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by mooncow
Thu May 10, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 6211

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

where does philosophy go on this graph? In a nod to 0435, where does mathematics go on this graph? ANS: Everywhere Where does philosophy go on this graph? ANS: Is there even a graph? Does the graph exist? If it does, what does the graph mean? How can we determine the meaning of the graph? Does the ...
by mooncow
Thu May 10, 2018 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 6211

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Came here to post about 'ENTYMOLOGY', and how this chart trolls most everyone except me. Then realised I couldn't do both...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 11279

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

"meh", like "bah" and "pah" and "eh" and "uh", is an interjection, not a word. That's why the normal rule doesn't apply to it. Yeah, duh, bruh. *Like* I don't even get the "normal rule". Plenty of words end with lax vowels. Like, for examp...
by mooncow
Tue Mar 03, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0020: "Ferret"
Replies: 33
Views: 11301

Re: 0020: "Ferret"

by mooncow
Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"
Replies: 60
Views: 21317

Re: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"

Does NASCAR prohibit the use of RC cars? If not, the driver can survive the race regardless. The "what if" said to strip away all the rules. The rule that the driver must be in the car is one that should be stripped away then. The constraint that the driver should survive therefore become...
by mooncow
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 18995

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

I like the idea of a bird googling to find out: where IS it that we go when it rains?? Who's up for creating a wikipedia article "Where birds go when it rains", putting a particular place into it ("Underneath the third arch of the Manhattan Bridge", say), then going along to see ...
by mooncow
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 33101

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

uncleroy wrote:Chrome on OS X consistently shows this one:

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I didn't believe what this image said. If it had been an SVG I might have considered it more trustworthy.
by mooncow
Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1261: "Shake That"
Replies: 52
Views: 14583

Re: 1261: "Shake That"

This reminds me of... hmm, are we allowed to make fancomics here...?

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mooncow
by mooncow
Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19998

Re: 1257: "Monster"

I'm sure the real problem is that the comparison monster is being made so frequently. Makes it very hard to eliminate entirely.
by mooncow
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 23158

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

So, is the guy going "augh" and convulsing because of the sound of a mosquito which he probably can't even hear, and even if he can he would mostly ignore because he's not in a quiet room trying to sleep at the moment? Or is he going "augh" and convulsing because a chap he was ha...
by mooncow
Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46157

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Mooncow, since ancient language use is the only right one (assuming your claims are even correct, I don't know and I agree with goofy that it's irrelevant), why are you addressing me with the pronoun "you" here? Don't you know that historically that is only a plural pronoun? You really ne...
by mooncow
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46157

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

You conveniently left out the part of my post... No, I didn't "conveniently" leave it out. This is a forum. Anyone can go back and read your post in full, so I don't need to quote it in full. I quoted the bit I wished to comment on, which was bilge: you asserted, incorrectly, that if I un...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46157

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. This is not true. There are plenty of British citations in the OED for Dr. and Mrs. with the period. OED citations, British or otherwise, are not always of 'correct' usage. The OED captures historical u...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46157

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Incidentally, it's also a point of pedantic significance that Randall didn't put a period after the "Mrs" in "Mrs Whatsit." It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. The period indicates omitted letters, and is correctly use...
by mooncow
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26679

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

The moral is that if you give unconditionally you will end up as a cut-down stump, but if you don't then you will end up on the receiving end of the anti-DRM anti-copyright brigade's sententious posturing.
by mooncow
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 169176

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

If someone in Europe and someone in North America photograph a full moon at a pre-arranged time when it is visible in both night skies, the two images could then be combined side-by-side. In fact, since the moon is currently phase-locked, and doesn't change much over time, one person could take two...
by mooncow
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 169176

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Howver, I'm afraid that even the closest stars exhibit an imperceptible (to the naked eye) parallax--only slightly more than roughly 1 arcsecond, even with the image sources separated by 2AU. See also The wikipedia article on the 'Parsec' . Like wobbly said, you would pretty much need to use a comp...
by mooncow
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 169176

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Edit: wait, I think the magic eye style ones are actually straight eye. Why would anyone use the cross eye type? Straight eye stereoscopy is almost natural, cross eye is nearly impossibly difficult. OK, first up, different people find different techniques easier or more successful than others. Like...
by mooncow
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0939: "Arrow"
Replies: 87
Views: 23471

Re: 0939: "Arrow"

So, I've often heard of the second law of thermodynamics implying that the arrow of time cannot be reversed.... In general, yes, but it's a probabilistic effect. Individual exceptions are not statistically significant, which is a great comfort when nursing the boomerang bruise on the back of your h...
by mooncow
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22647

Re: 929: "Speculation"

Randall must really want us to join Google+. Not the first comic about it. Why should we assume that because Randall mentions something in his comic that he really wants us to join it? This is not the first comic about crossbows either: do you infer that Randall must really want us to get crossbows?
by mooncow
Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22647

Re: 929: "Speculation"

As for who I'd rather give my data to: Facebook takes it to make money and won't give it back. Google takes it, makes your web experience better (makes money) and lets you take it at anytime. What? How do you figure this out? Both Facebook and Google are in the business of making money (enough to b...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64575

