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by somitomi
Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 43
Views: 14593

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

Soupspoon wrote:I interpreted it (knowing that I wouldn't be quite right) as The Great Lord Randall, from context. But it's probably an ETLA that has been used in/inspired by the full text in Time or the 'secret' subforus, that I've not read.

You're doing this on purpose, aren't you?
by somitomi
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 6223

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

Here , at 4:17, is a full-speed version of the first part of the bowling ball - feather drop. (The rest of the video is about the vacuum chamber and the setup for the experiment. Treeish.) Jose The link might be broken, it helpfully points to the "post reply" page, so that I can tell you ...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: 1060 nm
Replies: 9
Views: 7514

Re: 1060 nm

Neat. I see you've been inspired by Randall: http://1060nm.com/21/en/
by somitomi
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: XKCD Character Creator
Replies: 3
Views: 2612

Re: XKCD Character Creator

Hmm, this turned out to be less recognisable, than I thought. Maybe if there was a fire reflecting off glasses1 option
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1:off? on? in? Damn prepositions
by somitomi
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is in your pockets / purse? Every Day Carry discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 6638

Re: What is in your pockets / purse? Every Day Carry discussion

Well, the I don't leave the house without these set is just a wallet (and the things you'd expect to find in it) and a phone. Being a universitiy student, I have a backpack with me most of the time, which has the following things in it at the moment (all of which are usually there): ⋅ a cl...
by somitomi
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28315
Views: 2593416

Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

So today my grandmother bestowed upon me a number of vinyl records, thus doubling the size of my already existing (and admittedly very small) collection. This isn't exactly something, that would pormpt an angry nattering, since I do like getting records. But this reminded me of Vinylengine, a site I...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 43
Views: 14593

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

I guess TGLR was so distracted by temperature records that he neglected to answer the actual question. About a hole. Even a tunnel barely qualifies as a hole, and certainly does not have the stature of a What-If hole. TGLR? What's with all the acronyms? Everytime I think there can't be an acronym I...
by somitomi
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 6223

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

I liked Futurama's The Series Has Landed That is a great episode, athough it (too) shows this on the Moon, which I am grumbly about to this day: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/61392main_ap-lm.jpg http://cleverocity.com/albums/TheSeriesHasLanded/fu_1ACVO2_654.jpg Ahh, dang, they're one step ahea...
by somitomi
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 6223

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

By many accounts, the Mt. Everest experience of today is positively dreary – just shuffling along in an overcrowded lineup of rich people. Perhaps that will be the ultimate fate of the true "interplanetary experience"? (I bet there's a good short story plot in there somehow.) I liked Futu...
by somitomi
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 7599

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

and worst case scenario you're writing something like MDCCCCLXXXXVIIII instead of MCMXCIV, wow it's so hard and takes up so much space You got a hard stone surface and a tool that hopefully is harder than the stone. You have to carve a number on the stone. Would you carve your version of the number...
by somitomi
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 7599

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Titanic XCVIII? I had a lot of trouble parsing the Roman Numerals, and even once y'all had translated it for me it felt like it violated some rule that I seemed to have imagined. My first thought was that you can't start a number with a "subtractive" element, but obviously I have no probl...
by somitomi
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

orthogon wrote:Dohany Utca.

Speaking of public spaces in Budapest, have you heard of Oktogon? I figured you might like it :-)
by somitomi
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Nem találkoztunk mi már valahol? Elképzelhető, de nem emlékszem. Lehet, hogy itt, valamelyik másik témában? Azt hiszem, jelenleg a Reka nevet csak itt használom; általában valamilyen Márti-változatot használok, miután az az igazi nevem. (Hogy itt miért vagyok Reka, az egy hosszú és többnyire elavul...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

It kind of reminds me of the Hungarian word game called eszperente , which involves using words in which every vowel is an e . My dad and/or his uncle composed one of those (the details have gotten fuzzy in my mind). I can't remember how it started, but it included the lines "te szemtelen eger...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Okay, NOW I am questioning my own sanity, because I can't for the life of me determine, what acquisitions refers to in this context. I had a suspicion, that I was confusing two very similar words, but aquisition appears to be just misspelled. Torn between offending Soupspoon and allowing you to rem...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

I can't vouch for what Soupspoon had in mind, I say you have it down pat, there. I tried my own response, but it's Saved As Draft* because it became unwieldy. Included was a reference, but not a link, to Headlinese. Additional punctuation might have also helped. But headlines tend to use none at al...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

It kind of reminds me of the Hungarian word game called eszperente , which involves using words in which every vowel is an e And that reminds me of something you might enjoy. Christian Bok, a Canadian poet, wrote a wondrous book where the main part - Eunoia (the shortest English word that contains ...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 7214

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Missing an "are" as 3rd last word, soupspoon? (Or am I simply not familiar with this weird construction?) Broadly believably better bedfellows, bro, but bothersome brainstorming brevity banjaxed best banter bid. Bollocks. Completely cromulent construction. Entirely effective ellipsis. At ...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 8006

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

Copper Bezel wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:Yup, we sure do like our flood narratives! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flood_myths
Something must have happened.

Something like - and this is an outside shot, I know, but just perhaps - some floods.

