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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    Still the most tear-jerking XKCD in my opinion:

    https://xkcd.com/104/
    Also potentially the most horrifying, if you transplant the text into the context of, say, a necromancer villain.
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    "Is a stack of ten pancakes too many pancakes to give to the party, even if most of them fell on the floor and one or two were stepped on? I wanted to give my party pancakes as a reward but I'm unsure if it's too much. The pancakes are also laced with blowfish poison so the party would have to get an antitoxin before they could eat the ones which weren't pulverized by shoes."

    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    Also potentially the most horrifying, if you transplant the text into the context of, say, a necromancer villain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    Also potentially the most horrifying, if you transplant the text into the context of, say, a necromancer villain.
    Wasn't there that Sidequest in Skyrim?

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    That guy wanted to bring back a loved one too...


    Horrifying indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kantaki View Post
    Wasn't there that Sidequest in Skyrim?

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    That guy wanted to bring back a loved one too...


    Horrifying indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Killjoy View Post
    Still the most tear-jerking XKCD in my opinion:

    https://xkcd.com/104/
    So who is 104 referring to, if this one makes it clear that we have a 7-year cancer survivor?

    Also: "Seven Years", in Ring-Voice, would be ...
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    So who is 104 referring to, if this one makes it clear that we have a 7-year cancer survivor?

    Also: "Seven Years", in Ring-Voice, would be ...
    That's seven years clear of cancer, however long the disease took to arrive and clear up is additional to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfeye View Post
    That's seven years clear of cancer, however long the disease took to arrive and clear up is additional to that.
    Cancer survival rates are measured from date of diagnosis, not from date of "cancer not showing up in the test". The "clear up" time is included in the seven years.

    But to be precise, you can't "clear up" cancer. First, because every one of us has cancer cells somewhere in our bodies. Our immune system takes care of them eventually, but a perfectly precise test would always find some. Second, because when a cancer cell isn't killed soon enough and becomes a malignant cancer, there is always the chance that one of the little ****ers managed to escape treatment, and lodged itself somewhere else, and it is now slowly and inexorably growing again somewhere where your immune system can't stop it fast enough. Like with AIDS, the best modern medicine can do is try to ensure you'll die of something else, but at current time, you can never be cured of cancer.

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    I'm surprised he didn't use LAX in today's comic to make a joke about lacrosse.
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    Hah! Today's strip fits quite nicely in the category described by the mouse-over text.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Torath View Post
    Hah! Today's strip fits quite nicely in the category described by the mouse-over text.
    I specially like that the decline in quality predates the "ms paint era", which I can see someone argue the must have been some other, unidentified issue caused the decay, which only thanks to ms paint and powerpoint was it eventually counteracted.

    (You know what they say about lies, damned lies and statistics? Same applies to graphs)

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    I would say that's the dumbest theory Grey Wolf's heard, but, let's be honest: It's Grey Wolf. They've probably heard dumber theories today. Point is, neat idea, but it's a real stretch.
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    http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1948

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    https://xkcd.com/1959/

    A reminder from The Simpsons of how much time has passed.

    And we find out the real reason why none of the characters age: at 11, Bart gets his Hogwarts letter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    https://xkcd.com/1959/

    A reminder from The Simpsons of how much time has passed.

    And we find out the real reason why none of the characters age: at 11, Bart gets his Hogwarts letter.
    Am I right in assuming you read xkcd in chunks or why do you reference a two week old comic? :small confused: no offense, just wondering.

    Btw, has anyone any idea if what if is down for good? I can't find anything about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    Btw, has anyone any idea if what if is down for good? I can't find anything about it.
    xkcd is not down for me at the moment.
    The end of what Son? The story? There is no end. There's just the point where the storytellers stop talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfeye View Post
    xkcd is not down for me at the moment.
    Sorry, I meant to ask whether or not there will be further updates to the "what if" part of xkcd or not. My bad for the poor phrasing.
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    It could be done. On the other hand, webcomics have come back from long breaks before. Monster's Garden, another comic I follow, abruptly stopped updating in October 2016, with no announcement of a hiatus or the end of the comic. There was no word about it for a year and a half, until it unexpectedly returned in February 2018, with a new page and a redesigned website.

