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by lihan161051
Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0813: "One-Liners"
Replies: 93
Views: 30160

Re: 0813: One-Liners

What's a detanator? Thinking there should be one less "a" and one more "o" in that word ..

(hey, when one is Randall, expectations are somewhat higher .. :p )
by lihan161051
Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 59215

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

FalseProphet wrote:You sure that hyphen isn't supposed to be a comma?


You sure it's a hyphen and not a dash?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash
by lihan161051
Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 59215

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, constructing a towering penis-shaped obelisk on Mars...
by lihan161051
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0749: "Study"
Replies: 79
Views: 30323

Re: "Study" discussion

Spoiler:
Dang, poison ivy everywhere these days, it seems.


Global warming strikes again ..
by lihan161051
Fri May 14, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 43200

Re: "Malamanteau" Discussion

Randall, you're a genius.

We already knew that, but the sheer beauty of the strange loop you created only proves it further.

(And Wikipedia thinks so too. ;) )
by lihan161051
Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0729: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 107
Views: 25027

Re: "Laser Pointer" Discussion

Did the sixth panel remind anyone else of Louis Wain?
by lihan161051
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 34847

Re: The Dark Ages: they stank (Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussi

Rejusu wrote:Not if the Ents had anti-ballistics systems and forearm mounted gatling cannons.


There's probably a fantastic Don LaFontaine sound bite in there somewhere .. "In a world where Wizardry has gone against Nature .. one Wizard .. one Ent .. this time it's personal!"
by lihan161051
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 34847

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

Found belonging always has a bittersweet side when one only belongs in the alternate reality.

And sometimes it's even more bitter when you have the memory of having belonged somewhere else to live with, here.
by lihan161051
Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 51717

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Rube Goldberg is also a bit of a US-only phenomenon. Rube Goldberg drew weird machines rather like W. Heath Robinson. So to say that something is "Rube Goldberg" in the US is like saying it is Heath-Robinson-ish elsewhere in the world. Is "Heath Robinson" used much outside the U...
by lihan161051
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 102424

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

This is actually not the first time today that I've been reminded of Edward Tufte ..
by lihan161051
Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34037

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

It seems like one of the underlying problems, and one of increasing urgency over time, is that few if any of the systems we deal with and leave our online footprints in take into account that we have finite lifetimes. And the reason it's a problem is that the whole system is still new enough that mo...
by lihan161051
Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34037

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

Somewhat more disturbing is how aggressive social networking sites can be about bugging you to "reconnect with" users who are recently deceased .. that's just creepy. :/ On a somewhat more philosophical note, it's interesting how much of a data shadow we leave behind these days. It'll defi...
by lihan161051
Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34037

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

aleflamedyud wrote:So... what happens when a user logs back on as a zombie?


They complain uselessly when people try to talk to them, and hint obliquely that the error messages they'd get otherwise would be even less helpful?
by lihan161051
Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0682: "Force"
Replies: 61
Views: 21226

Re: "Force" Discussion

Randall, you are very, very bad ..
by lihan161051
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 31862

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

And of course Randall puts the umlaut over the N. ;) Classic. (And good attention to detail, but that's to be expected.)
by lihan161051
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150394

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

To preserve accuracy, he'd have to include 5 hand detachments,(from the original trilogy) some of whom are minor characters who exist only to have their hands cut off: C-3PO, Ponda Baba, the Wampa, Luke, and Vader. C3PO technically has his arm pulled off, not cut, so if we include that, then we sho...
by lihan161051
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150394

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Remember, this is the entity who watched Luke walk into his palace - weaponless - kill his rancor - also weaponless - and promise that Jabba would die if he didn't let his friends go even when he was on the edge of execution. Luke was so damn confident that he offered Jabba mercy, and if that's not...
by lihan161051
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150394

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

You can tell you're a geek when your first thought after watching "Primer" is, "Where's my graph paper?" Bonus points if you don't think that... because you KNOW where your graph paper is. No graph paper? Go watch a football game, you jock. "If you and your buddies get toge...
by lihan161051
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150394

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

pugtm wrote: star wars is good too, although Boba Fett doesn't die in the Sarlac pit.


Indeed he doesn't, although my guess is he wishes he could after the Sarlacc gets hold of him ..
by lihan161051
Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0646: "Conversations"
Replies: 83
Views: 18784

Re: "Conversations" Discussion

Really? No one else immediately thought of this book?
by lihan161051
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 84943

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Well first, say you're a natural "3" on a 10 point scale of attractive/interesting; bad cloths drop you down to a 2, is there any way that can be a good thing? Good clothes bring you up maybe to a 4, is there any way that can be a bad thing? I've never liked the 1-to-10 scale for a number...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 84943

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Initial reaction to the comic: 1) Attraction is not a rational process, and is driven by very strong pre-rational instincts, and is dependent on completely individual responses to a fairly large number of variables, and as a result of all of these factors, is usually very unlikely to be mutual. 2) S...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 84943

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Also, sad comic randall. /me vows to talk to cute boys in trains more often. If only there were trains in my city... We like that. It's often hard to tell if the cute girls I randomly talk to are just being nice, or are interested. When they give me that "you're a psycho" look, however, i...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 84943

