## 0207: "What xkcd Means"

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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

Discovered this today:

xkcd means: On your 21st birthday, putting five candles in the cake and lighting the one in the middle and the ones on the ends, then refusing to explain it to anyone.

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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

11 pages deep and no one has referenced the Nathan Friemel comic?

X = 24
K = 11
C = 3
D = 4

X+K+C+D = 42.

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I have finally found a home!!!...

I dont have to put m cell phone in my pocket, i have a catlike phone case which i attch to my belt loops (im a guy btw)

#4--i usually try to coordinae my stride so that steps/tiles is a simple ratio, usually comes out to 3/2 or 3/1
i used to switch tiles diagonally or knigh path style, but my high school has big ass-tiles, and it doesn't work out so well

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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

barf314 wrote:11 pages deep and no one has referenced the Nathan Friemel comic?

X = 24
K = 11
C = 3
D = 4

X+K+C+D = 42.

I am in utter and total awe. Thats well.. I wonder if Randall intended that?

Maybe xkcd is the answer to the ultimate question.

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aliosha wrote:Does anyone else balance on the edge stones of a pavement as they walk?
Not sure what you meant, but when the sidewalk is higher than the road, I tend to walk with one foot on the sidewalk and one on the road, so that I bob up and down as I walk.
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This is rather amazing how many of us do all these things.... There are no interesting floors where I am now, but I used to have great fun with the sort-of-random placement of colored tiles among gray ones at my elementary school. More uniquely, I pay attention to where the corners and edges of things are (imagine the faint little lines PowerPoint draws for you to help you line things up) and align things with them or avoid stepping on them.
I also do the mouse-scrolling thing; I don't like the mouse to end up over the text of what I'm reading, so I either put it in the margin or adjust it into a paragraph break each time I scroll.
I also do the replaying-conversations thing, both after they've happened and hypothetical ones. Sometimes I actually get the opportunity to use what I would hypothetically say, and I have to be very careful not to get ahead of myself, and remember that the people I'm talking to haven't heard it before. I find it's very helpful, both when I actually need to know what I would say, and just in general to think something out. Although I may put an unusual amount of effort into deciding how the other person would respond...
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### What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

I just want to check it hasn't already been cracked, and I'm just sounding like a damned fool!
I'll post my theory(/the real meaning) once I've heard yours!

Thanks

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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

It doesn't mean anything.

EDIT - We've probably also had multiple threads on this. Let me go check.
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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

It's the meaning of life.

So it really doesn't mean anything at all.

Really.

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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

Heh, yeah saw that issue

I just signed up - yup, pretty certain it would have appeared as a topic... just had a EUREKA moment, I may as well reveal what I think (though of course Munroe probably didn't intend this at all):

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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

XD -> laughing hard
KC -> frowning/unhappy

A bit emo maybe, sorry! I think it's metaphoric for the feel of some of the issues - the unhappiness inside the joy...

...maybe?

(or maybe not!)

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### Re: What "xkcd" means - I think I've got it!

But... You're taking the letters out of order, for your theory the comic would have to be named XDKC.

And you can edit your posts and not double posts, just to let you know.

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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

Randall Christine Munroe wrote: What does XKCD stand for?
It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.

Although everyone in the RM secret club knows it stands for xanthochroic kids can't dance.
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Felstaff wrote:Valdez87. Hi. Welcome to the forums. Read rules & stuff first. Also about pages are helpful.

Randall Christine Munroe wrote: What does XKCD stand for?
It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.

Although everyone in the RM secret club knows it stands for xanthochroic kids can't dance.

What. The. Heck.

I knew that Randall is Xanthophobic. I just knew it.

We're people too!

Not cool, not funny, not a good acronym.
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It's racism!

(It really is!)
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gordon wrote:Am I the only one who makes sure to put their wallet/phone/keys/loose change in the exact same pocket every time?

I do that too. Also I do 2 and occasionally 4. Oh, and I often do the thing described by Lethal Interjection (only way to cross an intersection on a bike ) hey, ending parenthetical statements with emoticon!

