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by The Synologist
Mon May 07, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 13404

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Qaanol wrote:Why is there a ghost behind Cueball?

WHOA you have good eyes. Probably a mistake, Randall might fix it.
by The Synologist
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 14609

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Wow, I've never heard anyone say "turn <cardinal direction>" before in my entire life, so it's interesting to me that you would con...
by The Synologist
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 14609

1964: "Spatial Orientation"

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Title text: Here, if you know the number of days until the vernal equinox, I can point you to the theater using my pocket Stonehenge.

As someone just getting into Kerbal Space Program, this gave me a mild GOOMHR moment :D
by The Synologist
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 4588

1908: Credit Card Rewards

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/credit_card_rewards.png Title Text: I should make a list of all the things I could be trying to optimize, prioritized by ... well, I guess there are a few different variables I could use. I'll create a spreadsheet ... I never understood considering your time as being wo...
by The Synologist
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 4674

1894: "Real Estate"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/real_estate.png Titled Text: "I tried converting the prices into pizzas, to put it in more familiar terms, and it just became a hard-to-think-about number of pizzas." Does anyone else still get those feelings of "I need an adult" sometimes? :oops:
by The Synologist
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 10137

1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/emoji_movie_reviews.png "There's this idea that emoji are bad for communication because they replace ambiguity and nuance with a limited set of preselected emotions, but it doesn't really survive a collision with real-world usage of the thinking face or upside-down...
by The Synologist
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 10034

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

This is an exaggeration, but not by a huge amount. On my phone I've got and use to talk with people: Skype Line WeChat Slack Messenger SMS WhatsApp It is kinda ridiculous. So you don't use the old "phone" system interface at all? (Actually, neither do I, muchly. I've made only one "p...
by The Synologist
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 10034

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

The real problem is: where do you store this contact information? All these programs like to use their own contact system, if at all. You can get a pretty long way with an <information giant> account or exchange server that handles all your phone (and programs that interface with that contact book)...
by The Synologist
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 10034

1810: "Chat Systems"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/chat_systems.png Alt-text: "I'm one of the few Instagram users who connects solely through the Unix 'talk' gateway." This is an exaggeration, but not by a huge amount. On my phone I've got and use to talk with people: Skype Line WeChat Slack Messenger SMS What...
by The Synologist
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 17290

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Typo (or thinko): Not only is there no way to build a slope that tall, but ice isn't even stable at those low temperatures, so there'd be nothing to slide on. should say "pressures", rather than "temperatures". This part jumped out at me too, but because I wasn't aware that ice ...
by The Synologist
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 15293

1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/bird_plane_superman.png Title-text: You can apply special translucent films to your windows to help keep birds/Superman from accidentally flying into them. Even though I know it's a myth/misconception, I still wish all three of them had checkboxes for "Capable of i...
by The Synologist
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:33 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0121: "Frozen Rivers"
Replies: 45
Views: 17938

What-If 0121: "Frozen Rivers"

Frozen Rivers

What would happen all of the rivers in the US were instantly frozen in the middle of the summer?

Agreed that the idea of all the people swimming in the water in the middle of summer suddenly being encased in ice is pretty... chilling.









I'll show myself out.
by The Synologist
Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1459: "Documents"
Replies: 52
Views: 13622

1459: "Documents"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/documents.png Title Text: "Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of...
by The Synologist
Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1435: "Presidential Alert"
Replies: 59
Views: 13110

1435: "Presidential Alert"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/presidential_alert.png Title="When putting his kids to bed, after saying "Goodnight", Obama has to stop himself from saying "God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."'" Very funny one, but I was distracted after reading thi...
by The Synologist
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 18292

1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/where_do_birds_go.png Title="Water/ice has a lot of weird phases. Maybe asking 'where do birds go when it rains' is like asking 'where does Clark Kent go whenever Superman shows up?'" I'm curious how googling a question could lead to that same question in other...
by The Synologist
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25118

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

Also, kind of off-topic, but isn't it weird that explainxkcd was updated with this comic, but there wasn't even a forum thread for it yet? Off-topic-man to the rescue! They have a bot that posts immediately. If the message was gone (about the bot posting), then they're just fast with the human port...
by The Synologist
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25118

1425: "Tasks"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/tasks.png In the 60s, Marvin Minsky assigned a couple of undergrads to spend the summer programming a computer to use a camera to identify objects in a scene. He figured they'd have the problem solved by the end of the summer. Half a century later, we're still working on...
by The Synologist
Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 25286

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

Oh me yarm Escape Velocity: Override was so awesome. Thanks for giving it a shoutout Randall, brings back many fond memories :D
by The Synologist
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 11888

1329: "Standing"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/standing.png Title text: "At first I was making fun of them, but joke's on me--the deer is surprisingly ergonomic, except for the kicks." Honestly I'd only ever heard of treadmill desks, never ones where you just stand there. Does anyone here have experience wi...
by The Synologist
Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1327: "Mobile Marketing"
Replies: 20
Views: 6518

Re: 1326: "Mobile Marketing"

Apologies, when I start these things I just copy the post content from one of the other threads and change all the numbers because I'm lazy. I missed changing the comic link and strip number this time :P They're fixed now.
by The Synologist
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1327: "Mobile Marketing"
Replies: 20
Views: 6518

1327: "Mobile Marketing"

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Title text: "We're firing you, but the online headline-writing division wants to hire you."

