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by Spiny Norman
Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 42383

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

IBM did it first: Universal Business Adapter Also, where is the serial cable? Or DIN (you need 2 in case you want to connect your old turntable to your big old keyboard)? http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/universal_converter_box.png The thing looks as if it shouldn't be allowed to come near Japanese schoo...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 41326

Re: 1274: Open Letter

On behalf of the hedgehog people I apologize for this shoddy work on our conspiracy. You have a right to expect better and to demand a decently hidden government. Personally I blame the lizard people for thwarting our secret agenda. Normal conspiracy will be resumed as soon as possible.
by Spiny Norman
Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75633

Re: Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

That's the point. That's why the other stickman refuses to participate further. I think Randall's being pretty clear that such jokes aren't in good taste. The tasteless joke also secures BHG's place as sociopath. The first 5 times I read it, I just thought he was done because there were no more rhy...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75633

Re: Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

I believe that is kind of the point. Black Hat Guy is known for exaggerating in jokes and pranks and being a maniac sociopath. That is the idea of this comic. You could take, as examples 29 , 984 or 954 . Not that I'm saying that this is completely okay, but well... this was published six years ago...
by Spiny Norman
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75633

Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

Something I've been meaning to discuss here (that I guess had best be kept separate from its usual thread ): Isn't it going too far to make a joke of My Lai ? I'm not Vietnamese, or even Asian, I just think it's (unintentionally) bad taste for an American to casually mention a US war crime in a joke...
by Spiny Norman
Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135510

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

And yet, isn't it a good thing to be honest, to fulfill your contracts, to provide value to others in your dealings, and avoid coercing people who have not violated your rights? There's like maybe 5 people who answer that description in the whole human history. The rest of them will apply some form...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135510

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Randites prefer Objectivism over philosophies that say they can take whatever they want. They believe in being honest, in fulfilling contracts, in providing perceived value in their bargains. They believe in never coercing anybody who has not violated their rights. They could instead choose a philo...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 23027

Re: 0350: "Network"

Colleagues of mine are actually building on of these on a redundant server. It's for a tech fair. I'm surprised none of them came here to announce it...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1025:"Rock Tumbler"
Replies: 50
Views: 20435

Re: 1025:"Tumblr"

A dungeon in the attic? Isn't that a bit like an upstairs basement?
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 36645

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

Not at all... XKCD just happens to be exactly the scale of the human mind! Do you know Douglas Adams' puddle analogy? Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, "This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? ...
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 36645

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

squig wrote:
Fixblor wrote:... everything's relative.

Incest is all relative also.

Keep it in the family, that's what some would say.
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 36645

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

You know why this is not the same, so I don't need to say it, right? Taking ' comparative studies ' literally here ... everything's relative. "Need" is subjective and thus questionable. Therefore, you were right to say what you said. Unless you're being facetious, in which case you're dou...
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 36645

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

Our brains have just one scale, and we resize our experiences to fit. Any scale is relative to the items that are being measured; by a logical extension, every comparison is relative. And of course perception is adaptive to the observed. Biometrological Adaptivity Experiment: Stare into the hollow ...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Monika wrote:Image

She doesn't seem unattractive, but that's probably only because I can't smell her!
by Spiny Norman
Tue May 31, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

PS

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by Spiny Norman
Sat May 21, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176514

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

No, the UN is anti-American, as in it is decidedly against the United States (which is odd, as almost a quarter of its funding comes from the US). The fact that it says education is a human right is just more stupidity. How? I've never understood where this idea comes from, what with the US having ...
by Spiny Norman
Sat May 21, 2011 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

In the Odyssey, one of the encounters on the voyages is at a narrow straight between landmasses. This is thought to be Italy and Sicily. On each side is a monster so it is necessary to steer v-e-e-ry carefuly. Oneo f the monsters is Scylla, who lives under the sea and a can suck down vast amounts o...
by Spiny Norman
Fri May 20, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Take me down to the city paradise
where the grass is green and the girls have lice

take me down to the paradise paradise
where the movies are pretty
and the girls sell merchandise


Has there never been an XKCD comic about tentacle hentai?
by Spiny Norman
Fri May 20, 2011 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Monika wrote:Cur seems to be a word for dogs, though.

Although an unholy abomination, cthulhu is clearly an unholy abomination with a large vocabulary. It wouldn't do if he used more ordinary words like in this case, "bitch".
by Spiny Norman
Fri May 20, 2011 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken 1250 is the current record holder with my weak wiki-fu Wikifu one step further and we come to a report about a giant octopus by Pliny the Elder (1st century AD). Of course, this was the same Pliny who claimed that bear cubs are born as shapeless lumps of fur and ...
by Spiny Norman
Thu May 19, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Also, for a long time I wondered what the whole unholy cult thing was really about, because Lovecraft always describes it in a very roundabout, vague way. Luckily it was cleared up in this thread, FYI: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=69387 . So back to the earlier question. Where do ...
by Spiny Norman
Thu May 19, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

