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by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 54998

Re: "e to pi times i" Discussion

I really like this formula! I had never come across it before, but it makes at least some sense (to a high school student, I think that's reasonable) and it's so neat. It's actually pretty easy to prove with even AP Calculus; once you get to Maclaurin series, it's just what some of my professors wo...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47237

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Yeah, the P vs NP thing is a matter of significant importance to computer scientists, reasonable importance to programmers in general, and potentially interesting to people who find maths interesting, but pretty much irrelevant to anyone else. Well, that's if they're not equal. On the off-chance th...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18920

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

Zenexer wrote:Umm... yeah... that's not that funny. It's actually quite a bit slower than the speed of light.


...um...zero time and finite distance means infinite velocity...and the speed of light is finite. So...it's more than the speed of light.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0516: "Wood Chips"
Replies: 70
Views: 13423

Re: "Wood Chips" Discussion

From the future, is it bad that Lady Gaga keeps making me think of this comic?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151515

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

mxsimon wrote:Agreed, a BTTF equivalent is called for. how 'bout "Memento" ?


"Memento" was pretty straightforward, though...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59617

Re: "Lego" Discussion

Ghandi 2 wrote:This is just stupid. How does being an organ donor because you no longer believe in eternity make any sense?


Let me spell this out to you.

Spoiler:
Organ = Lego.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59617

Re: "Lego" Discussion

*Is an organ donor and regular blood donor, in a country that doesn't even pay you for either.* Why do people from other countries always seem to think this? I think you can get paid for blood if you look, but most people are willing to give for free; if they find out money's changed hands over an ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59617

Re: "Lego" Discussion

I'd say "vegetarian," but that's kind of been coopted...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59617

Re: "Lego" Discussion

...holy shit.

I feel like a little Dutch boy who's just heard a very faint cracking noise...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17695

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

scaram0uche wrote:We call it "being sexiled" at my institution of higher learning.


And every other in the English-speaking world. But that doesn't lend itself to a pun.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151515

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Waiiit a minute...you swapped two of the Jurassic Park characters!

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.

Although part of me is wondering if the Primer flowchart is actually precise...I wouldn't put it past Randall...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151515

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

It took me a while to realize that the bulk of this was a setup for the jokes of the last two. One of these days I've got to watch Primer. And I will understand it on the first try, dammit!

Anyway, bit of "card tricks in the dark" syndrome here, Randall.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 54998

Re: "e to pi times i" Discussion

...which, I'm sure you'll agree, is quite clumsy and inelegant Not at all. In fact, hardly anyone would agree. As you get further in math, you'll find that pretty much all the rules you take for granted with reals have caveats like that. "Clumsy and inelegant" would be to define a rule wi...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0656: "October 30th"
Replies: 62
Views: 16295

Re: "October 30th" Discussion

Wait, Doc Brown invented the machine in the eighties...then settled down in the nineteenth century...so how could he have overshot? Coming from 2015? Why? Also, were we really supposed to believe there were thirty years between the two Doc Browns? I mean, really, Henry Spencer's wig does a more conv...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 38065

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

I kind of wonder what a New Jedi Order film, in the style of the original "not-really-sure-what-I'm-doing-yet-but-I'm-doing-it-better-than-ever-again" film (singular), would look like.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 38065

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

Don't you dare bash Rocky Horror. American classic.

...set in America.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54891

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

Jesus Christ, I almost posted a topic, but I was held back by the thought that someone else would post in the ~forty-five seconds it would have taken me! Also, I know the stored energy is about that of a hand grenade, but the question is releasing it all at once...it seems like it would be hard to d...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 58957

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Remember, folks, in this day and age, your productive life ends somewhere around junior year of college. Everything after that is just reaping what you've sewn.

At twenty-one, not much left to do but drink yourself to death.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 86139

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

The thing is, the fourth panel of his fantasy is an obvious joke, but the reality would probably be worse , in the same way showing up to class naked would have worse consequences than everyone laughing at you. She could easily get him kicked off the train; if she played her cards right, she could g...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 86139

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Comic JK wrote:I've been told many times that women think this way (often by xkcd itself). But I'm still not sure it's not wishful thinking.


