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by da Doctah
Mon May 20, 2019 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 2681

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/westerns.png Title text: “ Sitting here idly trying to figure out how the population of the Old West in the late 1800s compares to the number of Red Dead Redemption 2 players. ” I can't help but think of films about ww2. I can't help but think of M*A*S*H.
by da Doctah
Thu May 16, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"
Replies: 39
Views: 2763

Re: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"

you have to deal with the up and down arrow keys being reversed. I'd like to see the arrow keypad based on the Silver Age Green Arrow's arsenal. So in addition to left-arrow, right-arrow, up-arrow and down-arrow, you'd have things like the smokescreen-arrow, grappling-line-arrow, and of course the ...
by da Doctah
Mon May 13, 2019 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2149: "Alternate Histories"
Replies: 46
Views: 3293

Re: 2149: "Alternate Histories"

leeharveyosmond wrote:1000 levels in: “Ringo was a really great drummer”

...and Yoko put the band back together?
by da Doctah
Tue May 07, 2019 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2146: "Waiting for the But"
Replies: 27
Views: 2921

Re: 2146: "Waiting for the But"

But it's milk before cereal/tea/jam on a scone. Is milk before cereal an actual thing? Some people must have very large cereal bowls or very splashy floors. Some flake-form cereals can be predisposed to acts of lactic treachery: you pour the milk on a flake whose geometry sends a portion of the cal...
by da Doctah
Mon May 06, 2019 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 5521

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

"radiuses" and "radii" are both acceptable, but "radiuses" is far more common. Really? I get that "radii" is like 150 times more common than "radiuses" in modern books and used to be even more overwhelmingly preferred. But there are other examples, ...
by da Doctah
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 9061

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Mutex wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:Made me wonder if any cinema has actually been done in portrait orientation. Sure enough, it's a thing:

https://www.slashfilm.com/meet-the-vert ... -movement/

And Battlefield Earth was the first movie filmed in diagonal orientation.


Film, maybe, but the 1960s Batman TV series used it a lot.
by da Doctah
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3660

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

Old Bruce wrote:
ucim wrote:When I saw the title I was thinking of electrical fields, magnetic fields, opium poppy fields...

Jose

In Flanders' fields...


Or Mrs Fields. Them cookies will get you in the end.
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 2317

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

I'm fascinated at the difference at what is coming up for different people. Ignoring sponsored links (because obviously these would be influenced by who's currently paying for advertising as well as search history?) my first hit is a bicycle wheel and my second is a rim for a car tire (a.k.a. car t...
by da Doctah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 2317

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

I look forward to the time the Indian national flag comes up.
by da Doctah
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 5521

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Does anyone actually ever use suggested replies in e-mails? They seem kind of awful to me. I have a coworker who responds right away everytime you e-mail him, but he doesn't actually say anything useful until you ask him the third or fourth time: most of the time his responses are how he is going t...
by da Doctah
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 6031

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Carteeg_Struve wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Singularities are really big. You may think it's a long walk.... etc.


Actually, they aren't. They can get massively tiny (pun intended).

Now the distance from the singularity out to their event horizon, THAT'S BIG.


ObFranchiseShift: and they're bigger on the inside.
by da Doctah
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 3911

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Now, I really would not want to fight and die for Big Sugar. However, I could REALLY get behind a war on behalf of Big Chocolate, if that effort could secure the blessings of liberty and the ready and inexpensive supply of that manna from heaven, that source of all that is good and holy in this wor...
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 3911

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

Heimhenge wrote:Growing up in Wisconsin I was well aware of the influence wielded by Big Cheese.

In this part of the country they were mere adjunct to Big Enchilada.
by da Doctah
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"
Replies: 49
Views: 6700

Re: 2129: "1921 Fact Checker"

cellocgw wrote:Umm, you guys all missed it : the first few items are consumables, but "Brandy" is a fine girl, and what a good wife she would make.

If she's such a fine girl, how come she works in a bar frequented by sailors?
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 5044

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

The world needs more physics and astronomy related oaths. ⋅ LIGO's Length! ⋅ By Brahe's Nose! ⋅ Chandrasekhar's limit! Reminds me of the time I decided to call in sick to work. Said I had been diagnosed with a Dirichlet condition and needed to undergo a xiphoid process.
by da Doctah
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 3321

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

One is reminded, oddly, of an alternative title once suggested for Monty Python's Flying Circus: "A Horse, A Spoon, and A Basin".
by da Doctah
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 6768

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Pfhorrest wrote:Since when are plants "eldritch abominations"?

Okay, I'll grant you kudzu.


And oleanders. And pyracantha. And bougainvillea.

