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by da Doctah
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7699

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Mikeski wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:Surely the most logical construction would be "I am I", no?

Since He referred to Himself that way, yes, surely.

Who He? Don Quixote?
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7699

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this ? But they aren't human. We don't expect those people to speak correctly... Neither are Chewbacca and R2D2 human...
by da Doctah
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7699

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this?
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7970

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

they seem to learn in a different way as well (for example, they don't learn that "the envelope icon is email"; they learn that "the icon in the top-left corner is email"). That's not their fault. Even when I can tell the many icons apart (which isn't all that often), I still ca...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7970

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

A distinction is often drawn between "bugs" and "features". Ribbons are neither. They fall into the unique category of "obstacles to be overcome".
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 8620

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Dirty Harry is one of those films where you can know the Most Famous Bit and yet still avoid it being a plot spoiler. I'd was very familiar with the famous quote (the one about shooting either six shots or only five, the .44 Magnum which would blow your head clean off, and that one must ask oneself...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 8620

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

cellocgw wrote:Starting a list of other movies you might assume everyone's seen but they haven't and don't care:

Napoleon Dynamite
Eight and a Half
Treasure of Sierra Madre
Dr. Strangelove
Ghost Busters
Metropolis
Dirty Harry


I'll just come right out here and confess: I've never seen Pulp Fiction.
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 8620

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

If you haven't seen Star Wars, you find yourself forced to smile and nod whenever anyone says: ⋅ Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper? ⋅ That's no moon! ⋅ You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. ⋅ I've got a very bad feeling abou...
by da Doctah
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7598

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

The Carolina and Dakota splits can basically be summed up as infighting. North Dakota had "problems" with the capitol being too far away and it looks like the people running the Carolinas were just an incompetent and mostly criminal mess. Both of those were essentially split down the midd...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 9512

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

All_¥our_Bass wrote:I was hoping that there would be a joke about Apple the company in addition to the edible variety.


Which Apple the company would that be?

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by da Doctah
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 9512

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I was hoping the joke here would be something like a spectrum from Red Delicious through Golden Delicious through Green Delicious, then like Cyan Delicious and Blue Delicious and I dunno maybe an Indigo or Violet Delicious depending on what spectrum terminology you really want to use. Possibly with...
by da Doctah
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 7779

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The representation using a ratio of factorials is nice as far as definitions go, but fortunately they came up with the specialized notations like C with superscript n and subscript k, or the stacked n and k inside a long pair of parentheses, for convenience in further use.
by da Doctah
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20269

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Car brands, like place names, have a different pronunciation in each language. To switch into a foreign phonology in mid sentence, even if you can pull it off, sounds awkward, pretentious and affected 1 , and makes you less likely to be understood by a compatriot. So just go right ahead like everyo...
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 5194

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Explains the ambiguous meaning of "down". In VMs and dreams, "down" is the next layer of construct, depending on a substrate (etymology intended) "above". In "turtles all the way down", the "lower" layer is the substrate for the one above it. Used t...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20269

Re: 1759: "British Map"

It did occur to me a while ago to wonder if Native American names sound more comical to non-Americans. Most of us grow up within easy driving distance of at least a few places with Native names, and several others are the names of states or major cities (and thus taught in elementary school) or got...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 7779

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The ne plus ultra of useless labeling has to belong to Staples, the office-supply company. They had a contract to supply stationery and the like for the last office I worked in, so the supply room was filled with boxes of all sizes, all with the word "Staples" written on the side in big fr...
by da Doctah
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20269

Re: 1759: "British Map"

CharlieP wrote:Scunthorpe frequently falls foul of naughty word filters, as do Penistone, Shitterton[1] and, occasionally, Clitheroe.


And as fans of Julian Lennon discovered, "Saltwater".
by da Doctah
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20269

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Soupspoon wrote:Traditional British definition is that a mountain is something rising past 2000ft.


