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by Alx_xlA
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1328: "Update"
Replies: 54
Views: 13465

Re: 1328: "Update"

Does anyone else think the wording in panel two doesn't sound right, or at least not in the right voice for an update description?
by Alx_xlA
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 27938

Re: 1322: Winter

Or consider the plight of a future linguist trying to make sense of "milkmaid", "soda jerk", "cable guy", and "girly man". I had to google "soda jerk." Don't make us tell you to get offa our monoculture biomasses in front of our personal repose encl...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 27938

Re: 1322: Winter

Or consider the plight of a future linguist trying to make sense of "milkmaid", "soda jerk", "cable guy", and "girly man". I had to google "soda jerk." Don't make us tell you to get offa our monoculture biomasses in front of our personal repose encl...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 27938

Re: 1322: Winter

Or consider the plight of a future linguist trying to make sense of "milkmaid", "soda jerk", "cable guy", and "girly man". I had to google "soda jerk." Don't make us tell you to get offa our monoculture biomasses in front of our personal repose encl...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 27938

Re: 1322: Winter

Or consider the plight of a future linguist trying to make sense of "milkmaid", "soda jerk", "cable guy", and "girly man". I had to google "soda jerk." Don't make us tell you to get offa our monoculture biomasses in front of our personal repose encl...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 35471

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Cueball seems to be speaking from the perspective of a relatively serious photographer who invests considerable time in selecting and composing shots, white White Hat Guy is referring to those who simply wave their phones around as an instinctive action and produce photos that are barely worth shari...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231767

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Hopefully nothing as bad as this.
by Alx_xlA
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can two planes on runway take off simultaneously?
Replies: 11
Views: 4875

Re: Can two planes on runway take off simultaneously?

This has to do with a few things. First, wake turbulence is generated at the wingtip and trails behind, so it doesn't affect an object directly adjacent. Second, besides wake turbulence, following an aircraft exposes you to jet blast and prop wash. Third, most pilots are neither interested in, nor t...
by Alx_xlA
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 104758

Re: 0980: "Money"

It's nice and all, but all the typos really detract from it.

You'd think Randall would find some beta readers to proof complicated graphics like this.
by Alx_xlA
Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 63553

Re: Apples vs Oranges

KrO2 wrote:I am going to say oranges. It's difficult to surprise someone with a written message on the inside of an unpeeled apple. With oranges it's assumed to be hard, so nobody sees it coming.

Do explain, please.
by Alx_xlA
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0840: "Serious"
Replies: 69
Views: 17014

Re: 0840: "Serious"

I actually, legitimately, literally laughed out loud at the Alt Text. The comic, not so much.
by Alx_xlA
Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Favorite Teacher(s)
Replies: 29
Views: 4127

Re: Your Favorite Teacher(s)

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
Alx_xlA wrote:But seriously, my favourite teachers always seem to be the ones who make fun of their students.

Same here. I had a calculus teacher (for BC) who made fun of the AB students and the Algebra 1 kids as well

AB and BC meaning Alberta and British Columbia?
by Alx_xlA
Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Favorite Teacher(s)
Replies: 29
Views: 4127

Re: Your Favorite Teacher(s)

Jahoclave wrote:Me, because I give my college freshman prompts like this:

Image
Discuss your emotional reaction to this image.

EXTREME RAGE

But seriously, my favourite teachers always seem to be the ones who make fun of their students.
by Alx_xlA
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The height of a quarter of a circle
Replies: 6
Views: 1604

Re: The height of a quarter of a circle

I looked it up in my Pocket Ref, and there's a page on "Horizontal cylinder fillage." You divide the depth of the liquid by the diameter of the cylinder, then find the corresponding depth factor from this table (Sorry about the poor quality, I took this photo with a webcam): http://i251.ph...
by Alx_xlA
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 115971

Re: My school fails at computer security...

Why is it that these sorts of threads bring out all the people who take pride in being an ass? That particular type of black-hat who preys on inexperienced computer users and takes advantage of their trust?
by Alx_xlA
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Natural-issue-proof safe
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Natural-issue-proof safe

You could always take a few hints from the Crypt of Civilization.
...stainless steel receptacles with glass linings, filled with the inert gas of nitrogen to prevent oxidation or the aging process.
by Alx_xlA
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Guy on facebook page denies germ theory
Replies: 39
Views: 5780

Re: Guy on facebook page denies germ theory

You cant get them in the experiments, because they would need to provide informed consent, which they couldnt do, since they wouldnt believe what the researcher told them. You don't have to believe anything to give informed consent. "Informed" merely means that they've been told what will...
by Alx_xlA
Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: pH
Replies: 14
Views: 2030

Re: pH

BlackSails wrote:The pH of regular water is temperature dependent, so I assume the answer is yes.

Really? I've never heard of that. I'm no chemist, though, so I may just be unenlightened.
by Alx_xlA
Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Perfect Sphere
Replies: 49
Views: 6429

Re: Perfect Sphere

A sphere of influence can be assumed to be geometrically perfect. Hitler had one. Therefore, perfect spheres are evil.
by Alx_xlA
Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Guy on facebook page denies germ theory
Replies: 39
Views: 5780

Re: Guy on facebook page denies germ theory

BlackSails wrote:
Clever-Username wrote:Huh... you think an ethics board would have some issues with deliberately infecting people. Well then...


