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by hemflit
Mon May 15, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 6715

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

"Popular choice, among people not going to Seattle."
by hemflit
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 17120

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

FOARP wrote: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.


Exactly. The map makes it look like it might share a time zone with Spain, and definitely not with Britain.
by hemflit
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 17120

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Nice idea.

Disappointed that Nepal didn't get a shoutout for its 45-minute offset.

Some intra-country divisions might have been interesting too, e.g. Arizona reservations.

Oh, and pretty sure Portugal is wrong.
by hemflit
Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 42601

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

Why are there data points of people surviving less than their head start time from the harvester? Do they just feed themselves to it?
by hemflit
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"
Replies: 48
Views: 13842

Re: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"

The other side of that conversation is approximately how it's been working for me since Google rolled out the new universal-hangouts. People see me as "away" if I'm actually completely offline for a week somewhere in a cave, they IM me expecting that I'll see their messages when I "co...
by hemflit
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 29381

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Eventually—many millennia in the future—an eclipse will come for the island, and the Sun will finally set on the British Empire.


… unless the moon gets far enough away that it can't cause full solar eclipse anymore.
by hemflit
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 69128

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

𝜋 seconds in a nanocentury, much neater 75^4 in a year.
by hemflit
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34375

Re: 0960 - "Subliminal"

I first noticed the arrow in the Arabic version of the logo - much more visible. Then I started seeing the Latin one.
by hemflit
Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sentence construction challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 5815

Re: Sentence construction challenge

Even if you weren't, you were still trying to prove uniqueness, and you admitted to having multiple solutions. Yeah, the "xx." wasn't a real shot at uniqueness (that's what the lung disease was for) - it was more like a throwaway "Woo, lookitme, I can do a way simpler one with very f...
by hemflit
Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sentence construction challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 5815

Re: Sentence construction challenge

That first one is tough, because the only word that I can find with that number of letters is "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis," which is apparently a kind of lung disease. I can't think of a "x'x" that would go with that. "I'm" is the only one that comes...
by hemflit
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sentence construction challenge
Replies: 33
Views: 5815

Re: Sentance construction challenge

I doubt there is some combination of x's that will have a unique solution. "x'x xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx." Otherwise: "xx." I can admittedly think of three for this one. (Elliptical and otherwise incomplete sentences don't count!) "Go.", "Do.&...
by hemflit
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 173876

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

But the biggest confusion for most people is the distinction between the geographical Europe, the European Union, the European Economic Community , the Eurozone currency area, and the Schengen Agreement area. You can be a member of Schengen but not the EU or vice versa, and countries like Norway ar...
by hemflit
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 173876

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I know "Eastern Europe" is a more political than geographic term, but I think Austrians will have some solid basis to complain about being included in it either way. "Scandinavia" in everyday use often includes Finland, even among Finns. Making a big deal of a distinction between...
by hemflit
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 46475

Re: "I Am" Discussion

The comic seems to me like Randall had a joke that worked fine in his head, but could not deliver it in a comic medium. +1. Not that there isn't a kernel of a joke. Not that I can't find where teh funny is supposed to be. But... meh. I really like xkcd. I'm usually very forgiving of the occasional ...
by hemflit
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54425

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

Just last Wednesday I got a stern talking-to over a 4cm pocket knife/nail clipper (that had probably been in my carry-on for the last dozen flights). They did let me keep it, with a warning. Then, once airborn, the crew offered me a catalogue of things to buy, including a set of those big wacky zing...
by hemflit
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 79576

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

There's nothing wrong with genitalia. But it's about setting expectations. Imagine you've got a prudish grandma. You know it's not a problem to open google.com when when she's in the room with you. You know you shouldn't open suicidegirls.com when she's in the room. Xkcd has taught us in the past th...
by hemflit
Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 79576

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

Yep, and the reader only doesn't know because the respective author does NOT KNOW HOW TO TELL A JOKE. If you have to rely on stupid/bizarre behaviour in order to tell a secondary, barely significant detail of a "joke", then you should try some other activity other than writing, because yo...
by hemflit
Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 79576

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

"TGI Fridays is a family establishment!" Come on how could you not find this hilarious. Because its so obviously contrived and nonsensical. Wouldn't someone be more likely to say, "this is a family establishment!" Presumably everyone already knows what restaurant they're in. Eve...

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