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by Muswell
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 8326

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Why is Great A'Tuin not on here?
by Muswell
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 7640

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

It's no fun if you keep including "civilised world": that immediately implies one of those weird british games that's played in only two countries. :roll: (with a bat in this case, because it has a batting average) Well, yeah, but that's still more than baseball... ;) Cuba, the DR, Venezu...
by Muswell
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 7640

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Flumble wrote:It's no fun if you keep including "civilised world": that immediately implies one of those weird british games that's played in only two countries. :roll: (with a bat in this case, because it has a batting average)


Well, yeah, but that's still more than baseball... ;)
by Muswell
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 7640

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Batting averages that go from 0 - 100%? That's weird. The civilised world knows that a batting average can be 0 - <insert arbitrarily high number here> in theory or 0 - 99.94 in practice (as birds of the family anatidae will take action to prevent a 100 average; they take statistics very seriously)....
by Muswell
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 32092

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I like the way that something with "new" in the name is probably the second oldest of its type, for reasons that become obvious when you think about it. I went to college in a city where the two churches downtown are known as the Old Church and the New Church. The former was completed 771...
by Muswell
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 32092

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

@Muswell Did Cicero use it idiomatically or literally? Well, he used it for its literal meaning. And its literal meaning is inherent to its being part of Latin court (and English & Welsh court, though I don't know about other courts) idiom. I'm not sure what distinction you're trying to draw be...
by Muswell
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 32092

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

...bonafide.. Is that even an idiom in Latin? I know it's not a word (it's two: bonā fidē ), but does it have the same idiomatic usage in any language other than English? It turns up quite a bit in Cicero's legal speeches. Cicero's my go-to guy for stuff that turns up in modern usage and a lot of p...
by Muswell
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 9123

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The retina storage tray is the best feature. We all know that password reuse is a big problem, but when it comes to biometrics, few people use a unique retina for each party they want to authenticate with. I feel this is mainly because carrying extra retinas has been such a hassle in the past. I'm ...
by Muswell
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 17485

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Nope. Portugal is in a separate time-zone to Spain. For good reasons too: it actually doesn't make that much sense for Vigo in Spain and Bialystok in Poland to be in the same time zone. In fact, as far as the least possible difference between legal and solar local time is concerned, it would make s...
by Muswell
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 16631

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

If you think a bird can't take a punch, you clearly haven't spent time in Australia. I hit a Canada goose with a line-drive golf ball once. (His fault for sitting on the edge of a water hazard when I was golfing; he really should have known.) Square in the middle of his back. Didn't flinch, didn't ...
by Muswell
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 7293

Re: 1786: "Trash"

This reminds me very much of a set of Mitchell & Webb sketches, starting with this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwocSqmXzt8
by Muswell
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 41452

Re: 1759: "British Map"

If we're being really pedantic, the Channel Islands are part of the historic Duchy of Normandy, and were therefore on the winning side in 1066. They're the invaders, and are no-one's colonies and never have been (even during the Occupation, Hitler never laid direct claim to them and said he was gov...
by Muswell
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 41452

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Pure pedantry, but Dubstep isn't in Britain. In fact to be a complete pedanthole, Belfast Devoe isn't in Britain either. It's no longer caller Britania Minor? All these changes in names. Ridiculous. What's next? Ireland never was "Britannia Minor" (though Ptolemy, in the 2nd Century CE, d...
by Muswell
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 41452

Re: 1759: "British Map"

cellocgw wrote:
ramblinjd wrote:I see a few categories emerging... feel free to edit/rearrange/discuss:



Memes/People/Businesses:
    {snip}
    Redsox

For a local boy, he got that wrong: it's "Bosox" . Not to be confused with Botox. Or oxbows.



And shouldn't it actually be where he's put Cadbury?
by Muswell
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 12341

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Titanic XCVIII? I had a lot of trouble parsing the Roman Numerals, and even once y'all had translated it for me it felt like it violated some rule that I seemed to have imagined. My first thought was that you can't start a number with a "subtractive" element, but obviously I have no probl...
by Muswell
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 7427

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:I've read a similar story involving potatoes.
Well, they will make you sick if you don't know which part to each.
Romeo and Juliette killed themselves with a near relative of the potato.


A dagger is a near relative of the potato?!
by Muswell
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137525

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Everyone else seems to be seeing the science.

I'm seeing that RM spelt "Iliad" correctly for when it was set but incorrectly for when it was composed.

Sometimes it's lonely being a Classics graduate...
by Muswell
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 12243

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Exams on Saturdays? In what world is this happening? In my university, the last day of classes was a Wednesday, and then final exam week was generally Friday through Wednesday, including Saturdays and excluding Sundays. They also had a rule where if you had 3 exams starting within a 24-hour period,...
by Muswell
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 12243

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Regarding something as "just a tool" is a poisonous line of thought. Except for people who study on Friday nights and tell you to keep quiet, those folks were rightly just tools. That's a bit harsh, at my university at least some of us had important exams on Saturdays. People who study on...
by Muswell
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 6010

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

Do people who think they are animals trapped in human bodies or whatever count as otherkin? Yes. What about someone who's not so much a cat trapped in a human body as a cat who took over a human body because opposable thumbs, valid photo ID and a longer average lifespan will be useful in the quest ...
by Muswell
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 7122

Re: 1699: "Local News"

