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by JohnTheWysard
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 2507

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

RANDALL! Have you been hacking my phone records!? :shock:
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 3410

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

There was a clock on the Berkeley campus at one point (until somebody stole it and graffitied "Time is running out!" on its plinth) that ran by getting an electric pulse once a minute from a master clock in another location. I'd have kept the clock and replaced its controller with a Geiger...
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 2246

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

It's not only a good metaphor for software development, of course. The image works just as well for the evolution of eukaryotic organelles, or for corporate expansions and mergers, or for social cliques.

And the bugs and unforeseen problems apply to all of them!
by JohnTheWysard
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4460

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

orthogon wrote:Whatever the word is, the guy is definitely a cross cousin.


I had a cross cousin once. I'd taken the last piece of Grandma's homebaked pecan pie after Thanksgiving dinner and she'd wanted it.
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4460

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Just remember: if marriage is ever outlawed, then only outlaws will have in-laws.
by JohnTheWysard
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4968

Re: 2013: "Rock"

¹ I recognise Goa as a tourist-friendly place, with its white sand beeches. More so than Tamil Nadu (Tamils, 'nuff said) and I'm not sure what my impression is about Kerala. My one acquaintance from Kerala said that "our food and our politics are the hottest in India". He brought a vegeta...
by JohnTheWysard
Mon May 07, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9489

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

And what baffles me is the number of folks who dread and avoid ever getting in a commercial airliner, but think nothing of handing their loopy 17 year old the car keys.
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: Impostor Syndrome
Replies: 13
Views: 5066

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

Mikeski wrote:After reading through these posts, the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect makes me think you're all experts!

Expert, from Ex-spurt: A drip under pressure.
by JohnTheWysard
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6415

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

flymousechiu wrote:stable, meaning will has a expiration time longer than 300μs?

No, meaning "stable" as being fertilized by the output from a stable.
by JohnTheWysard
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6415

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Tomatoes reconnoitre in force, as victims of killer tomatoes have learnt. "Beefeater! Lord deliver us! A tomato plant that is carnivorous! You search its leaves for aphid eggs; its hairy vines reach for your legs! You have to hit it with a hoe Before the little thing lets go!" - Keillor
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6415

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Theoreticians are exploring something they call "String Theory" involving hypothetical information-carrying invisible strings which supposedly define the characteristics of the fruit. Particles containing these "strings" are called "pollen grains" and can collide with o...
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 5502

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

Dammit, Randall, are you hacking my email inbox again?
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 7868

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Two extremes:

Sumerian cuneiform tablets (properly baked): 3500BCE - millenia hence
Abacus (soroban, suan-pan): until it gets tilted or shaken
by JohnTheWysard
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 7301

Re: 1904: Research Risks

If astronomical research (LIGO/VIRGO, other studies of black holes, etc.) discovers how a black hole could be created at will, Astronomy would move from lower left to WAY upper right REAL quick!
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 6061

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Reminds me of paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin . <snerk> Reminds me of a riff Isaac Asimov used at a talk I heard once... he was waiting in line at the supply counter at a chem lab, wanting to pick up some p-dimethylamino benzaldehyde. In front of him in line was a very pretty redheaded young lady. ...
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8090

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

rmsgrey wrote:Presumably if they're interviewing an eschatologist (in their professional capacity) as breaking news, it's far too late to worry...

<snerk>!

"Oh sinner man, you shoulda been a prayin'..."
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 11954

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Re "gun vs. fire":

"But me, I expected it to happen
I knew he'd lost control
When he built a fire on Main Street
and shot it full of holes!"

