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by Istaro
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71190

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Lukeonia1 wrote:And it took me a second to realize that was a tree, and not a mushroom cloud.


Me too.
by Istaro
Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26389

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

As demonstrated by this comparison between the occurrence of "September 11th attacks" and "Bali bombings": http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=September+11th+attacks%2C+Bali+bombings&year_start=2000&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=0&share= (and wow...
by Istaro
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25656

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

I just tried Googling for a single RLO character . . .

Your search - .stnemucod yna hctam ton did -

Suggestions:
• Try different keywords.
by Istaro
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0020: "Diamond"
Replies: 75
Views: 36021

Re: What-If 0020: Diamond

Oops, cat stepped on my keyboard again and I added a bunch more 9s.


Hey, it added a 5 and a 1 too! Mighty convenient, I'll say.
by Istaro
Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28432

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

orthogon wrote:In any case, I have to concede that it really isn't very important compared to, say, human rights violations.


Haha. I'm tempted to end all my posts like that. Although I have to concede that whether or not I do so really isn't very important compared to, say, human rights violations.
by Istaro
Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 33132

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Am I the only one who finds the concept of "deaths per second" hilarious? I got stuck for a while at the parenthetical about the falling-cocaine-bale revenue produced by Florida land. I mean I was laughing so hard that tears were blurring my vision to the point that I couldn't keep readin...
by Istaro
Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28432

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I always wonder why the US doesn't use a non-geographic area code for mobile phones. It's common in most other countries that I know of (eg, UK 07, France 06 & 07, Australia 04 ...). Probably a good reason for this, but I've never heard it. At least in Japan, which has several cell-phone-specif...
by Istaro
Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28432

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I always wonder why the US doesn't use a non-geographic area code for mobile phones. It's common in most other countries that I know of (eg, UK 07, France 06 & 07, Australia 04 ...). Probably a good reason for this, but I've never heard it. At least in Japan, which has several cell-phone-specif...
by Istaro
Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0018: "B.B. Gun"
Replies: 59
Views: 18270

Re: What-If 0017: BB Gun

So far I have enjoyed this thread even more than the original post (no offense, Randall, it's a testament to the intellect of the fans you attract).
by Istaro
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 60745

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

I also liked that he used the word regolith. Reminds me of the Mars trilogy.
by Istaro
Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42625

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

The problem with chess, IMO, is that it's such a well-chartered territory by now. If you want to play chess really, really well, there is not much room for creativity anymore; it's more like a science with established findings. At least that's my impression as an average player when I study all tho...
by Istaro
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674177

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

While almost insane in terms of size, I think posting a full sized version of the picture on it's own changes the experience of it drastically, and not from the better. As is, the picture instills a bit of a sense of exploration akin to minecraft. Finding all those strange environments and people a...
by Istaro
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674177

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

This is really not good for my tendonitis.
by Istaro
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18061

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

I find this thread quite promising.
by Istaro
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24567

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

"Project management has checked my project to see that it is on track." I don't know, that says to me that a) it's on track and b) project management has checked it. Maybe replace "that" with "whether", but that'd make it too obvious. I guess you could say "Projec...
by Istaro
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 25335

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

It's a continuum, and we're all somewhere on it.
by Istaro
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62928

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

Meh, sufficiently committed conspiracy theorists (or any other form of fanatic) are impervious to argument anyway. They are so certain of their own rightness that they will absolutely not be swayed by any form of evidence or persuasion, so why bother continuing to try once you have identified them ...
by Istaro
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29552

Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

Maybe I'm getting old, but just looking at that stick figure makes my back and neck hurt.
by Istaro
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51146

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Planets are turning out to be so common that to show all the planets in our galaxy, this chart would have to be nested in itself--with each planet replaced by a copy of the chart--at least three levels deep. So how big would that be, I wonder? If the first level is this original chart, I suppose th...
by Istaro
Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17817

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

Comic made me nod, title text made me guffaw.

Pfhorrest wrote:Do people have like a special staging area where recently-cleaned clothes waiting to be folded live for a while?


Actually, we do (the bed). "A while" is thus necessarily less than a day, though.
by Istaro
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 44760

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

radtea wrote:As such, some humans differentiate themselves by the most trivial variations on their appearance imaginable--longer or shorter hair, slightly different clothing, a little ink in their derma, or the kind of shoes they wear


Or by calling skin "derma" ;)
by Istaro
Fri May 25, 2012 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23778

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Even when middlemen provide value, do not produce wealth. They may facilitate the creation of wealth, but do not create it themselves. Which makes it desirable to remove them when possible but it doesn't make them parasitic. Ahh, "when possible". That part makes it possible to fudge your ...
by Istaro
Mon May 21, 2012 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21688

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Mikkim wrote:I really like how Randall did the dude's beard, it makes him look like a teenager who doesn't have any hygiene.


