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by Cougar Allen
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 6691

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

ucim wrote:When I saw the title I was thinking of electrical fields, magnetic fields, opium poppy fields...

Jose

Living is easy with eyes closed ...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8
by Cougar Allen
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 22386

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

somitomi wrote:You mean "Subby McSubsurface"?

That could work, if you pronounce it with the accent on the last syllable. :>
by Cougar Allen
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 22386

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

The only problem I see with the Boaty McBoatface incident is that the Natural Environment Research Council chose the 4th place name for the ship in question. For reference, "Boaty McBoatface" was the most popular suggestion at 33.16% of the vote, while the next 4 suggestions collectively ...
by Cougar Allen
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 22386

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

Left emoji have an unfair advantage. Also, the votes from people from less populated areas should be given more weight. Otherwise they will not be able to impose their values on everyone else. Too real. I weep for our voting system. Because protecting the minority from the excesses of a popular maj...
by Cougar Allen
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 6544

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Listen to songs with low intensity opinions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1uSxhFcJn4

Read the Dull Men's Club website:
https://www.dullmensclub.com/
by Cougar Allen
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 10983

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

What keyboard do you use? G-board has had that feature for a long time, including with Lollipop. And this is all well and good, and a useful feature, except that about 50% of the time that I try to use it, my Android phone pops up a "which keyboard do you want to switch to" dialog in resp...
by Cougar Allen
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 10983

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

Neat, 'glad they finally fixed that three years ago. Unfortunately, I've a G4S with Lollipop and no support for anything later (not even Marshmallow, so no charge-only connection type for me). So, phone too old and also not Apple. 'Droid should get on that, though, if they've not already. (In which...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 6967

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

It would probably help to introduce rules that make high-frequency trading and/or derivatives of derivatives of derivatives unattractive (e.g. small non-refundable fees calculated based on the purchase value on EVERY transaction), but that would require an unlikely level of international cooperatio...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 5998

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Um ... so what happens to this single crystal permanent magnet when the Earth's magnetic field changes polarity? Does the whole inner core flip over? Does it flip polarity without physically moving? As far as I know the Earth's magnetic field has equal strength in both polarity modes.
by Cougar Allen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 11903

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Talking about catchy rhymes, I only remember "753, Rom schlüpft aus dem Ei" (which is a legend, not a historic fact) and "333, bei Issos Keilerei" (and I don't remember who fought whom there, or why, and who won). But I have the impression that mnemonic rhymes are more prevalent...
by Cougar Allen
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 7236

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

The only question left is "Will it be able to relay any new useful information or are we merely just waiting to announce the day that we can no longer receive any signal from Voyager 1?" Before that happens I expect it'll be good for at least a few more announcements that it's finally lef...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 8235

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

There are lots of outdoor security cameras in place, more every year, and some of them are well armored. Seems likely the eye of a tornado has crossed one or more already. Doesn't seem likely it would yield much of any useful information, so we may never hear of it on the news....
by Cougar Allen
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 17822

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

That ratio is only exactly 3.14159265358979... in perfectly flat space. So when a US State Legislature declares pi equal to three, they are making a rather drastic statement about the curvature of the local space-time? Presumably due to the extreme density of local braincases. Are they, at this poi...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7802

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

That's not gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is when your districts look like this: https://www.xkcd.com/2047/ Not when they look like this: https://xkcd.com/1902/ This is the original "Gerrymander" map (1812, Massachusetts): https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/The_Gerr...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 80
Views: 24251

Re: 1509: "Scenery Cheat Sheet"

da Doctah wrote:I don't know where a lot of the places are in the current comic, but I'm pretty sure all the outdoor background sounds feature kookaburras.

Where do those birds that look like a bald eagle but sound like a red-tail hawk live?
by Cougar Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 7465

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Flumble wrote:Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car.

Huge truck full of asses:
Image
by Cougar Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 7465

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

RogueCynic wrote:That is a weird looking carrot.

It's a pretty normal looking cycle frame, though. All it needs are details like wheels and handlebars.
by Cougar Allen
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 11751

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

SuicideJunkie wrote:Hey!
Do you realize that we have been doing SpaceShips all wrong for their entire history?
We should be able to cut costs by a huge amount once we inform NASA of the mixup.

Canalboats, too.
by Cougar Allen
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 11751

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

I know about banana phone but can you phone a banana?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5C6X9vOEkU
by Cougar Allen
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11797

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Why? Supposing it's possible to cool the outer surfaces of all those Dyson spheres to near absolute zero, why would they? Just to fool Earthlings into thinking there's some kind of nonbaryonic dark matter? I also doubt the "space is big" argument. If there are enough stars hidden inside Dy...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 10027

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Ackkkkkkkkkkkk! :shock:
by Cougar Allen
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 10027

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Heimhenge wrote:That claim at the end about skipping a stone 271 times seemed preposterous to me

It says "Our record is 27!" I think you mistook the exclamation point for a 1.

