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by DougDean
Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1542: "Scheduling Conflict"
Replies: 29
Views: 7152

Re: 1542: "Scheduling Conflict"

So, I guess they won first prize in their own championship.
by DougDean
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 63745

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I've always suspected this ever since in my distant youth I tried to drink a glass and couldn't finish it, so disagreeable was the taste.
by DougDean
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23978

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

Why is the Siberian Ocean mislabeled the Indian Ocean? Also, why is the Pacific Ocean, west of West Asia and West Africa, and east of the east coasts of the Americas, labeled the Atlantic, and vice versa? Rat race got you down? Need a break from the frigid New Delhi winter? Come to the Palm trees a...
by DougDean
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 22793

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

Given that electricity takes the path of least resistance, if a circuit with 5,000V potential difference divides into two paths each with 50Ω of resistance, will Schrödinger's cat be electrocuted?
by DougDean
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 42203

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Either way, you're done in by an inclined plane wrapped helically around a cylinder.
by DougDean
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 17721

Re: 1472: "Geography"

throw in another island and you would have an archipelago, too.

The tomato farm wouldn't be so bad if you converted it to a vineyard.

Edited: for redundancy
by DougDean
Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1464: "Santa"
Replies: 62
Views: 13573

Re: 1464: "Santa"

He eats a few cookies and throws the rest in his bag and takes them back to his hungry elves.

You're welcome.
by DougDean
Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 48101

Re: 1386: "Stupid People are Stupid"

50% of the population are below average intelligence. Actually, 50% of the population are below the median intelligence. Actually, stupidity as most often used, doesn't refer to actual intelligence, but bad judgement and foolish choices. Many intelligent people I have known have been responsible fo...
by DougDean
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32874

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

"You call that a leak? Last time there was a leak like that, Noah built hisself a boat!"
by DougDean
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 18978

Re: 1324:"Weather"

anschelsc wrote:Am I the only one who thought of that scene from Groundhog Day?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAu6TsCK-KM

Nope. Sorry, Randall, you were beaten to the joke by Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. You have him on geekiness, but he had you on the funny hand gestures and general snarkiness.
by DougDean
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1290: "Syllable Planning"
Replies: 64
Views: 15808

Re: 1290: "Syllable Planning"

Actually, since he inserts it before a stressed syllable, his version doesn't sound all that awkward. It could even be interpreted as a subtle threat (or incentive, perhaps) to her.

Her response, on the other hand...
by DougDean
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71409

Re: 1141: "Two Years"

Is it too early to wish Randall a happy anacanciversary/remissiversary? Will we get a "3 years" comic?
by DougDean
Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 27311

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

It’s worth noting that Isaac Asimov came up with this concept first. Let me just see if I can find it real quick… …found it in a book of mine (Fact and Fancy), but not on the internet. It’s in an essay called “Heaven on Earth”. This is a useful page: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?123801 Fr...
by DougDean
Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 26815

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

"Data is imaginary. This brrrito is real"
"Are you sure?"
"Go away, Mr. Philosopher! You already had your panel!"
by DougDean
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1265: "Juicer"
Replies: 35
Views: 14056

Re: 1265: "Juicer"

rhomboidal wrote:I didn't know that Nature released fruit in candy form now.
Actually it's more like candy manufacturers introducing candy in fruit form.
by DougDean
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19785

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

My IE alt text clips it at "I therefo". I thought that was part of the joke until I saw the full alt text in this forum. The clipped version may be funnier.
by DougDean
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13557

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

Eutychus wrote:I had never thought of something called a "sheet" being so mind-bogglingly thick (from the perspective of humans anyway).
From a glacial perspective, they would be thinner than a piece of paper
by DougDean
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43635

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Red Hal wrote:
DougDean wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:Etymology-Man returns! Who says superhero sequels are never as good as the original?
...or maybe Malapropism Man...?
Malapropism man's battle cry: "To Infinity, and behind!"
LOL
by DougDean
Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71438

