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by Zinho
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 81
Views: 6230

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Open 24 hours? Shouldn't an honest Seven-Eleven be open 16 hours a day? (Or just four hours?) Yes, it should. According to their website, that's exactly where the name came from. 1946 A New Name The name changes from Tote’m Stores to 7-Eleven to reflect the new extended hours – 7am to 11pm, seven d...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 8467

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

often and misleadingly to the exclusion of saying that "air is blue", as if that weren't a true statement Is it a true statement, though? I thought that around here we knew that the sky's color is actually violet! We just don't see it that way because of how our eyes work. Transmitted and...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9148

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For me, "boh-nah-fie-di" is the pronnciation I'm most used to. The trailing voiced vowel (less 'pretentious' than an 'æ'-like ending), but otherwise anglicised away from the "classical scholar" style of presumed 1 Latin. And "Can I see your bonafides?" (i.e. identity d...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9148

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

speising wrote:
Zinho wrote:too much

Code of the Lifemaker

Yes! Thank you, that's one down and one to go.
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9148

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? I probably went five or ten years before I realized that "debacle" was not pronounced similarly to "spectacle" and "miracle". (Tha...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9148

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at, inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory? tear vs tyre - no reason I can think of other than history cavee-at vs caf-feet - my wife the Linguist woul...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 4684

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

I'm holding out for U+1F52B U+1F93F vomiting gun

I have to wonder, though, if it'll have different significance on the iPhone when Apple turns it into a vomiting squirt gun...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 7290

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Important misconceptions include: 1. That it is the weapons/methods that define terrorism, rather than the targets (civilians) or the type of actor (by definition, non-state.) I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. More than anything else, terrorism is defined by the method in which it...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 8652

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

How is vanilla white? Is he thinking of (artificially flavored) vanilla ice cream? Even this older comic shows it as black... Yep, raw vanilla extract is a dark brown (assuming you've gotten the good stuff). You know you've got the right stuff if it comes packaged in clear glass and the liquid insi...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 3122

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Would a Model-M style key on a smartphone have a short enough stroke length to allow for Morse as an input method? There should totally be an app for that :twisted:
by Zinho
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10079

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

. . . in my country, we have the usual fizzy drinks in: <sizes> do you have 3l bottles there, or that a US-only thing? ps: it's an endless source of confusion that the US(?) calls those drinks "soda", as a soda is just bubbly water for us. Which bugs me every time the characters in dubbed...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 7839

What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Earth’s atmosphere is really thin compared to the radius of the Earth. How big a hole do I need to dig before people suffocate? —Sam Burke The excavation would be a near-impossible challenge. But if you somehow solved all the countless engineering problems, you could—in principle—fit the entire liq...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 5740

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effect? Almost a dead certainty it's not a coincidence. But it does remind me of one of my favorite lines. Extra bonus internetz to anyone who recognizes the source. " I ...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 5740

1758: "Astrophysics"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/astrophysics.png DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCE / Motto: "If I hear the phrase 'mirror neurons' I swear to God I will flip this table." Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effec...
by Zinho
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 3623

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Wait, what? There are people who specifically won't eat things that live in the water? . . . why exclude all water life? Having grown up near the Chesapeake Bay, I can speak to this. I've seen the Bay, smelled it, and washed it off after swimming in it, so I have little desire to eat anything that ...
by Zinho
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 8350

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing the limits of healthy water ingestion, and if you're working that hard outside you should break it up with 50% rest cycles in the shade ⋅ 1 gal/hr is...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 8350

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Just how much water is meant by the unit "glass" being used here? Eight ounces, but specifically served in a container made out of glass, as opposed to a cup made out of any other material. I couldn't have said it better myself :mrgreen: Don't know how big your "glass" is, but e...
by Zinho
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 8350

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Before anyone goes overboard on drinking water, read up on hyponatremia ; it's a real issue that causes many deaths each year in sports and military training. Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing t...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 7910

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Ingress has a "Speedlock" If your average speed goes above about 35 then you cannot access any game functions other than XM collection. That is to discourage you from DOING anything with the phone while driving, but if you leave the game running and just not touch it you can still collect...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 10243

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Does anyone still say or write or mean "God be with ye" or "ever each"? If not, then the point is moot; the mistakes that lead to that usage were made in the past, the language is now different, and they're not mistakes in the new language. They were still mistakes when they wer...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 10243

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

A "wre nch " (lets you wrench nuts and bolts loose, or tight) is traditionally the US version of UK's "spanner" (I'm guessing because of the 'span' of the lever, that allows you to increasing torque force). . . Oh, we have spanners in the U.S. as well: http://assets2.merriam-web...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 113010

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Peter Tatchell being no-platformed . Without reading the rest of that article, I notice that it seems to start out with the same misunderstanding of freedom of speech that the comic is addressing. Well, ok, Tatchell himself wasn't strictly no-platformed, instead another speaker refused to share a p...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 6887

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

If Randall were more patient he could use && instead of & and the commands would be launched serially instead of in parallel. Not as much fun as watching all those background commands dumping their output in a jumbled heap to STDOUT, but the first one to return success (0 = false) would ...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 7971

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Does it get taller first and then widen, or does it reach full width before getting taller, or alternate, or what? We've had a couple of partial answers, I'd like to fill in the gaps a bit. Newborns generally lose weight initially, due to the whole "figuring out how to digest their own food&qu...
by Zinho
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 6878

LHC

GREAT. YOU GOT THE HIGGS BOSON WET AND IT DISSOLVED.


