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by markfiend
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2221

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Wheeljack wrote:First officer: "So, do we need to be asleep while we fly through?"

What you did there. I see it. :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 3232

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Note the typo "Magnetohydrodyanmics" in the title text
by markfiend
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 2651

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

You know, other continents do exist. It's not so much my ethnocentricity as my trite stereotyping. The behavior strikes me as quite American. After all, "Fuck Glaciers" is the official position of the U.S. Government in 2017. Also, I couldn't find a hemispheric map of glacial erratics, so...
by markfiend
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 2651

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

If you can't move a glacial erratic, then it needs a name: http://www.geologicnow.com/images/chapter14/Figure1.jpg The above map also shows that the action in this comic must be taking place in the northern part of the continent, because there are no glacial erratics in the south. You know, other c...
by markfiend
Thu May 25, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 2699

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Soupspoon wrote:An interesting read.


From that article:
Is there a role for Lamarckian mechanisms in modern evolutionary theory?

At the level of specific mechanisms, yes. At a deeper level of causes, though, the answer is a resounding “no”
by markfiend
Wed May 24, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 2699

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

jonhaug wrote:Isn't it so that epigenetics has somewhat put Jean-Baptiste Lamarck back in the scientific ranks?

No, not really.
by markfiend
Thu May 04, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 2742

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

speising wrote:
markfiend wrote:Slightly OT but I always wondered why no-one ever invented a digital "camera" that was the shape/size of a roll of 35mm film, for use in an analog SLR.

you mean, like one of those?

Yes, exactly like one of those. Thank you. :lol:
by markfiend
Thu May 04, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 2742

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

Slightly OT but I always wondered why no-one ever invented a digital "camera" that was the shape/size of a roll of 35mm film, for use in an analog SLR.
by markfiend
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 339
Views: 28471

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Zamfir wrote:you can make gold-oxide based glass, somewhat coloured perhaps

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry_glass
by markfiend
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 5782

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

<meta>
Most political discussions on the forums probably come out as a 0-0

Actually, most political discussions on the Internet probably come out at 0-0
</meta>
by markfiend
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 12624

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

gothick wrote:I'm guessing us metric people can't buy a 591.47ml bottle—is the nearest we've got the 500ml bottles? Or does that even vary among metric countries?

600ml bottles aren't uncommon; generally they're marketed alongside 500ml bottles with conspicuous "20% extra FREE!" signage.
by markfiend
Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 8308

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

HES wrote:
markfiend wrote:OTOH the Eye also kept plugging the MMR/Autism link long after it was discredited, so there's that.

Well that sours my opinion of Ian Hislop

It was more Phil Hammond's fault than Hislop's really. He had the good grace to admit he got it wrong... eventually.

see wikipedia
by markfiend
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 8308

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

...but Libyans killed mostly Americans on Pan Am 103 (bound for New York)... I might be veering into tinfoil hat territory but IIRC Private Eye has some evidence that it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie bombing. OTOH the Eye also kept plugging the MMR/Autism link long after it was discredited...
by markfiend
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 7781

Re: 1790: "Sad"

To be honest, if you had polled people on the right 8 years ago they would have been worried / upset about what might happen with the Obama Presidency. Now the lft is worried about a trump Presidency. We survived Obama, we will survive Trump. Yes but the right was worried about whether or not Obama...
by markfiend
Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 7781

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Randall: inbox me hun?
by markfiend
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4234

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Yes, that quote does seem to be "prescribed" as you pointed out, but it definitely sounds like the author meant "proscribed." So, yeah... point taken, objection withdrawn. Edit: My objection to the original(?) wording is that selling someone a "prescribed chemical" imp...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4234

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have one phone number. The only folk I know with multiple numbers are "purveyors of rare herbs and proscribed chemicals".
by markfiend
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 8884

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I use screen+irssi :mrgreen: GOOMHR
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

OK seriously? In an ideal world I would be an anarcho-syndicalist. However I recognise that in the real world, government is necessary. I prefer my government to be of a decidedly socialist flavour. Further... **On a side note, are you by any chance one of those liberals that constantly shouts in fa...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

