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by Mikeski
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9883

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: 9119

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: 9119

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: 6698

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: 6698

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: 5160

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: 6072

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: 5160

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: 64775

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: 240
Views: 129958

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...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6601

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

To be fair, the amount of gold in Earth's own core would do that job fairly well, too. (It wouldn't crush *everything* because it'd only be 4 meters or so, but it'd kill anyone out in the open and crush most buildings, for sure.) Before we can calculate the size of the whole[sic] we need, there are...
by Mikeski
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 188709

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Soooo many New World crops are in the "deadly nightshade" family it's ridiculous. Tomatoes, all chilis, tobacco, probably potatoes and sweet potatoes too, it wouldn't surprise me at all if cocoa were in there too... Potatoes are nightshades, sweet potatoes (and yams) are not. Cocoa is not...
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6601

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Million, billion, milliard, short scale, long scale ... feh. Use scientific notation, with e/E separating the exponent so we don't need to use superscripts. Not as difficult as lakh ( 1e5 or 100,000 ) and crore ( 1e7 or 100,00,000 ) common in India and south Asia; and yes, they do write the commas ...
by Mikeski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6601

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends. Then the taste buds on the tongue must also be the exposed surface of the brain ... think about that next time you're deep kissing someone. No, the eye is c...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 4787

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I don't have the test dream. My school dream is realizing I've missed scheduling one class, and won't graduate. (...that year.) Or I did schedule it, but forgot to attend. I suppose I don't have the "didn't study dream" since, for the most part, I didn't study. Which hurt once I got into r...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6734

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

2) No one will ever change the standard 12oz/355ml aluminum can, in either volume or dimensions, since that will obsolete approximately 6.3 trillion vending machines. Wait, do they sell beer in 355ml cans over there? Here beer cans are the taller 500ml variant and I've never seen a vending machine ...
by Mikeski
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6734

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

All bets are off on how long until this principle is applied to aluminium cans... Well, USAan diet coca-cola is going to change to new cans; they're still 12oz, but taller and skinnier. Which breaks a couple of my assumptions about aluminum cans: 1) Since the can is more expensive than the contents...
by Mikeski
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5468

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

"I really didn't say everything I said." - Yogi Berra
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 4148

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

To my mathematics teacher, I leave my Klein Bottle and its contents. Here in Minnesota, we have the Klein Bank . At first, I thought "that's a terrible place to deposit my money, anyone can just walk into their vault!" Then I realized all my money was already in the Klein Bank. Well playe...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 9350

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

I had no idea there were that many "other" votes. A whole quarter of Utah? Holy moly. Utah had the whole Evan McMullin thing going, so there were probably more "other"s there than would otherwise have been the case. Yup, home-state advantage. The same reason Reagan only won 49 s...
by Mikeski
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5737

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

A recurring problem in computer security (and computing in general) is that most hardware and software is designed to work when used correctly, with the tacit assumption that anyone trying to use it is going to do so in good faith and with at least a minimal degree of competence and understanding. ...
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5737

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Humans just suck at computers. That sums up the entire industry rather well – both hardware and software. Humans just suck at understanding large systems of any sort. Hundreds or thousands of very very smart humans, chosen for their ability to do their job, don't get things right, even in their one...
by Mikeski
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9883

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

So the "biggest city whose name makes you think of someplace else", heh. Makes sense that way. When I visit relatives in Illinois, I can't say I'm from the "Twin Cities", since that means Bloomington-Normal to them. "No, The Twin Cities, the one with the MLB team named "...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 9883

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

That San Jose one. Is that California or Costa Rica? (World's largest pair of same-named cities.) Is that some sort of weighted average, or minimum population per city, or something? San Jose, CA (about 1 million people) plus San Jose, Costa Rica (334 thousand), is much smaller than New York, New Y...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 2836

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Ask your doctor if Autometalogolex is right for you. The most common side effects are headache, delirium, and suddenly needing a good stiff drink.


