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by Steve the Pocket
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 11243

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

I wasn't expecting this to culminate in an actual punchline. Usually with lists like this, the humor is in the general trend towards absurdity.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12908

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

I prefer my music recorded in ink on paper. The playback mechanism is a 90-piece orchestra. It just has more, I dunno, warmth than the newer formats. I'd imagine the combined exhalations and body heat of 90 musicians (particularly the hot air blown by the brass and woodwinds) would be putting more ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 13380

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

You know, it's funny. I immediately recognized the reference to "How I Beat Shaq" — something that my only exposure to comes from the end of this thing — and never even considered the "Ultimate Showdown" connection. This whole time it never occurred to me why that song mentioned ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12908

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

↶ What aesthetic is this comic trying to mimic? It's a trope of TV sitcoms. There's a party, or somesuch... music is playing in the background, there's a lot of people partying, no-one is really paying attention to the main character. Then the character does something particularly embarassing. All ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 7268

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Don't forget lobsters . Interesting. I've read a similar story involving potatoes. In France, at least, they were thought to be only fit for feeding to pigs until a certain doctor was fed them while a prisoner of war and found that they weren't half bad. Upon his release, he devoted his life to spr...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 40655

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I think if anything, this thread has demonstrated how the biggest hindrance to communication has nothing to do with legitimately bad grammar or differences in dialect; it's the many, many terms that even the well-educated among us can't agree on the meaning of. Like "racist". Having differ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 133735

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I'd love to live in your world, where jobs are created by government instead of by the value they add to the supply chain. Would you? Gee, can I get that in writing? Be nice to know ahead of time who plans to welcome their new Communist overlords. Makes planning the revolution that much easier, you...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 133735

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

To all the skeptics reading this thread: OK, so you still believe that global warming is just a random fluctuation that would have happened anyway and happens once or twice an eon anyway, and that this is just the first time we're seeing it happen in our species' lifetime. Fine. Let's suppose that's...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1714: Volcano Types
Replies: 16
Views: 5883

Re: 1714: Volcano Types

Not pictured: the LOLcano.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 6911

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

I wonder if there are any languages where instead of just singular and plural, there's a third form for two of something. It seems like a common trope for three or more to be treated as significant, so it's logical that that might carry over into language.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14398

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Speedlock just punishes you for wanting to play games when you're a passenger. For a game that's bound to be popular with kids, this seems like a significant oversight. ...Wait, no, that's not right; this game can't be aimed at kids; it requires leaving the house and going places on foot, and kids a...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 10512

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

"Dogwhistle" is in quotes... I want to believe that it's actually a feature that detects when the user says something not-racist-but, and automatically emits a sound that entices any dogs in the area to start barking.
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 16079

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

bilkie wrote:Ann Isabel Lent

That's not a very nice thing to say!

Soupspoon wrote:It's not quite the strip's pun, but what has been running through my head, more or less, since the comic came out...

Is this the first time someone has written a parody of this particular song about XKCD? It seems so obvious in hindsight...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14398

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

The comics about this game practically write themselves.

"We can't go in there... that's Old Man Murray's backyard!"

"But there's a shiny Bulbasaur back there!"
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 6913

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

My solution of late has just been to grab an ice pack from the freezer and hold it to the problem area until it starts to hurt, and then keep holding it until it doesn't hurt anymore. The numbness means I've effectively silenced any nerves that might start complaining about the itch for a few hours,...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon May 23, 2016 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 9070

Re: 1684: Rainbow

STOP HITTING THE TORNADO BUTTON YOU CHUCKLEFUCK
by Steve the Pocket
Sat May 21, 2016 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 24458

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Best alt text ever. Its getting harder and harder to read alt text in newer browsers. I'm going to be that pedantic asshole. xkcd's popup postscripts are title text, not alt text, and those are two different things. Alt text is alternative text to be used if the image itself can't be shown; title t...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 20, 2016 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 24458

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

The 9gag watermark just makes this. I can relate, because I started contributing to a 'booru-style archive of Undertale fanart , and got a painful lesson in just how thoroughly and expertly sites like that (modern-day eBaums, is what they are!) dominate the search results. It doesn't help that Devia...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39742

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

wayne wrote:Before our industrial revolution, logging was about the heaviest industry we had. Maybe something like this on the ten:
Image

