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by RAGBRAIvet
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 10959

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

Exactly what were we supposed to be basing our votes on in the first place?
And why didn't they include the eggplant?
by RAGBRAIvet
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2125: "Luna 2"
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Re: 2125: "Luna 2"

I suppose instead of looking at it as a shrapnel grenade, one could view it more like emptying the litter bag out the window.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2125: "Luna 2"
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

2125: "Luna 2"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/luna_2.png Title text: The flags were probably vaporized on impact, because we launched it before we had finished figuring out how to land. That makes sense from an engineering standpoint, but also feels like a metaphor. *BOOM* — and shit sprays all over. "We come ...
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8909

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

There's also the possibility that he caused Nixon to lose one (or both) of the elections he won in Earth prime. It was 1985 Biff that got the almanac when he was told about it by 2015 Biff.  He didn't begin using it until sometime after 1985, and by that time Nixon had already been elected twice an...
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8909

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

However, he did do something to either get the 22nd Amendment repealed, or just made it otherwise ignorable (the result of a weakened court system, perhaps) which directly caused Nixon to still be President in 1983. It wouldn't have been the first time.  The 18th Amendment created Prohibition; the ...
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8909

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Whenever the subject of the "Back to the Future" movies comes up, I can't help but think that with all the super-duper technology they depicted in 2015 — even down to the voice-controlled house (similar to today's "Internet of Things" and Amazon's Alexa) — they never even *hinted...
by RAGBRAIvet
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5234

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

I see BHG is channelling Archimedes ... Δώσε μου μια θέση να σταθώ, και θα μετακινήσω τη γη.
(Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
by RAGBRAIvet
Sat May 05, 2018 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 20816

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

And the answer to "The Big One":  most modern style guides now call for only one space.  However, they are wrong, each and every one of them.  It's two spaces, just like God — a/k/a the nun who was my high school typing teacher — intended.
by RAGBRAIvet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 10469

Re: 1935: "2018"

qvxb wrote:Presidential elections are held in leap years to allow the maximum amount of time to decide who is the best candidate.

And even with that, we still blew it in 2016, didn't we?
by RAGBRAIvet
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 10469

Re: 1935: "2018"

Simple solution — take the last two digits of the calendar year (2018 would be 18, for example).  Can you divide that two-digit number evenly by four?   If the answer is 'yes', then it's a leap year.
by RAGBRAIvet
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

Sucks to be an Apple user.  Can't easily replace batteries in an iPhone — or in the newer Samsung devices, either.
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 6424

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I don't carry a spare battery, but I do carry a plug-in charger and cord.  If you use the charger designed for it, modern smartphones only take about a half-hour to come up to full charge anyway.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 24296

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law says "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".   That will work for any other unexplained (or unexplainable) natural phenomena as well. ● "If clouds are water vapor and water is heavier than air, then why do clouds stay in the...
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 6693

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Yeah, I don't really expect the drones to be sympathetic to us when they gain sentience. We could program them with morality, but then morality itself has been used to justify so many atrocities. Not sure there's a way to win this one. Isaac Asimov answered that one already when he created the Thre...
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 6693

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

2018 — Competitions to hit drones with fireworks 2019 — Teams compete to shoot down each other's fireworks-armed drones Not only does that sound possible, it actually follows a logical progression. And on top of that, it would undoubtedly be more interesting than some of the other things we've done...
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 3875

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

There's something to be said for a long lens ... at least back in the good ol' days of 35-mm SLR photography.  I was at a Harlem Globetrotters game and carrying two cameras so I wouldn't have to try to switch lenses on the fly and then worry about where to put the unused lens; both 35-mm SLRs, one w...
by RAGBRAIvet
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1850: "Air Force Museum"
Replies: 14
Views: 4555

Re: 1850: "Air Force Museum"

You mean that wasn't an interactive exhibit where I pushed a button and the sirens went off and all those red lights started flashing??
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 4381

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

Title Text: On the other hand, as far as they know, my system is working perfectly It's not necessary to shoot something down; just render it uncontrollable so the pilot thinks it's either a system malfunction or user error. Works every time, so long as you don't do something else to draw attention...
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 8092

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

Warthogs don't fly. The A10 is simply a mobility appliance for The Gun. How did the A-10 get designed? The Air Force said "Take one of these": http://i.imgur.com/yQPudoq.jpg?fb "Next, make us a gun that will fire about 4200 of them per minute": http://i.imgur.com/fAzEL53.jpg &qu...
by RAGBRAIvet
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 12598

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

I had, fortunately, managed to avoid all knowledge of the emoji movie until this thread. Even on first reading, I thought it was a joke. It is not. :( However, given the plot, it sounds more like it could be derived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Men than the emojis themselves. While this i...
by RAGBRAIvet
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 12598

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

What is the big deal with these ferschlugginer emojis?
If anyone, anywhere, ever catches me using emojis, please take the phone from my hand and break all my fingers.

