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by trpmb6
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 6495

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

It's also worth noting that some fungi breath aerobically, like animals (and even some plants apparently), but others, such as yeast, breath anaerobically. I suppose a vegetarian/vegan/<Insert flavor of the day activist> could draw the lines along these points. Thus beer would still be acceptable.
by trpmb6
Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Each Post Doubles the Number
Replies: 44
Views: 3021

Re: Each Post Doubles the Number

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by trpmb6
Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8746

Re: 1741: "Work"

I once had a lamp like that too in a room I rented for my internship, and I experienced that too. The lamp would sometimes turn itself on or off, I never really figured out how that worked either. I think the lamp was too sensitive and responded to random noise in the environment, like vibrations f...
by trpmb6
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8746

Re: 1741: "Work"

I really like those lamps that turn on and off just by touching them. It is like magic. My grandmother had one of these. After my grandfather passed away we moved her into an apartment by herself. After a few months she swore that my grandfather was turning the lamp on. She said she would turn the ...
by trpmb6
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25922

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

And I've made like 3 posts in 3 years so I'm not exactly spamming either. At the risk of turning into gmal and being a jerk.. I'd just like to point out that "like 3 posts" is really "exactly 153 posts, including this one" That's a pretty big exaggeration... Especially for infor...
by trpmb6
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 58985

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Is that also a problem or are you capable of using Wikipedia? ... But then I'm pretty sure you already knew that and are just being an ass. It bothers me that, as a moderator, you continually berate forum users. I only sampled a single post but you continue to take an elitist approach throughout th...
by trpmb6
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 58985

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The first residents of the first Zion did. FTFY. (If we even trust the anti-Oracle/Architect, that is, regarding the Beta 2 Matrix ejectees.) edit: Brainfart. It was before even them. Yeah, the sky was scorched by the original pre-Matrix human population during their war with the machines. It was o...
by trpmb6
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 58985

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

cellocgw wrote: Or tell Neo to go ahead and permanently cover the skies with clouds.


Neo didn't torch the sky. The first residents of Zion did. If we're going to have a sensible discussion on climate change the least we can do is quote The Matrix properly.

Don't want to tick off our robot overlords so soon.
by trpmb6
Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 5736

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

rmsgrey wrote:So in general, the two wings will be different lengths, although there may be times when they're equal.


You must be a politician with such a generic statement like that. "It could be different, unless of course it is the same, then it is the same" :mrgreen:
by trpmb6
Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 7934

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

Beg to differ... Individual gas stations have small margins (hence, the expansion of 'other stuff' you can buy there). Oil companies (politics aside) actually have very large gross margins... Exxon Mobil Historical Gross Profit Margin (Quarterly) Data Data for this Date Range June 30, 2016 29.56% M...
by trpmb6
Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 7934

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

And before anyone asks the obvious question.. "why do business jets have winglets then.." I make that argument every day at work but Marketing has a lot of power... customers think they should have them because the big commercial jets have them too. Unbeknownst to them they are actually co...
by trpmb6
Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 7934

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

I found myself calculating the volume of the hose and wondering how much you could spend on a system that drained premium gas back into the tank between fill-ups to avoid this problem. Since there could easily be half a gallon of gas in the hose and stations run on razor-thin margins, at first it s...
by trpmb6
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9642

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

MWak wrote:The honey is a lie!


Aperture Science Enrichment Center has been producing honey for years!
by trpmb6
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 13536

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

Why must everything be stripped down to an argument about sexism or racism? I came to the forums expecting some sort of intellectual conversation about time travel. I even flirted with the idea of how one could show up to a thesis defense with their identical twin as proof their theory works. (as on...
by trpmb6
Wed Aug 03, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 708566

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

"'Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had them why can't we use them,' Scarborough said on his 'Morning Joe' program." Nu...
by trpmb6
Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 5822

Re: 1712: Politifact

I had never heard of PolitiFact before seeing this comic, but I'm glad I checked Wikipedia before viewing the comic's title text. It cracked me up. Is PolitiFact Lady claiming that "I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed" is a lie, or did the smoke bomb set her pants on fire? (O...
by trpmb6
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 5822

Re: 1712: Politifact

Politfact is the Snopes of American politics? Them and factcheck.org. Including the claims by conservatives that they have a liberal bias. And the Washington post fact checker.. Depending on the day liberals cry Kessler is a conservative teabagger, until the next day when conservatives cry he is a ...
by trpmb6
Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 708566

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

...so? Did you look at my examples? Doing it through the wrong medium is still a release of classified data. This is covered in the basic yearly training course govvies and military are forced to take in painfully repetitive detail. Those who have, or still have, a security clearance know full well...
by trpmb6
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 5103

Re: 1703: "Juno"

I'd be a bit curious about such a claim. How exactly do you define "arrive"? Considering that the "orbital insertion" firing of engine lasted for about 35 minutes, and Juno didn't reach any well-defined surface (which Jupiter may not even have), it looks like they could simply c...
by trpmb6
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 29296

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

This is why I've always advocated that we remove people from our currency and names from our buildings. Both just deify people, for better or worse. Best to just do away with portraits completely. You'll never make everyone happy. In fact, my proposal probably infuriates the Pro-Portrait on American...
by trpmb6
Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 106167

Re: 1663: ???

