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by bmonk
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69970

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I also am of an age to remember the generic products of the '70s-'80s: Black type on white with a black bar below the product name.

Some day, if I ever get a cap in a t-shirt store, it will be white with a black line, above which is simply printed,
CAP
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by bmonk
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67185

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Mother Very Thoughtfully Made A Jelly Sandwich Under No Protest Mercury, Venus, Terra, Mars, asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (With thanks to R.A. Heinlein.) http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/NinePlanets.jpg So there. Of course, if you're gonna include Pluto among the planets, ...
by bmonk
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65846

Re: 988: "Tradition"

The music to What Child Is This is based on Greensleeves, probably the oldest song known that still survives! Greensleeves really isn't that old. Considering the development of the English language itself it can't be much older than Chaucer, if even that old. And it wasn't (known) to have been put ...
by bmonk
Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0987: "Potential"
Replies: 42
Views: 16246

Re: 0987: "Potential"

The other side of this comic is when the teacher gets in his world-destruction machine to get a response, any response, from his students.

And, out of the rubble a hand rises, and a quavering voice asks, "Ummm . . . will this be on the final?"
by bmonk
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25804

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

Red Hal wrote:
pareidolon wrote:You're not welcome here sherlip. This is an academic forum only for people with advanced degrees in the sciences and mathematics. Can't you tell by the professional content being discussed?
Now you're just taking the piss.


I think you missed his <sarcasm> code?
by bmonk
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25634

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

So what's the subtext? Whatever issue spawned this, I must not have followed it too closely. Basically, 'Plunged by 19%' means that it went down to 1%. However, because of the wording, some people might interpret it as having lost 1%, and that now his popularity is at 19%. The point is, plunged by ...
by bmonk
Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 25345

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

Also, the calculations have two different explanations. Heisenberg claims he was intentionally trying to deceive the Nazis. Some other scientists said Heisenberg got the calculations wrong because he was shitty at math. The problem is that the more we learn about his intentions, the less we know ab...
by bmonk
Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0982: "Set Theory"
Replies: 55
Views: 15229

Re: 0982: "Set Theory"

Informally put, the axiom of choice says that given any collection of bins, each containing at least one object, it is possible to make a selection of exactly one object from each bin. ... isn't that obvious? Why is this such a useful and pivotal theorem in mathematics? It's not so easy when you ha...
by bmonk
Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0981: "Porn Folder"
Replies: 72
Views: 31958

Re: 0981: "Porn Folder"

CorruptUser wrote:I actually do wonder if sexbots will not only have sexual fantasies, but weird and depraved fantasies like this.

Only if you tell them to "Go do yourself"? :twisted:
by bmonk
Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88581

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

project2051 wrote:
alanh wrote:There's one thing worse: a single followup reading just
Never mind, I figured it out.



"Never mind, I figured it out. The problem was in the uuggggggh"

Isn't that supposed to be Arrrggghhh??
by bmonk
Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88581

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

But the most important measure has always been density and depth of imagery, as well as evocation of emotion. I take exception to this. This assumes that poetry is a consistent form throughout history and across cultures. You simply can't make this case. Either poetry is a formal process, in which ...
by bmonk
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88581

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

For me, a poem is metrical and rhymed, Then you consider 'Beowulf', the 'Aeneid', and the 'Odyssey' to be prose? Most ancient and mediaeval civilizations would be quite surprised to learn that their great poetic traditions did not, in fact, include any poems. I'm with jpk on this. Also, is 'poem' a...
by bmonk
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88581

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

GOOMHR. I particularly hate it when the long-dead thread's "solutions" involve, "That isn't possible. Are you sure you got the error code right?" Look, I just got this seemingly "impossible" error. Someone else did, too. From the other threads I've found, dozens of peo...
by bmonk
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139663

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

The Waterman map is OK, but I prefer the Waterworld map: http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/8116/waterworldp.jpg It just really simplifies things. From "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll Fit the Second - The Bellman's Speech 'He had bought a large map representing the sea, 'Witho...
by bmonk
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139663

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

i realised in a state of shock, that maps are very much, like history, made by those in power, and not to be trusted. Lots of truth in that one. And the whole rectangular, north-up stuff is just convention... after all many medieval maps were EAST up. That's where the word ORIENTation comes from. I...
by bmonk
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25430

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

Kids today are part of the MTV generation. Because MTV is still on the air. Yeah, maybe--but MTV no longer plays any music videos, does it? I would like to point out something that hasn't been mentioned. MTV debuted 30 years ago. The "I remember MTV when they used to play videos" line goe...
by bmonk
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0976: "Sail"
Replies: 61
Views: 16566

Re: 0976: "Sail"

"I applaud your choice on the lateen rig. I've sailed my dad's Sunfish for years (it's older than I am, and I'm 41 ), so my first impression was also Sunfish, but I can see the hull is not quite like one." Clearly, this is a Snark, not a Sunfish! This one has an optional splash deck. It's...
by bmonk
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20711

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

I rather enjoy living out in the country, where the sky can get dark enough to see over 1000 stars at night. I remember seeing the Hale-Bopp comet, with 45°+ of tail visible. Magnificent!

