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by mikrit
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: COULD REDUNDANCY _BE_ ANY MORE ROUNDABOUT?

The door on the far side is open, and says "CHINA POST / 中国邮政 ", and on the near side "TSOP ANIHC / 政邮国中 ", because in Chinese things on the sides of vehicles are written front-to-back. The logo is reversed but the individual glyphs (Chinese and Roman) are not… That's weird. It ...
by mikrit
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

The sign means: "Store roundabout traffic signs here", but there was an imported ruler-disposing robot that couldn't read protobeanish. The mistake will eventually destroy civilization. By the way, the Wikipedia article on Roundabout is extremely long and detailed, with a cute animated tra...
by mikrit
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: Time After Time: t-1_0291

ETA by mscha: I don't understand what the camera is doing. (First moving away from the yellow thingies towards nothing, then reversing course.) And the black-and-white camerabeanie doesn't follow the elevator, but keeps filming the burbulent water. That's ominous, as if something more is waiting to...
by mikrit
Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh: Congratulations, New Zealand! SBN: Very cute wolpies. I'm glad you didn't go for the scary Hound of the Baskervilles look with fluorescent fangs and whatnot. The molpiness that wants to be free reminded me of an old limerick by Morris Bishop in the  Penguin Book of Limericks , compiled by O. Pa...
by mikrit
Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

The robot ONGs suddenly remind me of the end, sorry, the *nd of when Wallace and Gromit go to the moon. I'll spoiler it if you haven't seen that (in which case, do it now!).
Spoiler:
The little robot wants to make a pair of skis of the yellow rulers.
by mikrit
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24300

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

When I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s, Halloween was not a thing in Sweden. All Hallows' Eve, yes, with candles at graveyards, very solemn, but no Halloween stuff. But kids used to dress up like witches on Easter and go around begging for candy or coins. Some years ago, I found an old, Swedish Don...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

ED: Nope, it's fyrtiotvå in Swedish, although I admit that is is pronounced as if it were spelled førtitvå. That makes everything kristall klear, ja? For decree: In 1926 a group of explorers, with a base camp at 51° 5′ 24″ N, 0° 6′ 25.2″ E, managed to find an important artefact. The one who made the...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Førtito is apparently a place in Norway. Ah, yes, there is a Førtito Bar & Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway. But also, førtito means forty-two in Norwegian , according to Google Translate. So we are both right - the usual outcome in this friendly thread. (Well, Dutch and Norwegian are functionally ...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Decree: Obscure book references. Users browsing this forum: Eoink, førtito , mscha, peregrine_crow, ps.02, slinches, Yahoo [Bot] and 29 guests Hm, could førtito be Dutch for fortytwo, the answer to you-know-what in a certain book hexalogy. (Or pentalogy?) Anyway, whoever put the very long yellow ru...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi Link! I think of you when my computer is compiling and I am staring at the screen. It's when the Incredibuild tool displays a set of parallel progress bars with text, so some of them are labelled "link". Very often, I find myself thinking, "Oh look, a new post from Link! No, wait, ...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Thanks for the animations, mscha, I hadn't realized that the Beanies used the rope to pull the elevator closer to the wall. Seems like a dangerous practice. (Well, in comparison with trying to repair a gigantic crumbling dam, maybe not so dangerous.) About the anonymously written web comic at dord.h...
by mikrit
Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24300

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Excellent idea. Those people in The Long Now Foundation don't really see the big picture. Five-digit years - bah!
by mikrit
Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Yup, that registered immediately as "what the Time ch*rp!" Indeed. That's unusually RELATED. Maybe it's Down Comer 5. Or Asteroid 4942 Munroe. I was just wondering about the English name for Plockepinn. I noted that Wikipedia writes that one must follow the rules strictly in order to enjo...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

... although I think the rythm stutters. "BOOK-mak-ER bi-BI" doesn't sound natural I'd normally pronounce it "BI-bi", so don't see an issue. [...] Jose Well yes, me too. But "BI-bi" is a trochee, so pronouncing it like that would wreck the iambic tetrameter. It would j...
by mikrit
Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24300

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I think we should do away with months altogether and just use Julian. Today is the 299th day of the year. Yeah, but if we go Julian, we should go all the way. Today is Julian day 2457322 since the epoch start at 12h Jan 1, 4713 BC. What are those things "year" and "month" of whi...
by mikrit
Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 24300

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I am a knuckle counter. We have the poem in a Swedish version, but with three -embers that fit the rhyme, combined with having Swedish words for June and July that very nearly rhyme, I have never found the poem useful. At my job, we once had an important costumer who wanted an assignment done and de...
by mikrit
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

An evil water spirit with outstretched arms!

