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by svenman
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Dindily, dundily, Kitty with hat on claims Spoilered redundancy Where I see none. "Why no believe", it asks - Not realizing its Catcredibility Is tot'lly gone! Curious, wonderous: December 17 H , What is supposed to then Change on that dip? Being a date on the Hereticalendar, Should I igno...
by svenman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Welcome, ColletArrow, Revealer the Recent! If you take on the most glorious quest of blitzing the thread, we here in the present appreciate the occasional blitzpost, i.e. posts where you tell us of your progress so far and your thoughts about what you encountered. BSTA continues: No http://1190.bicy...
by svenman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

by svenman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

BSTA continues:

What now?
Image

Once again you'll have to start being someone else.

How fortunate that we haven't run out of people to be yet. Looks like it's fth's turn to be been.
by svenman
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

So ggh posted the latest BSTA ONG (welcome forward, btw), fine, I'll move onto ZoomanSP's habitual territory...

New othercomic.

Just kidding. Diversity is molpish.
by svenman
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Re the latest few BSTAs: whatever that event was that made the building and a good-sized chunk of the surrounding ground vanish, clearly it created no shockwave of any consequence, else the bike that was literally standing just centimetres outside the event's area of effect would have been knocked o...
by svenman
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Neil, good to see you alive at your usual level of ghostliness and well!

bsta_ConfusONG:
WHAT WAS THIS???
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I...

have no idea what just happened.

On the other hand, I have some idea what is going to happen next.
by svenman
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Welcome forward, all the recent unbasementees!

New BSTA:
...
Image

???

Looks like something now definitely happened after all. But what exactly? The results look very dramatic, at any rate...
by svenman
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 3566

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

netsplit wrote:I know it's probably not aliens, but why can't it be aliens just this once?

Bet that's what you say every time an interstellar asteroid enters our solar system... :wink:
by svenman
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

New BSTA:
...
Image

Nothing happened...

Probably because the switch is still in the "off" position.
by svenman
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 3566

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

It's as if real life is providing us with a mixture of Rendezvous with Rama and Contact (up to now at least).

I'll be very interested in how this continues to play out.
by svenman
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3873

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Wasn't it the title of the monarch of Ethiopia, before the revolution?
by svenman
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

At the time, considering the accompanying illustration those words seemed to refer to the buttons next to the sliding door, which however immediately turned out to actually work. So I conclude that you, Balthasar, have been cleverly misleading us readers and that maybe b and kxa misunderstood each ...
by svenman
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

The buttons, they do nothing! B: these buttons KXA: will not do anything at all. At the time, considering the accompanying illustration those words seemed to refer to the buttons next to the sliding door, which however immediately turned out to actually work. So I conclude that you, Balthasar, have...
by svenman
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

CountdONG:
Try to unclick the countdown.
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Nothing helps.

The buttons, they do nothing!
How about trying the switch?
by svenman
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi edo, welcome back! Long overdue ONGing of latest BSTA: Quickly leave the place. http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000178.gif The door is closed again. And this time it doesn't want to open. And all because of the mishandling of a wheelstick. Looks like a... sticky situation!
by svenman
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6561

Re: 1913: "A �"

We need to make a push for every legitimate website to get these, and switch to HTTPS as well. Translation: "We need to push for every website that doesn't shell out to a certificate authority to be branded as illegitimate." There is a solution for this. Actually not, because with "t...
by svenman
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

New othercomic. I can see how this would seem embarrassing when dealing with someone who doesn't know how to wait for it. As everyOTTer knows, of course, in that case it is really them who have reason to be embarrassed. ETA: And I just saw the OTT is mentioned in passing in the corresponding othert...
by svenman
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6561

Re: 1913: "A �"

orthogon wrote:We also need some kind of 'badging" for websites, to indicate that the site really belongs to the well-known entity that it purports to belong to.

That's what Extended Validation SSL certificates (and to a lesser degree, Organization Validated SSL certificates) are for.
by svenman
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

New AotC! Woo! New BSTA. Oops. oops http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000177.gif Something here was clicked. There is a countdown now. At 0:00, the missiles will be launched. Thus ends BSTA. ...oh wait, the switch on the right is in the "off" position. Maybe there is still hope.
by svenman
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6561

Re: 1913: "A �"

Googling Bing isn't weird because that's a bad way to get to Bing, though. That is a perfectly reasonable way to get to Bing. It's just weird that you would first go to Google in order to get to Bing, instead of first going to Bing. Presumably, these are people who have Google as their homepage but...
by svenman
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6561

Re: 1913: "A �"

Sure, Googling Google is at a level of understanding what goes on in and behind the computer that is so shallow that it stops at the patterns of coloured lights that appear on the screen. There are people in the world who are like that and who are fine with being like that. Googling Bing is not quit...
by svenman
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6561

Re: 1913: "A �"

Why do people Google "Bing"? Is this like people typing "google.com" into Google to get to Google? There are computer courses where people get taught to type the address of any website they want to look up into Google and then click on the first search result that isn't an adver...
by svenman
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:09 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Anybody in Germany?
Replies: 15
Views: 10870

Re: Anybody in Germany?