Smileys, on the other hand, are still OK.
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 4459

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

Does anybody else have Tom Lehrer's "Lobachevsky" running through their minds right now?
by RAGBRAIvet
Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 25139

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

We're all going to die from something; might as well enjoy ourselves on the way out.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 38568

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Title-text: West Norsussex is east of East Norwessex, but they're both far north of Middlesex and West Norwex.
So where is Gaysex?
by RAGBRAIvet
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 9511

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

"Evolutionarily"??  Is that even a word?
I guess it is now....
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 12652

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Showsni wrote:Aaron Carter versus Shaq? Sounds like a pretty ultimate showdown.

Thank goodness for Google.  Shaq I know, but I had to look up Aaron Carter to first find out who he was and then learn what was the connection.
Doesn't seem that I was missing much, either.
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 12652

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

One of my favorite things that comic cartoonists do is recurring elements. Clams got hands! Wasn't it originally "Clams got legs!" ? Clams got legs... And they know how to use them, http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q137/comicsonthebrain/cotbart/BC2-ClamsGotLegsn.jpg After a few strips i...
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 15577

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Coffee is overrated.  It's nothing more than dirty water anyway.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 41952

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

There is no need to worry about rainbows because there was never much rainfall on Tatooine in the first place.  This is why Luke was first seen with his Uncle Lars and Aunt Beroo on the moisture farm, worrying about the evaporators.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 11654

Re: 1720: "Horses"

Excuse me, but with "3.5 horses in the computer" wouldn't that be the equus-valent of 350% of a horse's decision-making ability?
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 11947

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

I for one would welcome our new computer overlords if something like this should ever happen.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15018

Re: 1624: 2016

Some things that turn THIRTY in 2016: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson The Oprah Winfrey Show Pixar Studios ("Luxo Jr" was released in 1986) The "Challenger" disaster The Chernobyl disaster Ferris Bueller takes a day off Geraldo's career goes into the toilet when he finds nothing in Al...
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15018

Re: 1624: 2016

There is one woman still receiving a pension as the surviving daughter of a Civil War veteran, and a handful of widows and children receiving pensions from their husband's or father's services in the Spanish-American War (1898).
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15018

1624: 2016

Image

Alt: "Want to feel old? Wait."

Gerald Ford was president when "STAR WARS: A New Hope" (episode 4) was being filmed.
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 18950

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

"...the trees are on fire."

Reference to the 1975 movie "Rollerball"?

Image
(click the pic)
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 8465

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

How can you tell if someone is using an iPhone?

You can hear the brain cells screaming as they die.
by RAGBRAIvet
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8568

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

"Bike ghost". Makes me think of ghost bikes * . If you're unfamiliar with that rather morbid phenomenon: when a cyclist gets killed by a car, members of the cycling community often spray the bike white (or if the bike is still serviceable, procure instead a suitably disposable bicycle) an...
by RAGBRAIvet
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16478

Re: Can Randal's judgment for challenging content be learned

Simple. Just ask yourself, "What would Jesus Randal do?" You can't do what Jesus could do! You're the king of nothing, and he's the King of Jews! He knows every magic trick; you only know a few! He's a zombie wizard. who also knows kung-fu! But you can probably do most of what Randall cou...
by RAGBRAIvet
Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16478

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Jesus must have had tons of experience walking on sand, and it's well known he could walk on water... How ironic it as that he couldn't handle a combination of the two. There's a line from a song by Peter and Lou Berryman (of Madison, WI) called "Are You Drinking with Me, Jesus?" that goe...
by RAGBRAIvet
Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 126087

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I can never spell definitely without looking it up. I always know it's either "definitely" or "definately", can never remember which, and almost always guess wrong. Even if I take into account that I always get it wrong and thus choose the option that seems wrong at the time, I ...

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