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by Retsam
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 37990

Re: 1416: "Pixels"

So I'm a bit rusty on the technical definition: could this comic be classified as a fractal?
by Retsam
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 37990

1416: "Pixels"

Image
Alt: It's turtles all the way down.

Ooooh, it's another fun one. My favorite part so far is the Gödel, Escher, Bach reference.
by Retsam
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"
Replies: 55
Views: 12774

Re: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"

I'm not sure of the numbers here. 1 tooth -> ~ 2 grams Number of men: ~ 3.5B. So each tooth is 2 grams * 3.5B = 7B grams = 7,000,000,000 g = 7,000 tons. A single whale is about 170 tons. so it's more like 40 whales per tooth..... Not sure about the other values! I'm guessing he's calculating it bas...
by Retsam
Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 40521

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

This never happens to me, probably because I'm the only person in the world with my name. It's hell in the age of Google... You find me and there's just 20 pages of my entire life history, none of it hidden by obscurity. I'm in the exact opposite situation. My name is pretty common; most notably I ...
by Retsam
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 38068

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

I'd like to suggest A-Aron.
by Retsam
Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40713

Re: 1235: "Settled"

*reads comic* "Hmm... what if ghosts exist but can't be photographed?" *reads alt-text* "Ah." But okay, everyone's got phones now. Everyone's got cameras. Everyone's got reference libraries. What should we shoot for next? I'm thinking harmonicas. I'm thinking water buffalo . I li...
by Retsam
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36645

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Then they claim that religion is somehow needed as it solves this problem. (The quarks are so because God made them that way, the big bang happened because Gos started it, blah blah...) But they are wrong, religion too has the same problems. When it answers questions, it only creates new questions....
by Retsam
Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 30876

Re: 1106: "ADD"

That one labeled "BREATHE" might be a bit of an issue.
by Retsam
Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21312

Re: 1102: "Fastest-Growing"

Though the objection against "fastest growing" is only valid if it's posed as a percentage. If my group goes from 10,000 -> 11,000 ->12,000 over the course of two years, and yours goes from 2 -> 4 -> 8, it's quite valid, in my opinion, to say that my group is faster growing. Yes, yours has...
by Retsam
Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 64963

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

Today's comic has a soundtrack.
by Retsam
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 45055

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

It wouldn't have to overcome friction. Friction of the glass on the table is a horizontal force. Perhaps he's referring to Newton's third Law? As the water drops, the glass lifts? Neither the water nor the glass exerts an attractive force on the other, so Newton's third law has nothing to do with i...
by Retsam
Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55178

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Yeah after skimming that Wiki article, this battle was the first to make predominant use of longbowman. But ... so what? If there is something funny, insightful, or otherwise worthwhile about this comic, I'm not seeing it. Yeah, okay. But then it's not really a 'gambit' is it? It's sort of like the...
by Retsam
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 30410

Re: 1075: "Warning"

This was my dad's approach to drivers ed: "Me letting you drive is like me handing you a gun". It's certainly true, but not much for establishing confidence.
by Retsam
Thu May 10, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: ####: "Ten Thousand"
Replies: 41
Views: 17336

Re: ####: "Ten Thousand"

I really like the message of today's xkcd. It's better to encourage people's learning rather than mocking them for their ignorance.
by Retsam
Mon May 07, 2012 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)
Replies: 228
Views: 129284

Re: Wheel of Time (Split from Geeky/Nerdy Kids Books)

The Brandon Sanderson ones are some of my favorites, too. He's actually become my favorite author since reading his Wheel of Time books. (I'm only a couple chapters away from having finished all of his adult books that have been published) I'm really glad that book 11, Knife of Dreams, was good, tho...
by Retsam
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57742

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Like I said, my heart goes out to Randall and his fiance. They're married now. I'm sorta with Mustaphaさん on this one. If the intent of this comic was to offer new details on his wife's status by linking to a new blog post, it'd make sense. But it doesn't. It links to the same year-old cancer post f...
by Retsam
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32766

Re: #1042: "Never"

First thought: "what the hell is a ufe" Is it bad kerning if it looks like there's nothing to kern? Is it sad that so many forum topics since Kerning has had someone make a negative comment about the kerning of the comic, while so few of the topics before Kerning did? It's really a shame ...
by Retsam
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1022: "So It Has Come To The Claw"
Replies: 96
Views: 27867

Re: 1022: "So It Has Come To This"

SirMustapha wrote:Also, for the record: Randall misused "protip" AGAIN.

