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by da Doctah
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 2890

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

I've got some homeopathic eyedrops that I bought mainly for the "inactive" ingredient used as a delivery medium. Basically without all the weird alchemical trace components they're an old-fashioned boric acid eyewash.
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 3794

Re: 1893: "Thread"

At first, there also appears to be prescience, but it turns out to be a combination of time-travel and telepathy. And then there's the teleportation thing, which allows the dragons and their riders from one end of the continent to assist in fighting threadfall at the other end of the continent with...
by da Doctah
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 65
Views: 5024

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

cellocgw wrote:Waiting impatiently for the artists out there to add row/column entries for

-- light saber
-- velociraptor
-- sharks with frickin lasers


Never bring your arm to a light saber fight.
by da Doctah
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 2550

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

And the headphone jack is in the box back home on my desk....
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 3529

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

Well, you will put wallpaper on a desktop, so you have to expect a little weirdness in response.
by da Doctah
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 5764

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Mikeski wrote:
da Doctah wrote:chartreuse is a liqueur

Two liqueurs: Green Chartreuse and Yellow Chartreuse. Per wikipedia, the color is named for the green one.

So a color is named for something that requires a different color's name as a descriptor.


In how many colors is Midori made?
by da Doctah
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 5764

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

There's a bunch of names for ternary colors you have on the list that you could've used too: 30 Orange you have 90 is Chartreuse 150 is Spring (Green) 210 Azure you have 270 is Violet (as far as color wheels go at least) 330 is Rose Most of those aren't colors, they're other things that at least te...
by da Doctah
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2340

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Soupspoon wrote:You don't want to know about the disastrous time I was in charge of a twenty-piece orchestra. Needless to say, I was fired for gross misconduct.


Wouldn't that be a 144-piece orchestra?
by da Doctah
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 2340

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Good work, Randall, dodging any reference to Chaos Butterfly.
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 3986

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Where should we place the mark for "lunar occultation of a planet or bright start"? Let's assume it's one that occurs at night-time, with the planet/star either disappearing behind the darkened limb of the crescent moon or emerging from behind same.
by da Doctah
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"
Replies: 23
Views: 1613

Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

I object to the implication in the first panel that all birds react the same way. If I had any doubts, they were put to rest just before our last mega-mondo-duststorm (which they now call a "haboob" because it makes the weather reporters giggle). Sparrows and finches were nowhere to be see...
by da Doctah
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4134

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Soupspoon wrote:(Then a reminder that every day is 86400 seconds long, except for some June 30ths and December 31sts, which are 86401 seconds, and the longest days for a while, yet.)


And then there are the Sundays each autumn that are 90000 seconds long.

Not where I live, though.
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4134

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

I once called in sick to work. Told the boss I had been diagnosed with a dirichlet condition and had to undergo an immediate xiphoid process.
by da Doctah
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6325

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

any sort of hunting in my parents area is risky at best. The houses are way to close together for firearms, and even bows would be iffy. Maybe I've been watching too many old B western movies, but trying to think of another weapon you might use had me thinking of this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pin...
by da Doctah
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3316

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

I'm the better part of a thousand miles from the path of totality with no intention of traveling that far. Over the next 100 years, the nearest one to me is the 2106 eclipse which will come as "close" as Winnemucca. Haven't found a place yet to search farther out than 100 years.
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2872

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

About those faults in the potato-chip-bag category: What's up with the manufacturers of cereals, crackers, granola bars, and the like? It happens way too often that the seams are way too strong, that the bag breaks well before the seam comes unseamed. Macbeth unseamed Macdonwald from nave to chops....
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 3964

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Grammatical gender is supposed to be obvious. But if that's so, why are the genders of the sun and the moon reversed between French and German?
by da Doctah
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6325

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

GUYS. I saw the tiniest Urban Bunny yesterday on someone's lawn. It could fit in my hand, and I have rather small hands (can't reach more than an octave on the piano). It was pretty great. My husband and I do not have an electric alert system in place, but I am required to stop what I am doing, poi...
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6325

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Who saw the title and thought it would have man buns somewhere in it? If you work in a bakery, you should turn off your bun alert. They're already right there. But serially folks, if you have a family history of kidney problems, an alert for abnormal Blood Urea Nitrogen levels is probably a very go...
by da Doctah
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6325

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

He says (I'm strolling, leisurely, he is standing, it is quiet, it's amazing how much dialogue we shared without my yet having stopped or even slowed) that he hopes that some rabbits can't see him, in a field (across a fence, the other side of a wide and thoroughly waterlogged ditch, the other side...
by da Doctah
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2294

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

pkcommando wrote:
Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

????
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Considering that's the cover of the follow-on series that starred Andy Dick, the original comment stands.
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11375

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Given the terrible, awful noise that MRIs make, I find it hard to imagine a cat possibly being happy while in one. You may as well ask a cat to be happy inside a vacuum cleaner. Maybe use a deaf cat? It's not the noise that bothers them, it's having to be put inside something. Anyone who's ever tri...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11375

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." The word why in English (unlike many other languages) has two distinct meanings, which can be abbreviated "what for" (what purpose is served by the thing being explained) and "h...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3666

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Seattle: The King City.
Cincinnati: The Queen City.
Albuquerque: The Duke City.

