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by DireKobold
Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 38420

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

Lots of references to the Air France flight. If you've never read the Popular Mechanics write-up with the transcript of the cockpit voice recorder and an explanation of what exactly happened you should. It's chilling... http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/crashes/what-really-happened...
by DireKobold
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 807
Views: 259351

Re: What is your favourite book?

I''m really loving the Nassim Nicholas Taleb books. The Black Swan was amazing and I'm about half-way through Antifragile and it might be even better. It's not fiction like the most of the submissions, but I think in terms of understanding the modern world and how it works, I don't know of any books...
by DireKobold
Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 147337

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Ender's Game The Diamond Age Stephenson Dune Lolita Mother Night Vonnegut Silmarillion Catch-22 Graveyard Book Gaiman American Gods To Kill a Mockingbird Good Omens Lord of the Rings Hamlet Starship Troopers The Man in the High Castle Earthsea Series The Worthing Saga OSC Zones of Thought Series Ver...
by DireKobold
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 11592

Re: 1334: "Second"

zjxs wrote:I thought that setting results to display 100 to a page was common practice.


It is for me now...
by DireKobold
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 21645

Re: 1333: First Date

Some people have been saying that this comic won't age well. And they're probably right, but I don't think every comic can be one for the ages. This comic was funny and clever. Do the kids still say "'nuff said"? If they do, then as the kids say, 'nuff said.
by DireKobold
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The source of ethics
Replies: 177
Views: 33955

Re: The source of ethics

I'm arriving late to the party. And I confess I skimmed what had come before, but the whole thread (particularly the idea of biological rights and rights from Nature) immediately spawned this question in my mind? Won't rights eventually coalesce into a set of memes/beliefs/activities which give the...
by DireKobold
Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The source of ethics
Replies: 177
Views: 33955

Re: The source of ethics

I'm arriving late to the party. And I confess I skimmed what had come before, but the whole thread (particularly the idea of biological rights and rights from Nature) immediately spawned this question in my mind? Won't rights eventually coalesce into a set of memes/beliefs/activities which give the ...
by DireKobold
Tue Feb 18, 2014 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nerdy Pet Peeves
Replies: 445
Views: 99541

Re: Nerdy Pet Peeves

I rent a single office in a set of executive suites, and I was talking to the landlord about the internet he provided (which had been pretty crappy recently). As part of the conversation I mentioned that another tenant had also complained. The landlord said he was trying to encourage that guy to get...
by DireKobold
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"
Replies: 47
Views: 14056

Re: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"

Presumably a reference to this company logo... (Yes, it's real; took it myself just up the road from my house.) So now we know what the Cthulhu-worshippers got up to after the 20's... Good catch. Once I saw it I recognized the logo and the truth of your statement, but I never would have made the co...
by DireKobold
Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 20271

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

This man sounds suspiciously like me. Except for the age factor, and the fact that for me, "retirement" is basically a euphemism at this point for "homelessness." So my open question: if I said that I hated myself and I wanted to die, would you support my being put down? No. I w...
by DireKobold
Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 20271

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

I can certainly understand why someone with a mental illness would want to end their life. But it does seem like this would open up some edge cases where the best course of action is far from clear.
by DireKobold
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 9259

Re: Representative democracy without elections

@Talldave I would be inclined to agree with you that the cause of many of the problems mentioned here is too much democracy, not too little. Also the corruption angle is worrisome as well. I've seen a lot of proposed changes for making things work better and the one that's appealed to me the most wa...
by DireKobold
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 29732

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

I think something meta would have been nice. The average hit frequency of the xkcd website would have been interesting. Still that's a minor nit. It's still another incredibly innovative use of the medium. I keep wondering when I'm going to see someone copy some of Randall's envelop-pushing formats.
by DireKobold
Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 285
Views: 99257

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

I love covers, and sometimes it's hard to tell if something is better or just really good. But if you enjoy covers I would definitely recommend checking out Coverville.

Which is where I encountered Aimee Mann's version of The Scientist, which I think is better than the original.
by DireKobold
Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd: volume 1?
Replies: 8
Views: 7929

Re: xkcd: volume 1?

I recently recieved my copy of xkcd: volume 0. Awesome book! Really good selection of comics. And the codes. So many codes, (almost) all leading to a single piece of information that is completely useless for me now, but still pretty awesome. I cheated with nearly all of them, but I learned some th...
by DireKobold
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 13839

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

I guess what we really need to be asking is what is the Russian Orthodox view of Hell? Perhaps this is just their local copy of Hell.
by DireKobold
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 106055

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Went do the gym. Did weighted sled sprints. Didn't throw up.
by DireKobold
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3236
Views: 436228

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

Bxx5r38dR7Z5

The latest password I generated at random dot org. Not telling you what it's for...
by DireKobold
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 72534
Views: 4101607

Re: Count to a Million

57114

Prime Factors: 2,3(x2),19,167
by DireKobold
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain under water
Replies: 51
Views: 6164

Re: Britain under water

So I was just reading about the Thames flood barrier. (I'd post a link, but I'm too new). For some reason I got the impression that it had prevented most of the flooding, is that not the case? The included map which shows what would have flooded without it was pretty interesting.
by DireKobold
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?
Replies: 47
Views: 12653

Re: What is the ideal structure for a carbon tax?

I have a tendency to conceal my lack of knowledge by going big-picture and avoiding the subject entirely, and then maybe asking some open-ended difficult to answer questions. You have been warned... (I say that in part because this is my second post). I would also consider myself a small-l libertari...
by DireKobold
Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1823769

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Well I guess this is me taking the plunge on another message board. I've previously been active on some D&D boards (enworld.org in particular though that was many moons ago) and generally I find that they quickly become overwhelming. But after lurking on and off (particularly, as with some many ...

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