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by Silhalnor
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 12765

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Are you sure that's not just a duck?
A lot of people get'em confused.

Spoiler:
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by Silhalnor
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 7537

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

It is trickier to parse than "the gostak distims the doshes", but I'll have a go. ... I'd be amused to know how hilariously far out my interpretation is. That was pretty fun to read! Now I want a blog of random analyses like this by someone ignorant of the subject matter with companion an...
by Silhalnor
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 7537

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I must know even less that the characters. I have no idea what they're talking about. Like, I don't even know how to intone the words. Is "on-base" a verb? Is it a noun like "home base" in base-ball? What does it mean to "slug"? Wait, maybe this is base-ball! He talks a...
by Silhalnor
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20546

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

A) Atomic nuclei don't contain protons and neutrons (well, H 1 's nucleus is a lone proton) but rather a sort of quark soup. It's only when you pull some of the quarks out that they group into protons and neutrons (and assorted mesons and other exotic particles) so you'd have to pull out three quar...
by Silhalnor
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20546

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

This needs a revisit. The question wasn't how deep does it need to be to get rid of all the air, the question was how deep does it need to be to suffocate everybody. I suspect a much smaller hole is needed for that. Good point! A "hole" is really just an emptying of a patch of space. If t...
by Silhalnor
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20546

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

There are surprisingly few posts here. Didn't this forum use to be more active last time I was here... quite possibly a year ago? Killed by Time. Pff, fun pun! So that thread's still going? We were waiting for you to come back. Good to see you again. At first I assumed this to just be entirely sarc...
by Silhalnor
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20546

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

There are surprisingly few posts here. Didn't this forum use to be more active last time I was here... quite possibly a year ago?
by Silhalnor
Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 20546

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Ok, so a hole the size of the US would have to be too deep. So why don't we just dig up the entire Earth a few miles deep? :P Oh! Right! The dirt! We'll just fire that up into space. Yes. We'll put it all in orbit. Then all the air will be "underground." Or at the very least "under so...
by Silhalnor
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 26235

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

I don't know... this sounds like more work to me. You can't even tell me where the Shut Down button is? Lifehack: on most devices the "on" button becomes an "off" button when it's already on. It's much easier than unplugging every device after use! Well, duh. Plug the microwave ...
by Silhalnor
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 26235

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

If you're anything like me, you shut down your computer by unplugging it from the wall outlet. You can instead shut it down much quicker by either pushing the big button on the front of the case, or selecting Shut Down from the menu (location dependent on operating system). This also avoids the ann...
by Silhalnor
Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 34474

Re: 1416: "Pixels"

I like how the white areas always expand to well lit images while the black areas expand to dark images.

I wonder... what is the ratio of black to white in this comic?
Something like this: http://www.xkcd.com/688/
And maybe a little of this: http://www.xkcd.com/356/
by Silhalnor
Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0105: "Cannibalism"
Replies: 41
Views: 11926

Re: What-if 0105: "Cannibalism"

He claims that the phrase "variety meats" appears suddenly in US books but not in British books but his sources clearly show a weird 7 year spike in British books that occurs during the decline of the phrase in US books. I can't tell how many actual books this is but it's about the same am...
by Silhalnor
Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18926

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

I think you misunderstand: a Slashdot UID is different from a username. Anyone can pick whatever username they want (I think they're limited to alphanumerics though), but UIDs are assigned consecutively in the order in which you joined. The first user had UID 1, and last I looked they were up in th...
by Silhalnor
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18926

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

Maybe it was a preemptive strike after learning the bitter lesson that if you'd only bothered to create an account when you first started reading Slashdot, you could have had a 4-digit ID instead of a 5-digit ID. ...Or am I just projecting? (Yes, "my ID is so much lower than yours" used t...
by Silhalnor
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18926

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

I've had that feeling before, but then it turned out to be Disquis. Perhaps you bought something from the store and that required account formation? I haven't bought anything. Most likely I made an account fairly recently to post something (can't have been too long ago considering what password it'...
by Silhalnor
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18926

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

YES, The Ellimist Chronicles was one of my favorite books. Ijust loved the concepts in it and the idea of following the journey of such a person. Not sure I understand the meaning of this comic though. Is it about the intersocial relationships between the Animorphs? The mood of the books does become...

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