0207: "What xkcd Means"

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Postby tylerni7 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:12 pm UTC

It's funny that I can remember that game even though it came out in 1991, when I would have been 1 year old. I must have played it long after it came out...

xkcd means knowing every obscure video game created.

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Postby aldimond » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:24 pm UTC

I only ever played SkiFree in stores where there were computers on display running Win31. My dad had a laptop that we used sometimes, but it was an 8086 and had no hard drive.

Shortly afterwards we got a Macintosh, so still no SkiFree.

And now I run GNU/Linux.

Will my thirst for SkiFree never end?
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Postby EOTistatron » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:38 pm UTC

Yup. It's official: everyone here is neurotic.

I cannot begin to relate how many of the above I've done before, or still do on a regular basis. :wink:

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Postby Puzzler183 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:41 pm UTC

I do all of those things (from the comic), and a whole lot of others :-S

Does anyone else think about the control algorithms for elevators when you push the buttons?

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Postby aldimond » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:21 pm UTC

EOTistatron wrote:Yup. It's official: everyone here is neurotic.


Yup. It's official: everyone is neurotic.

Some people just don't talk about it on the Webtubes.
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Postby william » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

aldimond wrote:I only ever played SkiFree in stores where there were computers on display running Win31. My dad had a laptop that we used sometimes, but it was an 8086 and had no hard drive.

Shortly afterwards we got a Macintosh, so still no SkiFree.

And now I run GNU/Linux.

Will my thirst for SkiFree never end?

you could use WINE
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Postby aldimond » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:33 pm UTC

But then I'd have to violate copyright law by pirating SkiFree! I'd be a common criminal!

(Actually... I have no problem with copying things whose copyright terms would be over by a reasonable standard like 20 years from creation (at least for things like music, movies and software this seems reasonable to me; there might be other copyrightable items that require longer protection to foster innovation because of long terms to market and high development costs). So perhaps in 2011 if this thread is accurate on SkiFree's creation date I would be OK with enjoying it on my GNU/Linux box.)
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Postby tylerni7 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:48 pm UTC

Hm I haven't used this myself, but there is some SkiFree version for posix systems...
http://freshmeat.net/search/?q=skifree

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Postby william » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:54 pm UTC

SkiFree and the rest of the games are no longer sold. Ergo I have no problem with giving them away. Plus, it's a Microsoft product. They don't need any more money. :P
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Postby RealGrouchy » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:02 am UTC

jlintern wrote:For example, that last clause, "whichever helps to reach that magical number of 5 or 10", has 11 words. So close.

The "to" is extraneous. 10 words. This isn't.

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Postby umbrae » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:24 am UTC

It REALLY means using google to find your phone instead.

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:47 pm UTC

umbrae wrote:It REALLY means using google to find your phone instead.

...I'd say umbrae wins, but until he shoops the picture to include that into the comic, THERE CAN BE NO WIN
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Postby OmnipotentEntity » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:20 am UTC

Honestly, I thought I was the only one who walked on tile like that...
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Postby muteKi » Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:46 am UTC

SKI-FREE! THAT WAS ONE OF THE GAMES I FORGOT ABOUT IN THE OTHER THREAD!!!


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!


Anyone know of a game from not too much later where you controlled a spaceship-like thing on a vector graphic racetrack (think like the 32X 3D games) (not mac attack)?
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Postby German Sausage » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:11 am UTC

theres an ok one called taurus trooper online somewhere. not sure exactly becausea friend found it for me, but its good.
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Postby Aoeniac » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:25 pm UTC

It means whistling songs in public places and trying to catch people who show signs of recognizing it.

On a related note, lots of people know the Time Warp.
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Postby WhiteWizard42 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 7:39 am UTC

thefiddler wrote:
Nomic wrote:I allso do the "play out conversations in you'r head"-thing, but allways after a conversation, when I come up with something witty to say. Then I imagine how thye might have reacted. Usually that is nothing liek what the real reaction would've been tho.

