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by Draconaes
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 8008

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

I'm a little surprised the comic stuck to somewhat realistic depictions of the moon. I was half expecting the last panel to be this moon from RWBY: http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/rwby/images/2/27/V3_Opening_00001.png/revision/latest?cb=20151015232402 Which is just right out, unless those chunk...
by Draconaes
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 11932

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

sharpnova wrote:Is there a reason why these forums are very sexist towards men? It's disgusting and anti-intellectual.


Is there a reason why this post is very terrible? It's disgusting and anti-intellectual.
by Draconaes
Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopia or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 10489

Re: Utopia or not?

Yes, it is another one of my (in)famous dilemmas that everyone loves so much! This time it's a magic genie that offers you a choice. The details are as follows: 1. Humanity is made permanently immune to all forms of deadly/painful diseases, including ones that could develop in the future. Everyone ...
by Draconaes
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 9179

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

I think the proper terminology here would be "predation". markfiend's point was that agriculture also results in pain and death for many animals, and that a diet without animals is not free from this. Vegetarianism is then a question of fashion and not the ethics of killing. (Assuming one...
by Draconaes
Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1587: "Food Rule"
Replies: 86
Views: 9179

Re: 1587: "Food Rule"

enslavement, torture, and mass murder on a scale that dwarfs all other human actions is an ethical question - not a question about taste. Just wanted to point out a few things here: "enslavement" - This is probably not as cut and dried as you like the think with regards to animals. Assumi...
by Draconaes
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 90051

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words? Guess it was just me then. :oops: No...that's good though. But I did type "cat" - quotes included. When it asked me to type "cat", I entered "ok" (sans quotes). I was feeling cheeky. edit:...
by Draconaes
Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?
Replies: 36
Views: 7287

Re: Anyone else terrified by sudden death?

I'm less afraid of sudden death than suddenly dying. Dying will be either terrifying or painful (hopefully not both), unless it happens while I'm unconscious, but I don't fear the "being dead" that will ensue afterward. I can easily picture myself being terrified (probably into denial) if ...
by Draconaes
Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 22874

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

PeteP asked me to explain to him how death defines your life. Death marks everything you do. You work first so you can eat and not starve to death, You have a place to live to shelter you against the elements that can kill you. You save in life so you can face your death with dignity. And pay docto...
by Draconaes
Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 22874

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

If there is a magic crystal that grants immortality, could we not create/discover one that takes it away? What about one that prevents the heat death of the universe? One that provides even more free energy beyond what is keeping everyone alive through whatever arcane mechanism? (I think immortal li...
by Draconaes
Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 22874

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

I would probably break the crystal, given the information stated here. As others have pointed out, the exact nature of the immortality is somewhat important. The biggest downside from what's been given in the OP is imo the removal of the ability to choose to die, but even this can probably be circum...
by Draconaes
Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: VR Goggles: Alternative Uses
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Re: VR Goggles: Alternative Uses

Wouldn't this just be a monitor taped to your face then? I think everything you described for sports of special events is possible with normal monitors. The main point of VR goggles and the like is that the user can control the motion of the camera through the movement of their own head. This is ver...
by Draconaes
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Hand-held space-jet
Replies: 19
Views: 6771

Re: Hand-held space-jet

I'm imagining something like a short cone with a handle-throttle in the base, and four or five jets angled so that the wash misses the pilot. So, you hold it out in front of you and off you go... Hm, that design seems really inefficient to me. A lot of the energy will be wasted cancelling out the o...
by Draconaes
Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 11920

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

The militia idea isn't even funny. I'm not sure whether he thought it was a funny idea in and of itself, or if he just has some blind, deep-seated hatred of the right to keep and bear arms. It could also be that he has not-blind and/or superficial hatred of the right to keep and bear arms. Or he co...
by Draconaes
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28262
Views: 2363734

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

On the topic of cringe-causing sounds, I thought I'd delurk to share an example of my own. most of the examples posted so far don't bother me. Heck, the sound of windbreaker fabric rubbing itself actually sounds pleasant imo. But one thing that I cannot stand is a broken pencil on paper; you know, w...
by Draconaes
Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 34575

