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by cellocgw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 9501

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

In a sense, you could say that most of the ground is also made of air, inasmuch as oxygen is the greater portion by mass of the Earth. Granted it's all reacted with other elements (e.g. iron oxide, silicon oxide...) but so is the carbon in a tree, so if that's "made of air" then so are mo...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 10509

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

There are some horror movies that I like. But they are unconventional for that genre. I'd say that's a basic tenant of doing horror right; things don't work the way you feel they should. (emphasis added) I was going to chide you for using a word you've never seen in print, but then I thought, "...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 10509

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Adrenaline junkies. 'nuff said.

Either that or they get off on watching youngsters get sliced up as punishment for having sex.
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5696

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

If it works, that would be fine. But it's going to break, like the comic says. And then it's a black box. Programming people underestimate this power of excel: regular people understand it. No, regular people think they understand it. In reality, they understand just enough to produce results which...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5696

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

... Is this a reference to some specific example? No universal example, but most of us have an example in our past. I always thought of the process as less "house of cards" and more "meat grinder to sausage stuffer". Of course, my process usually involved grep, sed, awk, and may...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 9947

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out what was going on until I realized this wasn't a collection of curves but rather one of those stacked-count charts that are impossible to interpret. C'mon, Randall, you know better than to do that. And for FSM's sake, if you must post this kind of graph, at lea...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4178

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

For no good reason whatsovever:

Partisans Love Tv

Lava Prints Stove

Latvia Porn Vests
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 9222

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

qvxb wrote:Hint: The opinion is political and angers both Rush Limbaugh and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Your opinion that that is a good hint is bad. You made a grue angry.
by cellocgw
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by cellocgw
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

There was a clock on the Berkeley campus at one point (until somebody stole it and graffitied "Time is running out!" on its plinth) that ran by getting an electric pulse once a minute from a master clock in another location. I'd have kept the clock and replaced its controller with a Geige...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

You call it six/six time; I call it [half a dozen]/[half a dozen] time... Oh, and BTW, 6/6 is not "4/4 with triplets" . At best, 6/6 would be 2/4 with triplets. But I don't know how to draw a "1/6 note" . Given that the flags are binary (one for 1/8, two for 1/16, etc.), I would ...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 52
Views: 8460

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Archgeek wrote:
Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.


You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 6574

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

2048.png ..mmmpphhh guess you'll have to look back to see the image I tried to quote. It could be (and often is, these days) a lot worse: just imagine what the results would be if you tried to apply machine-learning to distinguish among those groupings. Also, as the local representative of The Worl...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 6366

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Relieved to find Randall did not include the OTT among social media he's leaving. (Then again, so far as we know, he never arrived there)
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 5692

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Reminds me of the parable of the inventor with many pockets, who starts by selling his king an invention for a bulletproof wall. Next pocket, he sells the king a new gun to pierce that wall. Then he tries to sell an invention for a better wall, ... and the king pays him one gold piece for each pocke...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 10575

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

bobdc wrote:A related question, asked by comedians for decades: why is it that we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway?


Water a horse and milk a cow.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15508

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

In response to all the posts about the ball rolling to the top of a hill (Local maximum), here's why it can't happen. Gedankenerfahrung: [with zero friction, of course] Since all classical mechanics are fully reversible, consider a ball placed at the top of the hill with zero velocity. It doesn't mo...
by cellocgw
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15508

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Sonic# wrote:
Sir Lunch-a-lot wrote:Rolle's Theorum, not to be confused closely related Richard Rolle's Theorem


You mixed up your YouTube link. This is Richard Rolle. Yours is Richard Astley.


well, there's one YouTube item I'd rate below the previous link. PS thanks Mr. BuzzKill
by cellocgw
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15508

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

I like to tell people that when I studied maths at a prestigious university, it took 4 weeks to get to the proof that 2+2=4. It's not that the proof itself is terribly difficult, but that it starts from ZF axioms, and the conceptual groundwork had to be laid for those first. We didn't get that far ...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15508

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What I need to know is:

is Rolle's first name "Rockand" ?

