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by Eutychus
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 2036

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Thousand Spires appears to be Prague.
by Eutychus
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 3756

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Blunt frippers intantly to pointed bdeluroid. Pungent. Cost.

(Qui Verbum Dei contempserunt, eis auferetur etiam verbum hominis)
by Eutychus
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 8835

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Is there anywhere in the world with a greater density of 7-11 stores than Bangkok?

Where the name might almost mean "between 7 and 11 outlets per city block".
by Eutychus
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 3622

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

This reminds me of Roger Dean's cover for the Budgie album Squawk.

Dean cannibalised a model aircraft and grafted an actual bird's skull onto the front, and then set out to photograph it, but couldn't get the focal depth required, so ended up doing a painting of his model.
by Eutychus
Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 8150

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Having argued all this I got a phpbb forum set up and am running it as an admin... and nobody at all is using it :cry: I feel your pain. I did the same thing, and pretty much nobody is even looking at it, let alone using it. (Well, I got one group to try it - we'll see). Things like facehook are un...
by Eutychus
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 8150

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Am I the only person to like fora? I am on the committee of a voluntary, international organisation made up of people busy with other things locally, several of them in emerging nations with little bandwidth. Skype conferences are difficult if not impossible due to bandwidth and time zones. E-mail e...
by Eutychus
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7650

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Shouldn't that be "faced with"?
by Eutychus
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 8556

1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/never_seen_star_wars.png alt-text: If anyone calls you on any weird detail, just say it's from the Jedi Prince book series, which contains so much random incongruous stuff that even most Expanded Universe/Legends fans collectively agreed to forget about it decades ago. I...
by Eutychus
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 5541

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

All this talk of unicode is beyond me; what I noticed was how much Randall seems to be struggling here to depict perspective in comparison to his usual 2D landscapes.
by Eutychus
Fri May 06, 2016 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 11751

1677: "Contrails"

Image

Alt Text: "Astronomy (or "astrology" in British English) is the study of ..."

Where's that vinegar spray gone?
by Eutychus
Wed May 04, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 10779

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

There's one valuable strategy that's missing: Adjust the margins so the text wraps better. Also: Or you can write like this... That is a bit scary... From the introduction (emphasis mine): The imperativeness of enemies in video games, coupled with the adulation that I hold for Super Mario 64, serve...
by Eutychus
Wed May 04, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 10779

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

HES wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:Adjust the margins so the text wraps better.

I prefer to shrink the text so that it fits on one line.


Why not widen the margins so all the text fits on one line?
by Eutychus
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 10981

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Having spent most of today translating an eye-watering spreadsheet dealing with water ingress into Paris tunnels and aquifer dewatering, I'm really getting a kick out of these replies. Also it's been raining steadily here all day.
by Eutychus
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 8054

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

If the time is now eleven hours to doomsday Apologies if a joke has gone straight over my head, but I read the clock as showing three minutes to midnight or noon, with either being a metaphor for ZOMGapokalipsday. Now, if it were a stopwatch rather than a clock... For the original, see Doomsday Clo...
by Eutychus
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 13453

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Neil_Boekend wrote:
  • Move and rotate stuff at will.

That looks like the tricky bit to me - like one of those slidey puzzles, with no gap to help move things around.
by Eutychus
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 13453

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Eternal Density wrote:What did you do, Randall?
What did you do?

The question that springs more to my mind is how on earth did he do it?
by Eutychus
Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 7644

Re: 1647: Diacritics

Et là, de façon non ambigüe, on voit l'intérêt d'un clavier français, où chaque accent est à portée de main.

