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by LtPowers
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 6317

Re: 2086: "History Department"

May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful, but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively.


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by LtPowers
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 13243

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

dtilque wrote:But I note that "Shrek 4D", which is a movie, is a landmark. It's near Orlando


I couldn't find the page either. But Shrek 4D, while it is technically a movie, is really a theme park attraction at Universal Studios Florida.


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by LtPowers
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20201

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In my view, a person is a resident of the state of their college if they live in the dorm. Most states give college students the option of registering to vote at their college address, but many students consider their permanent address to be "back home" and even retain their home-state dr...
by LtPowers
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 13243

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

Hmm, how confident are you on Amanda Brand over Rachel Hood in the Michigan 76th? Admittedly the district is gerrymandered all to hell and back, so I don't know many of my fellow voters, but based on an unofficial survey of my neighbor's yard signs, I thought Hood was looking good! ;) Look how smal...
by LtPowers
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20201

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

xtifr wrote:
sonar1313 wrote:First thing I'd do if I were in charge is move election day to a weekend.


That would privilege people with white-collar, M-F jobs. It would make it easier for them to vote while not making it any easier for the working poor who often have multiple jobs, with weekend hours.


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by LtPowers
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20201

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

- US voting would take place on Election Day only. What about special elections? Primaries? School budgets? - National holiday which is absolutely required for all but essential people like emergency personnel. So after you vote, what do you go do? Can't go shopping. Can't go to work. Can't go to a...
by LtPowers
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 7151

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

So... uh, have people (in general) really "wised up" to misleading graphs?


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by LtPowers
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 17744

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

Randall, you're cordially invited to my house for Eclipse 2024. No guarantees on cloud cover, though.


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by LtPowers
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 17826

Re: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"

I think we're missing something here. The question involves "funneling" the Falls through a straw, not "forcing" it. Randall answered the "forcing" question in his usual exhaustive detail, but the original question involved funneling. So it seems to me the answer is tha...
by LtPowers
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 12528

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Of all the options he ran through, I think Cueball landed on the best one.


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by LtPowers
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 22283

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Shouldn't the first Professor Whip movie simply be titled "Pillagers of the Misplaced Box?" That's what I was thinking. Though I believe recent home-video releases have retitled it. See, for example: http://smile.amazon.com/Indiana-Jones-Raiders-Lost-Ark/dp/B00GIWIPVA/ Either way, though,...
by LtPowers
Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 80
Views: 23825

Re: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"

Western New York and Western Pennsylvania do not have the same terrain. I'm from the former and the backgrounds in Groundhog Day don't look familiar at all. (In part because it was filmed in Illinois, but that's beside the point.)


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by LtPowers
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1482: "#NowPlaying"
Replies: 89
Views: 16292

Re: 1482: "#NowPlaying"

Andries wrote:My guess is Randall simply picked notes at random.


How long have you been reading xkcd?


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by LtPowers
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"
Replies: 46
Views: 22637

Re: What-If 0119: "Laser Umbrella"

What happened to footnote 3?


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by LtPowers
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:26 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20910

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

Didn't Scrooge's tower use extra-dimensional space anyhow? Not that I'm aware of. The bin's depth gauge usually read about 98 ft., and it's been described as containing "three cubic acres" of money, though the meaning of "cubic acre" is ambiguous. If Scrooge McDuck could afford ...
by LtPowers
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20910

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

That money bin always seemed to me to move around a lot. Sometimes it was next to the mansion, sometimes it was at the top of a hill, sometimes next to a forest. It was just wherever the plot needed it to be. Not if you read the stories in order. The location was certainly ambiguous initially, but ...
by LtPowers
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20910

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

Scrooge McDuck built his money bin over the winter of 1902-03, at the top of Killmule/Killmotor Hill in the farming community of Duckburg, Calisota. At the time, Duckburg (named after the former Fort Drakesborough at the top of the Hill) was little more than a few homesteads, most of it owned by Elv...
by LtPowers
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 20551

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

As for the 'throwing and catching balls' leading to successs at baseball, is that true? I don't know anything about baseball, but I wouldn't regard the equivalent as true in football, meaning soccer. There are people who can do amazing tricks with a football, 'street players' who can do all sorts o...
by LtPowers
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 41454

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

OK, So I'm sitting here trying to sing these to the tune of TMNT, and wondering which "paragraph" goes with the illustrated title. Now I'm starting to think that rather than ME missing whats funny here, he has just made a list of 8 syllable phrases. No, he made a list of 4-trochee phrases...
by LtPowers
Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 41454

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Tut tut, "Church of Jesus Christ Creator" is just a redirect, not an article.


