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by ilduri
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

duty
by ilduri
Sat Mar 12, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

diver
by ilduri
Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

gent
by ilduri
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

gut
by ilduri
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

plume
by ilduri
Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1159
Views: 92204

Re: One Letter Word Game

spun
by ilduri
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 11410

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Okay, I guess my mind is in the gutter... Fatheads for my real friends and real head for my fat friends. Hotrods for my real friends and real rods for my hot friends. Manholes for my real friends and a real holes for my man-friends. ... this is getting out of hand... Well if we're going down that r...
by ilduri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 17128

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

But even that rounding scale varies widely even by region in my part of Canada. When I lived in northern Alberta we'd routinely get winter lows in the -40s, occasionally dipping below -50. Meanwhile, in the southern bit they occasionally get summer highs in the +40s. A single province and we have a...
by ilduri
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 17128

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Can I take this oppurtunity to gripe about partial metrication? Canada, like some other countries, got stuck half way through switching over, and now you pretty much need to know both systems just to get by here. The ridiculous thing is that this was just due to petty politics. The Liberal governmen...
by ilduri
Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 10334

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

'Nam is sometimes consider the first war we ever lost (thought not strictly correct), so perhaps God's 'Nam refers to that incident with the iron chariots. Not sure how the tables fit in though. First war you ever lost was in 1812 eh. Eh, the only real loser in 1812 was Tecumseh's Confederacy. The ...
by ilduri
Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 12527

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Another riff on the footprints poem (one with, I think, some theological import. Also includes the original poem at the top): http://adam4d.com/footprints-sand/ Oh gosh, as an ex-Christian, that brought back a whole lot of horrible feelings of what it was like to actually think that way. I can't sp...
by ilduri
Mon May 11, 2015 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1523: Microdrones
Replies: 30
Views: 5315

Re: 1523: Microdrones

All your drone are belong to us. [EDIT: accidentally pluralised] It was never clear to me...is that that same CATS as can has cheezburger? I think it depends whether you accept the Grand Unified Meme or not. (To be honest, I only pretend to know what that stuff is all about. As long as you pepper y...
by ilduri
Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 27134

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

Though it's not as well known, it'd have been cool to see The Mummy! on this chart, which was published in 1827 and set in 2126; (so 299 years in its future). The story itself is mostly a knock-off of Frankenstien , but it's noteworthy as perhaps the first work of science fiction to be set in the fu...
by ilduri
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 14917

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

da Doctah wrote:"What the hell are all those phlogistons doing in there, anyway?"

Well, as any good alchemist knows, the human body naturally contains some elemental fire. That's why we exhale phlogisticated air, after all. :)
by ilduri
Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 14917

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

Andries wrote:OK, so if the #nowplaying tune was Friends, what is Megan looking at? Computer parts?

Could it be quartz ore? Quartz is SiO2.
by ilduri
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 20125

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Sometimes I wonder whether our descendants will look back at our QM models the way we look at the ancients and their struggles to understand the motion of the planets. Ptolemy's model got the right answer more often than Aristotle's. Copernicus' and then Kepler's were right more often still. But non...
by ilduri
Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 11874

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

sevenperforce wrote:Well, being left-handed hasn't always been a neutral topic either...

Unfortunately, to some people, it still isn't.
by ilduri
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should we change the national anthem?
Replies: 115
Views: 26314

Re: Should we change the national anthem?

Heh, I'm Canadian and I know every word of the US anthem thanks to watching NHL games. :) Spoilered for being slightly off-topic, but... Here in Canada, being an officially bilingual country, we have both an English anthem and a French one, set to the same tune. The English version is pretty ho-hum,...
by ilduri
Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 11945

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

My roommates have decided we're having a bunch of people over to watch the game. I honestly don't even know which teams are playing, but I love people and snacks and beer, so I'm really looking forward to it. :)
by ilduri
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 37582

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Sooo... Roko's Basilisk is basically Pascal's Wager repackaged for Singularitarians? "You'd better fund the creation of a super-intelligent AI, because if you don't, it'll create a simulation of hell and put a simulation of you in it." It seems to me that if a super-intelligent AI might se...
by ilduri
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"
Replies: 42
Views: 9300

Re: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"

Why sexist? I assume the "smaller fry" refers to even younger boys, like toddlers or infants. If you mean sexist because girls/women are never mentioned, then sure, sexist. edit: mean, not just "man". hah, apropos typo. Oh, I meant it's sexist if the "smaller fry" refe...
by ilduri
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"
Replies: 42
Views: 9300

Re: 1447: " Meta-Analysis"

ruurdjan wrote:
boys or smaller fry

Does that mean what I think it means? Not good...

