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by pareidolon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 13922

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

On Firefox, Chrome and Edge all I get is a blank image. Seems subversive, but I'm not quite sure how. Using the scroll wheel inside the image just moves my scroll bar. Edit: Clicking the link to https://xkcd.com, without the www, loaded the comic correctly. I have a general question, if anyone might...
by pareidolon
Tue May 15, 2018 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 6664

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Hmm, shouldn't lifetime probability be the sum of the probability for each year, and therefore necessarily increase with age? Unless, obviously, you have a clone waiting to receive your mental imprint upon death and continue in your place.
by pareidolon
Fri May 04, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 25252

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I've always used IMO, but I guess my opinion is neither humble nor honest.

Hey let's have a more interesting conversation. How do all of you pronounce GNU?
by pareidolon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 14770

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

When I read 1974 I, for one, interpret that to mean that Randall believes the internet is a vehicle for spying on and forcibly manipulating the private lives of all individuals, is socially unhealthy, and therefore should never have been invented. But only when I'm having a bad faith day. By the by,...
by pareidolon
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 10051

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

As someone who takes baby aspirin by prescription, I just want to say/nag that you shouldn't do this unless it's suggested by a doctor. It could potentially cause you stomach problems or clotting issues, and could interact with other NSAIDs, and there may be a backfire effect if or when you stop. As...
by pareidolon
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 10210

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

A giant CPU someone built in Minecraft

"Welcome back, SethBling here, and today I've built xkcd.com."
by pareidolon
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7652

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

What's most unsettling about this is that following the flow from just about any point will sink you in "repository," suggesting that the whole network exists for the maintaining of "repository."

On a different note, now do one for the human body!
by pareidolon
Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1436: "Orb Hammer"
Replies: 46
Views: 12236

Re: 1436: "Orb Hammer"

I feel as though "glowing" is an inappropriate description of the moon reflecting light from the sun, but I don't know that my interpretation of "glowing" to mean producing light by a material releasing energy is really correct or meaningful.
by pareidolon
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 38800

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument

Is it just me, or is Randall starting to exhibit the symptoms of the SJW-plague? I don't want XKCD to go in the direction of Sinfest... Personally I don't think Sinfest was ever funny. I do like some of its artwork, which is something I rarely (thought not never) say about xkcd. It continues to hav...
by pareidolon
Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 38800

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"

No Mr. Munroe, the idea is that if the Devil can defeat your argument you're doing a pretty poor job, for heaven's sake!
by pareidolon
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 21333

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

I just can't stop thinking about Randall running back and forth to rotate those cranks with his bare hands.
by pareidolon
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 59074

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Gah, the horror! This forum has become an argument about Star Trek [:][I/i]nto Darkness and the Start Trek into Darkness talk page has grown a lengthy argument about XKCD! The worst thing about this edit war is that currently everything on the talk page relates to title policy, and a large amount of...
by pareidolon
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 12072

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

"The indifferent hand of probability which governs our lives?"
It's now clear: Randall may draw poetic influence from old Hebrew tests, but his true allegiances lie with the Random Number God.
by pareidolon
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94094

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

If you're talking about hydrogen, I guess he figured more people would relate to the H-bomb (at least I think that's what "big sky bag" is talking about) than to the composition of the sun. The stuff in this rocket wouldn't work in an H-bomb (not enough neutrons). Also, the bombs which ki...
by pareidolon
Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94094

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

I'm surprised "goer" is on the top 1000 words but "sun" and "god" aren't. I say sun and god all the time, but never say goer. "Sun" is #217 on the list I found here: http://www.rupert.id.au/resources/1000-words.php If you're talking about hydrogen, I guess he...
by pareidolon
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50943

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

On what I assure you is an entirely unrelated topic, anyone here believe the world's going to end on December 12th? Why would anyone believe that? Yeah, everyone knows it's 21 December! :roll: Naturally I want to get my money before the landmasses of the earth rotate 90 degrees. No no no no. This i...
by pareidolon
Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50943

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

Best way to make money ever: bet people the world isn't going to end.
If you win, you get their money.
If you lose, meh.
On what I assure you is an entirely unrelated topic,
anyone here believe the world's going to end on December 12th?
by pareidolon
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674439

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I don't think I've seen anybody push the technology of "click and drag" beyond its useful limit until now. I guess there wasn't a way to make a more fluid scrolling system for the site. I have this image in my head, Randall, whenever he's feeling sad, goes into his room and picks another s...
by pareidolon
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 63194

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

Wikipedia articles at less than Good Article status have a good chance of being poorly written, heavily biased, or just severely lacking in breadth. Snopes is written by two people churning out new content each day. And journals sometimes publish highly controversial works, and even uncontroversial ...
by pareidolon
Tue May 01, 2012 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135206

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm confused. In the last panel, is he putting it back and escaping the critical room, or is someone else on the other side locking him in the room in a BHG-esque attempt at getting rid of everyone who doesn't share his literary tastes? EDIT: Due to the lack of another "rumble", I'm incli...
by pareidolon
Tue May 01, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135206

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm confused. In the last panel, is he putting it back and escaping the critical room, or is someone else on the other side locking him in the room in a BHG-esque attempt at getting rid of everyone who doesn't share his literary tastes? EDIT: Due to the lack of another "rumble", I'm incli...
by pareidolon
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 60245

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

Well I for one laughed my face off. I have this feeling that the MAD poster was a parody of another poster in the same general format, but I can't remember who were being compared. All in all I'd go with "parody of an all-too-common trope" rather than "parody of a parody."
by pareidolon
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 319157

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Wow, talk about an April Fools! I wouldn't have even guessed this if I hadn't visited the forum. I live in Illinois, which is probably meaningful for my Firefox image: http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/eb7349958d897f701a5098ef0241095623aaea889bbd6eca39e91a732e5e0010.png But For IE I get this odd http://...
by pareidolon
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 30482

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

I do hope this inspires a small band of self-exploring nerds to "key" Carrie Underwood's car.
by pareidolon
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41777

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

This reminds me a lot of Randall's early comics, which were more scenic. In particular, 13, 59, 77... okay I was just clicking through them to try to find that one where they get lost. But yeah, I really like this sort of scenic existential post, at least when used in moderation :)
by pareidolon
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 94702

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Hey Randall, I think you should really get to work on developing a soap opera here. It's title: Eve.
by pareidolon
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 110675

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Hmm, I'm already thinking of ways you could program a computer to play Mao. That would actually be a very good project for a college thing-people-make-projects-for.

As for Snakes & Ladders, it's very simple.
Need to roll 4 to win game... ... ... COMPUTER ROLLS 4.
by pareidolon
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25819

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

Is it wrong that I never pass by a drinking fountain without taking a drink, meaning I always drink before AND after I pee? The other possible loop could be the water itself; where the water fountain gets water from the bathroom... which is what I thought of before I read the alt-text (and is more g...
by pareidolon
Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139711

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

The clear choice here is none of the above, but rather a one-dimensional projection! You wrap a line around the equator and color it more blue on points that are mostly ocean up and down the latitude, and more brown on points that are mostly land up and down the latitude. Problem solved. And then yo...
by pareidolon
Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25443

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

White Hat Guy? I think he's a stereotypical Florida retiree wearing a white leisure hat and complaining about terms that haven't been seriously used in decades. Obligatory "MTV doesn't even show music videos anymore" comment. I never was able to watch music videos on MTV, but I'm amazed a...
by pareidolon
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 49050

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

When I was in the hospital after heart surgery my pain rating never went above "four" when I was unable to sit up. There was a guy across the room from me though who was a pain rating of "nine" and happily scarfing down food.

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