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by Mattman
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 21356

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Eternal Density wrote:Wandboy is infinitely less funny than 'Ceramic Harold'.


Personally, I've always called him "Woolly Tinker". His best friend is Donald Ferrety. And they were friends with Mercurina McMaster-Carr.
by Mattman
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 12244

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

It takes Randall's pets seven whole years to get him trained to that extent? Either Randall is particularly resistant, or his dog needs to step its game up. I say dog , because cats don't give a stuff what you call them, whether you call them at all, or indeed about the very fact of your existence....
by Mattman
Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 31139

1292: Pi vs. Tau

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pi_vs_tau.png Title text: Conveniently approximated as e+2, Pau is commonly known as the Devil's Ratio (because in the octal expansion, '666' appears four times in the first 200 digits while no other run of 3+ digits appears more than once.) But all of these use Pi as th...
by Mattman
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 63871

Re: 988: "Tradition"

It's a good chart to see, but...

Am I really the only one who thinks it's ironic that it looks like it's flipping the bird? No one else has pointed that out yet.
by Mattman
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0952: "Stud Finder"
Replies: 98
Views: 31870

Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

In the second place, two by fours are generally made from fast-growth pine, which is not particularly magnetic. The idea is to find the screws holding the drywall to the studs, not the wood itself. Rare earth magnets are very good at this; they'll actually stick to the wall where there's a screwhea...
by Mattman
Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23021

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

The circumference of Earth is around 24500 miles. It's been 74 years since Amelia Earhart vanished, so that's approximately 331 miles per year, or 0.906 miles per day - a stunning 0.0377 miles per hour. Now, I don't have the physics background to say for certain whether that's enough to generate li...
by Mattman
Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 40603

0862: "Let Go"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/let_go.png Alt-text: After years of trying, I broke this habit in a day by decoupling the action and the neurological reward. I set up a simple 30-second delay I had to wait through, in which I couldn't do anything else, before any new page or chat client would load (and...
by Mattman
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 49386

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Ahem is right... DogHouse Diaries did a comic on Wikileaks on Monday... I thought Randall was addressing this , which I only heard about yesterday. Though, I could be behind the times, I guess. Either way, I think Randall is just pointing out 1) their hypocrisy, and 2) that this ultimately doesn't ...
by Mattman
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0833: "Convincing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21216

Re: 0833: "Convincing"

Was I the only one who thought of comic 523? http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/decline.png He totally didn't label his axis either -- but he got away with it! I hope one of these days we get a graph like this with its axis labeled correctly; I want to know what unit the quality of a relationship ought to...
by Mattman
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 20036

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

Wow, an xkcd about where I work! But I'm curious how Randall knew this last night. They only just had their results published today.

He either knows someone at SLAC, someone at Science Magazine, or he knows the future.
by Mattman
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0779: "Anxiety"
Replies: 113
Views: 67221

Re: "Anxiety" discussion (#779)

Ah, I would've never gotten it without the Wiki page on backscattering. It makes it a lot funnier when you combine the Wiki page and the Urban Dictionary page.
by Mattman
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 27494

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

Silly humans, don't you realize the virus will spread to anything that comes near the body until it's been burned? You two are already infected, but if you work fast you can destroy the three of you without leaving any trace of it to infect the next poor sap that finds you. This is why it's a roman...
by Mattman
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0707: "Joshing"
Replies: 63
Views: 18420

Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Everyone's saying this has no reference, and maybe they're right, but isn't this in reference to the LHC starting up again? I mean, it was just announced a few days ago. I mean, I'm not one of those nutjobs who believes it'll kill us all, but there is the general stereotype/joke that it WILL KILL US...
by Mattman
Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 38936

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

I think I'm missing something...what exactly is the point to this? I think the point being made is that in 1984, Sarah is being hunted by a cyborg sent from the year 2029, and human guy is sent to save her with his shotgun. In reality, it's 2009 right now, and we have these unmanned drones that do ...
by Mattman
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 24056

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

Not sure if the part about the LHC and black holes in this game is true or not, but if it is, then shame on the makers of that game for inspiring fear in the general public when there already is too much. The LHC will not create a black hole, and as far as we know it is not dangerous in any conceiv...
by Mattman
Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0481: "Listen to Yourself"
Replies: 173
Views: 35286

Re: "Listen to Yourself" Discussion

If it were implemented in the past, then the comments wouldn't have been there. This would mean that the NEED to create such a virus would never have happened, and thus we wouldn't have created it and sent it to the past. But if we don't create it, then the problem is there, and we DO need to creat...
by Mattman
Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0480: "Spore"
Replies: 165
Views: 26432

Re: "Spore" Discussion

Populous, huh? I used to play that on my 386. I didn't think it was beatable, though. I remember getting to this level where the rival god was constantly using tidal waves and lightning storms every few seconds, and it became just impossible to do anything. Makes me wanna play through my old game li...
by Mattman
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 39698

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Airplane landing gear are seriously durable: they're designed to take a flaps-up, engines-out landing without damage. Compared to that, your 400mph takeoff roll is nothing. Now you're getting a little confused. The actual mechanical system is incredibly durable. You're absolutely spot-on about that...
by Mattman
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 39698

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

"at least double what it should be" is not sufficient to cause the wheels to explode or melt (no worse than taking off in a strong tailwind), and the landing gear being destroyed is not really a victory for the "it won't take off" crowd anyway. I don't think it falling off the e...
by Mattman
Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 39698

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

The plane can't possibly take off. Let's consider the scenarios: 1) Plane doesn't move forward relative to the ground. In this scenario, no lift will be generated because the plane isn't moving. Of course, the treadmill will have no effect on the plane's forward movement, so maybe someone tied a rop...

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