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by colonel_hack
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2110: "Error Bars"
Replies: 14
Views: 3869

Re: 2110: "Error Bars"

ksvanhorn wrote:Bayesians have no trouble propagating errors.

True.
by colonel_hack
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 11475

Re: 2084: "FDR"

rhhardin wrote:In the year 1493 Columbus sailed the dark green sea.

In 1494 Columbus sailed to a distant shore.
by colonel_hack
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 14573

Re: 2005: Attention Span

A lot of Peter F Hamilton paperbacks beat those. My copy of Judas Unchained is 55mm x 110mm x 177mm, or 0.5 times thick as it is wide. They're definitely thicker than any of my Clancy paperbacks. Nobody's said ``novels only'' yet so Handbook of chemistry & Physics (CRC) 29th edition (1945) 73mm...
by colonel_hack
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 7615

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

yakkoTDI wrote:
Or a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you.

Me? An overfed, long-haired, leaping gnome?
by colonel_hack
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 7496

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

Desert golfing?
Image
And that is the actual course you see behind the sign.

https://www.golfcourseranking.com/courses/arizona/apache-junction/usa/snake-hole-golf-course/11483/
by colonel_hack
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 7209

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

Toom1275 wrote:"I can't see a thing on the surface of Venus.
(Snip)
- Carl Sagan, on the fallacy of speculation


LOOK! There are no real mathematicians working on that!
- Carl Sagan on metalogic
by colonel_hack
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 5979

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

da Doctah wrote:The office park my doctor's office is in used to be called
And under a hundred miles from where I'm sitting, there's Picacho Peak.

Not to be confused with Pinnacle Peak, named after a card game.
by colonel_hack
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 5192

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

An additional feature - songs that play until the reply is sent. [Snip] I love themed song lists... Tico Tico. Carmen Miranda Cuckoo Clock - The Beach Boys Time - Pink Floyd Quarter To Three - Gary U.S. Bonds Time in a bottle - Jim Croce Time warp - Rocky Horror Time won;t let me - Outsiders Rock a...
by colonel_hack
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 16698

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

speising wrote:So, statistically at least, it's best to always bring a gun?

Or send a spork...
https://xkcd.com/419/
by colonel_hack
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 9899

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

rbgos wrote:The Solstice is the longest and shortest days (21 June and 21 December), the Equinox is when the night and day are equal, in March and September.

The exact day of the month can vary. For example, in 1944 June 6th was the longest day.
by colonel_hack
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 8715

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Whizbang wrote:Who do?

You do.
by colonel_hack
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 25300

Re: 1807: "Listening"

So does whopper burger read xkcd?
by colonel_hack
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 26246

Re: 1793: "Make Memes Real Again"

Thanks, I needed those images for research purposes (really). My previous searches for 'train on two tracks' and similar in English just wasn't good enough to find much. It seems like there is some of this in Buster Keaton / Marx brothers type movies. Don't know if intentional/fictional occurrences...
by colonel_hack
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 15144

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Look out, here comes tomorrow, That's when I'll have to choose. How I wish I could borrow, Someone else's shoes. Mary, oh what a sweet girl, Lips like strawberry pie. Sandra, the long hair and pig tails, Can't make up my mind. I see all kinds of sorrow, Wish I only loved one. Look out, here comes to...
by colonel_hack
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15659

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

orthogon wrote:Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains?


No, no. Like Sherlock Holmes: ``The dark matter of the American seamstress''.
Ya gotta pack up those skeletons out of the closet too.
by colonel_hack
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 40676

Re: 1759: "British Map"

PinkShinyRose wrote:It's no longer caller Britania Minor? All these changes in names. Ridiculous. What's next? You'll tell me they changed the name of Persia? How do you expect anyone to keep up to date with all those newfangled names?

That's nobody's business but the Turks.
by colonel_hack
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 12152

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

m1el wrote:Titanic XCVIII?

I just reinstalled win98 last week. On two different machines. One had all the drivers on the win98 disk & the other HP /still/ had them available for download (and easy to find!)
by colonel_hack
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 11318

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

Drinking Dos Equis with Skrillex while listening to ZZ top singing ``Heard It On The X'' on KCDX* in Phoenix? *103.1FM. Great station. Ya'd need to be in the eastern bits of Phoenix tho. ``First air date May 24, 1993'' in case you're thinkin' http://www.kcdx.com tho the listen online never works for...
by colonel_hack
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 13405

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

heuristically_alone wrote:One of my favorite things that comic cartoonists do is recurring elements.

