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by Jorpho
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?
Replies: 6
Views: 2637

What is up with the ASCII capital phi?

Random question of the moment: Consider an extended ASCII character table. http://www.maxi-pedia.com/web_files/images/code_ASCII_OEM.png Row E consists of a somewhat random assortment of greek letters. Right after mu and tau, but before uppercase (?) theta and uppercase omega, we see what looks like...
by Jorpho
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 9254

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Did you catch that the end credits music was literally called "The Master of the Mystic End Credits" ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uoNAFfvKg I was reminded of Monty on the Run for some reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEE8203hmBQ Am I the only one who didn't quite get how the ...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 558717

Re: Doctor Whom

I caught the special showing of the newly-restored animated Power of the Daleks at the cinema just now. Man, Classic Who is just weird. I was definitely nodding off for a minute during the middle. (What the bork is up with Patrick Troughton's flute?!)
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 9254

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Am I the only one who didn't quite get how the "mirror universe" was supposed to work? Bit slipshod, that. (It made me think of the "Gloom" in Night Watch/Day Watch, which did it rather better – or maybe I'm only thinking that because of the books .) Also, "Heaven Sent"...
by Jorpho
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23827

Re: 1759: "British Map"

1) Roll-eyes . Do you think that people outside your country recognise immediately the place-names mentioned in TV/films etc. your country produces? Well, anything expected to be consumed outside of the country would probably have a minimal reliance on local geography. Can you name TV/films about B...
by Jorpho
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2550
Views: 404321

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Zohar wrote:So there's this thing - a bundle of 151 games for $20 for charity.
I was so hoping for Hadean Lands, but alas, not today.

It is cheaper than it's ever been at the moment – but no, now is the time to buy Undertale and Life is Strange.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/376240/
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9006

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Jorpho wrote:What, no monkey tacos?

peteispo wrote:What, no Bobcats?


Oh, I forgot the other likely possibility:
Image
https://xkcd.com/1123/
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9006

1762: "Moving Boxes"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/moving_boxes.png Alt-text: Later, when I remember that I'm calling movers, I frantically scribble over the labels and write 'NORMAL HOUSE STUFF' on all of them, which actually makes things worse. What, no monkey tacos? Also, I'm a little surprised there's no thread for ...
by Jorpho
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventing The Intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

Re: Inventing The Intelligence

Reminiscent of https://xkcd.com/675/ .
by Jorpho
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?
Replies: 15
Views: 3314

Re: V=IR - bad science or am I being thick?

The further you go to the top-left, the more reactive the elements are. Clarification: metals in the lower left are more reactive than those in the upper left. Lithium in water will fizz around enthusiastically; sodium will ignite, and it gets more exciting from potassium on down. (Francium is too ...
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23827

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm reminded of reading the original War of the Worlds not so long ago. The story does not hold up very well at all, not in the least because of the names of all these obscure places in the English countryside (i.e. which are slowly being overrun by the invading alien hordes) are quite meaningless t...
by Jorpho
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23827

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What, no Wainscotting?
by Jorpho
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What sites do you go on when you're bored?
Replies: 106
Views: 97447

Re: What sites do you go on when you're bored?

Zohar wrote:Specific subreddits? Find a youtuber you like and binge on their old videos?


Youtube-watching is much too conspicuous at work, even with headphones. Or so I'd imagine.

I have been dipping my toes a little more into the Reddit-waters lately, though. Perhaps that is not such a bad idea.
by Jorpho
Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What sites do you go on when you're bored?
Replies: 106
Views: 97447

Re: What sites do you go on when you're bored?

I think I'm going to have to give up on 9gag and boingboing for a while. All this doom and gloom is really wearing me down.

Is there a good place to go that explicitly strives to avoid politics?

Maybe I'll just have to forget about the Internet for a while and spend my day actually, y'know, working.
by Jorpho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7655

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

There's a good joke in here somewhere, but the idea of a building with a giant sign that says "MOTTO:" just doesn't click with me at all. I mean, The Simpsons does this sort of thing all the time without having to swing the proverbial hammer like that. It doesn't even have any of the chara...
by Jorpho
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 5892

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

By many accounts, the Mt. Everest experience of today is positively dreary – just shuffling along in an overcrowded lineup of rich people. Perhaps that will be the ultimate fate of the true "interplanetary experience"? (I bet there's a good short story plot in there somehow.)
by Jorpho
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 6453

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

I wonder if this is another one of those cases where Randall uploaded the wrong, incomplete version of the comic.
by Jorpho
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 10319

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

The first time I worked in an environment with a communal coffee maker, someone informed me that the correct way to prepare a fresh pot was to just fill up the carafe and pour it back in the top. And hey, the stuff that comes out in the end is still brown, so how was I supposed to know you're also s...
by Jorpho
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1834
Views: 406090

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Not Companions of Xanth?
by Jorpho
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The worst film you've seen
Replies: 667
Views: 214012

Re: The worst film you've seen

I see Phantasm is back in the news, with both a Remastered version and a fourth Kickstarted sequel. I guess it's not necessarily a terrible movie – it has a distinctive vision, which is a whole lot more than a lot of other terrible movies can say. But it was quite mindblowing when I realized the str...
by Jorpho
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blocking all Images
Replies: 9
Views: 2650

