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by Keyman
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 4229

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

Wow, right in the feels. Next to the classic Spirit of course. Somebody expanded on that for a 'happy ending'. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS5JqkIoo93M1OeiZfCKdCwRjYMVmVqMRSZ4gBsc19u9Hl7fVd81g Sorry it's small...can't get at the "original". NetNanny prohibits Redd...
by Keyman
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 4229

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

This one got me. From @MarsCuriosity It seems to me you lived your life like a rover in the wind never fading with the sunset when the dust set in. Your tracks will always fall here, among Mars' reddest hills; your candle's burned out long before your science ever will. #ThanksOppy. I owe you so muc...
by Keyman
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 4468

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Reka wrote:
Keyman wrote:I don't see BHG there. What could go wrong?

Isn't it BHG on the phone?

OH CRAP!!!

Wait...explainxkcd says it's "Screen". So we're fine. Whew!
by Keyman
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 4468

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

I don't see BHG there. What could go wrong?
by Keyman
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5705

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

After "Lucifer's Hammer" this is probably my favorite disaster novels. https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1299392082l/271167.jpg It starts with the dogs. They won't stop barking. . . . And then the earth shrugs--8.9 on the Richter scale in the world's biggest earthquake since 1755. It hits...
by Keyman
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 9435

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

If the roles in this strip were reversed, it would probably be called "mansplaining". Cueball only expresses a sentiment, he doesn't ask for an explanation. He explicitly says he doesn't understand how it works. Getting an explanation in response to that... is not mansplaining. Mansplaini...
by Keyman
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 7620

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Flumble wrote:
Archgeek wrote:
xtifr wrote:Extrapolating a little farther, your greati grandfather would be your grandparent's sibling. And so on...

Now you're just exacerbating the complexity of the topic by imagining things.

It does explain why incest often has a negative result.

Yeah. That's the reason. :wink:
by Keyman
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 3289

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

The birthday thing was solved ages ago. I still know people who have birthday calendars in their bathrooms. All it takes is one glance whenever you're sitting down to do your business, and you'll be reminded of all upcoming birthdays. Are these things going out of style? I have to admit I don't hav...
by Keyman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 7620

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

I'd say the latter, because it's not several eves, it's the eve of (the eve of (the eve of (the eve of (...)))), and exponential notation is usually used for recursive applications of a function. Compare also great 5 -grandparents , meaning great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. Wow. I've neve...
by Keyman
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4132

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

I don't often LOL at these, but silencing the GPS sure did this time.
by Keyman
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 10311

Re: 2084: "FDR"

But I have the impression that mnemonic rhymes are more prevalent in the US. It might be more the Anglosphere, That benefits from this trick, here. Our language has such language roots, It from the world of words recruits. You need to rhyme the digit "Four", And have matched endings all g...
by Keyman
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 10311

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Maybe one of you USAians would be kind enough to tell us what in tarnation this is about. December 7th some year in the 1940s? Some president? What? President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deli...
by Keyman
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 8908

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Yes, well, given that "great literature" is stuff that is supposed to have already gone through a crap filter, you wouldn't expect Sturgeon to apply. While Sturgeon did say "90% of everything is crap", I don't think me meant that to be applied recursively--if it were, you could ...
by Keyman
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 7101

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

So I’m just going to say that this comic is not cool. Anyone who tries is going to find out that drones can’t even get close given the wind speed of a tornado, and anyone who is close enough to fly a drone into a tornado is close enough to get killed easily. Just waiting for the news story. Nice jo...
by Keyman
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 6827

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Re: the title text. This is why it's not Kagan.

Image
by Keyman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

How does the US enforce secrecy for mail-in ballots? I don't think it's possible. Not a big deal so long as mail-ins are a small enough minority, but if we go 100% mail-in, the entire idea of secrecy can be tossed. We don't. We enforce secrecy on on-site voting and we restrict mail-in voting to tho...
by Keyman
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

One of my Twitter follows is being an election Judge this round. He posted that Ballot Selfies were allowed, and when I queried him, he posted this from the Election Judges Handbook - (Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA, Earth) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrSHj4iVYAEH_be.jpg:large https://pbs.twimg.com...
by Keyman
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 6221

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

I'm going to bed early. Last time I stayed up, it didn't turn out so well. And of course, what I do *does too* make a difference.

