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by TimXCampbell
Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 50264

Re: 1143:"Location"

... it's probably bad that this comic is the first I've heard of this "Ingress" game. ... It was the first time I'd heard of it, too, but I don't feel bad about it. Here's why: When I was a kid (back in the late 50's, early 60's) a really new thing would be introduced every year or two. I...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71303

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Moose Anus wrote:I've got to say, this comic has produced one of the best goatkcd comics ever.

The humor of your anus-oriented site escapes me. Much like a fart, I suppose.

By the way, I consider it rather imaginative to mark it “Safe For Work.”
by TimXCampbell
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71303

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Pfhorrest wrote:I initially misread that name as Samuel Jackson ...

You, sir, have just made an awesome quote awesomer. (Hey, my spell-check says that “aweseomer” isn't a word!)
by TimXCampbell
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71303

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

I too was diagnosed with cancer Two Years and 3 months ago but I've never used it as a means to use the word Zarg in Scrabble. I can identify with that “Next Year?” panel, though. It's akin to what Samuel Johnson once said: “Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26442

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

I guess everyone gets an off day. Probably the least interesting xkcd ever. It's too early to tell if it's among the least interesting, but if you return to this forum in two weeks and count the number of comments about each cartoon since #1 you can make a nice bar graph to convince us you were rig...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 29092

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

I don't get this one. Yes, I remember the line “i'm rubber and you're glue” from my childhood, but I don't see how this leads to “I'm rubber. You're rubber.” There's something here that I'm missing. Maybe it'd help if I knew what the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is ... maybe. Can somebody e...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 26405

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

I'm confused about the shape of the frame. Wouldn't it need to be vaguely sweater-shaped?

Okay, so I've probably just revealed that I'm not as smart as I think I am. But I'm probably not the only one.

Yes, other people ALSO probably think that I'm not as smart as I think I am.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 21253

Re: 1115: "Sky"

Today's comic was pretty average. Didn't do much for me at all. I don't mind the idea, though. I think this was one of the better comics in the entire series. It's like a three-panel Zen koan that highlights how we live with a specific set of assumptions, and those assumptions can turn around and b...
by TimXCampbell
Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 19114

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Maybe it's just me, but both of these comics (Click and Drag and Premiere) seem to indicate a rather morbid idea of our world, and on our mortality. Could it be something to do with his wife's cancer? As somebody who also has cancer I can respond with a hearty “Maybe!” Strip #1111 warns that we can...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1094: "Interview"
Replies: 59
Views: 21397

Re: 1094: "Interview"

Has anybody ever received a call-back more than a week after hearing the words, “We'll keep your resumé on file”?

I have a feeling that 99.99% of the time it's just a flat-out lie, unless you consider the memory hole a file.
by TimXCampbell
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30597

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

carolineee wrote:For this comic, the joke is just that the word "grammar" doesn't really have a context here. Thus, it's a context free grammar ;)

Ah, thank you! Now I get it.

I find it hard to walk away from an xkcd comic I don't understand. Now I can saunter away in a relaxed manner.
by TimXCampbell
Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"
Replies: 90
Views: 25405

Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

A wirehead is happy. .... Do you really want to spend the rest of your life as a drooling idiot and/or trapped in a joycan? I've asked myself this question several times over the years. And if there isn't a hidden trap (e.g. starving to death in the Happy Machine, thus mixing Happy with Agony) then...
by TimXCampbell
Tue May 22, 2012 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21731

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

We had BBS's because we couldn't get on the damn internet! And we cracked into timeshare systems because they hadn't invented home microcomputers yet. Therefore I am more leet than thou. Or so goes the theory. Alternatively, this might be interpreted as very sad. (P.S. Listen, sonny, I remember whe...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135236

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

As a young man I picked up a copy of Atlas Shrugged because I'd heard it was a famous book. Also, the title sounded awesome. I quite enjoyed it! At first. It starts out with the tale of an intelligent, energetic young woman in the railway business. I found her quite interesting. In addition, I was i...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 40272

Re: 1032: "Networking"

It's not clear to me (and some other people, it seems) what this strip means, if anything. What I got out of it is that in the wonderful world of the net it's a statistical certainty that some people will get rich even if they haven't a clue what they're doing. The implied business model in that? &q...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 45459

Re: 1028: "Communication"

Having just woken up, the quantity of obfuscation herein becomes ... surreal.