Left myself wide open to that one, didn't I? Though that particular someone was rather insistent at that time they should be called neither Austrian nor Bundesländer, so I didn't even think of that possible interpretation until now.
by svenman
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

This might count as thwapping if we're generous:
Examine wheelstick
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Oops.
by svenman
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 219
Views: 40160

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

She passed away three weeks ago already, on October 17, but I only just found out about Julian May, science fiction writer, known for her Saga of Pliocene Exile and Galactic Milieu series.
by svenman
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

A familiar-looking thing makes an appearance in BSTA:
...
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This thing.
This... wheel stick.
It is perfect!

But can it also be used for thwapping?
by svenman
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 2937

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

Why are there so many subcultures that look at the sky? Because when you are on Earth. it takes up half of the observable universe. Maybe even your favourite half. Although the sky may in fact take up quite a lot less than half of what is observable around you depending on terrain and vegetation, n...
by svenman
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Entspannen Sie sich und schauen Sie den Blinklichtern zu: Go through the door. http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000174.gif You are in a room now. There are some blinkenlights. B: This doesn't look abandoned at all. I think we should leave this place before we get into trouble. KXA: But l...
by svenman
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6368

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

orthogon wrote:[...] providing reliable storage for digital files is a standard off-the-shelf service.

Contrasting with providing reliable storage for paper-based media, which usually is a standard on-the-shelf service.

Sorry, I had to.
by svenman
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6368

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Digital preservation is a fascinating and criminally undervalued field. There's detailed standards out there for ways for digital information to survive (and remain readable) many years after the deaths of both the individuals and the institutions that maintained them--just for one example, by peri...
by svenman
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

Of course. A lock, like an airlock or something of the sort. Now I recognize that "śluza" is related to German "Schleuse" and (with a different, though related meaning) English "sluice".
by svenman
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

New BSTA. Examine writings and buttons http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000172.png B: these buttons KXA: will not do anything at all. So apparently, if G**gle Translate has not failed me, the words mean: Slider 1 [ ] Open [ ] Close kxa seems to have her own view, though...
by svenman
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Otters for sale

Recently I saw some otters for sale: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=55802&mode=view Together with a whole lot of other molpies: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=55804&mode=view Hi macraw83! Good luck with your move! Redundant http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?i...
by svenman
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11100

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Reading through this thread, I started to wonder how people were ever allowed to have something as dangerous as electricity at home. Then I remembered that in the days before they had electricity, people used rather more devices with contained and even open flames instead for various purposes, which...
by svenman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

My condolences, Laura Mae. Jose has already said what I would have wanted to much better than I could, so just consider yourself hugged in sympathy. And congratulations for the successful move, Balthasar! Edit: New BSTA ONG: Do this. Go inside! http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000171.png...
by svenman
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Anybody in Germany?
Replies: 15
Views: 10870

Re: Anybody in Germany?

as a fellow Bawüler I welcome anyone who isn't Bavarian. (Just kidding) Just for the record, that quote isn't mine. My mum's from Heidenheim, does that mean I can get dual citizenship? Oh dear. Berliners and Swabians are widely considered to have a somewhat difficult relationship. General consensus...
by svenman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

BSTA ONG Has been up for quite a while Did you wait for it? Go inside http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000170.png KXA: Let's go inside and see what we can find there. B: You want to go in just like that? KXA: The door is partially open. If someone wanted us not to go in the door would be...
by svenman
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11100

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

a bluetooth temperature sensing pan What in the unholy ch*rp is that???? Cooking pans need to be connected to the internet nowadays???? Get off my lawn! Jose Naah, stuff doesn't have to connect to the Internet per se, it has to connect to your smartphone. Bluetooth is one way to achieve that. The I...
by svenman
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106035
Views: 36536806

Re: 1190: "Time"

New BSTA: ... http://1190.bicyclesonthemoon.info/bsta/bsta-000169.png B: Looks old. And abandoned. But I've never seen it here before. How can it be new and abandoned? KXA: Maybe someone built a preabandoned building? B: That doesn't make sense. KXA: There is one thing to do if you want it to make m...

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