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by mikekearn
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 320395

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Presumably the earthquake one is not viewable in California, or else the whole thing would have to be rewritten. At least, none of the browsers in any location I've tried returned the earthquake, from here in California.
by mikekearn
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43586

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your ave...
by mikekearn
Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 31660

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

The evil-mad-villain side of me kind of wants to rig some sort of contraption into an elevator to release liquid nitrogen during use, testing the hypothesis that it will indeed kill everyone inside. The less-evil-but-still-quite-mad-villain side of me wants to scale back the test and use rats in box...
by mikekearn
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope*
Replies: 2
Views: 1938

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope*

Hmm, I guess I'll post in this one because it has an actual link. I always thought a Dyson sphere would be almost impossible to construct in real life, as we have neither sufficiently strong materials, nor enough of them even if they existed for it to work. I realize if it's at Kardashev Type II, th...
by mikekearn
Mon May 30, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0905: "Homeownership"
Replies: 84
Views: 20960

Re: 0905: "Homeownership"

This is why I don't want to buy a house - I want to build a house. If it's something I built, then I really hate to tear it apart. It's why I have LEGO buildings that are years old - I just can't bring myself to break them up for parts.
by mikekearn
Wed May 04, 2011 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30581

Re: 0890: Etymology

Samik wrote:
dan_dassow wrote:Happy Star Wars Day ...


What?! How did I not know about this holiday?


Clearly you haven't been paying attention. It's been around for years.
by mikekearn
Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30581

Re: 0890: Etymology

Another point that bugs me is that if Jedi can affect matter from a distance, why do they need to fight each-other with light-sabers? Couldn't they just use the force to crush the other Jedi's brain-stem? Instant victory! And in the prequel trilogy, I don't see why they consider the prophecy about ...
by mikekearn
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30581

Re: 0890: Etymology

They claim that TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life , but I think that TV Tropes Will Enhance Your Life , since once I can see the tropes being used, I can let my brain stop worrying about the details and just enjoy the movie . http://xkcd.com/609/ That used to happen to me, until I reached the point whe...
by mikekearn
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30581

Re: 0890: Etymology

A "white house" in Spanish, but that's not important right now. That made me laugh way harder than it should have. I always chalked this sort of thing up to http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TranslationConvention This should be the end of the discussion. Agreed. They claim that T...
by mikekearn
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24099

Re: 0871: "Charity"

"I think I'm going to buy these two $10 games I want." "Cool; which ones?" Uh, can't the other guy read the game boxes in his hand? Also; people don't speak with semicolons like that! Plus people don't go around saying "I think I'm going to buy X I want." I always spea...
by mikekearn
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26244

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

I don't even have a smartphone, and this irritates me. Just for the random occasions I have used someone else's smartphone and run into this problem. Seriously, if I wanted the mobile version of your site, I'd have fucking used the mobile version. Server sounds sorta like Randy the Bandicoot. QCXKCD...
by mikekearn
Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 59412

Re: 0859: "("

I wrote a php parser to grab xkcd among others and throw them up on my own homepage to save me checking each comic for updates individually....Read this comic from a link as I had opened my browser from something else and missed my homepage....almost didnt wanna check it to see how bad my script wa...
by mikekearn
Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42348

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

That happens with every relatively obscure word or subject that gets referenced in xkcd. Anything mentioned that is already well known a) doesn't get searched as often, and b) wouldn't make as much of a noticeable difference even if it was searched for.
by mikekearn
Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16436

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

Very true, that's when war was officially declared, but we were supporting Allied countries well before that point.
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16436

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

Actually, the Swiss were forced to defend themselves against German attack. They did shoot down a number of German planes that got too close to their controller airspace, after fair warning that everyone should leave them alone. Due to luck and circumstance, no full scale invasion was ever attempted...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16436

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

I think it is rather sad that you consider joining voluntarily in peacetime a bad thing for a person to do. We can piss and moan about the wars, about the military-industrial complex, etc, but the fact remains that a nation of this size has to have a military. Now you're just putting words in my mo...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16436

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

If you are an American citizen (or a taxpayer in any coalition country) your tax dollars contributed to those deaths. Not voluntarily. I have to pay my taxes, or I am arrested. I unfortunately don't get a say in where that tax money goes. True, but if I signed up before the invasion of Iraq was eve...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0845: "Modern History"
Replies: 79
Views: 16436

Re: 0845: "Modern History"

If you are an American citizen (or a taxpayer in any coalition country) your tax dollars contributed to those deaths. Not voluntarily. I have to pay my taxes, or I am arrested. I unfortunately don't get a say in where that tax money goes. Wouldn't that make it just an enactment? I think there's at ...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42348

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

The misconception is that it has anything to do with that hemisphere of the Earth being closer to or farther away from the sun, which is not true. It's just which half of the planet is getting the most exposure to the sun, which people did not know about. I find it interesting that with all the comm...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42348

