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by jackal
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 8169

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I'm that guy who hates using text. As far as I'm concerned if you need to send a bit of one-way information like a phone number or a date/time/address text is great (especially something the other person might want to write down anyway), If you expect any more than a yes/no response you should just...
by jackal
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 11157

Re: 1979: "History"

... a stretch of about 30-some years between Grant and Teddy Roosevelt where even in AP History class we learned them as the Do-Nothing presidents. You describe, essentially, the full-facial-hair era of the U.S. presidency, when it was acceptable to sprout both beard and mustache, 1869-1893. Execut...
by jackal
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 11157

Re: 1979: "History"

I'd write up a punchy little narrative about it sensationalizing all the crazy bits, but I'm really tired and I need to get up in the morning, so sadly I haven't got time right now. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow if I end up having some free time. ;) Please do! I finding interestingly-written historical...
by jackal
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 5528

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

In order to maintain the No-Cameron reality, the No-Cameron future Skynet sends back a terminator to force the No-Cameron reality. It can't not do it, as it always had already will-have-done-it and created the chronology in which it was always going to do so in order to have-done-it-already. I thin...
by jackal
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 7364

1962: “Generations”

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/generations.png Hover text: For awhile it looked like the Paperclip Machines would destroy us, since they wanted to turn the whole universe into paperclips, but they abruptly lost interest in paperclips the moment their parents’ generation got into making them, too. Wow...
by jackal
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57120

Re: 1534: "Beer"

If it weren't for the discovery that mixing alcohol with caffeine actually does do something to me, I'd be halfway of the opinion that most of "drunkenness" is pure placebo effect: people think having consumed alcohol gives them an excuse to be uninhibited, and that belief lets them becom...
by jackal
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57120

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Give me a good stout or hefe any day. I actually don't drink nor crave beer too often, but sometimes nothing tastes as delicious and flavorful as a nice, smooth Guinness... Hear! Hear! I just finished a Donnybrook stout out of eastern Pennsylvania, which is the first stout I've had that I would say...
by jackal
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57120

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Wow, those guys are seriously drinking the wrong kind of beer. The kind with hops in it? Because that's what makes beer taste so bad, and it's pretty much required by most definitions of "beer". Hops are terrible. A bit of it can add to a beer but many beers have far to much hops. Especia...
by jackal
Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 171
Views: 33076

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

HES wrote:I guess he's referring to trams rather than shopping carts.

Judy Garland singing, "Clang, clang, clang went the tram" just doesn't have quite the same ring to it...
by jackal
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 19288

1414: "Writing Skills"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/writing_skills.png Title text: I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)--and score the kids today versus the kids 20...
by jackal
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 39400

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I grew up in and near Paso Robles. I have to admit being slightly guilty in this changing-the-pronunciation thing, as I and every other local pronounced it "Pass o' Rubbles" (which loosely translates to "pass of small rocks" instead of "pass of the oaks"). Even native-...
by jackal
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 39400

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

More anecdotal evidence on the “San Diego is butchered” thing: I lived there for college, and we had a very large latino population, some of them living in Tijuana and coming up to the city during school hours. Their pronunciation of “San Diego” was nearly identical to how everyone else pronounced ...
by jackal
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 39400

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I couldn't make "San Diego City Council" fit, until I realized English speakers can't pronounce "Diego" properly. It's Die-go, not Di-e-go. You make it seem like it should be "Dye-Go" while it would be closer to "Jay-go", I think? (I'm not a Spanish speaker) ...
by jackal
Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 160413

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

I have no idea why this works (in theory, it shouldn't) I'd say the lenses in between move your virtual (not the technical term) point of view forwards. (no, I'm not educated in optics enough to support this claim; it's a hunch :P ) This hypothesis can only be valid if the exageration applies solel...
by jackal
Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 160413

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

On a separate but related note, you can achieve expanded stereoscopic vision with two identical pairs of binoculars. I have no idea why this works (in theory, it shouldn't), but I was on a day cruise in Glacier Bay National Park last week, and the boat had dozens of pairs of identical binoculars flo...
by jackal
Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"
Replies: 102
Views: 19655

Re: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"

Yeah, telecom is totally screwed up here in the states. Cellphone users have to pay for incoming calls and incoming texts (though some cellphone companies give you a one-minute grace period to hang up on incoming calls). You Americans do quite a few strange things. Hanging on to imperial measuremen...
by jackal
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1273: "Tall Infographics"
Replies: 55
Views: 15500

Re: 1273: "Tall Infographics"

You, sir, name? wrote:Oh god I hate infographics so much. In almost every case, you could have said the same thing with one or two sentences of text.

