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by 6453893
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 31664

Re: 1314: "Photos"

This is the first good GOOMHR for me in...probably a year, but it's something I have to deal with almost every day. Many of my friends are the kind of people who border on ludditism because they feel devices "distance" them from life. Many of them have only crappy nokia candybars that they...
by 6453893
Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Lying: Relative or Absolute?/Stool or No Stool?
Replies: 11
Views: 5206

Re: Lying: Relative or Absolute?/Stool or No Stool?

The fact that you two devised a number of Gettier-type problems suggests to me that your real concern here is epistemology and the analysis of knowledge. I would say first that a proposition has to have a use before one can even begin to consider its truth or falsity (for instance, I can't tell lies...
by 6453893
Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0981: "Porn Folder"
Replies: 72
Views: 29096

Re: 0981: "Porn Folder"

My porn folder is one of a few hundred folders in various nestled configurations, all with dull, system-y sounding names. A lot of the dummy paths already contain copies of themselves inside themselves. If I looped them as well, finding the porn would be that much closer to impossible.
by 6453893
Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 54619

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I found the comic hilarious. I think it pokes fun at anti-terror measures put in place since 9/11. No ammount of security theater will protect against determined individuals turning the mundane into a weapon. That never occurred to me. If that was the message of the comic, it is extremely interesti...
by 6453893
Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 54619

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

It embarrasses me that the people I generally agree with so often resort to calling the "other side" stupid, emotionally retarded, sheltered, crazy, bitching idiots, dim bulbs, hypocrites, autistic children, whinging multitudes, ridiculous, trolls, overly literal, unable to understand joke...
by 6453893
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 80150

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

My car has one elderly woman (the "grandmother") and nine cats on the back. I've never regretted the decision.
by 6453893
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Twins in a Maze
Replies: 81
Views: 20074

Twins in a Maze

I thought of this last night as I fell asleep, and I don't know the answer or if there even is a (foolproof) one, but the question intrigues me. You and your identical twin are dropped into a maze of unknown (but finite) size and design. Assume the maze has no exit, or that its exit is hidden from y...
by 6453893
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Replies: 9
Views: 2859

Re: A Series of Unfortunate Events

I enjoyed the latter books quite a bit. Bold move on his part to set up so many macguffins, enigmas and unanswered (or unanswearble) questions; too often it seems that anything written for young adults (and moreso for children) requires every single thing be explained in a nice neat package.
by 6453893
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 53342

Re: Honor Societies

This is the first XKCD ever to make me laugh out loud. I usually find them funny (hilarious, even) but really none have caused me to burst out in audible laughter before.
by 6453893
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0654: "Nachos"
Replies: 96
Views: 23807

Re: "Nachos" Discussion

So fitting. Rest in peace, Geocities. You were like the weird kid we didn't like but liked to make fun of behind his back, and then we all feel really guilty when he falls down some stairs.
by 6453893
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 48049

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

I know we couldn't have thought police in airports without it eventually being implemented everywhere and leading to a hellish dystopia, but it would be really nice just to walk right up to the gate with pre-screened Not A Terrorist status.
by 6453893
Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 25165

Re: "Static" Discussion

Am I the only one that thought the RAM was wearing the condom?

I was?

Well, um,

Er,
by 6453893
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best album of the year?
Replies: 78
Views: 8469

Re: Best album of the year?

Really enjoying: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head And The Sky Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport Dan Deacon - Bromst HEALTH - Get Color Vivian Girls - Everything Goes Wrong Kap Bambino - Blacklist Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights Fever Ray - Fever Ray Bromst is the only one I'd really consider a...
by 6453893
Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 53144

Re: "Scary" Discussion

You know what's even more depressing than "Oh me yarm I feel old"? A bunch of people 10-20 years younger than you going "Oh me yarm I feel old". :? I'm 39. I was 7 when the original Star Wars came out. The first computer I owned was a ZX-81. I remember, when I got a floppy drive...
by 6453893
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 53144

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Does anybody else get this particularly strongly with music/literature/film? Like, I can never know a world without Nevermind . It is an immutable fixture of my reality. also, my whole life has happened concurrently with Radiohead's career. It will be a very odd day for me when they disband. I have ...
by 6453893
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 14323

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

More punctuation oddities: A is A >Is A! is A! >A! Is! A! Is! A! >A! Is! A! A is A? >What is? A, is A? >Also resolves to "What Is?", but first goes to "Do yo do?" and "What are you?". I wonder if both those phrases will resolve to "What is?" on their own. A; i...
by 6453893
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 14323

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

Looking through the thread, the translator seems mainly to have trouble with subordinate clauses. They get jumbled and switched between one noun and another, causing meanings to change radically with every translation.

http://www.translationparty.com/#4613558
by 6453893
Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 14323

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

PebblesRox wrote:"Three blind mice!" becomes "3 Blind January 3, one night, one single mouse."


And "three blind mice" becomes "One three blind mice"
by 6453893
Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Albums Ever
Replies: 73
Views: 6184

Re: Ranking: Best Albums Ever

Add Mezzanine by Massive Attack.
Can we go in to the negatives?
[-]Peace Sells... but Who's Buying
by 6453893
Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 14323

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

I find it curious how it sometimes manages to tun a phrase into exactly the opposite, or get stuck in loops. Also, aren't translators supposed to work at least 10% of the time? Yes, plenty of more common phrases translate seamlessly to Japanese and then back into English. Obviously we are trying to...
by 6453893
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 102064

Re: House M.D.

