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by Old Bruce
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 35715

Re: 1344: "Digits"

I play Threes more than 2048 (and I've played Threes! for years), but I really don't notice numbers that would make good Threes! combos (6321?). sorry if this is a bad necro and I created my account to post here I don't mind, but then I also don't matter... I just finished a game of 2048 and then c...
by Old Bruce
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 2434

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Soupspoon wrote:Have you tried logarithms?

This may be the only thing about this cartoon (and all the comments) that I understand, just can't recall the original reference. So I'll give you an internets for it.
by Old Bruce
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 1590

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in? You only require a subscription if you are wont to take long walks... [splas...
by Old Bruce
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1885

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Soupspoon wrote:
Mikeski wrote:In addition to knowing not the hour, you know not the grading curve.

It's "most recent posters to the OTT", isn't it? Only I'm not sure which way the cut is, on that.

Surely it would be most relevant posts. [halo emoticon] [cloud emoticon] [harp emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2031

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

Personally, I think the best thing to do would be to put the important information on the Z-axis, but keep the viewing angle straight dead-on with the X-Y plane. See, this is an arguement for everyone to have a VR headset. Yeah, well, I'm gonna put my data on the 8th dimension! You won't be able to...
by Old Bruce
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2397

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

kpallist wrote:Lance Armstrong really missed his calling in opting for Cycling over Javelin.

Little known fun fact (or LKFF as the kids say);
Lance Armstrong started out as a Javelin thrower but ran out of javelin catchers and so had to quit the sport.
by Old Bruce
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 1227

Re: 2020: "Negative Results"

I was really surprised to learn that Australian ravens are black. Like I knew about the swans already, but is everything backward down there? Apparently not. But the latest fun news about those black swans is that some of them are surfers . (Of course, this isn't really new news; that report is fro...
by Old Bruce
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 1227

Re: 2020: "Negative Results"

measure wrote:
orthogon wrote:What about non-pink non-unicorns?

Found one : :mrgreen:

Ditto. [non-pink-non-unicorn emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3677

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

SuicideJunkie wrote:PS: Does anyone know the current exchange rate between basic algebra and combinatorics?

Don't know much about combinatorics....

But I do have a Yen for Krugerrands.
[smiley-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

Perhaps the problem could be solved by using a different leopard. [winkey-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 3171

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Yeah, looking at the lines, that's either a frisbee-style throw with a hyperextended right arm, or a counter-rotating baseball-style throw with a left arm. I wonder which is better for skipping? I lived right near the ocean growing up, near an inlet where a river meets the ocean, lots of opportunit...
by Old Bruce
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 1687

Re: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"

That sure reminds me of the typical forum thread here... Well, in my analysis of thread activity outside of the Enigmas And Diversions boards, after thoroughly normalising posting times according to best-guess timezones of each poster against a Radar Chart plot (see Ref3)… Did you window them first...
by Old Bruce
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 1691

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

The diagram is wrong, anyway. With an angled-up canon firing out, a freefall canonball will never enter a stable circular orbit like that. Even the others seem to inherit a side-wind or something. Perhaps the gun is on the equator and we are observing from above one of the poles? [genuine-puzzlemen...
by Old Bruce
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 2034

Re: 2010: "Update Notes"

I have used both these and this explains a lot.
[shifty-eyed-conman-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2538

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Soupspoon wrote:
Cousj001 wrote:Drat, I though my idea of making a fortune by selling smartphones to whales as already been though of.

[cetacean needed]

Okay, a grudgingly given Internets to Soupspoon, grudgingly given because I should have thought of that first. [grudge-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 3446

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

Alt text: "Buddy, you trying to pull something? I can't buy this gold--all the electrons are missing. I could face serious charges!" I love science puns. It is too early or I am just getting dumber, it took me three reads before I realized there was a pun. I admit I had to go to explainxk...
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 3446

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

trpmb6 wrote:Alt text: "Buddy, you trying to pull something? I can't buy this gold--all the electrons are missing. I could face serious charges!"

I love science puns.

