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by Tova
Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"
Replies: 37
Views: 8245

Re: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"

I just had a Sudden Clarity Clarence moment.
by Tova
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 21275

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

The explain xkcd entry for this one is possibly the least convincing I've ever read. It seems random to me, with the compulsory reference thrown in (I sometimes wonder whether people a decade or so in the future will look back and laugh at the internet's reference fetish). Did anyone else find the o...
by Tova
Wed May 21, 2014 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 18104

Re: 1370: "President"

Yep, the more things change, etc. Here is a recent article that I happened to notice before I read this comic: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/is-this-the-most-narcissistic-generation-weve-ever-seen-20130419-2i5ne.html A couple of quotes and my immediate responses as follows: "Before I go on, ...
by Tova
Tue May 20, 2014 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 18104

Re: 1370: "President"

I have to say: "I'm glad social media didn't exist when I was younger" isn't that rare a thought for those of us above a certain age. I didn't say anything about the statement "I'm glad social media didn't exist when I was younger". I've had that thought myself. I've never thoug...
by Tova
Mon May 19, 2014 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 18104

Re: 1370: "President"

I take it that this was drawn in response to something specific. It comes across as a strawman putdown (not that this is the first time I've felt that way). Are you looking for a fair and balanced presentation of arguments discussing both the pros and cons of the issue equally? If so, stop reading ...
by Tova
Mon May 19, 2014 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 18104

Re: 1370: "President"

I take it that this was drawn in response to something specific.

It comes across as a strawman putdown (not that this is the first time I've felt that way).
by Tova
Sat May 03, 2014 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 29773

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

The real punchline here is that Randall has created a parody of terrible mobile phone advertising, and xkcd fans are clamouring to buy one.
by Tova
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185099

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Firing someone for their beliefs is tricky though. Is a staunch Christian allowed to fire any employee who says they support gay marriage or abortion? It's called a double standard. Like how pro-gay rights people try to vilify and censor the word "faggot" as being offensive and "dero...
by Tova
Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107476
Views: 53221379

Re: 1190: "Time"

lanicita wrote:Bullying means someone wid power does someting repeatedly to hurt a target.


I respectfully disagree.

bully (n): a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

Can't find any mention of 'repeatedly' there.
by Tova
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 25709

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

The joke is never funny when you explain it. I am imagining a conversation. "It won't fit the student's t distribution." "Maybe it will fit the TEACHER'S t distribution!" "Ha ha! It's obviously more complex!" "Yes! Ha! Hi-la-rious!!" I'll show myself out. P.S....
by Tova
Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 25062

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

This comic would have been sooo much better without the "*sigh* no no no" in the first panel, which pretty much telegraphed the punchline.
by Tova
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1219: "Reports"
Replies: 30
Views: 7396

Re: 1219: "Reports"

cellocgw wrote:It would be more useful, tho' maybe less funny, to list suggestions for how to write the report to make reading it more interesting.


That is how I originally interpreted the comic.

Pretty much guaranteed that the joke would fall flat, even after I figured out what it meant.
by Tova
Tue May 21, 2013 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34164

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

I liked the humour in this one, but the Parthenon in Nashville looks nothing like the original. It may be a replica, but it also looks brand new . That should have been a clear hint for the player that it ain't the one in Athens. (Yeah, I know, nit-picking. At XKCD. Who would have believed?) On the...
by Tova
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107476
Views: 53221379

Re: 1190: "Time"

If Randall isn't conducting an elaborate social experiment with this comic, he should be. This thread is about ten times as fascinating to watch as the comic.
by Tova
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34701

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

I don't know why so many people are having such a hard time understanding this one. It was pretty clear to me the first time I saw it :roll: I think I can explain this one. It's because we read it... and say ok... then think "hmmm ... what is the joke? I must have missed it. Why don't I get it...
by Tova
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17886

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

"But at least they can't install keyloggers"

FTFYR
by Tova
Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107476
Views: 53221379

Re: 1190: "Thing that keeps slipping into the future"

Okay, I'm starting to worry about the ethics of this social experiment Randall appears to be running.
by Tova
Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107476
Views: 53221379