What I'm really looking forward to is to have all those frickin' negative campaign ads off the air!!
by Keyman
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 12176

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This Minnesotan is not buying your MN map. I'm wondering if the fact that our Democrats are Democratic-Farmer-Labor and the fact that we have two senate seats up for grabs is messing up your system. Also, 1 - I have yet to see any poll the puts Johnson ahead of Walz for Governor 2 - Where is Klobuc...
by Keyman
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 12176

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

Looking at "my" portion of the map, we have two Senate races...one regular cycle and one "Special election". The Special election is supposed to be a somewhat closer race, but if I don't find the "Challenger" name for the regular cycle campaign, does that mean the guy h...
by Keyman
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

On the other hand... A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other...
by Keyman
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 4767

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

Of course, only those cars built on or before November 6, 2000 are eligible. I have too many cars, and they're all eligible to vote this year. For convenience, self-driving cars will be able to register to vote when they get their self-driving license. Isn't it like dog years? So pre-2015 cars woul...
by Keyman
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9433

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

Can't claim to be as tech-intensive as some, but for me the 'standard' earphones that came with my last two iPhones (see? I told you) work well enough for most purposes, but.... For them to stay in, I have to put the right bud in the left ear, and vers vicea. And if I put my phone in my shirt pocket...
by Keyman
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 9336

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Old Bruce wrote:
Reka wrote:I am none of those professions, but I regularly have all of these thoughts except the "trees = air" one.

I am none of those professions, but I regularly have only one of these thoughts, the "trees = air" one.

Trees are 90% air....or so my golf coach once told me.
by Keyman
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11195

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We already HAVE a universal time—it’s UTC—“Universal Time, Coordinated. However, most people like to use their own time zone for daily activities, and only use UTC for record keeping or deliberate international coordination. So the Brits and a few African nations get to be on normal time? Bah! Temp...
by Keyman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 22873

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up." Nah, that's just the fallacy of nomen nomina. Check it out - it's a thing. Don't feel bad; lots of people fall for it. Jose I have a new favorite. I didn't eve...
by Keyman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10530

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-my-own-grandpa-lyrics-ray-stevens.html Many, many years ago when I was 23 I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed This made my dad my son-in-law ...
by Keyman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 7720

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Wee Red Bird wrote: The lightning strike is closer than you think.
Pshaw! You're just timing it in your ear view mirror.
by Keyman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 5203

Re: 2026: Heat Index

I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments... Really?!?!?! Then how do your TV "weather terrorists" earn their living in the summer? Showing weather-related (scenic) pictures sent in by the public? Yep, OK...that's a th...
by Keyman
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 5203

Re: 2026: Heat Index

rmsgrey wrote:I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments...

Really?!?!?! Then how do your TV "weather terrorists" earn their living in the summer?
by Keyman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 4619

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!" We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your fee...
by Keyman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11667

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Let me back up a bit and apologize for sounding like an arse. I did not mean that to sound as if it was a funny trick to purposefully play on unsuspecting cashiers. I am one, and have been for nigh on 19 years now. I meant 'fun' more like the eye-rolling, sarcastic emoji. Mikeski's story shortly aft...
by Keyman
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11667

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

You'd think that wouldn't you? But once registers starting telling cashiers what the change is.... Nobody 'counts back' change anymore.
by Keyman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11667

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

In order to reduce the amount of coins you have, take out 9 ¢ to pay the last digit. (4 ¢ might be a good value, too.) If you can't do that, take out one dollar / euro in {10,20,25,50}-¢-pieces. Pay the last two digits using that (possibly slightly more). If you can't do that, Europeans need to con...
by Keyman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 7923

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

I 'hear' the title text as a much more Beret Guy kinda thing to say.
by Keyman
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 9793

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

To whoever is reading this forum *and* on the "Refund the tax to the visiting foreigners when they get back home" committee...thank you.

Credits hit my account yesterday. :D
by Keyman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 9793

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

There are circumstances (though rare (and now, even moreso)) where sales tax may be deductible from your gross income when computing your Federal Income tax liability. There are hoops to jump through and "proof" of how much you paid to which entity is one of them. A receipt itemizing the ...
by Keyman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 9793

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?)… I think what's weird about s...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 13087

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I wont¹ complain. But I'm just a passenger on this ship, more likely in the f'o'csle than at the wheel. ¹ Or "won't", but I was always advised that, as that isn't a proper contraction of " wi ll n o t ", it cannot be anything other than a separate word, or at best an irregular o...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 13087

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I never encounter that "the reason being is" construction, and I really don't see why anyone would use it when they could just leave the "is" out and have something grammatically correct and shorter. E.g. "Unlike most people around here, Alice goes shopping every single day...

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