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by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

somitomi wrote:Even if the axis label was later revealed to be backward, I fail to see how anyone could think a hammer is better than an axe even for a second. An axe can do anything a hammer can, but it also has a blade for crying out loud.

When's the last time you cut your finger sharpening your hammer?
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

I don't suppose anyone here kept reading Erfworld? It's astonishing that's gone on as long as it has; it was rather baffling and unfunny during its time alongside The Order of the Stick at giantitp.com . But it springs to mind for its use of the legendary Arkenhammer, opposed by the mighty Arkenpli...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 228483

Re: Board games anyone?

The Mysterium cards actually have a careful design behind them - each card has something like 7 elements deliberately included, to make sure that there are plenty of dream cards that match any given person/place/thing card. Using Dixit cards instead of the dream cards means you miss out on those del...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

xtifr wrote:Dr. Who fans are probably upset at how far down (up?) the chart screwdrivers are located.


Meh, it only lists flathead and phillips. Not that a phillips-head spear wouldn't make for an effective twist on Gungnir (Odin's spear).
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 2384

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

humbug. Pay per month for 0-1 book and buy for more? What about OVERDRIVE?! Free unlimited audiobooks through your library card. Not every book, and sometime you have to place a hold, but it goes up to 2x speed and Libby (still overdrive but different app) can go faster (but lacks wishlists). Hated...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 1714

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

"Grok" is a Martian word. I thought it was Vulcan for "to fully understand and grasp all aspects of" as a transitive verb. 'Must've been been because the example given was "Spock groks." That meaning is correct, but not the language (or source work, I guess). It's from...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 5863

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

↶ Yeah, just... don't give a shit about the "score" at the end. It's a meaningless point counter. Did you have a satisfying game that ended nicely? If so, you won. Which is fine for games that only display the final "score"; games that have some additional benefit to "winni...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 13
Views: 526

Re: Aquaman

It just felt weird for the villain to have this ecological argument that the good guys not only never counter but don't even try to address. The whole "surface dwellers are destroying our oceans" bit has been a recurring idea in the comics, but never really been resolved there either - to...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 5863

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

Yeah, just... don't give a shit about the "score" at the end. It's a meaningless point counter. Did you have a satisfying game that ended nicely? If so, you won. Which is fine for games that only display the final "score"; games that have some additional benefit to "winning...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering
Replies: 25
Views: 5863

Re: Stellaris - MOO3 the bettering

Semi-arbitrary end-game conditions are a mixed bag - on the one hand, managing the transition from long-term development to short-term points-grab is a significant strategic choice. On the other hand, the points-grab phase and the hard cut-off mean that having a star empire that would collapse the f...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

We know you meant "from...to", but what you said was "between...and", and "between" is unordered. When talking about something with a natural ordering, "between X and Y" should be said such that X comes before Y. For example, I have an official document on ha...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

and definitely much more if it was written instructions... On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow. (Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...) Most types of touch-screen should be fine - only some capacitive touch-scree...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I'd phrase it differently, which is more impressive: ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows come up with the idea independently. ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows learn from watching TV. On both cases: crows have a c...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 702753

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm more bothered about something from this episode not getting any sort of resolution than about dangling hooks from past episodes. They spend the first few minutes of the episode doing the Justice League opening on a BBC budget (never mind how someone managed to travel from the UK to a Pacific...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

Another way of looking at it is that we're offloading more of our routine cognition onto devices - people have used paper as an external memory for centuries, and various other reminders and records for even longer. This way, we have more mental capacity for the important stuff - like remembering th...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

↶ It's striking that only about 15% of the population enters the New Year later than London, despite there being almost half the planet between the Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line. But the half between the Date Line and Greenwich contains the majority of the land masses, plus the...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

My favourite "clever girl" moment for the corvids was after a BBC documentary about clever crows in Japan using traffic at pedestrian crossings to open stolen nuts, flying down to put the nuts in front of the wheels of the lead vehicle while people were crossing, waiting while the lights ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 2221

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

somitomi wrote:But if metric units are involved, you can just use prefixes properly and say "the Earth is 150 gigameters from the Sun" instead of nonsense like "million kilometers"


How would you express the volume of the observable universe in metric units using prefixes properly?
by rmsgrey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1749

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

It's striking that only about 15% of the population enters the New Year later than London, despite there being almost half the planet between the Greenwich Meridian and the International Date Line.
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 2309

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

In my time at university, I observed that the tourists who incautiously brought picnics to the river banks would get terrorised by the local geese and swans into giving up their sandwiches.
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2540

Re: 2086: "History Department"

J%r wrote:If they've covered everything until the Jurassic period then they're 99.96% done.


