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« on: August 16, 2008, 04:38:59 PM »
 :o :o :o :o :o

ShortMinds can't be the first to figure this out.

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008, 05:33:49 PM »
That's awesome, but judging from Randall Munroe's long assertion that "XKCD" is made up I'm going to go with a coincidence, but a nice one.
Only you would bring up Music Man here.  ...and have it be totally relevant.

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008, 07:20:50 AM »
I've heard the same.  That's a mighty big coincidence though.

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 06:32:41 AM »
If you don't go to xkcd now and don't see what I'm I'm seeing your life will forever be lacking the magic I now feel in my soul.

Relevant.

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 10:28:26 AM »
If you don't go to xkcd now and don't see what I'm I'm seeing your life will forever be lacking the magic I now feel in my soul.

Relevant.

OMG it's like the first website I made, way back in 1997!

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 02:53:20 PM »

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009, 09:09:15 PM »
So did you spend half an hour tracking through all the lines on that XKCD too?
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2009, 12:36:02 AM »
So did you spend half an hour tracking through all the lines on that XKCD too?
I spent longer, then wrote an email to Randall demanding he release it as a poster print. Too late for christmas, but there are always birthdays :)
Only you would bring up Music Man here.  ...and have it be totally relevant.

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2009, 03:58:15 AM »
The Star Wars one was the most fun for me.

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2009, 11:00:27 AM »
I appreciated the eagles being included in the Lord of the Rings one.
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2009, 08:20:10 PM »
Ahh the Eagles of LOTRs. Has their ever been a more amusing parallel to a certain country's participation in the war against Nazi Germany?
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2009, 01:45:02 AM »
Ahh the Eagles of LOTRs. Has their ever been a more amusing parallel to a certain country's participation in the war against Nazi Germany?

It's also been likened to the Calvary showing up 5 minutes before the end in Westerns.
Only you would bring up Music Man here.  ...and have it be totally relevant.

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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2009, 02:03:37 AM »
For some reason I initially read that as 'Calgary showing up 5 minutes before the end in Westerns'. Which thinking about it I'd actually like to see.
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2010, 02:24:56 AM »
Anyone who saw this comic and didn't instantly wish for this probably doesn't have a soul.
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2010, 03:52:09 AM »
Anyone who saw the comic and didn't instantly wish for this probably doesn't have a soul.

You know, if not for the bouncing, it would be totally easy to 'make' lines.
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2010, 04:17:19 PM »
Thus making it not hell.

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2010, 06:00:05 PM »
Thus making it not hell.

No, but in my defense, there is no bounce implied in the comic. So, in fact, the flash creator of the game took an 'eh' joke and made it  :win:
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2011, 07:14:19 AM »
Someone turned the heaven one into a real game too.

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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2011, 06:02:12 PM »
..... win win win WIN WIN WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2012, 03:59:39 AM »
Only for those not actively obsessed with XKCD.

Randal launched What if? a few weeks ago. People ask him nerd-ish questions, he figures them out and write up a humorous reply. It's educational, and entertaining. Like PBS before Mr. Rogers died.

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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2012, 05:41:58 AM »
I saw one of those... it was about... uh.... like... something

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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2012, 10:40:48 PM »
I love this quote from Randall.

“I’m by no means an expert, but I have some experience with robotics. My first job out of college was working on robots at NASA, and my undergraduate degree project was on robotic navigation.”

Dang.  His first job out of college was with NASA.
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2012, 07:23:34 AM »
Does anyone know if there's a non-click and drag version of Click and Drag?

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2012, 07:36:49 AM »
Someone on the forums did the math.

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Re: XKCD
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2012, 07:47:09 AM »
It's like I played Limbo all over again.

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« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2012, 07:52:34 AM »

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« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2012, 08:59:12 AM »
oh crap... I just wasted like 40 mins on that and I only found the lower-right corner.  Amazing.

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« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2012, 01:40:01 PM »
WTF? Clicking and dragging is so annoying!
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2012, 04:42:44 AM »
WTF? Clicking and dragging is so annoying!

I imagine that's part of the point. It's presenting the comic in the way we experience real life.