I didn't notice it before you pointed it out but yeah, that sounds pretty horrifyingly sexist.
by ilduri
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1444: "Cloud"
Replies: 28
Views: 8354

Re: 1444: "Cloud"

azule wrote:You xuys

Wait a sec, is "you xuys" intended as a gender neutral second person plural form to replace "you guys"? Because if so... that's genius and I may have to borrow it.
by ilduri
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 14541

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

That's why we're not allowed to land on Europa... Really? I thought it was because the monoliths said not to... ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE There was a reason they didn't want humans on Europa and it's what we were talking about there (disrupting the native eco...
by ilduri
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 8473

Re: 1440: Geese

Fun fact: the Andromeda galaxy's angular dimensions are several times larger than the full moon. It's just not nearly bright enough for us to be able to see the whole thing without special tools.
by ilduri
Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 8473

Re: 1440: Geese

Himself wrote:Galaxies look smudge-like. From what I understand astronomers referred to them as clouds before they figured out what they were.

Before we figured out what galaxies were, the term nebula included both galaxies and (what we today call) nebula. Nebula means "little cloud" in Latin.
by ilduri
Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 14541

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

dtilque wrote:That's why we're not allowed to land on Europa...

Really? I thought it was because the monoliths said not to...
Spoiler:
ALL THESE WORLDS
ARE YOURS EXCEPT
EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO
LANDING THERE
by ilduri
Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:39 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 14541

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

I was kind of hoping he would address the possibility of microbes surviving inside material ejected from impact events. Some of that material could eventually have been ejected from the solar system altogether. If it's possible that microbes can survive for "thousands or even millions of years,...
by ilduri
Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"
Replies: 60
Views: 15367

Re: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"

Didn't they see this word: "centrifᵫtal"? If you are seeing a square, that's actually a u-e digraph . I think you mean ligature . If I remember correctly: digraph = using two letters to represent a single phoneme (eg., the ph in digraph) ligature = using a single glyph to represent two le...
by ilduri
Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"
Replies: 61
Views: 13795

Re: 1434: "Where Do Birds Go"

曇り空
葉で雨の音
や鳥どこ

A sky of dark clouds
The sound of rain on leaves—— but
Where do the birds go?
by ilduri
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 53231

Re: 1431: "Marriage"

So, I will admit I've only skimmed this thread as it has grown rather long since last I posted in it. But it seems to me that some people are objecting to gay marriage on the grounds that: 1. Non-biological parents are, on average, less loving of their children than biological parents, and 2. Allowi...
by ilduri
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 53231

Re: 1431: Marriage

Also, I don't think anyone's mentioned this yet, but the first gay marriage in the US actually took place in 1971. Their marriage was legally recognized for a short period of time before the courts got around to defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Edit: correction
by ilduri
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 53231

Re: 1431: Marriage

Have we officially switched to no quotation marks around comic titles in thread subjects? Truly sorry about that. I should have double-checked the rules before making a thread. Once you have "gay marriage", you have "trans marriage" by definition, though. What's interesting is t...
by ilduri
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 53231

1431: "Marriage"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/marriage.png Alt text: People often say that same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 60s. But in terms of public opinion, same-sex marriage now is like interracial marriage in the 90s, when it had already been legal nationwide for 30 years. In other wor...
by ilduri
Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 14965

Re: 1429: Data

On the subject of an hypercorrection habit: I have one of those North American accents where t is sometimes pronounced like d , so that, for exmaple, metal and medal sound the same. This one time I thought to myself, "Enunciating well sure is cool. I'm going to start pronouncing all my 't's pro...
by ilduri
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 14965

Re: 1429: Data

Some alumnis of my school were interviewed in various news mediae.
by ilduri
Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 14965

1429: "Data"

Image

Alt text: If you want to have more fun at the expense of language pedants, try developing an hypercorrection habit.

Also use singular they only when it refers to a specific person. :)

just adding quotes to the title - Angua
by ilduri
Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1405: "Meteor"
Replies: 41
Views: 8741

Re: 1405: "Meteor"

The asteroids are a specific set of astral bodies, namely the ones in the band between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter (the Asteroid Belt)... That's the most common usage, for sure. However, asteroid is currently undefined by the IAU, so there is a bit of leeway in how it's used— even for pedants! :...
by ilduri
Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1399: "Chaos"
Replies: 41
Views: 10230

Re: 1399: "Chaos"

One thing I remember from the book is how the dragon curve fractal is used as a metaphor for chaos. I don't know much about math, but I'm pretty sure a perfectly predictable repeating pattern is not chaotic. EDIT: And now I just clicked back over to the comic and noticed there's a dragon curve drawn...
by ilduri
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 11927

Re: 1394: Superm*n

numbers beyond about a thousand didn't exist in classical tongues (I've got a nagging feeling that there was a word for ten thousand). "Myriad" was Greek for 10,000. "Wan" was Chinese for 10,000. There's probably others I don't know of, too. Archimedes came up with a pretty cool...

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