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by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 8132

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

DennyMo wrote:I thought the third frame showed bird poop landing on his head, which would at least help you know where the birds *were* just a few seconds ago...

I think that's cartoony "grizzling", the visualisation of angry frustration.
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 28
Views: 6464

Re: Aerogel

It lets me jump in and say (in response to early in the thread) that it depends if the aerogel 'foam' is closed-cell (loads of complete bubbles, forming discrete enclosures) or open-cell (the bubbles have mostly been opened to each other, face-to-face, just leaving the 'corner structures' to form th...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 8132

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

No, but I found a single, solitary, black pixel in the last frame. Does it possibly, given the resolution, have aircraft wings on its avian body? ;) (Gotta admit, I thought from the title that I'd be getting the reverse of Identification Chart. Either Randall's not that unimaginative, or I am... ;))
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163859

Re: Trump presidency

by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count the person above you
Replies: 136
Views: 5372

Re: Count the person above you

Dat paw puppy...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10507

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

UTC isn't even a proper abbreviation/initialism, strictly speaking. It doesn't even stand for what most people think it stands for... ;)
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count the person above you
Replies: 136
Views: 5372

Re: Count the person above you

One. If that's a brose.

If there's no "b" in "rose", then its none, but then my tinnitus has come back, 'cos I still hear a buzzing.
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 97734

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Two months is a long time in politics. Two weeks is. And, two days is also just about long enough, as we've seen. Let's see whether Putin supports the authoritarian Tories more than the socialist parties, eh... Or UKIP. Just imagine! Of all the parties (including SNP), I think the LibDems are the sa...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10507

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Indeed. But just to clarify, it's 2am on Sunday (morning), or what might be best deemed 26:00hrs on Saturday night, when I personally could not get milk. Short of a quick trip to an actual field of cows, hoping that I do not annoy the cows (or the farmer) in the process. 2am on Monday (Sunday 26:00)...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Material with High Specific Heat
Replies: 12
Views: 3049

Re: Material with High Specific Heat

Mu.

(Or is that just for muon-based plasmas? ;))
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 97734

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I first lost confidence when he proposed we continue to manufacture our nuclear subs but not equip them with any nukes - pretty much the worst of all possible options. Only when combined with "...and I'll tell everyone that this is what I'm doing"... If he still held the cards he didn't h...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3239
Views: 546774

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Ok, so, in a time-loop, I had negotiated an understanding between two participants in a pod-cast, one far-right in politics and one far far-far right, for some reason. (I had seen that they had been resolved, earlier, then went back in time into a gap in my participation and engineered this. For why...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 97734

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Why, exactly, is Corbyn still the head of Labour? I remember there was a big kerfuffle last summer, but that he outlasted it. There's a lot more (some say 'engineered') support for him on the ground/streets than there is on the green seats. And the unions, the third side of the triangle of support ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1228: "Prometheus"
Replies: 66
Views: 12732

Re: 1228: "Prometheus"

(As we're necroed.) Mazda, not prometheus. Yeah, not sure why Pratchett changes the name, but I changed it back for clarity's sake, because without context it would just be strange otherwise. Pratchett uses different names for the Gods of the Disc in order to emphasize that even though they are simi...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10507

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I quite enjoy shopping at the local (large) Supermarché at 2am on Monday Morning. Just remember, Britain is more than just (little) England... It's 2am on Sunday (and obviously in the morning, if it is "am" :P) when the "open 24 hours a day except for Sunday, when it is closed up at ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 39149

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

There is an ambiguity in the use that needs further derivation from the surrounding words. "The 1900s then led to the 1910s, only half of which were considered as peaceful". Or, to play with the next 'big number'... "Britain greatly increased its use of the Internet in the 2000s above...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count the person above you
Replies: 136
Views: 5372

Re: Count the person above you

I see 58 characters, which is how I choose to count yours...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10507

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

HES wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:But what I hate is "24/7/365",as a 'motto' or directive. The latter number should be more like 52, or thereabouts.

Right, or just 24/365.2425

FTFY

(Noting that figures such as 365.24219 and 365.25636 have astronomical basis, but shops just worry about calendars.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1842735

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

addams wrote:
flicky1991 wrote:
smailliW maiL (Reversed) wrote:I'm currently living in Ilford, which is technically in London.

I'm about as technically in London as you are! On the same train line, even.
An xkcd Meet Up!
You two may be on the same train, anyway.

