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by dmm
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29987

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Speaking as a practicing* Christian: This was funny. Especially: [citation needed]. (A simultaneous Wikipedia and science-writing joke)

(*practicing: if I keep practicing, maybe I'll get half-decent at it and stop yelling at other drivers)
by dmm
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 19114

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Hey fellow geeks, This comic's theme is "nothing lasts forever." And "Premiere" could be a reference to the right edge of yesterday's strip: "Where do I go from here?" I think you'll have to wait for Monday to see if Randall's done. Maybe he's retiring to do something e...
by dmm
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674478

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

That big tree with the tire swing looks familiar. I thought it might be the Kindle logo, but no. Anybody recognize it? It is up the mountain to the right, not too far from the starting point.

Also, at least one shaft's indentations make faces, and several caves are cloud-shaped.
by dmm
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51752

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I use "a couple" to refer to two. "A few" is three or an indeterminate number more. As for the number of spaces after a period, typographers insist that one space is correct. The two-space thing only came about because manual typewriters used a monospace typesetting, and putting...
by dmm
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39973

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

Wow, I'm the first to remind everyone of this previous xkcd comic:
http://xkcd.com/279/
Or did someone else post it, and I missed it?
by dmm
Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 70186

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

Regarding practical time machines needing to be trans-locators as well (due to motion of Earth, etc.): they get sucked along by the aether.
by dmm
Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 70186

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

I can't believe that, in two pages of comments, no one has yet mentioned Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_%26_Conquer:_Red_Alert
by dmm
Wed May 16, 2012 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46565

Re: 1056: Felidae

Why does it have to be predators? When they picked Cheetah, I presumed they were bragging about the speed. If so, that was a tactical mistake by Apple. Any other land animal is a throw-back, and actually not many birds are faster in steady level flight. (And two are types of duck and goose. Not very...
by dmm
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 60255

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I despise Obama's policies, and this comic is shouting "Vote Obama!" by comparing Romney to a kid in a silly movie. Even so, I'd still be willing to laugh at good political humor. This ain't it. About all I can say in response is, "You're weird."
p.s. Usually I love xkcd.
by dmm
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Beyond the Idiocracy-like product names there are options like Cosmolene and Linolea. Some years ago there was a study that, according to the headlines, showed widespread racism in hiring. The study used a bunch of recent college graduate resumes off the internet and randomly matched them to racial...
by dmm
Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

No, YOU are the one missing MY point. I never said what you are accusing me of saying. All the Basic Human Decency in the world can't turn a name like Female or Shithead into an acceptable name. When a parent makes up a name off the top of his/her head, or uses a word he/she didn't understand just ...
by dmm
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

PolakoVoador wrote:
lesmith11 wrote:Everytime my grandparents had a girl the mother tried to call it Priscilla... Luckily granddad refused and they all had good biblical names instead :P


What's wrong with Priscila? It's a very normal and quite common brazilian name :)


I hope lesmith11 is joking. Priscilla is a Biblical name.
by dmm
Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Betsy is short for Elizabeth, not Margaret. Did you mean Peg/Peggy/Meg? Those are short for Margaret. I knew a woman named Margaret, and she went by Betsy. I assumed that was correct. The web says you are right. If I meet her again, should I tell her? Also found, in my "research," that Na...
by dmm
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Don't forget, every name was a made-up name when it was first used. Sorry, wrong. Most names, in most cultures (not just European), either have a meaning or originally had a meaning. That's why Hallmark has name plaques with the name and the meaning. Of course, there's no ironclad rule mandating th...
by dmm
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Regarding English nicknames: I've never understood why "Jack" is a nickname for "John." Why does "John" even need a nickname?
Also: Margaret --> Betsy. Never understood that one either.
by dmm
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

1) Studies have been done of this phenomenon. It is real, and it occurs most often among the lowest economic class. (My wife went to school with a Female.) Sadly, that demographic really does contain a non-negligible percentage of people who are so ignorant and/or stupid that they do it by accident...
by dmm
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

1) Studies have been done of this phenomenon. It is real, and it occurs most often among the lowest economic class. Yeah, then it's totally true. Studies show that Studies are always right. 2) Laughing at this isn't inherently racist or regionalist. Indeed. It's just that black is an inherently fun...
by dmm
Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83544

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

1) Studies have been done of this phenomenon. It is real, and it occurs most often among the lowest economic class. (My wife went to school with a Female.) Sadly, that demographic really does contain a non-negligible percentage of people who are so ignorant and/or stupid that they do it by accident....
by dmm
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22944

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

Sorry, Gye. Just looked at Wikipedia. Apparently advent calendars started with Lutherans. But one of the leading producers of them nowadays is Cadbury. The first one I ever saw was a Cadbury one from British relatives, who were Anglican. So I just went: Cadbury==British==Anglican --> advent calendars.
by dmm
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22944

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

Gye wrote:I had to Google "Advent Calendar". I've never seen one here in Canada.

