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by DonJaime
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8868

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yet Tolkien wrote poetry in his various languages, which translates back into English and still fits the rhyme and meter. What? How? Tolkien's languages are based on indo-european grammar structures. He also used typical sounds and constructs from Gaelic and Norse languages. That could explain they...
by DonJaime
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8868

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). A well-designed language would do no such thing: it would be more likely for things you misheard to make sense in it, so you would lose a layer of error-correction. English, having started ...
by DonJaime
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8868

Re: 2084: "FDR"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Thank-you, that kind of explains it. Except it's not particularly memorable a...
by DonJaime
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 8868

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Maybe one of you USAians would be kind enough to tell us what in tarnation this is about. December 7th some year in the 1940s? Some president? What?
by DonJaime
Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Molpy wants to jump, but is worried about hero-Megan's sharp little trophy:
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by DonJaime
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

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"Believe me, it's perfectly safe. Just walk across..."
by DonJaime
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Don't you just hate know-it-alls?
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by DonJaime
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

The morning after the office party:
by DonJaime
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Mars seems to attract junk, but no-one wants to buy it:
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by DonJaime
Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Many of you will be longing to know what happens if you just leave a garden to develop for a few days with the single yellowish light provided, pruning nothing. This is one answer:
by DonJaime
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

These extra-big Mars-rovers, pots and stuff seem to be a bug: things don't fit together properly any more: look at the plants in this:
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and how unhappy they are in this:
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And look how this inflated grass isn't properly rooted any more:
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by DonJaime
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

In just what sense is this ...

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... a "garden"?
by DonJaime
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

With judicious pruning and enough time, you can make something that seems to make some kind of sense:
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This 'sense' is (of course) an illusion.
by DonJaime
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

7 pages in and still no coherent research program? At least the following questions urgently require clarification, preferably by rigorous statistical analysis of a large sample of controlled gardens running on dedicated servers: ⋅ What may grow? ⋅ How many distinct colours of li...
by DonJaime
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 159314

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Neil_Boekend wrote:The bush in my hot spot garden has grown a shield against one of the lights.

Looks like a little cactus to me.
by DonJaime
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 10054

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

by DonJaime
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16280

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Pro tip: when making a strip based on a myth, first check whether the myth is actually known to the majority of your target audience.
by DonJaime
Mon May 25, 2015 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 48892

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Why is no-one asking what the hell this is about?
by DonJaime
Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1362 - "Morse Code"
Replies: 31
Views: 13487

Re: 1362 - "Morse Code"

Citation needed ... I can't find any French source for the "last cry". Did they transmit it in English, or is it just an urban legend (a.k.a. a story in The Economist)?
by DonJaime
Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106986
Views: 47191746

Re: 1190: "Thing that keeps slippin' (slippin', slippin'( in

Of course, it'd be trivial to adjust the update frequency periodically so that an finite number of nеwpix last an arbitrarily long period of external timе. In other words: уou could wait here forever. Arbitrarily long, yes. Forever, no. With an finite number, n, of frames, the last one must display...
by DonJaime
Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106986
Views: 47191746

Re: 1190: "Thing that keeps slipping into the future"

Of course, it'd be trivial to adjust the update frequency periodically so that a finite number of nеwpix last an arbitrarily long period of external timе.

In other words: уou could wait here forever.
by DonJaime
Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 18229

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

"Coverage" is a property of radio transmitters, not of a region of space. The author-alter-ego figure is so enraged by the other character's misuse of the term in the small frame that he is provoked to violence in the scene in the large frame. The caption provides humorous commentary on th...
by DonJaime
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What's next for human evolution?
Replies: 72
Views: 12462

Re: What's next for human evolution?

Since there is no known physical mechanism for any kind of ESP, we cannot expect it to arise through any possible mutation. In general, the absence of predation by sabre-toothed tigers and similarly obvious selection pressures does not imply that a 'modern' environment is free of selective pressure....

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