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by jgh
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 80096

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I was so sure the discussion was introducing conservation of énnuie.
by jgh
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26584

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Minus ten reaumur?
by jgh
Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1605: "DNA"
Replies: 68
Views: 16489

Re: 1605: "DNA"

Actually the source of google.com is not so bad once properly formatted. Put in a lot of newlines and spaces and replace one-character variable names with something nice and it starts to make sense. Blooody 'ell! Why do *we* need that? It should be done at the Google end, all we need is title, img ...
by jgh
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 19752

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

The thing that has been missed about internet thing enthusiasts is there is always at least 2 forums devoted to the thing , and people who are active on one will tell you that the people active on the other are wrong. Careful, we've only just managed to get a truce between alt.usage.english and alt...
by jgh
Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 25228

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

For decades (centuries?) people have criticised the medium instead of the content. Novels pollute the mind, newspapers pollute the mind, films pollute the mind, paperback books pollute the mind, magazines pollute the mind, radio pollutes the mind, telephones pollute the mind, tv pollutes the mind, v...
by jgh
Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17848

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Flumble wrote:Despite that it's covered in an audio episode, it will be a TV episode in the near future, right? I'd love to see what they come up with for a tangential story. :D
They've already done the Frankenstein story: The Brain of Morbius.
by jgh
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15953

Re: 1577: Advent

An advent calendar is a countdown from when you receive it. So, I've got until I'm 92. That'll do me.
by jgh
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 35247

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

Ooo! Water Margin! :)
by jgh
Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1483: "Quotative Like"
Replies: 83
Views: 15690

Re: 1483: "Quotative Like"

We could do with a bit of quotative easing.
by jgh
Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 41862

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Aren't they all just crinkle-cut nails?
by jgh
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"
Replies: 34
Views: 15447

Re: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"

"compact fluorescent bulbs"

Those aren't bulbs, unless you have some really weird onions. They're helixes.
by jgh
Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22920

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

People have been trained by dodgy SciFi that it is possible to shoot some form of energy at something and the target simply ceases to exist, instead of all the component atoms dispersing into the surrounding environment as much more energetic particles. I think only Larry Niven got this right when a...
by jgh
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"
Replies: 48
Views: 18349

Re: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"

"earn" != "pay". The whole point of a minimum wage is that the employers of people who people to *earn* too little to live on are forced to *pay* more than those employers earn.
by jgh
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 75420

Re: 1431: Marriage

Weren't there any states were same-sex marriage wasn't technically illegal because it hadn't occured to the lawmakers to actually make it illegal? Same-sex marriage wasn't actually illegal in England&Wales until 1971 after two women presented themselves at a registry office and challenged the re...
by jgh
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 21106

Re: 1429: Data

Pfhorrest wrote:Octopii.
Octopodes.
Octopuses.
Octopodiis?

And viriis? Virodiis?

Octopovirodiis?

Octopussoir?
by jgh
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 21106

Re: 1429: Data

Aarrgghh. Brain... Must... Grammar... ((splat))
by jgh
Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"
Replies: 32
Views: 9377

Re: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"

I leave my fridge open when it's hot, and while people converge on my house from miles around to explain that I'm actually making my house WARMER, I slip out the back, sneak to their houses, and run their a/c units at full blast. I have a vent in the wall behind my fridge, so the warmth extracted f...
by jgh
Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 40524

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

Why "Chess" and "Chess (women)"? If you're going to suffix a description you have to be consistent, you're explying that the first category includes everybody - including women. It should be "Chess (men)" and "Chess (women)".
by jgh
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 88744

Re: 1350: Lorenz

"Oh hey, there's some kind of political thing going on"

Yes: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage, tonight on BBC 2 at 7pm. Set brains to Snooze.
by jgh
Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44764

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

Daytime TV in the 1960s? That's just before I was born, I caught up with it via repeats in the 1980s.
doo do du du du doo du...
by jgh
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 24098

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

So what IS with the Tungsten Countertop itself? I'm guessing the person saw/heard of a countertop with a tungsten color finish and thought the countertop was made of tungsten. Kitchens with seizure-inducing countertops TOTALLY sell houses now. "just make your countertops out of granite and don...
by jgh
Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 16601

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Actually, pi is precisely 3.128756238400923634859027251183659673529263549560904572528495.
(I never claimed accuracy)
by jgh
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 17943

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Heat Ullswater to 80 C? Eugh. Black tea needs to be steeped in near-boiling water, which is why you BOIL the kettle. 80 C would be ok for green tea.
by jgh
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 74129

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

"Supernovii" is discouraged.