Seriously? I lived for pretty much all of the 1970s in one of the four US states where the lowest elevation is higher than that. Each of the four separately being larger than all of Great Britain.
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 20269

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I wanted to do one like this with GB divided up into counties or shires or whatever they're called, but label them with the names of different cuts of meat from the butcher's chart. Or the converse, showing an animal carcass with cuts identified as "Devon", "Sussex" and "Mon...
by da Doctah
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 6638

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Doesn't seem to be named for anyone called King, it's just a 'our product is awesome' name. In much the same way that the county in which Seattle is situated used to be named for vice-president William King, but some time after I lived there they changed it so it would be named after Martin Luther ...
by da Doctah
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 6638

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

I wonder what other combinations of words exist for which Google produces an "unexpected" result, although defining what is "unexpected" might be more difficult. I certainly wasn't expecting porn (and nothing at all of the information I was actually trying to find) when I Google...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 6073

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s). It might be helpful to make the d...
by da Doctah
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 6073

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Slightly less than half my life: Judge Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Skrillex.
Slightly more than half my life: Perl.
by da Doctah
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4148

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

Panel five proves she's a lot younger than I am. Regular mortals weren't allowed to possess punch cards when I was in college. You had to write everything out on coding sheets to be punched by the keypunch operators, who would then put the card (with a rubber band around the deck) in the box outside...
by da Doctah
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 2914

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

I tend to think Black Hat Guy was pretty pleased to get this spokescharacter gig after the cockup that was "So there's an asteroid coming; where a dinosaur should take cover to avoid extinction". Ever since that fiasco, his popularity been less Smokey the Bear and more Dennis the Botulism ...
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 6012

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

I wrote my birthyear as MVIM after learning roman numerals and people said it was wrong. The shortest route to 994 is subtracting 6 from 1000 innit? Stupid (post-)roman rules. Nope. Shortest route to 994 is: "nine hundred" = CM "ninety-" = XC "four" = IV, therefore CMX...
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 6012

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Story wrote:Next thing you know, we'll have Helvetica: the movie,

Followed by Comic Sans: the Animated Series.
by da Doctah
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 6012

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

And I'm the guy who sat through The Fifth Element waiting for anything at all about boron.
by da Doctah
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 5886

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

KCDX* in Phoenix? *103.1FM. Great station. Ya'd need to be in the eastern bits of Phoenix tho. ``First air date May 24, 1993'' in case you're thinkin' http://www.kcdx.com tho the listen online never works for me anymore. The listen-online works for me just now, as does the Flash player. Supposedly ...
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 5568

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

My first reaction to the "five kingdoms" thing was all the games of Twenty Questions it was going to throw into a cocked hat ("Is it animal, vegetable or mineral?" "No.") My second reaction was to wonder whether a strict vegetarian is someone who doesn't eat animal matt...
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 6302

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Pfhorrest wrote:
speising wrote:What's a soluble fish? How is that even supposed to work, given that they live in water?

They're only soluble in alcohol, not water.

And that, boys and girls, is where ceviche comes from.
by da Doctah
Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 5208

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

I think the greater weirdness of dinosaurs is easily illustrated by thinking about the cladistic relationship the other way around: rather than thinking of birds as a small subset of dinosaurs, think of dinosaurs as the superset of birds: the bird-like animals, birds and the things more closely rel...
by da Doctah
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 6499

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

A couple of nice links for those who, like me, consider the music itself the important thing and not the medium on which it's presented: The 1920s Radio Network (streaming station): http://www.the1920snetwork.com/index.html UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php The...
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 4199

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

People in some societies reject shrimp with the same words that they use with insects; other societies (such as the US) use entirely different words to describe, say, locusts and crayfish, eating one but not the other. And some people in societies such as the US reject shrimp etc by saying they won...
by da Doctah
Mon Oct 10, 2016 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9086

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

asking for a cup of tea has resulted in somebody bringing me a cup of hot water with a packaged teabag on the side. Horrific but true. And on Amtrak, ordering a glass of iced tea will, after much negotiation, get you the same plus a glass of ice. Amused the Russian guy across the table from me no e...
by da Doctah
Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9086

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

(As for all you folks who don't like coffee, yeah, we get it. Anyone who's been pretending to be an adult for more than a couple of years has encountered folks who don't like coffee. Or who don't like tea. Or beer. Or wine. Or something. It doesn't make you special to dislike coffee. It just makes ...
by da Doctah
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9086

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

You forgot to run the beans through a convenient civet cat first.
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 7963

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

Okay, I know at least some of you are already picturing it:

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by da Doctah
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 3473

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

cellocgw wrote:Back to that musical theme, Good Morning, Starshade


And a gliddy glup gloopy to you too.
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 5121

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

standingwave wrote:
project2051 wrote:But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?".


Because there are more geese in it?


As Colonel Bowman never said, "Oh my god. It's full of geese!"

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