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by Brian-M
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11167

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

The original workaround was having constantly replaced teeth. It seems like that only works out when they are all fairly similar, though, and mammals gave that up in favor of having very specialized teeth. You're forgetting about rodentia (AKA rodents). This group of mammals solved the problem by h...
by Brian-M
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11167

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

I still can't make sense of the original or the update. It seems to say that people my age are way off the chart to the left of what is shown. Before the question you asked someone wasn't "did you ever have the chicken pox" but "when did you have the chicken pox". The graph is s...
by Brian-M
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 11167

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

As a Brian, I did think it was pretty normal to have had chickenpox. In fact, I even had it twice. Apparently some people can get it more than once, and I was "fortunate" enough to be one of those people. I'm probably going to get super-bad shingles someday because of it. I had no idea tha...
by Brian-M
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11221

Re: 1935: "2018"

Simple solution — take the last two digits of the calendar year (2018 would be 18, for example).  Can you divide that two-digit number evenly by four?   If the answer is 'yes', then it's a leap year. That method might have worked for the Julian calendar, but it's only 99.25% accurate with the Grego...
by Brian-M
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11221

Re: 1935: "2018"

Simple solution — take the last two digits of the calendar year (2018 would be 18, for example).  Can you divide that two-digit number evenly by four?   If the answer is 'yes', then it's a leap year. ... unless the last two digits are both zero. In which case you do this with the two digits precedi...
by Brian-M
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11221

Re: 1935: "2018"

Something tells me this still isn't accurate enough. When's the next '00 year that we have to add/subtract a leap year to get it perfect with the earth's orbit around the sun? I leave it as an exercise for the reader. The commonly proposed rule is to make every year that's an exact multiple of 4000...
by Brian-M
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11221

Re: 1935: "2018"

Your process isn't strictly resilient to 5+ digit years. (Nor less than four, nor many of the years we have already seen with four digits, and just don't try applying it to a Roman coin with "<foo> BC" marked on it. :P ) I suppose we could change rule 1 to read: ⋅ If the year is...
by Brian-M
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11221

Re: 1935: "2018"

Wait, so everyone can't do 2018/4 in their heads? I guess arithmetic isn't that big of a thing. You don't need to do any arithmetic to work out leap years. You just have to look at the digits of the year and follow a checklist. Like this... ⋅ If the final two digits of the year are zero, ...
by Brian-M
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"
Replies: 8
Views: 3580

Re: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"

Hiferator wrote:[url=https://xkcd.com/1921/]The great wall is not on it, but here's a list of man-made stuff you can actually see from the moon:


So the only man-made stuff you can see from the moon is the man-made stuff that's actually on the moon itself? Makes sense.
by Brian-M
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 10005

Re: 1904: Research Risks

For those wondering about molasses storage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Molasses_Flood For those who either can't be bothered reading it for themselves, or would prefer to listen to the information with a lot of NSFW humor mixed in with it, you can listen to this podcast: http://citationpod...
by Brian-M
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 5340

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

Our experts have characterized the ecological impact of this trend as "adorable."

Here's the "adorable" ecological impact: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbits_in_Australia
by Brian-M
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 9043

Re: 1893: "Thread"

I don't think it's ever explained how dragons can teleport, or how a natural species could have evolved that ability (and it has to be natural because even fire lizards can do it). Also, if thread is so destructive, why hasn't Pern either been devastated or else evolved natural defenses during the ...
by Brian-M
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 8899

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Velo Steve wrote:RAW, no color balance works for me.

What, no link to the RAW image file? :)
by Brian-M
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 9855

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

So, "woman with bunny ears" would be {skin-color} {age} {sex} {with feature} for a total of four data-things. Then people wouldn't even have to invent emoji - they'd be built into the formula. It could be generalized further; "Irish Setter on leash" would be {breed of} {animal} ...
by Brian-M
Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 6122

Re: 1722: Debugging

squall_line wrote:Please edit to permalink to the comic. It's one thing to be first, it's another to be accurate. ;)

Echo244 wrote:...and shouldn't there be quotes around the comic title?


Okay... edited. Or should that be "debugged"?
by Brian-M
Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 6122

1722: "Debugging"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/debugging.png Alt-Text: When you Google an error message and it gets no results, you can be pretty sure you've found a clue to the location of Martin's sword. Ah, a Redwall reference. The books can be fun to read, but they're also a little formulaic. The story always see...
by Brian-M
Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 6921

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

One problem I have with emojis is that they're a lot more difficult to interpret than plain-text, and a lot more vague. For example, in the last panel we have: *thumbs-up* *clap* (or maybe it's swatting a fly?) *smile* (Or perhaps *blush*, or a blush/smile combo?) In this context, it should probably...
by Brian-M
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 17426

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

I've also noticed that I'm less likely to get leg/toe cramps if I drink a few beers as opposed to drinking just a little water. Maybe it's because the dehydrating effect of the alcohol comes on later. Are you sure it's not just an effect of alcohol consumption? Alcohol causes your blood vessels to ...
by Brian-M
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 17426

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing the limits of healthy water ingestion, and if you're working that hard outside you should break it up with 50% rest cycles in the shade ⋅ 1 gal/hr is...
by Brian-M
Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 5916

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

Do people who think they are animals trapped in human bodies or whatever count as otherkin? Yes. I thought otherkin was people who think they're elves or vampires or fairies or dragons, Some might, but I think they're probably in the minority, while otherkin who identify as animals are in the major...
by Brian-M
Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14422

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Still not available in the rest of the world. Though all kinds of clone/scam games seem to be popping up in the App Store. It IS available here in Australia. It's winter this side of the equator, and I've seen groups of college students standing around in the freezing wind and drizzling rain in the...
by Brian-M
Tue May 03, 2016 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 4604

Re: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"

Darnit, I read AC as Alternating Current, thus the link either some sort of bastardised/humorous reversal of Power Over Ethernet or just the actual Powerline LAN thing. I need more sleep. And to doublecheck links... ;) Internet over the AC power grid is something which has been subject to serious r...
by Brian-M
Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24648

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

I'm reminded of a rhyme I heard years ago:
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.

