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by J L
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 82839

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

If any third-party gets enough Electoral votes to prevent both of the two main parties from getting an electoral majority (and note that we don't elect the President by the popular vote!), then the President is chosen by the dominant party in the House of Representatives. As far as I understood it,...
by J L
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 82839

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Another note on a multiparty system. There's no guarantee it's really what you want. Maybe it will help but consider: legitimizing the Green and Libertarian parties ALSO means opening the door for legitimized white nationalist and fascist parties. And if you don't think those would win seats in tod...
by J L
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12901

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

@J L : During a solar eclipse, the bright part cannot be the moon, because solar eclipses only happen during new moons (i.e. moon is fully black). Thank you, excellent point, and sorry for me writing nonsense in the morning. Even explainxkcd seems a little confused about this point ("This can ...
by J L
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12901

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

Thank you, that's what I was getting at. So that's what Randall means with "only possible during a solar eclipse" here -- bright part is the moon, but night sky needs to be dark to see it like this.
by J L
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12901

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

Shouldn't #4 be what the moon looks like from the equator?
by J L
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 80739

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Anyone who still argues "but the world climate has changed before" misses the point of the comic. 4° difference is enough to bury Boston under a mile of ice. Or to shape the face of continents. So yes, some "changes" might be inevitable. But we couldn't live on a planet like this...
by J L
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 44805

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

The mouseover reminded me of https://xkcd.com/725/ Seems Randall has a problem with language wise-guys. Still, while sometimes the issues might seem petty, this dislike for exactitude surprises me. Surely, a neglect of syntax is no more praiseworthy than e.g. forgetting algebra (https://xkcd.com/105...
by J L
Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 45215

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

I'm amazed they didn't make it, they had such a promising start ...
by J L
Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 45215

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

by J L
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 15343

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

Best one in a while. Maybe because I just returned home with a wolf-sized medication, too. Hope it helps. Release the hounds!
by J L
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1461: "Payloads"
Replies: 64
Views: 15918

Re: 1461: "Payloads"

No proper star trek without horses. Or horse elevators, for that matter.
by J L
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 38744

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

One of the best installments in a while. It's not only the darkness, but the absurdity of these alternate worlds that made me laugh aloud. Well done!
by J L
Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 16632

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

Google autocomplete suggestions for "Where do birds go when":

- it rains
- they die
- it rains hard
- they leave the nest
by J L
Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 41366

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

I'm quite sure at least 51% of all people are of below than average intelligence. That they don't believe this to be possible only proves my point.
by J L
Wed May 14, 2014 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 20271

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

It's probably even one of the 5 most recognizable arches around.

(And it's one of the many instances as of late that made me think of http://xkcd.com/1283/ ...)
by J L
Wed May 07, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"
Replies: 52
Views: 32526

Re: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"

Being a German I feel compelled to point out that "geradeaus", like most of our longish words, has to be written in one word, else it would translate to something like "straightly off", a command not even an occupying Nazi could make heads or tails of.
by J L
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 176
Views: 68941

Re: 1350: "Lorenz"

The comic really does behave strange. I got it working in Firefox, at least most of the time. Since some people asked for a rocket, I've got a 24-panel rocket here, maybe someone can use it: http://xkcd.com/1350/#p:04febda8-bab0-1 ... 2590d77bdd
by J L
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 13770

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

In any case, it would be a real bummer if an eye surgeon messed up the imperial and the metric system during operation.
by J L
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 12382

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

OK, I really don't get this comic. Help me, please? I mean, obviously it means more than the obvious tautology, but I really don't see what. For the record, I realize that a lot of people claim to hate Wal*Mart ... It's not so much about Walmart, it's about random people you run into while shopping...
by J L
Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 32639

Re: 1314: "Photos"

I wouldn't want to convince anyone of the "proper" way to experience anything, but working as part-time tour guide, I know the difference between people creating memories of a place they enjoy, and people just recording something they don't give a damn about. Modern technology makes it pos...
by J L
Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1300: "Galilean Moons"
Replies: 34
Views: 19624

Re: 1300: "Galilean Moons"

I know that Galilean moons have an orbital resonance but I don't understand what's with asking names and why is one moon just shouting "MOOOOOOON!"? Singing? What are they singing? I'm also completely lost. I think it's just nonsense. Maybe the moons aren't that "bright" after a...
by J L
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 16675

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

da Doctah wrote:
J L wrote:And why are some planets darker than others, regardless of size?
That you ask this question may indicate some unaddressed racist leanings.