My bet is on Golgafrinchans, their Captain spent all his time taking a bath.
by somitomi
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 8006

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

I would agree. A Pick-up game is about the closest to a generic or informal game played where the rules are looser because it is not being sponsored or officially run by an organization. Mission successful. I'm still scarred, but at least I learned this phrase. I can't think what we'd call an infor...
by somitomi
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 8006

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

People have never seen this abomination? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfhhWA9GF0M Well, not until now . But thanks, now I'm scarred for life. "Whistle blow"? I know Shaq is famous, but does he bring a referee with himself evereywhere he goes? Or is this an American thing to have a refe...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 6404

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

qvxb wrote:And then there are Porsche Spyders.

I don't think those spin webs, although they do spin their wheels pretty fast.
by somitomi
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 6404

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

ThemePark wrote:As long as they're not fossils of red spiders...

somitomi wrote:I wonder if they'd know we swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep. :wink:

Except, we do not.
http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/spiders.asp

That was exactly the intended point of this joke.
by somitomi
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 6404

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

least we know, thanks to the questions being asked by the futurebeing, that: a) Spiders are not the ultimate rulers of the Earth, b) Whatever they actually accomplished, betweentimes, they never made webs thick enough for a technological civilisation eventually capable of temporal mechanics to have...
by somitomi
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 7921

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

This gave me a cheerful memory of when I was at school - in the days of records - when, if you had a record with a small scratch on it, you didn't bother about it that much (well, some people did actually, but I didn't) and you'd just keep playing it anyway. And, if you let someone tape your record...
by somitomi
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 7921

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

rhomboidal wrote:Analog vinyl record scratches have indisputably superior audio quality to digital CD skips AND mp3 stutters.

Not to mention tape dropouts.
by somitomi
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 10922

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Started drinking coffee back in high school because "that's what adults did" and it was supposed to help with staying up late and cramming for a test. Hated the bitter taste, even with cream and sugar added , but forced myself to learn to like it. I think that is the only reason people li...
by somitomi
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9205

Re: 1741: "Work"

Why would you want (near/short/middle/long) IR lighting in the first place? IANAIRV, but I estimate most objects, including walls, have enough irregularities to see them as long as they're not too cold. I've seen some security camera reviews (don't know why though, I have little interest in them), ...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9205

Re: 1741: "Work"

Depends how hot the anglepoise runs - the switch itself may be safe to handle, but the cone itself is not something I'd want to discover the location of by brushing against. Also, a switch on the arm/light will tend to change the light's position slightly each time you operate it... I had a desk la...
by somitomi
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 9205

Re: 1741: "Work"

Do cups with fewer person-hours of design and debate tip more or less frequently than those designed in 'haste'? As far as the switch being on the cord, I'd hope that particular lamp is plugged in to a switched outlet. I, personally, wouldn't want a switched cord on a desk lamp where the switch was...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 5184

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Now there's an idea for a What-If question. You just need to reword it very slightly and mail it to Randall. What i f someone found Rosetta and Philae hundreds or thousands of years from now, what condition will they be in? Could they be reassembled and used to send selfies to whatever's left of hu...
by somitomi
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 5184

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Or for a huge Futurama fan, get the comet to hit the Earth and solve global warming. I thin I missed that episode. The global warming episode I remember had the problem solved by all robots going to the Galapagos islands and farting to move the Earth. The two episodes involving comets I remember ha...
by somitomi
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 5184

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

qvxb wrote:Rosetta may be more intact than the European Union.

Well, does Rosetta have a part insisting on leaving it, while all of its parts argue about what to do with the asteroids coming from the Perseids?
No?
I think we have a winner.
by somitomi
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 5457

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

So I used the 'apply pressure from the backplate by taping in plastic spacers, and hope' method. It's worked fine so far. I once had to disassemble the plastic card thing our car has in place of a key, because one solder joint became loose. This is exceptionally hard, because the whole thing is glu...
by somitomi
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9513

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

Or, perhaps, that's no moon... THAT WAS MY FIRST THOUGHT! I was honestly expecting Randall to do a death star shape as one of them and make that the caption. And that might be the reason he didn't do that. A punchline you expect doesn't pack quite the punch compared to one you don't see coming (a &...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9513

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

In the same conversation, I also learned how to know whether the moon is waxing or waning: " La lune est menteuse ". The moon is a liar: when she looks like a "D", she's waxing ( c roissante); when she looks like a "C", she's waning ( d écroissante). ETA: From wiktiona...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9513

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

In the same conversation, I also learned how to know whether the moon is waxing or waning: " La lune est menteuse ". The moon is a liar: when she looks like a "D", she's waxing ( c roissante); when she looks like a "C", she's waning ( d écroissante). ETA: From wiktiona...
by somitomi
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 4179

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

There were reports of an "alien megastructure" detected around a distant star a while back weren't there? Could this in fact be a star that has its hat on? Or sunglasses? Maybe an alien race is constructing emojis using stars for the yellow circular face to communicate with us. I'd rather...
by somitomi
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 9342

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

The common metal ones would reduce damage in case of Nuclear crossfire, too. The last time I looked, some were made of vinyl or plastic or something, not metal. (shrug) The last time I looked, the Cold War was over. The Space Race is still going on at a Snail's pace. A far as I know they're made of...
by somitomi
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 4179

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

What kind of sunglasses block nothing more than single-digit percentages* of the visible wavelengths anyway? *Maybe less than that, since I based that on looking at this comic in MS Paint, and I doubt the spectral line widths shown in this comic are meant to represent the actual spectral line width...

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