- Bob Dylan, Memphis Blues Again
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 11278

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Randall, you have NO business posting an xkcd comic on the subject of color. The strip is black and white and that's as it should be!
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 11642

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Sure, lots of characters, but they'd all be bit parts.
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5987

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Shouldn't that be

"Grab your surds, students; we ride!"
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 6835

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

I just sometimes wish that some of the red districts WOULD leave, at a redshift of about 0.3 or better.
by JohnTheWysard
Tue May 23, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4966

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

"I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable." - Pooh-Bah, The Mikado, Act I
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 24987

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? I remember a conversation with my parents (fifty-five years ago!); mom asked me what I thought of some book, and I replied that I thought it was me-dik-o-ree. I...
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 11000

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

"Oh, and be careful - Ctrl-Alt-Del shorts out the battery and makes it blow up."
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 3734

Re: 1795: "All You Can Eat"

At least the "All you can eat" sign on the tire shop covered their ill-considered "Blowout Sale" ad.
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 5966

Re: 1788: "Barge"

It's rude to go barging in to where you're not wanted!
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1780: "Appliance Repair"
Replies: 34
Views: 5329

Re: 1780: "Appliance Repair"

I think the repairman needs a humilifier. The talk about heisenbugs makes me realize that my well pump apparently has one - for the past week it's been OCCASIONALLY just shutting down (no pressure, no warning lights, no other notable symptoms). This is irksome because we heat our house with a water-...
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1777: "Dear Diary"
Replies: 10
Views: 4333

Re: Dear Diary

BHG should be really careful. His diary could very well be hacked and unscrupulous people could get access to his huge Nigerian bank account.
by JohnTheWysard
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 12889

Re: 1768: "Settling"

J%r wrote:Is it bad that I initially thought it was about suicide?


Ow. That possibility struck me too (especially since my nephew took that option last month). But I'm sure that was NOT the intention.
by JohnTheWysard
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 4371

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

One more expert-level tip:

Try using the Buddy System. If you partner with another tornado, one of you can mess up a neighborhood, and then the other can come through a half hour later and take out the emergency response crews.
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"
Replies: 20
Views: 4371

Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Great vortices have lesser ones
That feed on their velocity;
The lesser ones have lesser ones,
And so on to viscosity!
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 6251

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

"He who breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom." - Gandalf Greyhame
by JohnTheWysard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 7264

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

thunk wrote:Alt-text: There's been a raccoon accident at an accordion bacchanalia! Double doses!


I just hope the accident wasn't at the raccoon's sleeping quarters at the zoo. The raccoonnookkeeper would be really upset.
by JohnTheWysard
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 13422

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Enjoy yourselves! Enjoy yourselves! IT'S LATER THAN YOU THINK!
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17956

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Having lived in both Oklahoma and Idaho, I'm delighted to see that the panhandle didn't move - just swapped states!
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 17956

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

jc wrote:One of the fun US-geography trivia questions is to name the state border that is an arc of a circle (without looking it up). There really is one such border segment, though most people aren't aware of it.


Spoiler:
Northern border of Delaware. And I didn't look it up. :lol:
by JohnTheWysard
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 9371

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

The next generation of gravity wave detectors will examine much longer wavelengths; eventually they hope to detect the waves from the Big Bang. Just hope it's a voice saying "Let there be Light" in Hebrew, and not Brahma saying "OK, Vishnu, you can play with this for a while but then ...
by JohnTheWysard
Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1600: "MarketWatch"
Replies: 17
Views: 4602

Re: 1600: "MarketWatch"

There were real problems when the S&P 500 got cross connected with the USGS seismic network. Having the market track Asian and South American quakes was bad enough, but then the signals started going the other way...
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 12195

Re: 1590: "The Source"

I wish I could turn off the high-pitched (E-flat an octave above the treble clef) hum. But it's the tinnitus in my left ear's cochlea and there doesn't seem to be an off switch.
by JohnTheWysard
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1578: Squirrelphone
Replies: 38
Views: 8510

Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

Ever have a pay phone ring while you're nearby? Yeah I don't answer those either. Good idea: I heard this pay phone ringin' It just about blew my mind! I picked it up and said "Hello?" and this FOOT came through the line! Oh, momma, can this really be the end To be stuck inside of Mobile ...

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