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by jasc15
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 263089

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

I took a 2 week winter semester composition/literature course in 2002 or 2003. There were 2 short stories that stood out, and I have yet to find them again: One was about 2 women who lived together in a rural area and raised some animals (i remember chickens). A man stays with them for some period o...
by jasc15
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11222

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

by jasc15
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 23351

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

I like how it takes 4 trillion years for the temp to drop a single degree.
by jasc15
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0150: "Grownups"
Replies: 147
Views: 82622

Re: 0150: "Grownups"

by jasc15
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1393: Timeghost
Replies: 77
Views: 19541

Re: 1393: Timeghost

My god... World War 1 was a hundred years ago. How time flies. The American Civil War was only 150 years ago. Growing up, that felt like a forever ago. Long, long ago, in a country that had no resemblance to the America of today, men fought men over owning men. The older I get, the more it feels li...
by jasc15
Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham
Replies: 39
Views: 15564

Re: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham

I saw most of the debate, but stopped watching just before the audience questions so I feel like I got a good hold of Mr. Ham's arguments. Ham makes a distinction between observational science, with which he seems to be fully aligned with "traditional science", and historical science. (Thi...
by jasc15
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: winds around the world - real time
Replies: 16
Views: 14692

Re: winds around the world - real time

Just yesterday I was trying to find a web based map that would allow panning in various map projections, so you could see how the landmasses look when the projections were based on orientations other than north pole on top. This is wonderful, not to mention all the other data it contains.
by jasc15
Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rule 34 for conspiracy theories?
Replies: 10
Views: 14665

Re: Rule 34 for conspiracy theories?

Well, I know what Rule 34 is. I'm applying the concept to something else.

However, I like your combination of my made up version with the classical one.
by jasc15
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rule 34 for conspiracy theories?
Replies: 10
Views: 14665

Rule 34 for conspiracy theories?

A post on another forum re: the Kennedy assassination... "The smart money is on space aliens. They had to make sure the Apollo program didn't go too far." ..made me wonder if there was such a combination of conspiracy theories. I can't be bothered to look right now since I'm at work, but I...
by jasc15
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448640

Re: Questions For The World

I haven't seen mention of PB&J with banana. Wonderful combination, IMO.
by jasc15
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 38040

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Reminded me of the biography of Paul Erdős, from which I first heard of the Monty Hall problem. Apparently, even Erdős didn't believe the conclusion: Paul Erdős, one of the most prolific mathematicians in history, remained unconvinced until he was shown a computer simulation confirming the predicted...
by jasc15
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are high-yield online savings accounts BS?
Replies: 55
Views: 21763

Re: Are high-yield online savings accounts BS?

Maybe banks offered 10% on deposits when borrowing rates were 18-20%, but a 30 year mortgage is <4% today, and inflation is quite low, historically. They can't pay higher rates than they charge borrowers. You can't just jump to "gahh, greedy capitalist bankers" with this issue. Not that th...
by jasc15
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are high-yield online savings accounts BS?
Replies: 55
Views: 21763

Re: Are high-yield online savings accounts BS?

The flippant quote from Futurama is basically right. It is a good place to keep emergency cash, but not if you want to grow your money. You are paying for the liquidity and low risk by accepting low yield.
by jasc15
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 91314

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

EN-thal-py, rather than en-THAL-py. Taking a thermodynamics class, and the professor made a point of telling us the latter is the correct pronunciation. I've been saying the former so long, and I still say it in class. He doesn't seem to mind, though.
by jasc15
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Say you have a time machine...
Replies: 53
Views: 20502

Re: Say you have a time machine...

Not exactly sure when would be the best time in history to do this, but I would love to tell the people how we landed on the moon. First starting with Newton unifying the behavior of the heavens and the earth, followed by some demonstrations, and progressing through all the relevant science in terms...
by jasc15
Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Which consumes more: Printing a page or viewing on computer?
Replies: 8
Views: 3576

Which consumes more: Printing a page or viewing on computer?

Being paperless is considered "green", but how many hours do I have to view my document on the computer before I offset the paperless benefit? Several unverified web sources give the energy to create a single sheet of paper: 12-17 Wh or 43,200 - 61,200 J 32 - 57 Wh or 114,000 J - 204,000 J...
by jasc15
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 52942

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Regarding the original question: The next scheduled end of the world is in 2020. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_predictions#Future_predictions I have to wonder what it takes to get on a list like this? If today, I predicted some arbitrary date to be the end of the world, how would I ...
by jasc15
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 52942

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Compare fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, sequestration, and whatever they decide to call next week's financial meltdown. In my lifetime I've lived through the end of the world at least a dozen times, what with comet Kohoutek, the Jupiter Effect, harmonic convergence, Criswell's "black rainbow"...
by jasc15
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20565

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Here is a more elaborate rant on this topic that I was immediately reminded of when reading this comic. It's a blog by a photographer, and he offers explanations as to why this ridiculous artifact is so prevalent.
by jasc15
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 93782

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

This just occurred to me. Couldn't we add hemp to the list in this comic? I've seen no shortage of claims of hemp curing/preventing cancer, eliminating hunger, restoring economies, etc.
by jasc15
Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Left-over money
Replies: 42
Views: 7043

Re: Left-over money

Are you talking percentage of gross, or net income?
by jasc15
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 669990

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Dang, no lemmings. Still very entertaining. Nice one, Randall.
by jasc15
Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 669990

