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by Soupspoon
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity of xkcd comic characters
Replies: 70
Views: 15061

Re: Diversity of xkcd comic characters

[Hmm, sorry, turned out to be very long! I hope it's now not too OffTopic! But this sub-subject was being discussed!] It's been a while since I read the HP books (first four only 1 ), and have seen the films only once each, so my thoughts are probably wrong, but: Harry Potter is of ruling class roo...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

That is indeed strange. I've never much cared for plain sugar. But I vividly recall more than one childhood instance of eating various types of salt with little or no garnish on top. I always found a sugar-cube on the tongue (even without pharmaceutical addition, of whatever kind) was always a trea...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 6512

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

HES wrote:So I take it the super-advertising-bowl took place recently?

I think so, if you're talking about that Rugby-for-wusses sport...

OnTopic: The titletext seems to be a half-hearted version of Sagan's "If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe".
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Using a coffee mug instead of a teacup for tea would be like ... I dunno. Eating roast beef with a spoon? Drinking beer through a straw? Sure, it's the same substance at the same temperature hitting the same taste buds, yet some aspect of the experience is lost. Have you ever come across the phrase...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 12710

Re: 1624: 2016

I always interpreted "downtown" as the area with the lower average socio-economic wealth. There may be a lot of commerce going on, in retail (and possibly in side-street deals) but it's of mostly low value, if ever-present, with the lower-middle class, at best, purchasing low-priced essent...
by Soupspoon
Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 12710

Re: 1624: 2016

So, as per Russel's Paradox, they are in the subset of those who belong to no other subset? FTFY. (There's no paradox, with the word 'other' in the description.) edit: I didn't mean to make that my only contribution. Amongst several other things about phone-numbers, and the like, only the other day...
by Soupspoon
Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 36107

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

As this thread has already been necroed from more than two years ago, this February: My own original [firstname].[lastname]@gmail.com address I rarely used and then forgot about and have long since forgotten the password for (and I'm not sure what secondary address/contact details I gave it; they're...
by Soupspoon
Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I should really get me a soupspoon and stir backwards to get the sugar out of the water. That's a very un-sweet tooth, you've got there! Are you sure that it is healthy to have un-added so much sugar? Wouldn't you rather have de-poured several packets of Sweet'n'Low from your drink, instead? (I mig...
by Soupspoon
Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10646

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

In EN-GB (maybe in the US too?), a slash is a urination session, and we used to call the / character "stroke". When the WWW first reached these shores, some of the primmer announcers used to say, for example "bbc dot co dot uk stroke radio four". You guys really read out .co.uk ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

while those who like it unsweetened aren't faced with the impossible task of removing the sugar they don't want from their otherwise fine beverage. You mean you don't carry Maxwell's Demon around with you, to accomplish this very feat at will? (Also useful for getting and maintaining half a cup of ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15506

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

If air pressure was the reason a siphon worked, water would flow uphill. In reality the air pressure is higher at the low point. Fluids flow from a high pressure to a lower pressure. I've got a perpetual motion machine, here, would you like to invest in it? I guarantee that once the money starts co...
by Soupspoon
Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Is a sugar mine something that could conceivably exist? Like, is there some possible biological process that would leave loads of sugar around to get buried and discovered later, or does the chemistry just not work that way and it wouldn't be sugar anymore by the time anyone dug it up? Well, there'...
by Soupspoon
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 7703

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Despite what some people have said about the apparent yumminess of raw salt (hint: it's not my bag), I think many of us would readily consider sugar as the handy snack. (Add recipe to taste. No, wait, too much! Now I need to go and get another three boxes of sugar...)
by Soupspoon
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 10582

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

An Alt, grime:

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by Soupspoon
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 16954

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

orthogon wrote:By the miracle of gTLDs, endless.horse is a thing.

Some jokes are only funny for a limited amount of time, but that one definitely has legs...
by Soupspoon
Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10646

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Regarding the -E "In GNU grep , there is no difference in available functionality between basic and extended syntaxes." But I'll test this when I'm not just on this Windows machine... I feel like re-sharing my excessive-escaping story from the last time this topic came up: I should use sed...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10646

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Not got a Bash shell handy, ATM, but I went to the old faithful Perl. There might well be differences. #!/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; #my $match=q{\\\[[(].*\\\[\])][^)\]]*$}; ## Didn't actually work, in the form of "$Test=~m/$match/", below... ## Couldn't be bothered to work out why...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 7943

Re: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

sevenperforce wrote:I was hoping he'd go through a "if we relax the 'single person' requirement, then what logistics are we looking at?" bit.

