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by Philip Thomas
Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32210

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

I just finished reading a science fiction novel called Zero Tau which is about what happens when a spaceship full of people approaches the speed of light. There's a formula for Tau given there which is the square root of (1-(v^2/c^2)). I'm guessing that is a completely different tau, since it is al...
by Philip Thomas
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32210

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

I just finished reading a science fiction novel called Zero Tau which is about what happens when a spaceship full of people approaches the speed of light. There's a formula for Tau given there which is the square root of (1-(v^2/c^2)). I'm guessing that is a completely different tau, since it is alw...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

*peers upstairs* Holy molpy! Mscha is back doing my favorite thing he does: MOLPY HUNTING!! :mrgreen: He isn't just a newpixbot anymore! *slowly retreats back to the basement, leaving treeish treats to mollify my beloved otters* http://www.justataste.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Christmas-Tree-Ch...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: "Time" A-Musings

Is it the time between posts that matter, or Time between our posts that matter? Let us not watch the clock, but wait for the ONG...maybe, wait for the post. It has arrived, rejoice, celebrate. Maybe it would be good if OTTers molpied down for the weepend (not the daily version of molpy down). Then...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

If you don't acknowledge the concept of property, how exactly are you "taking" "my" wallet? By reaching into your pocket and removing a wallet that happens to be there. What does it mean to take someone's wallet from them in the absence of a concept of property? Absolutely nothi...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

All I'm saying is that "to honestly steal " is a contradiction in terms. If you are taking something honestly, you are not stealing it- and vice versa. edit: "stealing" is a concept which depends on the concept of property, which is a legally defined concept. Outside the dimensi...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm just getting an image error message. Maybe I need to fix my browser.
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

You're still committing theft though. You see, the word "legally" was important back in my earlier post. Since you don't (and please don't try to pretend you do) genuinely believe that you are legally entitled to take my wallet, taking my wallet would still be theft. It doesn't matter why...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Another way of thinking about it, stealing involves a dishonest pretence that someone else's property is your own. The fact that you honestly admit that you are dishonestly pretending that someone else's property is your own makes little difference to the pretence- unless you give up the pretence a...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Erm, theft is dishonestly appropriating someone else's property. Dishonesty is a really important part of the definition, as you will find if you're ever trying to prosecute people for theft. Is it? If you're paralyzed from the neck down, can't I just steal your wallet, right in front of you, witho...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Erm, theft is dishonestly appropriating someone else's property. Dishonesty is a really important part of the definition, as you will find if you're ever trying to prosecute people for theft. Is it? If you're paralyzed from the neck down, can't I just steal your wallet, right in front of you, witho...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81487

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Erm, theft is dishonestly appropriating someone else's property.

Dishonesty is a really important part of the definition, as you will find if you're ever trying to prosecute people for theft.
by Philip Thomas
Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 40504

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Kit. wrote:Then it seems that "freedom" is something not testable.


If you're in a laboratory trying to discover whether the subject of your experiments is free or not...
by Philip Thomas
Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single quotation in possession of a good reputation must be in want of OTTification...
by Philip Thomas
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

"Flood the land. Release the Sea. You can't take Time from me". I tried to do the whole song, but "Take me out to the Basement. Tell them I'm not coming back" obstinately refused to scan. edit: other lines: "Now I've found the OTT" and "With my punsaw in my hand, p...
by Philip Thomas
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 40504

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Can freedom be free? No. It costs folks like you and me. So, there's no such thing as "free as in freedom", isn't there? It is arguable whether or not it is possible for freedom to be free from monetary cost. Maybe freedom is not free as in without expense (even if this is currently true ...
by Philip Thomas
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1272: "Shadowfacts"
Replies: 101
Views: 23647

Re: 1272: "Shadowfacts"

But if the horse can talk, doesn't that make it sapient? And if it's mine, wouldn't I have a special duty to it's well being (even if it's a terrible person - err horse) "Person" doesn't mean human. If your horse is sapient, it's a person, just a nonhuman one. Prove that my friend Catheri...
by Philip Thomas
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

How about BSc (Before Sand castle, although this would mean there was a slight overlap between BSc and AT).
by Philip Thomas
Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

This is clearly Year One Anno Tempore. Previous years are BC (Before Cuegan).
by Philip Thomas
Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23674

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Is it just me, or does this spelling (misspelling?) of "highlight" make anyone else cringe? Is this a regional thing? (Or did I miss something?) I'm guessing that you assiduously avoid reading anything before the late 1700s, or maybe even the early 1800s, when English spelling "stand...
by Philip Thomas
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23674

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Is it just me, or does this spelling (misspelling?) of "highlight" make anyone else cringe? Is this a regional thing? (Or did I miss something?) It isn't just you. At first I thought it was an Americanism, but now I'm thinking Randall's just trying to annoy us. It wouldn't be the first ti...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

While we're on the subject of dancing, has anyone else read "Dancers at the End of Time" by Michael Moorcock?

