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by dtobias
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8556

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Hitler was born 20 April 1889, so one of the 1892-1909 generation was not in fact Hitler.
by dtobias
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 13305

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

They didn't address Point Roberts, WA, another quirky place that ought to be given to Canada.
by dtobias
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 5538

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

There actually is a sense in which stuff like what oddball things are banned in what places is a "chaos-theory" thing like weather patterns. Over time, all sorts of weird moral panics spring up, and quasi-utopian schemes to better humanity by ridding it of something that the would-be refor...
by dtobias
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17901

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Several decades had their big cultural shift in the middle of them, around the "5" year. 1945 featured the end of World War II 1955 saw the birth of the "Rock 'n Roll" era 1965 was about when the '60s transitioned from the fairly tame early '60s to the wild late '60s; it started ...
by dtobias
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 8711

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Any mention of Maxwell's Equations gets a silly Beatles song about a silver hammer embedded in my head (the song, not the hammer)...
by dtobias
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 17422

Re: 1472: "Geography"

Springfield on the Simpsons seems similar to this place, with just about all possible geographical features turning out to be nearby as needed for different plotlines.
by dtobias
Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1459: "Documents"
Replies: 52
Views: 14220

Re: 1459: "Documents"

I'm also rather old-school about not liking to use spaces or most punctuation characters in filenames, because ancient command-line-based systems didn't like them, and anyway if you put them up on the web that way you end up with really ugly messes of URLs where if you read them out loud you'd have ...
by dtobias
Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1459: "Documents"
Replies: 52
Views: 14220

Re: 1459: "Documents"

This triggers all my pet peeves about missing or bogus metadata... web pages with "Untitled Document" as their title, MP3s without title/artist/release-date fields filled out so that when you add them to a media library (e.g., iTunes) you end up with something messy taken from the filename...
by dtobias
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 41556

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

I think such a converter box would better-off be made of unstable molecules (Fantastic Four uniform style) or other "morphable" matter so that each end of it can form itself into whatever shape may be needed to handle the jacks it needs to be connected to.
by dtobias
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 20982

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

I'm another who's only vaguely aware that something called "Animorphs" exists, but knows nothing about it. This comic looks as if, rather than consult "experts" to get a book list as stated, they perhaps conducted an Internet vote, something that is often prone to hijacking by so...
by dtobias
Tue May 20, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17876

Re: 1370: "President"

The Internet Archive, and Jason Scott's Archive Team, are doing their best to "back up the Internet", including feverishly saving copies of sites about to be deleted (like GeoCities a few years ago).
by dtobias
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26113

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

Among my own file debris (some of it multiply-nested from a succession of past systems, some pulled out of the nesting in an attempt to arrange it in a more logical structure) there are some copies of early-1980s IBM PC floppies, which are the earliest things (ranked by the date I actually first acq...
by dtobias
Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 14437

Re: 1334: "Second"

I think "sheet music" is one of those archaisms that remain in use because there's no better way of distinguishing their category even though it's changed technologically to no longer technically be described by the original term. It's similar to people talking about "dialing" a ...
by dtobias
Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 14437

Re: 1334: "Second"

Another topic that can be annoying to try to "google" is file format information about any fairly obscure format. That tends to produce search results dominated by cookie-cutter script-generated pages in sites that are trying to spamdex the file-format-query field, where they have Mad-Lib-...
by dtobias
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22866

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

The girl with the steamboat is Miss Lucy in the version I learned as a kid.

The song must be pretty old to be talking about single-digit phone numbers that you needed to ask an operator to connect you to (predating direct dialing).
by dtobias
Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32082

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Since it was mentioned: seriously, why do people not like the Oxford comma? It prevents ambiguity. Except when it doesn't: But then again, the Oxford comma can be more confusing, too. “I’d like to thank my father, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe” causes more trouble than “I’d like to thank my father, Elv...
by dtobias
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 40493

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

(Groan) This forum keeps rejecting my message as being flagged for spam, forcing lots of trial and error to figure out what the heck it's objecting to. You seem to be at least fifth person complaining about this issue in this thread. What is it about this topic that attracts the kind of people who ...
by dtobias
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 40493

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Interestingly, a few days ago I was buying some stuff at Sears, and had to endure an annoying barrage of requests from the sales clerk to sign up for this, that, and the other thing... their loyalty card, their charge card, and so on, culminating in them printing a mile-long receipt with tons of ter...
by dtobias
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61551

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

My guess would be The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, simply because it's a recently-released book that fits the stated criteria (pop-science by a fairly respected author). I haven't actually read it yet, beyond the excerpts visible in Amazon, so I don't know...

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