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by EpeeGnome
Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19689

Re: 1257: "Monster"

I've always wondered about the comparison 'enough people to fill a stadium.' Does that mean enough to fill every seat, or enough to fill its surfaces like a rush hour subway car, or enough to fill it volumetrically, brimming to the top? This bothers me because there is at least an order of magnitude...
by EpeeGnome
Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62269

Re: 1196: "Subways"

You could connect directly from the London Underground to the Brussels system too, since the Eurostar also goes to Brussels. Is that how Randall's map works though? I mean, does there have to be an actual twistable-into-terming-a-subway connection between each pair of linked cities? Or is he just c...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 701141

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Tantrum spiral + strange mood has strange results. http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/7506/tantrum.png He "Overwrote" his strange mood to a fist fight, killed a dog, then went berserk and killed my DM and a puppy, before calming right back down. Immediately after he's OK again, some other ...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 701141

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

I seem to have forgotten to build a military or defenses before launching the mega projects. Having diverted one river entirely into a large reservoir, which waterfall drains into a level controlled gate pool, brought magma to my workshops, and working on building a level controlled cistern which dr...
by EpeeGnome
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 47782

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

Really enjoyed this comic. One of the best in months. Intellectual jokes are the best inside jokes.
by EpeeGnome
Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0460: "Paleontology"
Replies: 109
Views: 20065

Re: "Paleontology" Discussion

I was totally into dinosaurs, and fossils, before JP came out. When I saw it, I was probably the only kid in the theater thinking, "eh, its good, but the book was better." I still enjoyed the movie (enough to see it 3 times in theaters, God only knows how many times on VHS, and get the bed...
by EpeeGnome
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 28764

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

I feel the same way myself sometimes. I recently spent several years (on and off) deciding to ask a girl out. Always had an excuse why I shouldn't at the time. Over-analyzing and excuses go hand in hand. I finally asked her as a last chance sort of thing, since I was in fact moving, and she said &qu...
by EpeeGnome
Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 31057

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

I want a set of lockpicks. Not that I would use them for anything dastardly, of course. I mean, they'd be totally useful were you to, uh, lock yourself out of your house or something. Yeah. I actually got a keychain sized set for just that reason. The only time they ever would have come in handy wa...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0409: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)"
Replies: 160
Views: 36186

Re: "Electric Skateboard (Double Comic)" Discussion

Funny how Hobbes is drawn as a tiger and not a stuffed animal, as he usually is when someone besides Calvin is around. That's because Randall knows the truth: That he is actually a tiger, contrary to what adults might think. you beat me to the punch I thought that was interesting too. I always thou...
by EpeeGnome
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82949

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

Izzhov wrote:This sounded like an Alcoholics Anonymous speech. XD

Wow, it does. I meant it to be a little tongue in cheek, but I didn't realize it sounded that strong.
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?

Well, while test pilots are, in fact, pretty damn cool, they don't stereotypically seem like the sort of people I'd actually hang out with. The sort of person I hang out with is more the sort of person who might hang out here on the fora. Of course like any thing based on stereotyping, the preceding...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 10,000 Cards: XKCD Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 4463

Re: 10,000 Cards: XKCD Edition

I don't know about in UK, but here in US they are sold at the grocery store as well, on the school supplies isle.
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82949

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

Well, after a week of realizing I could win the game when I wanted to, I'm happy to report that it worked. I think about the game 80% less often, and each of those times has been with a sense of relief that I had not lost. This marked improvement came from realizing that, like Dorthy, I had that pow...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Growing a beard . . .
Replies: 27
Views: 2997

Re: Growing a beard . . .

If thinking sexy thoughts helped make beards, I'd be a yeti. I am, stupefyingly sexy thoughts aside, almost certainly not a yeti. It's a slight difference at best, but there is some experimental grounding to that statement (at least if the story I've heard is true). There was a fellow doing researc...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32743

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

About a year ago my roommate and I were in the same network programming class. We were both working on the final program the night before it was due. Actually he was working, and I was reading a novel. With the program due in about 4 hours, I suddenly realize I haven't even started on it, and it's t...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Preferred Clothing Brands
Replies: 103
Views: 9034

Re: Preferred Clothing Brands

I have a somewhat odd take on clothing. I want all of my regular use cloths to match, be sturdy, and look good. I want them all to match because I don't bother picking out cloths in the morning, I just grab whatever's in front. I want them all to be sturdy because I'm hard on cloths. (Despite being ...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?

Thanks. The urban life itself holds little appeal to me but I find the downside of living out away from everything is the frequent lack of diversity and interesting people. I am aware of the military stations in the area as that's sort of why the job is in that area. If I could find interesting peop...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 10,000 Cards: XKCD Edition
Replies: 21
Views: 4463

Re: 10,000 Cards: XKCD Edition

My friends and I play BWC on a regular basis. As a consequence, we have far too many cards we've kept to ever scan in any sane amount of time. Some time I'll go through and pick out any that are xkcd related. Really though, scanned cards don't work well at conveying the real meaning of the cards, be...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Can anyone tell me about Lexington Park, Maryland?

(I'm always strangely shy about posting new threads in a forum, especially one that I don't post in more than about twice a year, and this causes me to have a sneaking suspicion that I'm somehow being rude/breaking a rule, but I'll just have to get over it.) I've got the a likely job offer in Lexing...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Mar 12, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Growing a beard . . .
Replies: 27
Views: 2997

Re: Growing a beard . . .