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

If you want to nitpick, smartalco, then sense of hearing, taste, smell, and sight are nothing more than extensions of your sense of touch. Your eardrums are touched by vibrating molecules in the air and sense the sound waves, your optical nerve is touched by photons and sense light, your taste buds ...
by mikekearn
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42348

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

I'm happy to say that almost none of the information on that list was new to me. The only things that were new, were simply minor details I had forgotten. Like that bit about earthworms - I knew there were some worms you could cut in half and would get two new worms, but I did not specifically remem...
by mikekearn
Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 28653

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

And their games were better before they turned into a big-name sequel factory. Please don't state things like that as though your opinion were fact. Bungie's Halo series has, all together, sold tens of millions of copies. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant; they are doing much better as a com...
by mikekearn
Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0804: "Pumpkin Carving"
Replies: 81
Views: 26741

Re: 0804: Pumpkin Carving

Crosshair wrote:I like the second frame the best. :twisted:

For something slightly more legal, just cover your pumpkins in peeper spray to "keep the squirrels off of them".

Peeper spray? Is that legal?
by mikekearn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24941

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

With creative repurposing, damn near any tool can be used for any job. If all you have is a hammer, then by god, use the hell out of that hammer. Tonight on [<reality tv show> , Mikekearn attempts to seal a core breach in a nuclear reactor, perform quadruple bypass surgery, and program a TI-82 calc...
by mikekearn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24941

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

With creative repurposing, damn near any tool can be used for any job. If all you have is a hammer, then by god, use the hell out of that hammer.
by mikekearn
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 39390

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

I've never had my GPS fail me, but then again, I never go anywhere that isn't in a real city. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I don't know a single person who doesn't live in or very nearby a major city. Of course, if your GPS still fails you even in a major city, you either haven't updated it in way too ...
by mikekearn
Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 31075

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Glad to see that xkcd is staying classy as always. :lol: It really is amazing to see how desensitized kids are these days. I'm only 22 and I feel like an old man when I pick up any of my younger sisters from middle school, hearing the other kids dropping f-bombs and the like. I didn't do that until ...
by mikekearn
Thu May 27, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 121296

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

I'd be interested in seeing it, even if it's only to get a better idea of what not to do should I ever get off my lazy ass and try this myself.
by mikekearn
Fri May 14, 2010 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 121296

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

On the bottom pic, does the one in back-left say "Dummies for Dummies"? That makes an awesome picture just 10 times more awesome.
by mikekearn
Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45859

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I did this for years before someone corrected me, precisely because I made the terrible assumption that professionals on television would know what the hell they were talking about. I have since learned otherwise.
by mikekearn
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 27588

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

I was asleep when the quake hit, and it woke me up. The first thing I did was grab my iPod Touch and check Echofon to see if anyone else had tweeted about it, to make sure it hadn't been a vivid dream. I'm also reminded of something I saw once, though I can't remember where, that talked about how mu...
by mikekearn
Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0705: "Devotion to Duty"
Replies: 99
Views: 27166

Re: "Devotion to Duty" discussion

And yet, peteispo, I still aspire to be a sysadmin like this one day.
by mikekearn
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 35455

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

speaking of narnia... anybody know why they didnt make a movie of the first book?... i mean... i really like the way the evil queen came to narnia xD... "whoops i just awoke the evil queen of this universe and dragged her to a new, perfect and wonderful world, thus completely dooming it for a ...
by mikekearn
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 21655

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Vorghagen wrote:Which movie? Dirty Harry or Rain Man?
...
...
...
...or both?

Why can't we get a crossover like the comic suggests?
by mikekearn
Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 121296

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

I've heard that Disneyland is especially strict about this sort of thing. Pretty much all you can do is try and hope for the best. I would definitely make extra sure that you are using a cheap gameboard you aren't afraid to lose to security and that you glue everything down extra tight.
by mikekearn
Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151821

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Is it so hard for people to read less than four whole pages of a thread before commenting? Honestly, the amount of people continuously chiming in on how it's wrong from the books is annoying. Especially when it's clearly labeled as a movie chart, something already pointed out once in this thread. Wi...
by mikekearn
Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 43321

Re: "Free" Discussion

I always mentally stick a "NOW" in front of all marketing claims that lack it, in order to put things in perspective. "NOW Asbestos Free!" "NOW With no skin of a dead hobo!" If the "NOW" makes the claim disturbing, then I avoid it.
by mikekearn
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 98535

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

This never bothered me before, because I understood the books take place in a different world from our own, but now I'll never be able to read the books again without this in the back of my mind. Thanks a lot, Randall.

Also, welcome, the_eye! You make a very obvious troll.
by mikekearn
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 59621

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

Oh boy am I tired. Too tired to be allowed to read puns. The comic took me about 10 minutes to get, because I somehow kept reading the second date as being earlier than the first. I knew what the joke was supposed to be, and I knew Newton should be first, but my mind just wasn't connecting the dots....
by mikekearn
Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 121296

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

You even have an appropriate shirt. Excellent.

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