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by Mikeski
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 6496

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

I'd only seen one of these passed around recently, but it wasn't that one . So I think this is an ongoing low-visibility meme like sandwiches. buh... Kansas: "How to find Kansas?" wha? look around you: there's kansas! They're asking preventatively; once they find their way out, they don't...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 6496

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Wyoming and Utah might be correct.
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 23268

Re: 1046: Skynet

orthogon wrote:
chetofuor wrote:Social cognition student reporting in!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_satiation

Is there an opposite of Semantic Satiation? I only ask because covfefe totally started seeming like a real word.

Even if it has a name already, it should be called Carrolling.
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7428

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

Flumble wrote:There are about 10^12 stars in our galaxy, so if we want to be prepared for a galactic federation, we need to be accustomed to voting with 10^12 stars.

As though those damn one-percenters around the 10^10 best stars will let us have any say in things...
by Mikeski
Wed May 31, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7428

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

But how many stars is the optimal maximum score for a voting system?

I give 5 stars 4 stars.
I give 4 stars 5 stars.
I give 3 stars 3 stars.
I give 7 and 10 stars each 2 stars.
And I give 100 stars pi stars.
by Mikeski
Mon May 29, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1843: "Opening Crawl"
Replies: 19
Views: 3132

Re: 1843: "Opening Crawl"

Soupspoon wrote:But do they notice the point where it changes to Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Of course. The darker shades are hard to read on that black background.
by Mikeski
Tue May 23, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 3215

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

"Additionally, I've found a person with the initials M.R.C.A., and through them, you are directly related to every other living human on the planet!"
by Mikeski
Thu May 18, 2017 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 3923

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

Yeah, this is a character who completely misses the mark on machine learning and has come up with this ridiculous thing as a result. People responding as though Randall is criticizing machine learning as a whole are in turn completely missing the mark on the comic. The guy with the shovel should pr...
by Mikeski
Wed May 17, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3657

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

Pfhorrest wrote:That would contradict "most", so probably not. Most don't; maybe only one in six do, the other five out of six are fine.

It must be a Lada.
by Mikeski
Tue May 16, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3657

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

Soupspoon wrote:Things will never improve until we collapse all spacial dimensions to a point to allow everyone to be able to do everything without any movement at all.

The next step involves doing the same with time. Simultaneity for all!


Didn't we try that already? It caused quite a bang.
by Mikeski
Tue May 16, 2017 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3657

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

RogueCynic wrote:My advice, telecommute.

I'm still waiting for teleport. C'mon, science fiction, get on with it.
by Mikeski
Mon May 15, 2017 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 8357

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

... is the sandwich thing that major? I hardly hear about it any more. Probably about as major as pirates vs. ninjas, anyway. Saw this on imgur a couple days ago: https://i.imgur.com/5yzsKJ5.jpg That's pretty good. It makes a lot more sense than most D&D-alignment-parody meme images I've seen. ...
by Mikeski
Wed May 03, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 3298

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

jonbly wrote:The left hand side seems odd to me - if I'm not taking any photos, but I spend all day going through my photos... I think I've got a problem.

Someday, someone will solve that problem for you by throwing your precious photo album into Mount Doom.
by Mikeski
Mon May 01, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4129
Views: 673004

Re: Today I Made:

If you have not had Japanese curry, you should know it's a very different dish than Indian curry. Yup, being the Japanese version of the British version of the Indian version makes for a quite different meal. (Pastrychef beat me to it.) Exhibit one: the default meat ingredient in Japanese curry is ...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 9023

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

See, the problem is Cueball is Cueball.

If it had been white-beret-guy, the shop-vac trick would have worked.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 13992

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

somitomi wrote:I choose to believe we were both intentionally referencing that piece of art.

You must have been, because it's the first thing your conversation made me think of.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've heard there's a similar thing in Japan where they assume European loanwords are probably from English, leading to shops with English translations on their signs selling "pain" (since they use the French word for bread). The Japanese actually use the Portuguese word for "bread&qu...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4711

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Copper Bezel wrote:oxymorons, like "failed success"

...a Pyrrhic Victory?
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4711

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: cultural references are not universal.

WORKAROUND: invent the borg.
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 3702

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

qvxb wrote:The new incinerator plays "Light My Fire", "Burnin' for You", and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" when it's operating.