"Supernovii" are discouraged, surely.

ducks and hides
by jgh
Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32515

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

I've had a quick skim through some documents. - My essays and documentation from school in the early 1980s are single spaced. - My essays and documentation from university in the late 1980s are double spaced, as is my documentation from the early 1990s. - From about the middle of the 1990s everythin...
by jgh
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 27092

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

Hey -- what's the difference between a British Soccer Field, a USA Soccer Field, and for that matter a Brazilian Soccer Field? :twisted: You mean: what's the difference between a standard international football field, and a USA handegg field? A handegg field is 360 feet x 160 feet (109.72 m x 48.76...
by jgh
Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 33994

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Vlet wrote:spiders .... maybe other insects
How many legs do spiders have in your universe?
by jgh
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 79967

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

Cool! You'd be able to walk from old Zealand to New Zealand!
by jgh
Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13516

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

drachefly wrote:
jgh wrote:All four pictures imply all four locations are the same height above datum sea level.


No, they don't.
Yes they do. I've zoomed in to the picture and there's 13 pixels of "bedrock" under each city. All four cities are the same height above some arbitary datum.
by jgh
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13516

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

All four pictures imply all four locations are the same height above datum sea level.
by jgh
Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 29688

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

"Essentially, the British built their empire by sailing around and sticking flags on random beaches" It was mostly more: a trader comes home as says "I've bought these great new things, and by the way, I shot a few fuzzy-wuzzies and claimed the land as ours as well". The governme...
by jgh
Mon May 06, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 15477

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

I'm caught in an infinite loop of twisty little passages, all alike.
by jgh
Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62837

Re: 1196: "Subways"

When I read "subway" I picture a pedestrian underpass.
Anyway, for the pedants out there, "subway" here is being used in the North American vernacular shorthand for "light rail"|"light rail transit".
by jgh
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"
Replies: 36
Views: 17699

Re: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"

Whatsa BB gun, and what are BBs? Judging by all the TV adverts, some sort of face cream. Eugh. Though, they always call it bibi cream, even though they spell it BB cream.
The page footer says this forum is run on phpBB. Ah, something to do with web-based bulletin boards. How does that relate to guns?
by jgh
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 21305

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

For a long time my cable company transmitted a program called "TARGAT SG1".
by jgh
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67019

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

mrob27 wrote:For a 1984 example, see "Pessimal Algorithms and Simplexity Analysis" by Broder and Stolfi:
Doh! I've just got a Pratchett joke!
by jgh
Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 38101

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

In a swimming pool near me the deep end is labelled 1.8 MTRS, and the shallow end was 0.9 MTRS. I don't know what kind of bizarre device they had hidden in the wall that could be measured in Mega-Tesla-Roentgen-Siemens. I suspect it is part of some mad scientist supervillain's origin story. I had t...
by jgh
Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 34032

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Ah, but on Back to the Future they didn't use gigawatts, they used something called jiggawatts.
by jgh
Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 109
Views: 41435

Re: What-If 0030: Interplanetary Cessna

There's a John Varley story set on the moon where lunites can "fly" in a pressurised underground chamber with earth-pressure air and moon gravity and large attachable batwings. "The Menace From Earth" if I remember.
Edit: Heinlein, not Varley.
by jgh
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 47182

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

These pool supervisors must be selectively bred to leap to correct conclusions from a standing start. If it had been me it would be something like: c'mon Bob, out you get, pass me that basket - hell, the alarms have gone off, quick, pass me that basket and get out of the pool.

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