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by mschmidt62
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 8136

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

I am curious why the lattice of the crystal spheres appears to be largely 2-dimensional. That's not what I was promised.
by mschmidt62
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 4099

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

So, to get to Alaska, I head towards space and take a U-turn?
by mschmidt62
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 5424

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

Better late than irreperably messed up.
by mschmidt62
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 18323

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

It is often that I read this comic and wonder how things are going. I am so glad they are going well! Thanks for keeping us updated. Happy holidays!
by mschmidt62
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 26460

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Another mystery which, in my estimation, physicists, chemists and engineers have failed to adequately explain is why the polyethylene bags at the supermarket are more easily opened when one's fingers are wet. I tried to do some research on this and several explanations have been put forward, but I d...
by mschmidt62
Tue May 09, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9850

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

"I'll have a #19, hold the mayo."

"Who gave you the lunch codes?"
by mschmidt62
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 7917

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

I became more aware of reviews for non-consumer-oriented locations last week when I was compulsively googling for Oroville Dam updates. The Oroville Dam had a few somewhat-funny reviews. When I saw this I wondered whether Randall may have had the same experience--he seems like the sort of person tha...
by mschmidt62
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 14998

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

There have been some weak ones lately. Either he's got another Time/Garden/etc. in the works (we seem to get a string of phoned-in xkcds before the big script-o-licious ones land), or he's still in mourning. Well, there was a comic about labeling moving boxes not too long ago. Moving can suck lots ...
by mschmidt62
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 14998

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

It would probably be good to remember that republican states are typically large producers, whereas democratic cities are huge consumers. Really? Wyoming produces more than California? California is the leading producer of all sorts of agricultural products, in addition to entertainment, technology...
by mschmidt62
Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5877

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

Well they are obviously fancy sunglasses because most sunglasses don't have narrow spectral lines--that characteristic would sort of defeat the purpose of normal sunglasses, wouldn't it? And if sunglasses are normally worn to protect from UV radiation, why are the absorptions down in the red end of ...
by mschmidt62
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137571

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

But maybe it should change scale. Is this completely linear time scale really that useful? Obviously it's a fun excuse for an enormous comic, but for the best possible understanding of the changes industrialisation has made, perhaps we should switch the scale somewhere about the time of Newcomen an...
by mschmidt62
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137571

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The smoothing in the older data relative to the more recent data would be more concern if we had little to no idea of what causes these changes. And we have to admit that there is still a lot of uncertainty about the causes. But this "Earth Temperature Timeline" suggests that, if present h...
by mschmidt62
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1403: "Thesis Defense"
Replies: 52
Views: 20421

Re: 1403: "Thesis Defense"

I find this cartoon troubling, because I remember this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_ ... y_shooting.

Maybe Randall was too young and too far away to remember.
by mschmidt62
Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1376: "Jump"
Replies: 62
Views: 13477

Re: 1376: "Jump"

I think (and I'm not claiming this is an original thought) that many common dream tropes are in fact efforts for our brain to make sense of conflicting inputs. We may be dreaming of walking, but lying on the bed, the feedback from our legs tell us they are not moving, and our feet are not feeling th...
by mschmidt62
Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 57478

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

I wonder whether rats and mice are counted as "wild" or "domestic." Certainly there are some truly wild mice and rats, but I would imagine that the majority of the mass of these rodents is essentially domestic, reliant on human agriculture (and other human activities) for their f...
by mschmidt62
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 23429

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Anybody who knows their protestant theology would know that it's not what the steamboat did that resulted in its damnation, but rather its lack of saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, if the steamboat had the mind of an infant, or less, it might have been saved through baptism , depending on ...
by mschmidt62
Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32884

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

Copper Bezel wrote:Yeah, I guess if you've not seen this before, here is as good a place to gush as any.


It's such a shame that they let the common folk post in these message boards.
by mschmidt62
Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32884

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

There are some situations where Pi is more convenient - for example, the formula (T*r^2)/2 (using T for tau because I'm too lazy to figure out how to extort Greek letters out of this keyboard) is less appealing than the pi-based equivalent. Michael Hartl argues that, while the formula for the area ...
by mschmidt62
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32379

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

Well, Cueball didn't let the computer finish that one. I think the next word was 'composed', not the start of a new "parable". So, computers will never enjoy a salad composed of ... what? I submit it might have been saying Computers will never enjoy a salad composed only of bland iceberg ...
by mschmidt62
Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 27514

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

The specificity of bee pollinators for Ophrys species is apparently controversial: http://www.kew.org/kewscientist/ks_33.pdf There is an evolutionary lesson here: despite the complexity of nature, stories that have an emotional impact on humans are more likely to be transmitted, remembered, and illu...
by mschmidt62
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1249: "Meteor Showers"
Replies: 49
Views: 53641

Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

I was kinda hoping for a Leonid Brezhnev joke. He was in power in 1966, and killing God would have been consistent with Soviet ideology.
by mschmidt62
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39438

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

I think that many people don't "get" this comic. As a insecure and un-internet-enlightened soul, I am willing to concede that I may be one of the people who don't get this comic.

