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by mathmannix
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 3695

Relevant for professional communication

Probably part of the reason, why messaging has moved towards a "walled garden" approach with proprietary messengers (WhatsApp, Signal, ...) and away from open standards (SMS, Email, ...). These days the problem already starts with different operating systems / programs having different im...
by mathmannix
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you see when you rub your eyes?
Replies: 50
Views: 22290

Re: What do you see when you rub your eyes?

swarming, writhing tentacles
by mathmannix
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8709

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

BrianK wrote:Will Power from IndyCar seems like a good candidate.

Don't forget the 1920 winner, Gaston Chevrolet. (OK, so Chevrolet was his family's company, but still... Gaston? GASton? OK, I'm stretching.)
by mathmannix
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8916338

Re: Thoughts for ships

[OK, apparently this is "fleeting thoughts", it took me a while... I don't usually visit the "General" fora...] So, I had this question about volleyball, and I couldn't find an actual "sports" forum so I guess there isn't one? But anyway, here I am. (I was only thinking...
by mathmannix
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 4095

2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Image
Title text: I think Voyager 1 would be just past the event horizon, but slightly less than halfway to the bright ring.

Yeah, Voyager, good luck getting past that event horizon!
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 2678

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

I'm'a just leave this here.... https://smhttp-ssl-60529.nexcesscdn.net/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/image/700x560/e9c3970ab036de70892d86c6d221abfe/b/i/big-hunk-4.jpg Their advertising slogan (according to Wikipedia ) seems appropriate to this conversation... "PUT BIG PROFITS IN YOUR POCKET ...
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 3434

Re: Captain Marvel

The real Captain Marvel movie doesn't come out until this Friday.
by mathmannix
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Supergirl
Replies: 55
Views: 14929

Re: Supergirl

I just thought I'd come in here to say, that I was getting a little tired of Supergirl, it seemed like it was all political anymore rather than the good comic-book fun it promised (and which is still going strong in the Flash). But the last three episodes, featuring Lex Luthor, have been excellent! ...
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 251482

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

(Sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but I don't really know German well enough to converse in it. I took it for three years in high school.) ... Anyway, I remember learning in high school that "comfortable" was "beqwempt" (not sure of spelling), one of only two words in ...
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is linguistics a real science?
Replies: 52
Views: 3920

Re: Is linguistics a real science?

Eebster the Great wrote:"Y'all" is surely already in every general English dictionary worth its salt.

Yinz can't forget about... well... a different regional second-person plural pronoun.
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest word with only 3 letters
Replies: 41
Views: 28707

Re: Longest word with only 3 letters

btilly wrote:Here is the best that I can do.
8
...
pepperer


So I ask, if "pepperer" is a word, why not "repepperer"? 10 letters.
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2125: "Luna 2"
Replies: 9
Views: 2125

Re: 2125: "Luna 2"

Wait, wait, we can't let the Russkies win! We need to send propaganda bombs to the moon too! Actually, we need to first send a real bomb to destroy all that's left of their bomb... "Here is our location, these are our weaknesses, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough" I was go...
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"
Replies: 18
Views: 3061

Re: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"

Holy moley, this is fun and time-consuming! classic Bill Murray movies (first tier): Bill Murray movies (first tier).png classic Bill Murray movies (second tier): Bill Murray movies (second tier).png Bigfoot vs A Wet Rag Stuffed Into a Tailpipe.png Burger chains.png (All data from "last five ye...
by mathmannix
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 251482

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

(Sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but I don't really know German well enough to converse in it. I took it for three years in high school.) ... Anyway, I remember learning in high school that "comfortable" was "beqwempt" (not sure of spelling), one of only two words in G...
by mathmannix
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8848

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

BiffCo to Build New Dioxin Plant ...the most disturbing part is the implication that it's a whole chemical plant that actually produces dioxins, as a product. No useful output, just deadly carcinogens, for no dang reason. Obviously we can't read the article, as it's below the fold even if it wasn't...
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA joke
Replies: 10
Views: 4928

Re: IPA joke

OK, I don't really understand IPA very well. I admit that. I looked up "beer" on wiktionary and found this: Pronunciation • IPA(key): /bɪə(ɹ)/ • (UK) IPA(key): /bɪə/ • (US) IPA(key): /bɪɹ/ • (near–square merger) IPA(key): /bɛə/ • Rhymes: -ɪə(r) • Homophone: bier So that's where I got bɪɹ. ...
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 15
Views: 6870

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

My bad, I got confused and thought we were responding to the actual thread topic name.
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8848

