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by slashme
Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50436

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Despite all the insistence that "a couple" always means two, it has a couple of meanings, including "two things that go together as a pair", and "a small, indefinite number". Ambrose Bierce knew this , and major dictionaries agree with him. Wiktionary supports it with c...
by slashme
Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 23144

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

by slashme
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55830

Re: "1996" Discussion

by slashme
Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 41875

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Really, how did a bunch of self-professed geeks have so much discussion on the topic with no-one pointing out that ×≠x?
by slashme
Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 51678

Re: "Numbers" Discussion

Interesting cloud of points here. Fantasy seems to be a large part of the discourse on penis size, with 11 inches being specifically unfavourable ( absolutely no-one says "you have a 11 inch cock"), but the full foot is particularly preferred. Surprisingly close correlation between me and ...
by slashme
Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 51678

Re: "Numbers" Discussion

"use $i percent of (his OR her OR your) brain" only gave results for the following values of i: 2 : 523 5 : 657 8 : 2870 10 : 5250 12 : 951 18 : 103 20 : 770 100: 1490 A rather strange set. Why are those specific numbers so hugely popular, and the rest are just zeroes?
by slashme
Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150064

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Oh, and by the way, this is the first one since WetRiffs and the Chess Coaster to be voted "comic most likely to inspire a website". I haven't read the whole thread, but has someone done "back to the future" yet?
by slashme
Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 150064

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

I just want to add my vote to the list of "Randall should do more stuff like this and not get stuck on stickman comics". Just when I was thinking "What happened to the guy who drew red spiders and 'my usual approach is useless here'?", Randall <dumb and dumber>Totally redeemed hi...
by slashme
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 37495

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

To the original poster (and our gentle author): I'm SO NOT tired of graphs. Want MOAR!
by slashme
Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51014

Re: "RPS" Discussion

For cellphone calculators, RPN absolutely eats infix for breakfast, due to better usability/efficiency. Forgot to add a link last time: http://midp-calc.sourceforge.net/Calc.html Roar L. couldn't stand his cellphone calculator, so he wrote a java RPN graphing calculator (midp calc). I couldn't stand...
by slashme
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51014

Re: "RPS" Discussion

Do you love RPN calculators? Does your phone do java? Get midp-calc.
by slashme
Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 42578

Re: "Free" Discussion

We have bottles of stuff that say "dilute 1 part concentrate with 4 parts water" and then claim to be "50% fruit juice after dilution" when it's obvious that they're 80% tap water after dilution. The question that springs to mind is what % fruit juice they were before dilution.
by slashme
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 42578

Re: "Free" Discussion

I dunno about you crazy yanks, but here in well-regulated, orderly South Africa, you can't make a "free from" claim if whatever it is you're selling doesn't or shouldn't ever have whatever you're claiming it to be free from. So "asbestos-free" cereal would be taken off the shelve...
by slashme
Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

Random832 wrote:
Hmmm I may be wrong here, long time since I last had any Physics class, but isn't the convention on SI that every unit based on a real person name (Newton, Pascal, Hertz etc) is upper case and the rest lower case?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_%C3 ... iste_Litre
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

and the unit of force (Newton) that required to exert 1/10th of one kilogramme's force on a surface in normal gravity ... which they did drop the ball on slightly, being 2% out (for the same reason (kilo)Pascals of pressure don't average out to 1000 across the earth any more) Err, no. To make a coh...
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

ok so I am a little anally retentive : it is Km/h not kills per hour, mk? If you want to be anally retentive, do it properly. Km/h is Kelvin metres per hour. km/h is what you were after. oh and litre not liter it's volume not mass wtf? Litre is the correct European spelling and liter is the wrong A...
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

As an example, just as metric weights include rarely used units such as picograms or exagrams (so rarely the spell checker tags those as misspelled), the Imperial system technically includes weights such as mites and grains that are just as rare and really only used in certain contexts or certain c...
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

Sirobin wrote:Hahaha, absolutely brilliant. My only question though is how a two liter bottle is three liters...?


Maybe the total volume of a 2 L bottle (contents + headspace + bottle) = 3 L. Remember, the bottle has to contain 2L + some extra room, and the bottle itself occupies some volume!
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

Bartimaeus wrote:Anyone thing there a is reason lightsaber blade (1m) is b4 Summer Glau (170cm) and Darth Vader (200cm) on length?


Because 1 m < 170 cm = 1.7 m (c is the prefix "centi" meaning 1/100)
by slashme
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 90636

Re: Converting to Metric

Kilometres per hour is NOT kph. As has been pointed out before on this thread, it is km/h. Let me spell that out for those of you who do not understand SI: metres (m) is the base unit of length, k is "kilo" (i.e. x1000) and h is "hours" (h is a non-SI unit accepted for use with t...
by slashme
Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0484: "Flash games"
Replies: 137
Views: 30063

Re: "Flash games" Discussion

I have never been as addicted to a game as I was to Angband (although I never tried nethack). Crack-attack is not as bad as angband, because you don't tend to waste a whole day with it. I'm over my Angband addiction now, though.
by slashme
Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 481339

Re: Favorite home experiments

OK, newbie alert: I'm too lame to figure out how to post a reply directly to the "mercury fulminate on floor" guy. "touching powder" (triiodine nitride) is already messy stuff. It leaves purple iodine marks after it goes off if you put too much of it anywhere, but what you are &q...

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