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by kelly_holden
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 8293

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I thought I had an apple. I went to eat it because of this comic, but I can't find it. Perhaps I already ate it and forgot.
by kelly_holden
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 9960

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

That wouldn't be so bad nowadays, when many of us rely on computers that handle DST automagically as our primary timepiece. It would probably disrupt sleep patterns less. But back then every adjustment would have to be performed manually on every clock. Plus 20 minutes makes for an awkward UTC offset.
by kelly_holden
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 8582

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

(My secondary device has, at least, the option to tap on a "settings" gear on the volume pop-over, giving me now three different sliders (system, media and ringer?) which I can tap-adjust exactly as I like, in advance, regardless of my current media-audio playing status. If it's even wron...
by kelly_holden
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 13728

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I remember a time when it was virtually impossible to guarantee a match between PNGs being displayed inside a web page and blocks of solid color defined through CSS (background colors, borders, etc.) But GIFs, which didn't support embedded profiles, worked fine, so everyone was stuck using those ev...
by kelly_holden
Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 9174

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Okay, you convinced me, Randall. *Googles* it looks like the next eclipse accessible to an Aussie who doesn't, and isn't likely ever to, have the resources for international travel is in 2028, and the nearest place in the path of totality is ... about 20 minutes drive from my house. I've gone furthe...
by kelly_holden
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 15743

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Also worth noting: Randall has chosen to use the official time-zone for Xinjiang (i.e., Beijing time) and not the actual one that most locals use. And yet he's noted the existence of Eucla Time in the South East of Western Australia, which is also unofficial, and used by fewer people. Edit: oh, spe...
by kelly_holden
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8241

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

A few days ago, an older friend of mine asked me to come over and help set up her newly installed NBN wifi. She'd plugged the router into the old landline instead of the NBN box. So, yeah, she's at the left.
by kelly_holden
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 14496

Re: 1768: "Settling"

I was facing a tough decision in my life. I could have kept the status quo, living my life as I have been for the last 30ish years, or I had the opportunity to make a drastic change that I have wanted to do for years (fear of the reaction of others [some of which may come in replies to this] and fe...
by kelly_holden
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 11641

Re: 1720: "Horses"

Would the population be as big, now, if the teenagers only had to make do with the more traditional back seat of the horse-drawn buggy? Um, probably? Or nearly so. I don't think that out-of-wedlock children were very demographically significant before like the 80s. And as an 80s out-of-wedlock chil...
by kelly_holden
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1710: "Walking Into Things"
Replies: 22
Views: 5050

Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

I do like the addition of "sky" to Randall's list: a useful reminder that one doesn't need devices (or collections of paper) to be distracted. I was certainly at risk a few days ago when we had a pretty impressive rai nb ow . Only a double rainbow, not any of the extreme forms mentioned i...
by kelly_holden
Sat May 28, 2016 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 8895

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

There are apparently people my age (33) who remember the fall of the Berlin wall. I vaguely remember it being on The Chipmunks, but not the event itself. In fact, I didn't even understand The Chipmunks episode at the time. The first historical event that I remember in itself was the 1996 Federal Ele...
by kelly_holden
Fri May 13, 2016 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 19133

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

Copper Bezel wrote:
Sellotape
I honestly had no idea. The stuff just can't have a properly generic name no matter where it is.

We often call it sticky tape in Australia.
by kelly_holden
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 38439

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Pennies are often used in everyday commerce. The US does not have a value added tax; price tags for goods in stores show the price of the item, but don't include sales tax. These can vary on a local level, with each jurisdiction having a slightly different sales tax; I've seen variations as small a...
by kelly_holden
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 14153

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

My nearest major city has: 10. Longer argument about the origin of the name of the city, the meaning of native words, and whether it means "meeting place" or "women's breasts" For naked peoples, there is nothing particularly remarkable about any part of the human body, nor in th...
by kelly_holden
Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 11937

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

Elroydb wrote:I thought SMBC had this one figured out with comic #1852
(I can't post links yet apparently without being flagged as spam :( )

New accounts can't post links.
http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=1852
by kelly_holden
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 14996

Re: 1624: 2016

I pretty much figured the 1996 things, but... Hips Don't Lie was 2006? I could have sworn it was earlier and Cars was later. I still see Cars merchandise around sometimes and Hips Don't Lie feels like it should have been part of my teens. When was Jenny from the Block? Paid My Dues? There was a 2nd...
by kelly_holden
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 21843

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 kelly_holden
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 23013

