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by TimXCampbell
Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12672

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

The most fun I ever had with Google Earth was locating the most remote non-Arctic place on the planet. Somewhere in the South Pacific I found a region that is far, far away from anything. You can zoom out so that the Earth is clearly spherical but still you only see water! And somewhere in that vast...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45860

Re: 1168: Tar

Is this the first xkcd to identify somebody by name?

Rob? Short for Robert? Do we now have a name that's more conventional than that of the anti-hero “Black Hat Guy”?
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 59131

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

It looks like magnificent is spelled incorrectly in the second panel. It should be 'magnificent,' but it looks like 'magnificient' to me. Good eye! I'd completely missed that! P.S. I've just about given up hope that one day I'll know how to correctly capitalize titles. P.P.S. I wonder what kind of ...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1165: "Amazon"
Replies: 37
Views: 11785

Re: 1165: "Amazon"

I was waiting to see if somebody else would post this, but I guess it falls to me: http://www.cracked.com/article/105_the-6-most-frequently-quoted-bullshit-animal-facts_p2/ That article claims that what we know about piranhas rapidly stripping cows down to the chassis is somewhat exaggerated. I stil...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29690

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

... the unconscious mind is a virtual machine in which the conscious mind runs. The virtual machine prevents the conscious mind from accessing low level hardware functions for obvious security reasons. The unconscious mind runs on Human Body(tm) hardware, which is an advanced self replicating robot...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29690

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

These are simply "cartoons", or "comics", or "captioned images". Sorry to burst your bubble. The fact of them being shared so rabidly ... is because of the "fad" meme ... I see that you're trying to stick closely with the Dawkinsian definition. I salute your ...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29690

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

Coincidentally, just yesterday I did a “lol-meme” style cartoon about assessing the output of one's own brain. If your brain thinks that sounds good, you can check it out here . (I am not sure if “lol-meme” is the correct word to describe those graphic memes on the net. Is there, in fact, a word for...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 21190

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

This comic ... makes me wonder if Randall has decided to do more religion comics ... Considering the way your post quotes, in perfect context, comic after comic by chapter and verse, I'm starting to suspect Randall has created his own religion, and the comic strips are our Bible. I don't know how y...
by TimXCampbell
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 25843

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Wouldn't the most efficient Kolmogorov directions be "take a random turn at every intersection until you reach your destination"? I applied some sophisticated compression techniques to your algorithm and came up with: "Randomize location until arrival.” London, Ontario ... will be a ...
by TimXCampbell
Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 25843

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Actually you cannot buy "a GPS", unless the United States government decides to sell all the satellites, etc... You can only by GPS based navigation systems. :) You sir, are currently in the lead to win the Most Pedantic Comment of 2013 award. It's only January 2nd, though, so you're unli...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1154: Resolution
Replies: 32
Views: 7816

Re: 1154: Resolution

Questions for the stat-literate: How many consecutive failures are necessary to state "There's just no point in trying. Stop." with 95% confidence? I'm no statistician, but if I had a 100-sided die and was trying for a 93 I wouldn't give up even after 200 rolls. If it got to 10,000 rolls,...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

1 + 1 = 3, for extremely large values of 1 [since] (1.4 + 1.4 = 2.8, which rounds to 3) This is cute! I've never seen this before. I like it! However, I was referring to something that didn't involve rounding. For years I rebelled at the notion that .999… was equal to 1 . It didn't matter how many ...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

speising wrote:[S]ince time and space are essentally the same ... [e]verything is always moving at c. The question is only, how much of this is in the space or in the time direction. Something (like light), which moves at c through space does not move in time at all.

Wow, you just blew my mind.
by TimXCampbell
Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

So you are saying that at finitely small increments movement is indistinguishable from teleportation? The release of energy is quantum, right? Why can't that also be the case with movement? If that's so, then Zeno's paradox ceases to be an issue, because at a certain level you no longer can say “ha...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

The math version of Zeno is solved more or less to the agreement of mathematicians. The physics...[not so much]. My uneducated theory is that movement is quantum, with the minimum distance something can move being one Planck unit. I have no background in physics, so I shouldn't be expressing opinio...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

Weird - they work fine for me in chrome. What browser/etc are you using? Have you got the latest flash player? The latest Chrome and I updated the Flash player last week. Windows XP SP3. I'm in the southwest corner of the room. No biggy. The games looked fun but I can pretty much figure out what th...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

To really get an understanding of Zeno, we should all play Ancient Greek Punishments . :) Click 'Z' for Zeno. Alas, the game didn't work for me in any mode. I also tried the ethical dilemma game — the one with the trolley — and while it saw me press the spacebar to continue in the tutorial, it didn...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

"Zeno" is actually Zenon, Ζήνων. "Xenophon" is "Ξενοφῶν". Not sure where you were seeing "it" spelled "Xeno". Perhaps he or she 's thinking of xenon (the element). I guess that would be spelled Ξήνων, though I doubt the ancient Greeks had much use f...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18989

Re: 1153: "Proof"

I think that the point of Zeno's paradox is that, prior to having an understanding of Calculus , it is difficult to wrap one's mind around how an infinite series can converge to a finite value. [Emphasis added] Indeed. Even in this day and age It took me until I was around 50 years old to finally u...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24765

Re: 1152: "Communion"

I don't get it.

There, I said it.