Esprit de l'escalier. It's French for "the spirit of the stairway." Basically, you come up with the exact, biting, scathing remark that would put said person in their place... but its too late. For me, it's usually by at least half an hour. :( 'Cause I definitely replay conversations in my head ALL THE TIME.

As for it being someone else's voice you hear when you read... I don't hear mine, either.


i think the more common translation is "staircase wit", and i do it too.

"like an old man saying, 'and another thing...' half an hour after he's lost an argument."
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i also try to turn random number sequences (like house addresses) into equations without adding any numbers. bonus points if you don't have to move the numbers around.

i do 4, and would do 1 and 2 if i had a cell or a car.

why am i telling you people on the Blagoblog about this?
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Postby Verysillyman » Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:17 pm UTC

You're telling us because you love us and want us to be happy.

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Postby Toeofdoom » Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:28 pm UTC

happy is good! :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :D

I'm trying to work out why jet has a song named ''l'esprit de escalier" or whatever...
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Postby Miike » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

Yeah, guilty of very nearly everything that's been brought up.

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Postby dogemperor » Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:21 am UTC

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Alky wrote:I thought the Ackermann one was the best, just because of the ridiculous size of the number being described. I just want to know what the before-last digit in it is.


The last two digits of A(4,n) for n>0 will always be 33 (check this by looking at the 2^^(n+3) - 3 tower mod 100). And since each level of the Ackermann picks its values from the level before it, A(m,n) for m bigger than 4 will end in 33 as well.


The really scary thing in this is that we probably have more of a clear idea of the last two digits of what I term the "xkcd monster" (A(g_64,g_64)) than we do of g_64 itself :D (Seriously, it was only in a proof released about eight years ago that it was in fact confirmed that g_64 was the largest named number; it is so astonishingly huge that pretty much it is uncomputable in the conventional sense and is even hard to properly compare to other extremely large numbers like the mega and moser.)

(And does this make me an especially sick bastard for not only ROFLing at the Ackermann bit, but going on to explain complete with mathematical diagrams using several different systems of expressing insanely huge numbers as to why this would either fascinate a maths geek or give them a screaming migraine? :D Yes, I actually sat down and mucked with it, so help me God. Now we need to run BB(A(g_64, g_64))... Oh, and yes, guilty of the rest too :3)

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What does xkcd mean?

Postby glasserc » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:09 am UTC

Am I the only person to wonder what the acronym/word/whatever "xkcd" means, or is the original comic the canonical response to that sort of question?

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Postby German Sausage » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:20 am UTC

we're mostly adults now... it's up to us to decide what XKCD means.
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Postby cmacis » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:37 am UTC

It means "comic with unpronounceable but not unspellable abbreviation".

sorry, been spending time in the esoteric languages thread.
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Postby StuMo » Mon May 07, 2007 6:04 pm UTC

On the subject of only stepping on certain colours of tile, does anyone else find the Abbey Road album cover painful to look at?

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I can't look at it for more than about a second. :(

John and George (far right and far left respectively) aren't too painful to look at, but it hurts to look at Paul or Ringo, as they're each one foot on white and ohter foot on black.

There's one of these zebra crossings (if that's what they're called) near my school and I have to cross it every day to get there - and I get weird looks always.
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Postby 4=5 » Tue May 08, 2007 1:49 am UTC

I always had to step on at leat one crack because one day all matter might fall away and all that would be left would be the cracks so unless I was on one I would fall ^_^

and around here the crosswalks are a funky double zebra pattern so everytime I try to step only on the whight but it never works :cry:

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Postby The LuigiManiac » Tue May 08, 2007 3:16 am UTC

I always did the 4th one, although I haven't done it in awhile...or maybe I just do it instinctively now...
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Postby mrguy753 » Wed May 09, 2007 2:50 am UTC

The first time i read this, i was like: "Holy expletive! other people instinctively make up rules for walking on patterned surfaces! I'm not alone!"