And, when the firmware determines the pilot light is out, "We Didn't Start the Fire".
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7523

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I think the team on stilts might have something of a height advantage. I see lots of goaltending calls in their future. It would be interesting watching them try to protect the dribble. Dunno - I'd put only one guy on stilts. He wouldn't play defense, but just hang out near the paint at the offensi...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

chridd wrote:("Hey! The website's down! Go varnish the cache server so it'll come back up!").

"While you're back there, empty the bit bucket and clean the spam filters. And sweep up the dropped packets."
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7523

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Regarding the stilt team: I believe there's nothing in the rule book saying that it's a foul to hit a player's stilts? I would assume there's something about contact with "equipment" or "clothing"... you obviously can't hang on to another player's jersey. Whatever rule covers &q...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 5321

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I occasionally have prime numbers in passwords, if you count single-digits. Not 7, I hope? 3 and especially 7 have much less entropy than the other single digits. [citation needed] That's why I prefer to use perfect squares in my passwords. No digits; those are hard to touch-type, way up there in t...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7523

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I’ve assumed that all non-specified human team members are skilled enough that they’d make, but not start on a competitive college team. Matchup 1: ... A lot of good calls in this run down. I totally overestimated the ability of digital players to manifest in the real world. Regardless, here's the ...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

orthogon wrote: Did the Syoo live in Illinwa?

(Taking the joking question seriously...) Northwest of there. They lived as close as Iowa.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7523

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

They'll end up committing numerous technical fouls for kicking their opponents and losing. "number 48, two minutes for slashing." "number 6, two minutes for high-sticking." (Inability to dribble? Who cares? Stand still and pass. It'll look like " ultimate frisbee ", ex...
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14601

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Interesting. I thought "transportability over flavor" was a thing with almost all produce. I guess it still is with bananas, it's just that "Cavendish bananas are naturally tough", and not "breeders are making them tougher".
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14601

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Artificial banana I kinda like. That's because artificial banana actually tastes like banana; it's banana that doesn't taste like banana. So in the early in the 20th century, scientists created the artificial banana flavor that was almost identical to the Gros Michel cultivar of banana. But then, m...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
Mikeski wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:nutrition and.... delicion."
Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right?
Nice, after only an hour and two minutes we already have conflicting pronunciations: de-lish-un vs de-lish-ee-on

What you're saying is, "we're completely on-topic."
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Pfhorrest wrote:nutrition and.... delicion."

Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right?
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

jgh wrote:Peen-Lope.

I made the same mistake with "calliope", though I read about the steam-whistle instrument before the Greek myth that named it. Reading sure can make you dumb...
by Mikeski
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 15077

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". (That...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5645

Re: 1815: "Flag"

GlassHouses wrote:Then again, in Australia, there's the Glass House Mountains. Not sure what to make of that...

They're avalanche-proof and non-volcanic, apparently.

Not that they're any safer than other mountains, since 98% of the critters there are poisonous, and the rest are crocodiles.
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5645

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Whizbang wrote:I was waiting for the Swiss flag joke.

+1
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5645

Re: 1815: "Flag"

I give this flag three stars. Three out of HOW MANY!? Whizbang is from the USA, so three out of fifty, apparently. Pretty harsh. It would be better to be rated a three by someone from Australia (3/6) or Micronesia (3/4). Still better than Morocco; a rating of three out of a possible one is hard to ...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5645

Re: 1815: "Flag"

It looks like the New York/California view of the USA, as a flag. Blue on the coasts, red in the middle, not to scale. Sort of like this classic New Yorker cover . If this new nation goes isolationist, politically, does a little crescent-moon icon appear? And a little airplane if they really mean it...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 7541

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

What do you mean "real"? Not an illusion. Something that can be photographed. Something that math works on. Something that's used in science and technology (moire strain gauges, electron microscopy). Sure, the intersection of grid patterns in overlaid screens is real. But the "wavy b...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 1929

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Google tells me that the empty volume of the human stomach is about one liter, and the fully expanded volume about four liters. I don't think anyone would eat more than three stomach-filling meals a day (although I have been on a cruise ship...), so a reasonable upper bound is 12 liters of food. (H...
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 5998

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

qvxb wrote:Bismuth from what?

Comic contains Beret Guy. Question invalid.

Soupspoon wrote:Surely we could touch base about this, to imagineer a forwardwise win-win resolution to this negatory attitudinal relationship with corporalingual terminoligisms?

Bingo!

...twice, actually.

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