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by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

So, you're correct in pointing out the "undemocratic" results plurality winner can produce, however you're making a mistake by immediately concluding that those results are an intrinsic flaw of the system. You certainly want to skew the results away from perfect democracy to make sure tha...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 86211

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

What about someone who's wearing this shirt ? (or, to exclude the 'also reads xkcd' angle, another shirt of substantially similar message) Pro: well, look what the shirt says. Con: Might not particularly mean it, might even be wearing it ironically, and you've just admitted to looking at her chest....
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0243: "Appropriate Term"
Replies: 89
Views: 42417

Re: "Appropriate Term" discussion

So, my new laptop(Thinkpad T61p or something like that) has a nipple and a touchpad. I move the mouse with the nipple and the nipple alone. The touchpad has the unfortunate problem of often accidentially being underneath my palms. I dislike the nipple scroll and so remapped the "scroll" b...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27875

Re: iPhone or Droid

Also, iPhone > Droid, mostly because the ease of leaving everything up to iTunes blows the amazingness out of Motorola. Could you or someone else please explain what's so amazing about itunes? I hear this argument a lot, even from genuine editorials. I am an ex-iphone 3G owner. I hated itunes. Why ...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27875

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

Am I missing something? This whole conversation seems ironic. I mean aren't we engaging in the "pale facsimile of fulfillment" that the comic warns us about? :cry: If you are charismatic enough to get life fulfilment by being elected president or getting a girlfriend, I wish you all the b...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27875

Re: iPhone or Droid

Palm Pre for the win. the $70 a month unlimited data plan with the Pre is comparable to the $150 a month unlimited data plan of the iPhone). I use my Pre for my internet at home too with tethering. !? Where do you live that your phone bills are so high? My iPhone unlimited (their all unlimited) pla...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27875

Re: iPhone or Droid

Also, Droid > iPhone, mostly because iTunes blows. I don't understand why a lot of people feel so strongly against iTunes. I find that it's really easy to use and it has all the features I need. Is there something technical that it's doing poorly that a non-computer person like me wouldn't notice?
by aquilo
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59151

Re: Can someone please explain this comic

I was really scared when I thought about how future generations will remember this decade. As the 10 years when everybody went totally insane? When social interactions as they had been for the last 120,000 years were now on electronic record? Nah, it's too early to decide, the decade has just begun...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

Everything IRV does, Schulze does better. Similarly, everything approval does, range does better. Voters don't like systems where they don't understand the math, even if they do not have to do the math themselves. In the referenda that I've studied where a state tried to move from a purely first-pa...
by aquilo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

I'm really amazed that there's a forum on the internet where the politics discussion doesn't turn into a flame war in the first three posts. Is it because so many of us who regularly read (and actually understand) this comic are assorted science/math/etc. nuts? It makes me chuckle that the topic de...
by aquilo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

EDIT: I'm not sure how I managed to do that, but this was a double post. Odd.
by aquilo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

To the guy who advocated proportional representation: you're destroying voters' right to pick the representative they feel would do the job best to fit your ideas of how things should work. If you believe in "democracy", proportional representation is right out. I think that if you believ...
by aquilo
Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16723

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

If the two parties have such a lock on our system, then how come there's a Senator from the Connecticut for Lieberman Party? Third parties are doing better than people realize. It still would be nice to have preferential ballots so you could judge the actual support level of those parties and not j...
by aquilo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

psion wrote:
MShades wrote: Tom Bombadil can go die in a fire.

Much agreed.

But he's such a merry fellow; bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow!
by aquilo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107216

Re: "Dating Pools" Discussion

A socially stunted 30 year old should stay the *explicitive deleted* away from teenage girls. Certainly; the extreme unacceptability of dating teenagers is why I was opposed to the original idea of dating people with the same amount of experience as oneself. Socially stunted 30 year olds, if they w...
by aquilo
Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18979

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

Yeah, physics don't work well with interpersonal relationships. My wife once asked me how I knew she was "the one," I told her that I was more attracted to her than her mass would dictate. It didn't go well. Based on my sitcom understanding of women, don't say anything to them that can be...
by aquilo
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 18979

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

This could provide a rather vital method of communication if we where to ever develop a galactic civilization that spans star systems. If one of the planets where attacked, we would be unaware of the attack for many years, and there is a possibility that the invaders have ships which can travel at ...
by aquilo
Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59681

Re: "Lego" Discussion

What I do believe in is this: luck is quantifiable, karma is inescapable, and the soul lives with the flesh. The latter of those things is the most important in this post: I don't believe that the soul will leave prematurely, even if you're braindead in a hospital bed. I believe that the mind leave...
by aquilo
Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59681

Re: "Lego" Discussion

I was born in the unimaginable heat of creation. The atoms of my body were fused in the heart of stars. I am in, of and part of this universe. These molecules will, while life exists on this planet, become part of many life-forms over the aeons before the earth's eventual destruction returns me to ...
by aquilo
Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0656: "October 30th"
Replies: 62
Views: 16305

Re: "October 30th" Discussion

Don't forget a couple of my favorites: "its"/"it's" and "loose"/"lose". I don't bother with those ones. After working so hard to each people that nouns with an apostrophe-s are possessive and not plural, I don't want to confuse them with an exception to that ...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

