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by Vroomfundel
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16206

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Seems perfectly reasonable to me--when someone claims knowledge of the jargon of logical fallacies, but is clearly falling prey to the etymological fallacy , that's not exactly a sign of genius. I don't so much mind the folks who claim that the new usage is a synonym for "raises the question&q...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 4146

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I'd post an essay on my website about why I don't use social media in the first place, but nobody would see it so what's the point. Aren't the fora social media though? I believe it would fit most definitions - basically all of them except the ones that specifically exclude platforms that have been...
by Vroomfundel
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 7393

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

How about we come up with a numbering system in the style of Erdos or Bacon numbers which identifies people based on how many indirections it takes to get to them? For example: my parents, wife and children would have 1s being the most directly related to me. I think I'd also use 1 for siblings, th...
by Vroomfundel
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16206

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

This phrase drives me a little bonkers. It isn't that someone is using it wrong that bothers me. What bothers me is that when I hear someone use it incorrectly, I instantly think them a little less intelligent. Interesting. In my case, it's a complaint about the supposed "misuse" that mak...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 16206

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I'm so happy that Randall has dedicated a comic about my pet peeve! In case somebody is not acquainted - to beg the question means to use circular reasoning, a logical fallacy. It's an important concept with a clear name - when somebody says "Of course I didn't grope her, I'm not a pervert"...
by Vroomfundel
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 19
Views: 3568

2031: "Pie Charts"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pie_charts_2x.png Title text: If you can't get your graphing tool to do the shading, just add some clip art of cosmologists discussing the unusual curvature of space in the area. I'm trying to imagine what would it look like when the percentage doesn't add up to 100.
by Vroomfundel
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3581

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Yeah, I didn't mention that part to not embarass myself but this comic was the first time I heard of heat index. It's not a thing in Europe. I guess the humidity in each area is in the same ballpark throughout the year so they just don't bother - people know what 32C feels like. Something slightly r...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3581

Re: 2026: Heat Index

I believe that no one in Vegas has ever had a drop of sweat fall from the tip of their nose. That's a surreal experience, at least for someone who hasn't been in a desert. First time I was in Arizona it was 42C (108F) outside and I was like, how badass am I going to be if I go for a run now - I'll ...
by Vroomfundel
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7964

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

There is quite a bit of difference between handing 20 note and 0.10 coin for a 10.10 (which I agree is often welcome in Europe) and having the more awkward amounts, like a 17.63 bill and handing 20.13 for 2.50 change. I often do the latter as it optimizes the amount of coins I'm left with but it rar...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7964

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

The things you learn in the fora - I wasn't aware that most Americans keep jars of coins but that makes perfect sense. See, US coins are super hard to tell apart as the value is not prominently features. Yeah, sure, born-and-bred USians know intuitively what a nickel, dime and quarter are but it sti...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11947

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Why isn't Malala Yousafzai on the list? She's under 35 and not native to the United States, so she's only eligible if she takes up tennis and beats Serena Williams at exactly the right time. If she starts training hard now she'll have a decent chance in about twenty years. Also, what do we do if To...
by Vroomfundel
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10700

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I remember reading an article on just this in the mathematical gazette some years back: http://www.people.hbs.edu/dbell/walk%20or%20run%20in%20the%20rain.pdf Poe's law FTW. I'm pretty sure these are genuine math problems but it sounds just like a joke about mathematicians out of touch with the real...
by Vroomfundel
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19794

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

More than 30 posts and nobody has mentioned the metric units religious war yet? It's about time! For me this issue is one of the most offensive forms of US anti-intellectualism in that it affects intellectuals too. I have yet to encounter an educated american creationist yet a lot of pretty smart fo...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 17017

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

This reminded me about the flame war on a Quora comment thread about whether changing "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone" represents dumbing down of American culture. Apparently fewer among the American readers are acquainted with Turkish delight than with alchemy, perhap...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 6456

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I must have eaten about 4-5000 apples which sounds like a lot but it's actually not even a truckload. I would tell you how many crates it would be but I got distracted trying to find the optimal packing solution.
by Vroomfundel
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6969

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

My personal theory about people who go about offending people on purpose is that it's a power play, an attempt to exert social dominance. Getting the person you offend to lose their cool and make a scene is a "win" for the offender. Weirdly enough, I sometimes manage to turn that into a d...
by Vroomfundel
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 4129

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

How is Facebook itself even seven years old yet? I still treat it as a flash in the pan. It won't last much beyond Christmas. Then all those kids will move on to the next trivial thing. Definitely. Those kids? Are you, like, 87? Didn't you get the memo that facebook is now for old people? Kids move...
by Vroomfundel
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8767

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

... I've worked on a number of other projects where our managers accused (accused!) us of sneaking in Universal TIme when they wanted everything in local time. ... LOL. In the post I linked to earlier (the one you were supposed to read in a British accent) I urgent all developers to always do this ...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8767

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Yeah, dates are awkward for developers. No, I don't mean romantic dates, although these are also awkward, maybe even more so. I mean dates on the calendar. I started writing a blog post which was supposed to be about the technicalities of dealing with dates in programming but ended up being mostly a...
by Vroomfundel
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 12066

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Anthony Burgess was colourblind and therefore his wife was given the job of "dressing" his characters because he knew the words meant different colours and wouldn't see anything wrong with a purple pin-stipe suit paired with a yellow bowler hat being worn by a banker. Interesting, I also ...
by Vroomfundel
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 12066