[quote="NathanLazarus"]My suggestion is that if we had a year 0, then April 1, 2016 would actually be a Saturday (because April 1, 2017 is a Saturday, and if we had a year 0, every year would be pushed back by 1). Perhaps Randall set this whole thing up to point out to xkcd fans how weird ...
by trpmb6
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 33570

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I think what we should really be concerning ourselves with here is that some day in the future we are going to need to utilize parabolic mirrors to change how much energy from the sun reaches Earth. When the Sun becomes a red giant (assuming we aren't engulfed by the corona at this point) we would n...
by trpmb6
Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 6938

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

of the type that have long welcomed both long-distance lorry-drivers and motorcyclist-club members (both trickling in and arriving en-mass) on cold winter weekends where something approaching a pint-mug of tea is welcome both as eventual beverage and initially as a convenient hand-warmer and revita...
by trpmb6
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 6938

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Don't leave a stove unattended, Cue! So have you arranged a shift pattern for your kitchen? Also, leaving the handle of the pan sticking out past the stovetop is a bigger safety no-no than leaving a stove (that may not be active) unattended... We have an established shift pattern in our house for v...
by trpmb6
Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 52
Views: 13259

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

First, Randall has some interesting friends. (Ref. Flagnote 1)

Second, I love any reference to 2010: A Space Odyssey.
by trpmb6
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 103
Views: 67234

Re: What If updates are temporarily on hold

New theory.

The time Randall posted is just a coincidence. It isn't going to be about New Horizons at all.

In fact, his new post will be about the release of Harper Lee's novel, Go Set a Watchman.
by trpmb6
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 127
Views: 28352

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

In the end, it's a work of fiction, and Weir is allowed a certain amount of artistic licence. The fact is, it probably wouldn't be possible for someone to survive on Mars for long enough to be rescued, but all good adventure stories involve an element of doing the impossible. The trouble may be tha...
by trpmb6
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 127
Views: 28352

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

First of all, I find it rather interesting that someone feels they can critique a book they haven't actually read. Second, I feel his descriptions of potato mounding may just be bad wording and some misinterpretation. I don't think he really means "plant a new plant on top of" the other pl...
by trpmb6
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 33277

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

I too am somewhat disappointed in the increasing frequency of delayed what-if's but I tend to be more forgiving. I know he has plenty of decent questions to still work, I've sent several that I personally feel are worthy of investigation. (perhaps Randall doesn't though.. :oops: ) I tend to think th...
by trpmb6
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 8670

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

Does anyone else see the extra pixels that appear to be special characters in frame (1,4) (wave panel)? Looking in the bottom left quadrant. I like Randall's use of this comic. It provides a subtle psychological look at a few of his characters. I agree with a few of the others: I wish he had provide...
by trpmb6
Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 9681

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

If there isn't a mind-numbingly god-awful movie called Space Mummies released this summer, I will be very, very disappointed. COMING SOON TO AMC "THE FLOATING DEAD" I would absolutely support this. I picture a ship with a rag tag crew led by a former rebel that specialize in smuggling goo...
by trpmb6
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13193
Views: 1220563

Re: Today I Learned

TIL that general/governor/senator Ambrose Burnside is the reason we call the facial hair forward of our ears "sideburns." (at least we do in the united states, not sure about elsewhere in the world).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Burnside
by trpmb6
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"
Replies: 61
Views: 18299

Re: What-If 0131: "Microwaves"

This bit about UK water taps and US water taps is interesting. Mostly because it appears many people posting here have led very sheltered lives in which the configuration of a couple homes they've been in are the norm. Many homes in the US (in my experience the majority) have split taps. Many new ho...
by trpmb6
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 12370

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

Clearly you all are missing the mark here.

Today is national "Make a friend day" in the US.
by trpmb6
Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 15243

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

I'm actually a little disappointed in the sloppiness of this whatif. I feel it was perhaps rushed, and rather go more in depth on the topic at hand Randall went off on a familiar tangent to talk about the pacific ocean currents and the plastics they carry. Like others have pointed out the effects of...
by trpmb6
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1456: "On the Moon"
Replies: 52
Views: 12809

Re: 1456: "On the Moon"

The right thing to do now, while we wait for our propulsion technology to catch up, is to send robots to the moon and mars and set up bases of operation for future generations. At some point we will have to mine the moon for use by future space faring humans, start now and get a stockpile going. Ala...
by trpmb6
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"
Replies: 60
Views: 16186

Re: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"

Jackpot777 wrote:Jeff Gordon creates life. I guess it's only fair, considering Tony Stewart's record.

(Too soon?)



I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought about this. I wonder if this went through Randall's mind when he wrote this part.
by trpmb6
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 14573

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

So I instinctively began searching the internet for where do birds go when it rains.. and I love what I found. Not only did I find satisfactory answers by complete strangers who probably have no degree in anything remotely close to what is needed to make the claims they are.. but I also found many p...
by trpmb6
Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 16968

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

anyone else upset about the lack of what-if's for the last week and a half? I haven't seen any announcements about book tours or troubling matters.. Did I miss something?
by trpmb6
Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2533046

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I try to be respectful for randall. But my rant today centers around the fact that what-if's have slowly been moving from "released every tuesday" to "released every friday?"

So sad without my weekly what-if.

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