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by drazen
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9667

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

I suppose that, technically , it's not the speaker's/writer's fault even if literally everyone misinterprets them, at least from a certain philosophical perspective (that all of us have our own way of viewing and interpreting the world, and that this is the result of deterministic physical and biolo...
by drazen
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8759

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I guess I could go with 26+, 18-26, 15-18, 10-15, 4-10, and "sub-4," but that just seems awkward. Of course it's awkward, but those would only make any sense as "natural" temperature ranges because you've already decided the Fahrenheit ranges on which they're based. I've only de...
by drazen
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8759

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

and you think of "high 60s" and "low 70s" as two different ranges. Not really. If you said high 60s or low 70s, I'd dress the same for both. Assuming a sunny day and no wind. -20 C — 10 C = -4 to 14 F. -10 C — 0 C = 14 - 32 F. 0 — 10 C = 32 - 50 F. 10 — 20 C = 50 - 68 F. 20 — 30...
by drazen
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8759

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Why stop with averaging just Celsius and Fahrenheit? Throw Rankine and Kelvin into the mix too. Call it RKCF. I leave the formula as an exercise for the reader. I was going to suggest Felvius, as the average of Celsius, Fahrenheit, and Kelvin. Felvius should also be the official temperature scale o...
by drazen
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9659

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

The lottery makes money because average people are frequently not consciously rational have an odd bias towards skewed payoff distributions (huge payoffs with low odds tend to overwhelm modest ones with better odds). I do wonder if there was some evolutionary point to this a million years ago.
by drazen
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 7266

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Do any toll booths even have the coin buckets anymore? All I ever see anymore is Cash Only with an attendant, E-Z Pass lanes, or pure electronic tolling. I remember buying tokens to get the discount, then mastering being able to hit the bucket while rolling through fairly quickly, but that useless t...
by drazen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 11445

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Only on XKCD can a comic about the stupidity of video news generate an entire page on writing standards. Also, whoever decided to put the news into videos, and then, on top of that irritating stupidity, put autoplay ads on them that somehow always seem to bypass your settings to NEVER autoplay video...
by drazen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 13220

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

I can't readily think of any instances where anyone other than Han or C-3PO converse freely with Chewbacca, either. I think Yoda talks with him just before Chewbacca takes him for a piggyback ride after Order 66 is executed during RotS. The premise is a bit off. Both are ostensibly correct. It was ...
by drazen
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 17258

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Mrs. Drazen gets Fuji apples. Are they considered "regular apples" for the purposes of this exercise, or, as a hybrid, are they half way down the line to red delicious? Or is it a Schröedinger's Apple situation?
by drazen
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Shifting the social security tax to the employee (with a corresponding rise in the minimum wage) would make the whole system just a little bit more transparent. For example, it would eliminate a major point of confusion about pay scales for employees vs. contractors. The result of that gem would be...
by drazen
Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Respectfully, I don't think you would put your money where your mouth is on this one, or you already would have. It's not as simple as "just move." Where can I get a moderate-right, non-crazy state with the relatively reasonable climate of the northeast? I have zero desire to live where i...
by drazen
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Alternatively, you could try accepting that a nation consists of people who don't always agree with each other, but still have to come up with solutions together, and that the way to accomplish this without completely ignoring the needs of a minority is to have the majority not have too easy of a t...
by drazen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

the third party when the most popular third party candidates this cycle are be a smot-poker who doesn't know WHAT Aleppo is let alone where, Yeah, check out the Google analytics on Aleppo. Virtually nobody talked about Aleppo specifically until the fake "gaffe" when a question of a Syrian...
by drazen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

As for third party voters: You know that this election cannot be won by a third party candidate, but future elections may well be different. Which of the current two options is more likely to pave the way, and which is more likely to salt the earth? To pave the way, the third parties need ballot ac...
by drazen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

He is on record saying that "in the long run, the sun will expand and swallow the earth, so global warming is unavoidable". Because in five billion years the Earth will be cooked, so what's the point in dealing with it now. Don't try apologism if you don't know what your sacred cow actual...
by drazen
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 83858

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Really? You could have used your power to promote a 3rd party (any third party!) making a push to actually change this broken 2-party system. And instead you give us a boring endorsement for the usual lesser of two evils? Sad, sad, sad. Hear, hear. To those who say a 3rd party is a waste, my core i...
by drazen
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 12580

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Boston MA Talk page, summarized: 1. Boston sports are not "one of the greatest contributions to human civilization," unlike Boston academia 2. There are five different Washington Streets - Nope, only four! 3. Page is being vandalized, and they're clever rascals, they are 4. What's missing ...
by drazen
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 12580

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Despite a nuclear power plant, murder conspiracy that made national headlines, and several police corruption stories (off the top of my head: one of them assaulted a detainee on video, another was arrested for DUI in another state while drunkenly ranting that in his town cops aren't supposed to get ...
by drazen
Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 7622

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

I'd totally watch the Sherlock Holmes/Silent Bob movie.
by drazen
Mon May 04, 2015 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 27247

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Meanwhile in a bunker somewhere in places that are classified in a number of countries, Ms. Biology, resides biological agents, weapons that during World War II even Hitler considered too horrifying to use. Indeed biological warfare has been a part of humanity's arsenal for thousands of years. You ...
by drazen
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 15373