1882: "Color Models"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/color_models.png Alt text: What if what *I* see as blue, *you* see as a slightly different blue because you're using Chrome instead of Firefox and despite a decade of messing with profiles we STILL can't get this right somehow. Come on people, I keep refreshing with the...
by Vroomfundel
Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 5650

Re: 1722: Debugging

So I just received a new laptop, which was identical to and ordered together with my colleague's at the next desk. However, his is working beautifully whilst mine keeps freezing the screen and restarting the video driver; my headphone socket doesn't work, and it was whingeing that the docking stati...
by Vroomfundel
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 11444

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

I didn't mean that the Earth might be hollow in this universe. If it were then indeed our observations would be quite different - instead of sky we would be seeing Earth everywhere, if we could see anything at all - light has to come from somewhere after all. This can be arranged though. One options...
by Vroomfundel
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 11444

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

I'm missing the joke. Read explain xkcd. Didn't help. Anyone? Anyone? Google "human humour". I would also recommended looking up "how to better conceal one's identity when infiltrating a (semi-)intelligent civilization". Seriously though, the joke is in the implication that with...
by Vroomfundel
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 11444

1719: "Superzoom"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/superzoom.png Alt text: "'*click* Let him know he's got a stain on his shirt, though." With sufficient zoom you can also disprove certain moon-related conspiracy theories. Also, hoorey, looks like the comic was late and some of us on the wrong side of the world...
by Vroomfundel
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12220

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Oh me yarm, I thought I'm obsessing over correct use of the English language when I replace my ifs with 'in case'-s but now I realize I've just been obsessing over correct use of conditionals. On an xkcd forum that's just about equal but for society at large the latter is frowned upon.
by Vroomfundel
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"
Replies: 95
Views: 21868

Re: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"

Speaking about virus biomass, this reminds me of my quora question, to which I never got a satisfactory reply: Who the hell eats viruses?
by Vroomfundel
Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 15795

What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

Reading Every Book At what point in human history were there too many (English) books to be able to read them all in one lifetime? http://whatif.xkcd.com/imgs/a/76/books_tkamps.png Reading every book? Who the hell is interested in that. I'm only after reading every wikipedia article.
by Vroomfundel
Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 56156

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

A post about neutrinos hitting earth without a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? What a waste. This also reminded me of a quotation from a physicist who introduced the neutrino but now I can't find it anymore. Maybe it was Fermi but I'n not quite sure. The quote something like "...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 16861

What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

http://whatif.xkcd.com/68/ If an asteroid was very small but supermassive, could you really live on it like the Little Prince? Samantha Harper http://whatif.xkcd.com/imgs/a/68/asteroid_asteroid.png In orbit at jogging speed - how cool is that? Reminds me of the previous one with the satellite enter...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:39 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 19477

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

Ah, ninja'd by one minute... nothing to nitpick about in the other thread - no choice left for me but to commit thread harakiri
by Vroomfundel
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:52 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 18262

What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

What-If 0057: Dropping a Mountain What if a huge mountain—Denali, say—had the bottom inch of its base disappear? What would happen from the impact of the mountain falling 1 inch? What about 1 foot? What if the mountain's base were raised to the present height of the summit, and then the whole thing...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 27235

1242: "Scary Names"

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Alt text: Far off to the right of the chart is the Helvetica Scenario.


Booy, so many things to google! Another day at work in which I actually learn something!
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 62089

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

runetrantor wrote:Can I ask the science-y community of this forum a related question? I have been trying to get an answer since Randall's other 'drain the oceans' comic (The wardrobe one)
Also, Yahoo Answers was useless. :S


You're doing it wrong - go ask on quora
by Vroomfundel
Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 62089

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

It would actually take hundreds of thousands of years for the ocean to drain. Umm ... what am I missing? A rate of 1cm/day should only take 275 years to drop 1km. Should it be a thousand years (hundreds of thousands of days)? Should I rush home and fill the bathtub, this instant? It says less than ...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0052: "Bouncy Balls"
Replies: 28
Views: 9809

What-If 0052: "Bouncy Balls"

Bouncy Balls What if one were to drop 3,000 bouncy balls from a seven story parking structure onto a person walking on the sidewalk below? Should the person survive, what would be the number of bouncy balls needed to kill them? What injuries would occur and what would the associated crimes be? http...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 28203

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Shame indeed. Maybe on another planet an intelligent civilization has, say, three different naturally occuring liquid substances and they can splash about in all three. Maybe they even have seas of those three different liquids, with each global power having three independent navies for the three ty...
by Vroomfundel
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 28203

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Why all this negativity towards liquid nitrogen - after all, it's being used to treat skin diseases! On a second thought, it might be because 'treat' is used in its broader meaning and is actually closer to 'burn the shit out of' So yeah, it's contact with the skin is definitely unpleasant - ask my ...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 28203

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

I just saw that there is an entirely different Thread for What-Ifs. Is there a way for a Moderator to join them, or would other people just keep making What-Ifs in the Individual thread? If by other people you mean me, who happenened to create them the last two times, then no - I won't be creating ...
by Vroomfundel
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 28203

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

As I said in the wrong subforum, why not row a boat on gas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJTq2xQiQ0

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