Clams got hands!
by colonel_hack
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 9457

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

qvxb wrote:And then there are Porsche Spyders.


Along came a Spyder and picked up a rider.
And took him down the road to eternity.
by colonel_hack
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 8366

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

I, a European troll, came all the way from 1983 to say: "what's up with CCs anyway ? Are millilitres too good for you ?" What about things like millicentigrams? Or mg/100ml? Shirley! The ms beg to be cancelled. wikipedia used to list vitamin K content in micrograms. It's source used milli...
by colonel_hack
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 28600

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

david.windsor wrote:"To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men from Harm"

"To Protect and to Serve"?
by colonel_hack
Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 13936

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

What it was, was football.

Andy Griffith.
by colonel_hack
Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9555

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

Isn't there a a sex act/method called "pecking"? (I know I've heard it somewhere, but forgot what the word was used for and UD doesn't help.) If it ain't in Urban Dictionary, it ain't possible. (The converse is not necessarily true, of course). Sometimes you need a higher authority: http:...
by colonel_hack
Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 9093

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

orthogon wrote:It doesn't even work with the same kind of electrons.

They're positronic? Dr. Susan Calvin's working for XKCD!
by colonel_hack
Mon May 25, 2015 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51285

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Connections: [Hmm. Looking back is seens there were /lots/ fewer non-name connections than I thought when I started writing this bit (like 2. Bill Murry/Dan Aykroyd & Ginger Rogers/Fred Astair. Oops. Well, yer stuck with it now :-)] Dr. Suess Lucy Van Pelt AL ``Lucy'' 288-1 Geico Cavemen Flo Flo...
by colonel_hack
Mon May 25, 2015 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 51285

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Dr. Demento
Dr. Teeth
Lucy Van Pelt
Dr. Whoopee
Dr. Hook
Dr. Feelgood
Doc (Dwarf)
Doc E.E. Smith
Doc Savage
``The Good Doctor'' Asimov
by colonel_hack
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 16397

Re: 1448: "Question"

I really disliked seeing Dr. Susan Calvin as a young, pretty little minor character. All right, she was young and in love in Liar! , but after that unfortunate incident, I have imagined her as a middle-aged librarian type, with a piercing stare that says: "I am ten times smarter than you could...
by colonel_hack
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1448: "Question"
Replies: 44
Views: 16397

Re: 1448: "Question"

From the Asimov FAQ: Q:There's this really neat story by Asimov, but I can't remember the title... A:The story is probably "The Last Question". ... There is a mathematical possibility that you're thinking of a story other than "The Last Question", but it's very slight. Asimov's o...
by colonel_hack
Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 220914

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Is the comic finished? When do we find out about the harpoons? That's probably it. I'd like to hear from Rosetta before the end though. Is she going to stay in orbit forever now? (And not get to go home either?) Rosetta drinks her whisky neat She gets in a fight and she might get beat So I go round...
by colonel_hack
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 20711

Re: 1420: "Watches"

Just proves the ap[pl]e-descended life forms are still so amazingly primitive that they think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
by colonel_hack
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 12384

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Why /is/ a raven like a writing desk?
by colonel_hack
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 33548

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Side thought on a related topic: everything that's not generally considered "food" is described as tasting like chicken. From the wikipedia tyrannosaurus article: "In studies reported in the journal Science in April 2007, Asara and colleagues concluded that seven traces of collagen p...
by colonel_hack
Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19453

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

San Fran Sam wrote:I know it might be heresy but i never cared for Carl Sagan. He always sounded too smarmy.

I once mentioned metalogic in Sagan's presence. He told me (in a raised voice & with pointed finger) "Look, there are no real mathematicians working on that."
by colonel_hack
Sat Nov 27, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"
Replies: 91
Views: 28132

Re: 0826: "Guest Week: Zach Weiner (SMBC)"

I was soooo disappointed Mr. Astley never put in an appearance no matter how many exhibits I clicked on...
3ch

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