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

I've been told many times that women think this way (often by xkcd itself). But I'm still not sure it's not wishful thinking. Yea. But it might be biased if it is XKCD women telling you this. I would suspect that XKCD women are outliers in many, many ways. Some in very neat ways. But that would be ...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0640: "Tornado Hunter"
Replies: 91
Views: 21502

Re: "Tornado Hunter" Discussion

I have thought from time to time that if one could arrange to vent a large quantity of flammable gas into the low pressure point at the center of the tornado, where it contacts the ground, and then ignite it (if it didn't ignite on its own, which is actually likely), the rapid pressure increase wou...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0640: "Tornado Hunter"
Replies: 91
Views: 21502

Re: "Tornado Hunter" Discussion

And for what it's worth, this was an idea I had back in preschool, but nobody thought it was funny when I drew it then. So please pardon my bitterness. :p
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0640: "Tornado Hunter"
Replies: 91
Views: 21502

Re: Shooting a waterspout

Apparently it was pretty widely believed among sailors that you could burst a waterspout by shooting it with a pistol, at least according to Melville. I wonder if Randall's read Moby-Dick... I have thought from time to time that if one could arrange to vent a large quantity of flammable gas into th...
by lihan161051
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35131

Re: "The Search" Discussion

Indeed, consider HEX in Discworld. A thinking machine whose limited AI arises out of innumerate ants rushing around and being blocked or routed by a series of gates, themselves manipulated by other ants... But Hex is on the Discworld, where the standing magical field plays no small part in its oper...
by lihan161051
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35131

Re: "The Search" Discussion

wombattheory wrote:I feel the ant colony as a whole would be sentient, not the individual ants. Hofstadter suggests we simply need an anteater ambassador.


Relieved that I only got halfway down the first page of comments on the topic of a sentient ant colony without seeing a GEB reference ..
by lihan161051
Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35131

Re: "The Search" Discussion

I always thought it was an Alt text, because it displays like it. I only just checked the source code now, and it is indeed 'Title' text. But it's not a title! The text doesn't read 'The Search', therefore it is not a title. Maybe it just bothers me because I speak more HTML than English. You know ...
by lihan161051
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 79535

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

cephalopod9 wrote:
WontonSoup wrote:Wow, wtf. Never expected XKCD to get THIS graphic...
Ummmm http://xkcd.com/136/

More implied, though, and it seems indirect references don't usually qualify as NSFW.

(Although the waveform plots are probably accurate.)
by lihan161051
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0624: "Branding"
Replies: 86
Views: 20461

Re: "Branding" Discussion

RSS&M?

LIke the idea, but what's it feeding from?
by lihan161051
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0624: "Branding"
Replies: 86
Views: 20461

Re: "Branding" Discussion

markfiend wrote:I hear that code on "github for lesbians" is released under the BDSM license. It's one of the more restrictive ones out there...


And the permissions handling is a bit more .. interesting .. than with most others.
by lihan161051
Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0624: "Branding"
Replies: 86
Views: 20461

Re: "Branding" Discussion

... whereas 99% of the people I know who aren't online at least once in a while have a massive freakout and start screaming "virus!!!" as soon as they see even the slightest ad. This is why I think ads designed to look like system alert dialogs aren't fair, and on a certain level, mean an...
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 42530

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

I started at "Oregon Trail" in Wikipedia and ended up at "Pyroclastic flow", without ever seeing any mention of the game.

But I speed-read sometimes.
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36107

Re: "Wings" Discussion

He does seem to be flying in a circle. But that would probably be harder as you would then have the problem of the rope not being perfectly vertical, and you would need to take into account that reduced lift in the weight of the bricks. A simpler option would be to just fly vertically upwards by fl...
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36107

Re: "Wings" Discussion

What's more. Hot Glue melts at 250-380°F. There would be a little bit of burning skin. But when does it begin to lose strength Consider what it takes to disassemble a golf club: a vise with wooden jaws, a very strong spring, and a heat gun. Chuck the club shaft in the vise with the spring compresse...
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36107

Re: "Wings" Discussion

Does anyone else remember Randall discussing this very same concept at one of his talks for MIT? Atleast I think it was, or maybe Google. Seriously this EXACT idea was drawn out and brought up. Anyway, very, very awesome comic, although even if the wings fell off I'm sure his descent would be a lot...
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36107

Re: "Wings" Discussion

What one needs to do this effectively is a modified "auto-belay". Otherwise as soon as he flaps his wings the effect the bricks are having on him will change. Ok..more to the point.. it won't be consistant like atmospheric pressure and gravity. With the autobelay, one simply adjusts the s...
by lihan161051
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36107

Re: "Wings" Discussion

nbonaparte1 wrote:A couple hundred cubic miles of oxygen and a match and Titan's atmosphere goes bye bye.


Or becomes a few hundred cubic miles of CO2 and H2O, and a whole lot of heat and noise, and maybe some wind. ;)

(It would release a bit more energy than that if the atmosphere actually went bye bye.)

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