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by Kisama
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Whizbang wrote:Obviously the sequel, if there is one, will he Harry Potter and The Prison of Azkaban.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Singularity
Harry Potter and the Dyson Ring of Fire
Harry Potter and the Bayesian Conspiracy
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Genome Project
Harry Potter and the Last Enemy
by Kisama
Thu Mar 05, 2015 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Interesting quote from chapter 1: " And Lily would tell me no, and make up the most ridiculous excuses, like the world would end if she were nice to her sister, or a centaur told her not to - the most ridiculous things, and I hated her for it. Also: ... I can well foresee that I am fated to si...
by Kisama
Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

douglasm wrote:Voldemort had one as a Transfigured false tooth.

Hold on... isn't there a spell that cancels transfigurations? I'm pretty sure there is one in canon at least. Voldemorts head could have been exploded at any time... Same would apply to Harry's transfigured ring stone. Ouch.
by Kisama
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Omw so excite
by Kisama
Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

His right hand bears a wand of power, upon his shoulder perches a bird of fire. His left hand holds a short rod, thin and featureless and forged of the same dark stone as the walls, and this is the Line of Merlin Unbroken, the device of the Chief Warlock. I'm not really disappointed by the way chap...
by Kisama
Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It's about how horcruxes work in hpmor He most likely overwrote HP's personality with his own (going around the problem of personalities mixing, since infants haven't formed much of a personality yet) Ohhhhhhhh that makes sense. I also finally have a satisfactory explanation for EY'...
by Kisama
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Something I'm confused about: Why would Quirrelmort go to all that trouble to trick Harry into arriving at the 3rd floor corridor under those circumstances, drag all those other people into it, reveal his secret identity and evil plot, and coerce Harry's cooperation at gunpoint, when he has alre...
by Kisama
Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Chapter 104

Whaaaaaaaaat!?
by Kisama
Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Quirrell can inflict significant psychological trauma through humming. That is somehow more impressive to me than his devious plotting or his implied magical abilities. I just got such a pleasant Douglas Adams vibe from that whole scene. FTFY. I still agree that it is impressive though! Here's my g...
by Kisama
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 27282

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

Can you be IN a summer's day? He probably meant being indoors during a summer's day. I'm more curious on what's meant by being "in" whomever he's referring to. Well now, when two adults love each other very much, the man will sometimes insert his penis "in" to the woman's vagina...
by Kisama
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: chronicle
Replies: 9
Views: 2658

Re: chronicle

I too was very pleasantly surprised when I watched Chronicle - I was expecting it to be some B-grade rubbish, like Skyline, but it turned out to be extremely good :) Enjoyed the characters, except that if I was the kid with the drunken, abusive dad I would have flipped out at him sooner, and therefo...
by Kisama
Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2549
Views: 392065

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Oh, come on now, let's not kid ourselves here, the Steam client is STILL pretty bad. How so? For the number of times I've had to reinstall it after the frequency of "Not Responding" errors slowly increasing over time reached a critical point. For randomly deciding that some game I want to...
by Kisama
Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1022: "So It Has Come To The Claw"
Replies: 96
Views: 21889

Re: 1022: "So It Has Come To This"

Completely off-topic, but I was bored of doing data analysis for work so I did a little for "fun". Spoilered for vertically superlative image: "Last Post" count per user, as of 2012/02/28 08:52 UTC, excluding Page 1, for "Individual XKCD Comic Threads". edit: Also exclu...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Draw Mohammad Day
Replies: 414
Views: 36449

Re: Draw Mohammad Day

It irked me. YOUR BELIEFS ARE FUCKING STUPID. I'M NOT REQUIRED TO RESPECT THEM, LET ALONE DIGNIFY THEM. Fuck your faith -- I hate how everyone has to regard others' faiths with sensitivity. Fuck that. If your faith is harming me, I will work for the day when I or my descendants get to dance on its ...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 19612

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

I vote in favour of Caelus Caelus and Ouranos really shouldn't be suitable names for stars anyway. They should be reserved for the backdrop which lies beyond them all, as vast as the unending body of mother Terra/Gaia belo... oh wait, nevermind. I now picture Caelus/Ouranos as a cheeky imp sitting ...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 19612

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

That is clearly neither a penis, nor a belt, nor a sporren - it's a tail. Orion was a furry! ...they still haven't done anything about the name of the planet Uranus. Well, it's only the English-speaking world that has a problem with that. :P There's also the fact that it breaks the naming scheme of ...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Instruments you wish you played
Replies: 86
Views: 73744

Re: Instruments you wish you played

I wouldn't mind learning a string instrument, primarily violin or cello, but I doubt I ever will. I don't have any motivation to put in the time it would require to learn the piano, but if I could get my hands on a harpsichord I would learn to play it! I really wish I could sing though, it almost fe...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 158788

Re: Books you never finished

It would show up again a week or two later, and I would start reading it again. I've read the first twenty or thirty pages several times, but I've never finished it. Why didn't you continue from where you left off the previous time instead? There are many books I've never finished, but the ones tha...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Myst
Replies: 148
Views: 24846

