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by Taymon
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 31674

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

According to my HS English teacher, Romeo was more likely to be in his late 20s. Juliet was jail-bait, though Jailbait doesn't quite cover it by today's standards. Juliet on Wikipedia . The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Props to you for getting that quote right. Nobody ever gets that quote ...
by Taymon
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 31674

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

This comic made me go "d'awwwww" a little.

There must be something seriously wrong with me.
by Taymon
Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1025:"Rock Tumbler"
Replies: 50
Views: 20156

Re: 1025:"Tumblr"

Dot Tumblr Dot Com, on the other hand, would be an awful name for a band, if only because of how hard it would be to direct people to your band's website.


Much like "Slashdot" would be an awful name for a tech website.
by Taymon
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41281

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

We need to defictionalize this thing.
by Taymon
Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Some good projects to familiarize yourself with a language?
Replies: 4
Views: 2520

Some good projects to familiarize yourself with a language?

I'm a sophomore in college, studying computer science. I'm interested in the study of programming languages: how different languages are designed around different principles, take different approaches to the basic questions (flow control, data model, type system, memory management; heck, even syntax...
by Taymon
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23090

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

The funny thing is that this isn't even close to the highest-ranked comic title lexicographically. Incidentally, I never interpreted the generic stick figure guy and girl as specific characters with any continuity from comic to comic; rather, I always figured they were just generic people (although ...
by Taymon
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25128

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

So what's the subtext? Whatever issue spawned this, I must not have followed it too closely. Basically, 'Plunged by 19%' means that it went down to 1%. However, because of the wording, some people might interpret it as having lost 1%, and that now his popularity is at 19%. The point is, plunged by ...
by Taymon
Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25128

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

So what's the subtext? Whatever issue spawned this, I must not have followed it too closely.
by Taymon
Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0968: "Everything"
Replies: 100
Views: 34067

Re: 0968: "Everything"

Every once in a while, there's a comic (usually about love or relationships) that seems like it should be profoundly meaningful, but that I don't really "get" in that sense. I generally tell myself that eventually, upon rereading it, I'll appreciate it more; so far, I've never been wrong. ...
by Taymon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165380

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

...Wow. Would that actually work?

If so, everybody should experience it at least once.
by Taymon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46248

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Just crazy enough to work...or just crazy enough to fail hilariously tragically?
by Taymon
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 68494

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Mundane math question: Is the 5- or 10-year period for a prognosis just an arbitrary unit for a continuous uniform probability distribution? In other words, is a 10-year prognosis of 60% equivalent to a 5-year prognosis of 77%? That's what it looks like from the comic, but I was hoping someone could...
by Taymon
Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35225

Re: 0927: "Standards"

"The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from."
—Grace Murray Hopper (attributed)
by Taymon
Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27818

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

I remember a joke theory someone put together that had the same setup as the comic, but instead it compared the increase in global temperature to the decrease in the number of pirates (real life pirates, not software pirates), and stated that the decrease in pirates was causing global warming. This...
by Taymon
Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27818

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

For a long time, I had the same question as the first guy in the comic. But after reading it, I went and looked back through the various reports and blog posts that I read when the WHO made their announcement, and I think I finally get it. The announcement was that cell phone radiation would be adde...
by Taymon
Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0908: "The Cloud"
Replies: 69
Views: 24305

Re: 0908: "The Cloud"

Arancaytar wrote:Huh, did Randall ever leave out the title text before?

Yes. It always shows up eventually.
by Taymon
Wed May 25, 2011 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 184642

Re: #903: Extended MInd

A comment on the comic itself (as opposed to the alt-text): Did anyone else, upon reading this, immediately think of the implications for artificial intelligence? Everything that, say, a chatbot would need to know about the universe is right there . I was probably inspired by a short story in Cory D...
by Taymon
Wed May 25, 2011 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 184642

Re: #903: Extended MInd

United States > Federalism > Government > Legislator > Legislature > Deliberative assembly > Organization > Corporation > State (polity) > Social sciences > Umbrella term > Superset > Mathematics > Quantity > Property (philosophy) > Modern philosophy > Philosophy This is significant because on nearl...
by Taymon
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24872

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Though I'm unfamiliar with Mr. Gladwell, this comic is still thought-provoking. Obviously, neither of their approaches is at all viable--but is there, perhaps, a middle ground?
by Taymon
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 23196

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

I did not interpret the girl in this comic as being Faye. She has the glasses and (sorta) the hairstyle, and the "daddy issues" line is probably a reference to QC, but Faye really doesn't project the image of perfection (an occasionally recurring theme in Randall's work) that this girl doe...
by Taymon
Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sequence of digits
Replies: 12
Views: 2771

Re: Sequence of digits

Лом's solution is correct, of course. And I hadn't thought of applying it to ranges other than the base 10 digits.
by Taymon
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sequence of digits
Replies: 12
Views: 2771

Sequence of digits

The following sequence of digits has a special property that makes it easy to remember:

6 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

What is it?
by Taymon
Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 28596

Re: 0807: Connected

I greatly enjoyed this comic. In fact, I see it as one of Randall's best, and as part of a great quality streak over the past few weeks. That being said, I also enjoyed the earlier comics, such as "Angular Momentum", that celebrated romance rather than deconstructing it as this one does. I...
by Taymon
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 101222

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

I'm not sure, but I think this might just be the best xkcd of all time.

And I'm somewhat ashamed to admit that despite having heard it explained in some form several times, I still don't really understand how airplanes fly.
by Taymon
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 73946

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

Comics like these are why I read xkcd. I read the original and was hoping he'd update it one day.

Well done, Mr. Munroe. Well done.
by Taymon
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 46533

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

I don't really understand this comic, which is too bad because I'm sure it's one of the funniest ones in a long time.
by Taymon
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39654

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

I'm going to university next month, and while I haven't had quite enough experience with the website to become frustrated with it (though things aren't looking good), course registration is another matter. Last week, a seat opened up in a course that I'm waitlisted for. I don't know which one, becau...
by Taymon
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 59324

Re: Honor Societies

I am a member of the Honor Society at my high school. And I can't stand it.

This is one of my favorite xkcd strips in a long, long time.
by Taymon
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 26031

Re: "Trimester" discussion

I found this comic hilarious for a completely unexpected reason. When viewing the page in a maximized Google Chrome browser window on a 1024x768 display, the punchline is just below the screen threshold. I almost didn't realize it was there. For some reason, this made the comic much funnier.
by Taymon
Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Magnet and a block of metal
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

Re: Magnet and a block of metal

Spoiler:
Rub them against each other in one direction until they're both magnetized. Then give one of them a good whack and see if it still repels one end of the other. If it does, it's the magnet; otherwise, the other one is.


This is my first post on the xkcd fora, by the way.

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