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by Mikeski
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 2378

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Heimhenge wrote:I have a hard time believing the esophagus bulges that much when swallowing liquids.

His x-ray machine has a fish-eye lens.
by Mikeski
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 3957

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Lucia wrote:Who's the other one?

Truman
by Mikeski
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 3957

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

And it is strange that a country that fought a war* to get away from hereditary rulership has had, among its 45 Presidents**, two father-son pairs, one grandfather-grandson pair, one pair of shirttail cousins, and a 5th pair with the same last name but no relation. (Adams, Bush, Harrison, Roosevelt,...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 3957

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Right now, there is an artificial intelligence calculating what its name should be when it runs for the presidency.

It's currently stuck on "John Garcia Kennedy-Reagan"... the algorithm finds both last names together to be bad, but dropping either one to be worse.
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 5122

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

jgh wrote:Argh! I'm now stuck worrying about cat food and baby food!

Just feed the baby food to the cat and the cat food to the baby, to avoid any potential cannibalism.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 5122

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

A distinction is made between "ship" and "boat" (at least in US Navy & Merchant Marine). A "ship" is the big one that can carry little ones called "boats". This is why all submarines are referred to as "boats" regardless of their size, since the...
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 3107

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Monster_user wrote:Is this where the "romance" part of the comic comes in to play?
xkcd "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language."

Nope, this one is sarcasm.

Which arrow represents the sarcasm depends on where in the design cycle you work.
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 5847

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-my-own-grandpa-lyrics-ray-stevens.html Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones may have actually done this. Does anyone know for sure? Bill was married in 1959, and had a son in 1962. Separated in 1967, divorced in 1969. Remarried in 1989, separated in 1991, divorced in 1993....
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 2395

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

mschmidt62 wrote:So, to get to Alaska, I head towards space and take a U-turn?

Might as well. I'm sure space is closer than Alaska.
by Mikeski
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 5847

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

bottles wrote:If two sets of identical twins have children, the resulting first cousins are as genetically similar as siblings, right?

/points to the comment immediately before yours
by Mikeski
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 5847

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Both my dad and one of his brothers married into the same family. I didn't think about it much as a kid ... just called them all uncles and aunts, and their kids my cousins. But now that I think about it, my dad and his brother would have thereby become also brothers-in-law. And those cousins would...
by Mikeski
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 5847

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

If you're doing this, you need to figure out what to call the people in the row above, too. Obviously, the ones above "me" are mother and father, and the ones above "spouse" are mother-in-law/father-in-law. What about the ones just to the left of that? Are your sister's husband's...
by Mikeski
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 11488

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I would also like to know when Corporate Buzzwordish and Ebonics collided. Using "ask" as a synonym for "request": "My ask is that you reach out to the customer by Friday."
by Mikeski
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 11488

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Sableagle wrote:Just think: another 40 years of this and nobody'll be able to read The Lord of the Rings without a translation guide.


Meh. It was better in the original Elvish.
by Mikeski
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 4375

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Still safer than chlorine trifluoride ! I find it amusing/horrifying that the NFPA "fire diamond" gives ClF 3 a zero out of four for flammability. Technically, yes, the ClF 3 itself doesn't burn. It just makes everything else burn. Water, people, sand, concrete, asbestos ... (It does get ...
by Mikeski
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 4375

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Still safer than chlorine trifluoride ! I find it amusing/horrifying that the NFPA "fire diamond" gives ClF 3 a zero out of four for flammability. Technically, yes, the ClF 3 itself doesn't burn. It just makes everything else burn. Water, people, sand, concrete, asbestos ... (It does get t...
by Mikeski
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 3020

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

⋅ Did the "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan come out after Loving vs. Virginia ? According to Wikipedia [citation needed], it came out the year after Loving v. Virginia was decided, but the ad agency denies any connection between the two. Riiiiiight. I'm calling laziness . My fina...
by Mikeski
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6290

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Found one of the buzzkill astronomers! :mrgreen:
by Mikeski
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 7200

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

The comic would have worked for me if they finished at the last panel. Still good though. They did finish at the last panel, though. Like, by definition. Sorry, I meant the third panel. During the recount, we found these comments to represent an overvote. We're throwing them out. (1000 comments! I ...
by Mikeski
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4736

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Archgeek wrote:Half? Blades, is Matt talking about Yeshua of Nazareth or dang ol' Thanos?!

