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by severach
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 27838

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I was always annoyed with the "Scattering" claim until I figured out what the explanations are missing. Scattering doesn't mean anything until you say where the light is scattered from and to. Where does the light scatter to? To where observers see blue, the on average shorter paths. Where...
by severach
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 29998

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Many of the words I mispronounce in my head are because the pronunciation allows me to spell them. If I already knew the correct pronunciation then I maintain both for all time. Many correct pronunciations come along after. My beef with the English language is that there should be no silent letters....
by severach
Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 40784

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

No patent for Randall. I've had bunches of these since the '80s though there weren't quite as many connectors back then. Truth be told I bet many of you have one too. Some of you have more than one.
by severach
Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 20185

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

For me no TV was literally true for many years. No TV or display with the capability of connecting to broadcast television. Eventually a TV showed up but the only day it was ever hooked to any kind of broadcast TV was 9/11. Of course TV is all advertisement. TV time is much too valuable to let a sin...
by severach
Tue May 21, 2013 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 64778

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"

So a Holophonor is Synesthesia for the rest of us dry eye people.
by severach
Tue May 21, 2013 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19134

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

Absolutely impossible to figure out why the hell we did that when you don't know our technology. Nonsense. Alien internal combustion engineers wouldn't have a clue but alien broadcast electronics engineers would have lots of ideas. They would record the signal then proceed through existing and hist...
by severach
Tue May 14, 2013 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11062

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Why are we not using Dot Matrix Sky Writing?
by severach
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30344

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Davidy wrote:He's showing a linear scale, not a log scale.

Yep, 1 linear scale and 1 log scale. You seem to be having trouble finding the log scale even though I told you where to find it.
by severach
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30344

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

I don't need any other comics to see that Randall is a quitter. Look at the log scales right above the bars.
by severach
Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1151: "Tests"
Replies: 24
Views: 9913

Re: 1150: "Tests"

What does it mean when Dr. Diaphanous's revised comic presents turn both purple and pink?
by severach
Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68930

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Many here are so close to solving the mirror problem and one pretty much has it with an incomplete explanation. The mirror doesn't reverse anything. YOU DO! Start with the object facing you. In desperation to get the side facing you to reflect in the mirror you flip it around, probably preferring ho...
by severach
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 30851

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

I want some steak. Where's "what if we tried more power?" BHG and his megawatt lasers?
by severach
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 34765

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

Just a guess ellber, but you're not too good at thermostats either. Cooler is all the way to the left and warmer is all the way to to the right.

Amirite?
by severach
Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 17508

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

This is like an endless thread of xkcd what-ifs.

Wait, I see the end of the thread. It's right there.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
by severach
Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 30825

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

So the Mayans were two and a fraction of a month off. I think not. Making this comic will increase both searches. "blog" has the upper hand so increasing each by a percentage should extend out the date at which they cross. Randall was worried that the Mayans would miss and is applying a c...
by severach
Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32376

Re: #1042: "Never"

DougL wrote:Clouds in my coffee, and...

It's a rather famous song.

Famous or not the first I thought of was "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like Richard Cheese?" I ignore the Carly Simon song because it is frustrating to listen to.
by severach
Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 40250

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

The self limiting aspect of honking is easily defined: "Honk IIF you love honking." That explains the average durations we see, 1/2 second for a hello, 3 seconds for "you idiot" and 7 seconds for "you almost killed me." See, I know how math class operates! Now onto the ...
by severach
Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67040

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Does it bother anyone else that there is no kerning in "CITY OFFICES"?

Does it bother me that noone else has pointed this out yet? (ninjaed)

Does Randall not know what kerning is or is steamy guy just preparing for the real torture to come.
by severach
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 16944

Re: 0998: "2012"

Francesa wrote:But it's true! I opened my new 2012 calendar AND IT ENDED IN DECEMBER!

You're calendar should have a January 2013 somewhere in the margins. Did anyone check the margins in the Mayan calendar?
by severach
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 16944

Re: 0998: "2012"

Code: Select all

Foxpro says
?{12/21/2012}-{1/2/2012}
354

353 might be better with the phrasing chosen.
by severach
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64719

Re: 988: "Tradition"

Randal should have pointed out that the entire Xmas playlist is about 80 songs, these 20 repeated by the too many artists that remade them.

Christmas, "It's the Most Horrible Time of the Year!"

I like these too:
Police Stop my Car!
Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire!
by severach
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0982: "Set Theory"
Replies: 55
Views: 14923

Re: 0982: "Set Theory"

I'm pretty sure I can't get the chipper-shredder into the classroom. Do they make toy wood chippers? A paper shredder will be easy to get into a classroom and much more effective. Only axioms written on wood would fear a wood chipper. The set of axioms written on wood is quite small. Few students h...
by severach
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 42564

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

University of Colorado PHET Interactive Simulations: Bending Light (Run Now, Prism Break, White Light)

I found plenty of ways to get light to mostly recombine, but that way doesn't work.
by severach
Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 33899

Re: 0960: "Subliminal"

solobutterfly wrote:I'll tell you what I can't unsee in the FedEx logo that I didn't notice for years, the fact that the bottom of the e and d do not sit on the same baseline as the rest of the letters.

Do you see anything else down there?
by severach
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 22357

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

While we don't have fairy tales like this yet, Basically Decent Bedtime Stories is sure to please.
by severach
Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 29916

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

When the nanobots figure out how to form a separate network they can get another 40%. The view from space will get a lot more interesting when two competing networks are going after the same materials.
by severach
Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 23800

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

The last thing anyone would want is hoons flying around. That's another hit against flying cars as the current forms of air travel would be unsafe. The remaining one is that fuel leaking, rusty, barely running flying cars simply would not be acceptable. They would need to be held to the service sta...
by severach
Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0833: "Convincing"
Replies: 85
Views: 21740

Re: 0833: "Convincing"

Neither sadness nor disappointment work for the Y-axis. The graph is decreasing over time. Sadness decreasing would give the couple good reason to stay together. Sign errors are definitely a good reason to break up.
by severach
Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 32271

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

I don't think any poster yet has gotten this comic. I didn't at first either until I came back and read it again. SUDO is the comic and by far the best pun. Unlike all of RM's usages of SUDO that implied but didn't accomplish, here the Foxtrot kid invokes SUDO and is successful at getting several la...
by severach
Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 76267

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

Looks to me that Randall is playing Iterated Strip Games Dilemma. Which strip game would noone play even when it was suggested?

s t r i p
s t i c k b a l l

It's the only n==0 game left.

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