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by Mikeski
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 7179

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

I do know that there is a type of tape used for hockey sticks but don't know what it is called. Maybe Hockey Stick Tape ? That one is "sticky tape". I was going to ask "as compared to all the non-sticky tape?" ... but then: tape measures, fish tape, thread-sealing tape, Vetrap T...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 10072

Re: 1979: "History"

It's hard to keep up with history. Every day there's more of it!
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 5039

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

I am about to receive a message from Zog, the transdimensional explorer. He will have said, "You humans and your one-dimensional time. It is so easy to keep track of things then."
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1977: "Paperwork"
Replies: 7
Views: 2912

Re: 1977: "Paperwork"

Do not do your taxes in the nude.

There are places you do not want a paper cut.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 15584

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

The Sunday update makes sense.

It's the perfect comic for April Fools Day.

And for Easter; it's all easter eggs.
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3682

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

One significant change the internet has made over earlier mass media is the two way nature of it. With broadcast media, enough powerful people have to get behind a crazy idea before it had a chance of spreading to all the gullible rubes out there. But with the internet, the first gullible rube to f...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 13228

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Children (and spouses) of homeowners benefit from rising home prices as much as the homeowners do, though. Eventually that equity gets passed to next-of-kin, unless it all gets spent by the homeowner. And if my parents sell their home of 30+ years and wind up spending it all on trips to Hawaii and h...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 13228

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Pfhorrest wrote:and I'm not interested in having this conversation at length yet again; but yes

Wishes respected. Thank you for answering.
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 13228

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

It's only helpful to people who own homes for their investment value rather than for their own use, who can all go fuck themselves for profiting at the expense of literally almost everyone else. Fucking leeches. I don't know if you're cussing out property-flippers and slumlords and caught a few oth...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5973

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

This is why I had to go into electrical engineering. Y'all mechanical engineers just can't keep yourselves from breaking the rules. Like Newton's Third. As opposed to electrical, where the first thing you learn is that everything is backwards, and it gets more confusing from there. :wink: But we're...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5973

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

OK, I had to go read about these on Wikipedia. Third sentence: "While similar to a helicopter rotor in appearance, the autogyro's rotor must have air flowing across the rotor disc to generate rotation, and the air flows upwards through the rotor disc rather than down." So the thing pushes ...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 12014

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I was thinking about this comic the other day while having a bit of a toke on a doobie. I got as far as "I'm facing west, so the Earth's spin is carrying me backwards" and then I fell over. I was on my feet , and the earth carried me backwards . Now I'm on my back , and the earth is carry...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 6858

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

keithl wrote:I prefer to bounce my traffic off my own private Moon.

I assume "private moon" is a euphemism for a lap dance.

I don't want to know what "bounce my traffic off" is a euphemism for.
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 5407

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

It seems strange to worry about "swarms of killer robots" while living in a world where cruise missiles equipped with nuclear warheads exist. Cruise missiles are quite expensive and relatively difficult to obtain. Nuclear weaponry is quite expensive and relatively difficult to obtain. Use...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 9235

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

I'm not saying there have been too many grad students on this project, I'm just saying the results look more like a double-bass plot.
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Clearly the optimal solution is to implement computer-controlled pedestrians as well.

It's been done.

I've seen the pedestrians with the forward-mounted touchscreens. They seem even more oblivious to traffic than the non-computerized ones, though.
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 12014

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

i've read somewhere that it's a gender thing. apparently, statistically, males prefer to hold their map north-up, while females tend to orient the map to coincide with their viewing direction. Not surprising, since there's a measurable difference in spatial intelligence between the sexes. Being bet...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 12014

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Can you tell left/right people from n/s/e/w people by the way they set up their map on their phone? (or in their car, on their garmin/tomtom GPS device, etc.?) left/right people set it so the map rotates, so the top is the way they're facing. n/s/e/w people set it so the map doesn't rotate, and the ...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 12014

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

xkcd wrote:pocket Stonehenge.

What a silly idea.

google wrote:www.stonehengewatch.com

...but not silly enough to prevent its existence!
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 261448

Re: The Liquor Thread

So I recently obtained a bottle of "Cornish Moonshine" (it's a name, Google will find it) - it's 35% abv with an overpowering apple taste (it has "Apple Pie" written on the bottle - I'm guessing some apple juice was added after distillation?). It's way too sweet for me, so I don...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 12022

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Crissa wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:yet it's one of the few with an NSFW joke.

Maybe I'm just too much west-coast, but...