...are you sure you mean "wishful"?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0639: "Lincoln-Douglas"
Replies: 94
Views: 18032

Re: "Lincoln-Douglas" Discussion

Hmm...what would be an "XKCD bump"? A few criteria: -Must be measured out in centiliters . -Based on population demographics, must get the modal number of drinkers between .129 and .138 at three servings in an hour. --What would this be? I'm guessing about 3 cl per serving (i.e., the alcoh...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0217: "e To The Pi Minus Pi"
Replies: 86
Views: 49377

Re: "e To The Pi Minus Pi" Discussion

Then there's the town that voted to change pi to 3.2. Not 3, that's an urban legend, the slightly closer 3.2. Visualize a circle with a perimeter ratio of 3.2. Not an oval. A circle. Go on.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0625: "Collections"
Replies: 137
Views: 35279

Re: "Collections" Discussion

The...DRM means I'll probably lose them? We may be edging just a bit into the realm of paranoia there...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0624: "Branding"
Replies: 86
Views: 20749

Re: "Branding" Discussion

So VHS went the way of the dinosaur, and the Macarena went the way of the dodo?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0624: "Branding"
Replies: 86
Views: 20749

Re: "Branding" Discussion

Squid Tamer wrote:"Click here for the WoW for gays!"


Proudmoore?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0622: "Haiku Proof"
Replies: 126
Views: 42637

Re: "Haiku Proof" discussion

This reminds me of the time I went to a Sociology discussion on stimulant abuse...after sixty hours awake, having downed most of a bottle of caffeine pills.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 53135

Re: "Asteroid" Discussion

I loved that book when I was younger...although I didn't get it until I read the title text.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0613: "Threesome"
Replies: 87
Views: 32429

Re: "Threesome" Discussion

*facepalm*

Randall, this is a new low. A truly awesome new low.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0609: "Tab Explosion"
Replies: 176
Views: 56845

Re: "Tab Explosion" Discussion

TVTropes and Cracked...really, Randall, out.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0605: "Extrapolating"
Replies: 100
Views: 26891

Re: "Extrapolating" discussion

Okay, admit it, this one's just for us to hotlink the next time someone abuses statistics, isn't it?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 57173

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

randytayler wrote:I'm still reeling from this notion that people write math papers. And stranger yet, that somebody else would read them. What's it like in that world, mathophiles? Isn't it scary there?


You. Read. Now.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 57173

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Erdös isn't dead! He's left, but he never died.

Unless, of course, he should refuse to sign.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0598: "Porn"
Replies: 83
Views: 42905

Re: "Porn" Discussion

...and the entire comic is explained.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0596: "Latitude"
Replies: 84
Views: 23861

Re: "Latitude" Discussion

Hmm...that was supposed to be an Evangelion joke, but in retrospect, it makes somewhere between little and no sense...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0596: "Latitude"
Replies: 84
Views: 23861

Re: "Latitude" Discussion

Wow...um...three uncomfortably misogynistic strips in a row...

Omedetou.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)
Replies: 221
Views: 72869

Re: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)

I would say "Friends" was a bit of an instant classic. And...okay, that's probably the most recent. Maybe "Converting to Metric." And that guy calls the fact that electrons have a negative charge an "in-joke." I mean, come on ...why not just preface with "I'm a dro...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86666

Re: "Period" Discussion

Also, does this really count as a physics pun? Frequency has a lot of applications outside physics, and it's pretty much always measured in hertz...it almost seems like calling a joke on the word "meter" a physics pun.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86666

Re: "Period" Discussion

Zorlin wrote:This happened to my girlfriend once!


If it's not happening to your girlfriend on a regular basis, you might be in trouble.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86666

Re: "Period" Discussion

Frankly, though, since, let's face it, the joke here isn't the pun as much as the audacity of the context, we've seen it before, and it was funnier then.

I've got to say it now, haven't I? Fuck it, yeah, I really have got to.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic.

*sigh*
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86666

Re: "Period" Discussion

...I think that pun hurt my nonexistent uterus.

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