I don't know if I could count 27 skips in realtime, but you could make a video and slow it down....
by Cougar Allen
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 10211

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

This comic mirrors an incident I had with my vacuum cleaner just last week. My wife likes to tell me I'm not handy, and she laughs anytime I say I can fix something. Well, guess what ... 5 hours later (and it really was 5 hours later), and we don't have to buy a new vacuum! And damned if I didn't f...
by Cougar Allen
Thu May 17, 2018 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 15188

Re: 1986: River Border

When preparing food, the preparation methods are a relevant distinction; when consuming it, the qualitative properties of the food are more relevant than how it comes to be in the first place. Whether the chef's taxonomy is the best nomenclature for the diners to use is an open question. I dunno. D...
by Cougar Allen
Wed May 16, 2018 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 12626

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Any idea whether a dent in one of the joints spoils the note of a silver flute? I have one, but couldn't even play a scale on it when I tried to learn. I could play each note within 20 tries, but never the scale. Too much adjustment of the angles of the flute and of the blow. Flutes are very sensit...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 10110

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Gaffer tape isn't supposed to leave any residue but it costs more. For this application, it doesn't seem likely anyone would ever want to remove it.... Anyway, changing the LED certainly works and probably looks prettier (although you can get duck tape in all kinds of colors and patterns these days).
by Cougar Allen
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 10110

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

With that many status LEDs, there's bound to be one device with an unreasonably bright one lighting up the entire room, thus torpedoing any attempt ato sleep. You must be talking about the light on my Panamax power conditioner. People who stayed over and slept on the couch complained how bright it ...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 7449

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

The part I worry about is off to the left on that timeline - the period when there's no AI; it's still just people playing video games and controlling drones to kill other people, but it will no longer be only people in other parts of the world who are getting killed. It's cheap, easily available te...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 12626

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

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by Cougar Allen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 10388

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

What happens if you combine a lime and a coconut?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 7220

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Old Bruce wrote:
Cougar Allen wrote:
Old Bruce wrote:
da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out,

Um ...

Sure I don't know either of them but it could be a story worth hearing.

Um ... Do you have a Ouija board?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 7220

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Old Bruce wrote:
da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out,

Um ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 7220

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. You write something like this: "I leave one third of my fortune to you, provided you keep my 30-foot Foucalt pendulum swinging. If it ever stops the inheritance goes to the Home for Unwed Mothers." That is enforced by the Home f...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 11406

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

cheweytoo wrote:This inflation certainly seems to apply to pizza sizes around here:
A "large pizza" is now routinely bigger than the plate it is being served on.
I'm not aware of any newly popular, smaller, pizza-replacing food item though…

They sell pizza by the slice nowadays.
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 11566

Re: 1935: "2018"

Simple solution to this nonsense: Strap rockets onto the Earth and push it into a slightly lower orbit, so a year is exactly 365 days. In fact, lets push it even closer so it's 360 days so it's easily dividable. Ackkkkkkkkkk! Global warming! Let's push it out to make the year 400 days. Then we can ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 11474

Re: 1913: "A �"

What's your desired behaviour in this situation? When I used Verizon as my ISP I found it annoying that whenever I made some little typo in an URL, which would only take me a second to correct -- NOOOOOOOOO! I can't correct it, because Verizon helpfully whisked me off to some Verizon search engine ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 4971

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

In all seriousness, knowing that there are (enemy) surveillance tools operating nearby is a VeryGoodThingToKnow(TM) . You want your own supersecret plans for World Domination to remain secret. Heck, the US Armed Services keeps track of the location of every foreign satellite so that any, ahem, outd...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

That first hour after your needs are paid off can't be so crazy valuable that you wouldn't work it for any amount. Rarely would anyone even refuse the +50%. Where did you get that statistic? It's not at all rare in my experience; in fact I think the majority of workers choose not to work overtime a...
by Cougar Allen
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I never understood considering your time as being worth as much as you can make per hour. If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money, so your time is basically worthless as far as money is concerned. When I was a boy whenever I bought something ...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 5464

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

So. Those of us in the "I just don't understand what the Bun comics are getting at" camp have another data point. I'm not sure it helps. I think there are at least two ways to enjoy the bun comics: A) Oh me yarm there are other people who are as obsessed with bun sightings as I am! That i...

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