Search found 270 matches

by BlueNight
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 97505

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

What's disappointing is that he certainly knows that his endorsement of Hillary Clinton will change zero minds. He's apparently doing it just to show publicly that he's one of the "good" people who hold a certain set of beliefs. It feels like 1984-style insincere virtue-signaling, a pragm...
by BlueNight
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 84650

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

cellocgw wrote:Meanwhile, I hope everyone remembers This World .


Yes, and now I wish we could explore This World using the 1608 Hoverboard engine. Click and drag is such a drag!
by BlueNight
Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1415: "Ballooning"
Replies: 48
Views: 12655

Re: 1415: "Ballooning"

It occurs to me that, had he been red, this would have been an immense meta-reference.

...

Then again, after viewing the first two dozen strips, I can't find the ones about ballooning I thought I remembered. Hm.
by BlueNight
Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37712

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

As a Doom player, I was initially disappointed that Phobos and Deimos weren't on here, but then I remembered that they are "small rocks": 1,500 km^2 and 500 km^2. By comparison, the smallest labelled bodies on the chart are Miranda and Vesta, at 700,000 km^2 and 800,000 km^2. @Phorrest - R...
by BlueNight
Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 20888

Re: 1383: Magic Words

For a fetish, this seems a bit, well, vanilla. No spondee (just stress each word bit hard)? No first paeon (caterpillar crawling on the surface of the elevator?) I realize that with a guy she might not want to bring up that Sapphic stuff. Judging others' fetishes is, I've found, a largely fruitless...
by BlueNight
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 20888

Re: 1383: Magic Words

Why do I gravitate toward "Correct Horse Battery Staple" when I read this? But that's just cosplay, and Randall shouldn't be anywhere near my bed (or hers). (Nor raptors, spiders, or hats. Although I once had a dream where three giggling Dromiceiomimi were holding up traffic. One of them ...
by BlueNight
Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41680

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I heard one from I think Neil DeGrasse-Tyson that goes(Paraphrasing): What do you think when you see a bug on the ground? You pass it by because it means nothing to you. Maybe that is what extraterrestrials see when they pass by Earth. And this one, maybe there are predators searching for us, and p...
by BlueNight
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41680

Re: 1377: "Fish"

My favorite Fermi fixes: 1. "Hey, look at those kids playing with fire and light. I remember when we were like that, before the Big Upgrade." 2. "They're dumb animals; their brains are just [alien equivalent of Turing machines] made out of meat, with only one point of attention."...
by BlueNight
Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0098: "Blood Alcohol"
Replies: 70
Views: 21066

Re: What-If 0098: "Blood Alcohol"

This is a vaguely relevant What If for me. I'm going to a beer festival on Saturday, and donating blood on Monday, so I phoned the blood service advice line to check if that was OK. They said it was - they wouldn't advise drinking on the same day as giving blood, but as long as I didn't do that or ...
by BlueNight
Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0098: "Blood Alcohol"
Replies: 70
Views: 21066

Re: What-If 0098: "Blood Alcohol"

To better visualize the amount of blood in a person, think in terms of jugs of milk. Short, thin adults contain about a gallon of blood. Tall, husky adults have closer to two. People donate it one water bottle at a time.
by BlueNight
Fri May 30, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"
Replies: 76
Views: 19196

Re: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"

thevicente wrote:Also the arrow can be pointed in any direction, the vandalism can be just changing the number on it.

So if you point it directly to the right, how far is it to space?
Image
This far.
by BlueNight
Fri May 30, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"
Replies: 76
Views: 19196

Re: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"

Is the angle of that sign really showing the shortest path to space? That's what I was thinking, that someone tilted the space sign so it's not pointing directly up. As for the precision, it's simply the number everyone knows. Here in Albuquerque, as in Denver, it's 61 miles. The power of "kno...
by BlueNight
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26124

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

Hm. I can date my "old computer" layers by OS, back to the Turbo Pascal programs I wrote in high school, in a folder next to my "utils" that I kept on floppy. Ah, hdir.com, I remember thee well. I loved seeing every file in a directory laid out side by side, grouped by extension ...
by BlueNight
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 21655

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

It's physical, but it isn't evidence in any conventional meaning of the term. It's evidence in exactly the same way that every living human (and dead human younger than ~2000 BC, and every such land mammal) is evidence of Noah's ark. ie, if the account is historical, said objects wouldn't exist wit...
by BlueNight
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32142

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

Is it wrong of me to giggle at the thought that this came to light just after XP Final Update Day?
by BlueNight
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 24967

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

How beautiful is it that I instantly recognized the Wood Between Worlds, despite never having seen fanart of it before?