What lesson derives from all this? A puzzlement unresolved over here. Much intrigue is experienced, though. A coffee might now be appropriate.
by TimXCampbell
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 281140

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

This is the first time I've ever read an XKCD and felt bad about it. Not because of the PUA bit, but because of what she says and how it feels like she is talking to me. The problem is me, but how do I fix me, if trying to fix me isn't going to work? Is it pointless to even try and I should just gi...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 21449

Re: 1019: "First Post"

Once upon a time I thought voting was based upon the cogency of the platform, not just on the manufactured image. Then I moved from Canada to the U.S.A. Hoo man, was I wrong!
by TimXCampbell
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 38628

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I remember enjoying Star Wars when it first came out. “Wow, look at those neat special effects,” I exclaimed, while repressing my annoyance that a highly sophisticated targeting computer wasn't as good as the hero's feeling that it's time to press the button ... NOW! I also overlooked the fact that ...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 54463

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

... maybe Narnia is in a highly elliptical orbit around a super massive black hole and so is Earth? A bit of a stretch, I know. A bit of a stretch? Is that a pun? I loved this mash-up comic. It reminded me of the crazy inventions by Daedalus (David E.H. Jones) that used to appear in Nature magazine...
by TimXCampbell
Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is enlightenment?
Replies: 79
Views: 15242

Re: What is enlightenment?

What is Enlightenment? If I may answer a question with a question, I'll say this: Do enlightened people necessarily call themselves enlightened? In my experience they typically steer away from the word, though not always for the same reason. What does it mean to be enlightened? The best definition ...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Could string theory and linguistics be related?
Replies: 6
Views: 3691

Re: Could string theory and linguistics be related?

Well, let's see what connections I can draw between strings and language. This forum has conversations in threads . That's kind of like string. Quantum particles can become entangled. Now try saying, "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep is sick" and see if your tongue does not become entang...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0129: "Content Protection"
Replies: 14
Views: 7076

Re: 0129: "Content Protection"

I am not, and never have been, a fan of copy protection. I say this despite the fact that I've written software and text and have had both pirated (often with the copyright notices intact) or ripped off. In one case I took a copy-cat product to court, showing that his documentation duplicated entir...
by TimXCampbell
Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53965

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

I seriously could have over looked the science if they had at least made an effort with the writing :D I mean... Gigarotta? seriously? LOL Huh? She was one of the funniest characters in the show! In any case, I won't insist that "funny" is the right word to use for Lexx. "Embarassing...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute

Yes, I'm using XP. And your explanation sounds reasonable. It's strange, though: people connecting to YouTube on IE8 on XP are not exactly rare, yet this problem persists. I first noticed it several months ago, I think. Ah, well, there are worse things, in greater need of fixing, than some odd squar...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53965

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

Aelfyre wrote:The TV Series Lexx is pretty much *MADE* of terrible science.


Watching Lexx for the science is like, well, watching Star Trek for the science. Or Lost in Space. Or Stargate SG-1. Or Battlestar Galactica. Etc.

Lexx was very funny, in a dark and twisted way. But it was no science course, for sure!
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Examples of terrible science in fiction
Replies: 195
Views: 53965

Re: Examples of terrible science in fiction

The thing that ruins it for me is when the writer tries too hard to explain why the science is possible, and winds up spouting something that I just can't suspend my disbelief for. I'm sure there are countless other examples of this. Yes. In fact, there was an entire series of books based on that p...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:00 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Farcry Island. ...but Kentucky if not?
Replies: 13
Views: 5707

Re: Farcry Island. ...but Kentucky if not?

I live in Hardy, Kentucky, which is on the eastern-most tip, right next to WIlliamson, West Virginia. There aren't a whole lotta XKCD fans here, as far as I can tell. You know what we do have? Mountains. Lots of mountains. And trees. And coal, lots and lots of coal. But nowhere for XKCD fans to hang...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute

Alternatively, you could use m.xkcd.com, which is designed for mobile browsers (which often don't have any way to show title text at all). This approach solves my dilemma. Thanks! Okay, since you're smart ... can you explain why, on YouTube, my browser window's title bar shows little squares on eit...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Adjusting IE8 display time for IMG TITLE attribute

XKCD has wonderful after-thoughts in the rollover and I enjoy reading them. However, Microsoft, in its wisdom, has decided that the rollover stays visible only for a certain length of time. No doubt they have estimated how quickly an intelligent person can absorb a given amount of text and that dete...

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