You're welcome to become an Australian territory. Ah, thanks. But will you promise to do something about that blatant de-facto trade barrier? I refer of course to your insistence on being 9000 miles away. I reckon there's enough space for Australia in the North Atlantic, if we move a few little isl...
by Muswell
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 7122

Re: 1699: "Local News"

City Council elections? Pah! We've just had a referendum to set government policy and apparently accidently triggered the Rapture. I thought the whole point of the thing was to throw Westminster into complete chaos with no tenable candidates for Prime Minister so that HM would ask Larry the Downing...
by Muswell
Tue May 31, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9383

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

Off the top of my head, the first 'historically datable' event that comes to mind (as opposed to "Dad, what year did we <action> at <place>?", or a similar question only notably answerable by family, if even them... and a 'memory' from an event when I was just 2 could have been polluted b...
by Muswell
Tue May 24, 2016 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 9269

Re: 1684: Rainbow

And here I thought the rainbows were a sign that God had brought his pre-teen daughter to work... I almost hesitate to proffer an alternative explanation: God's joining the Gay Pride Parade. :oops: There are going to be a lot of confused fundamentalists if God turns out to be gay. Mind you, it figu...
by Muswell
Fri May 06, 2016 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 20385

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

At last, someone that speaks the Queen's own (bless her). We had a bunch of chavs (probably with ASBOs) chucking packets of Monster Munch and johnnies filled with Tizer (what kind of norbert does that?) at my nan's caravan outside her bungalow a fortnight ago when she was watching Corrie. We called...
by Muswell
Fri May 06, 2016 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 20385

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

Quick straw-poll in my (predominantly British) office - none of us would call them contrails, most would call them vapour trails, one guy had no idea what I was talking about could I please leave him alone he had work to do.
by Muswell
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40337

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Soupspoon wrote: And it has been generations since we've had a true Battle Monarch (I forget which one, right now) even if heirs-and-spares have been getting very real experience in the armed services whilst in waiting.


George II.
by Muswell
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40337

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Interesting timing, in that we Brits have a similar women-on-banknotes argument going on. We're gaining one, but losing another, so will remain at 1/5. But if you look at the *other side* of all our banknotes (other than, for some reason I'm not sure of, the Guernsey £1 note), the ratio gets skewed...
by Muswell
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12649

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

As long as they don't accidentally tunnel through to the neighbouring pepper mine and cause a massive explosion, I don't see any problem with this scenario.
by Muswell
Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 23370

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Butlers Jeeves was the best butler there ever was. Accomplished at all the regular butlering tasks, devastatingly capable at managing his charge's complex social life. Until AI manages to be as devilishly cunning, conniving, vindictive and clever as Jeeves, there is no such thing as a robot butler....
by Muswell
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 23370

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

The " Magic Roundabout "? Double ugh. The Swindon magic roundabout? That one's nothing. The Hemel Hempstead one, now that one makes life interesting. Though I imagine a lot of the issues with both the roundabouts arise from unwary travellers seeing the signs for them and having panic atta...
by Muswell
Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 6603

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

Quercus wrote:
RogueCynic wrote:Won't grinding the remains of the failed ones and feeding them to the desirable ones lead to mad rocket disease?

Now I really want to set an RPG on board a living starship (think a Leviathan from Farscape) that's gone insane.


So... an RPG set on board Talyn from Farscape?
by Muswell
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 14268

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

Let's try Cricket: [image snipped] That doesn't sound quite right. You don't "sometimes get men still in and not out", you have a not-out at the end of every innings * . And it only describes a single innings, whereas most (if not all) competitive cricket matches have two innings for each...
by Muswell
Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18149

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Pfhorrest wrote:That would explain his interest in astrophysics; he's trying to find that wormhole to return home to the Gamma Quadrant.


Yep, that's my working theory.
by Muswell
Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18149

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

The OED is a wonderful thing, though it does take some getting used to. Particularly frustrating to the newcomer is the way the etymology comes first, followed by the senses in chronological order, so you have to wade a long way into the entry before you find the most common current meaning(s) of a...
by Muswell
Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8910

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

I don't drive and therefore don't have a satnav or similar, but if I make a journey by Tube and/or bus in London and don't beat the time given on Transport for London's Journey Planner I feel like a failure for the rest of the day. Journey Planner's scarily good for a lot of people, but assumes you ...
by Muswell
Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1569: "Magic Tree"
Replies: 56
Views: 12770

Re: 1569: "Magic Tree"

Do other people say "bay-EE-shun" too? Or for that matter, "but-EE-shun"? I've only pronounced it in Dutch, but my mind says bay-EE-seean when reading the name in English. Also bay-TEE-seean. I believe English tends to shift the stress when a (short) word gets a postfix or some ...
by Muswell
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29339

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

There are some videos out there of Dawkins being a total asshat, but in most of his stuff that I've seen, he is pretty respectful and level-headed; certainly far more than his critics. He tends to get remembered as being strident because that is the image he was given. I think that would be a fair ...
by Muswell
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 29339

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

Arguably, even EIIR rules a little bit of France. The Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey (i.e. the Channel Islands) are traditionally part of the Duchy of Normandy (the Loyal Toast is given as "La Reine, notre Duc" rather than "The Queen") and are the only part of William the Bast...
by Muswell
Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 8018

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

I was preparing K1s when this was posted. I took it as a sign and found a minion to delegate them to. Which sadly forced me to work instead on a three-way interaction of the tax rules of Guernsey, Jersey and the UK. Less boring, more brain-hurting. Anyone out there who hasn't yet decided on a career...

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