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by chris857
Wed May 14, 2014 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 21042

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

What about the St. Louis Arches?

City Museum has some arches you can crawl in!

This too is in St. Louis.
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The reporter's caution is justified.
by chris857
Wed May 07, 2014 1:47 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"
Replies: 52
Views: 35016

What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"

Pyramid Energy "What took more energy, the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Apollo Mission? If we could convert the energy to build the Great Pyramid, would it be enough to send a rocket to the Moon and back?" Ah, but the question asked about sending "a rocket" to th...
by chris857
Mon May 05, 2014 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 21118

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

[*] If you dug straight down through the earth you'd come out in China, but you'd have to hold on not to fall because it's upside down there. [*] The Great Lakes were from when Paul Bunyan left the faucet running. Always turn off the faucet when you're done.[/list] I knew other stuff too, but that'...
by chris857
Mon May 05, 2014 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 28238

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

Where's my comic 1364? It's Monday Eastern Time right now.

Or did Randall's phone time dilate and the comic's going to be late?
by chris857
Fri May 02, 2014 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 28238

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

Oddly enough, the side-facing camera could vaguely be useful. Also, wouldn't a transparent phone be cool?
by chris857
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 13259

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

" Missing the point is the best way to learn in games." -- Richard Bartle .... KSP is exactly that sort of game. I've learned more about orbital mechanics from it than from a lifetime of reading about NASA -- and I didn't buy it to learn orbital mechanics. I bought it to play with rockets...
by chris857
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 20692

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

To go with old names, how about Abuwtiyuw, one of the earliest pets whose name is known.
by chris857
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 20692

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Airplane? How have I lived 31 years on this planet and never heard Americans calling an AEROPLANE an airplane?!?! :lol: This is the most hilarious Americanism I have ever heard. I love you guys... but really? What do you call that special vessel that operates under water, you know the one with the ...
by chris857
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 82809

Re: 1350: Lorenz

Much immune post about crowdsource comic showing promising rocket sequence http://xkcd.com/1350/#p:9a330364-b9ae-11e3-8004-002590d77bdd
by chris857
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 24332

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

Xantix wrote:[snip]
With some funding, teachers could assign hybrid grades in proportions corresponding to any binary fraction...


"You're toying with powerful forces here."
"We know what we're doing."
"Two weeks later:"

DUN DUN :D
by chris857
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 24332

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

Damn you Randall, I have statistics homework due in the morning.
by chris857
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 51
Views: 13894

What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/85/ Assuming that you have a spaceship in orbit around the Earth, could you propel your ship to speeds exceeding escape velocity by hitting golf balls in the other direction? If so, how many golf balls would be required to reach the Moon? How am I first poster?? Anyway, this...
by chris857
Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15109

Re: 1318: "Actually"

In Czech, "aktuálně" indeed means currently, something which caused me a lot of confusion when learning English. The correct translation is usually "vlastně", from "vlastnit" - "to posses", though in this particular construction we'd say something like "...
by chris857
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7556
Views: 698472

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

No dead plants. They are either alive, or artificial. I do have some decaying leaves right here; do those count?

Something artificial, made before 1900?
by chris857
Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7556
Views: 698472

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yes, it's right there on the dryer in the laundry room.

A physical dictionary? (As in, no online/ebook dictionaries. This needs to be a paper book.)
by chris857
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 10099

Re: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"

"What do you mean 'against the rules'? Your team has a freakin' golden retriever!


Is Randall referring to Air Bud?
by chris857
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7556
Views: 698472

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

I use mine almost weekly, thank you very much. However, I could probably get to them in about 15 seconds.

Do you have a copy of SimCity 4 readily at hand?
by chris857
Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 38660

Re: Games you have programmed

I wrote a game of Checkers. Should work on any Windows machine (I have XP).

https://sites.google.com/site/chrisprog ... t/checkers
by chris857
Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1906484

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

At work there is this 1600 line method sitting in our code, being all "Puny human, I'm the god of all functions, refactor me, if you dare", and I kind of have to admit that I don't dare. How the hell do you even begin refactoring something like that? I kind of wonder where it came from. S...
by chris857
Wed Dec 25, 2013 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used for?"
Replies: 38
Views: 13612

Re: Superuser: "What are the Windows A: and B: drives used f

I'm 19 and remember using floppies (but only the 3.5", I've never used any other). Heck, the computer I'm typing from has a floppy drive. Never had a B:\ drive, since I don't think I've ever come across a two-floppy-drive computer. I also remember Zip drives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_D...
by chris857
Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1304: "Glass Trolling"
Replies: 31
Views: 8756

Re: 1304: "Glass Trolling"

Not really related to the comic, but since I don't know a better place: I was rather amused by the xckd store banner I got just now.