That's strange, because advent calendars are stereotypically Anglican. Aren't there any Anglicans left in Canada?
by dmm
Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25823

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

The bathroom on my floor of the dorm I live in has a drinking fountain INSIDE the bathroom. Go figure. Are you sure it's not a bidet? Was once in a bathroom with a weird urinal. It was a big circle, with space for like 8 guys, and flushed with water from the top. Well, I did my business, then looke...
by dmm
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 39841

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

That's not the Fortran I know. Besides, in the earlier Fortrans you were not opening files at all. You were just using the file already assigned to your LUN 7 by the OS (about the same as STDOUT in C, or std::cout in C++). But you did not have (*) formats, and you didn't have string literals, so pr...
by dmm
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 39841

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

Several people have commented on the improper method used in the comic to request the salt. However, no one as yet has given the (most) correct method (in English), which is: Would you please pass the salt? Note that the preferred verb form is "would" not "will." (And certainly n...
by dmm
Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39173

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I didn't get it that the entire comic was about homeopathy. FIRST I thought it was a dig at people who refuse to acknowledge IP, of any kind, for any reason. So this guy refuses on principle to own any literature that ever had IP protection. Absurdio reductum. THEN I thought it might be a dig at pos...
by dmm
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 58349

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

When I saw this comic, I didn't know Jobs had died. And I don't use Macs. So I was afraid it was a posthumous tribute by Randall to himself. :(
by dmm
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28155

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

ribblefizz and RogerB are so right. Too many couples are worried about "buyer's remorse." Get over it. When you find somebody who's right for you, don't dilly-dally. Get the honest opinions of your parents, siblings, and close friends. If they also believe you've found a good match, then c...
by dmm
Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28155

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

Somebody on here once mentioned a theory that Randall represents himself in the comic with a female. [So the female doing the proposing is therefore not gender role reversal. (??? Don't be ashamed if that confuses you. I'm not even sure what it means.)] Anyway, if so, then his new wife (assuming thi...
by dmm
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321277

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

First I laughed. Then I thought he was dead wrong because he was assuming each character was independent. That's bad logic. Then I calculated and realized his error doesn't matter. Assume roughly 2000 common English words. Each can be in one of four locations. That's 2000^4. That's 16e12. Randall's ...
by dmm
Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30543

Re: 0890: Etymology

Sometimes specialists will overload units as a shorthand. For example, in special relativity, all velocities are unitless fractions of the speed of light. It is not unbelievable to think that in space pilots' jargon a "parsec" is BOTH a unit of distance (with the actual word being translat...
by dmm
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24075

Re: 0871: "Charity"

OK, so here's my redo of the strip, with my alternate ending. (This process was MUCH harder than it needed to be. Isn't it 2011? Thanks, MrConor.) You might need to do some web searching to get the joke if you're not as smart as BrianB. :roll: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-isVowB_myYQ/TX5pLUG525I/AAAAAA...
by dmm
Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24075

Re: 0871: "Charity"

How do I post a .jpg file? I can't figure it out. I have a funny alternate ending for this comic, but can't post it. The file is located on my computer's hard drive at c:\Charity.jpg but the BBCode seems not to work. I hate to describe it rather than show it. Described comics are incredibly unfunny...
by dmm
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24075

Re: 0871: "Charity"

How do I post a .jpg file? I can't figure it out. I have a funny alternate ending for this comic, but can't post it. The file is located on my computer's hard drive at c:\Charity.jpg but the BBCode seems not to work. I hate to describe it rather than show it. Described comics are incredibly unfunny.
by dmm
Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24075

Re: 0871: "Charity"

I think one thing holding people back is the "Law of Unintended Consequences." For example, in one country, mosquito nets are (purposely) being misused by the poor villagers as fishing nets and as "fly nets" to protect drying fish. The children aren't being protected from malaria...

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