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by Jorpho
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 9182

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Kit. wrote:
ObsessoMom wrote:I'm trying to picture how a jackhammer would work without electricity or other power.

Like this.

I was expecting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMLrAcW3lUw .
by Jorpho
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 9182

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

I don't suppose anyone here kept reading Erfworld? It's astonishing that's gone on as long as it has; it was rather baffling and unfunny during its time alongside The Order of the Stick at giantitp.com . But it springs to mind for its use of the legendary Arkenhammer, opposed by the mighty Arkenplie...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for the source of a political quote
Replies: 2
Views: 3920

Re: Looking for the source of a political quote

I tried https://www.google.com/search?q=%22never+take+away+the+small+freedoms%22 and found “The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the peo...
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

Consider further: the audience responses on RT are peppered with ½ star ratings with no comment, or a one word comment. Obv, some people are busy and just want to register their score, but most of the people who left no comment gave ½ star, and most of those who gave ½ star left no comment. I mean ...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Worse (animated feature)
Replies: 5
Views: 2064

Re: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Worse (animated feature)

Lovely movie. Maybe not the greatest thing ever, but definitely better than most. The final action sequence left me wanting – a little too heavy on the random unstructured flashing-color madness. And of course I wish I hadn't seen so much of it already in trailers, or during the credits for Venom – ...
by Jorpho
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

Welp, today's show was okay, I suppose. Not great, but comfortingly familiar in some ways.

Needless to say there's still absolutely no resolution on that plot coupon from the second episode. What was up with that!?
by Jorpho
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ender Wiggin: Awesome or Whiny? (The Ender's Game Thread)
Replies: 119
Views: 237874

Re: Ender Wiggin: Awesome or Whiny? (The Ender's Game Thread)

I was pondering the continued absence of Shadows Alive today, and in fact there is a trace of news : "OSC has announced a new short story, titled "Messenger" that will be released at an unspecified date as a part of an anthology. He also hinted that the short story will later be turne...
by Jorpho
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 8393

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

There are some intriguing synergies here with https://xkcd.com/231/ . Like, what happens to intelligence if the cat is decreasing in size while being accelerated towards the observer? Or something; proof is left as an exercise.
by Jorpho
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2643
Views: 552619

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Jorpho wrote:ETA: Also free Lego The Hobbit on HumbleBundle.
Gosh darn it to heck, I checked the game out on the Humble Store, and then forgot to actually get the key! And now it's too late! I don't suppose anyone still has a key they didn't use..?

Anyway, Lego Lord of the Rings is now up for free.
by Jorpho
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4544

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

explainxkcd.com is failing me: can anyone explain the Care Bears reference? For a second there I was astonished by the longevity of Care Bears in popular culture considering the vapidity of the original subject matter, but perhaps it is not so enduring after all. The Robot Chicken take is amusing (...
by Jorpho
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 5762

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

Everything they have is either gone into the public domain, or free for reuse. (unless someone uploads something they shouldn't) There's just so much there that probably shouldn't be there, especially in their software collections. Don't they have some kind of DCMA exemption? I found the fulltext o...
by Jorpho
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 5762

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

That title text is on point. Is arXiv deliberately buried in search results somehow? I can't say it comes up very often when I go looking for papers. I do find stuff on scribd on occasion (and circumventing scribd's paywall is just a teensy bit inconvenient). I would suggest avoiding ResearchGate, a...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2643
Views: 552619

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Full Throttle Remastered is free for the next day or so on GOG.com. It won't take up too much of your time.

ETA: Also free Lego The Hobbit on HumbleBundle.

ETA2: Also free Subnautica with the new Epic Game Store app.
by Jorpho
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

Well, "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos" was a big pile of mehhhh. Why are all these people being kept in stasis, especially considering the Stenza seem to be much more interested in killing people and harvesting their teeth? What does it matter that someone ran off with one of the planet-c...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 102
Views: 38121

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

Dang, the link to http://www.econ.umn.edu/undergrad/math/Kolmogorov's%20Axioms.pdf in Note 11 is dead. It's on the Wayback machine , but it's pretty brief anyway. Clipboard01.png So, how does "The idea of having 'an equal chance of getting every number from 1 to infinity'" violate the Seco...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 88129

Re: 1350: "Lorenz"

Considering it's been four years, I would doubt that new suggestions are being logged at all.
by Jorpho
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

I've just seen Ep 11.9, It Takes You Away, which to my mind is the best of the series. Quite interesting as a sci-fi story, a genuine twist, lots of emotion, nice tie in with The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Eh, it all felt a little too contrived. It's hard to take a threat along the lines of "Tha...
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 394395

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I second Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Have you tried Love in a Dangerous Spacetime yet? Darn fun co-op stuff. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet looks rather nifty too. And Cook, Serve, Delicious has a co-op mode. There's also the Lara Croft games, which people seem to have regarded favorably. And ...
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

The psychic paper most definitely featured in Kerblam, and I think it might have been in Rosa? Not much of a spoiler, really, but there seems to be a curious trend this season of villains dying (at the hands of someone other than the Doctor) instead of getting their last chance at redemption. I'd li...
by Jorpho
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 9719

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

I had just assumed Jonah died--because the book had a medal on the cover, and I knew grown-ups liked stories where sad stuff happens at the end for no reason. So much of the time as a youth I felt like whoever was handing those things out were entirely clueless as to what children might actually en...
by Jorpho
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 6000

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Who else immediately recognized Ash Tree Lane?

