Search found 17 matches

by Mr Q
Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15766

Re: 1577: Advent

Why didn't Randall save this one for December? I don't need to be reminded of Christmas in mid September. Don't you, though? DON'T YOU!? Everyone knows that mid-September is when the season changes from Back to School to Halloween... That's entirely dependent on where you are. Here it turns from Fa...
by Mr Q
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 28125

Re: What-if #0094: Billion-Story Building

Good job Keira is not British. In traditional British usage, a Billion is a million million, 10 12 - the term "milliard" was used to denote 1000 million / 10 9 . Fortunately for the solar system, the US meaning of the term "billion" now dominates... That's because the American s...
by Mr Q
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 63604

Re: 1335: "Now"

Brisbane has been outed from the other east coast cities of Australia (I'm sure central and Western Australia don't appreciate being ignored but who cares, they're tiny (population-wise) and suck) Perth's on there and unless we've moved, Perth is in Western Australia. In fact, it's one of six citie...
by Mr Q
Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12396

Re: 1329: "Standing"

cryptoengineer wrote:If I put you in an arena with a rabbit, and told you to catch it, you'd be able to tire it to the point of collapse within 20 minutes, just by continually walking to it. A deer takes longer, but the principal is the same.

You haven't met my rabbit. She's a devious little thing when it's hutch time.
by Mr Q
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 19296

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

Title text: "Tonight's top story: Lucifer, the Prince of Darkness, died in his home this morning at the age of [unintelligible rune]. Due to the large number of sharks inhabiting his former kingdom, no body could be recovered." Hmmm. I didn't know Colin Barnett was Lucifer, but I suppose ...
by Mr Q
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"
Replies: 102
Views: 20797

Re: 1284: "Improved Keyboard"

Yeah, telecom is totally screwed up here in the states. Cellphone users have to pay for incoming calls and incoming texts (though some cellphone companies give you a one-minute grace period to hang up on incoming calls). You Americans do quite a few strange things. Hanging on to imperial measuremen...
by Mr Q
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 18850

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

Ha, this is so true. Just today I saw the headline of a Dutch news paper: "Advice: Stay Indoors! Super storm coming". There's a stiff breeze today for sure, probably officially classifies as a storm (wind strength 10). But definitely at the lower end of the storm scale, we have at least a...
by Mr Q
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32114

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Teaspoon wrote:I'm Australian - is the double space thing an American dialect or is it just one of those inconsistencies in the global fragmentation of English?


I'm Australian and I definitely know about double spacing after a full stop.
by Mr Q
Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100662

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Far East is only used in historical context, and slightly less than "orient", which means simply "east". It always bothered me, growing up in California, that to get to the part of the world called the "Far East", you had to go west (unless you were flying, in which ca...
by Mr Q
Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Graduated tax.
Replies: 237
Views: 30556

Re: Graduated tax.

I'm a flat-tax guy, not out any sort of conservatism, but rather from an equality-ism point-of-view. There's nothing inequitable about a graduated tax system. If there's a tax free threshold - everyone pays nothing on that part of their income. If say, tax at 20% kicks in at $15,000 to $45,000, the...
by Mr Q
Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting Third Party.
Replies: 103
Views: 23099

Re: Voting Third Party.

Doesn't Australia have IRV? Yes. But I am in a safe Labor seat (Lalor, so Gillard's seat), so my vote effectively doesn't count, but I vote for the minorities to show them my support and opposition to many of Labor's policies. There's the Australian Senate, which is based on a version of MMP, so a ...
by Mr Q
Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 18814

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

Should voting be compulsory? No. I do know that some countries are this way (eg Australia, if I'm not mistaken) but I don't agree with it. I believe that along side every basic human right is a counterpart right to abstain. You have the right to free speech, but you also have the right to silence. ...
by Mr Q
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31134

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

At this rate (32-33 years to exhaust 1-6), they will exhaust the 9's before 2030 and need to change the format again. Western Australia uses the same sequence - but it's probably overkill. 1AAAnnn was issued in 1998 - I calculated that at current usage, we should get to 9ZZZnnn somwhere around the ...
by Mr Q
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49639

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

apple4ever wrote:I drive offensively....


You know, I hope there's always at least half a continent between me and you any time you're behind the wheel of a car. Preferably also an ocean.

Please, lose your licence. Would be the best for everyone concerned.
by Mr Q
Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36582

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

I live in Perth, Western Australia. Often described as the world's most isolated city. I could do that, and I wouldn't even see another city for more than 24 hours. Yet while West Australians are a little bit parochial (or in some cases a whole lot parochial), we do actually realise there is a rest...
by Mr Q
Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36582

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

And to be fair, I could get on a highway and drive as fast as legally permitted for 48 hours straight, not even stopping for sleep, in as close to a straight line as the roads will permit, without leaving America. I live in Perth, Western Australia. Often described as the world's most isolated city...
by Mr Q
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 82548

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Even Renesmee would look fine ahead of much of this list....
http://thingsboganslike.com/a-bogue-by-any-other-name/

Go to advanced search