Likewise, people sharing screen shots of the cool stuff they've found and displaying it in different ways is just like how we circumvent real world limitations. It's really more amazing the more I think about it.

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« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2012, 05:20:53 PM »
*grumbles* I'll amaze you.
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« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2012, 11:37:47 PM »
Cell Number

There's also a +1 sometimes, which is there to keep everyone on their toes. In the future, people who got to pick cool numbers by signing up for Google Voice early will be revered as wizards.
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« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2012, 05:00:35 AM »
Poll Watching

The choices we make Tuesday could have MASSIVE and PERMANENT effects on the charts on Nate Silver's blog!
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Math

As of this writing, the only thing that's 'razor-thin' or 'too close to call' is the gap between the consensus poll forecast and the result.
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« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2012, 10:08:22 PM »
Frequentists vs. Bayesians

'Detector! What would the Bayesian statistician say if I asked him whether the--' [roll] 'I AM A NEUTRINO DETECTOR, NOT A LABYRINTH GUARD. SERIOUSLY, DID YOUR BRAIN FALL OUT?' [roll] '... yes.'
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« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2012, 05:01:35 PM »
Up Goer Five

Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever.
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« Reply #35 on: November 16, 2012, 05:00:30 PM »
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Or a cabbage, for that matter. The goat makes sense. Goats are fine.
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« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2012, 05:00:49 PM »
Arachnoneurology

SPIDER PSYCHOLOGY (21st Ed.) is a comprehensive overview of arachnoneurology, neuro-arachnology, forensic arachnology, neuro-arachnoneurology (the study of the brains of spider neurology experts), and arachnoarachnology (the study of too many spiders).
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XKCD - Broken Mirror
« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2012, 05:01:21 PM »
Broken Mirror

'I see you're in this mood again.' 'I am always in this mood.'
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XKCD - ?LTR
« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2012, 05:00:34 PM »
?LTR

Collaborative editing can quickly become a textual rap battle fought with increasingly convoluted invocations of U+202a to U+202e.
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« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2012, 05:01:51 PM »
Heatmap

There are also a lot of global versions of this map showing traffic to English-language websites which are indistinguishable from maps of the location of internet users who are native English speakers.
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Re: XKCD
« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2012, 07:16:45 AM »
I get that What If is basically the sorts of things Mythbusters could never actually test, but I really want to see them do Machine Gun Jetpack.
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« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2012, 07:30:19 AM »
Holy shaznackle. After reading that, I can understand why you'd want to see it done.

The GAU8 shoots bullets that EACH weigh one pound?! Insane! Each shot must sound like the thud of a giant on the ground.
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« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2012, 05:00:04 PM »
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I'm rubber. You're rubber. We contemplate the reality of our existence in mute, vulcanized horror.
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« Reply #43 on: November 29, 2012, 05:00:52 AM »
Calendar of Meaningful Dates

In months other than September, the 11th is mentioned substantially less often than any other date. It's been that way since long before 9/11 and I have no idea why.
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« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2012, 11:28:46 AM »
Wow. Google Ngrams just awed me.
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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2012, 10:30:18 AM »
I was going through Randal's blog and I found this cool little chart he made graphing the occurrences of pairings of common internet tropes.

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« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2012, 01:04:44 PM »
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« Reply #47 on: December 01, 2012, 03:24:02 AM »
Bacon doctor and penguin zombie confuse me. Googling.

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« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2012, 08:00:02 AM »
I was laughing at the thought of who would search for Raptor Bacon and Badger Narwhal.
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« Reply #49 on: December 03, 2012, 05:02:17 PM »
Two Years

She won the first half of all our chemo Scrabble games, but then her IV drugs started kicking in and I *dominated*.
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« Reply #50 on: December 04, 2012, 12:57:13 PM »
Is this based on Randall's life?
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« Reply #51 on: December 04, 2012, 04:31:12 PM »
Yeah. His fiance(?)  got the big C. He posted some cryptic comics around the time.

