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by Znirk
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 36363

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

As for metric; has anyone else noticed that when the French invented it they deliberately made the essential units a little bigger than imperial equivalents? Meter = yard+10%; kilo = two pounds +10%; tonne = ton+1.6% or US ton+10%. Isn't that a consequence of Imperial having a new and incompatible ...
by Znirk
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11040

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Sableagle wrote:Why isn't Malala Yousafzai on the list?

She's under 35 and not native to the United States, so she's only eligible if she takes up tennis and beats Serena Williams at exactly the right time.
by Znirk
Thu May 24, 2018 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3637

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

It was very easy to just not read the letters to the editor. Or the front page. Or the newspaper at all, really, apart from the funnies. Now we get (fake) news bombarded at us left and right. What's different though? There are a lot of news sources around, but they're still pretty easy to ignore if...
by Znirk
Wed May 16, 2018 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9675

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Clearly a randomized double-blind trial of the value of driving practice/instruction is called for. The control group would have to have some kind of placebo practice/instruction. And because it's double -blind, the instructors themselves mustn't know whether they're providing genuine or placebo in...
by Znirk
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6146

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Old Bruce wrote:I do know that there is a type of tape used for hockey sticks but don't know what it is called. Maybe Hockey Stick Tape?

That one is "sticky tape".
by Znirk
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 484015

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Not a deal per se, but if you've put off buying Factorio, note that the price will go up to $30 in a few days. (Currently $20 on steam and gog) As you probably know we have a strict no sale policy. The game will not go on sale on Steam or any other platform. This basically means that purchasing befo...
by Znirk
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 872
Views: 230327

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

One from The Hippopotamus (novel by Stephen Fry): there's a scene involving an emergency visit to a hospital in Norwich, which the narrator imagines caters mainly to local "bumpkins". I've seen a published and paperbacked German translation that manages to render this as "Kürbisse&quo...
by Znirk
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 12218

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

speising wrote:So, statistically at least, it's best to always bring a gun?

Either that, or always go to a knife fight.
by Znirk
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Crossover Curious about whether I will have any effect tonight: My power is passive, the "unwilling voteblocker": Anyone night-targeting me will be unable to vote the next day (mod-announced at day start). Assuming nobody else removes people's voting ability, the ideal outcome ...
by Znirk
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

Gah. Sorry, RL blew up on me today in a major fashion.

Somewhat blindly,

unvote

vote: moody
by Znirk
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

Well, crap. I just literally fell asleep while rereading. I'm going to have to go with unsubstantiated impressionism for this post between my nap and actual bedtime. Going by Sabrar's unofficial votals, the current top three vote accumulators are Red Ryu, Moody, and Gamma Emerald. I'm OK with any of...
by Znirk
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

Brief check-in. I've been trying to skim along on phone, but there's a lot going on here. My choice of lynchables to follow in ... a couple of hours, maybe?
by Znirk
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

- Plytho: Unspecific ping. I'll need to reread him isolated, but no time now. On reflection, I think my mild queasiness about Plytho stems from his ongoing discussion of Peaceful Whale. As for myself: I find Whale hard to read through all the stream of consciousness spamming, but in my opinion he i...
by Znirk
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

Long thread is long. I'll be over here, catching up. I wasn't aware that it (= having two scum factions) was such a common thing here, but seeing that multiple players from this site have stated the likelihood of there being two teams, I see it as reasonable for h_a to think so. I actually suspected...
by Znirk
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Crossover

Spoiler:
quite a crowd. I'm going to struggle with d1 even more than usually, just keeping straight in my head who is who.
by Znirk
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Crossover Mafia | Game!
Replies: 4272
Views: 140580

Re: Crossover Mafia | D1 Begins! | 9/13

Hi everyone, and a warm welcome to our smashing guests. Quick introduction before bedtime (I'm in UTC+2): I'm still relatively new to forum mafia games (4 complete games, all on the XKCD fora), very successful so far (4 wins: 2 town, 1 scum, 1 indie), and 50:50 at surviving the first couple of days....
by Znirk
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 4373

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

8 Internets for whoever can make a decent "Twenty piece orchestra" - "score" pun. Emma, the violist, had warned us against hiring the new conductor. He has trouble reading music, she said. But the tryout rehearsal went so well! And since Emma was still off sick with tendonitis a...
by Znirk
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 4373

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Heimhenge wrote:And I worked as a gold prospector one summer, but it just didn't pan out.

I got fired from the calendar factory. I don't get it - all I did was take a day off.
by Znirk
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Crossover mafia

Spoiler:
Town, with a role I've not seen before.
by Znirk
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Broken Picture Telephone
Replies: 375
Views: 87309

Re: Broken Picture Telephone

Image.