Does the Higgs boson get wet, or does the water get it instead?

Props to TMBG + Particle Man.
by Zinho
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 6430

1642: "Gravitational Waves"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/gravitational_waves.png "That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah." I read somewhere that if users aren't trading cat pictures on your system, the system is broken...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 11920

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Lots of planets are named for myths. Going be the exoplanet name candidates, there are certainly worse ways to name planets. Although calling the planet Ix, was specifically called out in universe as being extremely lazy and unimaginative. The perfect rejoinder from the perfect poster! I should gro...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 11920

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Copper Bezel wrote:. . . I find the spelling "Ix" unbearably adorable. = ]

Unfortunately, the name "Ix" is already used in the Dune mythos, and whenever I hear it I think of the Butlerian Jihad. I can't say I'm anxious to use that as a name for one of our local planets.
by Zinho
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 15705

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Following this idea wouldn't the answer to 'Why are sunsets orange?' be 'because that air over there is orange'? Doesn't seem all that convincing... Does it seem strange to you that a thing can look different colors when viewed from different angles? There are several metal coatings with that prope...
by Zinho
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 14870

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

The one I struggle with: How often is Bi-monthly? Well, it depends on the parsing: Bimonth-ly: every bimonth Bi-monthly: twice every month My inclination is for the second option, and using "bimestrial" for the first meaning. I learned a new word today! Thanks! I prefer to avoid "bim...
by Zinho
Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1594: "Human Subjects"
Replies: 33
Views: 4774

Re: 1594: "Human Subjects"

Funny, the OED seems to think you can use snuck. It does say it's mainly North American, but it is still a word. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/snuck And to people in regions where it's dominant, "sneaked" sounds exactly as unpleasant on the ear as "weeped"...
by Zinho
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 7480

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

"I can't stand it any more! Every time you tear off a chunk of bread you end up taking most of the chewy middle, leaving me with nothing but crust. I want some of the chewy middle too!" "Yeah, but what can be done?" "I don't know, but if someone figures it out it will be th...
by Zinho
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 5875

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

Reminds me of a manga I read a while back, where the protagonist develops the ability similar to the app described by the comic. She learns how to choose between a multiverse worth of alternative realities, see how her decisions affect the world, then discard the experiences with unfavorable outcome...
by Zinho
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 27064

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Infographic idea: map of the world showing how acceptable it is to mix sweet and savoury flavours. . .) Ha! Good idea. I do know of a recipe for chicken tagliatelle with a raspberry based sauce that is pretty damn great, but I'm guessing it wasn't invented by an Italian. Pizza and orange juice - a ...
by Zinho
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 27064

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I happen to think that pineapple on pizza is delicious, but I also know enough Italians to know never to suggest the idea to one, except as a joke. In my experience it is usually viewed less as a disagreeable idea and more as a total non-sequitur , like suggesting that you would like a pizza topped...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 27064

Re: 1534: "Beer"

It's the pudim (pronounced "poo-DJEEN") that causes me a problem socially. Every Brasiliana I meet insists that I must try it, since it's SO delicious. The conversation follows a predictable pattern: <snip> Dood, why are you trying so hard to not hook up with that brasiliana?!?! I'm a &qu...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 27064

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I find it quite irritating to be told that I am either pretending or have been brainwashed into liking something that I genuinely enjoy. It's an acquired taste. Maybe you just haven't heard a GOOD accusation of disingenuity or impressionability. Nice, I think this is my favorite post so far in this...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 8780

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

I study this stuff because I am designing a new kind of "solid-state" satellite swarm . Lower orbits, not geostationary, but long term stability imposes constraints on orbits and operation. You're cooling space-based computers by radiation? :shock: OK, I mean, you don't have a choice. You...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 17116

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Neil_Boekend wrote:100 gr (3.5 oz) every other day is quite sufficient to keep a godlike body s like mine in shape. . .
I am considered a large eater by those around me. My current avatar is a picture of me and it is recent.

ssarcasm

No need for sarcasm there; remember that Bacchus/Dionysus was also a god...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 6920

Re: 1497: "New Products"

Counterexample: the :CueCat . Given the ubiquity of QR codes, is the :CueCat a counterexample, or is it simply an example of case 2: features show up years later in something successful? My memory of what techies were saying about it was, "most people probably don't need that, but it's hackabl...

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