...What was not safe for work? O-o

"CL(i)T [censored]" in the 2nd column.
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

One flight on a modern airliner is about as dangerous as 10 km by a car. I assume cars would be similarly safe if they were guaranteed at least a half-kilometer of empty space in every direction*. (Except when they were right by their own garage, where they would only be guaranteed no other vehicle...
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 4548

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

some time this year the number of strips will catch up with the year. Hm. So are we all going to hope that "our comic" is extra-awesome? C'mon, #1974! ...my parents' birthyear-comics were pretty ordinary. ...and Homer Simpson is a punk kid. "36-ish"? ...and if Sazae-san ever sto...
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Pfhorrest wrote:
madaco wrote:"grey tribe"

?

First hit on Bing says they're "a libertarian-minded tribe of of live-and-let-livers".

So, I agree.

"?"

(I'm also doing that head-tilt thing your dog does, here.)
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

It's really not that hard to figure out the process algos. The self-driving car refuses to start up unless and until all sensors are self-tested and functional. And when the sensors get covered in ice in the middle of the freeway at 70mph? "Not starting" will not help. I'm an engineer; my...
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

A human can generally spot a Wile E Coyote type painted on trap. Can the computer? I’d say the computer can tell better, as it has a a bunch of distance sensors and other stuff. However a human has to rely on their poor vision and depth perception... 1) You vastly underestimate the power of human v...
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 8517

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Pfhorrest wrote:Period after "this one" when sentence is clearly meant to continue through "computer" on next line.

I thought that was half-typo, half-buffer-overflow-joke. (Or meta-joke, since it would mean the exploit list was exploitable.)
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4928

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

jc wrote:I was a bit disappointed that the West/East Germany union isn't shown merging into the EU.

MakingProgress wrote:Perhaps some day North Korea / South Korea also ?

Bah, as if any of those countries count as "fundamental forces"...
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 4678

Re: 1955: "Robots"

SuicideJunkie wrote:You may be more familiar with the less modern wooden ones.

[pedant] Those are wooden wedges. Triangles are two-dimensional. [/pedant]
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: "Impostor Syndrome"
Replies: 13
Views: 5817

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

After reading through these posts, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect makes me think you're all experts!
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 12022

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

in order to inform me that you read my edited subject and now understand that I was joking. In his and everyone else's defense, changing the subject line isn't very noticeable, especially with quoted text. I didn't notice until you called it out. (In the comic threads, it's probably some obscure fo...
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 11529

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

jc wrote:I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs.

The only former-Bostonian I've worked with called himself a Masshole.

Kinda makes me wish there was a good self-deprecating term for "Minnesotan". Other than "Canadian".
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 11529

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

I think the aubergines that the Japanese had in mind were longer and thinner than the eggplants we're used to. A quick image search of "Japanese eggplant" confirms that; they've got more of a chili-pepper profile. And Thai eggplants are small, spherical, and green with white stripes. Do t...
by Mikeski
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 8371

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

The original workaround was having constantly replaced teeth. It seems like that only works out when they are all fairly similar, though, and mammals gave that up in favor of having very specialized teeth. You're forgetting about rodentia (AKA rodents). This group of mammals solved the problem by h...
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 8371

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Evolution had to find a way to grind up food. The choices were teeth, bony plates (similar to teeth), or gizzards. I think it would be weirder if we had gizzards. But then, you've spent a long time getting used to having teeth. For an alternate perspective you can see how babies feel about them, wh...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 6353

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

The only possibility that makes sense to me is the bold text is the subject, and the rest is the start of the email body. Which means some don't have subject titles, which would be very odd for a campaign fundraising email. But, rule of funny. That requires both technical and literary competence fr...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 7600

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

This comic made me ask if there isn't a periodic table of fruit elements. I wonder how you would sort that? And which elemental fruits could you put on it? Like only mandarin and grapefruit but not orange, because it's a mix of the first two. Ask and ye shall receive I spent an inordinately long ti...
by Mikeski
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 6353

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

I really wonder what kind of a person this opponent is, that this sort of thing illustrates his plans accurately: Libertarian (current pot-legalization-only incarnation)... maybe the Green Party if you're dyslexic... Come on people, what are we doing? This was Godwined in the alt-text. I'm pretty s...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 68114

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

Why is Sulawesi still intact in that map? Is Sulawesi that popular in the internet? You seem to be walking through every xkcd comic in chronological order, and replying to threads as though they were new comics, and you were the first person to post about them. This comic is from the year two thous...
by Mikeski
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 10 Artists
Replies: 247
Views: 151984

Re: Top 10 Artists

You all have the worst taste. Open your Spotify and click Artists. List the bands with the MOST songs in your playlist in descending order. Break your own ties. No cheating to be cool. I do not spotify, so I'll use my iTunes' contents. Lots of recency bias, since I've had CDs a lot longer than I've...

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