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by The Old Wolf
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 15067

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

Scott Adams had this idea in 2002. If it is to be assumed that Munroe meant "as a kid" to be in the 80s, then his inspiration came long before the one that showed up in Dilbert.
by The Old Wolf
Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 8747

1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

http://www.xkcd.com/1588/

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Randall is so smart - so much very, very much smarter than me - that I'm afraid to even question his use of the spelling "triatholon."

But I really suspect it's an error.
by The Old Wolf
Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1376: "Jump"
Replies: 62
Views: 13480

Re: 1376: "Jump"

I look forward to these dreams. They're amazingly liberating. Why they are so common is a mystery to me - we must be subconsciously dissatisfied with living in two dimensions.
by The Old Wolf
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 26505

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

As a linguist, I flunked out of Calculus in my first year of college, barring me forever from my long-dreamed-of medical career. But linguistics is not all bad. I can conjugate verbs in half a dozen languages faster than I'll ever understand integration, but this formula I will never forget: http://...
by The Old Wolf
Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31100

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

It's called a "log scale" because that's what you need to make all the paper required for the stacks.
by The Old Wolf
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71301

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Thank Mogg for Google. As a lover of science, but one who is forever relegated to peering through the keyhole where the big boys and girls play because of an inability to learn higher math, the mirror problem vexed me. But YouTube has a whole series taken from a lecture with Feynman, explaining this...
by The Old Wolf
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 71303

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Congratulations on being survivors, on being strong, on having hope, on loving life and each other, and for sharing this with the rest of us. Here's to long, happy, and healthy life!
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by The Old Wolf
Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"
Replies: 88
Views: 70435

Re: "idiot test" aka "read everything before doing anything"

What's interesting about a test like this, based on the widely varied responses that showed up in this thread, is that you get to choose what lesson you learn. Some people learned that it's wise to consider all the facts before acting. Some people learned that the system will dick you around every c...
by The Old Wolf
Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674479

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I think those flying whales are a tip of the hat to Respighi's "Pines of Rome" from Fantasia II, but they could just be random as well.

And, I found Alaska at the bottom of the caves.
by The Old Wolf
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674479

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

A few things: 1) Mr. Munroe, you have officially borked my mind. http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/Emoticons/Old_Wolf_BrainNuke.gif Congratulations. 2) I located the code, but my Javascript-fu wasn't strong enough to determine the exact URL for each tile. Mad props to Cecil for slurping it all up. 3)...
by The Old Wolf
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34306

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Richard Feynman said, "Scientists are explorers. Philosophers are tourists." Since I am forever barred from a deeper understanding of the hard sciences by an innate inability to get my head around higher math - I'm over 60, and I've tried repeatedly - I just don't get it - I am condemned t...
by The Old Wolf
Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 42034

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

I swear, if it weren't for Wikipedia I wouldn't get half of what Munro does. I suppose, however, I'm to be excused for today since I'm not expected to be into BDSM.
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by The Old Wolf
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41782

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

I am a programmer of the Old Code. I would have paid dearly for a manual that told me I was supposed to go sit by a lake when I got 0C4 or 0C5. “I Was Wondering About This Error Message,” I said Beneath my stare began to blur 10,000 lines of print. Buried alive by 0C5 Which gave not clue nor hint. U...
by The Old Wolf
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67246

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

For what it's worth, the TNO's probably do have more likely candidates for planethood than Pluto/Charon. Eris with her odd little moon, and even Quaoar, Sedna and Varuna are just as valid for planethood if one is going to consider captured Pluto. It's just that that's how I was taught the solar syst...
by The Old Wolf
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67246

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Mother Very Thoughtfully Made A Jelly Sandwich Under No Protest

Mercury, Venus, Terra, Mars, asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto

(With thanks to R.A. Heinlein.)

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So there.
by The Old Wolf
Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 169815

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

I am envious of people such as Mr. Munro whose minds work this way. Alas, I must be content to sit in the dirt with a stick and scratch "2 + 2 = 5." Beautiful strip.
by The Old Wolf
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 75152

Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

XKCD means walking past the carrots and turnips at the grocery store and thinking about Max++.
by The Old Wolf
Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 57197

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

skeptical scientist wrote:It wasn't deleted; it's in the other thread. I know, I know, having multiple threads with the same title in the same forum active at the same time can get confusing.


Many thanks. I was afraid I had stepped into deep tapioca without even knowing it. :mrgreen:
by The Old Wolf
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 57197

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

Could someone explain why my "There are NINE planets" post was deleted? Did it contravene a rule about images or some such? :?:
by The Old Wolf
Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 57197

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

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by The Old Wolf
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 59571

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

Also, what's with all the people that don't get this? <snip> Those who didn't get it after RogueA posted just fail hard. How about those of us that don't own a hypnogourd? I've never seen the show in question. Or any other show in the last 15 years, for that matter. "In my day, television was ...
by The Old Wolf
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 59571

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

http://home.comcast.net/~ccdesan/mathjoke3.jpg Integral zee squared dee zee From one to the cube root of three Times the cosine Of three Pi over nine Equals log of the cube root of "e". Even linguists can enjoy calculus - we don't even have to understand it! Calculus, bless it's incompreh...

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