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by Wes Janson
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 66012

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

put our entire nuclear arsenal in a box Yes. I own a copy of that book, and I've read it. Lots. The guys that came up with the idea (notably Stan Ulam) were Bomb designers by day and space travel freaks in their spare time. I've come to the conclusion that they put a lot of thought into the propuls...
by Wes Janson
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21439

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

...If you're armed, aware of your surroundings, and know how to respond to a threat, there's nothing much left in the world to fear because* no one who was armed, aware and knew how to respond to a threat EVER got killed. NEVER EVER. EDITED FOR GENERAl IDIOT SPELLING MISSSSSTEAK Any time you walk o...
by Wes Janson
Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21439

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

As someone with a concealed weapons permit, trained to carry a weapon any time I leave the house...I have to admit it seems bizarre to hear people discussing a fear of something behind them. I'm highly proficient with a pistol, and have a relatively high degree of situational awareness. If you're ar...
by Wes Janson
Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 60253

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

This one is definitely odd. I'm missing something here....so Randall doesn't like Romney: who does?
by Wes Janson
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 42269

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

It could still be funny even if there was a logical explanation. I think in the case of gun sales, it's not all that absurd - they're unrelated laws for unrelated situations, so it's probably too much to ask for internal consistency on that, and a lot of people in the US are more touchy about their...
by Wes Janson
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 42269

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

So I'm taking it Randall is anti-gun? I'd be curious to know, but there's nothing in the alt-text that clearly indicates it..he's just pointing out a (possibly true) observation about gun sales. As someone who sells guns for a living, I can state with 100% certainty that most places in the US just ...
by Wes Janson
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46865

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I'm mildly disappointed; I would've sworn Randall was about to insert a Blade Runner reference somewhere around the third panel of the comic... :?
by Wes Janson
Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321271

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Christ, has everyone's brains been sucked out of their heads lately? When was the last time that anyone here was the subject of a brute-force cracking attempt? I'll wait for the clamor to die down in a minute. To quote Stross, Didn't they know that the only unhackable computer is one that's running ...
by Wes Janson
Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44522

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Well, except for the whole being a sniper and shooting people in the head at 1500 meters thing.



Yes, I know that's an urban legend. Even so...it's nice to believe in.
by Wes Janson
Fri May 15, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0584: "Unsatisfied"
Replies: 145
Views: 36923

Re: "Unsatisfied" Discussion

Dark indeed.
by Wes Janson
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 68935

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

So am I one of the only ones who cracked up laughing as soon as I read the comic...?

My immediate take on it was along the lines of "we already read the results, and massive time-travel catastrophy is going to occur Tuesday, begin planning now".
by Wes Janson
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0562: "Parking"
Replies: 193
Views: 79525

Re: "Parking" Discussion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbwXIfS2nEs

Convert pesky cars into modern art sculptures in seconds!
by Wes Janson
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0551: "Etch-a-Sketch"
Replies: 124
Views: 26152

Re: "Etch-a-Sketch" Discussion

One of the most depressing XKCD comics ever...
by Wes Janson
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0551: "Etch-a-Sketch"
Replies: 124
Views: 26152

Re: "Etch-A-Sketch" Discussion

Definitely one of Randall's more depressing comics...
by Wes Janson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 70327

Re: "Base System" discussion

That would make for a great t-shirt design right there... (minus the top panels)
by Wes Janson
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46838

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

I have a really bad experience with a swan when I was in preschool.

Never been much a fan of waterfowl ever since then...
by Wes Janson
Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 52299

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

In 12th grade we had a half-assed Egg Launch competition...mostly intended to see who could build the best model rocket. Sadly, out of the entire (small) class, there were only two of us who had the slightest idea how to construct something vaguely aerodynamically stable. So most of the class shoved...
by Wes Janson
Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0506: "Theft of the Magi"
Replies: 136
Views: 33203

Re: "Theft of the Magi" Discussion

Goddamnit.

