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by mikrit
Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

She has just realized that she forgot her beanie on the pile of stuff, and runs to fetch it. Because a Beanie may not appear in public without their beanie, so that their stunningly beautiful hair shall not cause impure thoughts among onlookers. (This rule does not apply to Rosetta, who is a leader ...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ah, romance! Finally. So, do I get it right: ggh's redundant sign is in Punjabi? But the first, red, word is the same as the first, red, word in the ONG sign? And the same color and font... But no other character is the same, I think. Oh, right, ggh is a known image trickster. I forgot about that fo...
by mikrit
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

How do you get into those buildings? We've seen all four sides of one of them (and the top) but no door or window. You must have the wisdom to see the invisible text that says: Speak, friend, and enter. Oh, I'm sorry, that should be Say "friend" and enter. Just don't say "frenemy&quo...
by mikrit
Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Maybe the fence changes direction behind the (current) right building and continues to the water. At least that would stop traffic from the (current) far left side.

Or maybe sneaking around the building is hindered by another traffic sign that says: "Stop, and I really mean it this time".
by mikrit
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

The current dual story started on NP 2369, and the First Comment was from mrob: "Wait, whoa, what?!?!?". Well said!

The dual nature of the story was hidden at first, but balthadecryptor figured out the steganography. The author is still anonymous, I think.
by mikrit
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Still, I realize that a red octagon has to mean Stop; it will take more than 11 000 years to change that. And the octagonal stop (one of the 4 signs recognizable by just the shape) is only 93 years old and it wasn't always red. Fair enough, but now that it is globally recognized, no one should see ...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

I was going to say, isn't a Stop sign redundant when it stands in front of a sturdy fence? You would have to stop anyway. (Of course redundancy is molpish.) But now I see there is a gate. But it is still not the sign I would expect there. Rather "No trespassing", "Authorized personnel...
by mikrit
Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

I have spent some time in retroketchup to find the start of the currentONGs, happened to find a link to yappobiscuit's Basementee Rapsody :applause:, and then I found The Start. And I know something about the day it started: it was New Year's Eve of Anno Mundi 5776, in the Jewish calendar. According...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

My new career goal: to be a human seismograph. But not in an place with significant tectonic activity, please.
by mikrit
Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Is that a seismograph?
by mikrit
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

I like the idea of a Sumo Beanie, but it seems even less likely that Sumo Beanie would want to climb up a ladder and hurl himself up into a hammock, or even be able to do so. But maybe there's a special Sumo Beanie ladder lying on the ground that we can't see, and it's taller and sturdier. Well, Su...
by mikrit
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi there, my hat-grandmother! I like June Bug's theory that the hammock needs to be high because raptorcats. But another theory is that this hammock was originally designed for a very heavy beanie: a sumo wrestler type of guy. When he used it, it was barely above ground. This guy will never appear o...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Obvious, isn't it? Definitely a poodle wearing an orange sweater and a white ballerina skirt. Oh, and short sword on one shoulder. I know I ought to make up a background story to make this scenario plausible, but when the narrative part of my brain heard this request, it went and hid under a blanket...
by mikrit
Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 8939

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

I can't understand why Randall of all people seems to have drawn a crescent moon with the crescent tilted upward. This implies that the Sun is also above the horizon, and a crescent Moon is almost impossible to see under such circumstances. This is the sort of mistake Gary Trudeau commonly makes, b...
by mikrit
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Lovely puzzle, balthasar_s. On a slight tangent, I would like to offer two connect-the-dots puzzles by Bill Elder. I found them in the book William M. Gaines' Inside Mad , 1953, which I found in an antiquarian bookshop this summer. connectthedotspuzzle.jpg ↓↓↓ BEWARE! ACTUAL SPOILER! ↓↓↓ connectthed...
by mikrit
Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oooh, shiny! Things are happening? Someone is making a new graphic story? I just sneaked up from the basement and read the last NewPage. Megan has been sleeping very long, hasn't she? In fact, I don't see that the images change at all. Is there a javascript I should notice? Actually, I was missing y...
by mikrit
Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi there! Blindposting this link because it has a somewhat Randallish humour (praise the GLR!), and I found No. 6 both cute and relevant. (Also, I couldn't reconstruct the original title of No. 4). What your favorite movies would look like with one letter removed. http://m.imgur.com/gallery/aHiBXoy
by mikrit
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh dear, that was the saddest-looking OGNPTer I have ever seen.
by mikrit
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Aaaah! The eyes! The eyes are watching me! Actually, that was a very cool post. Thanks, NoMouse. I read the google blog entry too, and there were some very artistic images there. Looks like they can emulate a pointillistic artist, or van Gogh. Also, I get the feeling that they have trained their ne...
by mikrit
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Roligt att se dig igen här! Tack så mycket. Lusthus. Salva. Cembalo. Kredensbord. Stuga. (And happy 300, by the way!) Oh, I hadn't noticed. So, I missed my opportunity to name a body part that is longer than it is wide? Darn! I'll have to wait until 400, then. I have already called you this (worded...
by mikrit
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Nice to see an pre-OTColored OtherComic. I thought the proper way to ottify it would be to make the sky entirely white, in the orthodox OTC style. But the baobab version was very nice, too. Oh, well, redundancy is molpish, after all. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=49612 Redundant: http...
by mikrit
Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, did I miss the *ndiversary? Instead of ice cream, I bring a reading tip, a short story that is both molpish and RELATED. But I can't tell you how it is RELATED without spoiling the plot. E. Amalia Andujar. "Softly touch the stranger's mind." In Isaac Asimov (ed.), Science Fiction Maste...
by mikrit
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 9631

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

Cervisiae Amatorem wrote:Just stopping by to see if anybody else thought this comic was rather lame.

