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by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 22
Views: 517

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Insert dildo joke here. *raucous laughter* *applause* Those are very filling though. I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those. You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos. Who says it has to be lesbian fem-dom? Men can eat dildos too. TIL: There exist dildos either intended fo...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Why are there two disconnected parts to the right of the stomach? Better question: why is there no disconnect between mouth and stomach? How does he swallow? I think that's either meant to represent the technique known as guzzling , wherein one makes to hold their epiglottis firmly to their trachea...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 22
Views: 517

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 34
Views: 1592

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Old Bruce wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:(Now try plotting their years of death. Right now!)

That is what the NSA and Secret Service people see. Nice talking with you. [wicked-smiley-face emoticon]

Bladelamps, they must have to filter out a lot of false-positives from the actuarial community.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 15
Views: 1297

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Ah, the eternal source of statistics jokes. https://algotrading101.com/blog/1543426/what-is-curve-fitting-overfitting-in-trading-optimization http://ucanalytics.com/blogs/machine-learning-non-linear-regression-regularization-cross-validation-simplified-part-1/ https://xkcd.com/1347/ https://xkcd.co...
by Archgeek
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 23
Views: 1288

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Kit. wrote:I wonder if it's correct to call a professional network "social media".

I'm wondering if it's still correct to call LinkedIn's spam vortex a "professional network".
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2165

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

As deeply amusing as is "boatboat", and as much as I support all future use of "carboat" and "carhouse" (just shy of a Szyslak, that), I must contend that "housecar" is giving mobile homes too much credit. Maybe an RV instead? Likewise "househouse" e...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 76
Views: 3394

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Heh, nothing like crazed, convoluted proofs that take a class period or more for concepts that look blazingly obvious to the student. I remember a doopy one from Linear Algebra, wherein the professor spent the whole class period proving on the board that if you had n orthogonal vectors in an n-dimen...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4472

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Nauseous" came to mean "having or feeling nausea" by analogy with other words formed the same way. "Beg the question" came to mean "ask the question" because people already know what "beg" means. "Could care less" and "literally"...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 2236

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Still safer than chlorine trifluoride ! I find it amusing/horrifying that the NFPA "fire diamond" gives ClF 3 a zero out of four for flammability. Technically, yes, the ClF 3 itself doesn't burn. It just makes everything else burn. Water, people, sand, concrete, asbestos ... (It does get ...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2840

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Soupspoon wrote:As a compromise, the meat of the response is now hidden in here.

Now that's some tantalizing meat information.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2840

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

On the good news side, antibodies are transferrable. "... and airliners, with whatever that stuff is that they spray out that lingers in the air for however long ..." "Contrails? That's just water." "Water?" "Yes. They burn hydrocarbons and make CO 2 and H 2 O, wa...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3275

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Unfortunately there's almost no air in the bag to protect them, and someone went and broke all the space-time chips into 10-35m fragments.

Mmmm, Planck chips.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2660

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

One big problem is that electronics don't really have much in the way of human servicable parts. Lots of teeny things soldered directly to the circuit board, beyond the capability of human hands. Unless it's a major component like the display or the battery, forget it. Another consideration is that...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 4202

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

I voted on a paper ballot yesterday...and then slid that piece of paper into a scanner that detects the bubbles I filled in, looks for over/under votes (informs me of those if I want to declare my ballot spoiled and try again), tabulates the votes on a memory card, and finally stores the piece of p...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 2208

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in? No no no, that's "Pier Review" you're thinking of. Totally differe...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3292

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns. Current puns? Mmmm... Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the &q...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3292

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

... if you are decent, you'll behave according to the bible anyway. What, all of it?!? Many people would be more decent if they behaved according to the sermon on the mount at least sometimes. Oh, that part. Right. Not that bit about setting your beard on fire and beating your own chest with it, th...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3292

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled . You don't need to, as the bible says that nobody but the father knows ...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2164

Re: 2026: Heat Index

It's not a thing in Europe. And it shouldn't be a thing in the US either because it's pseudo-scientific statistical bullshit. The only reason for silly heat index and wind chill factor "values" is to give weather reporters an extra 10-30 seconds of talking time in the 24-hour news cycle a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2164

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Wait. The Heat Index can be lower than the dry-bulb temperature according to the NOAA.gov website . (The “It’s a dry heat” phenomenon.) [...] The Heat Index is assuredly not always higher than the dry-bulb temperature any more than pH’s are always above zero! Fluoroantimonic acid can have a pH of -...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2909

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2909

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5767

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

supermarket self-serve tills [...] act like a commissionless-Coinstar as it returns as few coins back as it needs to Really? The ones in our local supermarket (Asda) only seem to contain pennies, 5p pieces and pound coins, judging by the change I usually get. My local Tesco's self-service machines ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5767

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

… which is why I ended up with a huge pile of shrapnel when on holiday in Florida. The only time I managed to pay with the right money was when I was in the cafeteria in one of the theme parks; I just dumped all the smash onto the tray and handed over what the cashier asked for. Pretty much how it ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2839

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

(So, 3770 more comics, 1256+ more weeks, 24+ more years until we approach the current Hebrew calendar year, and thus then two more months to equal that HCY. By my quick-and-dirty calculations. Meanwhile the Islamic contingent had their coincidence approx 2.5 years ago, give or take a few months due...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3683

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 2570

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D I think the implication is that it'll have such a history of delays that future recollections of when it did launch will wander forward by way o...
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4354

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I think the art is equally interpretable as her being a left or a righty, them being stick figures and all. Since we can't tell the orientation of her shoulders or hips or anything. consider the motion lines. for her to be using her right hand, they would mean she used a backhand throw, which seems...
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2101

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

The diagram is wrong, anyway. With an angled-up canon firing out, a freefall canonball will never enter a stable circular orbit like that. Even the others seem to inherit a side-wind or something. Perhaps the gun is on the equator and we are observing from above one of the poles? [genuine-puzzlemen...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 3735

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Muswell wrote:Why is Great A'Tuin not on here?

Heck, where's Eärendil with his silmaril aboard Vingilótë? 'Not sure where an elven spaceship falls thermally, but the silmarils were widely known for their luminosity.
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 2693

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Oooh, that takes possession of my caprine, it does.

What'd be truly ironic would be if BHG started choking on the title text, before my hands could begin their work.
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4824

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

... the recent NBA playoffs ... It's still gonna take them decades to catch up to NASCAR. I wonder how their carbon footprints compare. NASCAR actually produces much less carbon than other sports, just because they drive between events (40 cars is a lot of checked baggage fees), while other sports ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6616

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

The most dramatic example of "thicker than it is wide": https://img.labnol.org/di/wikipedia-book.jpg Yes, that is apparently a real book , though I assumed it was a photoshop job when I first saw it. I don't know what kind of binding it has, but I'd guess it's literally impossible to read...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6616

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

(if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they're actually going for) "Of" and "'ve" are homophones, so this is only an issue in writing. You can't say "couldn't of" instead...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4824

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… Oh our sales taxes are layer...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6616

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Heheh, the lingual bent this has taken renders me curious... what's the take on compound contractions, like "couldn't've", "wouldn't've" (if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they'...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3437

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

To me there's a certain standard that one holds oneself to if what you're writing is going into print to be preserved more or less for all time, or at least in such a way as can't be edited later. Is the news totally up-to-date? No. Is that fine? Yup. The rush to be first creates errors, misconcept...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3437

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Archgeek
Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4449

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now. https://i2-prod.birminghampost.co.uk/incoming/article12466897.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/O2-Silver-Clef-Awards-2016-London.jpg Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old. That's just unnatural for 70...

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