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« Reply #52 on: December 04, 2012, 04:38:42 PM »
I love that even his non-science comics are thought-provoking.
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« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2012, 04:41:57 AM »

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« Reply #54 on: December 05, 2012, 08:54:09 AM »
I suppose that means his fiancée has passed two years since diagnosis?
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« Reply #55 on: December 05, 2012, 09:32:50 AM »
Right. That was my assumption too.

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« Reply #56 on: December 05, 2012, 05:00:04 PM »
Coverage

My resonant tunneling diode phone has limited range but a short enough wavelength to penetrate even the densest cages. This gives me a major combat advantage, hopefully.
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Location

Ingress: Foursquare With Space Noises.
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<A>: Like </a>this. 
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XKCD - Sky Color
« Reply #59 on: December 12, 2012, 11:02:01 PM »
Sky Color

Feynman recounted another good one upperclassmen would use on freshmen physics students: When you look at words in a mirror, how come they're reversed left to right but not top to bottom? What's special about the horizontal axis?
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« Reply #60 on: December 13, 2012, 05:12:45 AM »
This week's What If wasn't as funny as some, but it was really interesting. It did a really good job of illustrating the law of diminishing returns.

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« Reply #61 on: December 13, 2012, 12:37:51 PM »
I love the Rayleigh scattering comic. Why isn't the sky violet?!

Also, I thought the what-if was great!

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« Reply #62 on: December 14, 2012, 05:00:22 PM »
Honest

I didn't understand what you meant. I still don't. But I'll figure it out soon!
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« Reply #63 on: December 15, 2012, 03:50:31 AM »
Also, I thought the what-if was great!

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Frankly, the word “vehicle” is a bit misleading. Essentially, what you’ve created is an unstable pile of gunpowder the size of Central Park.

That only further convinced me that we should try it.

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XKCD - Evolving
« Reply #64 on: December 17, 2012, 05:01:39 PM »
Evolving


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XKCD - Nothing to Offer
« Reply #65 on: December 19, 2012, 05:01:54 PM »
Nothing to Offer

cerebrospinal fluid, pericardial fluid, sputum, aqueous humor, perilymph, chyme, hydatid fluid, interstitial fluid, rheum, and gin.
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XKCD - Broomstick
« Reply #66 on: December 21, 2012, 11:04:12 PM »
Broomstick

'Broom first, then slippers.' 'How do I know you'll return the broom once you've secured your ticket?' 'I'll leave my little dog as collateral.' 'Great. Pleasure doing business!'
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XKCD - Instagram
« Reply #67 on: December 24, 2012, 05:01:57 PM »
Instagram

I'm gonna call the cops and get Chad arrested for theft, then move all my stuff to the house across the street. Hopefully the owners there are more responsible.
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Re: XKCD - Instagram
« Reply #68 on: December 24, 2012, 05:15:53 PM »
I have no idea how instagram works, but this feels not quite... right.
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XKCD - Tests
« Reply #69 on: December 26, 2012, 05:04:14 PM »
Tests

In fact, one of the boxes is full of Staphylococcus. The wrapping paper is coated in E. coli, though, so it's an understandable mistake. You know, we should really stop accepting gifts from that guy.
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XKCD - Communion
« Reply #70 on: December 28, 2012, 05:00:50 PM »
Communion

The local police, growing increasingly concerned about this church, ask parishoners to take a sip of wine and then spit it back out for DNA testing. It's blood, and it matches a 1970s murder victim.
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XKCD - Communion
« Reply #71 on: December 31, 2012, 05:00:56 AM »
Communion

The local police, growing increasingly concerned about this church, ask parishioners to take a sip of wine and then spit it back out for DNA testing. It's blood, and it matches a 1970s murder victim.
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XKCD - Proof
« Reply #72 on: December 31, 2012, 11:00:23 PM »
Proof

The prosecution calls Gottfried Leibniz.
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XKCD - Resolution
« Reply #73 on: January 02, 2013, 05:02:26 PM »
Resolution

If at first you don't succeed, that's one data point.
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XKCD - Kolmogorov Directions
« Reply #74 on: January 04, 2013, 11:02:00 PM »
Kolmogorov Directions

People get really grumpy when they realize you're giving them directions for how to go to the store and buy a GPS.
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