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by da Doctah
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 81
Views: 6235

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

While I have never encountered a 7-eleven (even though they do exist "nearby" in Denmark, Norway, Sweden), I've always thought the 7 was for 7 days per week and the 11 for 11 hours a day. When I moved to the US in 1998, it took a while before I understood what 7-Eleven meant, and when I f...
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 81
Views: 6235

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I've long felt that "hour" should be defined, on whatever planet you're living on full-time, as 1/24th of a day, and schedules made accordingly. Mind you, such a position does have its drawbacks. One of Asimov's early stories took place on a planetary moon where the enthusiastic but somewh...
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 2857

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

qvxb wrote:Hornet (Hudson), Falcon (Ford), Eagle (AMC), Hawk (Studebaker). How many do you remember?


My parents actually had a Ford Falcon, starting around 1966.

I always thought Ford missed a bet not bringing out a retro edition for Y2K. Who wouldn't want to own their very own Millennium Falcon?
by da Doctah
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9157

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I'm still trying to learn where the syllables and stresses are in Aeropostale. I believe the official pronunciation is "air-o-post-ALL" -- primary stress on final syllable, secondary (or no) stress on first syllable. I have heard it pronounced slightly differently as "air-o-post-AL&q...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 3376

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I still do know that exact password (and several other decades-old ones, though not necessarily which systems they might have once unlocked), despite it being an alphanumeric mishmash (not even 1337!), and I have used versions of it since. Not so that it'd be useful to anyone, and not on this forum...
by da Doctah
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9157

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Showsni wrote:My Dad still makes fun of how I pronounced Monopoly the first time (with mo, no, po all rhyming with no).

I'm still trying to learn where the syllables and stresses are in Aeropostale.
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 8475

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What is an "emergent property"? Can you define that? Is maybe any physical property "emergent"? That is an actual question. I'm not claiming to be an expert. (In object oriented programming there are attributes and methods. Is an emergent property like a method? But we can't kno...
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 8475

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Sending everyone to the BBC Nature documentary "Do You See What I See?" at https://youtu.be/1IqXyu14kpY Nice coverage in there of other cultures who have decided the sky is white rather than blue (because it's blank) or black (because it's empty). Also, I think, some mention of the fact th...
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 8657

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

If it's holy wars... Crisp(/Chip) Packet colour theming, by flavour. It upsets me that more and more own brand crisps seem to be following Walker's lead of making the salt and vinegar green. Salt and vinegar should be blue, and cheese and onion green. What?! Blue is for paprika (sweet pepper)! It w...
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9157

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

The one that bothers me most from other English-speaking people is they way they say karaoke. I'll grit my teeth at the usual manglings of Tokyo and Nissan, but hell, half of the K word is English and they still get it wrong.
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 9157

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? "Caf-feet"? Surely it's meant to be "cave-at". The word I insist I'm pronouncing correc...
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3787

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. with great big white walls to divide them. :/ Those white walls show some respect for heraldic tradition, in which you're not supposed to put color next to color, or metal next to ...
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 4693

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

That it has Patrick Stewart in it, in the role he will have... must mean something. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :arrow: :| It means Stewart loves the ganj. Or he wants to seal his escape from the role of Charles Xavier? I think the man knows how to escape a role. He got the Professor X gig after being merc...
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 8657

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

DanD wrote:No one asks for "lime" skittles, they say "can I have a green one". In particular, given the time of year, jelly beans.


And then there's matcha:

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by da Doctah
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 8657

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Color associations from a source not yet mentioned: Each roll of Necco Wafers contains eight flavors: lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), licorice (black), and chocolate (brown). The first three pretty much match up with other sources,...
by da Doctah
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 8657

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I'd love it if "green" reliably meant "lime" and not some atrocity like "sour apple" like it seems to these days. That said, I'm taken back to college when every week before heading off into the mountains we'd stop at Snappy Mart for a couple of Slush Puppies (SM's answ...
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 3125

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Pfhorrest wrote:You mean a cot of quinoa? (Or perhaps a hammock...?)


No, the Bed of Quinoa was a rock formation given mythological significance by the ancient Etruscans. Unfortunately, since there are no long any Etruscans around, nobody today has any idea what that significance was.
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 46
Views: 13399

Re: 1807: "Listening"

We used to tell that joke in the playground circa 1979 (with the punchline "You just said it!"). But it probably got forgotten as Doctor Who was off air for a decade or more, and then re-invented by someone. But the "joke" itself steps onto dangerous territory for Doctor Who fan...
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 46
Views: 13399

Re: 1807: "Listening"

That Jeopardy! format really bugs me. The so-called "answer" would make a very unusual response to the "question" ("what is plutonium?"). In fact it's just a totally conventional quiz with a strangely affected way of asking and answering the questions. it helps to know...
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 5002

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

English US-International keyboard layout, taskbar on the left edge of the screen with auto-hide. That's usually enough to make mine unusable by anyone else.

And yet the conformist Nazis where I used to work were most worried about the navy-on-cyan default color scheme.
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 4505

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

pogrmman wrote:It's been ages since I've played chess. I should get back into it.


Ditto the first half of that. Back when I still played, algebraic notation hadn't caught on. ("d5? wottinhell kind of piece is a d?")
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10091

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

rmsgrey wrote:
da Doctah wrote:Someone should probably point out that peacocks don't lay eggs.


They do, however, hatch from them.


Actually, peachicks hatch from them, some of which then go on to become peacocks.

(Thought for the day: do peachicks eat chickpeas?)
by da Doctah
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10091

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Sableagle wrote:Image

Someone should probably point out that peacocks don't lay eggs.
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10091

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Flumble wrote:do you expect everyone to know the density of apples by heart?


Roughly 1 gram per milliliter; you don't have to memorize that since you can derive it from the iconic fact that they float just on the surface of water, where they can be bobbed for.
by da Doctah
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10091

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I was quite taken aback upon learning that things like "cup" and "tablespoon" are an actual defined unit of volume, and not some vaguely defined quantity like "to taste". Turnabout being the better part of valor, or however that goes, we were just as surprised to find ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 6664

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

speising wrote:Please, tell me that supes pooping mid flight is canon.

Only under the influence of brown kryptonite.
by da Doctah
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 6538

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

YellowYeti wrote:If a vampire is a body without a soul, and a ghost is a soul without a body, can a vampire be haunted by it's own ghost?


Only if it's double-jointed.
by da Doctah
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 3329

Re: 1788: "Barge"

cellocgw wrote: I know the name of the restaurant on it: "The Barge Inn"
// remember to tip your waitress.


Probably owned by the same people as that hotel up in Main: "Bangor Arms".
by da Doctah
Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 7320

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I guess I need to start posting things with :vaguely mottled yellow blob:.

You do realize, don't you, that at the usual level of magnification all emoticons look alike?
by da Doctah
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 2777

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

like "scissors" ... if the rivet in your scissors falls out, and the two halves separate, is each a "scissor"? Obpondiality: someone sends you to the supply cabinet to bring back "four pairs of compasses" so her craft group can draw circles. Do you return with two obje...
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 5535

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Not sure about the US, but I can tell you about germany: as soon as some variant of "flavour" appears in the name, it's not the real deal. Not sure which comedian it was (Steven Wright? Mitch Hedberg?) who pointed out the absurdity of the term "artificial color". You mean this i...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6776

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: 6776

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: 6776

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: 6932

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: 6932

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: 7326

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: 7326

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: 7326

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: 6679

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...

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