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by Reka
Wed May 17, 2017 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5315

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

The main street through our town is typical Pennsylvania style,i.e. it changes names at least every mile or so, with corresponding speed limit changes. However, at no point is the limit higher than 45 mph, and for the section that goes through "downtown", the limit is a very-strictly-enfor...
by Reka
Mon May 15, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5315

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

My brother-in-law turns on the GPS even for trips he's made literally hundreds of times before, ostensibly because he wants to use the traffic-report feature of his TomTom. Problem one is, even if there is traffic, around here there really aren't good alternate routes - what you gain in not being st...
by Reka
Wed May 10, 2017 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 12461

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Is it contained by bread (or other raised dough product) and able to be eaten easily with one's hands? If both yes, then sandwich. Although this definition puts a strain on the nomenclature of an ice cream sandwich (common U.S. variety, anyway). Ice cream sandwiches contain ice cream between two co...
by Reka
Fri May 05, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4363

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

by Reka
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 6709

1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/iss_solar_transit.png Title text: I guess it's also the right setting for pictures of the Moon at night. If Cueball is anything like the wannabe-photographers I've known, the ISS will have already made its transit while he's sitting there debating about the white balance...
by Reka
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 19260

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Hey, at least it's not Barrayar - there, the 7-Eleven would be closed approximately 2 hours per day.
by Reka
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 6722

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

cellocgw wrote:Randall was going to include the Wellington but it got the boot.

THWACK!!!
by Reka
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 23319

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

In Colombia (and maybe elsewhere in South America) they have something called "Pan cook", which is a kind of round loaf of bread, hollowed out and filled with tasty stuff (I had a creamy mushroom one). I don't know how they came up with that mix of languages, but who cares, they're delici...
by Reka
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21253

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

ThatPITA wrote:This is a late response, but I get so confused: Rayleigh died in 1916, and scattering his ashes made the sky blue? What color was it before?

Gray, of course: haven't you watched any old movies? :p
by Reka
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 5524

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

Never mind existential, trying to throw out a trash can can be a practical crisis. When I had to throw out a trash can once, the trash guys kept carefully leaving it behind. It was too big to put it into another trash can, so I ended up having to do my best to crush/mangle it to the point where it w...
by Reka
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 23319

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Mikeski wrote:
jgh wrote:Peen-Lope.

I made the same mistake with "calliope"

Apparently, /CAL-lee-ope/ is the correct pronunciation of the musical instrument in some parts of the US.
by Reka
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 23319

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I always have trouble figuring out what syllable the stress goes on. In Hungarian, it's easy: the stress ALWAYS goes on the first syllable, absolutely no exceptions whatsoever. But in English, that leads to things like /THER-mo-MEET-er/, and people look at you funny if you say that. (Though my siste...
by Reka
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 14535

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

As a member in good standing of the Anti-Pun Enforcement League, my reaction to this comic is THWACK! THWACK THWACK THWACK THWACK THWACK! Bad Randall, no cookie.

That is all, carry on.
by Reka
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 7980

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time. There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but neverthel...
by Reka
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21838

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

He's got his red and orange spectrums reversed or shuffled. In actual fact, cherry << strawberry < raspberry (I mean, really, cough medicine ahem, sorry, cherry has to be at the bottom of the scale) and creamsicle < orange < mandarin (yes, orange and mandarin are distinct flavors. And ma...
by Reka
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 10489

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

My boss has the infuriating habit of turning off numlock whenever he uses a computer, even if it's only for a few seconds. Apparently, that little light bothers him. Also, he insists on using 4-8-6-2 instead of the actual arrow keys. I keep wishing I had the time and expertise to make it so that if ...
by Reka
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 6175

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

The Trabant also has the advantage of being so simple, that fixing it on the side of the road with two spanners and tinfoil is actually feasible from what I've heard. An auto mechanic friend once fixed my mom's (later mine) Volkswagen squareback with a bottle cap (scrounged in the parking lot) and ...
by Reka
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 12258

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

orthogon wrote:Even within a hemisphere, different countries start and end DST on different days, which is why I suggested an animated gif. The US starts DST earlier than the EU. All EU states change at the same time. The former was an Obama policy I believe

Nope, it was the younger shrubbery, ahem, sorry, Bush.
by Reka
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 127931

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Alas, my Garden no longer grows anything. In fact for a few weeks I could not get the link to work at all (it has been up on my screen since it started, in various iterations -- best screen saver EVAR!). Today the base landscape reappeared, and I could activate the lamps, but nothing grows. I miss ...
by Reka
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 4450

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

gimmespamnow wrote:Shouldn't this be beret guy?

