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by Ardee
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 20884

Re: 1383: Magic Words

She's only with him because of his polydactyly.
by Ardee
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 32660

Re: 1131: "Math"

Well all media reports of poll-of-poll averages point out that that method "does not have a margin of error"...
by Ardee
Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 28168

Re: Myst

I had a funny experience playing Myst when it was new - I was totally stuck on the first island and couldn't get anything to activate. Turns out that QuickTime hadn't installed correctly, so all the animations failed to play so it was impossible to proceed. The QT problem was an incompatibility with...
by Ardee
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28047

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Hehe, this is actually pretty funny - the joke is the implied comparison to SSNs, which we're told to try and keep private, but have more structure and far less randomness than a phone number meant for sharing
by Ardee
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 25308

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

My favorite unexpected editorializing in an otherwise dry technical context is the last bit of this dictionary's usage note on "flammable": Usage Note: Historically, flammable and inflammable mean the same thing. However, the presence of the prefix in- has misled many people into assuming ...
by Ardee
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:29 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 31729

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

A scientist at the LHC wrote a funny April Fools article last year riffing on the MPG in terms of collider efficiency: http://www.quantumdiaries.org/2011/04/01/a-modest-proposal-for-new-fundamental-constants/ I was further amused to find that the unit of "inverse picobarn" wasn't part of t...
by Ardee
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55179

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I *really* want to post a great Wikipedia ambiguity, but if I do, it'll get fixed, which would make the world a lesser place. So I'll just sit here and let you imagine what a terrific joke you're missing.
by Ardee
Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 21298

Re: 1082: “Geology”

It's a little-known fact that the Mohs' scale was created not by Mohs but by his girlfriend.
by Ardee
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 30979

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Since Randall will wonder why Friday's viewership will have declined 80% over today's:

It's because most readers will have snapped their necks flinging their heads side to side in an attempt to detect monitor polarization.
by Ardee
Fri May 18, 2012 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 84
Views: 46806

Re: 1057: "Klout"

"I always hear 'punch me in the face' when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext..."

Anyone?
by Ardee
Mon May 07, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64999

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

My experience with advisors across multiple majors: CS advisor: "I'd suggest you take classes that meet your interests. For example, I play D&D so I took classes to help me there. Do you play D&D? Me: Uh, never have, sorry. CS: Oh, well.. I guess I can't help you next stop... Physics ad...
by Ardee
Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67627

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

My mom worked at a publishing company in the 70's, in the age of manual typesetting.

She got to shout "stop the presses!" exactly once, and just in time - a book cover had terrible kerning, and it was a book about typesetting.
by Ardee
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33536

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

Mavrisa wrote:Is it just me or are there a lot of statistics based comics lately? I wonder why...


I'd say it's just coincidence, but apparently today that argument isn't valid ;-)

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