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by The Moomin
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0140: "Proton Earth, Electron Moon"
Replies: 50
Views: 45021

Re: What-If 0140: Proton Earth, Electron Moon

When exactly would we find out? We might check the website a few seconds before the end of Time, but we'd have to hypothesize that we were correct, and it wasn't updated in the last few microseconds... Truth is, that we will never know until Randall updates us or dies. Therefore, to break the suspe...
by The Moomin
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 14232

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

Food combinations are one thing, but equally interesting are food permutations . Is it OK, for example, to eat something sweet followed by something savoury? Or something spicy followed by something mild? The greatest thing about being an adult is the ability to decide to have pudding as a starter.
by The Moomin
Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 10711

1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/baking_soda_and_vinegar.png Title Text: "Sure, it may not meet science fair standards, but I want credit for getting my baking soda and vinegar mountain added to the Decade Volcanoes list." You know what's actually really good? Baking soda and vinegar. It's a n...
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 14232

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

My Headmaster at school always ate his sausages with a bit of marmalade, and I now do the same on the rare occasion when I have both close at hand (i.e. when I'm having breakfast in a hotel). I don't see it as any more peculiar than having duck with orange, turkey with cranberry, pork with apple et...
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 14232

1609: "Food Combinations"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/food_combinations.png Title Text: If anyone tries this on you, the best reply is a deadpan "Oh yeah, that's a common potato chip flavor in Canada." After lots of hassle, we finally got someone in the office to try the classic baked bean and cheese combination. ...
by The Moomin
Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 85518

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

Is the chap with the plant a Silent Running reference?
by The Moomin
Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 85518

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

DeliciousDebris wrote:Does anyone know in the Star Destroyer sensor sphere if that's a jousting Emu or Ostrich?


I'm assuming it's an Ostrich from the game Joust.

At least that's what I thought of when I first saw it.
by The Moomin
Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 85518

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

In the large spaceship, the tunnels directly below the oxygen tanks for if there's a fire, is that the original Prince of Persia map?

Also, Joust :D
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 24238

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

On reflection, I'm disappointed the five million year forecast didn't include a flooded earth with a boy floating in a barrel while a ferret flies overhead.

Or perhaps a future where the earth is over-run by small red spiders.
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 24238

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Why are you assuming the flying saucers are extra-terrestrial? Bits of humanity are perfectly capable of attacking other bits of humanity with the shiniest fanciest thing they can get their hands on, and I don't expect that to change in the next 15 million years, even if we do finally develop flyin...
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 24238

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Why are you assuming the flying saucers are extra-terrestrial? Bits of humanity are perfectly capable of attacking other bits of humanity with the shiniest fanciest thing they can get their hands on, and I don't expect that to change in the next 15 million years, even if we do finally develop flyin...
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 24238

1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/five_day_forecast.png Title Text: You know what they say--if you don't like the weather here in the Solar System, just wait five billion years. I reckon we will have provoked extra-terrestrial intelligence into destroying us way before then. This is a tad too optimistic ...
by The Moomin
Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1605: "DNA"
Replies: 68
Views: 16518

Re: 1605: "DNA"

Isn't everything about human DNA contained in the appendix?

We can extrapolate from this to other animals.

Then I don't know what.
by The Moomin
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 19773

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

True - this may be the only generalisation about English that has no exceptions. I know another one: words always have at least one letter. :D Debatable. I like to argue that the singular for "cattle" is a word of zero length. The terms "cow" and "bull" specify the sex...
by The Moomin
Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25958

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

HES wrote:Since time is continuous, 12:00:00 is infinitesimally short and therefore doesn't exist.


From this premise is it then possible to prove by induction that no time exists?
by The Moomin
Wed Nov 11, 2015 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25958

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

Sesqui means 1.5 times? So Sesquipedalian means 1.5 foot related?

They like to use long words, they're half a yard.

I give up on language.
by The Moomin
Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 25255

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

If the character's dialogue were actual quotes from commentators of the time the awesomeness factor of the comic would be OVER 9000. Here you go Someone should tell past Randall that current Randall is copying past Randall's work and not attributing it to past Randall. Can you plagiarise yourself?
by The Moomin
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1600: "MarketWatch"
Replies: 17
Views: 4989

1600: "MarketWatch"

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Title Text: Markets have been rocked by a second day of uncertainty after someone set up a giant Ouija board on the NYSE wall controlled collectively by the movement of the stock tickers.

I preferred it when the NYSE played Pokemon.
by The Moomin
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 17196

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

They've done it all wrong I think. It'll be a nightmare to wiggle the Titanic down into the rice for proper use of the absorption properties.

They should have half filled the tub with rice, put the Titanic in, fill it with the rest of the rice, then stir and recover.
by The Moomin
Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 6605

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

Bah. This remake of Stop the Pigeon sucks.

