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by Eleni
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 667454

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Velociraptors!
Lovely comic. Just lost a good chunk of my morning.
by Eleni
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 28543

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Tidal bores are indeed waves caused by tides, but not all waves caused by tides are tidal bores. There are other forms they take. Just wanted to set the record straight on that. Etymology-Man makes a fair point, but then it would be better to call them "tide-like waves". The "-al"...
by Eleni
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0731: "Desert Island"
Replies: 119
Views: 28439

Re: "Desert Island" Discussion

As an oceanographer, I love this one. I'd buy a high quality print for my office if it were offered in the store...
by Eleni
Fri May 22, 2009 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0587: "Crime Scene"
Replies: 100
Views: 19454

Re: "Crime Scene" Discussion

Mathnet! I loved Square One! I remember the episode with the parrot reciting the Fibonacci sequence. I also remember that dodecahedron episode, Kailen. Good times.
by Eleni
Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 152010

Re: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)

Tracy is an idiot. She heard the government agent telling flying man that she would shut down the operation. And then she goes ahead and gives her a reason not to do so. Even though she KNEW it was a set-up (but wrong about who did the setting-up). What an idiot. I know I'm more than a week after t...
by Eleni
Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 277
Views: 86087

Re: Mass Effect

That Mass Effect 2 teaser is so cruel. It's not nice to tease!
Spoiler:
No, Shepard can't be dead! She ditched that lousy armor long ago for Kassa's black and red Colossus armor.
by Eleni
Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3403
Views: 738912

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I had a dream that I was a servant in a palace. I was standing next to the palace's head servant in the front hall greeting a series of visitors. What's strange was the attention to etiquette in this dream. I observed in the dream that the royal/noble visitors would shake hands with the head servant...
by Eleni
Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Coolest school projects, making schoolwork fun
Replies: 46
Views: 4731

Re: Coolest school projects, making schoolwork fun

Okay, I have to say that dressing up as an elf and reading quenya poetry is pretty dorky... I'm a LARPer (by swedish standards) and even I think that's pretty dorky. Did I just get called dorky by a LARPer on the xkcd fora? /wrists I prefer the term geeky :wink: I once got to see Avenue Q live in o...
by Eleni
Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3453

Re: Grad School 2009!!

I just heard from University of Hawaii that I am one of the top applicants, and as such they are paying to fly me out there to see the school, meet professors and the other top applicants, and see what they have to offer. I take that to mean that I am basically accepted. Free trip to Hawai'i, baby! ...
by Eleni
Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Computer game romances
Replies: 13
Views: 1902

Computer game romances

Happy Valentine's Day! In the spirit of the holiday, I'm wondering what video games with romance plots people have played, and which video game romance was your favorite. Own up to your geeky romantic experiences (I'm shameless and wrote a whole series of posts on my blog ). My favorite computer gam...
by Eleni
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0541: "TED Talk"
Replies: 221
Views: 51003

Re: "TED Talk" Discussion

Failure. Only with formal writing should you bother with parenthetical statements. Only with informal writing would you use smiley faces. NEVER should the need for both arise. I use parenthetical statements all the time with my informal writing (and you can't criticize my informal writing style bec...
by Eleni
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Colbert and xkcd
Replies: 43
Views: 5260

Re: Stephen Colbert and xkcd

So I'm not the only one who was taken aback by Stephen Colbert's raptor impression the other night.

Remember, though, that his mortal enemies are BEARS. This could prove useful if we are threatened by him in the future.
by Eleni
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Proofreading for my boss
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

Proofreading for my boss

Anyone want to help me be way more nitpicky than I need to be proofing something for my boss? Proofreading her writing is mostly not so hard, but here are the things that I'm not sure about... As our understanding of the earth’s systems grows and our ability to predict (or at least forecast envelope...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 78067

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Just watched the latest episode online and Holy frak is everything going to hell . This is one stressful show. The most distressing thing is that they totally could knock off half the main characters at this point. You don't need all your characters alive once the show's over. Gaeta's motives are a ...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Eye
Replies: 318
Views: 45707

Re: Post your Eye

[explanation of eye color, spoilered for length] @Eleni - last I heard there are two loci for eye color and neither is all dominant/recessive but a lot more of incomplete dominance. Eye color is just from melanin and so other factors influencing melanin production (skin pigment/hair pigment is ...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your name an anagram of?
Replies: 384
Views: 52225

Re: What is your name an anagram of?