Err... according to whom exactly? Who made you the final arbiter of culture again?
by Retsam
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67651

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

The picture in the comic is not about bad kerning; there is no kerning in the picture. Kerning is the use of negative space to compensate for the shapes of characters that would otherwise look too far apart. The canonical case is something like L^2 , in which the superscript is kerned to be slightl...
by Retsam
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67651

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

I know what bad kerning looks like, but I can never figure what good kerning looks like. It's a good thing I don't do it for a living. Edit: http://type.method.ac/ Case and point, 48/100 Huh. I was unexpectedly good at that. I think I've just spent too much time reading/playing video games. I got a...
by Retsam
Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38631

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Edit: Missed the person above me pointing out the same thing; whoops. I was scanning the comments for replies to this thread but they didn't quote. My bad. In defense of the last panel, it's not there for explanation, it's there to complete the rhythm. It could have just been the guy staring, maybe,...
by Retsam
Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 53684

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

To the people correlating Narnia with modern American politics: C.S. Lewis was a British author writing around the time of WWII. Lewis wasn't advocating anything to do with textbooks; in fact Lewis seemed to lean towards being a theistic evolutionist. (Though he mostly left the subject alone, which ...
by Retsam
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 53684

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

The fact that so many people are trying to do math based on the time dilation between Narnia and the real world probably has C.S. Lewis rolling in his grave right about now.
by Retsam
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40268

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Ha! This officially makes Avatar: The Last Airbender part of nerd culture, and totally legitimate to reference with other nerds and have the social awkwardness be on them when they don't get the reference. [/somewhat sarcastic, but only somewhat]
by Retsam
Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57945

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

4) Randall's lazy. This one is -you- SirMustapha. This isn't a criticism of a comic, this is just a criticism of a person, when you can't think of an actual complaint to make about a comic. Randall certainly isn't lazy. Try being funny on command three days a week in front of thousands and thousand...
by Retsam
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57945

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

Randall has his corner on the Internet, and it's gotten popular enough that people somehow feel entitled to complain whenever there is a single thing they don't like or understand. Randall will do as he wants, and he puts his comic out for free. I don't think that these people should have a right t...
by Retsam
Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27237

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

I always thought that hurricanes should be named after villains. That way, the Katrinas, Ritas, and Betsys of the world can be spared. Hurricane Vader Hurricane Harkonnen Hurricane VonDoom Hurricane Galacticus Well, to be fair, a Vader (in a galaxie far away, as opposed to, say Germany) is kind of ...
by Retsam
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 68756

Re: 0931: Lanes

Richard. wrote:Ban all carcinogens. Now.

Okay, then, burning toast is now illegal.
by Retsam
Thu May 12, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0897: "Elevator Inspection"
Replies: 72
Views: 15167

Re: 0897: "Elevator Inspection"

SirMustapha wrote:the most off-putting and condescending thing that could happen to this comic

That'd be -you-, actually.
by Retsam
Fri May 06, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32403

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

This leads to the physicists' tendency to think of the equations as the Thoughts of God. As the shirt sold by the MIT Hillel says, "And God said '[Maxwell's equations]' and there was light." The Genesis version is an approximation due to limitations of Classical Hebrew for expressing vect...
by Retsam
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70994

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

SW15243 wrote:I think my porn name tops all of yours, I'm afraid:
"Woody Scurfield"
Yeah, really.


I didn't mention it cause I thought it'd distract the point I was making about 95th street, but mine would actually be "Woody 95th". Yours is probably still worse, though.
by Retsam
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70994

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

This one took some staring at this comic before I remembered some obscure conversations I've had in the past on the topic. My problem, is that I live in an area that numbers streets, without naming them. Thus my name would be something like "____ 95th". And, ditto on the alt-text being awe...
by Retsam
Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0880: "Headache"
Replies: 158
Views: 45424

Re: 0880: "Headache"

Is something up with the posting tonight? I'm having a hard time following what people are talking about...
by Retsam
Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0874: "Time Management"
Replies: 56
Views: 14438

Re: 0874: "Time Management"

'Productivity blogs'—I wasn't aware of this genre. It seems to fall into the class of anxiety-inducing things one doesn't need to know about, much like college acceptance message boards. [url]lifehacker.com[/url] is a good example. I think the comic is way overshadowed by the title text that is, im...
by Retsam
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58535

Re: 0859: "("

Other criticism makes sense to me. I think it's perfectly reasonable to say that a comic wasn't funny or didn't make sense or could have been executed better. When people look at art, they talk about whether they like it or not, regardless of whether they paid for it. But there's a difference betwe...
by Retsam
Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 24648

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

It's actually really not that high level of math; just moderately obscure. They're one of the most basic principles of imaginary numbers, so I think we talked about them in High School Algebra when we briefly discussed imaginary numbers.
by Retsam
Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 19569

Re: 0774: "3D"

An original topic post without any individual remark?
by Retsam
Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Greedy Algorithm for change
Replies: 7
Views: 7287

Greedy Algorithm for change

Now, a commonly given example of a greedy algorithm is giving change. Using a coin system such as America's with coins for 25, 10, 5, and 1 cents, (ignoring half dollar coins and dollar coins for simplicity), it is always possible to give the fewest number of coins in change by always giving as many...
by Retsam
Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0837: "Coupon Code"
Replies: 86
Views: 28541

Re: 0837: Coupon Code

SirMustapha wrote:It's so ironic, it's like rain on your wedding day.


Ed Byrne wrote:Only if you marry a weatherman and he sets the date!

QFT?
by Retsam
Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 57771

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

For the love of God please click one of the links in my sig so I can someday move out of my mom's basement fixt That's about the fourth of fifth time I've read that rebuff here. Really, are you people that original? Must be reading way too much xkcd, then. Originality criticism, from the troll who ...

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