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by Brilliand
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 8656

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Technically "eve" doesn't mean the day before, but just the evening of the day. Didn't mean. Once it only meant the evening of the day, but now it also (in certain contexts) means the day before. Because language changes. (Anyone who disagrees is welcome to explain why they no longer writ...
by Brilliand
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 8656

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

I don't think it actually works this way. "Christmas eve" means "Christmas evening". A day used to be considered to last from sunset to sunset, so the "eve" of a day would be the nighttime part of that day (which was before the daytime part of that day). Nowadays, we co...
by Brilliand
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 8878

2021: "Software Development"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/software_development.png Title text: Update: It turns out the cannon has a motorized base, and can make holes just fine using the barrel itself as a battering ram. But due to design constraints it won't work without a projectile loaded in, so we still need those drills....
by Brilliand
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 9733

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

hetas wrote:
Brilliand wrote:This quotation mark added for OCD: "
—Brilliand

There's lots of unmatched quotation marks on this forum. Now there's one before your name.

Edit: It's not actually unmatched because of the ocd mark.


There's an even number of quotation marks in my post. Count them. :)
by Brilliand
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 9733

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

"Since there's no ending quote mark, everything after this is part of my quote. —Randall Munroe "Wait, what if these quote marks are inside out, so everything in the rest of the document is the quotation and this part isn't? Duuuuude ." —Randall Munroe This quotation mark added for OC...
by Brilliand
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 6397

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

Santa is now a Pokémon! Someone needs to write out the rest of his stat block. (Also his movelist.)
by Brilliand
Mon May 30, 2016 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8377

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

The media only uses the first two lines of that... the alt text is complaining that it doesn't include the other six lines. I been racking my brain for a way for Einstein to be right about this, but... I'm pretty sure he wasn't. World War 3 won't eliminate the technology used to fight it, unless the...
by Brilliand
Wed May 04, 2016 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19098

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"



I've written like that on a small scale before, but that's pretty impressive. I think it's basically Randal's "filler" solution, with some hyphens thrown in... but the filler at least looks natural (not the hyphens so much).
by Brilliand
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 18959

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Most chess pieces can capture diagonally, and it's possible to surround a square by placing pieces on all four corners, so I think there's some room for the sides to come into conflict. Though, that would require both sides to agree that this game is simultaneously chess and Go...
by Brilliand
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 85197

Re: 1127: "Congress"

EDIT: In summary, in range voting, each voter gives each candidate a score in some range (say 0 to 99), and the overall score of each candidate is their total score divided by the number of people who express an opinion on them - highest overall score wins. Sounds like any kind of preferential rank...
by Brilliand
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 85197

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Currently the only way I'm aware of to improve 3rd party chances is run-offs when candidates have less than 50% of the popular vote, which produces much higher 3rd party appearance rates in states who's congresses are elected using that technique, as people no longer see their vote as "wasted&...
by Brilliand
Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27234

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

Nerdbait: How many hurricanes can theoretically cover the Earth's surface without instantly destroying one another?

In any case, the number is finite, so Cantor's diagonals don't apply. I'm sure it's more than 21+sizeof(Greek alphabet), though.

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