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by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4597

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

So the moon is totally a white rock lit by the sun. The moon's albedo is 0.136, which Wikipedia describes as "a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt." So, more like a dark gray rock, (very brightly) lit by the sun. :) Worn asphalt is fairly white. Take a look at a se...
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 4597

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

synp wrote:So the moon is totally a white rock lit by the sun.

The moon's albedo is 0.136, which Wikipedia describes as "a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt."

So, more like a dark gray rock, (very brightly) lit by the sun. :)
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 11593

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 11593

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

whomever1 wrote:DST stands for Daylight Standard Time? Those two states don't change between Daylight Savings and Standard Time like everybody else. Obviously you don't play Kingdom of Loathing.

DST stands for Daylight Saving Time.
N.B. Saving, not Savings.
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 11593

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

While I have never encountered a 7-eleven (even though they do exist "nearby" in Denmark, Norway, Sweden), I've always thought the 7 was for 7 days per week and the 11 for 11 hours a day. When I moved to the US in 1998, it took a while before I understood what 7-Eleven meant, and when I f...
by GlassHouses
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4335

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

Things I Learned Today:
RAGBRAIvet wrote:Image

The A-10's gun can belch out so much smoke, it can make the engines flame out. To prevent this from happening, the engines' igniters are automatically turned on when the gun is fired.

Awesome. 8-)
by GlassHouses
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4455

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

The work around for the sun expanding in about 4 billion years is to move the earth further away. By then we will be able to to just that. All it would take is a slight speed up for several years. I think regarding the Sun's eventual expansion as a problem is a very optimistic view - if "expan...
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

What about "Hauppauge"? For some reason I thought the company was French, and went for something like /hɔpɔʒ/ (hoe-pohzh). Then I thought maybe I'd mis-remembered and in fact they were Belgian, and it should be /haʊ̯paʊ̯ɡə/ (how-powguh). Eventually somebody pointed out that on their websi...
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I'm still trying to learn where the syllables and stresses are in Aeropostale. a é ro pos tale ...if you're talking about the French adjective meaning "of or related to air mail." In case you're talking about the American clothing store chain, I'm guessing Quizatzhaderac's answer is the r...
by GlassHouses
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've forgotten my GCSE history. Did the Syoo live in Illinwa? No, the Illinwa lived in Illinwa, hence the name. :) Turns out that Sioux is still pronounced Syoo in French; the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from? It doesn't necessarily have to make sense; after ...
by GlassHouses
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

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 GlassHouses
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 13175

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

So apparently plants reflect green light because there's more green light than any other color in sun's radiation, and so it would be too easy to get sunburnt if a pigment absorbed it. I thought leaves are green because they're chock full of chlorophyll, which is green. Why is chlorophyll green? Do...
by GlassHouses
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I like the way that something with "new" in the name is probably the second oldest of its type, for reasons that become obvious when you think about it. I went to college in a city where the two churches downtown are known as the Old Church and the New Church. The former was completed 771...
by GlassHouses
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 2439

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

Incognito mode won't do anything against ISPs selling your browsing history. It can only make it harder to obtain for other people using the same device. I think it is worth pointing out that HTTPS will prevent your ISP from seeing what you're doing. They will be able to see which sites you visit; ...
by GlassHouses
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Except that the pronunciation of "chimera" is also consistent with the spelling, just like "technology" and "mechanism" and "chemistry" and "charisma" and "chorus" and "chaos" are. Except for chimichanga, which contains the first...
by GlassHouses
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 14124

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? I got (and expand) about 70% of my English vocabulary by reading it before hearing it, so I am already doomed That reminds me of a fellow whom I heard mention i...
by GlassHouses
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 9102

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

HES wrote:I'm surprised Randall didn't know about the clove oil thing.

Actually, on second thoughts, I'm surprised that I did know about the clove oil thing. Why the hell do I know that?

