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by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 1793

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Where will the proposed wall between the US and Mexico actually be? Berlin. They do the best walls! That wall didn't even last 30 years, if you want something that will last talk to the Chinese. Creepy fact on which to base your next school report: Berlin Wall, 29 years. World Trade Center, 28 year...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1387

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

edo wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country.


on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too)

Everyone has either more or fewer than the average number of legs.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33885

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

ijuin wrote:However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children

Not applicable.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1387

2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/cohort_and_age_effects.png Title Text: "Younger people get very few joint replacements, yet they're also getting more than older people did at the same age. This means you can choose between 'Why are millennials getting so (many/few) joint replacements?' depending ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33885

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

It seems that you think you have some right to other people's creative output. Why? Jose You appear to have mistaken me for someone with ambition. :lol: I just don't acknowledge anyone else's right to my own writing, blood relations be damned. If for some reason I become a famous poet after I die, ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33885

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Personal copyrights would be held for the lifetime of the creator, so that they can maintain complete artistic control over their creation. But none of this "plus x number of years after they die" shit. You die, your shit goes public domain, because once the creator is dead, no member of ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33885

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I think there should be a legal distinction between copyrights that pertain to works of an artistic or intellectual nature vs. commercial products that are created entirely for the purpose of profit. And I think there's a very easy way to do this. All copyrights held by corporations would be commerc...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395713

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/672401957/new-mexico-id-temporarily-rejected-as-foreign-by-d-c-clerk White guy thinks New Mexico isn't part of the US, and refuses to issue marriage license without foreign passport. There couple complained to the guy's boss, and he too didn't recognize NM as a US sta...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 23147

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Wait, the allegations are that Republicans committed voter fraud? Aren't the Republicans always the ones making noise about how to prevent voter fraud?

There should be a word for things like this...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 2047

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Wait, so after visiting you at your new place, she sent you mail at your old address?

That strikes me as being pretty astoundingly absent-minded.
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 2053

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

I rarely laugh out loud at XKCD, but "three stars" got me good.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395713

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Couldn't you set up a valid double blind study where everyone takes something like Rohypnol so they can't remember if they ingested a Lego or not? Maybe? But the drug would have to be 100% effective, and to make it double-blind, you'd also have to give it to the people who give the Legos to the tes...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395713

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

So an experimental group that swallows Legos, and a control group that swallows a placebo. What's the placebo for a Lego? Mega-Bloks? Maybe a Sugar cube pressed into shape of Legos. Coated with pill shell material so it doesn't taste sweet. Not sure if this needs a placebo actually. Well, you do if...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 1762

Re: 2078: "Popper"

Pfhorrest wrote:
Megaryuu wrote:I don't get it. Is this a reference to something?

It's a reference to Karl Popper

Or, at least, nobody has proven that it isn't a reference to Karl Popper :roll:
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395713

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

sardia wrote:Self reports are notoriously unreliable. Double blind swallowing of Legos is the best bet.

So an experimental group that swallows Legos, and a control group that swallows a placebo.

What's the placebo for a Lego? Mega-Bloks?
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 583838

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I’m kinda surprised this isn’t here yet. So, for background, Russia fired upon and siezed 3 Ukrainian naval vessels sailing through the strait between Crimea and Russia. By treaty, this strait is shared between Russia and Ukraine, so the boats had a right to travel through. Since annexing Crimea, R...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15001
Views: 2395713

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Apparently scientists want to add another supra-kingdom to the tree of life. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hemimastigotes-supra-kingdom-1.4715823 This is why no one takes scientists seriously; their taxonomy has been proven wrong time and again, and they just keep going like it's no big deal. ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

Trump wants to launch state-sponsored, pro-Trump media? This is not surprising, considering that 1. Trump considers himself the United States (as is obvious if you consider the fact that almost everyone Trump labels as a traitor to the US is just not personally loyal to Trump.) 2. Trump was planning...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday

Multiple timestamps, same video. "Telemetry lock" ... "to be dead nuts-on as it hits the top of the atmosphere" ... "Regiscience reports drop in power as expected" "Both MarCOs have telemetry." ... "Sudden change in Doppler" ... "The radar has ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2253

Re: 2077: "Heist"

At least it's one of the nicer heists and they didn't just kill/incapacitate him outright to get his key(card). This isn't just a matter of being nice, it's the correct strategic decision. Getting anyone who isn't security to let you in drastically lengthens the amount of time it will take before y...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 56182

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Pfhorrest wrote:and all that said, the true point of departure isn’t even really that, but rather timey wimey prophecy related spoilery stuff caused that to happen so as to prevent the end of the world due to the true point of departure.

