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by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 6406

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I got used to the Ribbon pretty quickly, but then I've never made heavy use of Excel or Access, so the experience might be way different for those sorts of people. And Microsoft's attempt to cram Ribbons into everything else they make has gotten annoying — especially File Explorer, which got along f...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4329

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

I never could understand the lack of built-in gesture support on Windows touchpads. Nor why the same touchpad would often be fussier and less predictable on Windows with the appropriate Synaptics driver software installed than it was on Linux. (Still with, of course, much less useful gesture action...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 84779

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Soupspoon wrote:
ramblinjd wrote:Anyone have any leads?

Mostly 206Pb, 207Pb and 208Pb, with a bit of 204Pb in there somewhere...

Carlos!
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 6710

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Who would you say is worse off, the guy who's never seen [insanely popular thing] or the guy who has seen it and doesn't know what the fuss is all about? Have you ever seen someone get upset in those Taiwanese CGI news animations that Conan used to riff on? It was the closest thing to that that I'll...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7073

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I just realized. What part of the world is it where "rubbers" means rain boots, anyway? It can't be the UK, because that's where it means erasers, but the US is where rain boots are called galoshes.
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7073

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Pink Pearl is also a brand of eraser. I suppose it predated the sexual slang, but if so, I wonder what they were referencing.
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 6172

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

I was just thinking earlier today about how I used to imagine that Pennsylvania had something to do with pencils. It's been a while, but Randall finally crawled back into my head! Animaniacs made a joke to that effect, where the Warners were going there because it was ancestral home, because as car...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 6172

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

So, yes, one could probably slap together an equivalent map of the US or North America in general. But since the vast majority of it would be essentially making fun of native peoples, it would be in far worse taste. I stand corrected, it seems. Though this is definitely a different animal than the ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7073

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Unclevertitle wrote:Based on that map Pennsylvania is currently being smothered by Honeycrips Orchards.

Where you're liable to get shot for eating the wrong color of apple.
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 8952

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

I've personally never been able to whistle with my fingers in my mouth. The concept remains mysterious to me.
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7073

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I just wish there were an easy way to get an ID on a particular crop of apples. We have two trees (left) in our backyard that grow some kind of mostly-reddish apple that's tart enough for baking but also makes good applesauce. They were there when my parents moved in and they didn't think to ask.
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4329

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

To be fair, Apple computers literally don't have scroll wheels or any equivalent thereof anymore. Which is kind of a shame because the "scroll ball" (actually just a touch surface with haptic feedback imitating the feel of a wheel clicking into place as it spins — it sure fooled me!) was a...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

East-coast Native American names sound comical to me out here in the West. "Rappahannock", "Narragansett" and "Adirondack" seem silly next to perfectly sensible names like "Tlaquepaque", "Tumacacori" and "Lukachukai". That's another thing!...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

It did occur to me a while ago to wonder if Native American names sound more comical to non-Americans. Most of us grow up within easy driving distance of at least a few places with Native names, and several others are the names of states or major cities (and thus taught in elementary school) or got ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13089

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Stargazer71 wrote:You must be the life of every party you go to :roll: .

This is where the party ends.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13089

Re: 1761: "Blame"

*shrug* Gotta blame it on something. And the rain is an unlikely culprit in this case.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Generally though, this was a pretty stupid cartoon. I don't see what the point was. I'm pretty sure it was "people who aren't from the UK think that British towns and cities have silly-sounding names; here are some words and names that are similar enough that they might be mistaken for the nam...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 2052

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

I have a computer science degree and that doesn't mean I understand why things go wrong on my computer, just that I could theoretically write a program that does its bloody job better than it could. Sometimes I manage to get things working again and I still don't know why they went wrong or how what...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

typo wrote:
orthogon wrote:How did AP react to that Tyson Homosexual story?.

Unfortunately the Buttociated Press could not be reached for comment.

*golf clap*
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16082

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Could have done with some words/names from Watership Down, methinks, particularly in Scotland and Wales.

Fhqwhgads as the name of a Welsh town got a big laugh from me. And "Belfast DeVoe" is a reference I never expected to see in this comic.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 4627

1751: "Movie Folder"

Image

Mouseover: That's actually the original Japanese version of A Million Random Digits, which is much better than the American remake the book was based on.

