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by Frankie
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138091

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

That said, they're building a new, more modern school next year, so I'll need to check that out to see what they've done about the maps. No. You absolutely should not "check that out to see what they've done". Good schools come from involved parents. If your child will go there, you talk ...
by Frankie
Wed Nov 16, 2011 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138091

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Unfortunately, to defend my map and myself, I will need to compare various projections...which you feel is just more spam and promotion. If you are the real Steve Waterman, you are an absolutely terrible spokesman for your own cause. If you are pretending to be Steve Waterman, you are an absolutely...
by Frankie
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138091

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Can someone explain to me why there's such a dispute about Gall-Peters? I read the Wikipedia article, and I understand why cartographers reacted negatively to charges of cultural imperialism, etc., but I don't understand the cartographic reaction to it. What is wrong with it as a map? Cartographica...
by Frankie
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138091

Re: Map Projections

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversed_map I do not own one of these because they were hideously expensive. So not having one means I am cheap. If you like south-up maps, then you should love a fully-corrective Pacific-centered map. This one is only $9 ; now you can shatter people's cultural fixatio...
by Frankie
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138091

representing for MOLLWEIDE!

Also out of the ones that Randall posted I most like the Equirectangular, because I like to invent worlds and it is the easiest one to work with in that sense – although you have to be really careful about pinching at the poles. And then to actually view it I'd switch to an equal-area projection, a...
by Frankie
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 53452

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

dp2 wrote:Oh, great. Thanks for turning your own comic into a religious flamewar, Randall. Ah, I suppose it's just speeding up the inevitable.

Already happened last time he made a Narnia comic. Most of us survived it.
by Frankie
Mon Oct 10, 2011 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57900

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

I could never afford a mac since they went color :) The original 1980s monochrome "toaster" Macs were priced at $2000+ (while US median household income was mid $20k). In the 1990s the Mac LC II went for $1400 (median income mid $30k). And the 2005 Mac mini bottomed at $500 (median income...
by Frankie
Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34299

Re: 0960: "Subliminal"

I did spend a few minutes trying to see Guy Fawkes.. makes me wish I had a good shroom hook up now.. of course I *can* almost see him if I assume he is rendered on an Atari 2600 :D While Willie Mays looks more like ColecoVision. And the armored vehicle is clearly the Union ship Monitor, not some we...
by Frankie
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 24034

Re: 0957: "Development"

Worst XKCD ever . I thought 'properties' was referring to real estate. That's your own fault for not knowing (or at least googling) who Piaget is. xkcd expects people to be well-read. I appreciate that. Every once in a while I don't get a reference (like the craigslist bit about the minotaur) and i...
by Frankie
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26254

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

Basically, the moral of the story is the power of giving - not for any reward or even for self-worth, but simply how extraordinary it is to give freely and wholly. Unless I'm mistaken, it seems that Randall's saying copyright laws and concern for unending profit has made this moral obsolete. FTFY. ...
by Frankie
Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34116

Re: 0947: “Investing”

iChef wrote:Better off finding a nice fund that averages around 8%

Umm... I must presume that you stopped looking at actual market returns 5+ years ago, and/or you are seeking to restart Bernie Madoff's fund.
by Frankie
Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30146

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

Hey! Get out of my post, Randall! :P
Although in his version, humanity is saved from extinction instead. Fair enough.
by Frankie
Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24094

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

Out of curiosity, where does this whole "Dude, where's my flying car?" come from? I've read this sentence before, and google scores quite many results. 1950s-1960s futurists almost always claimed that 21st century Americans (who cares about the rest of the world?) would own flying cars fo...
by Frankie
Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94572

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

viceslave wrote:Almost every business-related venture there requires some sort of feng shui, chinese zodiac interpretation or geomancy. Heck, there's even astrology experts that specialize in business advice and consultation.


That's covered by the mouseover text.
by Frankie
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 73886

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

i finally registered! brilliant map, randall, truly awesome. however, WHERE is the cheezburger network?? and cuteoverload. and wikipedia (might have missed that - sure it's there). and porn. :) I believe that the statistic being measured here is "amount of content produced by members of a give...
by Frankie
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39650

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

o.O If you're going to distort -- oh, sorry, interpret -- the text so much that it no longer says anything remotely related to what it says, then why bother keeping it at all? Just as we treat reality as truth, then apply mathematics to attempt to explain it, we can potentially treat the Bible and ...
by Frankie
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34138

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

tenseiga wrote:oh k. Can someone explain this one to me? I dont understand the 9 silvers or the monk ladder reference.

That's what she said!

Where's the beef?

Silly rabbit, in-jokes are for kids!
by Frankie
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34138

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I can just imagine all the complaints about the downfall of society that have been said in ages past. I was just talking about this the other day, after looking at old music videos on YouTube and the comments that "back then they made REAL music, not the Justin Bieber/Miley Cyrus crap they're ...
by Frankie
Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 25431

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

FWIW, there is indeed http://occupiedtexas.com

I did not check if they had any Rule 34 stuff though.
by Frankie
Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 59139

Re: mercator projection

You must be referring to a different Mercator projection than the rest of the world, for that one usually goes from 90°N to 90°S and often from 180°W to 180°E. BZZT. If you try to be pedantic to someone else, you are fair game. It is not physically possible to create a Mercator projection that reac...
by Frankie
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 48075

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

If you really want to get picky, there are 9929 colors... Hey! Why in the world (or even slightly outside of it) is Randall using full RGB color for the comic? The file is 118,102 bytes, containing 9929 distinct RGB triplets. With a quick trip through Photoshop Save for Web... reducing the image to...
by Frankie
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 31677

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

The Scyphozoa wrote:So wait, Beret guy is an acquaintance of Sauron?