I'm almost convinced I'll find the humor in your comment if I try hard enough. It must be down there somewhere ... let me take another look.
by J L
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 16675

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

orthogon wrote:The biggest surprise for me was learning that Earth is not, in fact, an Earth-sized planet.
(I think I was misinterpreting the legend.)


No, I think you're quite right. And why are some planets darker than others, regardless of size?
by J L
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1296: "Git Commit"
Replies: 49
Views: 10368

Re: 1296: "Git Commit"

I have a very similar system of naming savefiles in PC games or different versions of longish manuscripts I'm working on.
by J L
Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?
Replies: 5
Views: 5849

Re: How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?

Thank you very much ... this was exactly what I was looking for! In the meantime, I've managed to get hold of another japonologist, and she recommend the (apparently even less formal) "suki da yo" ... would you consider this to be inappropriate, too? I'm a bit torn between the two. As for ...
by J L
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 16867

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

Late 80s / early 90s: crazy computer hook-up spins out of hand, turns everything for the worse
by J L
Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 35101

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Problem with judging it based on the response people wrote in is very few people will write in to say that a columnist is right. You'll have some people who initially belived that they were wrong but then were persuaded or did experiment to prove her right but I think the number who write in to say...
by J L
Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?
Replies: 5
Views: 5849

Re: How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?

Thank you very much for your reply! I'm aware of this custom (it's fascinating), however I was hoping for something less complex ... Like I said, something you would say at the end of a recorded message, like "Good bye", "Take care", or "Love you."
by J L
Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?
Replies: 5
Views: 5849

How to say good-bye to a loved one ... in Japanese?

Hello everybody, I'd like to ask for some help with a story I'm writing: In the end, my (American) protagonist is going to sacrifice himself for some greater good (yes, it's a little cheesy) and records a video message for his (Japanese) girl-friend, in which he explains everything and says good-bye...
by J L
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 35101

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Let alone explaining it to math PhD's who insist that you must be wrong. Thanks for posting the original link to vos Savant's page, I missed this when first skipping through the posts. You have taken over our Mathematics and Science Departments! We received a grant to establish a Multimedia Demonst...
by J L
Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 35101

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

In any case, it seems that problem made a lot of people very angry, and very confused: "Vos Savant wrote in her first column on the Monty Hall problem that the player should switch since the first door has a 1/3 chance of winning, so the second door has a 2/3 chance as the host always opens a l...
by J L
Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 23644

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

I'm afraid of my tilde key now.
by J L
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 49019

Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

Account hygiene is important. Using TweetDelete gives me a sense of cleanliness most detergents only promise, but never provide.
by J L
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106384
Views: 39952828

Re: 1190: "Time"

I finally had to delurk to say this: What if Cuegan are just tourists and they don't know the local language? After all, many tourists like beaches and sandcastles... They might have been on the same beach before, but never wandered this far from their hotel. (I liked this hypothesis more before Ha...
by J L
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 17989

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

Umlaute are never superfluous, and that Helen piece just made up for a very dull day without laughs :)
by J L
Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 17989

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

I'm german and I have no idea what Randall meant with "Gedankedank". "Gedanke" means "thought". "Dank" means "gratitude". So "thoughtgratitude"? Maybe he meant "Gedankengang" (train of thought)? But that still wouldn't be funny ,...
by J L
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32041

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Agreeing to what Pfhorrest and rmsgrey said. Maybe the notion of uniqueness, of being special, is even one of the main appeals of fantasy, as naive as the belief in larger-than-life heroes and romances might be. I also liked the comparison to works of art. It reminds me of "legendary" Japa...
by J L
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32041

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

It may show a "didactic approach", but if the authors are experts in the subject, they realize that what they write is just a "scientifically" looking fantasy and nothing more. But that is the important difference. It looks and feels scientific in some way (which might also incl...
by J L
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32041

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

If a story tells about things or happenings that at the time of writing are "known" or "understood" to be "impossbile", but tells about them nonetheless, it's Fantasy. The important part is that slightly defiant "I don't care it's impossible" part, which idea...
by J L
Fri May 31, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32041

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

So, it's not the possibility of our understanding of the phenomena (as Pfhorrest was saying), but the possibility of the phenomena themselves? I didn't really make that distinction, and if I understand Pfhorrest correctly, he only wanted to make room for the possibility that what we think to be imp...

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