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

It's not actually possible to reproduce what the mirror's doing, because it's pulling your front through your back, not doing any rotations that you can mimic in reality. The T-1000 in Terminator 2 actually does this, late in the movie. If you blink you'll miss it. Of course it helps if you're comp...
by DougDean
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71438

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Dryhad wrote:Clearly the sky is blue because it's moving towards us. Of course, it reverses direction every night, as can be briefly seen at sunset or dawn.
Maybe we should nickname you "Lucy"
by DougDean
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71438

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

"Why is blue light scattered but not violet?" For the same reason that things get white-hot rather than green-hot. While hot objects are radiating green they are also still radiating some red/orange and other colors, which combine to make white light. Only when things get really hot does t...
by DougDean
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71438

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

How do you get a mirror to reverse top and bottom? Just stand on one lying on the floor (or under one mounted on the ceiling).
by DougDean
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71409

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Wonderful news and a very appropriate for the Christmas season. I'm really glad my prayers to the God you can't yet bring yourself to believe in were answered so marvellously. I continue to pray for many more biopsiversaries and remissiversaries in the years to come. Keep us posted and don't hold ba...
by DougDean
Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26486

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Uh, Randall, did you factor into your calculation for Feb. 29th references to "Leap Day", "Leap Year", "Julian" or "Gregorian"? It's number seems a little light.
by DougDean
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52484

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

So what's the problem? just do

# rm -rf /usr/share/Adobe/doc/example/android_vm

and reboot...

/usr/share/Adobe/doc/example/android_vm/root/sbin/rm.jar: : Error: device not resoponding

Oh, crap.
by DougDean
Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 30327

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

Rockford Files, 1974-1980 "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I'll get back to you. [Beep]" Followed by a joke message. Despite what most kids think, we did not live in caves prior to their birth and then magically achieve civilization. I will also, as a publi...
by DougDean
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43635

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

peewee_RotA wrote:I always thought that Entomologists studied the plant life of Middle Earth
No; that would be Entologists
Or perhaps Medigeobotanists...
by DougDean
Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43635

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

rhomboidal wrote:Etymology-Man returns! Who says superhero sequels are never as good as the original?
...or maybe Malapropism Man...?
by DougDean
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 24644

Re: 0957: "Development"

No problem unless it gets to level 6 - that's where they start throwing tantrums
by DougDean
Mon May 30, 2011 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0905: "Homeownership"
Replies: 84
Views: 20965

Re: 0905: "Homeownership"

Well, now you know why they don't let you do that in your apartment.
by DougDean
Fri May 06, 2011 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32947

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

The problem with the rubber-sheet visual as presented by most popular science explanations is that they forget to include time among the things being curved.
by DougDean
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30593

Re: 0890: Etymology

Actually, the name of the ship can't be rendered in our language; too many Tatooine gutterals
by DougDean
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30593

Re: 0890: Etymology

BTW; I don't mean distance/time as a ratio; I mean distance v. time
by DougDean
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30593

Re: 0890: Etymology

Parsecs: distance/time

Star Wars is not Science Fiction. It's Space Opera. Deal with it.
by DougDean
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30593

Re: 0890: Etymology

What's a "millennium"?
by DougDean
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 49585

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

The best pet-related specification I've encountered in my recent apartment search was some highly specific pet rent. "two dollars per pound per pet will be added to your monthly rent." Makes me wonder if the inhumane get a discount. And is that weight upon signing the lease? In that case ...
by DougDean
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 49585

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

Glass Fractal wrote:
DougDean wrote:Shoudn't that Ash Tree Lane entry read "Builder: Daedalus"?

Shifting walls sounds like the House of Leaves than the Labyrinth.

Hmmmmmm... that Minotaur guy; he really gets around, doesn't he? Maybe he should be called Minotour...
by DougDean
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 49585

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

Shoudn't that Ash Tree Lane entry read "Builder: Daedalus"?
by DougDean
Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 48840

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

SOH-CAH-TOH - Never heard of it; I'm glad they never tried to teach me that! It would be way harder to memorize than just saying the whole thing, and the whole thing is actually more mnemonic (although I don't even use that; I just draw a picture in my head and remember that sin is the side standing...

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