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by da Doctah
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2179: "NWS Warnings"
Replies: 30
Views: 1868

Re: 2179: "NWS Warnings"

These are the same people who make it illegal to text while driving, defining texting to include receiving messages, and then send out Amber Alerts to every phone in a 400-mile radius.
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2176: "How Hacking Works"
Replies: 23
Views: 2364

Re: 2176: "How Hacking Works"

and seeing questions like "If bang she-bang could walla walla, ducks crossing midnight?" and realizing that past-them is an asshole because they don't have the first clue as to what that means. Clearly it's UEUAR ting tang walla walla bing bang For me that hint would suggest "515 YY&...
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"
Replies: 53
Views: 3247

Re: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"

Just off the top of my head (and playing a bit with the definition of "expired"), score 53.6. Found some 8-track tapes of a show I recorded off the radio in 1978, still playable (after a trip to Goodwill to find an 8-track player) in 2000, when I was age 41. I promptly converted them to MP...
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"
Replies: 24
Views: 2074

Re: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"

Never mind upside down; what does it mean when you fly a flag sideways? https://external-preview.redd.it/aL9Tr5heQdEbINgR79dSXTzE5TVg98ggKDDI7G5n_qE.jpg?auto=webp&s=95c865d8a12317cfdc4389993b2dbb5c4b90aa5b And why does a French flag pillow cost more than double what a Dutch flag pillow costs?
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2174: "First News Memory"
Replies: 72
Views: 3922

Re: 2174: "First News Memory"

I've got some demonstrably false memories too, mostly of watching television shows that were no longer airing in my lifetime. I can clearly recall sitting down with my parents to watch Korla Pandit play the organ, and seeing "The Continental" (the real one with Renzo Cesana, not the spoof ...
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2174: "First News Memory"
Replies: 72
Views: 3922

Re: 2174: "First News Memory"

Lots of mention of JFK already in this thread, but I don't remember it firsthand like everyone claims to be able to do. I would have been about four years old, so it's possible they just didn't make a big fuss about it in front of me. The first famous person whose death I remember hearing about when...
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2172: "Lunar Cycles"
Replies: 19
Views: 2596

Re: 2172: "Lunar Cycles"

In my country, "Pork Moon" is called "ham".
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6322

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Having 18 digits for time doesn't automatically give you 18 digits for the metre. How does everyone feel about the fact that financial amounts in the ISO 8583 standard are 18 digits? The only thing that makes that even a little bit sensible is that the standard allows the implied decimal point to f...
by da Doctah
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6322

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

somitomi wrote:
da Doctah wrote:Sounds like Randall has just discovered the 1977 "Powers of Ten" film.

I know this probably won't make much sense to anyone else, but the ending reminds me of this.

It might make more sense if I understood even a little Hungarian.
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6322

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Sounds like Randall has just discovered the 1977 "Powers of Ten" film.
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2161: "An Apple a Day"
Replies: 26
Views: 3931

Re: 2161: "An Apple a Day"

Especially if your doctor is a vampire. That would explain all the blood taking they do... Nurses and Technicians have taken my blood but I don't ever recall a doctor ever taking my blood. Quite the opposite, in fact. Ever since they started telling me my blood pressure was too high I've suggested ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2161: "An Apple a Day"
Replies: 26
Views: 3931

Re: 2161: "An Apple a Day"

I liked B Kliban's take on this proverb:

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by da Doctah
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"
Replies: 27
Views: 3984

Re: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"

back in prehistoric times, ...our entire history class... Did they call it future class back then? "Current Events". I enjoyed his story about pre-his-story-c times. I'm wondering if we can refer to other epochs as being pre-other-subjects. Pre Social Studies times? Pre Algebra times? Pre...
by da Doctah
Tue May 28, 2019 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7653

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

I don't remember how many feet there are in a mile, I remember that 64K is 65536, and the number of inches in a mile, and so the scale of a one-inch map is something a bit less than that, 63-something, and divide 65536 by 12(foot)*3(yard) to get the right looking integer that looks "12-ish&quo...
by da Doctah
Wed May 22, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 7125

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

Doesn't most of the first volume of Lord of the Rings take place in Gondor, which is the western part of the continent? And doesn't that make The Fellowship of the Ring a Western?

Heck, Aragorn is even called "Ranger".
by da Doctah
Wed May 22, 2019 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7653

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, there are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling. Just as there are 180 degrees between north and south. What could be simpler? (Also, the diameter of the sun in miles is 10 times the number of seconds in a day, prov...
by da Doctah
Mon May 20, 2019 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 7125

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/westerns.png Title text: “ Sitting here idly trying to figure out how the population of the Old West in the late 1800s compares to the number of Red Dead Redemption 2 players. ” I can't help but think of films about ww2. I can't help but think of M*A*S*H.
by da Doctah
Thu May 16, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"
Replies: 39
Views: 5815

Re: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"

you have to deal with the up and down arrow keys being reversed. I'd like to see the arrow keypad based on the Silver Age Green Arrow's arsenal. So in addition to left-arrow, right-arrow, up-arrow and down-arrow, you'd have things like the smokescreen-arrow, grappling-line-arrow, and of course the ...
by da Doctah
Mon May 13, 2019 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2149: "Alternate Histories"
Replies: 46
Views: 7190

