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by serutan
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4184

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

So that's how you modernize "When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 foot snowdrifts for 20 miles to get to school. Uphill each way."
by serutan
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 5069

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

eran_rathan wrote:Image

From Apollo 16, allegedly. I can't find the original source, though.


The original source would be the TV feed from the rover when it showed the ascent stage takeoff live.
It was cool to watch.
by serutan
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 7462

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Ah, reminds me of the college math/physics days when the 2 phrases guaranteed to strike the fear of God in one were "Left as an exercise for the student" and "It is intuitively obvious".
by serutan
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 12242

Re: energy currency?

A few sci-fi movies and books have used the theme of life being a form or currency. "In Time" spring to mind. Then there's Larry Niven's short essay "The Roentgen Standard" where he proposes turning spent nuclear fuel into currency. Guaranteed to stay in circulation, since hoard...
by serutan
Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 9954

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

PsiCubed wrote:
serutan wrote:Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.


For some reason, I actually liked this one.

Certainly better than the "three points on graph" one we had last week.


You did not interpret 'punish' correctly. :wink:
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 9954

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Randall was evidently in a mood to punish his readers.
by serutan
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 4776

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Mahnarch wrote:[As clever as NASA is; I'm surprised they didn't put a smaller satellite inside Juno that would launch into the atmosphere right away - for comparisons]


They already did that with Galileo, and coming up with something that would do better was likely too expensive.
by serutan
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 6708

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Airshows/ Air Races could easily have been included ; would have been near bottom center.
by serutan
Thu May 26, 2016 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 6915

Re: 1685 : Patch

Duplicating source across multiple machines means spending resources maintaining the accuracy of the duplicates. Having a single authoritative copy eliminates all the problems of merging divergent branches (though it does introduce problems of only allowing one person to work on that project at any...
by serutan
Wed May 25, 2016 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 6915

1685 : Patch

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/patch.png Text : My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code, repeating the process until it compiles. (EDIT : better late than never). Looks to me more like "Here's how you can create tons of syntax errors with unique...
by serutan
Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 8254

Re: 1669: Planespotting

However, my technical background in this field isn't strong enough to pick out any details and match them with -380 or anything... Anyway. Not a 747, I don't think. Too few engines. The -380 *might* be a reference to that Airbus boondoggle, the A-380. but the silhouette is much too skinny for that.
by serutan
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 11901

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Rice may not dry out a phone, but it does keep salt in a shaker from caking in a humid climate.
by serutan
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?
Replies: 10
Views: 4522

Re: What does it mean to you to love a band/musician?

To me, if you can check off 1, 4, 5 you love the band. Depending on when you discover the band,
3 and 7 may not be possible so I wouldn't give them much weight.
by serutan
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 327
Views: 166639

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Perhaps too late, but The Bug Wars by Robert Aspirin. No humans at all.
by serutan
Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19169

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Does anyone find themselves saying things like "I can't make the 27th; it'll have to be a week later - so that's the 34th..."? I do that in my head, and then subtract the number of days in the first month to get the actual date. So two weeks from today is October 40th, and since October h...
by serutan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Sad songs
Replies: 34
Views: 33815

Re: Sad songs

by serutan
Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 228168

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Reading A Tale of Two Cities in seventh grade was painful and I got practically nothing out of it. Reading Great Expectations a few years later was more tolerable, perhaps on account of my having matured somewhat, though I didn't much care for it. My experience was the opposite. I hated Great Expec...
by serutan
Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0139: "Jupiter Descending"
Replies: 30
Views: 13329

Re: What-if 0139: Jupiter Descending

Where is medusa ? And OT: Years after I read for the first time that great Clarke story, I discovered that the idea of a floating environment was introduced on the early 20 century by a sci-fy tale called " The Horror of the Heights " by... Conan Doyle! (you can find it on Gutenberg p...
by serutan
Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 11163

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

ijuin wrote:What, no reference to Ice-IX either?


