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by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 89
Views: 1787

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

@Muswell
Did Cicero use it idiomatically or literally?
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 89
Views: 1787

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I was really expecting the wrong pronuciation of "epitome" to be "Ee-pee, to me!" semen/seminal For most people this sound change is probably a good thing: it makes it easier to talk about a "seminal work" without an unwanted mental picture of the pages being stuck toge...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted: Horizontal resolution is now doubled but not the vertical.
The color has 1 bit of depth for Y, 1 bit for Cr and many bits for Cb

I wish for a steakfruit tree.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Then these guys We don't want to be those guys. Google tells me that the empty volume of the human stomach is about one liter, and the fully expanded volume about four liters. Thanks, that's helpful. I don't think anyone would eat more than three stomach-filling meals a day (although I have been on...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Since caloric density is so variable... I'm not asking about calories, I'm asking about volume. There are mechanical limits to the human digestive system and those don't go away because the food has the right number of calories. There are ranges of what a person can possibly, comfortably, or health...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

<sincere and actually not sarcastic>
Thank you for replying to my post with puns, even if you didn't provide any pertinent information about my query.
</sincere and actually not sarcastic>
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted
The Snide Sniper wrote:I wish for veto power over clocks.
Granted, but you can only substitute the indicated time with Hammertime.

I wish I could find the xml I was looking for.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 271

Volume of the platonic diet

So if the platonic person consumes 2000 Calories a day, what volume of food do they consume? I know that there's a lot more flexibility in the volume of a person's diet than the Calorie intake, but there are still limits, even if they are further away. For instance to get the DRI of protein , one wo...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)
Replies: 2813
Views: 492396

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

idk, the usual arguments seem to require some sort of horizon (be it an event horizon or an unruh one) but then I've never actually seen a proper QFT in curved space derivation of it That's the thing, the equations are for blackbody-matter holding it's coordinate position at a spatial location appr...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, he doesn't like it, but he rapes all those people out of habit. His orientation is now focused on living, sapient, non-humans under the age of thirteen. He's not sadistic anymore, but he's still indifferent to the suffering of others. I wish the later episodes of Naruto were more "no, ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)
Replies: 2813
Views: 492396

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Do objects without an event horizon emit hawking radiation?

Looking at the math on Wikipedia: it appears that all space with changing surface gravity should emit it, but that objects much larger than their schwarzchild radius should emit much less radiation than the black hole they could make.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 14002

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me junk is kind of a middle ground, between thing that's definitely wanted, and thing for which removal is definitely wanted.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 389

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

@Mega For certain definitions of "free will" and "exist", the logical conclusion is that free will does exist. For certain definitions of "free will" and "exist", the logical conclusion is that free will does not exist. For certain definitions of "free wi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 14002

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

In that case they're low life litter.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, for the next half hour snowflakes that land on your driveway are gently lifted and placed in your backyard. After the half hour is over, they are removed in a way the takes a few pounds of your driveway with each snowflake. Previously I wished I were a rich man, now I will expound on that w...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, specifically the first doctor.

I wish for an episode focusing on when the Doctor earned his doctorate of cheese.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 22
Views: 2096

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

"It was swung" vs. "It swang" (...through the air/...in the wind/...away from danger). Compare and contrast with "It was hung" vs. "He was hanged", as a different but possibly related distinction. The former gives the responsibility of the state to another ag...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1906
Views: 317662

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"Echo boomer"

I've heard it twice and it already feels incessant.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Material with High Specific Heat
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Material with High Specific Heat

Hooking it up to the power grid would be the most useful thing, since the cost of electricity varies by day and night. Locally: the off peak rate for power is about 30% of the peak rate, so an arbitrarily large ability to store energy is a pretty big deal. Referring to the Mar's rover, you're likely...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can You Count?
Replies: 2359
Views: 150213

Re: Can You Count?

Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2398

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Soupspoon wrote: Scissors snip power, but scissors-user runs a brief but real risk of electrocution.
THat just means the scissors beat scissors user as well as toaster.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 873
Views: 128485

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Okay, so basically any change from "completely fresh" qualifies as rancidification, with the lay sense being the extremely rancid in the technical sense.

Then in that case Sardia's comparison to The Jungle is ridiculous, and we're back to "If you prefer it, whatever".
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 873
Views: 128485

Re: Controversial opinions about food

What do you mean by rancid? Usually that word means having a particular smell, and I've never opened a bottle of olive oil the smelled like rotting meat.

