1996. The Spice Girls rock (pop?) the world with Wannabe. Will Smith kicks alien butt in Independence day. DVDs become commercially available. Scientists clone the first mammal. Ebay opens. Three important standards are either released or reshaped into their current form: MIME, Unicode and IPv6. 17 years later, a shocking amount of software still does not support these standards.
Based om my Google Ads profile:
||No prize for guessing; it’s in my Google+ profile.
||I’m surprised they didn’t figure this one out. English, French, Norwegian.
|Action & Adventure Films
||I’ve booked two flights in the last 24 months. They don’t seem to have noticed that I’ve spent a lot of time recently researching ferries.
||Who doesn’t use Internet banking these days?
|Bicycles & Accessories
||I own a bike. I’ve ridden it twice in the last six years.
|Computer & Video Games
||Depends on how you define the term. Computers, computer parts and peripherals, yes.
|East Asian Music
|Fashion & Style
||You have hundreds of photos of me, and you never noticed that I always wear the exact same clothes?
|Food & Drink
||Yes, but not online.
||You have hundreds of photos of me, and you never noticed that I shave my head?
|Hygiene & Toiletries
||I’ve used the same shower gel and deodorant for years. They’re both no-brand products sold in pharmacies.
|Make-Up & Cosmetics
||You know I’m male. You know I’m straight. Do the math.
||My initial reaction was “huh?”, but actually, yes. Mostly women’s handball, but also cross-country skiing and biathlon.
||What does that even mean? You can’t throw a rock on the intertubes these days without hitting half a dozen lolcat videos. Not that I would ever throw a rock at a cat.
|Rap & Hip-Hop
||They must have deduced that from all the P!nk and Avril Lavigne videos I watch on YouTube.
|Search Engine Optimization & Marketing
||SEO & marketing “consultants” are scum.
I keep getting email from LinkedIn telling me that someone in my network has endorsed me for this, that or the other skill. My initial reaction when these emails started arriving was surprise, because I knew about LinkedIn’s recommendation system but hadn’t heard about their new endorsement system. After a while, surprise turned to amusement. Allow me to explain why.
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So K made curry last night, and I helped out by chopping the veggies, and I chopped an onion and single-clove garlic and a green chili and then washed my hands and sat down in front of the TV, at which point my nose was slightly runny and I wiped it with the back of my hand and OH MY GOD IT BURNS.
Speaking purely hypothetically, I may also, some two or three ineffective hand-scrubbings later, have gone to the bathroom.
The chili was great, by the way, thanks for asking.
I love XKCD. I love this panel. I even bought the T-shirt.
But in all these years, am I really the only one to have noticed that the comic and the T-shirt are wrong? The peak energy density of the cosmic microwave background radiation occurs at 160.2 GHz, not 160.4 GHz as the shirt says.