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by mojacardave
Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 9402

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

I'm well aware that it's at risk of starting a thread war, but did anybody else get a "religious longing" subtext from this comic.

The assumption that a great unknown power must fit your image of perfection, because how could anything so mysterious and great be anything else?
by mojacardave
Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"
Replies: 60
Views: 24509

What-If 0124: "Lunar Swimming"

It feels odd that swimming on the moon would feel the same as swimming on the Earth. But this is definitely one of the more fun (and less lethal) What-If setups!

Also - experimental setup image from linked report:

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Human 'run on water' attempt on Earth
by mojacardave
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 15674

Re: 1429: Data

Octopii. Octopodes. Octopuses. Octopodiis? And viriis? Virodiis? Octopovirodiis? I see your tangle of octopusim and raise you an ugly of walrodes. Eep. I should have known it was a bad idea to check a grammar thread - maybe I'll just go and watch a couple of episodes from one of my DVD omnibodes in...
by mojacardave
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 14708

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

The biggest problem with writing skills for kids at the moment, is that everything is geared around computers and phones EXCEPT for exams. In a few years (decades?) when all language exams are done on a computer I reckon there'll be a sudden sharp spike in grades. Any downward trends at the moment a...
by mojacardave
Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 31877

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I, too, was trying to figure out how to work in the other lyrics that didn't fit the TMNT pattern. It's more a case that you can sing the ENTIRE chorus, with any of the lyrics on the page. Orange County Business Council Orange County Business Council Orange County Business Council Heroes in a half-...
by mojacardave
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 15052

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

I'm no physicist, but wouldn't space's curvature mean that if you pointed it forward, eventually the laser beam would hit you in the back of the head? Assuming you stood there for the billions of years it took for that to happen. I don't think anybody knows enough about the universe to say what wou...
by mojacardave
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 15052

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

I don't know whether this is the right place, but I thought I'd give it a shot: "Neptune would be the [hardest] to hit, followed by Uranus and Mercury. Pluto would be the hardest, but it might be worth it." I think this first "hardest" should be "easiest" instead. I'm ...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0106: "Ink Molecules"
Replies: 43
Views: 8813

Re: What-If 106: "Ink Molecules"

Hooray for a What-If that doesn't result in the inevitable demise of humanity (via squicky squirrelly horror). It wouldn't surprise me if HP started secretly depleting global cephalopod populations to keep ink prices artificially high. Everyone should stop printing in protest. Or rather, start print...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 29615

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

The majority of the world also disagrees with you. Chess has historically been regarded as a sport by pretty much all important sporting organizations. I think this history is exactly what CharlieP is arguing against. If chess is only a sport by virtue of always having been considered a sport than ...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 29615

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

Did anyone figure out what the red and gray lines are supposed to signify? From the looks of it, the red lines are for anyone who has ever been rated as the best in the world. The y axis isn't labelled with anything, Did anyone else notice? I'm going to give Randall benefit-of-the-doubt and assume ...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"
Replies: 86
Views: 16231

Re: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"

To deal with Randall's "complaint" about the lack of questions that lead to happy things, I have now submitted the question "What if I got a puppy?" You and about 1000 other people I have no doubt. It was perhaps the most predictable response to this What-If. I'd be interested t...
by mojacardave
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"
Replies: 20
Views: 5667

Re: What-If 0093: "Windshield Raindrops"

I was sure that Randall had already addressed the walking/running through rain argument, but I went back to have a look and couldn't find anything. I know I've read a web article about it somewhere, and I have no idea where else it could be. Any ideas? Aside: Is the What-If archive new for this week...
by mojacardave
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:17 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 11348

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

People have got to stop using Mythbusters to prove... well... anything. I don't care how 'sciency' they try to appear. It's still just a TV show and not worth consideration as hard evidence of anything other than "it's cool when things explode". Still no link to this comic? Do I have to d...
by mojacardave
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 27284

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Cueball seems to be speaking from the perspective of a relatively serious photographer who invests considerable time in selecting and composing shots, white White Hat Guy is referring to those who simply wave their phones around as an instinctive action and produce photos that are barely worth shar...
by mojacardave
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 27284

Re: 1314: "Photos"

While the whole point is, that the shitty image has much less quality than the real thing, and so it is impossible to enjoy it just as much. That’s a just basic physics. Technically speaking, I'm pretty sure that 99.99% of images have less quality than the real thing. Thus, we shouldn't take photos...
by mojacardave
Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0072: "Loneliest Human"
Replies: 17
Views: 7071

Re: What-If 0072: "Loneliest Human"

Presumably the last surviving member of the Soyuz 11 crew was briefly the furthest from any other living human. That entire crew died in "outer space". The Wikipedia article suggests that Georgiy Timofeyevich Dobrovolsky was still warm when they broke the landing pod open, so I'd peg him a...
by mojacardave
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 24121

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

The thing that's been sort of skimmed over and not really addressed is multiple-author documents. It's all very well and good for everybody to have their own 'standard' and adamantly declare that they should have control over their own formatting, but in the real world, multiple people contribute o...
by mojacardave
Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 24121

