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by gormster
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 9792

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

And roller coasters. I don't get those either. Why do people enjoy scaring themselves? :roll: Roller coasters aren't scary, they're fun. Obviously not if you suffer from motion sickness, but otherwise the sensations of weightlessness (and increased G forces) are pretty widely considered pleasurable.
by gormster
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 123
Views: 137218

Re: What-if: chat thread

herbstschweigen wrote:What if somewhere else a question and answer pops up that would have made a great What-If?
https://aleph.se/andart2/uncategorized/blueberry-earth/


Meanwhile the jam ocean is very deep


Well that's just an excellent phrase.
by gormster
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 4291

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

Like, imagine you see a (recent) study saying "Women better at X". Should you trust it? Or Should you correct for the fact that a result saying "Men better at X" would be unlikely to get published? Neither of those are likely to get published unless they are talking about chromo...
by gormster
Wed May 09, 2018 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 13245

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

No idea about horses, but I do recall reading that, in the injuries-per-mile-traveled sense, you would be better off letting bicyclists go bare-headed, and having pedestrians wear those foam half-walnut helmets. Putting people in danger makes them drive more safely, and vice versa. There would be f...
by gormster
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 8935

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

Obviously not clicking any links in this thread.
by gormster
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 20856

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Things I am learning about Americans today: ⋅ Turkish Delight is apparently not a very common sweet, so uncommon that they were unlikely to have tasted it before adulthood ⋅ They have extremely poor taste in sweets Turkish Delight is marvellous . Not the lemon one which, like mos...
by gormster
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 8096

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Why would they like me? Maybe it's because you treat them with kindness and politeness, the way you would treat a stranger? Or because you're not really sure who is and isn't a person you've met before, you treat everyone as kind of equal acquaintances and thus feel at ease with new people? I've no...
by gormster
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 15645

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Holy fucking shit, Turpan! Average summer high of 40℃, average winter low of −12℃. That's fucking insanity.
by gormster
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 7942

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Offense is only offered, it's up to you to take it or reject it. You don't have to be offended. Why do people think this? Why on earth would anyone choose to be offended by something? It's a bad feeling. It's like those people who tell depressed people to "just cheer up" and "you're ...
by gormster
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 4481

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

Soupspoon wrote:(And as per an older Avatar of mine...)
Spoiler:
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(Wait for it!)


Two minutes, you sadistic bastard? It was faster to download it, open it in Photoshop and delete the hold frames than to "wait for it".
by gormster
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 20098

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Oh Randall, did you not learn your lesson from last time? Fruit opinions are the spawn of hatemail.
by gormster
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 10465

1757: "November 2016"

Image

Title text: Once you've done this, make a note of how old they were. Then, when their age reaches double that, show them this chart again.

"The War in Afghanistan". Well, that's depressing.
by gormster
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 10766

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

I was certain that "meh" predated the Simpsons, and it does, but not by much. No-one really seems to be sure where the word came from.
by gormster
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 6839

Re: 1628: Magnus

so…

we're gonna make this, right
by gormster
Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 23114

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Fahrenheit is perfectly viable for measuring ambient weather temperatures. The 0 and 100 are actually useful in that situation, with 0 being very cold, while 100 is very hot. Both require extra precautions but are completely survivable. Compare Celsius where 0 is a bit chilly and 100 is near-instan...
by gormster
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 24838

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

SomeGuyNamedDavid wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:So does it meet every 8 months or every 18 months?

Every 8 months.
_____annual = times per year.
_____ennial = years per occurrence.


Can I get a citation on that?
by gormster
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 14859

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Flotter wrote:Finally, scientific proof that my car, a Mazda MX-5 (avg. value 7.3), is better than my mom's, a Mazda Demio (avg. value -2.96) :)


And that is exactly why the MX-5 failed in the United States. MX-5 = 7.3, Miata = -0.96. Same car, different names, wildly different sales figures and reputation.
by gormster
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 15319

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

Xanthir wrote:...this is another comic with a strange visual artifact. There appears to be a tiny washed-out version of phase diagram just under the phrase "water vapor". Weird.


I'm guessing that's the diagram Randall was tracing to start this comic & accidentally left in.
by gormster
Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 10128

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

I don't have any kids, so doesn't that mean I'm currently the ancestor to no living humans? Does "ancestor" include self in this sense?
by gormster
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 40228

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Typo in the title text (alubm).
by gormster
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 15809

Re: 1394: Superm*n

Matches:

Supern
Supermn
Supermmn
Supermmmmmmmmn

Does not match:

Superman
Supermoon
by gormster
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 43024

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

God, do you remember what it was like trying to listen to music?
by gormster
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 31445

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

So... does the date in the comic change every day?

Edit: no.
by gormster
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 27882

Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

Just don't use PHP Good advice in general. Is there even any language where ^ (if it exists at all) does not mean XOR and does mean "to the power of"? Seriously? All { for sufficiently architected values of "all"} higher-level languages use '^' for exponentiation. R, MatLab, and...
by gormster
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 20423

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

I wonder if Randall took into account the fact that punch cards have 12-bit bytes... so each punch card actually holds 120 (8-bit) bytes of data.
by gormster
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 93046
Views: 7146042

Re: Count to a Million

55899
by gormster
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 28324

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

I saw a bunch of people wearing Google Glass at WWDC. When I tweeted about it, someone replied "Take a picture!" I couldn't do it. It's just too impolite to take a photo of a random stranger. I couldn't take a photo of someone wearing Google Glass, even though that's exactly what they were...
by gormster
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 61137

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Am I the first person to be reminded of this ? So... even at 220mph, getting from NY to LA would still take more than a day... Indeed. http://petergrantfineart.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/aust-usa-map.jpg But Sydney-Melbourne - the fourth busiest air route in the world - should definitely have a hi...
by gormster
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 61137

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Eutychus wrote:Am I the first person to be reminded of this?


So... even at 220mph, getting from NY to LA would still take more than a day...
by gormster
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 25421

1188: "Bonding"

Image

Title text: I'm trying to build character but Eclipse is really confusing.
http://xkcd.com/1188/

I remember when this site used to have comics on it.
by gormster
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 13586

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

Fuck me it took me a long time to get that.
by gormster
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 22123

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

I've heard said that a reasonable man adapts himself to his surroundings, while an unreasonable man adapts his surroundings to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable people. Applying this concept to the comic would suggest that progress would be made by backing out of changes. Therefor...
by gormster
Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"
Replies: 50
Views: 12913

Re: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"

Extra credit: If the bowling ball weighs 1000kg, and the sheet is an infinite plane of 10mm thick latex rubber, how high does the ball bounce? Note: I'm not sure if surface tension is required here, but if it is, google it and make an assumption. Ninja edit: I just realised - I don't think any of th...
by gormster
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 25435

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

New in Old Navy's Nightmare range.
by gormster
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 30302

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

Here's a real problem: what kind of cabbage occupies the same volume of space as a goat and a wolf?
by gormster
Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 16069

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

I have to admit, I (somehow) didn't see that punchline coming. Brilliant.
by gormster
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47634

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I don't know why but I feel like this would've been funnier if the signals were actually in a possible combination?

Also this is what train signals are actually like.
by gormster
Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 30226

Re: 1106: "ADD"

Finally, another good metaphor to explain ADD. I was getting sick of the "it's like one of those things they sell at ThinkGeek that randomly changes the channel, only in your brain" metaphor.
by gormster
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17317

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

I never could get the hang of Tuesdays.
by gormster
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 29794

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

i...

don't get it. :(

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