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by yawningdog
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 82518

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Very disappointed that Randall would offer campaign support to an unindicted felon.
by yawningdog
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 17460

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

My luck, I would hit the pins from the trench but then have to pick up the 7-10 split.
by yawningdog
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: IT Jobs in the USA
Replies: 5
Views: 4302

Re: IT Jobs in the USA

1. There is a lot of work here for an IT professional. Check out sites like indeed.com and dice.com to get an idea of what's available. (Although I cannot recommend California for anything but vacation.) 2. It will be easier to get work if you come here first. Companies are less likely to extend a j...
by yawningdog
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from the debate
Replies: 12
Views: 3283

Re: Question from the debate

So is it fair to say that (approximately) the universe is not expanding from pressure within, but from vacuum without?
by yawningdog
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from the debate
Replies: 12
Views: 3283

Re: Question from the debate

space itself is expanding dragging the galaxies with it Interesting. This suggests that the universe has some degree of viscosity, does it not? I used to work with ion implanters that operated in a vacuum and I used to know the torr value at which atmosphere lost much of its viscosity. Does empty s...
by yawningdog
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from the debate
Replies: 12
Views: 3283

Question from the debate

I'm not a scientist, so I hope you'll forgive my ten-hundred-most common-words-ish lexicon. I have a question about something Bill Nye said. He said that we know the universe is expanding, but for a while we didn't know how fast. So scientists conducted some experiments to determine how fast the uni...
by yawningdog
Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Nears 1 Million Wounded in Iraq/Afghanistan
Replies: 11
Views: 4019

Re: US Nears 1 Million Wounded in Iraq/Afghanistan

I think the (valid) point that CorruptUser was trying to make was that even though it's reported by a few outlets, it's never really a story like it was before. Anyone remember: "Mission Accomplished"...? Funny story. In his book "Decision Points", George Bush tells how the big &...
by yawningdog
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 99
Views: 21007

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

I don't think citation 9 is right. I'm quite certain that SEAL teams 1-4 stood up before team 6 did.
by yawningdog
Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs
Replies: 38
Views: 6514

Re: 48% Of People Accept Being Assigned New Beliefs

Two words. Hawthorne effect. I can hardly believe I'm the first to bring this up.
by yawningdog
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So I'm graduating school...
Replies: 17
Views: 5444

Re: So I'm graduating school...

I'm a 44 y/o enterprise security engineer for a pretty big hospital chain. (around 25k workstations) It's unlikely in my estimation that you will take either of these jobs and stay with that company until you retire. In other words, many jobs will come and go and it makes no sense to get worked up o...
by yawningdog
Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability
Replies: 149
Views: 13276

Re: Nearly 5% of the US population is on disability

When I returned from my Iraq tour in late '06, I sat through a lot of briefings to ensure I was aware of all the benefits available to me as an Iraq war vet. I'll paraphrase the disability speaker. "I am personally on 30% disability due to pain in my shoulder from carrying a weapon. You can get...
by yawningdog
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343115

Re: Gun Control

1) Your experience with firearms. My father passed when I was 7. He was an avid sportsman who went so far as to request duty (Coast Guard) in Alaska so he could partake in the hunting experience there. When he passed away, they sent his gun collection to my mom. I was fascinated with guns from a ve...
by yawningdog
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 20857

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

"I'm really not trying to be belligerent, but were you so concerned with being the first person to post the comic that you did not want to spend any time on a quick google search of the quote?" "It was originally a Churchill quote. Randall added some funny suffixes." Wow. Actuall...
by yawningdog
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 46999

Re: 1143:"Location"

I read about ingress a few weeks ago. Applied for and invite, still haven't received one. It's a shame since I live in Richmond Va. and we have TONS of civil war monuments here. I still don't get the comic. I have a new personal rule: Anyone who, in the context of any discussion, says “Google is you...
by yawningdog
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 15715

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

I'm against the death penalty because I believe that no matter how evil a person may be, they are never truly beyond redemption. Don't get me wrong, I think a triple murderer should be physically removed from society and never allowed to return. And I don't think it is the job of the prison system t...
by yawningdog
Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US political culture - How did we get here?
Replies: 65
Views: 14212

Re: US political culture - How did we get here?