Just eight thousand or so of your closest friends spitting into the pool for a calendar year?

(I'm sure there's a 4chan/insert-similar joke in there somewhere.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 7943

Re: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

HES wrote:Why is she standing in the pool?

So she doesn't accidentally dribble on the poolside. Because that would be disgusting.
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 7943

What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

Saliva Pool How long would it take for a single person to fill up an entire swimming pool with their own saliva? —Mary Griffin, 9th grade http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/144/question.png My most random thought about: I suppose you can make a pool that continues through to the other side of the Earth...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 24113

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Priceguy wrote:Presumably they can't see the ray coming as it's light; by the time you see it, it's already there.
*grumble grumble The Force Awakens grumble grumble Also Obviously Superliminal grumble grumble And Seen 'Live' From Way Off To The Side As Well! grumble grumble*
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10646

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

In EN-GB (maybe in the US too?), a slash is a urination session, and we used to call the / character "stroke". When the WWW first reached these shores, some of the primmer announcers used to say, for example "bbc dot co dot uk stroke radio four". Unfortunately backstroke is some...
by Soupspoon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10646

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

It looks to me that the grep searches for {some or no leading text} \[( {some or no middle text} \[]])] {some or no ending text, just as long as it doesn't have closing brackets of square or round kind in it} . The minimum required matching text being that in red and the blue stuff all entirely opti...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 7800

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

I'm honestly surprised the CPU wasn't running in Dwarf Fortress. Ran out of spare Invaders, willing to run backwards and forwards across the relevant pressure plates that controls the fluid logic and gear-and-axle-and-pump elements. Redstone's a relative cinch (even outside of Creative mode). It mi...
by Soupspoon
Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15170

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Copper Bezel wrote:And what company on Earth do you think is likely to have registered trademarks in that category just in case?

Apple.

(But possibly the Beatles one...)
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15170

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Do you really want Disney to own the trademark to a dwarf planet? Disney is mythical remember. You haven't got the hang of this conspiracy. Depends, does that mean we'd get seven dwarf planets named Happy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Bashful, Sleepy and Doc? If I get any choice in the matter, the first ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15170

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Do we also change the name of the element "plutonium" to something else, or stop calling it a "transuranic" element? That'll only really matter if we end up calling Planet X/Ix something like "America", etc... Tail wagging the dog, and all that. Talking of dogs, we can...
by Soupspoon
Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15170

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

I forgot that this was another recent thing I meant to reply to... But not sure now which post above that it was I specifically wanted to reply to.. I'd like to propose an unstable compromise regarding the new object's ordinal classification and Pluto's (lack of) planetary classification. We design...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15506

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

Barring the very things that define a molecule as distinct from individual atoms? Yes, I didn't say things the way I wanted to. I'm a bit rusty, and maybe outdated anyway. Chemical hydration (e.g. an -O converting to -(OH) 2 ) would not guarantee the same O pops back off when later de'hydrated', ev...
by Soupspoon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10895
Views: 2042458

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Yes, that's what I was thinking. It wasn't a link (I was scrupulous in not doing that!), and pasting the extracted test in below and re-Previewing does not tell me I am in danger of spamming, this time round, so I lost my chance to find the keyword(s) that may have prohibited it. (Though it no longe...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15506

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

New business idea: selling bottled water that I got from my tap, which I just say is from Europa. Some bottled waters advertise something along the lines of 'primordial' water. Often because it is tapping an aquifer that has been apparently filtered through a mountain for so-many-thousand years. Bu...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15506

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

Second, I love any reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey. If that's the "All These Worlds Are Yours, Except Europa..." bit, that's 2010: Odyssey Two 1 . But they're both good, IMO, so it diminishes not my equivalent love for the reference. On-topic , something like a litre bottle of water dr...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10895
Views: 2042458

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

This is the "Hi, I'm here; don't mind me" thread, yes? I wrote a quick and somewhat vague introduction to myself, but it appears that something there hit the newbie spam-word filter, when I previewed. Not sure what (not going to experiment, and I already know nobody will tell me), so I'll ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"
Replies: 21
Views: 12311

Re: What-If 0142: "Space Jetta"

What if we built a big tube - sort of like a hydraulic lift - and then lifted the Jetta up out of the atmosphere by pumping CO 2 in underneath it? That way we kill two birds with one bush: Shoot the cause into space, and flush the symptom out along with it. (Reasonably-long-time-reader, first-time-...

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