It is too early or I am just getting dumber, it took me three reads before I realized there was a pun.
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5817

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Can something be pure if it doesn't exist? You are René Descartes and I claim my 5 francs. Are you sure he's not Plato? I was thinking more Quintus Horatius Flaccus, personally, but I'd understand if Orthogon wants to try to put Descartes before the Horace . I award you one internets. [smiley-face ...
by Old Bruce
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5817

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Showsni wrote:
Keyman wrote:...
So your wife thinks that that "that" that that poster used was superfluous?

Scans & parses well.
by Old Bruce
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5817

Re: 2005: Attention Span

cellocgw wrote:TL;DR

Ditto
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 4315

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

I am currently standing on a basketball playing surface looking at the basket and I glance at the trusty compass which I always carry whilst playing basketball. The basket is in line with magnetic north, now I move to my right and the basket is no longer in line with magnetic north. Oh crap someone ...
by Old Bruce
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 2620

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

I know that I know just enough to know that I don't know what the hell this is about. I am guessing it is a sort of wry humour. [confuzzled-face emoticon]
What I know is that Clickbait is something.
by Old Bruce
Sat May 26, 2018 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 74293

Re: 0893: "65 Years"


This makes me sad too.
by Old Bruce
Wed May 23, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3403

Re: 1997: Business Update

jpers36 wrote: ...Wasn't expecting to start a new thread a 1:52 in the afternoon Eastern.

Well you did and now you have to live with it.[mock-serious-face emoticon]
Me, I forgot 'twas Wednesday.
by Old Bruce
Tue May 22, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3159

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Old Bruce
Mon May 21, 2018 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3159

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Old Bruce
Wed May 16, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 10551

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Soupspoon wrote:... if there's something strange in you neighborhood, who you gonna call? GB!

Is that George Bush senior or junior? Oh, and what is the number.
by Old Bruce
Wed May 16, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 5283

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Heimhenge wrote:Now ... do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?

That depends on how colour blind you are. Me I am fine (so far as I know) so you can call me up and describe the colours to me and we can go from there.
by Old Bruce
Mon May 07, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 10551

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

YTPrenewed wrote:Why not just use real words instead?

This. [one-internets-award emoticon] [one-internets-award emoticon] [one-internets-award emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed May 02, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 8595

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Bob Fortune used to use a chalkboard. Frequently the chalk would break. I am not old but I am. [wistful-sigh emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14865

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

From an old family recipe:
"Take sufficient flour ... add a small nob of butter...."
[sincere-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 7560

Re: 1979: "History"

... a stretch of about 30-some years between Grant and Teddy Roosevelt where even in AP History class we learned them as the Do-Nothing presidents. You describe, essentially, the full-facial-hair era of the U.S. presidency, when it was acceptable to sprout both beard and mustache, 1869-1893. Execut...
by Old Bruce
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 5356

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Quick derail here [broken-train-tracks emoticon]: Are Gaffer, Duck and Duct tape all the same?
[evil-grin emoticon]
I do know that there is a type of tape used for hockey sticks but don't know what it is called. Maybe Hockey Stick Tape?
by Old Bruce
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5400

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

My answer is either 'More than one.' or 'At least two.'
by Old Bruce
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2698

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

It is funny because it is true. [smiley-face emoticon]
by Old Bruce
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5138

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Why? Sorry, that was a late night post that, in the cold light of day, didn't really work. I was thinking how Apple stopped incrementing the number after OS-X. Except for the Chinese version, OS-XI, that will now run forever Had brunch with some family members and we didn't talk about this because ...
by Old Bruce
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3190

Re: 1961: Interaction

Small talk is hard. Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll: That's why it's an effective signaling behavior: it's expensive. You're not supposed to believe they are intereste...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 3255

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. This makes so much sense. Now I understand why we don't know which state the t...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19429

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Hand written signs Those shouldn't be a thing. I'd be curious to see an example. I'll have to get a photograph of one. The one I saw recently was a pre-made sign with a blank space for a name. Eg "FOR ACCESS TO _______ FOLLOW DIVERSIONS" A sign that they can easily stick a name on to with...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 3255

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. This makes so much sense. Now I understand why we don't know which state the t...

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