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by FrobozzWizard
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27479

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Screw those movies, I'm watching TV instead. Let me see, Diversion of Seats, The High-Pitched Voices, Destroying Evil, or perhaps just some old silly Insane Songs?
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 19326

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

orthogon wrote:Pseudo-edit: Echo244 may be making the same joke as me, it's hard to be sure...


No, she's not. You need to watch Serenity (or watch Firefly, then Serenity).
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1544: "Margaret"
Replies: 80
Views: 16658

Re: 1544: "Margaret"

I'm not the only one who gets the joke, am I? No, you aren't the only one who got it. I was looking for other references in the alt-text than the ones you mentioned. Also relevant to the joke is Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great . The probable reason that Randall was thinking about this at all is...
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 15054

Re: 1537: "Hemingway"

For those trying to remember the reference for the alt-text ("Instead of bobcat, package contained chair"): http://xkcd.com/325/

The reason it applies is that the comic is a reference to Hemingway's 6-word story, and that is another 6-word story.
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1537: "Types"
Replies: 55
Views: 15148

Re: 1537: "Types"

rdnetto wrote:Is it just me, or does this remind other people of Javascript?


Up until the use of the [1,2,3] syntax, it reminded me of PHP's ridiculous type rules. And yes, as someone mentioned, it looks vaguely like mangled Python as well.
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 11572

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

I'm sure this will work at least as well as Winnie the Pooh's plan to use a balloon to get to some honey near the top of a tree without having to climb it.
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25585

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

speising wrote:money lending is a contribution to society. claiming otherwise leads down a dangerous path which was already explored eg. 1938ff. ("money grubbing jewish parasites" etc.)


*blows whistle* Godwin!
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25585

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

My definitions of economic class are a bit different, and are more income-based than asset-based: - Underclass: Does not earn enough to cover basic living expenses. Survives by a combination of crime, begging, credit, and various kind of public and private assistance programs. - Working class: Makes...
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25585

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Abbie Hoffman suggested doing something like this in Steal This Book: Walk into a restaurant, eat a bunch of the free bread they provide as your starter, and then leave without placing an order.
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0121: "Frozen Rivers"
Replies: 45
Views: 18480

Re: 121: "Frozen Rivers"

I'm surprised he didn't play up the "starving bears" angle more. Because as we all know, thanks to Stephen Colbert, bears are Godless Killing Machines and the #1 threat to America. Plus hundreds of thousands of hungry hungry bears seems like it might well present a reasonably dramatic prob...
by FrobozzWizard
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1449: "Red Rover"
Replies: 23
Views: 5940

Re: 1449: "Red Rover"

I just have to say, "Slide Mountain Ocean" sounds like a great name for a bluegrass or old-timey band.
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1441: Turnabout
Replies: 44
Views: 14134

Re: 1441: Turnabout

I really think one of those two guys should have been a black head or at least Black Hat Guy to emphasize the Spy vs Spy feel of this one.
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25873

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

My favorite instance of this was a startup who's goal for their first product had, as a prerequisite, a program that could perfectly understand written English. The moron who had preceded me as head of the tech team (before getting fired for failing to deliver on his promises for something like a ye...
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 21061

Re: 1409: "Query"

Really, the final panel suggests the story of Bobby Tables rather morbid: One little prank, and a town's worth of teenagers is wiped out, including the son of the person who committed the prank.
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1402: "Harpoons"
Replies: 41
Views: 22453

Re: 1402: "Harpoons"

There will be a significant uptick in the not-too-distant future (next Sunday, A.D.), though:

"We're whalers on the moon
We carry a harpoon
But there ain't no whales
So we tell tall tales
And sing our whaling tune."
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 20887

Re: 1383: Magic Words

This is definitely one of the "nerd test" comics - if you get it before seeing the alt-text, you are officially a poetry nerd. As I was, because I got it immediately. Of course, our fetishist could get along with a vanilla type just fine, if that vanilla type had "a honky-tonk badonka...
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1381: "Margin"
Replies: 48
Views: 12061

Re: 1381: "Margin"

Jean Chrétien is a mathematical genius? "A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven. 1 " Of course he's a mathematical genius. For example, his in-depth examination of pi: http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/Afp9...
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 182244

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Two more points about this:
1. Nobody is required to pay you to spout your opinions.
2. All that being said, the right way to counter speech you disagree with is speech about why those ideas are stupid, not trying to censor what the other person is said. #CancelXKCD
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 63569

Re: 1335: "Now"

A relevant Yogi Berra line:

"What time is it?"
"You mean now?"
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 19201

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, died in his home this morning at the age of unintelligible rune.


