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by radtea
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 49428

Re: 1143:"Location"

Nowadays it's like there's a really new thing every month or so. Personal computers and the internet have vastly increased our rate of innovation. Can you imagine somebody being beamed from 1957 (on October 2nd, say, two days before Sputnik was launched) to today, and hearing somebody saying, “I'll...
by radtea
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50027

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

Joke I posted on Facebook two days ago, motivated by people who were treating the upcoming American election as some kind of proof of Nate Silver's credibility: ========== A Bayesian and an anti-Bayesian walk into a bar and see a pair of dice on the table. The Bayesian says, "There's only about...
by radtea
Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 16853

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Nate Silver is the number 1 reason why I am voting Romney. I'm secretly hoping for a Romney win so the nate has to write a series of articles explaining why his 86.3% chance was wrong. A couple of other people have answered this already but I'm seeing this idiocy all of the Web right now so I'll pi...
by radtea
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 41640

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 radtea
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 20940

Re: 1082: “Geology”

As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid confusion), web penetration, male/female thread, nut, bar coupler, and many others in everyday use I'm uns...
by radtea
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 61658

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

My thing is that conspiracy theorist are sometimes those that say government is a waste of money because it is inefficient, incompetent, and filled with people who don't care. These same people then attribute superhuman organizational power to the same government. Power to build huge structures wit...
by radtea
Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 30450

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Thanks for the teaching tool! Seriously, this belongs in a textbook. The only issue is that it uses the word "see" to describe "the detailed physiology of what the eye does", which gets naive people confused into saying things like "you don't 'really see' colour in the peri...
by radtea
Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 28486

Re: 1076: "Home Organization"

I really wonder what problems people seem to be having with losing socks in the wash. How do you do that? I have never lost any socks. I check they are in pairs when sorting before washing and sort the pairs together when hanging them to dry. On the rare occasions when I had an unpaired sock on the...
by radtea
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 30002

Re: 1075: "Warning"

Evolution is not deterministic like that either. If driving is more likely to result in death (particularly among the young before they procreate) then non-drivers will be favoured as much as 'adapted' drivers. Parsominy suggests that if there's a genetic trait that leads to not driving, it will be...
by radtea
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 30002

Re: 1075: "Warning"

EpicanicusStrikes wrote:
Retsam wrote:This was my dad's approach to drivers ed: "Me letting you drive is like me handing you a gun". It's certainly true, but not much for establishing confidence.


I was told almost the exact same thing about puberty.


Accidents with guns cause death. Accidents with puberty cause life.
by radtea
Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 35775

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

Now everybody who reads "XKCD" knows that the moon landing was real, so I know I'm preaching to the choir here.  But if you'd like another proof that we landed on the moon when we said we did and it wasn't a fake, acted out in the Nevada desert, consider this: Here's another fun one: Moon...
by radtea
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1073: "Weekend"
Replies: 53
Views: 17460

Re: 1073: "Weekend"

But... days don't really exist, do they? I mean, if we all agreed that the year happened in incriments of nine days, would they exist? The only objective thing about the calendar is the movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon. That word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means. O...
by radtea
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 49830

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Wouldn't It be funny if the methods in which we detect exo-planets are actually flawed and the results really doesn't conform the fact that exoplanets actually exist? I see this a lot in response to empirical discoveries, presumably from people who don't really understand how Bayesian inference wor...
by radtea
Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 49402

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple is exactly two. A few is 3-7. Several is more than seven but less than a dozen. A handful is a measure of volume, not quantity. I'm curious what you think the meaning of "is" is. Everything you say makes sense if "is" means, "I take to mean", but makes no sens...
by radtea
Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 43967

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

What's with all the "Gee Willikers freaky" stuff? Ok, FFs are unusual, but really, "freaky", "creepy" etc.? Are you weirded out by human feet or something? Most humans are intensely conservative, in the sense that they want tomorrow to be very much like today and the n...
by radtea
Wed May 30, 2012 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1062: "Budget News"
Replies: 36
Views: 13977

Re: 1062: "Budget News"

"Hawk" and "Dove" have long been used in American culture to describe the simplistic, ridiculous and wildly ideological (and therefore simplistic and ridiculous) stances that are prevalent in American society, which eschews nuance and subtlety in favour of Manichean monotones. Du...
by radtea
Mon May 28, 2012 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 44634

Re: 1061: "EST"

At least it's not as bad as Universal Coordinated Time, in which it's impossible to predict whether a given day will contain a "leap second" or not. There's a simple way of sorting out the leap second issue in UTC... Then every computer will automatically be able to deal properly with lea...
by radtea
Fri May 11, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1054: "The Bacon"
Replies: 55
Views: 26548

Re: 1054: "The Bacon"

I guess Randall must... As a student of non-rational epistemologies, I'm curious as to the process by which you go from "I guess" (something entirely made up from the swirling little puddle between your ears) to "Randall must" (a claim of absolute necessity about a part of reali...
by radtea
Wed May 09, 2012 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40629

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

If there's one thing I've figured out as a teacher, it's that everyone, no matter how smart, seems to have random weird gaps in their knowledge, things that you would assume everyone knows but they don't. There are two contrary tendencies. On the one hand people tend to assume everyone knows the &q...
by radtea
Mon May 07, 2012 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64312

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

begriffsschrift wrote:I don't see how these characterizations say anything negative about either Philosophy or Math.