Now someone just needs to make a comic about how they think the most fun thing to do on a hot summer day is to use a garden hose on the jet setting to blast the dirt/plants out of the cracks between brick patios. Then I might start to think i'm normal...
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Postby smocc » Wed May 09, 2007 1:26 pm UTC

No, the most fun thing to on a hot summer day is writing your name in FREAKING ASPHALT with a pressure washer. :shock:
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Postby Kawa » Wed May 09, 2007 5:47 pm UTC

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Postby mrguy753 » Thu May 10, 2007 10:51 pm UTC

smocc wrote:No, the most fun thing to on a hot summer day is writing your name in FREAKING ASPHALT with a pressure washer. :shock:


must... go... get... pressure washer...
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Postby Sprocket » Mon May 14, 2007 7:27 pm UTC

It means replacing the O with a K so instead of being X-Obsessive Compulsive, you're an X- Karnaugh Compulsive Disorder sufferer.
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Postby __Kit » Tue May 15, 2007 6:51 am UTC

OK, I had to join the forum because of number 4, and see if anyone else does a variation of it as I do.

Does anyone else see how many times they can scroll their mousewheel up / down and not hit any lines? Particularly in a forum like this.

I'll position the mouse in an area, and see how many times I can "click" the wheel up or down, without the cursor landing on a line. If it hits a line, then I reposition the mouse to where I may be able to scroll more times without hitting a line. I get way too excited if I manage a whole page without landing on a line.

Please... tell me I'm not the only person that does this.

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Postby Sprocket » Fri May 18, 2007 6:45 pm UTC

OK, I had to join the forum because of number 4, and see if anyone else does a variation of it as I do.

Does anyone else see how many times they can scroll their mousewheel up / down and not hit any lines? Particularly in a forum like this.

I'll position the mouse in an area, and see how many times I can "click" the wheel up or down, without the cursor landing on a line. If it hits a line, then I reposition the mouse to where I may be able to scroll more times without hitting a line. I get way too excited if I manage a whole page without landing on a line.

Please... tell me I'm not the only person that does this.

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I do something kind of like that. I have to put my cursor into a position such that (ie) I can scroll two clicks and remain inside the termination of say, the right side of this text box.
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Postby Angry Rooster » Tue May 22, 2007 1:05 am UTC

Puzzler183 wrote:Does anyone else think about the control algorithms for elevators when you push the buttons?


Well... now I will. Neuroses are a great way to keep from getting bored. Cheaper than hobbies, too.

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Postby KingAl » Sun May 27, 2007 3:58 am UTC

dwm wrote:That expression seems a little odd to me. It seems more natural (and possibly more correct?) to say "legally questionable" ...


Legally questionable could mean either 'able to be questioned within legal bounds' or 'questionable in a legal context', whereas questionably legal can only mean 'legal to a questionable extent' - the latter is less ambiguous. The best turn of phrase would be 'of questionable legality', probably.

StuMo wrote:On the subject of only stepping on certain colours of tile, does anyone else find the Abbey Road album cover painful to look at?


You bastard! You've permanently ruined that album cover for me!

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Postby GhostWolfe » Sun May 27, 2007 11:43 pm UTC

Aoeniac wrote:It means whistling songs in public places and trying to catch people who show signs of recognizing it.

On a related note, lots of people know the Time Warp.


it means showing that you recognise a song in public places so that total strangers know you like their music.
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Postby Waffles » Mon May 28, 2007 10:52 am UTC

XKCD means counting to 31 on one hand

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Postby voodooKobra » Mon May 28, 2007 10:59 am UTC

Or, if you're up to the task, 1023 on 2 hands.
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Mon May 28, 2007 11:08 am UTC

voodooKobra wrote:Or, if you're up to the task, 1023 on 2 hands.


1+2+4+8+16
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32+64+128+256+512
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1023?
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