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by diotimajsh
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 268090

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

I'm responding to posts that are so old (three years!) that it's likely that the post-ers either have found the book already or will never see this reply. But, for posterity, I present: ... some sci-fi book that is divided in stories, each of which is based on the same principle: what would be the w...
by diotimajsh
Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 13923

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

A heartless carnivore would like to point out that this is exactly the point, though. Most people believe there is a distinct moral difference between poorly treating an animal bred for consumption and poorly treating an animal bred for human companionship (Also, cows are stupid and I hate them). A...
by diotimajsh
Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 13923

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

This culture says it's okay to ignore or not care about an animal's welfare, if it's not happening in front of you. You can eat horribly-treated chickens and buy a designer puppy-mill dog and no one is supposed to confront you about the industries you're supporting. True, true. I've always been ama...
by diotimajsh
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 211184

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

But I'd like to see a variation on this plot: the loser winds up in the Olden times, but quickly finds out that Swords are heavy, Knights are more drunk and sweaty that daring and shiny, Adventure equals "something that can get you killed easily" rather than "an exciting way to allev...
by diotimajsh
Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: existentialism
Replies: 20
Views: 5287

Re: existentialism

I am not sure this is the case. Rarely does a layman go into philosophy and come out with identical positions as to what they went in with. In ethics for example, most people don't go believe in a consistent set of ethics, but many come out believing in one specific set or another. Granted that set...
by diotimajsh
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: existentialism
Replies: 20
Views: 5287

Re: existentialism

Of course, in practice philosophers nearly all end up creating arguments for positions they already believed in. I agree that that isn't in line with a more lofty ideal, however. For a general assessment/investigation of nihilism, I might recommend Specter of the Absurd by Donald Crosby. It isn't 10...
by diotimajsh
Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34172

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

That's not actually true. The reason the median age was so low (relatively) prior to the 20th century is due to high incidences of death at childbirth and from early childhood diseases. If you could make it to 20 and survive a bout of smallpox, you had a fairly decent chance of making it to 70. Yes...
by diotimajsh
Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 91281

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

I agree -- ever since I started using KeePass, password management has become a trivial problem. It's alarming that people are still reusing passwords when nice password management products like KeePass are available. Mm, but what about when you need to log into something on a computer/device that ...
by diotimajsh
Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475928

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Also off-topic, and I may have possibly got the link from this very thread (though I hope not, since that would be embarrassing): Genderfork is a nice site for anyone whose gender identities may not fit strictly into the simple man or woman categories. It's mostly a collection of user-submitted quot...
by diotimajsh
Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)
Replies: 221
Views: 72443

Re: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)

Did anyone ever follow through with the "'XKCD sucks' sucks" blog idea? Because the idea does occasionally strike me as somewhat amusing. E.g., "While XKCD Sucks started out as a clever and incisive critique of XCKD, it has been clear to me for a while that its posts now lack the wit,...
by diotimajsh
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28853

Re: "All the Girls" Discussion (#770)

Seriously, if you want to be with the person you're with, then, for all intents and purposes, they should be the only person in the world, at least at that particular moment (unless you're both polyamorous). Hmm, do you then suggest that the hopelessly unrequited simply don't ever date until they f...
by diotimajsh
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28853

Re: "All the Girls" Discussion (#770)

Seriously, if you want to be with the person you're with, then, for all intents and purposes, they should be the only person in the world, at least at that particular moment (unless you're both polyamorous). Hmm, do you then suggest that the hopelessly unrequited simply don't ever date until they f...
by diotimajsh
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475928

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Sideburns, mustache, and beard areas are black, thick, and grow fast. There's hair on my knuckles. On my toes. The backs of my hands. the tops of my feet. And, worst of all, a lot of it has 2 hairs per follicle. Shaving it is useless. It's stubble for a day and it's back in force in less than a wee...
by diotimajsh
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Unsure on comma usage
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

Re: Unsure on comma usage

You might also pay attention to commas in a Jane Austen novel: generally there are way more commas than you typically find in prose nowadays. (Also, semi-colon and colon use is quite different from what we consider gramatically "acceptable" today.) Seems to me that heavier comma usage was ...
by diotimajsh
Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read xkcd?
Replies: 26
Views: 4122

