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by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2941

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2941

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

So 1896 was, like, degrees of magnitude less annoying than your average New Year's Eve? Yeah, I'll take the occasional fireworks over the breathless media coverage designed to inflame passions that in turn increase ratings. I may be able to turn off the TV, but I can't necessarily turn off all the ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7062

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I wonder [if anybody has / how many people have] been fired for posting their votes? I mean, that probably wouldn't explicitly be the reason for firing somebody (unless they work for a campaign, maybe, and they could say "not a team player" or some such...) but I think most employers have ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2941

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, whi...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5585

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I wonder if and how this comic will effect changes in the election outcomes? I am certain that people are affected by polls in their decision to vote or not (and probably also, to a lesser extent, whether to vote for one of the two major candidates, as opposed to a third party candidate they REALLY ...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 45
Views: 9479

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

What's disturbing is not the name itself, but the fact that parents have managed to spell it so many different ways already (none of which match OP's spelling, funnily enough). My parents considered calling me Christopher, but settled on Paul, partly to save me time and effort. :lol: If I constantl...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 4316

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do th...
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10695

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Google seems to agree with me.

Yes, I just realized this. Today I learned something, but I'll probably intentionally forget it and go back to being ignorant. Ignorance is sometimes bliss.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10695

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Here in California I've never heard anyone say "pizza pie" in conversation, but everyone knows the song "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore..."

Wait, so the lyrics aren't actually "piece of pie" ???

...
Seriously?
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10695

Re: 1986: River Border

chrisjwmartin wrote:*reads tooltip*

What on earth does pie have to do with pizza?

*thinks for a bit*

Oh, right - Randall is American from New England, and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies".

ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12553

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 6417

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

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by mathmannix
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11271

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

It might not be a particularly USEFUL chart, but it is what it says it is (assuming the numbers are correct, which I didn't check), a chart of all Americans. And my two preschool kids are Americans who didn't vote in 2016, and probably won't vote for at least a decade!
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11271

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Edit: looked it up. Minors make 24% of the US population and immigrants 13%. Implies immigrants were not included in "How America participated" That 13% of the total U.S. population is ALL immigrants, most of whom become legalized citizens, and can (and many of whom do) vote. Nobody knows...
by mathmannix
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Word association, rounded to the following letter
Replies: 697
Views: 69381

Re: Word association, rounded to the following letter

Zoo -> Cage -> Match -> Fire -> Arson
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 8584

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

Well, it actually seems very similar to me in theory to the idea of a LEGO movie. I imagine people who "grew up" playing with emoji (I don't think this has actually happened yet) might love the movie. The big difference here seems to be that, outside of people who love LEGO's, most people ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 5366

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

One thing I would like to know: how much does altitude affect eclipse length time? (Because obviously as you approach the moon, the eclipse time approaches two weeks or so.) Would being on a high-altitude airplane increase totality by a few hundredths of a second? I mean, sure, I'm probably being ov...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 24
Views: 7954

Re: Longest Name

My two cents: I think longer names are primarily used in order to distinguish names that are the same when shorter. So "The" Bach has to be Johann Sebastian Bach because he had relatives named Johann Nicolaus Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Snagglepuss Bach, etc... and when you click o...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 7642

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

I think that would better describe San Francisco...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0010: "Pi Equals"
Replies: 11
Views: 5420

Re: 0010: "Pi Equals"

Pi is exactly 3. See the bible, Kings 7:23 for proof. Actually, the established Rabbinical interpretation is that the "error" is due to the difference in the inner and outer circumferences (the difference being the thickness of the rim) of a very large bowl (about 15 feet across.) And of ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 12127

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

rhomboidal wrote:Russell's teapot really raises a profound question: Will it make hot tea or iced tea?

Khan wrote:It is very cold in space.
by mathmannix
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20790

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Potatoes are dubious as a vegetable, they're mainly a source of carbohydrates. And containing a vegetable does not make it a vegetable, especially if it's wrapped in a carbohydrate heavy source. It would be more adequate to count it as a complete meal (although with too little vegetable and lacking...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20790

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables. Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region. Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable? Umm, yes? They have vegetables in them. Potatoes and ...
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 14312

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Morgan Wick wrote:Relevant

Ahh yes, Dilbert was much funnier in the first couple of years / books, before it became all office "humor", all the time.
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 7174

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

treblemaker wrote:They all look like weather balloons to me.

They all look like mimic octopodes to me.
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20790

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

keithl wrote:Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables.


Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region.
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9841

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

Jorpho wrote:Title Text: They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatest attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.

Firefox says "deafeatest" is spelled wrong. Think it'll get fixed?


It's "defeatist".
by mathmannix
Tue May 02, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25933

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

You can get them at Panera's with whatever you want in them. I like the broccoli cheese soup.
by mathmannix
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25933

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

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. I don't think I've ever said it out loud, because I know I'm probably wrong, but I've always mentally pronounced t...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 65556

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Ditto, I also really thought I posted in here before. Oh well... I'm a bit fuzzy on the exact rules, but if we're going with "first pet specifically assigned to be mine" then I'd be Midnight Foxwood or Pumpkin Foxwood . There were two at the same time. (No points for guessing their colors....
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 33131

Re: 0287: "NP-Complete"

Now I look at these prices these appetisers seem really cheap (even though they seem more like bar snacks than appetisers), was that normal in 2007 or are US restaurants just cheap compared to western Europe? Well... CPI for the Boston area shows July 2007 (when this comic came out) to have a (some...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 23628

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Do children really ask "Why is the sky blue?"? I mean, sure this sounds like a typical question a precocious child might ask, and my own personal children are probably too young to wonder something like that, but in my experience, children generally accept things you tell them, until thing...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 91533

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

/skj/ is a pretty complicated consonant cluster. There are no perfect comparisons to lend one particular pronunciation more weight ("Cuba" is a Spanish proper noun, "CUNY" is an acronym and not widely known, neither starts with an s, and "skew" is spelled with a differ...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 4061

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

OK, let's say that Helena's daughter Marie Louise had married and had two sons, neither of whom had hemophilia. How could I calculate her probability, because it changes her mother's probability? It would change all the probabilities, of course. Helena still originally had a 50% chance of inheriting...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 4061

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

So then can I say that there's a 1/32 chance that her daughters were carriers?
But it doesn't change the sons' probabilities of having gotten it to 1/32 because that would be circular, so they're still at 25%?
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 4061

Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around this one. It should be a straight-up probability question. It is about the probabilities of Hemophilia (or Haemophilia, or Hæmophilia) inheritance. For those who don't know, Hemophilia is an X-linked recessive genetic mutation; Females (XX) who have one def...
by mathmannix
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 13927

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

sonar1313 wrote:
StCredZero wrote:Superman, as portrayed in various Justice League animated shows, is often seen flying in groups of superheroes.


Yeah, but that would be like a flock of birds consisting of a goose, a duck, a swan, a robin, a blue jay, a mockingbird, etc.


Pfft, Robin doesn't fly.
by mathmannix
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 23216

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

The problem, in this case, aren't the units, but the use of volume at all. "3 cups apples" WTF? Even measuring things like flour is hopelessly inexact. And i don't want to press butter in a measuring cup, and scrape it out again, ffs. Yeah, it is weird with things of different densities. ...
by mathmannix
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 23216

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

The names for volumes used mostly for recipes (or to give a sense of scale to those familiar with following recipes) aren't that bad once you get to know them. For reference: 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon, 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce, 8 ounces = 1 cup, 2 cups = 1 pint, 2 pints = 1 quart, 4 quarts = 1 gallo...

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