Now I'm thinking the other two addresses surely have some sort of meaning, but they escape me. And explainxkcd.com is down.

EDIT: Up again, but they don't know either. Hmm.
by Jorpho
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

Well, "Kerlam!" was pretty good. Interesting aesthetic, vaguely topical, interesting twist. A little predictable and a little bit padded still, but quite possibly the best episode so far this season.
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghostbusters (the new one)
Replies: 49
Views: 15030

Re: Ghostbusters (the new one)

I recall there was once word that Ivan Reitman was working on some kind of new animated project, but there doesn't seem to have been any news on it. How unfortunate.
by Jorpho
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7579

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Considering too that SSB has a competitive play element [or at least it did] it's going to be impossible for the developers to balance that many characters. Once this is released into the wild, rest assured, players will find all the exploits, glitches, and over- and under-powered moves/characters ...
by Jorpho
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 5452

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

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by Jorpho
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7579

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I never got the name "InstallShield". Even after reading the Wikipedia page it's not that clear. For some reason that always annoyed me. I'm easily annoyed, I guess... I always thought it had something to do with "shielding" a system against random encroachments that could not b...
by Jorpho
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7579

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I quite like the case for Reckless Safety Notice Man.

Spoiler:
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by Jorpho
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

It felt that they were stretching a little to fill the whole running time. Did he really get zapped far enough never to interfere with this season again? Ryan thinks he did, but I see potential for an Evil Leaper subplot there. Seems to me like you can't have a ramble on "History is a whole...
by Jorpho
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 64
Views: 24925

Re: 0772: "Frogger"

So, this has been made a Thing now. Not at all easy, as you might expect.
https://technostalgic.itch.io/frogger-xkcd-style
by Jorpho
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 16383

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Either way, a backup generator would seem to be indicated - though what sort is another question - will diesel (or diesel-compatible fluid fuels) continue to be available? Wood is renewable but inefficient. Solar and wind require efficient storage to make up for times when the sun isn't shining/win...
by Jorpho
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 16383

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

There must be some good reason why EA hasn't re-released SimEarth (and all the other old Sim games) yet. They'd be sure to make thousands of dollars from people who would buy them and never actually play them (or play them for five minutes and then lose all enthusiasm).
by Jorpho
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 394395

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Super Mario RPG is freakin' sweet and probably takes well under ten hours, but for iOS or in-browser you'd have to find a suitable emulator, and I'm not sure such a thing exists, especially for a game as complex as SMRPG. A better candidate in that vein might be Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. I'm tempt...
by Jorpho
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 762287

Re: Doctor Whom

We never did hear about The Valeyard again. (Except for that bit before the Doctor jumped into his own timestream. What a silly mess that was.) Anyway, calling it now: By the end of the season, the Doctor will have had to make a Terrible, Terrible Choice and will be responsible for "authorizing...
by Jorpho
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268209

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Yay! Much relief. Thank you.

Puzzling, that it has been so absent from those various SFW dumps I mentioned.
by Jorpho
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268209

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Huh, I didn't notice the Oglaf archives are now explicitly labelled "safe" where applicable. Still, those are awfully long archives.

Deva wrote:Perhaps this?
That's a goodie, but I'm pretty sure the one I'm thinking of is only two rows.
by Jorpho
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1941
Views: 559963

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

It was a top-down tile-based puzzle game like Chip's challenge and had several elements in common with this game - the coloured keys and locks, the slides (green in the Chip's challenge pic below), the point of view Was it definitely graphical, or was it ASCII graphics? I would be tempted to sugges...
by Jorpho
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268209

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

I thought I recalled reading a rare SFW Oglaf comic that juxtaposes a bunch of old cliches, along the lines of "This is all a dream", "This is a hallucination", "You're actually in hell", and so on. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it in any of the SFW Oglaf dumps and...
by Jorpho
Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Subnormality
Replies: 14
Views: 18661

Re: Subnormality

SecondTalon wrote:
This content is not available outside of Canada.


Well shitballs.

Oh, that's no good, is it?

Episodes are now being posted to Youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uFum9oXnAg
by Jorpho
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11371

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Supersymmetry clearly requires sterile neutrinos to be paired with fertile neutrinos.

(No, not really.)

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