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Don't want to read the thread because of spoilers, but I just wanted to say I'm waiting for lemmings. I hope I'm not disappointed.
by jasc15
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448640

Re: Questions For The World

My favourite-est pair of jeans are a pair of really dark Levi's. Bought them 16 months ago and haven't washed them yet. I wear them 2-3 times a week. They're the most unbe-fucking-lievably comfortable things on the planet. You should try it some time. Buy really nice jeans and NEVER wash them. Glad...
by jasc15
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448640

Re: Questions For The World

On the topic of Michigan/Detroit: Is Windsor, Ontario anything like Detroit? They are practically the same city, geographically, and I wonder if the social and economic realities are effected much, or not at all by the international border between the two.
by jasc15
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Maps
Replies: 52
Views: 10152

Re: Maps

When I was in third grade, we spent a few weeks drawing and coloring a map of the world. It was my favorite assignments throughout all grammar school. I have a map of Europe drawn in 1915 by my great grandfather which is about 3 feet x 3 feet, and an aeronautical map of New York and New England pinn...
by jasc15
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 20436

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

Between this phenomena and my frugality, I agonize over every purchase. Even something trivial, like my glass measuring cup, I wish I had looked into a bit before buying. First of all, it was overpriced, and second, its contents dribble down the side if you pour too fast. I wonder who used the proto...
by jasc15
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most interesting person to have dinner with...
Replies: 28
Views: 5285

Re: Most interesting person to have dinner with...

Richard Feynman. Although I fear he would be bored to tears talking with me. He has said himself that he has no desire to talk with dilettantes, only with people who's passion for a subject has led them to the cutting edge of it and have new things to say. Similar to pyronius's reaction, after readi...
by jasc15
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 66142

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

Forgive my ignorance on the issue, (I've heard about this in passing since October, but it seemed to mostly come from people complaining that they won't be able to continuously torrent GB's of copyrighted material 24/7) but how does this affect a site like XKCD? Some imply that the slightest mention...
by jasc15
Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can naturopathy be harmful?
Replies: 14
Views: 3567

Re: Can naturopathy be harmful?

Odd_nonposter wrote:
Magnanimous wrote:Since we're talking about harm, I get to post What's the Harm? parts one and two. Yay.


I prefer the ghosts of woo series, myself.

I like the use of Russell's Teapot. Haven't come across this site before. It's like a sarcastic version of www.sciencebasedmedicine.org.
by jasc15
Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Watches
Replies: 65
Views: 15260

Re: Watches

Only just found this thread! I'm afraid I'm a bit of a watch geek (well, to be honest, I'm a geek in most areas). I've worn a watch every day since I was 5. I think I'd feel undressed without one. I also love mechanical watches. I particularly like Omega thanks to their links to the NASA space prog...
by jasc15
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0987: "Potential"
Replies: 42
Views: 15821

Re: 0987: "Potential"

I usually check the forums after reading a comic that goes way over my head, and I usually find references to more things I don't get. That's the case here. So if someone feels like it, can you ruin the joke and spell it out for me?
by jasc15
Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38111

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Notice in the ingredients, everything is diluted to 30C. That's a 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000:1 ration of dilutant to the original chemical. Also, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = 10 60 > 6.02x1...
by jasc15
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Did Frank Zappa Come Up With Music Downloading in 1983?
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Re: Did Frank Zappa Come Up With Music File Sharing in 1983?

THEY CAN HEAR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AUDIO AND BAD AUDIO . . . THEY CARE ABOUT THAT DIFFERENCE Millions of 128k MP3s played through rubbish docking stations or the speakers in phones (on the bus) say otherwise.... Yea, I knida chuckled at that one too, but the basic idea of the thing is pretty...
by jasc15
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Did Frank Zappa Come Up With Music Downloading in 1983?
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Did Frank Zappa Come Up With Music Downloading in 1983?

I thought this might be of interest here. Pretty wild (old article, though). http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090405/1806484395.shtml Reader SunKing sends in this little tidbit that I'd not seen before (perhaps some of you have). It comes from The Real Frank Zappa Book and discusses his response t...
by jasc15
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can I find the gepgraphic center of a list of addresses?
Replies: 2
Views: 973

How can I find the gepgraphic center of a list of addresses?

I am in a flying club, and I want to find which airport is closest to all members. I have the address list and was hoping to enter them all into google maps, then put a screenshot of all the location pins into Autocad or something to find the center of points. It doesn't seem like I can enter multip...
by jasc15
Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why Are Space Elevators Always "100 Years Away"?
Replies: 32
Views: 6513

Re: Why Are Space Elevators Always "100 Years Away"?

Something i'm struggling with. How does the object gain the kinetic energy needed at orbital speed? Simply raising its height doesn't seem to add enough energy. Wouldn't it begin to pull laterally (i.e., Coriolis force) on the elevator cable opposite the direction of the earth's rotation?
by jasc15
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9090003

Skepticism and Strange Loops

I often will argue with myself and sometimes refer to arguments I've had with others to develop my ideas a little better. For example, during many discussions with my girlfriend, who is religious, I end up with the argument of "How can you claim something is true without having certainty? The b...
by jasc15
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9090003

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

Any reason why the link to the forum is no longer on the main page?
by jasc15
Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 63333

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

I began GEB a few years ago, and only got about as far as the MIU and --p-q--- business. This comic poked me to give it another shot, and I'm now about 75 pages in. I tend to stop reading this sort of book when I come to a passage that I can't fully understand and I reason that I won't be able to co...

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