I don't know what they did up there,
But they came back with a daughter.


:P
by Brian-M
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22532

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

The program 'pip' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install python-pip No command 'easy-install' found, did you mean: Command 'easy_install' from package 'python-setuptools' (main) easy-install: command not found No command 'brew' found, did you mean: Command 'b...
by Brian-M
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 8202

Re: 1622: "Henge"

"Wait, isn't that true every day for pretty much any two trees?" Not if one tree is close to being directly east or directly west of the other, which would be a pretty common occurrence. In that situation the sun often can't be seen to set between them no matter where you stand. (Although,...
by Brian-M
Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 14063

Re: 1590: "The Source"

"High-pitched hum" is an oxymoron. A hum is specifically a low -pitched continuous sound. What you have, if it's high-pitched and continuous, is a whistle . Maybe "high pitch hum" refers to something that's a little of both? For example, maybe a 10,000 Hz tone (caused by a switc...
by Brian-M
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 14063

Re: 1590: "The Source"

The High-Pitched Hum Generator in my house is the Blu-Ray player. If it's turned on but isn't playing anything it makes a faint high-pitched hum. I'm not sure if this is intentional, but it gives me an incentive to make sure it's turned off when I'm not using it. I suppose the fridge also generates ...
by Brian-M
Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 22284

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

rhomboidal wrote:"Tropical Boaters" sounds so much nicer than "Naval Rapists."

I think the more accurate synonym title would be: West Indies Ocean Bandits
by Brian-M
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27470

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Hey, I think we can turn this into a guessing game.
Here are three Synonym Movie Titles I have at home...

1. Woodchuck Date
2. Adult Male Chronometers
3. Boron

Can you guess what they are?

(Put your answers in spoilers, so people who respond later can play too.)
by Brian-M
Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27470

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Ah, yes, Lord Of The Rings. I sat down a minute ago to have a cup of tea and the answer suddenly popped into my head. I guess I don't normally associate the word "lord" with "god". Instead I think "lord of the manor", "landlord", "lords and ladies", ...
by Brian-M
Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 27470

1563: "Synonym Movies"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/synonym_movies.png Alt text: Fans eagerly await 2015's 'Space Fights: Power Gets Up', although most think 1999's 'Space Fights: The Scary Ghost' didn't live up to the hype. I get that "Space Fights" and "Space Trip" refer to "Star Wars" and ...
by Brian-M
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 18322

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

The new category of dwarf planets are those that meet the mass requirement but not the cleared-the-neighborhood requirement In a sense even Jupiter does not meet the cleared-the-neighbourhood requirement: you know, all those Trojan asteroids on L4 and L5 does not look "clear" to me. Maybe...
by Brian-M
Mon May 18, 2015 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29706

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

orthogon wrote:(unless somebody's going to tell me that there's a written language in which colour is used to convey meaning).

Well, not a language precisely, but there is a colour-based phonetic alphabet: http://www.astrolingua.ru/ENGLISH/colorbet.htm
by Brian-M
Fri May 15, 2015 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29706

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

You type in text, which is ignored Not really Ignored. The question is somehow encoded in the generated url. For example, this: http://xkcd.com/1525/#eyJxIjoiSG93IGRpZCB5b3UgbGlrZSB0aGUgc3dpbW1pbmcgcG9vbD8iLCJhIjpbIiYjeDFGNDBEOyIsIiYjeDFGNDQ0OyJdfQ== will allways show the question "How did you...
by Brian-M
Fri May 15, 2015 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29706

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

sudo apt-get install ttf-ancient-fonts Woah... I thought you were making some kind of joke about "ancient-fonts", but just for fun I tried installing it anyway and it worked.... brian@Rustbucket:~$ sudo apt-get install ttf-ancient-fonts [sudo] password for brian: Reading package lists... ...
by Brian-M
Fri May 15, 2015 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29706

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

Chrome + Windows 7 is showing them correctly. Chrome + Android too. If you are using Linux and don't see them, you may need to find a font that support those symbols. I can confirm that it works fine in with Firefox in Xubuntu. (So it proabably works fine in standard Ubuntu too.) I tried chrome and...
by Brian-M
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

I suppose hand-writing it on a tablet and emailing the result is out of the question. Maybe I'm showing my age, but when I read the What-If I was thinking that the handwritten letter could be sent by fax. Of course, this would require the mother to own a fax machine (some people still use them). On...
by Brian-M
Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"
Replies: 46
Views: 10130

Re: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"

This is [DANGER! TVTROPES LINK AHEAD] Chekhov's News , is it not? And yet, we are told that [ANOTHER ONE!] Chekhov's Gun is not the same as foreshadowing, though it doesn't quite explain to my satisfaction what the difference is. Here's a quote from the Chekov's News link... This does not include n...
by Brian-M
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"
Replies: 46
Views: 10130

Re: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"

Back To The Future takes this one step further. Not only is there a TV in Doc's house with a news report talking about stolen uranium (or was it plutonium?), but you also get to see a metal box with a radiation symbol on it that Marty doesn't notice.
by Brian-M
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47115

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

Looks like you just beat me to it. Glad I double-checked the forum before clicking "submit" for a new thread. I think it's more a case that individuals are (or can be) smart but people (collectively) are stupid. Get enough people together and mob mentality takes precedence over rational th...

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