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by Heimhenge
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 9056

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

It's back to normal. We now have birdwatching.png instead of birdwatching_huge.png . How mysterious. (birdwatching_huge.png is still on the server, but is normal size.) It only just occurred to me that there was no April Fool's gag this year. Well if this was it, that was a pretty lame joke. Way be...
by Heimhenge
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12356

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

It says "Open 24 Hours", not "Open 24 Hours a Day". That means the store gets 24 hours total operational time. Then they have to bulldoze it and start a new one. Reminds me of an old Michael Wright (?) joke where he shows up at some 24/7 convenience store and the door is locked....
by Heimhenge
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14074

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 Heimhenge
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 7598

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

What do you mean "real"? Sure, the intersection of grid patterns in overlaid screens is real. But the "wavy band" that seems to move across the screen when your head moves ... that's gotta be happening in the brain. Otherwise why wouldn't my cousin see it?
by Heimhenge
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 7598

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

When you swim in a creek and an eel bites your cheek it's a moray... Here in the upper midwest USA, that word is sometimes pronounced "crick". Yeah, that's how I read it in my head (crick). In fact, I was expecting something a bit more painful coming at the end of that second line. :) Thi...
by Heimhenge
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14727

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Not so much a licorice fan, at least the black color ... red licorice ain't bad. But why only "licorice" in the black group? Should also include blackberries and poppy-seed, both of which I'd put on the "good" side of the spectrum. EDIT: Oh yeah ... and Black Jack gum is pretty g...
by Heimhenge
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7667

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

When I go to a news site to read a story, CNN for instance, and there's a video at the top, and the story written underneath, I always stop the video and read the text instead. I find the video slightly irritating. But I've no idea if my reaction is common, uncommon, or an age thing, or if there is...
by Heimhenge
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 3435

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

I really looked hard at this XKCD for some subtle joke. Otherwise it's kinda ho-hum. My guess is that the "whiskers" are really error bars, and the action taken by Cueball was an analogy for "inflating the data" (the error bar is shorter in the final frame). So what corporation/g...
by Heimhenge
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 3778

Re: 1794: "Fire"

What I wanna know is why a fire alarm factory wasn't protected by its own product. Kinda like a factory for locks getting broken into.

Disclaimer: Also I wanted to score another double moon.
by Heimhenge
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9515

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

OK, assume a spherical and totally naked vampire placed at the center of a perfectly reflecting, perfectly evacuated, and non-silvered spherical mirror with a radius of one light year. Question: Would he really give a shit?
by Heimhenge
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8767

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Edit-edit: Apparently the vivid yellow color is due to oxidation of dissolved iron? It would be almost pretty if it weren't lethal. Had to take a course in limnology to meet my distribution credits, and don't remember that much, but unless the color balance is WAY off that is not a "muddy"...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 4440

Re: 1788: "Barge"

This made me think of those "Amazon targets" you print and set out in your yard where you want the Amazon drone to deliver your package (not yet available in my area). And then, in the spirit of today's comic, I wondered if you could hijack the package by setting a larger target hidden nea...
by Heimhenge
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8689

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I just realized how I'm going to be "an old guy" to my grandkids. "Grandpa what is that rackety thing on your desk with all those letters?? You mean you actually have to touch the letters to make words???? Why not just let the voice module take over?" "I prefer the old clic...
by Heimhenge
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 4621

Re: 1786: "Trash"

Actually , it's a non uncommon thing in SciFi. I recall a short story in which a fellow comes up with a razor-blade disposal system which turns out to send the blades 100 years into the future. That makes a mess in the future for a brief time, until future person tweaks the algorithm to send the bl...
by Heimhenge
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 5068

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

My house is cabled with Cat5 (yeah, could be updated to Cat6/6a, skipping 5e, but not found it necessary - maybe my next house). Works better for me, with the exception of wireless-only tablets, but that's just me. ;) Same here. I installed whole-house Cat-5 while I was building and it was still ea...
by Heimhenge
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7271

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

The poor United States looks particularly deflated. UK, however seems to be quite dominant (and as well formed as normally expected, give or take the frequently tricky edge of Wales, etc), even as Eire gets shoved over into Canada, so it's clearly not possible to state this as either refelective or...
by Heimhenge
Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 3722

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

Why are pants called pants anyway? This is one thing that never ceases to grind my gears about the English language. That some objects have a plural name because they have two similar parts or something. And then you have to deal with needlessly roundabout phrases if you want to be more specific ab...
by Heimhenge
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1776: "Reindeer"
Replies: 32
Views: 4793

Re: 1776: Reindeer

Had to post a reply since I've always wanted to see a double Moon.

So what to say ... I like the arachnodeer too. Would use this on a future holiday card.
by Heimhenge
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 9557

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

And then there are configurations with more than one monitor and you don't have a "border" or "corner" to bump your cursor on there. Reading this thread made me try something (on W7, single monitor) ... discovered my cursor "hits a wall" at the top and left sides of my...
by Heimhenge
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 9557

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I've found with a lot of the older people I know that they're not only less confident in their ability to use computers, but they learn more slowly and 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...
by Heimhenge
Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 9557

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Yeah, well since I was forced to upgrade my version of MS Office after moving from XP to W7 I've wasted countless hours looking for familiar features and referring to the users manual. Biggest change for me was the use of "ribbons" rather than drop-down menus. Ribbons suck imho. I do have ...
by Heimhenge
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 6102

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

TrueNarnian wrote:Shouldn't it be XKC Development Environment?


