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by derick
Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177184

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Their "appropriate level of spending" is just "half whatever the current level is at any given time". Sounds like Republicans. As they say "If the Democrats proposed burning down the White House, the Republicans would ferociously argue that they should instead burn down all...
by derick
Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks
Replies: 106
Views: 26317

Re: Kindle, Nook, E-Reader and other Ebooks

Does anyone know whether it's possible to hack books on a Kobo and put them on a Kindle? I bought a Kobo today, but I'm thinking of returning it because it's a smaller company and I can see it going out of business or slowing down its library updates (I live in Canada and we get ours at a different ...
by derick
Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 64
Views: 24827

Re: "Frogger" Discussion (#772)

Zomg I saw a car the other day GOOMHR
by derick
Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The best way for an individual to do good.
Replies: 33
Views: 4885

Re: The best way for an individual to do good.

For some reason I can't quote, but I agree strongly with Vaniver's message. The best way to change the world is to treat the people around with you with civility and patience, if not respect, and to make yourself into a quality person. "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks o...
by derick
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28835

Re: "All the Girls" Discussion (#770)

People don't dislike this comic because he's showing emotion. There are plenty of emotional serious comics that were, justifiably, well-received. They dislike this comic because it's bad. Stop rationalizing away the fact your pin-up boy boy Randall made a bad comic.
by derick
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28835

Re: "All the Girls" Discussion (#770)

This comic is awful. Not only is the observation he's making completely pedestrian and tired, he's made it before in a different comic. That's in addition to how unfunny it is, and before you say it wasn't trying to be, the format of it makes it perfectly clear it was trying to be. Of course he coul...
by derick
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High School cancels Prom due to same-sex couple's existence
Replies: 152
Views: 19820

Re: High School cancels Prom due to same-sex couple's existe

What makes me sick about this as much as the homophobia is how messed up collective punishment is. You know that the school board did this because they wouldn't have legally been allowed to do anything, so they punished her by doing something that would make her peers hate her.
by derick
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bypassing the Electoral College
Replies: 165
Views: 12935

Re: Bypassing the Electoral College

Um. No. It goes into effect when more than half of the elector votes fall under the new system, not when it affects everyone. That's the problem I'm getting at. The non-uniformity is sort of a bad thing. Although states have the right to choose electors like they want I guess. So maybe I'm off. It ...
by derick
Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lower voting age, Demeny voting, and intergenerational theft
Replies: 19
Views: 3919

Re: Lower voting age, Demeny voting, and intergenerational theft

This is just an instance of the fundamental incentive problem of government spending in general. Let's say hypothetically we could give children the vote and they'd be capable of voting somehow or had someone who would represent their interests with perfect objectivity. It wouldn't stop us from send...
by derick
Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending?
Replies: 97
Views: 8766

Re: Gerard Alexander: Why are liberals so condescending?

Arancaytar wrote:
Lucrece wrote:while conservatives deem themselves as the good ones.


The paradox is that social Darwinism (a la Ayn Rand) appears to be more wide-spread among extreme conservatives than extreme liberals...


Ayn Rand wasn't a social darwinist by any means.
by derick
Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Newspeak: Whatever happened to the Conservatives?
Replies: 36
Views: 6018

Re: Newspeak: Whatever happened to the Conservatives?

Conservative just means an ideology around conserving past traditions, and liberal means tolerating changing forces (in the style of "I put a liberal amount of ketchup on my hotdog.") The problem is that there are plenty of political positions that are consistent with both of those, or whe...
by derick
Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 47581

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

This one was a few minutes late. I almost had a panic attack.
by derick
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Need good global warming sources!
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Need good global warming sources!

It seems to me that global warming isn't nearly as binary an issue as the media and the "holocaust deniers v. alarmists" dichotomy perspective makes it out to be. First of all, what resources we want to invest in dealing with it as much an ethical, political, and economic issue as a scient...
by derick
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0648: "Fall Foliage"
Replies: 85
Views: 17173

Re: "Fall Foliage" Discussion

You, sir, name? wrote:I don't get it...

fall_foliage.png


Now he doesn't have to take that trip to photograph the leaves in Zangarmarsh that he was planning.
by derick
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: T.A.G.
Replies: 155
Views: 10897

Re: T.A.G.

Society Of Rightly Revising Yesterday

nghmj
by derick
Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 237207

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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by derick
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Instance of consciousness: A series of thought experiments
Replies: 65
Views: 10143

Re: Instance of consciousness: A series of thought experiments

Well, there's facets to this here, depending on whether there's a non-material conscious (what most people I think would call being a "dualist" but I don't think that's quite accurate). If there isn't a non-material conscious, it's a simple matter of categorization. If I take the screen, m...
by derick
Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: End of the Universe Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 3641

Re: End of the Universe Poll

Diadem wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:My nickle is on a vacuum metastability event.

I wrote story once in which humanity accidently created a vacuum metastability event with their newest particle accelerator :) Cool theme for a book.

But unlikely to be realistic.


This sort of thing used to keep me up at night.
by derick
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:55 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Ways to keep busy in a boring class
Replies: 124
Views: 14242

Re: Ways to keep busy in a boring class

I used to design the formats/schedules for hockey leagues (they would have applied to any sport but I imagined hockey). I'd lay out the divisions, the ranking system, the playoff system, make a schedule, then make decisions for each game and imagine news story and reasons for my whimsical decision o...
by derick
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: End of the Universe Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 3641

Re: End of the Universe Poll

There wasn't a "Who cares?" option, so I chose that it won't. Even if it does, humans will have been long extinct by then. Are you sure that's the case? I know the Wikipedia article for "Ultimate fate of the universe" (awesome title) lists some people who think otherwise, but I ...
by derick
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: End of the Universe Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 3641

Re: End of the Universe Poll

I wish I knew enough about physics to have an informed opinion on this, but my amateur guess from idle thought and reading laymans physics books (like Bill Bryson, Carl Sagan, and Bryan Greene) is that it's cyclical. My imagined oversimplification is that, if the universe is physically finite, then ...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: iPod vs Zune?
Replies: 23
Views: 3094

Re: iPod vs Zune?

