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by GodShapedBullet
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetics in a species with three sex chromosomes
Replies: 18
Views: 2220

Re: Genetics in a species with three sex chromosomes

A biology caveat to what looks like a fun math problem: There is no reason to assume for a fictional species that sex determination is chromosomal. For instance, for some species, sex is determined by incubation temperature . All you need for N biological sexes in a fictional species is to posit tha...
by GodShapedBullet
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm trying to think how clear and evident the evidence would have to be for it not to result in further division. Some combination of "conspiracy theory", "not enough to affect the election", "you are being sore losers", and "crooked media" seems like a pretty...
by GodShapedBullet
Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 47
Views: 7514

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Does it count as discussion if I want to comment on how much I liked this joke?

A lot.
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I peeked at the Gallup study that 538 is talking about because I was curious what exactly they meant by trust. I trust congress in some ways but not others. Mostly I trust them to be a body composed of a bunch of well-meaning humans who are trying their best given pressure from a lot of competing in...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's kind of weird because the dude ran TO BE THE PRESIDENT, but I am really proud of Ben Carson for categorically turning down any role in Trump's administration, citing lack of administrative experience. That Trump was floating the idea of Carson running the Department of Education was such a biza...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The question running through my mind is "Am I naive for thinking that a different democrat would have done better related to Hillary Clinton's high disapproval ratings and a lifetime of, at least, negative attacks against her?" On one hand, the right wing media machine is relentless and e...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The question running through my mind is "Am I naive for thinking that a different democrat would have done better related to Hillary Clinton's high disapproval ratings and a lifetime of, at least, negative attacks against her?" On one hand, the right wing media machine is relentless and ef...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And when I talked to Hillary supporters, opposition to Trump was their main talking point. You see how this plays? This is democracy at work. The people motivated to vote won. Those who didn't show up, don't get to complain. And by all accounts Democrats made good on their established shitty voter ...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The whole idea that Hillary just couldn't inspire like Obama is a load of shit, anyways. Trump was up for election, that simple. What Obama didn't have was baggage. Hillary had too much. Hillary shouldn't have been the candidate. How many points did she lose by being Hillary? Source? I don't disagr...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

...what I'm asking is if someone literally cannot ever understand a position, then what value is communication? I've mostly stayed out of this - not my country, after all - but this line troubles me to some degree, because this suggests that when communication has failed due to an impasse (where ne...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It is really our own fault for not having a more robust menu of fascists to compare Trump to. Honestly ... it's a pretty lazy comparison. If one *really* wants to compare him to a fascist, Mussolini is at least a bit better. Berlusconi is the far more obvious negative comparison though. Although I ...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It is really our own fault for not having a more robust menu of fascists to compare Trump to.
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As this election is oft-compared to the rise of fascism, do you want to risk the future just because some people were mean to you? Or that you hate their postions? If you truly feel that your position is right and you have evidence on your side, there is no harm in trying to unilaterally discuss th...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Felstaff wrote:This week's This American Life has a delightful song sung by Neil Patrick Harris about Paul Ryan's internal monologue.


Neil Patrick Harris aside, this episode was the darkest episode I've ever heard of the show.
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If you want a little anxiety/optimism about Trump winning the election, a fun thing to do would be to consider how the SEPTA strike in Philadelphia will affect predominantly Democrat-leaning voter turnout in Pennsylvania if it lasts that long.
by GodShapedBullet
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Seeing Joe Walsh criticize the Comey decision was heartwarming. I don't follow him on Twitter, and for the most part I only ever see his tweets when he says something that the generally left-leaning people I follow think is worthy of ridicule (happens with some regularity), and my impression of him ...
by GodShapedBullet
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't know if I would be as opposed to a nuclear war with the moon.

They can't retaliate, there should be no human casualties, and we are far enough away that we probably won't even need to worry about fallout.
by GodShapedBullet
Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1842057

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Monika wrote:Welcome back. I'm tired. How are you?


