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by drakvl
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46155

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Ah, A Wrinkle in Time, the book that inspired my ill-conceived decision to start on Joyce with Finnegans Wake. So, am I right to read into this that Mrs. Who may be a future incarnation of The Doctor?
by drakvl
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 21078

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

I always thought a good idea for a movie would be "Bit part", about two guys who spend the entire film trying (unsuccessfully) to get a single line in a major Hollywood film just so they can say they were in a big movie, and the movie would have a thousand single-line parts of people on t...
by drakvl
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19940

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

rmsgrey wrote:Wouldn't work except in very extreme cases


Which would be the point of the joke. Well, any joke involving applying SR to everyday life, I guess.
by drakvl
Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 52194

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

The strip kind of reminded me of the fire marble puzzle from Riven.
by drakvl
Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19940

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

I don't think it's an unexpected hanging paradox. It seems more like what my physics professor described as solving baseman-runner ties by moving the bag -- it just causes situations that used to have clear outcomes to be considered ties now. Could you explain this for those of us who don't play ba...
by drakvl
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19940

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

I don't think it's an unexpected hanging paradox. It seems more like what my physics professor described as solving baseman-runner ties by moving the bag -- it just causes situations that used to have clear outcomes to be considered ties now.
by drakvl
Tue May 01, 2012 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 134855

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

pareidolon wrote:
snowyowl wrote:What is the other work? It sounds badass.

Time Fcuk.


In all honesty, I was thinking The Garden of Forking Paths. Borges rocks. He will be the reason when I finally learn Spanish.
by drakvl
Tue May 01, 2012 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 134855

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

To the person asking about the Sluggy story arc: it was Kiki Shrugged. I agree that there are many people in the generally libertarian/free-market/capitalist/"conservative"/"Objectivist" line of thought follow a process like this. However, I think it equally disheartening that th...
by drakvl
Tue May 01, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 134855

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

First: For those interested in how to set up such a bookshelf trap, check out http://design.spotcoolstuff.com/house-interior-design/hidden-doors I was first inspired to pick up Atlas Shrugged thanks to a story arc over at Sluggy Freelance; strangely enough, the copy I got had a leaflet for a local m...
by drakvl
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 280735

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

So, the take-away is, in the game of love, pickup artists are the munchkins?
by drakvl
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic
Replies: 14
Views: 4161

Re: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic

However, I have always been of the opinion that http://xkcd.com/404/ is an actual comic, if a slightly avant-garde one. I actually went out of my way to modify the 'random' button to include it, but that annoyed too many people - most of whom reasonably assumed it was a bug - and I eventually undid...
by drakvl
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 39307

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

The local NPR affiliate is receiving support from PBS, and their spots feature a speaker pronouncing the show's title "Downtown Abbey." It made me think of XKCD. Also, get out of the head of the guy who reads promotions for the local NPR affiliate, Randall!
by drakvl
Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27969

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

Seeing as my last few posts might make me appear a bit belligerent, I'm gonna turn down the sarcasm and aggression. And, since people probably want to get their nerd on, this will be my last post addressing SirMustapha. Mustapha: Remember, the forum is a community. Your first words in this thread we...
by drakvl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27969

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

Just did some research on Game Theory, since I've heard a lot about it recently. Oh my god. How incredibly boring . My experience is that learning makes most sense when it's attached to context. But yeah, game theory can be boring. However, there's a book -- a Dover reprint of a work from the '50s,...
by drakvl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68157

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Ah. Thanks!
by drakvl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68157

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Okay, I'm seeing two grammatical standards here. Is kerning a binary thing (with people talking about there being no kerning), or is it an inherent property of text, with a sliding scale of quality (good kerning vs bad kerning)?
by drakvl
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27969

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

But then they wouldn't be SPESHUL. Remember this comic is pandering to a "class" of people who consider social ineptitude as a sort of virtue, and take pride in deliberately making social affairs more confusing and problematic than they need to be. Because that's quirky and cute. And now ...
by drakvl
Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68157

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

So if someone gathers up bits and pieces of fashion, including bits from the currently fashionable "dig me, I'm a geek" persona and styling, then you'd call them a hipster? I live in Boston, and I see plenty of people fronting geek everywhere I go. Frankly, foaming at the mouth over trivi...
by drakvl
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68157

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

True story; I read todays comic while working a problem in my analytical chem book. It included; 􏰆0.167 89% as an error... Which I read as 0.167 and 89%, prompting serious confusion. After reading the comic, I figured out that it was in fact 0.16789%. Yet another problem solved by Randall. This is ...
by drakvl
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68157

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

I know what bad kerning looks like, but I can never figure what good kerning looks like. It's a good thing I don't do it for a living. Edit: [url]http://type.method.ac/[url] Case and point, 48/100 I've definitely had my head in DEs for too long; the first thing I thought of with this was a chain of...
by drakvl
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 40269

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

I've just stopped using bags. This takes some preparation: unloading one region of the cart so it doesn't look like I'm trying to pull one over on the checkout clerk, arranging the purchases so it's easy for the greeter to compare with the receipt, and always having the receipt ready. I just toss ev...
by drakvl
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 25341

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

I see all the people jumping forward to defend von Braun, and while I don't know much about his life, on thought keeps jumping to the front of my mind: this is BHG saying this. I don't think bending historical fact a bit is outside the realm of what he's willing to do just to screw with someone.
by drakvl
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0976: "Sail"
Replies: 61
Views: 16563

Re: 0976: "Sail"

I saw it more as the sail just being at a different angle, than shrinking.
by drakvl
Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39084

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I've been wondering about medicine myself. I've come to the conclusion it's a strange blend of science, engineering, and public policy. Now: SirMustapha. I was exercising self-control, telling myself, "Don't feed the troll" (and before you deny it -- "Oh, and I also post in anti-xkcd ...
by drakvl
Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39084

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

The discussion of the placebo effect reminded me of an article I read a while back, with a headline something like "Not doing acupuncture more effective than not doing medicine" -- another article on the experiment can be found at http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/AlternativeMedicine...
by drakvl
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 41737

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

Sorry, this one was in bad taste. Too many people lost thier lives that day. As for playing conspiracy theories against one another, I usually say the moon landing was a hoax. The movie, "Capricorn One", was a documentary on how the government faked the landing and O.J. Simpson, who had a...
by drakvl
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20498

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

I've been thinking about the very thing mentioned in the rollover text. Here's my question: since flying creatures tend to have bones that are less dense, how could they reach escape velocity without breaking a few?

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