I see what you did there.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39742

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Todd in the Shadows (Channel Awesome's music critic) had a great comeback to the "Jackson on the back" bullshit: He said it was like that episode of South Park where the town flag was redesigned from a picture of white people lynching a black man to a multi-ethnic group of people lynching ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 8630

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

I'd ask "How did we get off on this tangent?" but I think I already know the answer and that it's "immediately".
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24614

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Reminds me of that one episode of Freeman's Mind where he has to pump the water out of that one room that's flooded. "Why was all this water down here anyway? I'm in the middle of the desert in New Mexico. Does that mean I'm below the water table ? If so, good God , how deep am I right now?"
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 20764

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Sometimes I laugh and sometimes I'm just in awe of the sheer effort it must have taken to put the comic together. Today, I did both.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 19850

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

CharlieP wrote:Badasses for my real friends and real asses for my bad friends.

My real friends are badasses. My bad friends are real asses.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12415

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Ooh! I like having lunch! Today I'm having this huge pile of salt!
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 67495

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

And then there are cases where a font is so badly chosen that there's literally no way to kern it well:

Image

Why why why why why

I mean, Avant Garde literally has a more normal "A" you could use for situations like this
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 8742

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

One of my favorite creative UI things ever was way back in, I think it was HyperStudio, that we had to learn back in middle school. When something went wrong, the button to dismiss the error message wasn't "OK", but "Darn".
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 14664

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

"Let me give some examples. A shrimp nervously filters water: Anal Panama. A regression pries Lexus's nexus: Anal Panama. Andrew the foreman's sinuses threaten tartan pumpernickle science: Anal Panama." I don't know what's going on with this paragraph, but it's the best drug trip I've eve...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 14664

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

My favorite palindrome is the name Blake DeKalb, because it's a legit name. "DeKalb" already looks like it's something spelled backwards.

I have no idea what the mouseover caption is on about. By all accounts, the "X" should render it impossible to do anything palindromic with it.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14870

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

If your penis is cyanotic, you should probably see a doctor. I recently got rid of my car. So what does that say? Your dick is infinite. "...And on Tuesdays we offer endless wings." "Haha, cool. I have one of those." "Dude, she said wings ." "Ohhhhh. Sorry, never m...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14870

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

That guitar only drives a mink car to compensate for its hard, wooden neck and headstock.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 13934

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

orthogon wrote:I am disappoint. Can't quite make "Beer and Skittles"!

Dang. Beat me to it. Guess I'm not the only one who used to misinterpret that expression.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 19443

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

Flumble wrote:I'm not convinced that zero-length words exist. If they do, how would you tell them apart from the word-aether? Are they made up of virtual letters?

fnord
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25560

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

Reminds me of a comic I never got around to drawing.

Guy having a drink: "It's five o'clock somewhere!"
Other person: "Actually, it's 11:17, so no, I don't think it's five o'clock anywhere right now."
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 13757

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Red & Blacks (Milk Snakes) are used a lot in horrible Hollywood movies involving [supposedly dangerous] snakes, because no one is supposed to be able to tell the difference. I just think the movies are dull; like using a crash dummy in a scene, and we're supposed to believe it was the hero fall...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25560

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

One event that really ought to be held sesquennially is the Ashes test series in cricket. Its venue alternates between England and Australia and is always held in the local summer. However, for some reason it's "biennial", which means that there's one every two years on average, but the a...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 19443

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

SpringLoaded12 wrote:I'm immediately reminded of this, from a certain, ahem, imageboard.
I apologize for the two offensive replies in the middle on the right.

Man, that site really needs to be blasted into oblivion.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25560

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

Honestly, even "semiannual" could be interpreted as "every two years" if you're prone to overthinking and think it means "half as often as every year".
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 24702

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Anecdotal case-in-point in support of electronic communication being preferred to physical proximity: I have a close relative that, in person, drives me up the wall. They are gruff, loud, full of self-righteous opinions and derision toward dissenters, and in general is exhausting (for me) to be aro...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 86950

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

SDK wrote:Eradicating parasites is generally considered okay. Look at guinea worm for a more macro example.

There are theories that we could safely wipe out mosquitoes, as well. I imagine we'll have figured out whether or not for sure by the time we figure out a safe way to pull it off.

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