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

No "freezing" is -20°C with windchill and -30°C without seriously people do you not know that to be freezing you need to be able to easily get frostbite? :P Also for the record where I live last I checked it takes -40°C without windchill to actually close our schools which I both get and ...
by kelly_holden
Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 23013

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

You know when people say "it's fucking freezing"? Yeah, that's 0°C. That's what "freezing" means. 0°C is abnormally cold for ~70% of the world's population. You live in Sydney. You know perfectly well that we start complaining it's "freezing" at about 15°C. I dunno how...
by kelly_holden
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 125976

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I guess I could imagine people older than me thinking of spelling as having something to do with pens and paper. My word, "accommodate," is one I've had to thirteenth-guess in post boxes and whiteboards equally. But the vast majority of the spelling that I do is through a keyboard. Thus t...
by kelly_holden
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 125976

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I'm confused about the last question. Specifically, why is it asking about "socks /underwear "? I totally understand about getting a large quantity of identical socks , because pairing up socks has gotta be one of the biggest wastes of time out there, but underwear ? Do people go around w...
by kelly_holden
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 125976

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

"How many older siblings do you have?" For older siblings, I have only half-siblings. Do I count them as 1, 0.5 or 0 each? "How many younger siblings do you have?" For younger siblings I have full, half and step. How do I count the half and steps? I don't have step-sibs, but I c...
by kelly_holden
Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 7746

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

Considering I have been talked into playing multiple board games based on global warming, this seems quite likely. And I don't even have a local board game club, because I live in the middle of nowhere. You're not missing much. I got invited to join a board game club. Went twice, then quit. Most of...
by kelly_holden
Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 7746

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

Considering I have been talked into playing multiple board games based on global warming, this seems quite likely.
And I don't even have a local board game club, because I live in the middle of nowhere.
by kelly_holden
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1543: "Team Effort"
Replies: 23
Views: 6073

Re: 1543: "Team Effort"

I don't know if Randall had it in mind, but my own immediate reaction was the German PhD Giulia Enders bestseller Darm mit Charme ("Charming Bowels") . There is quite a lot of intelligent communication between the gut and the brain. Ah, is that why Europe's smartest space cadets are based...
by kelly_holden
Fri May 22, 2015 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 23417

Re: 1527: "Humans"

At other times, i feel downright cheated when nonsense technology is used to solve a case in a crime show. You can't depend on anything anymore if the writers are allowed to pull a deus ex machina out of their asses any time. Totally agree. I watched an episode of Fringe when it first started. The ...
by kelly_holden
Sun May 17, 2015 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 28723

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

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But I don't have a car, and the tank on my bike is about 60% full.

(I also have some symbols coming up as boxes.)
by kelly_holden
Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 58697

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

One in six? I wonder what definition they are using. Some definition that's more conservative than what the CDC, UN, or US DOJ use, apparently. Only thing I can think of is it's not a lifetime incidence like those sources. Or US men are more violent than SA ones. Except, they aren't. Also, why have...
by kelly_holden
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1475: "Technically"
Replies: 60
Views: 12596

Re: 1475: "Technically"

After I started to read the title of the comic I sort of wandered off and became distracted. Can anyone tell me what this comic was about? Technically, it's about Randall feeling snarkly superior again. Technically, 'snarkly' isn't a word, but that's fine around here. Well, except that "-ly&qu...
by kelly_holden
Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1469: "UV"
Replies: 60
Views: 12960

Re: 1469: "UV"

I live near one of the mountain preserves, but that's a trade I'm very willing to make since I have direct access to several mountains with over 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. Hiking and biking trails that are covered with scorpions! (The mosquito may be the state bird, here, but at least th...
by kelly_holden
Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"
Replies: 42
Views: 12739

Re: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"

you can fry fry, though eating juvenile fish is usually discouraged to give them a change to breed. However, the baby fish word is natively Germanic, and the cooking word comes from French.
by kelly_holden
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"
Replies: 42
Views: 12739

Re: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"

literally speaking fry are baby fish, linked to human children by analogy (like 'kid'). Nothing to do with cooking; it's not even the same word, it just looks the same.
by kelly_holden
Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1359: "Phone Alarm"
Replies: 37
Views: 10116

Re: 1359: "Phone Alarm"

I'm sure there's an app to handle the problem of dream-answering. The app "Gentle Alarm" (new user, can't link) has a option to make you have to complete a 'puzzle' (actually a short memorisation exercise) or addition question prior to the alarm turning off, but that's not really what it'...

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