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by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 10992

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Okay, NOW I am questioning my own sanity, because I can't for the life of me determine, what acquisitions refers to in this context. I had a suspicion, that I was confusing two very similar words, but aquisition appears to be just misspelled. Torn between offending Soupspoon and allowing you to rem...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 10992

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

I can't vouch for what Soupspoon had in mind, I say you have it down pat, there. I tried my own response, but it's Saved As Draft* because it became unwieldy. Included was a reference, but not a link, to Headlinese. Additional punctuation might have also helped. But headlines tend to use none at al...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 10992

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

It kind of reminds me of the Hungarian word game called eszperente , which involves using words in which every vowel is an e And that reminds me of something you might enjoy. Christian Bok, a Canadian poet, wrote a wondrous book where the main part - Eunoia (the shortest English word that contains ...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 10992

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Missing an "are" as 3rd last word, soupspoon? (Or am I simply not familiar with this weird construction?) Broadly believably better bedfellows, bro, but bothersome brainstorming brevity banjaxed best banter bid. Bollocks. Completely cromulent construction. Entirely effective ellipsis. At ...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 12953

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Copper Bezel wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:Yup, we sure do like our flood narratives! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flood_myths
Something must have happened.

Something like - and this is an outside shot, I know, but just perhaps - some floods.

My bet is on Golgafrinchans, their Captain spent all his time taking a bath.
by somitomi
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 12953

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

I would agree. A Pick-up game is about the closest to a generic or informal game played where the rules are looser because it is not being sponsored or officially run by an organization. Mission successful. I'm still scarred, but at least I learned this phrase. I can't think what we'd call an infor...
by somitomi
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 12953

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

People have never seen this abomination? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfhhWA9GF0M Well, not until now . But thanks, now I'm scarred for life. "Whistle blow"? I know Shaq is famous, but does he bring a referee with himself evereywhere he goes? Or is this an American thing to have a refe...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 9234

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

qvxb wrote:And then there are Porsche Spyders.

I don't think those spin webs, although they do spin their wheels pretty fast.
by somitomi
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 9234

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

ThemePark wrote:As long as they're not fossils of red spiders...

somitomi wrote:I wonder if they'd know we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep. :wink:

Except, we do not.
http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.asp

That was exactly the intended point of this joke.
by somitomi
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 9234

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

least we know, thanks to the questions being asked by the futurebeing, that: a) Spiders are not the ultimate rulers of the Earth, b) Whatever they actually accomplished, betweentimes, they never made webs thick enough for a technological civilisation eventually capable of temporal mechanics to have...
by somitomi
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12577

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

This gave me a cheerful memory of when I was at school - in the days of records - when, if you had a record with a small scratch on it, you didn't bother about it that much (well, some people did actually, but I didn't) and you'd just keep playing it anyway. And, if you let someone tape your record...
by somitomi
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12577

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

rhomboidal wrote:Analog vinyl record scratches have indisputably superior audio quality to digital CD skips AND mp3 stutters.

Not to mention tape dropouts.
by somitomi
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 16022

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Started drinking coffee back in high school because "that's what adults did" and it was supposed to help with staying up late and cramming for a test. Hated the bitter taste, even with cream and sugar added , but forced myself to learn to like it. I think that is the only reason people li...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 12452

Re: 1741: "Work"

Why would you want (near/short/middle/long) IR lighting in the first place? IANAIRV, but I estimate most objects, including walls, have enough irregularities to see them as long as they're not too cold. I've seen some security camera reviews (don't know why though, I have little interest in them), ...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 12452

Re: 1741: "Work"

Depends how hot the anglepoise runs - the switch itself may be safe to handle, but the cone itself is not something I'd want to discover the location of by brushing against. Also, a switch on the arm/light will tend to change the light's position slightly each time you operate it... I had a desk la...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 12452

Re: 1741: "Work"

Do cups with fewer person-hours of design and debate tip more or less frequently than those designed in 'haste'? As far as the switch being on the cord, I'd hope that particular lamp is plugged in to a switched outlet. I, personally, wouldn't want a switched cord on a desk lamp where the switch was...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 8006

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Now there's an idea for a What-If question. You just need to reword it very slightly and mail it to Randall. What i f someone found Rosetta and Philae hundreds or thousands of years from now, what condition will they be in? Could they be reassembled and used to send selfies to whatever's left of hu...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 8006

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Or for a huge Futurama fan, get the comet to hit the Earth and solve global warming. I thin I missed that episode. The global warming episode I remember had the problem solved by all robots going to the Galapagos islands and farting to move the Earth. The two episodes involving comets I remember ha...
by somitomi
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 8006

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

qvxb wrote:Rosetta may be more intact than the European Union.