And if you find that you can meet up at a special spot of transit...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10507

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Always did assume that 7-11s were that (aforementioned) 16-hours-of-opening (earlier than businesses catering for the late hours, later than the businesses catering for the early hours) and then changing to 24-hour opening without a name change... But what I hate is "24/7/365",as a 'motto'...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 142
Views: 17490

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Sheriff JW Pepper is gone, boy... I said gone over that final rickety old mostly non-existent bridge...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 97734

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

There was something on the radio today (probably The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4 ) about how Anglicans seemed to vote more for Brexit than not, even after adjusting for age biases. Quite funny was the quote (here paraphrased, haven't time to Listen Again to check I've got the right words from th...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Qustion about 3D
Replies: 3
Views: 1056

Re: Qustion about 3D

What is the best way to represent 3D in 2D? There is a lot of ways to daw 3D in 2D and which one is the best? (Decided to include quote, as this might end up being transferred to a "loads if little questions" thread (in coding), as with the ATP one kin Science), etc.. ) What are you wanti...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 339
Views: 28243

Re: Science-based what-if questions

A walk-in safe. So designed that anybody who tried to crack it to gain access to all my worldly wealth within the safe would find it empty, not realising that it was all contained within the safe... ;)
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 3599

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

It may be a more practical separation, but only by current standards. During the heady days of the slave-trade, the region of "us" was far more restricted than now, and at various times of war it could be pulled yet further in as 'Johnny Foreigner' or 'The Other Within' is dehumanised for ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4109

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

In other news, I think I may have preferred to see the outline of the props on the tilt-rotors of the Osprey. The lack of the pegasus-engine vector nozzles in the Harrier bothered me, given the actual (non)coverage of the avian wings on the (sort of) AV-8A silhouette. But that's from memory, so may...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Podcast Recommendation Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 2011

Re: Podcast Recommendation Thread

I'm a bit behind on my downloaded podcasts, because I have a backlog of (linearly broadcast) radio, already. But (being on both of these lists) I think that More Or Less is something I think that forumites might appreciate (or appreciate the opportunity to critique). And of course No Such Thing As A...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 3599

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

It's just egocentrism, at a given scale. Tighter and broader egocentrisms exist. (At times, those guys living across the street are beyond the pale, despite all their similarities to us in so many respects. Whilst if energy beings from the universe next door turned up, however, we'd probably even fe...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4109

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

Cygnwulf wrote:The only problem with Warthogs and mustangs and such is that they don't have their own wings to replace the wings on an aircraft of the same name.
I note with interest and looming anticipation that you didn't explictly diss the idea of the Wellington... :P
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4109

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

Now do the P-51 Mustang or the Vicars Vickers Wellington... ;)
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3239
Views: 546774

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

(Makes me wonder if there's a Talcs'R'Us, a JP Periclase, TJ Mixite, Willemart, Horneblende Depot or MicaDonalds...? ;))
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Copper Bezel wrote:What about inserting grep into your eyes?

Force grep, then let it stand... you get WINE...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 10491

Re: Logon

((Two post-ninjas... But not quite on the same subject.)) I took it that Logan worked (mostly, "YOU ESS EH!" frat boys on a cross-border jaunt excepted) on the US side, where the money was, then transited over to where the isolation (and possibly jurisdictional independence) was that benef...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 39149

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Well, gmalivuk's removal effectively reverts something added in last December, and that sounds suspiciously close to the half-memory of when I personally heard of this. Trying unsuccessfully to narrow it down (QI? Quote Unquote? No Such Thing As A Fish? Word Of Mouth? ....something like that, and/or...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 476
Views: 39149

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I've previously heard of that theory, somewhere I forget, and Wiktionary gives it credence (and root), for what that's worth.
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 6811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Vim: https://www.janitorialdirect.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/450x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/v/i/vim-scouring-powder-double-bleach-500g-janitorial-direct.jpg Emacs: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fa/Apple-eMac-FL.jpg/247px-Apple-eMac-FL.jpg https://upload...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4167

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Does an arbitrary GIMP program have the same "tableness" as an arbitrary Photoshop program, though?
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 13
Views: 3922

Re: Favorite Programming Language

For ease of use in proving a concept: Perl (controversial, I know, if only for it being more a scripting language) For stability/universality: I generally fall back on one or other generation of core C, depending upon the minutiae of the hardware interface/abstraction methods needed and allowed. If ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3239
Views: 546774

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Excuse the effective double-post, but I had a most memorable "outception" last night. The core memorable dream was of travelling in France, apparently a redo of prior sequences which I don't recall so well, but this time realising I had been travelling, previously, on the assumption that I...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4167

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

(Issue: Cannot reproduce; Workarounds: According to the nature of problem... 'Educational' publications, IVF, surrogacy, gamete donation or adoption.)

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