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by MonkeyBoy
Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 20157

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

[Better said by a female...]

My tinderbox for my moist, heat-seeking friends, and... well, you get the idea.
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1344: "Digits"
Replies: 89
Views: 45398

Re: 1344: "Digits"

1. Read the new xkcd.
2. Fail to understand it.
3. Google key terms.
4. Get the joke.
5. Spend the next several hours reading/playing/watching/exploring the cool new thing I just learned about.

It's embarrassing how many of my days include this sequence of events.
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 795337

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Last night I had my ickiest dream in years. As part of some sort of test, I had to kill a guy at a public swimming pool. I was given a rifle for this, but it turned out to be a BB gun, so when I shot the guy in the head it just annoyed him. So I ended up trying to drown him instead. I woke up partwa...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1228: "Prometheus"
Replies: 66
Views: 17546

Re: 1228: "Prometheus"

Alternate title suggestion: Prometheupster.
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1192: "Humming"
Replies: 53
Views: 11350

Re: 1192: "Humming"

It's hard to tell what the tune would sound like, since not only is there no staff for pitch reference, but even the rhythmic notation is... well, it could charitably be called "nonstandard." The flag on the eighth note is facing the wrong way, for starters. Then, assuming the first note i...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 25516

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

thesingingaccountant wrote:The world is going batshit crazy. Has been for some time now.


Yup. About 4.5 billion years or so, I'd say.
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25658

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

question though: if the stationary objects are moving away from the mirror, why are they blue? the light from receding objects has a longer wavelength and decreased frequency, meaning wouldn't they shift towards the red end of the spectrum and thus appear red? They do appear redder. Thus in reality...
by MonkeyBoy
Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 21242

Re: 1115: "Sky"

Oddly enough, a week ago I submitted the following "What if" question:

The movie "Real Genius" asked: "Would you be prepared if gravity reversed itself?" What would happen if it did?


Now I can't help wondering if my query inspired this comic.
by MonkeyBoy
Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42667

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Did anyone else mentally hear the alt text in Napoleon Dynamite's voice, or was it just me?
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30201

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

This would be tough to work into speech, but for written language I propose a solution inspired by Senator Jon Kyl:

When I heard the news I literally* had a heart attack!

*Not intended to be a factual statement.
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30201

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

but that doesn't mean we should just give up and let language degrade into some kind of phatic grunting or 1984's Newspeak. Oh me yarm Oh u r such a n00b stfu lol!!!!! Edited to add: Whaddaya know, apparently this board has an auto-censor that doesn't like the letters o, m, f and g together, and re...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30201

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

I've taken to saying "figuratively" even when I should say "literally," just because it's fun to see the reactions.
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29594

Re: 1076: "Home Organization"

Alltat wrote:The sock issue is solvable, or at least you can get around the problem if you resort to overkill.


I've done that. Odd that this is the second time the idea has come up here within a month.
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 30772

Re: 1075: "Warning"

Imagine if cars were only invented today and someone had to get them passed Health & Safety regulations: I tried, but I can't wrap my head around any meaningful concept of "today" that doesn't include cars as a long-accepted part of the picture. A world that has iPads and Starbucks an...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 30267

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

If anyone is feeling particularly nostalgic (specifically, two hundred bucks worth of nostalgic), you can get an actual old rotary phone that's been converted into a cell phone here.
by MonkeyBoy
Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17839

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

hint: buy only one kind of sock so you never have to waste time matching them up. I've done this several times over the years, throwing out all my black socks and buying a dozen identical pairs that I liked. It's a beautiful solution until the next time someone else buys you socks for a birthday, C...
by MonkeyBoy
Mon May 07, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 65856

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned my favorite subtle comedic element of this strip: the handwriting in the poetry panel. All lowercase, with random and arbitrary meaningful, artistic line breaks and offsets, just like your favorite real-life exercises in pretension poems.
by MonkeyBoy
Mon May 07, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 65856

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

MitraSmit wrote:Sounds to me as if either the L or the ' should be left out. Or is it a contraction of "well it's" that I've never came across before? In that case, my apologies and please move on.


Lit = literature. Is that what was hanging you up?
by MonkeyBoy
Fri May 04, 2012 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 22199

Re: 1051: "Visited"

This reminded me of an old girlfriend who posited the theory that following Wikipedia links (or just links in general) for long enough will eventually reveal your true obsessions. For her, this meant that if she browsed and clicked long enough, she would invariably end up reading another article abo...
by MonkeyBoy
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 30470

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

I wondered this, too. Then I wondered about the different keys people might use to key cars - are cars keyed by car keys? Or house keys? Or mail keys? I would think the answer would be either "whichever key seems the most destructive" or "whichever key I can access fastest," dep...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 30470

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

You guys should start playing "Maybe Next Time He'll Think Before He Dates Someone With Poor Impulse Control" instead. I usually toss out that line just after the song ends. It typically gets a better response from men than women, go figure. My favorite part of the song, from a comedy per...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 30470

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

I found the main comic only slightly amusing, but I laughed out loud at the alt text -- possibly because my band, much to my chagrin, has recently started covering that song, which I lovingly refer to as "Maybe Next Time He'll Think Before He Dates Someone With Poor Impulse Control."
by MonkeyBoy
Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 68178

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

My favorite example of the importance of kerning was a plaque on the wall of a funeral home, of all places. Something had been dedicated to a man whose last name was Flick. It was in all caps Helvetica, and the L and the I were way too close together.
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 39318

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

As someone who had never heard of Downtown Abbey, had never noticed that the annoying "girl look at that body" song had a sigh before that line, and didn't know that the people that perform it are called LMFAO, I'm glad this forum is here to save me from just staring dumbly at the screen i...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 94656

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

KShrike wrote:
mbklein wrote:Go eat a live banana slug.

