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by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 8640

Re: 1986: River Border

You thread-ninjaed me, had to delete my alternate OP. (You forgot the quotes around the title, BTW, and I think you also forgot the link on the image. (edit: Or not. Maybe I mis-tapped, first time.) Quickly correct it, before it gets corrected for you?) My own follow-on comment was: If we make the r...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 16591

Re: Post number N wins

7.999… (by my reckoning)
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 16591

Re: Post number N wins

I'l take the real W then.

Orjan Westin (as I missed the chance for Marco Villalta).

ISBN: 91-631-6186-9 and sitting on my bookshelves next to 1-843860-19-8 by Lisa Williams…
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 8462

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Specifying one implies a certain, um, dearth of the other. Without quite the same sparseness of words, there are ways round here of indicating that it's a bright winter morning, i.e. the temperature is going to need gloves, your ears will feel nipped and the vapour of your breath will be visible. T...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 5256

Re: Yet another FTL question...

I'm seeing you argue against things I didn't say, again. I'm deciding it's definitely my fault. Again. (Also took ages to find the post giving me the "Notifications [1]", didn't appear under the relevant Quick links linking, perhaps as I'm sure I read your message before it may layer have ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 5256

Re: Yet another FTL question...

Just (so far) having read the Introductory summary, and not gotten to the diagrams, I would have to say that I agree with the precis. (Not that I claim authority to bunk/debunk that kind of thing! It just meshes well with my own ideas.) I hadn't gotten quite so far as to think about establishing...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 4967

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Despite having just pontificated about various forms of cycling (in the Meterologist comic thread) I agree about certain "bicyclists", "bikers" and "men (or women) on bikes". I've cycled since I was old enough to ride my own (very small) bike, and also technically befor...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 8462

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

There's an additional reason to have mudguards (and full ones, not just those token 'back saver' ones) if you ride on roads in company with other cyclists, in that the water/road-mud that does handily fling itself generally rearwards, rather than hang on for just long enough to lose its increasingly...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 5256

Re: Yet another FTL question...

A cylinder is Euclidean. But a 'straight cylinder' has an axis that does not wrap around, either falling off the un-wrapping edges or continuing along its infinite extent. (It could be Euclideanally toroidal, as per the Asteroids universe, of course.) Yet upon the surface of the cylinder (featurele...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 35
Views: 5256

Re: Yet another FTL question...

If you actually have a wrap-around universe, you could have a spaceship pass the Earth (or the Earth pass the spaceship) at relativistic speeds and either/both travel towards the wrap-around boundary (as defined against any arbitrary stationary FoR) and remeet with neither having accelerated to con...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 8462

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I remember, when very young, trying to work out whether walking or running in the rain would get me wetter. Walk and (barring wind) it only falls down onto my head but it does it a lot. Run, and I'm under the rain less, but I'm also running headlong into more raindrops. I didn't realise it at the ti...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

(While I'm here, and charged up again, I might as well get 'tomorrow' covered too.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

Well, I was surprised. But then I'm bi, not cy.

(It's hard to keep commitment up when your battery is in single figures. Back to 100% now, though. Not that I'm going to keep up with the big guns in this thread, even if I sabotage their batteries for a while.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Recaptcha no longer working [edit: workarounds available inside]
Replies: 12
Views: 6586

Re: Recaptcha no longer working

(I had refrained from saying anything before, as I've watched this thread evolving, but I don't feel quite so bad for my "FAO explainxkcd" thread now. Still broken over there, I see, but they're in good company given the wide spread of this lack of upgrade. Could almost be imagined a DoS t...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8029

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've never heard of will try to dismiss any argument you make and start making personal comments about you. You could even say that you have been surrounded by assholes. Doesn't make them the sane ones. The people on Twitter really cover ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 8462

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

The British institution that is The Shipping Forecast is a precision thing, yet artful (it has inspired parody, poetry and music galore - go searching if you wish) in its 350/380 word constraints. The standard glossary doesn't cover percentage chances, especially not as much as the comic does (accum...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2249148

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Would you go on an expedition with this guy? So he survives, but he also seems to suffer more than his fair share of danger…
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3985
Views: 510795

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How do you stop a bad guy with a gun? A good guy with no gun, in this particular case.