Please let me know if I've made any grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors. Thank you.
by mschmidt62
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 80441

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

I'm guessing Randall didn't allow for rebound of the ocean crust upon removal of the weight of water. Such rebound would also result in the depression of continents. If you were a continent and your highest peak was now shorter, wouldn't you be depressed?
by mschmidt62
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107484
Views: 53334558

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think they're building a Sand Phallus, which they will worship and then destroy.
by mschmidt62
Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23469

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

I've heard that most urban legends are, in fact, suburban legends.
by mschmidt62
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12649

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

If you click on "Photos" in Google maps, and then click on a photo by Geohoochie and then click on his name, you will see all the photos by Geohoochie that are linked to google maps. Photos of the Lena river have on the order of 30,000 views, while his other photos have maybe 1000 or so--p...
by mschmidt62
Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"
Replies: 82
Views: 60641

Re: What-If 28: Steak Drop

Randall's analysis didn't mention cooling due to evaporation and/or sublimation of the water content. Space and the upper atmosphere is pretty dry. I would imagine that this cooling effect would not be large, however, as only the outer mm or so would lose its water with any efficiency. Oops. I now s...
by mschmidt62
Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 22043

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

So all those folks in Portland, OR aren't watching furry porn or reading Martha Stewart? I thought it would have been a hotbed for both.
by mschmidt62
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 25374

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

I think there are multiple possible causes of this internal monologue. Asperberger's and social anxiety have been suggested, but may I suggest another? Boredom? Sometimes people's stories are sufficiently predictable and their delivery of said stories sufficiently slow that one has to think about so...
by mschmidt62
Mon May 28, 2012 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45631

Re: 1061: "EST"

Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out just how xkcd is funny. I think this time it took about five minutes before I started laughing. But I'm still not exactly sure why I'm laughing.
by mschmidt62
Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 39190

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Oh, God, I can already see Wednesday's comic... Randall unites, in the same comic, Etymology Man and the Sheeple, and all xkcd fans worldwide will have hundreds of simultaneous orgasms until they burst into violent explosions of RANDALL IS SO AWESOME, and suddenly mankind has reached its peak. Well...
by mschmidt62
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43508

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Oh, thank you for that, myrcutio, I was trying to figure out the third -ology.
by mschmidt62
Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29608

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Who died and made Edward Tufte God? I like the comic as is. I like having to look carefully. It's about words and the words are there and the words change as they traverse the days. Drawing a line with a legend would eliminate that. Too many colors? People can't distinguish colors? So the wuck fhat....
by mschmidt62
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 48981

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

There must be something I'm not getting here.... A mimic octopus is a very good mimic of other sea life. Two mimic octopuses look like one mimic octopus...so one mimic octopus is mimicking the other octopus? But where's the other octopus? Is it mimicking the void? I'm sure I'll kick myself with the ...
by mschmidt62
Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61119

Re: 0889: Turtles

Oh, and cyanyoshi, I thought Filler Art was hilarious. You have to know the whole webcomics milieu to really appreciate it, though.
by mschmidt62
Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61119

Re: 0889: Turtles

My personal theory: Randall recently completed his Last Will and Testament, and he thought Testament was a strange word, like testudinian, and so he imagined what it would be like to have a Last Will and Testudinian. The turtle that will be around when he is gone.
by mschmidt62
Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 32733

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

I don't see what unfortunate consequence the "second rule" prevents. If you made a scale layout of a different geographical area, and in it was a model railroad of yet a different geographical area, and so on, you'd still reach the Matryoshka limit in about the same number of iterations. A...
by mschmidt62
Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26187

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Server sounds sorta like Randy the Bandicoot.
by mschmidt62
Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24668

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

There are obviously two types of people in the world--people who read this comic and think about flying cars, and people who read this comic and can only think about the female not wearing a shirt.

I'd have to put myself in the second category, I'm afraid.
by mschmidt62
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"
Replies: 65
Views: 23508

Re: 0822: "Guest Week: Jeph Jacques (Questionable Content)"

They're internal monologue bubbles. I think Jeph did a GREAT job of capturing the xkcd spirit while still being Jeph. If you have a strip like QC, guest artists can come in and use the characters--but xkcd doesn't have that many recognizable characters. So Jeph had to use something else about xkcd. ...

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