As long as its not dangerous, why?

And as long as they've given informed consent.
by Alx_xlA
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 90's or 90s?
Replies: 113
Views: 41279

Re: 90's or 90s?

I have a related question: what about plurals of chemical symbols? I'm checking over the English of a paper my supervisor is writing, and he's used "Sn's" to refer to multiple tin atoms. I'm inclined to think this is correct (or at least acceptable) because it avoids ambiguity - writing a...
by Alx_xlA
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: how easy is it to damage a lithium battery?
Replies: 13
Views: 4266

Re: how easy is it to damage a lithium battery?

Hello1024 wrote:When a battery is stored in a laptop which is turned on, the heat from the CPU and other components keeps the battery hot, usually about 40 C (aprox body temperature).

I think you should talk to your doctor about that.
by Alx_xlA
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26061
Views: 2391619

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. They now require PE in post-secondary institutions.

I wish for US$100, right now.
by Alx_xlA
Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Internet Connection Puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Re: Internet Connection Puzzle

Is that quote from the program? or just general information you think is important from an IT perspective? Also might be better to place it in one of the computer forums but I suppose it works for here also. I work at IBM though admittedly not in an area that focus's on the program. If you can tell...
by Alx_xlA
Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0790: "Control"
Replies: 57
Views: 16152

Re: "Control" discussion (#790)

Kayangelus wrote:If the participants in the experiment already know who is in the control group, the experiment is useless anyways...

If you were responsible for the preparation, but not the administration of the substance, you could know, and the people actually administering it would be none the wiser.
by Alx_xlA
Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Internet Connection Puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 827

Internet Connection Puzzle

This is a practical problem, since I'm trying to set up Lotus Notes (the shame, the shame) for my correspondence course, and I can't get past the first dialog box: What kind of Internet connection do you have? Cable DSL Satelite [sic] Wi-Fi Wireless Dial-up I'm using Wi-Fi connected to a cable modem...
by Alx_xlA
Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26061
Views: 2391619

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you now understand only ancient Greek.

I wish for a Canadian version of Law and Order.
by Alx_xlA
Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help me name my (mathsy) pottery business.
Replies: 15
Views: 3351

Re: Help me name my (mathsy) pottery business.

Euclid's Potulates
by Alx_xlA
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0789: "Showdown"
Replies: 46
Views: 12769

Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

Look! New hats!

Also, given that Hat Guy can fit into his own hat, he might be inside the tumbleweed.
by Alx_xlA
Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 115971

Re: My school fails at computer security...

My school has rather strong security on the computers. The BIOS is password protected, and boots from the network. The computers are set up so that My Computer, Command Prompt, Control Panel, et al. are forbidden, and we can't even change the desktop background (or right click on it, for that matter...
by Alx_xlA
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26061
Views: 2391619

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Approved, which is now what happens to wishes, thanks to increased bureaucracy.

I wish that Angelina Jolie wasn't a UN Goodwill Ambasador.
by Alx_xlA
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes
Replies: 51
Views: 7856

Re: improve upon the age/2+7 rule of creepynes

Clearly, the problem here is that we're trying to stick with the "traditional" rule. I propose that we determine the minimum and maximum for each age, and make a function that approximates it as much as possible.

Also, the graph will make a nifty demotivational poster.
by Alx_xlA
Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26061
Views: 2391619

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It now sounds like Darth Vader.

I wish for someone to say 'Hi' to me.
by Alx_xlA
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26061
Views: 2391619

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but as it is so large and requires so much power, you cannot move it.

I wish for tasty broccoli.
by Alx_xlA
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Game over, Town win
Replies: 244
Views: 23492

Re: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Day 5

Fantastic. I get my internet connection back and find myself nominated for lynching. There's really not much I can say now, is there? Now, I am once again forced abandon my reliable internet connection due to outside factors, and I lack the time to offer a proper defense for myself.
by Alx_xlA
Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Game over, Town win
Replies: 244
Views: 23492

Re: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Day 3

I'm glad you agree with me but....yeah, no scumminess vibe there at all! (Still obviously if Fell is cop MPs should nominate Arduous) I'd just like to point out that I have about ten minutes a day where I can reliably connect to the internet, so I don't really have time to peruse the entire thread ...
by Alx_xlA
Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7652
Views: 727105

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No.

The RCAF Ensign?
by Alx_xlA
Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Game over, Town win
Replies: 244
Views: 23492

Re: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Day 3

Ah... I'm just going to jump on the bandwagon here and...
Vote: Death
by Alx_xlA
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Game over, Town win
Replies: 244
Views: 23492

Re: [Exp. Mini] Life and Death - Day 2

Silknor wrote:My top suspicion at this point is Alx, but that of course is part based on lurking.


Fantastic. Are you making this conclusion because I trust the MPs or because I've been offering input into the game mechanics?

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