(That's sixty percent of a Jeopardy! category right there....)
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 3437

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

Conservatives think the media has a liberal bias.

Liberals think the media has a conservative bias.

This is the definition of "the sweet spot".
by da Doctah
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 2684

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

The "number of peppers" for heat is situational and depends on marketing whims. Heat WIWAL was measured with a little thermometer on the label, with "taco sauce" at the "medium" level. The Scoville scale (which is inherently logarithmic, based as it is on the ability of...
by da Doctah
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4576

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

One of the 159 hits at www.acronymfinder.com suggests "Integrated Chemistry-Physics", which does sound plausible in context. Mind you, "Intracranial Pressure" is a lot higher up the list.
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 5190

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

I got uncanny valley feelings when first seeing Mr. Egg. He's got a face! He's apparently wearing pants, unlike XKCDs ... thought it might be a crack but pretty sure it's pants. Or maybe the bottom of his shirt? I see sleeves. He's got feet/shoes/whatever at the end of his legs. And he seems to hav...
by da Doctah
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3592

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

cyanyoshi wrote:Last year I found out that the Dallas Cowboys play their home games in Arlington


Sure, now. Back when I made a small attempt at following them (my stepfather worked for the father of one of their players), they could have been called the Irving Cowboys.
by da Doctah
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5428

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Speaking of series, I always wanted The Matrix to be followed by such films as The Vector, The Determinant, The Jacobian, and The Gaussian Elimination. I always thought "The Trace" and "The Determinant" would be apt titles for the sequels. In which the hero takes on the dreaded ...
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3507

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

svenman wrote:
Flumble wrote:Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist?

That, of course, depends on how you define "really exist"...


I once had to take an incomplete in a philosophy class. I made a mistake in a homework assignment and accidentally proved my professor didn't exist.
by da Doctah
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 4476

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

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by da Doctah
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 3780

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

yellow is the traditional colour of liberalism, from at least the mid-19th century. I've got some political art from around about then calling for people to choose between "the blues (Conservatives) and the yellows (Liberals)". Appropriately, the colours are complementary as well. So the ...
by da Doctah
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 3780

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

red has been the colour of the political left since at least the Russian Revolution. Blue is the obvious primary colour to choose as the opposite, i guess. The convention is reflected in the EU regulation on the position of hot and cold taps: the (red) hot tap is on the left and the (blue) cold is ...
by da Doctah
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7611

Re: 1849: "Decades"

2000-2010 = "the twenty-hundreds" Is this format used for numbers divisible by one thousand though? All you need to make this work is simple analogy: 1899 = "eighteen ninety-nine" 1900 = "nineteen hundred" 1901 = "nineteen oh-one" Therefore: 1999 = "nine...
by da Doctah
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7611

Re: 1849: "Decades"

timrem wrote:
somitomi wrote:I wonder what's ambiguous about "2000s".


"2000s" would generally refer to the century, not the decade.


The ambiguity is resolved by the pronunciation:

2000-2100 = "the two thousands"
2000-2010 = "the twenty-hundreds"
by da Doctah
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 6489

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Delaware's word is an apparent reflection of its continuing pride in being the first state admitted to the Union. I'd like to see a set of fifty maps, one for each state, showing whether or not that state is considered part of the Midwest. Most would be entirely in whatever color designates "no...
by da Doctah
Fri May 26, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 2427

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

Soupspoon wrote:
somitomi wrote:So how long unti drones equipped with anti-eagle guns and eagles with anti-drone guns enter dogfights?

...and then you get to the point of actual flying dogs.


I'll see your flying dogs and raise you sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.
by da Doctah
Fri May 19, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 3420

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

And as David Letterman once pointed out: "It's amazing that all your internal organs--your heart, your lungs, your kidneys, your spleen--operate in total darkness!"
by da Doctah
Mon May 15, 2017 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 3656

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

My first GPS I tried out from the office to my home. Unfortunately, I leave the office through a different gate than the one that corresponds with the street address of the building, so for twenty miles I got to listen to "make a U-turn" as it tried to make me go back and pick up the waypo...

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