Ahh, I thought it was Abe Lincoln.
by Istaro
Wed May 02, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 87863

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

The only things you HAVE to know are how to make enough of a living to stay alive and how to get your taxes done. If you're only barely making enough to stay alive, you certainly don't have to file taxes (although doing so would likely get you free money so you'd be silly not to). At least in the U...
by Istaro
Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 40349

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

I had no idea that anyone drew five-pointed stars in ways other than xkcdfan's diagram ("earth banishing").
by Istaro
Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 45407

Re: 1028: "Communication"

So this comic is showing, not telling, the idea of "show not tell"?

Actual human beings can use language, though, so we can say things like "watch out, there's a hole in the ground over there" instead of using ambiguous pictoral speech bubbles. Broken aesop?
by Istaro
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 21424

Re: 1019: "First Post"

I don't really see how this is a problem unique to any particular ordering of comments. If comments are displayed FIFO, then you just pay people (say, xkcd forum denizens) to keep refreshing until a new article appears and then post the first comments on that article. If comments are displayed LIFO,...
by Istaro
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1017: "Backwards in Time"
Replies: 75
Views: 21129

Re: 1017: "Backwards in Time"

Anyone else find themselves starting to hum Billy Joel while reading the events in the spreadsheet?

Edit: Oops, didn't notice Wybaar's post, sorry.
by Istaro
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"
Replies: 60
Views: 17651

Re: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"

I don't want tvtrope links banned outright, I just want them to carry a minor cost in exchange for the potential hours wasted by people following those links. I suspect that many (most?) of this forum's denizens have already gotten the initial TVTropes binge out of the way (upon reading http://xkcd...
by Istaro
Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 22134

Re: 1004: "Batman"

otac0n wrote:Robin: "Where'd you get a live fish, a man dressed like a bat?"
A man dressed like a bat: "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin."

. . . FTFY :wink:

Note how the meaning of Robin's line changes.
by Istaro
Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32559

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

someguyyy wrote:Alternate alt-text: "Rating: 1/5. Room filled to brim with bedbugs, and when front desk clerk opened mouth to talk, semen poured out."


Maybe I'm just tired, but this post and the one after it made me laugh so hard my eyes watered. What's the acronym for that?
by Istaro
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46797

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

radtea wrote:Scientific thinkers know this is a pretty standard technique


To nitpick, there are scientific thinkers in fields other than biology.

But more importantly, the second person in the second panel has had eir head replaced by a peach!
by Istaro
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0937: "TornadoGuard"
Replies: 62
Views: 25827

Re: 0937: TornadoGuard

Also a frightening number of people for whom the app didn't work may not... be able to make reviews. Not so much - were such an app to exist, anyone with a tv or radio on will know about a tornado warning, and they can readily check if their phone also alerted them. I've been through scores of torn...
by Istaro
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 48896

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

There must be something I'm not getting here.... A mimic octopus is a very good mimic of other sea life. Two mimic octopuses look like one mimic octopus...so one mimic octopus is mimicking the other octopus? But where's the other octopus? Is it mimicking the void? I'm sure I'll kick myself with the...
by Istaro
Mon May 02, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 95151

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Am I odd in that I found this one sadder than the cancer ones? I don't think so. Pick a random person; that person will be dead in less than 200 years regardless of whether a cure for cancer is found or not. On the other hand, the long-term fate of our species as a whole is still up for grabs (in o...
by Istaro
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 35328

Re: 0888: Heaven

joee wrote:you get yourself into a slightly tight spot, and then BAM


Hence the alt text, yeah? ;) Not to mention the shape of the superpiece (well, except for the smaller downwards protrusion on the right, unless this is an alternate universe where testicles get inserted too).
by Istaro
Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32677

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

I don't know what's more telling--the number of pages in the Wikipedia talk page argument over whether the 1/87.0857143 scale is called "HO" or "H0", or the fact that within minutes of first hearing of it I had developed an extremely strong opinion on the issue. I think the latt...
by Istaro
Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25753

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

If you'd rather work 30 minutes longer in the day to pay for a takeaway, rather than cook, then either: - You have an absolutely amazing job, which to be honest I doubt, given that you'd rather be reading XKCD than doing it or - You've deluded yourself that your job is more important than enjoying ...
by Istaro
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25753

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

All I can say is, sucks to be people who routinely make food that's not worth eating the leftovers of. >.> Agreed. "Utility favors" learning how to cook food that you like to eat. well, that's just wrong (for me). Nothing to do with 'like to eat', it's just cheaper (for me) to work longer...
by Istaro
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0815: "Mu"
Replies: 80
Views: 18554

Re: 0815: Mu

As the CoKF approaches 0, productivity goes negative as you pull OTHER people into chair-spinning contests.


Ahh. I thought it was because people start vomiting, thereby soiling work already done.

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