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by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 0930: "Days of the Week"

Edit: Or maybe he's looking from the other side of the screen. That explains it. ... Anyway, What about a string that utilizes the deity or astronomical body that the day was named after: Sun ___2,730,000,000 Moon ___999,000,000 Tyr ______21,400,000 Odin ____ 44,700,000 Thor ___ 400,000,000 Freyja ...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 930: Days of the Week

So it's fine art now? Very well ... The days of the week cycle repeatedly like the spokes of a wheel. The mundane tasks of our lives run together in a putrid mess of colors and barely readable words. It is only when we take a closer look do we realize the monotonous details that continually rob us o...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 930: Days of the Week

To clarify, the problem is more about clutter than scale. Having a few points go off the chart can be a useful tool for conveying info, while preserving focus of scale. No, the problem here is that there are too many bits of information being crammed into a space and, rather than making that informa...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 930: Days of the Week

He missed the point of Tufte, in a nutshell that is that data in graphical form is supposed to be more accessible, not less. Fair enough... but perhaps you're missing (what I see as) the point of this sort of effort in xkcd... to create art out of mildly interesting information. Part of what makes ...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 930: Days of the Week

My guess is, he's never read Edward Tufte. I'm not sure how well this graph is doing for data density (I think there may be as few as 70 values?), but it is an excellent example of direct labeling vs. resorting to a legend. Using small multiples would have improved legibility. The problem is, he sh...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29062

Re: 930: Days of the Week

KShrike wrote:Don't mean to be mean to Randall, but...
it seriously looks like gibberish.

My guess is, he's never read Edward Tufte.

:EDIT:
oh wow, http://xkcd.com/124/ ... he has.
this makes me all the more sad, since apparently he missed the point.
by Fixblor
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

distractedSofty wrote:It's worked pretty well for us so far, did you have a better idea?

Nope, try again.
Hint: You're still drawing erroneous conclusions.
by Fixblor
Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

If it looks and acts like a fish, and it walks and talks and it's like a fish ... It's not a fish. Fish don't walk and talk. Or do they? If only the animal kingdom had some sort of standard that we could reference so as to find out if fish have the scalability to learn how to walk and talk. "Bu...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

And I realize you weren't "speaking against noise", never thought you knew what it was in the first place, don't bother, snotshit. So you weren't attacking me because I offended your sensibilities, but, I guess, just for entertainment? In that case, please carry on. I wouldn't want to dep...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Are you honestly comparing driving the wrong way, to using an adapter? It's gettin dangerous now ... spooky. And I realize you weren't "speaking against noise", never thought you knew what it was in the first place, don't bother, snotshit. I was thinking that you had no experience with lin...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

(In my day job (software), there is the concept of "code smell": patterns of code that do not in and of themselves constitute an error, but the existence of which should cause you to think harder/look deeper at what the code does. Adapting different connectors is definitely an "audio...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

distractedSofty wrote: I was saying "audio has standards: if an adapter is required to connect two devices, it's a pretty good clue that your not using them properly."


"properly" he says ... keep talking ...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22311

Re: 929: "Speculation"

I've opened up a soccer ball before, but never a basketball. I assume its somewhat similar, but for some reason I can't find any images of it on the net. It's made of about one centimeter thick rubber-type material. So, if you just deflate it, it may distort and get lumpy ... but it generally holds...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22311

Re: 929: "Speculation"

Maybe G+ needs more time and enough general dissatisfaction with FB for people to want to move there or maybe JUST maybe, some people are getting weary about these social networks in general, which is why they don't wanna join. I may be rare here ... but I still don't have a facebook account and wa...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22311

Re: 929: "Speculation"

joee wrote:How is the ball still inflated with a arrow through it?


Dissect a basketball, if you ever get a chance.
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22311

Re: 929: "Speculation"

Moral of the story:
Do your own thing.
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

If you need an adapter for any audio connection, you're probably doing something wrong. I would point out though, that if the receiver and computer are at all recent, they probably share at least one connector: TOSLINK, and/or RCA(also carrying S/PDIF). (And probably HDMI if they're both from the l...
by Fixblor
Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

If it's so erroneous, how about telling me how? You equivocated say, RCA and XLR. If you know of a good reason that a device with one would ever need to be adapted to the other, I'd love to hear it. I knew I shouldn't have checked this forum tonight ... here's my response ... *yawn* By that I mean ...
by Fixblor
Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

distractedSofty wrote:Otherwise, you're saying that the wall socket should be standardised with the phone charger, because they both just "carry current".