How many future cosmologists' imaginations were inspired by The Magician's Nephew?
by BlueNight
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116740

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Now, we have a sexist guy with a wrong belief. This belief has the potential to harm other people, either if people believe it, or if the guy acts on it (by, say, beeing a jerk to try to get a girlfriend) In contrast, we have guy2, beeing very harsh, turning his back and running. The difference ? g...
by BlueNight
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116740

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Let me reiterate the keys to sound relationships: - Kindness - Honesty - Loyalty - Laughter - Generosity The fundamentals of relationships don't change when the type of relationship does. These are important in families, in business relationships, in sexual relationship, and among members of a fando...
by BlueNight
Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1319: "Automation"
Replies: 58
Views: 17554

Re: 1319: "Automation"

I had over thirty new HR packets to scan to PDF, with up to eight documents each to rename with human-readable but standardized filenames. So I made an Excel that auto-generates the document names from: the staff name the document name (Driver License, etc) a master date for each staffer, and a uniq...
by BlueNight
Sat May 26, 2012 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors
Replies: 13
Views: 4586

Re: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors

Around nine digits (or whatever it is, I don't have it on this computer) it takes five seconds to fully test n. Around ten digits, it takes fifty. While these two values are not a proof for the complexity, I think that the required time increases (close to) linearly with the size of the tested numb...
by BlueNight
Fri May 25, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors
Replies: 13
Views: 4586

Re: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors

Without any further analysis, I wonder if the OP has checked his coding using some fundamental techniques. The OP says it craps out around 10 digits. I'm assuming he doesn't mean 10 bits, but rather 10 decimal digits. 2^32 has 10 decimal digits. An int on most platforms takes up 32 bits -- 10 digit...
by BlueNight
Thu May 24, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors
Replies: 13
Views: 4586

Re: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors

It could be. I could let you factorise large numbers relatively quickly, which would break RSA encryption, which is important. That's why I'm under the impression that it's a big deal. But, depending on the arithmetic that you use, it could run into problems, because you mightn't have worked out th...
by BlueNight
Thu May 24, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors
Replies: 13
Views: 4586

Linear-time arithmetic prime test yields factors

I've discovered a prime test for any number n that yields a single factor if n is composite. It can be stated in simple arithmetic terms understandable in mid-school algebra (because I discovered it in 5th grade). The maximum number of runs to determine primality increases linearly with n , and with...
by BlueNight
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132608

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

As far as my personal story, its a very pleasant one that has (and continues) to teach me just how benevolent and helpful people are, in general. I haven't been fighting against parasites, just building my business and trading (and learning) from other people. I happen to think that's interesting a...
by BlueNight
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Easiest toy social network for kids
Replies: 3
Views: 2326

Easiest toy social network for kids

My sister had an idea for a project for her Master's class: a social network for kids, for discussion of the lessons, with the ability to post pictures. There are so many ways this can end badly. What she's looking for is a program that can be run on a classroom computer, to at least simulate an onl...
by BlueNight
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 313852

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Amazing. It even changes based on referrer; try following the link from the xkcd Wikipedia article. From Wikipedia: http://i.imgur.com/6oOTF.jpg From Twitter: http://i.imgur.com/AuJbV.jpg From Facebook, Dinosaur Comics: nothing special I finally got the April Fool's joke: I just stayed up an extra ...
by BlueNight
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336678

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

...I'd say it probably is more of a kids show than the other two you cite, yes. ... Certainly sounds like she's put a lot more thought into having well rounded characters with personality and stuff than many other kids shows. Mayhap this is what people are responding to without realising it. Or may...
by BlueNight
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 35703