"Here" meaning the topic of Petunia Evans's love life.
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 56182

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

(I couldn't even get through the first chapter. Harry's entire history changed because Petunia married a super-rational scientist instead of Vernon, except the guy only married her because she wheedled a beauty potion out of Lily. If he was really as rational as all that, he would have married her ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol: Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years? Yes. I look forward to seeing you admit you were wrong! ;) W...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Soupspoon wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol:

Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years?

Yes.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 3212

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!! Wht gd wld tht d? Nt mch. 'm mzd b wht psss fr spllng. Kds ths ds. D . knw f th lttr "" nl dspprs whn t s bng sd s . vwl lxclly? 'Cs tht wld b sm prtt...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4770

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Comic # == 2018 Year # == 2018 Comic # == Year # I thought about the fact that comic 2018 was posted in 2018 and it seemed kind of cool. Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot les...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 3212

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!! Wht gd wld tht d? Nt mch. 'm mzd b wht psss fr spllng. Kds ths ds. D . knw f th lttr "" nl dspprs whn t s bng sd s . vwl lxclly? 'Cs tht wld b sm prtt...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: 0042: "Geico"

I was thinking more of the "David did this" quote. I could imagine an advert for a DIY tool bench, Photoshop, "Learn Ice Sculpturing In Your Free Time" partwork publication, LEGO/Mechano/other-building-toy, etc where "David did this" was the optimistically aspirational...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

Not sure if this has come up and I've just missed it, but apparently Ivanka Trump is in a bit of trouble for using private email for government business . This situation sounds vaguely familiar to me, though I can't remember where it came up in the past :roll: Is this where we start chanting "...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 23
Views: 2065

Re: The MITT Cult

Imagine being forced to yell the vilest things you can think to someone representing your parents and then immediately picturing what your life would be like if they were dead, My parents are controlling and I don't have a good relationship with them, so I kind of want to get rid of the "being...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: 0042: "Geico"

I also suspect it's some cultural reference (TV advert?), at least of the time it was created. The insurance company Geico used the phrase "I just saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico" in a bunch of different ads. I remember both TV and radio spots, and several di...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5612

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The phrase "all four dimensions" is meaningless without a coordinate system; there're not a finite number of dimensions, so the only way you can have all of them is within a specific context. ...The three well-known Space-Like dimension, plus the single well-known Time-Like dimension; the...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2539

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus. Just watch out for the probes around Uranus. This is anachronistic. By the time they install casinos and hookers on Mars, they will have changed the 7th planet's name to "Urectum," thereby eliminati...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2539

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Airplanes are useful for moving stuff/people between inhabited places fast. Spacecraft are useful for what? The (still) only viable uses for spacecraft are research and communication satellites (and military use of course). Space is just too expensive and highly regulated. In 1904, airplanes were o...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2539

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus. Just watch out for the probes around Uranus. This is anachronistic. By the time they install casinos and hookers on Mars, they will have changed the 7th planet's name to "Urectum," thereby eliminati...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2880

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

If you are ok with only getting your video from a fixed altitude, then it may be more expedient to mount cameras to metal poles sufficiently well-anchored to the ground in the tornado’s likely path. Except that... Most tornadoes [...] are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (severa...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6474
Views: 977368

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Well, I know exactly what to say. It rhymes with "muck" and people usually say it about "tha police." Only this time, I'm saying it about the USA PATRIOT Act and the TSA.
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

Trump's hair is the spore from which the rest of him grew. Either that, or it's the other way around: the hair is Trump, and everything else is just a giant reproductive organ. He's nearing the end of his reproductive cycle, and in a handful of years, the rest will fall off, leaving only the hair. T...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

I get that abortions saves money, but there's no way in hell any republican would ever charge women MORE for not getting an abortion. Pesky facts can't get in the way of controlling women's bodies. I'm guessing that the people who run insurance companies are more loyal to their bottom line than any...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7994
Views: 619542

Re: Trump presidency

Just want to comment as a health actuary. The birth control and abortion rider? That's going to have a negative price; people taking that rider will have lower health costs, because births are fricken expensive even without complication, and premature babies are the most horrifying expense any insu...

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