Thine shit karma

(not including middle name)
by Eleni
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can I has some violence?
Replies: 124
Views: 9471

Re: Can I has some violence?

One time in elementary school, I got in a violent hair-pulling fight. Does that count? Since then... not much violence. What cause would anyone have to get in a fight with me? 0;-)
by Eleni
Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'
Replies: 198
Views: 21380

Re: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'

As one of those "silly" fish eating vegetarians, I beg to differ. Ack! I know that there are many reasons why people might not eat meat, or might only eat particular kinds of meat. Respect for animal life, health reasons, religious reasons, environmental reasons, not liking the taste, out...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your Eye
Replies: 318
Views: 45707

Re: Post your Eye

They lied in grade school biology. My mom is genetically Chinese, and my dad has blue eyes. Homozygous brown + homozygous blue means heterozygous brown and blue, brown is dominant so I should have my mother's Chinese dark brown eyes. But they're only partly brown. It's a little more complicated than...
by Eleni
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 277
Views: 86087

Re: Mass Effect

I loved this game for one reason, above all: I talked the main villain into shooting. himself. in. the. head. In what other game is *that* a viable end to a long-awaited confrontation? It's not the same thing, but at the end of Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, you have the option of com...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'
Replies: 198
Views: 21380

Re: PETA Strikes Again-They Want Fish to be Called 'Sea Kittens'

I didn't hear about this until I saw it on the Colbert Report last week. And I think it's hilarious (especially those bedtime stories). It's not a bad way to try to get people not to eat fish for the sake of being humane, but I don't think it will really work. People have seen cute cartoony fish bef...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Inauguration News Thread
Replies: 111
Views: 7387

Re: Inauguration News Thread

I was on the Mall near the Smithsonian Castle. One jumbotron looks like any other jumbotron, and I knew I was never going to be close enough not to need a jumbotron, so I wasn't so concerned with how far back I was. Still, it was nice to be able to see the Capitol building, and imagine that Obama an...
by Eleni
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Optical Illusions
Replies: 18
Views: 1597

Re: Optical Illusions

Saw this earlier today when a coworker was using stumbleupon... pretty standard trick as they go but still fun: Black and white color castle That is quite striking. I tried staring at it with one eye closed (my left eye). Then when I moused over the picture, I could switch back and forth between co...
by Eleni
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 78067

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Battlestar Galactica auction!
http://www.auctionnetwork.com/UpcomingCatalog.asp?ShowId=321&SortBy=CustomStartTime

I can hardly contain my geekiness, I want these things so frakkin' bad. Too bad I don't have a few thousand dollars to burn.
by Eleni
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8749
Views: 855073

Re: Good News, Bad News

Bad news: You don't get the reference, so without the bonus points, the bears forgo your ass for your other parts. Mmm, Danish.
by Eleni
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Book Challenge
Replies: 261
Views: 21155

Re: The Book Challenge

Many of the rhombuses remain attached to each other in strips known as zones.
by Eleni
Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Things You Carry
Replies: 190
Views: 29198

Re: The Things You Carry

Hmm, let me open up my purse... wallet car key cell phone chapstick ballpoint pen dental floss small flashlight grocery list rape whistle (I got it at the campus safety lecture beginning of freshman year, and I'd take it out but keep thinking how dumb I'd feel if I were attacked the next day...) a v...
by Eleni
Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0529: "Sledding Discussion"
Replies: 74
Views: 16712

Re: "Sledding Discussion" Discussion

Wasn't the basic premise of Ethan Frome breaking up by sledding? Maybe I don't remember that book quite right. It was more like "Ending life together because they can't be together in life" by sledding. I always read it as "Life sucks and then you either die or become horribly disfig...
by Eleni
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 152010

Re: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)

I finally got around to watching the last episode, and I was stunned by the preview of next season. Star Trek actors are taking over Heroes. Mr. Sulu's been a regular of course, but now Worf is playing the president! Though to be fair, Heroes actors are taking over Star Trek (see Sylar as Spock). A...
by Eleni
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Why is the word Book in Funnybook?
Replies: 36
Views: 6022

Re: I am sad. (Watchmen.)