I'm guessing these films were released direct-to-BitTorrent.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 4794

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

I wasn't expecting this to culminate in an actual punchline. Usually with lists like this, the humor is in the general trend towards absurdity.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 5106

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

I prefer my music recorded in ink on paper. The playback mechanism is a 90-piece orchestra. It just has more, I dunno, warmth than the newer formats. I'd imagine the combined exhalations and body heat of 90 musicians (particularly the hot air blown by the brass and woodwinds) would be putting more ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 5078

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

You know, it's funny. I immediately recognized the reference to "How I Beat Shaq" — something that my only exposure to comes from the end of this thing — and never even considered the "Ultimate Showdown" connection. This whole time it never occurred to me why that song mentioned ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 5106

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

↶ What aesthetic is this comic trying to mimic? It's a trope of TV sitcoms. There's a party, or somesuch... music is playing in the background, there's a lot of people partying, no-one is really paying attention to the main character. Then the character does something particularly embarassing. All ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 3329

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Don't forget lobsters . Interesting. I've read a similar story involving potatoes. In France, at least, they were thought to be only fit for feeding to pigs until a certain doctor was fed them while a prisoner of war and found that they weren't half bad. Upon his release, he devoted his life to spr...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 17399

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I think if anything, this thread has demonstrated how the biggest hindrance to communication has nothing to do with legitimately bad grammar or differences in dialect; it's the many, many terms that even the well-educated among us can't agree on the meaning of. Like "racist". Having differ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I'd love to live in your world, where jobs are created by government instead of by the value they add to the supply chain. Would you? Gee, can I get that in writing? Be nice to know ahead of time who plans to welcome their new Communist overlords. Makes planning the revolution that much easier, you...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 42233

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

To all the skeptics reading this thread: OK, so you still believe that global warming is just a random fluctuation that would have happened anyway and happens once or twice an eon anyway, and that this is just the first time we're seeing it happen in our species' lifetime. Fine. Let's suppose that's...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1714: Volcano Types
Replies: 16
Views: 3161

Re: 1714: Volcano Types

Not pictured: the LOLcano.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 3515

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

I wonder if there are any languages where instead of just singular and plural, there's a third form for two of something. It seems like a common trope for three or more to be treated as significant, so it's logical that that might carry over into language.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 7496

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Speedlock just punishes you for wanting to play games when you're a passenger. For a game that's bound to be popular with kids, this seems like a significant oversight. ...Wait, no, that's not right; this game can't be aimed at kids; it requires leaving the house and going places on foot, and kids a...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 4514

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

"Dogwhistle" is in quotes... I want to believe that it's actually a feature that detects when the user says something not-racist-but, and automatically emits a sound that entices any dogs in the area to start barking.
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 8497

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

bilkie wrote:Ann Isabel Lent

That's not a very nice thing to say!

Soupspoon wrote:It's not quite the strip's pun, but what has been running through my head, more or less, since the comic came out...

Is this the first time someone has written a parody of this particular song about XKCD? It seems so obvious in hindsight...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 7496

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

The comics about this game practically write themselves.

"We can't go in there... that's Old Man Murray's backyard!"

"But there's a shiny Bulbasaur back there!"
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 3668

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

My solution of late has just been to grab an ice pack from the freezer and hold it to the problem area until it starts to hurt, and then keep holding it until it doesn't hurt anymore. The numbness means I've effectively silenced any nerves that might start complaining about the itch for a few hours,...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon May 23, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 4651

Re: 1684: Rainbow

STOP HITTING THE TORNADO BUTTON YOU CHUCKLEFUCK
by Steve the Pocket
Sat May 21, 2016 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 13333

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Best alt text ever. Its getting harder and harder to read alt text in newer browsers. I'm going to be that pedantic asshole. xkcd's popup postscripts are title text, not alt text, and those are two different things. Alt text is alternative text to be used if the image itself can't be shown; title t...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 20, 2016 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 13333

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

The 9gag watermark just makes this. I can relate, because I started contributing to a 'booru-style archive of Undertale fanart , and got a painful lesson in just how thoroughly and expertly sites like that (modern-day eBaums, is what they are!) dominate the search results. It doesn't help that Devia...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 24247

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

wayne wrote:Before our industrial revolution, logging was about the heaviest industry we had. Maybe something like this on the ten:
Image

I see what you did there.

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