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by keithc
Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0119: "Worst Band Name Ever"
Replies: 84
Views: 32336

Re: 0119: "Worst Band Name Ever"

A lot of punk bands try to do just that, see Cherry Poppin' Daddies and This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb . Those names are just quirky at best, if they really want a band name that will act like mainstream repellant, I can think of a few off-hand: [*] AWESOME 9/11 [*] SODOMIZER [*] AL-QAEDA LOVER [*] PEDER...
by keithc
Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0867: "Herpetology"
Replies: 72
Views: 18692

Re: 0867: "Herpetology"

Birds are Aves, which is part of the clade Theropoda, which is in Saurischia, which is in Dinosauria. Those birds outside our windows are dinosaurs. We can clear out the rest of our brains because we now have the best fact. This is not completely correct. Birds are Aves, which are part of the clade...
by keithc
Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 21608

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

jgh wrote:I went to a UK university 20 years ago and did a major in Computing Science with minors in Environmental Science and Japanese Language.

Keele?
by keithc
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 21608

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

skine wrote:I've heard that He-Man earned a Master's in the Universe.

Hawkwind got there first
by keithc
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 35160

Re: 0858: "Milk"

And some of the comments from SirMustapha or marsman57 or tastelikecoke or mattbob are just out of order. Shouting "WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU RANDALL" is not funny or interesting or informative. Since when is it meant to be? When you stub your little toe against the foot of the tabl...
by keithc
Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 31529

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

eviloatmeal wrote:Someone's been watching Jason Statham movies. :P


It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it
by keithc
Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 39561

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

I must say I don't get this at all. What's with consecutive vowels have anything to do with arousal? Is there some reference I'm suppose to know? I think it's more that if you search for correlations in data sets with sufficiently large numbers of variables (and probably values for those variables)...
by keithc
Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 39561

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Alsadius wrote:Here I always thought it was the arousal that caused the vowels, but this theory intrigues me.

Hmm, http://xkcd.com/552
by keithc
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 14507

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

flippant wrote:I was expecting the punchline to be "you're parents let you go up on the roof when you were a kid?" but I like his better.

In the spirit of pedantry: "your parents ..."
by keithc
Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 26544

Re: 0835: "Tree"

Well, this is strange. I got "Tree" when I opened up Firefox this morning (home page set to http://xkcd.com). Now, after a reboot, I get Wikileaks, no matter how often I refresh. I would suspect FF caching, but if that was the case "Tree" would still be there. Hmm, I just checked...
by keithc
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 35737

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

Also, is anyone else reminded of this, especially after reading about mamihlapinatapai? Strangers passing in the street By chance two separate glances meet And I am you and what I see is me. And do I take you by the hand And lead you through the land And help me understand The best I can. Pedantica...
by keithc
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 35737

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Personally I like that he controverted "sexist" but not "asshole."

that's just men for you
by keithc
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 27361

Re: 0812: Glass

kingworks wrote:Just because the girl said "Okay Physics. . . " why can't the disembodied voice be God? Isn't the Higgs-Boson supposed to be the "God particle?"

Actually, it was originally nicknamed the "God-damned particle", but "God particle" makes a better headline.
by keithc
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 85557

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Great comic, except in the UK you can get homeopathy on the National Health. For patients with intractable conditions it can be a very cost effective solution as it often works when otherwise patients would be repeatedly seeing their doctors over long periods with costly referrals and long term hea...
by keithc
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 85557

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

But Financial Planning does make a killing in Astrology. Have you guys never heard of this country called China? Almost every business-related venture there requires some sort of feng shui, chinese zodiac interpretation or geomancy. Heck, there's even astrology experts that specialize in business a...
by keithc
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 37750

Re: 0805: Paradise City

jonadab wrote:Take me down to the paradise hostel
Where the beds are made
And the girls are hostile.

You know, that just doesn't work in British English. And in Murcan it's just repetition
by keithc
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 28513

Re: "Beatiful Dream" discussion (#800)

Tyr_oathkeeper wrote:That last one really jumps out at me. "Don't Discuss The Rules with Your Therapist."
That there's might suspicious.

First rule of The Rules is ... (OK, it's the last, but anyway). So The Rules is just Fight Club for girls. Hmm, actually, that works.
by keithc
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 34507

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

by keithc
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 34507

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

What Hawking essentially did in his latest statement was disprove his earlier statement about god, therefore eliminating the need for a god in his theory of the big bang. Yet I have seen no religion that bases itself on Hawking saying once that there was a need for god to start the big bang. He nev...
by keithc
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 34507

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Unless they provide something new other than "God made it so", there's nothing else to hear. Granted if they DO have something new other than "God made it so" (like WHY or HOW God made it so, other than deception alone), then I would be more interested. For instance, using relat...
by keithc
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 20989

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Darwin awards tend to favor situations in which the participants died mid-copulation. No they don't. I got bored after going through the first three years' awards and only one sex-related incident occurred. They do tend to favour situations where the person who died is still of an age to have child...
by keithc
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 33327

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

I had an interesting satnav incident yesterday. The satnav announced "you have reached your destination" when I was on a motorway (highway) bridge and the destination I was looking for was immediately below where I was! I had to leave the motorway (highway) at the next junction (intersect...
by keithc
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 41537

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

monteslu wrote:Yeah, but Caylus isn't as popular, as good of a game, or referred to in a previous xkcd comic.