As a rare Zune owner, here are some pros and cons for you to consider. Pros: - I treat my electronics like crap, have had to get my laptop keyboard replaced several times, broken several cell phones, etc. My Zune has never given me a problem. - Most of my friends with iPods complain about them myste...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Liking Multiple Genres, But Not Being Eclectic
Replies: 12
Views: 2105

Re: Liking Multiple Genres, But Not Being Eclectic

it's usually a mix of genre and musical elements (level of harmony, lyrical content, addition of niche instruments, etc) for me. When asked the question a simpler answer is "a lot of stuff" instead of "all genres", and then rattle off a few band names that you like. The emotiona...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Possible ways to fight the looming problem of unemployment
Replies: 40
Views: 4399

Re: Possible ways to fight the looming problem of unemployment

Let's remember that it's chronic unemployment, not unemployment we're really trying to fight. It's natural that some percentage the population will be out of work at any particular time, because sometimes it just makes good economic sense for people to leave their field and enter a new one, and the ...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A new 2D Sonic game? Could it be true? Could it be good?
Replies: 20
Views: 1733

Re: A new 2D Sonic game? Could it be true? Could it be good?

Hey, I've never been fooled before. I've stuck to my mantra "3D sonic = bad." If I'm dashed here, it will be for the first time.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cool Chapter Titles
Replies: 5
Views: 4210

Cool Chapter Titles

I've seen plenty of discussions about clever book titles and covers, as well as the substance of the book (pft). So let's take our lense to the middle and discuss the neglected subject of cool chapter titles. What are some of your favorites? I like ones that combine puns and rhetoric that actually a...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid philosophy
Replies: 25
Views: 3339

Re: Stupid philosophy

Tenure rules got stricter a few decades ago because teacher's unions wanted to protect their members from getting fired. Unions want to make it as hard as possible to fire their members for any reason. Political beliefs are just a nice Trojan horse that the public will get behind that will make any...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of time
Replies: 18
Views: 1746

Re: The nature of time

More that it seemed you were saying that as an argument against the possibility, and I was wondering what, if anything, would suggest against such a huge number of branches. Ah, now I see. I gave you the wrong impression. Indeed there is no "and"! If anything, I feel this is a great defen...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2375807

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm Derick and I'm very sorry I missed this until after I had made 10+ posts. I'm using this forum because I find XKCD very funny, came across it while browsing the site, and found the people to be a lot less abrasive and a lot more interesting/intelligent than a typical forum (which isn't saying mu...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid philosophy
Replies: 25
Views: 3339

Re: Stupid philosophy

If you want to ruin a child's mind, send him to today's schools. A) I agree. Just watch the Glenn Beck and read world net daily to get to the truth. B) I totally disagree. While you will find statistical outliars of bad teachers, if you attend a public school and go on to a public university you wi...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of time
Replies: 18
Views: 1746

Re: The nature of time

It seems that the only resolution of free will and an objective Aristotelian/Newtonian external reality is that this static 4D object contains an astronomical, yet finite, number of alternative paths through time. And? And what? Are you implying this is obvious and not worth saying in order to disc...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A new 2D Sonic game? Could it be true? Could it be good?
Replies: 20
Views: 1733

Re: A new 2D Sonic game? Could it be true? Could it be good?

Is it real? Can it be? I hope so.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Men get dumb in front of pretty mate, women do not
Replies: 43
Views: 4586

Re: Men get dumb in front of pretty mate, women do not

I don't find this to be the case with myself.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 25828

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

i know I'm coming in late, but I've read the posts and hopefully I'll be able to add something meaningful. Four things: 1) I think the problem here is that we're arguing between Libertarianism and Socialism, which are essentially political / economic positions. What we should be arguing about is be...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century
Replies: 45
Views: 8293

Re: The Modern Library's Top 100 novels of the 20th Century

Ayn Rand is my favorite writer, and it's nice to see the recognition, but she and Hubbard are obviously there because of ballot-stuffing on account of their fan's overenthusiasm.

I'd still say the "expert's" list is more of a joke. They like their waters muddy.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 139708

Re: Words you love.

Integration. It describes so much of what I like in things, from philosophy to economics to music. It's broad and ubiquitous enough to apply to almost anything I can think of, yet concrete enough to have a real meaning that a moderately intelligent person who doesn't know me will get (unlike if I sa...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid philosophy
Replies: 25
Views: 3339

Re: Stupid philosophy

If you want to ruin a child's mind, send him to today's schools.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Drummers in bands (suck)
Replies: 79
Views: 8438

Re: Drummers in bands (suck)

Rush

That being said, this gels with my Dad's theory that people like Ringo Starr and the "other members" of marketed-lead-singer-centric pop bands like Green Day are the luckiest people in history.
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of time
Replies: 18
Views: 1746

Re: The nature of time

For the sake of this question, I will divide myself into three people: X = Me in the past Y = Me in the present Z = Me in the future In Event-A: I send a message from Y to X. Reality splinters off and Y/Z are unaffected but X's experience changes. After Event-A, wouldn't any message sent to post-Ev...
by derick
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 308974

Re: What is your favourite book?

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Other favorites include Ayn Rand's various fiction and non-fiction writings, the Harry Potter books, all three of Malcolm Gladwell's books, Freakonomics, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, 1984, Les Misrables by Victor Hugo, and The Rebel Sell.

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