Re: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read x

I don't feel this way, I'm usually pleased whenever I discover another person who likes xkcd. I'm all the more pleased if someone who I'd otherwise thought had little in common with me reads and enjoys xkcd. Sorry to break it to you, however, you aren't unique in your desire to be unique. That's bec...
by diotimajsh
Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pornography and Perception: The Influence of Mainstream Porn
Replies: 68
Views: 10359

Re: Pornography and Perception: The Influence of Mainstream

It's also worth mentioning that there is quite successful animated (and illustrated) pornography out there, which is purchased and consumed in spite of its lack of verisimilitude. Even rather bad 3D CGI is rising in popularity. That's a good point: people don't need to believe that they're actually...
by diotimajsh
Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pornography and Perception: The Influence of Mainstream Porn
Replies: 68
Views: 10359

Re: Pornography and Perception: The Influence of Mainstream

One thing about all the GTA and violent movie comparisons: porn has one key peculiarity lacked by the rest. As fake as things get in porn, consumers do want an element of reality nonetheless. I unfortunately do not have data to back this up, but I strongly get the impression that it is quite prefera...
by diotimajsh
Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Hating on the statisticians
Replies: 72
Views: 10197

Re: Hating on the statisticians

Black wrote:Except philosophers. I'm serious when I make fun of them.
You make baby Heidegger cry.


(I'm not suggesting Heidegger is the Jesus of philosophy, by the way, just the first name that felt amusing in that context.)
by diotimajsh
Mon May 24, 2010 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Any movies out there where the antagonists win?
Replies: 108
Views: 17403

Re: Any movies out there where the antagonists win?

Rocket Science , although this may not be the antagonist winning so much as the protagonist simply failing spectacularly. (There isn't really a clearcut antagonist, unless it's Ginny.) Anyhow, the way the movie's set up, it looks exactly like it's going to be any one of those countless "underd...
by diotimajsh
Fri May 14, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The digressing professor
Replies: 14
Views: 2845

Re: The digressing professor

1. He starts out by explaining some concept that you find interesting 2. Then he interrupts the explanation with an example of the concept 3. Then he interrupts the example with a correction of some factual detail in the example that isn't quite right but doesn't really matter because it's a though...
by diotimajsh
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gender: what it means to be a man/woman?
Replies: 130
Views: 9632

Gender: what it means to be a man/woman?

( Obligatory Orgazmo song reference .) These questions are about gender, not biological sex--although I'm also curious to hear where people would say the two interrelate. I'm interested in personal opinions, experiences, and perspectives, not necessarily what "the right answer" is, in any ...
by diotimajsh
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475928

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

As I said, I feel like I'm lying either way. I'd just go with "female" but they ask for my name right above, and I would feel weird putting female next to my birth name. Which I believe they need for the credit card info. Plus, a fake name is lying, and I'd rather not do that. But really....
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?
Replies: 45
Views: 5577

Re: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?

The first one isn't an assumption, it's testable. To add to what a few others have said, we can only "test" that assertion by examining one segment of the universe at one point in time (since that's all we can do, as finite beings). If we want to make a statement about the universe in its...
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Say You've Gone Back in Time
Replies: 42
Views: 6129

Re: Let's Say You've Gone Back in Time

I think that sanitation would be the easiest concept to convey. I expect they already have good procedures for making soaps. If not, that would be something to teach them. I don't know how to make soap off the top of my head >_> ... I know it's historically been made with animal fat somehow or othe...
by diotimajsh
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why can't we talk to our computers yet?
Replies: 51
Views: 8511

Re: Why can't we talk to our computers yet?

Clearly the better solution is to begin training children to type from birth. We'll raise them communicating this way so that it's just as (or even more) natural to them than speaking. We just need to start grafting portable keyboards onto them, with some device linked up to the 'nets. They'll be so...
by diotimajsh
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistics FFFUUUUU Comic
Replies: 7
Views: 2709

Re: Linguistics FFFUUUUU Comic

Do you have access to the OED ? linguist 1. a. One who is skilled in the use of languages; one who is master of other tongues besides his own. (Often with adj. indicating the degree or extent of the person's skill.) b. One who speaks a (specified) language. 2. A student of language; a philologist. T...
by diotimajsh
Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475928

