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by Keyman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 6256

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

There are circumstances (though rare (and now, even moreso)) where sales tax may be deductible from your gross income when computing your Federal Income tax liability. There are hoops to jump through and "proof" of how much you paid to which entity is one of them. A receipt itemizing the ...
by Keyman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 6256

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… I think what's weird about s...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7362

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I wont¹ complain. But I'm just a passenger on this ship, more likely in the f'o'csle than at the wheel. ¹ Or "won't", but I was always advised that, as that isn't a proper contraction of " wi ll n o t ", it cannot be anything other than a separate word, or at best an irregular o...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7362

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I never encounter that "the reason being is" construction, and I really don't see why anyone would use it when they could just leave the "is" out and have something grammatically correct and shorter. E.g. "Unlike most people around here, Alice goes shopping every single day...
by Keyman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7362

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I never encounter that "the reason being is" construction, and I really don't see why anyone would use it when they could just leave the "is" out and have something grammatically correct and shorter. E.g. "Unlike most people around here, Alice goes shopping every single day...
by Keyman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7362

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Sunidesus wrote:.... haven't managed to make it through Battlefield Earth.

You say that as if you're thinking "And someday I really should." If it helps you decide, wherever you are in the book, the rest is pretty much just like that. :roll:
by Keyman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 10165

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

High level overview of the commission report The full report RECOMMENDATION: A reordering of the Presidential line of succession to: Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, followed by four or five newly appointed individuals residing o...
by Keyman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5646

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

If "When Net is Within 15° of Magnetic North" refers to 72.62° W, I'm struggling to figure out how that list could be right. Why would it mean 72.62° W? And the list is probably not right because it was probably invented out of whole cloth by Randall (which seems a lot more likely than ac...
by Keyman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5646

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Eebster the Great wrote:This comic is funny (especially the Cavs' apgar scores), but I don't understand the part about magnetic north.
Whew!! At least I'm in good company.
by Keyman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5646

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

If "When Net is Within 15° of Magnetic North" refers to 72.62° W, I'm struggling to figure out how that list could be right. And I'm pretty sure this: The note about the alignment with Magnetic North is possibly a reference to Foxes. Artic and Red Foxes both have a distinctive hunting meth...
by Keyman
Tue May 29, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1999: "Selection Effect"
Replies: 11
Views: 3007

Re: 1999: "Selection Effect"

Title text: fMRI testing showed that subjects who don't agree to participate are much more likely to escape from the machine mid-scan.

More likely to actually escape, or try to escpae.... BWAH-HA-Ha-ha-ha!!
by Keyman
Wed May 23, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3903

Re: 1997: Business Update

Yu_p wrote:I'll be honest: I have no odea what just happened.

I get some of the references, but overall the comic looks entirely random to me. Or is that the point about business updates?

I was in this meeting. Twice this week. And it's only Wednesday. Except for The Ring girl.
by Keyman
Wed May 16, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8001

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

5th: "Oh gawd, I hope this is about right. Is a Gb really necessary here?" I'll be damned. You really are a trombone player aren't you? For me it's the Db...'cuz then you've got 2nd to forget an 8va up. We could use another player in my Community band this summer. Strict audition policy -...
by Keyman
Fri May 11, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 189791

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Philae science results: Comet 67P is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside What is the surface of a comet like? That's one of the main questions that motivated Philae's mission to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. That question now has an answer, at least for the spot immediately...
by Keyman
Thu May 10, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

The important difference is that under the third scheme there cannot be such a thing as an interest-only loan or usual property rent, where you pay and pay and pay and pay forever without end, because infinity is not a number and so cannot be a price. Does k have to be realistic, though? Otherwise ...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ a person can own only the living unit which they personally inhabit. That's not quite what's being proposed, but even if it were, is it really that you can't wrap your head around it, or is it just that you don't like the idea of being unable to turn quite so much profit as a landlord? Yeah that'...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Just to clarify what seems to be a misunderstanding of language here, still don't want to get into a long debate: If someone has purchased a property as an investment, not for their own use, and they are unable to rent out that property, then the only way they have available to get any return on th...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ a person can own only the living unit which they personally inhabit. That's not quite what's being proposed, but even if it were, is it really that you can't wrap your head around it, or is it just that you don't like the idea of being unable to turn quite so much profit as a landlord? Yeah that'...
by Keyman
Mon May 07, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

the payments you're making are going toward your purchase of the property Do they give up "ownership" of the place where you now live? They don't "give up" anything, except in the sense that the prior owner always "gives up" things upon selling them. Either I'm not und...
by Keyman
Mon May 07, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11451