My thinking exactly. Though I guess beret guy wouldn't have stopped with merely inflating the box - he'd have kept pumping until something exploded.
by Reka
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 12923

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I beg to differ about the carrying people part: the eagles carried people in both LotR and The Hobbit.
by Reka
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12352

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Cupric quoted Scott Adams: As Trump continues to demonstrate that he was never the incompetent monster his critics believed him to be.... I don't think Trump is an incompetent monster. I think he's a competent monster, a much more dangerous thing. (And Spence is worse.) I do agree with those who've...
by Reka
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 6972

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I fucking hate voice mail. Google voice lets me read it, which gets it over quick. Note that cell phone providers have similar voicemail transcription services, albeit they usually have an additional fee. I know T-Mobile had a free demo period a couple years back, and it actually did OK. Unfortunat...
by Reka
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 4813

Re: 1783: "Emails"

Soupspoon wrote:"Computer thinks it knows better than the user" syndrome

Hear, hear. This is why I avoid all thing Apple if I can help it, though of course neither Google nor Microsoft are immune from this attitude, either. (I don't use Facebook.)
by Reka
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 13993

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I need the explainxkcd version of this comic (it's not up yet). I vaguely know what IRC is, and I definitely know what Skype is, but the rest of the terms are gibberish: Slack? Gateway? (Wasn't that a brand of computers about 10-15 years ago?) irssi? tmux? weechat? (I do understand the point the com...
by Reka
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1776: "Reindeer"
Replies: 32
Views: 6398

Re: 1776: Reindeer

Intriguing. I'd have guessed that that technique of illustrating motion came out of the new visual metaphors of time and motion that were sort of unlocked by photography... In a word, nope. http://www.archeolog-home.com/medias/images/legging-it-out.jpg?fx=r_550_550 That was painted about 30,000 yea...
by Reka
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 9966

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

Aw, Randall has a kitten. :)

(People who are saying that cat bites aren't that serious are probably thinking of cat scratches. Those can still be serious, but mostly, you just wash it and call it good. An actual *bite*, like all deep puncture wounds, needs medical attention.)
by Reka
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 9754

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Not sure which comedian it was (Steven Wright? Mitch Hedberg?) who pointed out the absurdity of the term "artificial color". You mean this isn't actually red, it just looks red? My favorite is to replace "real" with "imaginary". "Made with real butter!" Oh, g...
by Reka
Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 9754

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Isn't it spelled artisanal?

Edit: apparently, I wasn't the only one to notice. :)
by Reka
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 15368

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

somitomi wrote:What kind of people read subtitles out loud? :shock:

Sorry, I meant they were talking throughout the movie. (Guess they didn't know about Shepherd Book's special level of hell, "a level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater".)
by Reka
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 15368

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

The worst thing about Star Wars for me is that by the time I decided to watch it, the big twist [about a certain character's parentage] has been already spoiled for me. The first one I saw (and actually, the first movie I ever saw in a theater) was Return of the Jedi, so the twist was never a twist...
by Reka
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 16511

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

In my family the apple of choice is the Gravenstein apple My dad once drove to Sebastopol (California), a 7-hour drive each direction, found a grower who hadn't converted to more-profitable grapes, and bought two crates of Gravenstein apples. He ate most of them within about two months. (Yes, I kno...
by Reka
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 16511

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I've always wondered: why do people still grow red delicious apples? Is there anyone in this universe who likes them?
by Reka
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 33083

Re: 1759: "British Map"

For example, hearing the presenters of Top Gear pronounce Dacia was weird to me, because to me it has always been [ˈdat͡ʃi.a] (thanks, Wikipedia). Wait, you mean that's not how everyone pronounces Dacia? But back a little towards the vicinity of the topic, nobody has Pennsylvania beat for weird pla...
by Reka
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 33083

Re: 1759: "British Map"

That kind of reminds me of the conundrum I had as a child with the three main railway stations in Budapest. They have cardinal directions for names (East, West and South) but these are not related to their relative locations at all. Not to mention the irritating absence of a northern one... There i...
by Reka
Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 33083

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm totally fine with names of towns being reused, but it feels wrong when the name of a county is used for a town. It's a kind of category error or something, rather like the trend (also more common Stateside but becoming more of a thing over here) of using a surname (like Taylor) as a first name....
by Reka
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 10197

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

ps.02 wrote:Man, you say the word king enough times and it just loses its meaning. Sounds like a Germanic strong verb, doesn't it? King, kang, kung, or maybe kought.

Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long?
by Reka
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 80220

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I keep seeing people seemingly misinterpreting Reka here. At least, I read them as saying "Be thankful that you are outside the US and don't have to directly deal with the consequences of this shit". That makes sense. Although most of us have to deal with the consequences of slightly diff...
by Reka
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 80220

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

For those outside the US who have no idea what to make of this, (1) be very, very thankful, and (2) as far as I can tell, Randall is straight-up endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. As in, there's not really any joke here to "get". (Well, there are various obvious jokes one could make ...
by Reka
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 9189

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

somitomi wrote:(Amúgy csak számomra furcsa érzés magyarul írni ide?)

Számomra eleve az furcsa, hogy magyarul írok -- nagyon ritkán van rá alkalmam manapság.

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