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by Zylon
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 23131

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Changing usage be damned, saying "begs the question" in place of "raises the question" will always be a ripe target for mockery specifically because it's something that people only say when they're trying to sound smart (or erudite, as a smart-sounding person might say).
by Zylon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 13663

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Oh my, looks like Randall's feeling preachy again. Not even trying for a joke.
by Zylon
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 8410

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

This just raises the question why he's hearing the word "magnetohydrodynamics" so often that he needs a substitution rule for it.
by Zylon
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 4549

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

Unbeknownst to Danish, Black Hat is on the other side of the lake testing his anti-drone ECM system.
by Zylon
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 12612

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Today's strip brought to us by Randall throwing a tantrum that he didn't think of it first. Yes, I'm sure the middle of 2017 is when Randall decided to "throw a tantrum" about not being able to start a trend back in 2014 or so. Okay then, you explain the artless, hamfistedly smug approach...
by Zylon
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 12612

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Today's strip brought to us by Randall throwing a tantrum that he didn't think of it first.
by Zylon
Mon May 08, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9289

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

"I said LUNCH not LAUNCH!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TueALMuOi5Q

Yes I'm old.
by Zylon
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 23922

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

It says "Open 24 Hours", not "Open 24 Hours a Day".

That means the store gets 24 hours total operational time. Then they have to bulldoze it and start a new one.
by Zylon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 15856

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Or he does and doesn't care, because the actual point of the comic is to be smug toward people who don't like UI changes. Yes, curse that smug Randall, reminding us all that we're growing old while he stays young and beautiful forever thanks to his Elven heritage You're very bad at understanding th...
by Zylon
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 15856

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Randall doesn't seem to understand the difference between arbitrary change and change brought on by age.

Or he does and doesn't care, because the actual point of the comic is to be smug toward people who don't like UI changes.
by Zylon
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 29367

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Oh good, Randall's being smug and preachy again. Always hilarious.
by Zylon
Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 11926

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

That seems like more of a creed than a motto.
by Zylon
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39814

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

The additional meaning for "literally" is pretty cool. It's an intensifier, but one that can only be used for figurative speech. "I am cold" vs "I am literally cold" doesn't really make much sense, but "I am freezing to death" is less intense than "I am ...
by Zylon
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39814

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

morriswalters wrote:And I first discovered it 20 or so years ago when visiting the home of an acquaintance. About 5 minutes in I realized that I didn't speak whatever language it was that his friends were speaking.

Barbara Billingsley to the rescue!
by Zylon
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 39814

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Oh joy, another "Randall trolls his own readers" strip.

Go take a flying flippity fuck for your false equivalence, Randy.
by Zylon
Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9042

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I have never in my life seen a recipe that called for adding sugar to taste. Salt, yes, too many times to count. But sugar? No.

I suspect Randall originally wrote this about salt, but changed it to sugar so it wouldn't seem repetitious of the recent salt mine strip.
by Zylon
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12276

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

This comic has convinced me that Randall doesn't quite understand what salt is. I think he has it confused with rock candy.
by Zylon
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 22287

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Not to speak for Zylon, but I'm pretty sure he wanted a car . Wheels or something, 2D motion on a surface, legal on city streets, fits inside his garage, stuff like that. Indeed, that is pretty much the definition of a car. The "flying car" trope arose well after helicopters already exist...
by Zylon
Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 22287

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

A helicopter is not a smegging flying car, because you can't drive a helicopter. Also helicopters have existed since the 1930s, so people have understood this distinction for a very long time.

The whole strip, if you can call it that, is just Randall being a contrarian Debbie Downer again.
by Zylon
Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 8032

Re: 1622: "Henge"

Ha ha, it's funny because shit doesn't work that way.
by Zylon
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 15283

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

I hate White Beret. I hate him and I want him to die, painfully. He's the Woody Woodpecker of XKCD.
by Zylon
Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 17608

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Kit. wrote:
Justin Lardinois wrote:I don't know of a British dish that has more flavor than say, fish and chips; is there one?

Full breakfast?

Munchy box. Together with full breakfast, the alpha and omega of British cuisine.
by Zylon
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 17608

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

As someone who feels that our (British) cuisine is unfairly maligned, I like to point out whenever possible that pizza is basically cheese on toast. Uh, by equating toast with pizza crust you're actually reinforcing the stereotype of the dull British palate and its penchant for "__________ on ...
by Zylon
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 17608

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

I get what Randall's going for here, but bread, cheese, and a glass of tomato juice actually sounds like a decent lunch. So fail. Should have done cake instead.
by Zylon
Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 13638

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

CelticNot wrote:Ironically, Lays Canada just finished their contest for a new regionally-inspired potato chip flavour.

That's not ironic. That's the opposite of ironic.
by Zylon
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 13638

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

Viqsi wrote:That's funny; I keep hearing folks trying to suggest stuff like this, and I've always called them on it.

Ditto. All weird food combinations must be challenged.

And the capital of this stuff is Japan, not Canada.
by Zylon
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16577

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Wow, been a while since we've had a strip that doesn't work as a joke at any level. "Rice myth": Can dry out electronics. Problem with raising the Titanic: Weakened superstructure. Execution of premise in this strip: Raise the Titanic, then put it in rice? Yeah... no. This is just a jumble...
by Zylon
Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 13674

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

cryptoengineer wrote:It's interesting to compare this with Munro's take on Superbowl:
https://xkcd.com/1480/

Ah yes, one his increasingly many "I hold my own readers in contempt" strips.
by Zylon
Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 13715

Re: 1590: "The Source"

orthogon wrote:"High-pitched hum" is an oxymoron. A hum is specifically a low-pitched continuous sound. What you have, if it's high-pitched and continuous, is a whistle.

That's even dumber than calling it a hum. Power supplies do not whistle, they whine. Tea kettles whistle.
by Zylon
Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 10583

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

Every time White Beret Guy appears, it's Randall reminding his readers that he hates them.
by Zylon
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6939

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

Well duh, the preferred term now is iIntelligence.
by Zylon
Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1569: "Magic Tree"
Replies: 56
Views: 12479

Re: 1569: "Magic Tree"

So... is today's comic supposed to be funny?

Granted, this is my response to every White Beret Idiot strip. But the question stands.
by Zylon
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 21886

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Has Randall officially reached the point now where he's actively trying to chase people away from XKCD so he doesn't have to make it anymore?
by Zylon
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28334

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Looks like White Beret Guy forgot his hat for today's strip.
by Zylon
Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 26629

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Today I learned that Randall doesn't really know (or care) what a synonym actually is.
by Zylon
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
Replies: 53
Views: 13601

Re: 1556: "The Sky"

Since "One of my favorite halves" is an odd, semi-literate way to say "My favorite half.", I'm assuming the weird phrasing is supposed to somehow be funny.
by Zylon
Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29494

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

At first I thought I didn't get this because I don't know much about Pokemon.

Now I know I didn't get it because Randall doesn't know much about Pokemon.
by Zylon
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 59907

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

There are many effective color illusions out there. Today's strip is not one of them. The left and right versions both look like the same gold/white dress under different lighting.
by Zylon
Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 19294

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

I hate White Beret Guy. Every time I see him, I wish physical harm upon him.
by Zylon
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

I like the alt-text for this one:

"My hobby: Being a smug, holier-than-thou contrarian douche."

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