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by Cougar Allen
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 11517

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: 7025

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: 7938

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: 17402

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: 7577

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: 23931

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: 7257

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:
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by Cougar Allen
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 7257

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: 11331

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: 11331

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: 11368

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: 9730

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: 9730

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: 9887

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: 14869

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: 12254

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: 9862

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: 9862

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: 7207

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: 12254

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: 10093

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: 6986

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: 6986

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: 6986

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: 11138

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: 11240

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: 11160

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: 4869

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: 4962

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: 4962

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: 5353

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...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 9248

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

RandomMarius wrote:I found this today : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=catchpower.gogo.mediavolumeonly

Simple small app that locks volume to media only.

Thank you! :D
by Cougar Allen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 9248

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

Ad-Block for Android Firefox works without root (though it doesn't block as thoroughly as the Windows version.) Does Verizon have some way to keep that from working?
by Cougar Allen
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 4964

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

This is a fundamentally flawed analysis. The US government owes money to the bond holders, and debt repayment can be delayed by borrowing money to rebuy the bond. Now why would someone want to pay off their debts within a short or medium time frame? Because they're afraid their income might decline...
by Cougar Allen
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 25817

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Sleeping cats don't purr. Purring is not really a sign of feeling happy; it's a sign of feeling sociable. Cats who are in pain purr. If snow is very cold skis don't work. The friction isn't enough to melt it and it's like trying to ski on sand. I'm not sure that applies to ice skates. That might req...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 12952

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The political meaning of the word is irrelevant. People who imagine evolution is progress from "lower" to "higher" forms, with themselves as the highest, often also imagine organisms can also degenerate or "devolve" to a "lower" form (less like themselves).
by Cougar Allen
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 10316

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

fibonacci wrote:"If a border guard asks to examine your laptop, you have a legal right to challenge them to a chess game for your soul."
Or ping pong, as the case may be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lsWeBNb_eI


Death plays with a nunchaku.
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 24525

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Winnipegger here. The cold has a stronger effect than Randall seems to think. We ran the comparison between indoor (18C) and outdoor (-14C) tonight. http://imgur.com/a/iwpLM How much wind was there? In my experience of camp cooking wind has a lot more effect than cold. Testing a camp stove indoors ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 19059

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

So what would the ratio be (distance over drop) to keep a bike going fast enough where it could self-stabilize? 500/1 gets you moving but it does not keep you from falling over. Is it 250/1? Less? With a little practice you can learn to balance a bicycle even if you're holding still. https://www.yo...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8500

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Oh c'mon! Nobody's yet said "I'm not really into Pokémon"?? Why bother? The comic isn't about Pokemon, or Ubuntu. I'm here to discuss the comic. When someone talks about something I'm not really into, usually it's easier (and more polite) to just not reply, than to point out that I'm not ...

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