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by Kestral
Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0362: "Blade Runner"
Replies: 105
Views: 20772

Re: Blade Runner

Blade Runner was based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I though AI was based on that novel. Were both of them based on that novel? Or are you just not really into pokemon? No, it wasn't. It was based off a series of short stories. The first is "Super Toys Last Al...
by Kestral
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using corn to make ethanol: new proof of human idiocy
Replies: 48
Views: 6405

Cellulosic ethanol (ethanol made from the bit of plants high in ethanol) would be far more efficient and cost effective than ethanol made from corn, for the following reasons: 1) Before corn-based ethanol, no corn was 'going to waste' or 'left to rot'. All corn grown for for consumption by humans o...
by Kestral
Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 39017

Best way to fight insomnia? 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tested this afternoon with me and two other subjects. It's like a drug-induced stupor. [I mean, I think it totally deserves its recognition, but in its quest to be realistic, it's not very exciting, almost like watching paint dry or grass grow; onl...
by Kestral
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 39017

Plus, one forgets that at a certain time of night, people stop going online, almost all over the Earth. So if you don't live in a city with a strong nightlife, you not only get disconnected from reality, you start feeling very alone. To the point that you go nutters if the experience is frequent. M...
by Kestral
Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 39017

Lots of people lapse into solipsism after several months of no light. It's a natural tendancy I guess, just something about the continual night causes a disconnect from reality. Many people move out of those regions solely to escape that dreamlike feeling. Hmmmm, that's actually more related to the...
by Kestral
Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75619

I shot a man in Reno. He never asked me why. I shot a man in Reno... Now eternity shall pass him by. I shot a man in Reno... He asked me for 3 words ending in gry. I shot a man in Reno... The bullet left through his eye. I shot a man in Reno and let him bleed out underneath the sky. I shot a man in ...
by Kestral
Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0302: "Names"
Replies: 131
Views: 31707

Having done the camp counselor thing, I know what it's like to see 30-60 new kids every week and be expected to know their name.. and be completely unable to remember them. Oy. I can't remember the names of my best friends or my own relatives, most of the time... so of course, I give everyone nickna...
by Kestral
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0294: "Bookstore"
Replies: 144
Views: 31637

As a speed reader, I am normally attempting to slow down. My speed is such that I easily go through 400 page texts in a couple of hours, unless they are fantastically dense. This is when I'm going slow. :( It REALLY does a number on my budget. Thankfully, certain authors get me to slow down, and I c...
by Kestral
Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0291: "Dignified"
Replies: 120
Views: 32654

I notice the problem with word repetition too, but I also get it often while speed-reading. When I'm at my fastest, it's like I don't actually process anything until about 30 seconds after I've finished.. so if I get interrupted, I get the last word stuck in my mind with the inevitable "this is...
by Kestral
Mon May 14, 2007 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: FanSci: Silver and Iron - Weaknesses of Mythical Creatures
Replies: 73
Views: 19014

In real life, silver bullets are occasionally used when you need to stop a target quickly, as they fragment quite well once inside the target, thus increasing the stopping power at the expense of armor penetration. So assuming you use a silver bullet, a freakishly quickly healing target (aka a werew...

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