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Very cute, Wyvern! You look great :).
by diotimajsh
Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Literature and XKCD
Replies: 45
Views: 3837

Re: Literature and XKCD

It might be illuminating to compare the literature situation with the presence (and absence) of the other arts. If we separate "literature" into poetry and prose, poetry is discussed even less here than classic novels and such. Classical and modern "art music" get a decent amount...
by diotimajsh
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The recession is over! Put on your silly hats ...wait, what?
Replies: 4
Views: 1261

Re: The recession is over! Put on your silly hats ...wait, w

It's a trap! They're trying to convince us to go out and spend money again! But I"m too smart for 'em, I'm not gonna spend a dime 'till the economy rights itself, and anyone else who knows anything will do the same. p.s. This post contained copious amounts of irony, although I hope that would b...
by diotimajsh
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistics FFFUUUUU Comic
Replies: 7
Views: 2709

Re: Linguistics FFFUUUUU Comic

Yeah.

It doesn't help that the word "linguist" genuinely is ambiguous between someone who studies linguistics and someone who specializes in speaking languages. I think we need a different word for the two occupations/fields.
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8671
Views: 1832747

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

The Scyphozoa wrote:722
Spoiler:
life_problems.png

And it's so true!
by diotimajsh
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8671
Views: 1832747

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

SW15243 wrote:
Spoiler:
Image
Injector?! I hardly even know 'er!

(From several pages ago)
I really liked this one! It made me LOL rather hard. Nice combination.
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1940
Views: 559094

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

* Background: Atari 2600. I always thought this game was called Strider, but I can't find it. It had like a space invaders kind of layout except there were spidery looking things and bugs and stuff. And progress was some how indicated by better and better fruits. * Year: 1988 or so, but it was prob...
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1475928

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Hmm, would making a Dear SB thread be okay for private photos? That way you'd at least guarantee that only members can view it, which is a small protection against random internet passer-bys. It might not 100% fit the purpose of Dear SB, though. And, it'd still be searchable by Google, if that makes...
by diotimajsh
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 33860

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Good as usual. I find it pretty amusing when he looks at thinks through a different perspective (this can also be found in that one comic where the guy talks about a flash video, and ends with him saying "I AM GOD"). That was exactly what I thought. It's something I've tried to do through...
by diotimajsh
Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
Replies: 125
Views: 50501

Re: "Flatland" Discussion

In Flatland, would they see 1D like we see 2d? Would there be 1D art? I don't think a single point counts as art, does it? Vaguely relevant link courtesy of Abstruse Goose . Yeah, they're supposed to be able to see one dimension, but they see a section of it it all at once the way that we see 2D im...
by diotimajsh
Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.
Replies: 152
Views: 23843

Re: Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad.

Hmm, I'd somehow thought those had leaked already. Maybe that was an earlier draft.

Anyway, since no one's mentioned it yet, the EU passed a resolution that criticises ACTA, 663 to 13.. So that's good, right?

(Edited because my previous wording was unclear/inaccurate).
by diotimajsh
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Planning to be a Math/Music Major
Replies: 19
Views: 2818

Re: Planning to be a Math/Music Major

Pursuing mathematics, music, and philosophy together makes you very awesome in my book. Kudos there. I can't really help with the specifics of planning for it, though, I apologize. Music majors--especially performance majors--are notorious for spending all of their lives in classes and practices, an...
by diotimajsh
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question: Biology | Fleshy Animals | Cells, Atoms
Replies: 40
Views: 4846

Re: Question: Biology | Fleshy Animals | Cells, Atoms

I have this memory of watching a video of some figure of authority telling me that none of the atoms in my body existed 10 years ago. i think it might've been a TED video or something. I'm guessing it was this one at around 10:36. It's Richard Dawkins, no less. But, he is quoting Steve Grand, for w...
by diotimajsh
Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nethack (is kicking my ass)
Replies: 138
Views: 29146

Re: Nethack (is kicking my ass)

Yes, I got a bit into SLASH'EM a few months back. Great fun for a change of pace, and yeah, it's ever-so-slightly more difficult than NetHack, I think. Which is odd, because you'd think some of the abilities (like the Doppelganger's shapeshifting) would make it absurdly easy.

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