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by aerion111
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 8081

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

I assumed top to bottom was chronological order, because what kind of monster would sort any other way. My kind of monster. See, I READ top-to-bottom, which means it's best if the important info is at the top. And new mail is more important than old mail, especially if the new mail is unread and th...
by aerion111
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11244

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

Is this one about cancer? There's a bunch of people out there saying loudly that they survived cancer by eating the right thing and exercising. Well I'm here to say I survived by undergoing chemotherapy as recommended by my oncologist. No, I'm pretty sure it's about the 'how to succeed' seminars an...
by aerion111
Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 15432

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this ? I think we should hold the Emperor of the Free World to a higher standard than a bumbling buffoon and a mystic...
by aerion111
Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1694: "Phishing License"
Replies: 35
Views: 6244

Re: 1694: "Phishing License"

Have you tried homeopathic placebo? Many times the effect for a fraction of the "active" ingredient... I'm on that as well . The last time I tried to cut down my usage, I overdosed! That's really not how it works; It doesn't get stronger by diluting it, it just doesn't get weaker. You sho...
by aerion111
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 12744

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

Every English speaker I've ever talked to (and I have talked to some ;] ) has found the notion that "all x are F" might be true if there are no x's completely ridiculous at first, even after explaining the logical reasoning that it's equivalent to "no x is non-F" which is defini...
by aerion111
Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 16975

Re: 1472: "Geography"

If "American" can refer to a monkey in Mexico or a person in the US, that's language for ya. Oy, careful what you call the mexicans, there; Some people might be offended if you call them 'monkeys' :x Nah, kidding, I know what you meant :P - but perhaps a bit poor wording? Could have gone ...
by aerion111
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 16489

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

Somewhere in the dark depths of the internet Eka's Portal , furries are aroused by today's XKCD. Eh, there's a difference between furries and people into so-called 'Phagophilia' - or 'voraphilia' when spoken, to avoid sounding like another word for homosexuality, and because 'Vore' is just a co...
by aerion111
Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1467: "Email"
Replies: 26
Views: 5802

Re: 1467: "Email"

If reality gets replaced by a simulation piece by piece, until every piece has been replaced, is it still reality? In my opinion, yes. And Terry Pratchett agrees with me: “This, milord, is my family's axe. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new bla...
by aerion111
Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 16988

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

Clearly the solution is to develop a method of 'writing' memories. I figure that with how unreliable the human memory is, as long as you don't choose people with exceptional memory (maybe do some basic testing beforehand to filter them out), you can do this with sufficiently good hypnosis and the ri...
by aerion111
Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 41730

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I have a question. What do people think is the purpose of thought experiments? While I might be using an overly vague definition of Thought Experiment, namely just about anything involving studying hypothetical situations in-debth and/or making choices in said hypothetical situation, I tend to thin...
by aerion111
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 16231

Re: 1448: "Question"

I believe I've read The Last Question before, but not the Answer one.

I was going to give a couple more links with the same general 'tone', but I appear to have misplaced my bookmarks - been a year or two since I've looked at them.
by aerion111
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1419: "On The Phone"
Replies: 45
Views: 10939

Re: 1419: "On The Phone"

Finding the TV remote in the freezer is the example I use to illustrate the two different meanings of the English word "why". When you ask "Why is the remote in the freezer?", you may be expecting an answer where "why" means "what for", such as "keeping ...
by aerion111
Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1419: "On The Phone"
Replies: 45
Views: 10939

Re: 1419: On The Phone

Eutychus wrote:Is this the first time we have a view of what's clearly the back of an xkcd character's head?

Well, it's in silhouette, so I don't know if it counts.
I do agree that the shape implies it's the back of her head, though.
by aerion111
Thu May 29, 2014 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1374: "Urn"
Replies: 91
Views: 17491

Re: 1374: "Urn"

Maze and space rhyme? Listen to these two pronunciations, maybe that will help: [url=http://www.merriam-webster.com/audio.php?file=maze0001&word=maze&text=\%CB%88m%C4%81z\]maze[/url], [url=http://www.merriam-webster.com/audio.php?file=space001&word=space&text=\%CB%88sp%C4%81s\]space...
by aerion111
Wed May 28, 2014 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1374: "Urn"
Replies: 91
Views: 17491

Re: 1374: "Urn"

I know that "vayz" is the US pronunciation, but I've always wondered whether anybody says "vorz", or whether he just added that for rhythm and comic effect. /veɪs/ (rhymes with "space") is the most common American English pronunciation, with /veɪz/ (rhymes with "m...
by aerion111
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 113709

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I'm suggesting that the popular image of a woman who constantly complains to the Nice Guy about all the assholes she dates and never does anything that could be filed under friend-bullshit (whatever that means to you) exists primarily in the head of Nice Guys. I don't doubt that they exist out ther...
by aerion111
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 35694

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Normally I like hat guy. He's a sociopath... but he targets the same things that annoy me... and my schadenfreude enjoys it. It's a bit uncomfortable to see him come up short this time as the butt of the joke. Different Hat-Guy, probably. I think you're talking about Black-Hat-Guy (BHG?), while thi...
by aerion111
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"
Replies: 102
Views: 20378

Re: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"

You don't pay for incoming calls in Spain (unless you are in roaming). You do in the US. ... really? TIL. Is this a Europe vs. US thing? Must be - you don't pay for incoming calls in Norway either. Seems kinda weird, too; Why would you pay for someone else to call you? They're the ones that have bu...
by aerion111
Mon May 20, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 33037

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

Since I wasn't even aware of the ability to walk around until I saw a youtube video of someone playing the game, my scores have been rather poor and I've been satisfied with choosing the right quarter-continent (in this context, Australia is a quarter-continent, and the combined greenland and icelan...
by aerion111
Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21266

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Eutychus wrote:This was much better the original, uncorrected way round.

Agreed.
That way, the high-five comes with that slowly-approaching look that movies like, and it'd be the equivalent of high-fiving just as you both get to the top of a down-escalator.
Edited because I do good write.
by aerion111
Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17484

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

There's a myth about Thor being given a "bottomless" horn to drink from as a challenge (to finish it) It was a trick by his enemies, as the horn was, in reality, connected to the ocean. Now, of course, the ocean isn't technically bottomless, but you get the idea. Well, no one actually sai...
by aerion111
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21633

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

If the umbrella is strong enough to carry him upwards, then it is strong enough to act as a parachute on the way down. Not necessarily. Upwards it largely just needs to be big enough to catch as much water as possible, while surviving the force of the fountain. Down-wards, it would need to have a l...
by aerion111
Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: No Words Allowed
Replies: 10
Views: 4592

Re: No Words Allowed

Hrmm... Would it not be possible to make a program to definitively answer this, given a hypothetical virtual dictionary?
I'm somewhat more interested in the answer than the exercise <.<
by aerion111
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Roll to dodge! (Whatever edition)
Replies: 436
Views: 39324

Re: Roll to dodge! (Whatever edition)

> Climbs unto the nearest roof and tries to learn to fly with his newfound feather-hands and/or arms.
by aerion111
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Roll to dodge! (Whatever edition)
Replies: 436
Views: 39324

Re: Roll to dodge! (Whatever edition)

Sh1g has inspired me! I shall have to cease my work as an every-day inventor of stuff that blows up for the sake of giving the other NPCs something to point and laugh at, and be a full-fledged hero! I was running in the red anyhow, what with having to replace the roof all the time. > Using something...

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