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by ThirdParty
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1027 believes itself to be a prime number, but is mistaken.
by ThirdParty
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1024 contains a hydroponic coffee plantation, converting Floor 1022's productivity into beans that Floor 1023 can process into gourmet coffee.

Considered collectively, Floors 1022 thru 1024 represent another perpetual motion machine.
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1012, logically enough, contains faculty offices and lecture halls for the Lowermost University's Department of Sciuriology.
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1009 contains the main dining hall for LUXS students, some lab space for the LUXS Department of Biology, a supply room for the LUXS Department of Epidemiology, and several demo arenas used by the LUXS School of Medicine. Large fans ensure that the dining hall is kept at negative temperature an...
by ThirdParty
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1007 contains the administrative offices for the Lowermost University of the Xkcd [sic] Skyscraper. ("Study at LUXS, achieve Success.") The rest of the University is located on other, higher floors. (In some cases much higher. Some students have over an hour's elevator ride between t...
by ThirdParty
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 995 contains all floors (and only those floors) which do not contain themselves.
by ThirdParty
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8538
Views: 1220135

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

So much can be done with 1759. I ran out of energy to work on this one, but thought I'd share the half-finished product anyway:

1759 with icons.jpg

Geography tip: you can safely assume that any place you've heard of is larger and more important than any place you haven't.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 951 contains a showcase displaying baseball memorabilia for the "New Orleans Cajuns": pennants, trophies, signed balls, framed rookie cards, etc. It's a perfectly normal-seeming floor. (There's just one minor puzzle: no such team exists. So where all the memorabilia came from is a my...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 939 contains a colony of bats who wonder would it would be like to be human.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 933 has a bunch of U.V. lamps. It's where people from Floor 932 go when they want a tan.
by ThirdParty
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 929 is under arrest for the murder of Floor 921. Floor 929 has the right to remain silent. Anything Floor 929 says may be used against it in a court of architecture. Floor 929 has the right to consult a draftsman; if it cannot afford a draftsman one will be appointed for it.
by ThirdParty
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

On Floor 917, nobody finishes their
by ThirdParty
Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1142
Views: 114969

Re: 1446: "Landing"

taixzo wrote:Rosetta has landed - but Landing has not been updated. I wonder if Randall will add a final closing frame for this?
Yeah, he really should. Wonder if he just forgot.
by ThirdParty
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 898 is a perfect square. It doesn't contain anything of interest, probably due to its lack of voluminousness.
by ThirdParty
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 2513

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

A more interesting question though is how many one-click win boards there are. Discounting first-click mines, this should be computable, though I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Hmm. Let's assume a 16x30 board (480 total tiles) with 99 mines. (So, 381 non-mines.) Here are two facts about eve...
by ThirdParty
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 96982

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

The word I personally miss the most when speaking English is an equivalent of the Hebrew word תתחדש. It's a super-common word you say to someone whenever they got something new (a haircut, a shirt, a gift, anything at all). It combines "I noticed you got something new", "I like your ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 883, in contrast, contains very little birdseed, no matter how much is added. Over a dozen helicopter-loads are delivered every day, and nobody can figure out where it's all going. It's a mystery!
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1349
Views: 166144

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Uber's driverless taxis began operation in Pittsburgh today. I realize that this might seem like old news, since a driverless taxi service has been operating in Singapore for three weeks already, but it still seems worth taking note of since they're the first driverless taxis in the U.S.
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89546
Views: 5103965

Re: Random natterings

I was listening to NPR in the car today and they had a story about elephants. Apparently some study found that the population of elephants in Africa had declined by a third over the past decade, due mainly to poaching. The report went on to say: "According to so-and-so, an expert from the such-...
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 96982

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

The plural of dwarf should be "dwarves", not "dwarfs". Interestingly, the only country where they're equally popular is Poland , everywhere else "dwarfs" is more popular. I'm inclined to use "dwarves" as the plural of the noun, but "dwarfs" as the p...
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 96982

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I'd like to propose that we bring back " flet ". A flet is a part of a room that is distinguished from other parts. Unlike an alcove or a nook , it is not delimited from other parts by barriers such as walls or curtains; it may be delimited by a distinct floor covering, such as carpet vs. ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...
Replies: 17
Views: 3400

Re: Logic Puzzles - Admittedly, not naturally equipped to solve them...