Criminal, isn't it? Also, it would appear there aren't many Vonnegut fans here.
by serutan
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 11382

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Don't really see the Ozymandius/recursion connection either, unless it's that there's been
Ozymandii strung out throughout history.
by serutan
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7067

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

I'm slightly puzzled: I've seen the same image on NASA's site in both colour and monochrome. Am I right to think that it's a high resolution mono image that's been coloured using lower resolution colour data? That's more or or less what they say here , except that it says "The color image has ...
by serutan
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 7067

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

I'm slightly puzzled: I've seen the same image on NASA's site in both colour and monochrome. Am I right to think that it's a high resolution mono image that's been coloured using lower resolution colour data? That's more or or less what they say here , except that it says "The color image has ...
by serutan
Thu May 28, 2015 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"
Replies: 52
Views: 7843

Re: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"

Great one. I like how the vertical format hides the punchline. Spider hasn't done her research. When you get caught in something like that, you just say "sorry, I was using a European keyboard". That doesn't make sense. Letters and numbers are in the same places for most languages. Interp...
by serutan
Tue May 19, 2015 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 8376

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

JohnTheWysard wrote:One pill makes you larger
And the other makes you small;
and the ones the researcher gives you
Don't do anything at all....


Why didn't you just ask Alice about it?
by serutan
Tue May 12, 2015 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: favorite lines/quotes from books
Replies: 286
Views: 77608

Re: favorite lines/quotes from books

Yet - O God, there were so many stars you could have used.

What was the need to give these people to the fire, that the symbol of their passing might shine above Bethlehem?


Arthur C. Clarke.
by serutan
Tue May 12, 2015 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite dystopian novel?
Replies: 22
Views: 7041

Re: Favorite dystopian novel?

1984.
by serutan
Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 13849

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

Though I am now woefully curious about the basis for your Thanksgiving inference. Possible use in the cooling of pies? It's just one of those things like "junior prom" that we hear about all the time but only have a vague idea what they are. Also, furnace I remember reading this word in G...
by serutan
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - PROCLAMATION FROM THE SOAPBOX IN SATOR SQUARE

'Twould appear that an RGB adjustment has taken place.
by serutan
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madnethth

serutan wrote:
Djehutynakht wrote:I'm perplexed but not exactly maddened.

Mayhaps I need to take time to figure out thith one.


Peech imspediment.
by serutan
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madnethth

Djehutynakht wrote:I'm perplexed but not exactly maddened.

Mayhaps I need to take time to figure out thith one.


The programming language that is all parentheses - LISP.
by serutan
Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

patzer wrote:...before actually unleashing madness sometime in May.


Ideally exactly at the time the old Soviet May Day parade in Moskva started.
by serutan
Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Starting to think that in a couple of days, someone with a non blue username is going to post :

APRIL FOOL, SUCKAZ!!!
by serutan
Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1504: "Opportunity"
Replies: 49
Views: 8906

Re: 1504: "Opportunity"

The comic clearly states that 'The Land of Opportunity' is the Dark Side.
by serutan
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015
Replies: 582
Views: 126820

Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

My point being that precise conversation does pretty much become impossible. I also advise against fighting against the filters - continue typing normally and not only will you enjoy the show and participate in a forum-wide event, your comments won't look stupid when the filters are turned off. And...
by serutan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cooking disasters
Replies: 85
Views: 20513

Re: Cooking disasters

My big cooking disaster was making kung pao chicken. As the result of complete brain failure, I coated the chicken
in baking soda instead of corn starch. It came out tender, but tastewise, not so much.
by serutan
Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 7013

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

Poul Anderson, Tau Zero.
Roger Zelazny, Doorways In The Sand
by serutan
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1496: “Art Project”
Replies: 53
Views: 7457

Re: 1496: “Art Project”

Like how he has #2 say "Take a picture of myself every 1/24 of a second" instead of "Making a video of myself".

Of course #4's project is the most practical.
by serutan
Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 10627

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

Ae7flux wrote:Pretty irresponsible that there is no speech for the highly likely eventuality that the capsule lands in Wimbledon with two of the three astronauts missing.


Or with all three turned into Scotsmen.
by serutan
Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 10627

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

Re: Abscond speech:

[Graham Chaman mode] This is SILLY! [/Graham Chapman mode]

[nerd mode] There are much, much easier ways to commit suicide... [/nerd mode]
by serutan
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 16018

Re: 1470: "Kix"

ucim wrote:
serutan wrote: And the original (1960s) advert : "Silly rabbit, Kix are for kids!".
Isn't it "...Trix are for kids"? The shoe thing seems a lot newer.

Jose


Yes. I blame old age.

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