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by Sitnaltax
Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: University-Co-Op or not to Co-Op
Replies: 16
Views: 4844

Re: University-Co-Op or not to Co-Op

Do it, do it, a thousand times do it.

I learned way more in my 9 months of co-op than 8 semesters of classes. The experience looks great on a resume and they pay pretty well too.
by Sitnaltax
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stickers: They're Here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Stickers: They're Here!

The Discordian in my is greatly pleased. The "Transform" sticker goes on the mouse button of my laptop (a MacBook). The "XKCD" sticker goes on the back, for advertising/evangelism. The "Self-Destruct" sticker goes on the A/C system at a theater I frequent--there's a but...
by Sitnaltax
Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: New T-Shirt/Stickers question
Replies: 13
Views: 3476

New T-Shirt/Stickers question

I want to order both the new T-shirt and a set of stickers.

However, I only want to pay postage once.

If I pre-order a T-shirt and a pack of stickers, will they be shipped together? Or should I wait?
by Sitnaltax
Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Werewolves vs. Vampires?
Replies: 123
Views: 10634

Werewolf: the Apocalypse gave werewolves style. Although I've seen few other treatments that I've liked, I'm going with wolves.[/i]
by Sitnaltax
Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: hall of win
Replies: 72
Views: 7428

Isaac Asimov. Richard Feynman. Carl Sagan.

If we're nominating mathematicians, Euler deserves to be there.

I will nominate Richard Dawkins although he is certainly a more contentious figure.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd Polo Shirts: Part 2
Replies: 57
Views: 6442

Large; Style 1 preferred; the only one I wouldn't end up buying is the white one. I'd rather not pay more than $30, but would probably grit my teeth and pay up to $35 if that's what it ends up.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you do while you write that you think you shouldn't.
Replies: 49
Views: 6869

Plamo wrote:
I /also/ like italics, unless they're unusable in the instance in which I'm using them, in which case I use a double slash (/). I slashed also to show you what I meant.


I also like italics but I do it _like this_.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Test tricks
Replies: 36
Views: 5139

If smells tend to evoke memories for you, expose yourself to the same smell while you're studying and again while you're taking the test. Scented markers work well. Spray paint, maybe not so good. I had a high school biology teacher that would wander the classroom, observe a student for a couple sec...
by Sitnaltax
Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you do while you write that you think you shouldn't.
Replies: 49
Views: 6869

I saw the title and thought, "masturbate, duh."

Since I've started blogging my thoughts turn toward a conclusion after 400 words and just don't go past 600. I could write you a novel but you'd better be prepared to read it one disjointed 500-word section at a time.
by Sitnaltax
Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What shoes are you wearing?
Replies: 60
Views: 9261

Right now: socks. Whenever I leave the apartment: New Balance cross-trainers, black. A pair seems to last about two years of daily use, after which it's retired to mud/wet/mess duty. If I wear anything dressier I always end up having to run or jump or kick something and regretting not wearing the at...
by Sitnaltax
Fri May 11, 2007 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FanSci: Silver and Iron - Weaknesses of Mythical Creatures
Replies: 73
Views: 19004

I seem to remember somewhere also ghosts being unable to cross running water - And fae magic being killed by salt. any theories? I theorize that that's what they want you to think. Like vampires want you to think they're repelled by garlic, when in fact, they want you to season yourself for them.
by Sitnaltax
Fri May 11, 2007 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pardon Paris Hilton!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
Replies: 118
Views: 20485

She is a Marie Antoinette for the 21st century, except much less attractive.

And I'm totally with Belial about not giving any slack to drunk drivers. Call it what it is: attempted murder.
by Sitnaltax
Thu May 10, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction Question Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 4033

Regarding FTL travel: once you're talking FTL, you're already in the realm of soft SF. At this point, don't worry about going deep--or at all--into explanations for why things work. Just find something that makes the story interesting and go with it. (For example: the speed-sensitive force fields in...
by Sitnaltax
Thu May 10, 2007 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction Question Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 4033

We already have force fields, and damn good ones too. They're constructed from a matrix of various types of molecules held together by various forces that boil down to electromagnetism. When another object would otherwise pass through it, the electromagnetic force repels its molecules, causing it to...
by Sitnaltax
Sat May 05, 2007 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cellular discovery changes view of death
Replies: 23
Views: 5321

Would you agree that the obvious first-round application of this knowledge is a drug or treatment that suppresses the self-destruction mechanism? If this is the case, it would save the victim from a sudden or violent death (like a heart attack) any number of times. But it wouldn't help against a was...
by Sitnaltax
Sat May 05, 2007 2:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cellular discovery changes view of death
Replies: 23
Views: 5321

Unfortunately, this would seem to replace a reasonably good way to die (heart attack or other cardiovascular failure) with one of the worst ways to go (cancer). On the one hand, it's cool! But on the other hand, I'd rather die of pretty much anything but cancer.
by Sitnaltax
Thu May 03, 2007 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A discussion on the combination of EtOH and other liquids
Replies: 110
Views: 12872

Rum + Coke. As Kingdom of Loathing said, "The rum calms you down and the coke picks you up, leaving you just like you were before, only drunker." Also, I like the taste. Bailey's + milk, like Mad Giraffe, said, is tasty and relaxing. I don't care for the taste of beer or red wine, but I ca...
by Sitnaltax
Wed May 02, 2007 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 115930

It used to be that I had to look at the night sky or the ocean to feel very, very small.

Now the Interwebs do it for me.