Do you mean it has a high content of dangerous bacteria or something?
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it has one new exclusive Pokémon: a predecessor to ratta, that can only use the attack "splash".

I recall the RPG World, or Adventurers!, or some other webcomic once had "Evil pants" or somesuch as an enemy; I wish that someone would find that webcomic for me.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted:
Safari implements the Central Security Service;
Chrome implements the Closed Shell Syndrome;
Firefox implements Canse de Ser Sexy;
and IE was going to implement College Scholarship Service, but it was left out of your wish.

I wish for a replicator, like in star trek.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 2975

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Sure, there's a place where videos are better. But for many of us something needs to be extremely visual before it becomes better than text. Combine that with that fact that a static page can include judicious use of images, and the needs-to-be-video things are very small.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Pitfalls of a fantasy commodity currency
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Pitfalls of a fantasy commodity currency

Okay, so the situation where a commodity is replacing a precious metal, sounds like it would be largely barter with that commodity used as a standard and with the more formal transactions. The crystals do have the nice quality of being able to find a buyer anywhere, but where people have a more esta...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 2975

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

orthogon wrote:The absolutely worst thing is when instructions for doing something on a computer are presented as a video.
I'm probably remembering the details wrong, but a coworker once advised me to lookup how to do <simple dot net thing> on <Microsoft site>. I came back and said I wasn't able to find any tutorials on <site that should have been focused on that>. It turns out my problem was that I automatically disregarded anything with video.
HES wrote:Didn't youtube have "video responses" back in the day?
I'm thinking that Balthasar_s means comments in video form.

I assume they'll be auto-playing and will surround the original video, like the Brady Bunch opening.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, he permits this because he has become Neckbeard: the hipster pirate! He takes your belongings and maroons you on an uninhabited island. But he just does it ironically; the irony being that you die of thirst while surrounded by water. I wish Flicky's next webcomic would feature Neckbeard: th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

Consider that Gandalf is no more powerful than a ~level 7 Wizard Gandalf's class isn't the same as a D&D wizard's, so that's a specious comparison. His role in the plot is much more "Guy who knows stuff" than "guy who throws fireballs". Conversely one could say that Beowulf ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

I've never played a real D&D game, but the zero and negative HP states seem to narrow to me. I'd imagine zero hp is rare unless the attacker is using non-lethal damage. As for negative HP, I believe it only goes down to -10? I would guess at high levels there's a high risk of blowing straight th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

So, if there are four tiers before 'mortal', that's four chances to roll a 20; if that's not enough, I can just add another tier to make the game more survivable Two recommendations: One: a bonus on each successive roll to prevent going through too many categories at once. Also, potentially make th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 2663

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

I remember when Bin Laden was killed the internet immediately reviewed his house. Can prisoners in your country choose their prison? No. TV tells me that sometimes part of the plea bargain is which prison someone gets sent to, but TV has lied to me before. But I think, for state crimes (most of them...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you two are sewn together to form a monster. You successfully promote the monstrous savings at a local car dealership.

I wish I always felt rested in the morning regardless of how late I was up the night before.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but you're responsible for fixing the wish if if doesn't match.

I wish I have a switch pre-order.

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by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 2143

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Weren't there miners? Of the sort that were stranded on desolate planets and hadn't seen any slightly de-focussed women for several years? Well it's not "stranded" if you planned to be there and stay on your own volition. "Isolated" is a better word. Now, consider how sparsely p...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 2143

Re: 1802: "Phone"

I just realized that the Star Trek universe would inextricably devolve into the Pokemon universe. People don't need to work, and only one in a 1,000,000 gets to work in Star fleet, and they have holo-decks. So if you don't need to work, and can't do anything important, why not play Pokemon all day? ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you get the magnetic whiteboard shown in the video.
bug sniper wrote:New England led by Andrew Cuomo...
I wish more people knew where New England was and wasn't.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25230
Views: 1331427

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are appointed Sturgeon General.

I wish we had a qualified Sturgeon General.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 4242

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

I think it's got less to do with Mercator and more to do with not really thinking about how diagonal the US east coast is. Sure, a line straight south from Tampa, FL, misses South America completely, but a line south from Boston hits Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, (Peru again), Chile, and Argen...

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