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...
by Keyman
Thu May 03, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 15052

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

While we cannot apologize enough for inflicting Budweiser and its ilk on the rest of the world... "Beer" is having a renaissance in the US. The Brewer's Association said there were 6372 breweries in the USA in 2017. Up 16% from 2016. And way up from a post-Prohibition minimum of only 89 b...
by Keyman
Thu May 03, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21923

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Curious, then, that libertarians to centrists are more likely to dismiss such concerns with "none of your business" (pollution and car crashes are everyone's business) than with "some people have good reasons to drive." (They can be compensated.) Who gets to decide when the &quo...
by Keyman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9803

Re: 1986: River Border

I *knew* there was a book in my past....

Heartily recomended. The Rift - Walter Jon Williams
by Keyman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9803

Re: 1986: River Border

Guess I agree it's a crime, even if it's not illegal.

But quite a long way to go to use "marinaritime". :wink:
by Keyman
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 5883

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Chris Evans=>Topher Grace=>Chris Pratt

I guess if I'd have thought about it....
by Keyman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10307

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I'm going to see Stonehenge next month. It always looked bigger than pocket-sized in pictures...
by Keyman
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 5602

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

ANONYMOUS is always a great grab. Beware that apparently some services won't accept some names like that as usernames, even if they're real functional email addresses. I don't have a Facebook account, but for a dev project a few years back I needed to have one because the thing I was helping build ...
by Keyman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21923

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

[ Or (possibly American-centric perspective here) football games? 100,000 people all leaving a game at once is a pain in the butt every time, but the problem is mitigated somewhat by the fact that they filter out to their various parking spaces at different paces. Pitching the idea that you can jus...
by Keyman
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4073

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

If actual gravity worked the way it does in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity you could unify them all easily. Just make it up as you go along.
by Keyman
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4757

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

jewish_scientist wrote:If there is nothing citizens could do, then why even send the message?

I think the old joke is "Bend over. Put your head between your legs. And kiss your ass good-bye".
by Keyman
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4757

1946: "Hawaii"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hawaii.png Title text: Ok, I've got it, just need to plug in my security key. Hmm, which way does the USB go? Nope, not that way. I'll just flip it and– OH JEEZ IT FELL INTO THE VENT. Hmmmm... this comic the day after somebody bumped the BHG and his Pass-word reuse dile...
by Keyman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 7048

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

TIL there is actual gold inside the sun. Until now I assumed it was all just hydrogen and helium. But I guess if it's hot enough for fusion to happen, there's probably every element in there, including ones with super-high atomic numbers that we still haven't synthesized yet. It's not due to the Su...
by Keyman
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5747

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

This quotation mark added for OCD: " —Brilliand There's lots of unmatched quotation marks on this forum. Now there's one before your name. Edit: It's not actually unmatched because of the ocd mark. So every time I write a comment that is worth quoting I should end it with a quote mark ? ” That...
by Keyman
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10480

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Great idea, but it doesn't really tell the story. The people who did not vote at all should be represented, as well. Great idea. I'd love to see ghost icons for eligible voters who didn't vote. And for the even more ghostly ineligible voters : minors, felons, illegal immigrants, aliens in area-51 c...
by Keyman
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 10480

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

cellocgw wrote:
Kludgy wrote:
Maps are where the the distortion is


Maps are where the Enemy's Gate is.

The Enemy's Gate is DOWN!
by Keyman
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 10384

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

ANC Ankh-Morpork [Not a real place] > Anchorage

It's NOT?!?!?
by Keyman
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8023

Re: 1935: "2018"

Also, I want to register a complaint against my sister: she didn't make a niece-calendar this year, so my office wall is woefully bare. Feel free to download and print the Ecclesiastical Calendar of the Order of the Holy Contradiction, and to join the One True Thread to learn how it came about. :) ...
by Keyman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8023

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or.... Turn to the second page of the new calendar your administrative assistant has so efficiently provided for you. If there's 29 days, it's a leap year. If there's 28 it's a regular year. If there's more than 29, it's a joke. Or it's one of those "16-month" calendars they sell in mall ...
by Keyman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8023

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or....

Turn to the second page of the new calendar your administrative assistant has so efficiently provided for you.

If there's 29 days, it's a leap year.
If there's 28 it's a regular year.
If there's more than 29, it's a joke.
by Keyman
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 2990

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

As of now, the only references I get are...back to the cartoon, or to various blogs, etc. that repost/refer back to this cartoon.

Autometaxkcd??

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