Say some politician has a really bad idea that he is convinced will solve a lot of problems. For example, he thinks all gays (or blacks, or muslims, or christians, take your pick) should be locked up pre-emptively because of all the harm he thinks they are causing. If your first thought is "No,...
by yawningdog
Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Knot Tying (The string/rope kind)
Replies: 47
Views: 12292

Re: Knot Tying

Nylon web tie-downs can be pretty expensive. I learned how to tie a trucker's hitch and saved a lot of money. I've also found occasion to throw a heaving line now and then, and was thankful for my time in the Navy that taught me a little marlinspike seamanship. A monkey's fist is also a good one to ...
by yawningdog
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trying something new every month
Replies: 15
Views: 3055

Re: Trying something new every month

I recommend SCUBA. A lot of dive shops have a "get your feet wet" kind of deal where they let you use all the gear and you get to swim around underwater in a pool for a couple of hours under the close supervision of a divemaster. It's quick, cheap, and a pretty cool experience. Cheap? In ...
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26597

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

God, you are a childish, pathetic, small-minded excuse for a human being.


We're really raising the bar now. Way to elevate the level of discourse.
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Trying something new every month
Replies: 15
Views: 3055

Re: Trying something new every month

I recommend SCUBA. A lot of dive shops have a "get your feet wet" kind of deal where they let you use all the gear and you get to swim around underwater in a pool for a couple of hours under the close supervision of a divemaster. It's quick, cheap, and a pretty cool experience. There's fir...
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The pros and cons of wars
Replies: 42
Views: 8654

Re: The pros and cons of wars

Why do people start them? Why do people defend against them? Why do people not want to start them? and Why do people invite (bait?) others to start war. This is like asking "How do babies get the names they have" or "why do people get tattoos". For every war there is a different...
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26597

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

As much as I loathe to say it... shootings in DC are not news. Especiall if no one died. Not a fair comparison. Gang and drug related shootings may not be a newsworthy crime, but random violent crimes tend to get more coverage especially where there is more than one intended victim. The D.C. shoote...
by yawningdog
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Global Basic Income Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 3439

Re: Global Basic Income Fund

Does anyone else think it's funny that there is a charitable organization called "Give Directly"?
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Being an Effective Team Leader
Replies: 5
Views: 2751

Re: Being an Effective Team Leader

First, yes. You should try out to be captain. Even if you totally suck at it, there is a great deal to be learned from it. Lessons in leadership are worth so much more than they actually cost. Once you get into "real life" (family, work, etc.) these lessons will suddenly become very expens...
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9460

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

I went in did the tests, talked to them, let them pitch it to me for about half an hour and answered things when they asked them, then concluded by stating my objections and why I wouldn't be buying anything when I ask asked to do so. Perhaps my interpretation of the situation is wide of the mark. ...
by yawningdog
Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9460

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

I can tell by your tone you don't really even believe what you've written just now anyway, just kind of playing devil's advocate. You're mistaken. I'm being earnest. Thanks for the links, I'm going to check them out when I've got a moment. I guess what I'm getting at here is that if you want to act...
by yawningdog
Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9460

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

Maybe it's because I'm old, but I'm going to need some help here. In what way is the Church of Scientology actively and deliberately harming anyone? Are they forcing women to have abortions or forcing children into labor camps or something like that? I clicked on the links by ConMan, but there was r...
by yawningdog
Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Going to Play with Scientologists Today
Replies: 50
Views: 9460