#askingforafriend
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10691

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

For the genetic family side, I call everyone past first-level "some cousin." For the in-law side, I just call them whatever the SpousalUnit calls them.

I'm much more interested in their dogs than the humans anyway.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 23231

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

ijuin wrote:I have encountered enough people using “literally” as hyperbole that, when I want to ensure that people understand that I am NOT intending hyperbole, I use “actually” instead.


You actually shouldn't
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 17392

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

ThatPITA wrote:It's the universal sign for "maker space".


You sir, win the Internet for the week. Plus a free ticket to BlitzThread
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 17392

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I think it gets extra credit for being an oxidizer that contains no oxygen. (So I suppose it's properly a "fluorinator", but that causes the same hazards as an oxidizer, so why make another category to remember on the warning signs.) The chemical term "oxidizer" covers any subst...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 17392

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Also needs a Joking Hazard icon.
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4456

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

fluffysheap wrote:Godzilla and Megalon weren't eliminated, but they were excluded because of the lack of a court* that could contain them.

* either kind


Well... if they can play tennis in space they oughtta be able to set up something to accommodate Godzilla & Megalon (if not MothRa).
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4456

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

Eebster the Great wrote:[url=http://www.xkcd.com/2037]
I know the comic is just fun, but does anyone else feel like politics always gets this way? Treating it like one side or the other will eventually win?


Well, won't it? Or both sides lose as the Visigoths plunder everything.
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 7741

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

flicky1991 wrote:Why choose between edgelord and hyperedgelord? Some people are bipartite.


Why choose between edge and node? These once-thought-to-be-binary concepts are now recognized as fluid. Maybe it started out as cis-edge or cis-node, but changed with maturity and self-realization.
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 10488

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark. So we think. Anyone advanced enough to actually build a Dyson Sphere though might have technology that effectively "cloaks" them if you can de...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 9778

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

(I only picked this paper up an hour ago, so I'm wondering what bird matches "T_U__N", knowing that it's probably a kick-myself moment when it clicks (TRU…? THU? TAU?), wondering if I have the correct letters for "Quotes (5)" being "_I_ES".. scratch that, just ...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 19
Views: 4928

Re: 2031: "Pie Charts"

From the secret vaults,
PieChart2colorOneValue.jpg


piecharteaten.jpg
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 9139

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Imaginary numbers are pretty theoretical until you get to calculating lag-lead times on power transmission. Then they're a huge pain in the ass. Well, one can go way down the tree that way. Irrationals are theoretical, since we can't write them out in any finite decimal notation. Integers are theor...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 7850

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled. That's a paranoid conclusion. I think it's much more likely that you've...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 5303

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Yeah, yeah, yeah, complain all you want about heat index calculations.

Here in New England we're just a few short months away from the dreaded "Wind Chill Index" "It's 25 Fahrenheit today, but with a wind of 5 mph it feels like -7000 Fahrenheit" .
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 4707

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!" We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your fee...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 4707

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

I seem to have managed to avoid forums and feeds and web pages that talk about "life hacks" in the first place. Thus I need to ask: What's the difference between a life hack and a life crack? Are there White Hat and Black Hat life hackers? Do I need Kaspersky to protect my life from being ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 6715

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

Personally, I think the best thing to do would be to put the important information on the Z-axis, but keep the viewing angle straight dead-on with the X-Y plane. See, this is an arguement for everyone to have a VR headset. Yeah, well, I'm gonna put my data on the 8th dimension! You won't be able to...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 6715

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked ...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 46
Views: 11289

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
NSFW
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 46
Views: 11289

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Some candidates for ice hockey. All these have at least one Stanley Cup win.

Bladon, Tom – Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75 {2
Frost, Harry – Boston Bruins 1939 {1}

I'm guessing there's a curling champ somewhere named "Rock," but haven't looked.

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