Re: Blocking all Images

Way, way, back in the day, Opera used to be extremely convenient, as there was a single button which would toggle between "load images", "hide all images", and "load only cached images" – so you could, say, load up whatever images you need for a particular board layout ...
by Jorpho
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2550
Views: 404321

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Bundle Stars is selling this 5-pack of Sentinels of the Multiverse presently.
https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/s ... rse-5-pack

Three bucks is about as much as I'd like to pay for it, but I would like to pay for it. Would anyone else be interested in a copy for $3?
by Jorpho
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Two simple tricks to month long subjects
Replies: 28
Views: 6945

Re: Two simple tricks to month long subjects

Cellulose is trivial with regard to human nutrition because cellulose does not do anything in humans. A lack of dietary fiber can be problematic. We learned about that in grade 8 biology. Check out the basic dimensions section of the Wolfran Alpha page on Kinetic Energy Notice that substituting the...
by Jorpho
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum
Replies: 150
Views: 22086

Re: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum

Ahh, I remember when I started a thread expressing my bafflement at FaiD. Hammer locked it after two pages.
by Jorpho
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Two simple tricks to month long subjects
Replies: 28
Views: 6945

Re: Two simple tricks to month long subjects

But mnemonics are still cool, right?

Lo d hi and hi d lo, E-I-E-I-O...
by Jorpho
Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Freshman Student looking for Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 2341

Re: Freshman Student looking for Guidance

I agree with Mr. LaserGuy. Specialization is not going to make much of a difference at this particular juncture. Also, I'm not sure what sort of research you've been doing, but everything I've ever heard (and let's not forget https://xkcd.com/1052/ ) is that someone with a Physics degree is extremel...
by Jorpho
Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Two simple tricks to month long subjects
Replies: 28
Views: 6945

Re: Two simple tricks to month long subjects

jewish_scientist wrote:Dimensional Analysis
1) Replace every unit with a variable of the same power e.g. mm^2 becomes x^2
2) Do algebra
3) When in simplest form, do the first step backwards
This always works.
EK = ½mv².

So no. It doesn't.
by Jorpho
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Diagnosing a Kaput WD External Hard Drive
Replies: 19
Views: 17088

Re: Diagnosing a Kaput WD External Hard Drive

I keep hoping that maybe I'll save the life of a data-recovery business owner some day. Or perhaps marry the attractive daughter of such a business owner. I thought I'd report that a chance to give SpinRite a chance recently presented itself, so I fired up a spare laptop and gave it a try. It seems ...
by Jorpho
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9579

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

I was expecting the proposed phenomenon to be attributed not to the remarkable longevity of honey, but rather to the heretofore undocumented preservation capabilities of pyramid-shaped structures. I'm sure someone somewhere is already ranting about that.
by Jorpho
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 340987

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Hat dug I'm glad I stuck with this. That last arc is frakkin' metal . I could hardly put it down. It's hard to believe a single person wrote this whole thing. I feel a little sad that I could probably never achieve something of this quality, and even if I did, it would probably at best languish in r...
by Jorpho
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...
Replies: 541
Views: 105339

Re: My Pokemanz, let me show you them...

Apparently Pokemon Global Link is getting shut off in October, which means I'll probably have to finish Pokemon Y if I want to spend all my Pokemiles.

At least Wonder Trade will still work.
by Jorpho
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Snappy Comebacks for Impudent Door-Holders
Replies: 17
Views: 4102

Snappy Comebacks for Impudent Door-Holders

Door-holding: I hate it. I wish no one ever held a door for me, and I wish I never had to hold a door for someone else; my dislike for this transcends all consideration of age and gender. While at times it goes smoothly, too often this intricate pas-de-deux between two strangers requires too much co...
by Jorpho
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 11858

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

I can't seem to find any good linkage about these "headlight bugs", which I guess explains why Randall didn't include any.

EDIT: Ohh, headlight beetle.
https://naturecloseups.com/posts/headlight-beetle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrophorus_nyctophanus
by Jorpho
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 7464

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

The last (several) times something like this happened, Randall uploaded the wrong comic and the problem was remedied later in the day.

But it's well past noon EST now. This bodes poorly.
by Jorpho
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 340987

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Well, I'm coming up on the end of Arc 1 at the moment. Can't say I'm enjoying this nearly as much as HPMOR, and if you folks hadn't be going on about it for pages and pages, I might have given up on it by now. But I've come too far now. (It doesn't help that the epub formatting is kind of wonky.) So...
by Jorpho
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 8599

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

So had anyone here actually heard of ANSEL before reading this comic? (I might not even have gotten to the wikipedia page if not for explainxkcd; the search results are swamped by some nvidia widget.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANSEL
by Jorpho
Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolley Problem
Replies: 344
Views: 56191

Re: Trolley Problem

elasto wrote:How did we not come up with this variant ??
It is a rich vein for inquiry. Did someone link to http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/less ... variations or http://existentialcomics.com/comic/106 already?
by Jorpho
Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 5427

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

This ain't bad, but we need the autotune version that follows the tune of the original. I have to agree with you there. I never much cared for the notion of sucking on a chili dog . That is not something you do with a chili dog. And for the longest time I thought "hand between her knees" ...
by Jorpho
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 5427

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

The digital edit of Star Wars might be asking a bit much, but it seems all too likely that by this comic Randall shall will this Jack and Diane remix into existence.

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