Re: 1190: "Time"

Watching is thread is what I imagine it might have been like attending the first performance of Cage 4'33"...
by Tova
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 21230

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

All I'm getting for the comic is a swirly "busy" mouse pointer. With that title, I'd assumed that Randall was just trolling his readers again.
by Tova
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 59038

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

San Fran Sam wrote:and it's sequel


Just to prove that there are more important things to take care of than title caps versus initial caps. :P
by Tova
Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 50235

Re: 1143:"Location"

Google's invite system for new products is a work of freaking marketing brilliance. You only need see its players bragging smugly about "enlightenment" and non-players clawing for invites to see how well it works. xkcd shilling for them doesn't hurt, either. XKCD deals with obscure games a...
by Tova
Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28453

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

The joke is that in the US, when you sign up for a cell number or migrate a land line number to cell, it brings your current area code along with it-- which then stays there for as long as you use that number, no matter where you subsequently move to. The days of "I've moved, here's my new num...
by Tova
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 52227

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Re: alt text "There's an intersection I drive through sometimes that has a forward green arrow, a red light, and a 'no turns' sign all on one pole. I honestly have no idea what it's telling me to do." It seems as if Randall's description is fairly straightforward. Forward green arrow mean...
by Tova
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674349

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Comics like this one are the reason I keep reading xkcd.
by Tova
Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37141

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

You're not suggesting that Randall is trolling, are you?
Shame on you.
by Tova
Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37141

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

I don't get it.

Maybe the title should be "sport discussions according to Randall?"

A bit like the world map according to Americans thing. And not the one Randall did.
by Tova
Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 19717

Re: 1100:" Vows"

What is this I don't even

If it's a reference, fine. Par for the course. Carry on.
Oh, I mean... ha ha. Hilarious.
by Tova
Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18077

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Someone had a drunken weekend.
by Tova
Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 19575

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

People tend to rate things at one extreme or the other. If it's 3 and a half stars, chances are there are a lot of 5 star reviews and a lot of 1 star reviews. The 1 star reviews are the ones you want to pay attention to. You still need to read the 1-star reviews reasonably carefully, especially if ...
by Tova
Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29469

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

After reading this comic, I know how it is to stare into the abyss.

There was about as much manic laughter as I had guessed.
by Tova
Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1085: "ContextBot"
Replies: 39
Views: 16414

Re: 1085: "ContextBot"

I am so glad I'm not the only one that gets driven crazy by this kind of social media post. A genuine "get out of my head" comic for me - never thought I'd see the day. Edit: BTW one reason why it may be quiet in here is that the forum link has disappeared off the front page (this may have...
by Tova
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52311

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

I get that the system is hosed, but the punchline "You should ... wait for the singularity" ... doesn't work for me. I don't think there's anything more to get, unfortunately. Maybe if you're a frustrated sysadmin who is constantly asked to fix friends' bizarrely broken systems, you'd get ...
by Tova
Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 21562

Re: 1082: “Geology”

glasnt wrote:Talk about getting your rocks off.


Thanks for providing a punchline that made me laugh.
by Tova
Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 63153

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

He realised that the only winning move is not to play.
by Tova
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39928

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

coredumperror wrote:I believe the joke is based on the pick-up line "If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put u and I together."


Great. Now I understand the comic, and wish I didn't.
by Tova
Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 44793

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

jonas wrote:This joke was done ages ago in Order of the Stick (OOTS) strip 3.


And in one panel, no less...
by Tova
Thu May 31, 2012 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1062: "Budget News"
Replies: 36
Views: 14233

Re: 1062: "Budget News"

"... attacked by regular one" somehow failed to get a laugh out of me. I dunno, I just feel that there is a genuinely funny joke in there just dying to get out. The alt text did get a laugh out of me, though. edit: Thinking a bit more, maybe "DEFICIT HAWK ATTACKED" would have bee...
by Tova
Fri May 18, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 84
Views: 47149

Re: 1057: "Klout"

I could have lived quite happily without having learned about that. :cry:
by Tova
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 40220

Re: 1032: "Networking"

One for people who like random humour, I guess.
by Tova
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41761

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

Now this is the xkcd that I know and love.

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