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by mythago
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 6439

Re: 1592: "Overthinking"

I remember some years ago a study was done that suggested red meat was a carcinogen. Within months (or weeks?) another study showed it was healthy. Meaning, you read a news article that had an attention-grabbing headline that wildly misstated and exaggerated the results of studies about red meat? O...
by mythago
Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 6439

Re: 1592: "Overthinking"

The 'lateness in the literature' on smoking wasn't due to overthinking. It was due to a concerted, decades-long effort by tobacco companies to suppress information about how dangerous smoking is, and to seed the literature with bad science. http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/11/suppl_1/i110.full ...
by mythago
Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 20320

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

Sad that BeOS is absent.
by mythago
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

That's because I am kind of kidding on the square, not because I believe the pay gap is just (after all, code doesn't care what gender you are, and neither should employers), but because it works so damn well as an analogy. And also, because I've never seen anyone, male or female, make that connect...
by mythago
Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

As a woman, I want to interject this one thing here: This was the results from one of the better studies I've seen with regards to rape. http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/documents/RAPE_FACT_SHEET1.pdf The end result? 98.3% of men would not, or probably would not commit rape if given the opport...
by mythago
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

As someone who constantly was (and still is) socially awkward and who has tried to turn friendships into romances (and has failed miserably, and still do =/) May I offer you some advice on how to reduce that social awkwardness and avoid doing something that is nigh-guaranteed to torpedo the chance ...
by mythago
Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

"Let's be friends" when what you really mean is "I don't like you" or even the milder "You're acceptable as a superficial acquaintance but no more" is objectively insulting; it says that you think so poorly of me that you think I won't be able to handle the state of re...
by mythago
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1326: "Sharks"
Replies: 30
Views: 9529

Re: 1326: "Sharks"

keithl wrote:What, no Jets?


Who do you think the prisoners are?
by mythago
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

The bottom line is: these frustrated and bitter "Nice Guys" are misguided, misdirected, misinformed, but not overtly malicious, and justifiably upset at missing out on an important part of ordinary human life, though they're venting that anger at the wrong party. And though I can also sym...
by mythago
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I still don't see how 2 is at fault in this scenario. Person 1 is guilty of: Generalizing the behaviour of a limited number of women (perhaps just one) to the entire female gender. Person 2 is guilty of: Saying they want a partner who is X, rejecting a potential partner who is X, instead choosing a...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

The feminist boogeyman of a "nice guy" whose entire friendship with a girl is an elaborate trap that ends with him begging her for sex is something I've never seen. And since you've never seen it, it doesn't exist, and women who claim they have been on the receiving end of this are crazy ...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Sorry people, but the amount of condescending bigotry in this thread is staggering. Because criticizing bigotry.... is bigotry? Yes, there are men and women who have trouble finding Mr./Ms. Right. There are also men and women who react to a lack of success in this endeavor by loudly announcing that...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Your premise of what constitutes proof is stupid though. How Randall perceives women is not necessarily reality, sort of like the "nice guy" in the comic. Besides which, Randall Munroe is not Harvey Pekar, he's generally not interested in observing normal social interactions but in commen...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I'm commenting on the general phenomenon of the existence of "nice guys" and the rhetoric surrounding them, and the complete lack of any equivalent rhetoric for girls who do the same thing. This comic is one example of that. You suggested that frustrated women can rant about men without a...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

If a woman who's at a frustrating point in her romantic life makes a generalized vent about men, hardly anyone would bat an eye. But when frustrated men do it, it's some incredible faux pas, and probably sexist to boot. What? Sorry, I missed the xkcd comic where a needy, immature woman says "M...
by mythago
Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

So, um, how about we substitute “lonely” for “desperate” and “sad” for “angry”, and try to have a little compassion? The thing that really blows my mind about these debates is how rarely anyone shows sympathy for people whose main complaint is that they’re missing out on what everyone else tells th...
by mythago
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 117933

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Thirdly, if you ask any experienced woman (30+), she will tell you over and over again of the old dilemma: Nice family men are boring. And interesting adventure men are unfaithful. Somehow those two are mutually exclusive. Oh hi! I'm an "experienced woman" (over 30) by this standard, and ...
by mythago
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25422

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

I have heard Boomers - still - refer to 'the MTV generation'.

I am part of "the MTV generation". My kids read this comic and thought it was hilarious. Then they went back to chatting with their friends on Pesterchum while running their favorite Youtube videos in a separate browser.
by mythago
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 21066

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

Yup, sure did. I also read the comments. All of them. So, to say that "nobody even hinted otherwise", when multiple people posted dontdatehimgirl.com, is to ignore the posts containing that site. My point is that a site exists/existed that is/was popular enough for at least two people to ...
by mythago
Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 21066

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

To be fair to us guys, there are PLENTY of women out there who have borderline sociopathic tendencies, such as those with a strong need to "always have a boyfriend, no matter what", the baby-makers, the coddlers, the correctors, and the outright bat-bleep insane. Plenty of guys out there ...
by mythago
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 21066

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

I'm pretty sure we can muster up enough votes to put a proposition implementing this on the California ballot. Who's with me? Heck, why not. As long as it doesn't involve taxes, you can get an initiative qualified to be on the California ballot by handing in a request written in pink crayon, attach...
by mythago
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 21066

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

mjc0961 wrote:How funny: the state of California is known to the rest of the USA to be a total douchebag.