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

The thing that's been sort of skimmed over and not really addressed is multiple-author documents. It's all very well and good for everybody to have their own 'standard' and adamantly declare that they should have control over their own formatting, but in the real world, multiple people contribute on...
by mojacardave
Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 30926

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Anybody else think this comic was a thinly disguised troll by Randall to get us all bogged down discussing the Monty Hall problem? If so, I believe he's failed so far, to a degree; I don't think anybody who disagrees with the 1:3 thing showed up yet. They'll probably come sooner or later. To be fai...
by mojacardave
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 30926

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Anybody else think this comic was a thinly disguised troll by Randall to get us all bogged down discussing the Monty Hall problem?
by mojacardave
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 33267

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I have never had this happen and never thought of it happening. I mean, I can imagine a scenario where someone types the wrong email address when filling out a form. I can't (or don't want to) see how anyone could be so stupid as to think they have an email address that they don't, just because it'...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

And yes, excel macros can get out of hand, and worse, are hard to debug. I'm a programmer by education, but currently working as an engineer, and only have Excel to programme in when I need to do extremely complex data analysis. It has its quirks, and is horrifically slow, but there are ways of mak...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

The big "I" is because that is an easy word she knows, so she emphasizes it. Like singing along a song where you get less vocal at parts you don't know very well, but loudly sing the parts you do know. And I want to highlight the extraordinary effort of GLR. Some nice landscapes, and the ...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Are we absolutely sure that she isn't SALLY?

The 'apologize' seems to suggest not, but it's a possibility...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

First, a question...I know I've seen graphs of posts vs. time for this thread, but I haven't seen any recently. Is the post rate actually accelerating, or does it just feel that way because I'm making an effort to read every post now? Part of the reason that the post rate graphs slowed to a halt wa...
by mojacardave
Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: Long-page Ketchup

More musician discussion: So, what have we got so far for a possible OTB? (This is from memory, sorry if I missed anyone.) I'm not necessarily suggesting that this will definitely happen, but we might as well have a list anyway. Yappobiscuits: Piano/keyboards, guitar, bass, accordion, t...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 26270

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Yeah, "reflection" is a better way of describing that than "trapped." That makes a bit more sense. It's the exact same principle as standing right next to a wall, and suddenly throwing your arms out to the sides as fast as you can. You made the same movement towards the wall as ...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hah! Called it! (Can't remember if I was first to suggest this, though) I'm claiming a ninja on that one! I think the most exciting thing about new people is the potential for exposition. I can't see how Randall can have them interact with somebody new without explaining who they are and where they...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think the most exciting thing about new people is the potential for exposition. I can't see how Randall can have them interact with somebody new without explaining who they are and where they come from. Unless there's a language barrier...
by mojacardave
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:Currently on Geekwagon, gw2452 is showing up as a very dark version of gw2456 for me. Is anyone else seeing that?


Nope, but gw2471 is showing the heretical mustardy variant of the frame for me.
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blindpost from the previous newpage to let you guys know that if you happen to be equipped with an Android device you can now download the unofficial OTC live wallpaper for the low, low price of molpy cake . At present all it does is fetch the latest newpix and display it on your homescreen. Natura...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Thanks! I know for sure that I didn't get everyone, but I tried to get a lot of OTTers. If I'd actually thought ahead , I would have spent a few days on this, but it didn't occur to me to ottify Othercomic #1000 until today. So I scooped up images from my Boom De Yadas and all the manips I had made...
by mojacardave
Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Blindpost from the previous newpage to let you guys know that if you happen to be equipped with an Android device you can now download the unofficial OTC live wallpaper for the low, low price of molpy cake . At present all it does is fetch the latest newpix and display it on your homescreen. Natura...
by mojacardave
Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Maybe the bright spot in the sky is Earth...
by mojacardave
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 33631

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Anyhow, it just goes to show that our current social problems have been a long time in the making, and since no one did much about them back then, it's doubtful there'll be any improvement now either, especially since even less people are paying attention. If that's what you got from this 'comic' t...
by mojacardave
Thu May 16, 2013 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

And now for the fade into the diarrhoea aeon.

EDIT - 6 consecutive vowels (in palindrome form) FTW :)
by mojacardave
Wed May 01, 2013 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well - looks like the mustard is gone, and retroactively repaired in the previous frames too.

Sloppy work Randall... :wink:
by mojacardave
Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104739
Views: 29453458

Re: 1190: "Time"

The conclusion (?) makes me sad :( I was hoping that Randall would keep this one going in perpetuity. I've been lurking since day one, since I check xkcd after lunch on M/T/W/F China time. I saw the first frame when it happened, though I apparently missed the last (?) The current frame is (almost) ...
by mojacardave
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 27679

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

I'm impressed that a pig managed to be the first to synthesize ununennium, let alone come up with an isotope stable enough from which to build a house. Maybe he didn't. And the wolf just comes across a dead pig. I think the wolf would come across quite a few dead pigs. And to all those who are *way...
by mojacardave
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 21949

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

However, a factor worth considering is that automating something might be more intellectually stimulating/motivating than performing a repetitive task. The additional motivation might either make you do the task better (so you save time on fixing mistakes later) or maybe just make you happier overa...

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