    The What Ifs have been halted for almost exactly a year now, It's quite possible that it will come back, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it was done for good. Or maybe it will be like Shortpacked, where there is one new page per year (Shortpacked officially "ended" in January 2015, but there has been a new April Fools Day page every year since then).

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    I dunno, I get the impression with the What Ifs that Randall is either bored with the whole idea, or he's discovered that collecting them in book form makes mucho loot and doesn't want to give them out free anymore! I guess time will tell which it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    Am I right in assuming you read xkcd in chunks or why do you reference a two week old comic? :small confused: no offense, just wondering.
    Why yes, XKCD is one of (several) comics that I read in chunks.
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    New comic will be coming soon, and the wait is making me tap the table a lot. Or maybe that’s the Cafine. Sometimes I cant really tell.

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    Can you imagine the trouble Randall went through trying to arrange those tiles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    Can you imagine the trouble Randall went through trying to arrange those tiles?
    The effort he puts into work that perhaps 10% of his audience will understand, or possibly even read, is always amazing to me.
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    I don't think anyone would want those pancakes even if you paid them to eat them.

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    Taking the risk of looking dumb.. Is there a deeper meaning to Wednesday's comic I'm missing?

    Also.. I guess I really should learn more about this tax thing.. Though thinks are slightly easier in Germany. As long as you don't care about saving money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    Taking the risk of looking dumb.. Is there a deeper meaning to Wednesday's comic I'm missing?
    If the basic level is "taxes are different from the other two", then the deeper level is "actually, no they are not". In the end, personal data, the economy and taxes are three poorly understood nebulous concepts that we nevertheless all participate in, whether we want to or not, and ignoring any of the three can have grave consequences. Yes, taxes has a more direct consequence for neglecting it, but not necessarily a worse one than having your identity stolen or (in the US, where they don't get a proper retirement safety net like you do in Germany) risk having no savings or income after your working days are over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey_Wolf_c View Post
    If the basic level is "taxes are different from the other two", then the deeper level is "actually, no they are not". In the end, personal data, the economy and taxes are three poorly understood nebulous concepts that we nevertheless all participate in, whether we want to or not, and ignoring any of the three can have grave consequences. Yes, taxes has a more direct consequence for neglecting it, but not necessarily a worse one than having your identity stolen or (in the US, where they don't get a proper retirement safety net like you do in Germany) risk having no savings or income after your working days are over.

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    Are taxes really that nebulous? I mean, the finer idea of how much you need to pay and what you can save maybe but... why they are there...? Economy seems most nebulous because it can kind of include everything, if you want..

    Also, I was asking about Wednesday, the Domino one..
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    Wow, there’s a lot hidden in today’s comic.

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    https://www.xkcd.com/1975/

    This is absolutely hilarious for such a simple single panel image.
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    RSS didn't work well with that...
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    I spent way longer than I should have trying to "win" Games/Adventure.EXE. Although I was dissapointed that it still shows up as "exe" even if you got there via /home/usr/games/adventure. What is a Windows executable doing on a Linux system? Especially a text-based adventure game that you probably got by installing it from your default package repository. The answers for 20 Questions were pretty funny though.

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    I don't nearly have enough endurance to go through the whole comic, which I admit is a shame but it's funny nonetheless

    Sidenote : has anybody an idea why there was no comic for Prof Hawking? I mean, he appeared before and Randall has done multiple comics in memory of recent deaths, so.. I was just wondering. Of course it could have no reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    https://www.xkcd.com/1975/

    This is absolutely hilarious for such a simple single panel image.
    Definitely my favorite comic in a while, although I wonder how much of a pain it was to add "Who's on first"
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