Well, we don't know the exact nature of her illness. I have read of cases where the patient talks at length to themselves, but refuses to be heard by other people. Unless the facility had microphones set up in her room, it's possible she was keeping her voice well exercised when she was wel...
by 6453893
Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 102064

Re: House M.D.

somebody already took it wrote:I'm a big douchebag


Spoiler tags spoiler tags
by 6453893
Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Albums Ever
Replies: 73
Views: 6184

Re: Ranking: Best Albums Ever

Add Closer - Joy Division
[-1] to Room On Fire by The Strokes
by 6453893
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Nurse Jackie
Replies: 1
Views: 672

Nurse Jackie

I'm two episodes in; can anybody further in tell me if it's worth it? Edie Falco seems great, and I'm interested to see how Buscemi directs, but I am also well and truly sick of the pissing contest between Showtime and HBO right now, as far as Oh me yarm EDGY adult dramas go. Was Secret Diary of a C...
by 6453893
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Albums Ever
Replies: 73
Views: 6184

Re: Ranking: Best Albums Ever

Oh boy is this a bad idea.

Add Low - David Bowie
[+]Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
by 6453893
Sun Sep 13, 2009 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 30
Views: 5354

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

Then i read the book, and i really think that Kubrick skipped the point that Anthony Burgess was trying to bring out with the last part. He didn't have any of it in the film. :? That's true. He read the ending and thought it was rubbish. I agree. Kubrick's way is better. Also, isn't it the case tha...
by 6453893
Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 30
Views: 5354

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

Kubrick is really a director's director. The more interest you have in film, the more you realize just how freaking awesome he is. Every scene of Clockwork Orange is just masterfully framed, lit and set, even if the story is tosh. He never edited as critically as he probably should though. Of course...
by 6453893
Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: "I just don't get it" Thread.
Replies: 344
Views: 23380

Re: "I just don't get it" Thread.

not all that musical or entertaining (read: Dragonforce, Rush). With you on Dragonforce not being musical, but it's certainly entertaining... Rush though? WTF? Rush may not be jazz, but they're definately jazz-like players. All three are among the best in the world on their instruments, and the lyr...
by 6453893
Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?
Replies: 41
Views: 6616

Re: Is Language Bound By The Incompleteness Theorem?

FrankManic wrote:I thought English could express every possible communicable thought. It just makes up new words to convey the thought, uses a lot of other words to convey the thought, or steals an appropriate word from another language.
Huh? I'm not sure what that has to do with anything.
by 6453893
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: "I just don't get it" Thread.
Replies: 344
Views: 23380

Re: "I just don't get it" Thread.

i just don't get what's entertaining about Miles Davis's music. So you accuse him of ruining jazz? Do you accuse every little thing you don't like of ruining ______? I just don't get how that makes even a shred of sense in your head. Jazz was doomed to die as soon as rock and roll caught on. Blamin...
by 6453893
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Time Traveler's Wife
Replies: 19
Views: 2447

Re: Time Traveler's Wife

I saw a few trailers for it and all I could think was that it seemed to be a clone of Journeyman, except where the TV show was good sci-fi, the movie seems to be a chick flick. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journeyman_(TV_series)) Yeah, and I heard Shakespeare totally ripped off Ten Things I Hate A...
by 6453893
Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 7129

Re: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

I think your Gatsby interpretations are pedestrian. The novel is more about the relationships between authenticity, feeling and status than a basic allegory of old and new money. Fitzgerald was not writing about these characters so much as what he perceived to be the dominant but tacit flaw in the a...
by 6453893
Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.
Replies: 239
Views: 57379

Re: House of omgwhyamIturningmybook Leaves.

Flipped through the book again for the first time in months. I never realized how much I enjoy those first few chapters, especially when they are dealing with the quarter inch. Just wonderful. It also looks like I attempted to make notes in the margins of the book on my second or third read. I shoul...
by 6453893
Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Just finished Infinite Jest and am baffled [spoilers!]
Replies: 7
Views: 4782

Re: Just finished Infinite Jest and am baffled [spoilers!]

Sir-Taco wrote:AHHHH IM NOT LISTENING LALALALA

I'm 1/3 of the way throught this and loving it, though the pot stuff put me off a bit, still a great read. Will have to finish it up then I'll discuss.


Agreed. As a pothead, even I am somewhat offput by the really, really thorough pot passages.
by 6453893
Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: vunmin (The Global Language)
Replies: 16
Views: 2714

Re: vunmin (The Global Language)

Fuck, I would never, ever write in this language. What in God's name made you think the definitions of word, name, title, reputation, term, vocabulary, and language could be contained in one word? What about below, down, south, under, sit, lay, bottom, ground, soil, floor, Earth, world ? Should I sa...
by 6453893
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plural of white dwarf.
Replies: 22
Views: 4784

Re: Plural of white dwarf.

Whites dwarf.
by 6453893
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours
Replies: 94
Views: 33640

Re: Suitable movie to watch nonstop for 24 hours

I would choose Memento, just because it is the only movie I can think of that would actually require that many viewings to make sense. Nah, Memento takes 3 at the most. Now Primer, on the other hand... This quote chain is sorely lacking some Jacob's Ladder. I have also sat through a double-screenin...
by 6453893
Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Underrated/overrated poets
Replies: 14
Views: 4401

Re: Underrated/overrated poets

I feel pretty underrated.
by 6453893
Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Importance of Semantics
Replies: 27
Views: 9429

Re: The Importance of Semantics

numbers88 wrote:the accurate conveyance of his ideas is impoverishing him- (or her-) self greatly.

numbers88 wrote:I would posit to suggest that
by 6453893
Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 7129

Re: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

Amusing fact: the only two Pynchon novels to make the list ( V. and Gravity's Rainbow , in case you wonder) were both on the Reader's list. I thought his general reputation among the great unwashed was that only the elite can read his stuff, whereas the "common man" had better not try. Bu...

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