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by dtilque
Wed May 22, 2019 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 2654

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

I've never seen the movie Last of the Mohicans , so I'll take everyone's word that it's not a Western. I was taking about Cooper's Natty Bumppo books. Those could arguably be called Westerns. Proto-Westerns, perhaps, since they obviously didn't have many of the tropes we associate with Westerns. As ...
by dtilque
Tue May 21, 2019 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 2654

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

The period in question should start no later than 1806 or so, when the mountain men era began, The Mountain Man era simply doesn't fit the "Old West" genre. Maybe not technically, but the average person would likely say a movie about them was a Western. For sci-fi westerns, The Far Fronti...
by dtilque
Mon May 20, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2152: "Westerns"
Replies: 56
Views: 2654

Re: 2152: "Westerns"

And I think the two time periods in the comic should probably overlap. They definitely overlap. The period in question should start no later than 1806 or so, when the mountain men era began, and quite possibly much earlier. And Western literature was written during that period. It's arguable that t...
by dtilque
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

Mikeski wrote:Was done better back here. With entomology.


But that doesn't have Etymology, which I'm going to guess is right underneath Entomology.
by dtilque
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

I wonder where entomology lies on this spectrum, perhaps near marine biology.... etymology is probably somewhere near mathematics, except for those etymologists who get their subject confused with entomology...
by dtilque
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Mikeski wrote:Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross.


But then you get into the argument about whether it should be a traditional intersection or a roundabout. With an overpass, it could be a cloverleaf interchange.
by dtilque
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 3608

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

If we divert the N-S canal through the 4th dimension, we could avoid the bridge-over or tunnel-under question altogether. Of course, then it'd probably get in the way of someone's hyperspace bypass....
by dtilque
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 5021

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

There's three empty regions. Any ideas to fill in

Little/Great/Large
Little/Large/Big/Great
Little/Large/Small/Great
by dtilque
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 4225

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

TimSheahan wrote:Wow, right in the feels.

Next to the classic Spirit of course.

But it was a much more positive feels. That Spirit one should have been titled "How to Make an Engineer Cry".
by dtilque
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10319

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Jonathan Crowe in The Map Room:

By law, I am required to share every xkcd comic about maps.
by dtilque
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 5481

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Here's an attempt to remove Google from someone's life.
by dtilque
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5696

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Can anyone explain the 'So am I. So am I' in the final panel? I'm not from the USA ... Electoral polls are usually done state by state. What the advisor is saying is that BHG's support among voters in several states in central part of the country is lower than expected, i.e. "weakness in the M...
by dtilque
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5696

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Years ago, I remember reading an SF story about a massive earth movement in the central part of the US. I'm fairly sure it was written before plate techtonics were accepted by geologists and it may have been inspired by the '64 Alaska quake. The story didn't have characters or a plot. It was just a...
by dtilque
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5696

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Years ago, I remember reading an SF story about a massive earth movement in the central part of the US. I'm fairly sure it was written before plate techtonics were accepted by geologists and it may have been inspired by the '64 Alaska quake. The story didn't have characters or a plot. It was just a ...
by dtilque
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 6090

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

da Doctah wrote:That Bohr model also made a lot of us think the solar system was just a huge fluorine atom. (Until NdeGT kicked out one of our electrons and turned it into oxygen.)


Pretty sure it was Mike Brown that kicked out the electron. But don't worry, he's trying to get it back.
by dtilque
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 6250

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

I had to go to explainxkcd to confirm that something was wrong with the labels on the graph. The left most label is supposed to be 5AM. This makes the graph cover 26 hours. The extra two hours are from small regions within the timezones near the dateline, that want to be on the same day as the othe...
by dtilque
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 15716

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Are these oz as in 1/16lb, or floz? And are floz standardized between US and imperial systems? (e.g. is a US pint exactly 4/5ths an imperial pint?) These are fluid ounces. The US fluid ounce is about 4% larger than the Imperial fluid ounce. The Imperial fluid volume system is based on the volume of...
by dtilque
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 12161

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. "Landmarks from Wikipedia."...
by dtilque
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 9758

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I've noticed in recent weeks that the spoofers are getting a bit smarter. Instead of spoofing the first 6 digits, they only do the first 5. I guess too many people have gotten wise to their spoofing.
by dtilque
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 16196

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

We've already tried having an egomaniacal billionaire who believes racist conspiracy theories about the media. It's not working out so great. OK, we got one rotten apple. And there's other billionaires I wouldn't vote for either, or for that matter, walk across the street to piss on them if they we...
by dtilque
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 16196

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

My thought: just skip #2 through #7. ETA: more thoughts: add billionaires who own their own spaceship company immediately after #8. I don't think there are any of those that satisfy the "Natural Born Citizen" requirement. Half of them do. And it's not like there aren't lots of others on t...
by dtilque
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 16196

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

My thought: just skip #2 through #7.