As a visual thinker, I appreciate a good infographic. The problem is that reporters and editors on deadline often don't create good infographics.
by jackal
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 22042

Re: 1271: Hilighting

well, we all track the text on paper with a finger, too, don't we? Umm, we all do? I don't. For this reason: I don't highlight (or hilight or hilite) text while I'm reading it online or on a electronic book reader. It would slow me down People who do this (follow with their fingers or, worse, as a ...
by jackal
Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 22097

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

Are you being facetious or autistic? Was the total time elapsed including your decision to try and beat an arbitrary time stated in the comic to prove a point? If it requires such a large suspension of belief to picture a world in which most smartphone users do not react to an extremely short count...
by jackal
Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 22097

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

Have you considered that according to the comic, the QR code appears on the screen of the very same mobile device that you're supposed to use to scan it...? Considered that? I did that! I'm lying in bed here with nothing but my iPhone--not another electronic device within reach. And yet somehow, ac...
by jackal
Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 22097

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

I don't get the problem here. I just tested and timed myself performing the following steps: 1. Take screenshot of comic 2. Open Qrafter app 3. Choose "Scan from photo album" 4. Choose the most recent image (the aforementioned screenshot) 5. Pinch-zoom the image so the code fits and fills ...
by jackal
Fri May 17, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 63521

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

NoMouse wrote:There are three1 possible explanations:]

#3 did occur to me. ;)
by jackal
Fri May 17, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 63521

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

I'm actually quite shocked there are so many of you synesthetics out there. Wikipedia does say (as someone referenced earlier) that there are as many as one in twenty synesthetics in the general population, but I've never met anyone who has openly admitted to me that they have this power/gift/condit...
by jackal
Fri May 17, 2013 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 63521

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

Here's the image as an indexed .png, with each number mapped to a different entry in the pallet. And here's what that would look like to a protanope, according to http://colorfilter.wickline.org: http://e7378f2ffb2f1222beff-25edf0b75ec87ac38407ad32b27b973e.r74.cf1.rackcdn.com/xkcdcolorblind.jpg Thu...
by jackal
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1191: "The Past"
Replies: 85
Views: 16692

Re: 1191: "The Past"

Or a smartphone. That would seriously amaze people from as recent as ten or fifteen years ago. Not much more than 10. Beyond that, wifi hotspots and GPRS cellular networks were not all that common; which (along with the extremely small collection of Wikipedia articles in that day) severely hampers ...
by jackal
Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 36466

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

You know, the same formula can be expressed as π D (where "D" is diameter of the circle).  No footnote needed. For that matter, since when did common formulae require footnotes to explain the accepted standard symbols for constants and variables? Then it would just be π D 3 . 3 The circle...
by jackal
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 29468

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Hmm... Wikipedia doesn't really have too much about chronostasis aside from its name and description. Oh well. So, basically, it's our brain's image stabilization initially not realizing the clock hand is still supposed to be moving? No. When you move your eye too quickly, it proudcues a blur image...
by jackal
Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 42759

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I'm British. I don't get any of this. It looks pretty, though. Did you know that Britain is approximately the size of the steam engine? The vacuum could eat the UK for lunch... ;) Anyone else see this and think that the whole "How The States Got Their Shapes" show is a sham and this is th...
by jackal
Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 47304

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Once you come to an agreement on how many items a couple, a few, several, etc., are, ask them if the same holds true for minutes. "Oh, I'll be there in a few minutes." To me, this indicates how many five minute sets, such as a couple minutes is 10 minutes. I think my subconscious mind has...
by jackal
Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 27180

1046: "Skynet"

Image
http://xkcd.com/1046/

Title-text: 'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh ... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'

I'm surprised it took 11 minutes. For an android, 0.68 seconds is nearly an eternity.
by jackal
Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 41875

Re: 1045: Constraints

Vael wrote:
Apeiron wrote:Well done, Randall!

Waladil wrote:Panel 2: Brevity is the soul of wit.


Brevity is wit.


Wit.


Wiz wit.

(The ultimate expression of brevity is ordering a cheesesteak in Philly. Although I prefer a provolone wit.)
by jackal
Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 160413

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

When I see a full moon I always try to picture the state of Texas overlaying it (you know, like we all learn in middle school some time) and then I think of how small it actually is ;) Then again when I imagine the distance between the moon and our earth I just realise how big Texas is :P EDIT; or ...
by jackal
Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 51363

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Plus, I'd bet most people on this forum like Firefly ... And Malcolm's folk way of talking. Actually, that was one of the few things about that show that grated on me and turns me off about Nathan Fillion. It sounded too contrived. Someone who speaks that way naturally (say, someone from the South)...
by jackal
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intelligent YouTube comment on robotics?!
Replies: 11
Views: 4083

Re: Intelligent YouTube comment on robotics?!

My only thought is, "What a waste of intelligence."

He should have posted that comment somewhere where it would be widely appreciated. YouTube isn't that place. :wink:

Hopefully, I've helped him right that wrong by posting it here. :P
by jackal
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intelligent YouTube comment on robotics?!
Replies: 11
Views: 4083

Intelligent YouTube comment on robotics?!

I was watching the classic (and recently in-the-news, thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn v. NSF) video of the towel-folding robot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5g33S0Gzo) and stumbled across this comment by user nyavramov: Progression of people's mentality on robotics: 1. Okay, it can fold a towel but it...

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