The rocket would do well in Wacky Races though.
by The Moomin
Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17884

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

That's only a strike against "Shakespeare was a great writer" if it (and Hamlet itself) is equally a strike against "Lion King is a great movie/musical". Which is to say, no one's complimenting Shakespeare or Disney on the total originality of their plots. Any praise they deserv...
by The Moomin
Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 14208

Re: 1590: "The Source"

Well, ok, you can have a high-pitched hum in the same way that Hiroshima was hit by a small atom bomb, which is to say relatively speaking. Hiroshima was hit by a small atom bomb. It just wasn't hit by a small bomb, of the atomic variety. :) Jose I'd say Uranium-235 was pretty large atoms, by compa...
by The Moomin
Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17884

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

I think the sensiblest way to determine the name would be to find the origins of his constituent parts. Whomever the greatest portion by mass came from is the name he adopts. If there's a draw, he can have a double barrelled name like Steve-Dave.
by The Moomin
Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17884

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

I've always taken on the hereditary naming justification, myself. If Frankenstein is the creator's surname, and the monster can be seen as his 'son' in a way, then it makes sense for the monster to adopt the surname of his father. Thus they are both Frankenstein. Or call the monster Junior. Or name...
by The Moomin
Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 8747

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Blackberries have seeds rather than cores which probably something differents altogether.
by The Moomin
Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 14119

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

Where do foods like Potato Smiley Faces and making a face out of bacon and fried eggs come on this list?
by The Moomin
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11882

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

If there's some way in which he's using the keyboard that causes parts of it to fail, then surely it's not unreasonable to assume that using another keyboard in the same fashion would cause the same parts to fail?
by The Moomin
Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1585: "Similarities"
Replies: 26
Views: 6685

Re: 1585: "Similarities"

I liked two of the comments I saw on Twitter about the Martian. 1. The discovery of water on Mars makes The Martian look outdated before it's even been released in the UK. 2. That between Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar and The Martian the US is spending a hell of a lot of money trying to bring Ma...
by The Moomin
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9710

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

Isn't there a a sex act/method called "pecking"? (I know I've heard it somewhere, but forgot what the word was used for and UD doesn't help.) If it ain't in Urban Dictionary, it ain't possible. (The converse is not necessarily true, of course). Sometimes you need a higher authority: http:...
by The Moomin
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9710

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

I'd like to present this as an argument against stick figure Darwin.
by The Moomin
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18154

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

I first heard the phrase "Don't think of an elephant" referenced in a political article, since elephants are the mascot of the Republican party. So, now when I see/hear the phrase, I think of a donkey, the mascot of the Democratic party. In fact, when I'm told "Don't think of a/an (a...
by The Moomin
Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 10804

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

The tests undertaken on the soils of Mars show they have a lower infiltration rate than the Doncaster Rovers defence.
by The Moomin
Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18154

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Surely Roko's basilisk only holds sway over you if you feel that in some way you could help a super AI come about?

Given my computer illiteracy any contributions I'd give could be considered detrimental so I'm immaterial in the grand scheme of things.

I can stay in and play with the cats.
by The Moomin
Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18154

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Wait, which OED are you using? Mine says ...The meaning "box, case" is likely to be from the notion of the body as the "case" of the organs... I'm almost exactly 50/50 as to whether you're being flippant, or the abbreviation OED genuinely isn't that well known outside the UK ;-)...
by The Moomin
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 18154

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Now picture the maintenance building that houses the staff that maintains the fields. Through a door in a corridor in the maintenance building a flight of concrete steps leads down the basement where the boiler room is. In the boiler room sits a man wearing a battered fedora and striped jumper with ...
by The Moomin
Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 131668

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I'd pronounce Polka as Poll-car. Earlier on someone was mentioning that they have an uh noise at the end? Am I completely out on my pronunciation? (Also I would pronounce it Foke for Folk, and have a L in Volkswagen like I would for volt. I am not sure if I decided to do this myself or picked it up ...
by The Moomin
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8918

1580: "Travel Ghost"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/travel_ghosts.png alt text: And a different ghost has replaced me in the bedroom. This made me think of this story Would all the ghosts end up in traffic jams behind each other? Travel the same route enough times and the ghosts won't be able to move for all the other gho...
by The Moomin
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 51747

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

People say, "I am here", but nobody ever says "he am here" except with humorous intent or [...] I wanted to link to a sketch from Series 4 Episode 4 of Absolutely but Channel 4 are exercising their rights and you have to watch it on 4 On Demand . Anyway, I have used the phrase &...
by The Moomin
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1578: Squirrelphone
Replies: 38
Views: 9409

Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

I assume the squirrelphone has a symbiotic relationship with the magic tree
by The Moomin
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15977

Re: 1577: Advent

And behind every window is a single frame from the "Time" strip.

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