And more importantly, given that Sauron appeared with Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, et al, how does this affect people's Bacon Numbers?
by Frankie
Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0705: "Devotion to Duty"
Replies: 99
Views: 26756

Re: "Devotion to Duty" discussion

Monika wrote:Why exactly those two sizes?


Because those are the two sizes of sysadmins, of course. The XXXLs have a harder time with air ducts, but that just makes their successes more impressive.
by Frankie
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 51673

Re: "First Design" Discussion

upward mounted flamethrower instead of a telescoping pole if theres a height limit? Hey FIRSTers, are flammables actually allowed in the competition? If not, a halogen bulb (possibly with a parabolic mirror) is a good alternative. Or if you have some leeway in your budget, a dome-concealed maser wo...
by Frankie
Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 37138

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

it's a Christ allegory Your statement is entirely untrue. CS Lewis taught English at Oxford & Cambridge, and he literally wrote a book on allegory, so we can safely assume that he knew more about the topic than you do. He explicitly stated that the books (and Aslan in particular) are NOT al...
by Frankie
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16364

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

Everything IRV does, Schulze does better. Similarly, everything approval does, range does better. As others have said, everything except ease. Approval has both ease of comprehension and ease of implementation over Range. BTW, in real world usage wouldn't Range just devolve into Approval due to str...
by Frankie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16364

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

An obsession with two-party politics is also just a mirror on (western?) society's increasing fixation with making any point of debate a pure dichotomy. You're either conservative or liberal, you either believe in evolution or you believe in creationism.... There's less and less room for a spectrum...
by Frankie
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16364

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion



Sweet, I've been looking for a site with solid mathematical explanations, ever since electionmethods.org shut down.

Approval Voting FTW.
by Frankie
Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29812

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

I still don't get it... can someone explain? I have traveled here from the Age of Aquarius (or was it the Era of Apollo?) to say: If you didn't get it right away, then you haven't watched NEARLY enough cliched time travel movies. p.s. Anyone here ever use "Come with me if you want to live"...
by Frankie
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0602: "Overstimulated"
Replies: 131
Views: 29762

Re: "Overstimulated" Discussion

If in doubt, you can always ask plainly... "Hey, would it hurt your feelings if I didn't come to your party? I really like you, but I just don't enjoy big parties very much; I'd rather hang out one-on-one." Communication FTW. :) Direct communication? Stating one's concerns clearly, on the...
by Frankie
Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0592: "Drama"
Replies: 122
Views: 28785

Re: "Drama" Discussion

This comic reminds me of when I invented Socialism at the age of 8. I had thought about it for a week or so, then laid it out for my dad (Heh, I didn't know that the forum autoconverts L O L into LOL). My 8 year old did the exact same thing a few months ago. We had an excellent dinner discussion on...
by Frankie
Wed May 13, 2009 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0583: "CNR"
Replies: 131
Views: 42927

Re: "CNR" Discussion

"Could not reproduce". It's absolutely standard tech support shorthand for "what the user says happens, doesn't, so I can't fix it." It sounds like it should be, but I've never seen it. E.g. at my place of work the label is "Not reproducible defect", and on Launchpad (...
by Frankie
Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 68078

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

Sheesh. What is so difficult about this? 1: It's a non-sequitur, but the first guy is just way too far behind to understand. 2: Obviously, if a Higgs breaks electroweak symmetry while in a highly excited state, the abrupt shift in physical laws may lead to raptor incursion (calculation of probabilit...
by Frankie
Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37134

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

If you want to create an army of animals to take over the world, you need (real) PSYCH MAJORS to get the job done! (yes, even if with fish/water critters; which I work with btw. Not to say that bio majors can't do this either). NO! NO! NO! Absolutely do NOT get psychologists involved with cephalopo...
by Frankie
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223359

Re: Note for the guy in the comic

They still want confidence, and by the time you're older, you might discover that you gained some along the way. Frankie says relax and move on. P.S. With regards to 4. at what stage did this actually happen for you? When did I find some confidence? 3rd year of college, around the same time I imple...
by Frankie
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223359

Note for the guy in the comic

Advice from a happily married guy who also used to be just like that guy: 1: The young women that you're pining after don't really want to date jerks. What they want is a man with confidence and excitement. Unfortunately they have a hard time telling the difference between confidence and arrogance. ...
by Frankie
Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0489: "Going West"
Replies: 64
Views: 16382

Re: "Going West" Discussion

Speaking of avatars, where does yours lead? That would be telling. It leads to MC Esher's house. Duh! It's a shame Escher died in 1972, because he could have done some freaking awesome duets with MC Hawking. Perhaps the beats could have been provided by archaeolinguist-turned-adventurer-turned-mixm...
by Frankie
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 40922

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

that means all the minor "dwarf planets" should just be considered planets too. that's discrimination....tsk tsk.. Protest March! Protest March! No justice, no planets! Restore Pallas, Juno, and Vesta to full siblinghood! Equal rights for Cruithne ! Hell no, we won't collapse to hydrostat...
by Frankie
Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 44880

Re: Ultimate Game

It's the real world equivalent of fighting the gazebo. LOL. OK, looks like it's time to ruin the jokes. ⋅  http://www.google.com/search?q=snipe+hunt ⋅  http://www.google.com/search?q=dread+gazebo ⋅  http://images.google.com/images?q=seventh+seal Remember folks, Google ...

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