Well, does Rosetta have a part insisting on leaving it, while all of its parts argue about what to do with the asteroids coming from the Perseids?
No?
I think we have a winner.
by somitomi
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 9016

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

So I used the 'apply pressure from the backplate by taping in plastic spacers, and hope' method. It's worked fine so far. I once had to disassemble the plastic card thing our car has in place of a key, because one solder joint became loose. This is exceptionally hard, because the whole thing is glu...
by somitomi
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 15384

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

Or, perhaps, that's no moon... THAT WAS MY FIRST THOUGHT! I was honestly expecting Randall to do a death star shape as one of them and make that the caption. And that might be the reason he didn't do that. A punchline you expect doesn't pack quite the punch compared to one you don't see coming (a &...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 15384

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

In the same conversation, I also learned how to know whether the moon is waxing or waning: " La lune est menteuse ". The moon is a liar: when she looks like a "D", she's waxing ( c roissante); when she looks like a "C", she's waning ( d écroissante). ETA: From wiktiona...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 15384

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

In the same conversation, I also learned how to know whether the moon is waxing or waning: " La lune est menteuse ". The moon is a liar: when she looks like a "D", she's waxing ( c roissante); when she looks like a "C", she's waning ( d écroissante). ETA: From wiktiona...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5621

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

There were reports of an "alien megastructure" detected around a distant star a while back weren't there? Could this in fact be a star that has its hat on? Or sunglasses? Maybe an alien race is constructing emojis using stars for the yellow circular face to communicate with us. I'd rather...
by somitomi
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 12534

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

The common metal ones would reduce damage in case of Nuclear crossfire, too. The last time I looked, some were made of vinyl or plastic or something, not metal. (shrug) The last time I looked, the Cold War was over. The Space Race is still going on at a Snail's pace. A far as I know they're made of...
by somitomi
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5621

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

What kind of sunglasses block nothing more than single-digit percentages* of the visible wavelengths anyway? *Maybe less than that, since I based that on looking at this comic in MS Paint, and I doubt the spectral line widths shown in this comic are meant to represent the actual spectral line width...
by somitomi
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Musical Chain Game
Replies: 10
Views: 9322

Re: Musical Chain Game


I think it's safe to say noone has guessed the connection, so I think it's about time to reveal it.
by somitomi
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39769

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Well I'll just bet that Randall is just sitting at the house periodically giggling thinking about the response to the panel. Do you think that Randall is the guy in the hat? The thing about everybody being racist is that it dilutes the term and makes it more or less useless for conveying a point. I...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39769

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Well, this topic won't have any trouble reaching six pages before Wednesday's comic is out. Although having read all of it, I am not sure what all this is about. :oops:
by somitomi
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 8854

Re: 1718: "Backups"

Of course, I should probably keep a backup elsewhere in case my house burns down. Maybe an encrypted drive I keep in my desk at work, or in my car? Not perfect, but better than nothing. But what if your house buns down while your car is in the garage? I don't have a garage, so I guess I'm good? Jus...
by somitomi
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 7196

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

"Unless he then fixes it, in which case it's all cool." - me, at like, 7 years old That's why I took things apart after they stopped working. Less risk involved, and you can bask in the glory, if you accidentally manage to fix it. Which is why medical schools have always been interested i...
by somitomi
Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 7196

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

Pfhorrest wrote:"Unless he then fixes it, in which case it's all cool." - me, at like, 7 years old

That's why I took things apart after they stopped working. Less risk involved, and you can bask in the glory, if you accidentally manage to fix it.
by somitomi
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5621

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

alanbbent wrote:Yeah yeah, a joke about the sun wearing huge sunglasses. Now can we get back to arguing about global warming?

Well sure, so what if we stopped worrying about CO2, and just place some big, tinted piece of glass into orbit around the Earth-Sun L1.
by somitomi
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130048

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Keyman wrote:HURRY UP!!

I made a small bet with myself when I saw the comic yesterday, that the tread would get to at least page 6 before the next comic was up. We can do it! :mrgreen:

Apparently we have until Thursday, unless you've extended the bet in proportion. :mrgreen:
by somitomi
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130048

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Somitomi, your "apocalypse or no apocalypse" graphic seems a bit oversimplified and leaves out some pretty important costs and results. 1) If we "do something" about global warming, I assume that means dramatically dropping reliance on fossil fuels and spending on renewables. Wh...
by somitomi
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130048

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I apologise for any offence or inconvenience caused. I actually typed the phrase in full to start with, before deciding that it might come across as being pedantic and/or supercilious (c.f. "I think you'll find that..."). The use of "ITYM" wasn't a time-saving measure on my part...
by somitomi
Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130048

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The effect of replacing an enormous amount of light- and heat-absorbing grass and earth with an equally enormous amount of light- and heat-reflecting asphalt and concrete adjacent to a large, sensitive body of water is something that deserves a bit more discussion in the whole "humans are dest...
by somitomi
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 130048

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Is the warming human caused? It doesn't matter. (It is, but it doesn't matter) We need to do what we can to stop it, because regardless of the cause it is bad for us, and even if we weren't responsible (which we are), it would be absolutely vital that we develop a way to stop it (and we should be g...
by somitomi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Musical Chain Game
Replies: 10
Views: 9322

Musical Chain Game

First a disclaimer: this isn't my idea, a similar thread exists on the forums of Vinylengine (a site dedicated to guess what), although the guy starting it there says he got the idea from yet another forum. Anyway, moving on, the game consist of someone suggesting a song, that has some connection to...
by somitomi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harmonica players unite?
Replies: 1
Views: 6858

Re: Harmonica players unite?

Maybe I should really buy a harmonica. I've been thinking about it sometimes, but I usually come to the conclusion, that I haven't taught myself to play guitar yet, so I shouldn't start off learning a fourth instrument.

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