Alright, which one of you bastards managed to update Wikipedia before I could complete my edit of the "Gift of the Magi" article?
by Wes Janson
Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0506: "Theft of the Magi"
Replies: 136
Views: 33203

0506: "Theft of the Magi"

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http://xkcd.com/506/

Alt Text: Every Roomba needs a dueling harness.


Is it just me, or does the harness look suspiciously like a headcrab?
by Wes Janson
Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0476: "One-Sided"
Replies: 111
Views: 30019

Re: "One-Sided" Discussion

Am I the only one, or does anyone else think the alt-text (and phone conv) is a really bitchin' reference to John Steakley's Vampire$? The whole crossbow, pillar, vampire, "one of them", "get them at the entrance" thing seems like a real strong reference to one of the last chapte...
by Wes Janson
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35190

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

I'm not worried about the LHC.. I'm worried that the density of bad physics innuendo in that strip may actually be high enough to create a micro black hole...
by Wes Janson
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0466: "Moving"
Replies: 165
Views: 32618

Re: Moving

GET OUT OF MY LIFE RANDALL


I just moved into a new apartment yesterday, and was up well past midnight (and then again early in the morning) conversing with Indian call centers trying to get my internet to work. Never stand between a geek and his internet connectivity.
by Wes Janson
Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0464: "RBA"
Replies: 118
Views: 59055

Re: "RBA" discussion

I'm not quite getting this one, I'm afraid...particularly not the last panel. Anyone care to elucidate?
by Wes Janson
Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0452: "Mission"
Replies: 88
Views: 19078

Re: "Mission" Discussion

I R STOPID

Anyone care to explain this strip for the intellectually challenged?
by Wes Janson
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 20725

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

I have the sneaking suspicion the quote might be vaguely related to Psychohistorical Crisis.
by Wes Janson
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 20725

0447: "Too Old For This Shit"

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Alt Text: They say if a mathematician doesn't do their greatest work by age eleven, they never will.


Somehow that phrase sounds familiar...
by Wes Janson
Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0444: "Macgyver Gets Lazy"
Replies: 91
Views: 23621

Re: "Macgyver Gets Lazy" Discussion

The real question is....

What caliber does MacGyver use?
by Wes Janson
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 42139

Re: Internet Argument Discussion

I dunno, if they're capable of really raising my ire online, they're probably capable of doing so in real life. I just had a rather shocking argument with a person today, of the communist persuasion. He felt that Stalin was a great man who had worked for the best interest of the Russian people, and ...
by Wes Janson
Fri May 30, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0430: "Every Damn Morning"
Replies: 184
Views: 37773

Re: "Every Damn Morning" Discussion

Most perfect useage of the eraser tool ever. All I can say is, my most vivid dream involved corn fields in the middle of the Midwest, a giant darkened shopping mall, aliens, and the X-Files. And it was filmed in really good color, right up until the flying saucer lifted off from the top of the mall,...
by Wes Janson
Wed May 28, 2008 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0429: "Fantasy"
Replies: 81
Views: 18985

Re: "Fantasy" Discussion

One of the best in a while. The level of funay declined somewhat this past month, but the last few strips have been genius.
by Wes Janson
Wed May 14, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0423: "Finish Line"
Replies: 67
Views: 16518

Re: "Finish Line" discussion

One does wonder...
by Wes Janson
Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0397: "Unscientific"
Replies: 160
Views: 42136

Re: "Unscientific" Discussion

Damn you XKCD for stealing twenty more minutes of my time reading Feynman's commentaries on school district textbook evaluation comittees!
by Wes Janson
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0384: "The Drake Equation"
Replies: 117
Views: 28439

Re: "The Drake Equation" Discussion

And no mention of The Killing Star?

Some might say that openly broadcasting is a move of unknown riskiness, where the potential consequences of being wrong could include human extinction.
by Wes Janson
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 107902

Re: "Helping" Discussion

I don't know whether you are being serious or not. I really hope not. LIFE DOES NOT SUCK. Life is glorious, wonderful, and exciting. Life is opportunity. And, from a more practical viewpoint, life is all you've got, so you might as well make the best of it. Life is so grand that people dread the da...

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