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by eboyce
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37708

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

This is a beautiful illustration. I wonder what fills the little space next to Triton? I'm guessing Nereid, the third largest moon of Neptune. The map groups planetary bodies by type, so the unlabelled space should match Triton or the 1km+ asteroids. Since the named asteroids are on the other side ...
by eboyce
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37708

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

What's the Seattle reference? Well, what do you need to sew space together aside from space thread? The Space Needle. Initially I thought it was a reference to legalized marijuana - you'd have to be completely stoned to even think about sewing the solar system together. Randall probably meant the S...
by eboyce
Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 63591

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

While revising for a physics doctoral exam, I realised that fuel economy has units of inverse area, and so miles per gallon was equivalent to cm^{-2}, inverse barns etc. My dimensional abuse was topped by a fellow student who explained the meaning of this area. If you take the fuel burned by a car d...
by eboyce
Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 46816

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Randall's job before becoming a full-time web cartoonist was at NASA, "getting poorly documented software libraries to talk to each other."1 I wonder whether he classifies NASA as academia or business.

1according to the introduction of xkcd volume 0
by eboyce
Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0493: "Actuarial"
Replies: 95
Views: 22083

Re: "Actuarial" Discussion

And then releases "Star Wars: The Musical" on Broadway. Thought I should mention that the MIT Musical Theatre group already performed "Star Wars: The Musical Edition" in November 2005. They took famous Broadway tunes and rewrote the lyrics to retell the Star Wars original trilog...
by eboyce
Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15431

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

I spend a lot of time on the web jumping to news sites, but almost as much time skipping over to webcomic sites. Surely some of the other people on a webcomic forum act the same way?
by eboyce
Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 47755

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

This was one of my favourite xkcd strips for 2008, and I was surprised that so many forumites didn't get the joke. Is the xkcd audience branching out from hardcore maths / CS types to people who don't appreciate recursion and Godelian self-reference?
by eboyce
Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 31002

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

I couldn't help thinking of a numerical answer to the security guy's question in the last panel. A mouse is about 10 times smaller than a human in its linear dimensions, and will be around 1000 times smaller in volume. So it contains roughly 0.001 the blood of the average human, or about 5 mL. This ...
by eboyce
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0430: "Every Damn Morning"
Replies: 184
Views: 36973

Re: "Every Damn Morning" Discussion

Few have frequent problems of thinking they've woken up when they haven't, although a few have. I'm only aware of once or twice that it has taken me any significant time to realize that I'm still dreaming, and it's rather rare for me to experience a false awakening at all. I used to lucid dream, an...
by eboyce
Mon May 19, 2008 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0425: "Fortune Cookies"
Replies: 85
Views: 19180

Re: "Fortune Cookies" Discussion

Randall's alternate ending would work well with the following fortune I received recently:
"The one you love is closer than you think"
by eboyce
Wed May 07, 2008 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0420: "Jealousy"
Replies: 151
Views: 35139

Re: "Jealousy" Discussion

It does leave me wondering, though...how many of these sorts of comics are based on Randall's personal experience, and how many are just fancies? I suspect this is based on Randall's personal experience, as he mentioned a girlfriend and then ex-girlfriend named Megan in a couple of previous comics ...
by eboyce
Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0412: "Startled"
Replies: 127
Views: 32684

Re: "Startled" Discussion

Black hair vs. Black hat... again? I don't believe that's BHG. She would have come up with something more devious against BHM. Like maybe blowing up a paper bag and then popping it. I think it's the woman from the Journal series. She booby-trapped the hat and cut her hair so that Black Hat Man woul...
by eboyce
Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0405: "Journal 3"
Replies: 237
Views: 39490

Re: "Journal 3" discussion

If Black Hat Man doesn't have his hat, then Randall can't use him for comics like Classhole , Nerd Sniping or Bass . Presumably Mr. Munroe wants to continue writing BHM comics (and lots of us want to keep reading them), so I don't think the black hat will be stolen again. If there is a Journal 4, Bl...
by eboyce
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31713

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

Hold on. Is this comic just a giant build-up to the alt text?
by eboyce
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0406: "Venting"
Replies: 133
Views: 29853

Re: "Venting" Discussion

Does Randall ever vent by writing rebuttals to XKCD forum posts? Hopefully there aren't any sufficiently stupid comments.
by eboyce
Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0405: "Journal 3"
Replies: 237
Views: 39490

Re: "Journal 3" discussion

Classhole's line just before he walks away is "I LIKE my hat." He emphasises "like", giving Black Hat Woman just enough time to wonder if he'll admit to liking her, and then finishes with "... my hat." Even after she sees through him, he still gets to say something hurt...
by eboyce
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0231: "Cat Proximity"
Replies: 180
Views: 46929

Re: "Cat Proximity" Discussion

pKp wrote:This works better with small children.


You get particularly inane statements when you put small children near cats.

Our family's cat was shedding her winter coat, so my 3 year old brother pulled out a small clump of fur while stroking her. He looked up and said, "Pussy cat broke!"
by eboyce
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 169459

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

The day after this comic posted, I couldn't do anything else for 10-15 minutes while I worked out the fraction of the earth that's directly illuminated by the sun at any instant of time. It's 50.7%, rather than 50.0%, due to atmospheric refraction and the nonzero size of the sun. I'm assuming you s...
by eboyce
Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 26091

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

Oh man, just what we needed. Politics in xkcd. I myself was a little disappointed. I suppose its inescapable, though. I'd say that xkcd has started to include meta-politics rather than politics. Today's comic and the recent one about kidnapping Jon Stewart don't advocate a political position, they ...
by eboyce
Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378584

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello, my name's Edward. I'm working as a researcher in astronomy at the University of Manchester in England, at least until February 2008. I'm a bit of a bad person in that I joined the fora a few weeks ago and made 3 posts before introducing myself. Just couldn't resist adding more songs which wer...
by eboyce
Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 169459

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

The day after this comic posted, I couldn't do anything else for 10-15 minutes while I worked out the fraction of the earth that's directly illuminated by the sun at any instant of time. It's 50.7%, rather than 50.0%, due to atmospheric refraction and the nonzero size of the sun.
by eboyce
Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 49286

More Song Lyrics

This gets addictive when you start. Tori Amos, "China" In your thighs I saw a future together You just look away in the distance Bob Dylan, "Like a Rolling Stone" As you stare into the vacuum of his thighs And say, So do you want to make a deal Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are...
by eboyce
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0354: "Startling"
Replies: 159
Views: 25118

Re: "Startling" discussion

The most startling time-related incident for me was when a friend wanted to host a nineties retro party.
by eboyce
Thu Dec 06, 2007 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 49286

Re: "Thighs" Discussion

Wanted to add some modified Leonard Cohen classics. from "Sisters of Mercy" They laid down beside me I made my confession to them they touched both my thighs and I touched the dew on their hem from "Famous Blue Raincoat" Yes, and thanks for the trouble you took from her thighs. I...

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