Re: Autolipography

Hi xkcd forums. Last month I found on that author's blog a short autobiography of a kind. I will copy its first paragraph into this post. Now I ask you—how is it playful? http://prelectur.stanford.edu/lecturers/hofstadter/autolipography.html I was born in midtown Manhattan right as World War Two wa...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64575

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

This may be the best XKCD ever. Anyone who hasn't read GEB is of course, living in sin. "If you don't share my knowledge of some trivial and obscure piece of pop culture you are [negative description]" is old, unfunny, and really fucking condescending. Fuck off, will ya? " "If y...
by mooncow
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64575

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

I don't quite get the alt text acronym You're trying too hard. The alt text is the reference implementation of the self-referential joke, appropriately quoted. Acronym support will be introduced in the Black Hat v1.1 distro. "is the reference implementation of the Quine-variant self-referentia...
by mooncow
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64575

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Plutarch, meta is the commonly used prefix for self-referential; it says so right in the Wikipedia article. I must be missing somethign obvious here, but… I see how it's used as a prefix, but I still don't understand what it means when used on its own. What does it mean to say 'I'm so meta?' Plutar...
by mooncow
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34349

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Every network needs to have at least one server named: "Uranus Hertz". It's not. Pronounced. That way. Arg. I think you'll find that that depends on where you live. In some countries, accepted pronunciation of "Uranus" really DOES allow for that joke. Otherwise, where would the ...
by mooncow
Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34349

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Finding a good theme that will yield many useful server names is not always easy. What theme would "Caroline" be part of, I wonder? Radio stations? Characters from Psycho? Members of the Kennedy family? For one set of servers I administer we used Wallace, Gromit, Preston, Shaun, Babs, ... ...
by mooncow
Wed May 25, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36181

Re: Darmok and Jalad

You cannot speak in analogies to stories and parables if you have no basic way of communicating those stories and parables to someone who has never heard them before so they can have a base of reference. Several people have said things like this on this thread. It is quite wrong. How do you think l...
by mooncow
Wed May 25, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36181

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

The problem I have with star trek, is that it is written to appeal to star trek fans. If you're not a fan, you most likely never will be. I'm not sure I'm a star trek "fan". I've watched a fair few star trek episodes and some of the films. I've enjoyed some, not enjoyed others. I find suf...
by mooncow
Mon May 23, 2011 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36181

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

To me, this was one of most irritating of all Star Trek episodes. I mean, isn't every language intrinsically built on referents and idioms? The whole premise that a universal translator exists but doesn't work because of this makes no sense at all. Bothers me to this day. I look at it the other way...
by mooncow
Mon May 23, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 36181

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

*we went to a 'Mystery Movie' night at our local cinema complex late last century. When the movie started, and turned out to be star trek something or other, 90% of the cinema goers (including us) walked out and received a refund... was the ST movie even or odd numbered? I have no idea! From marryi...
by mooncow
Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30445

Re: 0890: Etymology

Wait wait WAIT. "It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs." Wait wait WAIT. A parsec is a unit of distance, not time. What gives, Mr. Munroe? I remember watching it with him, and when we reached the part where Han Solo brags that the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel...
by mooncow
Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71889

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

beggenbe wrote:Also nonplussed by the Cambridge, Ma allusion.


I'm guessing that that just happens to be a place with a Rogers Street.
http://goo.gl/maps/jYKN
by mooncow
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 59287

Re: 0859: "("

spillingvelvet wrote:Argh! It's like a sneeze that will never happen!


The rest of the comic is drawn in Thailand, on
by mooncow
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 59287

Re: 0859: "("

tehol wrote:Edit#2: looks like I didn't even get the alt text right when I fixed it... :/


The hover help text is <![CDATA[Brains aside, I wonder how many poorly-written xkcd.com-parsing scripts will break on this title (or \\;;"\''{\<<[' this mouseover text."]]>
by mooncow
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 59287

Re: 0859: "("

I have another one: the only ways in which this comic could possibly work is the guy actually feels uncomfortable because of the missing close parentheses and validates the comic, or he laughs because "it's funny 'cause it's NOT TRUE" -- both possibilities which either seem very unlikely ...
by mooncow
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40218

Re: 0858: "Milk"

I absolutely can't believe some people are trying to give him an 'out' about the leg thing in panel 3. I'm not sure you've really grasped why we're all here, have you? It's not a question of giving Randall an 'out'. Maybe the legs thing was intentional or maybe Randall just forgot to draw them -- w...
by mooncow
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40218

Re: 0858: "Milk"

And some of the comments from SirMustapha or marsman57 or tastelikecoke or mattbob are just out of order. Shouting "WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU RANDALL" is not funny or interesting or informative. In fact, given that it was already evident that some people did appreciate this comic, su...
by mooncow
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40218

Re: 0858: "Milk"

For some people (most of whom are, I am guessing, men), the thought process is basically this: breasts = sexy, nipples = sexy, lactating breasts = breasts+nipples+awesome, therefore human lactation = 2(sexy)+awesome, QED. For other people (most of whom are, I am guessing, women), the thought proces...
by mooncow
Fri Feb 04, 2011 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26573

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

100000 posts... Congratulations XKCD forums! You're four years too late , but thanks for trying. ... or did you mean the 100,000th post to the Individual Comic Forums? Because that's just a tiny subset of the Forums. Most people forget it's even here. Yes, it was 100,000 posts to the individual thr...

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