Generally excited to be alive but there's a pretty wide range of feelings above and below that.
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1842057

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

It's been a long, long, time since I posted on here. Hi. I've been getting back into xkcd lately (I just read Time. Oh my friggin' goodness.) I kinda missed internet forums. I've been very anxious about American politics and it looked like you all were having a decent, thoughtful discussion about it...
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You're right, gay marriage was a bad example. But sometimes you want progress to even outpace public opinion. When Loving v. Virginia happened, public support for interracial marriage was around 20% . The less public support a legal change enjoys, the more conflict results from shoving it through. I...
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That's a good point. At least theoretically, congress could work faster than the court but that's not really practical in actuality.
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I agree with KnightExemplar abotu the Supreme Court in theory. It's an awkward feature of our constitution and the role of the supreme court that for some issues, the Supreme Court is the path of least resistance. And I wonder where we would be as a country if not for the backlash that you get from ...
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There's always room for a political alliance between people who want to limit the power of the court in principle and people who haven't been a fan of recent politicized court rulings or would like it exerting its power in another direction.
by GodShapedBullet
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 96143

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

I know that wasn't nothing to type up, and I really appreciate it!

I always love learning about a new (to me at least) roleplaying system.
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 96143

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

1 By the rules of which, Luke's initial battle in the Death Star Throne Room should have accumulated so many Dark Side Points that the GM should have claimed his character sheet and continued him now as a hostile NPC many times over ! No redemption for you, Luke, never mind Anakin! I don't suppose ...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:Staring into the abyss isn't suppose to be a good thing. When you stare into the abyss, you're suppose to become just as bad, if not worse, than the thing you are fighting.


Oh, didn't know I couldn't use that metaphor that way. I'll try "standing at the brink of the abyss" next time.
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

One of the things that kind of bums me out about this election is we don't really seem set up to learn good lessons from it. The GOP is badly in need of introspection and self-criticism and are lead by a candidate who is really, really bad at that, and everyone else can easily ignore their own fault...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

trpmb6 wrote:Another one showed how they leaked a picture of Bernie sanders in his swimsuit to the NYpost.


Nice.
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I agree that in the grand scheme of things losing or winning Utah isn't going to matter... Chances are if Trump loses Utah, it's not like he's going to be crushing it elsewhere. But if I were a Romney-esque Republican vying for the heart of the GOP, I'd really like that to be the narrative. For this...
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The dueling narratives of a McMullin win are fascinating for the future of the GOP.

"Republicans can't win the presidency if they don't take the Never-Trump wing of the party seriously."

vs.

"The Never-Trump wing has betrayed the Rupublican party."
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 9129

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

My condolences for your streak and my congratulations for your newfound freedom.
by GodShapedBullet
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 9129

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Breaking my hacking streak was the best video game present I have ever given myself.
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

For what it is worth, there's a bit of a cultural difference between biology majors looking to go to med school and biology majors who are looking to do other stuff with a biology degree. I'm sure there are plenty of young earth creationists everywhere, but I have to imagine the relative frequency i...
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency
Replies: 19
Views: 3640

Re: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency

One less thing to worry about then! Thanks.

I've been getting back into math more lately and that's one of the tougher things: I've forgotten a lot of what I can just take axiomatically and what I can't.
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency
Replies: 19
Views: 3640

Re: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency

To be clear, all three circles are coplanar? Because otherwise it definitely is not true. Coplanar circles, yes! I don't have a clear proof in mind, but I would probably start with the angle made between the tangent line and the radii connecting the circle centers to the tangent point. I think this...
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency
Replies: 19
Views: 3640

Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency

I would like to prove that it is impossible for three externally tangent circles in the same plane to have a single point of tangency. In other words, if you have two circles (A & B) that are externally tangent to each other with point of tangency X, can there be a third circle (C) that is exter...
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The questions are then: Which candidate can overcome their low approval ratings and draw more of the "I'm for the other guy" vote, who can keep their base enthusiastic and actually get out the vote and how much of a difference does the increase in ballots by mail make. I think 2 of those ...
by GodShapedBullet
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 656946

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'd like to know if those here actually believe the ABC/Washington post poll that was released showing Clinton with a 12 point lead in a 4 way race. The demographic sampling was 36-27-31, Democrats / Republicans / Independents. Democrats didn't even come close to that high (+9) of an advantage over...
by GodShapedBullet
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 54549

Re: 1431: Marriage

I think it would be interesting to get the number of media depictions of interracial marriage over time as compared to the number of interracial marriages and compare that to the number of media depictions of same-sex marriage over time as compared to the number of same-sex marriages. I'm not sure o...

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