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by bmonk
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24881

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

The flop side of this principle is those languages in which no new programming is ever done--all they do is edit current programs to add a new subroutine...
by bmonk
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 71242

Re:

I hate to say it guys; I think we're all a little OCD. In my scenario, everything untouchable is OHGODBURNINGLAVA. OCD? What is that? I have CDO: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but in (proper) alphabetical order. I blame a bright mind, with an overactive pattern-recognition habit. Hmm, has anyone e...
by bmonk
Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31709

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

Back in my single days I had a lot of people try to tell me "tricks" to pick up girls and stuff like that. The problem with these "rules" and "secrets to the game" or whatever is that it makes people think of a relationship as some sort of contest where you have to out...
by bmonk
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 31709

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

What if you grew up liking both "The Giving Tree" and "The Metamorphosis"? I think what we all want to know is, What happens if you play The Game by The Rules? I asked Joshua. He said that the only winning move is not to play. :lol: My thought exactly. Get out of my mind, danix! ...
by bmonk
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 40466

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

I would reply, but in response to recent pleas, I will refrain.
by bmonk
Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23504

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

TheSoberPirate wrote:Did you guys know that 78.9% of statistics are made up on the spot?


And only 13% are then supported by a reference of any kind.
by bmonk
Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34590

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

Half of Shakespeare was in-jokes, double entendres, plays within plays with plays on words, and/or self-references. Oh, and sex jokes. "That's a fair thought to lie between a maid's legs!" "Do you think I meant country matters?" Both from Hamlet. I can just imagine all the compl...
by bmonk
Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 39362

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

Unfortunately, some inhabitated places in the world don't have, uh, addresses. In the "to the point" sense. No street names or numbers, no P.O. boxes. The only way to get there is by directions. An ex-workmate from Venezuela told me that this was the case where he lived. Of course, in USA...
by bmonk
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39570

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Another problem with wordy signs: as signs multiply, get more text, and bigger, they begin to crowd out one another, so that none make the impact they should. One example, not by any means the worst: http://gregisenblog.com/wp-content/uplo ... -signs.jpg
by bmonk
Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39570

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

eran_rathan wrote:"Every time someone designs something idiot proof, Nature makes a better idiot."

-written on the chalkboard my first day of class for civil engineering.

I've also seen this version:

"Nothing can be made foolproof, because fools are so ingenious."
by bmonk
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0777: "Pore Strips"
Replies: 71
Views: 23283

Re: "Pore Strips" discussion (#777)

This is unusually gross for an xkcd, but I thought it was funny. I'm now wondering about the skeletal structure in the rest of the stick figure. Very, very skinny. Ask yourself these question: If Randall were a plagiarist, why are some of his jokes so bad? Do you really think Randall spends his tim...
by bmonk
Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83653

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

It's a fascinating concept to think of meeting someone in the US who doesn't know what a quarterback is but does know of the egyptian river with the similar name . I would fall in love with that person, just a little bit. In fact, I'd imagine such a person would be more likely to do abstract maths....
by bmonk
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

davidvitaletheamazin wrote:I have a theory that I want to test out:

I am inferior to everyone in this thread.


I already tried this approach. That post was ignored.
by bmonk
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

What led the disciples of Jesus to continue to follow a discredited, condemned and executed criminal? What led them to be faithful, even to the point of dying? People have followed leaders for thousands of reasons other than the truth of what their leader was preaching. If you think the truth of Je...
by bmonk
Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Perhaps the world could exist--but what would bring about me? What would care enough about me to try to save me from my flaws, and from the flaws of all the other people in the world? That is where I find the most compelling evidence, historical evidence, for God--and once I find and accept that ev...
by bmonk
Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

St. Nowhere Said: Would being an atheistic civilization have ended all wars of the past? Or eliminated all hindrance of scientific discovery? Nope. But it might have given one or two people, at least, a moment of pause to discover an arguable reason to stab their neighbor before taking his land. Th...
by bmonk
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

The word "fundamentalist" has really been abused over the years. All it really means is actual adherence to or belief in a set of basic ideas or principles -- one might even call them "fundamentals." The term is, in a sense, redundant; a Christian who does not believe in the bas...
by bmonk
Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188295

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Because "atheism" is a entirely better description of the universe, only theists feel superior. Hard as it is for theists to admit, we atheists actually don't have to feel superior, we simply are so. Don't worry, I give all you people out there permission to feel superior to me--after all...
by bmonk
Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40554

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

Is this the proper place to complain about other anachronisms? Such as Medieval Englishman cooking up some nice taters? Or when Alexander "is impetuous in everything, even in Chess"? Heck, even the Bible has some pretty bad bloopers when it comes to anachronisms, such as in the book of Dan...
by bmonk
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 30021

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

(incidentally, it never ceases to amaze me how well the "we'll win the war whoever wins, we'll just switch allegiances accordingly, it's not like anyone will react" tactics worked for the Soviets. Now that's a win-win situation) Hitler attacked the Soviet, and this was probably why the Al...
by bmonk
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44529

