we get ore samples in at the mine lab just by thinking about how long it took to make this stuff, and all the reactions that had to happen to create all these lead and zinc and silver deposits which probably have never even seen the light of the sun until today... an...
by Dorp
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39814

Re: 891: Movie Ages

I'm only in my 20s, but the other day my husband and I were getting ready to go to the store and I mentioned how we could compare prices of dishwashers while we were out. We promptly grieved for our childhoods together. Also just the fact that I'm married is sometimes enough to make me freak out, si...
by Dorp
Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71862

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Damn it, I hate the porn names game. Seattle doesn't do street names, so I'm stuck as Tipper 98th Pl South. :(
by Dorp
Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 108471

Re: 0881: "Probability"

I confess to coming to the forums sometimes just to see what new and cantankerous thing SirMustapha will come up with to gripe about. Seeing comics like this one or the genie one earlier generally prompt me to break out the popcorn. The boy is a unique individual, to be sure. I too would like to thr...
by Dorp
Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 108471

Re: 0881: "Probability"

Not that I'm trying to make a habit of calling out the absurdity of posts here, but reading this thread was probably more depressing than the comic. It's a constant back and forth of people feeling bad and other people trying to make them feel worse for feeling bad. All I wanted was an explanation o...
by Dorp
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37186

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Just because you know calculus or java or whatever doesn't mean you can't still let loose and have fun with the standard fair of the net and humanity, and probably even mock and improve upon it. As others said this is a well made version of the joke. I don't claim intellectual high ground. I just d...
by Dorp
Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37186

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

To all the people who did not enjoy this comic strip: Who said anything about y'all's wishes? You mean that xkcd is just Ran'dall ejaculation on our face? ... okay, that makes me far more worried about the fans than about the detractors. Not meaning to insert myself back into the conversation... bu...
by Dorp
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37186

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

Just coming out of lurking for the moment to say I lol'd hard, this was excellent, funny, and for once didn't rely on intellectual highbrowism to sell a joke. Don't get me wrong I like the smart jokes as much as anyone else, but at a certain point it's nice to get a break from having to wikipedia ev...
by Dorp
Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177666

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Diamond-shaped diagrams tell me whether or not the chemicals at work will murder me.
by Dorp
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 42361

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

My employers recently blocked all web access in response to some dumbass leaving his match.com profile up overnight. I've been watching my own habits change since this happened and noticed that while I am more productive for longer periods of time, the second something comes along to distract me I'l...
by Dorp
Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52649

Re: 0841: Audiophiles

I keep doing the same thing with head phones, except instead $20, it's $1-$7. Even though I know they aren't good, and will break, I keep buying the cheapest ones I can find (that aren't "ear-buds" because I'm just not comfortable with that whole concept). I refuse to buy headphones that ...
by Dorp
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:50 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

Ha! Well, I'm pretty much terrible at everything having to do with coding (can't even do HTML worth a damn) so I guess I'd just as well scratch out the "scale-to-PC" idea. Anyway. HOLY TITS GUYS I FIXED IT. Kind of. Mostly. I think. I was poking around in the LIMS menu and trying to figure...
by Dorp
Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

I *think* you can add /page to most commands to see the output one screenfull at a time, so: show/page logical I might be wrong about that. show symbol or show symbol/all Might be useful info. "show/page logical" %DCL-W-NOQUAL, qualifiers are not allowed - supply only verb and parameters ...
by Dorp
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

A few more commands: dir/total - shows total disk usage. I suspect you have something like a 100 meg drive. show device/full - show more hardware / fs info. Might be interesting. show logical - shows environment variables. *maybe* something in here would indicate other directory locations? I emaile...
by Dorp
Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

out of curiosity, how are the scales attached? parallel? Er.. I don't know what you mean by parallel, but the scale attaches to the little intermec terminal box through a 25-pin serial port. Looks just like a printer cord, actually, except with the holes/pins opposite how it is on a PC (i.e. the pi...
by Dorp
Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

Isn't there anyway you could contact the previous maintainer? I don't think there is one. This machine's been in use with no maintenance since the lab opened over a decade ago. I think they got it used from another gold mine and just put a different logo on the splash screen. (Hence why there's no ...
by Dorp
Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

At the LAB-> prompt, try "set def [-]" then "dir". That should show you the top level directory. ("set def" is short for "set default" - which changes the current or "default" directory.) Aight. After the set def thing typing "dir" now giv...
by Dorp
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Re: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

Wow, more replies than I was expecting! :D Anyway, I'm back at my camp room now (I stay on-site at the mine for my two week shift, very dull) and have access to my laptop, so here's the promised pictures: Results of the command "help": http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/3451/help1vj.jpg ht...
by Dorp
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 3467

Trying to fix an 80's-era lab computer. Help!

Hey there. I have a possibly-interesting problem that I can't seem to find any kind of solution for. I work in the metallurgy lab at a lead/zinc mine here in Juneau, AK, testing ore samples for precious metals. A good deal of the equipment we use here is pretty old, but by far the oldest, most archa...
by Dorp
Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: CAN YOU SOLVE THIS? From a water lab!
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

CAN YOU SOLVE THIS? From a water lab!

Hey, all. I work in a water quality lab in the state of Alaska and we've just run into an interesting problem. One of our clients, wanting to test his metallic water for iron content, sent us a number of samples to run. Strange things began happening, however, and none of us can figure it out. I tri...

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