What if we tried more glue?
by mikrit
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: Time After Time: t-1_0247

The Beanie used speech! Oh, I didn't notice. Sneaky to talk among the ropes. He said: X,c. According to the time wikia, it is believed to mean affirmative/okay. I can't remember if the upperscore above the c means question mark or exklamation mark. So, "okay?" or "okay!", I thin...
by mikrit
Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

I had fun with the online password poem generator that DrSamCarter linked to. It took me only a couple of tries to get a poem with coherent meaning: A cabin bookmaker Bibi accepted business guarantee. ... although I think the rythm stutters. "BOOK-mak-ER bi-BI" doesn't sound natural, but m...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 44758

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

This stems from people being lazy about conversation, and not paying attention to the word "not" in a sentence. People answer positive and negative questions the same. "Didn't you just do that?" is answered the same as "Did you just do that?", by saying Yes. They mean ...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

The anemone played vibraphone.

The electric eel was a conductor.
by mikrit
Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Apparently someone dropped a cello in the water in the hiddenONGs. I cannot unsee the cello. Not the best underwater instrument. Yeah, I finally got the bass joke, but it took me a while. Another instrument you could play under water is the submarimba. This calls for a jolly sailor song: What shall...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

- I think I recognize those two Stoor-hobbits over there, who have just found a golden ring, but I am not sure if I remember their names. Isn't one of them Deagol?
- Deagol shmeagol!
- Yeah, that's right. Thank you.
by mikrit
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, I do like the word "cromulent". I have seen the episode. Miss Krabappel talks about the Springfield motto: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man", and remarks: "I hadn't heard the word 'embiggen' before I moved to Springfield". And Miss Hoover replies: "I ...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, the Jabberwocky was burbling? And burble is a real verb? Ah yes, I just looked it up, and it can mean "to make a sound like water flowing". Then water is burbulent! (As is the Jabberwock. I mean was. RIP.) And this is ironic: "to burble" can also mean, "to talk fast abou...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ah. The construction "<some word> shm-<some word>" is an American idiom, I think, possibly originating in Yiddish. Although HES is British, I believe. Anyway: when someone claims something, using <some word>, and you disagree, distrust, or think it is irrelevant, you can reply with "<...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Burbulent? No, that must be bermulent water. In the black-and-white frame, I mean. The hiddenONG water looks more like ordinary schmurbulence. (Hope you are impressed by my fluid dynamics knowledge.)
by mikrit
Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: FIVE GOLD RINGS

I still think that in reality, water coming through a hole in a dam wouldn't have such perfect shape; there would be some droplets, smaller streams spraying in other directions, bubbles, water vapor... Indeed. A rough, irregular hole such as a breach would produce turbulent, not laminar, flow. But ...
by mikrit
Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Thanks for the height estimate, mrob. So, the breach is at most about 30 metres below the Atlantic surface? That doesn't seem too bad. Lucky that there was an elevator at the right position. I predict dialogue: Short-Beanie: Squiggle, squiggle, curl. Translation: We can fix this; we just need someon...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Good question. Pretending to be Randall must be heresy, for which the punishment is continued red-hairiness. How about we speculate about what Randall's current superpowers are. But isn't there already an OtherThread for that? Ch*rp, my decreeing power fails me. How about this: calculate the height ...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

by mikrit
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 9479

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

But how could he know that the two dead men were brothers, if he didn't know them? He must have been lying about that - so he was the murderer!

(Sorry, I have been watching Columbo reruns.)
by mikrit
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 5847

Re: 1592: "Overthinking"

keithl wrote:Studies say all sorts of things about people, because there are all sorts of people, and no study looks at every one of them - but most pretend to. The average person has one ovary, one testicle, and is 93% dead.
I'm not dead! I'm getting better! I don't want to go on the cart!
by mikrit
Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Shouldn't there be a sign: "In case of earthquake, do not use elevator".
by mikrit
Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 9479

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

cellocgw wrote:So does this corollary violate the Recognition Law? You know, " Dunno who he was, but his face rings a Bell"
//ducks and runs

That's Pavlov.
by mikrit
Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:Rosetta should get off her butt, eh?

- "Verily, I shall indeed endeavor to get off my arse butt derriere rear end posterior."

ETA:
ggh wrote:and the Americans may not know what I'm talking about, but Yay! On to the semi-finals!

Congratulations! (Cricket? Rugby? Conkers?)
by mikrit
Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

Working as a berm guard. Going on down, down. Fixing this is too hard. But Rosetta did frown. Working as a berm guard. Going on down, down. Fixing this is too hard. But Rosetta did frown. Five o'clock in the morning, And the berm is giving way. Lord I am so tired, But it's time to run away. Working ...
by mikrit
Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

It's a fish! It's a squid! No, it's Aquaman! He has come to prevent the apocalypse! Or maybe it is just turbulence. The two stories vaguely remind me of a nonsense song we used to sing in Swedish, in mock English, in mock Norwegian and in mock Russian. Here is the mock English version: In Middle Oce...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106380
Views: 39844284

Re: 1190: "Time"

I wonder if the tank scene is apocalypse-causing. Well, I am not the first. But it must take at least some centuries for the Mediterranean (Ha! I finally learned to spell it!) to dry out, so it seems the tank story will be very, very, very long? Or maybe it ends with a quite unexpected apocalypse. R...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 15388

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Every work of fiction is canon unto itself. To argue that one depiction of a character is "more" canon than another shows a frighteningly tenuous grasp on the distinction between fiction and reality. As Sir Terry Pratchett once said*, "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small ...

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