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by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 5233

Re: 1893: "Thread"

Except that, twice in Pern's history, there's a "Long Interval" of 400 years, where the Red Star doesn't come close enough to leave Thread and there's no "Pass" The long intervals aren't because of wonky orbital mechanics , but because the future dragonriders have traveled back ...
by fluffysheap
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 4831

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

Plug doesn't fit through case. But they always tell me I just haven't met the right person yet.
by fluffysheap
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 8652

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

richP wrote:It's not like you get to review a fighter's resume before a bar fight (or get a cut scene showing his strengths/weaknesses before the battle).

Wouldn't any knife fight end up being a cut scene?
by fluffysheap
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105796
Views: 34320399

Re: 1190: "Time"

The DeLorean has the engine in the rear, so if it crashed, there wouldn't be any steam/smoke coming from it.

(if you can't be pedantic here, where can you?)
by fluffysheap
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 10816

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Liri wrote:The New Yorker has a much more rigorous and defined editorial policy on spelling and word use relative to most other publications


Does anyone know why they put umlauts everywhere? They are not metal enough to get away with it.
by fluffysheap
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 10816

Re: 1849: "Decades"

When identifying music, movies, clothes, or cars: 1967 vs. 1977: easy 1977 vs. 1987: easy 1987 vs. 1997: easy 1997 vs. 2007: fairly easy 2007 vs. 2017: hard For cars there's a good reason at least, fuel economy standards have forced every manufacturer to optimize for drag. Almost every car now has ...
by fluffysheap
Mon May 01, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 5165

1831: "Here to Help"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/here_to_help.png Title Text: "We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard." I've been trying for years to develop a reliable algorithm for being the first to make a new comic thread. Apparently, the solution is for nobo...
by fluffysheap
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 20494

Re: 1807: "Listening"

What bugs me is that nobody ever takes advantage of the "form of a question" dodge when the "answer" already is a question This does happen occasionally, and it is acceptable, or at least it was the last time I saw someone do it, which was a few years ago. I even saw Alex once a...
by fluffysheap
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 16692

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Also, opening a can of tuna now harasses women.
by fluffysheap
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 9194

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

I guess it depends on your definition of the "78 RPM era." 78 RPM became standardized in 1925, 60 years from the end of the Civil War. It "ended" (in the sense of most popular music no longer being available in this format) around 1955, 61 years from today. However, 78 RPM record...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 6708

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

Eternal Density wrote:Eventually (hours of attempts later) I gave in and partly disassembled it to unplug the battery.

Then I busted the battery connector.

Sounds like just waiting for it to run down would have been a better option.
by fluffysheap
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 12976

Re: 1577: Advent

The unsettling part of this for me is that the grid formed by the calendar makes the guy look like just a bunch of disconnected lines.
by fluffysheap
Mon May 25, 2015 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 41857

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

The Doctor and The Doctor could easily be matched up. Why not match up ALL The Doctors?

I'm reminded of the song...

It's like Twisted Sister
Meets Mr Mister
Its like a rolling thunder meets a careless whisper
Its like Fleetwood Mac, Biggie and 2-pac in a game of Twister
la la la
by fluffysheap
Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 16064

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

This happens to me all the time. It usually turns out that I can't shut the alarm off because I need to wake up first. Floor vents are a thing, yeah. I have a few, one in a similar position. Overall, I think they're better than wall vents. I find they tend to be in rooms where the wall you would wan...
by fluffysheap
Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 27248

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

I had no idea my offhand comment would turn out to be so controversial. But then, it never occurred to me that the dress might look white and gold, either. Here is how I convinced myself originally that the Pikachus were countable. It's almost like a proof. Let K be the maximum branching factor of t...
by fluffysheap
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 27248

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Image

So far the only thing about this I understand is that the explainxkcd is wrong, because if occasionally you get two pikachus instead of one, they're still countably infinite.
by fluffysheap
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 9725

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

My interpretation of the squirt bottle is that she sprayed enough water onto the Earth that the ocean level rose and covered all the land, so now it's featureless. Although an Earth with no land would have some pretty gnarly waves.
by fluffysheap
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 48862

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

The GIF is interesting, but the white balance is so far off it's hard to tell much from it. Look at the walls or the light coming in from the window, later in the sequence. Those are probably white or nearly white, but they look very yellow. As previously discussed, when the white balance is too yel...
by fluffysheap
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 48862

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

It's not all that rare to see white things with an unnatural blue tint in photographs, usually as a result of a camera white balance problem. If a crap camera with just a few white balance presets is set to incandescent, then white things will appear blue. This will also happen, to a lesser degree, ...
by fluffysheap
Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 41572

Re: 1270: Functional

I would understand if programs were written as functions which were equivalent to complexes of nested processor operation functions, which are themselves complexes of simple logic gates, ultimately boiling down to a lot of NORs or NANDs. That would be very approachable to me. You should go and lear...

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