Shooting fascists isn't silencing dissent, it's self-defence. Anyway. Trump supporters do want to take away my friend's life. She won't be able to afford any more chemo without The Affordable Care Act. I'm not actually "one of those liberals who" anything. My own political views are pretty...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt on this one and assume that this was a really inappropriate joke that made nobody laugh. No joke about it. The only good fascist is a dead fascist. Edit: Anyway, I though that according to various right-wing-arseholes, saying this sort of carp online i...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Programming Language Alignment Chart?
Replies: 32
Views: 27181

Re: Programming Language Alignment Chart?

php:
Any language that contains both array_search($needle, $haystack) for array search and strpos($haystack, $needle) for string search must be chaotic evil.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4301

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

cellocgw wrote:I take it you are thinking of this one?
AsimovShotgun.PNG

:lol: Let you google that for me

Yes indeed. Thanks.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

Flumble wrote:
Sableagle wrote:
Flumble wrote:*does English have a good pejorative for being negligent/rash/short-sighted/careless/childish/unthinking?
"Trump supporter."

Kind of, but I'm looking for the English word, not the American one. :wink:

Brexiteer
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

Stargazer71 wrote:Your attitude simply exemplifies the way that liberals argue. That's all.

[citation needed]
Your attitude exemplifies libertarians. You completely lack reading comprehension.

Again, I'm not arguing with you I'm laughing at you. That's all.
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4301

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

Title text "I didn't even realize you could HAVE a data set made up entirely of outliers." also known as the "shotgun plot" Dunno 'bout that -- unless you're using the gangster short-barrel version :twisted: a shotgun blast produces a pretty well-organized pattern on the target....
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4301

1781: "Artifacts"

Image
Title text "I didn't even realize you could HAVE a data set made up entirely of outliers."

also known as the "shotgun plot"
by markfiend
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

Modern liberalism in a nutshell. Free discourse is too much work. Work to silence dissent and move forward. Who's being silenced? I'm just laughing at their pathetic trolling. You too cupcake. :lol: ETA: And you TheGhost . "Sheeple" LMAO what a precious snowflake you are. Second edit: I c...
by markfiend
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

I'm going to perform at Uncle Donald's inauguration in January. I can't decide between "Another Brick in the Wall" and "You're No Good". I vote for the KMFDM version of "You're No Good". Rebecca Ferguson has said yes, but only if she can sing Strange Fruit ( source )
by markfiend
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7956

Re: 1779: "2017"

come on, 2016 was awesome, we had TAY, "meme terrorism", the beginning of the end of fake news, trump giving an epic dressing down to said fake news purveyors, some epic moments in trolling from people like sargon, feminism continuing to overtake parody... all around, it's been a pretty a...
by markfiend
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 6461

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

DeGuerre wrote:Did you know that you have been around for the majority of [thing]'s existence?l

Blimey. The knowledge that the Great Nebula in Andromeda is actually a galaxy.
by markfiend
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8225

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Fun fact: I only recently (last few months or so) noticed the second letter C in Connecticut. For years I had thought it was Conneticut.
by markfiend
Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 5586

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

How did Randall find out what I do for a living?
by markfiend
Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12338

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Mutex wrote:
markfiend wrote:Oh goody Randall's baiting the PUA/MRA crowd again. :lol:


I reckon this thread's gonna be a goodun!


Didn't take long did it? :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12338

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Oh goody Randall's baiting the PUA/MRA crowd again. :lol:
by markfiend
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58499

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Spaceman_Spiff wrote:one more refuge from politics

Ain't no such animal.

Refusing to take a political stance is in itself a political stance.
by markfiend
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58499

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I wish I had a vote. It would be going to Hilary Clinton. Realistically, only Trump and Clinton stand any chance of being elected. Voting for a third-party candidate might give you a warm glow of ideological purity, but it's going to do no good at all in preventing the worst world-wide disaster sinc...
by markfiend
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 5641

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

Yes, I'm sure dinosaurs were a wonderfully diverse and weird group, but it does not follow that the weirdness of birds is merely a small subset of the weirdness of dinosaurs. I disagree. All birds are dinosaurs. Therefore the weirdness of birds is the weirdness of some dinosaurs. Alongside that we ...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:10 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 18295

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

s/propogate/propagate/g
by markfiend
Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 9446

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

I am Jack's username : then are you going to consider the inevitable deaths of animals killed during the harvest of your vegan food? Or how about the wildlife displaced to provide arable land to grow your food? All food production causes death and suffering for some animals; a vegan cannot claim an...

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