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by jigawatt
Sat May 20, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 4783

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

Thank you, Mrs. Dr. Zoidberg.
by jigawatt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 21710

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Time for a revisit of https://xkcd.com/525/
by jigawatt
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 10104

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Looks like a fisheye lens projection. Waughmp waughmp.
by jigawatt
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 6030

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

His body converts what he eats to energy? So he's a nuclear reactor?
by jigawatt
Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1475: "Technically"
Replies: 60
Views: 11287

Re: 1475: "Technically"

"Lots of things can be well approximated by Newtonian equations. Technically though, the missile will follow a relativistic model which must be used in the guidance software, otherwise millions of innocent civilian casualties could occur."

"Yeah, yeah, whatever."
by jigawatt
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1469: "UV"
Replies: 60
Views: 11247

Re: 1469: "UV"

Something like this happens with COBRA (the insurance, not the snake) in the US. When I left my job, I talked with a COBRA rep about it. The insurance premium didn't make sense for us unless I or my wife had a big unexpected medical expense. But here's the kicker - I could sign up for the insurance ...
by jigawatt
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1436: "Orb Hammer"
Replies: 46
Views: 10257

Re: 1436: "Orb Hammer"

"So what's your plan for making people happy?" "I'm going to press little pieces of reformulated animal carcasses and push around a device named after a disease-carrying varmit." "Sounds neat." "Yeah, then I'll make electrons bounce around and fire off some photons...
by jigawatt
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1426: "Reduce your payment"
Replies: 35
Views: 12161

Re: 1426: "Reduce your payment"

Mortgage payments... that's that thing which people who pretend to own a house do, right?


Yes, but just a handful less than you actually own anything at all. Ever heard of the IRS? Or the EPA? The NSA? Heck, just about any three letter acronym will do.
by jigawatt
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 17244

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

It's missing a panel.

White Hat Guy: Yeah, like how kids who constantly play air guitar should be better guitar players. Or how kids who make bad analogies should be better persuasive writers.
by jigawatt
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 73745

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

"And the box itself is probably worth something too."

Obligatory Futurama reference.
by jigawatt
Wed May 14, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 19918

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

Where does that reporter get off even calling it "one of the"? Does he have the results of a poll? No. He's assuming that most everyone would include it as "one of the". If he's willing to make that assumption, he would have no problem assuming most everyone would call it just &q...
by jigawatt
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 19348

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Airplane? How have I lived 31 years on this planet and never heard Americans calling an AEROPLANE an airplane?!?! :lol: This is the most hilarious Americanism I have ever heard. I love you guys... but really? What do you call that special vessel that operates under water, you know the one with the ...
by jigawatt
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 19646

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Hey Randall, can you help me with my computer problem?
by jigawatt
Fri Jan 24, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 81499

Re: 1321: "Cold"

It's neat how if you look at the number of days below 32F, it's not nearly so interesting. More from about 1930 to 1980, then since the 80's it's been near, but a little higher than before the 1930's. crh.noaa.gov
by jigawatt
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane
Replies: 74
Views: 6720

Re: Ticketed for going 2 MPH under limit in fast lane

True story: I was once exiting off one interstate onto another and the one-lane exit ramp (not the speed-up entrance part) had one of those exit ramp speed limits of a ridiculously low value, like 35. There was a cop right behind me so I slowed way down to almost the ridiculously low speed. The cop ...
by jigawatt
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can a computer have free will?
Replies: 100
Views: 28721

Re: Can a computer have free will?

We were so worried that machines would start thinking like humans, we never considered what would happen if humans started thinking like machines.
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

By the way, and for the record, my actual name is J. Thomas but I'm not the same as the poster named J Thomas.
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

The "maturity" of the attitude of the skeptic in this case is questionable, unless by "God" is considered less than omnipotent, because an omnipotent being can do anything, including getting exactly the same results as having people feel pain, without pain (that is, if you belie...
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

To me these modifications are much more logical. "Think logically. If your dad really loved you then he wouldn't make you get those shots, without good reason." Or, similarly, "Think logically. If God really loved us then he wouldn't allow us to feel pain, without good reason." ...
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

You seem to be implying that people say "think logically" when actually they are talking BS or don't know what they are talking about. Yes, that definitely does happen sometimes. And I would say that the strategy proposed by our chess novice is BS as well. For a kid who doesn't like shots...
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Azathfeld wrote:It significantly (if not as heavily as something like Dominion) favors the first player.


That must be why beanie-guy won.
by jigawatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 37682

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

The perils of oversimplification are a recurring theme here. http://xkcd.com/793 and http://xkcd.com/675 I like that he highlighted the "think logically" prefix, as if prefacing whatever you say with that automatically makes it right. Sometimes things are a lot more complex than they look ...
by jigawatt
Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 22121

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

That water would weigh 600 million tons (which happens to be about the current weight of our species).


Excluding your mom.
by jigawatt
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 40275

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Image
by jigawatt
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

Thanks again, qetzal. While I still disagree, I think I understand your position. And I'm glad to have had this conversation, even though I strayed a bit from the original topic. I need to bow out now because in a few days I'll be traveling to Africa and I won't have internet access.
by jigawatt
Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

qetzal, Thanks for responding in a courteous and respectful manner. So many of my conversations about such issues with non-Christians end with ad ad hominem and insulting condescension that I'd almost given up trying. If the God who exists in reality is vastly different than the God I believe in, th...
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

qetzal, as I'm sure you're aware, the Bible says that Abraham was tested by God to do something similar to your question. If I were tested as Abraham was, I hope I would prove faithful to God as Abraham did. And I also hope and believe that God would prevent me from committing such an atrocity, as h...
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

Ok let me try to explain this question better. I have seen more than one person post on a forum or blog something to this effect: "Since all we really are is molecules bouncing around according to the laws of physics, it doesn't *really* matter what I do at all. A collection of molecules in the...
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

No, they thought they were acting morally and ethically (ie they thought genocide was the right thing to do). And since they remained naturalists, they clearly believed that naturalism doesn't necessarily lead to OUR kind of morality. At the very least, they believed that genocide and naturalism wer...
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

Laser, I think their ideas about morality arose from their naturalistic world view (which I dont think they rejected). What I'd like to know is why you think their ideas about morality were wrong.
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

Interesting replies, everybody. I think the big hang-up everyone is having is with my "All-Wise" statement. I would consider this part of omniscience, but I see not everybody defines it this way. So if omniscience mearly means something like "knowing all facts and possibilities" ...
by jigawatt
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

what if a DIFFERENT god get's proven? I seek the truth, and if it's different from what I now believe is true, then I will change my beliefs (see my 1st paragraph above) to match with actual reality. And let me also say that of course there are about a bazillion different conceptions of god/God, an...
by jigawatt
Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 23378

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

It's puzzling to me how there are very few (if any) responses along these lines: "If God were {proven/disproven}, I would be forced to wholeheartedly abandon my {[atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, whatever]/[christianity, judaism, islam, whatever]} and undergo a complete change in my world view...

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