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by Antior
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: IRC not working
Replies: 4
Views: 2286

Re: IRC not working

We have now fully moved the channel to irc.slashnet.org.

Randall supported the move, we just have to find a way to reach him now and ask him to update the links on xkcd.com/about (and perhaps in unixkcd). wiki.xkcd.com already links to the new network.
by Antior
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: IRC not working
Replies: 4
Views: 2286

Re: IRC not working

IRC regular here - Foonetic has been very very unstable for months, and the people in charge of the network don't seem able or willing to do anything about it. The current spambot attack only has made things worse. You can still connect to Foonetic right now by going directly to /server tamarin.foon...
by Antior
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 28129

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

What's your favorite video games? I especially like the Tale of a Princess series. Tale of a Princess: Temporal Potato is an old classic. Some people hate Tale of a Princess: Dusk Royalty, but I think it's not bad either. Recently I have been playing the Fastening of a Sacrifice: Renaissance. Wow th...
by Antior
Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 16005

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

First of all, stop underestimating Randall, y'all. He mentioned the Ice Nine reference right here. It just didn't fit in this joke I guess. So... in all seriousness, why does a phase diagram for water look like this? [...] As I understand it (not a scientist), water is [a rare substance / unique in ...
by Antior
Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23943

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

petermesmer wrote:I'd be very interested in seeing a version of this map where the landmasses each received a mercator distortion for their new location.


Check the one I posted on the 2nd page of this thread.
by Antior
Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23943

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

A goon made an improved version that accounts for the effects of projections. https://i.imgur.com/vZK2Eb4l.png Link to larger image Every continent and (major) island has been rotated 180 degrees around a point halfway down its north-south length/halfway in along its east-west width. Islands have be...
by Antior
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 62417

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

Apparently this was a later post by the original uploader: http://swiked.tumblr.com/post/112164479015/can-we-have-more-pictures-of-the-dress-please-we She says she sent it to a 'literal rocket scientist' and they said it's blue. As rocket scientists are known to be colour experts, I am not gonna dou...
by Antior
Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1478: "P-Values"
Replies: 34
Views: 12250

Re: 1478: "P-Values"

Nice, the alt-text made me laugh out loud.

Probably because I'm familiar with the kind of research that uses p-values.
by Antior
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1443: "Language Nerd"
Replies: 78
Views: 19500

Re: 1443: "Language Nerd"

I 'laugh out loud'ed.
by Antior
Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 16543

Re: 1394: Superm*n

OK, show of hands if you read the title and immediately thought of Homestar Runner saying "Superm'n". *handraise* And yeah, is the "supermoon" thing doing the rounds again already? It seems like it was only just last year that this annual event was... uhh... wait, nevermind. App...
by Antior
Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 18002

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

The research isn't valid, anyway.

According to my own research, there aren't any sane people on Facebook. So it's not a valid sample of the population.
by Antior
Wed May 21, 2014 7:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0097:" Burning Pollen"
Replies: 39
Views: 13783

Re: What-If 0097: Burning Pollen

A few facts: - Back when folks were developing the first nuclear weapons, some were afraid that they would cause some kind of chain reaction, putting the entire sky on fire. - From personal experience, I know that pollen allergies end as soon as you get out of puberty. If you still have a pollen all...
by Antior
Wed May 21, 2014 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1371: "Brightness"
Replies: 21
Views: 9492

Re: 1371: "Brightness"

keithl wrote:Yes, but does this "Earth" have silicon, the element necessary for the evolution of intelligent digital life?


We don't know yet, but our spectra show a whole lot of oxygen, one of the most dangerous oxidative elements. I don't think anything can survive in that stuff.
by Antior
Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"
Replies: 95
Views: 24645

Re: What-If 0080: "Pile of Viruses"

Okay, I'm just gonna comment on some interesting parts of the What If: The number of copies of the virus carried in someone's blood can vary dramatically To my knowledge, the major 'thing' HIV does is put a copy of its DNA in human cells. There it can sit dormant for years. When it's activated, the ...
by Antior
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 17987

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Of course, this What If has dodged the whole question of milk. Many staunch advocates of the milk in first method would presumably have us drain the lakes first so that we can add the milk before putting the water and tea back in... Surely the lake is being used as the teapot, not the cup? The wate...
by Antior
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 18436

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

He's probably just running Linux.
by Antior
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 63583

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

Come on, there's place for a sixth link in that box. Or they could move the Archive link elsewhere, like next to the Random button. It's a standard formula; Bill Watterson's Sunday "wagon" strips often used it. Something snarky, something intriguing, a buildup into something profound, a mo...
by Antior
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32880

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

No. Just no.

You are an epic nerdtroller, sir Randall.
by Antior
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 39303

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Yeah since I first heard of this problem, I have been wondering why a goat constitutes a loss. Why not an empty room behind a door? Either, though, is preferable to the sisyphean task of trying to explain the Monty hall problem to non-math people who insist that you must be wrong. Let alone explaini...
by Antior
Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 108
Views: 22130

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

By the way, before anyone does something stupid...