Fallacious...


Possibly, I guess, if you really licked it up and down and worked it in and out of your mouth first.

Oh wait, you said... Never mind.
by MonkeyBoy
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 17390

Re: 0998: "2012"

Incidentally, the Mayans will be remembered long after December 21 as the assholes who were indirectly responsible for all those stupid things that the stupid people will do that day, Only by people who lack the analytical skills to place the blame where it belongs: with the stupid people themselve...
by MonkeyBoy
Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 65339

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Fer chrissake, five pages of "won't someone please think of the [children/dumb people/psychopaths]" hand-wringing over whether the comic was unfunny, distasteful or irresponsible? I'd expect that in a forum for clergy, middle school teachers, or new mothers, but not this place. I shrug my ...
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 65339

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

If you don't have a chin-up bar, you can also accomplish this by taking one of those wheeled luggage carts at the airport onto an escalator. You know, the ones that have warning signs on both the escalators and the carts themselves telling you not to do it? I know this because I once ended up behind...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0952: "Stud Finder"
Replies: 98
Views: 33164

Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

I've never understood why anyone would bother buying a dedicated stud finder. Doesn't everyone have a collection of small neodymium magnets around, which work just as well?
by MonkeyBoy
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 228366

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

Re: the OP...

Mad libs.
by MonkeyBoy
Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Site that will sort words by length/part of speech?
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Site that will sort words by length/part of speech?

I'm wondering if anyone knows of an online resource that will sort or generate words based on both length and part of speech. For example, "Go through this list and pick out all the words that are both five letters long, and nouns." Or alternately, "What are all the five-letter nouns ...
by MonkeyBoy
Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 34057

Re: Are you Major-ist?

fuzzycuzzy wrote:Also, I think his original comment was just supposed to be a zinger. Nothing to be taken too seriously.


Thank you, fuzzycuzzy, for having a clue.
by MonkeyBoy
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 34057

Re: Are you Major-ist?

As a Performance AND Composition Masters graduate who isn't teaching, let me say that teaching is the highest calling of any educated human being. Oh yeah, that was the theory/comp majors' other annoying habit: making bold, sweeping proclamations of their trite opinions as though they were profound...
by MonkeyBoy
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Theory Fail
Replies: 23
Views: 6517

Re: Music Theory Fail

There's a big difference between i-VI-i-VI and I-vi-I-vi. The first progression sounds equivalent to vi-IV-vi-IV Not unless you take it out of context and ignore the tonal center. By that logic, vi-I is "equivalent" to ii-IV, which is just another way to get to V. Or iv-VI if you're in a ...
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 34057

Re: Are you Major-ist?

fuzzycuzzy wrote:I resent that!


Is that because you were a theory/comp major who resents the assumption, or a music ed major who resents the insinuation that they could do your job? :mrgreen:
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Music Theory Fail
Replies: 23
Views: 6517

Re: Music Theory Fail

I can't think of a specific example, but I know I've listened to more than one song with a repetitive I-vi-I-vi chord progression. SIX DON'T LEAD TO ONE, FOLKS. It's distracting. If you're distracted by a progression that innocuous, then I fear you're in for a rough life. I spent a couple years pla...
by MonkeyBoy
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 34057

Re: Are you Major-ist?

I was a music performance major, and the other music majors I just could not abide were the Theory & Composition majors. They somehow managed to incorporate all the annoying stereotype behaviors of hippies, postmodernists and ren faire freaks, all at the same time. Not an easy task, but they pul...
by MonkeyBoy
Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26187

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

it seems to basically be trying to show that the world is messed up and we're all little consumers and - in the movie - the two options are Blow it Up (the Manly option!) or have sex. I didn't even see it as offering that many options. The only answer was blowing it up. Sex was just something to ke...
by MonkeyBoy
Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bachmann and Others Sign Homophobic Pledge
Replies: 187
Views: 23600

Re: Bachmann and Others Sign Homophobic Pledge

johnny_7713 wrote:[Even more ironic is that as far as I'm aware most versions of sharia also outlaw homosexuality, pornography and abortion, not to mention everything else on the list.


But don't you get it? Outlawing those things because the wrong deity told you to is even worse than condoning them!
by MonkeyBoy
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: !? or ?!
Replies: 30
Views: 4040

Re: !? or ?!

I too use ?!? almost exclusively. To me it seems clearer and more elegant than either two-character option, thought I doubt I could defend that position with anything better than "because I said so."

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