Presumably because you don't care about rigor or reality.
by radtea
Wed May 02, 2012 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 85600

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

the price is paid in teenagers cracking from the stress, having breakdowns, cutting themselves, bursting into tears, committing suicide, just burning out or utterly hating a subject they could have vaguely liked or merely not cared about. I was with you 'til the last sentence. While the stress of b...
by radtea
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 130913

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

In all cases more capitalism ~ better place to live. In every instance where we have the ability to do a direct comparison (please spare me any rubbish about comparing Sweden (today) with 19th century America). Assuming you're holding up America (today) as more capitalistic than Sweden (today) I'd ...
by radtea
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57021

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Cancer is a remarkably heterogeneous dysfunction at the cellular level, and in humans in particular even individual tumors are like little ecosystems that contain a diversity of cell lines that have evolved over decades. Humans are incredibly long lived--likely due to the differential reproductive v...
by radtea
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 27877

Re: 1046: Skynet

Wow, SirM, you old softy. Never can tell. When this happens to me it's less about the word not feeling like a word anymore, but rather looking like a jumble of letters that looks totally spelled wrong. Somehow this always happens with "school." Does that look like it's spelled wrong to an...
by radtea
Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 42770

Re: 1045: Constraints

Zach, your xylophone wasn't tuned so Reggie quit putting on new music, leaving key jobs incompletely handled, giving fans excessive downers caused by arrogance.

Form is liberating: http://greenteadoodles.wordpress.com (beautiful images frequently juxtaposed with formal poetry.)
by radtea
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58846

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I'm pretty sure the point is that even though it's clear what Charlie Bucket has and has not said, I still don't fully believe that the others are from the Romney of today. (Though I don't find it hard to believe he HAS SAID those things in the past. *cough* flip-flop *cough*) While changing one's ...
by radtea
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32353

Re: #1042: "Never"

SoaG wrote:Hi Randall! I see you've met my ex-wife. :lol:


And one of my ex-g/f's. Lesson learned: to be insanely hot, you've first got to be insane.
by radtea
Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20180

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

"An army of lovers can be beaten." -- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow "History is made by men who do not consider the consequences of their actions." -- Robert Anton Wilson, The Historical Illuminatus! Trilogy So can an army of haters, so Pynchon's claim is a long way from int...
by radtea
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 40418

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

Kyreles wrote:
StClair wrote:
everycredit wrote:Biology is just applied chemistry.

Chemistry is just applied physics.


Physics is just applied math.


A lot of experimental physicists are laughing at you pretty hard right now.
by radtea
Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 40418

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

I think you are both a little confused. Neither reduction actually works (yet), and the 'biology is just applied chemistry' reduction isn't even close. It would be fairer to say that chemistry in this domain is just explanatorily-deficient biology. Indeed, you could also argue that the inability of...
by radtea
Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1034: "Share Buttons"
Replies: 82
Views: 30237

Re: 1034: "Share Buttons"

I don't understand how anyone can hate something that is optional and ignorable, I understand hating pop-up ads for example, although in this day and age it's your own fault if you still get pop-up ads, but share buttons, if you don't like them , don't use them, I'm not sure how dislike can escalat...
by radtea
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272125

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

We have moved on to proper social dynamics, psychology, and how this is supposed to work in nature . Just as a matter of interest, where did you do your anthropological studies of humans "in nature"? There has been some interesting work on stone-age peoples in the Amazon basin. I can reco...
by radtea
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272125

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SEDUCE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! Damn. Is it that hard to grasp? Err... yes? In particular: why not? Men and women have been seducing each other (which I understand to mean, "inducing to have sex by presenting themselves as maximally sexually and socially desirable rather than...
by radtea
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 20927

Re: 1019: "First Post"

I'm kind of tepid about the whole idea of nested posts in general. Single-threaded posting allows for a more natural conversation format since people can reply to posts informally, and to multiple posts simultaneously. And single-threaded posts absolutely have to be in chronological order for any s...
by radtea
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 20927

Re: 1019: "First Post"

I think random order has it's advantages Yeah, pretty much. Why should every person see the same view? It's not like the page isn't generated dynamically, and I'm sure the moment anyone suggests there's a buck to be made showing users different views it will done in a moment. So why not do it to im...
by radtea
Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 37789

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

I find it ironic. Wikipedia says "In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature." I always find it hard to reconcile anti-war and anarchisim. Utopian anarchists, who find it deeply mysterious why human males are about 20% larger than human females, th...
by radtea
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27077

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

If this scenario perfectly satisfies the conditions of the prisoners dilemma something is wrong with the relationship. No kidding: the PD requires that the two parties know nothing about each other except that they are "human". The Iterated PD, which is not the PD, allows knowledge of pas...
by radtea
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 66991

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Thank you for this. As a publisher, I see kerning crap all over the place, and wonder if it's just me. Just you, others who work seriously with text in a professional or semi-professional capacity, and a huge crowd of amateur font geeks who use their laser-like ability to spot kerning issues as a s...
by radtea
Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 26482

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

I knew a photographer (back in the days of film) who was like this: show him any photo and he would give pretty much the same critique (colours off, white balance, blah, blah.) Nice guy but this particular habit got annoying, and I called him on it one day pointing out that since every single photo ...
by radtea
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38083

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

"Judgement" is actually a Briticism which has somehow found its way into American dictionaries/spellchecks. The standardized American version of the word is "judgment." I think you meant to say 'Judgement' is the correct spelling in the English Language. Americans decided to dro...

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