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

I agree with many others before me: Mr. Rogers was genuinely humble, unflappable, without a mean bone in his body. And utterly honest: WYSIWYG. Still, I do like the occasional Prairie Home Companion portrayal of him from years back, where Carson Weiler interrupts him or something, and Mr. Rogers (wh...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73941

Re: " One Two" Discussion

Anthropology not only uses falsifiable methods, but is also a science. Why has Randall gone so low to insult entire fields without understanding them? That's what dickheads do to make them feel superior to others. On the other hand, Economics apparently has no falsifiable methods, since anything ca...
by bmonk
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 41466

Re: "Workaround" discussion

I can't help but mention one work-around. It was from back in the day--the good old days when PCs and Macs did not even read each others disks or speak to each other in any official way. I needed to print out a pretty simple Word doc from a PC, but the only available printer was attached to a Mac. I...
by bmonk
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 20163

Re: "DFS" Discussion

If anyone's too lazy to Google, LD50 refers to the amount of substance that is lethal to 50% of a population. Just out of curiosity, if I'm not too lazy to Google, what does it mean? Breadth-first works best on dating because you are looking for the minimal number of moves to achieve coitus. Ok, no...
by bmonk
Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 42555

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Well, I do usually manage to close up the seam. And when I don't, the gaping hole is pretty obvious (and I have to resist the temptation to write "Then a miracle happens" into the gap) I did that once. I actually wrote "and then we conduct a voodoo ritual and transform x into y (or w...
by bmonk
Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 60025

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

...Now we get to this Frisian thing. The reason that all of us were sitting in a room together were because we were all working for the Dutch arm of this particular organization. I happen to know a lot of Dutch guys and pass through Amsterdam quite a bit. Dutch pisses me off, because as a dude who ...
by bmonk
Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26155

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

Jez wrote:isn't it usually aus or oz for australia and at or aut for austria?

I thought Oz was anywhere but Kansas that has some color...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18880

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

What are the social pseudo-sciences? Keynesian economics. Reminds me of the economics student who returned to visit his favorite prof after ten years. Noticing that the prof was working on the final exam for a course he'd taken, he asked to look at it. To his surprise, the questions were exactly th...
by bmonk
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 60025

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

Another thing that bugs me; the Middle East appears to have become its own continent. There needs to be an East Asia and a West Asia, because then everybody would know that the Middle East actually is in Asia. Actually, once upon a time, our "Middle East" was called the "Near East&qu...
by bmonk
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 28123

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

Ah, yes, religious zealot wisdom at its best. I never quite understood the logic behind buying a bunch of books to burn them. I'm sure the author loves that. Are you saying that since many past book burners burned pre-existing copies of the books--to purge the libraries--they were better? I do love...
by bmonk
Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0749: "Study"
Replies: 79
Views: 30771

Re: "Study" discussion

Results to date: At least five "no"s...
by bmonk
Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26155

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

Reading this strip reminded me of the Calvin & Hobbes Sunday where the mile-long freight train hits a penny on the track and derails, the 747 loses and engine and plummets to earth, possibly another disaster I'm forgetting, all focusing on Farmer Brown's shack, where he is about to light his gas...
by bmonk
Wed May 26, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 49218

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

I think this was done in the six minutes it took to upload the comic. I mean, I don't even get the joke. What are they supposed to be untying that makes this joke funny? Their shoes? Their bras? Oh yeah, and way to offend another minority group, Randall. How is this offensive? I'm dyslexic and I fi...
by bmonk
Tue May 25, 2010 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 64682

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

I've never found openoffice to be that troubling. If you have to write a highschool paper, it's rather nice. I find the interface simple and easy to use, compared to MS Word which is always telling me what to do. It's not so much the fact that I'm to lazy to turn these features off, it's just that ...
by bmonk
Mon May 24, 2010 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0744: "Walkthrough"
Replies: 68
Views: 22184

Re: "Walkthrough discussion"

neoliminal wrote:
Nitrocloud wrote:It's sad that society has such the preoccupation with sexual encounters, individual pleasure, and lack of want of service.


Citation needed.

Will this work?

http://xkcd.com/305/
by bmonk
Fri May 21, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 64682

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

I used .rtf out of necessity. My High School had nothing but Macs, I'd go home work on my PC, and then have to turn my assignments back to my teacher who used a (ta da) Mac. .rtf was a survival tool. Now that College is done with (We used Doc and then DocX towards the end), and I am the teacher (HA...
by bmonk
Wed May 19, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0018: "Snapple"
Replies: 49
Views: 27211

Re: "Snapple" Discussion

Organic chemists also like the benzene rings with Dr groups attached at two points to get (depending on their positions) Paradox, Metaphysician, or Orthodox. :roll:
by bmonk
Wed May 19, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35783

Re: "Literally" Discussion

The problem I have with using "literally" figuratively is that there are other alternatives that work: seriously, extremely, and others, depending on context. Is there any other way to say literally? Not as easily and clearly. Similarly, using "unique" to mean unusual, peculiar, ...
by bmonk
Fri May 14, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 33700

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Nevermore!
by bmonk
Mon May 10, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0738: "Incision"
Replies: 42
Views: 16487

Re: "Incision" Discussion

How many spare doctors did they do through before one of them was able to remove the buzzer without setting it off? :lol:

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