Jack Saladin wrote:To be fair, 99.7% of comics are utter, utter shit.
Though to be fair (unfair?), Watchmen is probably the most notable exception.
by Eleni
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3453

Re: Grad School 2009!!

I'm looking to do biological oceanography (maybe physical with a bunch of biological thrown in). The places I'm applying are MIT-WHOI joint program University of Hawai'i at Manoa SOEST University of Maryland MEES program I met the head of the biology dept from Hawai'i at a conference recently (dunn...
by Eleni
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who You Are
Replies: 53
Views: 4567

Re: Who You Are

For one of my civil engineering classes at Princeton, I wrote a term paper called "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm: Structural analysis of a bridge of Dwarven engineering." I got an A+ (I have the full story on my blog). That's as good a story as any I can think of to sum up who I am.
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 87518

Re: Mnemonics you love

[i before e saga:] i before e except after c Hmm, that's weird. What's the science behind that? Such undisputed theses in today's society weigh heavily upon my conscience. Yeah.. I came up with that ¬_¬ Good for you, but "science" and "conscience" are effectively the ...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your attendance at college or university - good or poor?
Replies: 44
Views: 5345

Re: Your attendance at college or university - good or poor?

I had very good attendance. I hate reading textbooks, so basically my only way of learning the material was going to lecture/class. I guess I missed a bunch of lectures for the classes I audited, though my attendance was still probably at least 75%, and I had a few courses with problem sessions or s...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grad School 2009!!
Replies: 34
Views: 3453

Re: Grad School 2009!!

I'm looking to do biological oceanography (maybe physical with a bunch of biological thrown in). The places I'm applying are MIT-WHOI joint program University of Hawai'i at Manoa SOEST University of Maryland MEES program I've been horribly irresponsible as a grad applicant and have not contacted nea...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Envrionmental Engineering + The major of lolwut = Law Degree
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Re: Envrionmental Engineering + The major of lolwut = Law Degree

I majored in environmental engineering (well, civil and environmental engineering, with environmental engineering concentration), and I definitely had classmates who intended to go into policy. For what it's worth, I think it's a better path--getting an undergrad degree in environmental science, the...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Warm clothes: What do you wear?
Replies: 56
Views: 7138

Re: Warm clothes: What do you wear?

My nice warm bed... Nice. If only it were more portable. Wish I could take mine into work. I wear... Snow boots over wool socks over other socks. Long underwear under my pants, snow pants if I'm going to be trudging in the snow. Long sleeve shirt under a wool sweater or fleece top, preferably with ...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90155
Views: 8791556

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (now with 20% more fungus!)

This is all B.S.* and I hate environmental science it's boring and frustrating and you spend months of your life researching a project and find nothing and whatever baby steps you manage to make to help the environment will never be enough and screw it all I want to go into show business. Quickly s...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Watchmen - Spoilers like a Psychic Undersea Gargant!
Replies: 719
Views: 72534

Re: I am sad. (Watchmen.)

No matter how bad the plot/acting/whatever is, it'll be absolutely gorgeous. At least there's that. Also it helps that you don't expect the movie to be the comic at all. Expect it to be, well, a movie. Well, obviously the plot isn't going to be bad, we all know how it goes and how good it is. And a...
by Eleni
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 733514

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I saw this commercial for a play kitchen/housekeeping set, I think by Fisher-Price, with a play sink, oven, stove, fridge, washer, dryer, and maybe even a dishwasher--the works. It showed this little toddler girl playing with it, and the voiceover was saying something to the effect of, "Let her...

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