Last I checked, everything before the invention of record-keeping gets passed off to other departments under the heading "pre-history".
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

The (deliberate, I'm sure) extra-wide confluence of the jinking paths could be where the lower path (four-time crossing boosters) merely scrape against the upper (final stage) and depart to their destructive end or the fifth and final victorious crossing of the ultimately jubilant boosters as they ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 1595

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

Tried to follow the dotted line trajectories and saw he had visually "merged" the two on the last loop of the dogfight. That way the ? ? ? winner is indeed indeterminate. Nice artistic touch. To my eyes, it looks like they cross 4 times then kiss and diverge, meaning it's the boosters tha...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 702753

Re: Doctor Whom

Martha felt like a person. I read recently that she was written out after one season because the fans didn't like her though, which I found surprising, although depressingly I think I can guess what was behind it... Reactionary, socially conservative Doctor Who fans might not be something invented ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 4428

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Amazed that a thread still wasn't up this late in the day. It's vanishingly rare for threads to go up before the comic does. The later the comic goes up, the later the comic thread does. I put up the thread at noon Pacific time; I'm pretty sure Randall had already had the comic up for quite a while...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 2662

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

profit-taking intrinsically implies extracting resources TANGENT WARNING Why do you believe this? Not the guy you're asking, but: How can you take a profit out of a system without extracting anything from the system? It seems pretty tautological to me that taking something out of the system takes s...
by rmsgrey
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 4461

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). For you, and mostly you, there is Lojban . :!: I'm happy with my crazy, naturally developed language, thanks, where "ghoti" is a defensible spelling of "fish" and "...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 4461

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). A well-designed language would do no such thing: it would be more likely for things you misheard to make sense in it, so you would lose a layer of error-correction. But the thing you mishea...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 4461

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). Why on Earth would those have to be features of a good language? Are there any such languages? Even among intentionally designed ones, it seems an unreasonable expectation. Because it means...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 4461

Re: 2084: "FDR"

Yeah, a sane, well-designed language would have similar sounds attached to similar meanings (and vice versa). English, having started as a way for Norman men-at-arms (French-speaking) to chat up Saxon barmaids (German-speaking) and cheerfully adopted large chunks of vocabulary from Latin and later G...
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 228483

Re: Board games anyone?

One warning for later in the campaign - you want to be playing somewhere that allows open flames since there's something that requires fire. If not, there's a workaround that you can look up when you get there. At first, I was like "Whoa man! Serious spoiler there, telling Zohar to advance his...
by rmsgrey
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 228483

Re: Board games anyone?

I played a first game of Charterstone this week. It was fun. The first game was very limited in what we could do, but we still unlocked some new gameplay elements. I wonder how individual each person's charter is going to end up being. Each charter has its "native" tech tree - buildings t...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2949

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Don't destroy it. Jeff Goldblum needs it in order to interface with the alien mothership!

I mean, you didn't think it was just a regular Apple laptop they used?
by rmsgrey
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 102
Views: 26711

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

So, how does "The idea of having 'an equal chance of getting every number from 1 to infinity'" violate the Second Axiom? If every number has the same chance of being picked, then the chances of getting any number at all is either 0 (if each number has 0 probability of being picked) or inf...
by rmsgrey
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 2471

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) With probability one , everyone has either more or less than the average number o...
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 2471

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country.
by rmsgrey
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 702753

Re: Doctor Whom

I've just seen Ep 11.9, It Takes You Away, which to my mind is the best of the series. Quite interesting as a sci-fi story, a genuine twist, lots of emotion, nice tie in with The Woman Who Fell To Earth. Eh, it all felt a little too contrived. It's hard to take a threat along the lines of "Tha...
by rmsgrey
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 3389

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Anyone who's played the original Civilization knows that you don't launch until you can get transit time under about 20 years.
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 4517

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Yes, well, given that "great literature" is stuff that is supposed to have already gone through a crap filter, you wouldn't expect Sturgeon to apply. While Sturgeon did say "90% of everything is crap", I don't think me meant that to be applied recursively--if it were, you could ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 702753

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm slowly coming to the belief that the TARDIS not only translates spoken language, but also gives you the appearance of belonging - so, so long as you don't force someone to think too hard about you, they treat you as part of the crowd and, generally, ignore things like anachronistic clothing.

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