Was mentioned in the sermon this evening at my father's church (which I was attending because it's my mother's birthday).

Seems a suitable title for OTTification...
by Philip Thomas
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Its not all bad. At least I hope not, since 2 posts in it are mine.
by Philip Thomas
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 21330

Re: 1267: "Mess"

So, I'd just like to point out some basic things here in an attempt to restore sanity: Argument by repeated assertion usually means there's no actual argument/debate going on, just people talking AT each other. Arguing with someone you deem to be an idiot on the internet (Whether or not they actual...
by Philip Thomas
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 21330

Re: 1267: "Mess"

I have the philosophy that as long as you can "see" the mess and you know you need to clean up one day (but not today) you are safe. But when you descend downwards not caring, or worse not seeing the mess you need to get help. There is a difference between some healthy mess and a cluttere...
by Philip Thomas
Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Apparently Randall never exposed his snake. I petition that GLR show us his snake. Who's with me? Who wants to see Randall's snake? ;) lol P.S. Maybe Philip Thomas can summon Randall's snake. Who was next available for summoning duties, Philip? Apparently you, since you just summoned me...I doubt m...
by Philip Thomas
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

41,009 posts away from 100,000!
by Philip Thomas
Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

My favourite character is Cueball. He looks a bit like me...
by Philip Thomas
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Future Studies: Learning about the next Zanclean Flood.
by Philip Thomas
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

I don't think life is normal...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

The thread has gone slow again. So, lets start that game of Telephone Pictionary. Description: High up in the foliage of a Baobab, a solitary Beanie sits as the waters rise around him. What has happened to Megan and Cueball? He wonders. Have they reached safety? Did they rescue their people? And mos...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: It's the PUNSAW for you BlitzGirl!

ETA (SwiftKey, stop deleting words! ) suggest appropri'te Punishment for BlitzGirl's punning ways And if you write in poetry, this OTTer you'll amaze No more rhyming, and I mean it! This is surely referencing The Princess Bride, but I'll refrain from the expected response in sympathy with people wh...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

I've heard that game called Telephone Pictionary, so I searched for an online version and found this one . It is a neat game, I've seen it played before under another name. But how to play it in the thread? I guess you could use spoiler tags- hide everything under spoilers. The person doing the wri...
by Philip Thomas
Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Never mind, I'll revive the game when the moment is ripe (and I've worked out the rules). Meanwhile, soon it will be 1453 and with the end of the Middle Ages the Renaissance can begin! A revival of all the ancient learning contained in the first 300 pages of the thread. The sandcastle-building game ...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ok, well, maybe we can prepare for the game by separating into teams. Each poster has to choose whether they are a Blitzer or an Evil Entity. Blitzers must pick a (new) name and explain what blitzing techniques they prefer, whether they are human or newpixbot (in the future, AIs join the struggle fo...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Sure seems slow when one is actually at the thread...I remember when I would go away for an hour and there would be a whole new page of posts. Now, I'm lucky to see 2 or 3. Agreed. We need something to revive the thread, like a game of Monomolpy . I don't know, there has been a distinct increase in...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

Sure seems slow when one is actually at the thread...I remember when I would go away for an hour and there would be a whole new page of posts. Now, I'm lucky to see 2 or 3. Agreed. We need something to revive the thread, like a game of Monomolpy . I don't know, there has been a distinct increase in...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

And yay! Yappo's back, and he wrote his songs, and I can see the whole post is awesomeful and I love that picture! But, since I've waited for it this long, I think I'll save it for when I get back from the gym, since I see there's a whole page of posts after it. :shock: What happened to it being sl...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

And yay! Yappo's back, and he wrote his songs, and I can see the whole post is awesomeful and I love that picture! But, since I've waited for it this long, I think I'll save it for when I get back from the gym, since I see there's a whole page of posts after it. :shock: What happened to it being sl...
by Philip Thomas
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107346
Views: 51711515

Re: 1190: "Time"

patzer wrote:
Valarya wrote:Seriously, the weird Beanie Babies are creeping me out. Someone tell me what's going on. :P

More importantly, when will the flood come?


And will there be a rainbow at the end of the flood? Granted, it will look rather boring in monochrome...

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