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Is posting to XKCD fora about OCD traits some kind of self-medication? Does it make us feel good about ourselves to have increasingly dysfunctional OCD habits?
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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

It does help to know that there are people out there with similar, uh, attributes. However, David Malki ! illustrates the problem of such a meeting of like-minded obsessive, compulsive individuals:

We're all just like-minded freaks reassuring each other that we don't need to conform to some marketing-driven farce of normality.
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Yes. Burning man XKCD camp soon to convene.
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My parents used to criticize me for doing 4 in public with them, so me and my friends would have races and one watcher to make sure no one broke the rules of the tiles.
Also
phone, gum, pens/pencils- front left
ipod- front right or right jacket
keys- hooked to the beltloop nearest back right pocket and tucked in
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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

Lunch Meat wrote:Discovered this today:

xkcd means: On your 21st birthday, putting five candles in the cake and lighting the one in the middle and the ones on the ends, then refusing to explain it to anyone.

I got that immediately

Spoiler:
it's binary 10101 = 1 + 4 + 16

I don't know if that is a good thing or not

Anyway, sometimes I pronounce exclamation point as factorial even if it was not actually intended that way. (e.g. 'Only \$3.99!' means gamma(4.99) ~= \$23.64). Some people thought that was from XKCD but I'm pretty sure there is no comic about this.

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dean.menezes wrote:Anyway, sometimes I pronounce exclamation point as factorial even if it was not actually intended that way. (e.g. 'Only \$3.99!' means gamma(4.99) ~= \$23.64). Some people thought that was from XKCD but I'm pretty sure there is no comic about this.

I usually do the opposite, which is to say that when I have to read mathematical expressions aloud I make a point of reading factorials in a more animated tone, one befitting the exclamation point. This is actually pretty easy to do without raising any eyebrows, if only because almost everyone who has to read more than one equation aloud in the course of a conversation lapses into the same monotone, however animated their usual speaking style is.

And hey, factorials are pretty exciting, after all.

Don't get me started on 0!, though...
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wow i toatally do 4
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xanax kinda causes drowsiness

What!? It does...

Ok seriously thought xkcd means starting a conversation with someone about something... having one subject bounce around randomly in your head from one random topic to the next family guy style and you say something else out completely unrelated to the subject at hand. The other person looks at you weird, but if they could have followed the sequence of random connections in your head they might not be confused... maybe.

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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

dean.menezes wrote:
Lunch Meat wrote:Discovered this today:

xkcd means: On your 21st birthday, putting five candles in the cake and lighting the one in the middle and the ones on the ends, then refusing to explain it to anyone.

I got that immediately

Spoiler:
it's binary 10101 = 1 + 4 + 16

I don't know if that is a good thing or not

Who uses five-bit integers? You should really do it with 16 candles - or 32.
00000000000000000000000000010101
If you use 32, you could light them in this sequence instead:
01000001101010000000000000000000

Which has the bonus of not being something everyone will get right away.

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Random832 wrote:...Who uses five-bit integers?...

Perhaps you've been waiting for Baudot?

Edit: Ha! I thought of another one! Waiting for Huffman!

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I'm still a bit nervous about keeping my sanity, crime record, and limbs intact since I'm a new driver, and I'm not much of a mathematician, but 2 and 4 are DEFINITELY everpresent things in my life.

Gordon wrote:Am I the only one who makes sure to put their wallet/phone/keys/loose change in the exact same pocket every time?

Keys: First belt loop to the right.
Wallet: Left pocket.
Cell phone: Right Pocket.
Change from the day's purchases: Right pocket.
Pocket watch: Left pocket/left belt loop, to keep it and my cell phone from scratching each other up. It gets along much more easily with my wallet.

Occasionally I switch things up, but the pocket-watch and wallet will always be in separate pockets. My mom doesn't like me carrying a pocket watch around, for some reason--she says they're a man's item.

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Has anyone seen this yet?

http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2317.html

lol.

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JCCyC wrote:
Gordon wrote:Am I the only one who makes sure to put their wallet/phone/keys/loose change in the exact same pocket every time?