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

There's also the possibility that he caused Nixon to lose one (or both) of the elections he won in Earth prime. Nope, the headline specifically says "Nixon to Seek Fifth Term". As in, he won in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980, and intends to run again in 1984. https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/dail...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8848

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

I once found a reasonable-seeming estimate of the butterfly effect. It started with the temporary cancellation of the gravitional effect of one electron at the edge of the known universe. That is a smaller effect than adding a whole Biff right here on earth. This change in gravity would affect the ...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA joke
Replies: 10
Views: 4928

Re: IPA joke

beer.png

ftfy.
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 25
Views: 10260

Re: Longest Name

Lothario O'Leary wrote:Nebuchadrezzar and Tiglath-pileser

Oh, you mean Nebuchadnezzar and Pul. (Pul is only one syllable.)
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 15
Views: 6870

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

tomandlu wrote:Is this logical statement true or false?

Cannot compute, no statement found.

(A "statement" (or "proposition") must, by definition, have truth value; i.e., it must be either true or false.)
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever made a word square?
Replies: 31
Views: 12319

Re: Has anyone ever made a word square?

EAT
ATE
TEA

GAG
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by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 112236

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For example, I think "pull" is a homophone of "pole" and "poll", while she thinks "pull" is a homophone of "pool", and I think she's nuts. You're both nuts. There's a third sound that's not like "pole"/"poll" or "pool"....
by mathmannix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 112236

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

My wife and I have a lot of disagreements about pronunciation, and the end result is that she gets to be the authority for our kids on correct pronunciation, not me... For example, I think "pull" is a homophone of "pole" and "poll", while she thinks "pull" is ...
by mathmannix
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 4768

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation. Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole. Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll. also, Fisher Price, inventor of the Telephone Pull... https://b3h2.scene7.com/is/image/BedBathandBeyond/104628360287...
by mathmannix
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 7312

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Ok, so what exactly is a Dremel? I tried looking it up, but all I got was that it is a company that is known for "hand held rotary tools", but that doesn't really help me either, and honestly makes me think of phones. Also they apparently make such diverse other products as hot glue guns a...
by mathmannix
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 5713

2095: "Marsiforming"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/marsiforming.png Title Text: "It has so many advantages--it preserves Martian life, requires fewer interplanetary launches, and makes it much easier to field-test Mars rovers." It would also be necessary to move earth into Mars' orbit (obviously not exactly wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5904

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, wh...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5904

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

So 1896 was, like, degrees of magnitude less annoying than your average New Year's Eve? Yeah, I'll take the occasional fireworks over the breathless media coverage designed to inflame passions that in turn increase ratings. I may be able to turn off the TV, but I can't necessarily turn off all the ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 17201

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I wonder [if anybody has / how many people have] been fired for posting their votes? I mean, that probably wouldn't explicitly be the reason for firing somebody (unless they work for a campaign, maybe, and they could say "not a team player" or some such...) but I think most employers have ...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5904

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

How does Randall find all these obscure newspapers from 100+ years ago that he mentions periodically (ha ha?) in the comic? I mean, it's one thing to look up a specific newspaper for a specific day, but how to know which newspaper and which day? Even if you have a subscription to newspapers.com, whi...
by mathmannix
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11465

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I wonder if and how this comic will effect changes in the election outcomes? I am certain that people are affected by polls in their decision to vote or not (and probably also, to a lesser extent, whether to vote for one of the two major candidates, as opposed to a third party candidate they REALLY ...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can Renesemee catch on?
Replies: 45
Views: 13466

Re: Can Renesemee catch on?

What's disturbing is not the name itself, but the fact that parents have managed to spell it so many different ways already (none of which match OP's spelling, funnily enough). My parents considered calling me Christopher, but settled on Paul, partly to save me time and effort. :lol: If I constantl...
by mathmannix
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 5723

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

Well, I don't know that Hawking actually had electronic parts implanted into his flesh. He was just an expert at interfacing with a computer that was in front of him. I can interface with a computer that's in front of me, but since Hawking could barely move, and he depended on his computer to do th...
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Google seems to agree with me.

Yes, I just realized this. Today I learned something, but I'll probably intentionally forget it and go back to being ignorant. Ignorance is sometimes bliss.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Pfhorrest wrote:Here in California I've never heard anyone say "pizza pie" in conversation, but everyone knows the song "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore..."

Wait, so the lyrics aren't actually "piece of pie" ???

...
Seriously?
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: 1986: River Border

chrisjwmartin wrote:*reads tooltip*

What on earth does pie have to do with pizza?

*thinks for a bit*

Oh, right - Randall is American from New England, and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies".

ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest.
by mathmannix
Fri May 11, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 15388

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...

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