They say that anything which increases testosterone levels will increase beard growth slightly . This includes thinking sexy thoughts, exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, and anything else that tells your body, "now would be opportune for reproduction." Other than that, just ge...
by EpeeGnome
Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82949

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

astralica wrote:I had been winning for years.

If you follow the rules of 'the game', then you were not winning, you were simply avoiding losing. As someone before me said, it's like Tetris. You can't win, only beat your high score.
by EpeeGnome
Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 82949

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

While I don't believe that Randall is some kind of Neo or divine power to free us from these rules, he did show the way to freedom. Now I see it from the other perspective, and I am free. I may be 'losing' by refusing to play anymore, but I no longer care. By not caring I rob The Game of its power, ...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23167

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

DragonHawk wrote:
pKp wrote:And digs EMP cannons. and is hot.

What's the sound of an EMP cannon firing?

I just recorded a .wav file of it on my laptop, but now the darn thing won't turn on. Little help here?
by EpeeGnome
Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 34609

Re: "1337: Part 5" Discussion

The punchline made me spit coffee on my roommate's monitor. Just a little bit. I was reading on his screen as he grabbed breakfast because it was already loaded, and I didn't want to wait. I hope he doesn't read this, because I wiped it off, and he hasn't noticed yet. Does this story remind anyone e...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0344: "1337: Part 4"
Replies: 118
Views: 23167

Re: "1337: Part 4" Discussion

Of course, modern hard disks do dynamic block remapping, so data is sometimes *still* retrievable. This is why the NSA generally does not consider software overwriting to be sufficient for sanitization on modern hard disks. Physical methods (vaporization, liquification, grinding to fine powder, or ...
by EpeeGnome
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9232959

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

"If Copernican theory is outlawed, only outlaws will orbit the sun." Doesn't make a lick of sense, but then neither do those bumper-stickers about evolution. I know its a joke, but it really annoys me. I think I'll have my version printed up on a bumper sticker just show them. Yes... I'll ...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0334: "Wasteland"
Replies: 199
Views: 28742

Re: "Wasteland" discussion

Even having the "dark humor" side explained to me, I still can't see it. The things he remembers are just the sort of things someone in love would have trouble forgetting. I can only seem interpret it that he misses her so much that walking a thousand miles is not enough to dull the pain. ...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0334: "Wasteland"
Replies: 199
Views: 28742

Re: "Wasteland" discussion

I usually enjoy the serious comics even more than the funny ones, and today's was no exception. Maybe I'm really missing something, but I find no sharp jab at all in this comic, only melancholy. When reading the comic, I didn't feel any kind of beat between the to sets of speech blocks, or even see ...
by EpeeGnome
Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 68218

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

... But shouldn't the buyer in the last panel have been sitting on boxes or something? I mean, why would he buy an office chair if he already had one? ... Clearly he is sitting in a kitchen chair. I have such a chair at my desk, and would definitely purchase an office chair if I had the spare cash.
by EpeeGnome
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 68218

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

Looking at the last panel, and all the damage done made me think, "aww, poor cat. I wonder if it escaped ok."
by EpeeGnome
Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 97052

Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

This can be as simple as the magnetron and associated HV power supply from your household microwave oven, mounted in a new metal enclosure with appropriate power supply and a 2.45 GHz microwave horn antenna mounted on the magnetron. I was thinking the same thing, but didn't have a chance to find ap...
by EpeeGnome
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?
Replies: 38
Views: 5316

EstLladon wrote:I went all the way from Moscow Russia. Damn, it is like 1000th time I'm saying it.

Some one always has to one-up me. (Or several dozen-up me.) How was the trip home by the way?
by EpeeGnome
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Where did everyone travel from for the meetup?
Replies: 38
Views: 5316

doublethevoltage wrote:epeegnome and I came from from Clemson, SC.


Yes, but we went via Newtown, PA (near Phillly) to pick up a friend.
Driving distance was ~900 miles, or about 18 hours. The drive sucked, but it was worth it.
by EpeeGnome
Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Favorite meet up moments
Replies: 64
Views: 9894

Favorite quote "If there's room for n, than there's room for n+1!" as shouted by a guy climbing onto the already overcrowded structure.
Of course the whole day was wonderful, and I so enjoyed meeting every one that I joined the forum.
by EpeeGnome
Tue Sep 25, 2007 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Let's have a South-East [United States] meet-up!
Replies: 84
Views: 20886

If I'm not swamped with assignments at the time, I'm in. N/S Carolina area is best for me too, but I'd travel a litle ways further if needed.
by EpeeGnome
Mon Sep 24, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: maybe we missed it at 10:38 Eastern?
Replies: 4
Views: 2467

I was. There where maybe 20 people. We chatted a bit, and the actual time passed without particular notice.
by EpeeGnome
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380155

Hi all, I'm George (also known as the Epee Gnome.) I joined the fora finally because every-one at the meet-up was so cool that I had to say hi. Hi.
by EpeeGnome
Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: XKCD Meetup Sept 2007 - "I was there" thread.
Replies: 315
Views: 50347

I have, at long last, joined the fora to say, "I was there." I was in the group of the 4th-6th arivals in the morning. I was wearing the brown fedora and the button down shirt. Cheers to the UTC arrivals, it was nice meeting you all. Unfortunatly I had to leave a bit before the local-time ...

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