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by lly
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32010

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

Just as a note, Go ranks are not linear and Takemiya Masaki, while a great player, is also not anywhere near where Kasparov was when Deep Blue beat him. Any player will tell you that in amateur ranking the difference between a 10k and a 9k is not even remotely the same as the difference between a 1k...
by lly
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132507

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I don't get this whole attitude that one must be talented in a field in order to be able to criticize a work in that field. Case in point: I'm a terrible singer, and I can't play worth a damn, but I know an awful band when I hear them. And I am entitled to rage at the injustice when an awful band i...
by lly
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132507

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

CorruptUser wrote:If you think Randall is doing a terrible job, make your own webcomic and do a better job.


If you think Twilight is terrible or the early Southern Vampire novels need a continuity editor, why don't you become a published novelist and show how it should be done?
by lly
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57631

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Firstly: You've been here almost two years and still haven't figured out that html tags don't work? Ah yes, the petty irrelevancy as a mechanism of undermining someone. I've been here two years, but I have a grand total of 45 posts, averaging 0.07 posts per day, which should tell you how little tim...
by lly
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57631

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Like I said, my heart goes out to Randall and his fiance. They're married now. I'm sorta with Mustaphaさん on this one. If the intent of this comic was to offer new details on his wife's status by linking to a new blog post, it'd make sense. But it doesn't. It links to the same year-old cancer post f...
by lly
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 39623

Re: 1032: "Networking"

Just because something is absurd doesn't mean that it is clever, well done, interesting, or particularly funny…
by lly
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 39876

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

ijuin wrote:Out of curiosity, is the orientation of these pentagrams supposed to be relative to the person drawing them, or relative to some absolute direction (e.g. north/south/east/west)?


The person drawing them.
by lly
Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 40528

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

katamariqueen wrote:My bets are on Mao.


Not if they are talking, no, and usually this sort of back-and-forth discussions are disallowed even during a Point of Order. Not to mention the cards are set up incorrectly for any variant I've played.
by lly
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109413

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

hailthefish wrote:Glad to see there ACTUALLY ARE other human beings who have played Mao.


This was, approximately, my response >_>

Then I found out there was a wikipedia page for it. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
by lly
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 36532

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Thought #1: Great, time to read into the personal, intimate details of the life of someone I don't know. Thanks for the "context", Randall! Does your wife earn a necklace every time you expose her life like that? Thought #2: What, stick figures wear clothes now? So they were all naked the...
by lly
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 39719

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

SirMustapha wrote:Is there any level, any aspect in which today's comic is NOT a failure? ... oh, I know! There are no randomly-out-of-place words in it.

WATER



There's also no bizarre and gratuitous NSFW aspects and it isn't revolting. Just pointless.
by lly
Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38489

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I wonder if there are studies trying to find a correlation between magnitude of the placebo effect and perceived (by the test subject) monetary value of the pill. It is an axiom which I believe to be fairly widely accepted, although I'm struggling to find any papers on it at the moment. A story on ...
by lly
Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40197

Re: 0965: "Elements"

SirMustapha wrote:
lly wrote:- Show something indicating what that might look like.


In that case, Randall's comic is an entirely different comic altogether! Because, as usual, Randall doesn't show anything -- he only tells what would happen.


Doesn't that just make it a really bad attempt?
by lly
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 41019

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

XKCD desperately needs new material.
by lly
Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40197

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I felt Order of the Stick did this joke better with the Titanium Elemental and the Chlorine Elemental . Not quite the same. The OotS comics reference the concept of Elementals that is common in the Fantasy genre (and which I believe comes mostly from Norse mythology... but I'm not certain). This co...
by lly
Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40197

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I felt Order of the Stick did this joke better with the Titanium Elemental and the Chlorine Elemental.
by lly
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 29089

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

Diadem wrote:Awesome comic.

This is one of my pet peeves as well. It's so annoying when people do that. Randall's approach is one worth remembering.


Try that with a friend who just had their house burn down (or just about any other circumstance that this comes up) and you will be short one friend.
by lly
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 29089

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

Wow that's an awful comic. Just... no.
by lly
Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 43636

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

jpk wrote:
Nescio wrote:I'm embarassed: humans are so judgmental.


Judgement is a feature, not a bug.


"Showing judgement" vs. "being judgmental."
by lly
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29132

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Who died and made Edward Tufte God? I like the comic as is. I like having to look carefully. It's a webcomic whose intention--as near as I can tell for this strip--is the presentation of vaguely interesting google results over time. It is not a hidden object game. It's about words and the words are...
by lly
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29132

Re: 930: Days of the Week

rcox1 wrote:I must say that this is a realy well executed concept.