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

I'd just like to point out that, even if we grant that absolutely everyone else has agreed with this idea when it's been presented to them, argumentum ad populum is still a logical fallacy. I'd be a devout Christian if it was a persuasive argument. I am afraid you will find no shortage of wishful th...
by Draconaes
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 34575

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

I mentioned the bit about arrogance because the implication you've made here is that the posters responding to you have merely failed to grasp your point -- I think the problem here is more that you think you have made an interesting and new point, and people are confused because, at its core, you'...
by Draconaes
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 34575

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

"Well... then why am I experiencing the experiences which happen to this configuration of brain cells and electricity, instead of any of the other ones that exist currently, like yours or like Mom or Dad's?" It would seem that you are experiencing the experiences which happen to my config...
by Draconaes
Tue May 07, 2013 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 19136

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/44/high_throw_16.png If you hover over this image in the What-If, it says "two more giraffes high and you've got a team" What does that refer to? This doesn't appear to be a Sierpinski triangle unless I am completely misreading it. There are currently 87 gir...
by Draconaes
Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 26182

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Why isn't he caught in an infinite loop turning the machine on and off repeteadly? And why didn't he think of having an "On" button and an "Off" button? It seems he would be that smart atleast seeing as he build the time machine in the first place. Wait, why would that make any ...
by Draconaes
Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 26182

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

I also found it pretty obvious after a few seconds of thought. I don't think I'm entitled to any smugness about this fact, though. Time isn't always intuitive. The main reason it is obvious (to me) that the machine reversed time until it was off again is that it makes the joke make sense. Any other ...
by Draconaes
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree
Replies: 26
Views: 2918

Re: Combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree

you can always place a stone that is one point larger than the opponent's largest stone--you're only hurting yourself to play stones that are any larger than this I'm not convinced this is true. I'm not convinced too, because we are not taking into account the winning condition and the topological ...
by Draconaes
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Escape from Raptors
Replies: 2276
Views: 238630

Re: Escape from Raptors

The raptors drain the Earth's oceans, causing you to dissipate and die.

I hide inside a hollowed out cactus.
by Draconaes
Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23496

Re: 1173: Steriods

Not to defend gerv at all, but you seem to be assuming that normative judgements can only possibly be supported by the intentions of an intelligent agent who is causally responsible for the state of affairs being judged; that, unless someone made that state obtain with a purpose in mind, there can ...
by Draconaes
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23496

Re: 1173: Steriods

Well, I figured Gerv was a creationist, but I didn't want to assume. I've never seen it adequately explained why an intelligence is needed for things to be the way they are, only that it somehow makes some people feel better if they pretend that this is the case. I'm not in much mood to get much dee...
by Draconaes
Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 23496

Re: 1173: Steriods

Awesome, and absolutely true. So many of Randall's comics unintentionally point out the inconsistencies of those who believe in evolutionary abiogenesis. "We humans are sacks of chemicals which stay alive by finding other chemicals and putting them inside us." 1) * If humans are just &quo...
by Draconaes
Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Don't even know what to call this:Geometry of teleporting?
Replies: 5
Views: 1236

Re: Don't even know what to call this:Geometry of teleportin

I imagine something like this?: argh, can't post links yet, link would be to page 000947 of Problem Sleuth (mspaintadventures site, remove "?s=6" from url if present, append "?s=4&p=000947") Depending on the orientation, I think you would end up with some sort of infinite loo...
by Draconaes
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 35745

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

I'm surprised they use just water. I vaguely recall some ancient Scientific American amateur scientist experiment (may have been a fusor), where you viewed the process through a fish tank with water and borax in it. Boron helps block radiation. My uneducated guess is that using slightly more water ...
by Draconaes
Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 16688

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

Besides, the power of evolution is against you in this - the extra food is not enough advantage to offset the suicidal tendency to run (fly) towards moving cars. I don't think evolution works that way... You can't condition birds and animals to flock to thumping bass. ... [Explanation on how pigeon...

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