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by LtPowers
Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25521

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I was surprised that most of Western NY is Hazel and not Agnes. Both were before my time, but I've never heard about Hazel before. I've heard a lot more about Agnes -- mainly because the floodwaters on the Genesee River reached within inches of the top of the Mt Morris Dam. Had the Dam not been ther...
by LtPowers
Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1336: "Transformers"
Replies: 40
Views: 11288

Re: 1336: "Transformers"

And it's not just the art style, it's the storytelling style as well that makes it seem like a PBF strip.


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by LtPowers
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 13310

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

"What I really want is to hang out where I hung out with my friends in college, but have all my older relatives there too." I'm assuming Randall was being sarcastic here, but this isn't too far off from my actual thinking. Hmmm. In my universe it's largely the younger relatives and my hig...
by LtPowers
Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1320:"Walmart"
Replies: 28
Views: 13310

Re: 1320:"Walmart"

"What I really want is to hang out where I hung out with my friends in college, but have all my older relatives there too."

I'm assuming Randall was being sarcastic here, but this isn't too far off from my actual thinking.


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by LtPowers
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 20655

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

It would seem as if there should be a small spike in smugness around 1950, when TVs were common but just before they became ubiquitous.


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by LtPowers
Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1293: Job Interview
Replies: 25
Views: 10689

Re: 1293: Job Interview

I would really like to know how, exactly, Beret Guy discovered that the outlet was a soup outlet.


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by LtPowers
Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32067

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

I always use double spaces. What is the argument for single spacing anyway, wasting space? Sentences are not words, there is no reason the same rules should need to apply to them. In a font that is not monospaced (as most fonts are not), the double space is much wider than traditional typesetting s...
by LtPowers
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 43642

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

For shame, xkcd. There are two possible reasons for the same whine about change to be roughly constant across history. Don't ignore the other. Ignore? I don't believe the author took a position on which of your two reasons is most applicable. In fact, I think that was rather the point. Powers &...
by LtPowers
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 25219

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

An example of extreme simplicity in directions for solving a very complicated problem is in finding ones way through a maze - simply continue walking, keeping your right hand on a wall and you will eventually reach the exit. Only if the maze is two-dimensional and the entrance and exit are both alo...
by LtPowers
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29590

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

If we're taking the meeting with Herod as a key part of the story (which I assume is why we're starting in Jerusalem at all) then it can't possibly have happened after 4 B.C.E. (I know, I know, but it's hardly right to talk about Jesus being born 4 years before himself is it?) because that's the ye...
by LtPowers
Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 25303

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

This is spooky. My wife and I were just talking last night about whether this season would make it to Greek letters again.


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by LtPowers
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49173

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

While you'll occasionally get a smashup in a roundabout, it's usually at much lower speeds and thus less deadly. Not just lower speeds but also at better angles; no t-bone crashes, for instance. Where I work (San Diego, CA, USA. Cars on the right, roundabouts are rare) there is a roundabout at the ...
by LtPowers
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42008

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

There was obviously no difference at all between 2/2 and 4/4, or 3/2 and 3/4 and 6/8! They're all reducible to each other! Such a practice made no sense and I couldn't understand why they haven't been replaced with more logical notation. What was the point of indicating key signatures like that ? T...
by LtPowers
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31047

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

allen09 wrote:Many have contemplated getting personalized license plates. There's no problem with them, and they lend a touch of personality to one's car. However, there are several things one ought to know before taking the plunge.


Thanks, Egon; important safety tip.


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by LtPowers
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36525

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

da Doctah wrote:
LtPowers wrote:
Why do you say a strike is bad in baseball? Sure, it's bad for one team, but it's good for the other, isn't it?

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It's bad for the people who shelled out big bucks for season tickets.


Not if the home team is pitching.


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by LtPowers
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36525

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

I was doomed to eternal confusion when I found out that both football and basketball have "field goals." For me it was when I learned that a "strike" is good in bowling but bad in baseball. Why do you say a strike is bad in baseball? Sure, it's bad for one team, but it's good fo...
by LtPowers
Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36525

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Canadian sports: Jan: Hockey season Feb: Hockey season Mar: Hockey season Apr: Hockey season May: Hockey post-season Early June: Hockey Stanley Cup Mid June-early August: Canadian Football season starts Two weeks in mid-August ("summer"): Bass fishing, swimming, sailing Late August - Sept...
by LtPowers
Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31047

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

As a New Yorker, I can speak to the plate situation here. Plate IDs can be up to 8 characters. They must be alphanumeric or spaces. An outline of the state is available as a special character, usable only once per plate, though I believe it is not recorded on registrations and is ignored for all pra...

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