(Dark Side because of deaths. But definite dark humour too, that the perp fled with no gun and no clothes!)
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

You're pushy…
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2249148

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

https://youtu.be/aSEOvbUzvKQ

(In answer to the above.)
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 4967

Re: 1983 - Clutter

As a non-homeowner/renter, I'm either living in a prefurnished place, or when not, have gotten very good at the craigslist shuffle. I can fill a place with furniture in a couple days, then turn it all back over just as fast when I move out, for about the same price. So yes, I do technically own tha...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 16591

Re: Post number N wins

The Larch.
The Larch.
The Larch.
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

Your foolish tricks cannot make me fall asleep this ti…zzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Though they only had LED bulbs (nothing else, and none of them dimmable, still on the shelving units that also had prices attached to them), my attempts to help Maplin out in their closing down sale (not sure if their online side will survive the process of going into Administration, but I'll miss t...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Someone with just a small nob of butter might not beget enough of a family for it to get old.
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2249148

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

That last one will definitely be left hanging.
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

And what's with the new dimmer switches? They don't have an actual "no current" position. What good is a switch that won't switch off? The (old) dimmer switch in this particular case is a rotary knob with a 'click'-bump from the fully off position into the rotation from lowest to full bri...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2249148

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Now we just need all the cantons to pass by referenda the agreement to change Switzerland to eSwitzini, or similar.

(Also, something something something Austria and Australia something something something.)
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Curve Filling a Rectangle
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

Re: Curve Filling a Rectangle

Given the lines are either horizontal or vertical, and you steadily fill the gaps between horizontals by vertical fractures and the gaps between the verticals by horizontal fractures, I'd say that taking a non-unitXunit ratio box and progressively filling it with similarly ratioed higher-order curve...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 13197

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

When I first read The Chronicles of Narnia, I had no idea what Turkish Delight was. My best guess that I used to picture the scene in my mind was slices of turkey covered in honey/ syrup. I have never actually had Turkish Delight. How does my version compare to realities? Depending on food combinat...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

There is one thing separating us from the other primates, and I would like to maintain that. So, it's my fault that this one thing is not about the flinging of one's own poo, you say? I just hope you're quicker to duck next time we meet! Did you know that you can brush with two toothbrushes? It giv...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0200: "Bill Nye"
Replies: 61
Views: 24866

Re: Bill Nye? Who?

Am I the only person never to have heard of Bill Nye? Sounds a little bit like Johnny Ball (who was truly excellent). :| That's weird. I thought everyone had heard of Bill Nye. Go look for his stuff. It's awesome. (As we're necroed, I am now authorised to reply…) Over this side of the pond, we didn...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

I did, you know. I fell asleep. A couple of busy days.
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 850
Views: 23315

Re: A Game of Commitment

I knew I'd (nearly) forgotten to do something today. I think I've got an hour to spare, but if I'm doing this then I'm doing this now. I may not be awake, shortly.
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

All the conspiracy theorists are missing? Could there possibly be a perfectly innocent explanation for this?
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

If you ever want to make a pound cake, guess how much of each ingredient you need? If you guessed 1lb, you're correct. Again, you can adjust the recipe to an approximate round number of grams, but you'll get a different size end product Has anyone baking a pound cake put huge significance on the re...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 16021

Re: Thomas Fire

I meant to check where the tumbleweed town was, with respect to the Pfhorrest Fire area. Probably nowhere near, but also might feature well in the fire/mud/whatever cyclic competition.
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2249148

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Swaziland is now eSwatini . At least until the commercial deal with Apple comes along and renames it again to iSwatini, I suppose. Plus: " In this instance, if thermonuclear war was breaking out in much of the world and the BBC had reported on it, it is likely the news would be mentioned on th...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I'm collecting names of people who would like to push to restore thorn, ash, wynn and yogh to the English alphabet. Is that to tout for votes/subscriptions, or to ensure they're the first ones up against the wall…? *whistles tunes from The Mikado* (ETA: a "cup" is not Imperial measure. Al...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14727

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

and only half want to reverse it post brexit ... wait, what? Only about a half of us (who voted, about a third of us who could vote and maybe around a quarter of everyone who would have to live with the result) voted for Brexit, so 'just' half of everyone these lot asked wanting to work with pounds...

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