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by ellbur
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 8588

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Any Santa who comes in through the cat flap is a welcome Santa in my house.
by ellbur
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28577

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

I think we can all agree 1.5pi is a turn in the right direction.
by ellbur
Fri May 10, 2013 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 34884

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

My friend and I used to have a game where we would try and say totally unrelated words. It was quite difficult.
by ellbur
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 31140

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I want to explain something. Or, attempt to excuse something. I see many of us are concerned that the time-based disposal will be inaccurate; we will waste perfectly good food, some bad stuff will survive, etc. Clearly we need to be more accurate, we need to sense the food, we can't just throw food ...
by ellbur
Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 47970

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

This morning a got a JavaScript error while building code to run on a microcontroller. Then I came home and saw this. I think I can safely say get out of my head, Randall.
by ellbur
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 243112

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

I can only wonder if Randall's been reading The Last Psychiatrist. "The problem is you." Eh, maybe it is more generic.

Is the girl's choice of criticism something you'd expect to find in a pick-up artist? I don't know any myself.
by ellbur
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 25344

Re: 930: Days of the Week

I'm kinda sad that the week progresses in a clock-wise fashion, while in polar graphs theta increases in a counter-clockwise fashion... You know I don't know what's the reason but in my head, the week definitely goes counter-clockwise. And the weekend is oriented at the top. I wonder if Randall's m...
by ellbur
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 31786

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

On reading the first sentence I was expecting a serious objection to Null-Hypothesis testing as a method of discovering knowledge, there being some legitimate complaints with it.

But then it turned into a funny comic.
by ellbur
Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 33816

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

Tried to figure out where these directions are going. Unfortunately, MD Rt 18 is a bit far from 495, and then there doesn't seem to be a Highland Rd that you'd take 18 to get to. VA Rt. 18 is even farther. I was sort of guessing he wasn't planning on a terribly long drive, but maybe it's a Rt 18 in ...
by ellbur
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 48730

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Take just the first panel and you have a pretty accurate comic. Or the second to last. (Also a few robots got rained on at Annapolis a few years ago because the roof leaked. It was not sabotage I promise).

alum of FRC 293 SPIKE
by ellbur
Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 53025

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

skine wrote:Sorry, I think you're going off on a tangent.

When you start making calc puns it's really a slippery slope.

Newton's paper in the last three panels looked to me like a tail.
by ellbur
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

In fact, this thread is also representative of the Pareto principle. As it gets longer, it is approaching 20% of the posters posting 80% of the posts. Haha that's awesome. Since I had nothing better to do, I tried it with words (fwoooooosh I know regexes fwoooooosh). The top ones are 1395,Intention...
by ellbur
Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

If people fail, then government does not exist as it is formed from and of people. When one starts ascribing rights to abstract entities like governments, cooperations, and religious establishments, then one states that there are additional rights that individuals might only have access to if they ...
by ellbur
Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

andrewclunn wrote:Um, no. People have rights. Governments do not. Calling something a 'right' does not make it so.

Sorry about that; those rights that I ascribed to the government could also be phrased in terms of people. (After all, money that is taxed does go to somebody, eventually).
by ellbur
Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Clarification, when somebody says they are indeed a marxist, I assume that means they advocating the complete elimination of private property, as pure Marxist socialists do. Well, if you are referring to Marx's original ideology, then not quite. Marx more specifically wanted to eliminate existing p...
by ellbur
Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

A valid point. And as I said, I might be willing to see government funded research as somethign positive IF I were given the right to determine what type of research my particular tax dollars would go towards. Dude, you can. You can vote, and lobby your representatives to direct funding towards var...
by ellbur
Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

I believe I have stated that the government takes the money to do so from private owners, who would otherwise be able to fund the research themselves. Also, one can not deny the powerful influence of private donations on R&D, especially in the medical field. You're right that private money can ...
by ellbur
Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

It is Objectivism's view of people as heroic figures and masters of their own lives and destinies that I find inspiring about it. I know I've been making all the logical arguments and philosophical defenses of Objectivism for pages, but in all honesty it is its inherent passion for self and for tru...
by ellbur
Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Objectivism does not claim to be the objective morality of the universe, it claims to be the objective morality of human beings. This makes me wonder: if it turned out that the moral principles derived from human nature (I think that's where you get them, right?) turned out to work really bad on a ...
by ellbur
Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

For the most part I feel like I'm seeing just one tiny pixel in everything that happens around me and I have to reconstruct the rest from that. Most of the time it just seems to flow right by. If I tried to wake up to the world around me, I don't know what I'd wake up to. Is this bad? Times when I r...
by ellbur
Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Time to refute most of the claims above, one by one! Some are flat-out wrong, while some are violations of individual rights that just flat-out would not be supported under a strict interpretation of the motto "Do no harm unto others" (or, alternately, "The right to swing your first ...
by ellbur
Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

The existence of those rights entails that capitalism is the only moral system. How and why? This is the logical disjunct I just don't get about Rand / objectivism. Laissez-faire capitalism is the only system that does not violate individual rights. This is an interesting point. Capitalism can use ...
by ellbur
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 84391

Re: Sheeple

I feel that this kind of unoriginal/uncreative thoughts is not entirely bad. If an experience means something to you, I don't think it has to mean less because it's common. This comic reminded my Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman, which I think shows the lighter side to shared experience I am ...

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