I think it's fair to say that everyone who does logic puzzles has gotten stuck at some point, and used a hint or even looked up an answer. Not everyone will have gotten stuck on this particular puzzle, but everyone will have gotten stuck on some puzzle or other. Getting stuck doesn't reflect on how ...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 829 is unoccupied. If you would like to rent office space, please contact the tower manager.
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 821 is not out of order. It's in exactly the right place. The other floors are the ones that are out of order. If all of them were correctly rearranged, 821 would be fine.
by ThirdParty
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 814 contains an Olympic-size swimming pool filled with sulfur trioxide.

Also a sign: "No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk."
by ThirdParty
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 805 contains a Warcraft sequel full of elves.
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 801 has 148 empty beer bottles on the floor. It seems probable that one of them is not like the others, and just doesn't belong.
by ThirdParty
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 6020

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Bees evolved their honey production to create a food that could tide them over a single winter, not fuel a voyage to Alpha Centaurus. Reference #1: Bees making the Kessel Run faster than humans. But Kessel is at Gliese 1132 , not Alpha C. Where Kessel is at rather depends on how many parsecs one ma...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8538
Views: 1220135

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

This one starts as 1714, but quickly loses its way and becomes 631 instead.

Image
Spoiler:
1714+631.jpg
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 749 contains another portal to Floor 327.
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 733 contains a celebration with lots of delicious cake. Honest! Come see for yourself!
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 494508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Liberals are trying really, really hard to tie Russians to conservatives ... Russians have no reason to be fond of conservatives, as conservatives have been the more confrontational warmongering party toward Russian, China, and Iran for years. I agree that the Kremlin has no reason to be fond of co...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 723 contains: ⋅  Another portal to the other end of Floor 722 . ⋅  Part of a portal to Floor 720 . ⋅ A portal that might go to Floor 166 . ⋅ A portal that once went to Floor 721 . ⋅ A well-hidden portal to Floor 254 . ⋅ A portal that ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1093
Views: 31613

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 716 is not actually in the skyscraper, but instead is in a small building a couple blocks away. In the stairwell between Floors 715 and 717 there is a helpful sign posted: If you are looking for Floor 716, please climb down 715.5 flights of stairs, exit via Floor 0's east-facing stoma, walk tw...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7540

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

I've heard all of the following pieces of advice: ⋅ You should get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night. (Sleeping too much is associated with depression; sleeping too little interferes with intelligence.) ⋅ You should go to sleep at the same time each night, and wake up at ...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 290
Views: 18588

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

Mega85 wrote:Yeah. [pʰʊə̆ɹ] for "pour" would be a hypercorrection.
Just for my own reference, am I at least right in thinking that "yore", "your", and "you're" should rhyme with "pore", "poor", and "tour" respectively?
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 290
Views: 18588

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

By "pour", did you mean write "poor"? I've never heard of "pour" being pronounced [pʰʊə̆ɹ]. Well, I meant what I wrote, but it's probably a hypercorrection. Neither [ʊə̆ɹ] nor [ɛn] occur in my casual speech--[ʊə̆ɹ] goes to [əɹ] before /j/ and to [ɔɹ] in other contexts,...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 290
Views: 18588

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

I'm an American English speaker (South Midland region). My intuition is that some of them have diphthongs in them and some of them don't. par [pʰaɹ] power [pʰæʊ.əɹ] pair [pʰeɪ̆əɹ] payer [pʰeɪ.əɹ] peer [pʰiə̆ɹ] pyre [pʰaɪ̆əɹ] pore [pʰɔɹ] pour [pʰɔɹ ~ pʰʊə̆ɹ] (casual ~ careful) tour [tʰu.əɹ] pure [pʰj...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7540

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

As an aside, you really should be getting 8 hrs of sleep [citation needed] 8-) Ooh, let's talk about sleep! I've heard all of the following pieces of advice: ⋅ You should get an average of 8 hours of sleep per night. (Sleeping too much is associated with depression; sleeping too little in...
by ThirdParty
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8538
Views: 1220135

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

169 + 1708:

Dehydrangry.jpg

One symptom of dehydration is an inability to control one's violent impulses ... hey, let go of my other arm!

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