[this is where you see the advantage of a French keyboard where all accents are readily available]
by Eutychus
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 11389

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

I don't know if Orangina still exists, though. It certainly does here in France. The wedding was indeed in the late 1960s or early 1970s. I was proffered the decidedly non-alcoholic orange squash (as opposed to my expected piece of toast) no doubt in view of my tender years, as a champagne substitu...
by Eutychus
Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 11389

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

I checked wikipedia amd still couldn't get clear, so I'll ask here: what's the difference between squash and punch or just plain fruit juice from concentrate? The Atlantic, mostly, I think. In northern parts of the UK one could also use the term "cordial". I'm sure someone could come up w...
by Eutychus
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 11389

1645: "Toasts"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/toasts.png Title Text: Platonic solids for my real friends and real solids for my platonic friends! At a wedding I attended when I was about three, I was very disappointed to get a glass of orange squash instead of a piece of toast at the relevant point in the proceedings.
by Eutychus
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 17109

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

As someone who grew up with °F and now lives in a land of °C, I have to say that I now find none of the comic's arguments in favour of °F very convincing.
by Eutychus
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 6894

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

Am I the only one who immediately wanted to send Randall a LinkedIn request?
by Eutychus
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7317

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

dtilque wrote:BTW, I assume you're the famous (infamous?) Eutychus from the SDMB, right? If so, it was a pleasure to have relieved your perplexity.


Nope, that ain't me. I'm famous/infamous here, home to not a few xkcd fans.
by Eutychus
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7317

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Well, thank you, that's cleared everything up nicely. Thread over?
by Eutychus
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7317

1641: "Hot Dogs"

Image

Title Text: Okay, I'm just gonna order pizza, and let's never talk about this again.

I don't get this one, and I'm not sure I want to.
by Eutychus
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 13327

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

higgs-boson wrote:
higgs-boson wrote:Where else has he been before?

Second thoughts:

When else has he been before?
When else will he have had been before?


I'm sure that should have been "wioll haven been"

/doffs hat to Dr Dan Streetmentioner
by Eutychus
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 56562

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

No molpies?
by Eutychus
Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1585: "Similarities"
Replies: 26
Views: 5219

Re: 1585: "Similarities"

Well yes. But I still don't understand the "brand" reference.
by Eutychus
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1585: "Similarities"
Replies: 26
Views: 5219

Re: 1585: "Similarities"

"About a well-known brand?"

(Ninja'd)
by Eutychus
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 12484

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Almost as depressing as people who are arrogant enough to think they are so hip they couldn't possibly have been created by someone or something else, and survive in splendid independence, sustained by nothing but their own self-importance...

<ducks and runs>
by Eutychus
Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 89606

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I see it's possible to have negative numbers of siblings :shock:
by Eutychus
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 15061

Re: 1559: "Driving"

Nice to see the return of Black Hat Guy.

But if the car requires the weight of a small adult in the passenger seat to operate, how come it's been "left running" when there's nobody in it?
by Eutychus
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18628

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

It probably begins along the lines of

# blinded by the light... #
by Eutychus
Sat May 02, 2015 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 30837

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

the gravitational force is proportional to the square of the distance Did Marina Fleming, the asker, go to the same school as the girl in Friday's xkcd ? I'm pretty sure the last time I looked, gravitational force was inversely proportional to the square of the distance... although a world in which...
by Eutychus
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 13780

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

A floor vent in a home? Is this a US thing? Does it have something to do with Thanksgiving? Where do the vents lead? Are the grills not user-removable? I was simply wondering what this vent was doing so close to where the bed is and what else it might have consumed. Based on my own experience, I wa...
by Eutychus
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 7968

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

Actually, two further thoughts...

1) isn't this pretty much the ending to Men in Black, among many other things?

2) it might be something to do with Earth Day.
by Eutychus
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 7968

1515: "Basketball Earth"

Image
title="How many points do you get for dunking every basketball in existence at once?"

And you think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's...
by Eutychus
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1504: "Opportunity"
Replies: 49
Views: 8878

1504: "Opportunity"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/opportunity.png URL: http://xkcd.com/1504/ Title Text: "We all remember those famous first words spoken by an astronaut on the surface of Mars: &quot;That's one small step fo- HOLY SHIT LOOK OUT IT'S GOT SOME KIND OF DRILL! Get back to the ... [unintelligible] ....
by Eutychus
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 19977

Re: 1501: Mysteries

Well, I'd never heard of a body farm before clicking on the link in the above post.

Which should in and of itself figure on the graph somewhere in my view.
by Eutychus
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 40185

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

SuperCow wrote:Also, this strip makes me curious about how Randall works. Clearly he couldn't have created it prior to the day before it was posted, as the subject matter in question didn't exist yet.


Unless... (cue conspiracy theory music) (may be relevant)

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