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by pernishus
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 3476

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

But if you solve it, you'll inherit Randall's vast fortune! That could be interesting or not, depending if ended up with a bunch of 1950"s stars in a mad, mad, mad dash to Los Angeles, or a Mary-Sue retread of 80's pop culture. San Diego area to be the pedant which I can be at times. Santa Ros...
by pernishus
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3695

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

I think it's interesting that we are unsure if some numbers are transcendental or not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcend ... al_numbers
by pernishus
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4384

Re: 2013: "Rock"

da Doctah wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:¹ I recognise Goa as a tourist-friendly place, with its white sand beeches.


Whereas I, a failed foodie, recognize it as the place that invented vindaloo.


Whereas I, a board game enthusiast, recognize it as a spice colony.
by pernishus
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3723

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Thread activity: let's post sequences that we think are interesting and possibly obscure I'll start. http://oeis.org/A084398 Definition: Except for a(1) = 1, rearrangement of natural numbers such that a(n) is not equal to n, but the prime signature of a(n) is the same as that of n. Initial 20 terms:...
by pernishus
Fri May 25, 2018 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 10531

Re: What-If 0157 "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

That last image eloquently illustrates one of the problems inherent in a 2 dimensional world. The only option for the poor surface folk is to attempt to outrun the pole or find an underground bunker instead of simply stepping to the side. It's also a problem for attendees of The Prometheus School f...
by pernishus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12792

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

by pernishus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12792

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

The unixkcd console under System -> / -> home/ -> guest is sweet. Anyone figured out if cd command does anything?
by pernishus
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5159

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Now I want a ride in one of these things. Can anyone find some listing for places that would take passengers? Close to the Midwest if possible.
by pernishus
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5159

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

I don't know what the one thing is, and whether the normal instinct is thought to be nose up or nose down in a normal airplane (cusiously, after a widely-distributed warning about tailplane stalls in icing conditions, where the correct response is to nose up not down, a commercial flight crashed in...
by pernishus
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 5669

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

I thought there was a good chance there was a more significant connection between Ayn Rand and Rand Paul, but apparently not. From the Rand Paul Wikipedia article: Despite his father's libertarian views and strong support for individual rights, the novelist Ayn Rand was not the inspiration for his f...
by pernishus
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5451

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Since I know Randall is a fan of House of Leaves, I was wondering if Generation f might be a reference. After reading the Jamestown colony section, I remember Johnny going through a period of replacing s's with f's. Maybe a stretch, but seems like a possibility.
by pernishus
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10955

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Soupspoon wrote:"Richard Of York Gave Cattle In Vain"? Naw. Doesn't work.

:P


Perhaps Richard of York was trying to help out some vegetarians suffering through a famine?
by pernishus
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1886: Typing Notifications
Replies: 18
Views: 3487

Re: 1886: Typing Notifications

This comic messes with my eyes, I keep seeing gray dots appear by the internal corners of the frames. Anyone else get that effect?
by pernishus
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10955

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Pfhorrest wrote:It should really be ROY G CAB is you want a properly-balanced spectrum by modern color theory. Hue angles 0, 30, 60, 120, 180, 210, and 240; red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, azure, blue.


Where is purple/violet in your model?
by pernishus
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10955

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I propose that it's time to replace ROY G BIV with ROY G CIV. The last three colors should clearly be Cyan, Indigo, Violet; there is not a clear difference between blue and indigo, but cyan can be easily distinguished from indigo. And I'm sure Roy would be fine sharing the name of a terrific video g...
by pernishus
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1877: "Eclipse Science"
Replies: 18
Views: 3973

Re: 1877: "Eclipse Science"

I heard almost this exact style of interview on NPR yesterday (minus the snarky replies of course). Randall nailed it!
by pernishus
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 4646

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

Are you thinking of this one? https://xkcd.com/1373/ I don't think so. I feel like it was something about not being able to do stuff outside because of being stressed about his phone dying. Or maybe he was worrying about losing a wifi connection, or maybe I'm just crazy, haha! 1802 ? Yep, that's it...
by pernishus
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 4646

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

sfmans wrote:Are you thinking of this one?

https://xkcd.com/1373/


I don't think so. I feel like it was something about not being able to do stuff outside because of being stressed about his phone dying. Or maybe he was worrying about losing a wifi connection, or maybe I'm just crazy, haha!
by pernishus
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 4646

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

Wasn't there another xkcd comic that discussed worrying about his mobile device dying? Might have been a graph or something, I can't remember. Can anyone help me out on this, it's driving me a little nuts.
by pernishus
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 19758

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

It says "Open 24 Hours", not "Open 24 Hours a Day". That means the store gets 24 hours total operational time. Then they have to bulldoze it and start a new one. Reminds me of an old Michael Wright (?) joke where he shows up at some 24/7 convenience store and the door is locked....
by pernishus
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 37800

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Well folks, props to Randall for anticipating world record Olympic record pole vaults at Rio. Sorry to be a bit pedantic, but it wasn't a world record. The world record was set in 2014 by a Frenchman in Ukraine. And how does Ukraine's local gravity compare to that of London and Rio? I don't know of...
by pernishus
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 37800

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Well folks, props to Randall for anticipating world record pole vaults at Rio.
by pernishus
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 7807

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

Is the title text a reference to Michael Keaton's Multiplicity? I'm pretty sure one of the clones made it into the bedroom at least once.
by pernishus
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 241
Views: 80147

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

This Arimaa player cannot disagree more. Omar placed that limit because he wants to have software beat humans, not just the hardware getting better and better. I agree that Shogi can be placed after Arimaa though. So far the top players are still able to beat computers easily, as they have a weak g...
by pernishus
Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 12612

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

In the extra astronauts scenario, perhaps Neil Armstrong's alter-egos winked into existence like the scene from Xenocide.

Hopefully one of them is not the Hegemon.
by pernishus
Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 77
Views: 13252

Re: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"

I recently learned that 50 Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfic, so putting them on the map together certainly makes sense.
by pernishus
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 79219

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

"So does anybody still read xkcd?"

I generally just go straight to explainxkcd.com.
No explanation yet for Monday's comic at 8:15?!! How do I start my day?
by pernishus
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0129: "Black Hole Moon"
Replies: 63
Views: 22334

Re: What-If 129: "Black Hole Moon"

sevenperforce wrote:
Whizbang wrote:What happens when you point a laser pointer at the moon?

You would miss.


Even if you do miss, keep shooting! One day we'll bring down that stupid sky circle.
by pernishus
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0129: "Black Hole Moon"
Replies: 63
Views: 22334

Re: What-If 129: "Black Hole Moon"

In reference to footnote 2, Eddington came up with a great idea for measuring lifetime accomplishments: Eddington number for cycling Eddington is credited with devising a measure of a cyclist's long-distance riding achievements. The Eddington number in the context of cycling is defined as E, the num...
by pernishus
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 42169

Re: 1061: "EST"

N031 - I salute your programming efforts. I just don't understand why you initialized when you did - it seems like your starting EST value is 307 hours behind what the time would be using Jan 1st 1970 0:00 as time 0. Also, your converter tool seems to give the same EST value for the normal times 197...

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