"Do not drink alcohol while taking Autometalogolex. Do not take Autometalogolex if you are allergic to recursion, redundancy, or recursion."
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 3890

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

(Even if you're correct, I think people will continue to refer to charging electric cars as "fueling", much as they refer to pushing buttons on a phone as "dialing".) Nah, it's already "charging", and "chargers" or "charging stations", everywhere I ...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6182

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Around here, what it would be replacing is "the road is damaged, add another layer of asphalt." Older roads here are almost a whole meter above the sidewalks, driveways, and gutters beside them due to repeated "repair". A solution where you replace tiles instead wouldn't have th...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6182

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Someone needs to tell them that their substrate material can't be white, at least. Lane-departure sensors and (potentially) self-driving cars will go nuts with those extra white lines everywhere. Heck, human drivers might go nuts with them in weather conditions worse than those in the pic. Or at nig...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6182

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Solra Bizna wrote:(Come to think of it, I don't actually have any good data on road dirtiness.)

Would you ever consider eating food after you dropped it on a road?

...there's your data. :mrgreen:
by Mikeski
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 5112

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

I'm pretty much emoji-blind (eighty percent of them look alike to me). But I'd still like to see how you'd render my favorite made-up sport: cross-country bowling. {bowlingball} {Canadian flag} {ellipsis} {Mexican flag} {pin}{pin}{pin}{pin} Personally I feel that Alpine bowling packs more entertain...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

I assume one cannot learn Italian at "Vista View" school (there's more than one in the USA), but maybe they teach other things...
by Mikeski
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9072

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Probably the same sort of temporary ban.

Twitter isn't interested in taking their product (their users) off the shelves, so to speak, even if it isn't a very good product. Crappy stuff still sells, non-existent stuff does not.
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9072

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Why would any words need to be banned? I am extrapolating a request from the twitter image posted as an example of "twitter actively taking the alt-right's side". "fucking", "dummy", and/or some random capiTALIZATION got an anti-racist user a temporary, software-based ...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9072

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Or we could do the reasonable thing and not discriminate between who is or isn't "allowed" to use a word based on race. (Which I guess is technically what we assume Twitter is doing now, but banning the word for everyone, the obvious first-thought solution to the specific problem at hand,...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9963

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I was mildly surprised to see Minneapolis on the right half of the chart, until I remembered that we regularly have summer days in the 90s. Jokes about how cold Minnesota is basically only apply to northern cities on Lake Superior. Being right on Lake Superior (i.e. Duluth, which is on the chart) m...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9072

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

i guess the ban simply reacts to trigger words like fucking and dummy? notice how madbringer avoided any objectionable words... I had replied to this seriously but I think it must have been meant as a joke, so I deleted my reply. With one data point, it's hard to say if this was the primary reason ...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4442
Views: 793777

Re: Today I Made:

Ok, cool, thanks, good to know; but to me smoking != cooking over an open flame. But I will accept that they are interchangable, it's just a bit confusing. That is a point of contention, actually. Largely because "BBQ grill" became shorthand for any Weber-esque charcoal- or gas-powered ou...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9072

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Wee Red Bird wrote:Still waiting on mine :wink:

That is absolutely insane.

Of all the sites online, you would think the one named twitter would be able to positively identify a wee red bird.
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 179
Views: 22306

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I definitely pull up anywhere from 3 to 10 recipes often when making a thing for the first time. Basically I'm doing it as a "can I persuade myself the substitutions I want to make are reasonable?" sort of standpoint. I will do that to get "what's a good middle-of-the-road recipe to ...
by Mikeski
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 4966

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

Well... I've got a "Sensi" wifi thermostat by Emerson. It's pretty straightforward to connect it to my lAN and register it at their server (so the remote apps can connect to it). But.. Turns out the world-class developers at Emerson never considered that someone might want to un-register ...

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