He is cute when he's angry, isn't he? http://files.myopera.com/Azaroth/albums/116804/hello-cthulhu.jpg So cute :D . I have problems reading it, though, starting with the second panel. 1 Hello Kitty: You look unhappy, maybe some ribbons would cheer you up?! Hello Cthulhu: I am an elder god of the dam...
by Spiny Norman
Thu May 19, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

DId Lovecraft invent tentacle monsters? Not sure. The name of the original inventor may have been lost in the mists of time. Who invented fire, or the wheel, and who invented human sacrifice in volcanoes? But surely, Ctulhu has tentacles? http://www.manuelgago.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/05/he...
by Spiny Norman
Thu May 19, 2011 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Sexylosers, must check that out more often. It doesn't update anymore, I think. But you will find volumes of sick humor there :twisted: http://sexylosers.com/comics/sl016.gif This http://humoncomics.com/tom-and-frida is nicer :D . No, it isn't, but that's OK. Tom and Frida is pretty nice, yeah. A t...
by Spiny Norman
Thu May 19, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Were you inspired by this or by this ? :wink: No, I'm just a bit sick in my humour. (Or maybe not. It would be worse if I took it seriously. I haven't been able to think of anything sick that someone else hasn't already tried, even dendrophilia which I thought up as a joke turns out to have a wikip...
by Spiny Norman
Wed May 18, 2011 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Thread necroing isn't really much of a problem, don't worry, go on rhyming. Yes, but I have actually sought help and I'm getting treatment now. They advised me to start necromancing threads that weren't quite so old, not as old as possible. And then to gradually make my way back towards more recent...
by Spiny Norman
Wed May 18, 2011 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Trying to find a rhyme for "where the users are whiny".
by Spiny Norman
Tue May 17, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

dr pepper wrote:Where the topics get zombied

Ah come on, the previous post was made in the final days of October 2010. This thread feels still sort of lukewarm... decomposition has not yet set in...
by Spiny Norman
Mon May 16, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43415

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Take me down to the paradise conglomeration
Where the girls decide
You need an operation
by Spiny Norman
Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30595

Re: 0890: Etymology

Also, in my experience, people who had never seen Star Wars before Episode 1 came out generally prefer the new movies to the old. I don't generally hear people new to the series raving about the old movies, even if they did prefer them. That should tell you something about why you like the old movi...
by Spiny Norman
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30595

Re: 0890: Etymology

Another thing that is desperately dated: the plans for the death star are stored in R2D2's memory banks. Why not make a few copies, split up, and post them to the RebelLeaks website? We might as well get this straight: there are only three Star Wars movies. We might as well get this straight: If it ...
by Spiny Norman
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30595

Re: 0890: Etymology

That's.... That's a good point, actually. Huh. No, no it's not. It's a story. You tell it in a language that people can understand. Why is it any more surprising that the word "falcon" is used than that the word "Milennium" is used. Or "parsec", or "second", ...
by Spiny Norman
Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

It seems that those who worry about overpopulation, and those who say it isn't a problem, are both driven by ideology. Mmm... I'd argue it's driven by historical observation - since Malthus, people have projected these crises, and they never happen. Our current technology level can support way more...
by Spiny Norman
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

KrytenKoro wrote:
Neostar wrote:http://xkcd.com/406/

+5 Internets, but you forgot to put a plug for Sarah Connor Chronicles...

But -10 for him on failing the important "exhaustively researched" bit.

Summer Glau will research exhaustively only what Summer Glau knows is important.
by Spiny Norman
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Universally as women are empowered to make choices for themselves unsurprisingly most choose to have fewer children. The rising quality of life and the emancipation of women are what have driven fertility rates down, that's why they are lowest in the developed world. Sadly there's always an opposit...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Even if fertility rates start going up again (and it is quite possible that the demographic transition won't hit as hard elsewhere), that is still no reason to fear overpopulation -- overpopulation is a factor of technology, so as long as technology continues to develop...* We couldn't feed our cur...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Oh, so you suggest we impose our unnatural western processes of food production and get rid of free range farming with millenia of tradition - that's what westerners always do, consider their ways the only proper ones and try to shove it down the world's throats! Just kidding, of course, I wish I h...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Absolutely awesome comic... Was I the only one reading the list and counting off what could potentially occur in my own lifetime, then breathing a sigh of relief when I read immortality? ;-) 2040: Nanotechnology makes humans immortal. Please please please let this one be true. You certainly weren't...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Not that I am taking any of these predictions serious, but... Granting immortality to people is completely irresponsible! Have you guys never heard of Malthus and the principles of population? I'm thinking, as a compromise, you can become immortal, but only if you have your balls chopped off (/ovar...
by Spiny Norman
Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58428

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Absolutely awesome comic... Was I the only one reading the list and counting off what could potentially occur in my own lifetime, then breathing a sigh of relief when I read immortality? ;-) 2040: Nanotechnology makes humans immortal. Please please please let this one be true. You certainly weren't...

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