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by jeffk
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4388
Views: 780895

Re: Today I Made:

I have no rational reason but something about boiling water in the microwave seems wrong. I'm thinking about it in terms of tea and getting the water to the proper temperature, so... ⋅  Slate says the microwave doesn't heat water evenly. (The article says it's because the kettle heats fro...
by jeffk
Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs With Gunshots
Replies: 42
Views: 36779

Re: Songs With Gunshots

The early posts mentioned Weird Al's polkas--Bohemian Polka also fired a gun at the appropriate spot (for varying definitions of "appropriate").
by jeffk
Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Evil point of view
Replies: 16
Views: 28564

Re: Evil point of view

Probably not what you had in mind, but The Screwtape Letters (senior demon giving his nephew advice on tempting humans)
by jeffk
Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 18797

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Krenn wrote:Did anyone else mistake this for a Calvin and Hobbes reference at first, or was it just me?

I didn't take it as an intentional reference, but it was the first thing that came to my mind:
Calvin's Dad wrote:No, you were a Blue Light Special at Kmart. Almost as good, and a lot cheaper.
by jeffk
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 21579

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

Obligatory "MTV doesn't even show music videos anymore" comment. I registered an account to just say that MTV /never/ showed music videos, as far as I (generation MTV's child) am concerned. I guess my point is, though, is the line even legit? If for at least half of its existence MTV has ...
by jeffk
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 706
Views: 239174

Re: The worst film you've seen

Battefield Earth (yay for L. Ron Hubbard?) Haven't seen it, so I'm taking Roger's word for it: "Battlefield Earth" was written in 1980 by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. The film contains no evidence of Scientology or any other system of thought.... The director, Roger Christi...
by jeffk
Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 120655

Re: Tea Snobbery

I had a cup of tea from Starbucks at JFK airport recently, and it was actually very, very good. I was pleasantly surprised. I was hanging out at Starbucks for a while this summer because I needed WiFi. I'm not big on coffee (especially not Starbucks coffee) but I was also pleasantly surprised by th...
by jeffk
Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 37708

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

Bobsama wrote:The keyboard is mightier than the sword! Except for in a sword fight, in which case an IBM Model M is mightier than a sword!


So what would win--an IBM Model M, or a Western Electric Model 500?
by jeffk
Fri May 28, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Geek Code
Replies: 42
Views: 6293

Re: Post your Geek Code

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Version: 3.1
GCS/IT d-(+) s: a+ C++$ UL* P+ L+ !E W++$ N o++ K++ w$ !O M+(++) V PS@ PE@ Y@ PGP$ t !5 !X !R tv--(-) b+(++++) DI++(++++) !D G e+++$>++++ h---- r+++ y++++
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by jeffk
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0726: "Seat Selection"
Replies: 112
Views: 24420

Re: "Seat Selection" Discussion

There actually is seating on the flight deck for passengers that aren't part of the plane's crew on commercial aircraft; it's only availiable to check pilots (pilots who act as flying examiners for other pilots applying for or renewing a license) or other crew members that are deadheading (travelin...
by jeffk
Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Ice Cream.
Replies: 56
Views: 8590

Re: Ice Cream.

I'm a sucker for Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean ice cream, myself. Yeah, yeah, I know. Boooooring. Except that it's the closest thing to homemade ice cream I've ever purchased from a store. I don't have any in the freezer at the moment, but that's because I've got Blue Bell peppermint ice cream sinc...
by jeffk
Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the first xkcd comic you read?
Replies: 41
Views: 2629

Re: What's the first xkcd comic you read?

I think I found XKCD via a Cat Proximity link, although I don't remember if it was the then-current comic.
by jeffk
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SO MOTHEREFFIN HAPPY Thread :)
Replies: 527
Views: 56348

Re: SO MOTHEREFFIN HAPPY Thread :)

smw543 wrote:
The professor's comments on my term paper for English Lit I wrote: wrote:I love the metaphor of story-as-fart by Chaucer.

I'm happy for you for your sig!