ETA: more thoughts: add billionaires who own their own spaceship company immediately after #8.
by dtilque
Wed May 30, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 8794

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Alphonse wrote:
pogrmman wrote:Admittedly, I was kinda expecting something different from this for comic 2k, but it's still a good one.


2000 isn't really important. We're still 48 comics away from a relevant comic number.


Maybe, but we'll probably have a clock count overflow problem ten strips before that one.
by dtilque
Sat May 26, 2018 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 12803

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Grop wrote:I took it to mean there was a group named 3rd party extensions.


A google search says the group is named 3rd Party. No extensions.

[Note there seem to be an awful lot of different songs named "Can U feel It"]
by dtilque
Fri May 25, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 12803

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Hey, where's those sex scenes we were promised?
by dtilque
Fri May 04, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 22204

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

"Gif" is pronounced that way by truncation of the word "gift" By you and a group of other people it's pronounced that way. By myself and others mostly who got online in the early 90s and Steve Wilhite, who is the guy who wrote the damn format, it's pronounced Jif, because that's...
by dtilque
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8179

Re: 1962: “Generations”

jackal wrote:And it was just earlier this week that I proudly claimed the title of “The Oregon Trail Generation”


Then this xkcd is for you.


[It's one of my favorites, even though I'm not sure I ever played that game.]
by dtilque
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 6312

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

Things still won't be unified until they get Google, Facebook and Twitter together. At which point, we're all screwed.
by dtilque
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 7081

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

He missed "Blue" in the type of moons. I'd think the Libation of the Mason-Dixon Line (the Pennsylvania-Maryland border, in part), would be Rye Whiskey. Of the Prime Meridian, Gin. I think there's something about people on one side of the Mason-Dixon going just across the border to buy boo...
by dtilque
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 5885

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

Having sex in a self-driving car is no big deal. Probably already been done. The real quesion is: Who's the first to sex have with a self-driving car?"

As for arguments, as long as they don't start arguing about the Monty Hall puzzle or plane-on-a-treadmill question, we're safe.
by dtilque
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 5752

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

da Doctah wrote:And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.


They named a mountain after a Pokemon?
by dtilque
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 11850

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

As of 2012, the state of the art neutrino communications link operated at 1/10 bits per second. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/mar/19/neutrino-based-communication-is-a-first . That's pretty bad through-put, even if the rate has doubled every year since then. There was a recent advanc...
by dtilque
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 29455

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

Looks like the Planetary Protection Officer position is open. Now don't everyone jump up and apply; please note you will have severe competition . Personally, I'm going to wait for the Mars Czar position to open up. My first act, of course, will be to change the position's name. I think I'll go with...
by dtilque
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 6675

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

Keyman wrote:Use my invention, and you'll never have to worry about batteries for your phone ever again!!
Spoiler:
Image


I used your invention and then started worrying about running out of string.
by dtilque
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 14126

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

You're not one of those "Cher never walked on the Moon" people, are you? Sheesh... I'm more of a "Cher never did a Moonwalk" people, myself. And no, don't show me a utube of her doing one. Utube is a known repository of fake videos. It probably has a video of Russell launching a...
by dtilque
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 3994

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

somitomi wrote:I hope this guy doesn't get into astrophotography, I don't want him scratching Saturns rings.

But it'd be convenient if Uranus gets itchy...
by dtilque
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 7939

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

RogueCynic wrote:
SDK wrote:I'd rather have a shortcut for hard refreshment.



What about the tab key?

A diet soda doesn't quite count as "hard".
by dtilque
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 6747

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

The new incinerator plays "Light My Fire", "Burnin' for You", and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" when it's operating. And, when the firmware determines the pilot light is out, "We Didn't Start the Fire". Could it be upgraded to a "churnin' urn of burnin' funk...
by dtilque
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 11043

Re: 1815: "Flag"

How about we allow the stars to be dynamically changed? Perhaps different emojis to reflect the latest tweets by our Fearless Leader 1 . Or one emoji for the tweets, one for a reply by the opposition, and the last for ... not sure... maybe the stock market movement... foreign reaction... what the Po...
by dtilque
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 7529

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Marianas Trench:

1/10 Been there just once. In 1960. For 20 minutes. Would not buy again.

Yeah, I'm posting an SDMB in-joke to a different MB. So what?

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