Too bad this idea would suffer greatly from diminishing returns.
by The Synologist
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15548

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Okay, admit it. How many people physically turned their monitor/laptop upside down in order to read this in a circle? I accidentally discovered that I can flip my screen in all four directions by hitting ctrl+alt+arrow key awhile back. Which is great, because I can't read sideways or upside-down at...
by The Synologist
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1317: "Theft"
Replies: 60
Views: 12331

Re: 1317: "Theft"

Would be pretty cool if identity theft required the complete absorption of all the individual quirks and deficiencies of the person being stolen from. If the effects stacked, they'd all be schitzos after a few repetitions.
by The Synologist
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22358

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

I would ask about the Voynich Manuscript . What's going on with that? Why was it created? And by whom? I was thinking of mentioning that too, but I wanted to avoid the obvious replies of xkcd already covering it . And then you decided to GIVE the obvious reply of "xkcd already covering it.&quo...
by The Synologist
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22358

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

I would ask about the Voynich Manuscript . What's going on with that? Why was it created? And by whom? I was thinking of mentioning that too, but I wanted to avoid the obvious replies of xkcd already covering it . When I was reading about the Dyatlov Pass incident for the first time, I thought that...
by The Synologist
Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22358

1315: "Questions for God"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/questions_for_god.png Title text: "What sins could possibly darken the heart of a STEAMBOAT? I asked The Shadow, but he says he only covers men." Had to google Susie's steamboat, never heard of the song myself. [edit]Oh wait yes I have, I just never knew the pr...
by The Synologist
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 35477

Re: 1314: "Photos"

I love taking videos, so I'm able to carry out a compromise in which I aim my phone at whatever I'm watching and keep it steady while looking at it with my own eyes.
by The Synologist
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 39165

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

Hey, quick question, how do you guys write "my"? I use my right index finger for the "m", and since it's so far out of position I just use my left index finger for the "y", even though that's not correct, since it would be much slower to bring my right index finger back...
by The Synologist
Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 13145

1297: "Oort Cloud"

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Title Text: "... I wanna try. Hang on, be right back."

Had to quickly wiki this as I only really knew of the name. Are those ice crystals it's covered with afterwards?
by The Synologist
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 22584

1264: "Slideshow"

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Title Text: Points to anyone who hacks the Flickr devs' computers to make their text editors do this when you click on anything.

This. A thousand times THIS
by The Synologist
Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 19219

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

Dropping it from higher up won't do anything; there won't be enough force pulling it toward the— I thought gravity, while getting weaker and weaker at a rate square to the distance, still had an unlimited range, and never becomes exactly zero? So is there really a fixed limit to Earth's gravity wel...
by The Synologist
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"
Replies: 61
Views: 19219

Re: What-If 0057: "Dropping a Mountain"

I just have to point out citation #6 for the sound a dropping mountain would make:

"Citation: A dream I had once."

Freakin' hilarious :lol:
by The Synologist
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16530

Re: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

Explaining the joke: A Cartesian graph is the type of graph you're probably used to, where the domain of the function (in this case, time) goes from left to right, and the value of the function goes up and down. So, in this case, the graph would indicate that we started at about 50/50 confidence, b...
by The Synologist
Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16530

1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

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http://xckd.com/1230

Alt-text: "Protip: Any two-axis graph can be re-labeled &#39;coordinates of the ants crawling across my screen as a function of time"

...yeah, someone's going to have to explain this one to me
by The Synologist
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 42186

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Some other good ones copied from yahoo answers: "The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for...
by The Synologist
Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 28728

1170: "Bridge"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/bridge.png Alt-text: "And it says a lot about you that when your friends jump off a bridge en masse, your first thought is apparently 'my friends are all foolish and I won't be like them' and not 'are my friends ok?'" Whenever I heard this I always imagined tha...
by The Synologist
Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30053

1162: "Log Scale"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/log_scale.png Alt text: "Knuth Paper-Stack Notation: Write down the number on pages. Stack them. If the stack is too tall to fit in the room, write down the number of pages it would take to write down the number. THAT number won't fit in the room? Repeat. When a sta...
by The Synologist
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 17865

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

Taking into account atmospheric drag, to get into space, you need a rocket capable of accelerating (in a vacuum) to about 2 kilometers per second. To get to orbit, you need a rocket capable of accelerating to about 10 kilometers per second. I'm confused by this part. If you're in a vacuum, wouldn't...
by The Synologist
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 17865

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

Taking into account atmospheric drag, to get into space, you need a rocket capable of accelerating (in a vacuum) to about 2 kilometers per second. To get to orbit, you need a rocket capable of accelerating to about 10 kilometers per second. I'm confused by this part. If you're in a vacuum, wouldn't...
by The Synologist
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 29566

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Never allow yourself to have 100% belief of anything.

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