Re: Myst

Please excuse the thread necro, but I don't have anyone in real life with whom to discuss Mysty goodness, so I'm going to gush for a bit now... (spoiler alert here for people who still haven't completed all the games) I LOVE these games! I remember seeing my dad playing Myst when I was in primary sc...
by Kisama
Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1486
Views: 285887

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I've heard great things about the writing in Planescape: Torment. If I had to pick two of those games, I'd probably go with Baldur's Gate 1 and 2. You should also pick up PS:T, just because it's awesome. Ah thanks, after doing further research I think you are right - I want BG 1 & 2 and PS:T, a...
by Kisama
Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1486
Views: 285887

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

GoG is having this "buy one, get one free" sale and I need advice. I can get 2 of these: Baldur's Gate 2 Complete Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Icewind Dale Complete Icewind Dale 2 Complete Neverwinter Nights: Diamond Edi...
by Kisama
Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 28508

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

Eebster the Great wrote:
jawshoeaw wrote:I ran out and grabbed my bag (do not translate into Latin).
wat
I don't get it either.
by Kisama
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 31031

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

This is a 727x257 PNG image. Can you deduce the existence of capital gains tax from it? Can you reconstitute Rice Krispies into rice pudding? Now redefine waste heat as information you don't need and vice-versa. Under these conditions, more than half of all weddings end in divorce. What good is a s...
by Kisama
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Another one of the first things I would do would be to find out what it was like to have a conversation with myself and shake my own hand. There's no particular reason this should cause a paradox. Of course it's possible time works specifically to ensure that doesn't happen, but then there would be...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Is the six hour limit based on the relative time of a person (i.e have two time turners, use one to go back 6 hours, then use the other 6 hours later to go back in time again) the "absolute" timeline, or both? Harry asks Dumbledore a similar question: "Sorry to ask but I was wonderin...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It seems like at least some people have a decent grasp on Time Turners however. Snape for example, wants to know about the location of bullies, but not whether or not Hermione was there, or he could not make her be there. This implies that you cannot use information that you get from time travel to...
by Kisama
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 101345

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

I prefer The Presidents of the United States of America cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star" to the original by The Buggles.

In many cases I'd rather listen to Weird Al Yankovic's polkas than the originals.
by Kisama
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 20776

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

JetstreamGW wrote:The earlier and more frequently we get Cadburry Creme Eggs, the better it is for ALL THE WORLD.
This. A thousand times, this.
by Kisama
Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 57675

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

Code: Select all

Monospaced fonts all the way baby!
by Kisama
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 943856

Re: What are you listening to?

A noisy air conditioner that doesn't even keep my office cool.
by Kisama
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 67219

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Similar to the many ancient Greek gods and goddesses who were personifications of various natural forces as well as more abstract concepts (in some cases to such an extent that the concept and the god who personifies it are almost indistinct), the modern monotheistic god is a personification of the...
by Kisama
Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

About the above... In the warehouse after the prison break, Quirrel says that is is Harry's doom that flares, not his. However, Harry doesn't seem to believe this and marks it as a possible lie. But he doesn't really have and excuse anyways, besides that no one else acts in an obvious way t...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

- again it's not a very secret C.G. since Eliezer would have known that everyone would have noticed it on first reading. Does it still count if the items/occurrences in question are obviously foregrounding something from the get-go, or does a Chekhov's Gun have to be the sort of thing you're not su...
by Kisama
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1035
Views: 335452

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Anyways, maybe I'm digging too deep here and it's just a clock, but has anyone else noticed anything that looks like it was put there for later reference? I agree that the clock does seem to have some significance. Off the top of my head, other potential Chekhov's Guns or similar: ⋅ Roger...
by Kisama
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 67219

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I conclude that it doesn't matter whether God exists -- since we define our concept of God as "maximally perfect", "godliness" is necessarily something to strive for, as "godliness" just fleshes out as "perfection", and the concept of God is at best a poetic ...
by Kisama
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28972

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

jpk wrote:
Kisama wrote:New corollary of Godwin's Rule: First recursive critic to reference Inception or Xzibit automatically loses.


That'll be you, then. Thanks for playing.

Oh snap. Also, no one must say "Jehovah", or they shall be stoned to death.
by Kisama
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28972

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

EDIT: Honestly, if you want to "save up a little space", why not ask to end the fruitless, cyclical holy wars on the threads for comics such as "Adam and Eve"? If there's ANYONE here who seems to be letting xkcd interfere with his life, it's the guys arguing whether atheists hav...
by Kisama
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Earliest music memories.
Replies: 34
Views: 6999

Re: Earliest music memories.

Born in 1986, the earliest music I can remember noticing was Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, which may explain my partiality to Baroque music.

I only recently figured out the reason for coming over all weepy when I listen to them now is a sense of pain for my lost youth. [/melodrama]
by Kisama
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28972

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

I think spelling "you" as "U" actually makes a lot of sense - it creates a pleasing symmetry with the word "I". Personally I am more fond of the phonetic symmetry between "you" (second person plural) and "we" (first person plural). From the "yy...
by Kisama
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28972

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

But here we use Internet English. Google search: judgment 35,600,000 hits judgement 78,900,000 hits People do it both ways, to the point that Google doesn't suggest one when you enter the other. Both spellings are acceptable for Internet English. Inspired by your novel idea of polling Google to dec...

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