It is a paradox, but the paradox hasn't caught up to them yet. Remember in the first movie the photo of Marty's siblings faded over several days, so it takes time for changes to take effect. On the other hand, in wild west part the grave stone photo changed very quickly. This whole picture changing...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0656: "October 30th"
Replies: 62
Views: 16305

Re: "October 30th" Discussion

Great Scott! He must have accidentally used 1.2101 Gigawatts by mistake! You accidentally a verb in there. Verbs red and blue take another verb, but green doesn't; what pray tell is missing? Accidentally= mistake. Paging the department of redundancy department. He spoke of verbs; I showed there was...
by aquilo
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59681

Re: "Lego" Discussion

So am I suppose to be sad or inspired now? This is pretty overtly anti-Christian (the doctrine of the immortal human soul). Can't say I care for it. Unless your soul is one of the lego bricks, sitting in the box waiting for the final judgement. Although, since your soul-lego can be used to build new...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

You could make an alternate universe for every instance where they go back in time (like mean Biff world vs. friendly Biff world). That part did always seem not right to me, why the hell whenever they come back to their own time (1985) from past, their younger "selves" necessary go on wit...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17711

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

In the example of the alt text, both definitions of the word "drunk" are cromulent, so the readers were justified in being offended, so the author was expected to change the alt text. Yeah, that's the standard — cromulent. Acceptable. There's no need to show that one interpretation is &qu...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17711

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Meaning is not determined by the author's intent, etc. Well, to a point. In this case it was understandable that some people found the comment objectionable. But that doesn't mean that I can start redefining words to make some innocuous post of yours imply that you kick puppies. If the interpretati...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0314: "Dating Pools"
Replies: 214
Views: 107216

Re: "Dating Pools" Discussion

The justification was that age appropriateness should be based on compatible levels of experience. I am so strongly opposed to such a formula. It implies that a person who doesn't get over shyness around women until his late 20s must either date teenagers or stay single forever. Amount of experienc...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17711

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Meaning is not determined by the author's intent, etc. Well, to a point. In this case it was understandable that some people found the comment objectionable. But that doesn't mean that I can start redefining words to make some innocuous post of yours imply that you kick puppies. If the interpretati...
by aquilo
Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17711

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Well, cool. The old one seemed to take kind of a light view of rape, and the new one, for reasons I can't explain, doesn't. Only downside is that "drunken" is misspelled. I doubt that Randal's was trying to make light of rape in the alt text. I think his use of the word "drunk" ...
by aquilo
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

But if you wish to discuss the prequels, then VI is the 3rd time that Vader has a hand removed (II, III, VI). An interesting recurring theme is that if you chop off a hand, you are likely to have the favor returned within 1 movie. For example, Count Dooku, Anakin/Vader, Luke. At first I thought the...
by aquilo
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17711

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Forget that noise. If my roommate is charming enough to get lucky, then he is charming enough to get an extra job to pay for a motel room. I don't care whether my room becomes positively charged by his absence. :P
by aquilo
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

With the addition of Back To The Future, this would be the single greatest comic I have ever seen in my life. Back to the Future would probably have to use different axes than the others, like specifying that the x-axis is movie time and not in-universe time. This would, in turn, require you to hav...
by aquilo
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Behold! I have made a Back to the Future timeline, despite my complete lack of digital drawing skills. EDIT: Unfortunately, I also lack the skills needed to upload to the message board, so I had to do an absurd workaround through Facebook that shrunk the image. Sigh. One of these days I'll learn com...
by aquilo
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151607

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

Very cool. I agree that it would be even better with Back to the Future added; I'd buy the poster if it was added. However, I can't decide whether the x-axis should be movie time or in-universe time.
by aquilo
Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 38088

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

neoliminal wrote:
BioTube wrote:In my experience, Sci-Fi's(I haven't seen any since the namechange) original movies are either great or horrible with no inbetween.
TheLimerick wrote:Special of Lucas's Star Wars.
A word ending with 's' only avoids getting another in the possessive if it's plural.
Depends on your style guide:
http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html#1

I'm with BioTube on this one; singular proper nouns are allowed to end in s-apostrophe-s.
by aquilo
Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0653: "So Bad It's Worse"
Replies: 137
Views: 38088

Re: "So Bad It's Worse" Discussion

I don't understand what Rocky Horror is doing there. The movie is a parody; all of the silly things in it are like that on purpose.

nomulous wrote:I'm a little tired of graphs, Randall :/

Don't listen to him, Randall! Graphs are awesome.
by aquilo
Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 40385

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

Doesn't it have to be covered in skin to go back in time? If you want it to fly, it might have to be some kind of bat-robot.
by aquilo
Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59151

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Some people here seem to be looking at the past through rose colored glasses here.. why would you keep using obsolete technologies unless you had to? For example, floppies were annoying as hell to me when I was a kid. I see two parts to this: First, it's about keeping a sense of wonder about new te...
by aquilo
Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59151

Re: "Scary" Discussion

All this talk of 9/11 makes me wonder if anybody else's school tried so militantly to hide it. I was in fifth grade when the vice principal walked in, gave everybody a letter for their parents and told us to follow our normal routine and avoid the news(when one kid asked "what if we normally w...
by aquilo
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59151

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Me321 wrote:70's 80's 90's.....wait this decade is almost over and we dont have a name for it, how is this possible.

I've seen a few media organization use "aughts". That's what they used for the 1900s decade, so we might as well go with that.

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