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

My point was not about Jadis' own salvation but about the salvation of her world. If, as BlueNight suggests, Jadis was the Antichrist of Charn, then the fact that she won the battle there and destroyed that world seems... un-Christian. Shouldn't the Jesaslan of Charn have defeated her? Short answer...
by BlueNight
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People suicidal after watching Avatar
Replies: 215
Views: 29777

Re: People suicidal after watching Avatar

I apologize for my insensitive words, but my point is that it is absurd that Avatar, of all things, could be causing such strong emotions. I find it entirely un surprising that Avatar, of all things, could be causing such strong emotions. Why wouldn't it? It's a masterwork of audiovisual stimuli- y...
by BlueNight
Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336678

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

It's like Tiny Toons, but with six girls instead of three boys and three girls. The main characters are an asocial grad student, a hick who manages her family farm, an OCD dressmaker, a very shy wildlife caretaker, a LEEEEEROY JENKINS! weather-changing athlete, and a baker's apprentice who isn't ver...
by BlueNight
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 22201

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

My parents and I were unaware of my Asperger's Syndrome, and they didn't believe me when I said that I had no friends at achool. So when they gave me twenty invitations and booked a lane at the bowling alley, I had a decent time handing out my invitations. The three of us were the only people in the...
by BlueNight
Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52856

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

If we weren't hard-wired to seek out a mate, we would be repulsed by the idea of mixing genitalia, especially when it involves being so close to someone else's waste disposal. Every time I hear someone talking about how the proximity of those parts of the human anatomy, I am reminded of how useful ...
by BlueNight
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 761857

Re: Doctor Whom

I think it's also mentioned that River killed a great man or something earlier in her timeline. It would be interesting if it was the Doctor and she became a villain especially because of the way that The Doctor and River meet backwards so River sees the Doctor change from antagonist to ally over h...
by BlueNight
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 17270

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

On a bit of a tangent, my mom and her sisters bought a star name for their dead brother. A local astronomer, highly respected and whose knowledge is vast, said that the name is put in a private star catalog which scientists never use. But I always got a laugh thinking about Captain Picard ordering a...
by BlueNight
Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41581

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

Randall, I have to thank you for two things I learned today. First, I learned that despite my scoutmaster's insistence, the head loses no more heat than any other body surface. That just means it neads clothes (hats or hoods) during colder weather like the rest of the body. Second, I learned that hu...
by BlueNight
Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bloxorz optimal path
Replies: 26
Views: 11292

Re: Bloxorz optimal path

I'd like your solution to level 20. Here's my best, 57 moves Which group of moves can be done better? Is the improvement subtle or revolutionary? It's subtle. Move 42 is unnecessary, and can be removed without changing or adding any other moves. For a while now I've been playing level 20 with 58 mo...
by BlueNight
Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52003

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

My sister has a 1999 Aiwa CD/tape deck with nice big speakers, along with the usual video components, so I hooked it all up to play through the Aiwa. It's a mass of RCA cables, and we have to turn on the VCR to hear the DTV tuner, but it works. Last weekend, our family had a Lord Of The Rings Extend...
by BlueNight
Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 56376

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

Oh gods, religion mentioned in the comic. We've all seen how that Atheists thread is immortal! MAN THE BUNKERS! Read that comic again please. Because when I read it, I see no mention of religion. Plenty of mentions of science (four by my count) one of which is in the phrase “looking for answers bey...
by BlueNight
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Am I the only one on here that can't stand Python?
Replies: 184
Views: 35923

Re: Am I the only one on here that can't stand Python?

Seriously, you won't get Python until you've written a small, concise tool in it to perform some troublesome task that you can't be bothered to write in some bloated piece of crap like Java. I'm an ace in DOS batch. When my last job required me to manually reverse the numbering of files named FILE0...
by BlueNight
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 50089

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Zorlin wrote:THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.
Anyone got a speedboat and a week's holiday?


That's 0 latitude, 0 longitude. I found that spot when I first looked at an atlas.

Go to advanced search