Put the caption on this comic however, comedy gold!

http://joshreads.com/images/13/08/i130816famcirc.jpg

Awfulsome!
by mikrit
Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"
Replies: 34
Views: 21069

Re: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"

Michael Mandiberg prints out all of Wikipedia in book form.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... pedia.html
by mikrit
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1548: "90s Kid"
Replies: 32
Views: 7900

Re: 1548: "90s Kid"

orthogon wrote:As far as the median is concerned, it doesn't matter how long the women in the upper half (semile?) of the population delay it
Correction: the older half of the population is known as the senile.
by mikrit
Sun Jul 12, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 35546

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

ETA: actually we haven't discussed the title, but The Martian is pretty clever in its simplicity. I have just finished reading the Swedish edition, which is titled Ensam på Mars ("Alone on Mars"). I suppose the publisher thought: Hey, the book isn't really about a green-skinned Martian, I...
by mikrit
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 13801

Re: 1540: "Hemingway"

It seems I got most of my education from comics. I first learned about the Hemingway six-word story at SMBC, http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3582. And the Latin I know is from Asterix. ("Veni, veni, veni" - I got that. *giggle*.) About minimal stories: August Strindbe...
by mikrit
Mon May 25, 2015 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 44126

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Why is no-one asking what the hell this is about? Oh, it's obvious. Some people have similar names, see, so they could compete about who has the most similar name... no, wait. They could compete about anything , right, and after the initial rounds, the competitors would have less similar names, and...
by mikrit
Sun May 24, 2015 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21830

Re: 1527: "Humans"

What movie has/had pink humans? They're typically called "white", and most movies have that variety of human. It's fairly common is sci-fi/fantasy for other species to call (white) humans pink since we look like bipedal pigs from far enough away. Reminds me of a scene in Feet of Clay , wh...
by mikrit
Wed May 20, 2015 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 21830

Re: 1527: "Humans"

"Decorative" feathers should have been considered probable, for [...] mating, etc. Ah, yes. "Kinky" is when you use a feather; "perverse" is when you use the whole deinonychus. We should make an online encyclopedia of information that anyone can access at any time to v...
by mikrit
Wed May 20, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 20345

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

"Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland", and the sequels, by Gamow. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr_Tompkins I enjoyed them. Although they are probably more pedagogic and rational than Inductive White would be. ETA: I am also reminded of the classic Peanuts strip where Lucy reads Goldilocks for Lin...
by mikrit
Fri May 15, 2015 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106216
Views: 37879162

Re: 1190: "Time"

Did you notice... the new Blag entry? http://blog.xkcd.com/ Hm, probably you did, some newpages ago. Welcome, Rosencrantz! Your avatar reminded me, too, of Sandmännchen, although he was dubbed to Swedish when I was a kid, and called John Blund (that would be John Shut-eye, possibly). Edit to add: O...
by mikrit
Thu May 14, 2015 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12496

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

One idea that might help is that units are fundamentally multiplicative. When you say "2m" you really are multiplying the dimensionless number 2 by the unit "metre". Yeah, I think that helped. Thank you! And I liked the licorice + chocolate example, too. As it happens, my wife l...
by mikrit
Thu May 14, 2015 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12496

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

It is just that I feel somehow that I understand dimensional analysis only halfway, and that there is some further level of understanding that is possible to achieve, if I had the right insight. But I can't explain very well what I feel is missing. That's not very sensible, I suppose. Nothing to see...
by mikrit
Thu May 14, 2015 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12496

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

What I find weird about dimensional analysis is that one is allowed to multiply apples and oranges to get appleoranges, or divide them to get apples per orange, but never ever add them. Why is multiplication more flexible than addition? And am I allowed to raise an apple to the orangeth power? Back ...
by mikrit
Wed May 13, 2015 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12496

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

Aren't there plenty more dimensions in dimensional analysis, like luminosity per mass-length and whatnot? But maybe they only have the name (that is: the family name, Dimension) in common with the four that became famous. I tried to understand why dimensional analysis works, once. Didn't succeed, th...
by mikrit
Wed May 13, 2015 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12496

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

Of the fifteen hundred and twentyfour xkcd comics I could have spent four months of my life being pushed inexorably forward through, I guess 1190: Time isn't the worst.
by mikrit
Thu May 07, 2015 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18035

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

After reading about several conflicting Arthur legends on the long Wikipedia page for "Excalibur", I want to suggest a compromise theory:
The lake sword and the stone sword were distinct, but by a remarkable coincidence, both had the name Excalibur.
by mikrit
Thu May 07, 2015 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18035

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Damn. I was waiting for someone to misidentify the sword in the stone as Excalibur so I could get all correctionish. I've seen that mistake a lot recently for some reason, not in recent media as such, just stuff that I've been exposed to recently. One's from a lake and has a magical sheath, the oth...
by mikrit
Wed May 06, 2015 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18035

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

The job description is in the title: Megan, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. But of course, as Spideruncle said: With a great sword comes great responsibili...

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