I mean, I know about transubstantiation and such, but ... the “right” child? Huh? Or is the comic implying that this church isn't interested in transubstantiation? If so, then ... the implications ... ewww.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1151: "Tests"
Replies: 24
Views: 10145

Re: 1150: "Tests"

suppurate, ewugh.. why super 8 would name their hotel so closely is disturbing Oh, that's just great. I got all the way to age 55 before you planted that notion in my brain. I used to like the Super 8! Now what!? For all the people who are going to be confused: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram_sta...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 29148

Re: 1150: Instagram

I don't understand your theory of generating more page views. By being deliberately controversial in his views, durr. As I understand your theory, it works like this: 1) Attract lots of people with very funny cartoons 2) Write deliberately offensive cartoons that annoy regular readers and irritate ...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 29148

Re: 1150: Instagram

... Randall speciously craps on the prevailing opinion of the demographic that made his strip popular in the first place .... Trying to stir up more page views perhaps? I don't understand your theory of generating more page views. ... I thought this comic was really funny on its own without knowing...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 29148

Re: 1150: Instagram

BAReFOOt, you're being absurdly dogmatic. Any kind of property only exists in people's minds and in a societal context. .... [Try to] tell a judge that a movie ceased to belong to the company that produced it the moment they made it publicly available. Context is a factor! Ownership is an agreement...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25898

Re: 1149: Broomstick

PolakoVoador wrote:Oh man, we are so easily nerd-sniped :oops:

I agree, but in my opinion it's much more benign than trolling.

“This is no try; this is only do or not do.” — Jean-Luc Picard (from the television program Lost in Space)
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25898

Re: 1149: Broomstick

philsov wrote:Or why the hell Chewy didn't mention anything about his previous life...

Ah, but in one scene Chewbacca clearly says, “Eeewroowwrreerrrooo arrrr raaawr,” but Han isn't paying attention.
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25898

Re: 1149: Broomstick

Is it still okay to discuss Oz lore in this thread? Maybe we should ask Randall to create a LOTR comic so we can discuss Dorothy and Toto? My fault! I introduced the whole LOTR issue as a joke but ... I should have known. Let me see if I can un-do the damage. During the Death Star trench scene in t...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25898

Re: 1149: Broomstick

This approach really shortens the Oz series. Now, then, if we can come up with a way for Bilbo Baggins to make The One Ring inaccessible instead of destroying it, we can save ourselves all kinds of time. I'm thinking about encasing it in lead , rowing out to sea and chucking it over the side. (Do ho...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 24712

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

blowfishhootie wrote:5) ... OK, that's all I've got for now, it's close enough to a million.

You, sir or madam, have just revolutionized mathematics!
by TimXCampbell
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 24712

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Just yesterday I was watching Dr. Strangelove , so I'm well attuned to issues of precious bodily fluids. Did I say “issues of?” Eww. Perhaps I should have said “matter of.” And now for my wild claim... A few days ago, while speaking with my octogenarian British-raised father on the phone, I claimed ...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19682

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

You mean like the radiation-eating mold growing in the Chernobyl reactor ? Holy cats! That's amazing! Wow! Now I'm starting to think that the radiation-powered beings in the Fallout series of video games aren't completely absurd. They're anthropomorphic, not unicellular, so that makes it more diffi...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19682

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Your idea for an "evolution machine" seems theoretically possible, but the problem is that in a machine environment it's hard to really see what the organism can do. I think a machine could detect whether or not a mutated mold can slay MRSA or other superbugs. Incubate each array of 1000 ...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19682

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

This comic makes me wonder about something that maybe somebody here can explain. A certain mold creates penicillin, right? Okay. Why? I'm guessing it's a defense against certain micro-organisms which want to nom-nom on the mold, and the mold evolves a counter-chemical. Is that what's going on? If it...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25956

Re: 1146: "Honest"

sep332 wrote:I found a collection of irrational phobias that took me a couple days to put back away.

Were these phobias you'd previously overcome, but they came back?
by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25956

Re: 1146: "Honest"

I think something broke along the way somewhere. I'd like to think it could be fixed some day, if I can figure out what it was, since it wasn't always like this. In my view, the thing that broke happened millenia in the past. The thing that broke was, metaphorically speaking, our expulsion from Ede...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41725

Re: 1144: Tags

What does the comic code actually look like? I have taken the liberty of sorting the original Comics Code based on the memetic underpinnings of each ruling. Apart from the change of order and my addition of section headings, I have not changed anything. Here you go... ==============================...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41725

Re: 1144: Tags

As a person who has never used any type of HTML, code that has different openings and closings does sound pretty annoying. That's the joke, right? Considering you've never written any HTML before, it's quite impressive that you've As you can see from this post, there are numerous variations on the ...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41725

Re: 1144: Tags

motiz88 wrote:There's this lecture hall I know where the door is marked <EXIT>...

Annoying, I suppose, but at least the sign didn't read:

“EXIT”

I wouldn't be surprised if I saw such a sign but it would send a bit of a chill down my back.
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41725

Re: 1144: Tags

<marquee><blink><strong>There is no shortage of ways to annoy people...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41725

Re: 1144: Tags

I'll admit to trying to click [the apparent link]. Add me to the list of people who got hoodwinked. I think that hovering over links is now so ingrained in my brain that I can't help it. And now, to address a different breed of people with obsessive compulsive tendencies, let me write this: 10 For ...

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