Spoiler:
bpt.png
by Znirk
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8391

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

\include "timecube.com"
by Znirk
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8391

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

orthogon wrote:Oktoberfest is in September

I'm pretty sure Oktoberfest is newer than the Gregorian calendar. Far as I can tell from de.wikipedia, it used to be in October and at some point was moved because weather. Nobody could be bothered to change the name.
by Znirk
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8391

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

First thing that came to mind regarding the bottom text was the qntm.org guy. Second about the alt-text, reminded me about the change over from Julian to Gregorian affecting such things as George Washington's birthday. Also that this change-over didn't happen at the same time everywhere. Favourite ...
by Znirk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 86976

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Interesting. Today-I-10000d.
by Znirk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 86976

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

flicky1991 wrote:Because it's the default flavour of ice cream. You have that if you're not having anything fancy.

Oooh, -kay. But what about the other two primary flavours, strawberry and chocolate? Are they less ordinary in the anglosphere?
by Znirk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 240906

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Zohar wrote:Wiki seems to say it is derived from Hebrew, but who knows, maybe. Certainly I don't care enough to do more research than this ;)

Maybe it's from before Modern Hebrew became a success, and the intention was to use something from a dead language? Just guessing.
by Znirk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 86976

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Something from over in the Forum Games > Mafia section I've been wondering about: Do we know how vanilla came to mean "baseline", "bog-standard", "nothing unusual"? I guess it has to be food-related somehow; but to me, vanilla is one of the more unusual spices one might...
by Znirk
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 11441

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

At least we're not stuck on Ohjann Golgo van Fontheweg. As Gofid Letterkerl described it: "Seine Romane sind ja schon schwer auszuhalten, aber seine Mineralfarbenlehre kann einem wirklich die Hirnhaut lösen." ("His novels are hard enough to bear as it is, but his Mineral Theory of Col...
by Znirk
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Refrigerator Mafia - Post Game - The Eternal Soup
Replies: 700
Views: 40767

Re: Refrigerator Mafia - Post Game - The Eternal Soup

Yes, thanks for playing everyone - and Boomfrog, I loved the theme here. A Soup character who absorbs the leftovers of all the disappeared foods? That was inspired. Edit (just because I can, now that the game's over): My first investigation target for Night 1 was Flicky, but I changed my mind a few ...
by Znirk
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

#HBC | Zyth wrote:If this still hasn't been resolved by the time we're trying to get the game going, I'll ask you guys to join my forum.

For the record: While I would obviously prefer the convenience of playing on the forum I was going to visit anyway, I have no problem at all with that backup plan.
by Znirk
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)
Replies: 7415
Views: 722895

Re: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)

Crossover Mafia http://i.imgur.com/ARkz8w3.png Share the experience to play with veterans from Smashboards in a cross-site game! ⋅  Mods: Rajam, marshy ⋅  Setup creator: Overswarm ⋅  Size: Ideally 24. Flexible ⋅  Speed: Day Phase lasts 5 days, with weekends c...
by Znirk
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

La Mafia du Réfrigérateur
Spoiler:
Sab the Rar wrote:Thank you. If 'No' then it's inconsistent with bessie receiving results on N1
... or would be if I had been lynched, which isn't how I remember things.
by Znirk
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fridge Quote from Sabrar, let's not give him a notification (sorry Bessie btw) @ bessie : any idea why Znirk would investigate me instead of someone he found scummy? Because confirming something I'm already confident of is not very useful when I could instead be testing and perhaps f...
by Znirk
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fridge
Spoiler:
BoomFrog wrote:Lovers [...] The effect this game is only for the day phase so doesn't affect deaths at night.
But both affected players think, or at least say, that it'll last until the beginning of Day 4. What's going on there, I wonder?
by Znirk
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fridge
Spoiler:
bessie wrote:Sabrar – Town. I wasn’t sure until D2.
Subtle. :D
by Znirk
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

#HBC | YOLOSWAG wrote:HEY GUYS!

Hey, didn't you used to live in Smalltown? :D

I'm interested in your crossover game in principle, but don't want to promise anything definite until I have a clearer idea of when this game would start.
by Znirk
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fridge
Spoiler:
Sabrar wrote:huge townie points to Znirk for the Galaxy Quest reference.

Well, if that's all it takes ... I'll be sure to remember this for when I next play as scum against you :)
by Znirk
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31880
Views: 2193965

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fridge that new reads list took a lot of time ... I just hope I'm wrong enough about who is scum to not be perceived as a threat and night killed right away. Hey, some of us have night actions to perform. I've changed my vote [for kill target] to znrick, he's on to us... :lol: Aww. And I...
by Znirk
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Refrigerator Mafia - Post Game - The Eternal Soup
Replies: 700
Views: 40767

Re: Refrigerator Mafia - D1 - The Purge Begins

by Grabthar's ha....rk
by Znirk
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Refrigerator Mafia - Post Game - The Eternal Soup
Replies: 700
Views: 40767

Re: Refrigerator Mafia - D1 - The Purge Begins

What's the use of nights? Does it give scum time to plan? What is night/daychat? Is it A separate fora or something? Is their something I'm missing? One format for this kind of game is to have separate periods of time for "day" (which is what we're doing now) and "night" (when n...

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