Wallet: back right
Change: back left
Phone: front left
Keys: front right

i just registered to say. this guy reads minds.

it's exactly my pocketconfiguration! AWSOME!

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Oh me yarm! I do 3 out of four of these!

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So I'm not crazy?
(Or at least not uniquely crazy)
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### Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

Random832 wrote:
dean.menezes wrote:
Lunch Meat wrote:Discovered this today:

xkcd means: On your 21st birthday, putting five candles in the cake and lighting the one in the middle and the ones on the ends, then refusing to explain it to anyone.

I got that immediately

Spoiler:
it's binary 10101 = 1 + 4 + 16

I don't know if that is a good thing or not

Who uses five-bit integers? You should really do it with 16 candles - or 32.
00000000000000000000000000010101
If you use 32, you could light them in this sequence instead:
01000001101010000000000000000000

Which has the bonus of not being something everyone will get right away.

At the risk of having my geek card taken away, I don't understand how 01000001101010000000000000000000 represents 21
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e^iπ+1=0 wrote:
Random832 wrote:
dean.menezes wrote:
Lunch Meat wrote:Discovered this today:

xkcd means: On your 21st birthday, putting five candles in the cake and lighting the one in the middle and the ones on the ends, then refusing to explain it to anyone.

I got that immediately

Spoiler:
it's binary 10101 = 1 + 4 + 16

I don't know if that is a good thing or not

Who uses five-bit integers? You should really do it with 16 candles - or 32.
00000000000000000000000000010101
If you use 32, you could light them in this sequence instead:
01000001101010000000000000000000

Which has the bonus of not being something everyone will get right away.

At the risk of having my geek card taken away, I don't understand how 01000001101010000000000000000000 represents 21

It's a binary representation of a float.
0 = sign (+)
10000011 = exponent (-127+1+2+128 = 4)
01010000000000000000000 -> implicit leading 1 = 101010000000000000000000, which is 1 + 0.25 + 0.0625 = mantissa (1.3125) - each is worth half of the preceding.
then it's just 1.3125*(2^4) = 21

or you could just dig it up in your debugger.
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*nevermind, I figured it out*

So as to make this post useful:

wallet in right pocket (inner)
phone in right pocket (outer)
most other items in left pocket

And I often do #4. Usually I make up rules on the spot depending on the size and coloring of the tiles. I also sometimes do a similar thing with sidewalks, usually involving the number of strides, the number of "tiles" (slabs of sidewalk, whatever you call them), and the cracks in the sidewalk. I absolutely hate it when the slabs are just slightly too long for my rules to work nicely!
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Xanthochroic? Why, of course, it's xanthochroic! I should have thought of that sooner! What else could it possibly be but xanthochroic? It all fits now!

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I put everything in my front pockets (wallet and iPod in the left, phone in the right). I hate sitting on my wallet.

Oh, and I've contemplated doing #1 at many a long red light. I wonder how small of a U-turn you could get away with. And I do #2 and #4 all the time. As for #3, I once took the factorial of some ridiculously large number in Windows Calculator to see what would happen, but nothing so epic as taking A(g_64, g_64).

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### What xkcd means

This webcomic is rediculously enjoyable, and when I came across this I had to laugh. I save a few seconds off of red lights by going in random routes trying to beat the light. I have called my cell on many occasions to find it. alright, I havn't called the ackermann foundation, but I have confused my friend whos last name is ackerman with complicated math. And finally as a child (and to this day) I picked out patterns on the floor and I would think the off patterns were lava or something of the sort so I would avoid them, while stepping on the safe part of the pattern. just thought I'd share, and show my enjoyment of this whole web comic. I can relate. A++

http://xkcd.com/207/

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JCCyC wrote:
Gordon wrote:Am I the only one who makes sure to put their wallet/phone/keys/loose change in the exact same pocket every time?

Wallet: back right
Change: back left
Phone: front left
Keys: front right

Cargo pants!
Keys/pencils: front left
Glasses: left thigh
Phone: front right
Wallet: right thigh

Playing golf = habits about what stuff goes in which pockets.

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