(Do I even have to bring up kale and quinoa?)
by da Doctah
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 6768

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

"It was so clear you could see the epicycles and deferents."
by da Doctah
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"
Replies: 16
Views: 4178

Re: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"

The southern hemisphere of the brain controls those parts of the body that swirl the wrong way down the toilet.
by da Doctah
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 9061

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Because we needed something to replace the old "letterbox vs pan-n-scan" argument.
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 6964

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Any truth to the rumor that Neil DeGrasse Tyson wants to have plutonium reclassified as a dwarf element?
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2113: "Physics Suppression"
Replies: 23
Views: 5291

Re: 2113: "Physics Suppression"

I've always had the exact opposite of this guy's experience. All my life I come up with some kind of hair-brained crackpot half-baked idea I know I could never do proper scientific justice to and so I let it sit as just some crazy idea I have that's at best a neat thing for idle conversation... and...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 5643

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

What's the longest great circle path on Earth that can be traveled over water. The answer may surprise you: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611012/computer-scientists-have-found-the-longest-straight-line-you-could-sail-without-hitting/ They also show the longest route over land. I would have gue...
by da Doctah
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 5643

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

I've never been to Egypt but have been to Arizona, even though two trips and 36 hours through the Suez Canal is considerably more time spent than half an hour on the interstate in the northwest corner of Arizona - in the dark, no less. Thing about that interstate, though. You can't get to any other...
by da Doctah
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 5643

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Soupspoon wrote:1 is not a prime number. There, I said it. But now I'm torn over whether i is a prime number!


Posited: ½ and -1 are prime numbers. Discuss.
by da Doctah
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10338

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

I don't see "Quickgravy", "Efferessence" or "Belchifacient water".
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 9792

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Biff, why don't you just make like a tree...and BARK!
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5702

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Are the Great Lakes the main visible mark of that failed rift? Only indirectly. The lakes are glacial formations. Much of the geology around and under the lakes, especially Superior, comes from the rift formation, and the exact shapes carved out by the glaciers are at least somewhat controlled by t...
by da Doctah
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 5994

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

I looked in vain for Billy Keane's progress along this path.

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by da Doctah
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 6097

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

That Bohr model also made a lot of us think the solar system was just a huge fluorine atom. (Until NdeGT kicked out one of our electrons and turned it into oxygen.)
by da Doctah
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 5213

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.
by da Doctah
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 8157

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Because the 9-11 hijackers used box-cutters, TLS confiscates all "tools" at the security checkpoint.

Which is how my mother lost the locking pliers she had in her wheelchair.
by da Doctah
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6189

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

I'm sure that on many occasions after he became known to the general public, people who met Dr Sagan on the street were able to persuade him to say "billions and billions". I do recall him saying things like "a billion billion stars in a billion billion galaxies" during the cours...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6565

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Even small birds can be pretty fiesty and fearless". Anyone else here ever been menaced by a hummingbird? Damn things have no fear of anything. And I don't just mean slow-moving humans taking too long to refill the feeders. I recall house spiders cowering helplessly in a corner while marauding...
by da Doctah
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6189

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

I remember as I grew up, the UK flipped from the old approach to billions to the US version, so for clarity, news reports etc. would either write/say billion (1000 million), or just plain said "thousand million" "million million" as needed. Either I'm too young for milliard/bill...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6189

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Here's one I foisted upon a trivia contest a few years back: what's the next number in the series 3, 9, 27, 2, 0, ...? When everyone announced they were stuck, I offered the first hint that I would accept an approximate answer correct to five decimal places. I’m gonna need another hint. Okay. The p...
by da Doctah
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6189

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

For years now I've been trying to get people to accept Thousiard as another name for 10^6. Here's one I foisted upon a trivia contest a few years back: what's the next number in the series 3, 9, 27, 2, 0, ...? When everyone announced they were stuck, I offered the first hint that I would accept an a...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6565

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

Heck, I'm apprehensive about geese, and mockingbirds. They may not be as big as dinosaurs, but I don't think they realize that. There's a bit in one of the Spider-Man movies where the Lizard says he's an unstoppable foe because reptiles have no natural enemies. Apparently this guy never took a good ...
by da Doctah
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5881

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Given the slowness of transatlantic communications at the time, it was September before anybody in Britain knew about what happened in the American colonies on 4 July 1776. And the situation persisted. The most famous battle of the War of 1812 was fought after the Treaty of Ghent ended the war itse...
by da Doctah
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5881

Re: 2086: "History Department"

May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful , but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively. Powers &8^] On Good Friday 1930, the BBC reported that there was "no news" in it's bulletin and played music instead. And on July 4th, 1776, George III made an entry in his...

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