Please tell me you are being facetious.
by lly
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29132

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Fair enough... but perhaps you're missing (what I see as) the point of this sort of effort in xkcd... to create art out of mildly interesting information. To go back to Tufte. Graphs should give the most ideas in the least least amount of time with the least amount of ink. There is nothing non-arti...
by lly
Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53653

Re: 0914: "Ice"

Apparently this comic is so awesome that even Sir Mustapha can't find anything bad to say about it. Actually, I'm just enjoying the confusion that Randall caused among his own fans with such poor art and incomprehensibly dumb and pointless joke -- EDIT: and the don't-make-any-fucking-sense alt-text...
by lly
Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 24419

Re: 0907: "Ages"

There's no substance here to speak of. There are a couple of half formed ideas that might make good comics, but none of them have been turned into anything even vaguely interesting.
by lly
Mon May 23, 2011 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 28714

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

SirMustapha, can you please link to an XKCD comic you like? I do agree with you this time, though it seems to me that you only comment on the bad comics... SirMustapha has been a long-time XKCD fan who essentially turned bitter as XKCD got worse and worse. See, for example, this post which gives an...
by lly
Sat May 21, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 28714

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

VonDoom wrote:Seriously? This has to be the largest XKCD fail I've seen in some time. Pointless, boring, obvious, unfunny comic.


Seems to have been a trend recently...
by lly
Thu May 19, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81048

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Twigshusband wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:
Twigshusband wrote:0+0=0
0+0+0=0
0+0+0+0=0

extrapolate to infinity.
By your logic, infinity is finite:
1 is finite
1+1 is finite
1+1+1 is finite
extrapolate to infinity


Eh? you clearly have no understanding of infinity. or zero.


Or they are just a finitist...
by lly
Wed May 18, 2011 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81048

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

RebeccaRGB wrote:The rules of arithmetic dictate that division by zero cannot yield any meaningful result, aleph numbers included.


Depends on how broadly you define "arithmetic," since in wheel theory this doesn't pose a problem.
by lly
Tue May 17, 2011 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81048

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Constructive Criticism: Spend more than 15 minutes considering the idea for a given webcomic before drawing it and uploading it...
by lly
Mon May 09, 2011 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32668

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

I don't necessarily see it as that. I actually think Randall's point was that Marie Curie is pretty much the one of the only female scientists that gets recognized at a layman level, which is true. The deeper question is "how many scientists/mathematicians can the layman name? How many would t...
by lly
Mon May 09, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32668

Re: 0896: Marie Curie

Not sure how I feel about this comic. "Radium kills you" is definitely not a punchline, but it's not like there's no merit in the comic. But I do know that it's little mor than a thinly veiled, short rant on the part of Randall with a poor excuse for a joke. To be more specific: it's a se...
by lly
Mon May 09, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 32668

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

LtStorm wrote:I don't know much about Emmy Noether, so there aren't any red flags there, but I'd guess at this rate she had a similar story.


Basically yes, for many similar reasons.
by lly
Fri May 06, 2011 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32386

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

Not quite far enough. "Space-time is like a set of equations, which are themselves merely models..." Wait a second, isn't that circular? "Space-time is like a set of equations, which are themselves merely models..." ...of space-time? Hence why space-time is related to them via s...
by lly
Fri May 06, 2011 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32386

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

Not quite far enough.

"Space-time is like a set of equations, which are themselves merely models..."
by lly
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33553

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

I don't get it. Maybe it's because I just came back from my tabletop RPG where my character is bad at think hard and I haven't gotten my brain started back up yet, but I don't get what the punchline is. Is this comic just punchline-less preachy-ness? Well, the punchline is debatable in whether it i...
by lly
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 29899

Re: 0890: Etymology

zmatt wrote:The "Maw" you speak of is not mentioned in the three movies therefore it doesn't exist.


You clearly have never heard of "author's notes."
by lly
Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60164

Re: 0889: Turtles

TA67 wrote:
anyone who doesn't laugh at turtle jokes think too highly of themselves.


There's a joke here?
by lly
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60164

Re: 0889: Turtles

Boring comic, not much else to say there. Reminds me of a great quote I read on amirite.net... I like turtles because they're so chill. They don't hurt anyone. They're just like, "Hey man, I just want to swim, and maybe eat some lettuce. But I'm gonna take my time getting there; I'm not in a ru...
by lly
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 107043

Re: 0881: "Probability"

Haveing been through it, I can say that, for me, it was exactly what it feels like. You are confusing a blank expression with lack of expression ! Representing such a "blank" or "dead" expression is about as difficult as representing any other expression, ranging from uproarious...
by lly
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 107043

Re: 0881: "Probability"

I made no such assumption; not knowing anything about you, I could not, so I made a conditional statement. I note the only conditional you had in your statement was in the future tense. With the statement of "save this comic" implying that further that you are talking about "if you a...

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