Don't hate us because we're beautiful.

I really love Goatee Guy's posture/expression in this.
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

they're not mutually inclusive either. a person who is a racist can be a dick without being a dick because they're being racist In this case, though, it was both. If Dr. Laura screams at the counter clerk at Target because her Visa was declined, she is being a dick without being a racist. Her rant ...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Corrupt Forensics: North Carolina
Replies: 11
Views: 2608

Re: Corrupt Forensics: North Carolina

One of those 'strong reasons' is apparently that they had a policy of hiding certain test results. A WRITTEN policy, ffs.
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

And we don't know what the question was because.....Dr. Laura never let her fully explain it. Instead, Dr. Laura jumped in and cut her off with irrelevant, mentally-masturbatory rants about how black people voted for Obama because of his race and why black comedians use the N-word. Jade couldn't ge...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

The fact that the sentence doesn't answer *all* of those questions doesn't make it "hopelessly" vague. It just means that it is an incomplete claim, but probably no single sentence could ever encapsulate the entire relationship between testosterone and aggression, and yet this doesn't mea...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

However, testosterone is linked to increased aggression--and men have more testosterone. So while it isn't fair to say all men are more aggressive than all women: on average men are usually more aggressive due to biology. This is exactly the kind of bad analogy we've been discussing here. "Tes...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

the main issue that the woman had is that her white husband didn't jump to her defense when neighbors or friends said things that SHE felt were racist. HOWEVER when asked for examples the caller said "well, you know, when they say stuff like 'why do black people feel X or Y'". without ACT...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blizzard sues private server operator for 88 MEELION DOLLARS
Replies: 63
Views: 7405

Re: Blizzard sues private server operator for 88 MEELION DOL

The judge was hamstrung by the DMCA which basically forced a minimum judgement. The judge actually wanted to lessen the penalty because that would mean the company could actually pay it, but the owner not bothering to show up meant that the judge couldn't do that. Your argument makes no sense. If t...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Is that fact that men are far more likely to commit violent crime a result of socialization? Or are we just more likely to be aggressive and respond physically innately? I'd draw attention to how many times throughout your post you said 'tend to'. Even assuming that the generalizations are true, th...
by mythago
Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

This will help you understand what I'm talking about. And by "this" you mean "random images pulled from a college class I'm taking." If you really believe the authors of the book are saying all people's aptitudes and inclinations are 100% nurture, then you didn't read the articl...
by mythago
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

RMgX wrote:I read the conversation and I didn't find it racist.


How about in addition to reading the conversation, you read this thread?
by mythago
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That'll be $300 for the blog
Replies: 17
Views: 2784

Re: That'll be $300 for the blog

Running a business shouldn't require a business license (in most places, it doesn't). Business licences should only really exist for the reasons mentioned above, and only required for the latter of the two reasons mentioned above. There is a difference between 'such licenses are a bad idea and nobo...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

That said though, I can see such constructions being used innocently as well, and especially when the subject matter is non-contentious ("What kind of Vodka do you Russians prefer?"), I'd presume innocence. And I'll go further to say that a presumption of guilt on such a matter is a bit o...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Except we know that there are physical differences between female and male brains in very specific areas. This is the kind of sloppy language I was ranting about before. AGGREGATE difference across groups does not mean "male brains" and "female brains" are all different. These d...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That'll be $300 for the blog
Replies: 17
Views: 2784

Re: That'll be $300 for the blog

From the end of the article it tends to imply that the $300 is for a lifetime license. Unless thats only whats is GOING to be happening with the new law they are trying to pass. In that case it doesn't seem terribly wrong to do, assuming the blogs are in fact making money. It does given that you ha...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 43848

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

Why shouldn't you engage bigots? The only way for ignorance to remain is for the light of reason to never reach for its shores. Even if the person remains bigoted, the 10 people that sit back and watch the discussion may come to an epiphany, and may change for the better because of the discussion. ...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 39203

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

I have a GPS (best Mother's Day present I ever got, after the macaroni sculptures) and I still ask for directions. This isn't an 'older person' thing. This is a 'being aware of the limits of GPS technology, and perhaps having been given a bum steer by Google Maps and/or my GPS more than once' thing....
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dr. Laura's Rant
Replies: 262
Views: 26834

Re: Dr. Laura's Rant

Oh, there were plenty of problems in what she actually said. But read the media coverage; what she's getting flak for is her use of the N-word. She didn't use it as a slur here. I've read the media coverage; what she's getting flak for is a number of things, including a) being a crazy idiot overall...
by mythago
Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 12784

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Twin and sibling studies seem to work pretty well: if identical twins are more similar than nonidentical ones, that points to genetics. If separated identical twins are more similar in some trait than fraternal twins raised together, that points very strongly to genetics. If adopted children raised...

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