<grammar Nazi on> as good a game, there's no need for "of" in there<grammar Nazi off>
by keithc
Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 44558

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I just finished dog-sitting for a week. Both of my sister's dogs have bad hips, but the alternative medicines have "worked really well", better than the pain medication they were on. A few days before she got back, I spilled most of the remaining homeopathic joint-fix, and had to go buy s...
by keithc
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 17050

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

When the oil runs out all you bastards are gonna come running to us History students to figure out what went wrong. Story telling will once again be a viable profession. No, we won't. Choose from: ⋅ (a) We already know what is going wrong. ⋅ (b) we will run to actual, experience...
by keithc
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 22982

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

So it was a case of bad software engineering and stupid course structure choices, leading to inconvenience for software engineering students. But did that experience itself teach you anything? With the amount of user-hostile software out there, such learning may well be more useful than what you we...
by keithc
Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 72782

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

One thing nobody has yet mentioned is that even though some older monitors had the resolution greater than HDTV, their response rates (I probably don't have the right technical term, I mean the time it takes for pixels to really turn on and off, as distinct from the frame rate) took a long time to g...
by keithc
Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0731: "Desert Island"
Replies: 119
Views: 26968

Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

WE HAVE LOCHS IN SCOTLAND, NOT LAKES . THE ENGLISH HAVE LAKES. WE'RE NOT FCKING ENGLISH Well, your Parliament's subsidies mean that you have been fcking the English for many a long year But, you're right about lochs and lakes. And lakes have the advantage that they can be pronounced without soundin...
by keithc
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 92088

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

elendia wrote:The lack of a particular observation galled me so much that I created an account to post it.

Anyone see the "1 mile" scale bar at the upper left corner? This thing is HUGE.... :shock:

Plus the fact that the way it is drawn 1 mi = 1 km, so some serious warping of space going on.
by keithc
Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 92088

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

"Brown, Blue, Orange" 1,6,x1000, (no tolerance band) or (no initial band),1,X1000000,+/-3% is there a joke here? long, long (long, long, long...) time since I did this stuff, but from memory it's the tolerance band that's optional, so that would be a 16k resistor (which I think is one of ...
by keithc
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 38733

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

Edit: BTW, MS-DOS did copy the < > | redirection characters and the . and .. directory entries from Unix. Why wouldn't they copy the / separator from Unix if they could have? I don't think they had redirection in the first versions of MS-DOS that had directories. Not sure about . and .. though
by keithc
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 32828

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

hintss wrote:yay, first, for the first time, second try!

OK, you came first, that isn't always a good thing, especially when you don't do it right. Then to boast about it as well, and more than once, just seems a little, well, off.
by keithc
Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 18855

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Nice to see a comic that us 40-year-olds can understand right away, without having to resort to Wikipedia to learn about River Tam or somebody. Not that I mind looking at pictures of River Tam... Add this to you .sig (changing the date, of course.) I have traveled from 1968 to be a member of the un...
by keithc
Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0677: "Asshole"
Replies: 84
Views: 19540

Re: "Asshole" Discussion

This situation reminds me of the phenomenon that while driving on highways/expressways, anyone going slower than you is an idiot while anyone going faster than you is a maniac. There is also the anyone less intelligent that you is a retard and the anyone more intelligent than you is a show-off / pr...
by keithc
Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 27955

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

There's no reason why the numbers on an amp would have anything to do with decibels... Take, for instance, this amp: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Marshall-MG4-Series-MG15FX-15W-1x8-Guitar-Combo-Amp-105182083-i1440389.gc It's 15 watts, with an 8" speaker. The knobs go to ten. Now, take this: htt...
by keithc
Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0668: "Pandora"
Replies: 93
Views: 28629

Re: "Pandora" Discussion

I don't have Pandora, but I totally have that Enchanted song on my iTunes, which gave me an another layer of amusement. Why would you only want part of the song? Is it that bad? And shouldn't that really read "I have that Enchanted song on my iTunes in its entirety"? Wouldn't that be more...
by keithc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 16268

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

esmith wrote:Living on an Orbital would probably be OK, but I think I'd prefer living on a GSV. Maybe on "Experiencing a Significant Gravitas Shortfall". Or on an ROU, if I was looking for action and adventure.

is this the first Iain M Banks reference in the comic threads? Nice.
by keithc
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 16268

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Eternal Density wrote:Not bad but not a particularly original theme for xkcd either :P

Well, it gets romance, math (or at least mathematical chemistry) and language, just misses sarcasm, so it does what it says on the tin
by keithc
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 32363

Re: "The Search" Discussion

The alt text (it prefers to be called an alt american, but alas, Im html-ist) is so true, pizza delivery is our entry to the pantheon of great galactic civilizations. There's a short SF story (can't remember the author) where entry to galactic civilization was based on the discovery that the longer...
by keithc
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0636: "Brontosaurus"
Replies: 85
Views: 19846

Re: "Brontosaurus" Discussion

Spen wrote:Absolutely killed my self reading the alt text, bloomin' brilliant!

Is this the first post from the afterlife?

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