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by chris857
Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 38671

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

Phone Keypad I use one of those old phones where you type with numbers—for example, to type "Y", you press 9 three times. Some words have consecutive letters on the same number. When they do, you have to pause between letters, making those words annoying to type. What English word has the...
by chris857
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0072: "Loneliest Human"
Replies: 17
Views: 8167

Re: What-If 0072: "Loneliest Human"

Why is the forum so slow and struggling to load?!?! I feel so lonely...

Anyway, this guy is pretty lonely --> http://xkcd.com/505/
by chris857
Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"
Replies: 67
Views: 15937

Re: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"

My Google-Fu seems seriously lacking at the moment (so I can't find the video I know exists), but someone made a rocket spear in KSP which glitched the Mun out of existence.
by chris857
Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 30591

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

When writing a paper, I tend toward double-spacing. When editing Wikipedia or writing code at work, the monospaced font makes double-spacing look stupid.
by chris857
Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"
Replies: 70
Views: 17597

Re: What-If 0068: "Little Planet"

The real question is what would it be like on a KSP planet? And what could they be made of?
by chris857
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 102
Views: 30199

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

You know, those stars (http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/65/timeline_lbt.png) rather remind me of those traffic lights (http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/traffic_lights.gif).
by chris857
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 22043

Re: 1271: Hilighting

I... I don't this highlighting thing on websites, at all . Though, I do get rather annoyed when I can't highlight when I know I should be able to. It's like a PDF that should be OCR'd that isn't, or where the OCR has a bunch of mangled characters. Also, how do you OCD types react when your highlight...
by chris857
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 34420

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

Wait for nightfall.[4] (And then go crazy and burn down your civilization when you see the stars for the first time.)


Asimov reference for the win.
by chris857
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 145655

Re: 1193: Externalities

I'm assuming no one has found the wikipedia article it is currently looking at because the comic hasn't changed for a while. I've seen three articles edited for this clue, but the traffic is very light compared to other clues. Which ones have you seen? I've already figured out its not "Inflati...
by chris857
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 145655

Re: 1193: Externalities

uaswell wrote:I'm assuming no one has found the wikipedia article it is currently looking at because the comic hasn't changed for a while.


I've seen three articles edited for this clue, but the traffic is very light compared to other clues.
by chris857
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 145655

Re: 1193: Externalities

Has anyone been trying strongly for the worst hash, and keeping a list? "b" was posted earlier at 550 bits; I just found that "anti-clockwise" is 555 bits.

And PS, the dog grew again.
by chris857
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 145655

Re: 1193: Externalities

The Dog, he CHANGED! His nose is pushing into the monitor now.
by chris857
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 24967

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

NoodleIncident wrote:Some kids movie had this as a minor plot point, except the kid controlled the spiders with different sounds to create a bridge. Pretty cool idea, but I bet we're better at making clothes out of web than spders could ever be.

The Last Mimzy
by chris857
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 40895

Re: 0641: "Free"

http://wondermark.com/870/

100% mayonnaise-free merlot

Though this isn't so devious as as it is self-defeating.
by chris857
Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 27970

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

akaski wrote:Where does "bunker" fit in? I say somewhere between "palace" and "house".


I'd say ... Albania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunkers_in_Albania)
by chris857
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 301381

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Either Randall is going to post these all somewhere (I hope), or he doesn't have to write any comics for about the next month.
by chris857
Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 83819

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Only on xkcd can you start a thread about code forums, only to discuss the finer points of poetry.
by chris857
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 30827

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

plnyyanks wrote:It's up to #4...
tragedy.png


I suspect we'll see a spike of traffic on Wikipedia too once the day rolls around.
by chris857
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 30755

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Well, Cleverbot can recognize languages (and be rude in them): User: Como es la carta? Cleverbot: Como tus nalgas. User: Por que? Cleverbot: Buenas tardes. User: No, es la noche. Cleverbot: Tu habla espanol! User: Si, but I also speak ingles. Cleverbot: Que es gungun? User: Dos guns. Cleverbot: No t...

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