All you really know from reading that is that at least two will be taken, and at least two will be left behind; one of each sex in both cases.

In addition to knowing not the hour, you know not the grading curve.
by Mikeski
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4736

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

The important part of timing lightning is: "Did the lights in your house go out in time with the flash"? Then you need to call the power company. If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your r...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3188

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Posting a comic thread is "soul crushing"? I don't even think "first-world problems" covers that. ... I think they should use "heat index" effects at the low end, too. 20 degrees F feels colder than 5 degrees F, just because there's still some humidity in the atmosphere...
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4762

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

gladiolas wrote:Did Babe Ruth play baseball "Ruthlessly"?

Or start as a toddler?
by Mikeski
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 4382

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

keldor wrote:And by diagonal, I present to you the most misleading graph ever:


It could be more misleading. The vertical lines could be error bars, zoomed in too close to see where they start and end.

(Unless they are error bars, in which case: good show.)
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 4762

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play). He missed the whole first season with an injury from his last college bowl game...
by Mikeski
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 5620

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Solra Bizna wrote:The team was given a requirement

...and Conway's Law shaped the result.
by Mikeski
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7005

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

To be charitable, I could see the cashier thinking "I already recorded the receipt of exactly $10 on this machine, I'm not going to fuck around accepting a different amount and making whatever change would make that work out and getting fired because I punched in that the customer gave me $10 ...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7005

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

What's the problem there? Would the cashier not be able to work out how that affects the change? That's not been my experience here, usually their reaction is "oh good". Define "here"... I live in suburban Minneapolis. About as "Lake Wobegon" as you get, nowadays. (&qu...
by Mikeski
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 87962

Re: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"

Hi. It is 2018, and I just wanted to say that sometimes I'm haunted by how mistaken this comic seems to have been in the long run (though it might be too soon to tell). The headlines in the comic are "Russian Aggression", "Trade Policy", and some unknown issue with "China&q...
by Mikeski
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5332

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Everything was Created on Tuesday. Even this comic, and our memories of previously having read it… Splitter. It was last Thursday . I thought everyone knew that the world came into being when I gained consciousness most recently and will last until I next lose consciousness. I've known about solips...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3239

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

"The time from now until the completion of the project tends to become constant." --Douglas Hartree
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2440

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

in which the projectile is fired straight up and the cannoneer has to run to get out of the way before it comes down (and maybe even the Buster-Keatonesque outcome where Coriolis force makes dodging your own vertical fire unnecessary). And thus your attempts to dodge land you directly in the line o...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 819018

Re: Today I Made:

pogrmman wrote:It’s simple to make: take a whole mess of garlic, cook it down in some salted butter until it’s soft. Add some garlic powder and pepper. Add any herbs you want, then add a whole bunch more butter. Pour it over some pasta and eat!

I gained two pounds just reading this.
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 30811

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

[citation needed], I suppose, but the mac absorbs some of the water you cook it in, and it winds up in the end product that you eat. I vote "ingredient".
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7000

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

... the recent NBA playoffs ... It's still gonna take them decades to catch up to NASCAR. I wonder how their carbon footprints compare. NASCAR actually produces much less carbon than other sports, just because they drive between events (40 cars is a lot of checked baggage fees), while other sports ...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7666

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

[...]I once had a roofer who was apparently London born-and-bred, who couldn't pronounce "joists": it came out more like "joisties".[...] "Joisties" sounds like a school-yard game at a construction yard. Pretty sure it's either British food (probably some combo of saus...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7000

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

No idea how long this has been going on, but during the recent NBA playoffs I noticed that every team had a Nike swoosh on the right side of their jerseys, and some other corporate logo on the right side (Coca Cola, United Airlines, IBM, etc.). But not all. Houston only had the right side Nike and ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7000

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

Second time I've miscopied the title. Is there an easier way to do this right than opening four windows, (page, page source, example template, post reply window), cut and paste text, or write it all down first ... or remember, which is becoming a problem? You can edit the 1st post and change the ti...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7000

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… You have no idea. Here in Mi...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7666

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

(if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they're actually going for) "Of" and "'ve" are homophones, so this is only an issue in writing. You can't say "couldn't of" instead...

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