You're not just old enough to have watched Marathon Man, but also old enough to have forgotten that you did?
by GlassHouses
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5245

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Stitched: http://www.flags.com/American-flag/ All that effort and it only gets a 30 day warranty? P.S. You look quite good from two miles up or from the east under an oncoming storm . What a strange name for a town! :) Then again, in Australia, there's the Glass House Mountains. Not sure what to ma...
by GlassHouses
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5245

Re: 1815: "Flag"

What I want to know is what the flag manufacture process is - is it all printed now, or do they still stitch together different coloured fabrics? You can get both. Stitched: http://www.flags.com/American-flag/ Fully dyed (so the dye goes all the way through): http://www.allflagsetc.com/catalog/prod...
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 7065

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

This comic reminded me of the first time I saw a moire pattern. Didn't know what it was called back then, but we were visiting some relatives who had a double screen door on their entrance. I walked past it and saw some motion in my peripheral vision. Spent some time moving my head around and watch...
by GlassHouses
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13768

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I'm curious what you'd think of Australian root beer. It's not too popular in the US, because it doesn't taste like root beer. It tastes like—guess what!—licorice. https://www.amazon.com/Bundaberg-Root-Beer-4-pack/dp/B00HGGW69O/ref=sr_1_1_a_it/167-3472595-9524618?ie=UTF8&qid=1489714251&sr=8...
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13768

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

(European speaking) I disagree. Root beer isn't fit for human consumption at all. I have never had medicine that tasted that bad. How about Dandelion And Burdock..? I'd never heard of it until now, but the description in Wikipedia is not encouraging. :D Is this something you can even find outside t...
by GlassHouses
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13768

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Brown is missing Root Beer flavor. Though I understand this tastes like medicine flavor in certain countries, sort of like how cherry flavor equates to medicine flavor in the US. (European speaking) I disagree. Root beer isn't fit for human consumption at all. I have never had medicine that tasted ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7006

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Short of pre-announced events or precognitive reporters, you can't video the news as it happens. Those millions of people who carry video cameras in their pockets, every day, wherever they go, might beg to differ. I remember when tsunamis were this really mysterious phenomenon, rarely described, ne...
by GlassHouses
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 4165

Re: 1802: "Phone"

This is just a geeky way of bemoaning how social media has overtaken the "fake" news cartel that worked to advocate for Randall's political viewpoint. Social media is one element that has broken that cartel, and reports the world news that actually is "scary" and which the carte...
by GlassHouses
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 13196

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I'm guessing us metric people can't buy a 591.47ml bottle—is the nearest we've got the 500ml bottles? Or does that even vary among metric countries? I remember once having a 59 cl bottle of beer in a highway rest stop in Switzerland. It was a Swiss brand, not an American or British import. I rememb...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4494

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have three phone numbers. One is my work number, whose voicemail gets forwarded to my work email. One is my private landline, whose voicemail gets forwarded to my private email. The third is my cell phone, which also happens to be what I use to read my email, private and work. Of course I don't us...
by GlassHouses
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 8679

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Approaching "who are you" from another angle, it's an interrogative form, which in modern English is usually formed using "to do": compare archaic "what say you" with modern "what do you say." The verb "to be" just happens to be immune from the "...
by GlassHouses
Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8954

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Biggest change for me was the use of "ribbons" rather than drop-down menus. Ribbons suck imho. Argh, ribbons! :evil: They managed to make even that all-time paragon of ease and simplicity, MS Paint, into something frustrating and confusing. I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually , heck i...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10236

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

While reading this thread, it dawned on me that apparently "seen Star Wars" means "seen all of the Star Wars movies." I did see the first movie, right when it came out. I enjoyed the space battles (the movie played on the biggest screen in town; it really was pretty spectacular),...
by GlassHouses
Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22574

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I get the idea that 'i' in French is usually (as in Paris, prix, ami) pronounced like in Italian 'Italia', or German 'Kind', 'Innsbruck' or 'Zürich'. As opposed to English 'cricket' or 'inn'. The 'i' in German 'Kind,' 'Innsbruck,' and 'Zürich' is pronounced exactly like the one in English 'cricket'...
by GlassHouses
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12657

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

The technique of whistling with two fingers in your mouth is in my experience most often used in concerts and other such events, as a sign of approval. A form of cheering basically. There's nothing at all sexual in it. The two-toned whistle that wikipedia describes above exists, and is (almost excl...

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