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by Fenchurch
Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83501

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Everything I know about Twilight I learned from Lucy Knisley...

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by Fenchurch
Fri May 07, 2010 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 42240

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

Thats a pretty inconsistent form of government, pulling in multiple directions at once. Without one clear goal or philosophy you could end up simply reversing previous deciisons. a) That could happen under the current system with subsequent governments, albeit at a slower pace. b) In order to get t...
by Fenchurch
Fri May 07, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 42240

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

In any case, a superior system (or even an alternative) to either FPTP, Additional Member or Alternative Voting hasn't been put forward yet. Ultimately there is no perfect system to represent a huge number of people, using very few. My thinking is that Alternative Vote still lends itself somewhat t...
by Fenchurch
Fri May 07, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 42240

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

It wouldn't be a broken system, just no proportional representation model (that is used effectively elsewhere, like Germany, Australia or Israel) would currently fit our nation. ⋅ The " Additional Member " used in Germany has the scope to give too much influence from third parti...
by Fenchurch
Fri May 07, 2010 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?
Replies: 514
Views: 42240

Re: UK election- GREAT SCOTT, IS THAT AN ELEPHANT?

Actually, that Cornwall example b) IS fair because if 100% of people in Cornwall all felt the same way, then it would be fair that that is represented. In the current system, an MP can win a constituency with 30% of the vote or with 100%, but they still get one seat. Surely the MP or party who got s...
by Fenchurch
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Solving a crossword without the clues
Replies: 11
Views: 2650

Re: Solving a crossword without the clues

I've noticed that they seem to have a fairly small number of layouts that get reused over and over. This. Most newspapers use a set number of grids (10, 20 maybe?) and then each day the setter chooses one of the grids, fills in a set of words, and then devises clues for those words. Even when you h...
by Fenchurch
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The BNP on Question time
Replies: 29
Views: 3518

Re: The BNP on Question time

Yes, but sadly a lot of racists seem to think that judging or criticising someone for their opinions and actions (which they have chosen and are representative of their personality) is equivalent to judging or criticising someone for the colour of their skin. I wasn't looking forward to this program...
by Fenchurch
Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW
Replies: 507
Views: 43980

Re: GLAAD Fights homophobia in online communities like WoW

If calling a Man a woman is offensive to women...is saying a woman seems like a man or a tomboy offensive to men? Calling a man a woman is offensive to women when it's used to insult the person (an example I've heard: "You have the box set of Ally McBeal? Jim, you're such a woman "), or w...
by Fenchurch
Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "I don't judge people who do X".......yes, you do.
Replies: 69
Views: 6021

Re: "I don't judge people who do X".......yes, you do.

I think the problem is that some people legitimately use pre-emptive defensive statements to remove any bias a person may have before hearing the comments, but some people just abuse it or use it incorrectly to try make any point they like while trying to appear less offensive. I think the problem ...
by Fenchurch
Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10 politically incorrect truthes about human nature
Replies: 82
Views: 8039

Re: 10 politically incorrect truthes about human nature

Genetic predisposition for fair skin is not selected against in these climes, as it is in hot and sunny climates, so is bound to be a lot more common in the gene pool. Was reading about this the other day; a theory on wikipedia is that paler skin and hair is selected for in colder climates, because...
by Fenchurch
Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Slurs
Replies: 391
Views: 40964

Re: Slurs

Sexism is all about an internal belief that women are fundamentally inferior to men. Without that belief, a person isn't sexist, even if they say offensive things from time to time. I once read an interesting paper ( link here ) that talks about modern comedy and the use of irony to excuse jokes th...
by Fenchurch
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0532: "Piano"
Replies: 224
Views: 81040

Re: "Piano" Discussion

My favourite version: This guy is waking down the street and he passes a guy going the other way who has an orange for a head, he thinks to himself that if he doesn’t ask why this guy has an orange for a head it will annoy him for ever, so he chases after this guy and says " ’scuse me for askin...
by Fenchurch
Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Good mashups?
Replies: 52
Views: 7025

Re: Good mashups?

The Kleptones make the best mashups I've ever heard, and do it with style . They perform live, fer chrissake. Seriously, that looks like a hell of fun show. The Underground Hand that Buttoned the Widow , in addition to being the happiest video to ever feature the vocal stylings of Trent Reznor, is ...
by Fenchurch
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Women in Comics (not Refrigerators)
Replies: 30
Views: 8539

Re: Women in Comics (not Refrigerators)

If you are interested in autobiographical comics, I'd recommend both Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. A couple others I have enjoyed: Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan. Aya by Marguerite Abouet. You could also try asking/searching on the forums at girl-wonder.org : in their own...

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