Oh: viva the People's Democratic Republic of xkcdia!
by Sitnaltax
Wed May 02, 2007 2:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The ambiguity of xoxo
Replies: 124
Views: 26612

I would like to contend that neither X nor O can stand for "hugs" or "kisses" alone.

I base this on the fact that I have never seen hugging or kissing in an XXX movie.
by Sitnaltax
Tue May 01, 2007 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infected Wounds
Replies: 63
Views: 10824

Medical help from a Web forum? You're asking for trouble. Get some damn real medical help. The emergency room will be a big hassle and relatively large expense. Instead, call your family/primary care doctor if you have one, or go to an urgent care center. Wounds that don't improve are a bad sign, as...
by Sitnaltax
Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's strange about you?
Replies: 193
Views: 22975

Also after a condom breaks 5 times it becomes an issue


Myself, I would replace it after the first time it broke.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lend me a hand, will ya...
Replies: 160
Views: 18404

What is the most evil thing you would consider doing? What is the most evil thing another person could do and you would not think less of them for it--and in what context would it have to be? (I like these questions because you can take the discussion two ways--either into the nature of evil, or the...
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd bridge/whist tournament?
Replies: 20
Views: 3335

1. Evilbeanfiend: Jesus plays Standard American and He cries when you play ACOL. 2. Bidding: It won't do the forum community any good, but Out of the Box Games recently published a game called Abridged. http://www.otb-games.com/abridged/index.html Basically it's Bridge minus the bidding: you count y...
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many do you do ? (Pages)
Replies: 22
Views: 4133

This poll is doomed to die a death of sample bias for painfully ironic reasons.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd bridge/whist tournament?
Replies: 20
Views: 3335

I play bridge, although I don't believe I'm able to commit to a regular xkcd bridge night. By far the best free bridge software is Bridge Base Online. http://www.bridgebase.com/ Not only is the client pretty good, but the opponents are high-quality. Yahoo Games also has Bridge. It has the advantage ...
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you pronounce your username?
Replies: 268
Views: 27950

SIT-null-tax
alternatively
sit-NAWL-tax

I've used the handle for many, many years and first really regretted it when I got into a World of Warcraft guild that uses voicechat--it's hard to say, and I don't like the way it sounds.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What the heck is "sjcd"?
Replies: 8
Views: 2282

It's Esperanto for xkcd.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 25, 2007 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 85169

There is no solution. The expression is undefined if we are talking about real numbers. I became quite angry when I read that article where the smug bastard introduced his made-up word "nullity" like he was some kind of brilliant mathematical genius. He was clearly trying to define a new s...
by Sitnaltax
Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Demand for XKCD collared shirt?
Replies: 152
Views: 16602

Glad to hear it; thanks for checking with him.
by Sitnaltax
Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Greatest Regret
Replies: 137
Views: 15285

Near the end my junior year of high school I developed a crush on a girl, a senior who was graduating. That summer I finally got the nerve to call her, and she wasn't home. A few days later, I tried again, and again she wasn't around. I never mustered the nerve again. The day I got back to school in...
by Sitnaltax
Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you fear, embrace or reject the coming singularity?
Replies: 30
Views: 4610

If the entire field of AI research weren't one spectacular disaster after another, I'd think Singularity theory was more than an idle daydream.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If you could be a robot, what type of robot would you be?
Replies: 89
Views: 11295

I agree with Roffle on the tiger, although I would settle for any feline, really.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 18, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Phobias
Replies: 11
Views: 2303

Caterpillars. Ugh.
by Sitnaltax
Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's between you and your computer?
Replies: 61
Views: 9440

Keyboard: Dell. The system is homebuilt but Dell makes/sells the only keyboards I can stand. Mouse: Logitech WheelMan trackball. Between a computer-programming job and home computer use, ordinary mice strain my wrist. The trackball helps a lot. Monitor: 20" LCD. Worth every penny. I'm seriously...
by Sitnaltax
Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 137
Views: 26858

Pet Peeve #16: Phrasing a request for a favor as "do you want to..." I used to get this from my dad all the time: "Do you want to mow the lawn?" "No, but I will if you ask me to." Now that I live on my own, I get much less of it, but still occasionally at work. "D...
by Sitnaltax
Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My Hobby:
Replies: 554
Views: 106688

My Hobby: When anyone walks by with a UPS or FedEx box, say "Nice package."
by Sitnaltax
Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek humor
Replies: 51
Views: 8119

My favorite non-XKCD shirt is the one from the Questionable Content store that says "Irony". The good: Anyone who gets it is worth knowing. The bad: It's impossible to explain to anyone else. The ugly: The font makes the word look a little like "Trony" which confuses pretty much ...
by Sitnaltax
Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you lean conservative or liberal?
Replies: 105
Views: 15291

The politicalcompass quiz is pretty good, although I have a nagging suspicion that the questions are worded to elicit a libertarian response. I have libertarian sympathies myself, so I don't mind the bias, but I can where some would object.
by Sitnaltax
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you lean conservative or liberal?
Replies: 105
Views: 15291

What would you call a Libertarian society that doesn't work in practice?


Anarchy.
by Sitnaltax
Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Free energy for all! Huzzah!
Replies: 99
Views: 11205

If anything, it's hamsters that they've cross-bread with electric eels, but thier fur keeps caching on fire.


Remaining steps (please invest generously!):

1. Develop photosynthesizing hamsters
2. Cross-breed electric-eel hamsters with something flame-retardant, like a bristlecone pine.

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