Re: 2149: "Alternate Histories"

leeharveyosmond wrote:1000 levels in: “Ringo was a really great drummer”

...and Yoko put the band back together?
by da Doctah
Tue May 07, 2019 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2146: "Waiting for the But"
Replies: 28
Views: 6234

Re: 2146: "Waiting for the But"

But it's milk before cereal/tea/jam on a scone. Is milk before cereal an actual thing? Some people must have very large cereal bowls or very splashy floors. Some flake-form cereals can be predisposed to acts of lactic treachery: you pour the milk on a flake whose geometry sends a portion of the cal...
by da Doctah
Mon May 06, 2019 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 10618

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

"radiuses" and "radii" are both acceptable, but "radiuses" is far more common. Really? I get that "radii" is like 150 times more common than "radiuses" in modern books and used to be even more overwhelmingly preferred. But there are other examples, ...
by da Doctah
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 13107

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Mutex wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Made me wonder if any cinema has actually been done in portrait orientation. Sure enough, it's a thing:

https://www.slashfilm.com/meet-the-vert ... -movement/

And Battlefield Earth was the first movie filmed in diagonal orientation.


Film, maybe, but the 1960s Batman TV series used it a lot.
by da Doctah
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 6875

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

Old Bruce wrote:
ucim wrote:When I saw the title I was thinking of electrical fields, magnetic fields, opium poppy fields...

Jose

In Flanders' fields...


Or Mrs Fields. Them cookies will get you in the end.
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 4307

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

I'm fascinated at the difference at what is coming up for different people. Ignoring sponsored links (because obviously these would be influenced by who's currently paying for advertising as well as search history?) my first hit is a bicycle wheel and my second is a rim for a car tire (a.k.a. car t...
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 4307

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

I look forward to the time the Indian national flag comes up.
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 10618

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Does anyone actually ever use suggested replies in e-mails? They seem kind of awful to me. I have a coworker who responds right away everytime you e-mail him, but he doesn't actually say anything useful until you ask him the third or fourth time: most of the time his responses are how he is going t...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 10319

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Carteeg_Struve wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Singularities are really big. You may think it's a long walk.... etc.


Actually, they aren't. They can get massively tiny (pun intended).

Now the distance from the singularity out to their event horizon, THAT'S BIG.


ObFranchiseShift: and they're bigger on the inside.
by da Doctah
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Now, I really would not want to fight and die for Big Sugar. However, I could REALLY get behind a war on behalf of Big Chocolate, if that effort could secure the blessings of liberty and the ready and inexpensive supply of that manna from heaven, that source of all that is good and holy in this wor...
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Heimhenge wrote:Growing up in Wisconsin I was well aware of the influence wielded by Big Cheese.

In this part of the country they were mere adjunct to Big Enchilada.
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"
Replies: 49
Views: 9698

Re: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"

cellocgw wrote:Umm, you guys all missed it : the first few items are consumables, but "Brandy" is a fine girl, and what a good wife she would make.

If she's such a fine girl, how come she works in a bar frequented by sailors?
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 6286

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

The world needs more physics and astronomy related oaths. ⋅ LIGO's Length! ⋅ By Brahe's Nose! ⋅ Chandrasekhar's limit! Reminds me of the time I decided to call in sick to work. Said I had been diagnosed with a Dirichlet condition and needed to undergo a xiphoid process.
by da Doctah
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 3889

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

One is reminded, oddly, of an alternative title once suggested for Monty Python's Flying Circus: "A Horse, A Spoon, and A Basin".
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 8151

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Pfhorrest wrote:Since when are plants "eldritch abominations"?

Okay, I'll grant you kudzu.


And oleanders. And pyracantha. And bougainvillea.

(Do I even have to bring up kale and quinoa?)
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 8151

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

"It was so clear you could see the epicycles and deferents."
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"
Replies: 16
Views: 4868

Re: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"

The southern hemisphere of the brain controls those parts of the body that swirl the wrong way down the toilet.
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 13107

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Because we needed something to replace the old "letterbox vs pan-n-scan" argument.
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7999

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Any truth to the rumor that Neil DeGrasse Tyson wants to have plutonium reclassified as a dwarf element?
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2113: "Physics Suppression"
Replies: 23
Views: 5970

Re: 2113: "Physics Suppression"

I've always had the exact opposite of this guy's experience. All my life I come up with some kind of hair-brained crackpot half-baked idea I know I could never do proper scientific justice to and so I let it sit as just some crazy idea I have that's at best a neat thing for idle conversation... and...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 6581

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

What's the longest great circle path on Earth that can be traveled over water. The answer may surprise you: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611012/computer-scientists-have-found-the-longest-straight-line-you-could-sail-without-hitting/ They also show the longest route over land. I would have gue...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 6581

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

I've never been to Egypt but have been to Arizona, even though two trips and 36 hours through the Suez Canal is considerably more time spent than half an hour on the interstate in the northwest corner of Arizona - in the dark, no less. Thing about that interstate, though. You can't get to any other...

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