The sky is nearly large enough to fall into, some nights.
by bmonk
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 39802

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

I have been known to mutter, when someone takes a Cartesian path instead of the most diagonal, "Pythagoras hates you." It applies every time. Cross country or cross lobby. NO EXCEPTIONS. c < a + b Do you factor in the type of ground and the topography? For example, if there's a mountain i...
by bmonk
Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25430

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

Zylon wrote:It's your kids, Marty!

Yep! My first thought exactly.

Which, I suppose, dates me too. . . .

:thumbs up:
by bmonk
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57115

Re: 0972: "November"

This strip bothered me, until I tried visualizing whirled peas. Now I'm fine again.

And no, the pink elephants don't bother me, as long as they stay on their side of the room.
by bmonk
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39093

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

While I was thinking about this, I stopped to listen to Cage's 4′33″.
by bmonk
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29748

Re: 0967: Prairie

Wouldn't that be "gasar" instead of "lasar?" I know for some people here, the more serious question is going to be "Wouldn't that be 'gasar' instead of 'lasar'?" I'd use "GrASAR": GRain Amplified by the Stimulated Emission of Rice. On a related note--sort of-...
by bmonk
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 41744

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

Yeah, conspiracy theories are so popular because, historically, so many have succeeded. Of course, a successful conspiracy would not be known anyway. It also helps to ignore facts, like the fact that jet fuel does burn at more than the melting point of carbon steel. Or that the thickness of the insu...
by bmonk
Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40983

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Of course, the Greek word we translate "elements" might better fit if we used "state" (of matter)--so that Air = Gas, Earth = solid, Fire = plasma, and Water = liquid. However, even here we've found a few new "elements". What of collapsed matter (neutronium), or Bose-Ei...
by bmonk
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20500

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

feyayeruka wrote:what, you all can't fly?

In your dreams!

No, that's in my dreams!
by bmonk
Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34750

Re: 0960 - "Subliminal"

Reminds me of the hidden bear in the Toblerone logo. Which, incidentally, is the Swiss national animal. Not quite. Switzerland doesn't have a national animal. The bear is the heraldic symbol of the canton of Bern where the Toblerone company is based (and Bern is a form of the german word for bear)....
by bmonk
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 24604

Re: 0957: "Development"

And the moral of this cartoon is Kohlberg's stage 6. But hurricane Rina got stuck in Erickson's stage 7, and stagnated over New Jersey.
by bmonk
Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 65229

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

scikidus wrote:For those who are curious, the escalators in question are probably the DC Metro: Wheaton station escalators.

I was thinking it was something like that.
by bmonk
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36846

Re: 0951: "Working"

Someone made a very similar argument to me a few years ago when I chose to take a slower train route that saved me £10 (~$15) but involved hanging round a station for half an hour. His precise response was along the lines of - "yeah, OK, you're valuing your time at £20 an hour, seems reasonabl...
by bmonk
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 29583

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

Thou was the singular you. But some lazy/ignorant people started using you as the singular. Other people were too lazy to correct the mistake. So we lost the meaning of you and had to create kludges to work around the loss of meaning: y'all, yous and the like. What false nostalgia. Many of these ol...
by bmonk
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27773

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

TaylorP wrote:I think it's becoming very clear what the issue is here. We need to switch to IPv6 for hurricanes. C'mon, you KNOW it'll fix the issue.

If it doesn't, there's always IPv8.
by bmonk
Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46831

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Not a problem, but even if it was, here's a solution: scientists believe they may have found a broad spectrum anti-viral http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/antiviral-0810.html James Blish ( Cities in Flight ) postulated a (hyper-)broad-spectrum antibiotic (ascomycin, but not the one developed later...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21842

Re: 0913: "Core"

Actually, a geophysicist friend of mine spends his time shooting ions at stuff. On a distantly related note, I want novelties cast from lava. Geologists, help me out here. They used to have such things in Hawaii as tourist-bait. The discussion also reminded me of this: “Gerald began—but was interru...
by bmonk
Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37166

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Ahh, yes. Reminds me of the good old days back in the Middle Ages--err, just 10 years ago--when I was at a University working on a Mac computer, and needed to print out a document. But the office with the printer I could send to was closed and locked. There was a PC available nearby with a printer--...
by bmonk
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 16150

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

While I don't doubt the Soviets could have pushed the Germans back into Germany on their own, I believe that if it wasn't for the allied invasion at Normandy, the bombing campaign in Western Europe, and the Africa and Italy campaigns, the Soviets wouldn't have been able to take Germany. By the time...
by bmonk
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21630

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

alexriehl wrote:This is very Doctor Who/Hitchhiker's.

The forum link is gone. I guess that we're no longer the official forums. Or maybe the sysadmin just got tired of spam.


See here: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=72490
by bmonk
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21630

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

What happens if one Time Vulture has another Time Vulture waiting on it? :shock: Also hello. The real question is what happens, when the lock on each other. Probably they both slow down so hard that both just freeze midair. Didn't that happen (in a very different situation) at the end of Orson Scot...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 28241

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

Not only does his graph show that there's a correlation between cell phones and cancer ("cancer causes cell phones"), but you can calculate the latency period. From a rough examination of his graph, I'd say 12-25 years between the onset of cancer and cell phones.
by bmonk
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 16150

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

I'd say Barbarossa was the turning point--invading the Soviet Union turned a reluctantly non-aggressive neighbor into an implacable enemy. As the invasion was about to begin, Soviet grain trains were still crossing the border into German territory. Stalin, to that point, oddly trusted Hitler to keep...

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