And I'm happy for your prof for the chance to write comments like that.
by jeffk
Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1817
Views: 431968

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I've been on an Agatha Christie kick for the past couple of weeks or so. I found myself in situations where I couldn't study or do research, so I toted along a few of my old Christie paperbacks. I really enjoyed The Murder of Roger Ackroyd , primarily because of...well, the main reason everyone reme...
by jeffk
Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53474

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

I was burned by the cheese--while sitting in my cubicle at work--twice: Once by the comic, and once by Daniel Kleitman's comments on Good Will Hunting and how he got to be an extra in the movie: He offered me, as a sort of reward for my help, a part as an extra. My wife decided I should agree to do ...
by jeffk
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Soda War
Replies: 204
Views: 46044

Re: Soda War

Dr Pepper is bottled by both Pepsi and Coca-Cola, which is why you will find it as an option in almost all stores and restaurants... even though some are brand loyal to one company or the other. Different bottlers have the local Dr Pepper contract in different places (in the US, anyway)--local Peps...
by jeffk
Fri May 29, 2009 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Furthest Travelled
Replies: 104
Views: 7491

Re: Furthest Travelled

From Texas:
North: The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
East: South Africa (Pretoria)
South: Australia (Melbourne)
West: Japan (Kofu)
by jeffk
Wed May 06, 2009 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27382
Views: 2966035

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

better still, ask your dr. "12hrs leeway" got me pregnant. seriously check with your doc. Seconded. In our case: ⋅ Pill + flying half-way around the world = goodness knows how much leeway ⋅ Pill + flying half-way around the world + sexytimes = twins Not to scare you, o...
by jeffk
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Flawed Narrators
Replies: 48
Views: 9635

Re: Flawed Narrators

When I was studying detective fiction for uni I remember reading an essay about it, and how much controversy it caused when it was published. The impression I got was that Agatha Christie fans back in the the day were basically like the fans of a good sci-fi show now, in terms of how devoted they w...
by jeffk
Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food in the media
Replies: 22
Views: 2661

Re: Food in the media

Don't know where you are, but Rex Stout is out of print where I am, all mine are second hand. Too Many Cooks is an ex-library copy...which would've cost me a lot to buy online... Last time I looked, bookstores here in the States (Barnes & Noble, etc.) generally have Rex Stout on the shelf, alth...
by jeffk
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food in the media
Replies: 22
Views: 2661

Re: Food in the media

Anything by Rex Stout tends to have interesting food in it, but my favourite of his books is probably 'Too Many Cooks' - it includes a huge section at the end with the recipes for all dishes mentioned in the book. Yum...even the stuff I don't fancy myself... :D Satisfactory. Except I haven't read t...
by jeffk
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Girl Scout Cookie Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 5216

Re: Girl Scout Cookie Poll

crickets wrote:I am using my canadian-ness to skew your poll results.

In that we have "girl guides" and they only have two kinds of cookie.

I'd always wondered if the cookie thing had spread to Girl Scouts/Guides in other countries. Any other places in addition to Canada and the US?
by jeffk
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Girl Scout Cookie Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 5216

Re: Tagalongs vs. Thin Mints

There are two boxes of Lemon Chalet Cremes on my desk, and they're begging me to open a Girl Scout cookie thread. I figured I'd revive the poll instead in the interest of thread conservation. (Actually, the cookies are begging me to eat them; the cookie thread is just my attempt to delay the inevita...
by jeffk
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 15987

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

Am I the only person here who found Pride and Prejudice genuinely funny? Once you get past the archaic language and style, the book has an incredible sense of irony, sarcasm, subtle humor that just isn't found much in more modern literature. I admit I needed a readers guide to explain details that ...
by jeffk
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2576320

Re: Postify your facerity

the fellow in the background on the left with a handful of ass is my operations manager at work. My first impression: "No, my operations manager isn't goofing off; he's supposed to handle handfuls of ass on the job! It says so, right here in his Operations Manager Job Description!" My sec...
by jeffk
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoilers Ahoy!)
Replies: 74
Views: 9919

Re: Unanswered Harry Potter Questions (Spoiler Ahoy!)