It was unintelligible, but then some scientific types just figured it out, discovered it was the funniest joke in the world, and died laughing.
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22873

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

The girl with the steamboat is Miss Lucy in the version I learned as a kid. The song must be pretty old to be talking about single-digit phone numbers that you needed to ask an operator to connect you to (predating direct dialing). I've never been able to track down the origins of "Miss Lucy/S...
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0064: "Rising Steadily"
Replies: 58
Views: 24365

Re: What-if 0064: "Rising Steadily"

River Tam has let me down with her calm assurance that we'd freeze to death before asphyxiating!
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44549

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Pfhorrest wrote:
Whizbang wrote:What do you see when you look at this:
rorschach-test.jpg

A herd of beautiful wild ponies running free across the plains.


Thank you, Daria. (The sad thing is that I caught that without having to look it up)
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44549

Re: 1256: "Questions"

An answer (more or less) to every single question. Today was a productive day at work! Why is there so much rain in Ohio? Okay, huh, guess you have birds and rain. Well, there's been an area of low pressure right in the middle of the country. Since it's kind of stuck there, moisture is continuously...
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 24861

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

Goof wrote:Next step: an official Eratosthenes Day!


Might I suggest a prime-number date like 5/17, the 137th day of the year?
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44549

Re: 1256: "Questions"

My first thought, when seeing this, was a bit of Frank Zappa's craziness: Where can I go to get my poodle clipped in Burbank? Where can I go to get organic vaseline for my ???? Where can I go to get my jeans embroided at Fullurton?..... Where can I go to get my zipper repaired in Hollywood? Where ca...
by FrobozzWizard
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 24861

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

da Doctah wrote:Everybody knows that when Columbus came to the New World, he landed in Ohio.


"It's great to be here in Plymouth [New Hampshire], where the Pilgrims landed." - Ravi Shankar (Plymouth NH is approximately 30 miles from the ocean)
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 38779

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

My own bit of grammatical resistance is the word "prolly": It's the word "probably" but written as said by a lazy person who doesn't want to put in all the syllbles.
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 79095

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

I think I should mention at this point that there are two kinds of people I can't stand: People who judge others by their nationalities, and the Dutch.
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19272

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

Of course, if you cross Einstein with Trace Adkins, you get a "Honky-tonk Gedankedank".
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22817

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

My thinking on this: 1. According to people in the business of making seemingly bold predictions, we'll have wondrous technology and solutions to all our problems in no more than 25 years. 2. But we still want manned space exploration. 3. Therefor, logically, we should develop a plan to send all tho...
by FrobozzWizard
Tue May 14, 2013 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0045: "ISS Music Video"
Replies: 35
Views: 15084

Re: What-If 0045: "ISS Music Video"

The only reason he's playing "Wonderwall" is that there was a sign on the ISS saying "No Stairway to Heaven".
by FrobozzWizard
Wed May 01, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15601

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

VectorZero wrote:The reality of the gnomic present is that a once proud (if small) warrior race has been reduced (sorry) to a mere lawn ornament.


And here I was thinking that the reality of the gnomic present was that a once really nice desktop environment has been turned into iPad-wannabe.
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 58993

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

In other news, police recently arrested a suspect in the bombing case. He was wearing a broad-rimmed black hat, and was remarkably skinny, almost stick-like. Friends knew him only as "Black Hat Guy", and described him as "scientifically talented but more than a little destructive.&quo...
by FrobozzWizard
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 19296

Re: 1199: "Silence"

John Cage was really a joker. Another famous piece of his, I Ching, was written in reaction to the very carefully thought out and mathematically generated pieces of his day that sounded completely random. Cage heard that, and decided to see what would happen if he made music that was in fact complet...
by FrobozzWizard
Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0038: "Voyager"
Replies: 39
Views: 15807

Re: What-If 0038: "Voyager"

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the fundamental waste of the exercise: If it's going to take over 2 centuries for Voyager I to return once we launch the mission, why not just wait until 2270 when V'Ger returns entirely on its own accord?
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 46684

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

Any Doom player can tell you that nukage will kill you in 40 seconds (assuming max health and no radiation suit when you dive in).
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23171

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

Weird Al had a pretty good take on this problem years ago:

Sometimes I really wanna be alone...
But that's one state I'm never in...
Because I know that I've got millions upon millions
Of tiny, one-celled organisms living on my skin

Weird Al - Germs
by FrobozzWizard
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 25232

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

I was figuring this was Lexington MA due to Randall being based in Boston, but that leaves very few prime-numbered highways anywhere nearby. In fact, the only ones I could think of were MA-2, US-3, and arguably US-1 depending on whether you count 1 as prime. None of the other highways in the area, I...
by FrobozzWizard
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 31336

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

On the Ninja-Pirate-Dinosaur problem: Alas, the rules don't specify that disaster strikes only if passengers are left unattended. Which means that this problem is over before it begins, because before you've put anyone on the boat the ninja and pirate kill each other, the dinosaur eats you, then eat...

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