I sure wish I could draw erroneous conclusions like you can.
by Fixblor
Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

can I get a halleluja! No. As an audiophile and casual noisician , I personally have to deal with 3.5mm(aka 1/8"), as well as: 1/4",and RCA, and XLR, and banana jacks, and BNC, and deal with mods often enough that just keeping alligator clips in my kit at all times is a must. Keeping in m...
by Fixblor
Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 48127

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

Add to Dictionary
by Fixblor
Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

@userxp: me thinks you've missed me point. I was gettin all meta up in her on a muthers muther. Standardize standards, is what I meant. The idea/joke/riff was to not so much consolidate jurisdiction of many individual standards, and in the process, localize where all the checks get sent, but rather ...
by Fixblor
Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

I propose we make a list of stuff that needs to be standardized: ⋅ A/C chargers ⋅ Batteries ⋅ Remote controls ⋅ Socks ⋅ Power plugs and sockets (and voltages) You should totally start an organization that regulates, approves, and otherwise promulgat...
by Fixblor
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Timefly wrote:I invoke induction.

Roll 2d12 to see how many hours it'll take to recharge.
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Just to clarify, notice how it says "Situation" and not "Problem".
This is a valid characterization.
At the Olympics next year, be sure to chant GDP instead of USA.
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 35222

Re: 0927: "Standards"

And thus is born the universal adapters industry, which btw is in many different industries ... Logitech Harmony Universal remotes look sweet. Pidgin is useful. SanDisk gave me a little pouch that's full of memory card adapters (micro-SD and mini-SD to SD, and an SD to USB), it even has a keyring. A...
by Fixblor
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21168

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

SpringLoaded12 wrote:
Radical Pi wrote:Please tell me there was someone else who's only thought while reading this comic was this

*whose.
"who's" = "who is"
Sorry, it's instinctive for me.

*itse.
"it's" = "it is"
... oh wait, you got that right.
by Fixblor
Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21168

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

I like the time vulture idea. I think I'd kinda like my body to be eaten by a time vulture after death if they were real. I just like the idea of a creature that just waits for people to die, and cleans up the remains -- no need to kill anything, no need for anyone to die prematurely in a desert: j...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21168

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

The vulture kinda looks like the Crack in Time. (...Is there a name for that?) Crack, fissure, portal, tear, rip, gateway, wormhole, doorway, well, singularity, vortex, loop, paradox, hole, link, path, tunnel, time-travel sucky thingy ... Some of those may be misnomers, so your mission is to travel...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27812

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

Science is the bully in the room and math is the nerd. "Do my homework, twerp!" is the common exchange between the fields "But Miiiiinecraft ..." I've heard people who have never played the game say that exact phrase. Eventually Miiinecraft will lose its root and become a prefix...
by Fixblor
Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21168

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

Sorry that this is irrelevant, but what happened to the forum link on the main site? They've been purposely vague as to the reason. My guess: Scalability issues. But the cool kid never gets to say they're popular. Or they're just elitist and decided to block the uninitiated who wouldn't think to se...
by Fixblor
Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 25693

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

Belial wrote:WHY WAS I NOT CALLED?

I'm very tempted to put this in my sig. But I won't.
by Fixblor
Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27812

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

@Blaisorblade: SCIENCE! Science is the bully in the room and math is the nerd. "Do my homework, twerp!" is the common exchange between the fields (though admittedly, it can go either way with models ... hot, sexy models ). There are reasons why science deals with probabilities , not absolu...
by Fixblor
Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27812

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

pcma wrote:I'm going to hold my laptop like that because of this comic 8)

Post of the week.
Way to go, rookie.
by Fixblor
Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27812

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

Hey, remember when xkcd used to be statistically accurate ? This joke is really old (and, as we've seen, has been used in xkcd before), and Randall's art adds nothing to it . It seems to me that , lately, when Randall tries to be funny with science he does it by using it the wrong w...
by Fixblor
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27812

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

So the moral of the story is that anything is possible when you lie. The quantity of possibilities will double when you lie using statistics, triple if you use a chart, and quadruple if you use two charts at once. That's like more than infinite possibilities, and a whole lot of lying. I'm gonna star...
by Fixblor
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44073

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Seriously though, why wouldn't I download a car? Or until that's feasible, download a bike? Try an Italian tuneup with an engine block that's made of plastic resin. Try filling a gas tank made of styrofoam. I suppose you could print yourself an electric car w/ polymer batteries. *crashes into a tru...
by Fixblor
Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44073

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

This is possibly the least informed discussion I have seen on these forums. :( Yes, well informed you are. Are you going with the styrofoam carving variety? or the "what's hidden under the powder this time?" variety? Do you expect all specialties to be equally represented here, or do you ...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44073

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw Question: What kind of reflective optical magic is being used to scan the interior and unexposed portions of these items? Let me guess, "smoke and mirrors", or could it be just plain old "TV magic". Oh well, maybe when they start making...
by Fixblor
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44073

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel? Most likely, the answer is "sort of". XKCD is generally SFW, but having an explicit dildo depicted would be NSFW. So, what looks like a dildo that is not a dildo? ... particularly for the stick-figures and simple-outlines style of drawing c...

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