'Legos' is not a word. It's 'LEGO bricks' or possibly 'LEGO blocks'.
by Antior
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 67
Views: 21748

Re: 1278: "Giraffes"

Uh, such a big tail has quite an effect on the center of mass. All else being the same, I think this would happen:

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by Antior
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 82986

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I wonder what a Randall number generator would be like. Anyway, can someone explain in simple terms who Ayn Rand was, what she did, and why it's funny to make fun of her? Wikipedia isn't very enlightening to me on this subject, but I did find out she was apparently a big influence in America, ignore...
by Antior
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 27221

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

When I saw the comic, I immediately thought it was going to refer to the asteroid named after Randall.

OF COURSE he's proud of that. I would be.
by Antior
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 24124

Re: 1271: Hilighting

I do absentmindedly select stuff on pages. Don't try to get it symmetrical unless I'm bored because it's a long text I need to read.

It might be one of those little OCD-things people have.
by Antior
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 26751

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

I'm none of those. My opinion is: - Don't put anything online at all if you don't want others to see it. In other words, be careful. - Do not support companies that have as core business model to gather people's personal data. Do not use Facebook, etc. If you can't live without social media, there's...
by Antior
Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21369

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

For those who aren't as nerdy as some of you, here's the Wikipedia definition of the Halting Problem: In computability theory, the halting problem can be stated as follows: "Given a description of an arbitrary computer program, decide whether the program finishes running or continues to run for...
by Antior
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32377

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

That's because for years I only hung around in the chatrooms. The thing is, the Time comic was a good comic, no denying that. At the start, people did some great efforts to document what was going on, no problems there either. But at some point the thread and other websites degenerated into some sil...
by Antior
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32377

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

BlitzGirl wrote:Othercomic

What the hell is your kind doing in this thread?
by Antior
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1261: "Shake That"
Replies: 52
Views: 14598

Re: 1261: "Shake That"

Kids, this is one of the reasons why you don't just follow random advice from songs.
by Antior
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 13039

Re: 1260: "LD50"

I was reading some MSDSs (material safety data sheets) the other day. They list the LD50 of things, usually tested on rats. I don't think the LD50 makes a lot of sense for mixtures such as paper with ink, only for pure compounds. Anyway, I don't know if they 'still' do LD50 tests like that. The valu...
by Antior
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 27513

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

First of all, what do they mean by female bees? As far as I know, males (drones) only try to mate with the queen. Female worker bees aren't able to sexually reproduce.

Secondly, I think this is the first time Randall shows a realistic drawing since the first few dozen comics. And it looks good!
by Antior
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 23180

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

...And then the Na'vi "Hey Listen" ringtone happened... Na'vi is the species name of the Pocahontans in Avatar. The fairy is called Navi. How the hell did you get that wrong? Those words don't even look similar. Where's the smart-ass smiley on these forums? Or, smart ass-smiley if you...
by Antior
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 23180

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

Does anyone have a link to a sound bite like that? Now I need to make this my new ringtone! :mrgreen:
by Antior
Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"
Replies: 110
Views: 30945

Re: What-If 0050: "Extreme Boating"

Meh, you can probably contain it in a sufficiently strong electromagnetic field. That's how they contain nuclear fusion plasmas (although those are charged so easier to contain with electric fields) and levitating frogs (which aren't commonly charged). Also @ video of mercury 'destroying' aluminium:...
by Antior
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46251

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

In Doctor Who, there's a running gag where someone introduces him as the Doctor, and someone else invariably replies with "Doctor who?" to which the response (usually by the Doctor) is "no, just the Doctor." Silence will fall when the question is asked... Also, referring to The ...
by Antior
Mon May 27, 2013 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31294

Re: 1217: "Cells"

I worked with human cells on a petri dish. The thing is, human cells don't really like to live outside a human body. Cancer cells or not, to me it seemed that giving them a stern look is enough to kill the little guys.
by Antior
Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 17577

Re: 1204: "Detail"

Why Planck lengths? I'm assuming the resolution refers to screen resolution, am I wrong? It's not screen resolution. It's the resolution of the data which google has [ie: what is the smallest detail you can make out in their images? How big are their "pixels" in real space?]. You start fr...
by Antior
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34714

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Should be "systems normal," no? No. Ever watched the live stream of a NASA launch? They always use 'nominal'. This means the systems are operating within the range they were designed for. It's a more exact and clearer wording than normal, and also a kind of jargon. Looking at his hands, h...
by Antior
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 38132

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

"Earth prime"... is that the moon? (Seeing as prime/secundus/etc are usually used to indicate the nth body orbiting another body.) In shows and stories that use 'parallel universes' such as Sliders, the original earth we all know and love is often called 'Earth prime'. But I don't know if...
by Antior
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 102094

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

"It's the 20th second of the 47th minute of the sixth hour of the 27th day of the second month of the 2013th year since the birth of Christ." Actually it's the 2012th year SINCE the (assumed) birth date of the Christ(1-01-01). Since years start on Year 1, it would be 1 year since birth by...

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