Further, there is a subset of muggles--ie parents of muggle-borns, the prime minister etc. that do know about magic/magical creatures and are complicit in covering these things up. Beyond that, if you saw a dragon and only you saw it--who would believe you anyway? Which is precisely why the Ministr...
by jeffk
Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Naming your car
Replies: 77
Views: 4004

Re: Naming your car

Nothing creative, but... We had a full -size maroon Ford Falcon station wagon when we were in Australia. (Ford still uses the Falcon brand there.) We bought it just before our twins were born--specifically, when we finally stopped deluding ourselves into thinking that our little Mazda 121's back sea...
by jeffk
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas is...
Replies: 40
Views: 2781

Re: Christmas is...

The worst thing about Christmas is stuff like this. Seriously. It's still November. We shouldn't be having shit tons of stuff about Christmas all over the place. The earliness, and the extended period over which 'Christmas' now takes (that is, months, rather than a couple days) makes me want to hat...
by jeffk
Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 15987

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

I loved "the new pilgrim's progress" by mark twain. It's a story of the first ever cruise ship run, complete with every single tourist stereotype known to man, made even better by the fact that they were all real. Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight! repertoire includes the "coffee&quo...
by jeffk
Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9557
Views: 1077185

Re: What are you listening to?

"The Stripper" - David Rose

While listening to my iPod.

In my cubicle at work.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to sit still for that song?
by jeffk
Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 23037

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

I know I'm reviving a dead thread, but I was doing some surfing research...

I don't know if Phil reads XKCD, but apparently he's read this one.
by jeffk
Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20908
Views: 2576320

Re: Post yo' fehs

Isn't that the song Kermit sings? Hmm, now you have me thinking... I thought it was Ernie, but I could be wrong. a cookie may be awarded, nevertheless :) Ernie sang it on the Sesame Street tape we used to have. I can't rule out Kermit, though, since it's been years since our kids were Sesame Street...
by jeffk
Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Soda War
Replies: 204
Views: 46044

Re: Soda War

Coke, generally speaking. On those days (or hours, or minutes) when I get the wild notion to cut back on caffeine, I go with Caffeine Free Dr Pepper since delta(unleaded DP, DP) < delta(unleaded Coke, Coke) Or if I'm craving root beer, either bottled IBC, or A&W in frosted mugs. (I've even bough...
by jeffk
Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 18242

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

spec8472 wrote:
Ubiquitous wrote:IMathematicians have a sense of humor just like normal people! ...honest!


I've yet to see any proof of this statement.

I have a truly marvellous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain.
by jeffk
Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0444: "Macgyver Gets Lazy"
Replies: 91
Views: 21015

Re: "Macgyver Gets Lazy" Discussion

theneutralnewt wrote:Ha, the list is especially funny in context.


MacGyver, A. A duct tape approach to P=NP. Commun. ACM 51, 7 (July 2008), 115.
by jeffk
Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0440: "Road Rage"
Replies: 94
Views: 27920

Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

And yes, I know that Journal Woman was the only one who really did anything here. Nonetheless, he was there, and he did not collapse into a singularity under the pressure of the mind-shattering, malignant glory radiating from his passenger seat. So he has not gone soft. Besides, he's the one slammi...
by jeffk
Thu May 29, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0351: "Trolling"
Replies: 179
Views: 34016

Re: "Trolling Discussion"

Is it possible to Rick Roll Helen Keller? | ** * * * * ** * ** ** * ** * * * ** * * * ** | * * * * ** ** * * * ** * * * * * * | * ** * * * * ** ** * ** ** * Confound it. Braille looks lousy in ASCII. Sorry.
by jeffk
Mon May 19, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0425: "Fortune Cookies"
Replies: 85
Views: 17490

Re: "Fortune Cookies" Discussion

Domovoi wrote:Dell: Yours is blue, yours is red, yours is colorful. Except in bed.


And it finished the rhyme, too!
by jeffk
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0352: "Far Away"
Replies: 233
Views: 27949

Re: "Far Away" Discussion

Been there, done that, got the phone bills and credit card bills (for airline tickets). For a year. That was about...sixteen years ago? Geez, has it been that long already? I didn't have e-mail at home, and she didn't have e-mail period . IM? Not in those days. But I can confirm that *hug* doesn't t...
by jeffk
Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2113226

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Um...intro. Right.

My name's Jeff--married, three kids, two cats ("KITTIES!"), and one dog. Mixed marriage--I'm a geek, my wife isn't :)

I printed the "You're a kitty" strip for our cat-fanatical daughter, and she promptly pinned it to her wall.

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