No, it should be "XKCD velopment environment".
by Heimhenge
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9047

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats.
by Heimhenge
Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23939

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Can anyone explain the reason for a protractor in between Scotland and Northern Ireland? I wish he had combined the names of the few correct labels in the map and called them "Oxbridge" and "Camford"... Yeah, I wondered about that too. Best I can figure is that it's a take-off o...
by Heimhenge
Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 3264

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

orthogon wrote:
Mahnarch wrote:Like a Tamagotchi, but with tornados.

A Tornagotchi!


Would the sequel be Sharknagotchi?


For lack of anything else on the tube, I sat through one of those Sharknado flix. No idea which sequel. Took me a week to regain my self-respect.
by Heimhenge
Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1753: "Thumb War"
Replies: 16
Views: 3673

Re: 1753: "Thumb War"

I’m just here for the pronunciation of “twenty”. Wait, is that supposed to rhyme? I thought it was just the other kid interrupting with something unrelated (and non-rhyming). "Twenty" is oft pronounced like "twunny" (at least in American English), so "bunny" works fine...
by Heimhenge
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1753: "Thumb War"
Replies: 16
Views: 3673

Re: 1753: "Thumb War"

Qaanol wrote:I’m just here for the pronunciation of “twenty”.


"Seventeen, eighteen, nineteen twenty,
More numbers coming - I've got plenty."
by Heimhenge
Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 6481

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

I wonder if this is another one of those cases where Randall uploaded the wrong, incomplete version of the comic. To be honest, the same thought occurred to me. Like on that last frame, which kinda leaves me hanging, if there were some "double-take head-spin lines" it would be less a non-...
by Heimhenge
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

b) Whatever they actually accomplished, betweentimes, they never made webs thick enough for a technological civilisation eventually capable of temporal mechanics to have ever detected traces of in the fossil record. There are already traces in the fossil record , but they would be tough to interpre...
by Heimhenge
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 10408

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Having my morning coffee now as I read this thread, and was reminded by the comments that a LOT of people just don't like the stuff. Started drinking coffee back in high school because "that's what adults did" and it was supposed to help with staying up late and cramming for a test. Hated ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 7649

Re: 1720: "Horses"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:Excuse me, but with "3.5 horses in the computer" wouldn't that be the equus-valent of 350% of a horse's decision-making ability?


No, it would be the equivalent of a 2610 W power supply ... pretty beefy and up to the demands of any nag nav computer.
by Heimhenge
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 6018

Re: 1718: "Backups"

Of course, I should probably keep a backup elsewhere in case my house burns down. Maybe an encrypted drive I keep in my desk at work, or in my car? Not perfect, but better than nothing. But what if your house buns down while your car is in the garage? Fire resistant box? Exactly! I have a fireproof...
by Heimhenge
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1710: "Walking Into Things"
Replies: 22
Views: 3742

Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

Who was it who did comics that featured "things", where the "things" were kind of strange beings like monsters or aliens? The caption would be something like "things have been getting on top of me" or "things can only get better". I'm thinking Gary Larson but...
by Heimhenge
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 9809

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

What drug(s) do you need to be on to be able to focus the amount of mental energy it takes to produce something like this just to amuse yourself and a bunch of nerds on the internet, and where can I get some? I wondered the same thing. Then I realized that every once in awhile he has to crank out o...
by Heimhenge
Wed May 25, 2016 1:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 25244

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Here's your 360 degree rainbow: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140930.html
by Heimhenge
Mon May 23, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 6127

Re: 1684: Rainbow

For this comic the hover text was the real punchline to me. The comic itself was just ok. Tend to agree. Not the most amusing XKCD. The third order rainbow (which is correctly portrayed as being in the direction of the Sun) is a bit of a stretch though. I've never seen one. It's been predicted theo...
by Heimhenge
Tue May 17, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 4626

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

Well this is an interesting development in the "hair removal" category ... https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-skarp-laser-razor-21st-century-shaving#/ I'd buy one if Skarp ever makes it to production. My only question is whether it would work on my dog. :) This isn't funny or anything...
by Heimhenge
Mon May 16, 2016 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 4626

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

Well this is an interesting development in the "hair removal" category ...

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the- ... -shaving#/

I'd buy one if Skarp ever makes it to production. My only question is whether it would work on my dog. :)
by Heimhenge
Tue May 03, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 29275

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Just what is going on with these $2 bills? The whole thing seems bizarre. I mean, sure we have occasional commemorative coins etc, which are deliberately rare, and those might confuse some people; and there are high value notes like £50 that people don't like dealing with in case they're fake. But ...
by Heimhenge
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 29275

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

[Disclaimer: Not my field of study, but in interested amatuer.] Modifying the images is a security issue, for a couple reasons. 1. Optical bill recognition machines may need to be altered. 2. The images actually contain embedded machine-recognizable information, which is used by color copiers to kn...

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