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

BTW, one nice thing about watching football (aka handegg etc etc) even if you don't care about the sport or the teams is that so little actually happens that there's plenty of time for unrelated conversation between everyone present. (And if you don't think almost nothing happens, google for one of...
by drazen
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 17847

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

Imagine if a human introduced himself as high commander of the Earth fleet, and those aliens thereafter referred to our species, not our planet, as "the Earth"; like, four of us show up and they're like "four Earth are here to visit us". That's how stupid calling those aliens &q...
by drazen
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 17847

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

Imagine if a human introduced himself as high commander of the Earth fleet, and those aliens thereafter referred to our species, not our planet, as "the Earth"; like, four of us show up and they're like "four Earth are here to visit us". That's how stupid calling those aliens &q...
by drazen
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 17847

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

But in the show, instead, a gate address is like a phone number. It doesn't matter where you are, you punch in some series of constellation-as-seen-from-Earth and it connects you to another gate. In some later-season episodes it's even implied that the gate symbols have corresponding syllables, and...
by drazen
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 17847

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

There is a military base in Thule, Greenland: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Air_Base Even better, it's part of Air Force Space Command & NORAD: "Thule Air Base is home to the 21st Space Wing's global network of sensors providing missile warning, space surveillance and space control t...
by drazen
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 37619

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I, too, was trying to figure out how to work in the other lyrics that didn't fit the TMNT pattern. Personally, I usually do "song badly translated into Spanish on the fly," not "one song as another." The Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye" works nearly perfectly for it (Dices sí,...
by drazen
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 40013

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I had biking and roaming in the woods and toys. We had demolition derby type contests with Construx (which is too bad, as I don't think you can get them anymore). And a personal home computer with games. Swimming in the summer. And books. And board and card games. Or sledding or snowboarding. Or lat...
by drazen
Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 11166

Re: 1329: "Standing"

I never understood those standing desks -- when I stand around at a party, my back gets very sore after a while. Not sure if it's a bad back or bad posture, but I'd much rather be sitting (oddly, active exercise or walking around doesn't really bother it -- it's just standing around. No matter how h...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

That's true, but there's still the possibility that this is a very emotionally immature way to handle things, and that what grownups do is get the fuck over it and maintain a friendship with someone they *used to*want to date. In cases where you won't be able to get over it, and I admit that this c...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Wait what? Well, that's officially the first I've ever heard of that among a friendzoner before. Forgive me for mistaking your argument for the overwhelming most common argument. You never specified you were referring to people who had already been dating. The vast overwhelming majority of times th...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

drazen wrote:Randall has left out one very important element: the girl who rejects a guy, says "let's just be friends," then proceeds to endlessly complain to the guy who was interested in her about how the bad boy is constantly mistreating her. Never met this girl. Ever. Not denying they...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

And this is why you're an arsehole. You expect women to fall at your knees (heh) and give you sex in return for you behaving like a civilised human being. That's really not the behaviour of a genuinely nice guy (as opposed to a "Nice Guy™"). When did I "expect them to give me sex for...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I'm suggesting that the popular image of a woman who constantly complains to the Nice Guy about all the assholes she dates and never does anything that could be filed under friend-bullshit (whatever that means to you) exists primarily in the head of Nice Guys. I don't doubt that they exist out ther...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Randall has left out one very important element: the girl who rejects a guy, says "let's just be friends," then proceeds to endlessly complain to the guy who was interested in her about how the bad boy is constantly mistreating her. THAT'S probably the thing the "Nice Guy" movem...
by drazen
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 100040

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Randall has left out one very important element: the girl who rejects a guy, says "let's just be friends," then proceeds to endlessly complain to the guy who was interested in her about how the bad boy is constantly mistreating her. THAT'S probably the thing the "Nice Guy" moveme...
by drazen
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 30244

Re: 1173: Steriods

You're overlooking the whole "steroids will destroy their bodies and if you legalize them everybody in sports will be forced to use them Or mentally unstable, in some instances, right? Take the NFL, just for one example. They're already 300+ lbs and handing out concussions like Halloween candy...
by drazen
Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 76972

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Like, say, bank bailouts? Or auto bailouts? Depends on how you are looking at it. The bailouts of the big investment firms were a pretty right-wing action, in my opinion: a big wet kiss (transfer payments) to big business. The bailouts of the auto companies were more left-wing: the government stepp...
by drazen
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 76972

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Today's Democrats are centrist False. Any party supporting "social welfare" transfer payments and constant government expansion and intervention is far left. Period. For comparison, any party supporting "corporate welfare" transfer payments would be "far right." As a s...
by drazen
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 45092

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

There's an intersection I drive through sometimes that has a forward green arrow, a red light, and a 'no turns' sign all on one pole. I honestly have no idea what it's telling me to do. I strongly suspect that Randall is talking about being on Mass Ave near Central Square, Cambridge, MA. There are ...
by drazen
Thu May 03, 2012 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 78653

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Perhps that's true. Then again, mass-production economies with obligatory schooling have a rather good track record. On a wide range of metrics they might be the best places to be born in, ever. If you think the school system instills obedient cookie-cutter individuals, those things might well be c...

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