Re: Going to Play with Scientologists Today

Am I the only one who thinks this is kind of wrong-ish. Yeah maybe they're whack jobs or brainwashed idiots, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not earnest does it? I know jack squat about Scientology so I could be way off here, but isn't it possible that they truly believe they are helping p...
by yawningdog
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Changing Olympic events
Replies: 83
Views: 11086

Re: Changing Olympic events

Definitely MMA. Pankration was among the first olympic sports and it totally belongs in the Olympic lexicon. I'm definitely on board with eliminating any sport without an objective scoring method. I don't like any sport where a judge tells you whether you won or lost based strictly on his or her opi...
by yawningdog
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343115

Re: Gun Control

]In your rush to call out the ignorance of hypothetical politicians, you're showing your own. Article V of the US Constitution says hi. (I support, in a vacuum removed from political reality, repealing the second amendment.) Hypothetical politicians? Are you asserting that these politicians don't a...
by yawningdog
Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343115

Re: Gun Control

My father passed away when I was seven, leaving behind a pretty large gun collection. My mother did not like them and discouraged my interest in them, but to no avail. I've been interested in guns since I was very young and currently own a rifle and a pistol. I spent 19 years in the military and hav...
by yawningdog
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want to join a Dojo.
Replies: 12
Views: 2737

Re: I want to join a Dojo.

I recommend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I studied taekwondo for four years under an instructor who was an authentic Korean immigrant and 5th degree. I've studied Muay Thai for three years under a former Navy SEAL. And I've studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under a student of the great Jean-Jacqes Machado. BJJ is...
by yawningdog
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Consciousness of the world around me
Replies: 9
Views: 2784

Re: Consciousness of the world around me

First of all, I'm not trying to be the one to tell you not to learn something. Learning stuff is always a good thing, as long as it's true. (Lots of people spend their lives studying things that aren't so.) But I digress. But if you're trying to learn about something purely out of a sense of guilt, ...
by yawningdog
Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"
Replies: 90
Views: 22551

Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Lo I say unto thee, the wish of February 27th is hereby granted. So let it be written, so let it be done. curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url=http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'
by yawningdog
Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3362
Views: 666261

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I had this dream last weekend. It freaked me out just because it was so lifelike and vivid. It's twenty or so years ago and I'm in the Navy again. I'm standing quarterdeck watch on the U.S.S. Biddle (CG-34) and we are moored outboard of some other boat. I notice that my pistol has no rear sight on i...
by yawningdog
Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firearms!
Replies: 140
Views: 43560

Re: Firearms!

I have owned many in the past, but I currently own two. I have a Taurus Millennium Pro in 9mm, and a Savage 10FP in .308. There are many others I would like to have, but cannot justify spending the money. I hold a cc permit in the state of Virginia, which is a very gun-friendly state. When my father...
by yawningdog
Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 585
Views: 441399

Re: Favorite home experiments

When I was in the Army... Open the heating element of an MRE and pour the contents into a gatorade bottle. (You can use other containers, but Gatorade bottles work best.) Put some water in the bottel with the heater element stuff and close the cap tightly. Eventually the pressure will build up enoug...
by yawningdog
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: your Utopic Political system
Replies: 74
Views: 9500

Re: your Utopic Political system

My ideal government does exactly two things. 1. Infrastructure. And this is strictly a function of local or state government. Federal Government is totally not invited. 2. The Military. And the military gets compensated with three hots and a cot. No paycheck. (I spent 19 years in the military.) Ever...
by yawningdog
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reactions to your Job
Replies: 98
Views: 78834

Re: Reactions to your Job

I dated a doctor once. On the first date, I asked what it's like being a doctor. She spent some time talking about it, and it was pretty interesting. I'm an IT professional, which is a career that I've not yet figured out how to make interesting to anyone not in it. Date: "So, tell me about you...
by yawningdog
Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 11322

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

I think you're oversimplifying a bit in thinking that there can be but one explanation for all of this, whether it be disrespect or partisan politics. The president called to address a joint session of congress recently, which coincided to the same day and hour with the GOP primary candidate's debat...

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